ALL ABOUT SEAFORD:
Community Thanksgiving Day Meal A free Community Thanksgiving Day Meal will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at the Lighted Pathway Family Center in Seaford. Call 629-8583 to volunteer or reserve a place at the table.
Free Thanksgiving Dinner Bethel United Methodist Church, 2381 Neal's School Road, Seaford, will host its annual Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the trimmings at noon on Thursday, Nov. 27. All are welcome.
Christmas Harp Recital The students of Joy Slavens and Expressions of Joy (11-member harp ensemble) will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at St. Johns U.M. Church in Seaford. Come out and enjoy the beautiful harp Christmas music. The event is open to public, and there is no admission fee.
Victorian Christmas at Ross Mansion The Seaford Historical Society will hold its 18th annual Victorian Christmas at the Ross Mansion in Seaford Thursday, Dec. 11, through Sunday, Dec. 14. The event will open Thursday with a flower show, "Christmas Enchantment," presented by the Spade and Trowel Garden Club. The mansion will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. There will also be a quilt show. Refreshments will be served. While there is no admission charge, donations will be appreciated. On Friday, the historical society will host a wine and cheese party from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is $12. Saturday is the Children's Christmas Party, from 10 a.m. to noon. Children will be admitted free, but must be accompanied by adults. Santa will be there, donuts and hot chocolate will be served and there will be a reading of "A Visit from St. Nicholas." Each child will make an arrangement of greens to take home. And Santa's Secret Shop will be open to children 12 and younger; no adults will be allowed in the shop. The mansion will be open both Saturday and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers with the historical society will portray members of the Gov. Ross family. There will be refreshments and dulcimer player John Kisela will perform. Admission is $7 per person. For more information, call 628-9828.
Annual Father Daughter Dance Tickets are now on sale on Sundays at Mt. Olivet UMC in Seaford for the 2015 Father Daughter Dance. Tickets are also available at Posey Palace in Seaford or online at www.fd-dance.com. Tickets are $10 for a limited time. This year's dance is Saturday, Feb. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Seaford High School.
Bingo at the Elks Lodge Bingo at the Seaford Elks Lodge is held every Wednesday night. Doors open at 5:30 and play begins at 7. Cash prizes up to the maximum allowed by law.
ALL ABOUT LAUREL:
Laurel Christmas Parade The 2014 Christmas Parade, "Joy to the World," is Friday, Dec. 5. Applications, which are due Dec. 1, are available at Laurel Town Hall or on their website, www.townoflaurel.net, under forms and documents. Thank you to the Laurel Fire Department for sponsoring the parade again this year.
LHS fundraiser at Abbott's Grill Abbott's Grill in Laurel will donate 10% of all lunch and dinner sales to the Laurel Historical Society on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Abbott's hosts Community Days as a way to give back to the community that supports them. The Laurel Historical Society has partnered with the restaurant since its inception by supplying historical information and artwork about Laurel's past. All members of the society and the surrounding community are encouraged to come out Dec. 2, to support the society while enjoying a great meal. For more information, call 280-6172 or 875-2820.
Little League seeks coaches, managers Laurel Little League is accepting letters of interest for coaches and managers. If you are interested in being a coach or a manager, submit your letter to Laurel Little League by Monday, Dec. 15. Letters may be dropped off in the drop box on the office door at the Laurel Little League Complex.
Christmas Open House The Laurel Historical Society will host a Christmas Open House at the Laurel Heritage Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. Located in the old Train Station, the museum will be decked out in seasonal garb, with light refreshments and holiday music for all to enjoy while touring the exhibits. The public is especially invited to join society members as they welcome the Christmas season. This will be a great time to discover stories from Laurel's past while learning more about the society. The Cook House, LHS headquarters, located at 502 E. Fourth St., will also be open during this time but the festivities will be centered at the museum. If you haven't visited either location yet, this would be an ideal time. For more information, call 875-2820.
ECS presents Christmas program Experience a breathtaking night of music and surprise during Epworth Christian School's annual Christmas program, "No Room" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11. The event will be held in the school gym.
Relay for Life fundraiser Laureate Epsilon Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi sorority, is holding an ongoing fundraiser at Laurel Pizzaria to benefit Relay for Life. This event takes place on the third Tuesday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m. Laureate Epsilon will receive 10% of the check to benefit Relay For Life. For more information, call 228-5800.
ALL ABOUT DELMAR:
St. Stephen's Love Lights Available Lights are for sale for the second annual Love Light Tree which benefits the church and its many ministries. Each light is in honor or in memory of loved ones and costs $5. White lights are in memory of those who have passed away, green lights are in honor of those still with us, red lights are for firefighters past and present, blue lights are for police officers past and present, yellow lights are for military past and present, orange lights are for pets past and present, pink lights are for breast cancer victims and survivors and lavender lights are for cancer victims and survivors. For an order form, visit www.ststephensumc.com or call the church office at 846-9501. The 2nd Annual Lighting Ceremony will be held on Sunday, Nov. 30 in State Street Park.
Holiday Train Show Three generations of Delmarva families have made the DelMarVa Model Railroad Club's annual Holiday Train Show, Open House & Sale a part of their holiday tradition for 30 years. This year's show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Jan. 3, 2015, Jan. 10; and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Jan. 4, 2015, Jan. 11. There will be something for everyone, with over 6,000 sqf and 10 train layouts including pre and post war tinplate trains, American flyer, drawings, scavenger hunt, gifts for the kids, food, model railroad items for sale and much more. This will be the largest celebration to date. The event is held on the second floor of Camelot Hall, 103 E. State St., Delmar. For more information, visit www.delmarvamodelrailroadclub.org.
ALL ABOUT BETHEL:
Bethel Historical Society fundraiser Help the Bethel Historical Society on the second Wednesday of every month by eating at the Laurel Pizzeria between 5 and 9 p.m. Ten percent of your check will be donated to the Bethel Historical Society. Eat in or carry out. You must bring in a special coupon to receive the ten percent off. For more information, call 877-0660.
ALL ABOUT BRIDGEVILLE:
Christmas in Bridgeville craft show The Bridgeville Historical Society will host its 39th Annual Christmas in Bridgeville Craft Show on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Woodbridge Middle School, 307 Laws St., Bridgeville. The craft show will include over 60 vendors selling an assortment of holiday gift items. There will also be a raffle for a VIZIO 42" high definition television. Admission is free and all proceeds benefit the historical society. For more information, contact Charles or Sharon Hawk at 337-8675 or email@example.com.
Evening of holiday music The Friends of the Bridgeville Library will present an evening of traditional holiday music at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9. The event will feature the Woodbridge High School Select Ensemble Vocal Group directed by Jolene Workman. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. For more information, contact Ruth Skala at 858-1534.
ALL ABOUT GREENWOOD:
Annual Holiday Event Start your Christmas shopping on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 7478 at 2 Governors Avenue in Greenwood. The Ladies Auxiliary will host its 3rd Annual Holiday Event to benefit veterans' programs, youth activities and promote Americanism. Everyone is welcome. There will be a bake sale, a cookie exchange, a silent auction featuring new games and gift items for Christmas shopping and a 50/50 raffle. A light lunch will also be available for shoppers. Girl Scouts from troops 484 and 740 will be selling homemade Christmas ornaments to help fund a trip to Europe. Donations will also be accepted by the Girl Scouts if shoppers don't want ornaments but would like to help with their special project. Limited space is available for outside vendors who must bring their own tables and make a donation to the Ladies Auxiliary at the end of the event. This offer is on a first come, first served basis. The contact person is Dr. Michaele Russell at 349-4220.
Christmas Caroling Party Greenwood Public Library will host a Christmas Caroling Party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood. The group will meet in the lobby of the rest home at 6 p.m., sing carols throughout the facility and end the evening with refreshments in the dining room. The activity is open to all, however, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is helpful, but not required. Homemade goodies are a special treat to the residents; if you are able to supply homemade Christmas cookies as refreshments, contact Robin at the number listed below. To register, or to obtain directions to the Country Rest Home, call Robin at 349-5309.
Musical education program On Friday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m., musician Tracy Eldridge will perform her educational show "Good Vibrations" at the Greenwood Library. This program explores the mysteries and dynamics of sounds and draws a distinction between music and noise. See, hear and touch instruments from each musical family as Tracy guides pre-K and elementary children in discovery of the body as a musical instrument. The program is free and open to all. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Join the Greenwood Cheer Center The Greenwood Cheer Center will enjoy a complimentary lunch. Come learn about all the great activities and trips at the center. Be sure to check out our state-of-the art Fitness Center. A Dinner Club is held every Thursday night at 5 and is open to the public. To schedule a tour, call site manager, Dixie Carlisle, at 349-5237.
VFW scholarship information available Brochures for the 2014-2015 Voice of Democracy Audio/Essay Contest ("Why Veterans Are Important to Our Nation's History and Future") and the Patriot's Pen Essay Contest ("Why I Appreciate America's Veterans") are now available by the Ladies Auxiliary of Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 7478 at 2 Governors Ave., Greenwood. The Voice of Democracy contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12, and The Patriot's Pen contest is open to students in grades 6 through 8. One department winner for each contest will advance to national headquarters for national competitions where prize money can range from $500 to $10,000. Local and district prize money is also available to students who compete. All post/auxiliaries should have brochures upon request by students who wish to enter. For more information, contact Dr. Michaele S. Russell, secretary of LAVFW Post 7478, 349-4220.
ALL ABOUT FEDERALSBURG:
Family Game Night Bring the family to the Federalsburg branch of the Caroline County Public Library for an evening of classic board games. Revisit favorite games, discover new ones and meet other families who also enjoy board games. Games provided by the library include Chess, Checkers, Parcheesi, Yahtzee, Hi Ho Cherry-O, Scrabble and more. Family Game Night is held on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. The event is free and registration is not required.
Ronnie Dove Show The Ronnie Dove Show will be held at VFW Post 5246 on Veterans Drive in Federalsburg, Md., on Jan. 17, 2015. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the show at 7. Dinner includes salad, ham, chicken, macaroni shrimp salad, potato salad, green beans, beets, applesauce, rolls and butter and dessert (cake or ice cream). Tickets are $50 each or $300 for a table of seven. Door prizes will be Ronnie Dove cd's and money. For more information, contact the VFW at 410-754-5020, Ron James at 410-829-6308 or Roy Lare at 410-754-8707.
ALL ABOUT GEORGETOWN:
GHS Class of '69 Reunion The 45th class reunion for the Georgetown High School Class of 1969 will be held at the Brick Hotel on The Circle in Georgetown on Saturday, Nov. 29.
Social time is 5:30 p.m. and a buffet dinner will follow at 6. For more information, call Becky at 856-2173 or 245-6602.
Ad Hoc Touring Company reading If you enjoy reading plays aloud, join the Ad Hoc Touring Company, an affiliate of Possum Point Players. The group meets the first Monday of each month at Possum Hall in Georgetown. The company also recreates old-time radio broadcasts at local venues. The December reading will be an old-fashioned melodrama entitled, The Wildflowering of Chastity (or Chaste Across the Stage). The public is invited to participate in this reading at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1, at Possum Hall. For more information about Ad Hoc, contact Roger Ault at 226-1118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A 'Simply Christmas' Christmas Parade The Georgetown Christmas Parade steps off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4. This year's theme is "Simply Christmas." The floats, marching bands, clubs, cars and trucks will be judged in their individual categories. Participants will be judged for "Best Theme" and overall "Best in The Show." The parade has become known as the Christmas "balloon" parade. "Balloons are back by the bunch," said Georgetown Chamber Executive Director, Karen Duffield. "We will probably have nearly 1,500 helium balloons at this year's parade, not only for hand-outs for the kids, but for decorating the judges' stage and around town." For more information and to participate, visit www.georgetowncoc.com to access an entry form online; email email@example.com or call the Georgetown Chamber at 856-1544.
Christmas CHEER Holiday Ball CHEER presents its 4th annual holiday event, "Deck the Halls with Christmas CHEER" on Friday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Warren L. & Charles C. Allen CHEER Community Center, Georgetown. The all-you-can-eat buffet dinner catered by Lighthouse Nook will feature an appetizer station, carving station, chicken cordon bleu, garden salad, scalloped potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, a dessert station, coffee and iced tea. There will be a cash bar for the adult beverage of your choice. The muli-talented Tom Pizzi will provide the entertainment. Tom brings a spontaneous sense of humor and great personality to his performances. He is the man of a thousand voices from the Rat Pack to Oldies, Motown and hits of today. CHEER will open the Christmas Gift Shop to view and purchase decorated Christmas trees and wreaths, along with other great gift ideas. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Santa's Bake Shop while participating in our live and silent auctions. Tickets are $30 each. For ticket information and sales, call 854-9500 or visit www.cheerde.com.
Holiday Social The Sussex County Democrat Women's Club will hold a Holiday Social at the Sussex County Democrat Headquarters (in the former Georgetown Public Library) from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15. RSVP to Charlotte Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 539-4999.
Possum Point Players Hollywood Holiday, an original holiday musical revue, will be presented Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $23; $22 seniors/students. Join us for a 1960s Hollywood Christmas TV special hosted by Ed Sullivan, with celebrity guests The Rat Pack, Sonny and Cher, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, The Supremes, The Temptations and a misguided "Elvis" for some musical family fun. For tickets and more information, call the PPP ticket line at 856-4560 or buy tickets online with Brown Paper Tickets at www.PossumPointPlayers.org.
ALL ABOUT GALESTOWN:
Country breakfast buffet The Galestown Ruritan Club country breakfast buffet is held the last Sunday of the month from September through May from 7 to 10 a.m., at the Galestown Community Center. The buffet includes eggs, scrapple, sausage, pancakes, potato casserole, hominy, biscuits, toast, fruit cup, and sticky buns. The community center is located at 5538 Old School House Rd., at the intersection with Galestown-Reliance Road in Galestown.
THINGS TO DO ELSEWHERE:
Exhibit open through Dec. 7 The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs announces that the closing date for "An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad in Delaware" has been extended to Dec. 7. The exhibit, which has been on display since last October at the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, Dover, explores Delaware's role in the pre-Civil War network of secret routes and safe houses used by black slaves in the U.S. to escape to free states and Canada. Admission is free. For more information, call 302-744-5055.
Ellendale Ruritan shoot schedule The Ellendale Ruritan announces the 2014-2015 Ham/Turkey Shoot schedule. Sign up starts at 10:30 a.m. and shooting starts at 11 at the Ellentown/Georgetown VFW. Cancellations will be made by noon. Refreshments will be available for sale. Schedule: Dec. 20; Jan. 24; Feb. 28; March 28; April 25. Rain dates: Dec. 27; Jan. 31; March 7; April 4; May 2 For cancellations, call 302-249-2633.
Notable Books Discussion AAUW Coastal - Georgetown Branch sponsors an American Library Notable Books Discussion at the Selbyville Library, on the second Tuesday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call Ada May at 302-436-2981. All readers are welcome.
Band performances The Milford Community Band will present the following performance: Happy Wanderers Oompah Band Nov. 29 - Reindeer Stampede, Milford View a complete schedule online at www.milfordcommunity.org.
ALA book discussion group AAUW Coastal-Georgetown Branch sponsors an American Library Association (ALA) Notable Book Discussion Group at the Lewes Public Library on the first Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Laurel at 302-226-3773. All readers are welcome.
Open Mic-Holiday Readings The Eastern Shore Writers Association holds its annual reading of prose and poetry on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Abbott's Grill in Milford. Members, friends and the public are welcome to join in the fun of the Karaoke-style writer's festivities by providing five-minute readings from their work during the Open Mic portion of the meeting. The party is open to the public with an optional lunch at $20. RSVP at email@example.com. The Eastern Shore Writers Association (ESWA) holds monthly writing programs, sponsors the Bay-to-Ocean Writers Conference, and publishes the Delmarva Review, a literary journal for all writers. For more information, visit www.easternshorewriters.org.
Indoor Flea Market The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover will hold its first week-long Indoor Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6 through Saturday, Jan. 10. Cost for vendors to sell for the week is $50 and tables may be rented for an additional $5. Space is limited and buyers browse for free. To reserve your space, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALL ABOUT TRIPS:
Bus trip to see show Christ United Methodist Church is hosting a bus trip on Friday, Dec. 5, to the American Music Theater, Lancaster, Pa., to see their Christmas show. Tickets are $75 and include the show, transportation and buffet lunch at Bird-in-Hand. To join us, call the church office at 875-4233.
Alumni Association offers trips The Delmar Alumni Association is offering the following trips for members, family and friends: Wednesday, Dec. 10 - Country Christmas Memories, Ocean City, Md. - includes the show, dinner and a visit to the winery - $89.99 per person Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 - "Moses" at Sight and Sound, Lancaster, Pa. - includes lunch Saturday, July 11 - "Joseph" at Sight and Sound, Lancaster, Pa. - includes lunch Shows in 2015 will be priced at a later date. For more information, contact Dot Wolfgang at 846-2366.
ALL ABOUT MEETINGS:
Sussex Democrat Club meetings Due to the holiday, the November meeting of the Sussex County Democrat Club will take place on the third Thursday of the month. The December meeting will be a dessert and coffee social on Monday, Dec. 15. Charlotte Anderson is coordinating the event.
Widowed Persons meeting The Seaford Chapter of the Widowed Persons Service will have its next meeting on Thursday, Dec. 16 at noon at the Stargate Diner in Seaford. A surprise Christmas celebration program is planned for the December meeting. Please bring an unwrapped toy and canned goods to the meeting for the associated charities. All widowed persons of all ages are invited to attend. Come by and join us, we enjoy the trips, lunches/dinners, etc. that we do.
Weekly weight loss support meeting Join us for our TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meetings on Monday nights at 5 p.m. at Greenwood United Methodist Church. The meetings are for one hour and are in the Education Hall at the church (enter through the door on Market Street close to the parking lot). We meet weekly to support each other in our journey to learn about menu planning, eating healthy and making permanent changes to result in a healthy life. All are welcome to come learn about the program and join. If you have any questions, please call and leave a message at the church. One of the program leaders will return your call.
Vets Helping Vets Vets Helping Vets will meet at 9 a.m. every first and third Friday of the month at the Hurlock American Legion Post 243 and on the second and fourth Friday at the VFW Post 5246 in Federalsburg. All veterans are welcome.
Sea Purls meeting The "Sea Purls" Chapter of The Knitting Guild Association meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cheer Community Center in Georgetown on the corner of Rt. 9 and Sand Hill Road. The next meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 3. Lunch is available and new members are always welcome. For details, call Diane at 302-228-0235.
Broad Creek Grange Meeting The Broad Creek Grange meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, at Broad Creek Grange Hall (11198 County Seat Hwy., Laurel). For more details, contact Mary Tress at 875-3326. Visitors are welcome.
Coast Guard Auxiliary The Seaford U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-08 meets the first Thursday of the month at the station at the Nanticoke Marina and Yacht Club in Blades. For details, call Art Wollschlager at 628-8259 or email email@example.com.
Sussex County Marines Marine Corps League Detachment #780, Devil Dog Detachment, meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at the VFW Virgil Wilson Post 4961, Middleford Road, Seaford.
Stamp Club meets monthly The Sussex County Stamp Club meets the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. John's Hall, The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, 307 Federal St., Milton. Anyone with an interest in stamp collecting is invited to join. There is a stamp auction every meeting.
Notable Books Discussion AAUW Coastal-Georgetown Branch sponsors an American Library Notable Books Discussion at the Selbyville Library on the second Tuesday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. For more info, call Ada May at 436-2981. All readers are welcome.
Toastmasters Club Southern Delaware Toastmasters Club meets at the Crossroad Community Church, Georgetown, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. Toastmasters International, an educational, leadership and communication organization, has existed since 1924.
Sail & Power Squadron meeting The Nanticoke River Sail & Power Squadron (NRS&PS) meets at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. If you are interested in boating education and safety, and enjoy power boating, sailing or kayaking/canoeing, join us and participate in our classes and social outings. For more information, contact C.M. Kohlenberg at 629-0687 or Rob Hutton at 628-0312.
9-12 Group Meetings for the 9-12 Group take place on the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Millsboro Fire Hall (behind the fire house). The 9-12 meetings are about local, state and national politics. For more information, visit 912DelawarePatriots.com.
Explore your ancestry with SCGS The Sussex County Genealogical Society (SCGS), an organization dedicated to promoting genealogy and education to encourage and instruct in genealogical research, can help you search your ancestry. SCGS holds monthly membership meetings from September to May that feature informative presentations. The Education Committee holds multi-week spring and fall discussion groups. There are also two special interest groups: Genie Bytes (a computer search group) and (Brick) Wall Busters. General meetings take place on the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. The discussion group meets from noon to 2 p.m. at the library. Visitors are welcome. For more information and upcoming events, visit www.scgsdelaware.org.