Seaford Museum Train Exhibit This year's Annual Christmas Train exhibit promises to be something everyone should see. It will be available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. Admission is $5 which includes the exhibit and a museum tour. For more information, contact the SHS Administrative Office at 628-9828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seaford Santa House Santa will be at his house in the Lowe's Shopping Center between IHOP and Little Caesar's Pizza in Seaford to greet area children on the dates and times listed below. Santa's House is sponsored by the Seaford Kiwanis Club in partnership with Hiram Lodge #21 of Seaford. Santa requests that a non-perishable food item be brought with you and placed in the box at his house to help feed the needy in the Seaford community. Santa will be at his house from 5-7 p.m. now through Wednesday, Dec. 23.
Christian Writers Fellowship Vine and Vessels Christian Writers Fellowship offers support, networking and opportunities to aspiring writers and poets. If you possess a God-given talent and a passionate desire for writing, this group is for you. Seize this opportunity to grow your creative writing skills and connect with other writers. Meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Seaford Library & Cultural Center from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The organization also seeks qualified individuals to serve on its advisory board. Those interested must complete an application and interview process. Contact Joyce Sessoms at 382-9904 or Betty L. Ricks-Jarman at 448-5939 for more information.
Spring NYSA sign-ups The NYSA (Nanticoke Youth Soccer Association) will hold its spring sign-ups at Sweet Serenity Chocolates in Seaford on Thursday, Jan. 7 and Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 5-7 p.m. Programs are available for area children who are ages 5-18. Teams are broken down as U-6 (6 years and under or Kids Under 6 - usually ages 4-5); U-8; U10; U12; U16 and U18. Coaches practice with their soccer teams at different times during the week and it is appreciated if you check to make sure they are with NYSA. Thanks to the support of the community, sign-up rates have been reduced to $15 for this coming spring season. For more information, call the NYSA at 629-3530 or visit www.nysasoccer.com.
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.
Events at the American Legion Laurel American Legion Post 19, Rt. 24, Laurel, will host Karaoke with DJ Conrad from 7-11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18. Crab balls, fish & chips will be available. The Children's Christmas Party (for infants to age 12) will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20.
Bethel Museum presents exhibit The Bethel Museum is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special exhibit featuring a large display of Indian artifacts collected by Henry Hutchinson, a Bethel resident and a founding trustee of the museum who was instrumental in forming the Bethel Historical Society in 1975. Artifacts are also on loan from other sources. Most of Hutchinson's artifacts have not been seen since he died in 1976. This is a great opportunity to see hundreds of artifacts that were used by ancient Nanticoke Indian tribes. Learn why the tribes moved here and how they developed methods of survival hundreds of years ago here on Broad Creek. This special exhibit, which is in honor of Henry Hutchinson, will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday in January, February, and March. The museum is located at 312 First St., Bethel. Call the museum at 875-3974 or Kevin Phillips at 858-3840 for more information.
Events at the Bridgeville Library Winter Reading Program - Registration for our Winter Reading Program has begun. Stop by the circulation desk to register and pick up your packet. For more information, contact the library at 337-7401.
Holiday hours at the library The Bridgeville Library announces the following special hours and closings for the holidays. The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 21-23. The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. The library will be closed on Friday, Dec. 25 and Saturday, Dec. 26 for Christmas and Thursday, Dec. 31 and Friday, Jan. 1 for New Year's. For more information, contact the library at 302-337-7401.
Don's Tree Farm now open Don's Tree Farm in Greenwood is open. Fresh cut Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir Christmas trees starting at $25+. New this year - the White Pine tree field is open for "Choose and Cut." Santa will be at the tree farm one more Saturday, Dec. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the trains will be running! Fresh handmade wreaths, centerpieces, cemetery mounds, etc. are available in the new Christmas Shop. Don's will be open through noon on Christmas Eve. Help us help others stay warm by bringing new hats, gloves, scarves for the Mitten Tree which is associated with Georgetown Presbyterian Church. For more info, visit www.DonsTreeFarm.com.
Programs at the library Kids Book Club - Let's Read Together is a book club for children in kindergarten through second grade. This club is about reading books, making crafts, and meeting new friends. Starting Feb. 5, the Let's Read Together club will meet the first Friday of every month at 4:30 p.m. at the Greenwood Public Library. For more information, call the library at 349-5309. Training for Reading Therapy Dogs - The Literacy Education Assistance Pups (L.E.A.P.) will hold training sessions for reading therapy dogs at the Greenwood Library. Sessions will be held on Monday, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, and Feb. 15 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The dog must be at least one-year-old, pass a temperament test given the first session, and attend all three training sessions. Current vet records and a background check for the handler are required. The handler must be at least 18-years-old and pay annual dues of $30. Pre-registration is required and can be completed by visiting the library or calling 349-5309.
Lunch & Tour at CHEER The Greenwood CHEER Activity Center is accepting new members. Anyone over the age of 50 who schedules a tour of the center will enjoy a complimentary lunch. Come learn about all the great activities and trips at the center. Check out our state-of-the-art Fitness Center. A Dinner Club is held most Thursday nights at 5 and is open to the public. To schedule a tour or for more info, call site manager, Dixie Carlisle, at 349-5237.
L.E.A.P. nights at the library Join us at the Greenwood Public Library for the L.E.A.P. (Literacy Education Assistance Pups) Program. Children of all ages are welcome to read to the dogs every Thursday night from 6:30-7:30. Come in to practice your reading and have a tail-waggin' good time! For more info, contact Robin Miller at the library at 349-5309.
Storytime at the library Join us every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Greenwood Public Library for Storytime. Preschoolers begin to learn language, social and listening skills as they enjoy children's books found in the library.
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.
Holiday Community Dinner The community is invited to a special Holiday Community Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 6-8 p.m. at First State Community Action Agency, 308 N. Railroad Ave., Georgetown. First State Community Dinners are held every third Thursday of each month. Guests receive a hearty meal along with nutrition information and budget-friendly shopping tips. Dinners are open to all individuals and families for $1 per person. Seating is limited. Call MaryAnn Morris at 856-7761, ext. 139 to reserve your seat.
Luminaria and House Tour Vienna's 35th Luminaria and House Tour will be held on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 5-9 p.m. Enjoy the sparkle from 1,500 luminarias lining the streets of Vienna. Ride the free tram, visit Santa, enjoy entertainment at the churches, and find treats and the button factory at the Vienna Heritage Museum. For $5, tour open homes beginning at the Vienna Heritage Museum, 303 Race St. For more information, call 410-376-3413.
Imagination Library donation The Caroline County Public Library has partnered with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to provide a specially selected book each month for a preschool child until their 5th birthday. A tax-deductible gift of $25 will provide a high quality, age-appropriate book each month for one year, mailed directly to a Caroline County child's home. Stop by the Caroline County Public Library, pick an Imagination Library train from the tree, and share the joy of reading.
ESWA publishes book The Eastern Shore Writers Association (ESWA) announces the publication of I Vaguely Recall: A short, incomplete history of the Eastern Shore Writers Association. Known for its annual Bay-to-Ocean Writers Conference and its flagship publication, The Delmarva Review, ESWA began 30 years ago with its first meeting at the Easton Library. Today, there are nearly 250 members. The 44-page booklet that outlines the organization's journey begins with that initial meeting in 1985 and continues to the present, shedding light on the challenges ESWA has faced, and sharing the voices of many of its active members - present and past. A dozen of the taped "oral histories" have been placed in the ESWA Archive in the Maryland Room of the Talbot County Free Library in Easton. The publication is available with a donation of $6.12 (includes postage). Checks should be made out to the ESWA Education Fund and sent to Susan Jones, 21395 Island Club Rd., Tilghman, MD 21671.
Book Prize winner program The 2015 Delmarva Book Prize, sponsored by the Eastern Shore Writers Association, will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Talbot County Library in Easton, Md.
The $1,000 prize will be split between the winner of the Creative Writing category and winner of the Non-Fiction category. Two Honorable Mentions for outstanding creative output will also be announced for each field. The program begins at 6 p.m. with a reception to follow. Contestants were required to be residents of Delmarva and all books were published in 2015. Fifty-three books and nine poetry collections were entered into the contest. The 2016 Delmarva Book Prize opens on Jan. 1, 2016.
Bus Trip to Sight and Sound St. Stephen's UMC in Delmar is sponsoring a Bus Trip to Sight and Sound to see Miracle of Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 19. Cost is $90 for adults, $50 for ages 3-12. For more information, call the church office at 846-9501.
Del Tech offers trip to Alaska Delaware Technical Community College has partnered with Collette, a premier travel experiences company, to offer the community an opportunity to explore Alaska by land and sea. Ten percent of the cost of each trip booked is donated to Delaware Tech to fund scholarships for underprivileged children in Sussex County to attend summer camps and courses at Delaware Tech's Kids on Campus Program. The Alaska trip, featuring Denali National Park and days of sightseeing from an amazing cruise ship, runs from May 24 through June 5, 2016. The $4,249 per person (based on double occupancy) price includes round trip airfare, lodging, 21 meals, and the daily tours of scenic and wild places. Highlights of the trip include: Denali National Park, Mount McKinley, Glacier Bay, Juneau, and a seven night Princess cruise aboard a fabulous floating resort. This trip was scheduled to capture the breathtaking views of Alaska's natural wonders. Call the Encore Program at Delaware Tech at 259-6342.
Bus trip to see 'Samson' Delmar Wesleyan Church is sponsoring a bus trip to see Samson on Wednesday, June 22. Cost is $79 per person which covers bus and show. Showtime is 2:45 p.m. Bus leaves the church at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call Jim at 841-8874.
Trip to America's National Parks AARP 915 is sponsoring a trip to America's National Parks on Sept. 4-13, 2016 (9 nights, 10 days). Cost includes flight from BWI and transfers to BWI, nine nights lodging. Tour Rapid City, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Black Hills, Tour of Deadwood, including Tatanka, Little Bighorn Battlefield/Museum, Buffalo Bill Center in Cody, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and Tour of Salt Lake City. Motorcoach transportation during tours, taxes and gratuities, insured, $3,294.50 per person, double occupancy, single is slightly higher. A $250 deposit due is with signup, the balance will be due at later date. Call Diana at 410-754-8189 to sign-up and for more information.
MOPH meeting in Milford Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Hometown Diner, 611 N. DuPont Blvd., Unit 3, Milford. All combat wounded are invited to come and meet fellow combat wounded veterans. For more information, contact John Jackson at 302-228-9577 or MOPH1787@gmail.com. Visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/moph1787 for information on veteran health care, benefits, and employment.
Vets helping Vets meeting A Vets Helping Vets meeting is held at 9:30 a.m. every Friday at the Hurlock American Legion Post 243 (next to the railroad tracks). Join us for coffee and donuts. Sometimes there is a speaker about different subjects. Keep your discharge or DD214 in a safe place as it can help get you many benefits. Come learn something and maybe you can teach us something.
9-12 DE Patriots not meeting in Dec. The 9-12 Delaware Patriots will not hold a meeting in December, but will resume meeting next month. The 9-12 meetings are about local, state and national politics. For more information, visit www.912DelawarePatriots.com.
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.
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.
Kingdom Writers group Kingdom Writers Fellowship (KWF), a Christian group of aspiring writers, is welcoming new members. If you enjoy writing, want to improve your writing and would like the encouragement and support of a small group, consider visiting KWF. Meetings are held monthly on the second Saturday morning at Alliance Church, Atlanta Road, Seaford. For more information, call 858-2239 or 628-4594.
NARFE meeting NARFE National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Western Sussex Chapter 1992 meets at noon on the third Monday of the month, at Pizza King, Seaford. Current federal employees, retirees or spouses - if you are concerned about your future benefits, join NARFE, it is the only organization that is concerned about you and your federal benefits. For more information, call Les Martens, membership chair, at 629-9789.
Widowed Persons Meeting The Seaford Chapter of the Widowed Persons Service meets on the third Tuesday of the month, at the Stargate Diner in Seaford. Widowed persons of all ages are invited to attend. Come by and join us. We enjoy the trips, lunches/dinners, etc. that we do.
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're 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 info, contact Judy Kohlenberg at 629-0687 or Charlie Larrimore at 381-8975.
Book Discussion Group AAUW Coastal-Georgetown Branch sponsors an American Notable Books Dis- cussion Group at the Selbyville Public Library on the second Tuesday of the month, from 1-3 p.m. For more information, call Ada May at 302-436-2981. All readers are welcome.
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.
Hub Club meets in Harrington The Harrington-Greenwood-Felton Centennial Rotary (Hub Club) meets every Wednesday at Rudy's Family Restaurant, U.S. 13, Harrington. On the first, second, fourth and fifth Wednesday, the meeting is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The third Wednesday features a public "Meet & Greet" event from 6-7 p.m.; everyone is invited and light hors d'oeuvres are provided. For more information, contact Gwen at 302-331-6105 or email@example.com.
Corvette Club meeting The Beachcombers Corvette Club of Southern Delaware meets the first Thursday of each month at the CHEER Center, 20520 Sand Hill Rd., Georgetown.
Ad Hoc Touring Company 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, 441 Old Laurel Road, Georgetown. To learn more about Ad Hoc, contact Roger Ault at 226-1118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Fight against illegal drugs The Sussex County Action Prevention Coalition (SCAPC) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Lighted Pathway Building, 425 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford. The group is dedicated to the prevention of substance abuse, addictions and other life related problems. Their vision is to ensure that the residents of Sussex County have access to the resources, services, and prevention needed and to implement strategies that will result in the reduction of the abuse and misuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other substances.
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. The next meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 6. Lunch is available. New members are always welcome. For details, call Diane at 302-228-0235.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary meeting The Seaford U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-08 meets the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Nanticoke River Yacht Club building located at the Nanticoke Marina in Blades. Visitors, guest and those interested in becoming members of the auxiliary are always welcome. For details and information contact Dave Nagle at 302-398-9279.
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. General meetings take place on the third Saturday of each month at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. Visitors are welcome. For more information, visit www.scgsdelaware.org.
Weekly weight loss support meeting Join us for TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meetings on Monday nights at 5 p.m. at Greenwood United Methodist Church. The one-hour meetings are in the Education Hall at the church (enter through the door on Market Street, close to the parking lot). If you have any questions, call Sherry Norman, 519-8519. We support each other, 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, call Sherry Norman, 519-8519.