Annual Victorian Christmas The Seaford Historical Society will host the 21st Annual Victorian Christmas on Friday, Dec. 8 through Sunday, Dec. 10, at Ross Mansion, 22236 Ross Station Rd., Seaford. The mansion is decorated by the Spade & Trowel Garden Club. Friday, Dec. 8 - Candlelight Tours, 7-9 p.m., $10 admission Saturday, Dec. 9 - Childrens Time with Santa, 10 a.m.-noon, freeadmission Saturday, Dec. 9 & Sunday, Dec. 10 - Mansion Tours, 1-4 p.m., $10 admission Sunday, Dec. 10 - Music in the Stable, 2:15-3 p.m., free admission
Santa House is open Visit Santa at his house in the Lowes Shopping Center between IHOP and Little Caesars Pizza in Seaford. Santa is being sponsored again this year by the Seaford Kiwanis Club in partnership with Hiram Lodge #21 of Seaford. Santas schedule is from 5 to 7 p.m. on the following dates: Sunday, Dec. 3; Friday, Dec. 8; Saturday, Dec. 9; Sunday, Dec. 10; Friday, Dec. 15; Saturday, Dec. 16; Sunday, Dec. 17; Monday, Dec. 18; Tuesday, Dec. 19; Wednesday, Dec. 20; Thursday, Dec. 21; Friday, Dec. 22; Saturday, Dec. 23
Gallery 107 art classes The following classes are scheduled for December at Seaford Gallery 107. Details are provided on our website at nanticokeriverartscouncil.org/Classes.html. The Gallery, which is located at 324 High St. in Seaford, is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Classes are conducted around the corner at 105 Pine St. Special classes - If anyone is interested in childrens classes for the month of December, contact Karen Owens at 236-7226 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Ongoing classes - Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, Canvas and Coffee with Tammy Kearney and Nancy Laprad, $5.
Christmas boxes for kids This is the 77th consecutive year that Seaford Blades Associated Charities will be packing Christmas boxes for the children in the Seaford and Blades school district. Michael Triglia, Peninsula Chiropractic Center and Isorobic Life Improvement Center, 26685 Sussex Hwy., is holding their 28th toy drive for area children. Donations of unwrapped new toys and games can be dropped off by Friday, Dec. 8. For more information, call 629-4344. Toys and gifts can also be left at Seaford City Hall, 414 High St., by Tuesday, Dec. 12. Monetary donations may be mailed to: Seaford Blades Associated Charities, 723 Washington Ave., Seaford, DE 19973. Last year over 200 families were given food, toys and gifts for Christmas and help throughout the year.
SeafordLions Basket Bingo The Seaford Lions Club will hold a Longaberger Basket Bingoat 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Seaford Moose Lodge. The Basket Bingo will consist of 20 games and will featureseveral Longaberger baskets as prizes including the hamper and the large wreath basket with protector. Advance ticketsare$20 per person or $25 at the door. Proceeds will be used to provideeye exams and glasses in our community. Donate a gently used pair of prescription eyewear and be entered into a special drawing. Refreshments will be available. For ticket information, call 629-4179 or email KLHoch@msn.com.
Poinsettia sale It is time once again for the annual Poinsettia sale to support the programs of the Seaford Library and Cultural Center, sponsored by the Friends of the Seaford District Library. Beautiful 5 pots with three to four blooms per plant are available in red, white, and pink and are provided by Jeffs Greenhouses. They are available just in time to decorate your home or business for the holiday season. Pick them up at the library, located at 600 N. Market St. Ext. in Seaford on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. Delivery will be available to local businesses. Orders must be received by Monday, Nov. 27. The cost is $6.25 apiece or four for $20.
Holiday Evergreens Orders are now being taken by the Spade and Trowel Garden Club Inc. for the 2017 Holiday Evergreens Sale and for shelled pecan halves fresh from Georgia (at $12 per pound bag). The annual sale of pecans and of decorations hand-crafted by members of the garden club help fund the clubs community projects. All products are made to order. Centerpieces come in single ($15) or double ($25) sizes, depending on the number of candles. They make great gifts! Swags ($25) feature evergreens fastened to a board that can be hung on a door, wall or mailbox. Cemetery mounds are $30. Wreaths can be made of mixed greens ($30); boxwood ($35) or magnolia ($50). Price of magnolia wreath was incorrectly listed earlier in the Star. The price remains $50, same as last year. We regret the error. Order forms and photos are posted on the clubs website at seafordspadeandtrowelgardenclub.org. Pick up will be Dec. 4 and 5 at a new location, the Cheer Starz Center, 25586 Business Park Drive, off Brickyard Road West, behind the Royal Farms store just south of Seaford. To order greens, ask any club member or contact Carol Campbell at (302) 337-9332 or by email at MARYLWOODS@aol.com. For pecans, call Carol Johnson at (302) 875-4034.
Harp Concert Expressions of Joy Harp Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at St. Johns U.M. Church, 300 N. Pine St., Seaford. Come enjoy a magical evening of Christmas music! Free admission. Call 443-359-0186 for more information.
Americas Early Model Trains The Seaford Museums Holiday Model Train Exhibit will focus on Americas love for these special early models that have highlighted the Holiday season for over a century. The Webb Room exhibit will also feature, for the first time, a larger exhibit of running trains making their way through the beautiful snows of yesteryear filled with Department 56 houses, stores, carriages, and assorted sights of those times. Come visit the Seaford Museum to see the wonderful exhibit of our early model trains. The exhibit is open Thursday Sunday in the afternoons until Jan. 1 when winter hours begin and the exhibit will be open Friday through Sunday afternoons until Jan 14. Children over 12 and adults: $3.
Seaford Christmas Parade The 2017 Seaford Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2 beginning at 7 p.m. The theme for the parade is Season of Lights. Steven A. Rose, President and CEO of Nanticoke Services in Seaford (Nanticoke Hospital, Physician Network, Health Foundation and Integrated Health alliance) will serve as grand marshal for the parade. Visit www.seafordde.com/ChristmasParade for more information. You can register for the parade and receive all the information you need in order to participate.
Wreaths for Hope House The Laurel Garden Club meeting will be held at the Laurel Public Library at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, to make holiday wreaths for Hope House. Bring greens, gloves and cutters. For more information, call Lynn at 364-0080.
Holiday events at the library The Laurel Public Library is hosting a variety of events in the coming weeks. A Home Ownership Financial Workshop will provide information to support current and potential homeowners. The workshop, held on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., will discuss home preservation, community investment, credit opportunities, and debt management.The workshop will be presented by the Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. Contact Audrey at 855-1153, ext. 217 or Audrey@sussexcountyhabitat.org to register or with questions. Patty Dailey Lewis of the Beau Biden Foundation will give a presentation entitled Online Safety, which was created to help adults understand what children do online and address ways to foster healthy conversations about digital safety. The program, which will also challenge teens to think critically about online safety and digital citizenship issues such as cyberbullying and sexting, is designed for teens and adults and registration is required. Call 875-3184 to sign up. Children and tweens can make their own gingerbread house or ornament on Saturday, Dec. 16. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Registration is required. Call the library at 875-3184 by Tuesday, Dec. 12. The library is hosting a free movie screening at the library on Saturday, Dec. 16 at noon. The screening is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available. Call 875-3184 or visit laurel.lib.de.us for more information. The librarys annual Christmas Music at the Library concert will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Centenary United Methodist Churchs Hand Bell Choir and harpist Joy Slavens will present a variety of holiday music selections.
Oddfellows of Laurel oyster sandwich sale Charity Lodge will be having its monthly oyster sandwich sale on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. or until sold out. Hot dogs and hamburgers will also be available as well and the Martha Rebekah Lodge 21 will be selling homemade ice cream, baked goods and refreshments at the Lodge at 319 Poplar Street. Eat in or carry out is available, as is delivery to businesses.
Santa House hours The Laurel Oddfellows Santa in the Park in downtown Laurel will be open on the following dates: Friday, Dec. 1 - after the Parade Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-Noon, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-Noon, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-Noon, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-Noon, 6-8 p.m.
Lessons and Carols service The annual Lessons and Carols service will take place on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m., at historic Old Christ Church located off Rt. 24 on Christ Church Road in Laurel. The Bella Voce chorus from Sussex Tech will lead the congregational carols and perform special musical selections. The church, which was built in 1771 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, has not been altered or electrified, so please dress warmly and bring a lap robe if you wish. Come and experience an 18th century Christmas gathering in this beautiful old church which will be lit by candles and decorated with greenery. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the upkeep of the church. For more information or directions, call 536-1384 or 228-6097.
Laurel Library fundraiser On every fourth Tuesday evening, from 5-9 pm, the Friends of the Laurel Public Library have a 10 percent night at the Laurel Pizzeria. By presenting a coupon (found at the cash register) along with the check, the Friends receive 10 percent of the amount. This money is then used to support activities for the young people of our community. Help the non-profit group, The Friends of the Laurel Library, provide great programming for our young people.
Christmas dinner and dance The Twinkle Dance Club of Laurel will hold it Christmas Dinner/ Dance on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 6:15 to 10:30 p.m. at the Laurel American Legion Post 19, Rt. 24, Laurel. Enjoy a buffet dinner followed by dancing.Live music provided by The Keynotes. Join the club for a ballroom dance demonstration before dinner.There will be a variety of dance styles for your enjoyment. Dancers of all abilities are welcome.Dress code is holiday dressy/ jacket and tie. Must be at least 21 to attend. A cash bar is provided by the Legion.Cost is $30 per person. Reservations must be made by Dec. 2.No tickets will be sold at the door. For tickets call Edith Snedecor at 877-0618.Visit the Facebook page, Twinkle Club, Laurel, DE or the website www.twinkleclub.org.
Bethel Museum events Carve your own Christmas Snowman- The Bethel Museum will be hosting this beginning woodcarving class on Dec 9. The class will start at 9 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. The cost is $40/person and the carver must be 18 or older (unless special permission). Bring a bag lunch. For questions or reservations, contact Noel Justice at email@example.com, Rich Kough at 302.258.5287, or register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/christmas-carving-101-by-noel-justice- Future Builder Raffle- The Future Builder Raffle drawing will be held on Sunday Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. The Museum is open from 2-4 p.m. At 4 p.m. the museum will draw for first prize (choice) of Leggo MINECRAFT or erector FERRIS WHEEL.After contacting winner, the second winner will be notified that they have received the other prize. Tickets available at the Bethel Market and Museum. For further firstname.lastname@example.org The Bethel Museum is open the second and fourth Sunday of each monthfrom 2-4 p.m. All events are held at 312 First Street, in Bethel.
Cash calendars The Ladies Auxiliary of the Delmar Fire Department is now selling December Cash Calendars!The tickets for the calendars are $10. You are eligible to win a cash prize every day throughout December, even Christmas Day! To get your tickets and calendar, call 410-896-3280, 443-359-5767, 443-493-3153 or contact any auxiliary member.
Delmar Christmas Parade to take place Saturday, Dec. 16 The Delmar Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce, will take place Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Trophies and plaques will be presented for the following categories: Best School Band (first and second place); Best Float (first and second place); Best Fire Department (first and second place); Best Appearing Vehicle (first and second place); Most Unique Entry (one awarded), and Judges Award (two awarded). Call Parade Coordinator Roger Martinson at 410-420-6566 with any questions.
Breakfast with Santa The Delmar Fire Company will once again host Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 9 from 8-11 a.m. at the fire hall. The event is free, bring the kids to enjoy breakfast and a visit with Santa.
Bridgeville Library Library closed - The Bridgeville Library will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 7, for staff training. Teen Writing Workshop - On Saturday, Dec. 2 from 1-2:30 p.m., join Rebecca Jones, a local writer from Seaford, as she holds a teen writing workshop designed to give students in grades 7-12 the opportunity to register for the 2018 Scholastic Writing Awards program and get feedback on prose or poetry that they wish to share. Registration is required as space is limited. Contact the circulation desk at 337-7401, ext. 101 to sign up Free gaming - Join us on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., as Small Town Gaming offers an open arcade for the day. They will have XBox One, PS4, Wii U, Madden17, NBA2K17, COD: Infinite Warfare, Nintendoland, MarioKart, Card Games, and more. You may bring your own console. This event is free, and open to all ages. Friends of the Bridgeville Library Basket Raffle - Stop by the library circulation desk to purchase your raffle ticket through Wednesday, Dec. 13. Raffle tickets are $1 each, or six for $5. The basket and quilt raffles will be drawn on Wednesday, Dec. 13, during the Friends Holiday Music Presentation with the Union United Methodist Church Bell Ringers. The UUMC Bell Ringers program will begin at 7 p.m.
Bridgeville Christmas Parade The 2017 Bridgeville Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9 beginning at 4:30 p.m. with a rain date of Dec.10 at 4:30 p.m. Food, hot chocolate and ice cream vendors will be available. Trophies will be presented for the following categories: Spectacular Sparkles, Elfin Magic, Best Spirit, Best Band, Commissioners Award (Small Group), Commissioners Award (Large Group), Overall Parade Best. You can register to participate or get more information by visiting the towns website at bridgeville.delaware.gov/christmas-parade/, calling 302-337-7135, or email to Bridgevillechristmasparade@gmail.com.
Christmas in Bridgeville The Bridgeville Historical Society will be hosting its 42nd Annual Christmas in Bridgevile Craft Show on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Woodbridge Middle School (formerly Woodbridge High School), located at 307 Laws Street in Bridgeville. The craft show will include over 75 vendors selling a large assortment of gift items. The craft show will also include a raffle for an Ultra High Definition Smart TV and a bow-tie patterned quilt, which was donated to the Society. Admission is free and all process benefit the non-profit Bridgeville Historical Society. For more information call Charles or Sharon Hawk at 302-337-8675 or email email@example.com.
Holiday Evergreens Sale The Spade and Trowel Garden Club Inc. is taking orders now for the 2017 Holiday Evergreens Sale and for shelled pecan halves fresh from Georgia ($12 per pound bag). The annual sale of pecans and of decorations hand-crafted by members of the garden club help fund the clubs community projects. All products are made to order. Centerpieces, which come in single ($15) or double ($25) sizes, depending on the number of candles, make great gifts. Swags ($25) feature evergreens fastened to a board that can be hung on a door, wall or mailbox. Cemetery mounds are $30. Wreaths can be made of mixed greens ($30); boxwood ($35) or magnolia ($50). Order forms and photos are posted on the clubs website at seafordspadeandtrowelgardenclub.org. Pick up will be Dec. 4 and 5 at a new location, the Cheer Starz Center, 25586 Business Park Drive, off Brickyard Road West, behind the Royal Farms store just south of Seaford. To order greens, ask any club member or contact Carol Campbell at 337-9332 or by email at MARYLWOODS@aol.com. For pecans, call Carol Johnson at 875-4034.
Making Spirits Bright Delaware Techs Owens Campus in Georgetown is helping veterans this holiday season through a new event on campus. Making Spirits Bright will be held on Friday, Dec. 1, in the gym of the Jason Technology Center, and benefits food baskets for local veterans and their families. Tickets are $25 per person. Heavy hors-doeuvres and a cash bar will all be available. The Funsters will be performing live from 6-10 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring canned food items for the holiday baskets. Sponsorship opportunities are available. To register, visit go.dtcc.edu/holidaysocial. For more information, call 259-6086.
Alumni Association offers trips The Delmar Alumni Association is offering the following trips for members, family and friends. Trips include: Wednesday, December 13- Miracle on 34th Street, Tobeys Dinner Theatre, Columbia, Md. $99.50. For more information and reservations, contact Dot Wolfgang at 302-846-2366.
Trip to Sight & Sound There will be a trip to Sight & Sound Theatre to see JESUS on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. This is a brand new show next year. Sign up early to get good seating. Cost per person is $129 and includes a smorgasbord meal before the show at the Shady Maple. There is a $29 deposit to secure your name on the list. For more information, call 629-7180.
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. Lunch is available. New members always welcome. For details, call Diane at 228-0235.
Vets helping Vets 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.
Laurel Boy Scouts Laurel Boy Scouts meet Mondays at 7 p.m., upstairs at Centenary UMC. For more information, contact Cliff Alpert at 228-2390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.