Laurel Fourth of July 4
The Laurel Chamber of Commerce is making plans for the 4th of July celebration. Red-White-and Blue will be the colors throughout town Friday, July 4.
The ninth annual Independence Day celebration will get off to a start with the traditional prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. along Broad Creek, catered by Emmings. Tickets, $10 each, are available only in advance through chamber board members.
The Red-White-and Blue Parade, featuring local entries and Uncle Sam, will start at 10:30 a.m.
The day will feature a 5K run and walk, games, art show, a local talent show, a moon bounce and water slide, Lollipop the clown, musical entertainment, a dunking booth, a car show, crafts and food. The event will end at dusk with a fireworks display.
Parade applications will be available at the library, chamber office and Laurel Fire Department. Line-up will begin at 8 a.m. at Evergreen and Oak. Application deadline is June 30. For more information contact Dean Culver at 875-3947.
The 5K Run/Walk will start and end at North Laurel Elementary School. For details contact Ronald MacArthur, 629-8740, or Dave Crimmins at the Boys and Girls Club, Seaford.
The Laurel Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Independence Day Celebration. Vendor applications are available through the chamber office from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information contact the chamber at 875-9319.
AFRAM Festival Fashion Show & Tea
The 2003 AFRAM (African American) Festival committee is holding a Fashion Show and Tea on Saturday, June 7, 2-4:30 p.m., at St. Luke’s Parish Hall, North Street, Seaford. Tickets are $10 per person. Tickets will be available to win a “Cultural Quilt.” Each ticket is just $2 and three tickets are only $5.
The fundraising activities will help defray costs associated with the 6th Eastern Shore African-American (AFRAM) Festival Aug. 8-9, at Nutter Park on Collins Avenue, Seaford.
Also, the festival committee is looking for contestants in grades 3 through 5 for “Little Miss and Little Mister AFRAM.” Junior contestants in grades K through 2 can compete for the titles of “Jr. Little Miss and Jr. Little Mister AFRAM.” The pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 8. Participants will be judged on talent, attire and an interview. The entrance fee is $20. For information and registration forms, call 628-1908.
AARP Driver Safety
An AARP Driver Safety Course for people 50 and over will be given from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 2nd and 3rd, at the Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Road, Seaford.
The two-day program, sponsored by the American Association for Retired Persons, stresses how older drivers may operate vehicles safely.
Upon completion of the program, participants receive a certificate entitling them to a reduction in their auto insurance. A 15 percent reduction is given to anyone repeating the program within three years.
For information and registration, call 628-4879. The cost is $10 per person.
In celebration of “May is Archaeology Month,” Virginia R. Busby will speak at the Methodist Manor House on Friday, May 30 at 7 p.m.
Ms. Busby will talk about the Nanticoke Indian village called Chicone, a site in Dorchester County where she has conducted archaeological research investigations.
Busby is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the University of Virginia and serves as Cultural Resource Specialist with the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. Her professional experience includes working as a project archaeologist with historic St. Mary’s City.
Her areas of specialization include historical archaeology, American Indian site archaeology, contemporary Native American issues and Native American material culture studies.
This program is sponsored by the Seaford Historical Society, the Seaford Public Library and the Methodist Manor House. It is open to the public. There is no charge.
DU Summer Party
The Nanticoke Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold their 5th Annual “Summer Party” at the Ross Mansion in Seaford on Saturday, June 14.
Funds raised go toward habitat preservation for local waterfowl. The gate opens at 4 p.m. and will feature tropical refreshments, generous buffet, silent and live auctions, live musical entertainment provided by “Bitter Creek” and “The Funsters” with special guests.
Event is rain or shine. Tickets are $75 per couple available at Clark’s Pools, Autumn Bay frames, or Lord Bros. & Higgins in Seaford. Call 628-3943 for more information.
The Greenwood Mennonite School will be holding its 17th Annual Greenwood Spring Festival on Saturday, June 7, on the school grounds.
The day begins with an old-fashioned, all-you-can-eat breakfast, 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. At 9 a.m. the outdoor booths open featuring hundreds of items including fresh-made foods, donuts, crab cakes, handcrafted items, antiques, books, new and used kids items, plants; plus a petting zoo, rides, and a quilting demonstration.
Antique tractors will also be featured this year, along with the popular Spring Festival Auction.
All proceeds from the Greenwood Spring Festival benefit the 75-year-old Greenwood Mennonite School, the longest-running Mennonite elementary school in the Untied States. GMS offers quality Christian education for grades k-12, with the current enrollment just under 300 students. The school is located on Mennonite School Road, between Routes 16 and 36, east of Greenwood.
Delaware Tech Library
The Stephen J. Betze Library at Delaware Technical & Community College, Georgetown, invites the public to tour the facility and view a demonstration of library resources on Saturday, May 31, 9:30-11 a.m. Presented by the library staff, this session is designed to make community residents aware of the resources available to them at the library, which is open to all community residents.
The demonstrations will include information on how to use the online catalog and databases, how to search for books, newspapers, and magazine articles online, and how to access library resources from home via the Internet.
The session is free and open to the public; no advance registration is required. For more information, call the library at 856-9033.
Delaware Tech pool
Splash into summer when the Recreational Complex at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, Georgetown, opens on Saturday, June 14.
Located on the southeast side of the college behind the Jason Technology Center, this non-profit complex features a 25-meter, six-lane swimming pool, a 13-foot-deep diving pool, a wading pool, bathhouse and showers, and refreshments. The complex will be open daily beginning June 16; pool hours are Monday-Friday, noon-6 p.m.; weekends and holidays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The pool is maintained by certified operators for public pools who follow the code requirements established by the state of Delaware. The lifeguard staff and swim instructors are certified by the American Red Cross in water safety and lifesaving skills.
Daily admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 2-12, and $2 for Delaware Tech staff and part-time students; children under age two are free. Senior citizens (age 60+) receive a 10 percent discount. Full-time students registered for summer credit classes at the Owens Campus can use their photo ID card for free admission.
Individual season passes are available to the public for $65; alumni pay $60, and students/staff pay $55. Special family rates are also available. Call 854-6966.
DTCC Alumni Association
The Delaware Tech Owens Campus Alumni Association is accepting nominations for an upcoming election to choose new members for its board of directors.
The election will take place at the association’s annual meeting on June 9 beginning at 6 p.m. at Jimmy’s Bistro, located at the Sussex County Airport. Proxy voting is prohibited; all votes must be cast in person. A dinner meeting will follow.
Contact Alumni Coordinator Rhonda H. Tuman at 855-5951.
Summer swim begins
Before you and your family “make waves” this summer, make sure your swimming and water safety skills are up to date with children’s and adults’ swim classes at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, Georgetown.
This year’s Swim Program again will feature classes with Red Cross instruction and certification. Instruction is given in a 25-meter, six-lane swimming pool located on the southeast side of the campus behind the Jason Technology Center. Water Safety instructors assisted by Advanced Lifesaving instructors can give individualized attention when teaching each new level of skills; the average class is five students per instructor.
Designed by the Red Cross, the following classes meet for 10 sessions for $45: Tiny Tots (2-5 years); Beginner (levels 1 & 2); Advanced Beginner (level 3); Intermediate (levels 4 & 5); Swimmer (level 6); Advanced Swimmer (level 7); and Adult Beginner Swimming.
Session I begins June 17 with morning and evening classes available. There will be three additional cycles of classes through the summer: Session II begins July 7; Session III, July 28; Session IV, Aug. 11.
Courses are also available for Snorkeling and Scuba Diving; participants must be at least 12 years old. For information or registration assistance, call 854-6966.
Senior Art Exhibit
The annual Statewide Senior Art Exhibit, sponsored by the Delaware Association of Programs for the Aging and Delaware Technical & Community College, is free and open to the public.
Artwork is on display in the William A. Carter Partnership Center on the Owens Campus. The exhibit features woodcarving, textile art, and watercolor, oil, acrylic, and mixed media paintings, all created by local artists ages 55 and above.
The artwork will remain on display until the Art Awards Ceremony and Luncheon, Tuesday, June 10, at 11 a.m. and will feature food and entertainment. Mark Lally, the Sussex County director for Senator Tom Carper’s office, will present awards. The event is open to the public; admission is $7. Ccall 856-5618.