Toys for Tots collection
Regional Builders, Inc. has begun its annual toy collection drive for the Toys for Tots program. This program, conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, collects and distributes toys to needy children in the community. To participate, you may drop off new, unwrapped toys at Regional Builders, Inc., 300 High St., Seaford. Donations will be accepted on weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Dec. 14. You may also make a tax-deductible donation to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, PO Box 1947, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA 22134. Regional Builders appreciates your continued support for this very worthy cause.
Laurel Christmas ornaments
Christmas glass ornaments depicting historical scenes from the Laurel area are once again available for purchase at Shirley O'Neal's Antique Store on Rt. 13 at Sycamore Road. These are the remainders from several series that the Laurel Historical Society sold years ago as fundraisers. Each ornament costs $6 and comes in its own box. Supplies are limited and not all scenes are available. This will be the last opportunity to fill in broken or missed selections. Call 875-2820 or visit O'Neal's Antiques.
The Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club is teaming up with Frederick Ford in Seaford for their annual toy drive. Toys may be dropped off at Frederick Ford on Rt. 13 anytime between now and Monday, Dec. 17. Toys are distributed in the community to children for Christmas. Last year, the toys collected served more than 20 families. Contact Karen Schreiber at 629-8740 or 339-1477 for more information.
Christmas Choral Concert
Christmas Choral Concert at Old Christ Church with tea and É after the concert at Laurel's historic Cook House on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. On Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16, the story of the birth of Jesus with choral accompaniment will be read from the gospel of Luke. The story will be read by representatives of the daughter churches of Old Christ Church. Organist Mary Ann Torkelson will be providing accompaniment for the congregational caroling which will include such favorites as 'Away in a Manger,' 'It came Upon a Midnight Clear,' and, of course, 'Silent Night.' The Choral Society ensemble is a small group of 15 singers from the 80-voice chorus, and will be singing a variety of Christmas selections between readings. This group performs twice a year throughout Sussex County. The director is the Rev. John Ranney, and accompanist is Rebecca McDaniel. The OCC concert is free although a good-will offering will be taken to support the preservation and restoration of Old Christ Church. Be sure to bring a lap robe and cushions.
Delmar Fire Dept. Santa schedule
Santa will be visiting Monday, Dec. 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 19 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast with Santa will be Saturday, Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Santa House schedule in Laurel
The Independent Order of Odd Fellow, Charity Lodge 27 of Laurel will again be hosting the free Santa House in Laurel. The location will be at the Laurel Town Park, at the intersection of 13A and Rt. 24. The Santa House is just to the left of the bandstand/gazebo. Last year we saw approximately 140 children over the six nights. Each of the children visiting Santa received a nice large candy cane and an age-appropriate reading book. The park is also beautifully decorated and adds considerably to the holiday spirit. Santa's House will operate on Dec. 14, 6-8 p.m.; Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-noon and 6-8 p.m.; Dec. 21, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 22, 10 a.m.-noon and 6-8 p.m.
Kiwanis Club Santa House
The Kiwanis Club of Seaford will again this year be sponsoring Santa's House. Santa will be located at the Seaford Village Shopping Center next to Sears. The following will be the hours that Santa will be at his house: Friday Dec.14, 5-7 p.m. Saturday Dec.15, 5-7 p.m. Sunday Dec.16, 4-6 p.m. Friday Dec. 21, 5-7 p.m. Saturday Dec. 22, 5-7 p.m. Sunday Dec. 23, 4-6 p.m.
'Let There Be Light'
The Delmar Church of God of Prophecy is excited to present the Broadway-style musical production "Let There Be Light." Directed and produced by three-time National Crystal Communicator Award winner, Wendy Craig, the production will premier Dec. 14, 15, and 16 at 7:30 p.m. with free admission. With a contemporary approach to the Christmas message, this group reminds us to "celebrate the joy of Christmas" - the joy of family and friends brought together again because of the baby Jesus. The host pastor of the church is Bishop Michael Phillips. The church is located on Rt. 13, just 3 miles north of the Maryland/Delaware state line. Refreshments will be served following the performance. A $50 Toys R Us gift card will be given away each night. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Come early because seating is limited. For more information, call 875-7824 or 875-3242.
'One Quiet Night'
A Christmas play, "One Quiet Night" will be held at Laurel Baptist Church, 33056 Bi-State Boulevard, on Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. Any questions, call Shirley at 875-2314.
Christmas cantata 'Born to Die'
The public is invited to attend the First Baptist Church Choir and Drama Team's production of the Christmas cantata "Born to Die." The musical features an array of beautiful Christmas arrangements composed by Ron and Shelly Hamilton, blended with a heartwarming story which is sure to enhance the Holiday spirit of the audience. The cantata will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. The church is located at 543 N. Bradford St., in Seaford. For more information call 629-7161 or 629-7299 ext. 116.
Del Tech presents 'Nutcracker'
Saturday, December 15 - "The Nutcracker", 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Delaware Technical & Community College, Theatre, Arts & Science Center, Rt. 18, Georgetown. The First State Ballet Theatre under the artistic direction of Pasha Kambalov will present this holiday classic. General admission $20; students & senior citizens $15. For tickets call Del Tech at 856-5400, Ext. 5545.
On Friday, Dec. 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the Greenwood Public Library will be hosting an evening of Christmas caroling. There will be caroling in our neighborhood and refreshments at the library afterwards. The activity is open to all; however, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a flashlight if possible. No registration is required. The library is located at 100 Mill St. in Greenwood, right next to the railroad tracks.
Culinary arts and training
First State Community Action Agency's new adult culinary training program is coming. Apply to be part of the adult culinary arts training program, located in Georgetown, sponsored by First State Community Action Agency, funded by the Workforce Investment Board of the Dept. of Labor. Evening classes are set to begin Jan. 7. The training program focuses on providing basic culinary and job readiness skills to prepare the student for a career in the fast growing food service industry. For more information, contact Ann Morris, 856-7761, ext. 166.
Laurel Library programs
Children in grades K-6 are invited to a "Winter Holidays Around the World" program at the Laurel Public Library on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 4:15 p.m. Kids will make decorations, play games, and enjoy refreshments. Pre-registration is required and can be done in person at the library, by phone at 875-3184, or you can email Becky Norton, youth services librarian, at email@example.com. Space is limited, so sign up today.
SHS presents 'Alice in Wonderland'
The Seaford High School Drama Club will present a William Glennon adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic story "Alice in Wonderland" on Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Madden auditorium. There will also be a Sunday matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Dec. 16. Tickets will be available at the door for $5 for adults and teens and $3 for children age 3-12. Children under 3 are free. The show will run about 1-1/2 hours, including a short intermission.
Seniors, begin the new year by socializing, honing skills, exercising, or learning with Adult Plus+ activities at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, Georgetown. Social activities in January include: for couples "Adult Plus+ Couples Club" on Jan. 10; for single seniors "Adult Plus+ Mixed Singles Club" on Jan. 14; card players can participate in "Hand and Foot Card Game" on Jan. 14 and "Open Bridge" on Jan. 15; on Jan. 24, join the lunch bunch for either "Library Surprises-Resource Tour" or "Lighthouses-Beacons in the night." For those who enjoy art: want to learn how to draw, take "Basic Drawing Skills" on Wednesdays from Jan. 16 to Feb. 20; planning on making quilts for your children or grandchildren get advice in Quilts for Kids on January 16; learn how to make great personal gifts in woodcarving every Thursday from Jan. 17 to Feb. 21; enjoy drawing, get informal instruction and individual assistance for beginners to intermediate in "Portrait Workshop" on Thursdays from Jan. 24 to Feb. 28; learn how to paint with watercolors in "Watercolor" on Thursdays from Jan. 24 to Feb. 28. Other activities include: horseback riding on Tuesdays from Jan. 15 to Feb. 5; participate in a forum of self discovery to help control overeating in "Diets Don't Work" on Mondays from Jan. 21 to Feb. 11; like to dance learn "Bellydancing" on Thursdays from Jan. 24 to March 13; share your view in "Current Events" on Thursdays from Jan. 24 to Aug. 28; learn how to get more use out of your computer in "PC Savvy-At Last" on Jan. 26; acquire conversation skills to communicate effectively in "Spanish 1" on Mondays from Jan. 28 to March 3; become familiar with known and not-so-well-known Delaware treasures to explore in "Cures for Cabin Fever" on Jan. 29. For complete information about activities or to become a member of the Adult Plus+ program at Delaware Tech, call 302-856-5618.
Ruritan's Ham and Turkey Shoot
The Ellendale Ruritan Club ham and turkey shoot, Saturday, Dec. 15, (rain date Dec. 22) at 11:30 a.m., at Ellendale VFW, on V.F.W. Road. Directions: 1/2 mile south of U.S. 113 and 16 intersection). Refreshments will be available for sale. For possible cancellations call 302-422-2948 or cell 302-249-7025.
Trap Pond volunteers sought
Trap Pond offers free camping in exchange for volunteer services (required for free camping, 24 hours per week of volunteering). Host programs available in the campground, Nature Center, maintenance and administrative. For more information, contact: Glen.Stubbolo @state.de.us or call 302-739-1960.
Lap blankets for Vets sought
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 19 of Laurel is looking for people who knit, crochet, or can hand-make lap blankets for our veterans in the local nursing homes. We have a goal of 60. If you are interested in helping us reach our goal, contact Ann Foskey, president of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 19, at 875-0714.
Model Railroad Club
Over 5000 square feet of displays including six operating layouts in four different scales. Large white elephant table with plenty of train related bargains. Refreshments and snacks will be served and a chance to win one of three train sets being raffled. Admission is free (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult). Camelot Hall, 103 East State St., Delmar. Saturday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 13, noon 5 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 20, noon-5 p.m. For more information call 410-742-9325 or 856-9250.
Stay and play
The "Parents As Teachers" (PAT) Stay & Play - Parents and children (birth to age four) are invited to play together, listen to a story, learn new songs and finger plays, and network with other families. Free. No registration required. Sessions are Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Seaford Dept. of Parks & Recreation (SDPR), 320 Virginia Ave., Seaford. Parent educator, Cris Henderson. Call Anna Scovell at 856-5239 for more information.
Parents, caregivers and children ages two to five are invited to enjoy stories, songs, poetry, art, science, math, music and fun at the Laurel Public Library's Preschool Storytime, which is held every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the Laurel Public Library at 875-3184.
Senior Center Red Hat Ladies
Help the Red Hat's raise funds by participating in their Christmas Money 50/25/25 Give Away. Chances are only $1 each or six chances for $5. Chances will be sold by the Red Hat members and at the front desk of the Nanticoke Senior Center until Dec. 17. Open to the public - need not be present to win.
The members of H.A.P.P.E.N., Hearns Pond Association for its preservation, protection, enhancement and naturalization, met to discuss the historical marker dedication for the mill at Hearns Pond, progress on the Hearns Pond Dam study, annexation, and traffic issues. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Seaford Museum. Anyone interested in attending is welcome.
AARP Chapter #5340 meeting
Georgetown's AARP Chapter #5340 will meet Jan. 7, at Sussex Pines Country Club in Georgetown with luncheon at noon. Guest speaker is John Bansch from the Sussex County Chapter of Archaeology Society of Delaware. Topic will be the archaeology done in Delaware and the description of the structure of the society. Cost of the lunch is $15 per person. Call Anita Wright 856-6215 for reservations that are needed by Jan. 1. New members are welcome. AARP Chapter #5340 will hold a board meeting at 10 a.m. on Jan. 28, at the Sussex County Airport Conference Room, Georgetown. All members are encouraged to attend. For details call President Melissa Richardson at 945-1288.
The Georgetown Chapter (1992) of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will hold their next meeting on Monday, Dec. 17, at noon with lunch at the Pizza King Restaurant on Stein Highway in Seaford. Attendees can order from the menu. Members are requested to bring a gift, or a food staple that will be delivered to the Home of the Brave in Milford. This month's program will be presented by Mr. John Lease. For more information, or to become a member, please contact Les Martens at 629-9789.
Widowed Persons meet
The Seaford Chapter of the Widowed Persons Service will have its next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 12:15 p.m., at the Golden Corral. The planned guest speaker will be Jerry Jones, Gospel singer, giving a Christmas program. Also, bring an unwrapped toy and/or canned goods for the local associated charities. All widowed persons of all ages are invited to attend. Come join us – we all enjoy the trips, lunches/dinners, etc. that we do.
Genealogical Society meets
Dec. 15 is the date of the Sussex County Genealogical Society's general membership meeting. We invite everyone interested in researching their family's history to join us as we share our experiences with each other. The annual roundtable discussion is geared to everyone, no matter how much experience they have in genealogy. Many success stories, "brick walls," and how they were achieved or overcome will be covered. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library's upstairs meeting room. For more information, call 875-5418 or see our website at www.scgsdelaware.org
Marine Corps League
The Marine Corps League meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Log Cabin in Seaford.
Trap Pond Partners
Trap Pond Partners' monthly meeting will be held at the park's Nature Center, the second Wednesday of each month. Anyone who is interested in Trap Pond State Park is invited to attend. For more information feel free to call 875-5153.
Cancer Support Group
The Wellness Community-Delaware is offering a support group for people affected by cancer and their loved ones at the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. The group meets at the Cancer Care Center on the third Thursday of the month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. To register for this program or for more information call Kaye or Lori at 645-9150. All programs at The Wellness Community are free of charge for people affected by cancer and their loved ones.
Coast Guard Auxiliary
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-04 meets the second Thursday of each month at Nanticoke Yacht Club in Blades. Call Wayne Hickman at 629-6337 for details.
Toastmasters of Southern Delaware meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month in Bay Shore Community Church at 6 p.m. Develop your public speaking skills in a supportive environment. Contact Joy Slabaugh at 846-9201, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trip to see 'All Shook Up'
Georgetown AARP Chapter 5340 is offering a trip to see "All Shook Up" at the Dutch Apple Theater, Lancaster, Pa. The bus will leave Georgetown Square, East Market Street at 8 a.m. and return at approximately 7:30 p.m. The cost for each person is $73, which includes lunch. Registration and payment is due by Jan. 1. Call Hilda Parker at 856-2760. Everyone welcome.
Adult Plus+ trips
Enjoy the New Year by participating in exciting trips sponsored by the Adult Plus+ program at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, Georgetown. On Saturday, Jan. 12, experience one of music's greatest storytellers come to life through song and dance in "Moving Out-Billy Joel's Hit" at Wilmington's DuPont Theater. Get an early start on next year's holiday presents with "Shop Til Ya Drop" on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania. Beatles fans shouldn't miss the opportunity to see "Rain: Experience the Beatles" at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia on Sunday, Jan. 20. This show features music performed live and video screens with historical footage from the 60s. On Wednesday, Jan. 23, enjoy the sensational Broadway musical "Jersey Boys on Broadway" about The Four Seasons, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. Watch a dazzling circus with European flair, imaginative theatrics and world class acrobatics in "Cirque Dreams" on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Baltimore's Hippodrome. That same day, others can, enjoy a fun time on their own at the "Inner Harbor" in Baltimore. Experience the wonder of the eight Smithsonian museums on the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Feel like royalty when enjoying a wonderful seven-course Moroccan meal on the "Casablanca Exotic" luncheon in New Castle on Thursday, Jan. 31. Enjoy dance, entertainment and more during your meal. For complete information about these and other Delaware Tech trips, call 302-856-5618.
Sight and Sound trip
Nanticoke Senior Center's Sight and Sound Trip presents: "Voices of Christmas", at Living Waters Theatre in Lancaster, Pa., on Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. Cost: $80 members, and $85 non-members. Price includes: Motor coach transportation and tip for driver, box lunch from the center, and dinner at Shady Maple Smorgasbord. For questions, call 629-4939.
Breakfast Cafe VFW 4961 Breakfast Cafe, open Monday-Friday, 7-10 a.m., Seaford VFW, Middleford Road, to benefit Veterans Relief Fund.