Farmers & Artisans Market Although we've had a pretty mild winter, to date, many of us will soon begin thinking about spring planting and getting out in the garden or fields. Because those seed books will soon be arriving, we have scheduled the first full-member meeting of Seaford's Farmers & Artisans Market for Wednesday evening, Jan. 28; Seaford Library (Porter Street) at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public, and there will be a sign-in sheet for those who would like to offer suggestions or comments.Ê 2008 membersÊ(paying vendors in good standingÊand board members) will have voting priviledges. For details, contact Lynne Betts at 629-3949 or DEGreendonkey@yahoo.com
MLK celebration set A prayer breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 19, at the Seaford Golf & Country Club. Advance ticket sales only (through Jan. 15) for $20 a person. Keynote speaker is Gregory Fuller. The MLK Community Recognition Award will be presented to Regina Batson, a longtime educator in the Seaford School District. Live entertainment will be provided by James Brumble Jr. The celebration continues at Seaford High School from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with several events - open mic, cultural extravaganza, lunch, trivia, games and more. Admission is $2. For more information or to sponsor a reserved table at the prayer breakfast, call 628-1908.
Historical Society hosts events The Seaford Historical Society will hold its annual membership dinner/meeeting and election of officers on Monday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Seaford Moose Lodge. Cost is $5 per person plus one covered dish per family (either a vegetable, salad, or dessert). Chicken and beverages will be provided. Entertainment includes vocal duets by Griffin Dunn and Lori Locke Lee and solos from the Sound of Music. Solos will be accompanied by Jane Locke. Volunteers of the Year will be announced, followed by a brief business meeting and presentation and election of officers and new trustees for 2009. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Jan. 14. Call Marie Ricewickor leave a message at the Historical Society office at 628-9828. The Historical Society will also host speaker Russ McCabe, director of the DE Public Archives, on Monday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford. McCabe will speak on the acquisition and preservation of the Cannon-Masten House on Atlanta Road which was built in 1727.
AARP driver safety program An AARP driver safety course for people 50 and over will be given from 1-5 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 12 and 13, 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 629-8081, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. only. The cost is $12 per person.
BEDCO Boat Show & Auction BEDCO, operator of the Blades Marina, announces a Boat Show & Auction for May 7, 8 and 9. Those boats being auctioned will be sold on May 9. Applications may be obtained at the marina office or by calling 628-6800.
Battle of the Bands Battle of the Bands is back again for its third annual play off. To register your band you can pick up applications at Seaford Music, call Maria Demott at 629-4587 ext. 405. Bands are required to attend a dress rehearsal on Feb. 5, 10, and 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., to review important details for the show. Category prizes will be given to best rock, rap, and latino groups pending the number of competing groups for each category. The music will rumble on Feb. 27, 6 to 10 p.m. at Seaford High School Madden Auditorium. Pay your $5 dollars before, or $7 dollars at the door. Additionally, an official Guitar Hero competition will be held. See your Aloha Staff for your chance to enter.
Fitness classes Come join us in fitness classes: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, at 9 a.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. We meet in St. John's UMC Fellowship Hall in Seaford. (Sponsored by St. John's but open to the public.) Beginners to intermediate participants are welcome in this fun, faith-filled, co-ed, non-competitive, resistance training, stretching, high/low aerobic class. Get your Dr.'s OK and come try a free one to see if it meets your needs. Only a 6-8 week commitment at a time required. For more information or to register call 24-year AFAA-certified fitness professional, Carol Lynch at 629-7539.
Basket & pottery bingo A Longaberger basket and pottery bingo will be held Saturday, Jan. 17, at Nanticoke Senior Center, 310 Virginia Ave., Seaford. Doors open at 6 p.m., Games begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance (includes an early bird drawing); or $25 at the door. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Baskets are filled. All proceeds go to Nanticoke Senior center building fund. For information call 629-4939.
Elks Lodge The Seaford Elks Lodge 2458 is running the Michael Manning Disabled Vietnam Veteran's Coin Can Drive. Cans have been placed in stores through the area and customers are urged to drop spare change in to help injured and disabled veterans. If there are any questions feel free to call Glenn Beard at 628-2991
Breakfast cafe VFW 4961 breakfast cafe, open Monday-Friday, 7-10 a.m., Seaford VFW, Middleford Road, to benefit Veterans Relief Fund.
LHS class of '98 Laurel High School class of '98 is planning a class reunion. Contact Megan Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 841-5835 with contact information.
How to research old houses A program on how to research the dates and families of old houses will be offered at the Laurel Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 10:30 a.m. Delaware Public Archive Researcher, Margaret Dunham will present strategies for discovering the history of home ownerships and land transfers by using legal documents such as wills, deeds, orphan court records, tax records, and other legal transfers on file at the Dover archives. Dunham has researched her own 19th century house in Camden. While her research is based upon Delaware records, the methods she uses can be generalized to other states. For more information, email email@example.com or call 875-3184.
Life coaching Find more meaning in your life with an Essential Life Skills program at the Laurel Library on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. Certified Life Coach Cindy Saadi will share two vital tools for having an enjoyable and productive life. Saadi is a certified professional life coach with training through the International Coach Academy. A published writer with a master's degree in criminology and corrections, she previously worked as a U.S. pretrial officer and Department of Defense special agent. The program lasts one hour with time for questions and answers. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 875-3184.
John Benson benefit The Laurel American Legion is hosting a benefit for the John Benson family on Sunday, Feb. 22 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Legion. Food, beverages and entertainment are included in tickets, which are $18 a person or $35 a couple. For more information, contact Ann at 236-8558.
Oyster sandwiches Hope Lodge 4 will have oyster sandwiches and crab cakes on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 102 West 6th Street, Laurel.
Model Train & Toy Show The Laurel Lions Club is sponsoring a Model Train & Collectible Toy Show on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Laurel Fire House, 10th Street. General Fee is $5, and children under 10 are free. For more information contact Barry Munoz at 875-7408.
African American doll exhibit "Silent Companions: 150 years of African American dolls" at the Laurel Public Library will remain on display in the Carvel Room until Jan. 30. Children accompanied by adults are encouraged to come. For more information contact email@example.com or call 875-3184.
AARP Driving Course Laurel Senior Center will have an AARP Driving Course on Jan. 26 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members.
Mentors needed The Laurel Kids Connection Mentoring Program is seeking dedicated adults to spend one hour per week with a fifth, sixth, or seventh grader. Mentors and students meet at the Laurel Library. Contact Kim Trivits or Lynne Betts at 629-7790 for details.
Amnesty Week Jan. 5 - Jan. 11 is Amnesty Week at the Laurel Public Library. All fines for items that are returned during this period will be forgiven. For more information, call the Laurel Public Library at 875-3184.
Indoor Yard Sale & Craft Fair The Laurel High School Band and Theater Boosters will be holding it's first annual "Indoor Yard Sale and Craft Fair" on Saturday, Jan. 10, in the Laurel High School Gym. Shopping hours will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., concessions will be sold during the event, and assistance will be provided to anyone in need of help loading vehicles. Donations of baked goods or other household merchandise can be made to the band and theater programs by delivering items to Laurel High School. Proceeds from all donations, concessions and vendor rentals benefit the Laurel High School Band and theater programs.
'High School Musical' The Laurel High School Drama Club will present its Winter Musical, Disney's "High School Musical," on Feb. 27, 28, and March 6 at 7:30 p.m. and matinee performances on March 1, 7, and 8 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held in the Laurel High School Auditorium. Advance tickets will go on sale starting Jan. 15, by contacting Brian Cass at firstname.lastname@example.org, reserve by phone 875-6120, ext. 273, or purchase in the High School Office. Tickets price: adults $8, students/senior citizens $5.
Winter reading program Bring your family and friends to the Greenwood Library for the "Get Caught Reading Together!" program. Families, couples, or groups of two or more friends may register to play reading bingo and have the opportunity to win prizes. Registration begins Monday, Jan. 12 and the program runs through March 6. For more information, visit the library or call 349-5309.
Indoor Yard Sale The Ladies Auxiliary of Greenwood Memorial VFW Post #7478 of 2 Governors Ave. in Greenwood, will sponsor their second "Cabin Fever Indoor Yard Sale" at the Post on Saturday, Jan. 24. Time is from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., set up starts at 6 a.m. Tables can be purchased for $10 by contacting Sr. Vice Durene Jones at (cell) 519-3604. Baked goods will be sold by the Ladies Auxiliary as well as breakfast sandwiches and hotdogs and beverages. There will also be an onsite 50/50 raffle to benefit Awareness Week for VFW National Home for Children. Proceeds from the "Cabin Fever Indoor Yard Sale" will benefit the programs of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Bingo benefits scholarship A basket bingo featuring Longaberger baskets and Vera Bradley is set for Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Salisbury, Md. The event, which will benefit the Spuck & Lib Bennett Scholarship Fund, is presented by Harley-Davidson of Ocean City and Harley-Davidson of Seaford. This scholarship is given to a high school senior who plans to become a teacher. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and food will be available from the kitchen, with a portion of the proceeds going to the scholarship. Tickets are $20 in advance and are available at Harley-Davidson of Ocean City, located on Route 50 east of Berlin, Md., and at Harley-Davidson of Seaford, located on Route 13 just north of Seaford. Tickets are $25 at the door and seating is limited. For more information on the games, contact Helen Rash at Harley-Davidson of Ocean City at 410-629-1599. For more information about the scholarship, contact Benita Wilson of Harley-Davidson of Seaford at 629-6161 or Benita.Wilson@hdofseaford.com.
Watermelon Convention The 44th annual Mar-Del Watermelon Convention will be held Feb. 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge, Md. The convention will include grower seminars, a trade show, live auction, queen contest, membership meeting and other fun-filled events. Registration forms and more details are available online at www.mardelwatermelon.org or by calling 410-341-7487.
January activities for Del Tech Start off the new year by learning a new hobby, getting in shape, or taking a fun-day trip with the Adult Plus+ program at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, Georgetown. On Jan. 8, couples are invited to enjoy delicious food and great company at the Adult Plus+ Couples Club luncheon; singles can attend the Mixed Singles Club luncheon on Jan. 21. Bingo and dominoes games begin Jan.14 at the CHEER Community Center in Georgetown. Watch the best of Johnny Carson and enjoy a yummy lunch on Jan. 22. On Jan. 26, bring back memories of the 50s at the Sock Hop. Play bridge and socialize beginning Jan. 27, or learn how to play bridge or improve your skills beginning Jan. 29. Take an art class or learn a new language. Beginning Jan. 22, receive informal portrait drawing instruction or learn the basics of watercolor. Learn how to speak Spanish, use Windows, or incorporate life stories in creative writing beginning Jan. 27. Woodcarvers can enjoy hands-on learning, camaraderie and demonstrations as a member of the Adult Plus+ Woodcarvers Club. Fitness and wellness classes will improve your health and lower stress. Beginning Jan. 26, drop-in recreational swimming will be held at Independence Hall in Millsboro. Beginning Jan. 27, combine the use of mind, body and spirit into graceful and slow movements with Tai Chi. Join the Delaware Tech Fitness Center by signing up for the monthly or 16-week program. On Jan.18, watch the musical, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" from great orchestra seats at the Hippodrome in Baltimore; or see "Shrek The Musical" on Broadway on Jan. 24. Attend a musical and visual journey through our country with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops in "Visions of America" at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on Jan. 31.
'Narnia' exhibit Nanticoke Senior Center's trip to Franklin Institute 'Narnia' Exhibit will be on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 8 a.m. Trip includes: motor coach transportation, admission to Franklin Institute, lunch at Old Country Buffet, all tips and gratuities. Cost is $60 for members and $65 for non-members.
Myrtle Beach Round trip bus transportation, four nights accommodations, four breakfasts, one box lunch on river cruise with live entertainment, four dinners, luggage handling, step on tour guide, shopping/free time, Broadway at the Beach, four live shows: Legends in Concert, Carolina Opry, Good Vibrations & the Alabama Theatre. Single: $1,171; Double: $885; Triple: $805; Quad: $800. Depart April 13 at 5 a.m., return April 17 at 8:30 p.m. Accommodations: The Caravelle Resort (ocean front rooms) www.thecaravelle.com. Must have full deposit by Feb. 1, 2009. RSVP with a $200 deposit. Contact: Kay Carrier at 875-7877 email@example.com, or Dot Wolfgang at 846-2366, firstname.lastname@example.org. You do not have to be a member of the Delmar Alumni Association.
AARP Chapter 1084 March 9-11 - Foxwoods in Connecticut. Stay at the Great Cedar Hotel. Breakfasts and dinners are included.
The cost is $240 per person, double occupancy.
March 18. Toby's Dinner Theater to see "My Way," a tribute to Frank Sinatra.
Sept. 12-18 - Mackinac Island, Michigan. Two meals a day included. Have two days in Frankenmuth and cross Lake Huron for lunch at the Grand Hotel on the island.
Also cross Lake Superior and ride through the Soo Locks. Visit the Kewadin Shores Casino. Cost: $790 pp double occupancy. To insure a bus seat, reserve your seat early. One third of cost is due at time of sign up. Contact Rose Wheaton at 629-7180 for more information.
Longaberger bus trip Renee' S. Morris, an Independent Longaberger branch leader, is hosting a tour to The Longaberger Company in Ohio on Thursday, March 26 through Saturday, March 28. The chartered tour will include visits to Longaberger's basket-shaped home office in Newark, Ohio; the manufacturing campus to see baskets being handcrafted by thousands of artisans; and Longaberger Homestead, the company's shopping, dining and entertainment destination, located adjacent to the manufacturing campus in Frazeysburg, Ohio. For more information or to make reservations, contact Morris at 302-245-8842 or RGMorris93@comcast.net.
Mt. Calvary UMC Bus trip to Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo. sponsored by Mt Calvary United Methodist Church, 28 Church St., Bridgeville, on Aug. 8-15. Eight days and seven nights - Cost is $980 per person, double occupancy which includes bus, breakfast, dinner, hotel accommodations, taxes and meal gratuities and baggage handling at hotels as well as admission to such sites as The Cross at the Crossroads (a 198 foot-high cross surrounded at the base by a 10 commandments display), Scout Joplin House "The King of Ragtime" Black World History Museum, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, American Jazz Museum, Grant Farms (Home of the Busch Family), tour of St. Louis and Kansas City, visit to Hallmark Visitors Center, shopping at the Crown Center and many more. Down payment of $200 is due by Jan. 15 - payments thereafter are $130 per month until July 4. For more information call Mary Jones, 302-337-7335 for more information.
Embroiders' Guild The Sussex Chapter of Embroiders' Guild meets on the second Monday of the month at the CHEER Center in Georgetown. All levels of stitchers from beginner to advanced are welcome to attend. For details call 302-539-9717.
Equine Council The Delaware Equine Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19 at the Harrington Public Library in Harrington. Everyone who is interested in horses is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Stan at 684-3966 or Peggy at 629-5233.
H.A.P.P.E.N. The members of H.A.P.P.E.N., Hearn's Pond Association for its protection, preservation, enhancement and naturalization will meet on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Seaford Museum. As always, H.A.P.P.E.N. members welcome any group or individual who is interested in attending the meeting.
DuPont retirees DuPont retirees, who met every second Tuesday of the month at Seaford PK for breakfast, will now meet at the Laurel PK until the Seaford location is repaired from the recent fire. The first meeting is Jan. 13 at 7 a.m.
AARP Chapter 1084 AARP Seaford Area Chapter 1084 of western Sussex County will meet Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Methodist Manor House Fellowship Hall in Seaford, at 1:30 p.m. Guest story teller, Gary Wray, of Lewis will tell his story about Fort Miles, World War II history of Delaware. Guests, age 50+ are invited to join in conversation and refreshments after the meeting. Yearly chapter dues remain at $5. For information on Chapter 1084 call chapter president, Gladys Bonowicz at 875-1519.
Coast Guard Auxiliary Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-04 meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club in Blades. Call Wayne Hickman at 629-6337 for details.
S.C. Advisory committee The Sussex County Advisory Committee for the Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities will meet at the Sussex County West Administrative Complex, North DuPont Highway, Georgetown, at 10 a.m. Agendas and minutes can be viewed on the county's website at www.sussexcountyde.gov. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, call Raymond Moore, Chair, at 436-8132.