Bethel Christmas House Tour The Bethel Christmas House Tour will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m.Pick up your map at the museum located on First Street.Tickets are $10 each. For tickets, call Pat at 875-2793 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds benefit the Bethel Historical Society.
iPad raffle at Nanticoke The Look-In Glass Shoppe at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will raffle an iPad just in time for the holiday season. Tickets are on sale for a 16GB Wi-Fi Apple iPad with case and adapter, retailed at $540. Tickets are available for sale at The Look-In Glass Shoppe (located at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital) through Dec. 17 and cost $5 each or five for $20. The drawing will be held at noon on Dec. 17. For more information, call 629-6611, ext. 4955. Payroll deductions are available for eligible employees.
Eat pancakes, help the library The friends group of the Bridgeville Public Library is raising money through area IHOP restaurants. Patrons can eat at IHOP in Seaford, Rehoboth Beach, Salisbury, Md. and Dover and then take their receipts and restaurant comment cards to the library or to Bridgeville Town Hall. The library will receive a payment from IHOP for every receipt and card that is collected. For details, call Pat McDonald, 337-7192.
Eat at IHOP to help the library Enjoy a meal any time at the IHOP restaurant in Seaford and support the Greenwood Library. Simply fill out a comment card after eating and give it to the cashier as you pay. You will be given a special receipt which you then take to the Greenwood Library on your next visit.
Fall Social The Seaford High School Alumni Association is sponsoring their Fall Social atthe Nanticoke River Yacht Club in Blades on Friday, Nov. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. Light snacks and a cash bar will be available. For more information, call Donna Angell at 629-8077.
Caroling in the Park The Gateway Park Committee and the City of Seaford will host the 17th Annual Caroling in the Park Celebration on Monday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m., in Gateway Park. Rain date is Friday, Dec. 3. For more information, contact Trisha Newcomer at 629-9173.
Victorian Christmas kick off A wine and cheese party will be the starting event of the 2010 Victorian Christmas at the Governor Ross Mansion, Seaford, on Friday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. The mansion in candlelight will be open for tours. Anyone who attends will receive a free raffle ticket for one of two baskets of wine with accompaniments. This event is open to the public. No reservations are required. The charge is $10 per person, payable at the door. Every day of the Victorian Christmas, Dec. 10-12, offers tours of the fully furnished 13 rooms of the mansion and slave quarters. In addition, there will be an art show and an opportunity to meet the impersonators of the Ross family. Music will entertain guests on Saturday and Sunday afternoons along with refreshments. Charge for these days is $7 per person. Anyone who buys a ticket for the Victorian Christmas at the Ross Mansion is given a free ticket for admission to the Seaford Museum to see the train exhibit there. For more information, call the Seaford Historical Society office at 628-9828.
- The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25, for Thanksgiving. The Library will open for its regular business hours on Friday, Nov. 26.
- The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will have "Baby Bookworms" on Tuesday, Nov. 30 and Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 10:30 a.m. This program introduces infants through 36 months old to the world of nursery rhymes and books. For more information, call 629-2524 or visit www.seaford.lib.de.us.
- The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will have a Magic Cards Club meeting at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, for teens who like to play Magic Cards.
- There is a Pre-K and Kindergarten "Story Time" at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 629-2524 or visit www.seaford.lib.de.us.
- The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will close early on Friday, Dec. 3, at 11:45 a.m. and reopen at 3 p.m.
- The Science and Religion Book discussion will meet at the Seaford Library and Cultural Centeron Monday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. For more information, call 629-2524 or visit www.seaford.lib.de.us.
- There will be a Seaford Library and Cultural Center Board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m.
Trains, trains and more trains A 2010 holiday exhibit of model trains from present day back to the 1920s will be open in the Webb Room at the Seaford museum on Friday, Nov. 26, and remain through Saturday, Jan. 8. Trains from big G gauge to small N gauge will be on display. To many people, trains meant that Christmas time had finally arrived. This is a special opportunity for children to enjoy the wonderful world of model trains. The Seaside Railroad Club of Georgetown will also have a running train. The Seaford Museum is open Thursdays - Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. except Christmas and New Year's days. Admission is free for children under 2 years of age but each child must be accompanied by an adult. For adults the cost is $3 per person. For more information call the Seaford Historical Society office at 628-9828.
Art show at Victorian Christmas The Victorian Christmas at the Ross Mansion will feature an art show. The art will be on display throughout the three days of the Victorian Christmas, December 10, 11 and 12, in the various rooms of the Mansion. The displayed items will also be offered for sale. Artisans wishing to participate should bring their artwork to the Seaford Museum on Monday, Nov. 29 or Tuesday, Nov. 30, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. All art works will be juried on Wednesday, Dec. 1. All entrants will be notified after this date as to whether or not their entries are to be left for display and sale.
Join the Steeplewalk on Dec. 12 The Seaford Historic Society is holding a Steeplewalk on Sunday evening, Dec. 12. Starting at 6 p.m. at St. John's Church, it continues to Mt. Olivet Church, and St. Luke's Church and finishing at St. John's Church, with walkers singing Christmas carols as they travel between churches. There will be entertainment at each church and refreshments at St. John's Church. There is no charge for this. Reservations are not required. For further information call the SHS office at 628-9828.
A Dulcimer Christmas Mountain Dulcimer Artist and teacher John Kisela of Seaford will perform at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16, in the Woodruff Meeting Room. He will play well known Christmas carols as well as some unusual and not so well known carols. The public is invited for this special Christmas season tribute and performance.
Library Board of Commissioners The Seaford Library and Cultural Center Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for a five year term appointment to begin in January. The Board oversees the library as representatives of the community, determines and sets policies to govern operations, develops and oversees the budget and actively supports the library legislation. Applicants must be residents of the Seaford School District and are expected to be patrons in good standing. With the recent completion and move to a larger facility, persons with a background or skills in any or all areas of human resources, finances, event planning or law are especially encouraged to submit an application. The appointment will be made by the Resident Judge of Superior Court of Sussex County. Interested parties should contact the library in person for an application. Deadline for applications is Nov. 30.
'Come Walk with Us!' The Laurel Public Library invites people of all ages to "Come Walk with Us!" on Tuesdays at 3-3:30 p.m., beginning Nov. 30. Co-sponsored by Healthcorps to encourage fitness that's fun, walks will begin and end at the Library, and participants are invited to join us for a refreshing beverage when we're done. For more information, call the library at 875-3184 or visit www.laurel.lib.de.us.
Spaghetti Dinner Spaghetti Dinner served by God's Men of Centenary, at Centenary Church in Laurel, on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Includes spaghetti, meatballs, meat sauce, marinara, salad and garlic bread. Adults $6, children $4, and under 6 are free.
Laurel Public Library The following programs are planned for children, tweens and teens in December at the Laurel Public Library.
- Triple T StoryTime for Toddlers, 2s and 3s - Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Dec. 7, 14 - Designed for toddlers, 2s and 3s, StoryTime brings stories, rhymes, music and movement together for a morning of active fun for your little ones while encouraging a love of books and reading. Great for older preschoolers too. After a holiday break, Triple T StoryTime will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 11.
- Drop-in Kids Crafts, Monday, Dec. 7, 3-5 p.m., grades K-6 - Drop by anytime between 3 and 5 p.m. for a fun Christmas craft.
- Holiday Craft Workshop, Saturday, Dec. 11, 12:30 p.m., grades K-6 - Activities from around the world.
- After School Action, Thursdays, 3-5 p.m., grades 5-8, Dec. 2, 9 -Students in grades 5 through 8 are invited to "After School Action" where they can enjoy video games, board games, crafts and snacks. Homework help available.
- Teen Advisory Board Meeting, Monday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m., grades 7-12 - Help us buy teen books, DVDs and music, plus learn about volunteering at the library.
- NightLife@the Library, Friday, Dec. 10, 7-9 p.m., grades 7-12 - An after-hours, teens only evening of video games, board games, friends and fun. Pizza! Teens new to our teen programs must come as a guest or preregister.
- Teen Book Club, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 3:30 p.m., grades 7-12 - Kick back, relax, talk about the books you love, the books you hate - and no assigned reading. Snacks!
American Legion hosts dance The Laurel American Legion, Post 19, located on Rt. 24 is hosting a dance with entertainment by Randy Lee Ashcraft and the Saltwater Cowboys on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 8 p.m. to midnight. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or the bar. Must be 21 to attend. Call 302-362-2760 for more information.
Homeschool Book Clubs The Laurel Public Library monthly book clubs are designed especially for homeschoolers. Children must be at least 5-years-old to participate. Each club meets once a month on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. For details, call Becky Norton at 875-3184 or email email@example.com.
LHS Class of 75 reunion Laurel High School class of 1975 is planning their 35th class reunion and volunteers are needed. For more information, call Melinda Rogers Tingle, 875-0355; Debbie Calloway, 875-4160; or Denise Elliott Cugler, 245-5631.
Christmas music, readings at Old Christ Church On Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m., the Laurel Historical Society, The Old Christ Church League and St. Philips Episcopal Church will be hosting the third annual afternoon concert of Christmas music and readings at Old Christ Church, with a Victorian open house before and after the program from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Cook House, 501 Fourth St. in Laurel. Leading the singing of familiar carols will be members of the Southern Delaware Choral Society, who will be offering special music as well. The church, built in the 1700s, has never been electrified or altered from its original state, other than repairs and maintenance. The Cook House, headquarters of the Laurel Historical Society will be festooned with decorations much in keeping with the period of the house, built around the time of the Civil War. Both events are free to the public to broaden public awareness of the uniqueness of these buildings as well as celebrate the joys of the season. However, free will donations for the preservation and maintenance of these treasures will be gratefully accepted at each location.
For more information about the Old Christ Church League, call St. Philips office at 875-3644. For information about the Laurel Historical Society call 875-2820. The church is located on Christ Church Road off of Rt 24 in Laurel. For further information, call 536-1384.
Beginners Driving Course AARP Beginners Driving Course will be held on Monday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Laurel Senior Center. Cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 for non-members. To register, call 875-2536.
Cub scouts seeking memorabilia This year (2010) is the 100th anniversary of scouting. Cub Scout Pack 90 is looking for former scouts interested in joining them for an upcoming show and tell. They would love to see your scout uniforms, books, photos, patches, and hear your stories about your adventures with scouting. Contact Cub Master, Clifford Alpert at 228-2390.
Laurel Pride in bloom You can now donate to purchase or maintain planters that change with the seasons. You can also donate for seasonal plantings or toward maintaining a planter in general. For more information, contact Barbara Wise at 875-5537. Contributions of any amount can be made to Laurel Pride in Bloom, c/o The Bank of Delmarva, 200 E. Market St., Laurel, DE 19956.
Delmar Christmas parade The 2010 Delmar Christmas parade is Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. with a rain date of Sunday, Dec. 12. Participation in the parade, which is sponsored by the Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce is free. Trophies will be awarded to the winners. This year's theme is "What Christmas Means to Me." For a parade application, call the chamber of commerce voicemail at 846-3336, pick up an application at Delmar Town Hall, or download from www.delmar-chamberofcommerce.com. The application deadline is Dec. 8.
Holiday candle light tour The Delmar Historic and Art Society (DHAS) will hold a holiday candle light tour on Friday, Dec. 10 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This fundraiser is the first community-wide event to benefit and support the DHAS mission of offering the Delmar community a vision of the past while making a contribution to the future. Tickets are $8 and include coffee and cookies from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge in Delmar. Tickets may be purchased at Wilmington Trust in Delmar, from a board member or by calling Faith at 846-2546. Raffle tickets will be sold at the Masonic Lodge for a horse and carriage ride courtesy of Gary Horseman.
Model Railroad Club opens doors The DelMarVa Model Railroad Club is holding its 25h anniversary holiday train show, open house and sale at their 103 East State St., Delmar location on the 2nd floor of the Camelot Hall. There are over 6000 feet of tracks and 10 train layouts in N scale to G scale, including rare pre- and post-war tinplate trains, as well as drawings, games and gifts for kids, food, and hundreds of model railroad items for sale. This is a free event for the public. It will be open Nov. 27 and 28, as well as Dec. 4 and 5. Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Santa will also be here on Dec. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. It will be open two weekends in January as well, Jan. 8 and 9, and Jan. 15 and 16. For further information, call 536-1418, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.delmarvamodelrailroadclub.org.
Delmar Community Carol Sing The 4thAnnual Delmar Community Carol Sing will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, at Delmar Middle & Senior High School Auditorium. There will be performances by the Delmar High School Chorus, Union UMC Gospel Choir, Flora Handy and Bell Choirs of St. Francis and St. Stephen's UMC. A donation of canned goods will be accepted for Harvest Ministries to serve the Delmar community. Complimentary soup and sandwiches will be provided afterthe Carol Sing at St. Stephen's UMC on State Street.
Christmas Caroling Party On Friday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Greenwood Public Library will be holding a Christmas Caroling Party at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood. Participants will meet in the lobby of the rest home at 6 p.m., sing carols throughout the facility, and end the evening with refreshments in the dining room. The Country Rest Home is located at 12046 Sunset Lane in Greenwood. To register, or for directions to the Country Rest Home, call 349-5309.
Bridgeville Library The following events will be held at the Bridgeville Public Library.
For information or special needs, contact the library at 337-7401.
- Story time - Tuesdays 11 a.m.- 2 to 4-year-olds; Thursday 11 a.m. - 4 to 6-year-olds; Lap Sit on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for ages 3 months to 2 years
- Family Nights - Third Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8 p.m.; Thanksgiving Delight; Dec. 21 - Holiday Extravaganza
- Genealogy Discussion Group - Our Genealogy Discussion Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m.
Cup of Coffee with Dave State Representative Dave Wilson (R-Cedar Creek Hundred) reminds constituents that he is available for coffee and conversation each month in Bridgeville and on a quarterly basis in Greenwood. Since he was first elected in 2008, Rep. Wilson has been meeting on a monthly basis with constituents of the 35th District for morning coffee sessions. The informal monthly meeting - known as a "Cup of Coffee with Dave" - gives constituents a chance to ask Rep. Wilson a question or share with him a concern they may have about the district or state government, while being treated to a free cup of coffee.The monthly coffee meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at Jimmy's Grille in Bridgeville from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.The next monthly coffee at Jimmy's will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Rep. Wilson also meets on a quarterly basis with residents at Smith Family Restaurant in Greenwood between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.The next quarterly meeting - held on the second Monday of the month - will be on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. The remaining quarterly meetings will be held in April, July and October of next year.
Holiday Music at the library On Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. the Friends of the Bridgeville Library will present an evening of "Holiday Music" featuring Joy Slavens on the harp with vocal accompaniment. Traditional holiday baked goods will be an additional highlight of the evening. The combination of beautiful music and holiday refreshments will create an event you don't want to miss at the Bridgeville Library meeting room, 600 S. Cannon St., Bridgeville. For more information, call Ruth Skala, 858-1534.
Free Thanksgiving Dinner Union United Methodist Church, 2 North Laws St., Bridgeville,will hold their 12th Annual Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner at noon on Thursday, Nov. 25, in the Fellowship Hall. For details call 337-7409.
Seaford AARP trips Dec. 6-8 - Wheeling Island Casino Hotel in Wheeling, W.V. Two meals per day including a dinner show. Tour the Glass Museum, Colonel Oglebay's Mansion Museum, addmission to the park for a bus tour of the Festival of Lights. Also a stop at the Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum. Bus driver tip included. Cost: $349 per person/doubles; $435 single. Dec. 16 - "A Holiday Tradition - Christmas Show" at the American Music Theatre sponsored by the Georgetown AARP. Cost: $90. Contact Hilda Parker at 856-2760. For more information, contact Rose at 629-7180.
Travel with Del Tech Limited seats are available for upcoming trips sponsored by Corporate and Community Programs at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. Delight in the special holiday exhibits at Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa. on Sunday, Nov. 28. A Brandywine Christmas features an extensive model railroad, a Victorian dollhouse and thousands of ornaments.
Miracle of Christmas trip The Greenwood CHEER Activity Center is offering a motor coach trip to see the Miracle of Christmas at Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster, Pa., on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Cost is $90 per person for members or $100 for non-members and includes transportation, show ticket and smorgasbord dinner at Hershey Farm Restaurant. For more information, call Susan Welch at 349-5237.
Needlepoint Guild The Delaware Seashore Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild meets on the first Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cheer Community Center in Georgetown. For details, call Linda at 644-1523.
H.A.P.P.E.N. to meet The next meeting of H.A.P.P.E.N., Hearns Pond Association for its protection, preservation, enhancement and naturalization is Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Seaford Museum.
Sussex County Marines Marine Corps League Detachment #780, Devil Dog Detachment, meets the first Thursday ofeach month at 6:30 p.m. at American Legion Post #6, "the log cabin," in Seaford.
USPS United States Power Squadron (USPS) meets at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information, contact C.M. Kohlenberg at 629-0687 or Rob Hutton at 628-0312.
Laurel Cub Scouts Laurel Cub Scout Pack 90 holds their weekly meetings at 6:30 every Monday night, in the basement at Centenary UMC in Laurel. The Cub Scout program is designed for boys from 1st grade through 5th grade.
SHS Alumni meeting The Seaford High School Alumni Association BoardMeeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Seaford Museum. For more information, call Donna Angell at 629-8077.
Festival of Trees benefits Hospice The Festival of Trees is the annual event ushering in the holiday season statewide.Hosted by Delaware Hospice to support its programs, the Festival features a magnificent display of decorated trees and wreaths and enjoys thousands of visitors each year.Hundreds of volunteers help organize and run each festival; businesses and individuals sponsor trees and wreaths, which are decorated by artisans who donate their time and talent.The following events will be held at Delaware Technical & Community College, Carter Partnership Center, Rt. 18, Georgetown: General Admission Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, Noon to 3 p.m. $3 adults; $1 students Featuring the Gift Shoppe, Sweet Shoppe, raffles and Delaware Hospice Craft Elves. Gala and Auction Friday, Dec. 3, 6 to 9 p.m. $30 per person by reservation only. Premier holiday event to usher in the season featuring live entertainment, a live and silent auction, and heavy hors' d'oeuvres. Call 855-2344 for reservations. Basket Bingo Saturday, Dec. 4, 1 to 4 p.m. $20 in advance;$25 at door. Tickets: 855-2344. Featuring a variety of Christmas and original baskets and pottery. Jingle Jamboree:Family Fun Night Saturday, Dec. 4, 6 to 9 p.m. $10 per person;under 10 free. Information: 855-2344. With dancing, games and refreshments.
Milton Christmas Parade The Milton Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Milton Volunteer Fire Company, is Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. For details, call 684-8500 or visit www.historicmilton.com.
Country breakfast buffet A country breakfast buffet will be held every fourth Sunday each month - September through June, from 7 to 10 a.m. at Galestown Community House. Adults, $7, ages 6 to 12, $4, under age 6, no charge. The buffet includes eggs, scrapple, sausage, pancakes, potato casserole, hominy, biscuits, toast, fruit cup and sticky buns. The community house is located on School House Road at the intersection of Galestown and Reliance Roads in Galestown, Md. The next breakfast is November 28.
Holiday Open House Join Santa and Mrs. Claus, Frosty, Rudolph and the elves for pictures, games, cookies and hot chocolate from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6, at the Georgetown office of Delaware National Bank. For more information, call 855-2406.