Bulletin Board
Thursday, December 02, 2010
 
LOCAL FUNDRAISERS

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 annilawrie@hotmail.com. 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.

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.

SEAFORD EVENTS:

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. 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. There will also 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. For details, call the Seaford Historical Society office at 628-9828.

Train exhibit at Seaford Museum A spectacular train exhibit is on display through January 8 in the Webb Room at the Seaford Museum. The museum is open Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. except Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is free for children under 12 years of age but children must be accompanied by an adult. For adults, the charge is $3 per person. For more information, call the Seaford HIstorical Society office at 628-9828.

Community food drive Mayor Edward H. Butler Jr. announces a community food drive to serve the Food Closet at St. John's United Methodist Church. Individuals in need are referred to the Food Closet through several local agencies. Boxes will be placed at City Hall for collection of non-perishable food items. Contents of the boxes will be taken to the Food Closet. The boxes will be available for donations until Friday, Dec. 17, at which time the contents will be divided evenly among local charities. For more information, contact Trisha Newcomer at 629-9173.

Holiday Decorating Contest Mayor Butler has announced a Holiday Decorating Contest in the City of Seaford for residents. Prizes include $100 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place. To participate, register by downloading a registration form online at www.seafordde.com or pick up a registration form at City Hall, 414 High Street. There is no fee to participate but registration forms should be returned by noon on Friday, Dec. 17 so the judges know the locations of the decorated homes. The contest ends on Dec. 19 and judging will be held on Dec. 20, with awards being presented at the regular council meeting on Jan. 11, 2011. For more information, contact Trisha Newcomer at 629-9173.

Christmas boutique needs items Gift items are needed for the boutique at the Victorian Christmas at the Ross Mansion on December 10, 11 and 12. Each member of the Seaford Historical Society is asked to contribute one item. Handmade gifts in the price range of $10 to $20 are the most popular. Items may be left in the gray box on the front porch of the Ross Mansion at any time. The box will be checked every day to pick up donated items. For further information, call Shirley Skinner at 629-9378 or Diane Thomas at 629-2085.

Seaford Library
  • There is a Pre-K and Kindergarten "Story Time" at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center on Thursday, Dec. 2 and Thursday, Dec. 16, at 10:30 a.m.
  • The Science and Religion Book discussion will meet at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center onMonday, Dec. 6 and Monday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m.
  • The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will have "Baby Bookworms" on Tuesday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 10:30 a.m. This program introduces infants through 36 months old to the world of nursery rhymes and books.
  • The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will have Magic Cards Club Tuesday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. This is for teens who like to play Magic Cards.
  • On Wednesday, Dec. 8, the Seaford Library and Cultural Center will have its Children's Book Discussion sign-up and craft at 4 p.m. This is a chance for kids in 2nd through 4th grade to read a great book and discuss them with friends and do a fun craft.
  • Anyone interested in learning to make greeting cards using rubber stamps, can join the Seaford Stampers at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.
  • There will be a Seaford Library and Cultural Center Board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m.
  • The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will be closed Friday, Dec. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday. We will reopen for our regular business hours on Monday, Dec. 27 at 9 a.m.
For more information on library programs call 629-2524 or visit www.seaford.lib.de.us.

Bake sale at the parade Seaford Blue Jays 4-H Club is having a bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 4, during the Seaford Christmas Parade and pre-parade entertainment. The sale will be set up on Cannon & High Street across from the judge's stand.

2010 Annual Toy Drive Peninsula Chiropractic Center and Isorobic Life Improvement Center in conjunction with Seaford/Blades Associated Charities announces the 2010 Annual Toy Drive. Toys will be delivered from Delmar to Seaford. The drive will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon, at Peninsula Chiropractic Center located at 26685 Sussex Highway in Seaford. Receive a free chiropractic adjustment, spinal evaluation or fitness consultation in exchange for an unwrapped gift for a boy or girl of any age. Current clients are asked to bring their gifts on or before Dec. 11, to receive their adjustment. New clients may bring their gifts in before Dec. 11 to get a full spinal evaluation worth up to $150. Call Peninsula Chiropractic Center at 629-4344 for more information.

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. For more 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.

LAUREL EVENTS:

'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. Co-sponsored by Healthcorps to encourage fitness that is fun, walks will begin and end at the library, and participants are invited to join us for a refreshing beverage when finished. For more information, call the library at 875-3184 or visit www.laurel.lib.de.us.

Spaghetti dinner A spaghetti dinner served by God's Men of Centenary will be held 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 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.


Mt. Pleasant yard sale Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church is holding an indoor Christmas yard sale on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Scrapple sandwiches and coffee will be available for sale. The church is located on Mt. Pleasant Road and Rt. 24W, Laurel. For more information, call 875-3728.

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 rebecca.norton@lib.de.us.

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.

Visit with Santa Children of all ages are invited to visit with Santa Claus on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cook House, 502 E. Fourth St., Laurel.This visit from St. Nick is part of the Laurel Historical Society's Christmas Open House, hosted annually before and after the yuletide service at Old Christ Church on Chipman Pond Road. The historical society headquarters will be decorated for the season and members will greet visitors with warm drinks and seasonal treats. Make sure to visit with the society at both the Friday night parade and the Sunday afternoon Open House. For more information, email laurelhistoricalsociety@hotmail.com or call 875-2820 or 875-7665.

Santa House in Laurel Park The Santa House in Laurel Park (on Route 24 and 13A by the Gazebo) will be open the following dates during the holidays:
  • Friday, Dec. 3 - during & after parade
  • Saturday, Dec. 4 - 10 a.m.-noon, 6-8 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 10 - 6-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 11 - 10 a.m.-noon, 6-8 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 17 - 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 18 - 10 a.m.-noon, 6-8 p.m.
The Santa House is hosted by Oddfellows, Charity Lodge #27 of Laurel. There is no cost to visit Santa.

Holiday music and sing-along The Laurel Public Library is pleased to welcome back the handbell choir from Centenary United Methodist Church as they present an evening of traditional holiday music at the library on Monday, Dec. 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. New this year is Laurel favorite, Everett Hart with his trademark harmonica. Under the direction of Karen Tull the bell choir will present a selection of seasonal favorites as well as various other traditional music. The program, which will conclude with a group sing-along of traditional Christmas carols, will last approximately one hour. The program will be held in the second floor area of the library to accommodate this previously standing room only event. For more information, call 875-3184 or email normajean.fowler@lib.de.us.

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.

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.

GREENWOOD EVENTS:

Carla Markell to speak Delaware First Lady Carla Markell will be the guest speaker at the Harrington-Greenwood-Felton (Hub Club) Rotary on Thursday, Dec. 9. She will join the Hub Club and the Lake Forest Interact Club for breakfast in the cafeteria at Lake Forest High School. The public is invited to attend the breakfast from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. The breakfast is complimentary, but advance registration is requested. For information, call Kim Robbins at 335-5633 or Linda Chick at 398-5194.

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.

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. 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.

BRIDGEVILLE EVENTS:

Bridgeville Library The following events will be held at the Bridgeville Public Library.
  • 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.
For information or special needs, contact the library at 337-7401.

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. For more information, call Ruth Skala, 858-1534.

DELMAR EVENTS:

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.

Beef and dumpling dinner The Delmar Chorus Boosters Club will hold an all-you-can-eat beef and dumpling dinner on Sunday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Delmar VFW in Delmar, Md. Tickets are $12 and are available from any chorus member or by calling 443-523-5488. All proceeds from the dinner will support the programs and events of the middle and high school choruses and their "Attire the Choir" fundraiser.

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 Saturday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Santa will also be here on Dec. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. It will also be open Jan. 8 and 9, and Jan. 15 and 16. For more information, call 536-1418, email scalelike_ind@comcast.net 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.

TRIPS:

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.

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.

MEETINGS:

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. 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.

Democrat Club The Western Sussex Democrat Club will hold its holiday meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6, at Dukes' Pool House in Laurel. The club will provide the turkeyand ham for the dish-to-pass dinner.Club members are asked to bring canned goods for distribution to the needy. Also, the club will buy gifts for a chosen needy family. New members are always welcome and any one interested may call 875-5385 for more information.

No AARP meeting There will be no chapter meeting for AARP Chapter 1084 on Thursday, Dec. 9. Call Gladys Bonowicz, chapter president, at 875-1519 if you have questions.

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 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.

SURROUNDING AREAS:

Festival of Trees The Festival of Trees is the annual event ushering in the holiday season statewide.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 Gala and Auction Friday, Dec. 3, 6 to 9 p.m. $30 per person by reservation only. Call 855-2344 for reservations. Basket Bingo Saturday, Dec. 4, 1 to 4 p.m. $20 in advance;$25 at door. Tickets: 855-2344. 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.

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.

Bethel Christmas House Tour Bethel Christmas House Tour, December 11pm from 5 to 8 pm. Pick up your map at the Museum located at 312 First Street. Tickets are $10/each-Please call Pat for tickets 302-875-2793 or email: annilawrie@hotmail.com Proceeds benefit the Bethel Historical Society. Williamsburg wreaths, Silpada jewelry, along with other gifts will be available for sale at the Museum.

The Nutcracker at Milford High Diamond Dance Company will be performing The Nutcracker this weekend. Artistic Director Terianne Utley and Ballet Mistress Lindsey Warren are back this year to direct the choreography. Katie Mae Fields of Seaford (Sat.) and Jill Wilkins of Lincoln (Sun.) will be sharing the role of Clara. Shows are at Milford High School Theatre on December 4 at 7 p.m., and December 5 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults 18 and up and $10 for Seniors 55 plus and students, and can be purchased weekdays at Lou's Bootery or at the door. For more information please call 943-7339.

The 'Nutcracker' The "Nutcracker," acclaimed classical ballet performed by the First State Ballet Theatre, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in the theater, Arts & Science Center, Delaware Technical & Community College, Georgetown. Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 senior citizens/children/students. Call Delaware Tech at 858-5475 or 856-5400, ext. 5545 for tickets.

Republican's Christmas Gala Join the Sussex County Republican Party as they honor the Sussex County Republican Women's Club at the annual Christmas Gala at Baywood in Long Neck. The party takes place Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sponsor the event for $500. Individual tickets are $75. For more information and to RSVP by Dec. 6, call Jeanne Best at 668-1954 ext. 6 or email jeanne@delawaregop.com.

Santa's House Santa's House will be open Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 19, 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free; pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus cost $10. The house is located at 14034 Wilson Hill Rd., Georgetown. To send information about families that could benefit from donations of toys and clothes, e-mail saintnicksmail@comcast.net.