Lewes Polar Bear Plunge Freeze your fur off on Sunday, Feb. 6, with family, friends and frigid fans at the 20th annual Lewes Polar Bear Plunge. Presented by Wawa & Comcast, the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge benefits Special Olympics Delaware, an organization devoted to sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. A minimum of $50 in pledges guarantees you an official event sweatshirt and a spot on the beach. Sign up online at www.plungeDE.org, and join the fun on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m. on Rehoboth Beach.
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.
Seaford Historical Society On Monday, Jan. 10, the Pizza King restaurant will be accepting coupons that will send a percentage of the amount customers spend to the Seaford Historical Society. This fundraising effort is for the purpose of putting a new roof on the Ross Mansion. This treasured old building is much to important to suffer damage that is occurring with a leaking roof. Any member of the Board of Trustees can supply these coupons. They also can be obtained by contacting the SHS office at 203 High Street in Seaford, 628-9828.
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.
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.
- There is a Pre-K and Kindergarten "Story Time" at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center on Thursday, Jan. 6 and Thursday, Jan. 20, at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 629-2524 or visit www.seaford.lib.de.us.
- The Seaford Library and Cultural Center presents "Baby Bookworms" on Tuesday, Jan. 11 and Tuesday, Jan. 18, 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 Magic Cards Club for teens who like to play Magic Cards on Tuesday, Jan. 11 and Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m.
- On Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m., the Seaford Library and Cultural Center will have its Children's Book Discussion for kids in 2nd through 4th grade. This is a chance for kids to read a great book and discuss it with friends. For more information, call 629-2524 or visit www.seaford.lib.de.us.
- Need help building a resume and job hunting using the Internet? Come to the Nason Computer Room in the Seaford Library and Cultural Center every Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
- Adults, here is your chance to win great prizes. Registration for the Adult Winter Reading Program, "Getting Back to Classics," starts Monday, Jan. 24 and ends March 14. For more information, call 629-2524 or visit www.seaford.lib.de.us.
LHS Class of '85 reunion Laurel Senior High School Class of 1985 will hold a reunion at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Georgia House in Laurel. Cost is $35 per person. For more information, contact Jay Hastings at 875-9214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Learn to Knit' session The Laurel Library knitters will offer a free, one-time, "Learn to Knit" session in the meeting room of the Laurel Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. These knitters have been meeting weekly at the Laurel Library for over 10 years and offer a wealth of experience for any skill level. This session is intended for the beginning novice, but those needing slightly more advanced instructions are welcome to attend. Participants need to bring a pair of size 7 or 8 needles and a skein of worsted weight yarn. For more information, email email@example.com or call 875-3184.
Breakfast at Centenary Church An All You Can Eat Breakfast will be held at Centenary Church in Laurel, on Saturday, Jan. 8 from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Adults are $6 and children 6-12 are $3.
Sports Card Show Feb. 5 The 1st annual Crawford Foxwell Memorial Sports Card Show will be held on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Station 7 Restaurant in Laurel, at the corner of Rt. 13 and Rt. 9. Former Phillie Costen Shockley will be appearing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. signing autographs for $5. Admission is $2, children are free. Each paid admission will receive a 10% discount coupon for lunch at Station 7. The proceeds will benefit the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Salisbury. For more details contact Donnie Davidson at 443-205-0937 or Mike Lambert at 629-6030. Come Walk with Us! The Laurel Public Library invites people of all ages to "Come Walk with Us!" on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4 p.m. For details, call 875-3184 or visit www.laurel.lib.de.us.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Pine Wood Derby Cub Scout Pack 90 will hold their annual Pine Wood Derby on Jan. 29. After the race, we will also hold an open division for adults/Boy Scouts or other youth groups that may want to compete.The open division will have an entry fee of $5. For more information, 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. 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.
Winter Blues Party Join us for a Winter Blues Party at the Greenwood CHEER Activity Center on Tuesday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided by Cathy Gorman. There will be light refreshments, games and door prizes. For more information, call the center at 349-5237.
Winter Dinner Club The Greenwood CHEER Activity Center will have a Winter Dinner on Thursday, Jan. 13, at 5 p.m. Cost is $5/members and $6/non-members. Join us for an evening of socializing, dinner and card games. For the menu, call the center at 349-5237. Also, there will be a Winter Nights Dinner on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be musical entertainment by Tony Windsor. Cost is $6/members and $8/non-members. For the menu or more information, contact Susan Welch at 349-5237.
Wellness Wednesday Do you want to better understand your illness and treatment options and make informed decisions about your health care? Would you like to be assured that the health information you are finding on the Internet is reliable? Every third Wednesday of the month, from 2 to 4 p.m., Consumer Health Librarian for Sussex County, Linda Leonard, will be available at the Greenwood Library to help patrons locate current information and resources about health-related topics. This service is free and open to all. For more information, contact Robin Miller at 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. 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 quarterly meeting will be on Jan. 10.
Bridgeville 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.
Genealogy Discussion Group - Our Genealogy Discussion Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m.
For more information on library programs or special needs, contact the library at 337-7401.
Douglas Seth to perform The January chill will thaw on Friday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m., when Douglas Seth, guitarist, plays Flamenco and classical music at the Bridgeville Public Library. Seth, who is a dynamic and eclectic performer who has appeared throughout the United States and internationally, recently relocated to Seaford. Refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Bridgeville Library and is free and open to all.
Model Railroad Club opens doors The DelMarVa Model Railroad Club is holding its 25th 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 Jan. 8 & 9, and Jan. 15 & 16; Sat. 11-5; Sun. noon - 5. For more info, email email@example.com or visit www.delmarvamodelrailroadclub.org.
Basket Bingo & Auction Delmar Middle/High Band Boosters will hold a Basket Bingo & Auction at the Salisbury Moose Lodge on Saturday, Jan. 15. Doors open at 5 p.m., games begin at 6:30 p.m. Baskets will be filled with goodies and there will be raffles, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. Call 410-896-2271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket information.
Seaford AARP trips Seaford AARP Chapter #1084 has the following trips open to the public. April 11-14 - Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. Included is 3 hot breakfasts and dinners: Fiddlin' Pig with entertainment, dinner at Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Carolina Nights Dinner Theater. Visit the Biltmore Estate, the Gardens and the Winery. Take a Lake Lure Cruise, visit the St. Lawrence Basilica and the Cherokee Indian museum. Also a guided tour of Asheville. Cost: $435 per person/doubles and $545/singles. June 6-14 - Branson & The Ozarks in Missouri. 7 shows, College of the Ozarks tour, Stone Hill Winery, Silver Dollar City and a dinner show on the Showboat Branson Belle. Included are 8 breakfasts and 6 dinners. Cost: $875 per person/doubles and $1,110/singles. July 11-14 - Adirondack Adventure in New York. 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners included. A Lake George Sternwheeler Cruise and a Raquette Lake Gilded Age Luncheon Cruise. Also 2 train rides - the Upper Hudson River Railroad and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. One nights dinner at the Saratoga Gaming in Sarotoga Springs. A tour of Great Camp Sagamore built by Vanderbilt. Cost: $565 per person/doubles and $740/singles. Sept. 14-24 - Black Hills, S.D. 10 breakfasts, 8 dinners. Guided tour of Chicago, Wisconsin Dells cruise, Corn Palace and Wall Drug. Travel through Badlands National Park with a stop at the Visitor's Center. Have dinner and see the Lighting Ceremony on Mt. Rushmore. Visit the Crazy Horse Memorial and the Museum of the North American Indian. A drive through Custer State Park. Visit the Journey Museum, Mt. Rushmore Black Hille Gold Factory and Historic Deadwood. Cost: $1,125 per person/doubles and $1,475/singles. All trips are open to the public. For more information, contact Rose at 629-7180.
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.
AARP Chapter 1084 AARP Chapter 1084, Seaford area of Western Sussex County, will hold a board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 6, at 1:30 p.m. at the Methodist Manor House. The chapter will also meet at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13, at Methodist Manor House Fellowship Hall next to Nanticoke Hospital. Guest speaker will be WBOC's Charlie Paparella. For details, call Gladys Bonowicz at 875-1519.
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.
Seaford Widowed Persons The Seaford Chapter of the Widowed Persons Service will have its next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 12:15 p.m. at the Georgia House in Laurel. The planned guest speaker will be Major Gen. John M. Custer III. All widowed persons of all ages are invited to attend. Genealogical Society The Sussex County Genealogical Society will begin its 2011programs on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 10:30 a.m.,at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. Guest speaker will be Helen Underwood, author of "Under Cedar Shades," who will speak about the research of her book. The book spans five generations of American women of mixed heritage and their families and their struggle to endure displacement, color discrimination, famine, war and exploitation in 19th century America. Dr. William Campbell will be the speaker at the Saturday, Feb. 19 meeting.He will speak about the conditions at Ft. Delaware during the Civil War and bring his collection of medical memorabilia. For more information about the society and upcoming programs, visit www.scgsdelaware.org or call 301-875-5418. Meetings are open to anyone interested in learning how to research their ancestors.
Watermelon Queen Mar-Del Watermelon Association is looking for interested young women to enter their pageant to select the 2011 Mar-Del Watermelon Queen. This contest is looking for young women to become a public spokesperson for the watermelon industry and the opportunity to compete for the 2012 National Watermelon Queen. For more information visit www.mardelwatermelon.org. Entry deadline is January 15.
PPP dinner theater tickets Possum Point Players is accepting dinner reservations for all six performances of the adult musical comedy, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 28-29 and Feb. 4-5, and at 12:30 p.m. on Sundays, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. Tickets are $40 and reservations can be made by calling the Possum Ticketline at 856-4560. Director Jim Hartzell of Georgetown is working with an excellent cast and a directorial staff including choreographer Deni Robinson of Lewes and co-music directors Melanie Bradley of Lewes and Liz Messick of Laurel. Although the play is about a fictional middle school spelling bee, the actors are all adults, including the six adolescents taking part in the spelling bee. The characters all have their quirks as the contestants and organizers are hit with the stress of competition. This highly acclaimed comedy promises to be fun for all ages. In a unique twist, as designed by the writers, each performance will include audience volunteers who will join in the competition. Although the dinner menu has not yet been announced, Possum dinners are enjoyed by groups of all sizes. Tickets can be ordered individually, or dinner seating can be made for groups of up to 10 people to sit together. In addition to taking reservations for 2011's dinner theater, Possum Point Players are accepting season ticket orders. All requests should be made to the Possum Point Players office.
Country breakfast buffet A country breakfast buffet will be held every fourth Sunday each month 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 Jan. 23.