Bulletin Board
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Items sought for boutique Seaford Historical Society members are asked to donate items to be sold at the boutique during the Victorian Christmas at Ross Mansion on Dec. 9-11. Handmade gifts from $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 daily for donated items. For more information, call Shirley Skinner at 629-9378 or Diane Thomas at 629-2085.

Seaford Library and Job Center All programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 629-2524 or visit www.seaford.lib.de.us. The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will have Baby Bookworms on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. This program introduces kids ages 18-36 months old to the world of nursery rhymes and books. There is a Pre-K and Kindergarten Story Time with crafts and songs at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center every first and third Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Come and join the Time Traveling Book Club at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center the second Thursday of each month starting at 1:30 p.m. This is a home school program for children in 3rd through 6th grade. Come and join the SMore Books Club for kids in 3rd through 5th grade at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center the second Thursday of each month starting at 4 p.m. The kids will read great books, discuss them with friends and do a fun craft. Come and join the Livin/Lovin Library Club for kids in 3rd through 6th grade at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center the third Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. Kids will volunteer at the library and learn how it works. The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will have Family Fun Night every fourth Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. This is a program for families and children of all ages. The Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Stroke Support Group meets at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center every third Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 629-6226. The Seaford Library and Cultural Center will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will open for our regular business hours on Friday, Nov. 25. Job Center For more information, visit www.lib.de.us/jobcenter or call the Seaford Job Center at 222-3618. The Job Center at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center in cooperation with Sussex Tech will be offering English as a Second Language (ESL) on Tuesdays and Thursday nights at 5:30 p.m. Call 222-3618 to register. The Job Center at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center in cooperation with the Money School will be offering a workshop. Presenter is Samuel F. Slabaugh Sr., Certified Financial Planner Professional. The workshops include: Avoiding Probate on Monday, Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. Call 222-3618 to register. The Job Center at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center is offering High School Diploma/GED classes every other Monday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 302-883-0420 or 888-321-4723, email info@dcdal.org or visit http://dcdal.org. The Job Center at the Seaford Library and Cultural Center will offer Open Lab for walk-in patrons on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Call 302-222-3618 for more information. The Job Center is offering a Basic Computer Workshop. Currently accepting registration for classes starting on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (5 classes).

Nanticoke River Arts Council The Nanticoke River Arts Council meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Gallery 107, located at 107 Pine St., Seaford. Everyone is invited to attend. The gallery is open to the public Thursdays from 1 to 6 p.m., Fridays 1 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on the council or the gallery, contactthe gallery at 628-ARTS (2787) or Christina Darby at 629-4321. The council is pleased to announce thatKaren Owens will be teaching pencil/charcoal classes for children in November on Saturday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m. Ages 8 and older are welcome. Contact Karen at 628-8656 for more information. A handmade dulcimer will be raffled off in the spring of 2012. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. The dulcimer is on view in the gallery where tickets can be purchased.

Seaford Santa House Santa will be at his house in the Lowes Shopping Center between IHOP and Little Caesars Pizza to greet area children. He is being sponsored again this year by the Seaford Kiwanis Club in partnership with Hiram Lodge #21 of Seaford. Santa requests that a non-perishable food item be brought with you and placed in the box at his house to help feed the needy in the Seaford community. Santas schedule: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10, 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16 and 17, 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 4-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 19-23, 5-7 p.m.

Roadhouse helps Historical Society On Thursday, Dec. 1, the Seaford Texas Roadhouse will honor coupons distributed by the Seaford Historical Society (SHS). These coupons authorize the Texas Roadhouse to pay SHS 10% of the income from the sale of dinners between 4 and 10 p.m. on that date. Coupons must be presented to the waiter when paying the bill. This money will help with maintenance expenses at the Ross Mansion and Seaford Museum. Coupons may be obtained from the SHS office at 203 High St., Seaford, 628-9828. They are also available online at www.seafordhistoricalsociety.com.

Pre-war holiday train exhibit The Seaford Museum is presenting an encore exhibit of model trains up to the year 1941, generally referred to as Pre-War model trains. The model train exhibit fills the Webb Room of the museum and will be open from Friday, Nov. 25, through Saturday, Jan. 15. The Sea Side Model Train Club will again set up a moving train exhibit. The museum, located in the old Post Office Building at 203 High Street, is open from 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.

Friends Poinsettia Sale Tis the season for the Friends of the Seaford Library Annual Christmas Poinsettia Sale. Five inch poinsettias provided by Jeffs Greenhouses will be available for purchase at $6 each or 4 for $20. Order forms may be obtained at the circulation desk of the library or by calling fundraiser chair Connie Halter at 628-0554. Pick up will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 7, between the hours of noon to 6 p.m., in the Woodruff Community Room of the Seaford Library. Delivery is available to local businesses. All proceeds benefit the programs of the Seaford Library & Cultural Center.

SHS raffles patriotic throw The Seaford Historical Society is raffling a small hand-crocheted American flag quilt. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and available from SHS members or the office at 203 High Street, 628-9828. The drawing will take place at the SHS annual meeting on Jan. 16, 2012. For more information call 628-9828.

Victorian Christmas The 15th annual Victorian Christmas at the Ross Mansion will be held on Dec. 9-11. The beauty of the 13-room mansion will be enhanced with Christmas decorations by the Spade and Trowel Garden Club of Seaford. Art works by members of the Nanticoke River Arts Council will be on display and for sale every day. Two of the scheduled events require advance reservations which must be made by Dec. 6. Space is limited for both. On Friday afternoon, Dec. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m., a card and game party is planned. Players bring their own games. Tables, chairs, dessert, coffee, tea and music are provided. Participants are invited to tour the mansion. Cost is $10 per person. To make a reservation, call 629-6417. A Christmas Tea event is offered on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. Violin music by Emma Scott will add to the ambience. Guests are invited to tour the mansion. The event is $15 per person. To make a reservation, call 629-8765. Festivities are sponsored by the Seaford Historical Society. For details call the SHS office at 628-9828.

Holiday decorations sale Spade and Trowel Garden Club is taking orders for holiday decorations made of fresh greenery and bright berries, all handmade by club members. Single candle centerpieces are $15 each; double candle are $25. Door swags are $20; 14-inch wreaths are $30, available in mixed greens, boxwood or magnolia. Grave mounds are $30. Pick up can be arranged on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Galestown Community Center or Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Ross Mansion across from the Seaford Library. To order, or for more information, call Carol Campbell at 337-9332.

Stay & Play Parents As Teachers, Seaford Stay & Play is open tofamilies with children birth through 60 months (prior to kindergartenentry)Thursdays 10:30 a.m. to noon, West Seaford Elementary. Families must pre-register. For more information, contact Trisha Emmett at 682-4379.


Preschool Story Time Preschool Story Time continues at the Laurel Public Library every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Children and their caregivers are invited to explore books, music, games and crafts. For details, call 875-3184.

Benefit for Smiley Givens kids A benefit fundraiser to help raise money for the children of Eric Smiley Givens is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Lewes/Rehoboth Moose Family Center, Del. 9, Lewes. Givens, an employee of the Delaware Department of Transportation, was killed in an accident while working in Sussex County on Oct. 5. He was a member of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department. He leaves behind a daughter, Chloe and a step-daughter Emma Stranick. The benefit dinner begins at 6 p.m. and includes a pig roast and all the trimmings. A donation of $12 for adults and $6 children is requested. For more information, call Mike at 302-245-2278.

Laurel Christmas Parade The Laurel Christmas Parade will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2.For more information or to obtain an application, call or email Julie Short at Town Hall at 875-2277 or laurelaccountsmanager@comcast.net.

Christmas Food Basket Program Melinda Tingle, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Laurel, is supporting the Good Samaritan organization by using her office as a drop-off location for a canned food drive. Local residents and businesses may help those less fortunate in the community by bringing in items to the Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours through December 16. The branch address is 204 Laureltown at Front Street and Delaware Avenue in Laurel.

Handbell Choir performs Dec. 14 The Laurel Public Library is pleased to welcome back the handbell choir from Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel, as they present an evening of traditional holiday music on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 7 to 8 p.m. This years program marks the fifth anniversary of this very popular event. Under the direction of Karen Tull, Centenary Church organist, the bell choir will present a selection of traditional favorites as well as other seasonal music. Special guest artist this year will be area native, Jeff Premo. Well known for his skill on the saxophone, Jeff will be the first brass instrumentalist featured at the library. Holiday music will be filling the library as this sell out event returns to usher in the season. The program, lasting approximately one hour, will be held in the second floor area of the library to accommodate this previously standing room only event. For more information, visit www.laurel.lib.de.us, call 875-3184 or email normajean.fowler@lib.de.us.

Laurel Cemetery book signing The Laurel Historical Society announces the completion of the third cemetery book. Cemeteries Around Laurel, Volume 1 documents 25 local cemeteries that include genealogies, stories, listings and photographs. Old Christ, Mt. Pleasant, Broad Creek, Epworth and Bethesda are church cemeteries that have been surveyed and documented by the Laurel Historical Society Cemetery Project. The book also lists family cemeteries of Adams, Chipman, Collins, Hitchens, Phillips, Records, Short, Warrington, Wingate and many others. This book is the first of several that will document over 100 church and family cemeteries around the Laurel area. A book signing will be held at the Laurel Public Library on Dec. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m., where the new books will be available for purchase for $35. Author Doug Breen and Photographer Chuck Swift will be in attendance to sign the new books. The first two books, Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel, Delaware and Cemeteries in Laurel, Delaware, will also be available for purchase. Call 877-0110 for more information.

LHS Class of 1976 reunion The Laurel High School Class of 1976 will hold their 35th class reunion on Saturday, Nov. 26, at the American Legion in Laurel. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7. RSVP by Nov. 15, to Ellen Stone Hearn at 846-0636 or Carol Rhodes Porter at 410-430-1902. The following classmates are missing: Joe Andrews, Trina Boyce, Dianna Calhoun, Sam Caruso, Rickey Gillespie, Ida Mae Horsey, Elaine Horsey, Janice Jefferson, Fiona McKenzie, Diane ONeal, Faith Parker, Joyce Sheridan, Rickey Smart, Martin Tobert, Jeff Walters, Carolyn West and Debbie Winder.

AARP Beginners Driving Course An AARP Beginners Driving Course will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 5. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. To register, call 875-2536.


Delmar Community Carol Sing The Delmar Community Carol Sing sponsored by local churches will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at Delmar High/Middle School Auditorium. Come and enjoy singing and listening to the music. All are welcome to St. Stephens Camelot Hall (103 E. State St.), for free soup, sandwiches and cookies after the caroling. Please bring a canned good for distribution to the local needy.

Holiday train show, sale The DelMarVa Model Railroad Club will hold the 26th annual Holiday Train Show, Open House and Sale from Nov. 26 through Jan. 15, 2012, at 103 E. State St., Delmar, on the second floor of Camelot Hall. Saturdays include: Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Jan. 7 and Jan. 14. Sundays include: Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Jan. 8, 2012 and Jan. 15, 2012. Saturdays are from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. and Sundays are from noon to 5 p.m. Over 6,000 sqf and nine train layouts including Thomas the Tank and rare pre and post war Tinplate trains. There will be drawings, games and free gifts for the kids. Santa will visit on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact Greg Coughlin at 536-1418 or Scalelike_ind@comcast.net.

Delmar Library The following events will be held at the Delmar Public Library this month. Note that the library will be closed November 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving. After School Games - Every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. - Middle and highschoolers are welcome to playWii andPS3 games, snacks provided. Preschool Story Time - Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. - Interactive story time for ages 2-5. Sing songs, read books and do fun crafts. Pages & Pizza - Monday, Nov. 28, 4:30 p.m. - Middle and highschoolers are invited to discuss their recent reads and enjoy pizza with friends.


Wellness Wednesday 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. For details, contact Robin Miller at 349-5309.

CHEER lunch and tour The Greenwood CHEER Activity Center, 41 Schulze Road, Greenwood, is accepting new members. Anyone over the age of 50 who schedules a tour of the center will enjoy a complimentary lunch. Come and learn about all the great activities and trips at the center. Reservations are required. To schedule a tour, call the Site Manager, Dixie Carlisle at 349-5237.

Christmas caroling party On Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Greenwood Public Library will host a Christmas Caroling Party at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood. We 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 activity is open to all; however, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration is helpful, but not required. The Country Rest Home is located at 12046 Sunset Lane in Greenwood. To register, or to obtain directions to the Country Rest Home, call 349-5309. Homemade goodies are a special treat to the residents; if you are able to supply some of your homemade Christmas cookies as refreshments, contact Robin at the same number.

Cookies and candy drive A Holiday Hello pre-wrapped cookies and candy drive for the troops is being held by the Ladies Auxiliary of Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 7478. Anyone wishing to donate sealed cookies in boxes or tins, or candy that wont melt and is pre-wrapped, may contact Sr. Vice President Michaele Russell at 349-4220. Items may also be delivered to 102 Maryland Ave., Greenwood, by Dec. 12. Donations for postage are also being accepted.

GMS Christmas Concert The joyous Christmas season is here! You are invited to join the students of Greenwood Mennonite School at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, for their annual Christmas concert to enjoy traditional Christmas music that celebrates the true meaning of the season. The program will feature Christmas selections from the Middle School Chorus, Senior High School Chorale, Ensemble and a combined Mass Choir under the direction of Kevin Yoder and accompanied by local pianist, Jeff Scott. Also featured will be the Junior and Senior High School bands doing a number of instrumental selections under the direction of Lowell Bechtel. Admission is free. An offering will be taken for a special Christmas blessing for the teachers and staff of GMS. The school is located at 12802 Mennonite School Rd., just east of Greenwood. The schools award winning music department had All County band and All State choir members this past year. The Chorale and Ensemble give other public performances throughout the year. Their annual schedule includes a multi-state tour and participation in competitions. They are available for bookings for your event by contacting the school. For more information, visit www.gmsflames.org or call the school office at 349-4131.


Bridgeville Craft Show The Bridgeville Historical Society will host its 36th Annual Christmas in Bridgeville Craft Show on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Woodbridge High School. The show will include over 60 vendors selling a large assortment of holiday gift items. The show also includes raffles for a 50/50 and a Sanyo 42 High Definition Flat Screen TV. Admission is free and all proceeds benefit the Bridgeville Historical Society. For more information, call Mike and Joanne Collison at 337-7784.

Art work on display at the library In November at the Bridgeville Public Library, the Heritage Shores Shore Shots Camera Club is displaying residents pictures that have been recently photographed. The display case near the childrens section of the library is exhibiting the aviary wood carvings of Robert Culver. Twenty-five years ago Culvers wife asked him to disguise a water pump in their front yard. That project led him to the art of wood carving. His craftsmanship is self taught. His birds are frequently on display in various locations such as the Del Tech craft show and at the Milford Riverwalk. All carvings are available for purchase. Both exhibits can be viewed at the Bridgeville Public Library during normal library hours.

Free Thanksgiving dinner Free community Thanksgiving dinner, sponsored by Union United Methodist Church to be held Thursday, Nov. 24 at noon at the Fellowship Hall on Market & Laws St. in Bridgeville. All are welcome and there is no charge. For more information call 337-7409.

Bridgeville Library events All programming provided by the library is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Karen Johnson at 337-7401, ext. 107. Lap Sit - Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for ages 3 months to 2 years. Story time - Tuesdays at 11 a.m. for 2 to 4-year-olds and Thursdays at 11 a.m. for ages 4 to 6. Family Nights - Third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Holiday music at the library On Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., the Friends of the Bridgeville Library will present a program of holiday music featuring the First State Harmonizers, a group of dedicated men who love singing four part harmony. The event is free and open to everyone at the Bridgeville Public Library. Refreshments will be served. Donations are always welcome.


Victorian Christmas Open House The Bethel Museum has undergone many extensive interior changes in the past year thanks to a partnership with the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs and the guidance of director Kevin Phillips. The museum has housed artifacts related to the shipbuilding industry and the division will help with arranging the displays and contributing furniture of the Victorian era. The Bethel Historical Society is excited about these changes and invites everyone to a Victorian Christmas Open House on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.


Winter Caribbean Cruise Dr. Marie Wolfgang is again sponsoring a 12 night Winter Getaway Cruise to the southern Caribbean as a fundraiser for Relay for Life, sailing from Cape Liberty, N.J. on Feb. 10. The itinerary includes St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Johns (Antigua), St. Lucia and St. Maarten (Philipsburg). Transportation to and from the dock is available. For a brochure, call or visit Dr. Wolfgangs office at One Cedar Avenue in Seaford or call Carolyn Griffith at 629-4471. Space is limited.

The Lion King at the Hippo Trip to Baltimores Hippodrome to see The Lion King on Saturday, Dec. 10. Seats are available for $149 for Adult Plus+ members and $159 for the general public. The bus departs Delaware Tech at 9 a.m. on Saturday and departs Maryland at 4:30 p.m. Refunds based on waiting list availability. To register, call Adult Plus+ at Delaware Tech at 856-5618.

Holiday trips Travel with Delaware Technical Community College to see something new and have fun. Savor the natural beauty of the holidays with a Longwood Gardens Christmas on Nov. 30. Christmas will be in bloom with tall, elegantly decorated trees and thousands of poinsettias, amaryllis, cyclamen and much more. Visitors may stroll through the conservatory, ballroom, music room, organ museum and new living wall. The bus will leave Delaware Tech at 9 a.m. It will be an old-fashioned Christmas in Intercourse, Pa., on Dec. 3, as visitors enjoy the Pennsylvania Dutch country. At Kitchen Kettle Village, the time will be yours to explore over 40 shops filled with handmade gifts. Enjoy Holly Days with carolers, hot cider, smores, fire pits and horse-drawn carriages. The bus departs Delaware Tech at 8 a.m. and leaves Lancaster at 4 p.m. For a festive holiday celebration, join the NSO Pops and the Canadian Tenors in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 8. Their undeniable charm is irresistible as they dazzle the world with their diverse vocal style. The bus departs at 2:30 p.m. and leaves Washington at 9:30 p.m. Take a loved one or special friend to see the Lion King at the Hippodrome. Who can resist Disneys magical theatre? Its always delightful and inspiring. On Dec. 10, the bus will leave the college at 9 a.m. for an unforgettable show. For more information or to make a reservation, call Delaware Tech at 856-5618.

Delmar Alumni trips The Delmar Alumni Association will be offering a trip, via Holloway Transit, for members, associates and friends. Thursday, Dec. 15, Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster, Penn., $110 per person. For more information, contact Dot Wolfgang, Delmar Alumni activities chairperson, at 846-2366.

AARP 915 bus trips AARP Chapter 915 is offering the following bus trip: Feb. 25-March 4, 2012 - Miami/Key West, Fla. - Miami area, cruise Biscayne Bay, Hollywood Beach, South Beach, Key West and much more. $670 single occupancy - $75 due with sign-up by November. For more information, call Diana at 410-754-8189 or Lucille at 410-754-8588.

Trip to see Jonah St. Johns U.M.C., Seaford, is scheduling a bus trip for April 19, 2012, to Sight and Sound Theatre in Strasburg, Pa., to see Jonah. Departure is at 8:30 a.m. sharp for a 1 p.m. show. The $68 cost covers the show, bus and the drivers tip. A self-pay dinner at Cracker Barrel follows the show. Call Ruth Rhoades at 629-0789 for more information and to reserve your seats, only 8 left.


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.

New YoungWriters group A new writing group for young writers is being formed at the Laurel Library. Thiswriters group is designed for people ages 13 to 30, who are serious about becoming professional writers. All ages and writing abilities are welcome. Meetings will be held every second Monday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Laurel Public Library, 2nd floor. For more information,visit www.laurel.lib.de.us, call 875-3184 or email youngprofessionalwriters@yahoo.com.

Airport committee meeting The Sussex County Airport Advisory Committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center, 21911 Rudder Lane (Sussex County Airport), Georgetown. The meeting is open to the public.

Sea Purls The Sea Purls Chapter of The Knitting Guild Association meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Cheer Community Center in Georgetown. For details, call Diane at 228-0235.

Coast Guard Auxiliary The US Coast Guard Auxiliarymeets the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Nanticoke River Yacht Clubon North Market Street in Bladesat 7 p.m. New members are welcome.

Sussex County Marines Marine Corps League Detachment #780, Devil Dog Detachment, meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at the VFW Virgil Wilson Post 4961, Middleford Road, Seaford.


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 in Galestown, Md. The next breakfast will be on November 27.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner A free Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be served at Bethel United Methodist Church, 2381 Neals School Rd., near Oak Grove, serving communities around Oak Grove and Atlanta. The traditional dinner with all the trimmings will be served promptly at noon on Thanksgiving Day with the kitchen closing at 1:30 p.m. Reservations are not necessary, meals will be served on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call Lucy Slacum 629-7117.

First State Harmonettes If you love to sing the First State Harmonettes may have a place for you.The First State Harmonettes recently offered two open houses at their rehearsal space in Milford. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at 101 S. Walnut St., Milford, at First Presbyterian Church. For more information, contact Ann at 335-3052 or Dee at 270-0304. Miss Delaware Send-off The Miss Delaware Send-off will be at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino on Dec. 11, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. A light buffet will be served. This send-off is a party extending best wishes to the current Miss Delaware, Maria Cahill, as she prepares to leave for Miss America in Las Vegas in January. Tickets for the send-off are $20 for advance reservations, $25 at the door, and $10 for children 10 and under. Tickets are available by contacting Sandy Soucek at sandysoucek@yahoo.com or 302-422-8593.

Players present Humbug! The Second Street Players of Milford will present the holiday comedy Humbug! on Nov. 25, 26 and Dec. 2, 3 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 at 3 p.m., at their Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut St., Milford. Tickets are $17 with a $1 discount offered on the matinees for students, senior citizens and military. Group rates are also available. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 422-0220. Audience members are invited to bring donations of nonperishable food items to benefit Casa San Francisco, a homeless shelter in Milton.

Community Christmas Concerts The Milford Community Band will present three public Christmas Concerts during December. Concerts are free, but a free will offering will be taken. Concerts will be held: Sunday, Dec. 11, 3 p.m. - Milford Senior Center, Milford Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. - Epworth UMC, Rehoboth (this concert will include vocal music by the South Coastal Chorus) Saturday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m. - First State Baptist Church, Walker Road, Dover

Nutcracker at Del Tech First State Ballet Theatre (FSBT), Delawares professional ballet company, caps a decade of exciting performances at Delaware Technical Community College, Owens Campus with its 10th annual presentation of the beloved classical ballet the Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. The December 10 performance begins at 7 p.m. in the college theater in the Arts & Science Center, located on Route 18/Seashore Highway. General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, children and senior citizens. General seating tickets may be purchased by calling 858-5475. Call today to reserve your tickets.

Tickets on sale for PPP show Beginning with The Possums Christmas Hit Parade, which runs Dec. 2-4, 9-11, patrons to Possum Point Players shows will be able to visit the PPPs newly revised website to order tickets. The show will also feature a silent auction of the trees which will be used to decorate the stage.PPP will supply the trees and is soliciting volunteers to purchase decorations, decorate and name them. Patrons will be able to bid on the trees not only prior to the show, during intermission and after the show, but will be able to log onto PPPs website and see pictures of the trees, see the latest bid on each tree, and place a bid. Tickets are $20 ($19 for seniors and students).

Ham/Turkey Shoot schedule Ellendale Ruritan Ham/Turkey Shoot will be held at the Georgetown/Ellendale VFW, 1/2 mile south of the Rt. 113 and 16 intersection. The 2011-2012 schedule includes the following dates: Dec. 17, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, March 24 and April 28. Corresponding rain/snow dates are Feb. 4, March 3, March 31 and May 5 with no make up in December. Sign up starts at 10:30 a.m. followed by shooting at 11 a.m. For possible cancellations, call 302-249-7025.

Worcester Prep Christmas Bazaar Begin your holiday season by visiting Worcester Preparatory School at the 40th Annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on South Main Street in historic Berlin. Plenty of parking in front (Main Street) and back (Buckingham Lane) of the school. For details, call Susan Beauchamp at 410-641-3575.

New Years dinner, gala Victory Junction will host a New Years Dinner and Gala on Dec. 31, at the Millsboro VFW. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7:30 p.m. Guest singers include Amy Holloway Stark, Joe Dawson, Loretts Brooks, Homeland Singers and The Island Boys. Cost for the dinner is $10. Call for tickets at 934-6995.