ALL ABOUT SEAFORD
Seaford Santa House Santa will be at his house in the Lowe's Shopping Center in Seaford to greet area children on the following dates and times: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14 - 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 - 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Dec. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 - 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 - 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 - 5 to 7 p.m. Santa's House is being sponsored 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.
Holiday train exhibit at museum The Seaford Museum invites everyone to visit its Holiday Train Exhibit, "Trains of Delmarva." The exhibit features many model trains as well as artifacts, pictures and stories of locomotive history. There are many great stories of early train history. The Seashore Railroad Club will feature a new running display this year on the towns of Sussex to coincide with the train exhibit. Children and grandchildren will love these trains that were a central part of travel and commerce on Delmarva. Adults are $3 while children are free with an adult. The exhibit runs through Sunday, Jan. 12. The museum, which is open Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., is located in downtown Seaford at 203 High St., in the old post office.
Country Christmas Music Show The Seaford Historical Society will sponsor a "Country Christmas Music Show" at the Seaford Senior High auditorium on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6. The show is headlined by "The Jones Boys Band" and will feature several other local area bands and singers along with surprise performers. A pedal tractor donated by Hoober, Inc. will be auctioned off during intermission. Jimmy Hoppa, WBOC TV co-anchor of the morning news and co-host of "Delmarva Life," will host the show. Advance admission is $8 for adults and $10 at the door. Student tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door. Admission is free for preschoolers. To purchase tickets, visit the Seaford Museum in downtown Seaford, Seaford Music, Craig's TV, Hoober, Inc. or Nanticoke Fence. For more information, contact the Seaford Historical Society office at 628-9828.
Class of '93 reunion Seaford High School Class of 1993 will hold its 20 year reunion at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27, at Grotto Pizza in Seaford. For more information, contact Susan Passwaters DeFord at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page, Seaford Senior High School Class of 1993.
Gallery 107 art classes The following classes are scheduled for the month of December at Gallery 107 in downtown Seaford. More details are available online at http://nanticokeriverartscouncil.org/Classes.html. The gallery is open 1 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, 1 to 7 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Monday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Dec 16) - Impressionistic Oil Painting with Linda Steere, $90/month, $80 for members 6 to 9 p.m. - Classic Realism in Oil with John Shisler, $65, $55 for members. Wednesdays 6 to 8 p.m. - Watercolor with Nancy Laprad, in her home, $55, $50 for members. Fridays 9 to 11 a.m. - Canvas and Coffee with Tammy Kearney and Nancy Laprad, $5.
'A Night of Magical Fun' The Nanticoke Rotary Club will present "A Night of Magical Fun" at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, at Central Elementary School in Seaford. Admission is free to children of all ages . All are welcome.
Bingo at the Elks Lodge Cash Bingo at the Seaford Elks Lodge is every Wednesday night. Doors open at 5 p.m. and Bingo begins at 7. Also, Bingo is every third Sunday of the month. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and Bingo is at 2 p.m. Must be 18 to attend. For details, call 629-2458 or 410-603-0383.
ALL ABOUT LAUREL
Santa House in Laurel The Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Charity Lodge #27 of Laurel will host its Santa House at Laurel Town Park, at the intersection of Rts. 13A and 24, in the heart of Laurel. The Santa House is just to the left of the bandstand/gazebo and parking is available at the park. Each child who visits Santa will receive a large candy cane and an age-appropriate book to read. Visits are free. Santa House Schedule Friday, Dec. 13, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m.
Trap Pond offering hayrides Seven Delaware state parks are offering scenic hayrides this fall. In western Sussex County, residents can find hayrides at Trap Pond State Park in Laurel. The rides accommodate 30 to 40 people and are priced from $4 to $6 for adults and from $2 to $3 for children 12 and under. Families are welcome to bring refreshments to enjoy around a campfire after the hayride. For private hayride reservations, contact the Nature Center at Trap Pond at 875-5163.
Relay for Life fundraiser Laureate Epsilon Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi sorority, is holding an ongoing fundraiser at Laurel Pizzaria to benefit Relay for Life. This event takes place on the third Tuesday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m. Laureate Epsilon will receive 10% of the check to benefit Relay For Life. For more information, call 228-5800.
Donations for Food Basket program The Laurel office of Edward Jones Investments in Laureltown is accepting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit the 2013 Christmas Food Basket program sponsored by Good Samaritan Aid Organization in Laurel. Donations may be dropped off at the Edward Jones office in Laurel from now through Dec. 23, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Laurel Public Library Holiday closings Christmas - The library will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24 and 25. The library will reopen at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec 26. New Year's - The library will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The library will reopen at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan 2. Adult programs, services Celebrate with holiday music - Laurel Public Library will usher in the winter season with its annual holiday music program at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17. This year's program will feature the hand bell choir from Centenary United Methodist Church. New to the program this year is guest soloist Beverly LaFazia, a Laurel resident who is well known for her vocal abilities. The program will last approximately one hour and is appropriate for all ages. Well behaved young children are welcome. For more information, call 875-3184. Computer One-on-one help with many different skills involving the computer. Examples include: job search, resume, how to use mouse, setting up an email account and navigating the Internet. For details call Dana at 875-3184. Drop-in Chess - BYOB (bring your own board) to Laurel Public Library on Saturdays for a challenging game of chess. Meet people who share your interest in the game. Drop-in, 10 a.m. and stay as long as you want until 2 p.m. For more information, email email@example.com or call 875-3184. Genealogy Help Session - Searching for your ancestors? Informal help with genealogy research is offered at the Laurel Library each month on the second Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the 2nd floor genealogy area. Library staff and volunteers will be available for consulting with beginners or those just needing advice on new strategies. Whether you are a novice or an old hand, join other researchers for tips and suggestions for greater success. Advice on using the library collection, the Internet, or other resources will be the main topics. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 875-3184. Happy Knitters - Knitting is alive and well at Laurel Public Library at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings. Bring in a needlework project to work on and join the group. "Learn to Knit" Workshop - The monthly knitting workshop takes place at 6 p.m. on the 2nd floor of Laurel Public Library on the last Thursday of each month. Intended for the novice, other knitting issues and concerns can be addressed. Newcomers are asked to bring a skein of yarn and size 7 needles for starters. Dates may be changed to accommodate major holidays. For more information, email email@example.com or call 875-3184. Pageturner Book Club - The Pageturner Book Club at Laurel Library is welcoming new members. The club meets at the library on the second Thursday of each month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 875-3184. Recent Reads - Drop in and sample the weekly Book Club at Laurel Public Library, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. It's not your average book club. Bring whatever you're reading, e-books or audiobooks too, anything goes. All are welcome, for light refreshments and conversation. Call Wenona for details at 875-3184. Tech Talk - Now, four times a week. Jack the Tech Guy, is available to answer all your questions, from simple to stumpers, every Monday through Thursday 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call the library at 875-3184. Youth programs JumpBunch - Preschool & Early Elementary Activity. On the third Friday of every month from October to April, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., join us at the library for a free sports and exercise program for preschoolers and early elementary children. No registration necessary. Structured format introduces a wide variety of sports and builds coordination, balance and confidence. Each class includes warm-ups, floor exercises, the sport activity of the week, stretching, and cool down. For more information, email email@example.com or call 875-3184. Preschool Storytime - Come join Ms. Pat and Ms. Tameca every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Laurel Public Library. Children and their caregivers will enjoy exploring books, music, games and crafts. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 875-3184.
ALL ABOUT DELMAR
Holiday Train Show The DelMarVa Model Railroad Club will host its free Holiday Train Show, Open House & Sale at 103 E. State St., Delmar, on the second floor of Camelot Hall. There is something for everyone, with well over 5,000 square feet of trains with 10 train layouts, drawings, games and gifts for the kids, food and hundreds of model railroad items for sale. This will be the largest celebration yet. The event will take place on the following dates Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 5, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 12, noon to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Greg Coughlin at 536-1418 or Scalelike_ind@Comcast.net, or visit www.delmarvamodelrailroadclub.org
Breakfast with Santa The Delmar Volunteer Fire Company will host its annual Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Delmar Public Library Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drive continues throughout December. Bring canned food and other non-perishable items to the library to help those in need in our community. All food will be donated to Harvest Ministries in Delmar. Help us fill the cart! Friday Friendly Folk meet on Fridays in December at 1:30 p.m. The group discusses books, listens to presentations by local experts and shares life lessons. On Friday, Dec. 13, it's a Round Table discussion on the significance of community service in your life. On Dec. 20, share your first holiday memory and on Dec. 27, share a New Year's Resolution. The Friends of the Delmar Public Library will meet on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. Join the Friends (membership is free) and support the library. Assistance is available from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 14, for residents who would like to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Preregistration is requested for these one-to-one sessions. Call the library at 846-9894 to register for a session. Preschool children and their parents or caregivers can attend story time Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m. Elementary and middle school students are welcome to play Wii and board games on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 3:30 p.m. The Delmar Library Board of Commissioners, library staff, and Friends of the Library invite you to our community Open House on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. Come enjoy holiday trivia, karaoke, snacks and punch, and a visit from the Jolly Old Man from the North Pole. Attendees are invited to stay for the Friends of the Library meeting immediately following the Open House at 7 p.m. The library is looking for a few (more) volunteers for its Steering Committee to raise funds for the new library building. Join us at the regular monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m., to learn what you can do to help with already scheduled fundraising events and help build our new community library. For more information on these programs, call the library at 846-9894 or stop in. Program information is also available online at delmarpubliclibrary.org or our pages on Facebook and Twitter or Pinterest or you can email us at email@example.com. The library will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25, and on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
ALL ABOUT BLADES
Christmas Light Contest The Town of Blades announces its Christmas Light Contest. Decorate your house for a chance to win. First prize is $100, second $50, and third $25. Judges will be making rounds and the winner will be posted the week after Christmas. Only residences inside the town limits will be judged. For more information, call town hall at 629-7366.
ALL ABOUT GREENWOOD
Christmas Candlelight Service Todds Chapel, Greenwood, will hold a Christmas candlelight service at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 23.
The service will be in the English tradition of "Nine Lessons and Carols." Communion will also be served. Refreshments will follow the service. Todds Chapel is located at 102 Todds Chapel Rd., approximately six miles west of Greenwood (corner of Todds Chapel Road and Hickman Road). The public is invited to attend.
Cookbooks for sale Cookbooks are available for sale at $12 each at Todds Chapel U.M.C. in Greenwood. These hardbound cookbooks make great Christmas gifts. Proceeds will benefit Todds Chapel youth activities. For more information, call 349-4609.
Lunch & Tour at the Cheer Center The Greenwood Cheer Activity Center is accepting new members. Anyone over the age of 50 who schedules a tour of the center will enjoy a complimentary lunch. Come learn about all the great activities and trips at the center. Be sure to check out our state-of-the art Fitness Center. A Dinner Club is held every Thursday night at 5 and is open to the public. To schedule a tour, call site manager, Dixie Carlisle, at 349-5237.
ALL ABOUT BRIDGEVILLE
Dance troupe plans holiday show Delaware Dance Alliance announces its holiday performances of The Jazz Nutcracker and The Nutcracker Ballet. The Nutcracker Ballet will be presented at Woodbridge High School at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21. This rendition of The Nutcracker incorporates the arts of ballet and jazz into Clara's fantastical dream with Duke Ellington's score. Tickets are $8 for children and senior citizens and $12 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the First State Academy of Dance in Milford, 302-422-2633, or online at www.brownpapertickets.com
Give the gift of a book A special gift for the person who has everything is the donation of a book for the Bridgeville Library. The Friends of the Bridgeville Library present, "Honor Someone Special." In this program, a bookplate inscribed with the name of a donor or honoree will be placed in a book of your selection. Or, you can let the librarians select a book for you. For a contribution of $25 or more a new book will bring enjoyment to so many readers. A gift acknowledgement will be sent to the donor and honoree. To participate, complete a brochure at the library or contact Ruth Skala at 337-3678 for more information.
Bridgeville Library Visit our new website at www.bridgevillelibrary.com and "like" our Facebook page. Lap Sit - Lap Sit on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for ages 3 months to 2 years. No Lap Sit the week of Christmas or New Year's. Story time - Tuesdays, 11 a.m. for ages 2-4 and Thursday 11 a.m. for ages 4-6. No Story Time the week of Christmas or New Year's. Family Nights - Third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 17 - Woodbridge Theater Company will perform "Charlotte's Web." Jan. 21 is Pajama Party and Movie Night - children are encouraged to wear their pj's and enjoy a movie. A snack of hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. No-Bake Cookie Program for Teens and Tweens - Join us for a no-bake cookie creation. Teens (ages 13-17) are scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 3:30 p.m. and Tweens (ages 10-12) are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19 at 3:30 p.m. We only have room for 20 participants in each class so sign-ups are required. Fill a decorative container with your creations to enjoy with family, friends or give as a gift. Registration and confirmation of attendance is required. Mark your calendars - Winter Reading Program begins Friday, Jan. 10 and ends Friday, Feb. 21. Our annual Princess Party is Saturday, Feb. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. Our Superhero Party is Saturday, Feb. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants must be between the ages of 3-10. Registration will begin after Jan. 2. Computer skills and E-reader classes - Each month the library offers computer classes with various topics. Additionally, e-reader classes and demonstrations are offered. Dates vary; check Facebook or our website for details. "Food For Thought" at your Library - Join us for a meaningful conversation. From current events to civic concerns; we encourage dialogue that share your ideas, concerns and opinions. We meet on the third Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. A light luncheon is served. Genealogy Discussion Group - Genealogy Discussion Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Join us to discuss, research and enjoy genealogy. Genealogy Program: Google Tools for Genealogy - Find your ancestors by unleashing the power of Google. This 45-minute lecture covers several advanced search techniques that will bring your research to the next level, as well as an introduction to GoogleTranslate and GoogleBooks. Presented by Leah Youse, MLIS. All programming is free and open to all. For more information, contact the library at 337-7401, ext. 101.
ALL ABOUT FEDERALSBURG
Christmas House Tour Union United Methodist Church in Federalsburg, Md., will hold a Christmas House Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. On the tour will be Christ United Methodist Church, Exeter, the Federalsburg Area Heritage Museum, and five area homes. Christ United Methodist Church will feature its Nativity displays and an angel tree, and Exeter and the Federalsburg Museum will be decorated for the holidays. Exeter, circa 1808, will feature guides in period costumes and participating children as well. Gift shops at the museum and Exeter will both be open. Price of the Christmas House Tour is $15. In addition to the tour, lunch will be available at Union United Methodist Church beginning at 11 a.m. for $7. A cookie walk will be held; cookies will be sold by the dozen. Union United Methodist Church is located at 301 N. Main St., Federalsburg. Tickets may be purchased the day of the tour at the church or by calling 410-754-5594.
ALL ABOUT GEORGETOWN
PPP presents 'Christmas Belles' Experience the Christmas spirit "Southern-style" this year. The Possum Point Players will present "Christmas Belles," a Southern holiday comedy. Honey Raye is played by Susan McCoy, Selbyville; Frankie by Julia Free, Seaford; and Twink by E. J. Panico, also of Seaford. Show dates are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Possum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Rd., Georgetown. Tickets are $23 for adults, $22 for students and seniors. Call 856-4560 or visit www.possumpointplayers.org/ The Possum Point Players' Third Annual Silent Auction will be held Saturday, Dec. 14. Preview and pre-bidding will be held Friday, Dec. 13.
Mitten Tree donations Help us help others keep warm. Don's Tree Farm in association with Georgetown Presbyterian Church is collecting new hats, scarves and mittens for their Mitten Tree. Items can be dropped off at Don's Tree Farm, 6396 Hickman Rd., Greenwood or at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church on Bedford Street in Georgetown. All items will be distributed locally. Sizes from infants to adults would be appreciated. For more information, call 349-0555.
ALL ABOUT GALESTOWN
Country breakfast buffet The Galestown Ruritan Club country breakfast buffet is held the last Sunday of the month from September through May from 7 to 10 a.m., at the Galestown Community Center. The buffet includes eggs, scrapple, sausage, pancakes, potato casserole, hominy, biscuits, toast, fruit cup, and sticky buns. The community center is located at 5538 Old School House Rd., at the intersection with Galestown-Reliance Road in Galestown.
ALL ABOUT TRIPS
Alumni Association offers trips The Delmar Alumni Association is offering the a trip through Holloway Tours for alumni, family and friends on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 to the Philadelphia Flower Show, TBA Checks should be made payable to the Delmar Alumni Association and mailed to: Dot Wolfgang, 36360 Bi-State Blvd., Delmar, DE 19940. For details call Wolfgang at 846-2366.
Winter Cruise Getaway Once again, Dr. Marie Wolfgang is sponsoring a 10-night cruise as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. On Feb. 8, 2014, set sail from Baltimore to the Western Caribbean on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' "Grandeur of the Seas." Stops include Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth (Jamaica), and Labadee, Haiti (the private island). Transportation to and from Baltimore is available from Seaford via chartered bus. You may obtain a brochure from Dr. Wolfgang's office at 1 Cedar Ave., Seaford, or by contacting Dori at Boscov's travel. Space is limited.
ALL ABOUT MEETINGS
Coast Guard Auxiliary The Seaford U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-08 meets the second Thursday of each month at the station at the Nanticoke Marina and Yacht Club in Blades. For details, call Art Wollschlager at 628-8259 or email auxmarchingband@gmail
Sail & Power Squadron meeting The Nanticoke River Sail & Power Squadron (NRS&PS) meets at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. If you are interested in boating education and safety, and enjoy power boating, sailing or kayaking/canoeing, join us and participate in our classes and social outings. For more information, contact C.M. Kohlenberg at 629-0687 or Rob Hutton at 628-0312.
Monthly writers' group Have you always wished you could write stories, articles or even a book, but don't know how to begin? Have you drafted manuscripts, but need help getting them published? Whether you are a novice or have achieved success in writing, you are invited to join Kingdom Writers Fellowship. We are a small, warm and welcoming writers' group that meets monthly on the third Tuesday evening at Grace Baptist Church in Seaford. For more information, call 858-2239 or 628-4594.
Senator Brian Pettyjohn Sen. Brian Pettyjohn (R-Georgetown) has announced that he will host a monthly "Coffee with Constituents" meeting. The Senator encourages District 19 residents to stop by to ask a question or share a concern on issues relating to the district or state government. The meetings take place on the third Saturday of every month, between 8 and 10 a.m. with the location rotating between Bridgeville, Georgetown and Long Neck. The meeting is open to the pubic. No reservations are needed.
DAR Mary Vining Chapter The DAR Mary Vining Chapter meets through May on the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Seaford Library. To join DAR, contact any member or visit the DAR Mary Vining website for more information.
9-12 Group Meetings for the 9-12 Group take place on the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Millsboro Fire Hall (behind the fire house). The 9-12 meetings are about local, state and national politics. For more information, visit 912DelawarePatriots.com
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.
Cancer Support Group The Greenwood Cheer Activity Center will host a Cancer Support Group on the second Monday of every month at 1 p.m. Beverly Turner, group facilitator, has many years of experience hosting support groups. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., if any one would like to come and enjoy lunch before the group meets. The support group is free. For more information, call Site Manager, Dixie Carlisle at 349-5237.
Ham/Turkey Shoot schedule The Ellendale Ruritan Ham/Turkey Shoot will take place at the Georgetown/Ellendale VFW. Sign up starts at 10:30 a.m., shooting starts at 11. Cancellations will be made by 9 a.m. Refreshments will be for sale by the VFW. Schedule - Dec. 21, Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 22, April 26. Rain dates - Nov. 30, Dec. 28, Feb. 1, March 1, March 29, May 3. For cancellations, call 249-7025.
Toastmasters Club Southern Delaware Toastmasters Club meets at the Crossroad Community Church, Georgetown. Club meetings are still being held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. Toastmasters International, an educational, leadership and communication organization, has existed since 1924.
Broad Creek Grange Meeting The Broad Creek Grange meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, at Broad Creek Grange Hall (11198 County Seat Hwy., Laurel). For more details, contact Mary Tress at 875-3326. Visitors are welcome.
THINGS TO DO ELSEWHERE
Watermelon Pageant seeks contestants Mar-Del Watermelon Association seeks young women to enter their pageant to select the 2014 Mar-Del Watermelon Queen who will become a public spokesperson for the watermelon industry. As spokesperson, you will travel on the Eastern Shore and throughout the United States spreading the word about the healthy benefits of watermelon and will have the opportunity to compete for the 2015 National Watermelon Queen. For more information and an application, visit www.mardelwatermelon.org or or call 875-2819. Entry deadline is Jan. 8, 2014.