ALL ABOUT SEAFORD:
Seaford Museum Train Exhibit This year's Annual Christmas Train exhibit promises to be something everyone should see. It will be closed on New Year's eve. Starting Jan. 1st, the exhibit will be open Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 to see the trains, or $5 which also includes a museum tour. Children 12 and under are free, with an adult. For more information, contact the SHS Administrative Office at 628-9828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christian Writers Fellowship Vine and Vessels Christian Writers Fellowship offers support, networking and opportunities to aspiring writers and poets. If you possess a God-given talent and a passionate desire for writing, this group is for you. Seize this opportunity to grow your creative writing skills and connect with other writers. Meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Seaford Library & Cultural Center from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The organization also seeks qualified individuals to serve on its advisory board. Those interested must complete an application and interview process. Contact Joyce Sessoms at 382-9904 or Betty L. Ricks-Jarman at 448-5939 for more information.
Spring NYSA sign-ups The NYSA (Nanticoke Youth Soccer Association) will hold its spring sign-ups at Sweet Serenity Chocolates in Seaford on Thursday, Jan. 7 and Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 5-7 p.m. Programs are available for area children who are ages 5-18. Teams are broken down as U-6 (6 years and under or Kids Under 6 - usually ages 4-5); U-8; U10; U12; U16 and U18. Coaches practice with their soccer teams at different times during the week and it is appreciated if you check to make sure they are with NYSA. Thanks to the support of the community, sign-up rates have been reduced to $15 for this coming spring season. For more information, call the NYSA at 629-3530 or visit www.nysasoccer.com.
Bingo at the Elks Lodge Bingo at the Seaford Elks Lodge is held every Wednesday night. Doors open at 5:30 and play begins at 7. Cash prizes up to the maximum allowed by law.
Gallery 107 classes Seaford Gallery 107 will hold the following classes in January. For more details, visit nanticokeriverartscouncil.org/Classes.html. The Gallery is located at 105 Pine St., Seaford. Hours are 1-5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays. Classes are taught next door on Pine Street. Special classes Saturday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Children's Art Class with Karen Owens, ages 6-9, $40 includes supplies and light lunch. Saturday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Children's Art Class with Karen Owens, ages 10-14, $40 includes supplies and light lunch. Anyone interested in these children's classes, contact Karen directly at email@example.com. Ongoing classes Mondays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Open studio time for artists of all media who wish to work in a group setting. The open studio is available for ages 16 and older who like to paint with others. No instruction will be available although you can learn more in a group setting. Cost is $5. Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon - Canvas and Coffee with Tammy Kearney and Nancy Laprad, $5. Saturdays: Jan. 23-Feb. 27 - from 3-5:30 p.m. Oil painting classes with Linda Steere for adult (16+) intermediate and advanced oil painting students. Students can paint in the style of their choice. They can also choose their subject matter as long as it is not another artist's work or photo. $100 members, $110 public. Register at Gallery 107 by Thursday, Jan. 14, 2 p.m. For questions and concerns, call Linda at 875-2702 or email LMSteere@hughes.net.
ALL ABOUT LAUREL:
Heritage Museum Open House The Laurel Historical Society has unveiled its newest exhibit, "A Stitch in Time - The Nancy Smith Story" to family and society members at the Laurel Heritage Museum (Old Train Station). The exhibit is now available to the public at its first Open House of the year on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 from 1-4 p.m. and every first Sunday thereafter. The exhibit displays an array of exquisite clothing and other items designed and sewn by Nancy Smith in her home in Portsville and gives a glimpse into the life of this remarkable emigrant from southern Italy. The society's headquarters and house museum, Cook House, will also be open at the same times. Admission is free at both.
ALL ABOUT BETHEL:
Bethel Museum presents exhibit The Bethel Museum is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special exhibit featuring a large display of Indian artifacts collected by Henry Hutchinson, a Bethel resident and a founding trustee of the museum who was instrumental in forming the Bethel Historical Society in 1975. Artifacts are also on loan from other sources. Most of Hutchinson's artifacts have not been seen since he died in 1976. This is a great opportunity to see hundreds of artifacts that were used by ancient Nanticoke Indian tribes. Learn why the tribes moved here and how they developed methods of survival hundreds of years ago here on Broad Creek. This special exhibit, which is in honor of Henry Hutchinson, will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. every Sunday in January, February, and March. The museum is located at 312 First St., Bethel. Call the museum at 875-3974 or Kevin Phillips at 858-3840 for more information.
ALL ABOUT BRIDGEVILLE:
Holiday hours at the library The Bridgeville Library will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 31 and Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 for New Year's. The new Imagineering Basics Club will begin in January at the library. This club will meet every Wednesday from 5-6:15 p.m. The first meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 6. We will learn about Scratch Animation, robot control, Computer Aided Design (CAD), and 3D printing. This free club is for ages 10 and up, and parent participation is highly encouraged. For more information, contact the library at 302-337-7401.
Events at the Bridgeville Library Winter Reading Program - Registration for our Winter Reading Program has begun. Stop by the circulation desk to register and pick up your packet. For more information, contact the library at 337-7401.
ALL ABOUT GREENWOOD:
Programs at the library Kids Book Club - Let's Read Together is a book club for children in kindergarten through second grade. This club is about reading books, making crafts, and meeting new friends. Starting Feb. 5, the Let's Read Together club will meet the first Friday of every month at 4:30 p.m. at the Greenwood Public Library. For more information, call the library at 349-5309. Training for Reading Therapy Dogs - The Literacy Education Assistance Pups (L.E.A.P.) will hold training sessions for reading therapy dogs at the Greenwood Library. Sessions will be held on Monday, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, and Feb. 15 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The dog must be at least one-year-old, pass a temperament test given the first session, and attend all three training sessions. Current vet records and a background check for the handler are required. The handler must be at least 18-years-old and pay annual dues of $30. Pre-registration is required and can be completed by visiting the library or calling 349-5309.
Lunch & Tour at CHEER 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. Check out our state-of-the-art Fitness Center. A Dinner Club is held most Thursday nights at 5 and is open to the public. To schedule a tour or for more info, call site manager, Dixie Carlisle, at 349-5237.
L.E.A.P. nights at the library Join us at the Greenwood Public Library for the L.E.A.P. (Literacy Education Assistance Pups) Program. Children of all ages are welcome to read to the dogs every Thursday night from 6:30-7:30. Come in to practice your reading and have a tail-waggin' good time! For more info, contact Robin Miller at the library at 349-5309.
Storytime at the library Join us every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Greenwood Public Library for Storytime. Preschoolers begin to learn language, social and listening skills as they enjoy children's books found in the library.
ALL ABOUT FEDERALSBURG:
Family Game Night Bring the family to the Federalsburg branch of the Caroline County Public Library for an evening of classic board games. Revisit favorite games, discover new ones and meet other families who also enjoy board games. Games provided by the library include Chess, Checkers, Parcheesi, Yahtzee, Hi Ho Cherry-O, Scrabble and more. Family Game Night is held on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. The event is free and registration is not required.
THINGS TO DO ELSEWHERE:
Victory Junction Joe Dawson Music Ministry will host Victory Junction, a night of fun, food, fellowship and gospel music, from 6-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, at Long Neck United Methodist Church in Millsboro. Guest singers include Phil Davis and Joe Dawson. All are welcome.
GriefShare at Bethel UMC Bethel United Methodist Church in Lewes will hold a 13-week GriefShare session from Sunday, Jan. 10 through Sunday, April 10. The group will meet from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Parsonage Meeting House. Registration is free. Learn how to walk the journey of grief with others who are grieving and receive support along the way. GriefShare is a place where grieving people find healing and hope. To sign up, contact GriefShare coordinator Jane Smith at 856-577-0614 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A private, confidential sign up is offered online at www.bethellewes.org.
Imagination Library donation The Caroline County Public Library has partnered with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to provide a specially selected book each month for a preschool child until their 5th birthday. A tax-deductible gift of $25 will provide a high quality, age-appropriate book each month for one year, mailed directly to a Caroline County child's home. Stop by the Caroline County Public Library, pick an Imagination Library train from the tree, and share the joy of reading.
ESWA publishes book The Eastern Shore Writers Association (ESWA) announces the publication of I Vaguely Recall: A short, incomplete history of the Eastern Shore Writers Association. Known for its annual Bay-to-Ocean Writers Conference and its flagship publication, The Delmarva Review, ESWA began 30 years ago with its first meeting at the Easton Library. Today, there are nearly 250 members. The 44-page booklet that outlines the organization's journey begins with that initial meeting in 1985 and continues to the present, shedding light on the challenges ESWA has faced, and sharing the voices of many of its active members - present and past. A dozen of the taped "oral histories" have been placed in the ESWA Archive in the Maryland Room of the Talbot County Free Library in Easton. The publication is available with a donation of $6.12 (includes postage).
Checks should be made out to the ESWA Education Fund and sent to Susan Jones, 21395 Island Club Rd., Tilghman, MD 21671.
ALL ABOUT TRIPS:
Del Tech offers trip to Alaska Delaware Technical Community College has partnered with Collette, a premier travel experiences company, to offer the community an opportunity to explore Alaska by land and sea. Ten percent of the cost of each trip booked is donated to Delaware Tech to fund scholarships for underprivileged children in Sussex County to attend summer camps and courses at Delaware Tech's Kids on Campus Program. The Alaska trip, featuring Denali National Park and days of sightseeing from an amazing cruise ship, runs from May 24 through June 5, 2016. The $4,249 per person (based on double occupancy) price includes round trip airfare, lodging, 21 meals, and the daily tours of scenic and wild places. Highlights of the trip include: Denali National Park, Mount McKinley, Glacier Bay, Juneau, and a seven night Princess cruise aboard a fabulous floating resort. This trip was scheduled to capture the breathtaking views of Alaska's natural wonders. Call the Encore Program at Delaware Tech at 259-6342.
Bus trip to see 'Samson' Delmar Wesleyan Church is sponsoring a bus trip to see Samson on Wednesday, June 22. Cost is $79 per person which covers bus and show. Showtime is 2:45 p.m. Bus leaves the church at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call Jim at 841-8874.
Trip to America's National Parks AARP 915 is sponsoring a trip to America's National Parks on Sept. 4-13, 2016 (9 nights, 10 days). Cost includes flight from BWI and transfers to BWI, nine nights lodging. Tour Rapid City, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Black Hills, Tour of Deadwood, including Tatanka, Little Bighorn Battlefield/Museum, Buffalo Bill Center in Cody, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and Tour of Salt Lake City. Motorcoach transportation during tours, taxes and gratuities, insured, $3,294.50 per person, double occupancy, single is slightly higher. A $250 deposit due is with signup, the balance will be due at later date. Call Diana at 410-754-8189 to sign-up and for more information.
ALL ABOUT MEETINGS:
Ladies Auxiliary meeting The Laurel American Legion Unit 19 Ladies Auxiliary will meet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2 at the Post in the downstairs club room. Please attend and help the unit set their goals for the new year.
Sea Purls meeting 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. The next meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. Lunch is available and new members are always welcome. For details, call Diane at 302-228-0235.
Potluck Dinner, Membership Meeting Possum Point Players' Annual Homecoming Potluck Dinner and Membership Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, at Possum Hall in Georgetown. Bring a dish to share and your membership contribution. Members are listed in each program and are eligible to vote at membership meetings. For 43 years, Possum Point Players has contributed to the cultural diversity and vitality of Sussex County by bringing the experience of live theater for entertainment and education.
Seaford Historical Society meeting The Annual Membership meeting of the Seaford Historical Society will be on Monday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m., at the Moose Lodge on Old Bridgeville Hwy.
Vets helping Vets meeting A Vets Helping Vets meeting is held at 9:30 a.m. every Friday at the Hurlock American Legion Post 243 (next to the railroad tracks). Join us for coffee and donuts. Sometimes there is a speaker about different subjects. Keep your discharge or DD214 in a safe place as it can help get you many benefits. Come learn something and maybe you can teach us something.
9-12 DE Patriots not meeting in Dec. The 9-12 Delaware Patriots will not hold a meeting in December, but will resume meeting next month. The 9-12 meetings are about local, state and national politics. For more information, visit www.912DelawarePatriots.com.
Toastmasters Club Southern Delaware Toastmasters Club meets at the Crossroad Community Church, Georgetown, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. Toastmasters International, an educational, leadership and communication organization, has existed since 1924.
Stamp Club meets monthly The Sussex County Stamp Club meets the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. John's Hall, The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, 307 Federal St., Milton. Anyone with an interest in stamp collecting is invited to join. There is a stamp auction every meeting.
Kingdom Writers group Kingdom Writers Fellowship (KWF), a Christian group of aspiring writers, is welcoming new members. If you enjoy writing, want to improve your writing and would like the encouragement and support of a small group, consider visiting KWF. Meetings are held monthly on the second Saturday morning at Alliance Church, Atlanta Road, Seaford. For more information, call 858-2239 or 628-4594.
NARFE meeting NARFE National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, Western Sussex Chapter 1992 meets at noon on the third Monday of the month, at Pizza King, Seaford. Current federal employees, retirees or spouses - if you are concerned about your future benefits, join NARFE, it is the only organization that is concerned about you and your federal benefits. For more information, call Les Martens, membership chair, at 629-9789.
Widowed Persons Meeting The Seaford Chapter of the Widowed Persons Service meets on the third Tuesday of the month, at the Stargate Diner in Seaford. Widowed persons of all ages are invited to attend. Come by and join us. We enjoy the trips, lunches/dinners, etc. that we do.
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're 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 info, contact Judy Kohlenberg at 629-0687 or Charlie Larrimore at 381-8975.
Book Discussion Group AAUW Coastal-Georgetown Branch sponsors an American Notable Books Dis- cussion Group at the Selbyville Public Library on the second Tuesday of the month, from 1-3 p.m. For more information, call Ada May at 302-436-2981. All readers 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.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary meeting The Seaford U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-08 meets the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Nanticoke River Yacht Club building located at the Nanticoke Marina in Blades. Visitors, guest and those interested in becoming members of the auxiliary are always welcome. For details and information contact Dave Nagle at 302-398-9279.
Corvette Club meeting The Beachcombers Corvette Club of Southern Delaware meets the first Thursday of each month at the CHEER Center, 20520 Sand Hill Rd., Georgetown.
Hub Club meets in Harrington The Harrington-Greenwood-Felton Centennial Rotary (Hub Club) meets every Wednesday at Rudy's Family Restaurant, U.S. 13, Harrington. On the first, second, fourth and fifth Wednesday, the meeting is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The third Wednesday features a public "Meet & Greet" event from 6-7 p.m.; everyone is invited and light hors d'oeuvres are provided. For more information, contact Gwen at 302-331-6105 or email@example.com.
Ad Hoc Touring Company If you enjoy reading plays aloud, join the Ad Hoc Touring Company, an affiliate of Possum Point Players. The group meets the first Monday of each month at Possum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Road, Georgetown. To learn more about Ad Hoc, contact Roger Ault at 226-1118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Fight against illegal drugs The Sussex County Action Prevention Coalition (SCAPC) meets the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Lighted Pathway Building, 425 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford. The group is dedicated to the prevention of substance abuse, addictions and other life related problems. Their vision is to ensure that the residents of Sussex County have access to the resources, services, and prevention needed and to implement strategies that will result in the reduction of the abuse and misuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other substances.
Explore your ancestry with SCGS The Sussex County Genealogical Society (SCGS), an organization dedicated to promoting genealogy and education to encourage and instruct in genealogical research, can help you search your ancestry. SCGS holds monthly membership meetings from September to May that feature informative presentations. General meetings take place on the third Saturday of each month at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. Visitors are welcome. For more information, visit www.scgsdelaware.org.
Christian Writers Fellowship Vine and Vessels Christian Writers Fellowship offers support, networking and opportunities to aspiring writers and poets. If you possess a God-given talent and a passionate desire for writing, this group is for you. Seize this opportunity to grow your creative writing skills and connect with other writers. Meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Seaford Library & Cultural Center from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Contact Joyce Sessoms at 382-9904 or Betty L. Ricks-Jarman at 448-5939 for more info.
Weekly weight loss support meeting Join us for TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meetings on Monday nights at 5 p.m. at Greenwood United Methodist Church. The one-hour meetings are in the Education Hall at the church (enter through the door on Market St., close to the parking lot). We support each other, learn about menu planning, eating healthy and making permanent changes to result in a healthy life. All are welcome to come learn about the program and join. If you have any questions, call Sherry Norman, 519-8519.