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Cape Life Briefs

May 23, 2018

New Tesla Club recruiting members at May 26 event

The newly forming Delaware Tesla Club will hold a meet and greet from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 26, in the Midway parking lot near Surf Bagel. Organizer Bill Matt is looking for Tesla owners to come and join the club. For more information, call Matt at 302-542-9117.

Nonprofit grant applications due to African American Empowerment Fund of Delaware May 31

Delaware nonprofits are invited to apply for grants from the African American Empowerment Fund of Delaware, a giving circle of the Delaware Community Foundation. The grantmaking focus area for 2018 will be education, specifically higher education access and retention. Grant awards will be up to $2,500, and funding requests should not exceed this amount.

The AAEFD was formed to establish a legacy of leadership in promoting philanthropy to fund causes important to the education, social and economic empowerment of African-American Delawareans. Each grant request must be submitted electronically via an AAEFD Grant Application Form. To access the form, go to www.delcf.org/grants. Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 31.

PAWS for People pet therapy training set June 2, 16

PAWS for People will hold training sessions for potential pet therapy teams from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 2, and Saturday, June 16, at Delaware Mentor Day Program, 28417 Dupont Blvd., Millsboro.

Attendance is appropriate for anyone with a gentle, people-friendly pet who is interested in volunteering time to work with children and adults. PAWS for People provides therapeutic visits to individuals who will benefit from interaction with a well-trained, loving pet. Therapy teams consist of one volunteer and one pet who have both completed rigorous training and testing. Visitation sites range from nursing homes and hospitals to schools and libraries, with a wide variety of programs including elder care, psychiatric support, developmental disabilities, literacy skills development and many more.

Preregistration is required. For more information, go to www.pawsforpeople.org or call 302-351-5622.

Bras for a Cause to be auctioned June 6

Sussex County Women’s Council of Realtors will present the 9th annual Bras for a Cause event from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 6, at Ivy in Dewey Beach.

The event features a live auction of bras, which are sponsored and decorated by local businesses, and modeled at the event by local men with a good sense of humor. The men take the stage to showcase the bras and raise the excitement level to bring higher prices when the bras are auctioned off at the end of the evening. This year the theme takes the bras to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. 

Funds raised benefit the Women’s Council of Realtors, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, and the Beebe Medical Foundation. To date, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition has received over $100,000 from this annual event.

The event features appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Joe Della Torre at 302-344-5044 or email joe@joedellatorre.com.

Community quilting bee in Milton June 9

Quilts of Love is sponsoring a day of quilt-making from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 9, at Lewes Church of Christ at the Crossing, Route 1 and Oyster Rocks Road, Milton. Quilts are given to infants and children in Sussex County. All materials are provided for a day of fun and creativity. Those who don’t know how to sew will be taught. Attendees with sewing machines are asked to bring them. All are asked to bring a covered dish to share at lunch.

Donations accepted for future bees include pure cotton fabrics and flannel, 100 percent cotton thread and low-loft batting. Due to the use of hot irons and extension cords, organizers ask that attendees not bring small children. For more information, call Jan at 302-287-9323.

Statewide cycling relay to benefit Bike Delaware June 24

The Delaware Head 2 Toe Relay Ride will begin at 7 a.m., Sunday, June 24, at the top of Delaware and continue over nine legs, down the entire length of the state. It’s a relay ride, not a race, so riders don’t need to be professionals to participate. But they do need to be part of a team. For more information, to register for the ride or to sign up to volunteer, go to www.grumpygramps.org.

School of Nursing babysitting courses start June 26

The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare will host a series of one-day babysitting courses for boys and girls ages 12 to 15. Youth will learn characteristics and qualities of a good babysitter, child development and age-appropriate activities, safe home practices, and first aid and CPR. The courses will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 26; Thursday, June 28;  and Tuesday, July 10. Cost is $50 per child. Each class is limited to 15 students, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Students should bring a bag lunch. Snacks and juice will be provided. The School of Nursing is located behind the medical center in Lewes. To register, go to www.beebemedicalfoundation.org/mrhson-baby-sitter-program

Millsboro Public Library accepting book donations for summer sale

Every spring, the Friends of the Millsboro Library begin sorting books for their annual summer book sale. The library is accepting donations of gently used books of all kinds – paperback and hardback, fiction and nonfiction. In the past, the summer book sale has had thousands of books for adults and children. Donations may be dropped off during regular library hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. 

Army Second Division Association reunion set Sept. 19-23

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and its 97th annual reunion Wednesday to Sunday, Sept. 19 to 23, in Jacksonville, Fla., contact Mike Davino at 2IDA.PAO@charter.net, go to www.2ida.org/2018-reunion or call 919-498-1910.

Lewes High School Class of 1968 to plan 50th reunion

Members of the Lewes High School Class of 1968 are seeking classmates to gather for a 50th class reunion. Send contact information to Larry Daisey at larrydaisey@verizon.net or leave a message at 302-856-6670.

Volunteers needed at Prime Hook Refuge store

The Friends of Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge is a volunteer organization that supports the refuge through donations and sale of merchandise in the Friends store. This is a critical service to provide the refuge with needed financial assistance as a result of the cutbacks to National Wildlife Programs. For more information about Prime Hook, go to https://www.fws.gov/refuge/prime_hook/.

The Friends are seeking volunteers to work in the store at Prime Hook. The store greets and orients visitors to the refuge as well as handling merchandise sales. The store is open up to seven days a week. There are two volunteer shifts daily from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and from 12:30 to 4 p.m. For more information on volunteering, contact Anne Bartel at tiabartel@hotmail.com.

Optimist Club meets first and third Mondays

The Optimist Club of Sussex County meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the first and third Mondays of each month at J.D. Shuckers in Georgetown. All Sussex County residents who would like to promote optimism and help children develop to their full potential are invited to join. For more information, contact Connie and Tom Sohnleitner at tomandconnieoptimist@gmail.com.

Lewes library seeks groups to display information in lobby

Nonprofit organizations or community groups looking to reach more people may be able to place information in the lobby display case at Lewes Public Library. The library is seeking groups to organize informational displays for a two-week period in its lobby display case which is seen by the hundreds of people who walk through the library doors every day. For nonprofit agencies, this is an opportunity to educate the community. For community groups, this is a chance to let others know what they offer and to recruit new members. To schedule a time period, contact Rebecca Lowe, library development director, at 302-645-2733, Ext. 4117, or Rebecca.Lowe@lib.de.us.

Commemorative brick paver sale to benefit Rehoboth library

Rehoboth Beach Public Library is now selling commemorative brick pavers to be engraved with memories or milestones such as remembering loved ones, weddings, births, graduations and anniversaries. The library has adopted the fundraiser from Rehoboth Beach Main Street. Each commemorative brick is $175, and all purchases are 100 percent tax deductible. Proceeds will help the Rehoboth library maintain its commitment to the vibrant seaside community. Commemorative bricks are installed in the Penny Lane area, in the beach block between Rehoboth and Wilmington avenues. For more information or to purchase a brick, go to www.rehobothlibrary.org, or call 302-227-8044.

Vietnam Veterans of America seeks members

Sussex County Chapter 1105 Vietnam Veterans of America is conducting a membership drive. The VVA is a nonprofit service organization. Services and programs are funded by member dues and public donations. With over 75,000 national members, VVA provides a fellowship with people who share experiences, needs and hopes for the future. Members meet monthly for fellowship, volunteer opportunities, sharing information and planning community activities and services.

Membership is open to U.S. military veterans who served on active duty (for purposes other than training) in Vietnam between Feb. 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975, or in any duty location between Aug. 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975. Members may be as active as their time, talents and interests allow; they may simply take pride knowing that VVA membership helps the organization work for fellow Vietnam veterans.

For more information, call Joe at 302-542-3889.

Volunteers needed for Guardianship Monitoring Program

There are approximately 1,200 active adult guardianship cases in the State of Delaware. These vulnerable individuals are adults who have been deemed incapacitated by the Court of Chancery and have had guardians appointed to make medical and/or financial decisions on their behalf. The Guardianship Monitoring Program is in need of volunteers to meet with these individuals, in care facilities as well as in the community, and to update the court on their current health and well-being. The program is seeking both individual volunteers and those interested in volunteering as partners, in all three Delaware counties. This is an extremely flexible and rewarding volunteer opportunity. Volunteers must be at least 18, pass a background check, have reliable transportation with valid insurance and attend a brief training session. For more information, contact Theresa Marsico, volunteer services coordinator, Office of the Public Guardian at theresa.marsico@state.de.us or 302-223-1794.

Alliance for Racial Justice seeks members

The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice educates, informs and advocates for racial justice, equality and fair opportunity. Anyone who is interested in ending racism and its corrosive consequences is invited to join free. Monthly meetings are held at Trinity Faith Christian Center in Lewes. Monthly book discussions are held at Lewes library. For more information, to sign up for the newsletter and to see a calendar of events, go to www.sdarj.org

Lewes Public Library seeks input 

The Lewes Public Library is in the process of updating its five-year strategic plan. Members of the public are asked to take a few minutes to answer a few questions to help the library better serve their needs. Forms are available at the library circulation desk. To answer questions online, go to www.LewesLibrary.org.

Lewes library seeks community groups for lobby display

The Lewes Public Library is seeking groups to organize informational displays in its lobby display case, which is seen by the hundreds of people who walk through the library's doors every day. For nonprofit groups, this is an opportunity to educate the community about the services of their organizations. For community groups, this is a chance to let others know what they offer and recruit new members. To schedule a two-week time period in 2017, contact Rebecca Lowe, library development director, at 302-645-2733, Ext. 4117 or Rebecca.Lowe@lib.de.us. For more information, go to www.leweslibrary.org.

PFLAG-Rehoboth Beach meets second Tuesdays

PFLAG–Rehoboth Beach provides support, education, and advocacy to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, their loved ones, family and friends, to cope with the unique challenges each of them may face. It can be difficult to learn that oneself or a loved one is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered. PFLAG offers a safe place for people who have questions or would like share their experiences with others. PFLAG provides a confidential setting that is respectful of human diversity. PFLAG-Rehoboth Beach meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at the Lewes Public Library. Everyone is welcome. For more information, go to www.pflagrehobothbeach.org or contact Linda Gregory at 302-841-1339 or PFLAGRehobothBeach@gmail.com.

Exercise classes offered at Cape Henlopen Senior Center in Rehoboth

A variety of exercise classes for seniors who are 55 and older are offered at the Cape Henlopen Senior Center at 11 Christian St. in Rehoboth Beach. Zumba Gold/Toning class is set 9:05 to 10 a.m. Fridays. Yoga is set 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays. Tai Chi is set 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and from 11:05 a.m. to noon Fridays. Sit and Get Fit is offered from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Mondays and from 10:05 to 11 a.m. Fridays. Arthritis exercises are offered from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays. Dancercise is set from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays. Cost for each class is $5. All class instructors are certified. For more information about joining the Cape Henlopen Senior Center or to participate in any of these activities, call 302-227-2055.

Beebe Auxiliary Thrift Shop seeks volunteers for furniture transport

Beebe Auxiliary Thrift Shop needs volunteers one to two days per week to provide help, using their truck, to pick up and deliver donated furniture for the shop at 18675 Coastal Highway in the Midway Shopping Center. For more information, contact Joe at 302-644-2878.

Delaware Veterans Coalition website adds job and service information

In addition to carrying information about proposed legislation on its website, the Delaware Veterans Coalition is including events and offers for veterans. "While we don't endorse any offer, we felt it would be helpful to include some of the information we routinely receive relating to veterans," said Dave Skocik, coalition president. The information includes resume preparation, law clinics, business opportunities and other services. The website was designed to be user friendly. The Legislation button provides access to all proposed or pending legislation affecting Delaware veterans. It's important that veterans make themselves aware of proposals that affect them and their families. "Adding information about job and other opportunities is more important now than ever," said Skocik. The Delaware Veterans Coalition is a nonprofit, pro bono lobbying organization that advocates for issues that affect all generations of Delaware veterans with elected and public officials. The coalition's slogan is “Veterans are our only business." Membership is open to all honorably discharged military veterans residing in Delaware. For more information, go to www.DelawareVeteransCoalition.com.

Italian Heritage Association seeks members who enjoy Italian culture

The Italian Heritage Association is a social club that meets once a month to enjoy learning the traditions of Italy and its people. Among its activities are holding potluck dinners of traditional cuisine, attending festivals, playing bocce and listening to members talk of families immigrating to America and their journeys in adapting to a new country. Whether of Italian descent or just enamored of Italian culture, those interested are welcome. Membership is now open. For more information, call Tony 302-947-0784.

Read Aloud Delaware seeks volunteers to read to children

Read Aloud Delaware is looking for volunteers who love to read to children. Volunteers usually read one to two hours per week in local child care centers. To sign up online, go to www.readalouddelaware.org. For more information, call 302-856-2527.

Delaware offers online help for veterans

The Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs has launched an online application for making donations to programs that serve veterans. Donors can easily make online contributions to the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund and the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. To find the  DCVA mobile-friendly application, go to www,de.gov/donatevets. The commission is dedicated to assisting veterans and their family members in obtaining benefits and coordinating support programs. Users can designate donations to the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund to help assist veterans with immediate needs or toward projects such as beautification of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemeteries for commemorative events honoring Delaware veterans or the Memorial Tree in memory of a loved one. Donations can be made in honor of a specific individual or cause. For more information, go to www.veteransaffairs.delaware.gov.