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Cape Life Briefs

October 18, 2017
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Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary community grants applications due Oct. 31

One of the ways the Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club supports the communities it serves is by offering small grants, from $500 to $5,000, to organizations that provide direct services to Georgetown- and Millsboro-area families and individuals. To be considered, organizations must be IRS-recognized tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations. Of particular interest are supporting organizations that assist the disadvantaged and/or provide community service. The deadline for submitting a grant request is Tuesday, Oct. 31. For more information, contact Dan Tabler at dantabler2@gmail.com. For complete guidelines and applications, go to http://www.georgetownmillsbororotaryclub.org/community_service.

Genealogical society to hear about Sons of American Revolution Oct. 21

The Sussex County Genealogical Society will meet at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Lewes library. Bill Regli will speak about the Sons of the American Revolution organization, the male counterpart to the Daughters of the American Revolution. He will discuss the activities of the SAR and the work they do, as well as the qualifications to become a member and how they may be able to assist the public in their ancestor search for men and women who took active parts in the American Revolution. For more information, go to www.scgsdelaware.org.

Free lunch for Make a Difference Day at American Legion Oct. 21

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 will participate in the National Make a Difference Day of Doing Good  from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, at the post, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. There will be neighbors helping neighbors as they provide free soup, bread, dessert and beverages. The unit requests that attendees (if possible) bring canned goods to be sent to the Delaware Food Bank. For more information, go to www.alpost28.com or call Linda at 302-945-5387 or Beth at 302-381-3897.

Transliance meeting set Oct. 22

Transliance will meet at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22, at Metropolitan Community Church, 19369 Plantation Road, Lewes, to craft three to four really good ideas to address labeling and bullying based on past discussion, to take to the Council of Elders and the Cape Outreach Committee. These should be actionable, achievable and accountable items. For example, the group might want to begin setting up a safe place for teens to meet outside the school environment. All are welcome to attend. For more information, go to www.mccrehoboth.com or www.meetup.com and search Transliance Rehoboth.

Genealogical society discussion group to start Oct. 23

The Sussex County Genealogical Society will host a discussion group from noon to 2 p.m., six successive Mondays from Oct. 23 to Nov. 27, at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. Attendees may bring a bag lunch. The sessions are free and open to the public, although organizers hope that attending encourages people to join the genealogical society. This fall's book topic is “Mastering Genealogical Proof” by Dr. Thomas W. Jones. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to purchase the book, available at Amazon.com and a variety of other sources. (Electronic versions of the book may prove unwieldy because information referenced in the chapters is found in other parts of the book.) For more information, go to www.scgsdelaware.org.

Nominations for veterans to receive care packages due to TCC stores by Oct. 27

Round Room LLC, the nation's largest Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer, is now accepting nominations to recognize veterans at more than 500 of its TCC stores across the U.S. for the company's first Veterans Rock campaign. Through Friday, Oct. 27, local residents are invited to visit the Rehoboth and Millsboro TCC locations to nominate veterans to receive care packages valued at $40 each filled with books, puzzles, hygiene items and more. Veterans who are chosen will be notified by Friday, Nov. 3, and can pick up their care packages between Monday, Nov. 6 and Friday, Nov. 10.

Each participating TCC store is donating five care packages to veterans. Overall, 2,500 veterans will receive care packages in honor of Veterans Day Saturday, Nov. 11.

"We're excited to launch Veterans Rock to recognize and give back to our veterans who are so deserving of these care packages," said Scott Moorehead, CEO of Round Room, parent company of TCC. "This new initiative is just a small token of our appreciation and gratitude for those who have served, and we look forward to putting a smile on their faces."

TCC makes ongoing investments in the local communities where it operates through its Culture of Good movement. Earlier this year, TCC donated 172,000 backpacks with supplies to children, 3,000 care kits to senior living communities, and supply packs to more than 5,610 teachers across the U.S.

For more information, go to www.TCCRocks.com.

Raffle tickets on sale now for Dec. 31 Eagles vs. Cowboys game, drawing set Dec. 1

Cape Henlopen Senior Center is raffling two clubhouse seats for the Eagles vs. Cowboys game at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 31. Tickets are $10. The drawing will take place at 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1. The address is 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach. For more information, call 302-227-2055.

Lewes fire auxiliary seeks vendors for Nov. 11 rummage sale

The Lewes Fire Department Auxiliary is seeking vendors for an indoor yard and craft sale set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, in the truck bay at Station 2 at Nassau Bridge. Anyone looking to sell merchandise, new or used, can reserve a table to display their wares. The event will be promoted via printed signs, email, Facebook, the department's electronic sign and a listing in the Cape Gazette. Spaces including use of a 6-foot table will be available for $20 for one or $35 for two. The event is a great way to clear out the clutter and shop for the holidays. Members will be selling hot dogs, homemade soup, baked goods and refreshments. Children-sized Lewes Fire Department T-shirts and bibs will also be available for purchase. Sparky, the Auxiliary mascot, will be on hand with coloring pages and helmets for the little ones. For more information, contact Marcia Esposito at 302-329-9396 or LFDaux@gmail.com. For contracts, visit  Station 1 on Savannah Road or download from the Lewes Fire Department Auxiliary Station 82 Facebook page.

Breakfast and flu shots set Oct. 26

The Cape Henlopen Senior Center will hold an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m, Thursday, Oct. 26, at 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach. Cost is $5 per person and  includes orange juice and coffee. Safeway Pharmacy will be administering flu shots and pneumonia shots. Medicare Part B will pay for shots for those age 65 and over. There will be a charge for those with no insurance. This event is open to the public. For more information, contact Bernita Hackney at 302-227-2055.

'Librarians and the Ship of Doom' set at Rehoboth library Oct. 28

To celebrate the Sea Witch Festival, the Rehoboth Beach Public Library presents "The Librarians and the Ship of Doom," at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28. The Itinerant Dance Theatre and Sparsile members will use music, dance and comedy to tell how pirates from the ship called The Hungry Bookworm meet their match as the Librarians fight back. For more information go to www.rehobothbeachlibrary.org or call 302-227-8044.

Trunk for Treats at American Legion set Oct. 29

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 will hold Trunk for Treats from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29,  at the post pavilion, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. There will be lots of goodies and a fun time. The event is open to the public. For more information, contact June Jones at 484-571-9214 or go to www.alpost28.com.

Donations for People's Place collected in Lewes through Oct. 31

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, new underwear, socks and slippers for all genders and ages are being collected for the People's Place Safe Program by the GFWC Zwaanendael Women's Club of Lewes. Donations can be placed in the marked box in the Lewes library lobby until Oct. 31. Donations can also be taken to The Senators and Nassau Grove neighborhood clubhouses.

The Safe Program at People's Place provides a safe environment, shelter and support for women and children in domestic violence situations in Kent and Sussex counties. Last year they conducted 1,408 hotline calls, assisted 1,827 women and children, and provided 9,853 nights of shelter. This drive will help People's Place continue to assist those affected by domestic violence.

Bingo set at Cape Henlopen Senior Center Nov. 1

Cape Henlopen Senior Center will host  bingo featuring cookie jar, pull tabs and a jackpot game worth $150, Wednesday, Nov. 1. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Early bird games start at 1:30 and regular games begin at 2 p.m. Admission is $15 and includes a basic pack and specials. It does not include 50/50 or quickie. Refreshments will be available at additional cost. Open to the public for those at least 18 years of age. Parking is free. The address is 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach. For more information, call 302-227-2055.

People’s Place Center for Community Justice mediation training to start Nov. 2

The People's Place Center for Community Justice will be offering a four-day basic mediation training that lays the groundwork for anyone interested in becoming a mediator or enhancing their conflict resolution skills. The training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Nov. 2 and 3, and Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 8 and 9, at the Milford Senior Center, 111 Park Ave, Milford. 

During the training questions to be explored include: What is mediation and how does it compare to other forms of alternative dispute resolution? What are the core skills needed to be an effective mediator? What are the foundational values of mediation? What is the role of a mediator? What makes a successful mediation?

Through group discussion, hands-on exercises, lecture, and role-play, participants will have the opportunity to engage with these and other critical questions. Participants who complete the training will gain valuable mediation skills that can be immediately applied in personal and professional settings.

For more information or to register, contact Stacey Lawson at slawson@peoplesplace2.com or call 302-424-0890, Ext. 5.

Food Bank Thanksgiving food drive to run through Nov. 3

The Food Bank of Delaware recently kicked off its annual Thanksgiving For All food and funds. The hunger-relief organization asks for the community's assistance in collecting food items and monetary donations in order to create 2,500 Thanksgiving meal boxes for Delaware families in need, so no Delawarean goes without a holiday meal this season. Businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and other community groups are encouraged to organize food drives throughout the holiday season. Food for the Thanksgiving boxes must be received by Friday, Nov. 3. Holiday food received after that time will be distributed to the food bank's network of hunger-relief program partners. Items needed include canned sweet potatoes, canned peas, canned corn, evaporated milk, canned pumpkin, applesauce, coffee/tea bags, corn muffin mix, canned gravy, mashed potatoes, graham cracker crust, turkey pans and frozen turkeys (which must be dropped off to the Milford warehouse).

Those who collect more than 20 boxes/bags of donated food may make arrangements with the Food Bank of Delaware to have donations picked up. In an effort to save money on transportation costs, the food bank asks that donations of fewer than 20 bags/boxes be dropped off at the facility at 1040 Mattlind Way, Milford. For more information, call 302-424-3301 or go to http://www.fbd.org/thanksgiving-for-all.

Native American Day event set Nov. 4

The Nanticoke Indian Association is hosting its Annual Native American Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4. There will be dancers and drummers, and a special guest speaker. There will be Native American foods, face painting, games for kids and storytelling. The address is 27073 John J. Williams Highway, Millsboro. For more information, call 302-945-3400 or email info@nanticokeindians.org

Vendors needed for Nov. 4 holiday craft fair

Craft vendors are wanted for a holiday craft fair to be hosted by Brother Vincent Columbiettes from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Delaware State Troopers Association, Route 13 (Messina Hill Road), Dover. For more information, call Jill Mercer at 302-653-3836 or 518-795-7579.

UNICO sets Brian Piccolo Award ceremony Nov. 12

UNICO Delaware District 1 will hold the 5th Annual Brian Piccolo Award ceremony for student athletes at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Glade Clubhouse, 16 Glade Farm Road, Rehoboth Beach. Guest speaker will be Melissa Cannavo-Marino, host of Mattinata Musicale, the Italian Radio Program. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, mail checks payable to UNICO to 103 Strawberry Way, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Student athletes nominated by their school will receive a gift bag valued over $200. The winning student will receive a plaque to commemorate this national honor, and a $1,000 donation to their school's athletic department.

Holiday fair and craft bazaar set Nov. 30-Dec. 1

The Cape Henlopen Senior Center is hosting its second holiday fair and craft bazaar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30 and Friday, Dec. 1. Breakfast and lunch refreshments and door prizes will be available. This event is open to the public. The address is 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach. For more information, call 302-227-2055. 

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.