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Cape Life Briefs

August 23, 2017
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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.

Volunteers to Rock the Block in Mount Joy Aug. 26

Incoming freshmen from the University of Delaware Community Engagement Team will Rock the Block with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity to volunteer in the Mount Joy neighborhood, Millsboro.  Rock the Block is a Sussex Habitat neighborhood revitalization program that provides cleanup, landscaping, painting, and minor exterior home repairs to engaged citizens in order to create a greater overall impact on the community for current and future residents. The Mount Joy Civic Association, including a number of dedicated local residents, applied to Sussex Housing Group this year to help improve their community. Sussex Habitat is a proud member of Sussex Housing Group, a committee made up of nonprofit agencies, faith-based organizations, and private and public partners dedicated to fair housing outreach and working together with communities. Mount Joy's Rock the Block day is the kickoff to the partnership with Sussex Housing Group that will include continued assistance with home repairs, street lighting, job training, and other quality of life services. For more information, call Lillian Harrison at 302-298-3289 or Audrey Miller of Sussex County Habitat for Humanity at 302-855-1153, Ext. 217.

Patriotic poster contest entries due Sept. 1

The Nathaniel Mitchell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring a poster contest with the theme Celebrate Your U.S. Constitution. Any Delaware student enrolled in first through 12th grades may enter. On the back of the poster, include entrant's name, school, grade, age, telephone number and name of parent or guardian. Entries must be mailed and postmarked by Friday, Sept. 1, to Poster Contest, 20323 Ennis Road, Georgetown, DE 19947. Entries will not be returned, and the judges’ decision is final. Contest winners will be honored Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Constitution Week Celebration in Georgetown. For more information, call 302-856-7904.

Marvel Museum to host bike and fire truck show, yard sale Sept. 2

A yard sale will be held from 7 a.m to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Marvel Carriage Museum, 510 South Bedford St., Georgetown. A display of fire trucks, cars and motorcycles will be shown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trophies will be awarded. To register, call Levin Clark at 302-500-1128 or Mabel Kelly at 302-398-8999. Yard sale spaces are available for $10. Sellers bring their own tables. To reserve a yard sale space, call Rosalie Walls at 302-855-9660.

Program on Delaware during the American Revolution set Sept. 2

Historian Kim Burdick will present a program about Delaware during the American Revolution at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 2,  at the Delaware Public Archives in Dover. How did Delawareans react in 1777 when an invading British army of 17,000 soldiers landed near Delaware at the head of the Elk River to march to Philadelphia? What strategic maneuvers did the American Army carry out as the British forces moved through Delaware on their way to Pennsylvania? This program will answer these questions and examine this period of Delaware history through the letters and writings of Colonial Delawareans who lived through the ordeal and recorded the arrival of the British army and the social upheaval it brought to the colony.

One of Delaware's best-known historians, Burdick is past chair of the Delaware Humanities Council and Delaware advisor emerita of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Her book, "Revolutionary Delaware," released by History Press in November 2016, is  in its second printing. In 2011, Burdick was one of 24 community college instructors nationwide selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar. In 2016, she was honored by the State of Delaware for her work on the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Burdick holds a master’s degree in American folk culture and museum studies from Cooperstown; a master of public administration from the University of Delaware, and a diplôme approfondi de langue française in French language and literature.

The program is free to the public and will last approximately one hour. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Tom Summers at 302-744-5047 or email thomas.summers@state.de.us.

Opening celebration for animal adoption center in Rehoboth set Aug. 24

Delaware Humane Association invites the community to celebrate the grand opening ribbon-chewing celebration of its new adoption center at Midway Shopping Center, 18675 Coastal Highway, Suite 8, Rehoboth Beach. The celebration will include tours of the facility, adoptions, drinks and light refreshments. Furry friends, with their sandy paws, are eager to meet guests and make a friend for life. To allow DHA to properly prepare for guests at this event, RSVP by Monday, Aug. 21, to Dina Sirabella at dsirabella@delawarehumane.org or 302-302-200-7159.

With a home-like feel, the adoption center will eventually be like a mini-community center, with art exhibits, obedience classes, animal boarding, vaccination clinics, birthday parties and more. The adoption center routinely houses cats, and will have kittens, dogs and puppies, as available, for immediate adoption. For more information, go to www.delawarehumane.org/Rehoboth.

Diaper drive to run through Aug. 31

In 2014, while looking for a place to donate outgrown diapers, Jackie Weisman discovered the diaper gap, which stems from the fact that the federal program designed to help low-income families, WIC, does not cover diapers. This discovery led to her setting a goal of collecting 3,100 diapers (in honor of Weisman's 31st birthday).The goal was surpassed with a final count of 8,101 diapers, along with a massive amount of wipes and diaper cream. These were all donated to St. Martin's Ministries in Ridgely, Md.

This year's goal has been set at 12,000 diapers. Through Thursday, Aug. 31, donations of new or open packages of diapers, wipes or diaper rash cream may be dropped off at Friendly Flowers, 26582 John J. Williams Highway, Millsboro. To ship packages, email jackie@muddlingmomma.com. To send a monetary donation via check or an Amazon e-gift card, email jackie@muddlingmomma.com. To donate online, go to www.gofundme.com/12for1diaperdrive17.

For more information, contact Jackie Weisman at 410-310-4588 or go to www.12for1.org.

Zwaanendael Women's Club to host informational meeting Sept. 5

The Zwaanendael Women's Club of Lewes will hold an informational meeting for potential members at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Lewes Public Library. Whether originally from Lewes or new to the Lewes community, all women are encouraged to attend. Clubwomen are dedicated to strengthening the Sussex County and southern Delaware community and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer services. The organizations the club supported during the last program year include Little Grace Kids Closet; Home of the Brave for Women; Lewes Fire Department; Peoples Place Domestic Violence Fund; Lewes library; Milford Food Bank; Habitat for Humanity; Cape Henlopen High School Scholarship Fund; Peoples Place girls group home; Lewes Historical Society; The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware; Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Foundation; Shields Elementary School Reading Specialist Book Fund for third, fourth and fifth grades; Beebe Nursing School Scholarship Fund; Shields Elementary School Adopt-a-A Classroom; and Fisher House for Military Families.

Founded in 1905, The Zwaanendael Women's Club of Lewes is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, and meets the third Tuesday of the month from September through May. For more information contact Pat Zisa at 302-945-8090 or go to www.gfwczwaanendael.com.

American Legion sets day of service Sept. 9, ceremony Sept. 11

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 is looking for community volunteers to help with a 9/11 Day of Service project. Help is needed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, for improving the pavilion and surrounding area at American Legion Post 28 in Millsboro. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 10. Help is needed with general cleanup, weeding and planting flowers, and power washing memorial bricks, walkway and benches. Lighting will be updated and some light painting will be needed. Lunch will be provided, and free commemorative T-shirts will be available to the first 50 volunteers. The service project is made possible by a grant from the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation and Corporation for National and Community Service. Preregistration is requested for a food count. For more information or to register, contact Beth at beth1011@msn.com or 302-381-3897 or Tina at ladytina44@comcast.net or 302- 858-8399, or go to www.alpost28.com.

The unit invites the public to attend its annual candlelight ceremony in the pavilion at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11, to honor heroes from 9/11 and those who continue to serve. Patriotic entertainment and refreshments begin at 6 p.m.; ceremony will begin at 7. For more information contact Beth or Tina above or visit www.alpost28.com.

DAR sets Constitution Week event Sept. 16

The Nathaniel Mitchell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will celebrate Constitution Week with an event set for 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, in the recently renovated barn at the Nutter Marvel Museum, South Bedford Street, Georgetown. Among the celebrants will be ladies from the Georgetown Historical Society in period dress, the town crier and the Georgetown CHEER Choir who will entertain all with revolutionary and patriotic songs. This is the second annual celebration for this chapter and the 240th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. For more information, contact Cathy at 302-856-7904.

Therapeutic riding nonprofit seeks vendors for Oct. 14 fall festival

Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding in Milton is looking for vendors to attend its inaugural fall festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14. There will be live music, fine arts and crafts, food and activities for all ages. For more information, contact Jennifer at jennifer@sdtrhr.com or 302-644-1920.

All proceeds will go directely to SDTR, a 501c3, nonprofit, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International-affiliated center. Its certified therapeutic riding instructors and trained volunteers have provided planned sessions in equine-assisted therapy to children and adults with disabilities since 1988.

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

Army Second (Indianhead) Division reunion set Sept. 13-17

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division at any time. This year the association will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the division which was formed in France during World War I. For more information about the association and the reunion set for Wednesday-Sunday, Sept. 13-17, in Arlington, Va., contact Secretary-Treasurer Bob Haynes at 2idahq@comcast.net, call 224-225-1202 or go to www.2ida.

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.

Browseabout Books to offer free children’s storytime five days a week 

Browse about Books in Rehoboth Beach will hold free children's story times five times a week beginning at 9 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting Saturday, June 17. Each event includes a story and an easy-to-do craft. Every story time will have a theme, such as pirates, unicorns, princesses and dragons. Favorite characters will be visiting throughout the summer on the following dates: Taco Dragon, Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25; Rainbow Fish, Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2; Ladybug Girl, Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30; Clifford, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5 and 6; Paddington, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19 and 20; and Pete the Cat, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3. Owners Steve and Barbara Crane have made Browseabout Books an institution in Rehoboth Beach for 42 years. For more information, visit the store at 133 Rehoboth Ave., go to www.browseaboutbooks.com or call 302-226-2665.

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.