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Cape Life Briefs

January 18, 2017

Community quilting bee set in Milton Jan. 21

Quilts of Love is sponsoring a day of quilt-making from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, at Eagle's Nest Church in 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 shown. Attendees are asked to bring their sewing machines, if possible, and a covered dish to share at lunch. For future bees, donations are requested of pure cotton fabrics and flannel, 100 percent cotton thread and low-loft batting. Due to hot irons and extension cords, small children may not attend. For more information, call Jan at 302-287-9323.

Notable Books Discussion set Feb. 2

AAUW Coastal-Georgetown Branch will sponsor an American Library Association Notable Books Discussion from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Lewes Public Library. The book focus will be ”The Sympathizer: A Novel,” by Viet Thanh Nguyen. The book was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A half-French, half-Vietnamese man serves as a double agent after the war and struggles with the contradictions of his identity. All readers are welcome. For more information, call Laura at 302-332-0340.

Underground Railroad is genealogical society topic Feb. 11

Dr. James E. Newton, University of Delaware professor emeritus of Black American Studies, will present a program reviewing the Underground Railroad network in Delaware at the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society meeting at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Delaware Public Archives. Key figures such as Thomas Garratt, station master; Harriet Tubman, through conductor; William Still of Philadelphia; Patty Cannon, notorious slave catcher; and the Dover Eight are among the topics discussed. Delaware's importance as the Middle Passage of the Underground Railroad on the Eastern Seaboard will be reviewed. For more information, email info@downstatedegenealogists.org or go to www.downstatedegenealogists.org.

‘New Jim Crow’ book group to begin Feb. 23

“The New Jim Crow” book discussion group will meet from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursdays, Feb. 23, March 9 and 23, and April 6 at the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware. Attendees are encouraged to read Michele Alexander's book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” before the first meeting. The book has galvanized people around the country to form study groups that morphed into social movements dedicated to addressing the racially biased criminal justice system. The discussion group is sponsored by the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice and the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware. To reserve a space, contact Don Peterson at donpetersonde@gmail.com or 703-963-1871 or Carol Wzorek at cawzorek@yahoo.com. For more information , go to www.sdarj.org or www.uusd.org.

Lewes Public Library seeks input 

The Lewes Public Library is in the process of updating its five-year strategic plan. Members of the pubic 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 a.m. 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 offerened from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Mondays and also 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 Amanda 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.