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Cape Life Briefs

March 14, 2017

Brinckmeyers mark 65th wedding anniversary 

Congratulations go to to Mr. Jack and Mrs. Guyla Brinckmeyer of Harbeson and Rehoboth Beach, celebrating 65 years of marriage. The Brinckmeyers were married in Loyal, Okla., March 14, 1952. Jack's work has taken them to many cities in the United States. They continue to work together as active members of the Rehoboth Beach Lions Club and proprietors of the Drift Inn in Rehoboth Beach.

Genealogical society to meet March 18

The Sussex County Genealogical Society will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at Lewes Public Library. Speaker Kim Bucklaw is an archivist and researcher in the field of genealogy. Her presentation is titled Geographic Timelines - 18th Century Rural Genealogy. She has a master's degree in American history from Temple University and holds certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists. Attendees will learn how to effectively place their ancestors in time and location using a variety of records such as taxes, deeds and court records. This presentation will be valuable to genealogists of all skill levels. The society is dedicated to promoting genealogy and education to encourage and instruct in genealogical research. The scope of interests reaches far beyond Sussex County. For more information, go to www.scgsdelaware.org.

Community quilting bee set March 18

Quilts of Love is sponsoring a day of quilt-making from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 18,  at St. Jude Catholic Church, Lewes. Quilts are given to infants and children in Sussex County. All materials provided for this day of fun and creativity. Those who don't know how to sew will be shown. Those who can bring a sewing machine are asked to do so. Attendees should bring a covered dish to share at lunch. For future bees, donations will be accepted of pure cotton fabrics and flannel, 100 percent cotton thread and low-loft batting. Due to hot irons and extension cords, organizers ask attendees not to bring small children. For more information, call Jan at 302-287-9323.

AAUW Coastal-Georgetown book discussion set March 21

“The Prophets of Eternal Fjord,” a novel by Kim Leine, translated by Martin Aikenat, will be the topic of the AAUW Coastal-Georgetown American Library Notable Books Discussion set from 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, at Selbyville Public Library. It is an epic and evocative tale of colonialism in Greenland, translated from the Danish. For more information, call Ada May at 302-436-2981. The discussion is open to all members and the public. 

Delaware Day bus trip to Yorktown, Va., set March 23

Relaxing Tours LLC of Greenwood is offering a Delaware Day bus trip to the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, Va., Thursday, March 23. The bus will depart at 6 a.m. from the Bridgeville Food Lion and return to the same location at approximately 9 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. The new museum is celebrating the legacy of each of the original 13 states in the order in which they ratified the U.S. Constitution. Delaware, being the First State, is being honored first, Thursday, March 23. The trip includes rest stops outbound and return at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, museum admission, welcome ceremony at 11 a.m. and guided tour at 1 p.m. Also included in the ticket price is dinner at 4:30 p.m. at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in Hampton, Va. Travelers will make dinner selections from a menu provided on the bus. Advance reservations are required. For more information or reservations, contact Hildegard W. Rieger at hildegardrelaxing@gmail.com or 610-905-3852.

Coastal Corvette Club to host car show April 22, preregistration due April 1

The Coastal Corvette Club and Rehoboth Elementary PTO will host an open car show from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 22, on the grounds of Rehoboth Elementary School at 500 Stockley St. Ext., Rehoboth Beach. This show is open to all years, makes and models. Proceeds will go to the RES PTO and Delaware Hospice. For more information and a registration form, go to www.CoastalCorvetteClub.com. Preregistration cost is $10 with a cutoff date of Saturday, April 1. Advance registration forms should be mailed with a check to the address shown on the form. Registration will be $15 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. the day of the show. Trophies will be awarded at 2:30 p.m. There will be door prizes, a raffle ticket auction, DJ, food and a 50/50 raffle.

Travel tips for cruises presentation set April 4

The Rehoboth Beach Public Library will host a free travel educational session, Travel and Packing Tips for Cruise Travel, at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 4. Annette Nero Stellhorn, a 27-year travel veteran and owner of local business Accent on Travel, will be the speaker. She will give a brief, informative presentation about planning and packing for various forms of cruise travel. As owner of one of the largest privately owned travel agencies in the Mid-Atlantic, Stellhorn has traveled on 92 ocean, river and yacht cruises. She is currently a cruise line advisor on passenger experiences for several major cruise lines. Her team of cruise and travel experts sells over $2 million in cruise vacations out of their Maryland and Delaware offices, helping clients from all over the country. Cruise specialist Lauren Vassiliou, and family vacation and Scandinavia expert Sofia Hedman will also be available to answer questions. The presentation is free; RSVP by calling 302-227-8044. For more information, go to www.rehobothlibrary.org.

Racial justice alliance to discuss Sussex water crisis April 11

The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, at the Lewes library. There will be a panel discussion about the water crises facing many Sussex County communities and adversely affecting African-American residents. For more information, go to www.sdarj.org or email info@sdarj.org.

Bus trip to Alexandria, Va., set May 9, reserve by April 12

The Milton Historical Society has organized a day trip to Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, May 9. Minutes from Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria is a nationally designated historic district founded in 1749 that George Washington called home. There are more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. Old Town's cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks attract everyone from presidents to pet lovers. The bus will leave Milton at 8 a.m. and depart Alexandria at 4 p.m. Participants will visit three museums - the Carlyle House Museum, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and Gadsby's Tavern Museum in Old Town. A three-course lunch is set at Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant. The menu includes a salad, and choice of chicken fontina, crab cake, seasonal ravioli and top round roast beef. All lunches include desserts, tea and coffee. Cost is $95 for MHS members or $110 for nonmembers, and includes entrance tickets to these museums, lunch and round-trip transportation.  Money will only be refunded if the entire trip is cancelled or if there is waiting list availability. For more information or to RSVP with a nonrefundable deposit by Wednesday, April 12, call 302-684-1010 or email info@historicmilton.org.

Astronomy program and observation set in Rehoboth April 18

The Rehoboth Beach Public Library and the Rehoboth Beach Museum invite the public to an event exploring the universe from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 18, at the library. The program, called Astronomy for Everyone: The Size and Scale of the Universe, is a family-friendly presentation that takes place both indoors and outside. First, participants will be treated to an indoor multimedia presentation covering a virtual journey through the universe. Then, weather permitting, participants will move outside to the Boardwalk to view the rings of Saturn, craters of the moon and other jewels of the night sky. For more information or to RSVP, call 302-227-8044.

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 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 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 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.