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Cape Life Briefs

April 25, 2017
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Film for Thought to screen ‘Being Mortal’ May 2

Film for Thought at Lewes library partners with Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association to present the film "Being Mortal," from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 2. In the book of the same name, Atul Gawande challenges people to re-examine how they think about death and dying. In this PBS Frontline presentation, Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. The program follows his book, an informative exploration of what growing old means in the 21st century This should inspire a serious discussion with adult family members about decisions to make when one faces a serious illness or injury. Kate Smith, MD, MPH, will join for discussion and provide handouts, such as Five Wishes, the updated living will. Film for Thought is a program held at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Lewes library.

Kentucky Derby Party for Cancer Support Community May 6

When 20 horses are at the gate at 6:34 p.m., Saturday, May 6, at Churchill Downs for the start of the 143rd Kentucky Derby, the local community will gather for the Cancer Support Community's Kentucky Derby party at Northbeach in Dewey Beach during its opening weekend. Doors open at 4 p.m. Attendees can enjoy food stations, raw bar, crab cakes and more. There will be a derby horse auction, live music, $500 in prizes for Best Dressed and Best Hat, and a silent auction. A cash bar will feature Kentucky Derby specialty drinks. Tickets are $10. All proceeds from the event will stay in Sussex County so that the Cancer Support Community can provide programs and support to people with cancer and their loved ones at no charge.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call Stacy at 302-645-9150 or go to www.cancersupportdelaware.org and search events.

Bus trip to Alexandria, Va., set May 9

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 call 302-684-1010 or email info@historicmilton.org.

Sign up early for Foxwoods Casino excursion June 18-21

Indian River Senior Center is sponsoring a four-day, three-night trip from Sunday to Wednesday, June 18 to 21, to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mystic County, Conn. Available entertainment includes bingo, golf, slots, shopping and more. For more information or to sign up, call 302-934-8839.

Mini golf to benefit First State Community Action May 16, register by May 1

First State Community Action Agency invites everyone to the Fourth Annual Miniature Golf Tournament at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 16,  at Jungle Jim's in Rehoboth Beach. Registration is now open for teams of four; cost is $200 which includes lunch. Deadline to register is Monday, May 1. Business and individual sponsorship opportunities are also available. Proceeds support First State's community-based programs benefitting local youth. For more information or to register, contact Kaneisha Trott at 302-856-7761, Ext. 138, or go to www.firststatecaa.org.

Fundraiser for Eagle Scout project to be held in Milton May 12

A dinner and a movie fundraiser will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, May 12, at the Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding facility in Milton. All proceeds go to an Eagle Scout project led by Lewes Troop 1 Life Scout Jonah Robertson. He is building a sensory trail for the riding facility. Dinner will be barbecue chicken with all the fixings. The movie "Racing Stripes" will be shown on the side of the barn just after sunset. Attendees should bring a lawn chair or blanket. Cost is $10, $5 for children under 8, and free for 4 and under. The address is 17170 Harbeson Road, Milton. For more information, call Robertson at 302-519-5505, after school hours.

Donations being accepted for MERR yard sale to be held May 20

The Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute Inc. is accepting items for its annual yard sale, set for Saturday, May 20, at the facility at 801 Pilottown Road in Lewes, next to the Coast Guard Station. All funds raised during the event will go to the year-round efforts of the nonprofit organization, which serves as the first response to all marine mammal and sea turtle strandings in Delaware, including food and care, veterinary bills, transportation and supplies. MERR also hosts a number of outreach endeavors in which representatives travel to area schools to inform students about area marine mammals. The yard sale is a major fundraiser for the organization, and will feature a bake sale and refreshments throughout the day. The yard sale will take place rain or shine. To donate items, call 302-228-5029 or email merrinstitute@gmail.com.

Run-for-the-Books 5K to benefit Rehoboth library May 20

Friends of the Rehoboth Beach Public Library will present the Second Annual Rehoboth Run-for-the-Books 5K at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 20. The event for runners and walkers of all ages starts behind the Rehoboth library at 226 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach. Papa Grande’s is sponsoring the after-party. Cost is $25. To preregister, go to www.races2run.com.

Community quilting bee set for May 20

Quilts of Love is sponsoring a day of quilt-making from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 20, at St. Edmond's Catholic Church, Rehoboth. Quilts are given to infants and children in Sussex County. All materials provided for a day of fun and creativity. Those who don't know how to sew will be taught. Attendees who can bring sewing machines are asked to do so. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish to share at lunch. For future bees, the group is accepting donations of pure cotton fabrics and flannel, 100 percent cotton thread and low-loft batting. Due to hot irons and extension cords, small children cannot attend. For more information, call Jan at 302-287-9323.

Par 3 golf tournament to benefit Boy Scout Troop 2540 set June 2

Boy Scout Troop 2540 will host a Par 3 golf tournament fundraiser at 5 p.m., Friday, June 2, at Midway Par 3 Golf Course in Lewes. Teams will be in groups of five. Cost for each golfer is $50 and includes club rentals, and gifts and prizes donated by local merchants. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be available. The event will take place rain or shine. The course is player friendly for everyone including those who have never golfed before. Golfers are asked to arrive between 4:30 and 4:45 p.m. Troop 2540 has over 20 active Boy Scouts from the Lewes, Rehoboth and Milton areas. The troop is chartered by Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge 2540. Meetings are held at 7 p.m., Mondays, September to May, at the Lewes School on Savannah Road. This year’s camping venues have included Annapolis, Md.; Assateague, Va.; New York City; and a hike on the Appalachian Trail. For information on golfing or hole sponsorships, contact Rick Jones by email at Par3Rick@aol.com or Assistant Scoutmaster Steve Brown at lewes17@yahoo.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.

Tutors needed for Literacy Delaware

Literacy Delaware is looking for tutors for both English-speaking and non-English-speaking learners. Training is provided for volunteers. To help someone improve their reading skills or help someone speak English, call the Frankford Public Library at 302-732-9351 and leave a message for Susan Rosenberg, Sussex County coordinator.

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 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.