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Cape Life Briefs

February 21, 2018

Volunteers needed at Prime Hook Refuge store

The Friends of Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge is a volunteer organization that supports the refuge through donations and sale of merchandise in the Friends store. This is a critical service to provide the refuge with needed financial assistance as a result of the cutbacks to National Wildlife Programs. For more information about Prime Hook, go to https://www.fws.gov/refuge/prime_hook/.

The Friends are seeking volunteers to work in the store at Prime Hook. The store greets and orients visitors to the refuge as well as handling merchandise sales. The store is open up to seven days a week. There are two volunteer shifts daily from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and from 12:30 to 4 p.m. For more information on volunteering, contact Anne Bartel at tiabartel@hotmail.com.

Game night at Rehoboth library set Feb. 23

Last Friday Game Night is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23, at Rehoboth Beach Public Library. The library will provide a variety of board and video games, and other activities that are fun for the entire family. Crunchy snacks and music will be provided. The library is at 226 Rehoboth Ave., and attendees should enter through the back gate. To register, go to www.rehobothlibrary.org. For more information, contact Sarah Beham at sarah.beham@lib.de.us or 302-227-8044.

Milton CHEER to host family fundraiser dinner Feb. 23

CHEER Inc. will hold a Beef and Dumplings Fundraising Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23, to help one of its own members. The dinner will be served at the Milton CHEER Center, 24855 Broadkill Road, Milton. Dinner will also include tossed salad, dessert and beverage. A Silent and Live Auction will be held, and there will be entertainment while attendees eat. The public is invited.

Cost of the dinner is $12 for one adult or two for $20. Children under 10 can eat for $8. Takeouts are available. Tickets are available at the door or at all CHEER activity centers – Georgetown (515-3040), Greenwood (349-5237), Long Neck-Millsboro (945-3551), Milton (684-4819), Lewes (645-9239), Ocean View (539-2671), Roxana (732-3662) and the CHEER Community Center, Georgetown (854-9500). Transportation can be provided for CHEER members from the centers. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Peterson family for medical expenses.

Millsboro Lions to hold vision fundraiser Feb. 27

The Millsboro Lions Club is having a special fundraiser from 11 a.m. to closing at Ocean Grill restaurant in Long Neck, 26089 Shoppes at Long Neck. Proceeds will go toward the local vision program. The Ocean Grill is generously partnering with the club to donate a portion of sales from all food and drink purchases for lunch and dinner. Millsboro Lions will be in attendance to welcome diners and thank them for their support.

Millsboro Lions serve the local community in many ways, including providing scholarships, medical equipment loans, support for Millsboro Little League and Boy Scout Troop 89, and funding for eye exams and glasses for local community members who cannot afford them. Sales from the club's famous oyster sandwiches, available September through December at the Lions Fritter Shack in the Millsboro Town Hall parking lot, are used to fund the Lions' many community service projects. This year 's heavy demand for vision assistance, especially for eyeglasses, has drained the club's financial resources, and they need the community's support to raise additional funds for the local vision program.

CHEER seeks vendors for March 3 craft show

CHEER Inc. will host its annual spring craft and hobby show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 3, at the Warren L. and Charles C. Allen Jr. CHEER Community Center on Sand Hill Road east of Georgetown. The show is free and open to the public. Merchandise ranges from books, baseball cards, toys, woodworking and T-shirts to leather goods, magazines, antiques, military memorabilia, jewelry and much more.  Eight-foot tables are $35 for those selling items and $30 for people who only want to showcase their hobby. Additional tables are available at $10 each, and electrical outlet use is $5 extra. CHEER Inc. is a nonprofit agency that promotes healthy and active lifestyles for seniors in Sussex County. Proceeds from this event help support that mission. Vendors who wish to participate can contact Florence Mason at 302-515-3045 or fmason@cheerde.com.

Lewes in Bloom sets March 7 day trip to Philadelphia Flower Show 

Lewes in Bloom is organizing a bus trip to the beautiful and educational 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show, departing the Lewes Weis parking lot promptly at 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 7. This year’s theme, Wonders of Water, will celebrate the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water. America's leading floral and garden designers will create tropical jungles, temperate forests, native woodlands and arid landscapes. Astounding plants that thrive in each environment will be showcased, from exquisite orchids and flowering vines to luminescent desert blooms. Cost is $70 and includes bus fare, show ticket and tips. The anticipated return time is 6 p.m. For more information, or to reserve a seat, contact Dennis Crawford at 302-827-4876 or drcsue@comcast.net.

Advance tickets required for Vietnam veterans dinner March 9

Tickets are on sale for Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America's 9th Annual Fried Oyster and Dumpling Dinner to begin at 6 p.m., Friday, March 9, at Felton Fire Hall.

After a social hour, the dinner menu will include chicken salad, green beans, coleslaw, coffee, tea and dessert. Proceeds go toward maintenance of the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park on South Little Creek Road, Dover. The park includes memorials to those lost in Vietnam, Korea and the Middle East, in addition to a Gold Star Mothers and Families memorial. The park is also the home of a War Dog memorial and a Vietnam-era Huey helicopter.

The popular dinner, which is open to the public, will include silent and live auctions, a 50/50 and a raffle for a named memorial brick to be placed in the park.

Tickets are $30 but must be purchased in advance. "Only 320 tickets are available and will sell out quickly, so we ask folks to get them early," said Woody Postle, dinner coordinator. For more information, to donate an auction item or to purchase tickets, contact Woody at 302-678-2410 or one9marine@gmail.com.

Scrapbooking and craft supplies sale to benefit 4-H March 24

A unique yard sale of scrapbooking and craft supplies will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, March 24, at the UD Paradee Center, 69 Transportation Circle, Dover. The event is sponsored by the Kent County 4-H Exchange Group to help raise money to support hosting an interstate exchange student program. Cost to rent a space to sell unwanted scrapbooking and craft supplies is $20, which includes two tables and chairs. General admission is $1 per person. Food will be available from the 4-H Exchange Group. For more information, contact Lynn Wilkins at 302-222-0257 or or the Kent County Extension Office at 302-730-4000.

Distinguished Young Women scholarship program seeks interest by April 1

Distinguished Young Women is a nonprofit which provides college scholarships and personal growth opportunities to young women who are looking to go to college. Specifically, the program focuses on the three areas of scholarship, leadership and talent. The program for Delaware, which will be held at Possum Point Players’ Possum Hall theater in Georgetown, is coming up in August for the Class of 2019 to help girls build life skills like job interviewing and public speaking. More than $1 billion in scholarships is available nationally to participants each year. There are colleges that offer scholarships to young women just for participating. Whether they win a scholarship or not, every girl walks away with new skills that will serve her well after graduation. Participation is free. The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 1. For more information or to apply, call 302-542-2065, email Delaware@DistinguishedYW.org or go to www.DistinguishedYW.org.

Low-cost vaccination clinic set April 22 in Rehoboth

Delaware Humane Association will offer a low-cost vaccination clinic from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 22, at the Midway Plaza location, 18675 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach. At the clinic, low-cost vaccinations, microchipping and more are available. Vaccinations are administered by a licensed veterinarian. For more information, go to delawarehumane.org and search events for vaccination clinics.

Optimist Club meets first and third Mondays

The Optimist Club of Sussex County meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the first and third Mondays of each month at J.D. Shuckers in Georgetown. All Sussex County residents who would like to promote optimism and help children develop to their full potential are invited to join. For more information, contact Connie and Tom Sohnleitner at tomandconnieoptimist@gmail.com.

Lewes library seeks groups to display information in lobby

Nonprofit organizations or community groups looking to reach more people may be able to place information in the lobby display case at Lewes Public Library. The library is seeking groups to organize informational displays for a two-week period in its lobby display case which is seen by the hundreds of people who walk through the library doors every day. For nonprofit agencies, this is an opportunity to educate the community. For community groups, this is a chance to let others know what they offer and to recruit new members. To schedule a time period, contact Rebecca Lowe, library development director, at 302-645-2733, Ext. 4117, or Rebecca.Lowe@lib.de.us.

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.