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Cape Life Briefs

March 8, 2016

Humanists of Southern Delaware to discuss Gaia Theory March 13

The Humanists of Southern Delaware will host its monthly program open to the public from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, March 13. This month’s presentation is by Frank DeFranzo on the Gaia Theory, a hypothesis formulated by chemist James Lovelock and co-developed by microbiologist Lynn Margulis in the 1970s. Gaia theory proposes that organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on Earth to form a self-regulating, complex system that helps maintain the conditions for life on the planet. Discussion will follow the presentation. The program will be held at the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware meeting room, 30486 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Lewes.

Afternoon crafting session for adults set in Rehoboth March 18

The Rehoboth Beach Public Library will host Crafternoon, an afternoon crafting expression session for adults, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 18. Crafternoon is a designated block of time devoted to the joys of craft that encompasses a variety of art forms. No experience is required. Attendees may bring what they are working on or come to do a specific craft with supplies furnished by the library. The event is for ages18 and up. To register or for more information, call 302-227-8044 or go to http://www.rehobothlibrary.org/

Rehoboth library seeks tea cups and saucers donations by March 31

The Rehoboth Beach Public Library is starting a collection of tea cups and saucers. The library will be accepting permanent donations of tea cups in good condition from the community through Thursday, March 31. These will be used for an annual event through the youth services department. Tea cups should be in good condition. For more information, call Sarah Beham at 302-227-8044.

Blue Hen Book Award winners announced

The winners of the Blue Hen Book Award for 2015 have been announced. "I Am Witch’s Cat" by Harriet Muncaster took the top prize in the Young Reader Category; "The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell" by Chris Colfer is the winner of the Middle Reader Category; and "The Selection" by Kiera Cass won in the Teen Reader Category.

The winners were chosen by members of the public from a pool of nominees selected by Delaware librarians, students and community members. Over 1,700 votes were cast between April 1 and Oct. 31, 2015. Ballots were collected in all Delaware libraries, as well as online, a new addition for the 2015 cycle.

Winning authors received a certificate and letter of acknowledgement from the Delaware Library Association. Nominees for the 2016 cycle will be announced to the public Friday, April 1. To help choose next year's winner, visit the local library, or go to http://guides.lib.de.us/bluehen.

Raffle for iPad fundraiser for Delaware Hospice drawing set March 7

Coastal Corvette Club of Delaware Inc. is hosting a raffle ticket fundraiser for Delaware Hospice. First prize is an Apple iPad Air2 Wi-Fi 64 GB with cover (a $640 value). Second prize is an ANY 1 Fitness gift certificate for a one-year VIP membership at the Rehoboth Beach location (a $240 value). Third prize is $50 cash. All of the money raised will be donated to Delaware Hospice to help support its services in Sussex County. Tickets are $5 for one ticket or $10 for three  tickets. The winner will be drawn Monday, March 7, at the Coastal Corvette Club meeting. Ticket holders do not need to be present. To purchase tickets, email Irene Pidcock at pidcocki@comcast.net.

Southern Delaware Toastmasters set open house March 8

Southern Delaware Toastmasters will mark its 20th anniversary Tuesday, Feb. 16. In honor of the occasion, an open house will be held Tuesday, March 8, at the Shechinah Empowerment Center, 231 S. Race St., Georgetown. The public is invited. To register, email kathy23840@verizon.net.

Special guest and keynote speaker will be Joy Slabaugh-Hamilton, founder and charter member of Southern Delaware Toastmasters. Come hear her story of how her toastmasters experience helped shape her life and propel her to an executive position in a Fortune 500 company.

“Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to overcome their fear of public speaking and sharpen presentation skills,” says Philip Jackson, club president. “Other benefits include the opportunity to increase one’s confidence, build critical thinking skills and become an effective listener.” Toastmasters meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Shechinah Empowerment Center in Georgetown. For more information, go to www.1003044.toastmastersclubs.org.

Tuscany trip raffle drawing to benefit therapeutic riding March 9

Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Tuscany. Raffle tickets are $100, and only 250 tickets are being sold. The drawing will be held Wednesday, March 9.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call 302-645-4530 or email mnorton@keyadvisorsgroupllc.com.

Spaghetti dinner to benefit Girl Scouts set in Millsboro March 12

The Indian River Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary is having its annual Girl Scouts spaghetti dinner to benefit all local troops from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 12, at Main Station No. One, 32628 Oak Orchard Road, Millsboro. The dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, rolls, salad, drink and dessert. The cost is $7 per person and there is no charge for children 4 and under. Takeout dinners are available. Tickets are available at the door. To order tickets in advance, call Tammy at 302-841-3697.

Bay to Ocean Writers Conference set March 12

The 19th Annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference is set for March 12, at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md. The conference, which has sold out for the past eight years, draws together more than 200 attendees who come to meet, network and learn from writers, editors, educators, social media gurus and others connected to the publishing world. Attendees get to exchange ideas, hone the writing craft and participate in panel discussions and networking discussions during lunch. One-on-one manuscript reviews by published authors will be available by registering early and requesting such an appointment.

As one of the region’s premier educational seminars, the conference attracts participants from five states as well as the District of Columbia. To join the email list, go to www.baytoocean.com. For more information, go to www.baytoocean.com.

First Town Club sets meeting March 15

The First Town Club of Lewes will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, at Lewes Public Library. Following the business meeting, Marianne Hoopes will give a presentation on therapeutic horseback riding. This meeting is not sponsored by the Lewes Public Library or City of Lewes. To learn more about the First Town Club of Lewes, call President Estelle Stevenson at 302-645-7296.

Parents of transgender and gender-fluid children to meet March 15

CAMP Rehoboth and PFLAG Rehoboth Beach are holding an interest meeting to identify the emotional, physical and social needs and concerns of transgender and gender-fluid children, teenagers and their parents at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 15. A light dinner will be provided. The meeting will take place at Camp Rehoboth, 39 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach.

All individuals who are interested, supportive and concerned about transgender and gender fluid children are welcome. The hope is to form an ongoing discussion and support group for the parents and a group for the youth. Emphasis will also be on assisting parents and families in advocating for their child and educating the public.

For more information and to reserve space, contact Salvatore Seeley, LCSW at CAMP Rehoboth, at 302-227-5620.

CHEER in Ocean View sets California travel presentation March 15

The CHEER Coastal Leisure Center in Ocean View will hold a travel presentation at 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 15.  Collette Tours will present Southern California New Year’s Celebration featuring the Tournament of Roses Parade. CHEER is at 30637 Cedar Neck Road. For more information, call Yolanda at 302-539-2671.

Women and Wine dinner to benefit Cancer Support Community March 17

The Cancer Support Community will be the beneficiary of the Women and Wine Dinner set at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 17, at Lupo Italian Kitchen, 247 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach. The evening will feature great food and wine pairings along with auction and raffle opportunities. Tickets are $50 each, and $5 from each ticket will go to the Cancer Support Community in Sussex County. To reserve a space, call 302-226-2240 or email Meghan@sodelconcepts.com.

More information about Cancer Support Community is available at www.cancersupportdelaware.org.

AAUW meeting to host panel of women in clergy March 17

The Coastal-Georgetown Chapter of the American Association of University Women will meet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, March 17, at Kings Creek Country Club in Rehoboth Beach. The AAUW will host a panel of local women in the clergy to include the Rev. Carlyle Gill, priest associate at St. Peter's Episcopal Church; Rabbi Beth Cohen of Seaside Jewish Community;  and the Rev. Vicky Starnes, senior pastor, and the Rev. Dr. Pat Loughlin, associate pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church. The women will discuss their personal journeys to the pulpit. AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. For more information, call Brenda at 302-684-8716.

People's Place fundraiser with flier set at A.C. Moore March 18

A.C. Moore in Dover will hold a fundraiser for People's Place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, March 18. The store has craft supplies ready for Easter and spring decorating projects. For all shoppers who present a People's Place flier at the time of purchase March 18, A.C. Moore will donate 10 percent of their total purchase to People's Place, which provides programs and resources for enriching Delaware residents' lives. A.C. Moore is at 277 N. Dupont Highway in Dover. A People’s Place flier must be presented and turned in at the time of purchase. To obtain a flier, call 302-422-8033 or email krigby@peoplesplace2.com.

AARP Smart Driver Basic Course set in Rehoboth March 18

Lutheran Church of Our Savior will host the AARP Smart Driver Basic Course from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, March 18. This six-hour course is for people who have not taken a driver-safety course in the past five years. Attendees should arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. and may bring snacks, lunch and drinks. The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Payment by check made payable to AARP is preferred. To register for the course, send an email with name, address, email address and phone number to amollura@verizon.net or call 302-703-2074.

Spring forest bird identification set at Prime Hook March 19

Delaware Ornithological Society will offer a spring forest bird identification workshop in conjunction with the Delaware Museum of Natural History at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 19. This program will offer participants the opportunity to examine up close, study and discuss the skins of a variety of forest birds common to Delmarva in the spring. Birds for study will include both expected and unusual species. This program will introduce new birders to many commonly seen upland and coastal forest species, while offering plumage challenges for more advanced birders. Dr. Jean Woods, curator of Birds at the DMNH, will be on hand to guide attendees through the museum’s selected collections. The workshop is free. Space is limited and registration is required.To reserve a space, call jwoods@delmnh.org or 302-658-9111 Ext. 314. For more information, call 302-684-8419 or go to www.fws.gov/refuge/prime_hook.

Vendor tables available for CHEER craft and hobby show March 19

The CHEER Spring Craft and Hobby Show is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 19. Vendors are welcome. Eight-foot tables are available at a cost of $30 for displays or $35 for sellers. Additional tables are $10 each. The show may include cameras, models, sculpture, stamps, sports memorabilia, jewelry, coins, woodworking, military, antiques, books, art and more. Admission is free. All proceeds go to support the CHEER nutrition program feeding Sussex County seniors. CHEER Community Center is at 20520 Sand Hill Road in Georgetown. For more information, contact Florence Mason at fmason@cheerde.com or 302-856-5187.

Pizza and Pages sets 'Charlotte's Web' at Rehoboth library March 19

Rehoboth Public Library invites guests to read the book "Charlotte's Web" and then come to watch the movie at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 19. Pizza and discussion will follow the movie. Pizza and Pages is a monthly book and movie discussion program for ages 7 and older. A new book will be announced at each month. Reading levels and difficulty of books will vary. Books can be read individually or as a family.

Community quilting bee set in Lewes March 19

Quilts of Love is sponsoring a day of quilt-making from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 19, at St. Jude Catholic Church, Lewes. Quilts are given to infants and children in Sussex County. All materials are provided. Adults who don’t know how to sew will be shown how. Those who can can bring sewing machines are asked to do so. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish to share at lunch. For future bees, donations of pure cotton fabrics and flannel and low-loft batting are welcome. Due to hot irons and extension cords, it is not safe to bring small children. For more information call Jan LoBiondo at 302-703-2107.

Annual Penny Party set at Milton Fire Department March 24

The Milton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting the Annual Penny Party Thursday, March 24, at the Milton Fire Department, 116 Front St., Milton. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and games will start at 7 p.m. Entry fee is $3. Refreshments will be available. Attendees should bring pennies, nickels and dimes to play. This is a great family tradition and open to all ages. For more information, call Mary Ann at 302-684-3633.

Quarter auction at American Legion Unit 28 set March 25

The American Legion Auxiliary will hold a quarter auction beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, March 25, in the bingo hall at American Legion Post 28 at 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. There will be special vendors and lots of themed baskets. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. The cost of admission is $5 which includes the first paddle for auction. Additional paddles will be $3 each. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Vendors will also offer retail specials prior to the auction, and there will be door prizes. Proceeds will benefit Children’s Organ Transplant Association youth Braeden H. The public is welcome. First come, first served. No advance tickets needed. For more information, contact Tina at 302-329-9090 or Linda at 302-945-5387.

Blessing of animals and Easter egg roll set in Millsboro March 26

The American Legion Auxiliary 28 will host the annual blessing of the animals and Easter egg roll Saturday, March 26, at the post, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. The blessing will take place at 10 a.m., and all animals are invited. Dogs should be leashed or caged. The Easter egg roll will take place at approximately 11 a.m., and children up to age 12 are invited. The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance. The event is open to the public. No tickets are required.

Beebe Auxiliary Plant Sale and Family Fun Fest set April 23

The 2016 Annual Beebe Auxiliary Plant Sale and Family Fun Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 23, at East Coast Garden Center in Millsboro. A magic show, face painting, a silent auction, craft table, adopt-a-pet with book to read to a new pet, a beekeepers demonstration and the plant doctor are among the activities planned for this family event. There will also be free hot dogs and lemonade available. Interactive educational exhibits and demonstrations will be available from organizations such as the Indian River Fire Department, Delaware State Police (Trooper 2, K9 Unit and the Seatbelt Convincer), and the Angelic Touch Therapy Animals (miniature horses). There will also be an extensive collection of spring plants and herbs featured by the East Coast Garden Center.

CHEER in Ocean View sets art museum bus trip May 1

The CHEER Coastal Leisure Center in Ocean View is offering a chartered bus trip to Washington, D.C., to tour the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the National Gallery of Art. The bus departs at 7 a.m., Sunday, May 1. Nonmembers 50 and older may participate for $30. Cost for members is $20. For more information, call Yolanda at 302-539-2671.

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 a new 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.

The new DCVA mobile-friendly application is accessible from the DCVA website or can be found directly at http://de.gov/donatevets. The DCVA 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 the DCVA 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 about the DCVA and its programs, go to www.veteransaffairs.delaware.gov.