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Cape Life Briefs Fall 2019

November 13, 2019

Genealogical society to meet Nov. 16

The Sussex County Genealogical Society will host a live interactive video presentation by Thomas MacEntee, owner of High-Definition Genealogy, at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Lewes library. He will discuss Backing Up Your Genealogy Data. MacEntee says he is a tech guy with a love of history, and a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connecter, online community builder and more. He is the author of a number of books and articles. Everyone is welcome. For more information, go to www.scgsdelaware.org.

Holiday fair at Cape Henlopen Senior Center Nov. 16

The Cape Henlopen Senior Center in Rehoboth Beach will sponsor its annual holiday fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16. Vendors will offer a variety of handcrafted items and homemade goodies including assorted artwork, welded art and statues, makeup and skin care products, homemade baked goods, jar candles, sea glass and handcrafted jewelry, handmade sweaters, scarves, hats, baby items and much more. Refreshments will be available. Raffle tickets will be available for $10 each for two box seat tickets to the Eagles vs. Cowboys football game in Philadelphia, Sunday, Dec. 22. The drawing will take place at jackpot bingo Wednesday, Dec. 4. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win.

To accommodate attendees, parking spaces have been reserved along the north side of Christian Street and in the parking lot adjacent to the senior center. The center extends special thanks to Chief Banks of the Rehoboth Police Department for making this happen. The center is at 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach. For more information, call 302-227-2055 or go to www.capehenlopenseniorcenter.org.

Community quilting bee set Nov. 16

Quilts of Love will sponsor a day of quilt-making from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Lewes Senior Center, Lewes. Quilts are given to infants and children in Sussex County. All materials will be provided for a day of fun and creativity. Sewing instructions will be provided as needed. Those who can bring a sewing machine are asked to do so, and everyone is asked to bring a covered dish to share at lunch. For future bees, donations are welcome of pure cotton fabrics and flannel, 100 percent cotton thread and low-loft batting. Small children may not attend, due to the risk of injury from hot irons and extension cords. Lewes Senior Center is at 32083 Janice Road, Lewes. For more information, call Jan at 302-287-9323.

Grass Roots Rescue benefit at Brandywine Nov. 23

People and their well-mannered furry friends are invited to Paws for a Cause, an event to benefit Grass Roots Rescue, at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at Brandywine Living at Seaside Pointe, Rehoboth Beach. Adoptable dogs will be in attendance. There will be cocktails and raffles. Attendees may drop off or bring donations such as dog beds, bowls, unopened dog food, new blankets and new toys. Monetary donations can be made as well. To register to participate in a dog parade, RSVP to Reshell Truitt at rbriddell@brandycare.

Craft fair at American Legion Unit 28 Nov. 23

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. There will be two floors of crafts and vendors for attendees to get an early start on holiday gift shopping. Over 30 local artists will feature jewelry, candles, wreaths and much more. Refreshments will be available for purchase. This is a public event; all are welcome. No vendor spaces are available. For more information, call Janet at 302-945-4808 or go to www.alpost28.com.

Thanksgiving dinner at American Legion Unit 28 Nov. 24

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 will host its annual Thanksgiving dinner from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24. The dinner is free for widowed members of Post 28 family. The public is invited to join them for $10 per person. Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings will be served. Tickets are available in the auxiliary office. The address is 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Linda at 302-945-5387 or Beth at 302-381-3897.

CHEER Thanksgiving feast set Nov. 26

CHEER will host its annual holiday feast to celebrate Thanksgiving from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Warren L. and Charles C. Allen Jr. CHEER Community Center. The menu will feature the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. There will also be entertainment and contests with prizes. Tickets are $6 for seniors over age 60, and $8 for those under 60. Tickets are available at all CHEER activity centers or at the door. For more information, call Robin Greene at 302-515-3063.

Cape High Class of 1999 to hold reunion Nov. 29

The Cape Henlopen High School Class of 1999 will hold its 20-year reunion from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29,  at Irish Eyes. Attendees will party like it’s 1999 with classmates and a surprise guest. For more information, follow the Cape Henlopen High School Class of 1999 Facebook page or email cape99reunion@gmail.com Online ticket sales will be available soon through Eventbrite.

Milton Christmas Parade to spread cheer Dec. 4

The 2019 Milton Christmas Parade sponsored by the Milton Fire Department Inc. will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4. Trophies will be awarded to all participants at the beginning of the parade. The only theme for the parade is Christmas. No Santa Claus is allowed in the parade. No throwing of anything is allowed. Motorized vehicles may not do speed exhibitions or spin tires. There is no rain or snow date. For more information, call 302-684-8500 during business hours.

Holiday bazaar at CHEER in Ocean View Dec. 7

The CHEER Coastal Leisure Center in Ocean View will host a holiday bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at the center in the Cedar Bay development at 30637 Cedar Neck Road, Ocean View. All are welcome. There will be a variety of arts and crafts vendors, a bake sale, 50/50 and refreshments available for purchase. A mini paint day will begin at 10 a.m. for $5 per person. To reserve a vendor table, call Yolanda at 302- 539-2671.

Holiday open house at Gumboro Community Association Dec. 8

The Gumboro Community Association will host its first holiday open house from 12 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8. Formerly the Gumboro School, the Gumboro Community Center will be open to the public for free self-guided tours through the seasonally decorated historic building. The association is starting the process of applying to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Organizers are looking for anyone who attended or worked at the Gumboro School. The open house will feature free refreshments, photos with Santa from 2 to 4 p.m., a chance to buy homemade holiday treats at a cookie walk benefiting the Gumboro Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary, and fresh evergreen wreath and Gumboro merchandise sales benefitting the Gumboro Community Center. A Community Angels Tree will be on site for those who wish to paint an angel ornament to place in memory of a loved one. The angel tree will be highlighted on the Community Angels float which will lead Gumboro’s 2nd Annual Sussex County Christmas Parade. 

Veterans Day event at Air Mobility Command Museum Nov. 11

The Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover Air Force Base will honor veterans Monday, Nov. 11. This event is free to all. Gates will open at 9 a.m.. Seating starts at 10 a.m. and is limited. The program will begin at 11 a.m. Col. Joel Safranek, 436 Airlift Wing Commander will be the guest speaker and the Milford Community Band will provide a medley of music honoring all veterans. The static display aircraft, C-5, and C-141B will be open until 3 p.m. Also in attendance will be World War II Veteran Ray Firmani for a personal signing of his book, “Against All Odds.” For more information, call 302-677-3855 or go to www.amcmuseum.org.

Cape Henlopen Senior Center offers exercise classes

Cape Henlopen Senior Center, 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach, offers a variety of exercise classes for seniors 55 and older. On Mondays, Sit & Get Fit is 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and Balance Class is 2 to 3 p.m.; Tuesdays - Tai Chi, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Zumba, 3 to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays - Arthritis Exercises, 9 to 10 a.m. and Fitness Circuit Training, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays - Yoga, 1 to 2 p.m., Dancercise, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. and Chair Yoga, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Fridays - Sit & Get Fit, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., Ballroom Aerobics, 10:20 to 11:20 a.m., and Tai Chi, 11:25 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Cost for each class is $5. All class instructors are certified.

For more information, call 302-227-2055.

Beebe Auxiliary seeks volunteers

Beebe Auxiliary, a local volunteer group, is nearing its 83rd anniversary. The group currently has 170 members.

The auxiliary needs volunteers, any age, young or seasoned, to help out at the Beebe Treasure Chest Thrift Store, open seven days a week in the Midway Shopping Center on Route 1 behind Candy Kitchen. Volunteers can choose the hours they want to work. Tasks include sorting donated items, arranging displays, restocking shelves and working the cash register. Especially needed are young, strong individuals who can help with furniture pickups and deliveries.

Volunteers are also needed at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus to help in the gift shop as well as the east and west information desks.

To submit volunteer applications, go to www.beebehealthcare.org/volunteer-beebe. For more information, email Nancy Almacy at nalmacy@gmail.com or call 302-703-2600.

Use Rehoboth library card for online resource access 

Many Rehoboth Beach Public Library users don’t realize the wide variety of valuable resources their library card can unlock.

If they enjoy browsing through current magazines or looking up articles from past issues, it’s as easy as visiting the library website, www.rehobothlibrary.org, and looking up Flipster Digital Magazines under the Resources link. Magazines can be viewed page by page on a PC, laptop, or tablet, and articles can be printed out if needed.

For card holders with a Kindle, Nook or other e-reader who would like to borrow an ebook rather than buying one, there’s a Resources link to find out how to download an app for that. The Resources tab also will provide access to the entire available ebook collection, searchable by title, content, author or language.

There are also links to countywide and statewide library databases, the Library of Congress, and more.

For more information on accessing these and other library services, go to www.rehobothlibrary.org, call 302-227-8044 or stop by the Rehoboth Beach Public Library, 226 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach.

Association seeks Army's 2nd Infantry Division members for reunion

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division at any time. The association will host its 98th annual reunion Wednesday to Sunday, Sept. 18 to 22, in Tucson, Ariz. For more information, contact Bob Haynes at 2idahq@comcast.net or call 224-225-1202.

Geneaology help offered first Saturdays

The Sussex County Genealogical Society and the Lewes Historical Society sponsor a monthly genealogist in residence program at the Lewes History Museum, Margaret H. Rollins Community Center, 101 Adams Ave., Lewes, the site of the old library. From 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month, SCGS members are available to help people begin or advance their family history research. No appointment is needed. For more information, go to www.scgsdelaware.org.

Millsboro Lions collect eyeglasses

Millsboro Lions Club collects eyeglasses to recycle for new wearers. Eyeglasses may be dropped off at the following collection sites: Accurate Eye, Peninsula Crossing, 26670 Centerview Drive No. 5, Millsboro; American Legion Post 28, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro; Best Ace Hardware Long Neck, 32362 Long Neck Road, Millsboro; Christian Storehouse, 149 Mitchell St., Millsboro; Delaware Eye Clinic, office of Dr. Jaoude, 28322 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Milton; Indian River Senior Center, 214 Irons Ave., Millsboro; Millsboro Public Library, 217 W. State St., Millsboro; Millsboro Post Office, 100 Main St., Millsboro; and Sussex Eye Long Neck, 32030 Long Neck Road, Millsboro.

Child advocates needed

The Office of the Child Advocate-Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Delaware is expanding its efforts to represent the interests of abused and neglected children. The program is seeking qualified adults to serve as CASA volunteers. These are trained members of the community appointed by Family Court judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court proceedings. The CASA volunteer conducts an independent investigation into the child’s life, and provides information and recommendations to the judge. CASA volunteers work with attorneys, social workers and family members to attain the goal of a safe and permanent home for each child.

CASA volunteers have varied professional, educational and ethnic backgrounds. They are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence and commitment. Each volunteer accepted into the program must complete 30 hours of initial training. Casework supervision is provided by full-time program coordinators.

The problems of child abuse and neglect belong to everyone. To be a part of the solution, be a CASA volunteer. Classes are forming now for training statewide. To apply, go to http://courts.delaware.gov/childadvocate.

Toastmasters seek new members; club meets in Georgetown

Southern Delaware Toastmasters is seeking individuals who would like to become confident at public speaking and improve their leadership skills at the same time. The club offers a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows members to achieve their goals at a pace that’s right for them. The Southern Delaware Toastmasters club meets at 6 p.m., the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Georgetown Public Library, 123 W. Pine St., Georgetown. For those who are interested in learning about Toastmasters, visitors are welcome to observe meetings a few times before becoming members. For more information, go to https://www.toastmasters.org/Find-a-Club/01003044-01003044.

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, email Sussexoptimist@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.

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

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.

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.