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Cape Life Briefs May 2019

May 22, 2019

AARP to host yard sale in Georgetown May 25

AARP Chapter 5340 will host a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 25, at Grace United Methodist Church parking lot next to the Georgetown Little League field. Spaces are available for $10. Sellers provide their own tables. To reserve space, contact Pat Redemann, 302-253-0082, or Paula Norman, 302-500-1768. 

Whittling exhibit May 26 at Bethel museum

The Bethel Heritage Museum will host a whittling exhibit from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 26, at 312 First St., Bethel. Noel Justice will be on hand to demonstrate things that can be done with a pocketknife. Attendees can peruse examples of Boy Scout neckerchief slides, geometrics, figurines, and dioramas of early 20th century life along with learning to make a wooden spoon. 

Walking tour and evening stroll set in Rehoboth May 30

The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society will hold a walking tour at 9 a.m., Thursday, May 30, starting from the Rehoboth Avenue bandstand.

An evening stroll along the Boardwalk will begin at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 30. A Boardwalk stroll was a family tradition for many years for visitors to Rehoboth Beach. Attendees can re-create that tradition with the tour leaders.

The tour is a two-hour gentle stroll around downtown. It costs $10, payable on the day of the tour to the tour guide. Look for the pink umbrella held by tour guide Jean Brolund or the black umbrella held by tour guide Gerry Beaulieu.

Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a space, call Rehoboth Beach Museum at 302-227-731 and leave a name and telephone number. For information, go to www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org

Free yoga event set May 31 in Rehoboth

Rehoboth Beach Yoga will host an evening of yoga poses, meditation, and social time from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, May 31. There will also be a special live discourse from Sadguru Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati via conference call. Advance registration is requested.  

This free yoga evening is a celebration of the 43rd anniversary of Swami Nirmalananda receiving the gift of Shaktipat from her Sadguru Swami Muktananda Paramahamsa. Shaktipat is the awakening of the meditative energy of upliftment that resides within all, and can be awakened by a Shaktipat master. Swami Nirmalananda is the spiritual leader and master teacher at Svaroopa Vidya Ashram in Downingtown, Pa., and herself a Shaktipat master.

This evening is open to everyone, from complete beginners to advanced yoga and meditation practitioners of all styles.

Rehoboth Beach Yoga is at 20245 Bay Vista Road, Unit 101, Rehoboth Beach.  There is plenty of free parking. To register or for more information, email info@rehobothbeachyoga.com or call 302-226-7646.

Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park seek trail day volunteers June 1

The Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park will observe National Trails Day, a national service day created by the American Hiking Society, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 1, beginning at the large picnic pavilion.

In participating, the Friends help maintain trails, encourage citizens of all ages to become involved in volunteerism in their communities, and promote the stewardship of natural resources.

Friends will convene volunteers to assist in maintenance of the magnificent Cape Henlopen State Park. Volunteers of all ages are invited. Groups such as families, businesses or youth group are also welcome to participate.

This year’s main emphasis is on doing maintenance such as pruning overgrowth, clearing debris and picking up trash on all of the park’s various trails. There also will be invasive species removal, beach cleanup and landscaping.

The large picnic pavilion is adjacent to the parking lot for the main beach and bath house. Work on the projects will last until noon, when the Village Improvement Association of Rehoboth will host a cookout at the pavilion. In addition to the lunch, volunteers will each receive a free National Trails Day T-shirt.

For more information, call John Bracco at 551-775-4068.

Delaware shipwrecks program set June 5

Shipwreck historian and salvager Dale W. Clifton Jr. will present Delaware Shipwrecks and Sea Salvage at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, at Ocean View Town Hall, 32 West Ave. He will share his extensive knowledge of shipwrecks off the Delaware coast and showcase some of the many artifacts displayed at his DiscoverSea Museum in Fenwick Island. Clifton is an internationally acclaimed treasure hunter who has led hundreds of recovery expeditions. This promises to be a fascinating talk from a distinguished sea archeologist who happens to be a local. Admission is free for Ocean View Historical Society members, $5 for others. Lights refreshments will be served. Free parking is available in the Ocean View Town Hall lots around John T. West Town Park. 

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary to host charity golf tournament June 6

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club’s 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament registration will open at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Peninsula on the Indian River Bay, Millsboro.

Individual player registration is $150; foursomes are $600. Fees include 18 holes of golf with cart, use of the course practice facility, $10 in drink tickets to be used at the refreshment cart or cocktail hour, a box lunch and gourmet dinner.

Proceeds of the tournament go to support Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, Oak Orchard Boys & Girls Club, Long Neck-area youth programs and organizations, and the greater Long Neck community, with projects and programs to foster growth and improve quality of life.

For more information and to register, go to www.longnecksunriserotaryclub.com.

Lord Baltimore Lions to host yard and bake sale June 8

The Lord Baltimore Lions Club will hold its annual yard and bake sale from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 8,  at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, 120 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View. The sale will include many household items, clothing, sporting equipment, tools, kids’ toys, electrical and mechanical items, and bicycles. Interested shoppers will also have a choice of books, DVDs, CDs and  more.There will be no televisions or old VCR equipment items accepted for donation or available for purchase this year.

All yard sale visitors can select from a variety of cakes, pies, cookies and other baked items offered for sale that morning.

Proceeds benefit local charities’ service projects.

For more information, go to www.lordbaltimorelionsclub.com.

Register early for Lewes Lions golf event to benefit Tunnell Cancer Center Sept. 9

The Lewes Lions Club golf event to benefit Beebe Tunnell Cancer Center Patient Special Needs Fund will begin at 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9, at Mulligan’s Pointe in Georgetown. Last year’s event netted $13,000 for the cancer center. Registration is now open, and Lions are asking golfers to organize their own foursomes or sign up individually. Signing up early is recommended, as the event is expected to sell out. Non-golfers may participate by choosing the dinner-only option.

For more information, go to www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/lewesde/index.php, or email leweslionsclub@gmail.com or joedonohoe@comcast.net.

Sussex Tech classes of 2009, 1999 to hold reunions

The Sussex Technical High School classes of 2009 and 1999 will hold their 10th and 20th reunions this year, inviting classmates to attend events in June. 

The Class of 2009 will hold its reunion from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, June 8, at Paradise Grill, 27344 Bay Road, Long Neck. Attendees can catch up with classmates in the area marked with the Ravens Reunion banner. The event is pay-as-you-go. Tag photos on social media with #2009Ravens Reunite. Questions may be posted in the class Facebook group, Sussex Tech c/o 2009 reunion.

The Class of 1999 will hold its reunion from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, June 15, at Mulligan's Pointe, 22426 Sussex Pines Road, Georgetown. Cost is $35 per person and $60 per couple. Payment may be made via Cash App to $MichaelFreshwater or via Paypal or Google Pay to Michael.L.Freshwater@gmail.com. Include full name and phone number.

Milford High Class of ‘69 to hold reunion Sept. 21

Milford High School Class of 1969 will celebrate its 50th reunion Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Rookery North in Milford. For more information, contact Gail Sharp Felin at felingoons@gmail.com.

Beebe Auxiliary seeks volunteers

The Beebe Auxiliary needs volunteers, any age, young or seasoned, to help out at its Beebe Treasure Chest Thrift Store, open seven days a week in the Midway Shopping Center on Route 1 behind Candy Kitchen. Thrift store volunteers can choose the hours they want to work, and tasks include sorting donated items, arranging displays, restocking shelves, working the cash register, etc. Especially needed are young, strong men and women 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.

Beebe Auxiliary Volunteer Applications can be submitted at www.beebehealthcare.org/volunteer-beebe. For more information, email Nancy Almacy, nalmacy@gmail.com, or call 302-703-2600.

Fowler Beach at Prime Hook NWR closed through Sept. 1

The Fowler Beach area of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, which includes the bay beach, dunes and back-barrier portions, is now closed entirely for the benefit of federally and state protected beach-nesting and migratory shorebirds, including red knot, piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other species. All access is prohibited. Area closures are subject to change and/or modification at any time. Access to Fowler Beach will reopen Sunday, Sept. 1, for full use by wildlife dependent visitors. Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is located just off Route 16 near Broadkill Beach at 11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton.

For more information, call 302-684-8419 or go to www.fws.gov/refuge/Prime_Hook/.

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.

Friends of Millsboro library seek book sale donations

The Friends of The Millsboro Public Library is accepting books for its annual July book sale, the group’s major fundraiser.

This is the Friends’ 25th anniversary year. Gently used donated books may be dropped off at the Millsboro library, 219 State St., during regular library hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Items not accepted include Reader’s Digest condensed books, encyclopedias, textbooks or magazines.

Profits of the sale are primarily used for the children’s summer reading program. Other items not part of the library’s budget are often funded by the Friends. New board books were recently purchased for the children’s room, and the restrooms were updated to include baby-changing stations.

Sale dates will be announced soon. For more information, call 302-732-3216 or 302-934-1113.

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.

Registration open for Girl Scouts day camps

Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay announce its 2019 summer camp programming, offering leadership skills, self-confidence building, and traditional fun like games and marshmalow roasting. Girls today want experiences that let them try something new and improve their confidence while making friends and having a good time. With a solid commitment to understanding the needs of girls today, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay camp staff are dedicated to helping girls reach their highest potential. Campers do not have to be registered Girl Scouts to participate. Girl Scout programs are affordable and financial assistance is available.

Camp Country Center in Hockessin offers weekly day camp programs for girls in first to 12th grade from Monday, July 15, to Friday, Aug. 19. Fees range from $225 to $340 per week

For a complete list of summer programs or to register, go to www.gscb.org/camp.

Rehoboth library seeks volunteer chess and ASL instructors

The Youth Services Department at Rehoboth Beach Public Library needs help with launching two new programs for children. The library is planning to host a weekly chess club on Saturdays and needs a coach to help kids learn how to play or sharpen their skills. The program is planned to launch in February, but scheduling is flexible. The library also plans to host a series of classes for children to learn American Sign Language. This program would be offered during the afternoon, preferably in late spring or summer. The Rehoboth Beach Public Library is at 226 Rehoboth Ave. For more information about volunteering for either of these programs, call 302-227-8044 or email sarah.beham@lib.de.us.

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.

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife 2019 calendar now available

The 2019 full-color outdoors calendar from DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife is now available. Each month of the calendar depicts seasonal photos of DNREC’s scenic wildlife and fishing areas. It also includes a sunrise/sunset table, information on boater safety courses, and a convenient Division of Fish & Wildlife contact directory. The calendars make great holiday gifts.

This year’s calendar features photos by Fish & Wildlife past and present staff members Holly Niederriter, Stew Michels, Nivette Perez-Perez, Denise Husband, Jesse Baird, Craig Rhoads, Anthony Gonzon and Larry Horan.

Calendars are available for $5 at DNREC’s licensing desk at 89 Kings Highway in Dover, and the Owens Station Shooting Sports & Hunter Education Center, 12613 Hunters Cove Road, Greenwood.

Calendars also may be ordered for $6 including postage and handling by calling DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife at 302-739-9910, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, or by sending a check made out to Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife to Jennifer Childears, DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

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.

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.

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.