Cape Life Briefs

July 11, 2018

Delaware Community Foundation grants $15K to People’s Place

People’s Place was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Delaware Community Foundation’s 2018 Capital Grants Program. The funds will enable the People’s Place Whatcoat Homeless Shelter and Social Service program to renovate a 20-year-old building that was once used as a classroom on the property.

Renovations will include a clearly defined space to provide residents with work skills and transitional classes to help them find permanent housing and increase their contributions to the state with their individual gifts and skills. A separate area will provide secure storage of food and hygienic products, and the remaining space will accommodate any personal items shelter residents are unable to store in their rooms.

A sudden medical emergency or loss of employment may be all it takes for an individual or family to face the threat of becoming homeless. Many Whatcoat residents are currently employed but still living below poverty level and struggling to find permanent housing due to the lack of affordable options in Delaware. This grant will assist People’s Place to help residents find resources, improve their futures, identify skills and enable them to thrive after leaving the shelter.

First State CAA dinners on hold for summer

First State Community Action Agency will not be hosting community dinners during July and August because of renovations in its kitchen and training center. First State will host children's dinner and movie events in July and August.  First State’s monthly community dinners will resume in September. For more information about First State, go to or call toll-free 800-372-2240.

Rotary to host former D.C. council member July 16

The Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary Club will host author and former Washington, D.C. Council member Carol Schwartz at 5:45 p.m., Monday July 16, at Irish Eyes Restaurant, 213 Anglers Road, Lewes. Schwartz will discuss her career, her life and her autobiography, "Quite a Life!" She will also sign books for attendees. For more information or to RSVP, call John at 301-980-6018.

AAUW book discussion set July 17

AAUW Coastal-Georgetown Branch sponsors an American Library Association Notable Books Discussion from 1 to 3 p.m., the first Tuesday of the month at the Selbyville Public Library.The book for July 17 is “An Unrestored Woman” by Shoba Rao. Women recover or lose themselves amidst the backdrop of war, power and politics after the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan. For more information, call Ada May at 302-436-2981. Discussions are open to all members and the public.

Millsboro library book sale to open July 19

The Friends of the Millsboro Library book sale preview night for members will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 19. Memberships will be available at the door for $5. The sale continues from 12 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 20, and 9 a.m to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 21. Thousands of gently used books will be available for adults and children. A selection of audio books, DVDs and VCR tapes also will be available. No more donations are being accepted.

Angola by the Bay Craft Show set July 21

The 43rd Annual Angola by the Bay Craft Show is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 21,  in the grove area at 33457 Woodland Circle, Lewes, 5 miles west of Route 1 off Angola Road. Vendors from all over the Eastern Shore will be selling crafts, plants and produce. Admission and parking are free. Light fare will be available. For more information, call 302-549-4877.

Mediation training starts July 26

The People’s Place Center for Community Justice will offer a four-day basic mediation training that lays the groundwork for anyone interested in becoming a mediator or enhancing their conflict-resolution skills. The training will explore what mediation is and how it compares to other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Attendees will learn core skills needed to be an effective mediator and explore the foundational values of mediation. They will discuss the role of a mediator and what makes a successful mediation. Through group discussion, hands-on exercises, lecture and role-play, participants will have the opportunity to engage with these and other critical questions. Participants who complete the training will gain valuable mediation skills that can be immediately applied in personal and professional settings.

The training will be held  from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, July 26 and 27, and Aug. 2 and 3, at the Center for Community Justice, 1131 Airport Road, Milford. For more information on registration and fees, contact Stacey Lawson at 302-424-0890, Ext. 5.

Cape Henlopen Senior Center to host bingo  Aug. 1

The Cape Henlopen Senior Center in Rehoboth Beach will host afternoon jackpot bingo  Wednesday, Aug. 1. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. Early bird games start at 1:30 and regular games start at 2 p.m. Cost is $15 per person and includes one game pack and specials. Additional games and food may be purchased. The public is welcome; attendees must be over 18. The cookie jar is $500. New center programs include healthy living workshops, chronic pain education, Medicare information sessions, balance class, Zumba, and clubs for drama, dining out and walking. For more information, contact Program Director Bernita Hackney at 302-227-2055 or stop by the center at 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach. 

Senior center seeks vendors for holiday fair Nov. 17

The Cape Henlopen Senior Center in Rehoboth is making plans for its annual holiday fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17. Many vendors are returning, and spaces are filling quickly for those selling artwork, paintings and photographs, make-up and skin care products, handcrafted jewelry, handmade sweaters, scarves and hats and more. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information or to request a vendor space, call Bernita Hackney at 302-227-2055.

Long Neck UMC seeks vendors for Dec. 1 event

Registration forms are available for vendors for the Annual Christmas Fair and Silent Auction Event at Long Neck United Methodist Church, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1. The church will be selling food and baked goods, so no food vendors will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, Nov. 20,  to be considered. This event is being held at the church at 32051 Long Neck Road, Long Neck. This is an indoor event and space is limited. A table and chair will be provided. Spaces will be free but organizers are asking vendors to give donations to the church. If interested email or with a full name, business name, address, phone number and the type of items to be sold.

Millsboro Public Library accepting book donations for summer sale

Every spring, the Friends of the Millsboro Library begin sorting books for their annual summer book sale. The library is accepting donations of gently used books of all kinds – paperback and hardback, fiction and nonfiction. In the past, the summer book sale has had thousands of books for adults and children. Donations may be dropped off during regular library hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. 

Yoga at Rehoboth library Sundays 

The Rehoboth Beach Public Library will offer yoga classes at 10:30 a.m., Sundays during the summer. Taught by local fitness instructor Jenne Kaufman, classes will take place in the upstairs meeting room. These classes will be perfect for beginners and weekenders who don’t want to mess up their daily routine, with a focus on breathing and poses. Attendees should dress comfortably and bring a mat. Cost is $10 per person per class. For more information, call the library at 302-227-8044. 

Army Second Division Association reunion set Sept. 19-23

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and its 97th annual reunion Wednesday to Sunday, Sept. 19 to 23, in Jacksonville, Fla., contact Mike Davino at, go to or call 919-498-1910.

Lewes High School Class of 1968 to plan 50th reunion

Members of the Lewes High School Class of 1968 are seeking classmates to gather for a 50th class reunion. Send contact information to Larry Daisey at or leave a message at 302-856-6670.

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

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

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

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

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, 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 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

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

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 For more information, go to

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 or contact Linda Gregory at 302-841-1339 or

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

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 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, 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