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Cape Life Briefs

October 17, 2018

Former Dewey mayor hosts book launch Oct. 20

Former Dewey Beach Mayor Diane Hanson will launch her first book, “Management Unleashed: Leadership Lessons from My Dog,” at the Bark on the Boards Block Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. 

Oct. 20  Sock Hop to benefit Milton food pantry

The Milton Community Food Pantry’s second annual Sock Hop fundraiser will be held from 7 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Milton Fire Hall, 116 Front St. DJ Mary "WooWoo" Buchness will return to play music from the ‘50s, ‘60s and beyond. Tickets cost $15 per person and $25 for couples. Each ticket includes a chance to win a 32-inch flat-screen TV. Prizes will be given for Best Twist and Best Dressed. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
To buy tickets contact Barb at 302-684-8901, Tom at 302-329-9082, email mcfp.delaware@gmail.com or go to Facebook @MCFPDelaware.

Pay deposit by Oct. 19 for day trip to Vikings exhibit

The Milton Historical Society announced a day trip to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, set for Tuesday, Nov. 13, to visit the North American premiere of Vikings – Beyond the Legend. Visitors can explore archaeological discoveries, reconstructions, interactive displays, multimedia shows and augmented reality designed to show who these explorers were. A screening of the new IMAX film “Vikings: Journey to the New World” will also be held.

The bus will leave the Milton municipal parking lot at 7:45 a.m. and depart the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia at 3:30 p.m. Cost is $90 per person for Milton Historical Society members and $110 for others. This price includes round-trip transportation, entrance to the museum, and admission to the exhibit and the IMAX film. Lunch is not included, but is available inside the museum or within walking distance. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. Money will only be refunded if the entire trip is canceled or if there is waiting list availability.

To RSVP with nonrefundable deposit by Friday, Oct. 19, call 302-684-1010 or email info@historicmilton.org.

Reservations due Oct. 26 for historic tombstones tour

Mysteries of History walking tours will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, to explore the unusual tombstones of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church graveyard in Lewes. Tours will leave the Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway in Lewes at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Admission is free, but call 302-645-1148 by Friday, Oct. 26, to make a reservation.

CHEER to host costumed dog parade Oct. 27

The annual CHEER Paw Prints Making a Difference Pet Parade will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, at the CHEER Community Center, Georgetown. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 28. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are invited to come out in their finery and compete for ribbons in four categories – Cutest Canine, Coolest Canine, Most Original, and Judge’s Choice. Registration for the parade is $10 per dog. The first 50 registrants will receive a dog goodie bag. There will also be doggy games for the canines and their two-legged companions. All dogs must be on a six-foot leash. Human companions must pick up after their dogs, so attendees should be sure to bring pet waste bags. CHEER reserves the right to turn away any dog that poses a threat to anyone or any other dog. The public is invited to participate or watch. For more information, call Elizabeth Walls at 302-515-3040 or go to www.cheerde.com. The event is sponsored by Meals on Wheels Banfield Charitable Trust.

DART to collect Thanksgiving food drive items Nov. 5-6

DART seeks the community’s assistance with its Stuff the Bus Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Food Bank of Delaware. The goal is to collect 20 tons of food for Delawareans in need of food assistance. In the small state of Delaware, hunger is a real problem that affects all, from children to senior citizens. Nonperishable food items may be donated to Stuff The Bus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, at Acme in Rehoboth,  and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Walmart in Milford.

Writers conference registration discounted through Nov. 30

The Bay to Ocean Writers Conference will be held Saturday, March 9, at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md. This year’s lineup of speakers continues the tradition of excellence. Through Friday, Nov. 30, the price is $95 for members and $130 for nonmembers, which includes fees and one-year membership in ESWA. 
Student price is $55. Only 10 student tickets are available.

After Nov. 30, the prices will be $105 for members and $140 for nonmembers which includes fees and ESWA membership for a year. Student tickets remain $55, with only 10 tickets available.

For more information or to register, go to www.easternshorewriters.com and click on BTO Writers Conference. This conference sells out every year.

CHEER to host holiday craft and hobby show Nov. 3

CHEER Inc. will host its annual fall holiday craft and hobby show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Warren L. and Charles C. Allen Jr. CHEER Community Center, Georgetown. The show is open to the public. More than 25 vendors have already reserved their spots for this show.  Merchandise ranges from books, baseball cards, toys, woodworking and T-shirts to leather goods, magazines, antiques, military memorabilia, jewelry and much more. Admission is free. To reserve a vendor spot, ontact Florence Mason at 302-515-3045 or fmason@cheerde.com. Eight-foot tables are $35. Additional six-foot tables are available at $10 each. CHEER Inc. is a nonprofit agency that promotes healthy and active lifestyles for seniors in Sussex County. Proceeds from this event benefit CHEER’s Cooking for Seniors kitchen building capital campaign.

Delta Sigma Theta to host handbag and accessories auction Nov. 3

Sussex County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., in conjunction with First State Community Action Agency, will present its 8th Annual Handbag and Accessories Auction and Buffet from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at Kings Creek Country Club in Rehoboth Beach. Cost is $1 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/handbag-and-accessories-auction-and-buffet-tickes-4... or www.scac-dst.org. Proceeds go toward scholarships for graduating seniors in Sussex County.

CHEER to honor veterans Nov. 9

CHEER will host its annual Veterans Day Celebration beginning with dinner at 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, at the CHEER Community Center in Georgetown. The honor ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by disc jockey Sky Brady for attendees’ dancing pleasure. A cash bar will be offered. All veterans are welcome free of charge, but reservations are requested. Tickets for spouses or guests are $10 each. To make reservations and/or obtain tickets, call Florence Mason at 302-515-3045.

Senior center seeks vendors for holiday fair Nov. 17

The Cape Henlopen Senior Center in Rehoboth Beach 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, makeup 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.

Wreath and evergreen orders due Nov. 17 to Milford High FFA and DMI

Downtown Milford Inc. and the Milford High School Future Farmers of America program will be selling fresh holiday evergreens, wreaths, swags, garlands and centerpieces this season. This is a collaborative project to raise funds in support of Milford in Bloom and assist the FFA program. The wreaths and greens will be perfect accents for any home or business. Organizers ask everyone to spread the word about the sale to friends, neighbors and family members. Orders will be accepted through Saturday, Nov. 17. For more information, contact the DMI Office at director@downtownmilford.org or Caitlin Walton, FFA advisor, at cwalton@msd.k12.de.us.

Cape Class of 1988 reunion set Nov. 24

The Cape Henlopen High School Class of 1988 will hold its 30th reunion from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, bayfront at Rusty Rudder, Dewey Beach.

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 lesliesmoyer@yahoo.com or whb1010@verizon.net with a full name, business name, address, phone number and the type of items to be sold.

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.

Wildlife refuge seeks volunteer manager for visitor center

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is seeking a volunteer to serve as co-manager of its visitor center and shop. Duties to be shared with a co-manager include working with other volunteers, maintaining store merchandise, computer data entry, and making bank deposits; bookkeeping and retail skills will be helpful. Good opportunity to meet people who enjoy the outdoors and wildlife. For more information, contact Anne Bartel at tiabartel@hotmail.com or 302-703-6152.

Senior center collects donations for veterans

The Indian River Senior Center is hosting an ongoing collection of items for veterans at the Home of the Brave in Milford. New items may be brought to the center from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Requested items include toiletries, shaving cream, shampoo, wash cloths, towels, deodorant, soap, sheets, blankets, pillowcases, sleeping bags and bedspreads. IRSC is located behind the Wawa on Route 113, at 214 Irons Ave., Millsboro. For more information, call 302-934-8839 or go to www.IndianRiverSeniorCenterDE.com.

Sussex rep needed for Delaware Veterans Coalition

The Delaware Veterans Coalition is seeking a representative for Sussex County. This nonpartisan statewide organization communicates with elected and appointed public officials on issues that affect all generations of Delaware’s veterans. Membership is open to all honorably discharged veterans residing in Delaware. For more information, go to www.DelawareVeteransCoalition.com, call 302-697-8384 or email pauldavis5233@comcast.net

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 larrydaisey@verizon.net or leave a message at 302-856-6670.

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.

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.