Cape Life Briefs

August 15, 2018

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 or 302-703-6152.

Rehoboth library to host book signing Aug. 22

Crime fiction author Karin Slaughter will sign books at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. Her new book, “Pieces of Her,” will hit bookstore shelves Tuesday, Aug. 21. This event, organized by Browseabout Books, will take place in the upstairs meeting room of the library and is free and open to the public. For more information, call Browseabout Books at 302-226-2665.

The library is at 226 Rehoboth Ave., call 302-227-8044 or Browseabout Books at 302-226-2665 for more information.

Delaware Humane to waive adoption fees Aug. 18

Delaware Humane Association will take part in the largest single-day adoption event in the country Saturday, Aug. 18. From 12 to 4 p.m., DHA will participate in its third Clear the Shelters event when all the adoption fees are waived for animals in the Rehoboth and Wilmington adoption centers. The Rehoboth Beach center address is 18675 Coastal Highway in Midway Shopping Center. For more information, go to

Distinguished Young Woman of Delaware to be named Aug. 18

High school senior girls from across Delaware will gather for the Distinguished Young Women of Delaware program to be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at Possum Hall in Georgetown. Participants will compete for $4,250 in college scholarships and the opportunity to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Delaware for 2019. 

The program is open to the public. Tickets will be available at the door for $20.

The eight young women competing will be evaluated by a panel of five judges in the following categories: scholastics, interview, talent, fitness and self-expression.

Participants are Adrienne Gordy of Claymont, Abigail O’Shields of Dagsboro, Rosetta Pierce of Dover, Taylor Richardson of New Castle, Abigail Severin of Milton, Jessica Simmons of Dover, Dharini Simon of Wilmington, and Jade Taylor of Georgetown.

For more information, go to

Notable Books Discussion set in Selbyville Aug. 21

AAUW Coastal-Georgetown Branch sponsors an American Library Association Notable Books Discussion from 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the Selbyville Public Library. The book for Aug. 21 is “The Boys In The Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland” by Dan Barry. Spanning decades, a group of men with intellectual disabilities, marginalized by society, work tirelessly in a turkey processing plant in Iowa. For more information, call Ada May at 302-436-2981. The discussion is open to all members and the public.

Alzheimer’s and dementia products show set Aug. 23

Wendy’s Warriors, a Walk to End Alzheimer’s team, will present a trade show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, at 23767 Samuel Adams Circle in the Independence community in Millsboro. The show will highlight 17 local services with vendors available to discuss products and literature they offer to help adults in early to moderate stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Family members and caregivers are encouraged to attend. This event is free and open to the public, and there is plenty of free parking. For more information, contact Wendy Biggs at 443-350-7182 or

Lord Baltimore Women donate to Boys & Girls Club

Fourth- and fifth-graders of the summer fun club at the Oak Orchard Boys & Girls Club in Millsboro were on hand when officers of the Lord Baltimore Women’s Club presented a check to benefit the activities of the center. The club provides indoor and outdoor activities including games, arts and crafts sessions, and field trips for 100 school-age children in the summer. The LBWC conducts fundraisers throughout the year to award scholarships to worthy high school students and to support other local philanthropic organizations. For more information, email

Race to benefit Rylie’s Smile Foundation Sept. 3

The 3rd Annual Rylie’s Dog Days of Summer 5K and Kiddie K for the Rylie’s Smile Foundation will be held at 8 a.m., Monday, Sept. 3, at American Legion Post 17, Lewes.

Rylie’s Smile Foundation is named after Rylie Maedler, now 12, who endured extensive surgery and rehabilitation following a bone tumor diagnosis at age 7. The foundation provides Apple devices to any child who is medically fragile and spending significant time in the hospital, as Rylie did. The music from her iPod helped to sooth Rylie during her experience, and she wanted to help and comfort others like herself.

The foundation is also working with a research organization and is advocating for pediatric rights to medical cannabis. For more information, go to and

Seniors to gather at CHEER Trap Pond Fall Festival Sept. 7

CHEER’s Annual Trap Pond Fall Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 7, at Trap Pond State Park south of Route 24, east of Laurel. The day will feature good food, entertainment and activities. The traditional fried chicken dinner with all the trimmings will be served at noon. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Sky Brady and others. There will be vendors representing services for seniors, along with raffles and door prizes. The popular celebrity jail will return. There will also be a guided nature walk through the park. Admission to the park is free that day. Pontoon boat rides are available for a fee, and advance registration is required; register at any local CHEER center. 

Tickets for Trap Pond Fall Festival are $6 for seniors and $8 for those under 60. Tickets are available at all CHEER activity centers or at the festival entrance the day of the event. Proceeds will benefit CHEER’s Cooking for Sussex Seniors Capital Campaign. For more information, call Florence Mason at 302-515-3045 or Robin Greene at 302-515-3063.

CHEER to host military honor day Sept. 11

In remembrance of those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, CHEER will again host a military honor day  to educate the public about U.S. armed forces, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Warren L. and Charles C. Allen Jr. CHEER Community Center in Georgetown. Students from area schools are invited to attend and visit the educational displays highlighting historical military events in American history. Students can meet veterans of American wars and conflicts, and hear their experiences and memories. There will also be a special memorial service for the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice to ensure America’s freedom. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Walt Koopman at 302-945-7122.

Registration open for Summer House golf event Sept. 18

The Big Fish Charitable Foundation and Summer House are teaming up once again to host their annual golf tournament Tuesday, Sep. 18, at the Rookery South course in Milton. On tournament day, registration and breakfast will begin at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at  9 a.m. Immediately afterward, a buffet lunch and awards ceremony will be at the Summer House in downtown Rehoboth Beach. Entrance fees are $100 per player and include golf with cart, practice balls, breakfast and buffet lunch/awards banquet at the Summer House. This golf tournament is a way for community members to have a good time while raising funds that will go directly to support programs to help underprivileged children in Delaware. Corporate, individual and team sponsorship opportunities are available, and donations are welcome and appreciated. To register an individual, a team or to become a tournament sponsor, go to and download the official entry forms. For more information, contact Jenny Burton at

Gals That Give event to benefit KSI Sept. 20

KSI joins Gals That Give with an invitation to attend a fundraising event benefiting KSI from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

This is a ladies-only event. For $25, a ticket includes a three-course dinner with appetizer and dessert; for $35, a bottle of wine will be included. To purchase tickets, go to and search Gals That Give in Delaware for the KSI fundraiser.

The fun will heat up with a room full of ticket auction items. The purchase of auction tickets allows women to choose which item or items they want to take a chance on winning. Everyone with auction tickets has a chance to win. One lucky lady will also go home with half the 50/50 prize. 

For more information, go to and email

Pay by Oct. 1 for ALA Unit 28 bus trip to Christmas show

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 members invite the community to join them on a trip to the American Music Theatres’ Christmas Show in Lancaster, Pa., Wednesday, Nov. 7. Buses will depart at 9 a.m. from American Legion Post 28 in Millsboro. Cost per person is $110, which includes round-trip transportation, lunch at the famous Miller’s Smorgasbord, and the matinee Christmas Show. Payment is due in full by Monday, Oct. 1. For more information, contact Pauline at 302-947-1605 or June at 484-571-9214.

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.

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

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.

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, call 302-697-8384 or email

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