Handmade items donated for distribution
Volunteers from Nimble Fingers prepared and sorted more than 3,000 handcrafted item to be distributed Dec. 3 at the Thurman Adams State Service Center in Georgetown for underserved populations. All year, the Sussex County volunteer group knits, crochets, sews and quilts blankets, afghans, lap robes, shawls, hats and scarves, and baby sweaters, hats and blankets. Chemo caps, adult bibs and helmet liners are a few of the specialty items requested. Recipients include hospitals, nursing homes, and agencies serving the military and veterans, shelters and children. The project is supported with donations of yarn and materials from individuals and the nonprofit Volunteer Delaware 50+ Advisory Council Inc., and a grant from Sussex County Council.
Volunteer Ann Gorrin said, “Keeping people warm and comfortable at this time of year is critical for many vulnerable populations. The 80 volunteers of Nimble Fingers truly exemplify the mission of Volunteer Delaware 50+, which is to engage persons 50 and older in volunteer service to meet critical community needs and to provide a high-quality experience that will enrich the lives of volunteers.
Sussex genealogical society to meet Dec. 15
The Sussex County Genealogical Society will celebrate the season at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at Lewes Public Library, and all are welcome. The program will be members sharing successes and problems in research, family traditions and research trips, and precious family memorabilia. Light refreshments will be available. At this fall’s meetings, SCGS has hosted two successful interactive video presentations, including out-of-state members. At the January meeting, Tom Summers, staff member of the Delaware Public Archives, will discuss resources there and online. Future video presentations include Finding Women: Maiden Names Not Known, and Breaking Down Brick Walls. In May, SCGS will celebrate 15 years of exploring family history. For more information, go to www.scgsdelaware.org.
RSVP by Dec. 16 for AAUW meeting
AAUW will hold its monthly meeting and luncheon with check-in from 10:30 to 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 20, at Kings Creek Country Club. Sharon Stein, meeting coordinator, will demonstrate how to submit the required response to an Evite for the Thursday, Jan. 17 meeting. Glenn Schuster will speak on Literacy Delaware, which helps adult learners realize their potential as confident, self-sufficient, productive employees, family members, and contributors to their communities.
Attendees are asked to consider donating a new or gently used book appropriate for children ages 12 months through 12 years for Primeros Pasos Early Learning Center in Georgetown. The menu will include salad, rolls and butter, roasted redskin potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetable medley, chicken Marsala, baked salmon with citrus sauce, carved flank steak with horseradish sauce and chef’s selection of desserts. To RSVP or to request a vegan or gluten-free meal, contact Sharon, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-980-8738 by Sunday, Dec. 16.
Lunch with Santa set in Millsboro Dec. 16
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 will host Lunch with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, at the post in Millsboro. Children 12 and under receive free meal, gift and a visit with Santa. Adults can enjoy a meal with their children for $4 per person. The community is welcome, and RSVPs are requested with the number of adults, and children and their ages, for planning purposes. For more information or to RSVP, call June at 484-571-9214 or call the auxiliary office at 302-945-1673, Ext. 14.
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.
Pasta with Pizzazz at American Legion Jan. 20
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 will present Pasta with Pizzazz featuring vocalist and DJ John Miller from 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20, at American Legion Post 28 in Millsboro. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $8 per person and includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, roll, dessert, tea and coffee. To buy tickets, visit the auxiliary office or the bar, or call 302-381-3897 or 302-858-8399. Proceeds will benefit the Auxiliary’s emergency fund.
New online store launched for Beau Biden Foundation
The Beau Biden Foundation announced the introduction of a new and improved website and online store. The more user-friendly site strives to provide better information and access to the foundation’s services and training, while the online store provides a great way for supporters to champion the foundation and its mission every day.
“Our goals with the new site are to create a more user-friendly experience and renewed energy around our work,” said Joshua Alcorn, chief operating officer of the Beau Biden Foundation. “We’re always happy to see someone wearing a hat with our logo. And now, with the online store, folks can show their support and hopefully spread the word about the work we do protecting the most vulnerable among us – children who suffer from abuse or neglect.”
The online store features a wide array of goods. To view the updates, go to www.BeauBidenFoundation.org.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.