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Cape Life Briefs

February 20, 2019

Takeout dinner set Feb. 22 to celebrate Black History Month

The Sunshine Circle Club will sponsor a takeout dinner starting at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 22, with orders to be picked up at Faith United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 37439 Oyster House Road (downstairs from Immanuel Shelter), Rehoboth Beach. Dinners include pig’s feet, chicken, green beans, greens, mac & cheese, potato salad, cornbread, dessert and beverage for $12. Deliveries may be made for five or more orders in the same area. Call 302-228-0057 to place orders and support the club’s celebration of Black History Month.

Dance social at Cape Henlopen Senior Center open to public  Feb. 22

Cape Henlopen Senior Center will host a dance social from 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22. The cost is $15 per person in cash at the door. Included are snacks, bottled water and soda. Attendees also may also BYOB. The DJ is Michael Tasevoli. Registration is requested for planning purposes. The center offers lessons in ballroom dancing with instructor Tom Pemberton, as well as line dancing  with instructor Marian Fetherolf, and dancercise taught by Ellen Coven. The new rhythm moves classes taught by Barbara Rynkowski are also a big hit. Dancing is a great way to get some exercise and have fun. Classes are for members only. The Cape Henlopen Senior Center is at 11 Christian St., Rehoboth. For more information, call 302-227-2055. Membership is open to anyone over 50.

DFRC Blue-Gold auction set at Irish Eyes Feb. 23

The DFRC Blue-Gold Sussex County Auction will start at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant in Lewes. The event will feature live and silent auction items including an original painting by local artist John Donato. Tickets are $50. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.dfrc.org or call 302-454-2730.

Spaghetti dinner to benefit Milton Community Food Pantry Feb. 23

The Milton Community Food Pantry will host its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser with seatings at 4, 5 and 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at Goshen Hall, 114 Federal St., Milton. The menu includes pasta with meatballs or with no meat, Italian bread, salad and homemade brownies. Cost of admission for ages 13 and older is $9. Cost for ages 6-12 is $5, and ages 5 and are admitted free. For tickets, contact the MCFP at 302-278-9557, email MCFP.Delaware@gmail.com or call Barbara Wright after 5 p.m. at 302-684-8901.

On average, the food pantry sees 80 or more families, amounting to about 240 adults and children, each week. The goal is to provide enough food so each person has three meals a day for three days. That is a lot of food.

The food pantry is able to do this because individuals, local businesses and churches donate food and money to the cause. To make a donation, find @MCFP on Facebook or mail a check, payable to Milton Community Food Pantry, to PO Box 84, Milton, DE 19968.

Feb. 28 deadline to apply to become festival beneficiary

Southern Delaware's 5th Annual Wine, Food and Music Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, and local nonprofits are invited to apply to become beneficiaries. Applications must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 28. The past few years, Creative Coastal Connections Corp, the 501c3 nonprofit organization that puts on this event, has donated more than $100,000 of its proceeds to nonprofits, primarily local charities. Any certified 501c3 nonprofit entity can apply to benefit from this year’s event by completing the application at sodelfest.com.

PAWS for People training set March 2, 16 in Rehoboth

PAWS for People will hold training sessions for potential pet therapy teams from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 2, and Saturday, March 16, at the Tunnell Cancer Center on Route 24, Rehoboth. 

The first class will be orientation. The second class will be training. Both sessions are required. 

Who should attend? Anyone with a gentle, people-friendly pet who is interested in volunteering time to work with children and adults with varying needs. PAWS for People provides therapeutic visits to individuals who may benefit from interaction with a well-trained, loving pet. Therapy teams consist of one volunteer and one pet who have both completed rigorous training and testing.

Visitation sites range from nursing homes and hospitals to schools and libraries, with a wide variety of programs including elder care, psychiatric support, developmental disabilities, literacy skills development and more.

For more information or to preregister, go to www.PAWSforpeople.org or call 302-351-5622.

Chili challenge set March 2

American Legion Riders Post 19 will host a chili challenge from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at the post in Laurel. In addition to bragging rights for the winners, there are trophies and a $25 cash prize in four categories. For $10 at the door, attendees get a ballot, hot dog, drink, and dessert, and they get to taste all the entries and vote for the people’s choice award. For more information and to enter, call Peggy at 302-238-7235.

CHEER to host craft and hobby show March 2

CHEER Inc. will host its annual spring craft and hobby show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at the Warren L. and Charles C. Allen Jr. CHEER Community Center on Sand Hill Road east of Georgetown. The show is open to the public. More than 25 vendors have already reserved spaces. A variety of collectibles and handmade items will be featured. Merchandise includes books, baseball cards, toys, woodwork items, T-shirts, leather goods, magazines, antiques, military memorabilia, jewelry and more.  Admission is free. For more information for vendors, contact Florence Mason at 302-515-3045, fmason@cheerde.com or 302-515-3045. Eight-foot tables may be reserved for $35. Additional six-foot tables are available at $10 each. Electricity, if requested, is $5 extra. 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.

ECCIA to host awards banquet March 9

The Ellendale Community Civic Improvement Association will host its 39th annual awards banquet at 5 p.m., Saturday, March 9, at Mt. Zion AME Church. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Julius Mullen Sr., chief clinical officer for Children & Families First of Delaware. Mullen said leading, teaching, coaching and mentoring are among life's most precious gifts. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 children under 12. Make checks payable to ECCIA and mail to P.O. Box 327, Ellendale, DE 19941. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Delores Price at 302-422-7388.

American Legion 28 to host talent show March 10

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 will present American Legion’s Got Talent Variety Show from 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday, March 10, at the post, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. Cost of $20 per person includes dinner and the show. Proceeds will go to the American Legion Auxiliary Emergency Fund. The menu includes roast beef sandwich, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, vegetable medley, dessert, tea and coffee. For tickets, visit the post or call 302-381-3897 or 302-858-8399.

Friends of Cape Henlopen to hold flea market March 16, accept donations March 15

The Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park will hold its annual flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at the Officer’s Club in the park.  Event Chair Edna Lemiska said the Friends’ flea markets always have a robust selection of merchandise as well as Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park logo T-shirts and caps in a variety of colors and sizes. This year, the Friends’ Café will feature hot dogs, chili, large pretzels and baked goods. Anyone wishing to donate items in good condition may drop them off at the Officer’s Club from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, March 15. Clothing is not being accepted or sold. This is a rain or shine event.

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.

Registration open for March 9 Bay to Ocean Writers Conference

The Bay to Ocean Writers Conferences is set for Saturday, March 9, at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md. This year’s speakers can help attendees improve everything about their writing and then discuss how to get it published, start a blog and position work for its intended audience. The top-notch speakers include award-winning poets Nancy Mitchell and Chris Salerno along with acclaimed novelists John Dedakis, Robert Bidinotto and Austin Camacho. Session topics include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, publishing, children's books and more.

To register, go to www.easternshorewriters.org. Special student prices apply for anyone with a student ID. The conference is sponsored by the Eastern Shore Writers Association, whose mission is to serve writers on the Eastern Shore and areas nearby.

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.

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.