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Cape Life Briefs

April 17, 2019

Genealogical society to host Junction and Breakwater Railroad program April 20

The Delaware Department of Transportation has been engaged in a project to convert the former Junction and Breakwater Railroad corridor into a multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists. In compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act, DelDOT completed an evaluation of the railroad and found that it demonstrated both local and regional significance, playing an important part in the development of local towns such as Nassau, Lewes and Rehoboth. A presentation to the Sussex County Genealogical Society general meeting will explore the history of the Junction and Breakwater Railroad, including its relationship to local agriculture, Fort Miles, and tourism to Delaware’s beaches in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The meeting will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 20, at the Lewes Public Library. All are welcome. For more information, visit www.scgsdelaware.org.

Bunny Palooza run/walk set April 20 in Bethany

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation announced the eighth annual Bunny Palooza 10K run or 5K run/walk to benefit the foundation’s scholarship and grant programs will be held Saturday, April 20, the day before Easter. The 5K begins at 8 a.m., and the 10K begins at 9 a.m. at Parkwood and Atlantic avenues in downtown Bethany Beach. The races end on the Bethany Beach boardwalk. Online registration is open until Wednesday, April 17. 

“We are so excited to jump-start the spring race season with this popular race for a great cause – the QRCF’s scholarship and grant programs. This race is sure to sell out again this year, so I hope everyone registers early,” said Brigit Taylor, QRCF race chair. “Events such as Bunny Palooza, our Hair of the Dog Run, and Caribbean Christmas help us fund two $8,000 scholarships annually to local students and both major and minor grants to area nonprofits. We have awarded more than $700,000 in our 17-year history.”

For more information, to register or to volunteer, go to www.qrcf.com.

Flight of the Phoenix 5K for burn survivors set April 27

Firefighters and children who are burn survivors experience their own rising phoenix through activities at a very special camp.

Gary’s Dewey Beach Grill and 38°-75° Brewing are helping to raise funds for these survivors. The inaugural Flight of the Phoenix Fundraiser for Burn Survivors 5K run and 1-mile non-competitive walk will be held Saturday, April 27. The run and walk will begin at 9 a.m, followed by a fun post-race festival of food, beer for those age 21 and over, live music, race awards, kids’ games, and programs offered by firefighters. A silent auction will feature autographed memorabilia from the Philadelphia Phillies, electric sunglasses, a GoPro camera and more.

The flat run/walk course is USATF-certified; it begins and ends on Dagsworthy Avenue and proceeds to the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk and back.

Advance registration entrants receive a gender-specific tech shirt. For more information and to register, go to www.races2run.com/beach-races-2.

Touch-A-Truck fundraiser to benefit Relay for Life April 27

A Touch-A-Truck event is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at Indian River High School in Dagsboro. Kids of all ages can climb on, sit in and take photos beside big rigs, tractors, fire trucks and more. A $5 donation is requested for kids ages 2-12. The first 200 kids get free goodie bags. All proceeds benefit Relay For Life of Sussex County and the fight against cancer. For more information, call 302-604-8372.

Pups Patrol for Heroes dog walk set April 27

The 2nd Annual Pups Patrol for Heroes dog walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. 

Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, in conjunction with American Warrior Initiative, will donate all funds raised through the walk to the procurement, training and placement of service dogs with local veterans through partner organization Tails of Valor. The walk will begin with the singing of the national anthem at 8 a.m., followed by a dog pageant and awards at 10 a.m. After the awards presentation, Gold Star mother, AWI ambassador and published author Karen Vaughn will take the stage to share her story and assist Fairway in the presentation of a trained service dog to a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Registration is $25 per family plus one dog, and includes one walker shirt and one dog bandana. For more information or to register, go to www.fairwayde.com/service-dog-initiative/.

Fund for Women to host fashion show April 28

The Fund for Women in Sussex County will hold its 9th Annual Fashion, Fun & Philanthropy Show from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 28, at Rehoboth Beach Country Club. The event is expected to sell out with around 250 people.

FFW founders and models will showcase fashions from Blooming Boutique and Candlelight Bridal in Millsboro; Coral Cove, Hula Sue, Willow Marie, Funky Lady, Vernon Powell and Jane & Georgie in Rehoboth Beach, and Coolspring Cottage and Twila Farrell in Lewes. Hair and makeup for the models is being graciously donated by the Delaware Institute of Learning’s School of Cosmetology in Dagsboro.

The FFW grant speakers will be representatives from Survivors of Abuse in Recovery, a nonprofit that specializes in counseling victims of domestic abuse and is a 2019 grantee.

Tickets are $40 in advance. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.delcf.org/ffw. If tickets remain, they can be purchased at the door for $45. For more information, call Kelly Sheridan, Sussex County chair, during regular business hours at 302-856-4393.

The FFW is an endowment at the Delaware Community Foundation.

RBVFC seeks art and craft vendors by May 1

Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary is seeking vendors of handcrafted items for its annual Spring Fling Art Show and Sale, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 18, in Rehoboth Beach. Only handmade items may be sold. No wholesalers or resellers are permitted. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, May 1. For more information, contact Patti Burke at RBVFCLA@gmail.com.

Dogfish Head to sponsor Wheels for Meals fundraiser May 4

The fundraising bicycle ride Wheels for Meals will be held Saturday, May 4, starting and finishing at Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton. All the money raised goes directly to Meals on Wheels Lewes/Rehoboth to provide daily, nutritious meals to area seniors. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery through its Beer and Benevolence program will again be the presenting sponsor.

There will be three routes to choose from: 50 miles for more experienced riders, 25 miles for intermediate and 12 miles for beginning riders or families who would like to ride together. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided at rest stops along the routes. Start times will be staggered so all riders will finish close to the same time. As riders return to the brewery, they can enjoy music provided by a local DJ and a cookout featuring barbecued chicken with all the fixings. Riders age 21 and over can enjoy two complimentary Dogfish Head brews.

Those who cannot take part can register as virtual riders to support the cause. For more information, go to www.mealsonwheels-lr.org and click on events or call 302-645-7449.

NAACP to host annual banquet May 11

The NAACP announced its 33rd Annual Fight for Freedom Fund Banquet will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at Milford Senior Center. With God’s Help, Yes We Can will be the theme. Fayetta M. Blake, founder and director of Pathways to Success Inc., will be keynote speaker.  Tickets are $35 for ages 12 and up, and $10 for children under 12. For more information or to order tickets, contact the Rev. Jeanel Starling at 302-422-9749 or Jessie Sauls at 302-270-7686.

Run-for-the-Books 5K to benefit Rehoboth library May 18

The 4th Annual Run-for-the-Books 5K will start at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 18, on Christian Street, behind the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. Event-day registration starts at 7:30 a.m. in the library breezeway at 226 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach. All proceeds go to the Rehoboth Beach Public Library.

The event starts with a free kids run for ages 8 and under, and offers fun and goodies for all who participate. Students’ 5K registration fee is $20. For all others, early registration is $25 through Thursday, May 16. After that date, the cost is $30.

Fees include admission to the post-race Mexican breakfast bar with free beer for adults catered by SoDel Concepts. Guest passes for the post-race party may be purchased online or day of event for $5.

To register online, go to www.races2run.com and click on Beach Races.

Major sponsors are the Village Improvement Association of Rehoboth Beach, SoDel Concepts, the Cape Gazette, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty, Jack Lingo Realtor, and NKS Distributors. 

Delaware shipwrecks program set June 5

Shipwreck historian and salvager Dale W. Clifton Jr. will present Delaware Shipwrecks and Sea Salvage at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, at Ocean View Town Hall, 32 West Ave. He will share his extensive knowledge of shipwrecks off the Delaware coast and showcase some of the many artifacts displayed at his Discovery Sea Museum in Fenwick Island. Clifton is an internationally acclaimed treasure hunter who has led hundreds of recovery expeditions. This promises to be a fascinating talk from a distinguished sea archeologist who happens to be a local. Admission is free for Ocean View Historical Society members, $5 for others. Lights refreshments will be served. Free parking is available in the Ocean View Town Hall lots around John T. West Town Park. 

Geneaology help offered first Saturdays

The Sussex County Genealogical Society and the Lewes Historical Society sponsor a monthly genealogist in residence program at the Lewes History Museum, Margaret H. Rollins Community Center, 101 Adams Ave., Lewes, the site of the old library. From 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month, SCGS members are available to help people begin or advance their family history research. No appointment is needed. For more information, go to www.scgsdelaware.org.

Registration open for Girl Scouts day camps

Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay announce its 2019 summer camp programming, offering leadership skills, self-confidence building, and traditional fun like games and marshmalow roasting. Girls today want experiences that let them try something new and improve their confidence while making friends and having a good time. With a solid commitment to understanding the needs of girls today, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay camp staff are dedicated to helping girls reach their highest potential. Campers do not have to be registered Girl Scouts to participate. Girl Scout programs are affordable and financial assistance is available.

Camp Country Center in Hockessin offers weekly day camp programs for girls in first to 12th grade from Monday, July 15, to Friday, Aug. 19. Fees range from $225 to $340 per week

For a complete list of summer programs or to register, go to www.gscb.org/camp.

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.

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.