Community Briefs 3/29/23

March 29, 2023
Metta meditation signup due March 31

Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will host a metta meditation from 3 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 1, at 30486 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Lewes. Leading the meditation will be the Rev. Sue Greer, ordained spiritual life minister and UUSD friend.

“If practiced, the metta meditation can lead to cultivating loving kindness and compassion for oneself and others. This is a rich practice that can help participants keep an open heart in the midst of adversity,” said Greer.

No prior meditation experience is required. The class is free and open to the public. To register, email by 5 p.m., Friday, March 31.

UUSD social justice grants applications due March 31

The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware, Lewes, will accept grants until Friday, March 31, from nonprofits for special projects serving Sussex County. The grants are made possible by the Roy Parks Memorial Social Justice Fund, which is administered by the UUSD Social and Environmental Justice Committee. The fund awards grants annually of up to $2,500 each to organizations whose justice work serving Sussex County aligns with UUSD’s mission, vision and resolution of conscience. UUSD funded four local organizations last year through the fund.

For more information, go to and scroll to Roy Parks Memorial Social Justice Fund Application or contact Mac Goekler, UUSD social and environmental justice committee co-chair, at

GFWC Delaware scholarship applications due April 1 

The GFWC Delaware State Federation of Women’s Clubs announced its online application period is open for students to apply for scholarships. Applications will be accepted through Saturday, April 1.

This year, GFWC Delaware is offering a $2,000 scholarship for graduating high school seniors as well as students returning to school in higher education or vocational education institutions.

For more information or to apply, go to and Delaware Scholarship Compendium, email Linda King, GFWC Delaware custodian of student funds, at or mail applications to Linda King, 109 Pond Drive, Milton, DE 19968.

Lunch With a Purpose seeks applications by April 1 

Applications are now being accepted for sponsors and nonprofit beneficiaries for the Lunch With a Purpose 2023-24 season, with events beginning in September.

Nonsectarian 501c3-designated charities that serve Sussex County or groups such as women’s clubs or HOA organizations that would like to sponsor a certified charity are encouraged to complete and submit an application. Sponsoring organizations would be responsible for providing the support needed by the charity in preparation for the lunch, and hosting the lunch, as some charities may not have the staff or volunteers to host an event on their own.

For application information, contact Ruth Pryor at The application deadline is Saturday, April 1.

Lunch With a Purpose continues the 2022-23 season with events set for Thursday, Feb. 2, at Heritage Shores in support of Laurel Public Library; Wednesday, March 1, at Baywood supporting First State Community Action Agency; Wednesday April 5, at Signatures at Bayside to benefit Champions for Children’s Mental Health; and Wednesday, May 3, at Baywood for the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware.

For details, go to Lunch with a Purpose/Coastal Delaware on Facebook.

Nicola Pizza sets Pop-A-Shot tournament April 1

Nicola Pizza will hold its inaugural Pop-A-Shot tournament from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 1, at 17323 Ocean One Plaza, Lewes. Registration starts at 12 p.m. 

A $10 donation for every contestant will go to the Sussex County Land Trust, a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting natural, cultural, agricultural and recreational resources through land preservation. Major prizes from co-sponsors Dogfish Head and Boston Beer will go to the first-, second- and third-place winners. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and silent auction to help raise money for the cause.

To preregister, email Johnny Davidson at

Spring craft fair set April 1

Lewes Senior Activity Center will host its spring craft fair featuring more than 30 vendor crafters from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday April 1, at 32083 Janice Road, Lewes. Books, ceramics and puzzles also will be offered for sale. Bagels, donuts, soft pretzels, coffee, tea, soda and water will be available for purchase. For more information, go to or call 302-645-9293. 

Zwaanendael Club scholarship applications due April 1

The GFWC Zwaanendael Women’s Club is now accepting scholarship applications from Cape Henlopen High School graduating seniors planning to continue their education at college or vocational technical school. The recipient of the McWhorter-Ungerbuehler scholarship  will be chosen from applicants who are in good academic standing. Applications are due by Saturday, April 1, and the winner will be announced in June. The 2023 scholarship is in the amount of $2,000.

Applications can be downloaded at or obtained from a Cape guidance counselor. For questions, contact Joyce Skrobot at

The GFWC Zwaanendael Women’s Club, a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation whose members are public-spirited women serving and improving their community. This scholarship is awarded through the club’s education and libraries community service program.

UUSD to meet April 2

The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will hold an in-person and live-streamed service at 10 a.m., Sunday, April 2. The Right Way to Right Speech will be the topic. The Rev. Heather Rion Starr said, “Drawing upon a Jewish folktale retold by Simms Taback, we will—all ages together— enact a memorable experience of Motke, the Fish Peddler. Along the way we will celebrate the joys and humanness of being a congregation of more than four generations, sharing in co-creating this community and this multigenerational service today.” For more information, go to

Coolspring Presbyterian sets Palm Sunday, Easter services

Coolspring Presbyterian Church invites all to its worship services set for 9:30 a.m., Palm Sunday, April 2, and 9:30 a.m., Easter Sunday, April 9, in the historic meeting house at 28843 Log Cabin Hill Road, Lewes. The Rev. Chalres Gilmore Jr. leads worship and preaches and the choir sings on both Sundays. For more information, call 302-703-2545 or email

White’s Chapel sets Holy Week services

White’s Chapel invites the community to attend its Holy Week services. All are welcome. The Palm Sunday service is set for 11 a.m., April 2. The Maundy Thursday service will be held at 7 p.m., April 6. The Good Friday service will begin at 1 p.m., April 7. Easter will be celebrated in a service at 11 a.m., Sunday, April 9. White’s Chapel is at 15373 Coastal Highway, Milton. 

Estate-planning mistakes class set April 3

The Delaware Money School will offer a free class, Eight Common Estate Planning Mistakes, at 5 p.m., Monday, April 3, at Lewes Public Library with instructors Deirdre O’Shea McCartney, Esq., and Robert Jeter. The class covers common estate-planning mistakes and how to avoid them. It will explore some common myths about estate planning and offer suggestions on how attendees can optimize their financial future and legacy for their own and their loved ones’ benefit. Having written, spoken and taught on the subject many times, the instructors break down a complex subject to understandable terms. Everyone should be aware of these mistakes and be able to consult with their attorney and financial advisor on a plan for their future to correct them. To register, go to

First Town Club scholarship applications due April 3

In 2007 First Town Club of Lewes established a scholarship to be granting to a female graduate of Cape Henlopen High School who will be entering a certificate or licensing program or a two or four-year college. The $1,000 scholarship may be used to help defray some of the cost of higher education.

Applications are available at the Cape Henlopen High School Guidance Office; the deadline is Monday, April 3.

Established in 1991 to encourage women to become better informed through programs and interaction, the First Town Club is a women’s organization that focuses on reaching out in ways that support the community and education.

Needlepoint guild to meet April 3

Delaware’s Seashore Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, April 3, at Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave. Lewes. Bringing a boxed lunch is encouraged. New members are always welcome. For more information, email

Community playgroup starts April 4 at St. Peter’s

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lewes will host a community playgroup from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 4, in the community hall.

Toddlers will be able to play indoors and build social and emotional skills, while parents and caregivers can enjoy coffee and conversation. Sessions will continue the first and third Tuesdays of the month through June 20. All are welcome. No registration is required. 

For more information, contact Jessica Potter, director of family ministries and communications, at or or 302-645-8479.  

St. Peter’s is located at the corner of Second and Market streets in downtown Lewes. Playgroup participants can enter by the side door on Mulberry Street or the patio double doors for greater handicap accessibility.

Women’s Club of Milton scholarship applications due April 4

This year, the Women’s Club of Milton will grant three $3,000 scholarships to women from the Milton area entering their freshman year of college. Applications can be obtained from guidance counselors at Cape Henlopen High School, Sussex Academy and Delmarva Christian High School.  Now celebrating 50 years of making a difference, the Women’s Club of Milton is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, one of the world’s oldest and largest women’s service organizations dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service. Go to for more information.

NARFE to meet April 13; reservations due April 6

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Coastal Sussex Chapter 1690 met March 9 and heard from Robbie Murray, Sussex County Emergency Medical Services director, about the county EMS system. Members extend thanks to Murray and all Sussex County officials who have spoken at chapter meetings. For the next meeting, Joseph Thomas, Sussex County Emergency Operations director, will speak at 12 p.m., Thursday, April 13, at 1776 Steakhouse in the Midway Shopping Center between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. The cost of the luncheon is $19 per person which includes gratuities and payment is made upon arrival. Reservations are required by 5 p.m., Thursday a week prior, to Mary Hucker, Chapter 1690 is ready to assist federal employees if they need information or support related to federal benefits. To learn more, go to

Southern Delaware Christians to screen ‘The Cross’ April 6

Southern Delaware Christians will host a screening of the film, “The Cross: The Arthur Blessitt Story,” at 4 p.m., Maundy Thursday, April 6, in the Fellowship Hall at Coolspring Presbyterian Church, 28842 Log Cabin Hill Road, Lewes.

The movie recounts the “cross walk” Arthur began way back in 1969. Since then he has carried a 12-foot cross into every country on the planet.

The event is free to the public and there are plenty of seats for all.

For more information, go to or Facebook

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