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Community Briefs 6/22/22

June 22, 2022
Arsht-Cannon Fund grants $25K to local ESL program

The English as a Second Language Program at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Rehoboth Beach recently received a $25,000 grant awarded by the Arsht-Cannon Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation.

Since 2004, this fund has provided more than $11 million to nonprofit organizations in Delaware, many of which assist Delaware’s Latino families. The LCOS-ESL program is honored to partner with the Arsht-Canon Fund.

The LCOS-ESL program, operating since 2004, is the largest community-based English as a Second Language program in Sussex County. This program is available to adults who want to learn or to improve speaking, reading and writing the English language from Basic Level through Level 4.

Registration cost is $25 per 10-week session, and the books are free. Two-hour classes meet twice a week for 10 weeks. Volunteer educators come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds.

To learn more about the ESL program, including volunteer opportunities and how to register for classes, email esl@lcosrehoboth.org, call 302-515-4385 or go to lcosrehoboth.org/esl-program.

Unitarian Universalist service to stream June 26

The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will provide a link to the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly service for online viewing at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, June 26. There will be no in-person UUSD service June 26. To access the link, go to uussd.org.

Tanger Outlets to host Tuesday job fairs in June

Tanger Outlets Rehoboth Beach will host a job fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday through June 28, at Suite 1920, next to Gap in Tanger Seaside, 36470 Seaside Outlet Drive, Rehoboth Beach.

More than 60 retail partners are hiring full-time, part-time, year-round and seasonal associates, including Rue 21, Sunglass Hut, Ecco, Old Navy, Ann Taylor, Champion, Lee Wrangler, Offline by Aerie, Lacoste and more.

Interested applicants should bring copies of their resume and cover letters to be ready for onsite interviews at participating stores.

The job fair is free and open to the public. For details, go to tangeroutlet.com/rehoboth.

Millsboro library accepting book sale donations

The Friends of the Millsboro Public Library group is collecting books for its summer book sale. Book donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesdays and 1 to 5 p.m., Thursdays during June. A Friends representative will be available at the library to accept donations at the door and help those who need assistance. Fiction and nonfiction, paperbacks and hardbacks will be accepted, but not encyclopedias, reference books, textbooks and magazines. Sale proceeds support the Children’s Summer Reading Program. To learn more, contact Sandy Steven at 302-228-2760.

Estate planning talk set June 29

Indian Mission United Methodist Church will host its monthly Welcome Wednesday event at 6 p.m., June 29. The guest speaker will be attorney Rebecca Doyle of Baird Mandalas Brockstedt Federico & Cardea. Topics of discussion will be estate planning, durable power of attorney, wills, living wills, probate, beneficiaries and more. This is a free event; all are invited. Indian Mission UMC is at 22071 Indian Mission Road, Harbeson. For details, call 410-808-4371.

Pathways to Success Pay It Forward reservations due July 5

Pathways to Success’s 4th Annual Pay It Forward event is set for 6 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, July 23, at the Clubhouse at Baywood.

Honorees are local heroes in the community including the Dewey Beer Company, which has hired and mentored Pathways youth; Dr. Nikki Miller, Cape Henlopen High School principal; Karen Sposato, community supporter and advocate; Dan Acker, Pathways to Success board treasurer; and Josie Cicerale, community volunteer.

The event also will celebrate Pathways students Kayla Corbin, Cape Henlopen High School; Katiera Hazzard, Milford High School; Malaki Lewis, Cape Henlopen High School; Esthefanie Jean-Francois, Sussex Technical High School; and Bazeline Medard, Seaford High School.

In addition to the awards presentations, guests will enjoy a seated dinner, music by Shades of Blue, and a raffle and silent auction.

Proceeds will support the youth in the Pathways to Success program in such areas as paying for food, paying electricity and water bills, giving gas cards for transportation to school or part-time jobs, and more.

Tickets are $125 person and may be purchased by Tuesday, July 5, at eventbrite.com.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Sarah Gilmour at 302-381-1494 or sgilmour@pathways-2-success.org.

Out Run Hunger 5K in Milford to benefit Food Bank July 7

The Food Bank of Delaware will hold its inaugural Out Run Hunger 5K Run/Walk South at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 7, at its healthy pantry center at 140 Mullet Run, Milford.

Proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Delaware’s hunger-relief operations in Kent and Sussex counties. Participants will walk/run through Milford and pass the Food Bank of Delaware’s future home on Delaware Veterans Boulevard. An after-party will feature food, libations from EasySpeak Spirits and entertainment by a steel drum player.

For every $1 raised, the Food Bank can provide three meals for neighbors in need.

To register, go to fbd.org/5K. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Meghan Sullivan at msullivan@fbd.org.

Bubble Palooza/Color Run pushed back to July 9

Tanger Outlets Rehoboth has changed the date for its Bubble Palooza and Color Run Festival to Saturday, July 9, starting at 8 a.m. Bubble Palooza is a 5K run centered around fun the whole family can enjoy. Runners will be able to complete a 1K loop up to five times, giving them choices of how far to run.

During the family-friendly event, festival-goers and runners can enjoy a bubble bash, face painters, henna artists, balloon twisting, giant yard games, food vendors and more. Participants will receive access to unlimited digital photo downloads of all photos taken during the event. Race waves begin at 8:15 , 8:30, 8:45 and 9 a.m.

Early bird tickets for runners are $39.99 while supplies last, and regular tickets are $59.99. Spectators may attend the event for free.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to bubblepalooza.com.

Coastal Delaware Prime Timers set July 14 happy hour

A local chapter of Prime Timers, a social group for single and coupled gay men, is forming in Southern Delaware. More than 100 men attended its first event, a happy hour held at Shrimpy’s Bar and Grill June 14.

The next gathering will be during happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday July 14, at Shrimpy’s in the Midway Shopping Center on Coastal Highway north of Rehoboth Beach. Members will select and make plans for local events of their choice such as parties, lunches, dinners, day trips and more. 

To find out about upcoming events, send a name and email address to coastalprimetimers@gmail.com.

Milton fire auxiliary to host cash bingo July 14

The Milton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will host cash bingo Thursday, July 14, at the fire house at 116 Front St., Milton. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with games starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 reserved in advance and $25 at the door. To reserve seats, text (preferred) or call 302-519-4491 and provide a name and number of tickets needed. Concessions will be available for purchase and there will be door prizes. Attendees must be at least 18 years old. 

Paraprofessional educator scholarship applications due July 15

The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice Education and Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications for its new Paraprofessional Scholarship Program. The alliance will award $500 scholarships to selected Sussex County paraprofessionals who are currently working toward professional educator certification. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, July 15.

To be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must identify as Black and/or African American, and must have completed some of the required coursework for teacher certification during the 2021-22 academic year. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of demonstrated commitment to racial justice and equity in education as well as their intention to pursue a teaching career in Sussex County.

The aim of the scholarship program is to promote a more diverse faculty in Sussex County schools. To request an application form or learn more, email sdarj.educmte@gmail.com.

Sussex cover crop cost share applications due July 29

Applications for the Sussex Conservation District cover crop cost-share program are being accepted through Friday, July 29.

This program provides farmers with up to $75,000 in cost-share assistance to offset costs associated with planting cover crops.

“Our producers report a significant reduction in input costs after implementing cover crops because they are an effective way to improve soil health,” said Debbie Absher, SCD director of agricultural conservation. “They also recycle nutrients, build organic matter, provide weed suppression and improve water quality. I encourage all farmers to learn more about our programs and services.”

SCD offers a variety of cover crops, and mixes are encouraged. The current cost-share rate for cover crops planted by Saturday, Oct. 1, is $60 per acre, and $50 for those planted by Tuesday, Nov. 15. Fields must be located in Sussex County. Early establishment is encouraged to take advantage of increased funding rates.

For more information about cover crops, the air seeder or how to apply, call 302-856-3990, Ext. 3, email bobbi.heck@de.nacdnet.net or go to sussexconservation.org.

Community blood drive in Millsboro July 31

First Millsboro Seventh Day Adventist Church will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, July 31, in the fellowship hall at 30007 Cordrey Road, Millsboro.

For more information or to make a donation appointment, call 302-841-4606 to give a name, cellphone number or email address and request a time. Registrants will receive confirmation from the American Red Cross.

“First Millsboro SDA Community Service is committed to strengthening our community and helping meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations,” said Mildred Polk, community service director. “This blood drive is our way of giving staff, colleagues and neighbors an opportunity to help save lives.”

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially negative types O, A and B.

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