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Cape Life Briefs Fall 2019

October 23, 2019

Write gratitude letters for military at Lewes library in October  

The Lewes Public Library is running a thank you letter writing campaign to support Operation Gratitude. Area residents of all ages can stop into the library to write a thank you card to troops overseas, veterans, new recruits and first responders. In November, the library will send the cards to Operation Gratitude, which will tuck them into care packages to be sent all over the world.

Operation Gratitude is on a mission to thank every American who serves. Each year, Operation Gratitude sends more than 300,000 individually addressed care packages to soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and Coast Guardsmen deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to first responders, new recruits, veterans, wounded heroes, and their caregivers. Each package contains snacks, hygiene products, entertainment, handmade gifts, and a letter or card of support. Supplies to write letters and cards are available in the library for adults, teens and kids. Anyone interested in lending some encouragement to Americans who serve can stop by and write a thank you any time the library is open.

For more information, call 302-645-2733.

Fire sprinkler coalition to conduct demo Oct. 30

The Delaware Fire Sprinkler Coalition will conduct a side-by-side demonstration at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30,  on the campus of the Delaware State Fire School, at 1461 Chestnut Grove Road, Dover. 

Residential fire sprinklers are effective fire-suppression devices that protect life and property. All types of new residential dwellings should be built with fire sprinkler systems. 

The demonstration will show the effect of a fire on a living area unprotected by sprinklers and the same effect on a room that has functioning residential sprinklers. This burn demonstration is being presented with the support of the PenJerDel Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association and the New Jersey Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board. Other organizations providing support include the Delaware Volunteer Firefighters' Association Fire Sprinkler Committee, the Delaware Fire Sprinkler Coalition, the Delaware State Fire School and the Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Municipal representatives, legislators, code officials, fire and EMS personnel, builders, realtors, insurance industry representatives as well as water system providers are all encouraged to attend.

Deadline to apply for Rotary grants is Oct. 31

The Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club offers grants from $500 to $5,000 to organizations that provide direct services to Georgetown- and Millsboro-area families and individuals. To be considered, organizations must be IRS-recognized tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations. Club members are particularly interested in supporting groups that assist the disadvantaged and/or provide community service. The deadline for submitting grant requests is Thursday, Oct. 31. For more information,contact Grants Chair Ray Bryant at raybrookloj@hotmail.com. For complete guidelines and applications, go to www.georgetownmillsbororotaryclub.org/community_service.

Rehoboth fire auxiliary seeks artists for Dec. 7 holiday show

Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary members will host their annual Holiday Art & Crafts Show and Sale fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at Station 1 in downtown Rehoboth. Artists from all over Delmarva will showcase their artistic talents and offer a wide variety of handmade items for sale. There will be music, silent auction items and delicious food for purchase. Admission is free. For more information for interested artists, contact Patti Burke at rbvfcla@gmail.com.

Trunk or treat at YMCA Oct. 25

The Sussex Family YMCA in Rehoboth Beach will host trunk or treat from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, as a kickoff to Sea Witch Festival weekend. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Cupcake contest at American Legion Post 28 Oct. 26

For National Make a Difference Day, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 will host cupcake wars from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Post 28 bingo hall in Millsboro. For those ready to fire up the mixers and prepare those sprinkles, the entry fee is $10 to enter 24 cupcakes. Setup begins at 9:30 a.m. Surprise guest judges will award prizes for taste, creativity, table presentation and cupcake display. Cupcakes will be sold for $1 each. Those who purchase six cupcakes will receive a free container. For more information or to sign up, call Beth at 302-381-3897 or email beth1011@msn.com.

Lakeside homeowners to host craft fair Oct. 26

Lakeside Community Homeowners will host a craft fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, at Pot-Nets Lakeside Community Center in Long Neck. Featured will be many kinds of handpainted items, wreaths, quilted items, handmade cards, fleece blankets, gift baskets, American Girl doll clothes, original watercolor paintings, handmade kitchen aids, Tastefully Simple products, sea glass, shell craft items, knitted items, flower arrangements and original books signed by the author. There will be a ticket auction and couch potato handmade quilt raffle. The café will offer hot dogs, chili, pulled chicken and pulled pork sandwiches, soda and water, and baked items. The address is 33076 Rock Cove, Long Neck, off Route 23.

Vendor registration due Oct. 26 for CHEER craft show

CHEER Inc. will host its annual fall holiday craft and hobby show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 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. In the past, merchandise at the show has ranged from books, baseball cards, toys, woodworking and T-shirts to leather goods, magazines, antiques, military memorabilia, jewelry and much more. Admission is free. Food will be available for purchase during the day at Marilyn’s Café inside the CHEER Center. Vendor space is available to the public. An 8-foot table may be rented for $35; each additional table (limit 2) is $10. Displays requiring an electrical source will be placed along the perimeter, and a $5 charge will apply. For more vendor information, contact Carmel Rickenbach at 302-515-3048 or email crickenbach@cheerde.com. Advance registration is due by Saturday, Oct. 26. 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.

Wags, Witches and Warlocks event to benefit SPCA Oct. 26

Wags, Witches and  Warlocks, an annual Halloween festival and parade, will be held to benefit the Brandywine Valley SPCA Saturday, Oct. 26, in Bethany Beach. Hosted by the Leslie Kopp Group of Long & Foster Real Estate, the event brings families and pets to town for a day of fun while raising money and awareness for the SPCA. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the parade gets underway at 10 a.m., with the costume contest at 10:30 a.m. Revelers may safely trick or treat from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the town businesses. For more information, go to www.wagswitchesandwarlocks.com.

Trunk or treat an American Legion Oct. 27

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 in Millsboro will hold trunk or treat from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, at the post pavilion. There will be lots of goodies, face painting and fun. The event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine. If it rains, the event will move into the bingo hall. For more information, contact June Jones at 484-571-9214 or go to www.alpost28.com.

Beebe to offer cybersecurity classes Oct. 28, 31

Beebe Healthcare’s Information Technology Security department has teamed up with two public libraries to present tips on cybersecurity for the community. The event is free and open to the public.

As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the classes will take place from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28, at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library and from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Lewes Public Library.

Attendees can expect to learn tips about leading a lifestyle of security awareness; how to identify and react to phishing emails; critical impacts of data breaches on the industry, home and communities; how to identify and respond if one’s information has been leaked; and tools to take back home and educate one’s community.

“As a part of celebrating and advocating security awareness not only at work, but at home, school, and beyond, we are conducting a cybersecurity awareness class pilot for all that are interested in protecting the families and communities from online malicious actors,” said Rob Bentley, IT security manager, Beebe Healthcare.

Green Drinks to meet Oct. 29 in Rehoboth

Green Drinks will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Atlantic Boardwalk Grille, 1 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach. The featured speaker will be Elvia Thompson, co-founder and president of Annapolis Green.

Thompson will discuss the Refill Revolution, a movement to change America’s disposable mind-set about beverage containers and end the negative impact people’s throw-away behavior has on resources, the environment and the health of living things. Water bottle refill stations will be highlighted as an idea to end plastic water bottle pollution. There is plenty of nearby parking.

Green Drinks is a way to connect with eco-minded people, share new ideas, discover new opportunities, build relationships and support the local economy.

To RSVP, call 240-353-4962.

State police to perform car seat checks Nov. 2

The Lewes Public Library will host trained technicians from Delaware State Police Troop 7 to perform car seat installation inspections for the public from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2. According to the Delaware Office of Highway Safety, as many as 4 out of 5 car seats are not being used properly, leaving children at risk. As children grow and develop, the way they should ride and be restrained in a vehicle changes. The type and position of car seats changes throughout their physical development. The Office of Highway Safety recommends families and caregivers have their car seats and installation inspected by an expert. It takes only a few minutes, and can bring great peace of mind.

The free inspections will be offered by appointment; people can stop by or call the library at 302-645-2733 to reserve a spot. Anyone unable to secure an appointment will be able to schedule an inspection at Troop 7 the following week.

Spaghetti dinner and membership drive at American Legion Nov. 3

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 will host a spaghetti dinner and membership drive from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3. Dinner will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. DJ John Miller will play music from 4 to 7 p.m.. Cost is $5 per person per plate and includes, spaghetti, meatballs, bread, dessert, tea and coffee. All are welcome to come by and hear about new eligibility periods and inclusion of all spouses. Tickets are available in the auxiliary office or at the bar. The address is 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. For more information, call 302-945-5387.

Lakeside homeowners to host bingo Nov. 6

Lakeside Community Homeowners will host cash bingo from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Pot-Nets Lakeside Community Center. Bingo is open to the public. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Players must be at least 18 years old. Cost is $15 per person. Food available for purchase will include chicken soup, meatball subs, petite baked ham sandwiches, hot dogs, assorted desserts and non alcoholic beverages. The address is 33076 Rock Cove, Long Neck, off Route 23.

CHEER to honor veterans Nov. 8

CHEER will host its annual Veterans Day celebration with a ceremony and dinner at 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, at the Warren L. and Charles C. Allen Jr. CHEER Community Center on Sand Hill Road east of Georgetown. The honor ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. DJ Sky Brady will provide musical entertainment for dancing. A cash bar will be offered. All veterans are welcome free of charge, but reservations are requested. Tickets for spouse or guests are $10 each. For more information, to make reservations and to purchase tickets, call Robin Greene at 302-515-3063.

Pet therapy team training set in Milton Nov. 9, 23

Paws for People will host training sessions for potential pet therapy teams from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturdays, Nov. 9 and 23, at the Milton Public Library. Both sessions are required. Attendees may be 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 will 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 eldercare, psychiatric support, developmental disabilities, literacy skills development and many more. For more information, go to www.pawsforpeople.org or call 302-351-5622.

Bob Lougheed and Memphis Mafia to play in Millsboro Nov. 9

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 will present Bob Lougheed and the Memphis Mafia Saturday, Nov. 9, at American Legion Post 28 in Millsboro. Lunch will be served from 12 to 1 p.m., with the show set for 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and include lunch. Sponsored by the Warrior Weekend program, the show is a tribute to wounded warriors and their families visiting Delaware. For tickets and reserved seating, contact Beth at 302-381-3897 or Linda at 302-945-5387. Tickets will be sold in advance only; no tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, go to www.warrierweekend.net.

DART to collect food items Nov. 11, 12

DART announced its 22nd year of partnering with the Food Bank of Delaware for the annual Stuff The Bus Thanksgiving Food Drive, with a goal of collecting 20 tons of nonperishable food for Delawareans in need of food assistance. DART is looking for the public’s help to achieve the goal. In the Cape Region, Stuff The Bus will be collecting food from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, at Acme, 18578 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth; and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Walmart, 939 N. Dupont Highway, Milford. 

DART also encourages the public to donate directly to the Food Bank of Delaware, if they are unable to visit any a Stuff The Bus collection site.

The Food Bank of Delaware is a nonprofit agency committed to ending hunger in Delaware. According to the Food Bank, annually 1 in 8 people in Delaware rely on its partners and programs for food assistance, and 25 percent are children. For more information, call 302-292-1305 or go to www.FBD.org

Women's Club of Milton to meet Nov. 12

The Women's Club of Milton will meet at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, a at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Milton. Guest speaker will be Mari Ellyn Hellard, retired Air Force veteran. The club is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, a nonprofit organization whose members are unified by the common desire to serve the community through volunteer service and fundraising to enrich the lives of others. All are welcome. For more information, go to www.womensclubofmilton.org.

Friends of Lewes library seeks board nominees by Nov. 14

The Friends of the Lewes Public Library is seeking candidates from the greater Lewes area to serve three-year appointments on the board of directors. Interested individuals must be current members of the Friends of the Lewes Public Library. To be considered, send a completed application to President Candace Vessella, Friends of the Lewes Public Library Board of Directors, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes, DE 19958, by Thursday, Nov. 14. Applications may be picked up at the library or downloaded from the Friends page of the Lewes Public Library website. The purpose of the Friends board of directors is to raise funds for purchasing lending materials including books, sponsoring performances and enhancing the children's program, as well as promoting the library. The Friends operate the Just Between Friends Shop in the library and is seeking individuals willing to be active board members to enhance and improve the all-volunteer operation of this enterprise and other fundraising activities. Board meetings are held monthly. For more information, contact Candace Vessella at 302-703-2212 or go to www.lewes.lib.de.us.

Holiday fair at Cape Henlopen Senior Center Nov. 16

The Cape Henlopen Senior Center in Rehoboth Beach will sponsor its annual holiday fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16. Vendors will offer a variety of handcrafted items and homemade goodies including assorted artwork, welded art and statues, makeup and skin care products, homemade baked goods, jar candles, sea glass and handcrafted jewelry, handmade sweaters, scarves, hats, baby items and much more. Refreshments will be available. Raffle tickets will be available for $10 each for two box seat tickets to the Eagles vs. Cowboys football game in Philadelphia, Sunday, Dec. 22. The drawing will take place at jackpot bingo Wednesday, Dec. 4. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win.

To accommodate attendees, parking spaces have been reserved along the north side of Christian Street and in the parking lot adjacent to the senior center. The center extends special thanks to Chief Banks of the Rehoboth Police Department for making this happen. The center is at 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach. For more information, call 302-227-2055 or go to www.capehenlopenseniorcenter.org.

Community quilting bee set Nov. 16

Quilts of Love will sponsor a day of quilt-making from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Lewes Senior Center, Lewes. Quilts are given to infants and children in Sussex County. All materials will be provided for a day of fun and creativity. Sewing instructions will be provided as needed. Those who can bring a sewing machine are asked to do so, and everyone is asked to bring a covered dish to share at lunch. For future bees, donations are welcome of pure cotton fabrics and flannel, 100 percent cotton thread and low-loft batting. Small children may not attend, due to the risk of injury from hot irons and extension cords. Lewes Senior Center is at 32083 Janice Road, Lewes. For more information, call Jan at 302-287-9323.

Craft fair at American Legion Unit 28 Nov. 23

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 craft fair be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. There will be two floors of crafts and vendors for attendees to get an early start on holiday gift shopping. Over 30 local artists will feature jewelry, candles, wreaths and much more. Refreshments will be available for purchase. This is a public event; all are welcome. No vendor spaces are available. For more information, call Janet at 302-945-4808 or go to www.alpost28.com.

Thanksgiving dinner at American Legion Unit 28 Nov. 24

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 will host its annual Thanksgiving dinner from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24. The dinner is free for widowed members of Post 28 family. The public is invited to join them for $10 per person. Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings will be served. Tickets are available in the auxiliary office. The address is 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Linda at 302-945-5387 or Beth at 302-381-3897.

CHEER Thanksgiving feast set Nov. 26

CHEER will host its annual holiday feast to celebrate Thanksgiving from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Warren L. and Charles C. Allen Jr. CHEER Community Center. The menu will feature the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. There will also be entertainment and contests with prizes. Tickets are $6 for seniors over age 60, and $8 for those under 60. Tickets are available at all CHEER activity centers or at the door. For more information, call Robin Greene at 302-515-3063.

Cape High Class of 1999 to hold reunion Nov. 29

The Cape Henlopen High School Class of 1999 will hold its 20-year reunion from 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29,  at Irish Eyes. Attendees will party like it’s 1999 with classmates and a surprise guest. For more information, follow the Cape Henlopen High School Class of 1999 Facebook page or email cape99reunion@gmail.com Online ticket sales will be available soon through Eventbrite.

Milton Christmas Parade to step off Dec. 4

The 2019 Milton Christmas Parade sponsored by the Milton Fire Department Inc. will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4. Trophies will be awarded to all participants at the beginning of the parade. The only theme for the parade is Christmas. No Santa Claus is allowed in the parade. No throwing of anything is allowed. Motorized vehicles may not do speed exhibitions or spin tires. There is no rain or snow date. For more information, call 302-684-8500 during business hours.

Cape Henlopen Senior Center offers exercise classes

Cape Henlopen Senior Center, 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach, offers a variety of exercise classes for seniors 55 and older. On Mondays, Sit & Get Fit is 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and Balance Class is 2 to 3 p.m.; Tuesdays - Tai Chi, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Zumba, 3 to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays - Arthritis Exercises, 9 to 10 a.m. and Fitness Circuit Training, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays - Yoga, 1 to 2 p.m., Dancercise, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. and Chair Yoga, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Fridays - Sit & Get Fit, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., Ballroom Aerobics, 10:20 to 11:20 a.m., and Tai Chi, 11:25 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Cost for each class is $5. All class instructors are certified.

For more information, call 302-227-2055.

Beebe Auxiliary seeks volunteers

Beebe Auxiliary, a local volunteer group, is nearing its 83rd anniversary. The group currently has 170 members.

The auxiliary needs volunteers, any age, young or seasoned, to help out at the Beebe Treasure Chest Thrift Store, open seven days a week in the Midway Shopping Center on Route 1 behind Candy Kitchen. Volunteers can choose the hours they want to work. Tasks include sorting donated items, arranging displays, restocking shelves and working the cash register. Especially needed are young, strong individuals who can help with furniture pickups and deliveries.

Volunteers are also needed at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus to help in the gift shop as well as the east and west information desks.

To submit volunteer applications, go to www.beebehealthcare.org/volunteer-beebe. For more information, email Nancy Almacy at nalmacy@gmail.com or call 302-703-2600.

Use Rehoboth library card for online resource access 

Many Rehoboth Beach Public Library users don’t realize the wide variety of valuable resources their library card can unlock.

If they enjoy browsing through current magazines or looking up articles from past issues, it’s as easy as visiting the library website, www.rehobothlibrary.org, and looking up Flipster Digital Magazines under the Resources link. Magazines can be viewed page by page on a PC, laptop, or tablet, and articles can be printed out if needed.

For card holders with a Kindle, Nook or other e-reader who would like to borrow an ebook rather than buying one, there’s a Resources link to find out how to download an app for that. The Resources tab also will provide access to the entire available ebook collection, searchable by title, content, author or language.

There are also links to countywide and statewide library databases, the Library of Congress, and more.

For more information on accessing these and other library services, go to www.rehobothlibrary.org, call 302-227-8044 or stop by the Rehoboth Beach Public Library, 226 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach.

Fowler Beach at Prime Hook NWR closed through Sept. 1

The Fowler Beach area of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, which includes the bay beach, dunes and back-barrier portions, is now closed entirely for the benefit of federally and state protected beach-nesting and migratory shorebirds, including red knot, piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other species. All access is prohibited. Area closures are subject to change and/or modification at any time. Access to Fowler Beach will reopen Sunday, Sept. 1, for full use by wildlife dependent visitors. Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is located just off Route 16 near Broadkill Beach at 11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton.

For more information, call 302-684-8419 or go to www.fws.gov/refuge/Prime_Hook/.

Association seeks Army's 2nd Infantry Division members for reunion

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division at any time. The association will host its 98th annual reunion Wednesday to Sunday, Sept. 18 to 22, in Tucson, Ariz. For more information, contact Bob Haynes at 2idahq@comcast.net or call 224-225-1202.

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.

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.

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.

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.