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Cape Life Briefs

Apr 26, 2016
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Domestic violence shelter donations accepted in Milford and Seaford through May 2

The Delaware Association of American Mothers is celebrating Mother's Day by collecting items for the People's Place Domestic Violence SAFE shelters throughout the state. Items needed include twin size sheets, blankets, bed pillows, slippers, flip flops, nightgowns, pajamas, T-shirts, socks and underwear. Also shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, hair brushes, makeup, laundry detergent, bleach and Clorox wipes. Donations can be dropped off through Monday, May 2, at Hertrich Buick GMC, 26953 Sussex Highway in Seaford or Hertrich Ford Lincoln, 1427 Bay Road in Milford.

The Delaware Association of American Mothers is a nonprofit organization founded to honor and support mothers throughout Delaware. Supporting women to leave abusive situations and receive help is one of the goals of American Mothers. For more information about donating, contact Wendy Daudt, 302-381-5481 or Susan Hickey, 302-249-3700.

Eligible families may apply for window air conditioners in Dover April 26

First State Community Action Agency is bringing cooling relief and air conditioners to eligible families in Delaware. To apply for a window air conditioner, individuals may visit First State’s office between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at Blue Hen Mall Corporate Center, 655 S. Bay Road, Suite 4J in Dover. To qualify,  individuals must be either 60 years of age or older, disabled or have a child under the age of 5 in the home. The household must meet income eligibility requirements at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and must have not received air conditioning from this program in the past  10 years.

Applicants must bring the following documents: photo ID for anyone in the home 18 and older, Social Security cards for everyone 6 months and older, birth certificates for anyone under 18 or medical card with date of birth, proof of income for everyone in home, current electric bill, lease if applicant is a renter and written permission from landlord if applicant is a renter. Applications missing documents will be considered incomplete until all documents are received. For more information or to schedule an appointment on another date, contact Martina Duffy at 302-856-7761 Ext. 109 or Bether Moya at 302-856-7761 Ext. 209.

Children's feeding program benefit set for April 27

The Buttery will be the site of this month's benefit for Miriam's Table, a daily nutrition program that feeds over 300 children of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, April 27. The Buttery is at 201 Second St., Lewes. The Buttery will donate 10 percent of each check to the program. To learn more about the organization, go to For more information or to become a sponsor, call Susie Keefer at 814-673-4148.

Book to Art Club to meet at Rehoboth library April 27

The Rehoboth Beach Public Library's Book to Art Club pairs a book reading and discussion with a hands-on art project. Participants reach a deeper understanding of the book’s themes, history, context and then produce a work of art or craft related to the book. The next session is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 27. The book selection is titled “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. The book is available from the Rehoboth Beach Public library. To access the digital copy online using a Delaware library card, go to

Pig Pickin' set in Felton April 29

The Annual Pig Pickin’ hosted by the Harrington-Greenwood-Felton Centennial Rotary (Hub Club) and Lake Forest Interact is set for  6 to 9 p.m., Friday, April 29, in the atrium at Lake Forest High School, 5407 Killens Pond Road, Felton. The menu features pulled pork, and barbecued ribs and chicken with all the fixings. Music will be provided by DJ Todd Walker. There will be silent and live auctions, and face painting. Proceeds benefit the local school and community service projects. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students with children 4 and under admitted free. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 302-399-5949.

Sussex Habitat sets Women Build Week April 30 to May 8

Sussex County Habitat for Humanity volunteers will join 17,000 volunteers nationally for the 2016 Women Build Week scheduled for Saturday, April 30 through Sunday, May 8, the week leading up to Mother’s Day. The team, led by the Rev. Iona Nze of Mt. Zion AME Church in Ellendale, and Carolyn Fitz of Carolyn Fitz Real Estate in Bethany Beach, will work on homes designated for families headed by single mothers. Terry High of Millsboro, a skilled construction volunteer and longtime friend of Habitat, will serve as site supervisor. AmeriCorps construction leaders Shannon Bull of Millsboro and Lucie Rinker of Bethany Beach complete the leadership team. No experience is necessary to volunteer. To sign up, call 302-855-1153 Ext. 208 or go to , click on the Calendar tab and select the date(s) to serve. New volunteers must register first.

Women to Women Global sets fundraiser April 30

Woman to Woman Global will hold its Sixth Annual Bam Bam from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 30, at the Ocean Pines Community Center. Bam Bam is the Jamaican term for festival. Proceeds will go toward scholarships and laptops for women. Founded in Worcester County, Md., in 2010, the faith-based nonprofit organization raises funds to help women in the USA and abroad achieve their life goals. Scholarships and laptops have been awarded in Worcester and Sussex counties as well as Cambodia, India and Jamaica. The organization also sponsors teachers to go overseas and train principals and teachers how to identify and help those with learning disabilities and autism. There will be silent, Chinese and live auctions.Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 5-12 in advance and $30 at the door. Cost includes buffet dinner and dessert. Children under 5 attend free. To purchase tickets go to or send a check to 7 Briarcrest Drive, Ocean Pines, MD 21811.

Nanticoke Indian Association Ladies Expo and Luncheon set April 30

The Fourth Annual Ladies Expo and Luncheon hosted by the Nanticoke Indian Association Inc. is set to begin promptly at 11 a.m., Saturday April 30, at the CHEER Community Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, chief medical officer at Pfizer and a leading personality as seen on "The Doctors," "Dr. Phil" and "Rachael Ray" TV shows. The cost is $20 per person. Vendor space and sponsorships are also available. For more information, contact Bonnie Spencer at 302-947-4158 or

Meals on Wheels seeks sponsors and cyclists for bike ride fundraiser set April 30

Meals on Wheels Lewes-Rehoboth has set the second annual bike ride fundraiser for 8 a.m., Saturday, April 30. Organizers are seeking sponsors and cyclists to help raise money for programs which feed seniors in the area. The ride begins and ends at Beacon Middle School on Route 24. Three routes of 12, 25 or 50 miles give all cyclists the opportunity to participate according to their skill levels. Individual cyclists or teams are welcome. Along the routes there will be rest stops for cyclists to grab something to eat and drink. Following the ride the cyclists will enjoy a cookout of chicken, burgers and hot dogs. Rita’s Ice will supply frozen treats. Three prizes will be awarded to three people who raise the most money from pledges. Top prize is a 40-inch flat-screen smart TV.

For more information, to become a sponsor or to register, call 302-645-7449.

CHEER in Ocean View sets art museum bus trip May 1

The CHEER Coastal Leisure Center in Ocean View is offering a chartered bus trip to Washington, D.C., to tour the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the National Gallery of Art. The bus departs at 7 a.m., Sunday, May 1. Nonmembers 50 and older may participate for $30. Cost for members is $20. For more information, call Yolanda at 302-539-2671.

Schlabach to speak at anti-drug coalition meeting in Seaford May 3

The SCAPC-Seaford anti-drug coalition will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 3 at the Stein Highway Church of God, 425 E. Stein Highway, Seaford.  No registration is required. All are invited. Yolanda Schlabach will be the speaker. Since 2012, Schlabach has served as executive director of Zoë Ministries Inc. which serves survivors of human trafficking. For the past few years, she has spent her time engaged in public awareness and professional education for the community to bring the reality of human trafficking to the forefront in Delaware.

Delaware Public Archives sets behind-the-scenes tour  May 7

For those who were born, married or attended public school in Delaware, eventually the Delaware Public Archives receives the information that documents these events. The staff of the archives will conduct a tour of this remarkable facility at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 7. This annual behind -the-scenes tour of the building, presented by Tom Summers, manager of outreach services, offers the public a rare opportunity to learn about the role of the office, and see how the archives protects the records that are important to every Delawarean. Archives Director Stephen M. Marz says, “The Archives serves as the official government repository for state, county and local government records. With more than 10.4 million documents and over 1 million photographs preserved within its vaults, DPA is well known as a valuable resource for researchers, genealogists, and historians.” The event is free to the public, and no reservations are required. The Delaware Public Archives is at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North in Dover. For more information, go to

Common sense self defense workshop set at Rehoboth library May 4

The Rehoboth Beach Public Library will be holding a workshop to teach common sense self-defense techniques presented by Gary Rosenblum at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 4. The workshop is designed for individuals who are interested in learning how to defend themselves but don’t have the time to fully commit to a training regimen. The techniques are easy to learn and easy to remember. This class will show several self-defense techniques that can be used by just about anyone in an emergency situation. After this workshop, attendees will have some effective self-defense skills that can help get them out of an unpleasant situation, without the need to spend a lifetime of training at the dojo. Space is limited, and registration is required. For more information or to register, go to or call 302 856 7958.

Holocaust Remembrance Day set in Wilmington May 5

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2016, Second Generation Voices, is set for 7 p.m., Thursday, May 5, at the Jewish Community Center, 101 Garden of Eden Road, Wilmington.  For the first time, featured speakers Susan Towers and Jack Blumenfeld will share their experiences as children of Holocaust survivors. The Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) event is sponsored by the Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Committee, a program of the Jewish Federation of Delaware. Towers, a resident of Lewes, is the daughter of Holocaust survivor Mayer Josef Tawrycki, who was born in Poland. As a child growing up in an affluent family in Los Angeles, Towers had no idea about her father’s experience in the Holocaust until she was in her mid-30s. Blumenfeld, a Wilmington attorney, is the son of Henry Blumenfeld, who was born in Opatow, Poland. Shortly after the Nazis attacked Poland Sept. 1, 1939, Henry was detained in the Lodz Ghetto and various labor camps. His entire family was killed in the Holocaust, with the exception of one brother who left Europe before the war. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to

AAUW sets book discussion May 5

AAUW Coastal-Georgetown Branch sponsors an American Library Association Notable Books Discussion at the Lewes Public Library, from 10 a.m. to noon the first Thursday of the month. The book for May 5 is "Something Rich and Strange: Selected Stories by Ron Rash," set in the Carolinas. All readers are welcome. For more information, call Laura at 302-332-0304.

Sussex Bird Club to meet May 8

Robert Edelen will speak to the Sussex Bird Club on Delaware Native Plants for Wildlife at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 8, at Cadbury in Lewes. Edelen has extensive knowledge of Delaware native plants and has written many articles for the newsletter of the Delaware Native Plant Society. Meetings of the SBC are held on the second Sunday of the month. All are welcome. For more information, go to

Beach Goes Camo weekend to benefit USO set May 14, 15

The Second Annual Beach Goes Camo Weekend to benefit USO Delaware in memory of John M. Scharp will be held Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. The Geck-Go 5K will be Saturday starting with registration at 7:30 a.m. at the Lighthouse Cove Restaurant in Dewey Beach. In addition to the race there will be food and beverage and sponsor booths and award presentations. To sign up, go to The Beach Goes Camo family event at Lowe's in Lewes Saturday and Sunday will include live bands, USO Show Troupe, build-a-care-package tent, military equipment displays, face painting, moonwalks, food and more. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to

Spaces open for scrapbooking, craft supplies yard sale set May 14

A unique yard sale of scrapbooking supplies and craft supplies will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 14, at the University of Delaware Paradee Center in Dover. The event is sponsored by the Kent County 4-H Exchange Group to help raise money to support hosting and travel for an interstate exchange student program. Rental space is available to sell unwanted scrapbooking and craft supplies. A fee of $20 per space includes two tables and chairs. There will be excellent deals at yard sale prices. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Lynn Wilkins at 302-222-0257 or  the Kent County Extension Office at 302-730-4000.

Christmas in July show seeks vendor registrations by May 15

The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary is seeking vendors for the Christmas in July art and crafts event set for Saturday, July 9, in Rehoboth Beach. Only handcrafted item vendors will be accepted, no wholesalers or resellers. Registrations will be accepted until May 15. For more information or to register, call Patti Burke at 703-505-8634 or email

Evening benefit for Home of the Brave Two set June 3, buy tickets by May 15

It’s 6 O’Clock Somewhere is an outdoor event to benefit Home of the Brave Two. The event will be held at Sunset Cove, 3 Haven Lake Ave., Milford, at 6 p.m., Friday, June 3. The rain date is Saturday, June 4. Proceeds will be directed toward the construction of the new Home of the Brave Two facility on Sharps Road. Heavy hors d'oeuvres along with tropical and summer cocktails will be served. Tickets include three alcoholic beverages, as well as unlimited nonalcoholic beverages. There will be live entertainment, a small silent auction, 50/50 and door prizes. Tickets for fireside tables are $60 per person. Prime tables are $55, and grove tables are $50 per person. To purchase tickets by Sunday, May 15, call Dee at 302-424-0395 or Judy at 302-424-7766.

Steel drum ensemble to perform at Rehoboth library May 21

The Rehoboth Beach Public Library will be hosting Soundz of Steel Drum Ensemble at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 21. Under the direction of Ida Fitchett and Christy Taylor, the group is composed of youth from across Sussex County. They play an exciting blend of calypso and reggae mixed in with arrangements of traditional, well known and popular gospel, jazz, R&B, Caribbean and other classic tunes. This ensemble began in 2008, performing live at churches and other venues for all occasions. For more information, go to or call 302-227-8044.

Community quilting bee set in Harbeson May 21

Quilts of Love is sponsoring a day of quilt-making  from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21, at Saint George's Chapel in Harbeson. Quilts are given to infants and children in Sussex County. All materials are provided.
Attendees who do not know how to sew will be taught. Those who have sewing machines are asked to bring them if possible. All attendees are asked to bring a covered dish to share at lunch.
For future bees, donations will be accepted of pure cotton fabrics and flannel, and low-loft batting. Due to hot irons and extension cords, small children may not attend. For more information, call Jan at 302-703-2107.

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 Amanda at 302-644-2878.

Delaware Veterans Coalition website adds job and service information

In addition to carrying information about proposed legislation on its website, the Delaware Veterans Coalition is including events and offers for veterans.

“While we don’t endorse any offer, we felt it would be helpful to include some of the information we routinely receive relating to veterans,” said Dave Skocik, coalition president. The information includes resume preparation, law clinics, business opportunities and other services.

The website was designed to be user friendly. The Legislation button provides access to all proposed or pending legislation affecting Delaware veterans. It’s important that veterans make themselves aware of proposals that affect them and their families. “Adding information about job and other opportunities is more important now than ever,” said Skocik. The Delaware Veterans Coalition is a nonprofit, pro bono lobbying organization that advocates for issues that affect all generations of Delaware veterans with elected and public officials. The coalition's slogan is "Veterans are our only business." Membership is open to all honorably discharged military veterans residing in Delaware. For more information, go to

Italian Heritage Association seeks members who enjoy Italian culture

The Italian Heritage Association is a social club that meets once a month to enjoy learning the traditions of Italy and its people. Among its activities are holding potluck dinners of traditional cuisine, attending festivals, playing bocce and listening to members talk of families immigrating to America and their journeys in adapting to a new country. Whether of Italian descent or just enamored of Italian culture, those interested are welcome. Membership is now open. For more information, call Tony 302-947-0784.

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 For more information, call 302-856-2527.

Delaware offers online help for veterans

The Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs has launched a new 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.

The new DCVA mobile-friendly application is accessible from the DCVA website or can be found directly at The DCVA 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 the DCVA 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 about the DCVA and its programs, go to







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