Cape Life Briefs
Registration opens Oct. 1 for Bay to Ocean Writers Conference
The 18th Annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference will be held Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md. This year’s conference features 30 one-hour sessions whose topics will include the craft of writing - fiction, poetry, mystery and memoir; publishing and marketing; the internet for writers; creativity; and three panel discussions. One-on-one manuscript reviews by published authors will be available by appointment. Conference fees are $115 for adults and $55 for students with ID. Fees include buffet breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. As one of the region’s premier educational seminars, last year's conference drew a sellout crowd of over 200 writers from five states and D.C. Registration will open Wednesday, Oct. 1, at www.baytoocean.com. Early registration is strongly encouraged as the conference has sold out for the last eight years.
Lewes Amateur Radio Society meets Oct. 1
The Lewes Amateur Radio Society will hold its monthly meeting and luncheon starting at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 1, at The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, Villages of Five Points, 17388 North Village Main Unit 21.
Members will have handheld radios tuned to the LARS repeater 147.330 MHz.+ PL Tone 156.7 Hz. and 146.52 MHz. Simplex for anyone who may need directions. Visitors are welcome to attend. For more information, call Richard Drevo at 302-645-5664.
Friends of Rehoboth library to hold annual meeting, luncheon Oct. 4
The Friends of the Rehoboth Beach Library will hold its annual meeting and luncheon at noon, Saturday Oct. 4, at Kings Creek Country Club. The speaker will be popular humor writer Fay Jacobs.
A brief business meeting will be held for the selection of officers and directors. Luncheon tickets are $22, and advance reservations are required; call Gail McDermott at 302-227-2807 for more information.
Oct. 4 Beef & Beer fundraiser slated for Veterans United Outreach
Veterans United Outreach, a committee of Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America, will host a Beef & Beer fundraiser from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Hartly Fire Hall in support of the committee's veterans outreach efforts.
“Veterans United Outreach of Delaware was founded in May 2001 to reach out to all military veterans on educational, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels, to guide them to freedom and comfort in their own lives,” said Michael Snyder, Outreach president.
The outreach networks with federal, state and local agencies, and coordinates with all veteran organizations in Delaware.
Tickets are $20 and include dinner; DJ E.C. Starr; silent, Chinese and live auctions; and a 50/50. Call Kathy Steele at 302-223-8277 or 302-678-1285 for tickets. Visit www.VeteransUnitedOutreach.com for more information about the organization.
RBVFC's Fire Prevention Awareness and Apparatus Display Oct. 5
The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company will host its annual Fire Prevention Awareness Program and Apparatus Display from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. The event marks the start of Fire Prevention Week 2014.
Safety displays, apparatus, and personnel from the Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Mid-Sussex Rescue and other fire companies will be on hand. There will be safety displays and information from the Rehoboth Beach Police Department, Delaware State Fire School, Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office, Delaware State Forester, Sussex County Paramedics, and other public safety agencies. Children will be able to have their pictures taken on a fire truck. Fire and emergency safety information booklets, activity and coloring books, and fire safety items for all ages will be available. For further information contact the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company at 302-542-6802.
Dover Stamp Club meets Oct. 11
The Dover Stamp Club will have its 62nd Stamp Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Camden-Wyoming Fire Hall, 200 E. Camden Wyoming Ave., Camden-Wyoming. This year's theme is the State Soil. The show will feature members and youth exhibits, and a wide array of philatelic materials including supplies, special anniversary cancellation, bid boxes and a searching table for young collectors. Refreshments available.
AAUW Coastal-Georgetown to hold book discussion Oct. 13
AAUW Coastal-Georgetown Branch sponsors an American Library Notable Books Discussion from 1 to 3 p.m., on the second Tuesday of the month at the Selbyville library. The book for Oct. 13 is "The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics" by Daniel James Brown. For more information call Ada May at 302-436-2981. All readers are welcome.
Milton's Jack Hudson to share memories of town Oct. 14
The public is invited to spend an early evening with Milton native Jack Hudson as he recollects the historic town from the '50s forward and shares stories he has heard from older Miltonians who have since passed away. Hudson served on the Milton Town Council for 15 years and as mayor of Milton for nine years. He will be showing pictures of earlier times. There will be a Q&A after his talk.
The program, which begins at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Milton Public Library, is free. Call 302-684-8856 for more information and/or accessibility. For directions go to www.milton.lib.de.us and click on Hours & Directions.
AAUW meets Oct. 16 in Bethany Beach
The October meeting of the American Association of University Women will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Cottage Cafe in Bethany Beach.
Speakers Jackie Finer and Carol Wzorek of the Greater Lewes Community Village will share the mission and vision of the organization. The GLCV is a volunteer driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of senior residents of the Greater Lewes Area. It is part of a national network of over 200 villages that share information and resources that benefit their communities. Included in this presentation will be information on universal accessibility design.
The American Association of University Women advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. For more information on membership, contact Brenda at 302-684-8716.
Teen volunteering workshop Oct. 18
The Lewes Public Library, in partnership with the Delaware Office of Volunteerism, will hold a teen volunteering workshop at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18. Discussion will focus on the benefits of volunteering, the Delaware Volunteer Credit, and how some volunteer opportunities can help fund college costs. This workshop is open to all interested high school students and will be provided at no charge. Registration is required; call the library at 302-645-4633.
Website provides digital library
Delaware libraries have expanded their services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids. The Kids eReading Room filters the overall digital collection to only show children’s content, which gets kids to the books they want faster. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level, or interest level. The Kids Collection features popular series such as Big Nate, Fancy Nancy, Harry Potter and more. It also includes nonfiction subjects such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), history, and art.
This user-friendly site contains eBooks and audiobooks. Digital titles are available anytime, anywhere and expire automatically, so there is no need to worry about late fees. This service is available and free to anyone with a Delaware public library card.
The main digital collection is at http://delaware.lib.overdrive.com. From there, users can click on the For Kids Reading Room icon to go to the kids’ site. Or, they can go there directly at http://delaware.lib.overdrive.com/kids.
Beebe Thrift Store seeks volunteers
The Beebe Thrift Store, 18675 Coastal Highway in the Midway Shopping Center, is looking for volunteers to help on its delivery truck a morning or two a week. The truck runs most mornings from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers will be representatives of the Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary. To join the group, stop and see Pam or Michael at the shop for more information and an application. This is an unpaid position. Call 302-644-2878.
Libraries offer online magazines
The Sussex County Department of Libraries announces Zinio for Libraries, an online service that offers multiuser access to dozens of popular periodicals, free of charge. Awarded Best New Database of 2012 by Library Journal, Zinio is the world’s largest newsstand, providing access both in and out of local libraries to users of e-readers, tablets and other internet-connected devices.
Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full-color pictures, intuitive navigation, keyword article search, and audio and video. Users only need an active Sussex County library card.
See a library staff member at a Sussex County library for more information on how to access this service, or go to www.sussex.lib.de.us and click on the Zinio link.
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 http://de.gov/donatevets. 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 www.veteransaffairs.delaware.gov.
AARP seeks Tax-Aide volunteers for 2014 tax filing season
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers file free tax returns for seniors and low-income families. Last year they served over 11,000 clients in Delaware. The organization is now recruiting greeters, client facilitators and tax counselors for the 2014 tax filing season.
Volunteers receive free tax training beginning in December 2014 or January 2015 and are reimbursed on a limited basis for qualified program-related expenses. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome and do not need to be AARP members or retirees to help.
For more information, call toll free 1-888-687-2277, or visit www.aarp.org/taxaide.
The Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club is making community grants available to non-profit, 501 C3 organizations that provide direct services to needy families and individuals in the Georgetown and Millsboro areas. The deadline for submitting a grant request is October 31st. Requirements, details for submitting a grant request and the form is available at georgetownmillsbororotaryclub.org or by contacting Grants Chair Stephen Kasperski at email@example.com or calling 302 855-9477.