Cape Life Briefs
Habitat for Humanity sets blessing and groundbreaking in Seaford Feb. 5
Sussex County Habitat for Humanity will hold a double project blessing and groundbreaking at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 5, at 110 North Conwell St. in Seaford. These sites will eventually be home to two Habitat partner families, the Bagwell family and the Estime family.
“We’re excited to return to the Seaford area to construct more new homes as part of 25th anniversary kickoff,” said Kevin Gilmore, executive director of the affiliate. “Ideally, we’d really like to see the good people of Seaford step forward to partner with us on these builds, particularly local representatives and business owners. We know we’ll have plenty of church groups and volunteers step forward too.”
Before every new project, SCHFH pauses to ask God’s blessings upon the endeavor, including the families, volunteers, donors and supporters who will help make the dream of home ownership become a reality for these hardworking families.
Pet therapy team training set for Feb. 10 at Lewes library
The Lewes Public Library at 111 Adams Ave. will host a training session for potential pet therapy teams for PAWS for People from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10. Anyone with a gentle, people-friendly pet who is interested in volunteering time to work with children and adults with varying needs is welcome to attend.
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 more.
Preregistration is required; go to www.pawsforpeople.org or call 302-351-5622 for more information.
AARP Smart Driver Refresher Course set in Rehoboth Feb. 12
An AARP Smart Driver Refresher Course is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Rehoboth Beach. This course is for people nearing their third anniversary after taking a driver-safety course. Attendees should arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. and may bring snacks and drinks. The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Payment by check made payable to AARP is preferred. To register for the course, send an email with name, address, email address and phone number to email@example.com or call 302-703-2074.
Sussex Bird Club to meet Feb. 14 in Lewes
The Sussex Bird Club will meet at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 14, at Cadbury at Lewes on Gills Neck Road. The speaker will be Dave Carter, president of the Delaware Audubon Society, and he will present the Audubon Climate Report prepared by National Audubon Society scientists.
The report used decades of Christmas Bird Count and Breeding Bird Atlas Data, and found that nearly half of North American birds (314 species) are severely threatened by global warming and could go extinct if action is not taken.
Carter retired from DNREC in 2012 after 28 years and was the manager of Delaware’s coastal program. He will also talk about some of the ongoing activities of Delaware Audubon as part of a discussion of how Audubon and Sussex Bird Club may work together more in the future.
SBC meetings are open to SBC members, those who are interested in becoming SBC members, and all Cadbury residents. Go to sussexbirdclub.com.
Life Hacks 101 set at Rehoboth library Feb. 22
Rehoboth Beach Public Library will present Life Hacks 101 at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22. Life Hacks are little ways to make life easier. These low-budget tips and tricks can help attendees organize and declutter space, prolong and preserve their products,and teach them something they did not know before. All programs are free and open to the public. The library is at 226 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach. For more information or to register, go to www.rehobothlibrary.org or call 302-227-8044.
Southern Delaware Toastmasters sets open house March 8
Southern Delaware Toastmasters will mark its 20th anniversary Tuesday, Feb. 16. In honor of the occasion, an open house will be held Tuesday, March 8, at the Shechinah Empowerment Center, 231 S. Race St., Georgetown. The public is invited. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special guest and keynote speaker will be Joy Slabaugh-Hamilton, founder and charter member of Southern Delaware Toastmasters. Come hear her story of how her toastmasters experience helped shape her life and propel her to an executive position in a Fortune 500 company.
“Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to overcome their fear of public speaking and sharpen presentation skills,” says Philip Jackson, club president. “Other benefits include the opportunity to increase one’s confidence, build critical thinking skills and become an effective listener.” Toastmasters meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Shechinah Empowerment Center in Georgetown. For more information, go to www.1003044.toastmastersclubs.org.
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
Bay to Ocean Writers Conference set March 12
Registration is open for the 19th Annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference is set for March 12, 2016 at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md. The conference, which has sold out for the past eight years, draws together more than 200 attendees who come to meet, network and learn from writers, editors, educators, social media gurus and others connected to the publishing world. Attendees get to exchange ideas, hone the writing craft and participate in panel discussions and networking discussions during lunch. One-on-one manuscript reviews by published authors will be available by registering early and requesting such an appointment.
As one of the region’s premier educational seminars, the conference attracts participants from five states as well as the District of Columbia. To join the email list, go to www.baytoocean.com. For more information, go to www.baytoocean.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 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.