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Oct 05, 2015

Annual Bird Seed Sale orders being taken until Oct. 10

Now is the time to lay in winter bird supplies. The Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park are taking orders for their annual Bird Seed Sale through Saturday, Oct. 10. The items available, all premium seeds, include various types of sunflower seeds, peanuts, thistle, safflower, white millet, corn, suet, and a number of types of wild bird seed mixes. There are more than 20 choices as to variety and size of bag.

Pick up an order form at the Seaside Nature Center in the park, or go to Prices are listed on the form. Friends members are eligible for a 10 percent discount.

Bird Seed Sale Chair Sandee Coyle will be able to accept all orders received by Oct. 10. The seeds can be picked up Saturday, Oct. 24, at Cape Henlopen State Park’s Maintenance Garage between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friends volunteers will be there to help load the seed into cars. For more information about the sale and the Friends, visit the website or call 302-858-6127.

Life's Alterations series begins Oct. 14 near Milton
The Life's Alterations series starts Wednesday, Oct. 14, Create Studio for the Arts at the Shops at Paynters Mill, 16394 Samuel Paynter Blvd., Unit 201 Milton. Workshops run for four consecutive Wednesdays from 9:45 until 11:15 a.m. If new to the area, or navigating a new lifestage such as new baby, disability, status change: recently single or widowed, laid off or starting a new job, explore life's transitions through journalling and collage. No previous art or writing experience is necessary. At the series completion, participants will have created an altered book which will be a personal representation and creative keepsake or gift.
An altered book is a type of varied media artwork which changes a book from its original condition into a different condition, resulting in a new appearance or meaning. An altered book could contain a simple or complex artwork, which is worthy enough to be displayed or passed down. The classes are being facilitated by Eileen Wilkinson, WELLarts founder.  Register by calling 302-703-6863 or

Rehoboth Beach Yoga sets events Oct. 8, 11, 19 and 28

Rehoboth Beach Yoga has set several October events. There will be a free Svaroopa Vidya Meditation Satsang with Mati (Sandy) Gilbert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8. New and experienced meditators are welcome. For information, call 302-226-7646 or email There will be a free introductory Svaroopa Yoga class at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 11. All props will be provided. Wear comfortable clothing.

A free Svaroopa Vidya Meditation Satsang with Mati (Sandy) Gilbert will be held at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19. New and experienced meditators are welcome.   A free Svaroopa Vidya Meditation Satsang with Rukmini (Maria) Abbruzzi will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28. New and experienced meditators are welcome. For information, call 302-226-7646 or email

Poker Run to benefit Boys & Girls Club Oct. 10

Riverside Grill will hold its annual Poker Run Saturday, Oct. 10, to benefit the Oak Orchard Boys & Girls Club. Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships. Lower Case Blues band will perform at 5 p.m. For bike entries and more information, call 302-945-3711.

Col. David Hall Chapter NSDAR to hosts reception for veterans Oct. 11

The Col. David Hall Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will host a reception for veterans of the United States military from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Maull House, 536 Pilottown Road, Lewes. The chapter will pay special tribute to those who served during the Vietnam War era from Nov. 1, 1955 through May 15, 1975. All interested servicemen and servicewomen and their families are welcome to attend. RSVP to Denise Clemons, 302-645-2089 or

Delaware Rep. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes, and Rep. Ruth Briggs King, R-Georgetown, will offer remarks at 2:30 p.m., followed by presentation of certificates from the chapter to the honorees.

The NSDAR is a service organization for women who have descended from a patriot who served in the American Revolution. The group is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America's future through education.

Film for Thought to screen 'Being Mortal' Oct. 11

Rehoboth Beach Library will present the second in its series of the Film for Thought program from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 11. The film this month is “Being Mortal.” This documentary is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America's most shameful and best-kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. It's both a rallying cry for the hundreds of thousands of men and women who've been assaulted and a hopeful road map for change. Film for Thought is a monthly program showing films on current issues of ongoing concerns. After the showing, time is given for audience discussion. For reservations, call the library at 302-227-8044 or go to

Local author to sign books Oct. 11 at Bethany Beach Books

Local author Tom Ryan will be signing copies of his new book, "Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign: How the Critical Role of Intelligence Impacted the Outcome of Lee’ s Invasion of the North, June-July 1863," from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at Bethany Beach Books.

As intelligence experts have long asserted, “Information in regard to the enemy is the indispensable basis of all military plans.” Despite the thousands of books and articles written about Gettysburg, Ryan’s book is the first to offer a unique and incisive comparative study of intelligence operations during what many consider the war’s decisive campaign.

Ryan served three years in the U.S. Army and more than three decades with the U.S. Department of Defense in various intelligence operations-related capacities. Now retired, he and his wife live in Bethany Beach. For more information go to

Alliance for Racial Justice to meet Oct. 13 in Lewes

The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice will meet at 7 p.m., Tues, Oct. 13, at Trinity Faith Christian Center at 15516 New Road in Lewes. The alliance was formed by people from around Sussex County who took part in a reading group for the bestselling book, “The New Jim Crow.” Author Michele Alexander presents a persuasive argument that punitive drug laws and mass incarceration of African-Americans have created a new system of racial discrimination in the United States - a system that adversely affects not just those imprisoned but their families and the wider community as well. Members of the alliance plan to develop educational materials and advocate for changes that may be needed in state laws, and work with groups that provide support to those who face obstacles during the difficult transition from prison to society. All who are interested are invited to attend the meeting. For more information, contact Charlotte King at or Jo Klinge at

Expressive arts workshop set Oct. 14, 16, 21, 28 at  Lewes Wellness Center

The Lewes Wellness Center on Plantation Road will hold a free collage workshop, Up the Joy Factor, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16. Participants need not have previous art experience and materials are provided. This is a taster class for three other classes which are all led by WELLarts facilitator Eileen Wilkinson. Those will take place from 2 to 3:15 p.m.,  Wednesdays, Oct. 14, 21 and 28. Class topics are Retro-introspective collage, which allows the participant to explore different life stages Oct. 14; grATTITUDE journaling Oct. 21; and intentional body mapping to balance mind, body and spirit Oct. 28. For more information, or to register for one, some or all classes, call 302-249-1214 or go to

Friends of Rehoboth library set meeting and luncheon Oct. 17

The Friends of the Rehoboth Beach Library will hold their Annual Meeting and Luncheon at noon, Saturday, Oct. 17, at Kings Creek Country Club. Guest speaker will be Jon Newsom, who retired from the Library of Congress as chief of the Music Division and is currently teaching at the University of Delaware Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Lewes. A brief business meeting will be held for the election of officers and directors. Luncheon tickets are $22, and advance reservations are required. For more information and to reserve space, call 302-227-2807

ALA Unit 28 sets diva night with dancing and entertainment Oct. 18

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 will hosts a diva night with the band Movin’ and Groovin’ along with ventriloquist Ken Huff and Mr. Good Wood for a night of dancing and fun from 5 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18, at the post at 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro. Wine and light appetizers are included. Bring a friend and dress to impress.  This event is open to the public. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the post. Advance ticket purchases appreciated. For more information contact Linda at 302-945-5387 or go to

AAUW book discussion set Oct. 20 at Selbyville library

AAUW Coastal-Georgetown Branch sponsors an American Library Notable Books Discussion from 1 to 3 p.m., the third Tuesday of every month the Selbyville Public Library. The book for the Oct. 20 discussion is "Factory Man" by Beth Macy. Made in America vs. Made in China - is it too late to save one of these labels? All readers are welcome. For more information call Ada May at 302-436-2981.

First Town Club of Lewes to meet and hold fashion show Oct. 20

The First Town Club of Lewes will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Lewes Public Library. Following the business meeting, Twila Farrell of Twila’s on Second Street in Lewes will present a fashion show. Attendees are asked to bring donations for Stockings for Soldiers. This meeting is not sponsored by the Lewes Public Library or City of Lewes. To learn more about this friendly social club, call President Estelle Stevenson at 302-645-7296.

The EDGE Academy sets self-defense workshop Oct. 24 in Greenwood

The EDGE Academy will present a self-defense workshop and demonstration from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, at Willey Knives in Greenwood. Topics will include the use and defense of edged, impact and empty-hand techniques for self-defense training. People who are 50 and older are urged to attend as techniques with walking canes and sticks will be presented. Willey Knives is at 14210 Sugar Hill Road, Greenwood. For more information, call Michael Chamberland 302-242-5891.

Chicken and dumpling dinner set Oct. 25 at Milford Blue Hen VFW

The Milford Blue Hen VFW Post 6483 and Ladies Auxiliary will host a chicken and dumpling dinner from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25. Dinner is $10 per person plus an additional $1 fee for carryouts. Children ages 6 and under eat free. Dining is smoke-free and open to the public. Attendees may enjoy dining in the hall or sun room overlooking beautiful Haven Lake. The menu includes chicken and dumplings, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, rolls and assorted desserts. Proceeds benefit the Milford Blue Hen VFW Ladies Auxiliary’s various veteran and community charitable programs. For more information, call 302-422-4412 any time after 3 p.m.

Backyard Restaurant to host fundraiser for Milton library Oct. 29

The Backyard Restaurant will host a fundraising event for the Friends of the Milton Library from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29. Ten percent of the profits from all meals purchased during those hours will be donated to the Friends. The Backyard is at 211 Broadkill Road (Route 16) in Milton.

Quilts of Love sets community quilting bee Nov. 7 in Rehoboth

Quilts of Love is sponsoring a day of quilt-making from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, at Epworth United Methodist Church, Rehoboth Beach. Quilts are given to infants and children in Sussex County. All materials are provided for a day of fun and creativity. Those who don’t know how to sew can be taught. Those who can bring a sewing machine are asked to do so. Attendees should bring a covered dish to share at lunch. For future bees, the donations are accepted of pure cotton fabrics and flannel, low-loft batting and embroidery floss. Due to hot irons and extension cords, small children may not attend. For more information, call Jan at 302-703-2107.

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

Friends of the Milton Library Gift Shop open Saturdays

Short-sleeve T-shirts are now on sale at the Friends of the Milton Library Gift Shop: one for $15 and two for $25. Various colors and sizes are available for as long as supplies last. Several new items have been added to the inventory at the gift shop. Scenes of Milton coasters and holly wreath mugs could make good hostess gifts or Christmas gifts. The new Milton car magnets would be great stocking stuffers. The gift shop is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bay to Ocean Writers Conference set March 12, 2016

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 Registration will open in the fall. For more information, go to

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.

Free spay and neuter program offered monthly for feral cats

Just Us Cat Rescue, an all-volunteer nonprofit cat rescue association, offers a free spay and neuter program for feral cats, which must be brought in humane traps for their appointments. The Delaware SPCA will perform 10 spay/neuter operations on the last Thursday of every month at its Georgetown facility. Just Us will cover the cost of the spay or neuter to include rabies, distemper and pain meds. The Just Us organization offers this program to combat statewide animal overpopulation and make a significant reduction in the homeless cat population. This program is not for house cats. Just Us welcomes any donations to help support this effort. Appointments must be scheduled with the SPCA by calling 302-856-6361, Ext. 130.

First State to host community dinner third Thursday of every month

First State Community Action Agency will host a community dinner from 6 to 8 p.m., the third Thursday of every month at its Georgetown facility, 308 N. Railroad Ave. Guests receive a hearty meal as well as nutrition information and budget-friendly shopping tips. Community dinners are open to all individuals and families for just $1 per person. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat or for more information, contact MaryAnn Morris at 302-856-7761, Ext. 139.

Website provides digital library for Delaware

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  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

Sussex County 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 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 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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