Cape Life Briefs
Enjoy covered dishes at Henlopen Grange Dec. 16
Henlopen Grange No. 20 will hold its annual Christmas Covered Dish Dinner at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday Dec. 16, at 1528 Savannah Road Ext., Quakertown, Lewes. Meat, rolls, and beverages supplied by the Grange. Bring a covered dish with either salad, vegetable or dessert in it. Nonperishable food or cash donations will be accepted for Pastor Dale Dunning’s Jusst Sooup Ministry. Dunning will be present and explain what has happened to her ministry since she was here last year. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 302-645-8098.
AAUW to meet Dec. 18 in Rehoboth
The American Association of University Women will meet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, at Kings Creek Country Club in Rehoboth.
The speaker will be Judge Brook Hedge, who will discuss the importance mentoring has had in her career. Upon graduating from law school, Hedge clerked for Judge June L. Green, who was the fifth female appointed to the federal bench. After her clerkship, she joined the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney representing the United States as both plaintiff and defendant. In 1992, Hedge was appointed as an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia by President George H. W. Bush.
During her tenure as an associate judge, she served in the civil, criminal and family divisions of the court and was presiding judge of the Domestic Violence Unit for three years. Since 2010, Hedge has served as a senior judge. She moved to Lewes in 2011 but still serves at the court. In Lewes, she serves on the board of the Overfalls Foundation and is chair of Lewes' Board of Adjustment.
AAUW members should bring an item or items to share for the Silent Auction. For more information on AAUW membership, contact Brenda at 302-684-8716.
MOPH Chapter 1787 to meet Dec. 20
Chapter 1787 of The Military Order of the Purple Heart is calling all combat wounded veterans to join its efforts to promote patriotism, history, fraternalism, and assistance to all veterans. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Pizza King, 358 East DuPont Hwy., Millsboro. For more information, contact John Jackson at 302-228-9577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go to http://facebook.com/moph1787 for information on veteran health care, benefits, and employment information.
Showcase a nonprofit at Lewes library
Any nonprofit organization or community group looking to reach more people can get help from the Lewes Public Library. The library is seeking groups to organize informational displays in its lobby display case, which is seen by the hundreds of people who walk through the library’s doors every day. For nonprofit agencies, this is an opportunity to educate the community about the services of an organization. For community groups, this is a chance to let others know what is offered and recruit new members. To schedule a two-week time period in 2015, contact Rebecca Lowe, library development director, at 302-645-2733 or Rebecca.Lowe@lib.de.us. For more information about this and other library programs, call the library during business hours at 302-645-2733 or go to www.leweslibrary.org.
Registration open for 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 is now open at www.baytoocean.com. Early registration is strongly encouraged as the conference has sold out for the last eight years.
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 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 at Midway 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.
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 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 volunteers for tax filing
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.
Italian Heritage Club extends welcome
The Italian Heritage Club is a social club that meets once a month to enjoy learning and enjoying the traditions of Italy and its peoples. Among its activities are potluck dinners of traditional cuisine, attending festivals, bocce playing and also listening to members talks of families immigrating to America and their journeys adapting to a new country.
Whether of Italian descent or just enamored of Italy, all are welcome. Membership is now open. Call Tony at 302-947-0784 for further information.