Cape Life Briefs
Milford VFW hosts chicken and dumpling dinner Jan. 31
The Milford Blue Hen VFW Post 6483 and Ladies Auxiliary will host a Chicken and Dumpling Dinner from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31. Dinner is $10 per person, $11 for carryouts. Children 6 and under eat free. Dining is smoke free and open to the public. Enjoy fireside dining in the hall or sunroom overlooking Haven Lake. Menu is chicken and dumplings, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, rolls and assorted desserts. All proceeds benefit the Blue Hen VFW Post's veteran and community charitable programs. For more information call 302-422-4412 any time after noon.
Spin-A-Thon Jan. 31 to raise funds for Delaware SPCA
The public is invited to help raise funds for the Delaware SPCA at a six-hour Spin-A-Thon at RISE Fitness & Adventure, 830 Kings Highway, Lewes. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m., and spinning begins at 7:30 a.m. There will be music, high-energy spinning, refreshments, and raffle prizes. Limited space available. To register, call 302-856-6361 or stop by the gym. Cost is $35 for the first hour of spinning, $10 for each additional hour. For more information, go to www.delspca.org/events/spin-thon-benefit-delaware-spca/.
Army Pvt. Amanda R. Hurst graduates from basic combat training
Army Pvt. Amanda R. Hurst has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises. Hurst is the daughter of Antonia R. Hurst of Milton. She is a 2014 graduate of Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes.
Sectarianism in the Middle East is UUSD topic Feb. 13
Great Decisions, Sectarianism in the Middle East is the discussion topic from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching a DVD and meeting in a discussion group to explore the most critical global issues facing America today. The program is cosponsored for its fourth season by the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware and the League of Women Voters of Sussex County. It is a global affairs discussion program from the Foreign Policy Association. The group will meet on the second and fourth Friday of each month for eight weeks at UUSD, 33739 Marsh Road, Lewes. Contact Anne Riley at 301-441-1311 or 302-436-2211 or email email@example.com for more details.
Stamp club to hold annual show Feb. 21 in Salisbury
The Eastern Shore Stamp Club will hold its 54th annual stamp show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, at American Legion Post 64, 1109 American Legion Road, Salisbury, Md. The show will feature stamp frame displays and exhibits, eight stamp dealers, and free stamps and activities for kids. Coins, postcards, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is free. For more information, call 302-846-2746 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
India Changes Course will be Feb. 27 discussion topic
Great Decisions, India Changes Course will be the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware discussion topic from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27. This will be the fourth of eight topics from reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching a DVD and meeting in a discussion group to explore the most critical global issues facing America today. Co-sponsored by UUSD and the League of Women Voters of Sussex County, this is the fourth season of Great Decisions, a global affairs discussion program from the Foreign Policy Association. The discussion group will meet on the second and fourth Friday of each month for eight weeks at UUSD, 33739 Marsh Road, Lewes. Contact Anne Riley at 301-441-1311 or 302-436-2211 or email email@example.com for more details.
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.
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.
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 2014 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.