Cape Life Briefs
Registration now open 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.
Author of “Vietnam Mailbag” to speak at Lewes library Oct. 30
Nancy Lynch, author of "Vietnam Mailbag," will speak at the Lewes Public Library at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30. Lynch will read letters from service members who served in Vietnam. Vietnam vet Rick Lovekin will join her to discuss his experiences in Vietnam.
During the peak years of that conflict, from May 1968 through December 1972, Lynch, a young reporter, relayed the hopes and fears, the joy and tears of hundreds of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines from Delaware through the Vietnam Mailbag column she wrote in the Wilmington Morning News. Now, 40 years after she began writing her column, Lynch has written "Vietnam Mailbag: Voices From the War, 1968-1972," giving a new generation a fresh look at the first-person accounts of troops in the combat zone. Call the library at 302-645-4633 or go to www.leweslibrary.org for more information.
Lewes Public Library seeks volunteers; training session Nov. 1
The Lewes Public Library is seeking volunteers to work at the circulation desk and in processing transit. Descriptions for these positions may be found at www.leweslibrary.org. Anyone interested in volunteering must complete a volunteer application, available at the library during regular business hours or at the website. After completing the application, contact volunteer coordinator Rebecca Lowe at 302-645-2733 or Rebecca.email@example.com to register for a volunteer training scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1.
Following the training, new volunteers will be scheduled for on-the-job training with a staff person. For more information about the volunteer program or other events at the library, visit the website or call 302-645-2733.
Tickets on sale for AARP Chapter 5340 fashion show Nov. 8
The Georgetown Chapter 5340 of the AARP will host a fashion show starting at noon, Saturday, Nov. 8. The show will be held at the Red Men Home, Nassau. Blooming Boutique of Lewes will present the fashions and present a special gift, a silver bracelet, to each ticket holder. Other door prizes will be given as well as discount coupons for other stores. The cost is $25 per person. All proceeds go to the AARP Scholarship Fund. In May 2014 two scholarships in the amount of $750 each were awarded to deserving high school seniors. For information about tickets, call Hilda Parker, 302-856-2760.
Craft fair to take place Nov. 8 at Lakeside Community Center
Lakeside Community Home Owners Association is sponsoring a craft fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, at Lakeside Community Center off Long Neck Road in Long Neck.
Featured will be 31 crafter and home-based businesses. Items available for sale will be scarves, photography, jewelry, knitted items, dolls, Christmas at the Beach, handcrafted wood items, sea glass, Christmas crafts, sewing items, oil art works, hand-painted slate items and crafted wreaths, candles, Celebrate Every Day Dried Dips, jams and jellies, American doll clothes, and handbags.
The association will offer a cafe where lunch can be purchased. Included are homemade baked goods and freshly baked apple pies along with take-home containers of homemade soups. A Chinese auction to benefit the mentoring program at Long Neck Elementary School will also be held.
Xi-Sigma Chapter to sponsor Chinese auction Nov. 8
Xi- Sigma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will sponsor a Chinese auction Saturday, Nov. 8, at Lewes Presbyterian Church,133 Kings Highway, Lewes. Doors open at 6 p.m. The auction begins at 7 p.m. No one under 18 is admitted. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit Camp New Hope, an outreach project of Delaware Hospice. Camp New Hope provides a camp for children who have lost a loved one in the past year.
Tickets are $15 per person with extra envelopes available for $5 each. Chinese auction tickets can be purchased at the door or from any Xi- Sigma member. Call Dee at 302-231-8015 or Carol at 302-226- 2908 for further information or tickets.
Pocahontas of Anona Council 11 to hold Quarter Auction Nov. 20
The Pocahontas of Anona Council 11, Georgetown, is organizing a Quarter Auction fundraiser for Thursday, Nov. 20, to benefit Alzheimer’s research and other community projects. The event will take place at the Red Men Home at Nassau Commons Boulevard, Nassau. Doors open promptly at 6 p.m. for a preview of the vendors' products. The auction begins at 7.
Vendors include Longaberger, Paparazzi Jewelry, Upper Crust, Everything That Glitters, Scentsy, Thirty-One Gifts, Clever Containers, Pampered Chef, Avon, Mary Kay, Tupperware, Wood Design, Health & Wellness Chef, Tupperware and others.
Tickets cost $5 if ordered from Ronda McCabe, 302-934-6745. Cost if purchased at the door is $7. Come early to enjoy food available for purchase, a basket auction, 50/50 and other items.
Rotary to host Harvest Bounty Dinner Nov. 22
The Harrington-Greenwood-Felton Centennial Rotary (Hub Club) will host a Harvest Bounty Dinner beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22, in the Price Community Center across from City Hall,106 Dorman St., Harrington. Tickets for the event, at $20 per person, cover admission, a variety of food and drink including wine, beer and other beverages, and live music featuring the Joe Baione Trio. A silent auction and 50/50 raffle are also planned.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Rotary initiative to eradicate polio worldwide.
Lovers of good food and music are invited to come and enjoy. The Harvest Bounty menu will be filled with homemade soups and chilis, chicken and dumplings, breads and desserts. Harvest Bounty Dinner tickets may be purchased by calling Bunnie at 302-228-9768.
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.
Italian Heritage Club extends welcome to new members
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.