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Socrates Café meets Wednesdays at Lewes library
Socrates Café, a group open to all who want to engage in thoughtful discussions about topics of concern, meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays at Lewes Public Library.
Using an approach in which speaking and listening are equally valued, participants engage in conversations using philosophy, rational thinking and scientific inquiry to the issue under inquiry.
The point of the discussions is to help participants better understand their own perspectives and those of others. Sessions are interactive; each presentation is followed by thoughtful questions to help participants better understand their underlying reasoning.
Topics for discussion are selected by the participants and published one week in advance of the session. All are encouraged to look up information about the philosophical issues raised by the topic prior to the session. For more information, email email@example.com.
Lewes Senior Center seeks donations, vendors for Aug. 2 yard sale
Lewes Senior Center will host a Good Stuff Be Gone yard sale from 7 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 2, at the center, 32083 Janice Road, Lewes. The public is invited to donate items (no clothing) for the center to sell to raise funds to support LSC activities and programs. Vendors may sell their own items for a fee of $10 for space only (bring own table) or $15 with a table provided by the center. For details, call Carolyn or Eileen, 302-645-9293.
Lead Like a Girl empowerment series Aug. 4-7
Lead Your Way Solutions - The Learning Space, 35581 Atlantic Ave. in Millville, will host a girls-only, four-day interactive leadership and empowerment series, Lead Like a Girl. Rising seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday, Aug. 4 to 7.
Female leaders, a wellness specialist, stand-up paddleboarding with Ecobay Kayaking and SUP Adventures, and an interactive service project at James Farm Ecological Preserve are just a few of the highlights of the experience. Cost is $245 - 10 percent discount for those who bring a friend - and scholarship funding is available for eligible applicants. To find out more, contact Sarah Daisey Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bow Wow Meow Bowlathon Aug. 6 will benefit no-kill shelters
Dog and cat lovers and friends are invited to come together for a Bow Wow Meow Bowlathon at the Milford Bowling Lanes to benefit four Sussex County no-kill rescues. The event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6. Doors open at 5:30 to get shoes and set up lanes, and bowling starts at 6:15.
Organizers are looking for teams of four bowlers. Price for each bowler is $15, which includes two games and shoes. Proceeds go to the four no-kill animal rescues in Sussex County. Bowlers are asked to get sponsors to raise funds. A prize will be given to the bowler who raises the most money. Raffles and prizes will go to best and worst teams. Kids under 10 have a shoe charge only. For more information visit www.grrde.org and click on the Bowlathon picture. Checks should be mailed by July 25, Attn: Bow Wow Meow Bowlathon, P.O. Box 764, Lewes, DE 19958.
To donate or find out more, email email@example.com or call 302-259-9988.
AAUW's Notable Books Discussion Aug. 7
AAUW Coastal-Georgetown Branch sponsors an American Library Association Notable Books Discussion from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Thursday of each month at the Lewes Public Library. The book for Aug. 7 is "Behind the Beautiful Forevers; Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity" by Katherine Boo. The book documents the lives of the slum dwellers of Annawadi, whose work as garbage pickers barely keeps them alive. All readers are welcome. For more information call Laurel at 302-226-3373.
Sussex Y conducts summer food program through Aug. 22
The Sussex Family YMCA, 20080 Church St. in Rehoboth Beach, along with YMCAs throughout Delaware, is now offering free meals for children 18 years of age and younger daily through Aug. 22. The Summer Food Program is a federal program of Food and Nutrition Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Contact the Sussex YMCA at 302-296-YMCA.
WCIR offers free disaster preparedness presentation Sept. 8
The GFWC DSFWC Women's Club of Indian River will welcome Cami D'Attilo to its monthly meeting scheduled for 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 8, at the Indian River Yacht Club on River Road in Millsboro. D'Atillo will present "Operation Preparedness,” to teach families how to prepare ahead and cope with disaster. The presentation is available free of charge to community organizations, churches, and businesses throughout Delaware. Since Delaware is a peninsula, it is susceptible to damage from hurricanes, severe coastal storms and inland flooding. D'Atillo will outline what supplies families would need to remain safe at home for three to five days until certified help can arrive. They also need to have an evacuation plan if and when an evacuation order comes.
All are invited to attend this important meeting. For more information or to reserve a space, call 302-947-2640.
Summer food program underway at Lingo Creek in Long Neck
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 will partner with the Delaware Department of Education and the Delaware Food Bank to provide lunch to children in the Millsboro area until Friday, Aug. 15, Monday thru Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lingo Creek Apartments Community Room, 32980 Shoppes at Long Neck Blvd., Millsboro.
Lingo Creek Apartments is designated an open site for the lunch program, so no registration is required. Children 17 and younger are invited to come to lunch. Children must eat lunch at the site. Takeouts will not be allowed. For more information, call Carol Feeley at 302-945-5298.
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.