Cape Life Briefs
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 www.friendsofcapehenlopen.org. 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.
Milton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary to host cash bingo Oct. 6
Cash bingo will be hosted by the Milton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary with doors opening at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Milton Fire Department, 116 Front St., Milton. Games start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 reserved in advance and $25 at the door. There will be door prizes, 50/50 and concessions. Attendees must be 18 years of age or older. Also available will be the famous homemade chicken salad, by preorder, to carry home. To reserve tickets in advance and/or preorder chicken salad, call 302-684-8626 or 302-856-6420.
Inland Bays Foundation dinner set for Oct. 7
The Inland Bays Foundation will host its second Love Our Inland Bays Dinner at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant in Lewes.
This year's dinner will feature guest speaker Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, and honor Kenneth Krisl, director of Widener University's environmental and natural resources law clinic.
Tickets are $35 per person and pre-paid registration is due by Sunday, Oct. 4. Checks can be made payable to Inland Bays Foundation, P.O. Box 521, Bethany Beach, DE 19930, or payments can be made online at www.inlandbaysfoundation.org.
For more information, call 302-539-6701.
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.
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 www.bethanybeachbooks.com.
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 www.alpost28.com.
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.
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.
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 www.baytoocean.com. Registration will open in the fall. For more information, go to www.baytoocean.com.
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 www.readalouddelaware.org. 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 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.