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Free Thanksgiving meals available Nov. 26 in Bridgeville
WGM Outreach Ministries will be distributing 400 hot, ready-to-eat Thanksgiving meals starting at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 26. Meals will be given on a first-come, first-served basis and are for those who would otherwise not have a meal. The pickup address is 21173 Coverdale Road, Bridgeville. For details, contact Yolanda Soto at 302-430-3348 or Lillian Harrison at 302-381-7053. Send email requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operation We Care seeks care package items for deployed military
Operation We Care, a Delmarva-based nonprofit organization, has sent more than 7,000 care packages to local fighting men and women. Before Christmas, OWC hopes to sent 600 more. Donations are needed and may be dropped off at any branch of the Sussex County Federal Credit Union, Rommel Harley-Davidson Delmarva in Seaford, Johnny Janosik World of Furniture in Laurel and Dover, and Minuteman Press in Salisbury, Md. The top items needed are baby wipes, shampoo and body wash, Chef Boyardee Canned Pasta (15 oz.), hot chocolate packets, non-aerosol deodorant, disposable razors, microwave popcorn, toaster pastries, small facial tissue packages and toothpaste. To let the organization know of a loved one who is deployed or is going to deploy soon, contact Jeff Merritt at 410-713-8940. For a complete list of suggested donations and other drop-off locations, go to www.operationwecare.com.
Milford library Holiday Boutique opens Nov. 27
Friends of the Milford Public Library are hosting the Holiday Boutique in the Smith Conference Room on South Washington Street. The boutique has special gifts, glassware, books, CDs and DVDs. Opening date is Friday, Nov. 27, and the boutique continues until Dec. 5; closed on Sunday.
The boutique opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 2 p.m., Saturdays, and 5 p.m., Friday, Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 2 and 3, closing time will be 7 p.m., and during the Holiday Stroll Friday, Dec. 4, closing time will be 8 p.m. A Santa Shop for children up to age 12 has been added this year. Gift wrapping will be available for their purchases.
Milford Blue Hen VFW Post sets indoor flea market Nov. 28
The Milford Blue Hen VFW Post 6483 will host a rain or shine indoor flea market sponsored by the Military Order of the Cootie Auxiliary from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 28. The event is open to the public. This will be a silent auction of specialty and gently used items. All proceeds go to hospitalized veterans. For more information, contact Sandie at 302-422-3854.
Register by Dec. 1 for gingerbread dog house fundraiser
PAWS for People invites the public to attend a Create Your Own Gingerbread Dog House event from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Tunnell Cancer Center, 18947 John J Williams Hwy., Suite 101, Rehoboth Beach. For a $15 donations, attendees get to build their own gingerbread doghouse using real gingerbread house pieces, glue icing, snow frosting and a covered base.
An extra $5 includes homemade soup and breads. There will also be a bake sale and raffle. Registration is required by Dec. 1; contact Lynne Robinson, 302-351-5622.
Craft vendors needed for holiday art and craft show Dec. 5
The members of the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary are seeking craft vendors for their holiday art and craft show to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, at Station 1 on Rehoboth Avenue in downtown Rehoboth. Interested vendors should call Patti Burke at 703-505-8634 or Stephanie Wingert at 703-577-9120.
AARP sets basic driver's safety course Nov. 30 in Rehoboth
The American Association of Retired Persons will offer a basic driver’s safety course from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 30, at Rehoboth Beach Public Library.
Seating is limited to 20 people, and preregistration is required. To take an advanced driver’s safety course, participants must have already taken and passed the basic course. Cost for materials for AARP members is $15. Nonmembers' cost is $20. A discount will be given on insurance premiums after the class is completed and a certificate is received.
By taking a driver safety course, participants will learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate a vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. Drivers will learn how to manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.
For more information or to register, call 302-227-8641.
Christmas in Bridgeville craft show set Dec. 5
The Bridgeville Historical Society will host its 40th annual Christmas in Bridgeville craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, at Woodbridge Middle School, 307 Laws St., Bridgeville. The craft show will include over 70 vendors selling a large assortment of holiday gift items. There will also be a raffle for a high-definition television. Admission is free, and all proceeds benefit the nonprofit Bridgeville Historical Society. For more information, call Charles or Sharon Hawk at 302-337-8675 or email email@example.com.
Lakeside HOA sets Christmas party Dec. 5
The Lakeside Community Home Owners Association will usher in the holiday season with its annual Christmas party with doors opening at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Pot-Nets Lakeside Community Center. The event will be catered by Blue Water Grill of Millsboro and the menu includes top round with au jus, chicken cordon bleu, tossed salad, garlic mashers, sautéed green beans, rolls and butter, cake and non-alcoholic beverages. Party-goers may bring their own alcoholic beverages. Entertainment will be provided by the Robert Brothers and the classic rock and soul cover band the Funsters. The community center is at 33076 Rock Cove, adjacent to the lake, off Lakeshore Circle in the Lakeside community of Pot-Nets. Tickets are $28 per person. To order tickets, call Betty at 302-945-1263, Nancy at 717-542-5580 or Anna Mae at 302-945-8176.
Low-cost vaccine and wellness clinic at Wizard of Paws set Dec. 6
Just Us Rescue will hold a low-cost vaccine and wellness clinic at Wizard of Paws from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6. Rabies vaccine for dogs and cats costs $20. Distemper vaccine for dogs and cats cost is $15. Bordatella (kennel cough) vaccine for dogs is $15. Lyme vaccine is $25 (dogs only). Deworming is $10. Heartworm testing and heartworm meds are available. FIV/FELV testing is $25 (cats only). Wellness visits are $25. Cash payment only. For more information, call Pat at 302-245-7666 or Kathy at 302-228-1931. No appointment is necessary.
Rehoboth Police Department sets identity theft seminar Dec. 7
Lt. William Sullivan and Detective Tyler Whitman of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department will present Are You Vulnerable to Identity Theft? at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7, at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library.
About 15 million victims (7 percent of the total U.S. population) lost money from financial fraud in 2012. Identity theft wreaks havoc with personal finances and credit records. The crime may start with unauthorized use of a Social Security number from a stolen wallet, or may involve sophisticated scams on the internet that trick people into divulging personal information.
People can empower themselves to minimize the risk of identity theft. The presentation will provide valuable tips about protecting Social Security numbers from fraud, how to become familiar with the warning signs and become skilled at spotting phony phishing attacks and how to shop safely online. Attendees also will learn what to do if they become a victim of fraud. For more information or to register, go to www.rehobothlibrary.org or call 302-227-7958.
Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae set designer handbag auction Dec. 12
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.'s Sussex County Alumnae Chapter will host a designer handbag auction and luncheon from 12 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, at First State Community Action, 308 N. Railroad Ave., Georgetown. Tickets are $25. This fundraiser will benefit the scholarship fund for Sussex County high school seniors. For more information, call Waynne H. Paskins at 302-227-8738.
Trail maintenance at Holts Landing State Park set Dec. 12
Friends of Holts Landing State Park will hold a trail maintenance event from 9 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12. All are welcome to help. Equipment, coffee and doughnuts are provided. For more information, call Chuck Schonder at 703-881-2491.
Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club grant applications due Dec. 15
In an effort to support community organizations that serve those most in need, Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club offers community grants annually. The deadline for submitting a grant application is Tuesday, Dec. 15. Grant requests typically range between $500 and $5,000. Beneficiaries must be IRS-recognized tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations. Funds will be distributed to organizations that support programs that assist the disadvantaged and other community service endeavors. Grants will not be awarded to individuals, political associations or candidates, organizations that provide funding to other organizations or agencies, or organizations that discriminate by race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or national origin, or for bricks and mortar and similar building or construction projects. For more information contact Chair Lin Faucett at 302-249-2338 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on grant guidelines, go to georgetownmillsbororotaryclub.org.
New Book to Art Club to begin Dec. 16 at Rehoboth library
The Rehoboth Beach Public Library will present a new program, Book to Art Club. It will pair a book reading and discussion with a hands-on project that will help attendees reach a deeper understanding of the book’s themes, history, and context, and then produce a work of art or craft related to the book.
The first Book to Art Club is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16. The first selection is titled “The Art Forger” by B.A. Shapiro. Those interested can obtain a copy from the Rehoboth Beach library or access the digital copy online using their Delaware library card at www.lib.de.us.
The Book to Art Club is a book and art-making club that exists virtually and in person at libraries around the world. Groups or individuals can participate in the Book to Art Club on their own time and with as much or as little direct involvement with the web-based part as they like. Go to www.booktoartclub.org. To register for this event, call the Rehoboth Beach Public Library at 302-227-8044 or online at www.rehobothlibrary.org.
Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club extends grant application deadline to Dec. 31
The Rotary Club of Georgetown-Millsboro announced that the deadline for community grant applications has been extended to Thursday, Dec. 31. The club offers small grants annually to community organizations that provide direct services to those in need, often youth programs. “Part of the club’s mission each year is to support local organizations that assist people in the Georgetown and Millsboro areas,” said Carlene Roche, president. “The application process is fairly simple and we typically approve three or more grants per year, based on the funds available. Over the past 15 years we have provided more than $400,000 in community grants.” To download the application guidelines and application, go to the community service tab at www.georgetownmillsbororotaryclub.org For more information, contact Carlene Roche at 302-945-3246 or RotaryCarlene@gmail.com.
Gently used handbags and personal items sought for homeless females
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 in Millsboro is collecting gently used handbags for homeless females. These Promise Purses will be filled with donated items and distributed to the Home of the Brave ll, People's Place, area homeless shelters and domestic abuse facilities, and other organizations that help homeless females. Items needed in addition to the purses are small pack tissues, individual sanitary products, small flashlights, hand sanitizer, mints, small soaps, shampoo, lotion, brush, comb, deodorant and wet wipes.
Purses will be assembled at 10 a.m. on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 18, in the Memorial Hall of Post 28, Legion Road, Millsboro. The public is invited to help in this annual day of service for the American Legion Auxiliary. Purses and other items can be dropped off at Post 28, marked Promise Purses. For more information contact Beth at 302-947-2984, Tina at 302-329-9090 or Linda at 302-945-5387.
Scott Kammerer to speak at AAUW meeting Dec. 17
American Association of University Women will hold its monthly meeting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, at Kings Creek Country Club in Rehoboth Beach. The speaker will be Scott Kammerer, president and CEO of SoDel Concepts. Kammerer recently launched a new nonprofit organization that will earmark funds for causes that benefit children, at-risk youth, adults who are re-entering society from the prison system and the elderly who need assistance. He will also discuss the legacy of Matt Haley, SoDel Concepts' founder. The American Association of University Women advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. For more information, contact Brenda at 302-684-8716.
Italian Heritage Association seeks members who enjoy Italian culture
The Italian Heritage Association is a social club that meets once a month to enjoy learning the traditions of Italy and its people. Among its activities are holding potluck dinners of traditional cuisine, attending festivals, playing bocce and listening to members talk of families immigrating to America and their journeys in adapting to a new country. Whether of Italian descent or just enamored of Italian culture, those interested are welcome. Membership is now open. For more information, call Tony 302-947-0784
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.