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Thursday, July 24
  • Brandywine River Museum of Art: Introduce children to art this summer on Thursday mornings in July at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Participate in one or all five of these workshops designed for children ages 3 to 10 accompanied by an adult. Each program will include a thematic, interactive guided tour followed by a creative art project. Two sessions will be held each day, one at 10am and a second at 11am. Workshops are free with regular museum admission. To register contact the Education office at 610-388-8382. For more information, visit www.brandywinemuseum.org.

Friday, July 25
  • Christiana Fire Company: Join Christiana Fire Company for a night out and a chance to WIN a fabulous Coach Bag! Coach Bingo is Friday, July 25 at Christiana Fire Company Memorial Hall. Doors Open at 6 pm; games begin at 7pm. Cost is $25 and includes one stack of 20 games and a raffle ticket. Additional cards may be purchased for $10. For more information, call Lorraine at 302-731-037 or visit www.christianafc.org.
  • Grace Episcopal Church: Grace Episcopal Church on Concord Farmer's Market & Artisan Fair will be held every Friday from 3pm to 7pm until October 10. Proceeds benefit the church's outreach programs. For more information, call Juli Bailey at 302-373-4489 or visit www.gracedelaware.org

Saturday, July 26
  • 11th Annual Downtown Newark Food & Brew Festival: The 11th Annual Downtown Newark Food & Brew Fest is Saturday, July 26 from 2pm to 9pm. Celebrate the unique relationship between the culinary arts and the brewing sciences! The event showcases more than 40 craft and imported beers paired with creative food offerings from 17 of Newark's restaurants. For more information, visit newarkfoodandbrewfest.publishpath.com/
  • Delaware State Fair: The Delaware State Fair returns to Harrington July 17 through July 26! This year's theme is "An American Classic." There's rides, great live music entertainment, including Train, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, and more! For a full list of events, visit www.Delawarestatefair.com
  • Hagley Science Saturday: Tumbling Tower: Experiment and innovate with Hagley's new series of family activities: Science Saturdays! Stop by the fourth Saturday of every month for a new hands-on activity. On Saturday, July 26, experiment with removing supports from a tower constructed out of cardboard tubes and sheets to better understand structural supports in buildings. Activities are included with general admission and are free for members. For more information, visit www.Hagley.org/.
  • New Castle County : Individuals and dance groups will learn the National Dance Day routine and then perform as a large group flash mob style on Saturday, July 26 at Glasgow Park starting at 6pm. The performance will be filmed. Dance along demonstrations will also be presented in Zumba, Bollywood, belly dancing, hula, Irish dancing, and contemporary dance. After the dance, stay and rock the night away to a live concert by Edna’s Tribe. For more information, visit nccde.org/881/Dancing-in-the-Park
  • Walking Tour: Sights, Sounds, and Smells: In this walking tour of the powder yard at Hagley, guests experience an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the black powder process and can try their hand at graining some powder. The tour ends with an explosive finish! Tour involves walking on uneven ground. The walking tour on Satrday, July 26 is included in price of admission. Tours are at 11am and 2pm. For reservations, call 302-658-2400, ext. 261. For more information, visit www.Hagley.org.
  • Whatever Floats Your Boat: Ahoy Mateys! Build a boat using natural and found materials at the DuPont Environmental Education Center on Saturday, July 26. Can your craft hold its weight in the Great Design Challenge? Awards will be given out to captains and first mates with the most attractive design, sturdiest boat, and more. Cost is $8 for members, $14 for non-members. For more information, call 302-656-1490 or visit www.duponteec.org.

Sunday, July 27
  • Delaware Shakespeare Festival: This year's Shakespeare in Rockwood Park is Hamlet! The show runs from July 11 through July 27 in front of Rockwood Manor. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and have a picnic! There will also be food trucks available if you don't want to bring your own food. Performances are at 7:30pm Wednesday through Saturday and 6pm on Sundays. The Delaware Shakespeare Festival is also currently looking for volunteers to help with the production. All volunteers will see the show for free. For volunteer information, please click here. For ticket information, visit www.delshakes.org.
  • Pecometh Camp and Retreat Ministries: Join Pecometh Camp & Retreat Ministries in Centreville, MD for their second annual, locally- sourced, five-course Farm to Table Dinner on Sunday, July 27, at 4:30 pm. Vegetarian options will also be available. Tickets are $50. Proceeds support Pecometh’s Sustainable Garden. Seating is limited, so call Dana Squares at 410-556-6900 extension 105 or visit www.pecometh.org

Monday, July 28
  • The Cancer Support Community: Blood Cancer Family Support Group! On the fourth Monday of each month from now until December, there will be a meeting for coping with Blood Cancers. It's for patients, families and friends who are seeking emotional support. The meeting is from 6pm to 7pm at 4810 Lancaster Pike in Wilmington. For more information, call 302-995-2850 or 302-661-7300

Thursday, July 31
  • Food Bank of Delaware: Throughout the month of July, the Food Bank of Delaware is hosting a "Christmas in July" food drive. Drop off any non-perishable food items at Boscov's locations in Dover, Wilmington, and Christiana. For more information, call Sarah Haas at 610-565-6009.

Friday, August 1
  • Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts: Art on the Town is a great way to view the exhibitions in DCCA galleries and visit the artist studios during extended gallery hours. Held on the first Friday of the month from April to August, Art on the Town is free and open to the public. DCCA Studios are open extended hours. For more information, call 302-656-6466 or visit www.thedcca.org/content/art-town

Saturday, August 2
  • Brandywine Zoo Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers: Tango for Tamarins on Saturday, August 2 at the Blue Ball Barn from 6pm to 11pm. Proceeds go towards tamarin conservation in the wild and also to improving captive management. Cost is $15 per person for beginner's tango lesson at start of event, followed by professional dance exhibition and open dance time. There's a silent auction 6-10:30pm. For more information, call Meghaan at 302-571-7747 ext 610 or click here.
  • Delaware KIDS Fund : Join the Delaware KIDS Fund for a day of racing with friends, family and community all for a great cause on Saturday, August 2. 1 in 5 Delaware KIDS are hungry, and this event helps provide 60,000 meals for those kids in need. Event will feature a pre-race breakfast, kid friendly activities (moonbounce, mascots, facepainting), music, post-race reception, giveaways, raffle prizes, awards and more! Registration starts at 7:30am outside of the James Street Tavern. For more information, call Ryan Kennedy at 302-323-9300 Ext. 17 or visit www.dekidsfund.org.
  • Hagley Museum and Library: The H2 Oh! Walking Tours at Hagley are the first Saturday of each month. The next tour is Saturday, August 2. Discover the evolution of water power at Hagley from the water wheel to the steam engine and ways the DuPont Company harnessed the power of the Brandywine to make black powder for over 120 years. Take a journey of innovation through the Hagley powder yards, including a stop at Hagley’s recent turbine restoration project bringing green energy back to the site. Be prepared to get wet! Adult and kid friendly. Tour involves walking on uneven ground and is included in price of admission, free for members. Reservations requested at 302-658-2400, ext. 261. For more information, visit www.Hagley.org/

Sunday, August 3
  • Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights Preserve: Join the Marshall Steam Museum for Steamin' Day, a fun-filled day celebrating local history and life at the dawn of the automotive age on Sunday, August 3. It features train rides in a scaled steam locomotive, rides in historic automobiles, fresh steam popped popcorn, tours, demonstrations, and much much more. Enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Auburn Heights Estate during this great day for the whole family and make sure to try your hand at the few games available. For more information call Susan Randolph at 302-239-2385 or visit www.auburnheights.org/

Tuesday, August 5
  • Hagley Nation of Innovation: Discover the Industrial Revolution at Hagley! Investigate the changes in power, technology, and industry from the nineteenth century to today’s world on August 5 and 9 from 1pm to 4pm. Visitors will explore and interact with innovations of the past, present, and even explore what the future has to hold! This program is developed by Hagley’s Youth Leadership Program. Activities are included in regular admission and free for members. Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware. For more information, call 302-658-2400 or visit www.hagley.org

Wednesday, August 6
  • Multiple Myeloma Family Support Group: Join the Multiple Myeloma Family Support Group, meetings are the First Wednesday of each month at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center from 6pm to 7pm. These support groups reach out to patients, families, and friends looking for emotional support and learn new ways to cope with Multiple Myeloma. For more information, call the Leukemia Lymphoma Society at 302-623-4500.

Thursday, August 7
  • Special Olympics of Delaware: The 6th Annual Hockessin Athletic Club Camp Family social to benefit Special Olympics of Delaware is Thursday, August 7 from 5pm to 8pm. In addition to "dollar dunks" and a water rapids slide, the Social includes a silent auction. There's all kinds of fun activities in a carnival-like atmosphere for campers, their families and other members of the club all for Special Olympics Delaware. For more information, call Carla Lenderman at 302-766-7482 or visit www.hachealthclub.com/youthfitness/camp.html



Ongoing Events

  • American Cancer Society: Are you looking for a way to help out in your community? Become an American Cancer Society Road to Recovery volunteer and help transport cancer patients to and from their treatments! The American Cancer Society provides the training and works with volunteers on a flexible schedule! Learn more by calling 302-324-4227 or visit www.cancer.org.

  • AYUSA Foreign Student Exchange Program: Open your home to a highschool student from one of 60 different countries. There are over 450 students to choose from. The student will become a part of your family and participate in activities in your home and at school. Learn about a different culture and share what makes the USA so great! Students reside in your home for the semester or the academic year. This is a non-profit organization and part of a J-1 visa exchange program. There is no compensation for hosting a student. AYUSA is affiliated with the Department of State and is in good standing. For more information, call Dawn Longfellow at 302-690-3003 or visit www.ayusa.org

  • Brandywine River Museum of Art: Make plans now and be among the first to tour the N. C. Wyeth House and Studio, Andrew Wyeth Studio, and Kuerner Farm this spring with the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Package tours, which combine visits to two properties, a guided tour of the galleries and lunch in the museum restaurant, are available on selected days. The tour runs April 1 through November 23 Tickets are available to purchase online or by calling the museum shop at 610-388-8326.

  • Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport: Experience all that the Brandywine Valley has to offer for less with the Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport! For $35 per adult, and $75 per family of up to 2 adults and 3 children, get one-time entry to over 11 museums and gardens in the Brandywine Valley including Brandywine River Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Delaware Historical Society, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Hagley Museum and Library, Longwood Gardens, Mt. Cuba Center, Nemours Mansion and Gardens, Rockwood Mansion, and Winterthur. For more information, visit www.visitwilmingtonde.com/passport2013.

  • Brandywine Zoo: Experience wildlife up close and personal at the Brandywine Zoo. Learn about your favorite animals from zoo staff! Free parking. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 North Park Drive, Wilmington, DE 19802. Admission: Age 12 to adult $5, seniors $4 and children $3, under 3 years free. Zoo Members/no charge. More info at www.brandywinezoo.org or call 302-571-7747. The Brandywine Zoo is managed as part of Wilmington State Parks by the Division of Parks and Recreation, with the support of the Delaware Zoological Society. The zoo is open every day, all year from 10 am to 4 pm.

  • Casa Del Carmen : Casa Del Carmen presents Healthy Living classes, hosted by LaSalle University School of Nursing in Philadelphia. Free classes with topics such as Healthy Mommy and Me, Health Promotion, Nutrition, Youth Safety and Medication Management. Classes are every Saturday from June 14 through July 26, beginning at 10am. For more information, call 267-331-2500.

  • DEAWRA Water Quest Scavenger Hunt: The Delaware Section of the American Water Resources Association (DEAWRA) will be hosting their 6th Annual Water Quest Scavenger Hunt. Participants will follow clues throughout the entire state in search of water related sites pertaining to history, science, liesure activities and entertainment. Cash prizes will be awarded. Registration is FREE! Please visit deawra.org/scavhunt for official rules.

  • Delaware Breast Cancer Coaltion: DBCC's Great Stuff is a unique upscale resale shop where all proceeds benefit the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, an organization dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in Delaware. They have great designer sweaters, coats, blazers, suits, holiday dresses, fantastic boots, handbags, scarves, jewelry and more! They also carry beautiful home furnishings and accent pieces. Great Stuff is in Wilmington on Concord Pike and Silverside Road in the Talleyville Center. For more information, visit www.greatstuffresale.com.

  • Delaware Crime Stoppers: DE Crime Stoppers is raffling off a 2014 Harley Davidson Fat Boy. There are only 2500 tickets. Tickets are $15 each or 3 for $40. For more information, call 302-739-5927. Visit delaware.crimestoppersweb.com/custom.aspx?p=6 to see pictures.

  • Delaware Genealogical Society: Come to the Historical Society Library the third Saturday of the month from September until May for free genealogical research assistance from Delaware Genealogy Society volunteers who have researched their own families and would love to help you find your roots. Do you have an ancestor from Old New Castle, a Revoluntionary War soldier in your tree, or relatives who could be listed in the Wilmington City Directory of 1845? Come to the library and find out! Volunteers will help you explore surname files, printed family genealogies, area maps, and other historical records to discover your ancestors. For more information, visit www.delgensoc.org

  • Delaware SPCA: Volunteer Orientation for the Delaware SPCA is 10am to 5pm Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 10am to 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays at the Newark location, 455 Christiana Road. If you have a good atitude, you don't mind getting dirty, you are 18 or older and want to make a difference in an animals life, please volunteer! Contact Jeanne for an interview at 302-998-2281 ext 326. Not accepting community service.

  • Faithful Friends: Faithful Friends, Inc. animal welfare agency and no kill shelter has formed a partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware to help families keep their pets during the financial crisis many families are facing today. They are asking for donations of pet food and related supplies. The supplies needed include: dry dog and cat food for adults, kittens/puppies and senior pets; canned cat and dog food; cat litter; dog chews and raw hides. The shelter’s pet food bank is open 5 days a week: Wednesday – Friday 1-7pm and Saturday and Sunday 1-4pm. To find out more about Faithful Friends Inc. Community Pet Food Bank call 302-427-8514 ext. 0.

  • Habitat for Humanity: There are families in New Castle County who are living in substandard housing conditions, and simply need a hand-up, not a hand-out. Habitat for Humanity is providing that hand-up and you can help. Habitat’s Cars for Homes™ program uses your donated car, truck, boat, or RV to help build decent, affordable housing for local low-income families. Call toll free, 1-877-277-4344, or visit www.habitatncc.org to see how your donated vehicle can help make a difference for a family in our community.

  • Hagley Museum and Library: Seventy-five years ago on October 27, 1938, a brand new material named nylon was announced to the public. Created in DuPont’s labs, nylon replaced silk in the ladies hosiery industry. Nylon was so popular that its early sales created near riots because demand was so high. Hagley’s exhibition will discuss the early development of nylon and its impact on the fashion industry. This exhibition runs from April 6 through March 31, 2014. For more information, call 302-658-2400 or visit www.hagley.org/events.html

  • Helen F. Graham Cancer Center: Free ongoing smoking cessation classes are offered by the Community Outreach Team at Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center on Tuesdays from 10:30am to 1:30pm. To register for the three-session class, call 1-800-693-CARE. Once registered, you will then be directed to call the Delaware Quitline at 1-866-409-1858 to have your class materials sent to you. For additional information on this free program, call 302-623-4661.

  • Hillcrest-Bellefonte United Methodist Church: "New to You" family clothing at Hillcrest-Bellefonte United Methodist Church, Hillcrest Ave. & Marsh Rd. Every Thursday, 9:30am to 12:30pm, and the first & third Saturdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm through December 15. Enter down ramp from parking lot, cross the back of Hillcrest Hall, up short steps to ground floor of stone building. Call 302-764-3145

  • Historic Odessa Foundation: Have you ever wanned to step back in time and be a part of history? Here's your chance. The Historic Odessa Foundation is now looking for volunteers at the Historic Houses of Odessa, a treasure of historic homes and buildings in the heart of Delaware. Volunteers are needed as museum docents, tour guides, gardeners, and for the library, reception, and administrative duties. For more information, visit www.historicodessa.org.

  • Kalmar Nyckel: The Kalmar Nyckel offers a wide array of sailing opportunities — from April through October. Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel — or become a "pirate" with the crew on special pirate sails. For more information, call 302-429-7447 or visit www.kalmarnyckel.org for the sail and tour schedule.

  • Kalmar Nyckel Foundation: Kalmar Nyckel will be in her home port of Wilmington offering 1.5 hour public sails from Dravo Plaza on the Wilmington Riverfront in the spring and her brand new 7th Street Shipyard Dock in the fall! Passage for all sails is $35 for adults and $20 for children 17 & under. Make your reservations by calling 302-429-7447, or visit www.kalmarnyckel.org/BookASail.asp

  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: The Delaware Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is currently recruiting Team in Training participants! If completing a marathon, triathlon, or 100-mile cycling race is on your to-do list, the Leukemia & Lymphoma's Team In Training program can help you get to the finish line! For more information, call your local society chapter at 302-661-7300, ext. 29 or visit www.teamintraining.org/de.

  • Nehemiah Gateway CDC: Volunteer now with the Delaware Tax Campaign to support low-income Delawareans with free tax preparation and access to financial services. Positions available: Tax Preparer, Financial Coordinator, Greeter, and Interpreter. The tax program runs from January 15 through April 15. To volunteer, call 302-655-0803 or visit www.nehemiahgateway.org

  • Read Aloud Delaware: Read Aloud Delaware is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the promotion of reading in Delaware. We place volunteers of all ages in child care centers, clinics and shelters to read one-on-one to children for 1-2 hours once a week. Our focus is primarily with preschool age children who are in their critical early years of development. Those children who reach their older years with weak basic skills are more likely to be involved in risk related activities such as teen parenthood, dropping out of school, and unemployment. However, by starting early and instilling a love of reading, therefore reduces these negative behaviors and promotes literacy. If you are interested in being apart of Read Aloud Delaware please contact Judy Arthur at 302-656-5256 ex.12 or email jarthur@readalouddelaware.org

  • Wilmington University PA Chapter: Wilmington University Alumni Association is forming a PA Chapter and we need you! If you are an alum living in PA and are interested in networking, reconnecting and organizing events join today! For more information, call Stacey Stickel at 302-295-1174.

  • Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library: The latest major exhibition at Winterthur, Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience, delves into how maps in the 18th and 19th centuries were key to the American experience and became the social glue that bound a young nation into a community. The exhibition features traditional maps on paper rare and interesting map–related objects from Winterthur’s collection, illustrating American's changing interactions with maps. It opens Saturday, April 20 through January 6, 2014. For more information, call 302-888-4600 or visit www.winterthur.org

  • Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library: The Flowering of American Tinware at Winterthur runs May 18, 2013 through May 4, 2014. This pocket-size exhibition highlights the collection of decorated tinware that Henry Francis du Pont acquired from antiques dealers in New England and Pennsylvania, particularly from Ephrata, Lancaster, Carlisle, and York. These beautiful, hand-painted objects feature decorative techniques that have been in use from the early 1700s to today, and include cups, coffee pots, toys, and household items, brightly colored and hand painted with fruit, flowers, birds, and borders. For more information, call 302-888-4600 or visit www.winterthur.org

  • Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library: On loan from the Birmingham Museum of Art, this unique exhibition at Winterthur features hand-painted portraits of individual eyes. In this late-18th-century art form, fragile watercolors were meticulously dabbed on tiny pieces of ivory ensconced in jewelry forms. Lavishly adorned with jewels, the portraits set into brooches, rings, lockets, pendants, small boxes, toothpick cases, most from England, are few in number. The collection the Skiers have assembled is considered the largest of its kind, with only some 1,000 suspected to exist worldwide. "The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection" runs September 21 through January 5, 2014. For more information, call 302-888-4600 or visit www.winterthur.org/lookoflove

  • Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library: Experience traditions of the past and dazzling entertaining displays in this special wintertime tour. Yuletide at Winterthur will delight you with visions of holidays of old and inspire you to create your own spectacular celebrations. Yuletide’s festive attractions feature recreations of winter festivities of the du Pont family in Delaware, including the spectacular tree in the Conservatory awash with glittering glass ornaments and Winterthur’s newer tradition, the famous dried flower tree. Members free, $20 for nonmembers. Yuletide at Winterthur runs from November 23 through January 5. For more information, call 302.888.4600 or visit www.winterthur.org

  • Woodlawn Library: Come and learn to use the computer and basic programs including Word, Excel and the Internet at Woodlawn Library in Wilmington. Classes are on Mondays at either 11am or 7pm, and registration is required. Please call 302-571-7425.

  • YMCA Diabetes Program: Did you know 1/3 of the population has pre-diabetes? The YMCA now offers a 16-week program developed to reduce the risk of diabetes in individuals with pre-diabetes. The cost of the program is $50 for YMCA members and $100 for those who are not yet members. For more information, please contact Joanna Zaremba, Director of Healthy Living, at 302-571-6998 or jzaremba@ymcade.org


 Reunions

  • Christiana High School Class of 1989
    Date: July 12, 2014
    Location: Cavalier Country Club
    Contact: Lori Brook at 302-292-8558
    Website: Click here
  • Christiana High School Class of 1974
    Date: September 27, 2014
    Location: Newark Country Club
    Contact: email chs1974.reunion@yahoo.com




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