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Thursday, December 12
- ContactLifeline, Inc.: Do you want to make a difference? ContactLifeline serves those who have experienced trauma, who are lonely, and who are overwhelmed with life. ContactLifeline is looking for volunteers and interns for our crisis helpline and sexual violence services. They operate 24 hours a day, every day. As a volunteer, you’ll gain new skills, a new social circle, and the possibility to earn a wage. If interested, please visit www.contactlifeline.org
- Hagley Museum and Library: Join Hagley for an exclusive evening tour of Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America on December 12 and December 19 from 7pm to 9pm. See how three generations of duPonts celebrated the season and learn about the traditions of New Year’s and Twelfth Night. Visitors will be treated to a holiday refreshments and viewing of a special exhibition in the library. Reservations required at 302-658-2400. Cost is $16 for non members and $12 for members. For more information, visit www.hagley.org/events.html
Friday, December 13
- First State Symphonic Band: Enjoy the sounds of the season at the First State Symphonic Band concert on Friday, December 13 at 7:30pm. Selections will include many familiar traditional carols, and a few which may be new to you. For more information, call Melinda Gregory at 302-540-1049.
- Reedy Point Players Ltd.: Reedy Point Players, LTD. are pleased to present The Best Christmas Pageant Ever on December 13 through December 15. It's the perfect holiday treat for the family, filled with laughs and excitement. Performances are 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2pm on Sunday. All tickets purchased at the door must be paid in cash only. For more information, call 302-468-7772 or visit www.thereedypointplayers.com
- Wilmington Drama League: Come see this classic story in which a disillusioned young girl and her mother meet a Macy’s Department Store Santa who claims to be the real thing! Recharge your “Christmas spirit” as you thrill to a Thanksgiving Day Parade and favorite songs such as “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas,” all culminating in a dramatic and heartwarming court room climax to determine if the charming white bearded man really is Santa Claus. Miracle on 34th Street runs December 13 through December 28. For more information, visit www.wilmingtondramaleague.org.
Saturday, December 14
- 13th Annual Spirit of Christmas Celebration in Historic New Castle, Delaware: Join New Castle Presbyterian Church and the City of New Castle on Saturday, December 14, for the 13th annual celebration of the Spirit of Christmas. The event includes tours of many historic homes decorated for the season, musical performances, events at the New Castle Court House, and musical performances throughout the town. The day concludes with the town’s annual tree lighting ceremony and caroling in the Market Square at 5pm. Proceeds generated by the New Castle Presbyterian Church will be donated to support the Friendship House, Inc. of Wilmington, Delaware, ministry to the homeless. For more information, call at 302-328-3279 or visit www.newcastlepreschurch.org/spirit/
- AHS Annual Craft Fair: The Annual Craft Fair at Appoquinimink High School in Middletown, DE will be held on Saturday, December 14 from 9am to 4pm. A visit with Santa Claus from 11:30am to 12:30pm for a free candy cane. For more information, call Donna Scully at 302-376-3893 or visit www.facebook.com/ahscraftfair
- Calvary Presbyterian Church: For fun holiday fellowship, please join Calvary Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 14th, from 9am to 12pm for a cookie walk! Bring a friend or two and see the great variety of delicious homemade Christmas cookies for sale. Then walk along the tables of cookies and fill your purchased container with your favorites and even try new kinds. Proceeds benefit Calvary's mission trip to Cuba. For more information, call 302-994-4044 or visit www.calvarypcusa.org
- Christ United Methodist Church: Holidays Got You Blue? come to the Blues Christmas concert featuring the band 'From Harps to Halos' on Saturday, December 14 at Christ United Methodist Church in Elsmere from 4pm to 6pm. For more information, call Vickie Innes 302-420-8711 or visit www.harpstohalos.com
- Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve: The special "Old-Fashioned Holiday" program at the Marshall Steam Museum is Saturday, December 14 from 1pm to 4pm. This event will feature readings of The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore & The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, a special photo exhibit: "Snow Travelers — Experiencing Winter at the Dawn of the Automotive Age," Victorian and train-inspired holiday crafts and activities, electric train demonstrations, hot chocolate, and more! Pre-registration required for this event. For more information, call Susan Randolph at 302-239-2385 or visit www.auburnheights.org/old-fashioned-holiday/
- Glasgow High School Swim team: Glasgow High School Swim Team is sponsoring a craft fair on Saturday, December 14 from 9am to 3pm. For more information, call Dave Kohan at 302-631-5600.
Sunday, December 15
- Carousel Park: Meet Santa and his pony at Carousel Park on Sunday, December 15 from 12pm to 3pm. Bring your camera to get a photo with Santa and his pony, make a craft, take a hayride, visit the new Barn Babies! FREE EVENT. Please bring a canned food item to donate. For more information, call 302-395-5636 or visit www.nccde.org/specialevents
- Delaware Military Academy Holiday Sale: The Delaware Military Academy Holiday Sale is Sunday, December 15 from 9am to 3pm. Band and Chorus will start performances at 11am. Proceeds from the event benefit the Music Association, TYC & Sports Boosters. For more information, visit demilacad.org/support.htm
Monday, December 16
- Mt. Cuba Astronomical Observatory: Mt. Cuba Observatory presents a Public Night on December 16 from 8pm to 10pm. These events consist of a talk about a subject of astronomical interest followed by observing using the observatory's telescopes. A planetarium show will be presented if skies are cloudy. Programs are for persons age 10 and above. Cost is $1 for persons age 10 to 18 and $2 for those over 18. Reservations are required. Call the observatory for reservations at 3920654-6407, or visit mountcuba.org.
Tuesday, December 17
- Elsmere Library: Our Visitor from the North Pole is coming to Elsmere Library on Tuesday, December 17 at 10am! He sees you when you’re sleeping; he knows when you’re awake. Come and meet this mischievous and generous elf. For kids of all ages. Don’t forget your list or your camera!! Register by calling the Elsmere library at 302-892-2210.
Saturday, December 21
- New Ark Chorale: Celebrate this holiday with song at the annual New Ark Chorale Christmas program, Saturday December 2 at 3pm, at Newark United Methodist Church. Tickets $15 for all adults; children under 18 free. Group rate available for 5 or more tickets. Reserve at 302-368-4946. For more information, visit newarkchorale.org
- Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance : An annual Wilmington tradition since 1967, the Wilmington Ballet Academy presents The Nutcracker at the DuPont Theatre. Performances are at 2pm and 7pm on Saturday, December 21 at at 2pm on Sunday, December 22. Make the Nutcracker at the DuPont Theatre a part of your family’s holiday tradition and experience the magic of this beautiful Christmas story. For more information, visit www.duponttheatre.com/the-nutcracker/
Sunday, December 22
- New Candlelight Theatre: Back by popular demand, Christmas by Candlelight runs November 15 through December 22! It's a holiday variety show full of holiday cheer for the entire family. Celebrate the season with this heartwarming production featuring your favorite "Candlelighters" singing and dancing to your favorite holiday classics. Tickets include dinner and a show! For more information, call 302-475-2313 or visit www.nctstage.org.
Friday, January 10
- New Castle Public Library: Join The Lego Club on the FIRST FRIDAY of every month at 3:30pm at New Castle Public Library! They'll give you the theme, and you use your creativity to build. This event is for ages 6 and up. For more information, call 328-1995 or visit www2.nccde.org/libraries/NewCastle/Youth/default.aspx
Ongoing Events & Announcements
- 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 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.
- 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 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
Brandywine High School Class of 1978
Date: November 30, 2013
Location: Washington Street Ale House
Chester High School Class of 1962
Date: June 07, 2014
Location: Springfield Country Club
Claymont High School Class of 1983
Date: September 14, 2013
Location: Firestones Restaurant on the Wilmington Riverfront
Darby-Colwyn High School Class of 1963, 1964, 1965
Date: September 21, 2013
Location: Renaissance Hotel near Philadelphia Airport
DeLaWarr Class of All
Date: October 26, 2013
Location: Holloway Terrace Fire Call
John Dickinson High School Class of 1983
Date: November 30, 2013
Location: Newark Country Club
William Penn High School Class of 1988
Date: November 30, 2013
Location: Hockessin Memorial Fire Hall
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