WDEL Community Calendar

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Tuesday, September 2
  • Delaware Youth Chorale: The Delaware Youth Chorale, a musical nonprofit serving youth between 4th and 7th grade, will begin rehearsals for its second season on Tuesday, September 2 at 4pm at Holy Cross School in Dover. Director Heather Swartzentruber encourages students’ love for music while developing their technique and building their skills in sight reading. Concerts are held in December and April at the Schwartz Center for the Arts. No audition required. For more information, call Christine at 302-883-2182 or visit www.delawarechoralsociety.org/delaware-youth-chorale.html

Wednesday, September 3
  • 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.

Friday, September 5
  • Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay: Welcome to Girl Scouts Ice Cream Social, for new and prospective Girl Scouts in the New Castle area on Friday, September 5 at Wilbur Elementary at 6:30pm. Learn more about fun activities and events you can do as a Girl Scout! Cost is $2 per girl. For more information, call Jennifer Acord at 302-456-7170 or visit www.gscb.org

Saturday, September 6
  • Angel Flight East: You are invited to a family-fun day of wings, wheels and aviation history including unique displays of vintage and military aircraft, new planes and classic and antique cars at Wings Field in Blue Bell, PA. Sightseeing flights, great food, music and a number of children’s activities will also be featured. All proceeds go directly to Angel Flight East, serving the community by facilitating free air transportation for children and adults with medical conditions who need to get to treatment far from home. For more information, call 215-358-1900 or visit www.angelflighteast.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/
  • Historic Odessa Brewfest: Sample some of the best regional and national craft beers, all while supporting the Historic Odessa Foundation. The Odessa Brewfest is Saturday, September 6. The VIP tasting begins at 12pm, and regular admission is at 2pm. Taps will close at 6pm. No one without a ticket and proper photo identification will be allowed to enter. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted. Tickets are transferable; however tickets are non-refundable. The festival is a rain or shine event. There will also be great music, great food, and of course, great people. For tickets, visit www.odessabrewfest.com/tickets.
  • YMCA of Delaware: Go to any of the 6 YMCA locations on Saturday, September 6 from 10am to 2pm and learn about YMCA membership. You'll have access to indoor and outdoor pools, exercise classes, free babysitting, and the newest gym equipment. Bring a buddy and jump in the pool! Ask about financial assistance. For more information, visit www.ymcade.org

Sunday, September 7
  • Evan David Foundaton: The Evan David Foundation is having a Family Fun Day picnic at Bellevue State Park on Sunday, September 7 from 11am to 1pm at Pavillion 1. There will be face painting, balloon animals & a picnic lunch, all for only $15 for adults & $7 for children under 12. Pre-registration is required before Friday, September 5. The Evan David Foundation provides grants for women with fertility problems. For more information, visit www.EvanDavidFdn.org
  • Faithful Friends Animal Society: The 4th Annual Faithful Friends 5k Run/Walk is Sunday, September 7 at Bellevue State Park. Registration begins at 9am. Cost is $20 until September 5 and $25 the day of the event. You can participate in the 5k run/walk or the 1 mile dog walk, the Mutt Mile! This is a family event featuring children’s activities, BBQ food and a variety of vendors. You can also meet adoptable dogs! For more information, visit www.faithfulfriends5k.com
  • Kids Runway for Research: Kids Runway for Research is hosting our 5th Annual Fashion Show on Sunday, September 7 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront from 1:30pm to 6:30pm. The models are all childhood cancer survivors and they are ready to shine on the runway! Come enjoy our fashion show along with delicious food from local vendors, live and silent auctions and games & festivities for the whole family! Featuring our special guests Queen Elsa and Princess Anna from the movie Frozen and Spiderman! Cost in advance is $22.50 for adults and $7.50 for children (12 and under)and on day of event $25 for adults and $10 for children (12 and under). For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.kidsrunwayforresearch.com. Proceeds benefit Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. For more information contact: Sandi Patterson, SAND0040@aol.com or visit
  • Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights: 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, September 7. Featuring 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 during a lovely fall day for the whole family. For more information, call 302-239-2385 or visit www.auburnheights.org

Monday, September 8
  • Mt. Cuba Astronomical Observatory: Mt. Cuba Observatory presents Public Nights on September 8 and September 22 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 10-18 and $2 for those over 18. Reservations are required. Call the observatory for reservations at 302-654-6407. For more information, visit www.mountcuba.org

Wednesday, September 10
  • Delaware Nature Society: Delaware Nature Society has partnered with 18 other organizations on a campaign called S.O.S Delaware to raise public awareness about sea level rise and its impact on Delaware. The state's second annual Sea Level Rise Awareness Week will run from September 13 to 20. The theme of this year’s Sea Level Rise Awareness Week is adapting to sea level rise through green and natural solutions. A calendar of events, a variety of resources, and links to all of the organizations sponsoring Delaware Sea Level Rise Awareness Week can be found at www.sosdelaware.org

Thursday, September 11
  • Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition: Please join DBCC for Ladies’ Night Out, the 4th Annual Women’s Race for the Pink Ribbon 5K on Thursday, September 11 along the Wilmington Riverfront. Help raise funds for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition to provide hope and support for those living with breast cancer. The race features women’s fit performance tech tee for the first 700 registered & goodie bag, post race refreshments with music, wine garden & beer for those 21 years of age and older, and pre and post race massages. Register online by September 8 for $25 or $30 the day of the event. For more information, visit www.debreastcancer.org.

Friday, September 12
  • Wilmington Drama League: Andrew Lloyd Weber's Jesus Christ Superstar with an all local cast of the Wilmington area's finest talent comes to the Wilmington Drama League with weekend evening performances September 12 through 27 at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm. For group rates, call Kathy at 764-3396. For more information, visit www.wilmingtondramaleague.org

Saturday, September 13
  • Little Sisters of the Poor: The 8th Annual Nun Run 5k race to benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor is Saturday, September 13. Registration opens at 7:30am, and the race begins at 9am. Parking is available at the Jeanne Jugan Residence as well as at Christiana High School across the street. Cost is $20 before September 11 and $25 the day of the event. For more information, visit www.nunrun5k.org
  • Special Spaces Delaware/Philadelphia: Join Special Spaces at Delaware Park on Saturday September 13 for a fabulous night of food, cocktails, live DJ, silent auction and more! Special Spaces creates dream bedrooms for children battling life threatening illnesses, and this is their first year helping children in Delaware. For more information, call Kimberly Resnick at 302-547-6851 or visit www.specialspaces.org
  • Walk For a Healthy Community: Support local organizations at the 2014 Highmark Walk For a Healthy Community on Saturday, September 13. Registration begins at 7:45am at Bellevue State Park with the 5K walk starting at 9am and the 1 mile fun walk at 9:15am. This year's walk benefits 17 local health and human service organizations, including the American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware, Children & Families First, Claymore Senior Center, Connections CSP, Delaware Association for the Blind, Delaware Center for Justice, Delaware Greenways, Delaware Guidance Services, Family Promise, Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids, Neighborhood House, Practice Without Pressure, Read Aloud Delaware, St. Michael's School & Nursery, the SmartDrive Foundation, and YWCA Delaware. For more information and to register online, please click here..

Monday, September 22
  • 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

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 tour the N. C. Wyeth House and Studio, Andrew Wyeth Studio, and Kuerner Farm 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 now through November 23. Tickets are available to purchase online or by calling the museum shop at 610-388-8326.

  • Brandywine River Museum of Art: The scenic backdrop of the Brandywine River inspires a newly commissioned work by Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Jensen at the Brandwine River Museum of Art. The installation derives from immersive walks taken by Jensen throughout the summer months in the landscapes along the Brandywine and its tributaries. The verdant slopes, quiet footpaths, native flora, historic towns and small discoveries are all subjects in Jensen’s photographic work. The artist is known for embracing new photographic technology as means to explore landscape and he will continue to push the medium with this new work. It will be displayed now until November 16. For more information, call 610-388-2700 or visit www.brandywinemuseum.org.

  • 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 is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children 3 to 17 from May 1 through September 30. From October 1 through April 30, admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children 3 to 17. Children under 3 are free! For more info, visit 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • North Brandywine Village Civic Association: The North Brandywine Village Civic Association in Wilmington is proud to offer a Good Citizen's Award to 2 deserving students between the ages of 13 and 19. The deadline for all applications is September 30. NBVCA is looking for students who maintain a GPA of 3.0 as of June 14, 2014, and volunteer for the community. The award is $125 to each candidate and a plaque. For more information, call Mrs. Patty Harris at 302-507-4623.

  • 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.

  • 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


  • Christiana High School Class of 1974
    Date: September 27, 2014
    Location: Newark Country Club
    Contact: email chs1974.reunion@yahoo.com

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