The Friends of the Marple Public Library will host a “Meet The Authors” event on Saturday April 14 at 1:30 p.m.. The event will feature local authors who will speak about their books, explain their creative process and discuss how to publish a book. Donna Cavanaugh of HOPress-Shorehouse Books will be the guest moderator who will guide the creative conversations with authors and audience members. A reception will immediately follow the program so attendees may meet the guest authors. This program is free and open to the public. Marple Public Library is at 2599 Sproul Road, Broomall. For more information, call 610-356-1510 or visit www.marplelibrary.org/.
Crozer-Keystone Health System will offer free skin cancer screenings 5-7 p.m. Monday, May 7 at Taylor Hospital, 175 E. Chester Pike, Ridley Park and 4:30—6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 in the Dermatology Suite 20 at Crozer Brinton Lake,500 Evergreen Drive, Glen Mills. A free educational program on skin cancer prevention will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 in the community room at Crozer-Keystone at Broomall, 30 Lawrence Rd. A light dinner will be served. Pre-event registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Crozer-Keystone Community Outreach at 484-446-3647or 610-284-8158 or email email@example.com.
PAPALE AT PRESS CLUB
Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, author and motivational speaker Vince Papale will share his against all odds story and his inspiring new book “The Last Laugh: Vision to Victory” at the Delaware County Press Club’s monthly luncheon at Lazaretto Ballroom, 99 Wanamaker Avenue, Essington, at 12 noon Wednesday, April 18. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch at noon. In 1976, Papale, a 30-year-old Interboro teacher, high school coach, part-time bartender and die-hard Eagles fan, achieved his lifelong dream of playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was voted Special Teams Captain by his teammates earning Eagles “Man of the Year” in 1978 for his numerous charitable activities. His story was the basis for Walt Disney Pictures stirring football drama, Invincible, starring Mark Wahlberg. The ultimate underdog continues to be an inspiration off the field. Papale and his former teammate, Dennis Franks, have written a book together called The Last Laugh: Vision to Victory. “The Last Laugh: Vision to Victory” is part memoir and part success guide. The former NFL players turned entrepreneurs share lessons learned and obstacles conquered during their years in the NFL. The public is welcome to all Press Club lunches. Cost is $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members, walk-ins and guests. Advanced tickets are recommended and can be purchased online at thepressclub.org. Payments can also be made by cash or check at the door. Copies of “The Last Laugh: Vision to Victory” will be available for sale at the event.
The Rose Tree Pops Ochestra, conducted by Dr. Roberta Winemiller, will present their annual Spring concert entitled “Music Makes The Movie,” 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at the Marple Presbyterian Church,Broomall. Music will be wide ranging from the Mozart Flute solo in G as performed by the winner of its Youth Competition Erica Westcott and the William Tell Overture to musical renditions from movies such as 2001 Space Odyssey, the Empire Strikes Back , the Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast among others. Gifted soloist Matthew Maisano will sing The Shadow of Your Smile and More. The church is handicap accessible with plenty of free parking. Admission is free however donations are gratefully accepted. There will be refreshments during intermission. For more information, contact Suzanne McIntyre, firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-399-1712.
PENN STATE GALA
Penn State Brandywine will host its 50th Anniversary Gala 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 11 at 6 p.m. The 1960s-themed, black-tie optional evening of food and entertainment will be held in the campus’ new Student Union. Proceeds benefit Brandywine’s emergency scholarship fund, which assists students who experience an unforeseen financial hardship. The gala is open to the public and will feature dinner, live music, dancing and a silent auction. This year, Brandywine will honor three outstanding individuals or organizations with the first presentation of the Lion’s Heart Awards.
The Dedicated Service & Leadership Award will be presented to Gerald “Jerry” and Eleanor Parsons. The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust will receive the Community Partner Award and the Young Alumni Award will be presented to Shawn Manderson. To support the gala through sponsorships, advertisements or auction items, contact the Penn State Brandywine development office at 610-892-1253 or email@example.com. To purchase tickets, which cost $125, visit brandywine.psu.edu/gala.
MEET & GREET TEA
The Marple Council of Republican Women will sponsor a free tea event 12-3 p.m. Sunday, April 15 at the 1696 Thomas Massey House, 469 Lawrence Rd., Broomall. Everyone is welcome for tea, sandwiches and goodies, and to meet and greet the candidates who are running for office throughout Delaware county. The Marple Council says it supports these candidates because it wants the township and county to continue community safety, low taxes,quality education for children, the crack-down on drugs, and the care for the elderly who have contributed so much to local communities.
WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGy
Delaware County Community College will present a special career panel on Women in Technology from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 18. This event will provide insight into how to begin a career in the field of information technology and will be geared toward women looking for direction on their educational journey or an opportunity to advance their career. The panel is free and open to the public and will take place in the Large Auditorium in the Academic Building on the Marple Campus , 901 S. Media Line Rd., Media.Attendees will hear from panelists and keynote speaker Maeve McCoy, Software Engineer at Capital One, about how to begin a career in information technology. Participants will also get to ask questions and network with panelists, faculty and students. Admissions representatives will be on hand to answer questions about paying for college and the application process. Register to attend at dccc.edu/technology-panel or call 610-723-4000. Funding for this initiative has been provided by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act and is administered by the PA Department of Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education.
West Catholic 97th Annual Communion will be held 9 a.m. Sunday, April 29 at the Clarion Hotel, 76 Industrial Highway, Essington. The Annual Communion Breakfast is the longest standing West Catholic tradition. Each year the Communion Breakfast provides West Catholic alums with the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their commitment to their Catholic heritage and to West Catholic Spirit, as well as enjoy the camaraderie of classmates and friends. The Communion Breakfast traditionally starts with Mass for alums, family and friends. Immediately following Mass is the breakfast and awards ceremony at which time the association honors alums and friends of West Catholic.Tickets are $ 30. For information, contact Fran Crowley, 215-569-5627, Johnnie Walker, 610-220-5053 or Harry Mirra,610-543-2082.
Ciao Delco and Widener University will present an Itailan Cabaret evening at the Delaware County Bar Association, 335 W. Front St., Media 7-11 p.m. Sat., April 28. The event will feature wine, dinner, dancing, refreshments and fun with music by Fulvio & Sal. For tickets, contact Nick Rapagnani at 610-212-9888 or Cas Quaciari at 484-680-1172. All proceeds will benefit the advancement of Italian Studies at Widener.
The League of Women Voters of Central Delaware County has arranged for guided tours of the new state-of-the-art broadcast facilities at Channel 6 Action News in Philadelphia at 1 and 2 p.m., Friday, April 27. Each tour is limited to 15 people.Cost is $25. RSVP to Barbara at 215-764-0468. More details will be emailed to the thirty lucky early birds. Checks must be mailed to LWV-CDC, P.O. Box 131, Wallingford, PA 19086.
FREE TAX PREP
The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) will continue to provide its free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites over the next month. This year CAADC is hosting four sites serving low- and moderate-income families in Delaware County. All the sites are staffed by IRS trained and certified community volunteers and aim to serve families who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. Last year CAADC assisted 1,000 households with completing their taxes. The free sites are located at the Wesley House at 701 Madison St., Chester; Sharon Hill Commons, 401 Sharon Ave., Sharon Hill; the Boothwyn Office, 1414 Meetinghouse Rd., Boothwyn; and St. Alice Church, 150 Hampden Rd., Upper Darby. The sites will continue operation through April 17. All sites are by appointment only with hours occurring Monday through Saturday. Days and hours vary at each site. To schedule an appointment, call 610-833-4455.
PENN STATE SOCIAL
The Delaware County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will hold its Spring Social on Thursday, April 12 at the Springfield Country Club. The event will feature guest speaker “Mike the Mailman” who will share entertaining stories and memories from his 40 plus years in the Penn State, University Park Post Office.The evening will begin with a cocktail hour from 6-7 p.m., followed by dinner and the guest speaker. A silent auction will also be held, as well as a Penn State Treasures table with old and new PSU memorabilia. For ticket information, visit www.delcopsualum.org/store/. For additional information about the organization and scholarship fund to benefit local Penn State students, visit www.delcopsualum.org/.
SUN EAST AWARDS
Students pursuing higher education can compete for a Community Service Award for $500 to be selected by the Sun East Charitable Foundation Board of Directors.Two awards are being offered for one male and one female student who are high school seniors or current secondary education students, and who have participated in at least 40 hours of community service within the last year, and can demonstrate having made a positive influence on the community. Students can review the criteria and submit all materials to the Sun East Charitable Foundation no later than May 1. For more information, visit www.suneastfoundation.org/.
BINGO FOR CAUSE
Multiplicity, Delaware Valley Families of Multiples, will hold Bingo Night 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at St. Laurence Catholic Church, 8425 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Price includes ten bingo sheets with four cards per sheet and door prize ticket. Additional bingo sheets, bingo dabbers and game cards will be for sale. Attendees are welcome to bring snacks and drinks. To purchase tickets, visit multiplicitywildapricot.org/.
DAY AT BEACH
The West Catholic Girls Alumnae Association will present “A Day At The Beach” as its spring luncheon and fundraiser at The Porch at Lamb Tavern, 865 W. Springfield Rd., Springfield 12-4 p.m., Sunday, April 22. Cost is $35, with a cash bar. Summer attire, sandals, flip-flops, capris, beach hats, beach cover-ups are all encouraged.Dancing to the Beach Boys tunes, raffles and door prizes will all be part of the fun. Reservations are required. Tables of maximum of eight are available. Deadline is April 9, with no exceptions. No tickets will be sold at the door. Write checks payable to:WCGAA and mail it to: WCGAA, PO Box 805, Broomall, PA 19008. For information, call Rose Frank ‘61 at 610- 259-5481 or Roe Mitchell ‘67 at 610-259-4486.
NOMINATE A HERO
RSVP is inviting the public to nominate a hero from their community for the Second Annual Citadel Community Hero Award.
Many communities include residents that always seem to be doing good deeds to benefit others, often without being asked.It’s those acts of kindness that change lives for the better.The public is invited to nominate their hero from among these categories: Emergency Responder; School or after-school volunteer; Volunteer working with seniors; or Good Samaritan.
Nominate your hero by visiting www.rsvpmc.org and click on the Community Hero logo for the nomination form and details. Forms are also available in Citadel branches along with a ballot box. Citadel will be giving away free Hero t-shirts to anyone dropping off a nomination form. Nominations for people who either live or work in Delaware or Chester counties are being accepted through May 15. Winners will be announced during RSVP’s two upcoming volunteer celebration events. One overall winner from Delaware/Chester County will be presented with an award at RSVP’s upcoming Volunteer Celebration events along with a $1000 donation to the winner’s charity of choice. The public and current volunteers are encouraged to attend a volunteer information session to hear about opportunities, share stories and learn where needs are the greatest. Sessions are regularly scheduled throughout Montgomery, Chester and Delaware counties. For a listing of locations and dates, visit rsvpmc.org or call 610-834-1040, ext. 123.
SEARCHING FOR CENTENARIANS
Delaware County Council is searching for centenarians to honor at its 16th annual Centenarian Luncheon, set for Wednesday, May 23. Any county resident turning 100 or older in 2018 is welcomed to attend the luncheon at the Drexelbrook Banquet Center. Last year, 64 centenarians attended the luncheon and staff of the County of Delaware Services for the Aging (COSA) visited 11 additional centenarians in the community. Centenarians and one guest are admitted for free. Additional guests may purchase tickets for $25 each. Guests also receive a commemorative photo from the day along with a special proclamation from Delaware County Council. The organization or facility that brings the most centenarians to the luncheon receives a cash prize. For information and registration, call Debbie Hedgepeth at 610-872-1406.
CLEAN-UP HELP NEEDED
Synchronized with Earth Day, CRC Watersheds Association’s volunteers will come together to remove trash from Chester, Ridley, and Crum Creeks in Delaware and Chester Counties 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21. Volunteers from 5 to 95 who care about the environment and natural resources are needed, rain or shine, to be a part of the stream cleanup in their neighborhood. After an informative greeting from a CRC site coordinator on the morning of the clean-up, volunteers will descend into the creeks or along the banks, searching for everything that doesn’t belong. Littering, wind scooping out trash from cans, carelessness and disregard are some reasons why trash ends up in our streams. In addition to removing the typical items like beer and soda cans, plastic bottles, and glass containers, large unexpected items are pulled from the streams Since the effort began in 1997, 320 tons of trash have been removed from these local streams. Over the years, volunteers have removed plastic and metal trash cans, car batteries, shopping carts, lawnmowers, dishwashers, old furniture, and even a kitchen sink. Year after year, volunteers pull tires out of the streams and last year was the highest count ever at 50. On a more positive note, volunteers have encountered thriving wildlife such as turtles, groundhogs, frogs, fish, a mama and baby fox heading into their den, a goose nesting, signs of beavers, and migratory and homebody birds chirping their melodies. This year there will be close to 40 sites, in 28 townships, within 3 watersheds. To find out more about volunteering, visit www.crcwatersheds.org to locate the stream site nearby and register as a volunteer or sponsor.
Amateur chefs from Delaware County churches will don their aprons and face-off for the honor of “Top Shelter Chef” in a fundraiser to benefit three Delaware County shelters, 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 229 Powell Lane, Upper Darby. The 6th Annual “Top Shelter Chef Contest” will benefit the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.’s (CAADC) Save Our Shelters (S.O.S.) Campaign. The S.O.S. Campaign supports CAADC’s emergency shelters serving families and individuals from all of Delaware County including the Family Management Center, Life Center of Eastern Delaware County and the Wesley House. Funding from the S.O.S. Campaign has been vital to the continued operation of these homeless shelters. Currently, 50 different volunteer groups cook and serve meals at the Life Center on a rotating basis. The contest will feature volunteers from those organizations who will provide samples to all attendees and vie for the title of “Top Shelter Chef 2018.” Tickets for the event are $25 and all proceeds will benefit CAADC’s shelters. Attendance is limited. Tickets may be purchased by clicking the “TICKETS” button at www.caadc.org. Tickets may also be purchased by calling CAADC at the 610-833-4454.Those who are unable to attend but would like to donate to the S.O.S. Campaign, may click on the “DONATE” button at www.caadc.org or make checks payable to Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. and mail to Save Our Shelters Campaign, c/o CAADC, 1414 Meetinghouse Road, Boothwyn, PA 19061.
Joseph’s People Central Delco (JPCD) will host a free session, “How to Stand Out, Cut Through the Noise and Accelerate Your Career with Branding,” 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the Parish Hall of St. Laurence Church, 8245 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby. All are welcome, regardless of religious affiliation. Featured speaker is Dr. Brandi Baldwin-Rana, founder of Millennial Ventures, which provides professionals with tools for leadership and career freedom. A former Psychology and Business professor at Temple University, Lancaster Bible College and Johns Hopkins, she will teach those in transition what they have been doing wrong and how to make it right. Job seekers can experience an interactive workshop on how to identify and implement a professional brand that gets people’s attention. Dr. Brandi will teach how to articulate value within and across industries, standout in an authentic way and utilize LinkedIn to communicate with others. JPCD is a joint program of Media Presbyterian Church and St. Laurence Church in Upper Darby that provides networking opportunities, guidance and emotional support to job seekers and career changers. For more information, visit www.josephspeople.org or email contactus@joseph’speople.org.