The Concord Senior Citizens club is sponsoring a trip to the American Music Theater on Wednesday, May 2 to see “Songs of the Silver Screen.” The cost of $75 includes deluxe bus transportation, a buffet lunch at Shady Maple Restaurant and the show. To reserve a seat, call Annette Kendis, 610-459-8886 or send check payable to Concord Township Seniors for $75 and mail to Kendis, 229 Willits Way, Glen Mills, PA 19342.
Sun Valley High School will hold its annual Spring Craft Fair, sponsored by the Parent Teacher League (PTL) 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the high school, 2881 Pancoast Ave., Aston. Admission is free. Shoppers can enjoy a wide variety of handmade crafts, gift baskets, jewelry, personalized items, woodworking, home décor & sweet treats with over 60 vendors. They can visit the PTL table and buy a chance to win items donated by each of the crafters. Along with crafts, there will be The Plum Pit Food Trucks for lunch and face painting for children. Proceeds for this event will help to support the senior scholarship fund.
HISTORIC ESCAPE ROOM
Starting at the end of March, the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s popular Escape Brandywine historic Escape Room experience will now be open every Saturday. Additional Wed.-Sat. dates have been added for spring break, which include March 28-31 and April 4-7. Designed like other popular escape room games, Escape Brandywine places players in the roles of spies on the eve of the Battle of Brandywine. Players are charged with finding General Howe’s battle plans that have been hidden in the Chads House. They then need to escape the house to bring the plans to General Washington. Using real Revolutionary War spy techniques, codes, and cyphers, players will have 60 minutes to solve puzzles that will allow them to locate the plans, and escape the house. No previous knowledge of history or the Battle of Brandywine is required to participate. Because Escape Brandywine is a moderately difficult escape room with challenging puzzles, the Society recommends it for ages 16 and above. Advance tickets are $28 and are on sale now through the Society’s website, www.chaddsfordhistory.org. Availability is limited. Groups may inquire about scheduling Escape Brandywine adventures outside of the dates above by calling the Chadds Ford Historical Society at 610-388-7376 or emailing email@example.com.
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/.
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.
The Friends of Upper Chichester Library will hold an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7 at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 4301 Pennell Rd., Aston. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausages, coffee and orange juice. Purchase tickets for $8/person at Upper Chichester Library, 3374 Chichester Ave., #19, Upper Chichester. For more information, call 610-485-0200.
Concord Township Council invites residents to de-clutter their homes of unwanted electronics, clothing, household items and paper during Recycling Day, 8-11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Concord Public Works Building, 675 Smithbridge Rd., Glen Mills.Proof of residency is required.Electronics will be recycled by eForce Compliance and all media data that is collected will be destroyed. There is a limit of one TV or one computer monitor per household. No smoke detectors, large appliances, projection TVs or wooden console TV’s will be accepted. Confidential documents will be destroyed by J&K Secure Shredding. Goodwill will take all donations of clothing and household items and the Delco Mobile Drug Collection Unit and Van will be on site to take unwanted, expired medications. Prohibited items include hazardous waste/ liquids, loose batteries and fluorescent bulbs. Concord residents may also pick up recycling bags and sign up for lawn debris pick-up scheduled for Wednesday, May 16. TVs are prohibited from being dropped off prior to the event. For more information, visit www.twp.concord.pa.us.
CHESTER CLASS OF’68
The Chester High School Class of 1968 is having its 50th Class Reunion 6-11 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Lazaretto Ballroom,99 Wanamaker Ave., Essington. Tickets cost $75 and can be purchased by sending a check or money order to C.H.S. Class of 1968, P.O. Box 2274 Boothwyn, Pa.19061. For those requiring accommodations rooms are reserved at the Springhill Suites, 201 Industrial Highway, Ridley Park. Call 610-915-6600 to make reservations by Nov. 2.For more information, call Sylvia Jennings Hicks at 610-876-2286 or Andrew Jackson at 814-574-9777.
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/.
Those interested in a career in hospitality or culinary arts can get a flavor for both fields at Delaware County Community College’s Culinary and Hospitality Career Night on Wednesday, April 11 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the STEM Center on the Marple Campus, 901 S. Media Line Road, Media. Qualified culinary and hospitality workers are in high demand by regional employers. Prospective and current students can use this opportunity to network with employers seeking to fill positions covering both the front and back of the house. Participating employers include Wawa, Wegmans, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn and Springfield Country Club. Attendees will also hear from keynote speaker Patrick J. Byrne, who has spent 32 years as the proprietor of the historic General Warren, an award-winning country inn and restaurant. Under his leadership, the General Warren has remained a Chester County institution regarded for providing a four-star dining and lodging experience. Byrne, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, will speak about his experiences as a hands-on owner and classically trained chef. The College offers an associate degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management as well as an associate degree and a short-term certificate in Culinary Arts. Students in the Hotel and Restaurant Management program learn what it takes to work in the hospitality field and, after graduation, can begin their career or transfer to a four-year school to earn a bachelor’s degree. Careers in the field are available all over the world and include working in casinos, hotels, restaurants, resorts, theme parks, on cruises and more. Learn more at: www.dccc.edu/hotel. The program is managed by Peter Gilmore, a renowned chef with more than 35 years of experience. Learn more at: www.dccc.edu/culinary. To register to attend Culinary and Hospitality Career Night, visit www.dccc.edu/career-night or call 610-723-4000.
WALK FOR WOUNDED
Operation First Response will present the 11th Annual Walk for the Wounded at Rose Tree Park in Media, on Saturday, May 19. . Registration for the Walk & Warriors 5K Run takes place at Rose Tree Park, Upper Providence, at 8:30 a.m, and the three-mile walk begins immediately after the ceremony. To register for the Walk or Run, put this link in a browser:
www.operationfirstresponse.org/walk-for-the-wounded-media-2018/. The goal of the day is to draw attention to the plight of tens of thousands of returning soldiers who are wounded, and whose families are facing significant financial and emotion challenges as their loves one recovers and to raise funds to help meet the critical needs of these families, many of whom are currently in crisis.
The community is invited to join Robert and Dana Breslin, Esq. for a free presentation on reverse mortgages 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 at the Aston Community Center, 3270 Concord Rd., Aston. People can learn who qualifies for a reverse mortage, along with their benefits and pitfalls in this program sponsored by Senior Community Services. To register, call Lori at 484-496-2138.
Students from the Widener University Center for Hospitality Management have kicked off the popular “Spring 2018 Themed Dinner Series – A Fine Dining Experience.” Throughout the semester, members of the public are invited to experience fine dining and vibrant flavors from around the world. Guests will enjoy a four-course, fixed-price meal prepared and served by the Center for Hospitality Management students as part of their Restaurant Operations Management Course.The student management teams are assigned a theme and each team plans, develops and executes the meal from pre- to post-production to create an elegant and formal dining experience. The students, many of whom are pursuing careers in event planning and restaurant/hotel management, are responsible for service, operations and financial management all while managing their fellow students that are producing and serving these meals. Dinner is served in the J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Dining Room located in Academic Center North on the Main Campus of Widener University in Chester. The dinners are prepared on select Wednesday evenings from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and reservations are required. For reservations, call 610-499-1127 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. This year’s themes are: March 28, Sample of the United Kingdom; April 4, California Adventure; April 11, Mexican Fiesta; April 18, Disney Dining; April 25, Middle Eastern Sampler.
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.
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.
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.
MUSIC IN MEADOW
The Chadds Ford Historical Society (CFHS) introduces a brand-new music festival this year – Music in the Meadow to be held 12-7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, on the grounds of Chadds Ford Historical Society, 1736 N. Creek Road, Chadds Ford. Free parking is available adjacent to the festival grounds.Four local bands will keep the audience rocking all day long. The lineup includes West Chester’s indie rock trio, WaveRadio, at 12:30 p.m. Kennett Square’s own Rolling Thunder Blues Review brings their high-energy hard rocking blues to the meadow starting 2 p.m. Classic rockers the Sin Brothers Band take the stage at 3:45 p.m. and the Special Delivery Band closes out the festival with their mix of soul, funk and rock starting at 5:30 p.m. The entertainment is sponsored in part by Taylor’s Music & TribeSound Studio of West Chester. While enjoying the music, attendees can grab a bite to eat provided by local restaurants, and cool down with a local wine or craft beer. Music in the Meadow also features a variety of fun and games for kids and adults alike. Hang out with friends and family and play lawn games like cornhole, giant JengaTM, Kan JamTM, horseshoes, and more. Bring a blanket and camp chairs and plan to spend the day. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to attend too, but must be kept on a leash at all times. Advance tickets are available for $15 for adults 18 and older and free for children 17 and under. CFHS members are free with membership card. Visit www.chaddsfordhistory.org to purchase tickets and for additional information. A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, May 20.
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.