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.
Brightwood Career Institute in Broomall will host a Career Fair 10 a.m. to 12 noon Thursday, April 5 at the campus, 1991 Sproul Road, Suite 42, Broomall. The event is free and open to the public and will feature career development opportunities, refreshments and giveaways. Also, event attendees 18 and older can enter to win prizes such as a Chromebook or four $25 gift cards. Members of the community planning to attend must register with the campus prior to the event by calling 610-355-3300. Community partners and local employers who will have representatives on site, include H & H Heating and Cooling, Oliver HVAC, MoreVent Heating and Cooling, Unique HVAC, DiBiase HVAC, Enclara Pharmacia, Puretho Medical Equipment, SEPTA, Penn Medicine, Main Line Health, Repair Air, Beaumont at Bryn Mawr, Keystone Supply Group, Brandywine Valley HVAC, CareersUSA, Brother’s Electric, ServiceMark, Sobieski, Barclay Friends, Interim Healthcare, Synergy Home Care, Sure Power, Bryn Mawr Skin & Cancer, Children’s Dental Health, Aerotek, Red Lion Home Care, Scully Company, Heartland Dental, University City Housing, Acero Precision, Keystone Property Group, Astra Foods, Bucks County Electric Works, Axia Women’s Health, Sila HVAC, R. E. Michel Company and Universal Electrical Solution will be at the Career Fair. Also, businesses offering opportunities for currently enrolled students seeking employment while attending school will be present. For more information about Brightwood Career Institute in Broomall, visit https://brightwoodcareer.edu/broomall-pa.
Ciao Delco and Widener University will present an Italian Cabaret evening at the Delaware County Bar Association, 335 W. Front St., Media 7-11 p.m. Sat., April 28. Tickets cost $40. The event will feature wine, dinner, dancing, refreshments and fun with music by Fulvio & Sal. For tickets, contact Nick Rapagnani at 610-212-9888, Dr. Thomas Benedetti at 215-514-5964, or Cas Quaciari at 484-680-1172. All proceeds will benefit the advancement of Italian Studies at Widener University.
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.
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.
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/.
The League will present Dr. Anthony Curatola, Drexel University professor of accounting, to discuss the repercussions of new tax reforms at the League of Women Voter’s Hot Topics Luncheon, 11:45 a.m., Friday, Apr.6 in the Community Room of Media Borough Hall, 3rd and Jackson St., Media. Cortola is an expert on tax policy, income taxes, fringe benefits and retirement income and he has been widely published major media, such as the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and Forbes magazine. The $18 luncheon is open to the public and reservations are required. Email Hank Thorne at email@example.com or call 610-566-5474. Mail checks to LWV-CDC, Box 131, Wallingford, PA 19086 or pay at the door.
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/.
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.
Back by popular demand, the world famous Golden Dragon Acrobats bring a circus-arts spectacular filled with physically daring and visually stunning human feats to Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. Two performances will take place on April 7 at 3 and 7 p.m. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as one of the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring companies of today. The spellbinding artistry and amazing athletics will thrill audience members of all ages. Tickets for the performances are $15 - $20. Members of UDPAC and children 12 and under save $1. Tickets may be purchased online at www.udpac.org or by calling the box office at 610-622-1189. The performances are two hours with intermission, and appropriate for children four and up. Upper Darby Arts Center is at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill.Combining award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques, the troupe has traveled to all 50 states and to more than 65 countries on five continents.
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.
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.