Special guest Debbi Calton from 102.9 MGK will appear at the Open House and Fall Festival at Springfield Hospital noon to 2 p.m Saturday, Nov. 9, in the hospital’s Main Lobby. The event is being held in celebration of the opening of the Total Joint Center at Springfield Hospital, which offers a patient- and family-centered approach to joint replacement surgery.

    The eavent will feature tours of the Total Joint Center and the Healthplex® Sports Club, free flu shots, blood pressure and balance screenings, kids’ activities, face painting, information, food and more. Raffles will be available for free concert tickets as well as tickets to an upcoming Temple football game. Music will be provided by local band Musician Impossible, and members from the Total Joint Center team will be available for questions.

      Don’t miss out on this fun, free event! R.S.V.P. by calling 1-800-CK-HEALTH (1-800-254-3258) or visiting the “Classes and Events” page at www.crozerkeystone.org and selecting “Health Fairs and Education,” then “Community Education Event.”

A Thousand Miles Up the Nile at Ridley Township Public Library

    The banks of the storied Nile River are home to hundreds of magnificent archaeological sites exhibiting the more than 5,000-year civilization of the people of Egypt. Speaker Dr. Stephen Phillips, Research Assistant in the Egyptian Section of  the University of PA Museum, will return to the Ridley Township Library 6:15 pm  Wed. (Nov. 6) to take the audience on a virtual history tour which includes visits to famous sites in the Nile Delta, the Pyramids of the Giza Plateau, the famed Valley of the Kings and the ancient cities of Memphis, Luxor and Aswan. Actual archaeological excavations at Giza and Saqqara, not generally known to the public, will also be visited. Many of the photographs in this presentation were taken by Dr. Phillips in February 2009, when he served as an Egyptologist guide for two back-to-back tour groups.

    This free program will be held in Garling Hall. Register by calling 610-583-0593, emailing reference@ridleylibrary.org,or stopping by the library, located at 100 E. MacDade Blvd, Folsom.

Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union hosts free  shred event

   As a community service, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU) Granite Run Mall Branch is hosting a free Shred Event where the public can bring confidential, personal documents to be destroyed by Wiggins Shredding 9 am to 12 noon Sat. (Nov. 9) at Granite Run Mall, 1067 W. Baltimore Pike, Media.   This event is open to the public.

   The event is rain or shine and first come, first served. The Credit Union cannot accommodate documents for shredding after the truck is filled to capacity. Documents from businesses will not be accepted. This is a paper-only shred event and x-rays, binders and cardboard boxes will not be accepted. There will be a four box limit per person.

For more information and for suggestions on what documents can be shredded, visit fmfcu.org/shredevent.

Open House at VFW

  VFW Post 928, MacDade Blvd. and Sutton Ave., Folsom will hold an open house for all veterans from WWII through Afghanistan, 1-5 pm Mon. (Nov. 11). All vets are welcome to come, bring a friend, and learn about VA benefits.

Free Senior Expo at Knoetgen

 The Knoetgen Life Celebration Home, 746 Kedron Ave., Morton, will hold a Senior Expo, an event to honor a special generation, 11 am to 2 pm Thurs. (Nov. 7). The free event will feature games, prizes, muisic, lunch, a short presentation on elder care issues and the honoring of veterans.

  For more information, call event coordinator Rev. Scott Mitchell at 267-441-6420.

Free ‘Senior Jeopardy’ at Brookhaven Center

  Seniors and their adult children are invited to ask any questions regarding elder law at “Senior Jeopardy,” presented by Robert and Dana Breslin 1p.m., Thursday (Nov. 7) at the Brookhaven Municipal Building, 2 Cambridge Road.

Whether it’s about wills, inheritance tax, the Medicare surcharge tax, avoiding probate, Medicaid, transfer of a house, other tough legal questions, they will be answered by the Elder Law attorneys at this free program.

Registration is required; to receive a registration form, call Lori at 484-496-2138.

Women’s Network Event Slated for Nov. 7

  The Delaware County Women’s Commission and the Friends of the Delaware County Women’s Commission will host “Women in Transition, 6 to 8p.m., Thursday (Nov. 7) at the Delaware County Bar Association building, 335 W. Front St., Media.

Guest speakers will include Barri Pepe, MSW, CCDP-D and CEO of Myra’s Place, along with representatives from the Delaware County Drug and Alcohol Division.

Informational tables will include PathwaysPA, Women Against Rape and the Delco Domestic Abuse Project.

This outreach and networking reception offer the chance to exchange information among Delaware County-based services available to women in transition or crisis.

This event is free; refreshments will be served. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be contributed to the Thanksgiving Food Drive sponsored by Delaware County Council.

RSVP to Charlene Smith-Pettey at 610-713-2571 or smith-petteyc@co.delaware.pa.us.

Penn State Extension Delaware County Sets Annual Meeting

   The annual meeting of Penn State Extension in Delaware County will take place 6p.m., Thursday (Nov.14) at the Springfield Township Building on Powell Road.

The meeting will feature Extension and 4-H program highlights from the past year as well as the presentation of several awards to 4-H members and volunteers.

The meeting is free of charge and includes a light dinner.

The public is welcome to attend this educational meeting; registration is required. To register, go to http://agsci.psu.edu/annual-meeting/delaware or call the extension office at 610-690-2655. Deadline for registration is Nov. 8.

Free Legal Advice Offered by Philadelphia Bar Association

The Philadelphia Bar Association will offer free legal advice to residents of Philadelphia and the surrounding counties on Wednesday, November 20, between 5 and 8 p.m.  Members of the public can access the service by calling the Association’s LegalLine P.M. hotline at (215) 238-6333.

Area residents seeking confidential legal advice will be able to speak for free with a volunteer attorney from the Philadelphia Bar Association.  Attorneys are available to offer information about any aspect of the law including family law, landlord-tenant, workers’ compensation and employment law, among other topics.

LegalLine P.M. is a public service sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association, providing residents with free, quick and accurate legal advice during convenient evening hours.  LegalLine P.M. is offered on the third Wednesday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m.  The program has existed for nearly 20 years, allowing volunteer attorneys to help thousands of callers through direct service or by referring them to an appropriate source.

In addition, during regular work hours, the Philadelphia Bar Association offers another program — the Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) — which provides lawyer referrals to area residents.  Staff attorneys take calls from the general public and refer callers to attorneys in private practice for a 30-minute consultation, for which the attorney agrees to charge a drastically reduced fee of $30.

If callers do not need an attorney or cannot afford one, they will be directed to a legal service organization, agency or other resource for assistance.  LRIS is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling (215) 238-6333.

Founded in 1802, the 13,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States.

‘Ten Steps to a Federal Job’ Workshop Set

A free “Ten Steps to A Federal Job” as outlined in the book by Kathryn K. Troutman will be held 1:30 to 3:30p.m., Wednesday (Nov. 6), sponsored by the Delaware County Workforce Investment Board. The workshop will be held at PA CareerLink Delaware County, 701 Crosby Street, Suite B, Chester. Seats are limited; call 610-447-3350 for a spot. CareerLink is open 8 to 4, weekdays.

Historian to Speak about Lucretia Mott’s Heresy at Pendle Hill

Historian and biographer Carol Faulkner will reconsider Lucretia Coffin Mott, one of the most famous and controversial women in 19th-century America, 7:30 to 9p.m., Monday (Nov. 4) in the Barn at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford. The event is free and open to the public.

  In her time, Lucretia Mott was viewed as a dominant figure in the dual struggles for racial and sexual equality.  Carol Faulkner’s book, Lucretia Mott’s Heresy: Abolition and Women’s Rights in Nineteenth Century America, is the first biography of Mott in over 30 years.  Faulkner is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.  She is also the author of Women’s Radical Reconstruction: The Freedmen’s Aid Movement (2003).

For more information, visit Pendle Hill’s website, www.pendlehill.org, or call 610-566-4507, ext. 129.

Located on 23 acres in Wallingford, PA, Pendle Hill is a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center offering programs for people of all faiths.

Free Resume Workshop in Chester November 12th

  The Delaware County Workforce Investment Board will be providing a free resume writing workshop on November 12th at the Chester CareerLink located at 701 Crosby Street, Suite B, Chester, Pa from 9:30am to 11:00am.  Learn all you need to know about resume writing including standard resume elements, resume formatting, resume types, cover letters, and use of references.

 Seats are filling up fast for this popular workshop that will teach you how to make the best first impression so you must make a reservation.  Call the PA CareerLink @ Chester City Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm at 610-447-3350 to reserve your seat.

 Career Planning Workshop at Community College

Thinking of a career shift? Register today for the free Career Planning in Contemporary Times workshop sponsored by your Delaware County Workforce Investment Board to be held on November 12th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Delaware County Community College, 901 South Media Line Road, Media, Pa.

This highly interactive workshop will help you explore your interests and values so that you can determine how they impact your career decisions and employment search in today's job market. To register call the CareerLink at 610 723-1220 Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm to make a reservation.

Family Bingo at Tinicum Library

Tinicum Memorial Library, 620 Seneca St., Essington,  will hold Family Bingo Night

 6:30 P.M. Thursday (Nov.14).

  For more information, call 610-521-9344 of e-mail tinicum@delcolibraries.org/.

Musical Duo 'Last Chance' perform free concert in Ridley

  On Sunday, November 17th at 2 pm, a free concert, featuring “Last Chance” (Jack Scott and Ingrid Rosenback) will take place at Ridley Township Library.  Their high energy music is toe-tapping and audience pleasing! They’ve been praised for their “unique sound,” and “the way they fill the air with optimism and happiness.” The duo will sing traditional songs as well as Jack’s original songs, a mix of folk music, bluegrass and rock and roll, accompanied by fiddle (Ingrid) and guitar and 5 string banjo (Jack). The concert will be held in Garling Hall, and reservations are requested. Register by calling 610-583-0593, emailing reference@ridleylibrary.org, or visiting the library, located at 100 E. MacDade Blvd., Folsom. Snacks will be provided by Herr’s. Program expenses are funded by the Friends of the Ridley Township Library.

Free College Fair at Sun Valley High School

  Students and parents are invited to the 2013 Sun Valley High School College Fair set for 5 to 8p.m., Thursday (Nov. 7) in the Sun Valley High School Gymnasium, 2881 Pancoast Ave., Aston, PA.

Attendees will be able to meet college representatives from more than 60 colleges and universities and learn about their programs.

Parents and students may park in the high school parking lot and check-in through the main entrance of the building.

Participating colleges include the following, listed in alphabetical order: Albright College, Alvernia University, Arcadia University, Aria Health School of Nursing, Barbizon Modeling, Bloomsburg University, Bryn  Athyn College, Cabrini College, Cedar Crest College, Chestnut Hill College, Delaware County Community College, Delaware Valley College, DeSales University, East Stroudsburg University, Eastern University. Elizabethtown College, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandizing; Goldey-Beacom College, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Harcum College, Harrisburg University of Science & Technology, Holy Family University, Immaculata University, Indiana University of PA, Jean Madeline, Kaplan Career Institute, King’s College, Kutztown University, LaSalle University, Lebanon Valley College, the U.S. Marines, Marywood University, Millersville University, Misericordia University, Moravian College, the U.S. Navy, Neumann University, Penn State University, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania Institute of Technology. Pennsylvania National Guard, Pulse Beauty Academy, Ramapo College, Rosemont College, Saint Joseph’s University, Shippensburg University, Temple University, The College of New Jersey, The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill, The University of the Sciences, Universal Technical Institute, University of Delaware, University of Pittsburgh, University of Scranton, Ursinus, the U.S. Army, West Chester University, West Virginia University, Widener University, Widener-Crozer Allied Health Program in Radiologic Technology, Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, Wilmington University, Wilson College, and York College of PA.

Directions to the high school can be found at http://www.pdsd.org/Page/305.

‘Marvin’s Big Adventure’ at Media Library

  Media-Upper Providence Library will host an interactive story time with author Christen Cooper 1p.m., Friday (Nov. 8). Cooper will take children on a magical journey with her stuffed monkey, Marvin, through the use of stories, music, puzzles and a craft.

The program is for ages 3 through 7. Call 610-566-1918 or email mecsd@delcolibraries.org for more information or visit online at mediauplibrary.org.

Riddles and Man O’ War Topic of free Nov. 14 Talk

Aston Township Historical Society will hold its quarterly meeting 7p.m., Thursday (Nov. 14) at     the Aston Township Building on Pennell Road (just south of 5 Points, next to TD Bank).

Kay Ferrari, a local expert on the Riddle family, will present, "Sam Riddle and Man O’ War: a Man and his Horse.”

The talk includes a power point presentation of photos of the family, their homes and horses.

Ferrari has many interesting stories of this wealthy and famous family from Middletown Township. The Riddles made their fortune in the mills of the area, now King's Mill and Sun Roc. Their famous horse Man O’ War was loved throughout the country.

The event is free and open to the public.

Free Recycle Electronics Event at Neumann University Nov. 15

  Delaware County residents can celebrate “America Recycles Day” and de-clutter their homes of obsolete and unwanted electronics at Neumann University 9a.m. to noon, Friday (Nov. 15).

Trained staff from eForce Compliance will unload vehicles in the Abessinio Building parking lot, close to the main entrance to campus on Concord Road in Aston.

This special e-waste recycling collection event is intended for items including toys, computers, laptops, televisions, cell phones, mobile devices and more. “Anything with a Plug™” will be accepted and recycled — except large appliances, smoke detectors and rear-projection TVs.

All materials collected will be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner, and all media data that collected is destroyed. This service is provided by Neumann University and all material collected will be processed by eForce Compliance, a dual certified electronic recycler.

Free Wellness Checks in Middletown Township

“Wellness on Wheels,” an interactive educational exhibit in a large RV, will be open 9a.m. to noon, Friday (Nov. 8) in the parking lot of the Middletown Township building, 27 North Pennell Road, next to the library. Everyone wi selcome to stop by for free screenings.

The mobile exhibit is a public health initiative presented by Delaware County Council in partnership with Independence Blue Cross. It will offer free screenings, educational materials and up-to-date information on preventing heart attacks, strokes and diabetes.

There also will be an opportunity to “Ask the Doctor,” when Dr. George Avetian, Delaware County senior medical advisor, talks about various health issues in the township building’s meeting room.

Delaware County Veterans Parade to take place November 11

The 54th Annual Delaware County Veterans Day Parade will take place 11 am Nov. 11 in Media. Everyone is welcome to gather on the parade route, which will go State Street from Monroe to Orange streets, then turning back onto Front Street. The event culminates with a program at the county courthouse.

Leading off will be 100 motorcyclists, followed by middle and high schools, a wide variety of veterans’ organization, scout troops, junior ROTC units, civic groups, emergency responders and more.

The keynote speaker at courthouse ceremonies will be John Nagl, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army who is an influential expert in counter-insurgency. He is former president of the Center for a New American Security and current headmaster of The Haverford School.

The event will continue holding the flag exchange, a touching activity to signify passing on the legacy of military service. This year the participants will be elder veterans passing American and POW-MIA flags to offspring who have served in more recent campaigns.

The Veterans Day events are coordinated by the U. S. Veterans Legacy Project, National Veterans Education Project and the Delaware County Intermediate Unit. Everyone is welcome to come out and honor our veterans.

Veterans to be Honored in Special Event at Neumann

 Neumann University will host a World War II ceremony Nov. 14 in Meagher Theater, on the school’s campus on Concord Road in Aston.

World War II veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marines will be present.

The event will honor American veterans of World War II, and commemorate the American victory in that conflict.

The evening will feature music, the National Anthem and the flag of each service, readings by students, and a Color Guard.  There will be a stage ceremony from 5 to 6p.m., followed by the opportunity to meet and talk with the veterans.

All U.S. veterans will be honored guests, and the public is invited to attend the free event.For more information, call 610-361-2545.

Schoolhouse Center hosts free breakfast for veterans

  Veterans are invited to the Schoolhouse Center, 600  Swarthmore Ave., Folsom for special pancake breakfast to honor them for their service 8:30 am Friday (Nov. 8).

  Breakfast is free for vets; guests cost $2 and reservations are appreciated. For more information, call Schoolhouse at 610-237-8100.

Free  ‘Outreach to Women Military/Veterans’ offered

  Women’s Resource Center (WRC) in Wayne has announced its new program “Outreach to Women Military/Veterans,” Funded by grants from the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation and the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls.

“We are pleased to be able to offer assistance to these valiant women who have served our country during these trying times.” says Michele W. Daly, Executive Director, WRC.

This program seeks out women veterans in order to inform and offer assistance through WRC’s services, such as referral services, legal, counseling and career development services as well as information on programs geared to their specific needs.  These services help women to access resources in their communities, address legal issues such as child support and employment issues, secure counseling for stress, anxiety, and depression, and learn skills needed for a successful job search. The goal is to help these women obtain self-sufficiency, providing safe secure homes for themselves and their families. All programs are offered at low or no cost to participants.

   For more information call 610-687-6391.

Computer Workshop for Job Seekers at Community College November 12th

   A free three-day Personal Computing Workshop for job seekers will be held at the Delaware County CareerLink at the Community College starting Nov. 12. This nine-hour over three days of class will introduce participants to the basics of personal computers, email, file management and how to navigate the Internet to access job resources such as the PACareerLink's Job Gateway system.

The workshop is sponsored by the Delaware County Workforce Investment Board and will be held at the Delaware County Community College, 901 South Media Line Road, Media.

Call the CareerLink office at 610-723-1220 Monday through Friday 8:30 to 4:30 to make a reservation.

Free Health & Wellness Fair at Sunrise

 A Community Health & Wellness Fair will be held noon to 2p.m., Saturday (Nov. 9) at Sunrise Senior Living of Granite Run, Rte. 352, just north of Granite Run Mall.

There will be refreshments, raffles and information about options in Senior Living, Healthcare Options and Medicare Coverage, free blood pressure screenings and more.

Participants include Sunrise of Granite Run, The Quadrangle, Care Alternatives Hospice, Synergy Home Care, Bayada Home Healthcare, Milennium Home Healthcare, Fox Rehabilitation, Brandywine Elder Care Management, the Crozer GEM program, Denise Gallagher Ombudsman, Senior Care Center of Crozer, Elder Law Attorneys Jackie Goffney and Janice Sawicki.

For more information call 610-566-3535.

Mason-Dixon Line Topic at free Institute Talk

  Torben Jenk, restorer of historic structures, researcher of Colonial land settlements, surveyors, and instruments they used, will give a talk, “250th Anniversary of the Mason-Dixon Line,” 8p.m., Monday (Nov. 11) at the Delaware County Institute of Science, 11 Veterans Square, Media.

November is the 250th anniversary of Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon arrival in 1763, to settle the 82-year long struggle to fix the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The earlier 17th and 18th century surveys used problematic terrestrial techniques. Mason and Dixon used alternative astronomical techniques.

Attendees will learn how they progressed from the City of Philadelphia to the Forks of Brandywine, then along the Tangent Line from the Mid-Point (southwestern corner of Delaware) to the northeast corner of Maryland, and then westwards until 1768.

Prepare for Advent with Sr. Patricia Kelly

Area residents can prepare for Advent with an evening of prayer, reflection and discussion with Educator, Spiritual Director and Pastoral Minister Sister Patricia Kelly, SSJ, 7p.m., Wednesday (Nov. 20), in the lower church hall at St. John Chrysostom Parish, 605 S. Providence Road, Wallingford.For more information, call Sister Antoinette at 610-872-7194 or 610-876-2079 or check out the website at SJCParish.org

Wallingford Presbyterian Hosts Free Movie Night

The Outreach Council of Wallingford Presbyterian Church will host a Pizza, Popcorn and Movie night Friday (Nov. 15). Pizza will be served at 6:30p.m. and the movie and popcorn will begin at 7. Kids are encouraged to come in their pajamas and bring a blanket or sleeping bag. The movie is "Despicable Me;” there is no charge for this event.

Wallingford Presbyterian Church is at 110 E Brookhaven Road. For more information, call 610-566-1644.

Free Soup At St. James

  St. James Episcopal Church, 11th and Lincoln Aves., Prospect Park holds  'Soup'er Lunch at 11 am Tuesdays, starting Sept. 10. The  lunch is free of charge (donations are gratefully accepted).Everyone in the community is welcome.

Free Computer Tech Talk Group Starting Up at Schoolhouse Center

    Love your computer and have no problem talking about it?  Rich Conti has recently formed a  new group for computer lovers at Schoolhouse Center, 600 Swarthmore Ave., Folsom.  These folks not only use their computers for just about everything but love discussing them.  This group is neither a class nor a computer course, but rather a forum to learn computer tips and tricks from each other. Free Wi Fi is available on site.

  Tech Talk meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Schoolhouse from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. There is no cost to participants and all ages of adults are welcome.

 For information contact  Kim McDaniel at (610) 237-8100 or email kmcdaniel@scs-delco.org/.

Prospect Park Library holds storytimes

 Prospect Park Library’s free fall storytimes start the week of November 10 at  Monday at 6:30pm, ages 3-5; Tuesday at 11:45am, ages 2-5; and Thursday at 6:30pm, ages 6 and up.  Go to the library for a fun interactive literacy experience which will include exciting stories, games, crafts and creative moment.

               For more information and to register, stop by the library, call 610.532.4643, visit www.prospectparklibrary.org or emailprospectpark@delcolibraries.org. The Prospect Park Library is  at 720 Maryland Avenue, Prospect Park.

(For more free events, visit Peg DeGrassa's Freebies Blog at www.delconewsnetwork.com/)

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