Delaware SeaGals softball seeks players
The Delaware SeaGals softball team is seeking players over the age of 45.
Softball skills and play are required, and all walks of life are welcome. Competitive games are held weekly every Tuesday.
Practice participation is expected. For more information call 302-645-8829 or email [email protected].
Needlepoint guild meets monthly
Delaware’s Seashore Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the first Monday of the month, at Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave. Lewes. Bringing a boxed lunch is encouraged. New members are always welcome. Meetings are not held in June, September or December. For more information, email [email protected].
Statewide Emergency Repair Program awarded to MHDC
Milford Housing Development Corporation has been selected to administer the Statewide Emergency Repair Program through Delaware State Housing Authority. MHDC will be the single point of contact for the program, operating in all three Delaware counties. SERP addresses emergency conditions threatening the health or safety of eligible Delaware homeowners. Qualifying projects include heating system repairs during winter, repairs to non-functioning electrical systems in hazardous cases, roof repair or replacement for active leaks, major structural repairs or urgent accessibility modifications.
To qualify for assistance, one must provide valid proof of home ownership, have resided in the home for at least one year and meet income guidelines. Housing condition must be an immediate health or safety threat. Other restrictions may apply.
MHDC is a mission-driven nonprofit housing developer with a sensible approach and a caring environment for people of modest means. It was first formed in 1977 by local residents who saw a need for affordable housing solutions. MHDC provides rental housing, homeownership opportunities, emergency home repairs, home rehabilitation services and credit counseling.
For more information, go to milfordhousing.com or call 302-422-8255.
Educational consultants to discuss college admissions March 24
Educational consultants Debbie Cinquemani and Marissa Guijarro will give a complimentary presentation, Unlocking the Mysteries of College Admissions, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 24, at the Hampton Inn, Rehoboth Beach.
Topics will include how to stand out from the crowd in competitive college admissions; college affordability and how to maximize financial aid, merit aid and scholarships; maximizing demonstrated interest to boost college admissions; college research hacks and finding the perfect fit for each student; the purpose of college; extracurricular excellence and how students can showcase their achievements; and ACT vs. SAT, which is the best test for each student.
To RSVP, call Robert West at 302-745-1284 or email [email protected]. For more information, go to guideusinc.com.
‘Big River’ to open at Possum Hall March 24
Possum Point Players will present the musical “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” with performance dates Friday to Sunday, March 24 to 26, and March 31 to April 2. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m., Sundays, at Possum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Road, Georgetown.
Mark Twain’s timeless classic sweeps the audience down the mighty Mississippi as the energetic Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their river raft adventures along the way range from hilarious to suspenseful, and then touching.
Admission is $27 for adults, and $25 for seniors and students. All seats are reserved. To purchase tickets, go to possumpointplayers.org or call 302-856-4560.
Lakeside Community craft fair set March 25
Lakeside Community Homeowners will hold a spring craft fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 25, at Lakeside Community Center, 33076 Rock Cove, Millsboro. There will be original art, wood decor, wreaths, sewn and knitted items, sea glass art, photos on canvas, decorative pilings, jewelry and more. Baked goods, lunch and soup will be available. There is plenty of free parking.
Lenten retreat set at St. Andrew Orthodox Church March 25
St. Andrew Orthodox Church will host a daylong Lenten retreat at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 25, at 33384 Mackenzie Way, Lewes.
St. Polycarp: Bishop, Martyr, and Teacher of Apostolic Tradition will be presented by Brian Ephrem Fitzgerald, PhD. St. Polycarp, (c. 69 – c. 156) is one of the apostolic fathers, early witnesses and teachers of the Christian church. As a witness, he led a life of heartfelt purity and ended his earthly sojourn as a faithful martyr for his Lord. His story is the first Christian narrative of a martyrdom outside of the New Testament.
Fitzgerald is an independent scholar, adjunct professor at Eastern University and longtime Orthodox Christian with publications at Liverpool University Press, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation and the Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan.
There is no cost for this event. Since lunch will be provided, email RSVPs to [email protected].
All are welcome to remain for coffee, fellowship and vespers at 6 p.m.
For more information, go to othodoxdelmar.org/retreats.
St. Edmond sets soup and bake sale March 25
A soup and bake sale is set for 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 25, in St. Edmond Parish Hall, 409 King Charles Ave., Rehoboth Beach. Proceeds benefit charities that support women and children in Sussex County. Cost is $8 per quart of homemade soup; baked goods are priced as marked.
Teen job fair invites local businesses to participate March 25
The Lewes Public Library welcomes local businesses to participate in its annual teen job fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 25, at the library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes.
The fair connects teen applicants ages 14-19 with local businesses to discuss seasonal and/or year-round employment opportunities. Past fairs have drawn nearly 400 interested teens.
“This is an excellent opportunity for businesses to reach a large and motivated audience of teen applicants,” said Emily Ellinger, teen services librarian. “It also allows teens to gain experience with the hiring and application process in a supportive, community-based environment.”
The fair is free for both businesses and applicants. Interested businesses should contact Emily Ellinger at [email protected]. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.
UUSD sets March 26 service
The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will hold an in-person and livestreamed service at 10 a.m., Sunday, March 26. Deeds Survive the Doer is the message topic. Guest speaker Pat Jordan, an accomplished actor, operatic singer and historian with the American Historical Theatre, will give a first-person presentation as humanitarian reformer and Unitarian Dorothea Dix. For more information, go to uussd.org.
Eastern Sussex Democrats to meet March 27
The Eastern Sussex Democrats will meet at 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 27, at the Briarwood Clubhouse, 2 Woods Drive, Lewes. The featured speaker will be Mike Brickner, ACLU of Delaware executive director. Brickner will address the role of the ACLU in defending the rights citizens are all guaranteed by the Constitution. Meeting cost including dinner is $25. For registration information, contact Tom Iarossi at 801-831-8994 or [email protected].
Spending smart in retirement class set March 28
InFocus Financial Advisors Inc. will host a class about spending smart in retirement from 1 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, at Lewes Public Library. Certified Financial Planner Eric Johnston will discuss creating a spending strategy that maximizes spending during early and more active years of retirement; how following traditional retirement spending rules might not always be best; and leaving adult kids a healthy amount of money without compromising one’s budget during retirement.
To register, go to retireinfocus.com/educational-classes.
Medicare choices seminar set March 30
Joseph Cisco of Caise Benefits will present Medicare Options in Retirement, a free educational seminar about Medicare choices, at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 30, at the Lewes Senior Activity Center. Cisco will cover the basics of Medicare, important deadlines and how to avoid penalties, and common mistakes current Medicare enrollees may be making. To reserve a space, call 302-645-9293. For more information, call 1-800-MEDICARE and go to caisebenefits.com.
VFW art contest and scholarship entries due March 30
VFW Mason Dixon Post 7234 Auxiliary in Ocean View announced the following contests and scholarship opportunities. For students in grades 9 to 12, entries for the creative patriotic art contest and 3-D patriotic art contest are due Thursday, March 30. For students in grades K to 8, entries for the Illustrating America art contest and the Get Excited for Red, White & Blue contest are due March 30. For more information, go to vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships or email [email protected].
In an effort to support local students, the future leaders and veterans of the community and country, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary members of the Ocean View Mason Dixon Post 7234 offer a $1,500 scholarship to a 2023 graduating student attending Indian River High School. Applications are due March 30.
For more information, go to vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships or email [email protected].
Metta meditation signup due March 31
Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will host a metta meditation from 3 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 1, at 30486 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Lewes. Leading the meditation will be the Rev. Sue Greer, ordained spiritual life minister and UUSD friend.
“If practiced, the metta meditation can lead to cultivating loving kindness and compassion for oneself and others. This is a rich practice that can help participants keep an open heart in the midst of adversity,” said Greer.
No prior meditation experience is required. The class is free and open to the public. To register, email [email protected] by 5 p.m., Friday, March 31.
UUSD social justice grants applications due March 31
The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware, Lewes, will accept grants until Friday, March 31, from nonprofits for special projects serving Sussex County. The grants are made possible by the Roy Parks Memorial Social Justice Fund, which is administered by the UUSD Social and Environmental Justice Committee. The fund awards grants annually of up to $2,500 each to organizations whose justice work serving Sussex County aligns with UUSD’s mission, vision and resolution of conscience. UUSD funded four local organizations last year through the fund.
For more information, go to uussd.org/justice/justice-actions-2 and scroll to Roy Parks Memorial Social Justice Fund Application or contact Mac Goekler, UUSD social and environmental justice committee co-chair, at [email protected].
GFWC Delaware scholarship applications due April 1
The GFWC Delaware State Federation of Women’s Clubs announced its online application period is open for students to apply for scholarships. Applications will be accepted through Saturday, April 1.
This year, GFWC Delaware is offering a $2,000 scholarship for graduating high school seniors as well as students returning to school in higher education or vocational education institutions.
For more information or to apply, go to GFWCDelaware.org and Delaware Scholarship Compendium, email Linda King, GFWC Delaware custodian of student funds, at [email protected] or mail applications to Linda King, 109 Pond Drive, Milton, DE 19968.
Lunch With a Purpose seeks applications by April 1
Applications are now being accepted for sponsors and nonprofit beneficiaries for the Lunch With a Purpose 2023-24 season, with events beginning in September.
Nonsectarian 501c3-designated charities that serve Sussex County or groups such as women’s clubs or HOA organizations that would like to sponsor a certified charity are encouraged to complete and submit an application. Sponsoring organizations would be responsible for providing the support needed by the charity in preparation for the lunch, and hosting the lunch, as some charities may not have the staff or volunteers to host an event on their own.
For application information, contact Ruth Pryor at [email protected]. The application deadline is Saturday, April 1.
Lunch With a Purpose continues the 2022-23 season with events set for Thursday, Feb. 2, at Heritage Shores in support of Laurel Public Library; Wednesday, March 1, at Baywood supporting First State Community Action Agency; Wednesday April 5, at Signatures at Bayside to benefit Champions for Children’s Mental Health; and Wednesday, May 3, at Baywood for the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware.
For details, go to Lunch with a Purpose/Coastal Delaware on Facebook.
Nicola Pizza sets Pop-A-Shot tournament April 1
Nicola Pizza will hold its inaugural Pop-A-Shot tournament from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 1, at 17323 Ocean One Plaza, Lewes. Registration starts at 12 p.m.
A $10 donation for every contestant will go to the Sussex County Land Trust, a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting natural, cultural, agricultural and recreational resources through land preservation. Major prizes from co-sponsors Dogfish Head and Boston Beer will go to the first-, second- and third-place winners. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and silent auction to help raise money for the cause.
To preregister, email Johnny Davidson at [email protected].
Spring craft fair set April 1
Lewes Senior Activity Center will host its spring craft fair featuring more than 30 vendor crafters from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday April 1, at 32083 Janice Road, Lewes. Books, ceramics and puzzles also will be offered for sale. Bagels, donuts, soft pretzels, coffee, tea, soda and water will be available for purchase. For more information, go to lewesseniorcenter.org or call 302-645-9293.
Zwaanendael Club scholarship applications due April 1
The GFWC Zwaanendael Women’s Club is now accepting scholarship applications from Cape Henlopen High School graduating seniors planning to continue their education at college or vocational technical school. The recipient of the McWhorter-Ungerbuehler scholarship will be chosen from applicants who are in good academic standing. Applications are due by Saturday, April 1, and the winner will be announced in June. The 2023 scholarship is in the amount of $2,000.
Applications can be downloaded at gfwczwaanendael.org or obtained from a Cape guidance counselor. For questions, contact Joyce Skrobot at [email protected].
The GFWC Zwaanendael Women’s Club, a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation whose members are public-spirited women serving and improving their community. This scholarship is awarded through the club’s education and libraries community service program.
White’s Chapel sets Holy Week services
White’s Chapel invites the community to attend its Holy Week services. All are welcome. The Palm Sunday service is set for 11 a.m., April 2. The Maundy Thursday service will be held at 7 p.m., April 6. The Good Friday service will begin at 1 p.m., April 7. Easter will be celebrated in a service at 11 a.m., Sunday, April 9. White’s Chapel is at 15373 Coastal Highway, Milton.
Estate-planning mistakes class set April 3
The Delaware Money School will offer a free class, Eight Common Estate Planning Mistakes, at 5 p.m., Monday, April 3, at Lewes Public Library with instructors Deirdre O’Shea McCartney, Esq., and Robert Jeter. The class covers common estate-planning mistakes and how to avoid them. It will explore some common myths about estate planning and offer suggestions on how attendees can optimize their financial future and legacy for their own and their loved ones’ benefit. Having written, spoken and taught on the subject many times, the instructors break down a complex subject to understandable terms. Everyone should be aware of these mistakes and be able to consult with their attorney and financial advisor on a plan for their future to correct them. To register, go to demoneyschool.org.
Needlepoint guild to meet April 3
Delaware’s Seashore Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, April 3, at Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave. Lewes. Bringing a boxed lunch is encouraged. New members are always welcome. For more information, email [email protected].
Community playgroup starts April 4 at St. Peter’s
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lewes will host a community playgroup from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 4, in the community hall.
Toddlers will be able to play indoors and build social and emotional skills, while parents and caregivers can enjoy coffee and conversation. Sessions will continue the first and third Tuesdays of the month through June 20. All are welcome. No registration is required.
For more information, contact Jessica Potter, director of family ministries and communications, at [email protected] or or 302-645-8479.
St. Peter’s is located at the corner of Second and Market streets in downtown Lewes. Playgroup participants can enter by the side door on Mulberry Street or the patio double doors for greater handicap accessibility.
Milton Garden Club scholarship applications due April 4
This year, the Milton Garden Club will grant three $3,000 scholarships to women from the Milton area entering their freshman year of college. Applications can be obtained from guidance counselors at Cape Henlopen High School, Sussex Academy and Delmarva Christian High School.
Now celebrating 50 years of making a difference, the Women’s Club of Milton is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, one of the world’s oldest and largest women’s service organizations dedicated to community improvement through volunteer service.
For more information, go to themiltongardenclub.org.
NARFE to meet April 13
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Coastal Sussex Chapter 1690 met March 9 and heard from Robbie Murray, Sussex County Emergency Medical Services director, about the county EMS system. Members extend thanks to Murray and all Sussex County officials who have spoken at chapter meetings.
For the next meeting, Joseph Thomas, Sussex County Emergency Operations director, will speak at 12 p.m., Thursday, April 13, at 1776 Steakhouse. Reservations are due by Thursday April 6, to Bill Hucker, [email protected]. Chapter 1690 is ready to assist federal employees with information or support related to federal benefits. To learn more, go to narfe-de.org.
Agriculture scholarship applications due April 15
First State Antique Tractor Club scholarship applications are due Saturday, April 15. The club awards four $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors interested in a college agriculture degree. For more information, go to firststateantiquetractorclub.com or contact William Argo at 302-856-7800.
Friends of Lewes library board applications due April 15
Friends of the Lewes Public Library is seeking candidates from the greater Lewes area to serve for three-year appointments on the board of directors.
The purpose of the Friends board of directors is to raise funds for the library’s use, including purchasing lending materials such as books, sponsoring performances, enhancing children’s programming and promoting the library in general. The Friends also operates the Just Between Friends shop located inside the library.
Interested individuals must be current members of the Friends of the Lewes Public Library.
Board members are expected to be actively involved in enhancing and improving the all-volunteer operation of the Friends shop and other fundraising activities. Board meetings are held monthly.
To be considered, send a completed application to Candace Vessella, Friends of the Lewes Public Library president, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes, DE 19958, by Saturday, April 15. Applications may be picked up at the library or downloaded from the Friends page at lewes.lib.de.us. For more information, contact Vessella at [email protected].
Bethany-Fenwick chamber seeks April 22 coastal cleanup volunteers
The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, in partnership with Keep Delaware Beautiful, Waste Management, and the Surfrider Foundation DE, will host the Delaware Coastal Community Clean-up to celebrate Earth Day.
Groups and individuals are invited to adopt and clean a section of roadway throughout the Quiet Resorts from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, April 22.
Participants can clean up the roadways wherever they see a need or can be assigned to an area. All registered volunteers will receive check-in details and location information the week of the event. Each cleaning area will be assigned a designated hub location where registered volunteers will check in, receive cleanup supplies and discard collected trash.
Free disposal is available, and complete details will be provided via email. Register by 8 a.m., Friday, April 21, at thequietresorts.com.
For more information, contact the chamber at 302-539-2100.
Apply by April 30 for Sunshine Circle Club scholarships
The Sunshine Circle Club in Sussex County, whose motto is Women Involved with Community, is now accepting scholarship applications for 2023. To find out about eligibility and to apply, email [email protected] or call 302-227-8738. Deadline is Sunday, April 30.
MLK organization scholarship applications due April 30
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Organization Sussex County Inc. is accepting scholarship applications from graduating high school seniors in Sussex County. The scholarship was established to help support local students who want to pursue higher education and are interested in perpetuating Dr. King’s legacy, vision and dream. For applications, call 302-227-3118. The deadline for completed applications to be returned is Sunday, April 30.
Ocean 98 scholarship applications due April 30
Ocean 98.1 WOCM-FM radio announced its Cash for College Fund scholarship applications are due Sunday, April 30.
The Ocean 98 Foundation will be awarding three high school seniors $5,000 each to put toward their college expenses.
Initially, the foundation gave students $1,000 each from 2014 to 2021. In 2022, the amount was increased to $2,500.
Of the three recipients, one will come from Sussex County, and one each will be selected from Worcester and Wicomico counties in Maryland.
Foundation representatives said they are looking for well-rounded student leaders who are active in their school and community. Recipients will be selected based on grades, activities and application essays. There are no college major requirements to apply, but students must be attending a college or accredited university the following school year. Winners will be announced in early June and will be asked to come into the Ocean 98 studio and appear on the morning program, “Bulldog and The Rude Awakening.”
For more information and to apply, go to ocean98.com/cash-for-college-fund.
Distinguished Young Women program applications due May 1
Distinguished Young Women of Delaware is seeking applicants from the Class of 2024 for its August program.
The nonprofit organization provides college scholarships and personal growth opportunities to young women who are looking to attend college. The program focuses on scholarship, leadership and talent. Workshops will help girls build life skills like job interviewing and public speaking.
The organization awards more than $1 billion nationally in scholarships to participants each year. Every girl walks away with new skills that will serve her well after graduation, and it’s free to participate.
Applications must be submitted by Monday, May 1.
For more information or to apply, email [email protected] or go to DistinguishedYW.org.