Calendar of Events

Aug. 17

PAWS for Reading for Kids — The South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach on Aug. 17 from 3 to 4 p.m. will host PAWS for Reading for Kids, as children read to a gentle, affectionate dog as trained teams to provide a supportive, fun way for kids to improve their literacy skills and learn to enjoy reading. The program is for those 3 or older and is free, but in-person preregistration is required, beginning Aug. 1. For more information, call (302) 539-5231 or visit www.southcoastal.lib.de.us.

Night hike over Indian River bridge — The public can hike with a naturalist over the Charles W. Cullen (Indian River Inlet) Bridge from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and experience it in all its glory when it is illuminated at night, and learn about the history of the inlet and the bridge as they stroll to the top of the iconic structure. Attendees will meet at the South Inlet Day Parking area. Pre-registration is required, and the hike costs $6 per person. Call (302) 227-6991 to register or visit www.destateparks.com/park/delaware-seashore/programs for details.

Coast Guard Auxiliary to meet — U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-01 was set to meet on Thursday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. at South Bethany Town Hall. Anyone 17 and older is welcome to attend and learn about the Auxiliary. For more information, call (302) 537-7845.

 

Aug. 19

AYCE fried chicken — The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company will host its Famous All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken Dinner on Aug. 19 with tickets sold from 4 to 7 p.m., for $14 for adults or carryout and $7 for children younger than 10. Dinner includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade coleslaw, string beans, apple sauce and rolls. There will also be a bake sale by the Ladies Auxiliary. Another dinner is scheduled for Sept. 9.

Luau with pig roast — The American Legion Riders are sponsoring a Luau with pig roast at American Legion Post 28 near Millsboro from 1 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 19. A platter includes pulled pork, corn-on-the-cob, side dishes, and soda or water. The price is $12 for adults or $6 for children. Beer will also be available for purchase. There will be cornhole, horseshoes and various biker games, along with live music by Chainbreak. The event will be held at the pavilion, rain or shine.

 

Aug. 20

Fried chicken carry-out — The Bishopville (Md.) Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its final Fried Chicken Carryout for this summer on Sunday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until sold out. Sales will help pay for the fire company’s new truck. A half-chicken (four pieces) costs $8, and a full chicken (eight pieces) costs $14. A bake table will also be available. Call (443) 235-2926 to arrange for pre-made carry-outs.

Battery 519 tours — Tours of the Fort Miles’ bunker, located in Cape Henlopen State Park, led by the Fort Miles Historical Association, will be offered at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Admission costs $5.00. Tourgoers should meet at the battery’s 16-inch gun 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour.

 

Aug. 21

Vinyasa yoga — The South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach on Aug. 21 from 8:15 to 9 a.m. will offer Vinyasa Yoga, in a 45-minute yoga workout with RYT200-certified yoga instructor Amanda Schutz. The class is free, and attendees should bring a yoga mat or beach towel. For more information, call (302) 539-5231 or visit www.southcoastal.lib.de.us.

Eclipse viewing in Frankford — The Frankford Public Library will host a 2017 solar eclipse viewing party from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 21. Attendees can learn about the celestial event that will cover much of the U.S. in darkness, how to spot bright stars and planets during the event, and how to keep their eyes safe. A limited number of eclipse safety glasses will be provided. Participants can also bring their own glasses. Guests should bring a lawn chair or blanket to the grassy lot next to the library. (As the number of viewing glasses is limited, the library is asking patrons to share them during the event. It is not safe to watch the eclipse without proper eye protection. The library is not responsible for any damage to the eyes during this event.)

Selbyville solar eclipse viewing — The Selbyville Public Library will host a 2017 solar eclipse viewing party from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 21. Attendees can learn about the celestial event that will cover much of the U.S. in darkness. A limited number of eclipse safety glasses will be provided. Guests can bring a lawn chair or blanket. (It is not safe to watch the eclipse without glasses. The library is not responsible for any damage to the eyes during this event.)

Eclipse Party on the beach — The Town of South Bethany will host a Solar Eclipse Party from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 on the beach at South 3rd Street. Attendees should be sure to bring their own ISO- and CE-certified solar eclipse glasses and viewing devices to watch. Special solar snacks will be provided. Attendees should also bring their own chairs and beverages.

 

Aug. 22

Wildlife storytime for kids — The South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach on Aug. 22, from 2 to 3 p.m. will host “Henry Builds a Cabin,” with the chance for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade to hear a story and learn about Delaware wildlife habits with the Delaware Nature Society. The event is free, but parents must accompany their child to the event and in-person registration is required. For more information, call (302) 539-5231 or visit www.southcoastal.lib.de.us.

 

Aug. 23

Vinyasa yoga — The South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach on Aug. 23 from 8:15 to 9 a.m. will offer Vinyasa Yoga, in a 45-minute yoga workout with RYT200-certified yoga instructor Amanda Schutz. The class is free, and attendees should bring a yoga mat or beach towel. For more information, call (302) 539-5231 or visit www.southcoastal.lib.de.us.

Apple Users Group — The South Coastal Library hosts a free monthly meeting of a group that shares ideas/problems/solutions/apps for using Apple products, such as Mac, MacBook, iPad, iPhone, etc., on Aug. 23 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Attendees should bring their fully-charged Apple device and Apple ID/password with them. For more information, call (302) 539-5231 or visit www.southcoastal.lib.de.us.

 

Aug. 24

Senior center casino trip — The Indian River Senior Center is sponsoring a trip to the Harrington casino on Aug. 24. The cost is $15 for members or $25 for non-members, including $15 free play and $7 toward the all-you-can-eat buffet. Seating on the bus is limited, so early reservations are being encouraged. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Maggie Smith at (302) 947-2274.

 

Aug. 25

Vinyasa yoga — The South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach on Aug. 25 from 8:15 to 9 a.m. will offer Vinyasa Yoga, in a 45-minute yoga workout with RYT200-certified yoga instructor Amanda Schutz. The class is free, and attendees should bring a yoga mat or beach towel. For more information, call (302) 539-5231 or visit www.southcoastal.lib.de.us.

 

Aug. 26

Kitchen Kettle Village trip — The Indian River Senior Center is sponsoring a bus trip for a day of shopping at Kitchen Kettle Village (no outlets) in Lancaster, Pa., on Saturday, Aug. 26, leaving the center at 7 a.m. and returning at 7 p.m. The cost is $40 per person. For more informaiton or to register, call Fran Harrison at (302) 545-3797.

 

Aug. 24

Senior center casino trip — The Indian River Senior Center is sponsoring a trip to the Harrington casino on Aug. 24. The cost is $15 for members or $25 for non-members, including $15 free play and $7 toward the all-you-can-eat buffet. Seating on the bus is limited, so early reservations are being encouraged. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Maggie Smith at (302) 947-2274.

 

Aug. 25

Vinyasa yoga — The South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach on Aug. 25 from 8:15 to 9 a.m. will offer Vinyasa Yoga, in a 45-minute yoga workout with RYT200-certified yoga instructor Amanda Schutz. The class is free, and attendees should bring a yoga mat or beach towel. For more information, call (302) 539-5231 or visit www.southcoastal.lib.de.us.

 

Aug. 26

Kitchen Kettle Village trip — The Indian River Senior Center is sponsoring a bus trip for a day of shopping at Kitchen Kettle Village (no outlets) in Lancaster, Pa., on Saturday, Aug. 26, leaving the center at 7 a.m. and returning at 7 p.m. The cost is $40 per person. For more informaiton or to register, call Fran Harrison at (302) 545-3797.

Hope Center fundraising tournament — The Mariner’s United Methodist Church golf tournament to benefit the Hope Community Center Building Fund will take place on Aug. 26, with breakfast and registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., at the Salt Pond Golf Course in Ocean View. For registration forms or more information, email delawareexplorer@gmail.com or call Mariner’s at (302) 539-9510.

MUMC Bake Sale — Millville United Methodist Church at 36405 Club House Road will host its Bake Sale in the Wesley Hall next to the church on Saturday, Aug. 26, starting at 8 a.m., featuring homemade cakes, pies, cookies, sweet treats and Rada Cutlery. All proceeds go to support mission projects of the Millville United Methodist Women’s Group.

Back-to-School Bash — The River church at 35175 Roxana Road, Frankford, will host a Back-to-School Bash on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. The event will include laser tag, waterslide, haircuts, a hamburger-and-hotdog dinner and T-shirt tie-dyeing.

Kayak event — Delaware Seashore State Park will host a 50th anniversary event, Celebrate the Bay, on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring a chance to explore 3 miles of marsh islands by kayak, launching from Savages Ditch. Park interpreters will be stationed throughout the course to talk about points of interest and hand out goodies. At the end, paddlers will be greeted at Tower Road Bayside with a certificate of completion, photo-ops and food for purchase from a food truck. The kayaking adventure is a one-way course and transportation is available to bring participants back to Savages Ditch. The event is free, but pre-registration required and can be done by calling (302) 227-6991. Participants can rent a kayak or bring their own.

Crab feast — American Legion Post 24 in Dagsboro will host a Crab Feast from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, featuring all-you-can-eat crabs, fried chicken, hotdogs, baked beans, macaroni salad and corn on the cob, as well as domestic draft beer and sodas. There will be a 50/50 raffle and musical entertainment. Tickets cost $35 per person in advance, and there is no reserved seating. For more information, call (302) 732-3120.

School supply drive — Southern Sussex Rotary Club will collect supplies from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 26 at Hocker’s Super Center grocery store at Routes 26 and 17. Wish lists include composition books, notebook paper, binders, pencils, pens, highlighters, markers, erasers, backpacks, tissues and hand sanitizer, for grades K-12 at the Indian River School District’s G.W. Carver Academy in Frankford.

 

Aug. 27

Byzantine Eucharistic Liturgy — A Catholic Byzantine Rite Eucharistic Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Edmund Roman Catholic Church, 409 King Charles Street, Rehoboth Beach, on Aug. 27, beginning at 6 p.m. The Rev. Volodymyr Klanichka of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Wilmington will celebrate the Divine Liturgy. (The Byzantine Rite is under the Pope and in communion with the Roman Catholic Church. The Mass is in English, and fulfills the Sunday obligation.) All are welcome.

Gospel concert — Bethel United Methodist Church, located at 28311 Clayton Street in Dagsboro, will host a gospel concert on Sunday, Aug. 27, beginning at 6 p.m., featuring the music and testimony of Laura Mitchell. All are welcome. Refreshments will follow at Bethel Center. The concert is sponsored by the Circle of Friends and the Rev. Susan Sliker. For further information, call (302) 732-6805.

Williams Family Day — The Annual Williams Family Day will be celebrated on Aug. 27, 2 p.m. at Israel U.M. Church, 20230 Plantation Road, Lewes, featuring guest speaker Elder Chris Armwood from Greater Faith Temple Church of God in Bridgeville, with accompanying choir.

Battery 519 tours — Tours of the Fort Miles’ bunker, located in Cape Henlopen State Park, led by the Fort Miles Historical Association, will be offered at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Admission costs $5.00. Tourgoers should meet at the battery’s 16-inch gun 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour.

 

Aug. 29

Crafts with Autism Delaware — Autism Delaware will offer free summer arts and crafts activities for people 8 or older with autism spectrum disorders on Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Avenue in Lewes. (Parents or guardians are expected to stay on-premises during the class.) To register, contact gail.hecky@delautism.org or call (302) 644-3410.

Corrections commissioner at SDARJ — Delaware Department of Correction Commissioner Perry Phelps will speak at the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice’s (SDARJ) meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Trinity Faith Christian Center, 15516 New Road in Lewes. He will talk about what he expects to accomplish to advance the department’s mission and tackle its top priorities.

 

Aug. 31

Drug disposal safety event — The South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach on Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will host a prescription drug disposal safety event, as Holcomb Behavioral Health Services distributes information on prescription drug disposal safety. For more information, call (302) 539-5231 or visit www.southcoastal.lib.de.us.

Screen painting summer  camp — The Rehoboth Art League will hold “The Art of Screen Painting” summer camp Monday, Aug. 28, Thursday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to noon for children ages 7 to 17, who will learn the tools and techniques necessary to paint a framed screen from guest artist/teacher John Iamperi. Each child will leave with a completed painting. The cost, which includes all supplies, is $165 per child for members or $200 per child for non-members. To register for the camp, go to www.rehobothartleague.org or call (302) 227-8408, ext. 112. The camp will be held at the Rehoboth Art League, 12 Dodds Lane, Henlopen Acres, Rehoboth Beach.

 

 

Sept. 2

Used book and bake sale — St. Martha’s Episcopal Church, located at Maplewood Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach, will offer the next of its used book and bake sales on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale features used hardbound and paperback books in good condition, children’s books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles and games, as well as baked and snack goodies. The book sale committee is accepting donated books and other items for the sales all summer long. They can be placed place in the bin on the church porch Wednesday through Friday between 9 a.m. and noon. Proceeds from the sales benefit St. Martha’s outreach programs. Those wishing more information about the sales or donations may call (302) 539-7444.

 

Sept. 5

Women’s Club informational meeting — The Zwaanendael Women’s Club of Lewes is holding an informational meeting for potential members on Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Lewes Public Library. Whether originally from Lewes or new to the community, all women are being encouraged to attend. Club members are to be dedicated to strengthening the Sussex County and Southern Delaware community and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer services. The club is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and meets on the third Tuesday of each month from September through May.  For more information, contact Pat Zisa at (302) 945-8090 or go to www.gfwczwaanendael.com.

 

Sept. 7

‘One Empty Chair’ event — The Town of Bethany Beach will dedicate its “One Empty Chair” on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m., acknowledging that, since World War I, more than 91,000 American soldiers are unaccounted for. The Empty Chair is intended to serve as an instant reminder of the sacrifices made by the still-missing American servicemen and women.

 

Sept. 8

Hero’s Welcome for SEAs the Day — Operation SEAs the Day’s Hero’s Welcome will take place on Friday, Sept. 8, along Routes 1 and 54 as a motorcade carrying 30 wounded service members and their families heads from Sea Colony to the Freeman Stage in West Fenwick for a concert in their honor. The public is being invited to dress in red, white and blue and wave flags as the three yellow school buses are escorted by motorcade to the concert.

 

Sept. 9

AYCE fried chicken — The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company will host its Famous All-You-Can-Eat Fried Chicken Dinner on Sept. 9 with tickets sold from 4 to 7 p.m., for $14 for adults or carryout and $7 for children younger than 10. Dinner includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade coleslaw, string beans, apple sauce and rolls. There will also be a bake sale by the Ladies Auxiliary.

Waste collection event — Long Neck United Methodist Church will host a household hazardous waste/electronic goods/paper shredding event on Sept. 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Accepted household hazardous waste items include product with containers marked “Warning: Hazardous,” “Flammable,” “Poisonous,” “Corrosive” or “Explosive,” such as household cleaners, garden pesticides, paints, nail polish, fluorescent bulbs or antifreeze. Attendees can bring up to two file boxes of personal confidential papers for shredding (financial and legal documents, receipts, and tax and medical records, with or without paperclips or staples). For a list of accepted waste, visit the Delaware Solid Waste Authority website at www.dswa.com or call 1-800-404-7080.

Boardwalk Arts Festival — The 39th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival in downtown Bethany Beach will be held Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring more than 100 artists with paintings, wood work, metal, clay, baskets, jewelry, porcelain and more, as well as the Arts & Antiques Tour and a silent auction of pieces donated by participating artists. The rain date is Sept. 10. Admission is free. For more information, call (302) 539-2100, ext. 118.

 

Sept. 9-10

Nanticoke Indian Powwow — The Nanticoke Indian Association will host its 40th Nanticoke Indian Powwow on Sept. 9 and 10, on the powwow grounds off Route 24 (John J. Williams Highway). Powwow signs will be posted along Route 24 between Routes 113 and 1. The powwow grounds open at 10 a.m., and Grand Entry on Saturday will be at noon, with a second dance session at 4 p.m. Sunday morning will begin with a worship service at 10 a.m. Grand Entry on Sunday is at 1:30 p.m. The Native American crafts and food vendors open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.

 

Sept. 10

‘Bless the Child’ event — Peninsula Community Church, located 28574 Cypress Road, Selbyville, will host a “Bless the Child” service on the Sept. 10 at 10 a.m., to pray a blessing over local children, administrators, teachers and staff as they begin a new school year. After the service, there will be a light lunch for those in attendance. For more information, contact the church at (302) 436-4522 or at revodom9@gmail.com.

 

Sept. 12

Talking poverty, race, public education — U.D. professor Daniel Rich will speak about poverty, race and public education at the Sept. 12 Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice (SDARJ) meeting at Trinity Faith Christian Center, 15516 New Road, Lewes. For more information, visit sdarj.org or facebook.com/sdarjde.

 

Sept. 16

Crab feast — Indian River Senior Center at 214 Irons Avenue in Millsboro will host a Crab Feast on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $40 per person and are on sale now, with only 200 tickets available. The feast features all-you-can-eat crabs, chicken, corn, beer and soda, as well as a “Chinese auction” and 50/50 raffle, and live entertainment by the Jones Boys. For more information, call Sheila Morgan at (302) 934-0122 or IRSC at (302) 934-8839.

Coastal Cleanup — Volunteers of all ages can make a difference at the 30th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 16. Volunteers can choose from more than 45 coastal sites across the state to help clean up in the annual event sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control. The rain date is Sept. 23. Register at www.dnrec.delaware.gov.

 

Sept. 21-27

Trip to Nashville — The Indian River Senior Center in Millsboro is sponsoring a trip to Nashville and Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Sept. 21-27, for $1,040 per person double-occupancy. Included are the Opryland Hotel, Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theatre, Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studio B, Dollywood, the Titanic Museum and more. For more details, contact Fran Harrison at (302) 545-3797.

 

Sept. 22

Blue Jean Ball — Autism Delaware’s 2017 Blue Jean Ball will take place Friday, Sept. 22, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Nassau Valley Vineyards, 32165 Winery Lane, Lewes. “Denim and Diamonds!” is the dress code for the event, which features bidding on one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia, jewelry and art, partying to a live performance Love Seed Mama Jump, award-winning wines from Nassau Valley Vineyards, as well as beer and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants. Tickets cost $85 per person and can be purchased at www.AutismDelaware.org. For information, contact Deanna Principe at (302) 224-6020 or deanna.principe@delautism.org.

 

Sept. 23

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater — The Lakeside Community Home Owners Association will be presenting a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater on Sept. 23, 5-9 p.m. at the Lakeside Community Center, 33076 Rock Cove in the Pot-Nets community of Lakeside, off of Long Neck Road (Route 23) east of Millsboro. The show is “Golden Girls: The Curse of Jennifer Fletcher,” starring “Without a Cue” from Bensalem, Pa. Dinner is stuffed manicotti, meatballs, salad, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee, tea, and non-alcoholic beverages. Attendees may bring their own alcohol. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $28 per person, and none will be sold at the door. Call for tickets at (302) 945-1263.

Small Town, Big Heroes — Girl Scout Service Unit 14 on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. will present their “Small Town, Big Heroes” community event at the Millsboro Little League Ball Park. The free event will offer the chance to meet members of the Millsboro Police Department, Millsboro Volunteer Fire Company and Delaware State Police , and see the DSP Trooper 2 helicopter and more. Attendees can make their own superhero mask and take a picture with their favorite hero in front of the superhero photo backdrop. Millsboro police officers will be serving up free frozen treats, courtesy of the Good Ole Boy Foundation. Additional activities may be available for a small materials fee. The event will take place rain or shine.

 

Sept. 28

AGH’s Fall Golf Classic — The Robert E. Warfield Memorial Fall Golf Classic (formerly known as the AGH Fall Golf Classic) to benefit Atlantic General Hospital will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28, at Ocean City (Md.) Golf Club., Registration begins at 11 a.m., with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Each team can choose their course/format — Newport Bay/Best Ball or Seaside/Scramble. The player entry fee includes cart and greens fees, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks and beverages on the course. Giveaways, course challenges and tournament awards are also included. Lunch this year will be provided by Bad Monkey O.C. Bar & Grill. Dough Roller Restaurants is the dinner sponsor. Team reservations can be submitted via the website and must be received by Sept. 15. Dinner and the awards, open to non-golfers, will begin at 5 p.m.

Dine & Donate for ‘End Polio Now’ — From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, the Cottage Café near Bethany Beach will donate a portion of sales to Southern Sussex Rotary for the “End Polio Now” campaign. The event includes raffle and 50/50 drawings. The Mariner’s United Methodist Church golf tournament to benefit the Hope Community Center Building Fund will take place on Aug. 26, with breakfast and registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., at the Salt Pond Golf Course in Ocean View. For registration forms or more information, email delawareexplorer@gmail.com or call Mariner’s at (302) 539-9510.