Calendar of Events

Dec. 7

Public bingo — The Indian River Senior Center in Millsboro will host public bingo on Thursday, Dec. 7, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the games beginning at 7 p.m. Admission costs $15, which includes a basic package of 20 games, including some specials. The jackpot special is $25 in 50 numbers, with a $500 Cookie Jar. Light supper fare is available for a small fee. The IRSC is located behind the Wawa on Route 113, at 214 Irons Avenue, Millsboro. For more information, call (302) 934-8839 or visit indianriverseniorcenterde.com.

Georgetown Christmas Parade — This year’s theme will be “Parade of Lights” when the Georgetown Christmas Parade returns Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. Lineup will begin at West Pine Street, and the parade will march through The Circle and east on East Market Street. End-of-parade pickup will be at the Georgetown Little League. There will be no parking at Grace United Methodist Church this year. Participation certificates will be given out. The grand marshals this year will be the 2017 Senior League Softball World Series champions. Details are online at www.georgetowncoc.com/2017-georgetown-christmas-parade.

PAWS for Reading for Kids?— The South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach on Dec. 7 from 3:45 to 4:45 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. For more information, call (302) 539-5231 or visit www.southcoastal.lib.de.us.

Food Fight! — The South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach will host the culmination of its Food Fight! cooking series on Dec. 7 from 1 to 2 p.m., as teams of cooks who have participated in prior weeks’ sessions with chef Charles Oppman compete against each other to make the best culinary creation. Attending the event is free, but audience space will be limited. For more information, call (302) 539-5231 or visit www.southcoastal.lib.de.us.

 

Dec. 7-8

‘Top of the World’ magical musical — Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville will host performances of “Top of the World: A Rolickin’ Family Magical Musical,” written by Rich Block, with music by Eric Tsavdar, at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7, 8 and 16, and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10 and 17. For reservations, visit DPTmagic.com.

 

Dec. 9

Ocean City Comic Con — The inaugural Ocean City Comic Con will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grand Hotel & Spa, 2100 N Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, Md., featuring artists, comic creators, cosplay, video games, anime, the 501st Legion Old Line Garrison, Delaware Rocky Horror, TARDIS photo booth, panels and more. Admission costs $7 (cash only, at the door), with kids 9 or younger admitted free of charge with a paying adult. There will be a $1 discount for costumed attendees, as well as $1 off for those bringing a non-perishable food item for Diakonia ($1 of every full-price ticket goes to the Hero Initiative). For more information, visit www.oceancitycomiccon.com.

Christmas in 1860 — On Saturday, Dec. 9, from noon to 3 p.m., the Ocean View Historical Society will host its 1860 Coastal Christmas at the Ocean View Historical Complex, 39 Central Avenue, with the festive decorations, sounds, smells and tastes of winters gone by, as well as the chance to make a swag decoration or kids’ Christmas craft and meet a Civil War soldier impersonator. The event is free, with parking at Town lots surrounding John West Park. For more information, call or email Carol Psaros at ckpsaros@aol.com or (302)539-5653.

Gospelfest Christmas Celebration — The Gospelfest Christmas Celebration, featuring the Christian Travellers, on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church Hall, 11 King Street, Georgetown, is a benefit for the Richard Allen Coalition. The cost for the dinner and concert is $25 per person or $40 per couple in advance, or $30 per person at the door. Children younger than 5 can attend free of charge, while those ages 5-12 pay $13.50. For tickets, call: Harry Crapper at (302) 233-6190, Carolyn Roach at (302) 856-3921, Raymond Morris at (302) 362-3426 or Jane Hovington at (302) 258-7182.

Ocean View Christmas Celebration — The Town of Ocean View will host its Christmas Celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 9 at John West Park and Ocean View Town Hall.

Nativity Festival — Ocean View Presbyterian Church’s Women’s Circle will host its annual multicultural Nativity Festival at Fellowship Hall, at 67 Central Avenue, Ocean View, on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring a display of 125 crèches, a Christmas carol sing and light refreshments. Call (302) 539-3455 for additional information. 

MSO in concert — The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra will perform at 3 p.m. on Dec. 9, at Mariners Bethel U.M. Church in Ocean View. Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased in advance.

Cookie Walk in Lewes — The Lewes Senior Center will host a Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 32083 Janice Road, Lewes. A wide variety of homemade holiday cookies will be for sale for $6 per pound. Ceramics and other craft items will also be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit LSC member programs.

Bethany Cookie Walk — The Parish of St. Ann will sponsor a Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 9, in the Masterson Center in Bethany Beach.

Cookie Walk in Ocean View — Mariners Bethel UMC, located on Central Avenue in Ocean View, will host a Cookie Walk on Dec. 9 from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m., offering $5 and $10 boxes for people to fill with their choice of many types of cookies, as well as personalized gingerbread men for $3.50 if ordered in advance or $4 at the door. There will also be crafts for sale and a silent auction.

Millville Holiday Market — The 5th Annual Millville Holiday Market will be held on Saturday, Dec.  9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will take place at Millville Town Hall and across the street at Millville United Methodist Church. More than 30 vendors will sell crafts, jewelry, handbags, Christmas decor, antiques, dolls, glassware, artwork and more. Food will be sold by the IRHS Cross-Country Boosters and Doric Lodge #30. There will also be door prizes.

Weekend Wonderland — Weekend Wonderland in Bethany Beach on Dec. 9 will include the chance to take a photo with Santa at Bethany Fine Arts Gallery, then have gifts wrapped at Tidepool Toys & Games, watch the “Lego Batman Movie” at South Coastal Library before heading back into town for caroling around the tree, as well as to look for the Elf while shopping around town.

Indian Mission Christmas Bazaar — On Saturday, Dec. 9, the Annual Christmas Bazaar will be sponsored by Indian Mission United Methodist Church and held at the Nanticoke Indian Center, located 27073 John J Williams Highway (Route 24), Millsboro. The auction will begin at 7 p.m., with light dinner items available beginning at 6 p.m. Homemade baked goods, handcrafted items, fresh produce and more will be available. For more information, call (302) 934-7779 or (302) 945-0830.

Holiday train displays — The Delaware Seaside Railroad Club is presenting its 7th Annual Holiday Train Displays at the Georgetown Public Library on Saturdays, Dec. 9 and 16, and Jan. 6, free of charge. The display includes a 28-by-12-foot O-gauge layout with three trains and 16 dioramas, plus buttons to operate accessories; as well as a Thomas the Tank Engine layout, Polar Express layout and wooden Brio train table for younger kids. For more information, email georgetownpubliclibrary.org or delawareseasiderailroad.com or call Bill Ziegler at (302) 537-0964.

 

Dec. 10

Christmas Cantata — Mariners Bethel UMC, located on Central Avenue in Ocean View will host a Christmas Cantata “Divine Mystery” at 4 p.m. on Dec. 10. The public is welcome to attend the free concert.

Singles on the Seashore — Singles on the Seashore will host brunch at Victoria’s in Rehoboth Beach on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Sandie at (302) 644-8009.

Handbell concert &?cantata — The Mariners Bethel Sanctuary Choir and Taylor Memorial Handbells will present a joint concert on Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. at Mariners Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View. The handbell ringers will start the program with a prelude, followed by the choir’s cantata, “Divine Mystery.” Carol Lynch is featured soloist. John Gross conducts the sanctuary choir, and Marla Mooney directs the handbell choir.

Children’s Christmas Party — Mason Dixon Post 7224 VFW will hold its annual Children's Christmas Party on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. at the VFW home on Marshy Hope Road near Ocean View. All children in the surrounding communities are being invited. There will be goody bags for all children 12 or younger, along with games, crafts, face-painting and food. Santa will make a special visit to deliver gifts for all the children. For more information, contact Connie Weber at (302) 829-8723.

Christmas Cantata — The Christmas Cantata “The Silence & the Sound” will be presented Sunday, Dec. 10, at 10:45 a.m. at St. Matthews By-the-Sea United Methodist Church in Fenwick Island, under the direction of Music Director Debby Dudley. The event is free and open to the public. Additional parking is available at the Bank of Ocean City across from the church.

Seasonal readings & ‘Messiah’ — The Southern Delaware Chorale will present a program of lessons and carols on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at Mary, Mother of Peace Catholic Church in Millsboro. The program will consist of readings of the season read by clergy from Sussex County, each followed by a chorus from Handel’s “Messiah” and/or a Christmas carol in which the audience will be invited to sing with the Chorale. Additional music of the season will be performed by the Chorale throughout the program. Copies of the “Messiah” score will be available to borrow during the concert. Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church is located at 30839 Mt Joy Road, Millsboro. Tickets cost $10 per person (free for those younger than 18) and can be purchased at the door or by calling (302) 260-7022.

Keep kids safe online — Families are being invited to attend a free program, “Cybersecurity: Keeping Our Kids Safe Online,” on Tues, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m. at Love Creek Elementary School on Route 24. Dec. 10 is the deadline to RSVP to Ann Campbell at (302) 436-1000 or ann.campbell@irsd.k12.de.us. There will be free childcare for children 2 or older. The guest speaker will be cybersecurity expert Walter Donaldson. The event is being cohosted by the special education parents councils of Indian River and Cape Henlopen school districts.

‘Top of the World’ magical musical — Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville will host performances of “Top of the World: A Rolickin’ Family Magical Musical,” written by Rich Block, with music by Eric Tsavdar, at 7 p.m. on Dec.16 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10 and 17. For reservations, visit DPTmagic.com.

 

Dec. 11

Kids read to dogs — The Frankford Public Library will host PAWS on Monday, Dec. 11, from 5 to 6 p.m., as children read to trained literacy dogs Buddy, Bo and Riley to improve and practice their reading skills.

 

Dec. 12

AARP chorus holiday concert — The Singers of Note, the chorus of the South Coastal DE AARP 5226 Chapter, will perform five holiday concerts for various groups in December. The performance at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Millville United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall is open to the public. Among the selections are “All My Heart This Night Rejoices,” “Celebrate, It’s Hannukkah!” John Rutter’s arrangement of “O Holy Night,” and Norman Luboff’s arrangement of “Still, Still, Still.”

African-American poetry program — The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice will present “The Word:  Poetry & Prose on Family, Faith & Freedom” on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Faith Christian Center, 15516 New Road in Lewes. The free program is open to the public and celebrates African-American poetry and prose from the 18th century to the present. Donors of clothing to benefit neighbors served by the Community Resource Center and The Way Home are welcome to drop off their donations at the poetry program. Further information about the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice is available at SDARJ.org.

Wee Read Story Time — The Frankford Public Library will host Wee Read Story Time for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers, to promote early literacy, on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

‘The Joy of Coloring’ — The Frankford Public Library will host “The Joy of Coloring” on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 5 to 6 p.m., offering an hour of coloring for the whole family to provide relaxation and stress reduction. All materials will be provided, but attendees should feel free to bring any current projects.

Discuss ‘Winter Street’ — The Frankford Public Library will host a discussion of “Winter Street” by Elin Hilderbrand (first book in the best-selling series) on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., as readers “travel” to Nantucket to spend the holidays with the Quinn family, in a holiday filled with surprises.

 

Dec. 13

Health screenings — St. Ann Catholic Church in Bethany Beach will host Life Line Screening, for people to learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions on Dec. 13. Screenings can check arterial plaque, HDL and LDL cholesterol levels, diabetes risk, bone density, kidney and thyroid function, and more. The screening is accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking. Packages start at $149, but consultants will work with attendees to create a package based on age and risk factors. Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com to pre-register, which is required.

Live Nativity — Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church of Ocean View will present a Live Nativity featuring the Christmas story, told and re-told every half-hour from 6 to 8 p.m. on the church grounds at 81 Central Avenue in Ocean View. The annual tradition of presenting the Nativity outdoors includes Christmas carols, music, hot chocolate and refreshments by the fire. For more information, contact Mariner's United Methodist Church at (302) 539-9510 or visit www.marinersbethel.org.

Senior center Christmas ‘Par-tay’ — The Indian River Senior Center will host a Christmas Catered Lunch “Par-tay” on Wednesday, Dec. 13, featuring turkey and all the trimmings, with live entertainment by Sky Brady. Tickets are available for $10 for members or $12 for non-members, and must be ordered by Dec. 12. The IRSC is located behind the Wawa on Route 113, at 214 Irons Avenue, Millsboro. For more information or to order tickets, call (302) 934-8839 or visit indianriverseniorcenterde.com.

Christmas in the Park — Frankford Town Park will be the site of Christmas in the Park on Dec. 13 and 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., offering townsfolk and visitors the chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Santa house, and to enjoy cookies and hot cocoa while strolling through the park, enjoying the lights and sounds of the holiday season. Admission is free. Canned goods will be collected for local food pantries.

AARP?Chapter 4903 luncheon — AARP Chapter 4903 will host a chapter luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at American Legion Post 28 in Long Neck. Reservations are required, before 9 a.m. on Tues, Dec. 5. The cost is $14 for members or $15 for non-members. For more information and reservations, call either Norma at (302) 945-4895 or Mari at (302) 684-8485.

Dagsboro Christmas Parade — The Dagsboro Christmas Parade will be Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., rescheduled from Dec. 5. Lineup begins at the Indian River High School student parking lot, and the parade marches from the back entrance of the school toward Clayton Avenue and Main Street, ending at the Dagsboro fire hall on Clayton Street. Details are online at www.dagsboro.delaware.gov.

Navy veteran award ceremony — On Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 12:30 p.m., state Rep. Rich Collins will present Indian River Senior Center member William Gustafson with three Medals of Honor — the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the Navy Expedition Medal and the Navy Defense Medal. Gustafson earned the medals during operations near Cuba in 1961 and 1962. The medal presentation will take place at the Indian River Senior Center, located behind the Wawa on Route 113, at 214 Irons Avenue, Millsboro.

Family Christmas craft — The Frankford Public Library will host a family-friendly Christmas craft on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All supplies will be provided.

 

Dec. 14

Chix with Stix — The South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach will host the free Chix with Stix knitting and crocheting club on Dec. 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Attendes should bring their current project, and can get new ideas and meet other needleworkers, as well as enjoying speakers, special presentations, and more. Gentlemen are welcome. For more information, call (302) 539-5231 or visit www.southcoastal.lib.de.us.?

Substance-abuse workshop — Delaware Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health (DSAMH) is hosting a series of community workshops to help people find access to treatment for themselves or loved ones suffering from addiction, with the Sussex County workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 14 at Delaware Technical Community College, Carter Partnership Center, 21179 College Drive, Georgetown. People can talk with treatment experts, learn about local services and supports, and attend a naloxone training class. For more information, contact the DSAMH at (302) 255-9480 or email dsamh.training@state.de.us. Addiction treatment and recovery services in Delaware and nearby states are listed online at www.HelpIsHereDE.com. The DHSS 24/7 Crisis Services Hotline for Sussex County is 1-800-345-6785.

Holiday Shopping Event — Beta Sigma Phi Sorority’s Preceptor Omega Chapter will hold a Holiday Shopping Event on Dec. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Miller’s Creek, 35123 Atlantic Avenue, Millville, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the sorority.

 

Dec. 14-16

Plant trees with Santa — On Dec. 14, 15 and 16, the public is being invited to get into the holiday spirit and give back to the earth. The Center for Inland Bays needs at least 100 volunteers to plant trees at Angola Neck Preserve, 22403 Waterview Road, located between Long Neck and Rehoboth Beach, to help prevent nutrient pollution and create habitat for birds and native wildlife for years to come. Santa will make an appearance on Thursday and Saturday mornings. Details and RSVP online at www.inlandbays.org/santa. Dress for the weather. The activity is considered appropriate for those 8 or older, but those younger than 18 must be accompanied by a guardian.

 

Dec. 16

Weekend Wonderland — Weekend Wonderland in Bethany Beach on Dec. 16 will include the chance to meet the Grinch and enjoy storytime at Tidepool Toys & Games before meeting Santa at Bethany Blues. Then, participants can make their way to the bandstand for the drawing of the grand-prize winner for Elf on the Shelf Bingo, as well as a night of caroling around the tree.

Community Christmas Sing-A-Long — Millville United Methodist Church, at corner of Route 26 and Clubhouse Road, will host a Community Christmas Sing-A-Long on Saturday, Dec 16, at 6 p.m., featuring singing, prizes and refreshments. Attendees are being asked to bring a canned food item for the food bank.

Lakeside Christmas Party — The Lakeside Community Home Owners Association will host a Christmas BYOB Cocktail & Dance Party on Dec. 16, 6 to 9 p.m. at Pot Nets Lakeside Community Center, 33076 Rock Cove, Long Neck. The event is open to the public. Music will be provided by Reedy’s D.J. Connection. Tickets cost $15 per person plus a non-perishable food items for the food bank. There will be hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, dips, antipasto, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets are available by calling (302) 945-1263 prior to Dec. 11. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Holiday Shop & Drop — Parents can drop off children ages 5 to 10 at the Rehoboth Art League’s Dec. 16 “Holiday Drop & Shop” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. While parents are free to shop, children will be creating holiday art projects with instructors. The cost is $60 per child. Registration is required, at www.rehobothartleague.org or (302) 227-8408, ext. 112.  The program will be held in the Children’s Studio at the RAL, located at 12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres, Rehoboth Beach.

Holiday train displays — The Delaware Seaside Railroad Club is presenting its 7th Annual Holiday Train Displays at the Georgetown Public Library on Saturdays, Dec. 16, and Jan. 6, free of charge. The display includes a 28-by-12-foot O-gauge layout with three trains and 16 dioramas, plus buttons to operate accessories; as well as a Thomas the Tank Engine layout, Polar Express layout and wooden Brio train table for younger kids. For more information, email georgetownpubliclibrary.org or delawareseasiderailroad.com or call Bill Ziegler at (302) 537-0964.

 

Dec. 16-17

‘Top of the World’ magical musical — Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville will host performances of “Top of the World: A Rolickin’ Family Magical Musical,” written by Rich Block, with music by Eric Tsavdar, at 7 p.m. on Dec.16 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 17. For reservations, visit DPTmagic.com.

 

Dec. 17

Town Peddler Holiday Open House — Millville Town Peddler will host a Holiday Open House Shopping Event, on Sunday, Dec. 17, starting at 2 p.m. The December Open House will feature product consultants from a number of companies. There will be special holiday sales, raffles, door prizes and more. For more information, contact Millville Town Peddler, 35308 Atlantic Avenue, (302) 381-5891, mtpeddler@verizon.net or visit www.mtpeddler.com.

‘Jingle Bell Beach’ — Mariners Bethel UMC in Ocean View will host a children’s production of “Jingle Bell Beach” at on Dec. 17. The public is welcome and the performance is free of charge.

 

Dec. 18

Discuss ‘Finding Noel’ — The Frankford Public Library will host a discussion of “Finding Noel” by Richard Paul Evans on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., “an inspiring story of the power of love and the wonder of Christmas.”

 

Dec. 19

Socrates Café — People from varied backgrounds will gather at Bethany Beach Christian Church  on Dec. 19 to discuss philosophical ideas from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The forum is open to all, and all questions and ideas are welcome. For more information, contact Rose Mary Hendrix at Rm.hendrix@mchsi.com or (302)?537-9417.

iPad Users Groups — The South Coastal Library will host its iPad User Groups on Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. The Rookies group is for those just getting started, while the Veterans group is for those who are ready for more advanced skills. For more information, call (302) 539-5231 or visit www.southcoastal.lib.de.us.

Wee Read Story Time — The Frankford Public Library will host Wee Read Story Time for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers, to promote early literacy, on Tuesday, Dec. 19, from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Lego Open Play — The Frankford Public Library at 8 Main Street, Frankford, will host Lego Open Play on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 5-6 p.m. No registration is required.

 

Dec. 20

Christmas in the Park — Frankford Town Park will be the site of Christmas in the Park on Dec. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., offering townsfolk and visitors the chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Santa house, and to enjoy cookies and hot cocoa while strolling through the park, enjoying the lights and sounds of the holiday season. Admission is free. Canned goods will be collected for local food pantries.

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 Dec. 20 from 2:30 to 3:30 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.

Democratic Holiday Luncheon — The Shore Democrats will host the Democratic Holiday Luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 11:30 a.m. at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club in Dagsboro, featuring live entertainment by the Camp Rehoboth Chorus. The group will be collecting children’s books for La Red. Those planning to attend should text their menu choice (beef tenderloin, chicken piccata, or barbecue glazed shrimp and scallops) by Dec. 15 to Bennettloric378@gmail.com..

Family Christmas craft — The Frankford Public Library will host a family-friendly Christmas craft on Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All supplies will be provided.

 

Dec. 21

Longest Night Service — Long Neck United Methodist Church, located at 32051 Long Neck Road, Long Neck, will host The Longest Night Service at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 21, to help those suffering through loss, hurt and absence during the holiday season, by gathering together on the longest night of the year “to support one another through song, the lighting of the Advent Wreath, the Word of God, Communion and prayer.”

AAUW meeting — The American Association of University Women Coastal-Georgetown Branch (AAUW) will meet on Thursday, Dec. 21, at Kings Creek Country Club in Rehoboth Beach from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The speaker from Read Aloud Delaware will focus on the importance of early literary skills for children. Interested members may wish to support early literacy by bringing a children’s book to donate (board books and picture books appropriate for young readers up to age 5). The books will be distributed at the Rehoboth Baby Pantry to local WIC families. Non-AAUW members may contact Sharon Stein at nsstein@comcast.net to reserve a place at the luncheon. For more information on membership, contact Pat at pqsheehy@comcast.net.

 

Dec. 23

Blue Christmas — The annual Blue Christmas Service at Mariners Bethel UMC on Central Avenue in Ocean View will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 23. The service is designed to be one of comfort and hope during the holidays.

Christmas Eve service — Frankford United Methodist Church will host a Christmas Eve service on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m. in place of the regular Sunday services. All are welcome.

 

Dec. 24

Christmas Eve at Mariners — Christmas Eve services at Mariners Bethel UMC in Ocean View will include Sunday services at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m., with a 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Service of Carols, a 7 p.m. Christmas Eve family services and an 11 p.m. Christmas Eve service with communion.

 

Dec. 28

Family movie night — The Frankford Public Library will host a family-friendly movie night on Thursday, Dec. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.?(The title has not yet been announced.)

 

Dec. 31

New Years prayers — Mariners Bethel UMC in Ocean View will host an “Open Sanctuary” event for prayers for the New Year from 4 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 31. The event is open to all.

 

Jan. 4

Public bingo — The Indian River Senior Center in Millsboro will host public bingo on Thursday, Jan. 4, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the games beginning at 7 p.m. Admission costs $15, which includes a basic package of 20 games, including some specials. The jackpot special is $25 in 50 numbers, with a $500 Cookie Jar. Light supper fare is available for a small fee. The IRSC is located behind the Wawa on Route 113, at 214 Irons Avenue, Millsboro. For more information, call (302) 934-8839 or visit indianriverseniorcenterde.com.

Dine-and-donate for cadet corps — Fins restaurant in the Sea Colony Marketplace near Bethany Beach will host a dine-and-donate fundraiser on Jan. 4 from 4 to 9 p.m., benefitting the National Defense Cadet Corps (formerly JROTC) at Indian River High School.

 

Jan. 6

Holiday train displays — The Delaware Seaside Railroad Club is presenting its 7th Annual Holiday Train Displays at the Georgetown Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 6, free of charge. The display includes a 28-by-12-foot O-gauge layout with three trains and 16 dioramas, plus buttons to operate accessories; as well as a Thomas the Tank Engine layout, Polar Express layout and wooden Brio train table for younger kids. For more information, email georgetownpubliclibrary.org or delawareseasiderailroad.com or call Bill Ziegler at (302) 537-0964.

 

Jan. 6-7

Jan. 6-7 — Railroad Club Open House — The Delmarva Model Railroad Club’s 32th Annual Holiday Open House will offer family-friendly fun in Delmar on Jan. 6-7 and Jan. 13-14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays, featuring more than 8,000 square feet of Z Scale, N Scale N Trak Modules, HO layout, S Gauge, O Gauge Tinplate, O Scale Lionel, and LGB (G gauge) train layouts. Admission and parking are free at the location at 103 E. State Street, Camelot Hall, 2nd floor, Delmar, next to St. Stevens United Methodist Church. For more information, visit www.delmarvamodelrailroadclub.org or call (302) 856-9250.