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Kindergarteners serve Friday’s meal of tomato soup, cornbread, and salad.

Farm to Desk Dining in Rose Valley

It’s lunchtime at the School in Rose Valley, and about 100 students prepare to share a meal with their classmates. Kindergarteners ladle tomato soup into bowls for one another. A 3rd grader tells her class that white beans make this soup “thicker than traditional recipes.” Upperclassmen bustle to and from the kitchen with salads, tableware and drinks.

Lunch is not so much a break from learning as a continuation of it at this progressive school, where food awareness has become an increased area of focus, integrating many areas of knowledge into each school day for students from kindergarten through 6th grade.

“We’ve had family style lunches here forever; it’s an important part of our identity,” said SRV Head of School Rod Stanton. “Serving and eating lunch together teaches social and emotional skills as well as responsibility and interdependence.” But the cost of food and a full-time lunch chef make the program an expensive component of the tuition, and Stanton said that when he arrived at SRV two-plus years ago, the lunch plan was at a crossroads. “We could cancel it, or we could go all-in.”

After extensive conversations with teachers, parents, students, and alumni, Stanton decided that SRV would go all-in. “I got a sense…

Go Green at Scott Arboretum Holiday Sale

Choose the perfect wreath, winter berries, greens, and other holiday decorations at the Scott Arboretum holiday sale December 2. Photo by D. Mattis.

The best holiday decorations start with the freshest greens, and nowhere will you find a fresher, more varied array of locally collected natural foliage and accents than at the annual Scott Arboretum Selections Holiday Sale on Saturday, December 2, at Scott’s Wister Center on the Swarthmore College campus.

Long-lasting, well-made wreaths designed by Scott volunteers and staff are available for purchase, as well as the materials to make your own..

Entrance is free to this family affair. In addition to the greens sale, your gang can roast marshmallows over the fire, warm up with hot cider, hot chocolate and snacks; create nature crafts and take in kids’ storytime at 1:15 p.m.; get holiday decorating inspiration from experts, and get a start on gift shopping with unique gifts and plants. A special “Berries and Bark” Garden tour of the arboretum…

YPTW Presents A-Plus Staging
of ‘Schoolhouse Rock Jr.’

t’s back to school next weekend for cast members of YPTW’s Schoolhouse Rock Jr., including (back row, l. to r.): Miranda Graves of Swarthmore, Anna Mannix of Springfield, Ellie Gordon of Media and Natalie Caputo of Swarthmore, and (front row, l. to r.): Joe Perullo of Swarthmore, Will Rubin and Rodrigo Perez-Gasiba of Media.

Young People’s Theatre Workshop, celebrating its 40th year, is presenting the delightfully educational musical Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr. on December 1 and 2 at (where else?) Swarthmore-Rutledge School on College Avenue in Swarthmore.

The cast is comprised of 50 YPTW members in grades 2 through 8. Over the course of four weekends of vigorous rehearsal, the cast and crew has put together a toe-tapping production that will instruct and entertain. Songs which may be familiar from the beloved Saturday morning cartoon series include “Unpack your Adjectives,” “Interplanet Janet,” “I’m Just a Bill,” and …

Catch ‘Little Mermaid’ at PCS through December 9

Ben Long and Stacy DiCandilo star as Prince Eric and Ariel in the Players Club’s production of The Little Mermaid. Photo by Renee Grant.

The Players Club of Swarthmore makes a splash with the Disney family musical The Little Mermaid, which opens Friday, November 24, for 12 performances at PCS, 614 Fairview Ave. in Swarthmore.

Ryan Stone directs the action in the magical undersea kingdom, where Ariel (Stacy DiCandilo, Springfield), longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy King Triton (Richard Johnson, Secane), her father and king of all the sea, escape the clutches of Ursula (Shelli Haynes Ezold, Havertown), the evil sea witch, and convince Prince Eric (Ben Long, …

Undergraduates and Inmates Turn Pedagogy
Inside-Out at Chester Prison

By Lisa Shen

Professor Keith Reeves with students in an Inside-Out program during a prior semester. Photo credit: Laurence Kesterson, Swarthmore College Photographer.

Revolutionary both in the composition of the class and the challenges it makes to orthodox approaches to criminal justice, a Swarthmore College course this fall has afforded undergraduates the opportunity to learn from and learn with inmates at the Chester State Correctional Institution (SCI.) In Professor Keith Reeves’s “Politics of Punishment” class, 15 Swarthmore students attend classes at the SCI alongside 15 inmates. Together, the carefully chosen participants in this course — part of the “Inside-Out” exchange program founded in Philadelphia 20 years ago — examine the extensive racial and class disparities in the criminal justice system, and question the standard narrative …

Preview and Shop Handcrafted Holiday Sale
at CAC Party November 30

Community Arts Center and The Potters Guild will transform the Duke Gallery at CAC into a holiday gift market featuring one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pieces of fine craft and pottery for the annual Holiday Sale.

A day before the opening of the annual Handcrafted Holiday Sale at Wallingford’s Community Arts Center, guests can preview and shop the sale inventory during a preview party on Thursday, November 30, in CAC’s Duke Gallery at 414 Plush Mill Road. The party, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., is open to all, offering light refreshments, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, live piano music by Jeff Knoettner, and a performance by Media Chamber Chorale, all for a $5 admission fee. From December 1 through 9, the artisan market will feature one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pieces of fine craft and pottery created by 30 members of the Potters Guild and 30 others among the region’s finest artists in a festive holiday atmosphere. From Monday, December 4, through …

Anna Bruno Makes a Splash in Whitewater
By Andrea Bruno

Anna Bruno performing a “Helix.”

The biggest event of the year in freestyle whitewater starts Monday, November 27, in San Juan, Argentina, where the top playboaters from around the world will gather to compete, performing moves and tricks like those done by snowboarders, surfers or skaters (spins, aerial loops, flips, and turns) in a feature called a hole where the water pours over a drop and recirculates back upstream. Dozens of events at White Water Park on Rio San Juan, downstream of the Ullum dam, will be live streamed through December 2 at

One of these international paddlers is my daughter, Swarthmore native Anna Bruno. Anna’s dream of becoming part of the U.S. Whitewater Team began 10 years ago when a group of whitewater kayaking friends encouraged her to participate in the U.S. team trials in Colorado. Although her efforts were valiant, she knew she had a lot of work to do to …

A Classic Carol, Played with Perfect Pitch

Community members join professional actors in the cast of Hedgerow Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol.

On November 24, Hedgerow Theatre opens one of our area’s most cherished holiday gifts with its 25th annual staging of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

A Christmas Carol is a timeless story of the redemption of a man to his better self — we choose to shut ourselves off from our humanity, and we can choose to embrace it,” said adaptor and director Jared Reed.

Professional actors are joined by community members, creating an ensemble that expresses the joy and fellow-feeling of the season in Hedgerow’s Dickens-era grist mill theatre, making for a warm and memorable experience. “Hedgerow prides itself on telling great stories and bringing …

Remember Home for the Holidays
Next Saturday!

Swarthmore’s annual Home for the Holidays celebration comes around next Saturday, December 2, with all the joy you remember, and a new race to kick off the day.

The Santa 5K run (costumes encouraged) goes off at 8:45 a.m. in its first ever tour of the borough (no doubt scouting routes for present delivery). Santa himself returns aboard the Polar Express in the evening, leading a festive ramble.

From 2:30 in the afternoon into the evening, enjoy games and readings, music and dance, arts and crafts, food and drink, and carriage rides.

Register for the run and book carriage rides in advance through, where you’ll find the lowdown on all the festivities.

Crum Woods & Creek Restoration Meeting Dec. 5

The Crum Woods Stewardship Committee invites all neighbors and interested parties to a discussion on Tuesday, December 5, of the 10-Year Crum Woods and Crum Creek Restoration Plan prepared by Applied Ecological Services.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Cunniff Hall, Science Center 199 on the Swarthmore College campus. Committee co-chairs Jeff Jabco and Liz Nichols will introduce the …

On the Mariner East 2 Pipeline

George Alexander

Next Sunday, December 3, concerned neighbors of Sunoco’s planned natural gas pipeline will air their knowledge and opinions of the company and its project at Swarthmore Friends Meeting House, 12 Whittier Place. The talk is entitled “The Mariner East 2 pipeline: how it came to be, why it is so bad, and what we can do about it.”

Media resident and Swarthmore Friends Meeting member George Alexander will present background based on his investigations of the pipeline and Sunoco’s conduct in environmental and safety matters in Pa. Rich and …

Hometown Collective Fine Craft Show

What better way to make the holidays warmer than by shopping locally, and supporting local crafters? Next Saturday, December 2, Providence Friends Meeting House hosts the Hometown Collective Fine Craft Show, a holiday show and sale representing the unique and affordable creations of some of the Delaware County area’s most accomplished crafters.

You’ll find art quilts, metal sculpture, wooden furniture, baskets, jewelry, pottery, and other artisanal works. Admission (along with a raffle ticket) is free to the show, which runs …

Furness Library To Host Author Talks In December

Local authors Annabel Annuo Liu and David Komarnicki will discuss and read from their works in separate talks at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library in early December. To register for either or both of these free talks, sign up at the front desk or call HKF at 610-566-9331.

Annabel Liu speaks at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 5, at the library. The Shanghai-born writer is a bilingual author of literary essays, short stories, a novel, and three memoirs, the third of which is her latest effort, When Chopsticks Meet Apple Pie: Cross-cultural Musings on Life, Family, and Apple Pie.

David Komarnicki’s book Five Stars in the Window: Growing Up During World War Two recounts his childhood as one of ten siblings in Chester, Pa. His talk will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 6, at the Library at 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford.

Schoolhouse Offers Safe Holiday Shopping Course

The internet can be a scary place, but you can learn to shop safely at home with tips and website intel, to be shared at a course from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, at Schoolhouse Center in Folsom. The cost for Schoolhouse members is $17; it’s …

Few Questions for Mary Walk, Swarthmorean and recently elected Delaware County Register of Wills:

Did you like campaigning, and did you expect to win?
On the morning of the election it crossed my mind that we could win. I knew I had done everything I could. I loved the campaign; we were all over the county, and I got to meet a lot of great people.

What was impetus for you to become a candidate?
I was asked to run. I thought it sounded interesting, I had time to do it, and I said yes at a very fortunate time. Delco has been under Republican rule for more than 100 years, and I ran with a slate of people who are what I hope will be the first wave of Dems in county office.

How did your career prepare you for the job functions of Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans Court? The Register of Wills must be …

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