Nature’s Narratives at Scott
Join fellow garden enthusiasts and book lovers for this meeting of the Nature’s Narratives book discussion group on Wednesday, January 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The book to be discussed at this meeting is titled The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History written by Elizabeth Kolbert, which highlights scientists current monitoring of a potential sixth extinction. This is predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.
The discussion is free and open to the public, however advanced registration is required. One copy of the book is available for members to check out of the Scott Arboretum Horticultural Library.
For more information, call (610) 328-8025 or visit scottarboretum.org.
Barbone Street Jazz Band:
Dixieland with Extra Swing
Eminent clarinetist Steve Barbone brings his hard-swinging Dixieland group to headline the next session of the Tri-State Jazz Society on January 15, at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford.
The Barbone Street Jazz Band will take the stage at 2 p.m. on Sunday, the 15th, for an afternoon of traditional jazz by one of the area’s hottest combos.
General admission is $20 at the door, tickets are half-price for first-time guests as well as members of the Jazz Society. Students (with ID) and children get in free.
Community Arts Center is located at 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford. For more information on the show visit tristatejazz.org or call (856) 720-0232.
The Abstract Becomes Real at CAC
Community Arts Center’s annual “Abstraction” exhibition opens this Sunday, January 8, with a reception at CAC’s Duke Gallery, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Abstract Workshop coordinator Nancy Markezin and nearly 20 of the group’s members are represented in the show, which will be on display throughout January.
Other shows open on Sunday include works by Lora Lavin, mixed media by Deena Ball, ceramics by Lucy Edwards, and student work in paintings, drawings, and ceramics. The reception and all shows at CAC are free and open to the public.
Community Arts Center is at 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford. For information, visit communityartscenter.org.
Berries, Bark, and Buds: Walk With the Curator
On Wednesday, January 18, Scott Arboretum curator and plant recorder Mary Tipping will lead a walking tour of the arboretum, with particular attention to the diversity of winter interest in the landscape, and suggestions on how you can develop it in your garden.
Both novice gardeners and experts can enjoy this in-depth look at Scott’s collections, gardens, and plant selections. The one-hour tour will leave at noon from arboretum offices at 500 College Avenue, unless inclement weather forces cancellation.
For information, visit scottarboretum.org or call (610) 328-8025.
Co-op Look for Board Directors
Michael Markowicz, chair of the Nominating Committee for the Swarthmore Co-op, is looking for volunteers among members to fill four upcoming vacancies on its board of directors.
“Candidates should share a commitment to supporting the well-being and mission of this 80-year-old cooperative, which provides local and sustainable food while serving all the functions of a community grocery store,” Markowicz said. “Directors need not be Swarthmore residents, but must be Co-op members. New board members will be elected in April, 2017, and serve three-year terms.”
To learn more about the Co-op, its board, goals and functions, contact Michael at email@example.com.
Dealing with Grief and Loss
Natalia Volz, a certified grief counselor who lives in Swarthmore, will speak at the January 11 session of the Gathering Place on the difficult challenges posed by the loss of a loved one, and the process of passing through grief.
The Gathering Place meets at noon on Wednesdays at the Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue. A light lunch will be served, and Natalia’s talk will begin at 12:30 p.m. All are welcome; no reservations are required.
Players Club Premieres Enter Laughing
Opening tonight at the Players Club of Swarthmore, Enter Laughing is a wry evocation of New York’s theater world of the 1930s, when characters and character actors made Broadway the Great White Way.
Carl Reiner’s autobiographical novel of the same name tells of David Kolowitz as an aspiring actor in a perspiring theater ensemble, inspired by his dream of fame. Reiner’s story is the basis for Joseph Stein’s classic comedy, which has laughs aplenty for audience members of most ages.
The Players Club production is directed by Paul Kerrigan and stars Mike Sokolowski of Philadelphia, among a cast of 14 actors from the city and Delaware County.
Performances at the theater (614 Fairview Road) are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. The January 15 matinee performance will precede a talkback session with the artists. The run continues through January 21.
Information and tickets are available at pcstheater.org.
SPNDS Hosts Parent Info Night
The Swarthmore Presbyterian Nursery Day School invites parents of preschool aged children to attend parent information night at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11.
The session will provide insight into the school’s play-based learning, guided by experienced teachers.
The meeting will be held at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, 727 Harvard Ave. Parents are asked to leave their children at home; tours for families begin January 27, and the application deadline for fall 2017 is March 4. Call (610) 543-2861 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resolve to Help Develop Literacy
If you are looking to help others develop life skills during 2017, the Delaware County Literacy Council would like to talk to you.
DCLC, based at 2217 Providence Avenue in Chester, seeks adults to provide one-on-one literacy tutoring in either adult basic education or English as a second language.
No previous tutoring or teaching experience is required; DCLC offers 12 hours of training to volunteers, as well as free tutoring materials and support.
If you are a patient and compassionate individual with an interest in tutoring, make a resolution to get in touch with DCLC at (610) 876-4811 or via delcoliteracy.org.