What to do? What to know!

Warm Up with ‘Wanderings’ at Scott

Scott Arboretum launches a season of its “Wanderings at One” series of informal presentations in which gardeners share their observations and learning from travels.

The Thursday afternoon series begins on February 2 with Charles Cresson and Sharee Solow, who traveled in Italy following the Scott Associates’ Tuscany garden tour, exploring yet more gardens and absorbing Italian culture.

On February 9, Jeff Jabco retraces his 2016 trip to old and new gardens in East Germany, East Berlin and Poland, with the International Clematis Society.

Talks — at 1 p.m. on Thursdays — are free and open to all at the cinema at Lang Performing Arts Center on the Swarthmore College campus.

Homemade Soup & Sandwich Sale
at Wesley A.M.E. Saturday

This Saturday, January 21, enjoy comfort food in your own home, or in the company of neighbors at Wesley A.M.E. Church, 232 Bowdoin Avenue in Swarthmore.

Church members are cooking up homemade soups, including chicken noodle, vegetable beef, 15 bean, chili, and chicken and dumplings. (Each $5.50 a serving, including cornbread.) Sandwich options are grilled chicken ($4) and grilled cheese ($2.50). A meal deal with soup and sandwich, brownie and soda is your best value, at $10.

Order ahead at (484) 479-3259; come pick up your meals between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the church.

Seek Inspiration in the Wild

Claudia West

Claudia West

When the weather outside is frightful, garden thoughts can be delightful. To bring some spring into your winter, plan to come to Claudia West’s upbeat garden talk on “The Inspiration of the Wild,” Monday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Mill in Rose Valley.

As co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World and an ecological sales manager for North Creek Nurseries, West will share ideas and optimism for a sensible, sustainable, aesthetically pleasing approach to design.

The Gardeners of Rose Valley present the talk at 9 Old Mill Lane. All are welcome; admission is $15 ($5 for students) for the talk and a reception and book signing following the lecture. Copies of West’s book will be available for sale that evening.

Snow date is Monday, Feb. 6. Check rosevalleyborough.org if weather is inclement.

Faith and Life: The ‘American Dream’

This Sunday, January 22, at 11:15 a.m., the public is invited to hear retired Penn State religion professor Bruce Stephens of Swarthmore and Shipley School English teacher Christine Hutchinson of Wallingford discuss the “American Dream” speech which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered at Lincoln University in 1961.

The talk is part of the Faith and Life class held at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue.

You, the Painter!

Get in touch with your artistic side at the Saturday, February 4, fundraiser for the Swarthmore Public Library from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

You’ll paint a lovely picture of sunflowers, with the help of Artsy Gal on the Go; socialize, eat and drink (BYOB; snacks and cups provided) with friends and neighbors.

Dress to get messy! Tickets are $35 apiece and can be purchased at the library or online at swarthmorepubliclibrary.org. Deadline is January 31.

What’s Cooking at Helen Kate?

Cookbook Club returns to the Helen Kate Furness Free Library on January 31.

It’s a delicious riff on book club: choose a recipe from either Michael Solomonov’s Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking or Alice Waters’s The Art of Simple Food. Make the recipe at home, bring it to the library at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday the 31st, and share delicious dishes with other local curious cooks.

Register in advance by calling (610) 566-9331, or at the library’s circulation desk, where you can browse the display copies of each cookbook. HKF Library is located at 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford.

One More River to Cross

Racism and Heterosexism: what are the similarities? The differences?

Reverend Dr. Jamie Washington of Baltimore speaks to the challenges faced by society today in the face of these forces. He will present a free talk entitled “One More River to Cross: The Intersection of Racism and Heterosexism” on Friday, January 27, at 4:30 p.m., at Chang Hou Hall, 101 Science Center on the Swarthmore College campus. All are welcome.

Election Post-Mortem at The Gathering Place

Raymond Hopkins

Raymond Hopkins

Raymond Hopkins, Swarthmore College professor emeritus of political science, will wrap up the recent Presidential election in his talk at The Gathering Place on Wednesday, January 25.

Hopkins’s talk at 12:30 p.m. will follow a light lunch at noon of soup and bread from Occasionally Yours (your donation will help defray costs), dessert and beverages.

The Gathering Place is held in the Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue. Call (610) 543-7810 with questions.

How to Run for Local Office

Tired of sitting on the sidelines? Learn how to run the race. Citizens with curiosity and drive can learn how to turn their ideas into action as candidates for school board and municipal offices, aided by a program sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Delaware County on Wednesday, February 1, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The workshop, presented by the LWV and the Penn State Cooperative Extension, provides an overview of elective government in Pennsylvania and covers the nuts and bolts of running for office. A panel of local officials imparts lessons from the trenches in a Q & A session.

The session will be held at the Media Borough Hall Parlor, 301 N. Jackson Street in Media. Cost is $25 per person; for information, call Peter Wulfhorst at (570) 296-3400 or e-mail ptw3@psu.edu. (Snow date: Feb. 6.)

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