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WSCC Courses Open For Spring Registration

Dan Snyder teaching an iPhone course.

Dan Snyder teaching an iPhone course.

Lifelong learners, it’s back to school time. Wallingford-Swarthmore Community Classes begin the spring semester on February 27, with a broad and lively curriculum including evening and daytime classes in subjects both fun and thought-provoking, sporty, arty and enriching.

WSCC has presented classes for the community for more than 50 years, conducted by accomplished instructors, and offered at reasonable prices.

WSCC’s spring classes are offered on various days at Strath Haven High School in Wallingford, Swarthmore Borough Hall and Hobbs Coffee in Swarthmore.

To investigate the array of courses, visit wscc.wscclasses.org, where you can enroll online or print a registration form to mail.

Early Birds Get the Shirt

Sprint into spring in the Leprechaun Leap 5K Run/Walk, coming Saturday, March 11, to Swarthmorewood and surrounding neighborhoods.

Early bird registration is open now through February 14; early birds receive a race T-shirt. Preregistration continues through March 10, and race day registration will begin at 8 a.m.

The 5K race begins at 9 a.m. at Notre Dame de Lourdes School, 990 Fairview Road in Ridley Township. At 9:30 a.m., a one-mile fun run for kids up to age 10 will circle the track adjacent to the finish line. Awards will be given to top male and female finishers in age groups from ages 1-5 to 60-plus.

Early bird registration is $20 for the 5K and $10 for the fun run, online at www.runtheday.com/registration/race_info/leprechaun-leap-run-2017.

Family sponsorships, including a registration and T-shirt commemoration, are $50.

The Leprechaun Leap is sponsored by Tancredi Auto & Truck Repair; proceeds will go to benefit the Notre Dame de Lourdes School.

Come Fly With Me: Visions of the Earth and Sky

Bob Goren takes photos when he flies. While others sleep fitfully, watch movies, or commune with their devices, he shoots sunsets, sunrises, vistas of sky, clouds, earth and sea.

These photos, and tales of the trips they commemorate, will be Goren’s subject in the February 16 episode of Wanderings at One, presented in the cinema of the Lang Performing Arts Center at Swarthmore College.

Wanderings at One, the Scott Arboretum’s series of talks and demonstrations on travel and nature, is held weekly on Thursdays between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Next Weekend’s Playlist: Music of Many Cultures

On Friday, February 10, at the Lang Concert Hall, Gerard Edery sings songs inspired by the Song of Songs. In a solo concert, he will deliver songs in various languages and musical traditions.

The following afternoon, The Spirit of Sepharad brings world music in the modes of flamenco and Sephardic music, dance, song, words and art. From 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the ensemble presents a workshop and discussion at the Boyer Dance Studio.

At 8 p.m., the multidisciplinary artists move to the stage at the Pearson Hall Theatre in Lang Performing Arts Center. The events are free and open to all.

Chanting at Trinity

Haunting and distinctive, Gregorian chant is the oldest known repertory of Western music, originating in Western Europe, perhaps 1,200 years ago. Today, those of younger vintage can enjoy singing and hearing it locally.

Each Wednesday, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., all are invited to experience chant at Trinity Church at College Avenue and Chester Road in Swarthmore. No experience or commitment is required to take part in “A Quiet Night and a Perfect End.”

Contact James Blasina with questions at jblasina1@swarthmore.edu.

Psychiatric Society to Explore ‘Brave Transitions’

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society meets this Saturday, February 4, at the Inn at Swarthmore for a brunch program focusing on sexual and gender identity today.

The group will hear from Pennsylvania Physician General Rachel Levine and psychiatrists from the Masoni Center, the University of Pennsylvania, and Einstein Health.

The program runs from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Inn, 10 South Chester Road. Cost is $50 at the door; more information is at (888) 723-2501.

Making Valentines at TGP

The Gathering Place hosts an intergenerational Valentine’s Day party next Wednesday, February 8, with a visit from Michael Haines and his 2nd grade class from Swarthmore-Rutledge School, along with homeroom mother Colleen Murphy.

Following lunch at noon (soup and bread from Occasionally Yours, or bring your own), members of the class and of TGP will join to craft Valentines cards and enjoy snacks. TGP meets weekly at Swarthmore United Methodist Church at 129 Park Avenue.

Gun Violence: Moving Toward Action at SUMC

Fran Stier

Fran Stier

In this Sunday’s Faith and Life class at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, Fran Stier, head of the Chester/Delco chapter of Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence, applies her actuarial skills to analysis of issues of particular concern to those who live and work in our neighboring city of Chester.

Stier will discuss “what we know about gun violence, and what are we can do about it.” The February 5 class meets at 11:15 a.m. following worship services at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue. For more information, call (610) 543-2110.

Sugarcoated Arsenic at LPAC Cinema

Filmmaker Claudrena Harold shows and talks about the film “Sugarcoated Arsenic,” which she wrote and Kevin Jerome directed.

The film explores African American social, political, and intellectual life at the University of Virginia during the 1970s, and attempts to create a community within the university. Both filmmakers are professors at UVA.

The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the cinema at Lang Performing Arts Center on the Swarthmore College campus. It is free and open to all.

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