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Bryan Stevenson Visits Swarthmore March 1

Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson

Next Wednesday, March 1, at 7 p.m., activist and author Bryan Stevenson will speak at Swarthmore College’s Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema on “American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference.”

The talk is free and open to the college community with ID at 6 p.m. or later, and to the public, who may enter beginning at 6:20 p.m. Stevenson’s talk will run from 7 to 7:45 p.m., followed by a Q & A session, and then a book signing through 9 p.m.

Copies of Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption will be available at both LPAC and the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store for purchase. The event caps the college’s recognition of Black History Month, and continues the campus wide exploration of public discourse and democracy.

Save the Date for Beef & Beverage at CADES

Eat, drink and raise money at the Sixth Annual Beef and Beverage event held for the benefit of CADES from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 11.

The lower gym is the setting for this adults-only shindig, which features live music from Mr. Nick’s Band, door prizes, and opportunities to break your Lenten resolutions.CADES is located at 401 Rutgers Avenue in Swarthmore. Information is at cades.org.

Mayor Tim Kearney

Mayor Tim Kearney

TGP Welcomes the Mayor

Swarthmore Mayor Tim Kearney will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the Gathering Place on Wednesday, March 1.

At 12:30 p.m., he will reprise the State of the Borough address which he delivered to Borough Council, and will answers questions from those attending. Come at noon for a light lunch catered by Occasionally Yours.

TGP meets at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue.

Save The Date, Save Your Garden

The Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group hosts its annual March Into Spring on the first Saturday of spring, March 25, at Delaware County Community College in Media. The program begins at 8:15 a.m. and continues through 3 p.m.

This eagerly awaited, enthusiastically attended conference features lectures and talks by a half-dozen eminent garden and tree experts on topics both timely — the emerald ash borer and organic problem solving — and timeless — plant breeding, garden design, and reviving civic gardens.

Vendors offer all manner of plants, garden equipment and supplies, and books. A silent auction offers visitors a bid on unique experiences and goods.

Information on the event, pricing and registration are available at hardyplant.org/2017-march-into-spring. DCCC is at 901 S. Media Line Road (at Route 252).

SSCA Annual Meeting is Saturday

Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association will hold its annual meeting this Saturday, February 25, in the Centennial Room of Swarthmore United Methodist Church.

Gather between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. for coffee and refreshments; the business meeting begins at 10 a.m. with reports, voting on a new board member and a revision to the mission statement, and a general discussion about the direction and future contributions of the SSCA to its community.

Following the business meeting, Ann Torregrossa will speak to the latest recommendations and actions stemming from the work of the Aging-in-Place task force she chaired in 2015. SUMC is located at 129 Park Avenue.

Register Now for Nature’s Narratives

Nature is in extraordinary peril, and the more we intervene, the less wild endangered species often become.

But science is evolving, and the promising work in species preservation is discussed in this month’s Nature’s Narratives book group at Scott Arboretum on Wednesday, March 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The book in question this month is Resurrection Science by journalist M. R. O’Connor.

Visit scottarboretum.org to register, or call Scott offices at (610) 328-8025.

Wanderings at One Goes South. WAY South.

Next Thursday, March 2, Scott associate Gail Hale of Rose Valley leads a virtual tour through the frigid land of Antarctica, where she recently traveled and spent time with penguins, seals, and several bird species.

She also visited an old research station and a Chilean naval base, and will share some of the highlights of her voyage in Wanderings at One, Scott Arboretum’s free travel talks series, which meets at 1 p.m. at the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema.

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