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Begorrah! Leprechaun Leap Next Weekend

Celebrate spring and St. Patrick’s Day with a brisk run in the Leprechaun Leap 5-K race, sponsored by Tancredi Auto and Truck Repair to benefit Notre Dame de Lourdes School in Swarthmorewood.

There will also be a one mile fun run for kids age 10 and under. Both events begin (at 9 a.m.) and end at the school, Michigan Avenue and Fairview Road.

Race registration is available online at runtheday.com, and on race day. Information: babhoyer@gmail.com.

Get the Goods on the Co-op at TGP

Mike Litka, new general manager of the Swarthmore Co-op, visits The Gathering Place next Wednesday with an update on what’s going on at the store, including new activities, programs and initiatives.

At noon, a light catered lunch will precede the talk, which begins at 12:30 p.m.

The Gathering Place is at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue. All are welcome to this weekly program of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association.

Fight Back Against Scammers

How can you protect yourself against the scammers that seem to be proliferating, online, on the phone, and on your doorstep?

This Thursday, March 9, at 12:30 p.m., Anna Marie Hannum of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office will conduct a free presentation on the threat of scammers, and what you can do to thwart them.

The talk at Schoolhouse Center is open to all, but you should reserve your place in advance by calling (610) 237-8100. Schoolhouse Center is at 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom.

Take the Plunge with Donna Jo Napoli
and David Wiesner

Swarthmore College professor Donna Jo Napoli and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator David Wiesner will give an author talk at 4:30 p.m. and then sign copies of their new graphic novel Fish Girl on Wednesday, March 15, in the McCabe Library at Swarthmore College.

The signing kicks off an exhibition at McCabe called “Take the Plunge: Works of Donna Jo Napoli and David Wiesner,” which through May 7 will display original paintings and drafts, notes and correspondence between the collaborators. The talk and exhibition are free and open to the public.

LWV’s Hot Topic: Behavioral Health

The League of Women Voters of Central Delaware County will host the first Hot Topics luncheon of 2017 next Friday, March 10, at Media Borough Hall.

The increasingly important topic of “Behavioral/Mental Health Services in Delaware County: Structure, Access and Availability” will be discussed by Donna Holiday and Tracey Halliday of the county’s Office of Behavioral Health.

Luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. in the Community Room of borough hall, which is at Third and Jackson Streets in Media. To reserve your spot ($18) e-mail hthorne@verizon.net or call (610) 566-5474.

SUMC’s ‘Faith and Life’ Explores
Protestant Reformation

Beginning this Sunday at 11:30 a.m., Bruce Stephens, retired Religion professor at Penn State, will lead a three-session course on the Protestant Reformation on its 500th anniversary.

The class is part of the Faith and Life series at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue, and is open to all, free of charge.

Silly Joe at WPC Children’s Play Group

Popular local singer Silly Joe delights families this Saturday with his songs about the everyday lives of kids at the Children’s Play Group at Wallingford Presbyterian Church.

The Play Group welcomes children up to 5 years old and their parents and caregivers for the session on March 4 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The session at 110 E. Brookhaven Road is free and open to all; a free-will offering will be collected. For information, call Rachel Lindeman at (716) 228-6569.

Signs of Spring, Captivating Conifers
in Scott Events

Explore the early signs of spring in a free guided tour of the gardens and grounds of Scott Arboretum on Wednesday, March 15, from noon to 1 p.m. The tour leaves from Scott offices on College Avenue, unless the weather is inclement, in which case it will be canceled.

That Friday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, Scott curator Mary Tipping will host an intensive horticulture seminar on “Captivating Conifers.”

In addition to an exploration of the best conifers for our area and techniques for successfully growing them, attendees will receive a color booklet with plant facts and images of the species discussed.

The session at the Gillespie Room of Wister Center is open to Scott members (for $20) and nonmembers ($30). Space is limited, so reserve your spot at (610) 328-8025 or scottarboretum.org.

Richard Barnes and the Blackbird Society Orchestra will debut a performance of a 7-song set to close out their show of 1920’s jazz at the Community Arts Center on Sunday, March 12.

Richard Barnes and the Blackbird Society Orchestra will debut a performance of a 7-song set to close out their show of 1920’s jazz at the Community Arts Center on Sunday, March 12.

Blackbird Society Orchestra Flying Into CAC

Tri-State Jazz Society brings the music of the 1920s roaring back in a concert next Sunday afternoon, March 12, at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford. The Blackbird Society Orchestra, conservators and virtuoso performers of early jazz, will deliver a tribute to one of the most prominent Jazz Age bandleaders, Paul Whiteman.

For the first set of the 2 p.m. show, the 13-piece core Blackbird orchestra will play from its repertoire of 1920s jazz, recreated note for note from charts and vintage recordings.

After intermission, the ensemble will get even bigger, continuing the show with a 22-piece Paul Whiteman tribute band playing a 7 song set.

Tickets will be available at the door at $10 for first time attendees and members of the TSJS, $20 for other adults, and free for children and students with ID.

Information is at tristatejazz.org. CAC is at 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford.

Purim Carnival at Ohev Shalom

Congregation Ohev Shalom invites all children and their families to come in costume to its Purim Carnival and Costume Contest, next Sunday, March 12. The celebration begins at 9 a.m. with the reading of the Megillah (Book of Esther) and continues through 12:30 p.m.

The costume contest recognizes best overall, best character, scariest, funniest, and best Purim-related. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the contest starts at 9:30.

The carnival — including a moon bounce, games, arts & crafts, a bake sale and café, and prizes — starts at 10:30 a.m. Congregation Ohev Shalom is at 2 Chester Road in Wallingford. Admission is $8 per child, or $20 for all children in a family.

Fly to See ‘These Birds Walk,’ and Talk

These Birds Walk is one of the best foreign films of the 21st century, according to the New Yorker. It will be screened at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 13, at Swarthmore College’s Science Center 101.

Following the screening of this full-length feature, director and cinematographer Omar Mullick will discuss his 2013 film, which follows a runaway boy in Karachi, Pakistan, chronicling the struggles and resilience of street children and the humanitarians who watch out for them.

The free screening and talk are part of a new speaker series at the college entitled “Reflections from the Field.”

Midday Monday

University of Delaware Percussion Ensemble performs the free Midday Monday concert on Monday, March 13, at 12:30 p.m.

The ensemble, directed by Harvey Price, will be guest-conducted by Chen Zimbalista in performance of percussion works from the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Midday Monday concerts are at Lang Concert Hall on the Swarthmore College campus. No tickets or reservations are required. Bring a lunch if you’d like to eat during the one-hour performance.

Jeannine Osayunde (far right) and her Performing Arts Company, Dunya.

Jeannine Osayunde (far right) and her Performing Arts Company, Dunya.

Sunday at the River with Dunya

This Sunday at the Brandywine River Museum, Swarthmorean Jeannine Osayunde leads Dunya Performing Arts Company in an exploration of West African drum and dance traditions as part of the PNC Arts Alive “Rhythm and Hues” program.

Life force patterns and rhythms permeate the dance, drum, song, and oral traditions expressed in the Dunya Company’s performances at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Osayunde says, “Dunya means ‘life,’ but also ‘the world,’ and we call this event a passport journey: we travel to the culture and the traditions of the Mali Empire through storytelling, through music, through dance.”

Families are encouraged to come together to “Rhythm and Hues” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to the Dunya company’s “passport journey,” visitors will also find inspiration in the museum’s collection of visual art and in the special exhibition “From Homer to Hopper: Experiment and Ingenuity in American Art.”

Brandywine River Museum is on U.S. Route 1 at the Brandywine River in Chadds Ford, PA. Museum admission is also free during this event on Sunday, March 5. More information is at brandywine.org.

Brush Up Driving Skills in SCS Refresher

Senior Community Services of Delaware County will conduct a 4-hour AARP refresher driving course on Thursday, March 16, at the Brookhaven Municipal Building at 2 Cambridge Road.

Enrolment is limited to those who can show that they’ve taken the 8-hour AARP course (by certificate, cancelled check, or insurance statement).

The cost is $15 for AARP members with card, and $20 for others. The class runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You must preregister with Lori at SCS, (484) 496-2138.

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