What to do? What to know?

Cleanup Day in Little Crum Creek Park

The Swarthmore Environmental Advisory Council needs volunteers to help begin its fall cleanup of Little Crum Creek Park on Saturday, October 15, beginning at the gazebo at 9 a.m. and ending about noon.

Work will include removing invasive vines, grasses, and weeds, and rebuilding the wood chip path below the gazebo. Wheelbarrows and garden rakes, pruners, and loppers are necessary tools if you have them. If you can provide extras, please do so. Be sure they are marked with you name so they can be returned to you. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.

Scouts and high-school students, this is an opportunity to fulfill those community service hours that reward you with badges and Honor Society recognition — plus helping your community park. Snacks and water provided.

This event is sponsored by the Swarthmore Environmental Advisory Council. If you have questions, please contact susankelly339@gmail.com.

Dropoff This Sunday, Jumble Sale
Next Saturday at Swarthmore Meetinghouse

What makes the annual Swarthmore Friends Jumble Sale such a big deal? All the good stuff that’s donated by members and neighbors the Sunday preceding the sale.

The Jumble Sale dropoff is this Sunday, October 16, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Friends Meetinghouse at 12 Whittier Place. Bring your gently used clothing and household items (but nothing with a compressor or a screen) to donate.

The following Saturday, October 22, the sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the meetinghouse. There is no admission charge, and bargains abound amidst the handcrafts and recycled and re-purposed merchandise.

Coffee and donuts are available at 8:30 a.m.; homemade soups are served up for lunch, and baked goods will also be for sale. There will be a silent auction of goods, services, and experiences during this festive event that raises funds for Swarthmore Friend’s benevolent work in local communities.

Information is at swarthmorefriendsmeeting.org/content/jumble-sale.

Valerie Smith on Liberal Arts
at Swarthmore Discussion Group

On Wednesday, October 19, Swarthmore College President Dr. Valerie Ann Smith will be the guest speaker at the Swarthmore Discussion Group’s monthly dinner meeting.

Dr. Smith will discuss ways in which the practices of a liberal arts education can cultivate the skills of democratic citizenship, including the ability to respectfully express dissent, to demonstrate curiosity when met with differences, and to work alongside those from diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences.

The evening begins with dinner at 6 p.m. and Dr. Smith’s talk over dessert. Tickets cost $45. The event will take place at The Inn at Swarthmore.

For more information contact Mary Carr at (610) 957-6132.

One Book; 100 Things to Do in Philadelphia

Author Irene Levy Baker LOVEs Franklin Square’s Philly Mini Golf course, one of her 100 Things to Do in Philadelphia Before You Die.

Author Irene Levy Baker LOVEs Franklin Square’s Philly Mini Golf course, one of her 100 Things to Do in Philadelphia Before You Die.

Got something to do on October 29? On that Saturday at 3 p.m., Irene Levy Baker will read from her new book 100 Things to Do in Philadelphia Before You Die.

In her free talk at the Swarthmore Campus and Community Store, Baker will share a few of the sights to see and places to go in Philadelphia and suburbs, talk about her work, and sign copies of the book, which is available at the store.

The Campus and Community Store is at 4 South Chester Road in Swarthmore.

Opioid Abuse and its Consequences at TGP

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Tricia Stouch with her daughter, Pamela.

Join neighbors and members of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens’ Association for an important program about the current opiod addiction scourge in our area.

The Gathering Place welcomes speaker Tricia Stouch, whose 19-year-old daughter died after two years of drug abuse. Tricia was determined to educate herself and others about prescription drugs. She will speak at 12:30, and all are welcome. Bring a bag lunch; dessert and beverages will be provided. For more information, call (610) 952-0649.

‘Evening of the Arts’ Coming October 27

The Cathy Miller Cancer Fund (CMCF) is an organization which supports families, in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area, whose loved ones have been diagnosed with cancer. It also strives to raise money and awareness to find a cure for the disease.

On Thursday, October 27, CMCF with be holding an Evening of the Arts from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Inn at Swarthmore and the Swarthmore Campus and Community Store.

There will be performances by Jeff Coon, Isabelle Gottfried, and Katie Sparling on piano. There will also be a book signing held by local author Bruce Mowday.

The cost for the event is $50 per person or $25 for students with ID. Ticket price includes light refreshments and a glass of wine. All proceeds will benefit the Cathy Miller Cancer Fund and the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge.

Tickets are available online at cathymillercancerfund.org or e-mail Graceann.DiAndrea@officedepot.com.

Test Drive SHHS Seniors to Prom

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Take a free ride in a new Lincoln on Saturday, October 22, and support the Strath Haven Class of 2017 in raising funds for its post-Prom event next May.

On that Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Springfield Lincoln Ford will bring a fleet of Lincolns to Strath Haven Middle School at 200 S. Providence Road in Wallingford. For each licensed driver age 18 and older who test drives one of the cars, the dealership will donate $20 towards the SHHS Class of 2017 post-Prom event.

Test drives last about 15 minutes.

Rose Valley Plans Masquerade

Mystery and magic will permeate the atmosphere at Thunderbird Lodge on Saturday, October 29, during the Masquerade in Rose Valley.

Attire is “come as you will,” and prizes will be awarded for the most inventive costumes on display in this evening of refreshments, music and dancing.

At a reception beginning at 5 p.m., guests will experience a preview of the museum, and during the evening will bid in an arts and crafts antiques auction. The party continues until 9 p.m.

Tickets are $75 apiece for this Halloween party for grownups. The event will raise funds for the Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society, which is committed to establishing a public museum at Thunderbird Lodge, 41 Rose Valley Road.

Information is at rosevalleymuseum.org and (610) 627-1210.

‘An Evening With Krissy Fraelich’ at Media Theatre

Krissy Fraelich will return to Media Theatre on Monday, October 17, for a special one-night-only cabaret.

“An Evening with Krissy Fraelich” is a part of the Media Theatre Cabaret Series and will be performed in the Crystal Room at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. The Crystal Room is on the second floor of the theatre.

Fraelich will be joined by Peter Hilliard on piano and Justin Yoder on cello. Premium seating is $40 to $50 per person; general admission tickets are $25 each.

There are a limited number of seats available for this special event, call (610) 891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org to reserve.

Tour Delaware County Studios This Sunday

Several local artists are among those opening their studios to art aficionados on Sunday, October 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The first Delaware County Studio Tour includes 45 artists working in 17 studios around the county. Rose Valley painter Ann Guidera-Matey and jewelry maker Deborah Flanagan welcome visitors to see their work at Heron Crest Studios, #13, at Red Hill and Mount roads in Aston.

Information on the tour and the artists is at Delawarecountystudiotour.com.

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