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The Gathering Place Hosts
Garden Photographer Bob Crane

Bob Crane

Bob Crane

Bob Crane of Wayne, N.J., is a polymath: a gardener and photographer, an author, herbalist, bowhunter and bushcrafter (whatever that is).

On Wednesday, March 15, Mr. Crane will visit the Gathering Place to share his extraordinary photography, thoughts and favorite jazz in a multimedia show entitled, “A Peek Inside — The Artist’s Garden.”

Come at noon for lunch — soup and roll form Occasionally Yours (for a small donation), or bring your own. Dessert and beverages are provided. The show begins at 12:30 p.m. The Gathering Place is at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue.

Z Club: Making Superheroes!

Starting next weekend, Stage One Performing Arts Complex is an incubator for the next generation of superheroes as it hosts Z Club: The Making of a Superhero. In the play, four friends share a love of performing. Each has a secret superpower, but it is only when they meet a mysterious “new kid” in school that they realize their shared destiny.

The play is kind of an origin story for Z Club, a group which meets once a month in several east coast locations. The organization sets out “to help kids discover the superhero within as they discuss skills and values that children need to succeed in life,” said co-founder Lindsy Ray. The student members share a love of performance — acting, singing, dancing — and while they develop those skills together, they discover the aspects of their personalities that make each person unique.

The Stage One production has cast members from Virginia to New York, including 11-year olds Hannah Downing of Wynnewood and Camir Jones of Collingdale. Performances are Saturdays, March 18 and 25, at 7 p.m., and Sundays, March 19 and 26, at 3 p.m. For show information and tickets, visit zclubzone.com/themakingofasuperhero.

The Z Club will also host a DJ dance party fundraiser at Stage One this Saturday, March 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to dancing, there will be karaoke, drinks and snacks at the party, which is intended for kids age 5 to 12. Siblings are welcome too, but all children must come with a chaperone. Admission is $5 at the door of Stage One, 101 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford.

Doing Something to End Gerrymandering

Pennsylvania holds a dubious distinction as a paragon of gerrymandering — the creation of nonsensical legislative districts to benefit one political party over another. How can this fundamentally undemocratic process be stopped, and representative government be liberated from partisan control?

This will be the topic of an informational meeting sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Delaware County and Fair Districts PA on Wednesday, March 15, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The session, open to members of all political parties, meets in the Community Room of Media Borough Hall, Third and Jackson Streets. More information is available from Stephanie Gaboriault at (610) 324-9465.

Choral Evensong at Trinity

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Trinity Church Swarthmore invites all neighbors to attend its Choral Evensong service at 5 p.m. on Sunday evening, March 19.

The liturgical service is complemented by the music of Herbert Sumison and Pablo Casals, as well as a performance of Debussy’s early work L’Enfant Prodigue, a retelling of the parable of the prodigal son written in the late Romantic French operatic style.

Tracy Sturgis will sing the role of the mother; tenor Colin Doyle is the repentant son, and baritone Matthew Maisano is the father.

Free child care will be provided during the service and the reception which follows. Admission is free, though a collection will be taken. Information is at trinity-swarthmore.org. The church is at 301 N. Chester Road in Swarthmore.

Essence of Joy at Wesley A.M.E.

This Saturday, March 11, you are invited to share the joy at the 13th Choir Anniversary Celebration at Wesley A.M.E.

The “Essence of Joy” program is an afternoon of praise and worship at the church, featuring gospel groups Noble Nation, Gospel Disciples, and New Bethany Baptist Church.

The celebration begins at 3 p.m. at Wesley A.M.E., 232 Bowdoin Avenue in Swarthmore. All are welcome to this event. A free will offering will be accepted.

Beyond Black and White: Race in Cuba

Nadine Fernandez

Nadine Fernandez

In her research, Social Sciences professor Nadine Fernandez of SUNY-Empire State examines race and gender relations in Cuba.

At 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 13, at the McCabe Library Atrium, she will turn her focus to the continuously evolving concept of race on the island nation of Cuba, with its unique mosaic of history, politics and demographics.

The lecture, which is free and open to all, is sponsored by Swarthmore College’s departments of Latin American and Latino Studies, History, Black Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, and the Intercultural Center.

Homeless: Narratives from the Streets at HKF

Will the poor be with us always? Scholars continue to advance radically differing theories on the causes of poverty, and politicians debate how and whether to attempt to uplift the poor through social programs. The party that is least heard may be poor folk themselves.

At the Helen Kate Furness Free Library on Monday, March 20, at 7:15 p.m., Dr. Joshua Phillips will share insights and accounts from 10 years of work with homeless communities in many parts of the U.S. His extensive research and experience have been distilled in his current book Homeless: Narratives from the Streets. Phillips is an instructor at Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine.

The talk is free and open to all at the Furness Library, 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford. Register in advance at (610) 566-9331.

Sustainability in Higher Education, and Beyond

What is the role of the community, and of the individual, in bringing about environmental conservation? On Wednesday, March 22, the Jeanette Ross Memorial Lecture will address this crucial question, in a talk presented by Aurora Winslade, director of Sustainability at Swarthmore College.

She will speak at 7 p.m. on “Creating the World We Want in Uncertain Times: Case Studies from Higher Education,” sharing her experiences (and others’) in collaborative efforts in academic settings and the private sector.

The lecture will be held at the Community Room of Media Borough Hall, 301 N. Jackson Street. A question and answer session and discussion will follow, enlivened by light refreshments.

Woodcarvers, Unite!

Ready for a new challenge? Every week, experienced woodcarvers help beginners learn the craft and enjoy camaraderie in a group affiliated with the William Rush Woodcarvers.

The group meets Mondays from noon to 2 p.m. at Schoolhouse Center at 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom. Call Schoolhouse at (610) 237-8100 for more information.

Free Wellness Fair at Schoolhouse Center

Senior Community Services and Schoolhouse Center invite all seniors to a free health and wellness fair on Wednesday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event offers many free screenings and consultations at no charge, including blood pressure screenings, hearing examinations, medication reviews, podiatry services, ultrasounds and more. Light refreshments will be served.

Schoolhouse Center is at 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom; call Schoolhouse at (610) 237-8100 to register.

Faith and Life: ‘Mass Incarceration’

This Sunday, March 12, Swarthmore United Methodist Church invites the community to hear Swarthmore College Political Science professor Keith Reeves speak on “Mass Incarceration.”

The talk, which is free as part of SUMC’s Faith and Life series, begins about 11:15 a.m. following worship services at the church.

Super Women On Screen

Yvonne Tasker

Yvonne Tasker

Can women be superheroes? Yvonne Tasker, professor of Film and Gender Studies at the University of East Anglia in England, reflects on the question, exploring the ways that superhero cinema has limited female agency on screen, and considers the potential for its expansion in fiction, film and television.

In a talk on Thursday, March 16, at the Lang Performing Arts Center cinema, Professor Tasker will discuss the paradox of a period when female superheroes abound in comics, but are only marginal characters in the blockbusters of the day. The presentation begins at 4:30 p.m. and is free and open to all.

Catch a Whiff of Aromatherapy at Scott

Essential oils have many therapeutic uses, including pain relief, healing, promoting better sleep and uplifting the mind and soul.

Learn about the ways aromatherapy can improve your life, and create your own blends of essential oils in a workshop led by Scott Arboretum education intern Alexis Bacon on Wednesday, March 22, from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Gillespie Room at Wister Center.

The cost is $15 for Scott members and $25 for nonmembers. Space is limited; register in advance at (610) 328-8025.

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