David (left) and Gabby Picos (right) are ready to Book It! for Swarthmore Public Library and Helen Kate Furness Library in its first 5k Walk/Run Fundraiser! The point to point 5k race starts at 9 AM at Helen Kate Furness Library and ends at Swarthmore Public Library. There will be a community celebration in Central Park after the race including an awards ceremony, activities, kid races, snacks and more. For information, call the Swarthmore Public Library at (610) 543-0436, the Helen Kate Furness Library at (610) 566-9331, check www.runtheday.com and search Book It, or Facebook at www.facebook.com/bookit5krace.
Job Fair Boot Camp at Media Presbyterian
Learn how to work a job fair with the help of career coach Jacqueline Tusman on Tuesday evening, April 4, at Media Presbyterian Church in the “Job Fair Boot Camp” presented by Joseph’s People of Delaware County.
The session from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. gives strategic guidance on how to make the most of the opportunities for job changers to meet and impress prospective employers in a job fair setting, from the perfect handshake, to the elevator speech, to the real meaning of “tell me about yourself.”
The session is free and open to all. Come to the Hassler Chapel, entry to the left of the main door of the church at 30 E. Baltimore Avenue in Media. More information is at josephspeople.org.
Examining Gerrymandering at SPL
The Swarthmore Public Library presents a panel discussion on Thursday, April 6, on the hot topic of gerrymandering, the practice of creating legislative districts that represent partisan interests rather than those of the electorate. Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District, which surrounds but does not include most Swarthmorean readers, is a famously egregious example.
The panel will feature Pennsylvania Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky of Swarthmore, Peter Mardinly of Fair Districts PA, and Ben Geffern of the Public Interest Law Center. The event is co-presented by Fair Districts PA, a coalition of citizens and organizations interested in ensuring that elections “represent the will of all the people” by advocating for impartial creation of voting districts.
The program begins at 7 p.m. at the library, 121 Park Avenue in Swarthmore. Admission is free and open to all. Register by phone: (610) 543-0436 or e-mail: email@example.com.
What’s Up at the College? Find Out at TGP
Swarthmore College Vice President for Finance and Administration Greg Brown will visit The Gathering Place next week to provide an update on what’s going on at Swarthmore College these days.
His talk will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, following luncheon at 12. Bring your own food, or enjoy soup and a roll from Occasionally Yours for a small donation. Dessert and beverages are provided.
Sessions are free and open to all at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue.
‘A Quiet Night and a Perfect End:
Gregorian Chant in Swarthmore’
All interested singers are invited to participate in a drop-in session of Gregorian chant singing on Wednesday afternoons at 4:30 pm in the Chancel of Trinity Episcopal Church, Swarthmore, at the corner of College Ave. and N. Chester Road (entrance through office door).
Sung for over a thousand years, plainchant is the oldest repertoire that exists in the Western musical tradition. Participants will have an opportunity to sing and experience Gregorian chant in a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. We will learn the music aurally, using a combination of medieval and modern sources, imitating the experience of Medieval singers.
Sessions will take place weekly, and will be led by Professor James Blasina (Department of Music & Dance, Swarthmore College). Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Musical Shabbat at Beth Israel
Congregation Beth Israel and Rabbi Linda Potemken welcome worshippers to a musical Shabbat service on Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m. The musical group Finally Friday will animate a participatory Kabbalat Shabbat service of traditional Jewish music, contemporary American and Israeli song, and works inspired by jazz motifs.
Finally Friday unites singer, guitarist, and educator Sally Mitlas with Philadelphia jazz stalwarts the Budesa Brothers — Richard on keyboards and vocals; Robert on guitar and vocals. Following the service, guests are invited to sing along with the performers in concert. The event continues until 9:30 p.m. at the synagogue, at 542 S. New Middletown Road in Media.
Faith and Life Series Concludes Sunday
Retired Penn State Religion professor Bruce Stephens leads the last of three classes in the current “Faith and Life” series at Swarthmore United Methodist Church this Sunday, March 26.
Dr. Stephens will provide an overview of the beliefs and practices of sects in the Radical Reformation, and their influences on the development of religion in America.
The class is free and open to all, and begins around 11:15 a.m., following worship. SUMC is at 129 Park Avenue.
Shred for Food at Wallingford Presbyterian Event
Wallingford Presbyterian Church invites neighbors to bring documents for secure onsite shredding on Saturday, April 1. Docuvault Delaware Valley will crank up its massive shredding machine between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the church parking lot at 110 E. Brookhaven Road.
You may bring boxes of documents (staples and paper clips are OK; binders are not) which will be destroyed as you watch. There is no charge, but those coming to the event are asked to bring nonperishable food items and/or monetary donations for food banks at Chester Eastside and Cityteam.
More information is at wallingfordpres.org under “News and Events.”
College’s Community Celebration Next Friday
Swarthmore College invites the whole community to celebrate together on Friday, March 31, at the Science Center, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. or whenever.
Dance to Brazilian rhythms of Alo Brasil, enjoy lawn games, food and desserts, watch a film about how the college has shaped the lives of Swarthmore students, and learn about the college’s comprehensive campaign and its goals.
March into Spring Tomorrow at DCCC
The Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group hosts its 21st annual March Into Spring garden extravaganza this Saturday, March 25, at Delaware County Community College. 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).
Putting It All Together:
Mosaic Courses at Schoolhouse
Novice and veteran mosaic artists can improve their skills and creativity in two five-session courses offered in April and May at the Schoolhouse Center. Mosaicist and worldwide instructor Carol Shelkin helps student artists of all ages understand technique and composition, ultimately creating their own pieces.
Both classes will be taught on the same days at Schoolhouse Center, 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom. The dates are Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20, and May 11 to 18. Beginner classes meet from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and intermediate/advanced classes meet from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. You must preregister.
The cost for each course is $84 for Schoolhouse members and $89 for others, plus a $30 materials fee payable at the first class. Call Schoolhouse at (610) 237-8100 with questions or to register.
Mrs. Benedict Arnold – A Traitor, Too?
Angela Hewitt of Wallingford is the featured speaker at the quarterly meeting of the Aston Township Historical Society. Her provocative topic is “Peggy Shippen (Mrs. Benedict Arnold) a Traitor, Too?”
Hewett is president of both the Nether Providence Historical Society and of the Friends of that township’s Thomas Leiper House. Her interest in Peggy Shippen tracks her interest in another Philadelphia belle of the colonial period, Elizabeth Gray, who became Mrs. Thomas Leiper.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, at the Aston Township Community Center, 3720 Concord Road. The program is free and open to all; donations are welcome, and volunteer opportunities abound.
Senior Recitals at Lang Tonight
Three Swarthmore College seniors perform recitals Friday, March 24, at Lang Concert Hall, beginning at 8 p.m.
Elliott Nguyen will perform solo piano and chamber piano pieces by Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Stravinsky, and Poulenc. Sarah Tupchong will perform pieces by Mozart, Bellini, Fauré, and others. Natania Levy’s repertoire presents compositions offering reflections on love in different languages.
The concert is free and open to all.
Check Out ‘The Full Monty’ at LWV Fundraiser
Fun and fundraising harmonize in a special performance April 27 of the Tony Award-winning musical The Full Monty at the Players Club of Swarthmore. The “gritty yet touching” comedy is playing in April at PCS, and this particular performance on Thursday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., is dedicated to benefit the League of Women Voters of Central Delaware County.
You are invited to join your friends and fellow LWV supporters for a drink and a bite, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Swarthmore Pizza, around the corner at Chester and Fairview roads.
Tickets are $32 apiece. Make your reservations (by April 10) and ask any questions of Barbara Amstutz at email@example.com. You can also mail ticket requests and payment to LWV-CDC, P.O. Box 131, Wallingford, PA 19086.
Lecture on Unintended Racism
Lifelong Media resident Dr. Sam Lemon will be guest lecturer at a free program entitled Unintended Racism, coming up Saturday, April 1, at Willistown Friends Meeting, 7069 Goshen Road in Newtown Square.
The program is a multifaceted look at the racism endemic to our society, hidden biases and sensitivities, and how we can increase understanding and improve communication.
The event begins at 1:30 p.m. with refreshments and conversation, then turns at 2 p.m. to a two-hour program keynoted and moderated by Dr. Lemon, an author, historian, and educator, who is descended from runaway slaves. Registration is suggested ASAP by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: APPRISE Counseling March 29
Senior Community Services reminds seniors that individual Medicare counseling sessions will be held Wednesday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Springfield Township Building, 50 Powell Road.
Contact Eileen Haupt at (484) 496-2137 to schedule an individual session of 30 to 60 minutes with a state-certified APPRISE counselor. Sessions will be held in the same location on April 26, May 31, and June 28.
‘Gay for Pay’ Panel Today
“Gay for Pay: Swat Alums in Queer Careers” brings together a panel of Swarthmore College alumni who are professional LGBTQ+ advocates and activists, who will talk about their careers at Science Center 101, Chang Hou Hall.
Panelists include Noah Metheny ’03, Kayley Whalen ’07, and Jay Wu ’15. All are welcome to this free talk Friday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m.