What to do? What to know!

Free Microchip Clinic Coming to Rose Tree Park

Dogs and their owners will convene at a favorite canine hangout next Saturday, April 8, for a license and microchip clinic at Rose Tree Park on Route 252 in Media.

Microchips, which can help locate lost dogs, will be implanted free of charge and tested for all dogs licensed in Delaware County. License applications will be processed onsite.

Dogs must be on leash while at the event, which will be held rain or shine from 9 a.m. to noon at the maintenance building adjacent to the Hunt Club in Rose Tree Park.

Pendle Hill’s Cary Lecture Explores Palestine/Israel

Stephen Zunes

Stephen Zunes

Stephen Zunes, an eminent scholar of U. S. Middle East policy and of strategic nonviolent action, will deliver the annual Steven G. Cary Memorial Lecture at Pendle Hill on Monday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barn. His topic is “Quakers Addressing Israel/Palestine — Advocacy or Reconciliation?”

Mr. Zunes will address the history and future of Quaker witness and involvement in the seemingly intractable conflict between two historically oppressed groups over land and power in the Holy Land.

All members of the community are invited to see and hear the lecture live, either in the Barn or via live streaming. Register first at pendlehill.org/events. Pendle Hill is located at 338 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford.

Register Now for May Primary

Vote April 17 is the last day for voters to register to vote in the May 16 primary election. Mailable voter registration forms are available in many locations including post offices, municipal offices and state stores. You can register in person at the Voter Registration Commission in the Government Center in Media, or online at the “Voter Registration Dept.” page at co.delaware.pa.us.

To see whether you are registered, Delaware County residents can visit votespa.com. Questions can be directed to the Voter Registration Commission at (610) 891-4659.

Choral Music Celebration
at Wallingford Presbyterian on Sunday

Wallingford Presbyterian Church continues its 125th Anniversary jubilee on Sunday, April 2, with “A Celebration of Song: An Afternoon of Choral Music,” performances of music composed during the 125 years since the church’s founding. Under the direction of conductor Elizabeth Braden, Wallingford’s Chancel Choir will be joined by guest soloists Veronica Chapman-Smith (soprano) and John David Miles (baritone) and accompanied by organist Jeffrey DeVault. The program features Fauré’s Requiem, as well as the world premiere of an anthem composed by Philadelphian Marcus DeLoach.

Admission is free, and the public is invited to help celebrate with WPC at the concert, which begins at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary at 110 E. Brookhaven Road in Wallingford. Call the church office for information at (610) 566-1644, ext. 2, or visit wallingfordpres.org.

Hot Topics Luncheon: the Supreme Court

Swarthmore College political science professor Dr. Carol Nackenoff will speak next Friday, April 4, at the Hot Topics luncheon sponsored by the League of Women Voters at Media Borough Hall.

“Hot topic” is right: hearings for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch begin in April, with Democrats still outraged by Senator Mitch McConnell’s refusal to allow hearings on President Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland. Professor Nackenoff will also address the recent and upcoming matters before the Court.

The luncheon and talk begin at 11:45 a.m. in the Community Room of Borough Hall, 301 N. Jackson Street in Media. For reservations ($18, payable at the door) and information, contact Hank Thorne at (610) 566-5474, or e-mail hthorne@verizon.net.

Get on the Bus for Watercolor Blockbuster

If you want to see the blockbuster exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, take the easy way into the city: travel neighbors and friends on a trip organized by Schoolhouse Center in Folsom.

On Tuesday, May 9, a motor coach will bear you to and from Philadelphia for “Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent” at PMA leaving at 8:45 a.m. and returning around 1:45 p.m. You’ll get a ticket to the watercolor show, a headset to guide your own tour, and good company.

Tickets are $55 and are available only through Schoolhouse Center. Call Kim at (610) 237-8100 by April 10 to arrange for your tour. You can also visit the center at 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom.

Get Social:
Skype and Twitter Workshop at Schoolhouse

Perhaps you’ve heard about Twitter and Skype, but haven’t yet taken the time to make them work for you. These online applications are surprisingly intuitive, and a course on Friday, April 7, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Schoolhouse Center, can give you the techniques and confidence to use the power of these free communications tools to connect you with the world.

The cost is $20 for members and $25 for others; preregister (required) at (610) 237-8100. Schoolhouse Center is at 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom.

Get Smart: Free Brain Health Course
at Schoolhouse

“Understanding the Brain,” a free five-week course, begins next Thursday, April 6, at Schoolhouse Center in Folsom, in partnership with Widener University’s Osher Center.

In easy-to-understand fashion, the course will explore brain anatomy as well as disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, depression and bipolar disorder.

Classes will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on successive Thursdays from April 6 through May 4.

Register free by April 6 ($5 after) at (610) 237-8100. Classes are held at the center at 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom.

Can We Talk? Racial Justice and
Civic Engagement at Furness Library

The Furness Library continues its “Making Sense of Current Events” series on Monday, April 3, 7:15 p.m., with a talk about, well, talk … specifically talk about race.

Dr. Jennifer Wyse, assistant professor of Sociology at Widener University, will speak to the difficulty of discussing perceptions and understanding of race in American society and culture. Dr. Wyse will set the context for a discussion of the racial justice movements of today.

The lecture in Furness’s Chadwick Auditorium is free, but preregistration is requested; call (610) 566-9331 or stop by the Helen Kate Furness Free Library at 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford.

Orchestra 2001 Goes to the Movies Saturday

Get your popcorn and head to Lang Concert Hall tomorrow night (Saturday, April 1). Showtime is 8 p.m. for the screening of two classic early movies, with Orchestra 2001 under conductor Andrew Hauze, playing the original soundtracks, complete with scores, narration and sound effects.

The movies are Night Mail, with poetry by W.H. Auden and a score by Benjamin Britten, and The City, scored by Aaron Copland. These will be juxtaposed with new scores for old film shorts, written by Thomas Whitman and Swarthmore College student Aditya Nirvaan Ranganathan.

There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m. at Lang. Admission is free, and no tickets are required for the talk or concert.

Baseball Try Outs

This is a general announcement to the Nether Swarthmore Baseball (NSB) community for those rising 13, 14, 15 year-olds, who wish to try out for Travel (Legion) Baseball in 2017. These tryouts are not for NSB in-house/intramural baseball. Players who have a consistent history of competing for or making tournament/travel or school teams are encouraged to attend.

Tryouts will take place at Swarthmore College Field House Sunday Mid/Late Afternoon, April 2, and Wednesday evening, April 5 (must attend at least 1 session). Make up date on April 6 may be considered. Times for specific age groups are posted at leaguelineup.com/nether.

Talking About Aging-in-Place at TGP

The Swarthmore Senior Citizens’ Association meets Wednesday, April 5, in The Gathering Place to discuss the concerns and solutions suggested by Swarthmore’s Aging-in-Place Task Force.

A light lunch from Occasionally Yours will begin at noon. The program starts at 12:30 p.m. TGP meets at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue.

What is a Seder About? Find Out at SUMC

In the continuing Faith and Life class at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, Ohev Shalom’s emeritus rabbi Louis Kaplan walks through the traditional Passover Seder, with descriptions of the historical and symbolic aspects of the Seder, and its place in the Jewish liturgical calendar.

SUMC is located at 129 Park Avenue. The class will begin around 11:15 a.m., following the 10 a.m. worship service and the coffee hour. Everyone is welcome.

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