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Young Musicians: Auditions Coming in May

Intermediate and advanced student musicians are encouraged to sign up now and start honing their chops for the upcoming auditions to be held May 11 and 13 at Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr. Both the Delaware County Youth Orchestra (for advance players) and the Young Musicians’ Orchestra will audition students on each day.

Advance signup is required at dcyo.org, where you will find further information on the ensembles and advice for prospective members. Direct questions to personnel director Lenora Hume (lhume@dcyo.org) or website administrator David Demcher (ddemcher@dcyo.org).

The YMO will perform on Sunday, April 30, 7 p.m., at Neumann University in Aston; the DCYO will be in concert at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. Info: dcyo.org.

‘Unnecessary Risks’ at SPL

Rose Valley Mayor Tim Plummer will read from his recently published “memoir of adventure” Unnecessary Risks on Wednesday, April 26, at the Swarthmore Public Library.

Plummer’s book is full of ripping yarns about his service abroad on behalf of the U.S. Army, and on his own account. The talk and reading begin at 7 p.m.; admission is free; register at (610) 543-0436 or Swarthmore@delcolibraries.org.

‘Newtown’ in Wallingford

The documentary Newtown, director Kim Snyder’s exploration of loss and recovery from gun violence, will be screened at Congregation Ohev Shalom next Sunday, April 30, at 2:30 p.m.

Admission is free and open to all, but you should RSVP to office@ohev.net or (610) 874-1465.

Crum Woods Extravaganza Saturday

Swarthmore College’s Ecosphere Earth Day weekend culminates in the Crum Woods Extravaganza on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Begin at Crumhenge (in the meadow near the railroad viaduct) to learn from a bird walk, tour the flora of Crum Woods and the diverse fauna of Crum Creek, and release your creativity in an art workshop. Free T-shirts will be available to all, and all in the community are welcome.

‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’ at The Spotlight Theatre

Next Friday night, April 28, Spotlight Theatre opens its production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone on its stage at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue.

Directed for Spotlight by Leigh Jacobs, Sarah Ruhl’s 2007 play brings absurdity, humor, and shock of recognition to the audience as we reckon with morality, redemption and the need to connect in a technologically absorbed society. This popular work by a major American dramatist explores of how we memorialize the dead, and how remembering changes us.

Spotlight’s production runs from April 28 through May 13, with shows at 8 p.m. each Friday and Saturday night, and a Thursday, May 11, show, also at 8. Tickets ($15) and more information on the show and the company are available at spotlighttheatrepa.org.

Jazz in Bloom as April Turns to May

Philadelphia is a great jazz city, and its aura shines well into the surrounding area, to our delight. Three events in the next week or so present jazz from three distinct eras in varied concert and club settings.

The festival begins Wednesday, April 26, at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with the fourth in a series of concerts celebrating the publication of the first Philadelphia Real Book, comprised of compositions by local jazz and blues muscians.

The concert features contemporary jazz and soul-infused guitarist Monnette Sudler in a quintet format, followed by bassist Christian McBride leading his Tip City Trio.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception. Sudler’s band plays a set at 7:30 p.m. in Caplan Recital Hall, with the eclectic McBride trio on stage after a Jazz Talk segment on the city’s jazz scene, past and present, presented by Columbia University professor and founder of the Center for Jazz Studies Robert O’Meally, Penn professors Guthrie Ramsey and Herman Beavers, and jazz broadcaster and producer Greg Thomas. Event tickets ($25) and information are available at jazzbridge.org. University of the Arts is at 211 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia.

John Vanore and Abstract Truth

John Vanore and Abstract Truth

In Wallingford, the Community Arts Center hosts outstanding ensembles on Friday April 28, and Sunday afternoon, April 30. Friday Night Live pairs artists Jessica Eldredge and Erica Harney with music from John Vanore and Abstract Truth.

In homage to jazz giant Oliver Nelson, Vanore named his big band after Nelson’s milestone post-bop album Blues and the Abstract Truth, and the ensemble will perform Vanore’s arrangements of many of that record’s songs, among others from Nelson’s canon.

The painters will create work in the moment, to be auctioned during the evening of food, drink, and arts. Tickets are available at the door, 414 Plush Mill Road, beginning at 7 p.m.; more information is at communityartscenter.org.

The jazz set concludes on Sunday, April 30, with the hot sounds of Jerry Rife’s Rhythm Kings at the Tri-State Jazz Society’s monthly session at CAC. This sextet of seasoned players is committed to the hot jazz sound of “revival Dixieland” from New Orleans post-World War II.

For this show, which begins at 2 p.m., the Tri-State Jazz Society welcomes members as well as first-timers with $10 half-price tickets; full-time students and kids are admitted free. Tickets are available at the door; info is at tristatejazz.org.

Music at Lang this Weekend

Swarthmore College senior Desta Pulley will sing works by Mozart, Bellini, Fauré and Bolcom tonight, April 21, at 8 p.m. at Lang Concert Hall. Pulley will be accompanied by Debra Scurto-Davis and James Wallace-Lee in her senior recital.

The Swarthmore College Orchestra will perform at Lang Concert Hall on Saturday, April 22, at 8 p.m. The orchestra, directed by Andrew Hauze, will play Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Still’s Symphony #5 (“Western Hemisphere”), and the first two movements of the Shostakovich Piano Concerto #2, featuring College senior Elliott Nguyen, winner of the 2017 Concerto Competition.

Swarthmore College students from the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter Chamber Music program will share their talents with the community in three concerts in the coming week, beginning Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Lang Concert Hall. The students will reprise the concert Sunday night at 7:30 pm., and again on Friday, April 28, at 8 p.m. All performances are free and open to the public.

Update on Sheltered Workshops and Waivers

In Delaware County, more than 800 adults with intellectual disabilities participate in day programs and “sheltered workshops” like Elwyn, Divine Providence, Handi-crafters and Melmark. These programs which provide meaningful interactions in a safe environment are imperiled by new regulations which affect waiver funding and threaten their existence.

Families and advocates of participants are invited to a meeting on Wednesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. to catch up on the latest developments in employment law in Pennsylvania which affects these program and their clients.

The meeting will be held at St. Anastasia Church, 3301 West Chester Pike, in Newtown Square. Speakers will include attorney/advocates Ted Schwartz and Dennis McAndrews. The program is free and open to all; submit questions and RSVP to familiesforworkshopchoice@gmail.com.

CADES Annual Dinner Set for May 10

Supporters and fans of CADES should set aside Wednesday evening, May 10, for the annual dinner fundraiser and awards presentation to recognize some of the people who help CADES “build hope and transform lives.”

The Building Hope Award will be presented to Steve Allman, who has long been a volunteer at CADES as well as a staff member; the Transforming Lives Award will recognize four siblings in the Collins family — Mary Theresa, Vincent, Tom, and Dan, who have devoted more than four decades of energy and caring to CADES and its clients.

The dinner will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Springfield Country Club, 400 N. Sproul Road. Dinner tickets ($80) and sponsorship information is available through CADES.org and at (610) 328-5955. All proceeds go to benefit the Mobility Fund.

Arbor Day Open House at Scott Arboretum

Next Saturday The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College invites families to take part in a scavenger hunt, claim a sapling, share refreshments, and ask garden and tree questions of arboretum staff members, who will be on hand during Scott’s Arbor Day celebration, 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 29. The event is free; details are at scottarboretum.org.

Sign Up for Free Medicare Counseling Session

Medicare enrollment presents some intimidating and potentially complex choices. Volunteer Medicare counselors with APPRISE are dedicated to helping seniors make those important decisions. APPRISE counseling sessions of 30 to 60 minutes are available next Wednesday, April 26, at the Springfield Township Building, 50 Powell Road.

The session, sponsored by Senior Community Services, is free and open to anyone, but please call ahead to schedule a session or to ask general questions about the program. Ellen Haupt at (484) 496-2137 is there to help.

Leiper House Opens for Year

The 1785 Thomas Leiper House at 521 Avondale Road in Wallingford is opening this weekend for the rest of the year.

Tours of the house and outbuildings, and information about Mr. Leiper’s life, both in Philadelphia and out here, will be given on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but a donation of $1 per person is appreciated.

The house is filled with antiques and has lots of interesting information about Mr. Leiper and his family on display. Information: (610) 566-6365.

Street Food from the Cobblestone Era

Nether Providence Historical Society invites the public to learn about history through its delicious artifacts at the April 27 program entitled “Brief History of Popular Street Foods: 18th Century to the Present.”

Delaware County historian Nancy Webster presents this entertaining look back at the foods and delivery methods of old (think pepper pot soup from colonial food trucks), which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford.

Join the feast and enjoy samples of old-school street fare with Ms, Webster, who is founder of the Historical Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley. The program is free and open to all.

Shred with Leanne on Saturday

State Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky is holding a free shredding event for her constituents on Saturday, April 22, at Strath Haven High School.

Bring unwanted documents for confidential destruction onsite, and ultimately, recycling. There is a limit of 5 boxes or bags per visitor; paper clips must be removed, though staples are OK. Use the Brookhaven Road entrance. More info is at (610) 534-6880.

Piano Recital at TGP

The piano will get a workout, and guests will get a treat at the noon meeting of The Gathering Place next Wednesday, April 26, when the piano students of Swarthmorean Donna Kay Jones perform a recital.

Bring a lunch, or enjoy soup and a roll from Occasionally Yours (small donation); dessert and beverages will be served. Following lunch, the music will begin around 12:30 p.m.

‘Faith and Life’ Screens Film
‘An Act of Love’ at SUMC

Swarthmore United Methodist Church will screen the An Act of Love in two parts during consecutive sessions of its weekly Faith and Life class, Sundays April 23 and 30.

The film tells the true story of the Reverend Frank Schaefer of Lancaster County, who officiated at the same sex marriage of his son, and was subjected to a trial by the United Methodist Church.

Class begins each week at 11:15 a.m., following worship, and each part will be followed by a discussion. All are welcome; SUMC is at 129 Park Avenue in Swarthmore.

Artists: Last Call for Entries

May 1 is the deadline for entry into the 21st Annual Celebrate Swarthmore Artists Exhibition, which will be held in Swarthmore Borough Hall May 10 to June 26.

Swarthmore Friends of the Arts sponsors the show and presents an artists’ reception on Friday, May 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The exhibition is open to all adult residents of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, working in any medium except photography (the subject of a separate show later this year.) One or two pieces may be submitted by each artist, with a contribution of $5 per piece requested.

Entry forms are available at Borough Hall or online at swarthmorearts.org. Martha Perkins has more information; call her at (484) 574-3158.

Get the Real Take on Fake News at Furness

What is fake news, and why is it such a big deal? Dr. James Caccamo, chair of the department of Theology and Religious Studies at St. Joseph’s University, explores the moral and societal implications of the media practices we have come to know as fake news, in the next edition of the Making Sense of Current Events series at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library, next Monday, April 24, at 7:15 p.m.

The talk is free and open to all, but advance registration is recommended, either by calling (610) 566-9331 or at the front desk at the library, 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford.

Art Gallery to Pop Up May 2 to Benefit CRC

Tiny artworks (including river rocks painted by young members of the Swarthmore Community Center play group) will be up for sale at a pop up art gallery at SCC on Tuesday, May 2, at 8 p.m.

All proceeds go to preservation of trees in the Chester-Ridley-Crum watershed. Admission is $10; adults only, please. Info: delcoartsandactivism@gmail.com.

Meditation Master Rinpoche
at Friends Meetinghouse

Next Friday, April 28, will present a rare opportunity for those curious about meditation and Tibetan Buddhism. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, one of the foremost scholars and meditation masters of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Buddhism, will talk and teach at the Swarthmore Friends Meetinghouse on Whittier Place.

The talk, at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to all, however, donations are suggested in the amounts of $5 (students) to $20 (others).

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