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Sopranos, left to right, Christa Basilevsky, Heidi Starr and Ann Seidman will be performing with pianist Bill Gatens at next week’s meeting of The Gathering Place.

Sopranos, left to right, Christa Basilevsky, Heidi Starr and Ann Seidman will be performing with pianist Bill Gatens at next week’s meeting of The Gathering Place.

Musical Feast at TGP

The Gathering Place will host a special recital next Wednesday, May 10. Come for a light lunch catered by Occasionally Yours at noon (or bring your own) and stay for sopranos Heidi Starr, Christa Basilevsky, and Ann Seidman, accompanied by pianist Bill Gatens.

All are welcome to the session at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue.

Take a Storybook Walk at Little Crum Creek Park

Swarthmore’s librarians and Public Library volunteers invite families to join in the “reveal” of the new Storybook Walk featuring the lively book, A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson. Take a walk in Little Crum Creek Park on Saturday, May 13, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; enjoy the story along with snacks and water, activities and entertainment such as bubbles, games, face painting, and music.

SPL Director Amber Osborne said: “To encourage literacy, exercise, and a connection to nature, the concept of the Storybook Walk was created by Anne Ferguson, a librarian in Montpelier, Vermont. Our Storybook Walk is a children’s picture book, displayed page by page in permanent installations along the paths in Little Crum Creek Park. The book will change several times a year so you and your family can keep coming back to enjoy a new story.”

Swarthmore Public Library created the Storybook Walk with help from the Swarthmore Environmental Advisory Council, Swarthmore Borough, Swarthmore Public Works, Swarthmore Trailblazers 4-H Club, and the Friends of the Swarthmore Public Library.

RSVP to the invitation at swarthmorepubliclibrary.org/storybookwalk. Rain date: Saturday, May 20.

All Ages Welcome at
WSSD’s Summer Music School

Wallingford-Swarthmore School District’s Summer Band and String School is accepting registrations for its 36th year of education, which begins on June 20 and runs through July 20.

Music faculty from Strath Haven Middle and High schools provide instruction in group lessons and conduct ensembles, designed for students who wish to learn a new instrument, maintain skills, and have fun playing in various groups at the high school this summer.

Children from 3rd to 12th grade may enroll for small group lessons, large ensemble rehearsals for band, orchestra, and jazz band, jazz improvisation seminars and clinics. Adults, too, are invited to participate in free evening band sessions. All participants will play in a concert on Thursday, July 20.

The cost is $210 for the first student in a family, $185 for additional family members. Students from outside WSSD are welcome for $235 apiece. Registration forms and more information are at the main page of wssd.org.

Chester Children’s Chorus May Concerts

Free and joyful, the May concerts of the Chester Children’s Chorus will fill Lang Concert Hall for two nights next weekend. This powerhouse vocal group will include more than a hundred singers chosen from among the most talented students in the Chester public school system.

Directed by CCC founder John Alston and assistant music director Sean Tripline, the group will sing a diverse program ranging from Mozart choral pieces to Disney musical numbers.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, May 12 and 13, for the concerts beginning at 7:30 p.m. Early arrival is advised as seating is limited to 425 in Lang Concert Hall, which is on Swarthmore College’s campus. All are welcome; the concert is free of charge.

Alzheimer’s Talk at SPL

On Thursday, May 11, Swarthmore Public Library will host “Dementia Conversations,” a presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association that helps families discuss driving, doctor visits, legal and financial planning, and other important topics relating to their loved ones who may be suffering from dementia.

The talk at 2 p.m. is free and open to all, but you should register first with the library at (610) 543-0346 or swarthmore@delcolibraries.org. The library is located at 121 Park Avenue.

Quaker Pastor to Speak
on African Peace and Reconciliation

David Bucura, a Quaker pastor living in Rwanda, visits Swarthmore Friends Meetinghouse on Tuesday, May 9, to talk about his work in east Africa towards peace and reconciliation in the wake of genocide in Rwanda and Burundi.

Bucura is the new coordinator of the African Great Lakes Initiative, which supports and promotes peace activities at the grass roots level in these nations plus Congo, Kenya, and Tanzania, through partnerships among local and international groups.

The talk, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Meetinghouse, 12 Whittier Place, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mary Titus at (610) 328-8699 or meeting@swarthmore.edu.

Democrats Unite, Tonite at waR3house3

In a free event at waR3house tonight, May 5, the mayors of Swarthmore, Rutledge, and Brookhaven host a concert and “meet the candidates” reception for some of the Democratic Party’s nominees on the ballot for the May 16 primary election. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the evening will play out with snacks, conversation, and music from the SwUKEstra and special guests. All are welcome, and welcome to bring the beverage of their choice.

In other waR3house3 news, the Saturday show will be opened by Blubird (featuring Strath Haven senior Henry Wolgast), a band which was recently chosen as one of WXPN-FM’s Artists to Watch. Blubird opens for the Famous & Fallen; doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door at 100 Park Avenue, WH3 (behind Garnet Cleaners).

Household Hazmat Drop-off Saturday

Delaware County residents can drop off many household hazardous waste items this Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Marple transfer station, 895 Sussex Boulevard in Broomall.

Bring oil paint and thinners, lawn and pool chemicals, and anything with a label containing the words “Danger – toxic – hazard.” Don’t bring latex paints, large propane cylinders, electronics, or smoke detectors. For a list of recycling options and directions, visit co.delaware.pa.us/recycle.

Faith and Life

At the Sunday, May 14, session of the Faith and Life series at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, Pastor Sukja Bang will discuss themes from The Texts of Horror by Phyllis Trible, professor of Sacred Theology at Union Seminary in New York. A discussion will follow. The class begins at 11:15 a.m. following Sunday worship, and is open to all. SUMC is at 129 Park Avenue.

Hebrew School Open House at Beth Israel

This Sunday, May 7, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Congregation Beth Israel invites families to visit classes, “meet the rabbi,” and explore options for Jewish children’s education. The synagogue is located at 542 S. New Middletown Road in Media. For information, call (610) 566-4645, ext. 5.

Leaf Compost by the Bucketful

Bring your buckets and shovels to the Public Works/Recycling Center at 121 Dartmouth Avenue the weekend of May 12. Free mulch while supplies last!

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