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SFoA’s Group Show Opens with Reception Friday

Artists from Swarthmore, Wallingford, and Rutledge created a rich variety of works collected in the 21st annual exhibition of local artists presented by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts. The show opens tonight (Friday, May 12) with a free artists’ reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Swarthmore Borough Hall, featuring refreshments and music by singer-songwriter Elijah Tucker.

Participating artists include Sydney M. Evans, Brit Ray, Wayne Brown, Jeanne Lovern, Rinal Parikh, Sally Paynter, Bobbie Davis, Kim Scott, Michele Southworth, Carolyn Stockman, Gayle Ann Herring, Clair Oaks, Lora Lavin, Molly Wing-Berman, Jessica Riggleman, Joan Sobel, Tracy Bouvette, Bonnie Ann Burnett, Elizabeth M. Doherty, Diane Cianci, Samina Iqbal, Susanne Fell Adams, Fran Sullivan House, Joseph Tomasso, Eileen S. Morrissey, David Coffin, Conrad Bender and Martha Perkins.

The exhibit will be open through June 26. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The venue is at 121 Park Avenue; info at swarthmorearts.org.

The Give and Take Jugglers

The Give and Take Jugglers

Summer Reading Club Kicks off
with Give and Take Jugglers

The delightful and daring duo Give and Take Jugglers perform amazing feats at the kickoff event for the Helen Kate Furness Summer Reading Club on Wednesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. This summer’s theme is “Build a Better World,” with weekly meetings and events and a panoply of prizes for super readers. Signup begins May 15 for this family event and for the Summer Reading Club — stop by the library at 100 N. Providence Road, or call (610) 566-9331.

Evening Highlight Tour at Scott Wednesday

Spring sights and sounds are on the itinerary for a guided tour on Wednesday, May 17, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The guided tour departs from Scott Arboretum’s offices on College Avenue and meanders through the Scott collections on the Swarthmore College campus.

The tour is free and open to all, but will be canceled by rain. Info: scottarboretum.org.

Schoolhouse Center Mounts Broadway Trip

Now is the hour to buy tickets for a June 14 trip to Broadway organized by Schoolhouse Center in Folsom. The 12-time Tony Award-nominated show Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 stars Josh Groban.

Based upon a segment of War and Peace, the play was described by the New York Times as a “vibrant, thrillingly imagined new musical.”

Schoolhouse’s package offers a ticket to the show, a four-course meal at Pergola des Artistes, bus travel, and gratuities. Tickets are $199 apiece, and must be purchased by May 20, though they may well sell out before then. You must drop off payment at Schoolhouse, 600 Swarthmore Avenue, Folsom. Call Kim at (610) 237-8100 with questions.

Jumble Sale Dropoff May 27

Swarthmore Friends Meeting welcomes your donations of “gently used treasures” to be sold at its October 28 Jumble Sale.

Clean out your attic, basement, or closets, and on Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., drive up to the meetinghouse at 12 Whittier Place. Volunteers will unload your car of small pieces of furniture, kitchen items, linens, garden items, books, jewelry, tools, and electronics.

What won’t be accepted as donations? Large pieces of furniture, computers, monitors, and printers, clothing, stuffed toys, records, car seats, strollers, and anything with a compressor. Directions and information are at (610) 328-8699.

MAC Gallery Opens Juried Exhibition

The Media Arts Council presents a juried painting exhibition, open now at the MAC Gallery, 609-B W. State Street in Media. More than 60 pieces have been chosen to represent 30 local artists in the “Fresh Hues” show, which continues at MAC through June 3.

All are welcome to a free opening reception Saturday, May 13, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Essential Oils & Their Benefits at SPL

Essential oils can support your respiratory and immune systems, repel insects, soothe your skin, and help with first aid on your summer adventures.

Find out how, and blend your own elixir to take home from this free session at Swarthmore Public Library on Wednesday, May 17, at 7 p.m. Register in advance at swarthmore@delcolibraries.org or (610) 543-0436.

SSCA, Meet SRA, at TGP

Brandon Lausch, board vice president of the Swarthmore Recreation Association, will speak next Wednesday to guests at The Gathering Place, which is held weekly at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue. Following lunch at noon (bring your own, or enjoy soup and a roll from Occasionally Yours for a small donation).

Lausch will discuss the programs SRA offers, and ways that members of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association can become involved. SSCA members and all others are welcome.

Community Meeting: The Future of U.S. Healthcare

Robert I. Field

Robert I. Field

What is the outlook for health insurance and health care in America over the coming months and years? On Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m., you can hear and question the expert insights of Drexel University professor Robert I. Field in a community meeting at the Universal Unitarian Church of Delaware County, 145 W. Rose Tree Road in Media. Professor Field, who specializes in health care regulation and its role in implementing public policy, will speak on “Big Health, Big Money, Obamacare: Where Does U.S. Healthcare Go from Here?”

The meeting is sponsored by the church’s Move to Amend for Free and Fair Democracy Committee; register by e-mailing movetoamend@uucdc.org. Child care is available, and light refreshments will be served.

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