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DCYO To Play At Kimmel on Saturday

The Delaware County Youth Orchestra plays a concert this Saturday, May 20, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Perelman Theater of Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

The elite orchestra of high schoolers, conducted and directed by Andrew Hauze, will undertake Smetana’s ”Moldau,” Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor (with soloist David Kim of the Philadelphia Orchestra), and Danzon no. 2 by Marquez. Admission to the concert is free. Info: dcyo.org.

RV EAC Workshop Rescheduled After Rainout

The Rose Valley Environmental Advisory Council has rebooted its Native Plant Sale and Invasives Workshop for this Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. to noon.

Bring gloves and dress to get dirty at the Saul Wildlife Preserve, behind the Old Mill at 9 Old Mill Lane.

James Mooney

James Mooney

TGP Ships Out with James Mooney

Next Wednesday, May 24, James Mooney of Swarthmore will speak about his experiences as commander of a nuclear submarine at the weekly Gathering Place meeting 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) Mooney will offer fascinating insights into the life aquatic. Members of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens’ Association and all others are welcome.

SPL’s Storybook Walk Debuts This Saturday

Join other reading fans to celebrate the opening of Swarthmore Public Library’s Storybook Walk at Little Crum Creek Park on Saturday, May 20 (rescheduled from last rainy Saturday).

Take a walk and enjoy the lively story A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson, and be sure to catch an exciting performance at 2 p.m. by Dance Me a Story, which combines creative movement and storytelling.

Miss Lisa, a teaching artist at the Creative Living Room in Wallingford, plans to incorporate A Frog in the Bog into her show, so get ready to rib-bit and hop along!

SPL will provide snacks and water, along with other activities and entertainment including bubbles, games, face painting, and music. RSVP to www.swarthmorepubliclibrary.org/storybookwalk.

Strath Haven Grad Leigh Gallagher
Tell the ‘Airbnb Story’ May 30

Leigh Gallagher

Leigh Gallagher

Author, business journalist, and Strath Haven alumna (1990) Leigh Gallagher will discuss her recently-released book, The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions, and Created Plenty of Controversy, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at Ludington Library, 5 South Bryn Mawr Avenue in Bryn Mawr. The event is free and open to the public.

Originally from the Bowling Green section of Nether Providence, Gallagher is also the author of The End of the Suburbs, published in 2013. She is an assistant managing editor at Fortune, a co-chair of the Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, and oversees the magazine’s 40 Under 40 editorial franchise. She resides in New York and appears regularly on CBS This Morning, CNBC, CNN, public radio’s “Marketplace,” among other programs.

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, and closets, and on Saturday, May 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 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.

Benefit Concert: The Three Bs at SUMC

In memory of Pat Montenegro, its late director, the Masterworks Chorale will perform at a benefit concert at Swarthmore United Methodist Church this Sunday, May 21, at 3 p.m. Under the direction of Ryan Peteraf, the group will perform works by “The Three Bs” – Bach, Brahms, and Barber.

Mr. Montenegro designed the program, which will raise funds for the family he left behind, including his wife Lauren and three daughters. Admission (at the door) is $15 for adults and $5 for students age 18 and younger. The church is at 129 Park Avenue in Swarthmore. Cash donations will be accepted at the concert, and donations can also be made online at gofundme.com/Montenegro-family-support-fund/donate.

Party in the Park Tonight

Join your neighbors in a popup party in Little Crum Creek Park tonight, Friday, May 19, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Dinner will be available from Hogface BBQ; music will be in the air, and so will the spirit of community.

Attendees can help mulch and weed the garden areas and clean up trash, while also playing in the fields and the creek. Bring your own s’mores ingredients, and work gloves. This is a reprise of a fun evening from a couple of weeks ago — don’t miss it.

Bring your family for a fun and functional picnic dinner in the ever more beautiful park at Cresson and Amherst avenues in Swarthmore.

Media Chamber Chorale to
Present ‘Popular Opera’
By Linda Heffernan

The Media Chamber Chorale’s spring concert will feature favorite choruses, duets and arias, some selections from American operas, and a few surprises. The 50-voice choir, under the direction of John Stroud, will perfrom at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 2, at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church and at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, at Middletown Presbyterian Church.

In addition to the voices of the chorale, the concert will offer the opportunity to hear three Philadelphia-area opera singers perform favorite arias. The choir and soloists will be accompanied by a small orchestra, with Dr. William Gatens on the piano. Refreshments will be served following each performance.

Tickets are available in advance through any chorale member. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors (62+) and students, with a $2 discount for advance purchase. For more information, please go to www.mediachamberchorale.org.

Walk and Smell the Roses at Scott

Scott Arboretum’s extraordinary organic rose garden is the venue and the subject for admiration and discussion, in a tour at noon next Thursday, May 25.

Scott guides describe the varieties and culture of the collection, for gardeners from beginners to experts. Meet at the Dean Bond Memorial Rose Garden, adjacent to McCabe Library and the East wing of Parrish Hall at Swarthmore College. Inclement weather will cancel the tour.

‘Midsummer’ Already at Hedgerow

Shakespeare’s lively and magical farce captures the magic of summer, love, and nature in a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, opening next weekend at Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley. Directed by Aaron Cromie, Hedgerow’s company and guest artists take on the roles of young Athenian lovers, a troupe of amateur actors, and the fairies who manipulate them in a sylvan setting.

With this hybrid method of storytelling incorporating music, art, and drama, Hedgerow continues its adventurous approach of presenting fresh multimedia reimaginings of classic plays. The comedy opens Thursday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m., and continues through June 11 on Thursdays, Fridays (7:30 p.m.), Saturdays (4 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and Sundays (2 p.m.).

Tickets, show, and theater information is at hedgerowtheatre.org and (610) 565-4211. Hedgerow is at 64 Rose Valley Road in Rose Valley.

Stories for the Road at SPL

If you are planning a road trip this summer, the Swarthmore Public Library wants you to know about the great stories and knowledge available there for all your passengers to enjoy together.

You can borrow CDs from SPL to help you learn a language, hear the biography of someone you admire, or get absorbed in a terrific story from the juvenile and adult collections — all completely free to anyone holding a valid library card.

Expand your horizons, and make the journey the best part of your summer adventures.

Art Speaks at Media Fellowship House

On Tuesday, May 23, Delaware County painter George Rothacker will guide a discussion of religious freedom, apropos of a painting in his series of six works on Social Conflict in America. The session will be held at Media Fellowship House at 302 S. Jackson Street in Media.

The evening begins with a light shared dinner; doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to all, but reservations are recommended through MFH at mediafellowshiphouse.org or (610) 565-0434.

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