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TGP Schedules Its Season Finale and Pool Party

The Gathering Place has slated its final two Wednesday programs of the spring session. This coming Wednesday, June 7, educator and social worker Myra Hochman will address wellness and mindfulness, demonstrating breathing techniques, sensory activities, and balance and exploring temporal conditions.

Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and bring an exercise mat if you wish. Her talk will begin around 12:30 p.m., following a catered lunch provided by Occasionally Yours for all who come at noon to TGP at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue.

The following Wednesday, June 14, TGP regulars will join other members of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association for the annual SSCA picnic at Swarthmore Swim Club, beginning at noon. The SSCA board will provide a giant hoagie and drinks. If you can, please bring a salad or side dish — also bring your swimsuit and towel and enjoy the pool. Rain will move the party to SUMC.

Big Bugs at Tyler

What would you say to a 17-foot tall daddy longlegs? How about greeting a giant ant that’s REALLY giant — like 25 feet long? Find out this summer at Tyler Arboretum in Media, where David Rogers’ Big Bugs will be in residence from this Saturday, June 3, through August 29.

The menagerie includes exaggerated arachnids, a massive mantis and a gigantic grasshopper, all at a scale that capture the attention of even bug know-it-alls, with education stations for each to inform and inspire the imagination. Long Island, N.Y., based sculptor David Rogers created all ten of the Big Bugs from natural materials.

The outsized creatures will be dotted along a 1.5 mile scenic loop, for rambling or docent-led tours departing hourly from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this weekend, enhancing understanding and appreciation of the tiny animals we often overlook in our habitat. And they make great photo ops!

The Big Bugs exhibit is free for Tyler Arboretum members and ticketholders. Admission to the arboretum is $15 for adults 18 to 64; $13 for seniors; $9 for members of the military, students with ID, and youths; free for ages 2 and under. Tyler Arboretum is at 515 Painter Road in Media.

Emerging Artists Sell Pots This Sunday at CAC

The ceramics students of the Community Arts Center will sell their creations in a special market on Sunday, June 4, at CAC, from noon to 4 p.m.

Cups and bowls, planters, sculptural decorations, and other unique creations will be on sale in the Duke Gallery at CAC, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford. This one-day event benefits the Bea Dallett Ceramics Studio.

Sip and Stroll at Scott

Join a moving cocktail party next Friday, June 9, at Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College. Meet at the Gillespie Room of the Wister Center.

Wander the grounds with a glass of wine or beer as host Julie Jenney points out June blooms, her favorite trees and plants, and tells stories of the Arboretum and its history.

Tickets are $10 for Scott members and $20 for nonmembers. The guest limit is 20, so RSVP toute suite to (610) 328-8025 or at scottarboretum.org.

Hail the ‘King of Kosher Gospel’

Joshua Nelson

Joshua Nelson

Cantor Joshua Nelson fuses his African-American roots with Judaism in a revolutionary style of spiritual music.

All are invited to share in this energetic mix of traditions next Friday, June 9, at 7.30 p.m. at the free Gospel Kabbalat Shabbat at Congregation Beth Israel of Media, 542 S. New Middletown Road.

Although cultural traditions usually change slowly, some innovations manage to create quantum leaps in the manifestation of worship traditions. Joshua Nelson is hailed as such an innovator. His visit to Beth Israel is funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

SKOYZ Return to Furness Library

Skill toys (SKOYZ) from around the world will challenge and engage smart kids in active learning and play June 28-30.

The games — Spinning Plates, Diablo, Flower Sticks, Kendama, and Chatter Rings — help build concentration and problem-solving skills, and they are fun to boot.

Fourth through 8th graders are encouraged to sign up ASAP-only 18 spots are available, and you must be able to participate all three days, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (610) 566-9331 or stop by the front desk of the library at 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford.

Tour Crum Woods with a Guide

Take an active lunch break next Friday, June 9, at noon, and spend an hour strolling in sensible shoes while a Scott Arboretum guide shares knowledge about the trails, wildlife, and ecology.

Meet on stage at the Scott Amphitheater for this free ramble, which will be canceled by inclement weather.

Mad Poets Are at It Again

Gina Myers will read her work at Wednesday’s Mad Poets session at CAC.

Gina Myers will read her work at Wednesday’s Mad Poets session at CAC.

Philadelphia poets Gina Myers and Elizabeth Scanlon will read their work at the next edition of Mad Poets Society’s First Wednesday series on June 7.

Elizabeth Scanlon recently published a poetry collection Lonesome Gnosis, and has authored two chapbooks. She is editor of the American Poetry Review. Gina Myers is the author of two poetry collections: A Model Year and Hold It Down, as well as several chapbooks (most recently Philadelphia). She works in communications at Swarthmore College.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford. Following the scheduled readings, refreshments will be served, and an open mic session will ensue. For information, call Sibelan Forrester at (610) 328-8162 or e-mail sforres1@swarthmore.edu.

Chill Out With Summer Programs
at Furness Library

Registration is now open (and capacity is limited) for popular free summer sessions at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford.

Three-year-olds through 3rd graders are the target audience for Sunset Stories, to be told on Wednesday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. in the cool of the children’s Library downstairs at Furness.

Themes change each week; the series begins June 21 with “Anywhere Garden” and runs weekly through July 26 (except July 5).

School-aged children and adults are invited to Monday matinee movies in the library’s auditorium, beginning June 26 at 3 p.m., and continuing weekly through July 24.

Movietime films are all PG rated; the June 26 feature is “The Jungle Book.” Movie snacks will be provided. To preregister, stop in to the library or call (610) 566-9331.

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