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Party in the Park

The Swarthmore Environmental Advisory Board is hoping for continued perfect weather at Party in the Park at Little Crum Creek (located just off Swarthmore Avenue on Cresson Lane) on Thursday, August 17, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 pm.

The Board welcomes volunteers for light weeding and encourages play in the park including splashing around in the refreshing creek.

Bring supplies for weeding, a picnic dinner (The Hogface BBQ food truck will be in attendance), s’mores and other park fun. No charge for attending, of course.

Blood Drive

As summer wanes, so does the national blood supply, according to the American Red Cross. The Red Cross is in particular need of donors during the last weeks of August, and plans several donation opportunities nearby. Make advance appointments at redcrossblood.org or at (800) 733-2767. Those who give between now and August 31 will be e-mailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.

Blood donations will be taken on Tuesday, August 15, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Rose Tree Place, 500 Sandy Bank Road, Media; on Thursday, August 17, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 2130 Franklin Avenue, Morton; and on Saturday, August 19, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dunkin’ Donuts, 100 Baltimore Pike in Springfield, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Media Municipal Building, 301 N. Jackson Street.

Richard Dowling Interprets Joplin in CAC Debut

In the centennial year of Scott Joplin’s death, classically trained pianist Richard Dowling comes to Wallingford to demonstrate his Joplin chops in the Tri State Jazz Society’s concert at the Community Arts Center next Sunday, August 20, at 2 p.m.

An acknowledged master of the works of this great American composer, Dowling is in the midst of more than 60 all-Joplin recitals across the nation this year and next, featuring rags, waltzes, marches, and other piano works.

The TSJ recital offers general admission of $20 at the door, with half-price tickets available for first-time attendees and TJS members, and free admission for children and full-time students with ID. CAC is at 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford. Info: tristatejazz.org or (856) 720-0232.

Night and Day Kids Programs at Tyler Arboretum

This Saturday, August 12, families with kids age 5 and up are invited to join in “Firefly Frenzy” in the twilight at Tyler Arboretum.

Explore the evening from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in a catch and release hunt for fireflies, moths, and other darkness loving insects. Kids can create their own glowing firefly crafts. Admission cost for this event is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

On Tuesday, August 15, kids age 4 through 6 can bring their parents to explore the journey of a butterfly, from egg to caterpillar to beautiful flier, and craft their own butterflies. This program offers free admission for a parent with each child at $10 (members) or $15 (nonmembers). Preregistration is advised for each event at tylerarboretum.org.

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