Harvest Home at SUMC. The Swarthmore United Methodist Church prepares for “Harvest Home” all year by collecting needed food items and supplies for local ministries. Donations of canned goods, fresh vegetables, frozen turkeys, coffee, pasta, and the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner will all be greatly appreciated. Donations will be accepted at the church at 129 Park Ave, Swarthmore on Saturday, November 19, after 3 p.m. or on Sunday, November 20, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, go to swarthmoreumc.org.
High Schoolers: What Are Your Views
On Ethnic Interactions and Intolerance?
From swastikas scrawled on the Sparrow House in Swarthmore to plots against Muslims in Middle America, intolerance among people of different ethnic backgrounds is manifesting itself in public behavior, not just political discourse.
Local high-school students are invited to Swarthmore Presbyterian Church on Sunday, November 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Loeffler chapel to discuss recent conflicts between cultures and ethnic groups in America, the ensuing media coverage, and their own interactions with persons from differing backgrounds.
The session begins with a pizza lunch, followed by a presentation and discussion led by by Anneke Kat, a program associate at the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia. Local youth of any faith (or of none at all) may begin to see the role they can play in accepting and welcoming people of other faiths.
All high schools students are welcome; if possible, RSVP ASAP to Kerry Hogg at the firstname.lastname@example.org. Swarthmore Presbyterian Church is located at 727 Harvard Avenue.
Horah for the Torah at Beth Israel
Celebrate Ashkenazi culture with a family evening of music, dance, and feasting at Congregation Beth Israel in Media on Saturday, December 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The event raises funds for the restoration of a circa-1750 Torah, a scroll written in Moravia and now owned by Beth Israel. The evening celebrates Jewish life in pre-World War Eastern Europe, with music from Klingon Klezmer, professional dance instruction, and kosher food from local restaurant Nana’s Kitchen.
Beth Israel is at 543 South New Middletown Road in Media. Tickets at $20 per person and $50 per family can be preordered by December 5 at bethisraelmedia.org.
Swarthmore Friends of the Arts
Offers ‘A Painterly Perspective’
Just opened at Swarthmore Borough Hall, “A Painterly Perspective” collects the works of Cynthia Murray in oil paint and pastel.
Murray, who is a landscape designer and jewelry maker as well as an artist, has shown her work widely in galleries and art centers in southeastern Pennsylvania, including the Community Arts Center in Wallingford. The exhibition will be on display through January 2, 2017.
It is free and open to all during hours when the borough office or Swarthmore Public Library is open. Information is at swarthmorearts.org.
Wallingford Pres Offers Alternative Gift
Options for Holiday Shoppers
Children’s Advent Workshop at SPC
Family, friends and neighbors are welcome to participate in the annual Advent Workshop at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church at 727 Harvard Avenue, Swarthmore on Sunday, November 27 beginning at 3 p.m.
Children ages 4 through 12 can create a variety of ornaments and gifts for the holidays. Adults are also invited to come and design their own advent wreath. For more information, go to swarthmorepres.org.
PBA Offers Free Legal Advice
Need quick legal advice, or want to discuss a legal matter in some detail? The Philadelphia Bar Association has resources for you.
On every third Wednesday of the month, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., volunteer attorneys will staff the PBA’s LegalLine P.M. at (215) 238-6333, providing free and confidential legal advice and referrals to appropriate resources for matters in any aspect of the law.
Additionally, during weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., staff attorneys at the Philadelphia Bar Association operate the Lawyer Referral and Information Service for callers at the same number, (215) 238-6333.
Staffers assess a caller’s needs and concerns, and provide referral to attorneys in private practice, who have agreed to offer a 30 minute consultation at the discounted rate of $35.
Book Your Place in the Book It 5K
Registration has just opened for the “Book It” 5K Run and Walk, an April Fool’s Day fundraiser for local libraries.
Runners and walkers will follow a 5 kilometer course from the Helen Kate Furness Free Library to the Swarthmore Public Library.
Details and registration for the event is at runtheday.com/registration/race_info/book-it-5k-run-walk. Local organizations can get involved as sponsors by contacting email@example.com.
How can you get your house cleaner and reduce the impact on the environment? Scott Arboretum educational programs coordinator Julie Jenney shows and tells you, in a hands-on workshop on Wednesday, December 7, from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.
You’ll learn to make your own cleaners, and take home a cleaning kit including all-purpose cleaner and scouring powder.
Limited to 12 participants, the workshop in the Gillespie Room costs $20 for Scott members and $30 for others. Preregister through scottarboretum.org or at (610) 328-8025.
Students Voices in Recital November 21
The students of Clara Rottsolk and Nancy Jantsch will perform in a voice recital on Monday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m. T
he evening recital is sponsored by Swarthmore College’s department of Music and Dance and the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter Chamber Music Program. The concert is free and open to all, at Lang Concert Hall.
Swing Down to Lang For a Night of Big Band Jazz
The Swarthmore College Jazz Ensemble has horns out to here, and is ready to swing into the Lang Concert Hall on Sunday, November 20, for its fall concert.
Andrew Neu directs the Ensemble in a program of big band music from the 20th century and later. Admission is free; no tickets are required. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Ohev Hosts 4-Ever Grateful Talent Show
Temple Ohev Shalom, at 2 Chester Road, Wallingford, hosts the FUSE 4-Ever Grateful Talent Show on Sunday, November 20, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Fellowship of Urban and Suburban Engagement, is a partnership between houses of worship, community groups and nonprofits in Delaware.
Its purpose is to deepen relationships while creating a shared sense of destiny and purpose across all types of people. For more information, go to ohev.net.