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WaR3house3 Hosts Benefit Concert
for Marlow Wright

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Songs of freedom will be in the air next Saturday, December 10, at Swarthmore’s War3house3, whose owner Rob Borgstrom hosts a benefit concert for Jermaine Marlow Wright of Wilmington. Wright was recently freed from prison (and death row) following years of legal challenges which involved Swarthmore residents Herb Mondros and Michael Wiseman. Mondros’s band Out of Order joins Kuf Knotz, Will Paynter and Jay Popky of Sonoma Sound, Shawn Nolan and the Megs, Matt Wenger, and many others in an all-star lineup, starting at 7 p.m. Ticket donation is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Photo by Herb Mondros

Ssh! Santa’s Coming Saturday!

Santa comes to Swarthmore Community Center this Saturday.

Santa comes to Swarthmore Community Center this Saturday.

Santa Claus is planning a visit to the Swarthmore Community Center this Saturday, December 3, in a setting that should make for successful visits with even the youngest children.

From 9 to 10 a.m., visits will be by appointment only, minimizing the hubbub for children who might not do well with noise and wait times. Sign up for these slots ASAP at http://bit.ly/2gPagMv.

From 10 to 11:30 a.m., families (and even their dogs) can visit Santa without appointments.

Admission to the event is a requested donation to the Providence Animal Hospital (formerly the Delaware County SPCA.) The Swarthmore Community Center is located at 715 Harvard Avenue.

Holiday Sale at Scott

Anne Papa of Swarthmore taking home a bag full of fresh greens. Photo by R. Robert

Anne Papa of Swarthmore taking home a bag full of fresh greens. Photo by R. Robert

 

Gorgeous greens, holiday accents, long-lasting wreaths, living gifts, and free fun for the whole family can be found at the Scott Arboretum Selections: Holiday Sale on Saturday, December 3.

Member shopping will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; public shopping is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The free event is held at the Wister Center. For more information, call (610) 328-8025 or visit scottarboretum.org.

Mad Poets Society Presents Joyce Meyers at CAC

Former Swarthmorean Joyce Meyers

Former Swarthmorean Joyce Meyers

Media resident Joyce Meyers will present her poetry in December’s First Wednesday reading at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford on December 7.

The Mad Poets Society sponsors the monthly event, which begins at 7 p.m. in the ballroom on the second floor of CAC, which is located at 414 Plush Mill Road.

Light refreshments will be served, and an open mike invites budding poets to share their work following Joyce Meyers’s reading. CAC’s Holiday Sale will be open prior to the reading, providing one-stop shopping for gift-givers.

Hedgerow Theatre Rings in
Christmas Carol Season

The Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley heralds Advent with its annual production of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, which opened last weekend at the theatre at 64 Rose Valley Road. The play will be performed almost daily between now and Christmas Eve, both in matinees and evening shows at various times.

Hedgerow treasure Zoran Kovcic returns as Ebeneezer Scrooge, inhabiting the character with humor, pathos, complexity and ultimately, joy. A supporting cast including Hedgerow resident fellows and other regional actors is augmented by dozens of young performers portraying various Cratchits and urchins.

Hedgerow’s annual holiday gift is presented on the stage of the company’s 1830s grist mill, a setting consistent with the play’s time period as rendered by producing artistic director Jared Reed’s adaptation of Dickens’s classic. For showtimes, tickets, and other information, visit hedgerowtheatre.org.

Be Well Red Tonight at Furness Library

The occasional gathering known as Well Red returns to Helen Kate Furness Free Library tonight, Friday, December 2, at 7 p.m.

Wine will flow, cheese and crackers will be nibbled, and voices will rise well above a whisper in this popular fundraiser at the library. Tickets are $35 at the door. The Furness Library is located at 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford.

Make Art and Read Poetry at Pendle Hill

Pendle Hill, the Quaker retreat in Wallingford, is also a venue for creative expression in the coming weeks.

The S.T.O.R.Y. Poetry Coffeehouse will meet on Sunday, December 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. Come share your poetry, or poems you admire, with other creative souls in a lively open mike session. Bring poems with titles or themes starting with the letter O. All are welcome; donation is $5, which includes light refreshments.

Arts and Spirituality Coordinator Jesse White also welcomes budding artists to open studio sessions from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays, December 10 and 17. Drop in for as long as you like; donation is $5 per hour. Supplies are provided, and a monitor will be present to help you get started in the lovely Firbank art studio at Pendle Hill.

The campus is located at 338 Plush Mill Road. More information is at pendlehill.org.

Xscape the Holiday? If you are looking to do something completely different over the holiday break, check out “Xscape the Room.” It may be the most engaging hour you’ll ever spend with your friends and family. The three expertly designed escape rooms at #1, #13, and #25 W. 3rd Street in Media are distinctly different experiences, challenging you and your group to think and work together to solve mysteries that hold keys to your “escape” experience. Holiday hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays between noon and 9 p.m. Tickets are $27, however if you use the promo code: HOLIDAY, you can save 10%. To book and get more information, go to XscapeTheRoom.com or call (484) 471-7031. 

Xscape the Holiday? If you are looking to do something completely different over the holiday break, check out “Xscape the Room.” It may be the most engaging hour you’ll ever spend with your friends and family. The three expertly designed escape rooms at #1, #13, and #25 W. 3rd Street in Media are distinctly different experiences, challenging you and your group to think and work together to solve mysteries that hold keys to your “escape” experience. Holiday hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays between noon and 9 p.m. Tickets are $27, however if you use the promo code: HOLIDAY, you can save 10%. To book and get more information, go to XscapeTheRoom.com or call (484) 471-7031.

Swarthmore Friends Meeting to Host
Social Justice and Spirituality Conclave

The Swarthmore Friends Meeting will host the Social Justice and Spirituality Thread Gathering on Saturday, December 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its meetinghouse, 12 Whittier Place on the Swarthmore College campus.

Quakers from the region are invited to engage in enlightening interaction with others in a transformative community, expressing Quaker commitment to social justice and spirituality.

Registration and opening exercises begin at 11 a.m.; bring a brown bag lunch (salad provided). At 1 p.m., a political education session will be led by the New Sanctuary Movement, followed at 3:30 p.m. by breakout sessions on the sanctuary movement and other social change endeavors. Free child care is available for those who register by December 5.

For more information and to register, contact Zachary Dutton at (215) 241-7008 or zdutton@pym.org.

Trans* Bodies and Power in
the Age of Transgenderism

Next Monday, December 5, at 5 p.m. in the cinema at Lang Performing Arts Center, Jack Halberstam explores the possibilities that are suggested “as old classification systems give way to new, and as gender norms, bodily practices, and desires are reconfigured.”

Halberstam is visiting professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University, and author of a number of books exploring gender and sexuality, including the forthcoming Trans*.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Swarthmore College departments of Sexuality Studies, Film and Media Studies, and German Studies.

First Friday • December 2

Kandy Kids Toys and Gifts, 5 S. Chester Road. First Friday Free Events Christmas Craft for Tots: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Make a Christmas Card: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Bring green buttons to add to our stash for this fun craft.)

H.O.M., 102 Park Avenue. Pop up Gallery: Jewel Mondros be displaying original water color and pen and ink works with prints available for purchase. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; wine and refreshments will be served.

Wellness on Park, 100 Park Avenue
Candlelight Yoga: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; cost $15. Feel relaxed and renewed with an uplifting Yin Yoga practice. Join us to renew as we enter the upcoming season. Donna Shumaker, Breathe Om Yoga.

Reiki With Marie, Suite 1. Marie, a certified Zentangle teacher, will be giving Zentangle® demonstrations in Room 1.
• There is a raffle; all proceeds go to Child Guidance Resource Centers of Delaware County.
• First Friday Special: 20% OFF all Gift Certificates for Reiki sessions, classes, and private Zentangle classes.

Mitten Tree Time

The Swarthmore Public Library is holding its annual Mitten Tree. Please bring new mittens, gloves, hats, blankets, etc., to the library. Monetary donations are gratefully accepted as well.

All donations will be picked up by December 15 and brought to Cityteam in Chester. Questions? Please e-mail Jane at nyack448@aol.com.

Healing Begins Now, Says Judith Trustone

Judith Trustone

Judith Trustone

If you feel confused and alienated following the divisive election rhetoric of the past season, Judith Trustone has some thoughts and words that can help.

Trustone, a Swarthmore resident and author, will discuss her just-published book The Global Kindness Revolution: How Together We Can Heal Violence, Racism and Meanness at a free event on Wednesday, December 7, at the Head Room, 24 Veterans Square in Media.

Registration is required at (610) 328-6101. For more information on Trustone and the Global Kindness movement, see trustonekindness.com.

SSCA Invites You to Share Holiday Memories

All are invited to a light catered lunch at The Gathering Place on Wednesday, December 7 at noon. You only need to bring holiday memories which you may wish to share.

Join in the festivities at TGP, which is held in the Swarthmore United Methodist Church at 129 Park Avenue.

Swarthmore Solidarity March Sunday

No politics, just people united. That’s the the purpose of Sunday’s Solidarity March, which organizer Kabeera Weissman says will focus attention on civil rights, mutual respect among diverse groups, and positive values shared by the people of Swarthmore and their neighbors.

Beginning at 3 p.m. December 4 at the Central Park amphitheater, children and adults can craft signs and banners, sing songs, and hear brief remarks from clergy and representatives of Swarthmore Borough and the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District. At 4 p.m., march to Umoja Park to share refreshments and celebrate unity. All are welcome. Details are on Facebook — search Swarthmore Solidarity March.

Chester Children's Chorus

Chester Children’s Chorus

Chester Children’s Chorus Shares Gifts
at Holiday Concerts

Lang Concert Hall will fill next Friday and Saturday nights with fans of the Chester Children’s Chorus, and with the joyous holiday music these gifted singers will bring.

Selections will include holiday classics, classical selections, and a jazz suite. The 130-member chorus, comprised of students from the Chester Upland School District, is directed by founder John Alston, assisted by Sean Tripline.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 9, and Saturday December 10. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; come early to be sure of seating in the concert hall on Swarthmore College’s campus. The concerts are free, without tickets. Information on the CCC is at chesterchildrenschorus.org and (610) 328-8286.

George Lakey Brings Viking Economics
to Pendle Hill

George Lakey

George Lakey

Former Swarthmore College professor George Lakey spent many years traveling, researching and writing to produce his latest book, Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right – and How We Can Too!

In the First Monday lecture next week at Pendle Hill, Lakey will share his insights as to the relevance of Swedish, Danish, Icelandic, and Norwegian social models to America’s current situation of political division, economic inequality, and wasted potential.

A prolific speaker, teacher and thinker on social change, Lakey will speak on Monday, December 5, 7:30 to 9 p.m., in the Barn at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford.

The First Monday forum talk is free and open to all. Copies of Lakey’s book will be available at the reading. For information, visit pendlehill.org or call (610) 566-4507.

Jeffrey Rosen

Jeffrey Rosen

Jeffrey Rosen on Why Louis Brandeis Matters

One hundred years after the confirmation of Louis Brandeis as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, legal scholar Jeffrey Rosen argues that there is much to learn from Brandeis in today’s America.

Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, will speak to those attending the dinner meeting of the Swarthmore Discussion Group on Wednesday, December 14.

He makes the case for Brandeis’ influence, and what light he might shed on current questions surrounding the Constitution, corporate power and monopolies, technology and privacy, and free speech.

The group meets at 6 p.m. at the Inn at Swarthmore for dinner, followed by Rosen’s talk and a question and answer session. The ticket cost is $45; to check on availability and purchase, call Mary Carr at (610) 957-6132 or e-mail mcarr1@swarthmore.edu. The Inn is located at 10 S. Chester Road in Swarthmore.

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