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Brush up on Your Watercolor

Watercolor novices and advanced painters are equally stimulated by the challenges and the rewards of the lovely medium of watercolor. In a new series of lessons beginning next Wednesday, September 27, instructor Mary Ash will teach techniques, materials, tools, color mixing and approaches, focusing on the needs of each individual in the class.

The class will meet from 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Schoolhouse Center at 600 Swarthmore Avenue, Folsom, each Wednesday (except November 22) through December 6. The cost is $53 for Schoolhouse members and an extra $5 for nonmembers, plus supplies TBD. Preregistration is required at (610) 237-8100.

Seniors, Refresh Your Driving Skills

The high cost of driving can be made significantly lower for those age 55 and older. If you have taken the 8-hour AARP Smart Driver course and have documentation, you are eligible for AARP’s 4-hour refresher course that can deliver another three years of lower premiums.

This one-session course will be presented three times this fall at Schoolhouse Center, 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom: October 4, November 1, and December 6, from noon to 4 p.m.

Registration is $15 for AARP members with card and $20 for others. Preregistration (required) and information on requirements for insurance discounts are at (610) 237-8100.

Dig It! Garden at Schoolhouse Center

Under the direction of Penn State Master Gardeners Beverly Miller and Brenda Troutman, the Schoolhouse Center Garden Committee plans and maintains the lovely beds and plantings of the center at 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom.

With meetings on upcoming Mondays, September 25, October 2, and October 23, from 9 to 11 a.m., the Garden Committee invites new members to come discuss and learn about the gardens, and to don gloves and grab tools for garden work at the center. It’s free; come on over and dig in.

Fire up Your Appetite

South Media Fire Company invites one and all to its second annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast this Saturday, September 23, 8 a.m. to noon at the firehouse, 535 Washington Ave. in Media.

For $7 per person, eat your fill of fresh-off-the-griddle pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, pastry, coffee, teas, and juice.

All proceeds will go towards equipping the Nether Providence Fire Departments with new and upgraded equipment so that it can better serve the community.

Pendle Hill Talk Explores the Rights of Nature

Chad Nicholson

Good news, says environmental defender Chad Nicholson: Pennsylvania is a leader in development of progressive environmental protections through legal channels. Nicholson, who will speak at 7 p.m. on October 2 in Pendle Hill’s First Monday speaker’s series, says that as climate change and habitat destruction have accelerated environmental degradation, recognition of inherent rights of natural systems has emerged as a promising approach to environmental defense.

Nicholson is Pennsylvania organizer for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, and says that the movement emerged when Tamaqua, Schuylkill County, granted legal rights to ecosystems. Several other Pennsylvania municipalities have taken legal action to protect water and other resources from industrial threats like fracking.

The talk is free and open to the public in the Barn at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford.

Dig and Divide Peonies

Before the leaves carpet your garden and you put your flowerbeds to bed, early fall is the perfect time to dig out and divide peonies, and to plant the divisions optimally. Who better than the Mid-Atlantic Peony Society (MAPS) to provide the tips and techniques needed to handle these lovely and productive mainstays of the summer garden?

Members of MAPS and Scott Arboretum will present their annual Dig and Divide session at the Wister Center of Scott on Sunday, October 1, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Learn the correct way to handle peonies during division and replanting, as well as the best locations for tree peonies, herbaceous, and Itoh hybrids. The event will continue with a reception, a rare peony auction, and a peony sale. The event is open to all, free of charge.

Bored? Try Board Games at Furness

Clever children, tweens and teens, are all welcome to start the weekend with a Friday afternoon of games and fun at the Helen Kate Furness Library in Wallingford.

Once a month, starting September 29, board gamers both experienced and novice will gather for a quick snack at 3:45 p.m., then get down to serious play in old favorites like Catan and Ticket to Ride, as well as new games, brought and taught on the spot by friendly players from Showcase Comics in Swarthmore.

Sign up now for one, two, or three sessions (also on October 20 and November 17) by phone at (610) 566-9331 or in person at the library, 100 N. Providence Road.

Real News on Fake News

In an era of unprecedented abuse of the truth, a 24-hour news cycle, and proliferating media channels, how can you tell what to believe and what to discredit? That is the question to be considered by a panel of experts at next Wednesday, September 27, at 7 p.m. at the Community Room of Media Borough Hall, 301 N. Jackson Street.

Panelists include Dr. Jim Caccamo of St. Joseph’s University, Dr. Mike Boyle of West Chester University, and instructional technology specialist Anne Mosakowski.

The meeting, which is free and open to all, is presented by the League of Women Voters of Central Delaware County and the Eastern PA Chapter of the American Association of University Women.

Seniors: Be APPRISED of Medicare Options

It’s Medicare enrollment season, and the ever-changing landscape of plans and options is spreading confusion through the land. Fortunately, the trained Medicare counselors of APPRISE are available to provide free 30 to 60 minute one-on-one sessions for those of age to be enrolled in Medicare.

On Wednesday, September 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., these counselors will compare plans and help with enrolment into Medicare Advantage, prescription, cost-saving and Medigap Plans.

Insurance counselors will be at the Springfield Township Library at 50 Powell Road. The sessions recur on October 25 and November 29. Call Ellen Haupt at (484) 496-2137 with questions or to schedule an individual counseling session.

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