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Art in the Making at CAC Friday Night Live

The Brett Jolly Experience provides the heartbeat with a blend of R&B, jazz and funk and rock, and ceramicist Justin Benn puts his talented hands to work in artmaking during the Community Arts Center’s Friday Night Live, beginning at 7 p.m. on October 20.

Six-string bassman and bandleader Brett Jolly plays CAC’s Friday Night Live October 20.

CAC’s monthly happening is a fascinating celebration of creativity, open to members ($10 admission) and others ($15) throughout the Center’s space at 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford. Snacks are provided, and guests are free to bring their own food and drink.

Local artist Justin Benn is a CAC teacher who specializes in mailing ceramic masks, which will be available for purchase throughout the evening. A touring music industry pro who makes his home in Philadelphia, Brett Jolly has worked with R&B and pop giants from Teddy Pendergrass, Aretha Franklin and Janet Jackson to Bon Jovi and Jill Scott.

Tickets are sold at the door and via the website at communityartscenter.org.

History in the Making in Rose Valley

Plan next weekend (October 27-29) around the events celebrating the long-awaited opening of the Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society at Thunderbird Lodge in central Rose Valley.

Friday, 7-9 p.m.: Members preview cocktail party; no charge for RVMHS members; RSVP ASAP. Saturday, 11 a.m.-noon: Opening ceremonies (free), followed during the afternoon. by docent-led tours of the museum and grounds (free for members; $10 for others.)

Saturday, 6-10 p.m.: Costume party: A Pageant of Illustration. Dinner, drinks, music and dancing, costume prizes. $75 per person; RSVP ASAP.

Sunday, 4-6 p.m.: Lecture on the Utopian Movement in American Arts & Crafts by Tom Guller of Winterthur Museum. Tickets: $20 ($15 for members.) RSVP.

The Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society is at 41 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley, PA 19063. RSVPs, tickets and more information on the Museum and programs is at rosevalleymuseum.org.

Spaghetti and Magic at SPC

Swarthmore Presbyterian Church invites neighbors young and older to its “Third Friday” intergenerational program and dinner next Friday evening, October 20.

The feature attraction is the Amazing Spaghetti, Magician and Entertainer. Pasta dinner (of course!) will be served at 6:30 p.m., preceding the show, all at the church’s Fellowship Hall at 727 Harvard Avenue. A $5 per person donation is requested ($15 per family; all are welcome. RSVP to spcchildren@swarthmorepres.org.

Ben Berger Addresses
the Swarthmore Discussion Group

Ben Berger, associate professor of Political Science and executive director of the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility will speak on “What Makes Democracy Work?” at the Swarthmore Discussion Group’s monthy meeting.

The talk will take place on Wednesday, October 18, with happy hour beginning at 5:15 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m. ; and the talk and Q&A starting at 7 p.m. at the Inn at Swarthmore, 10 S. Chester Road.

Idealistic theories of democracy call for informed, attentive citizens. What if most citizens don’t fit that model? Worse, what if even informed, attentive citizens fit the facts to match their preexisting loyalties and social identities?

In their writings, political scientists Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels pose worrisome answers. This talk will examine the debates, evidence, and arguments surrounding their groundbreaking book, Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government, and will explore the implications for democracy.

Berger’s book, Attention Deficit Democracy: The Paradox of Civic Engagement, won the North American Society for Social Philosophy Book Award in 2011. Tickets for the event are $45. If you would like more information on the event or a series membership, visit swatdiscussiongroup.wordpress.com.

Celebrate Fall at Scott Arboretum Event

Now that the days grow short and the season is slowing down, local gardeners have a chance to take off the gloves and contemplate the issues that animate horticultural theory and ecological practices.

The Scott Arboretum Fall Celebration provides a forum for consideration of these issues, for one: are “alien plants” inherently bad? Entomology professor Doug Tallamy of the University of Delaware says that the answer is not as obvious as you’d think. Tallamy and Rick Darke are authors of Bringing Nature Home and The Living Landscape.

Swarthmore College’s Scott Arboretum invites you to join with your neighbors and meet other gardeners at its annual Fall Celebration next Sunday, October 22, at 4 p.m. This free event takes place at Lang Concert Hall; the talk will be followed by a reception with refreshments.

Pinot and Petals

The finer things in life can be yours next Tuesday evening at “Pinot & Petals,” a special night out with good friends and talented visitors, hosted by the Rose Tree Garden Club at the Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley.

Enjoy wine and cheese beginning at 7 p.m., segueing into a demonstration of creative floral designing presented by award-winning designers Anthony Giunta and David Adsitt, which runs from 7:30 through 9:30 p.m. Door prizes and raffles will be offered to lucky winners.

Tickets for the evening are available from any Rose Tree Garden Club member, including Becky Erdmann at (610) 874-2588 and Kelly Caulfield at (610) 566-6852. The Hedgerow Theatre is at 64 Rose Valley Road.

Author Talk at CADES on
Parenting a Child with Autism

Media resident Cheryl Borrelli, author of Dear Nicky, Love Mommy, will be greeting, reading, and signing copies of her book in a free event on Tuesday, October 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the lower gym at CADES, 401 Rutgers Avenue in Swarthmore.

The book (on sale there for $20) is an exploration in journal and letter form of her trying, fulfilling, and inspiring experiences, raising her son Nicky, who has autism.

Call Lori Hepford, Parent Teacher Organization president CADES’s George Crothers Memorial School, with any questions at (484) 226-4912.

Red Cross Blood Drive
and Spaghetti Dinner at WPC

Wallingford Presbyterian Church invites the public to give and to receive on consecutive days this month.

On Wednesday afternoon, October 25, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., the church’s deacons will host a Red Cross Blood Drive at the church, 110 East Brookhaven Road in Wallingford. Walk-ins are welcome, but please try to register first at redcrossblood.org, or with the church office at (610) 566-1644, ext. 2.

On the following evening, October 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Boy Scout Troop 277, sponsored by Wallingford Presbyterian Church, will serve a spaghetti dinner open to all hungry people. Adults who preregister (phone number above) eat for $8; it’s $10 at the door, Children under 10 years old eat for $5, and Cub Scout in uniform at free. Family tickets are $30.

Who Is Driving the Ship of State?

Stephen Walt

Where is U. S. foreign policy headed? In the Trump era, the question is baffling. Stephen Walt, Belfer Professor Of international affairs at Harvard University, will put forth some possible answers in the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture at Swarthmore College on Thursday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m.

The talk at Science Center 101 takes off from Walt’s thesis that President Trump was elected in part because of growing dissatisfaction at the failures of U.S. foreign policy. However, he suggests, early indications are that our international ineptitude continues. The talk is free and open to all.

Birders, Flock to Hawk Mountain Day Trip

Spectacular views of the annual fall hawk migration are in the air for those who sign up for the Tuesday, October 24 (rain date Tuesday, October 31), day trip offered by Wallingford Swarthmore Community Classes.

Experienced birder Laura Matika will serve as the group’s guide, while volunteers posted at lookouts will spot and identify birds of prey. Participants will carpool or travel on their own to the area, which is north of Reading for this daylong jaunt. Bring binoculars. The trail features some strenuous hiking and one handicap-accessible lookout.

The cost is $32 per person, plus a $7 trail fee; register at www.wscclasses.org. For more information, call (610) 566-5786 or e-mail wscclasses@gmail.com.

Undercover Quilters Show: Sew Many Memories

Next Friday, Saturday and Sunday (October 20-22), some of the top quilters in Delaware County and beyond will show more than 125 handmade quilts in the Undercover Quilters’ 2017 Quilt Show.

The show, entitled “Sew Many Memories,” will be held at the Brookhaven Municipal Building, 2 Cambridge Road. Demonstrations, vendors, raffles, door prizes, food and drink are all on offer —you may never want to leave.

Tickets: $8 for adults; open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Information is at undercoverquilters.com.

Tech Fest at Springfield Mall

The Delaware County Intermediate Unit invites families with students of all ages to explore career and technical education opportunities at Tech Fest, which will take place on Saturday, October 21, noon to 3 p.m. at Springfield Mall.

There will be abundant information and experts on hand to take questions about the 19 programs offered at the three Delaware County Technical High School campuses in Aston, Folcroft, and Marple Township. Information is at DCIU.org/CTE.

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