What’s happening around the Ville . . .

Screen Time and Your Children: Talk at WES

Do you wonder and worry about the effect technology is having on the health and well-being of your children and our society? Swarthmorean Andy Crouch literally wrote the book on the subject, and will talk tech truth to parents on Wednesday, September 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of Wallingford Elementary School at 20 S. Providence Road in Wallingford.

Crouch, author of The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in its Proper Place, will consider today’s technology and its impact on kids and families, and offer practical suggestions on how to unplug and reconnect. The talk is free, but pre-registration is required — e-mail Liz Orye at Elizabeth.orye@verizon.net. And be sure to turn off your devices before the talk begins.

Senior Expo

State Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky invites her constituents of the 161st Legislative District to a Senior Expo next Thursday, September 21, at the Brookhaven Municipal Building.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., seniors can scoop up information on social, government, and health services, including property tax/rent rebates, health screenings, prescription plans and unclaimed property.

The municipal building is at 2 Cambridge Road in Brookhaven. For more information, call Rep. Krueger-Braneky’s office at (610) 534-6880.

Ohev Shalom Offers High Holidays Services

Wallingford Congregation Ohev Shalom welcomes all worshipers to its services for the Jewish high holidays in coming weeks.

Services for Rosh Hashanah on Thursday, September 21, and Friday, September 22; Kol Nidre on Friday evening, September 29; and Yom Kippur on Saturday, September 30, are free, as are children’s programs and babysitting during services.

For times, more information, and to RSVP, call the synagogue at (610) 874-1465 or e-mail holidays@ohev.net.

Hedgerow Trains the Next Generation of Actors

Hedgerow Theatre, famous for training adult theater artists as it produces professional repertory theater, has an educational mission that extends to children as young as 6. Throughout the year, young people learn to create stories and tell them through theater craft.

This fall, Hedgerow welcomes a new class of kids to an 8-week course of joyous creativity and practical performance training. Classes begin this Saturday, September 16, and take place on consecutive Saturdays through November 5.

Aristocats Kids is a streamlined lively version of the classic Disney animated film, with Hedgerow’s version starring younger performers from age 6 up. Kids experience teamwork, express themselves, and develop a love for storytelling.

Fiddler on the Roof Jr. offers experienced and older children aged 8 through 18 a chance to learn from some of the area’s top theater professionals, rehearsing, staging and producing an abbreviated version of the Tony Award-winning musical, in a collaborative and supportive group. Each group performs the weekend of November 11 and 12, following intensive preparation in tech rehearsals the preceding week.

Classes are Saturdays, 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. (Aristocats) and 2 to 6 p.m. (Fiddler).The cost is $375 per student. Info and registration is at hedgerowtheatre.org and (610) 565-4211.

Fritz Dietel’s Natural Process

Champignon, a 2006 work by Fritz Dietel, is the largest mushroom in Swarthmore at the moment.

The new List Gallery exhibition Fritz Dietel: 25 Years collects key works from the past quarter century of work by this Philadelphia-based sculptor, whose riffs on natural forms and familiar artifacts conjure sensory and aesthetic memories from viewers. The show, open now through October 22 at the Swarthmore College gallery, surveys the mature career of Dietel, whose work in mixed media has reflected his curiosity about technology and process in rendering his vision.

Fritz Dietel is Donald J. Gordon Visiting Artist and Lecturer for the 2017-2018 academic year at the college. During his visit on Tuesday, September 19, Dietel will speak about his work from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the cinema at Lang Performing Arts Center.

A reception with the artist will follow in the gallery through 7 p.m. Both are free. For gallery hours and show information, visit swarthmore.edu/list-gallery.

Constitution Day Lecture: ‘Executive Power
under a Broken Constitution’

Constitutional law and politics scholar Mark Graber visits Swarthmore College on Thursday, September 21, to deliver the college’s Constitution Day lecture at the Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall. He will examine the topic of “Executive Power under a Broken Constitution: Interpreting Trump’s Presidential Authority.”

Graber is Maryland Regents professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. His lecture begins at 4:15 p.m. and is open to all, free of charge.

 

Register Now for Furness Library Fall Programs

Back to school for the big kids means back to the library for preschoolers in this fall’s programs at Helen Kate Furness Free Library in Wallingford.

Preschool/Kindergarten Stories convene children age 3½ through kindergarten for two autumn-themed story sessions every Thursday afternoon — the first group meeting at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 4:15 p.m. Each session is followed by a related art or play activity. The fall session begins on September 28 with “Yellowtime” and continues through November 30.

Thursday mornings are party time for the youngest library members, their parents and caregivers. Beginning on Thursday, October 5, the Infant Lap-Wiggle offers quality time together with stories, songs, and nursery rhymes in the children’s library. The four-week series fills quickly, so sign up ASAP.

Equally popular are the PAWS for Reading sessions, open to beginning readers ages 5 and up who can read for 15 minutes to the friendly and attentive therapy dogs of PAWS during their five visits to the Furness Library this fall. Sunday sessions on October 8 and December 3 are from 2 to 3 p.m.; Tuesday PAWS sessions are October 10, November 14, and December 5 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Read five times during the school year and earn a T-shirt!

Register for the Furness Library programs at the library, or by phone to (610) 566-9331. Be sure to give your child’s name and age in years and months, as well as your contact info.

Chopsticks, Meet Apple Pie

Swarthmore Public Library presents a delicious event on Monday, September 25, at 4 p.m., when local author Annabel Annuo Liu delivers a reading and discussion of her recently published book When Chopsticks Meet Apple Pie: Cross-Cultural Musings on Life, Family, and Food.

In this essay collection, Liu takes on her heritage and unique experiences, sharing her memories in this free reading at the Council Room of Swarthmore Borough Hall. Register for the program with the library at (610) 543-3171 or at Swarthmore@delcolibraries.org.

Gathering Again on Wednesdays

The Gathering Place is open again on Wednesdays for a weekly menu of shared lunch at noon, and at 12:30, good talk on varied topics.

Next week (September 20), the Gathering Place welcomes Beth Murray of the Swarthmore Centennial Foundation, who will conduct an “Envisioning Swarthmore” session, as part of a new initiative to imagine the Borough 20 years from now, to determine what resources we can use to attain that vision, and to discuss the obstacles to progress.

Bring a lunch, or get soup and bread for a small donation. Sponsored by the Swarthmore Senior Citizens’ Association, the Gathering Place meets weekly at Swarthmore Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue.

Contest Celebrates Swarthmore Photographers

Now is the time to enter the 21st annual Swarthmore photography exhibition, to be held at Borough Hall October 6 through 29.

The contest is open to anyone (including Swarthmore College students) over age 17 living in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District. For a contribution of $5 per piece, you may enter one or two original works (framed or matted and wired for hanging) by September 25. Works must be delivered on Monday, October 2, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The fee goes toward an artists’ reception which will be held on Friday, October 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sale of works from the show is subject to a 10% commission to the Swarthmore Friends of the Arts, which manages the show.

Entries may be made at swarthmorearts.org; paper forms are also available in the lobby of Borough Hall, and by mail from Martha Perkins at (484) 574-3158 and martha.perkins@gmail.com.

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