What’s Happening Around Town?

Kids Can Volunteer, Too!

Swarthmore Public Library invites preschool-aged kids and their caregivers to send some joy to homebound senior citizens by assembling “breakfast bags” — adding their own homemade cards to brighten each recipient’s day — to be delivered by Aid For Friends (see aidforfriends.org).

The project begins at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4, and continues until 3:15 p.m. in the Community Room of Swarthmore Borough Hall.

Come for as long or as short a time as you wish. Bring single-serve breakfast food and drink items like granola bars and fruit cups; a full list of needed items is at www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b49aeaf2fa57-breakfast, where you should go to RSVP. and see the list of items that are needed.

Foundations for Chinese Opera

Swarthmore College Professor Peng Xu shares her love of Chinese opera in anecdote and song, with the assistance of student musicians and guest artists.

The presentation at Lang Concert Hall is free and open to all at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 30.


SKOYZ (skill toys) command the attention and hone the skills of young players as they master tricks in a “flow state of concentration.”

Fourth through 8th graders are invited to sign up for three consecutive after-school sessions at Helen Kate Furness Free Library, on Monday, October 9, Wednesday the 11th, and Friday the 13th, all from 4 to 5 p.m.

Registration is required at the library, 100 N. Providence Road, Wallingford, or by phone at (610) 566-9331, ext. 4.

Giving It Their Best Shots

Photographers from Swarthmore, Wallingford, Rutledge, and Rose Valley will gather next Friday, October 6, for the opening of 21st annual Celebrate Swarthmore Photographers Exhibit at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue.

Join them for a festive wine and cheese reception there on the 6th, from 6 to 8 p.m. It’s free, open to all, and child-friendly. Jessica Graae will play and sing.

The exhibit of work by professional and amateur photographers is open October 4 through 31 during the Borough’s and the Library’s regular hours.

Dance Along the LINES

Characterized by stellar dancers, impeccable technique, and visual originality, Alonzo King LINES ballet “imbues classical ballet with new potential.”

The corps will perform Thursday, October 5, at 8 p.m. at the Pearson-Hall Theatre of Lang Performing Arts Center.

A master class will be held the preceding day at 4:30 p.m. in LPAC’s Troy Dance Studio. Events are free and open to the public, space permitting.

Gallery Talk: Clay Monoprints

Susan Richards talk about monoprints October 8.

Local artist Susan Richards loves making clay monoprints like those in her upcoming exhibition at Pendle Hill. She will share her enthusiasm for the art form and its techniques in a gallery talk on Sunday, October 8, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Her show “Clay Monoprints: Dreams, Visions, and Alternate Realities” and her talk will both be at the Tree Rooms Gallery at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford. The show runs from October 5 through February 1, 2018.


Gospel Celebration at Wesley A.M.E.

Wesley A.M.E. Church invites all in Swarthmore and beyond to “enjoy a service in song” this Sunday, October 1, at 3:30 p.m.

The Union Gospel Group, which has been visiting Wesley for more than 40 years from its home in Delmar, Md., will be singing.

Their performance and the service are free and open to all; a free will offering will be taken to support the church, which is at 232 Bowdoin Avenue in Swarthmore.

Klezmer Sukkot, Simchat Torah at Beth Israel

On Sunday, October 8, Congregation Beth Israel is throwing a Sukkot celebration featuring the klezmer music of the Ken Ulansey Duo. Ramp up the spirit of this joyous holiday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. with lively song and dance, creating decorations, and pizza lunch in the sukkah ($5 per person).

Simchat Torah dinner and services unfurl like the Torah on Wednesday, October 11, starting with a pasta dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the rolling out of the entire Torah and a festival service.

RSVP for meals by October 5 and October 10, respectively, to (610) 566-4645. The synagogue is at 542 S. New Middletown Road in Media.

Red Sauce or Gravy? Whatever, It’s Last Call

Entries are due by Saturday, September 30, for the Swarthmore Farmers Market “concorso,” celebrating the glories of the tomato as a sauce base.

Whether you call it gravy, red sauce, or something else, every cook should have a go-to recipe for pasta sauce, and this is the time to brag on yours. Submit your recipe for sauce, meaty or meatless, to swatfarmsauceorgravycontest@gmail.com by Saturday. Then get cooking, and bring a quart of your best stuff to the Farmers Market on Saturday, October 7.

A panel of judges will taste, taste some more, and finally select the winners of the Cucchiaio d’Oro and Cucchiaio d’Argento (gold and silver spoon) awards. One entry per person, please, and no store-bought stuff allowed!

Rockwell and Wyeth: American Storytellers

Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth are among Americans’ most beloved of artists, unless those Americans are critics. For many of them, Rockwell is kitschy; Wyeth sentimental; Rockwell simply a commercial illustrator, and Wyeth forever stuck in the mud in Chester County.

Local art writer, collector and lecturer Fred Dixon will express a warmer appreciation of the subjects at Swarthmore Public Library on Wednesday, October 4, at 2 p.m.

The talk is free; you may wish to buy a copy of Mr. Dixon’s book 700 years of Art History: Pre-Renaissance to Modernism, which will be sold at a discounted price of $35. Register in advance at swarthmorepubliclibrary.org/Rockwell_wyeth.

Arts and Crafts at Schoolhouse Center

Every Monday, from noon to 2 p.m. at Schoolhouse Center in Folsom, accomplished woodcarvers help neophytes learn the craft, in a free group, affiliated with the William Rush Woodcarvers. Both novice and experienced carvers are welcome to join the group and experience camaraderie in crafting.

Budding artists are invited to learn to draw with charcoal and pencil in a class that meets every Wednesday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Schoolhouse. Instructor Mary Ash provides hands-on help to help you develop this fundamental art skill.

You will need to bring a 9” x 12” sketch pad, a pencil and an eraser; fee for each class is $6 ($5 for Schoolhouse members). Register or inquire at (610) 237-8100, or stop by the Center at 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom.

Volunteer Drivers Needed

Are you available to Drive Miss Daisy, or Mister Dave? Access to convenient transportation is a key element in seniors’ ability to stay in their homes and hometowns, but many seniors lose their ability and inclination to drive in later years.

That’s where the Aging at Home community network comes in with its volunteer driver program, which provides free transportation for seniors to medical appointments, on shopping trips and other errands to residents of eastern and central Delaware County.

The program needs more drivers; if you have some time to give, a car, a driver’s license, and insurance, come to a new driver training session on Wednesday, October 18, at noon at Schoolhouse Center, 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom.

Get more information by calling Michele O’Brien at (484) 496-2149; preregister at Schoolhouse Center, (610) 237-8100.

Nature’s Narratives: ‘H is for Hawk’

Share your perspectives on the October selection of the Scott Arboretum book club at the Scott Horticultural Library on Wednesday, October 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Nature’s Narratives welcomes you to this free monthly meeting, asking only that you first read the book – this month, H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald – and register for the session at (610) 328-8025 or scottarboretum.org.

LWV Mounts Trip to New Museum

The League of Women Voters of Central Delaware County plans a trip to the new Museum of the America Revolution in Old City Philadelphia. The excursion will be October 25, and the registration deadline is nearing.

The trip begins and ends at the Players Club of Swarthmore, and includes roundtrip charter bus travel plus museum admission in the per-person cost of $55. Register by October 10 at lwvcdc.org/trips or by mailing a check to LWV-CDC, P.O. Box 131, Wallingford, PA 19086.

Is the U.S. Forever Polarized?

Vanderbilt University Political Science professor Marc J. Hetherington wonders “Will Republicans and Democrats Always Hate Each Other?” in the Gilbert Lecture on Wednesday, October 4, at 8 p.m.

A lively consideration of the topic (if no resolution) is expected in this free talk at Chang Hou Hall of Science Center 101.

Lisa Barrickman will read where she wrote, at the Furness Library.

Just Our Kind

Local author Lisa Barrickman wrote part of her new book at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library. On Wednesday, October 4, she’ll return there to read from it in a free author talk about the book — A Case for Kindness: 40 Ways to Love and Inspire Others — and about writing in general.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Chadwick Auditorium on the lower level of the library at 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Also on Wednesday at the library, pharmacists from Walgreens in Brookhaven will be giving flu shots from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at no charge to those armed with Medicare or prescription insurance cards. No appointment is needed.

Frankly, Mozart and Jazz Belong Together

Retired Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank and Swarthmore College’s own Andrew Hauze will be featured in the first concert of the season by Chamber Orchestra First Editions. “A Journey from Mozart to Jazz” will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 6, at the College’s Lang Concert Hall.

Congressman Frank, a national figure as both politician and champion for LGBTQ concerns, will be the narrator in Gunther Schuller’s “Journey Into Jazz.” Joining the orchestra for the Schuller piece and a new work by composer Gabriel Globus-Hoenich will be the Rittenhouse Jazz Quintet. Pianist/conductor/lecturer Hauze will be the soloist in Mozart’s K. 414 A Major Piano Concerto, which continues COFE’s focus on early and lesser known works of Mozart as well as new music.

James Freeman, artistic director of COFE, said, “We’ll complete the program with Mozart’s Symphony in A Major, K. 201 (no. 29), one of those miraculous works from the composer’s teen-age years that seem to emerge from out of the blue as full-blown masterpieces.”

The program at Lang Concert Hall is free, open to all, and hotly anticipated.

Amy Laub Headlines Mad Poets Reading

Poet Amy Laub

Mad Poets Society presents its monthly First Wednesday reading on October 4, 7 p.m., at Community Arts Center.

This month’s featured reader is Amy Laub of Upper Darby, a Mad Poets stalwart. In addition to reading her own work, she will be joined onstage by friends reading her favorites among their poems, including Sharon Black, Wayne Brown, Joe Ciluffo, Mary Finnegan, Joyce Meyers, Gloria Parker, and Tim Wade.

Light refreshments will be served during this free session at CAC, 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford. For information, call Sibelan Forrester at (610) 328-8162 or e-mail sforres1@swarthmore.edu.

Classics Rock On Monday

On Monday, October 2, at 4:30 p.m., Dr. Emily Greenwood, chair and professor of Classics at Yale University, delivers “A Human Being is not a Thing: Aristotle’s Politics and the Complex Legacies of Classics,” this year’s Martin Otswald Classics Memorial Lecture at Swarthmore College.

Dr. Greenwood’s talk at Science Center 199, Cunniff Hall, is free and open to all.

A Funny Thing Happens
on the Way to Reconciliation

In this year’s McCabe Lecture, Swarthmore College 1992 alumnus Paul Young, Emmy winner and producer of Key & Peele, among other TV hits, argues that the first step in healing our political divide is to learn to laugh at ourselves.

Young’s talk begins at 1:30 p.m. next Saturday, October 7, at the Person-Hall Theater in LPAC. All are welcome, space permitting.

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