What’s happening around town?

Feed Spirit and Body
in Schoolhouse Center Groups

The Schoolhouse Center in Folsom offers groups for many tastes, starting with the Ridley Food Group, which meets monthly on the second Thursday. The October 12 session is free for new visitors ($3 for others), who may be anyone 21 or over who loves cooking, eating, or tasting food.

The following Thursday will change the menu to an Eastern orientation, with restaurateur Tom Voravolya cooking (and teaching you to cook) a delicious Thai dinner on October 19 at 5 p.m. The cost is $27 for Schoolhouse members and $30 for others. This is the first of three monthly Thai meals; subsequent dinners will be November 16 and December 21.

Wednesday is Square Dance night at Schoolhouse, with lessons and calling by Club Sashay for adults of all skill levels. Come exercise as you cut a rug weekly at 7 p.m.; your first class is free. And on Mondays and Fridays from 1 to 2 p.m., mediation groups help adults of all ages reduce stress, improve focus, and enhance brain health. The practice is done in chairs; suggested donation is $1 per class.

A series of films on art will be shown free of charge on Friday mornings at 10 a.m., beginning October 13 with a look at the Hudson River School.

And finally, shutterbugs in the making are invited to a two session class on iPhone/smartphone photography, led by professional photographer Tony Wood. The fee is $40 for the classes, which meet Thursdays, November 2 and 9, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Schoolhouse Center is at 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom. Register and obtain more information at (610) 237-8100.

Environmental Stewardship Day in RV

Rose Valley’s Fall Stewardship Day will explore nature from a different perspective this year, as the Saturday, October 14, event moves to the borough’s Long Point Wildlife Sanctuary.

The RV Environmental Advisory Council hosts a free morning workshop to help neighbors become capable stewards of the land, then turns to planting of native plants.

Enter beginning at 9 a.m. at the trail head on Longpoint Lane (off Knowlton Road). You can learn how to get rid of a dozen nonnative invasive species on your own property, and which lovely native wildflowers, shrubs and trees can replace them.

The event is free and open to Rose Valley residents and others. No matter where you come from, wear sturdy shoes, garden gloves, long sleeves, and pants that can stand getting dirty. Please park neatly on the pavement. Contact Monica Gagliardi at mgagliar@temple.edu for more information.

Scott Guides Green Roof Tour

Wear sensible shoes and plan to scale a few steps if you take part in Scott Arboretum’s guided tour of its three green roofs on Thursday, October 12, from noon to 1 p.m. The tour departs from the arboretum office and will be canceled by rain.

Matinee and LegoFest
at Furness Library This Saturday

Legos … Batman … put them together and you get the terrific Lego Batman movie, with action and humor to please kids of almost all ages.

The movie will be screened on Saturday, October 7, at noon in the Chadwick Auditorium at Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford.

Immediately following the movie, join in a giant Lego build! Parents can sign up children for either or both events at the library, or by phone to (610) 566-9331.

Back to the Schoolhouse for Special Classes

Schoolhouse Center invites all neighbors to improve their physical and financial health in free workshops this month. At 2:15 p.m. on Friday, October 13, adults of all ages are welcome to a free session on basic budgeting, where they will learn techniques and create tools to help build a brighter financial future.

On Tuesday, October 17, Ryan Mullin for Advance Physical Therapy will speak discuss relieving back and shoulder pain. His focus shifts to knee pain in the second session on November. Both sessions require registration at Schoolhouse, (610) 237-8100.

Rolling on the River

Paul Schugsta is a licensed U.S. Rowing judge and referee, a seasoned rower and boathouse habitué, will regale us with tales of the Schuylkill in a lecture on “Rowing in Philadelphia: From Boat House Row to The Boys in the Boat.”

He will speak Wednesday, October 11, at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library. Come hear the fascinating and rich history of the sport in our area in this free talk beginning at 7 p.m. in the Chadwick Auditorium of the library at 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford.

 

Journeys & Discoveries Art Show This Weekend

The Foundry Church in Nether Providence hosts a weekend-long arts festival, beginning tonight, October 6, at 7 p.m. with the opening of “Journeys & Discoveries,” a gallery show featuring local artists working in a variety of media and styles. The opening party will include live music from Under the Oak, Bob Becker, Lisa Jeanette, and Leigh Goldstein.

On Saturday, October 7, the gallery at 28 Walnut Road will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., then from 7 to 9 p.m., the space will be given over to an improve show featuring Stealth Tightrope and Will Act for Food International. The gallery opens on Sunday at noon till 5 p.m., and a worship service will be held at the same location at 6 p.m. Check facebook.com/thefoundryarts.

Pumpkin Days Next Weekend at Tyler Arboretum

Tyler Arboretum hosts two power-and pumpkin-packed days of fun in its seasonal Pumpkin Days festival, Saturday October 14, and Sunday, October 15. Each day celebrates autumn with a variety of activities pitched to kids of all ages, as well as their adults.

Take a hayride, make a scarecrow, visit the petting zoo, dig the magic, hula hooping, and balloon sculpting shows, and do any of dozens more activities. Food abounds, as well as wine for tasting and purchase.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, rain or shine, admission and many activities are free for Tyler members, with extra tickets needed for rides and inflatables. Guest tickets are $9 for kids and students, $13 for seniors, and $15 for others.

A full schedule and more information are at tylerarboretum.org. The festival is at 515 Painter Road in Media, where parking will be available only for those with disabilities. Others can park at Penn State Brandywine and ride free shuttle buses to and from Tyler.

Bingo at Mother of Providence Next Saturday

Break out your bingo dabbers for the main event next Saturday, October 14, in the gym at Mother of Providence Regional Catholic School in Wallingford.

For $30, your Bingo Night ticket gets you games with fancy prizes including designer bags, snacks, and soft drinks (BYOB if you are 21 or over). For tickets, e-mail jjosten@comcast.net or davidc@jpcgroupinc.com.

The event is sponsored by the St. John Chrysostom Parish Knights of Columbus. The school is located at 617 S. Providence Road.

Columbus Day Library Hours

The Swarthmore Public Library will be closed on Monday, October 9, in observance of Columbus Day. The Helen Kate Furness Free Library will be open for regular hours.

Voter Deadlines Loom – Are You Registered?

Next Tuesday, October 10, is the deadline to register to vote in the November 7 general election. Voters can check their registration status and poll location at pavoterservices.state.pa.us or by texting the letters PA to 2Vote (28683).

The deadline to APPLY for an absentee ballot is October 31; the deadline to FILE an absentee ballot is November 3. (Note that both must be physically received — not postmarked — in the Delaware County Bureau of Elections in Media by 5 p.m. on those days.)

Questions about registration and eligibility can be directed to (610) 891-4659. The Bureau of Elections is at (610) 891-4673.

SPL Conducts ‘The Symphony’
Video Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 11, will be the first movement of Swarthmore Public Library’s new Great Courses video lecture series, which continues on Wednesdays through December 20.

Narrated by Robert Greenberg, The Symphony guides listeners through symphonic masterworks of the last three centuries in a weekly course that meets from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Council Room of Swarthmore Borough Hall. Refreshments will be served; the sessions are free.

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