Community Calendar

Friday, December 7

Trinity Thrift Shop: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. (Next to last sale of the year.) Housewares, linens, small appliances, furniture, books, clothing (including vintage), toys, jewelry, other vintage items and fine collectibles. Proceeds benefit local and national charities and church projects. Trinity Episcopal Church, Chester Rd. & College Ave., Swarthmore.

Holiday Sale of Fine Crafts & Pottery: 10 am – 8 pm. (Also Saturday, December 8.) Annual CAC + Potters Guild sale features one-of-a-kind handcrafted objects by local artists. Info: cacholidaysale.org. Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford.

Front Room Fridays at Furness Library: 2 pm – 4 pm. Adults and teens, come color away your stress at Helen Kate, with mellow music, coloring books and pages, colored pencils and friendly company. Bring your own supplies if you wish. Free; no registration required. Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 N. Providence Road, Wallingford.

Grief Support Group at Schoolhouse: 2:15 pm. New visitors are welcome at these free monthly sessions, moderated by Becky Wallace from Taylor Hospice. If you have experienced the loss of a loved one, you may find solace and support in a group that meets on the first Friday at Schoolhouse Center, 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom. 

First Friday in Swarthmore Town Center: 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm

NEW Elf Jr.: The Musical: 7 pm. (Also Saturday, December 8, 2 pm.) Budding thespians of the Young People’s Theater Workshop put on a show – an hour-long version of the beloved holiday movie, with songs. Tickets ($10) at the door; info at yptw.org. Swarthmore-Rutledge School auditorium, 100 College Avenue, Swarthmore.

Adam Birch and the Vershones at waR3house3: 7 pm. Influential ska trumpeter returns to the Swarthmore venue with his righteous band. Doors open at 7; show begins about 7:30. 100 Park Avenue, Suite WH3. Tickets are $20, including light fare. BYOB. waR3house3.com.

Media Chamber Chorale Sings “Our Favorite Things”: 7:30 pm. (Also December 8 at Swarthmore United Methodist Church.) Seasonal program of glorious song by this fine chorus, $18 at the door ($15 for seniors and students). mediachamberchorale.org. Wallingford Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Brookhaven Road.

A Christmas Carol, Traditionally, at Hedgerow: 7:30 pm. (Run continues through December 24.) The holiday tradition returns to Hedgerow Theatre, with a winning ensemble joyfully taking up the Dickens classic in the circa 1840 converted mill that is Hedgerow’s home. Info and tickets at hedgerowtheatre.org. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley.

Fetter Chamber Music Concert: 8 pm. Student ensemble plays its autumn concert program – including works by Gaubert, vonSuppe, and Ravel – at Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College. Free and open to all.

The Front Page at Spotlight Theatre: 8 pm. (Run continues through December 15.) Spotlight stages its run of the witty and trenchant newspaper story, written by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, in a production directed by Kathy Quinn. Info: spotlighttheatrepa.org. Theater is in the basement of Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue.

A Christmas Story at PCS: 8 pm. (Closes Dec. 8.) Ralphie pursues the object of his Christmas wishes (a Red Ryder BB gun) as a reminiscence of midcentury American life unfolds. The Jean Shepard memoir became a TV movie, which has morphed into a blockbuster musical, sung and acted at PCS by a tuneful regional cast of kids and grownups. Tickets are online at pcstheater.org or at the door at the Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Road.

Saturday, December 8

Master Gardeners Greens Sale: 10 am – 2 pm. All kinds of holiday greens on offer at Smedley Park, off Baltimore Pike adjacent to the Blue Route, benefitting the Master Gardeners of Delaware County.

Historic Thomas Leiper House: 1 pm – 4 pm. (Also Sundays.) Tour the 1785 Thomas Leiper House, its furnished rooms and outbuildings, and learn about the life of the Leiper family and contemporaries in the post-colonial era. Admission is free, but a donation of $1 per person is appreciated. Information: 610-566-6365. 521 Avondale Road, Wallingford.

Elf Jr.: The Musical: 2 pm. (Last performance. See Friday, December 7.)

A Christmas Carol, Traditionally, at Hedgerow: 3 pm & 7:30 pm. (See Friday, December 7.)

A Christmas Story at PCS: 2 pm & 8 pm. (Last performance. See Friday, December 7.)

Garageapalooza at waR3house3: 7 pm. Four fresh bands from the City of Brotherly Love for cheap. Doors open at 7; show begins about 7:30. 100 Park Avenue, Suite WH3. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. waR3house3.com.  

Tales of the Greatest Generation at Rose Valley Story House: 7 pm. Historian and storyteller opened his dad’s WW II footlocker, and life, love, and wartime came pouring forth. Hear Pritchard’s tales, along with the family tales of host Megan Hicks. Doors open at 7; stories begin around 7:30. Food and drink are on the house; your donation is $20 at the door. Info@meganhicks.com. 3 Rose Valley Road.

Media Chamber Chorale Sings “Our Favorite Things”: 7:30 pm. (See Friday, December 7.) Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue.

Swarthmore College Fall Dance Concert: 8 pm. College staff, students, guest choreographer Christopher Morgan, and the Koresh Dance Company create a magical program at the Pearson-Hall Theater at Lang Performing Arts Center. Free for all.

The Front Page at Spotlight Theatre: 8 pm. (See Friday, December 7.)

Sunday, December 9

Alternative Christmas Shop at SPC: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm. (Also December 16 and 23.) Swarthmore Presbyterian Church offers gifts that help our region and our world – see swarthmorepres.org/alternative-christmas-shop – along with refreshments. The shopping in Fellowship Hall and the worship service preceding it at 10:15 are open to all. 727 Harvard Avenue, Swarthmore.

Historic Thomas Leiper House: 1 pm – 4 pm. (See Saturday, December 8.)

“Mandolin Mirth” at SHHS: 2 pm. Mandolins of all sizes, shapes and tones, along with a plethora of other instruments played by virtuosos from up and down the east coast, directed by Mark Linkins, the program includes seasonal and classical gems. Tickets and info at brownpapertickets.com/event/3624672, and at the door at the Strath Haven High School auditorium, 205 S. Providence Road in Wallingford.

The Front Page at Spotlight Theatre: 2 pm. (See Friday, December 7.)

A Christmas Carol, Traditionally, at Hedgerow: 2 pm. (See Friday, December 7.)

Board Games at Swarthmore Borough Hall: 2 pm – 5 pm. (Weekly.) Friendly, mostly recently-created “Eurogames,” led by Jim Moskowitz. Adults and kids are welcome; no prior experience necessary. Games are provided, and you can bring your own. Free. Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Ave.

Game Night at Broad Table Tavern: 4 pm – closing. Enjoy classic games with your family and friends while you savor selections from the Broad Table Tavern’s menu. 12 S. Chester Road, Swarthmore.

Messiah Sing at Wallingford Presbyterian: 7 pm. Hear the Chancel Choir sing the Advent and Christmas portions of Handel’s Messiah, and join the choruses of the oratorio. Soloists Kara Mulder, Maren Montalbano, Daniel Taylor, and Frank Mitchell are accompanied by organist Jeffrey DeVault, all conducted by WPC Music Director Liz Braden. Reception follows at the church. 110 East Brookhaven Road, Wallingford. Info: wallingfordpres.org and 610-566-1644.

Monday, December 10

Mystery Mondays at SPL: 3 pm – 5 pm. Old favorites and new discoveries in the canon of British and international TV mystery series. Registration requested at swarthmorepubliclibrary.org/adults or 610-543-3171. Council Room, Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue.

Tuesday, December 11

Film Discussion Group at SPL: 10 am. (Monthly on the 2nd Tuesday.) This month, the classic buddy western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, directed by George Roy Hill. Free. Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue.

Songs and Stories of the Season: 7 pm. Warm up with tales, live music, and refreshments. Register at swarthmorepubliclibrary.org or the front desk at 121 Park Avenue.

Bereavement Group (Life Changes): 7 pm – 8 pm. Support group for those who are grieving. Open to all; $5 donation. Info, directions: call Pollie Lang (610) 876-1599 or pmlang@verizon.net. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Lounge, 927 S. Providence Rd., Wallingford.

Observatory Visitors Night: 8 pm. Second Tuesday sky-watching opportunity at the Swarthmore College Peter van de Kamp Observatory at the Science Center. Free, and open to all, weather permitting.

Wednesday, December 12

Food Collection for Chester Eastside: 8 am – 7 pm. (Each Wednesday.) Donate canned and fresh foods for Chester Eastside Ministries and its community. Swarthmore Co-op, 341 Dartmouth Avenue.

Book Exchange at The Gathering Place: noon. Recreating the Icelandic tradition called Jolabokaflod, attendees are asked to bring a wrapped book (gently used) or a book on tape. The book should be labelled by genre, author, or a short descriptive phrase to assure it finds an enthusiastic reader. Bring lunch, or enjoy a cup of soup and bread from Occasionally Yours for a small donation. Dessert and drinks are provided. Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Ave.

A Quiet Night and a Perfect End: 4:30 pm. All singers are invited to take part in this weekly session of Gregorian chant, continuing a musical form that has been sung for more than a millennium. Led by James Blasina in the Chancel; email jblasin1@swarthmore.edu for info. Trinity Episcopal Church, 301 N. Chester Road, Swarthmore.

“Nature’s Narratives” at Scott Arboretum: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Read the book first (this month, Kirk Wallace Johnson’s The Feather Thief), then come to this free discussion group. Info at 610-328-8025 and scottarboretum.org. Scott Horticultural Library.

Recovery International Meeting: 7 pm. Helping those suffering from mental health issues lead more peaceful and productive lives, this group is open to all, meeting weekly at Holy Myrrh-Bearers Church, 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore.

Rose Valley Borough Council: 8 pm. Monthly meeting is open to all. Borough office, 9 Old Mill Lane.

Thursday, December 13 

In Stitches at SPL: 10 am. (Usually twice monthly, on 2nd Thursdays and 4th Tuesdays.) Knit, crochet, or do other needlework in friendly company, get started in a new craft, or get advice from fellow crafters. Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue.

Great Geological Wonders at SPL: 10 am – noon. (Weekly through December 20.) Video lecture series on 36 spectacular sites, delivered by professor Michael Wysession. Three segments and refreshments each week. Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue.

Silvertones at Rotary Club of Swarthmore: noon. Strath Haven’s marvelous high school chorus sings the Christmas hits. Info at swarthmorerotary.org. The Inn at Swarthmore, 10 S. Chester Road.

A Christmas Carol, Traditionally, at Hedgerow: 7:30 pm. (See Friday, December 7.)

Friday, December 14

Trinity Thrift Shop: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. (Last sale of the year.) Housewares, linens, small appliances, furniture, books, clothing (including vintage), toys, jewelry, other vintage items and fine collectibles. Proceeds benefit local and national charities and church projects. Trinity Episcopal Church, Chester Rd. and College Ave., Swarthmore.

Spanish Conversation at SPL: 2 pm. (Monthly on 2nd Fridays.) Allison Moore facilitates a lively conversation among beginning and intermediate Spanish speakers. Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue.

Front Room Fridays at Furness Library: 2 pm – 4 pm. (See Friday, December 7.)

Dave Feibert at Aria: 5:30 pm – closing. Local singer and guitarist Dave Feibert performs, free, at the Mediterranean restaurant at 405 Dartmouth Avenue in Swarthmore.

Chester Children’s Chorus: 7:30 pm. (Also Saturday, December 15.) The annual holiday concerts by the mighty 115-voice chorus feature Rossini and R&B; the Beatles and carols. Singing begins at 7:30, but doors open at 6:45. Free and open to all at Lang Music Hall, Swarthmore College.

A Christmas Carol, Traditionally, at Hedgerow: 7:30 pm. (See Friday, December 7.)

The Front Page at Spotlight Theatre: 8 pm. (See Friday, December 7.)

EXHIBITS

Robin Mandel at List Gallery and… (Thru Dec. 15.) “Chorus” projections and performance nightly at 7 pm, Nov. 5-9 on North Quad at Swarthmore College; “Hold Still” installation and sculpture opens with an artist’s talk Thursday, Nov. 8, at 4:30 pm at LPAC Cinema, with reception to follow at List Gallery, also in Lang Performing Arts Center.

NEW Skip Gosnell at Borough Hall. (Opening reception Friday, November 30, 6-8 pm. Show is hung November 27 – December 28.) Skip Gosnell shows his exuberant works in acrylic and mixed media. More information at swarthmorearts.org. Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue.

At Pendle Hill: Jennifer Elam and Monica Kane. (Through 2018.) Jennifer Elam contemplates art, spirituality, and redemption in print and paint; Monica Kane shows seasonal changes in mixed media work and paintings at the Barn Gallery of Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford. www.pendlehill.org.