Friday, October 27
Trinity Thrift Store: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. (First and third Fridays.) 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.
French Conversation at SPL: 2 pm. (Monthly on third Friday.) Advanced French speakers exchange ideas and discuss the world in this salon. Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue.
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.
Board Games for Students at Furness Library: 3:45 pm. (Also November 17.) Start the weekend with fun and strategy with new board games and old favorites, and a quick snack. Call ahead to (610) 566-9331, or register at the library at 100 N. Providence Road, Wallingford.
The Amazing Spaghetti, and Pasta, Too: 6:30 pm – 8 pm. Magician/entertainer performs following a pasta dinner in SPC’s Third Friday intergenerational program. All are welcome; suggested donation is $5 per person or $15 per family. RSVP to email@example.com. Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, 727 Harvard Avenue.
Friday Night Live at CAC: 7 pm. Brett Jolly Experience plays and Justin Benn creates ceramics, live and in color. BYOB and enjoy snacks on the house. Ages 17 and up; $15 per ticket ($10 for CAC members.) Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford.
Blithe Spirit at Hedgerow: 7:30 pm. Noel Coward’s dark, yet light comedy rises again on the stage of Hedgerow Theatre’s occasionally spooky 1850s grist mill. The classic show brings out the best in Hedgerow’s resident ensemble and guest artists. Opening night (following preview on Thursday); tickets and info at hedgerowtheatre.org. 64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley.
NEW Other Desert Cities at PCS: 8 pm. (Opening night; run continues through November 4.) Thomas-Robert Irvin directs the Players Club of Swarthmore’s bang-up version of Jon Robin Baitz’s modern classic, Other Desert Cities. And you though YOUR holidays were stressful! Ten performances through November 4; tickets and more info at pcstheater.org. 614 Fairview Road, Swarthmore.
Saturday, October 21
Swarthmore Farmers Market: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. Oktoberfest! Local vendors offer fresh fruit and veg, meats, baked goods and specialty items. Music by Dave Fiebert at 9:30 am and Matt Wenger at 11:30 am; Allison DeSalvo and World of Song play music especially for kids 2 to 7, from 11 to 11:30 am (parents welcome, too). Jacqlyn Diamond brings chickens for you to admire and learn about; Beautiful Social takes photos of your dogs on the green. Info: swarthmorefarmersmarket.org. Swarthmore Central Park, Park and Dartmouth avenues.
Tech Fest: noon – 3 pm. Delaware County Intermediate Unit and Delaware County Technical high Schools welcome high schoolers and eighth graders for information and inspiration on career and technical education. Springfield Mall.
Historic Thomas Leiper House: 1 pm – 4 pm. 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.
Blithe Spirit at Hedgerow: 4 pm; 8 pm. (See Friday, October 20.)
Better Ducks and Gretchen Schultz at waR3house3: 7 pm. The band plays an album release party, supported by indie singer/songwriter Gretchen Schultz. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 7; showtime is 7:30. waR3house3, 100 Park Avenue, WH3, Swarthmore.
Other Desert Cities at PCS: 8 pm. (See Friday, October 20.)
Sunday, October 22
Historic Thomas Leiper House: 1 pm – 4 pm. (See Saturday, October 21.)
Industrial Design for Modern Life at Furness Library: 2 pm. Author Danielle Shapiro discusses her book John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life and signs copies at the free event. Chadwick Room, Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 N. Providence Road, Wallingford.
Other Desert Cities at PCS: 2 pm. (See Friday, October 20.)
Board Games at Swarthmore Borough Hall: 2 pm – 5 pm. (Weekly.) Board gaming. 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 Avenue.
Blithe Spirit at Hedgerow: 2 pm. (See Friday, October 20.) Join a pre-show discussion with Hedgerow artists.
Fall Celebration at Scott: 4 pm. Entomologist and author Doug Tallamy considers the impact of alien plants on biodiversity. Free reception follows. Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College.
Trinity Church Pasta Dinner: 5 pm – 7 pm. Mangia! Full dinner benefits Trinity’s youth group mission trips; gluten-free pasta is available. $8 for adults, $4 for children, $20 for a family. The famous thrift shop will be open, too. Trinity Episcopal Church, Chester Road and College Avenue, Swarthmore.
Game Night at Broad Table Tavern: 4 pm – closing. Enjoy classic games with your family and friends while you savor selections from the Tavern’s summer menu. Broad Table Tavern, 12 S. Chester Road, Swarthmore.
Monday, October 23
Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board: 7 pm. Semi-monthly meeting is open to the public. Strath Haven Middle School library, 200 S. Providence Road, Wallingford.
Rutledge Borough Council: 7:30 pm. Monthly work session is open to the public. 212 Unity Terrace, Rutledge.
Tuesday, October 24
Autumn Highlights Tour of Scott Arboretum: noon – 1pm. Guided tour of the glories of the early fall arboretum collections. Canceled by inclement weather. Meet at Wister Center, Scott Arboretum, College Avenue.
Author Cheryl Borrelli at CADES: 6:30 pm. Cheryl Borrelli of Media wrote Dear Nicky, Love Mommy, a memoir and meditation on raising her son, who has autism. She will share her family’s story and read from the book in this free event. Copies will be available for sale and signing at the Lower Gym at CADES, 401 Rutgers Avenue, Swarthmore.
Rose Valley Environmental Advisory Council: 7:30 pm. Monthly meeting at the Old Mill in Rose Valley.
Wednesday, October 25
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.
Chilling Tales at The Gathering Place: noon. Louise Coffin leads a discussion of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson and The Interlopers by Saki. Read the short stories first and come share your ideas. Occasionally Yours offers soup and a roll for $2, or brown bag it. Dessert and drinks are on the house. Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue.
Medicare Insurance Counseling: noon. APPRISE-trained Medicare counselors advise on plan selection, Free, but call ahead to schedule an individual session. Get more information and preregister at (484) 496-2137. Springfield Library, 50 Powell Road.
The Symphony Video Lecture Series at SPL: 1 pm – 3 pm. (Weekly through December 20.) Tune your ears to Mozart and Beethoven in this week’s episode of the Great Courses series, in which Robert Greenberg surveys three centuries of the symphonic form. Refreshments served at intermission. Free; register at Swarthmore@delcolibraries.org. Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue.
Chant Singing at Trinity Church: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm. All are invited to an informal weekly session of Gregorian chant. No experience necessary. Trinity Episcopal Church, 301 N. Chester Road, Swarthmore.
Meet the Candidates at Trinity Church: 7:30 pm – 9 pm. Moving the Needle hosts an informal meet-and-greet with progressive candidates for local and countywide offices including County Council, Sheriff, Controller, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and Register of Wills. Bring questions and friends. Info: indivisibleswarthmore.org. Trinity Episcopal Church, 301 N. Chester Road.
Thursday, October 26
Infant Lap Wiggle at Furness Library: 10:15 am. (Last session.) Celebrate babyhood and books in a session of stories, songs, and rhymes for babies and their caregivers. Register first at (610) 566-9331 or at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 N. Providence Road, Wallingford.
Appalachian Service Project at Rotary Club of Swarthmore: noon. Steve Murray and others report on their mission trip to with the Appalachian Service Project. Visitors are welcome. The Inn at Swarthmore, 10 S. Chester Road.
Preschool-Kindergarten Stories at Furness Library: 1:30 pm; 4:15 pm. (Weekly through November 30.) Welcome autumn with themed storytimes, art and play activities designed especially for children ages 3-1/2 through kindergarten. Call (610) 566-9331 or come by the library to register for the series, which continues this week with “Ghosts.” Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 N. Providence Road, Wallingford.
Boy Scout Spaghetti Dinner: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Boy Scout Troop 277 hosts a benefit spaghetti dinner. Families $30, individuals $10, kids $5, Cub Scouts eat free! Preregister at wallingfordpres.org. Wallingford Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Brookhaven Road.
Airpark, Covey and the Vernes at waR3house3: 7 pm. Nashville-based Airpark makes its waR3house3 debut, supported by Boston’s the Covey and the Vernes. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Doors open at 7; showtime is 7:30. waR3house3, 100 Park Avenue, WH3, Swarthmore.
Stephen Walt: “Where is U.S. Foreign Policy Headed?”: 7:30 pm. Stephen Walt, Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University, delivers the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture on the changes promised and wrought by President Trump, and their effect in combination with the inertia of the foreign policy establishment. Science Center 101, Swarthmore College.
Other Desert Cities at PCS: 7:30 pm. (See Friday, October 20.)
Blithe Spirit at Hedgerow: 7:30 pm. (See Friday, October 20.) Pre-show cocktails get you into the spirit.
Friday, October 27
Front Room Fridays at Furness Library: 2 pm – 4 pm. (See Friday, October 20.)
Blithe Spirit at Hedgerow: 7:30 pm. (See Friday, October 20.)
Other Desert Cities at PCS: 8 pm. (See Friday, October 20.)