Community classes, meetings, entertainment events, trips and more for the week of Jan. 28 through Feb. 3.


Thursday, Jan. 29
Ballroom dance lessons will be at 7 p.m. for beginners and 8 p.m. for intermediates at the Smyrna Opera House, 7 W. South St., Smyrna.
    Lessons will run on Thurs-days for six weeks. The beginners’ class will include waltz, foxtrot, cha cha and swing lessons, while the intermediates’ course will include dances selected by the class members.
    The cost is $75 per person, per series, with all proceeds benefiting the Smyrna Opera House.
    For more information, call 653-4236 or 734-8794.

Friday, Jan. 30
All-you-can-eat Soup Festival will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Harvest Years Senior Center, 30 South St., Camden.
    The menu includes a variety of soups, crackers, bread and beverages.
    The cost of tickets is $7 per person, with a purchase deadline of Wednesday, Jan. 28. Proceeds will benefit the center’s operating costs.
    For more information, call Tom or Olivia at 698-4285.

All-you-can-eat Chicken and Dumplings Dinner, hosted by the Kent Chapter Order of DeMolay, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Dover Masonic Hall, 1478 Wyoming Mill Road, Dover.
    The cost of tickets is $8 per person.
    For more information, call Thomas Siler at 264-1363.

Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament, sponsored by the Clayton Fire Company No. 1 Inc., will be at 7 p.m. at 214 Railroad Ave., Clayton.
    There is a $100 entry fee for a $5,000 chip value. Two re-buys are allowed at $25 each for a $1,500 chip value.
    Payout is based on participation, with up to $2,000 for the first-place winner.
    Food and beverages will be available.
    For more information or to pre-register, call Jay Hurlock at 632-3445.

Saturday, Jan. 31
A no-limit Texas Hold’em tournament, sponsored by the U.S. Army Warrant Officers Association, will be at 7 p.m. at the Premier Poker Room, 1055 Walker Road, Hamlet Shopping Center, Dover.
    Limit cash games will be at 7:30 p.m.
    The entry fee is $100 for a $5,000 chip value. Two re-buys are allowed a $25 each, for a $1,500 chip value.
    There will be up to $2,000 for the first-place winner. Payouts based on participation.
    For more information, call Bill at 547-2938 or Joyce at Premier Poker at 734-9445.

The Chesapeake Brass Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Smyrna Opera House, South and Main streets, Smyrna.
    The concert will feature light classics, marches, big band, jazz and pops, as well as a narrative on the music adding personal interest, humor and educational value.
    The cost of tickets is $15.
    For more information, call 653-4236, email soh.secretary@verizon.net and visit www.smyrnaoperahouse.org.

Craft and Story Time will be at noon at Killens Pond State Park, 5025 Killens Pond Road, Felton.
    Young children are invited to join the program, which will feature a book and include a variety of take-home crafts.
    The program is free.
    For more information, call 284-4299.

Heart-Healthy Hike will be at 2 p.m. at Killens Pond State Park, 5025 Killens Pond Road, Felton.
    The hike will run through the park’s trails.
    For more information, call 284-4299.

Winter Hayrides will be at 1 p.m. at Killens Pond State Park, 5025 Killens Pond Road, Felton.
    The hayride will be a tour of the park’s forests and fields, and will meet at the nature center.
    Private hayrides also are available. The cost is $4 for adults, $2 for children, which includes hot cocoa after each ride.
    For more information, call 284-4299.

VCF Ruritan Dinner will be from 3 to 7 p.m. at Ruritan Lane, Viola.
    The dinner is all-you-can-eat chicken salad, dumplings and ham, and costs $10 for adults and $5 for children.
    For more information, call 284-4464 or 284-4090.

Old School R&B Dance Party, presented by Unity Promotions, will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forest Ave., Dover.
    The Original Player Disco, DJ B Love and DJ Pete Nice will provide the music, there will be free giveaways to the best-dressed male and female, free food until 11 p.m. and a cash bar.
    Work boots and white T-shirts violate the dress code for the event.
    The cost of tickets is $15 in advance.
    For more information or to find ticket locations, call 670-3182 or visit www.myspace.com/unityevents1.

Sunday, Feb. 1
All-you-can-eat breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Blue Hen VFW Post 6483, Williamsville Road, Milford.
    The menu includes eggs to order, pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon, home fries, scrapple, biscuits and sausage gravy, cereal, toast, orange juice, coffee and more.
    The cost is $6.50 for adults, $2 for children ages 2 to 8, and $5 for carry-out.
    For more information, call 422-4412.

TICKETS
The Sixth Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon tickets are now on sale for $20 per person, $75 for reserved seating. The event will be Friday, Feb. 6, at the Sheraton Dover Hotel, Dover. The event is designed to educate women on the dangers of cardiovascular disease and will feature a fashion show, health screenings, exercise/fitness demonstration and an educational video. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Tonda Parks at 734-9321 or Joanne Fletcher at 744-7013.

Young Musicians Workshop tickets are now on sale for $25 in advance. They will be $30 at the door. The program will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Dover Presbyterian Church of Dover, 54 State St., Dover. The event is open to all children grades one through six, and includes a focus on learning about hand-bells and hand-chimes. Additionally, students will participate in movement activities and an instrument “petting zoo,” where students can experience playing numerous instruments. A snack is included in the cost. For more information, call 677-0187 or email keys2ring@aol.com.

Southern Lights of Life tickets are now on sale for $100 per person. Other ticket packages include Pewter for $400, which includes seating for two and a business card ad in the program; Crystal for $750, which includes seating for four and a quarter-page ad in the program; Bronze for $1,500, which includes a table of 10 and a half-page ad in the program; Silver for $2,500, which includes a table of 10 and a full-page black and white ad in the program; Gold for $5,000, which includes a table of 10 and a full-page color ad in the program; and Platinum for $10,000, which includes two reserved tables of 10 and a full-page color ad in the program. The event will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Dover. The evening will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer and wine, a cash bar, silent auction, dinner, a live auction and a fashion show. The event will benefit the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 672-6435 or visit www.debreastcancer.org.

“Charlotte’s Web,” presented by The Children’s Theatre, Inc. and Kent County, tickets are now on sale for $6. Performance dates are 7 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 21 and Feb. 28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., Dover. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Debby Harrison at 335-2569 or Pam Johnson at 670-1966.

The Caesar Rodney Class of 1986 will host a get-together dinner with tickets costing $10. The dinner will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 7, and reservations must be made by Sunday, March 1. For more information, call Nelle Cox at 697-3585 or email nelle.cox1986@mac.com.

TRIPS
A trip to see the Oberammergau Passion Play, sponsored by the First Baptist Church, Dover, will be from June 15 to 23, 2010. The nine-day Alpine Wonder Adventure is $3,296 and leaves from New York. The cost includes airfare, Alpine accommodations, entrance fees, daily breakfasts and dinners, and ground transportation. Day trips to Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Linderhof, Castles and more are available. Tickets are limited and are expected to sell out. For more information, call 674-1980.

REUNIONS
Dover High School Class of 1969 is holding its 40-year reunion Aug. 8, 2009, at a location that has yet to be named in Dover. Contact information for all alumni is currently being searched for. To register on the “Then and Now” website for the class, visit www.dhs69reunion.com. For more information, email dhs69reunion@aol.com or call Ken Ollweiler at 310-995-3639.

Caesar Rodney High School Class of 1999 is seeking contact information on classmates in preparation for its reunion. Classmates are asked to call Lauren Cusick at 736-3571 or email cusickfam3@verizon.net.

EXHIBITS
On a Smaller Scale: Dollhouses is now on display from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, at the Biggs Museum, 406 Federal St., Dover. The exhibition features the recent acquisition of three exceptional dollhouses from the now closed Delaware Toy and Miniature Museum, created by Dover resident Barbara Merrell. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 22. For more information, call 674-2111.

Edward Grant: Forgotten Dreams is now on display from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, at the Biggs Museum, 406 Federal St., Dover. The exhibition rediscovers the beauty of the Delmarva Peninsula and reintroduces the work of a local arts hero. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 22. For more information, call 674-2111.

An Anthology of Pamphlets printed between 1776 and 1818 is now on display from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Sat-urday, and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, at the Old State House, 25 The Green. The pamphlets cover a variety of topics including letters, orations, a table of duty and customs, a personal narrative, proceedings and debates from the Delaware House of Representatives and addresses made to the Congress of the United States. For more information, call 739-4266.

Vietnam Mailbag, Voices From the War: 1968 – 1972 is based on a book by the same name by Nancy E. Lynch. The exhibit will include select original letters from men and women stationed in Vietnam, along with excerpts and graphics from Lynch’s publication. In addition, military artifacts from the Vietnam era will be on display. The exhibit is free to the public and will be on display through the end of May. For directions and other information, visit the Delaware Public Archives website at www.archives.delaware.gov.

BINGO
Bingo, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Camden-Wyoming Fire Company, 200 E. Camden-Wyoming Ave., Camden. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 697-8671.

Bingo, 7:30 p.m. Mondays, V.F.W. Post No. 7937, Greensboro Denton Road, Greensboro, Md. Free admission and refreshments, all paper bingo. Doors open at 6 p.m.; must be 21 to play. For more information, call 410-479-2781 or 284-4677.

Bingo, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays, Mamie A. Warren Senior Center, 1775 Wheatleys Pond Road, Kenton. Free admission, all paper bingo, no cards. For more information, call 653-4078.

Bingo, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, sponsored by Hartly Volunteer Fire Company. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Clarence Washburn at 492-0601.

Bingo, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, sponsored by Cheswold Volunteer Fire Company. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments available. All paper bingo.

All paper bingo, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, American Legion Walter L. Fox Post No. 2, Bay Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Smoking is allowed. For more information, call 674-3922.

Bingo, 6 p.m. Sundays at the Caroline Co. Moose Lodge No. 2332, Greensboro-Ridgely Road, Greensboro, Md. Special and junior jackpots, 50/50 quickies and winner take all. Free refreshments. For more information, call 410-482-9611.

All paper bingo, 1:30 p.m. Sundays with doors open at noon; 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays with doors open at 6 p.m., Dover Elks Lodge No. 1903, 200 Salisbury Road, Dover. Regular games $30; five special games $100 early bird bonanza, two $50 full card quickies, $75 letter X and $150 double bingo. Two cookie jars with jackpots up to $500. There will be complementary coffee and soda. For more information, call 736-1903.

All paper bingo, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Delaware Veteran’s Post No. 2, Dover. Doors open at 6 p.m. Refreshment and snacks are available, and smoking is not permitted. For more information, call 674-9956.

MUSEUMS
Air Mobility Command Museum — Located at the south end of Dover Air Force Base, enter from gate on Route 9, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Exhibits include more than two-dozen restored aircraft and displays detailing the history of military air transport and Dover Air Force Base, plus the Hall of Heroes, which showcases members of all branches of the service who have been awarded the Medal of Honor. Admission and parking is free, and photography is encouraged. The museum is handicapped accessible. For more information, call 677-5938 or visit www.amcmuseum.org.

Barratt’s Chapel and Museum — Route 113 near Frederica, the building in which the Methodist Church was organized in the United States in 1784, open from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. For more information, call 335-5544.

Biggs Museum of American Art — 406 Federal St., Dover, houses a personal collection in the making for more than a half-century. The paintings span 200 years and survey major periods of American art from colonial portraiture to 20th-century Impressionism. The furniture and silver represent works of some of the best craftsmen from Delaware and Philadelphia in the colonial and federal periods. Museum also hosts changing exhibits. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays.

The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village — Route 13, Dover, offers visitors a glimpse into Delmarva’s agricultural past as well as current agricultural issues. The main exhibit building displays more than 10,000 objects, with a recently added wing containing three galleries with changing exhibits. Behind the main building, overlooking Silver Lake, visitors also can wander through Loockerman Landing, a re-created 19th century village, complete with farmstead, schoolhouse, church, mill and village businesses. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Winter hours, January through March, closed Sundays until April 1. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, members and children younger than 6 are free. For more information, call 734-1618 or visit www.agriculturalmuseum.org.

Delaware Old State House — The Green, 21 The Green, Dover. The original site of Delaware’s General Assembly and Kent County Levy Court. Newly re-opened after a three-year $3.5 million renovation. Museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays.

Delaware State Museums Visitor Center — 406 Federal St., Dover. The Visitor Center has two exhibition areas for semi-permanent displays. Includes a gift shop. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 739-4266.

Delaware Public Archives — 121 Duke of York St., Dover. The archives offers a variety of public programs and services. The research room and main lobby are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.; Wednesday hours are from 8 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Also open the first and third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Sunday. The exhibits are open to the public all Saturdays and state holidays from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., as they are part of the First State Heritage Park. Admission is free. For more information, call 744-5000 or visit www.archives.delaware.gov.

Star Hill African-American Museum — 516 Voshell Mill/Star Hill Road, Dover. The museum exhibits include reproduction inventions by African-Americans, African artifacts, utensils used in daily slave life, a library featuring books and articles on slavery and a pictorial exhibit. Open by appointment only. For more information, call the museum at 697-9903 or call curator Lucreatia Wilson at 697-1576.

John Dickinson Plantation — Kitts Hummock near the junction of routes 113 and 9. Home of Revolutionary-era figure John Dickinson, the plantation house was built around 1740. The main house, slave/tenant house and other buildings are open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, April through December. For group tours, call 739-3277.

Johnson Victrola Museum — Bank and New streets. The museum is a tribute to Eldridge Reeves Johnson, an inventor, businessman and philanthropist. Exhibits include a 1920s Victrola dealer’s store with an extensive collection of talking machines and early records, and a second floor gallery featuring items from the collection of Dr. Lynwood Heiges that recount the history of the talking machine. Also featured is an original oil painting of “Nipper,” the dog listening to a talking machine. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free and donations are accepted. Group tours require reservations. For more information, call 739-4266.