Community classes, meetings, entertainment events, trips and more for the week of Feb. 25 through March 4.


Thursday, Feb. 26
The Kent County Republican Women’s Luncheon and meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Maple Dale Country Club, Dover.
    The guest speaker will be Eugene Thornton from the American Heart Association on the topic “Learn and Live.”
    Visitors and new members are welcome, and dues for 2009 are now being accepted.
    For reservations or more information, call Peggy Seagrave at 744-9282.

Limit Hold’em Cash Games to benefit the Delaware Storm Travel Teams will be at 7 p.m. at the Premier Poker Room, 1055 Walker Road, Hamlet Shopping Center, Dover.
    The limits will be $2/$4 with a minimum buy-in of $60, or $1/$3 with a minimum buy-in of $100.
    For more information, call Linda at 222-7559.

Booker T. Washington Elementary School’s Annual Black History Program will have two shows at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the school auditorium, 901 Forest St., Dover.
    The show, entitled “BTW’s Choice Awards: A Tribute to Black Americans,” will pay tribute to black inventors, athletes, musicians and authors through music, dance, stepping and a play performed by the school’s third graders.
    Performing will be the BTW Steppers, the Rising Stars, the William Henry Middle School Choir and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., a stepping group from Delaware State University.
    For more information, call the school at 672-1900.

Friday, Feb. 27
Bird Walk will be from 8 to 10 a.m. at Delaware State University, 1200 N. DuPont Highway, Dover.
    Participants will learn about birds on campus with leader Roger Masse as they walk the DSU Woodland Trail.
    Those attending are encouraged to bring binoculars if they have them. If not, a few pairs are available to be borrowed.
    Light refreshments will be available in the Herbarium lobby after the walk, and the program is free and open to the public.
    For more information, call Susan Yost at 857-6452 or email syost@desu.edu.

Saturday, Feb. 28
“Charlotte’s Web,” presented by The Children’s Theatre of Dover and Kent County Inc., will be at 7 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., Dover.
    The cost of tickets is $6.
    For more information or to purchase tickets, call Debby Harrison at 335-2569 or Pam Johnson at 670-1966.

An Antique Appraisal Fair will be at 1 p.m. at the Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Ave., Dover.
    Appraisal tickets are time-arranged, but general admission tickets for those not bringing items for appraisal are available for $5.
    Appraisers from Blue Hen Auction Co. will be on hand to donate their time, and all funds will go directly to supporting programs for older adults in Kent County. Door prizes and refreshments are available for purchase.
    The cost of tickets is $10 in advance, $15 at the door, which allows for verbal appraisals for up to three items.
    For more information, call Lori Bailey at 734-1200.

All-you-can-eat Beef & Dumplings Dinner, sponsored by the Frederica Spring Lions Club, will be from 3 to 6 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, Front Street, Frederica.
    The cost of dinner is $10 for adults and all take-outs, and $4 for children ages 4 to 10.
    For more information or to purchase tickets, call Donna Salerno at 335-3854.

Mario Rocco will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Smyrna Opera House, South and Main streets, Smyrna.
    Rocco also is known as “Mr. Entertainment” and will be performing his blend of music and shtick.
    The cost of tickets is $18 general admission, but discounts are available for children ages 12 and younger and students with ID.
    For more information, call 653-4236, email soh.secretary@verizon.net or visit www.smyrnaoperahouse.org.

A no-limit Texas Hold’em tournament, sponsored by the city of Dover Fraternal Order of Police No. 15, will be at 7 p.m. at Fraizer’s, 9 E. Loockerman St., Dover.
    There will be up to $2,000 for the first-place winner and up to $8,000 in total prizes. Payouts are based on participation.
    The entry fee is $100 for a $5,000 chip value, and two re-buys are allowed at $25 each for a $1,500 chip value.
    For more information or to pre-register, call Harvey at 670-9750 or Joyce at 734-9445.

Craft and Story Time will be at noon at Killens Pond State Park, 5025 Killens Pond Road, Felton.
    The program, designed for young children, will feature a book and variety of take-home crafts.
    There is no activity fee.
    For more information, call 284-4526.

Heart Healthy Hike will be at 2 p.m. at Killens Pond State Park, 5025 Killens Pond Road, Felton.
    The program will be a hike through the park’s trails.
    For more information, call 284-4526.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.’s Founders Day Celebration will be at 9 a.m. at the Dover Sheraton Hotel.
    All members are asked to attend the event that will feature the group’s esteemed Soror, the Honorable Catherine E. Pugh, Maryland state senator.
    Members of the community also are invited to attend.
    For more information, call Delphine Henry at 678-2484.

Monday, March 2
Chicken Soup for the Soul discussion for adults will be at 2 p.m. at the Kent County Public Library, 2319 S. DuPont Highway, Dover.
    The group will discuss the original volume of “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” and should pick up a copy of the book at the circulation desk when they pre-register.
    For more information, call 698-6440.

Film at Seven will be at 7 p.m. at the Kent County Public Library, 2319 S. DuPont Highway, Dover.
    The movie shown is a musical update of a classic Jane Austen tale in Bollywood form.
    Participants should pre-register, and doors are locked at 7 p.m. so be on time.
    For more information, call 698-6440.

Tuesday, March 3
The First State Harmonizers, a barbershop chorus, will hold an open rehearsal for the public to view at 7:30 p.m. at the Elizabeth Murphey School, Division Street, Dover.
    The rehearsal is free and open to the public.
    For more information, call 674-1227.

Wednesday, March 4
Preschool Art Classes will be at 10 a.m. at the Kent County Public Library, 2319 S. DuPont Highway, Dover.
    Additional classes will be at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, March 11 and 18, as March is Youth Art Month. There will be an art show at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.
    Parents should pre-register their preschool child for the series of free hands-on art classes led by professional artist Katja Reed Lackey.
    Class space is limited.
    For more information, call 698-6440.

TICKETS
“Grease: The Musical,” presented by Polytech High School, tickets are now on sale for $5 general admission seating. Performances will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 6, for students; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the Schwartz Center for the Arts, Dover. For more information, call 678-5152.

Delaware Forestry Association’s annual banquet tickets are now on sale for $20 per person. The event will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the Felton Fire Hall. The evening will include a silent auction and a family style dinner, featuring fried oysters and chicken and dumplings. The 2009 Delaware Tree Farmer of the Year will be recognized, and Neil Sampson will give a presentation titled “Carbon Credits for Forest Landowners.” Advanced registration is required. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Dot Abbott at 730-4000 or Steve Ditmer at 410-896-9283.

Miss Delaware 2009 fundraiser dinner tickets are now on sale for $16.99 for adults, $8.99 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children 3 and younger. The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 16, at the Georgia House Restaurant, Walnut Street, Milford. The buffet-style dinner will include Mississippi Cajun Catfish, Yankee Pot Roast, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Pasta Marinara, numerous side dishes, soup, salad, non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Proceeds benefit the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization. Advanced tickets are preferred but not required. For more information, call Melanie Hatter at 393-9021 or email mbhatter311@comcast.net.

“A Casual Country Affair,” presented by the Delaware Equine Council, tickets are now on sale for $30 per person. The event will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 27, in Exhibit Hall at the State Fairgrounds in Harrington. Dress is casual and door prizes will be drawn throughout the evening. Also featured will be a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner, silent and live auctions, and music by D.J. Robert Bailey. Tickets must be purchased by Monday, March 16, and all proceeds will benefit the Equine Council’s Scholarship Fund. For more information, call Stan Vonasek at 684-3966.

Biggs Museum Gala: An Affair with the Arts tickets are now on sale for $100 per person, $1,500 for a table of 10. The event will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 16, on Legislative Mall, Dover. The black-tie optional/cocktail attire affair will feature dinner, and open bar, silent auction, live entertainment and raffle. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 674-2111 or visit www.biggsmuseum.org.

TRIPS
A bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show, sponsored by city of Dover Parks and Recreation, will leave at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, from the John W. Pitts Recreation Center, Dover. The activity fee is $37 per person, which includes bus transportation and admission to the show. For more information, call 736-7050 or visit www.cityofdover.com.

A bus trip to New York City will leave at 7 a.m. Saturdays, March 21 and April 25, from the Dover City Hall parking lot, and return to the same spot at 7 p.m. Participants will be taken to New York City via motor coach and dropped off in the vicinity of Radio City Music Hall to explore and shop on their own. The activity fee is $35 per person. For more information, call 736-7050 or visit www.cityofdover.com.

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. 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.

Weekend to Remember is a weekend marriage conference that teaches God’s design for marriage and family. The Christ Memorial Baptist Church is organizing a group trip to the conference. The environment is fun and non-threatening, and is a wonderful time for couples to refresh good marriages and heal troubled ones. Those interested are asked to visit www.familylife.com/groups/gonzalez and choose the date and location that fits their schedule. They are also asked to register 10 days prior to the conference and use the group name Gonzalez to save $80 per couple. For more information, call Christ Memorial at 697-7924.

A Trip to Oberammergau will be July 17, 2010, but in informational slideshow meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, at St. Polycarp Church, 135 Ransom Lane, Smyrna. The trip will be 10 days with Fr. Tom Flowers in Austria and Switzerland for the world-famous, once in a decade Passion Play in the Bavarian Alps. For more information, call 653-8279.

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.

The Lake Forest Class of 1979 is in the stages of planning its 30-year class reunion. Updated addresses from classmates are needed. For more information or to update your contact information, call Connie Harrington Louder at 284-4567 or Donna Beebe Shoemaker at 284-2468 with your address, email address and phone number.

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.

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
An Anthology of Pamphlets printed between 1776 and 1818 is now on display from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 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. Sunday.

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, 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.

Delaware Archaeology Museum — 316 S. Governors Ave., Dover. The gallery occupies the 1790 Presbyterian Church and its adjacent 1880 Sunday school building. Exhibits illustrating Delaware archaeology are on display. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays. Group tours require reservations. For more information, call 739-4266.

Museum of Small Town Life — 316 S. Governors Ave., Dover. The gallery features the Main Street Delaware exhibit emphasizing the economics, history and culture of Delaware communities during the early 1900s. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays. Group tours require reservations. For more information, call 739-4266.

Delaware State Police Museum and Educational Center — Delaware State Police Headquarters Complex, 1325 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and by special request from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. For more information, call 739-7700.