SPRINGFIELD — The Garden Club of Springfield will hold its 11th annual Plant and Bake Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Old Central School, Saxer Avenue and Powell Road, Springfield. The sale will take place rain or shine. Garden Club members will feature hundreds of herbs, vegetables, native plants, annuals, perennials, homemade baked goods, their handcrafted artisan garden art and a floral design demonstration from 10 a.m. to noon. People are welcome to bring their own small bunch of flowers and members will show them how to artistically arrange them.
Members of the Garden Club including Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and help with selections. The Garden Club is a service and educational organization emphasizing the importance of using native plants in local gardens.
All proceeds of the sale will go toward annual scholarships awarded to high school graduates who will pursue a degree in Horticulture or Environmental Studies.
The Garden Club of Springfield, a member of District I GCFP and National Garden Clubs, Inc., carries on its mission to “Stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to aid in the protection of native trees and birds and to encourage sound civic landscape practices.” The club welcomes gardeners from neighboring communities to be a part of its mission. Anyone interested in becoming part of the Garden Club of Springfield should be aware that a background in gardening is not a prerequisite. Monthly programs feature a wide range of garden interests and tours of private and public gardens are not only educational but also a part of the social fellowship of members and their guests. For additional information, contact Sue Simpson at 610 328-9111.
St. Francis Players present final weekend of ‘Willy Wonka’ production
Tickets are on sale now for the St. Francis Players 2022 production of Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka!” Evening performances will be held, 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30. The final matinee performance will be Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m.
Reserved tickets are $15. General admission at the door is $10.
To purchase tickets in advance, visit http://www.stfrancisplayers.org. All performances will be held at Leonard Hall, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Saxer Avenue, Springfield.
First Presbyterian Church holds pocketbook bingo
The First Presbyterian Church of Glenolden, 2 S. Chester Pike, will hold a Pocketbook Bingo fundraiser, Saturday, May 7. The Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo will start promptly at 6:30 p.m.
Lots of beautiful pocketbooks by Coach, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, and other designers will be among the prizes.
Cost is $30 in advance, which includes ten games of bingo, and $35 at door. Tables can be reserved with purchase of ten tickets.
Roast beef sandwiches will be on sale, as well as 50/50 tickets, and a basket raffle with lots of baskets. People may BYOB, as well as bring snacks. For tickets or information, call 610-583-1342,
Proceeds will benefit the church’s capital campaign and congregational care.
St. Alban’s celebrates 100 years with community event
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3625 Chapel Road, Newtown Square, will continue its centennial celebration, 5-9 p.m. Saturday, May 7, with a community event featuring live music by Manouche 5, and the Plum Pit food truck.
For more information on the outdoor event of music and dining, contact the church office at 610- 356-0459.
Family Support Line hosts annual Bids for Kids Live and Silent Auction
Family Support Line invites the community to Bids for Kids Live and Silent Auction, 6:30 – 10 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Llanerch Country Club, 950 West Chester Pike, Havertown. Bids for Kids raises money for resources to help children, families, and professionals address the trauma of child sexual abuse.
Reports of child sexual abuse escalated during the pandemic causing the need for services to drastically increase. Funds raised will provide critical support and resources to Delaware County’s children and families.
Each year, Family Support Line accepts a variety of donated items to be auctioned. There are many items this year to bid on, including but not limited to signed sports memorabilia, fitness packages, and vacation opportunities, with the monetary goal of $150,000 for this year’s event.
Bidding opened April 1 and will close Friday, April 29 at 9:30 p.m.
At Bids for Kids, Family Support Line will honor the recipients of the Guardian Awards — three members of the Delaware County community that will be recognized for their exceptional commitment, leadership, and dedicated passion for protecting vulnerable children and families.
This year’s Guardian Award Honorees are Ellen Irwin, MS, former Family Support Line Board Member and one of its first volunteers; June Elcock Messam, M.D., Pediatrician; and Steve Fera, EVP of Public Affairs at Independence Blue Cross.
The Guardian Award recognizes people with an exceptional commitment to protecting vulnerable children and families and those who are leaders who stands with the community’s children and families. They select someone who demonstrates a passion for serving and helping others and has a connection to the mission of Family Support Line.
This is the third year in a row that Independence Blue Cross is the presenting sponsor of the entire event. UPS is joining Bids for Kids for the first time as the Guardian Awards sponsor. The community is encouraged to attend the event which includes a two-hour open bar and ample hors d’oeuvres.
Family Support Line works to advance the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse. Its services include comprehensive prevention programs, specialized treatment, professional training, and advocacy. The nonprofit organization, located in Media, has been serving children, tweens, and teens in Delaware County for over 30 years, protecting their overall health and well-being.
For tickets, visit http://www.Bids4Kids2022.givesmart.com or http://www.FamilySupportLine.org.
COSA offers Healthy Steps Fall Prevention Program virtually in May
The Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging, in collaboration with Crozer Health, is offering the evidence-based Healthy Steps program virtually for those 60 and older living in Pennsylvania, virtually on Zoom 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, and Friday, May 6. The program helps reduce fall risk by helping participants address fears while educating and equipping them with the right tools to make a difference in their lives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that every 20 minutes an older adult in the U.S. dies from a fall, and that falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury. Research has found that adults who completed the Healthy Steps workshop lower their risk of a fall significantly by 15%.
All program costs including the Healthy Steps workbook are covered by COSA, so the program is free. However, class size is limited.
Registration is required. To register, contact Ellen Williams at [email protected] or call
610-499-1937 and provide name, address, phone number and email address to register.
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