SPRINGFIELD – The Garden Club of Springfield will be holding 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 showcase hundreds of herbs, vegetables, native plants, annuals, perennials, homemade baked goods, their handcrafted garden art, and a flower design demonstration from 10 a.m. to noon. People are invited to bring their own small bouquet of flowers and the members will show them how to arrange them artistically.
Garden Club members, including master gardeners, will be on hand to answer questions and assist with selection. The Garden Club is a service and educational organization that emphasizes the importance of using native plants in local gardens.
All proceeds from the sale will go towards 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., pursues its mission to “stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to aid in the protection of native trees and birds, and to encourage a healthy civic landscape”. practices.” The club welcomes gardeners from neighboring communities to be part of its mission. Anyone interested in joining the Garden Club of Springfield should be aware that a gardening background 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 form part of the social fellowship of members and their guests.For more information contact Sue Simpson on 610 328 -9111.
St. Francis Players Presents Final Weekend of “Willy Wonka” Production
Tickets are on sale now for the 2022 St. Francis Players production of “Willy Wonka!” by Roald Dahl! Evening performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. The last matinee performance will take place on 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, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Saxer Avenue, Springfield.
First Presbyterian Church Hosts Wallet Bingo
The First Presbyterian Church of Glenolden, 2 S. Chester Pike, will host a Pocketbook Bingo fundraiser on Saturday, May 7. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo will begin at 6:30 p.m. sharp.
Many beautiful wallets from Coach, Michael Kors, Kate Spade and other designers will be among the prizes.
The cost is $30 up front, which includes ten bingo games and $35 at the door. Tables can be reserved with the purchase of ten tickets.
Roast beef sandwiches will be on sale, along with 50/50 tickets, and a raffle with lots of baskets. People can BYOB, as well as snacks. For tickets or information, call 610-583-1342,
Proceeds will benefit the church’s fundraising 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 from Manouche 5 and the Plum Pit food truck.
For more information about the outdoor music and catering event, contact the church office at 610-356-0459.
The Family Helpline Holds Annual Live and Silent Children’s Auctions
Family Support Line invites the community to Bids for Kids Live and Silent Auction, 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Llanerch Country Club, 950 West Chester Pike, Havertown. Bids for Kids raises money for resources to help children, families and professionals deal with the trauma of child sexual abuse.
Reports of child sexual abuse have increased during the pandemic, leading to a drastic increase in the need for services. Funds raised will provide critical support and resources to children and families in Delaware County.
Each year, Family Support Line accepts a variety of donated items for auction. There are many items to bid on this year, including but not limited to signed sports memorabilia, fitness packages and vacation opportunities, with the monetary goal of $150,000 for the this year’s event.
The auctions started on April 1 and will end on 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 who will be recognized for their outstanding commitment, leadership and dedicated passion for protecting vulnerable children and families.
This year’s Guardian Award winners are Ellen Irwin, MS, former board member of the Family Support Line and one of its first volunteers; June Elcock Messam, MD, pediatrician; and Steve Fera, executive vice president of public affairs at Independence Blue Cross.
The Guardian Award recognizes individuals with an exceptional commitment to protecting vulnerable children and families and those who are leaders who stand with children and families in the community. They choose someone who demonstrates a passion for serving and helping others and who has a connection to the mission of Family Support Line.
This is the third year in a row that Independence Blue Cross has been the presenting sponsor of the entire event. UPS joins Bids for Kids for the first time as a sponsor of the Guardian Awards. The community is encouraged to attend the event which includes a two-hour open bar and plenty of appetizers.
Family Support Line strives to advance the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse. Its services include comprehensive prevention programs, specialized treatment, job training and advocacy. The nonprofit organization, located in Media, has served children, tweens, and teens in Delaware County for more than 30 years, protecting their overall health and well-being.
For tickets, visit http://www.Bids4Kids2022.givesmart.com or http://www.FamilySupportLine.org.
COSA Virtually Offering Healthy Steps Falls Prevention Program in May
The Delaware County Office of Senior Services, in conjunction with Crozer Health, is virtually delivering the evidence-based Healthy Steps program to people 60 and older living in Pennsylvania, virtually on Zoom 1 at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday May 5th and Friday May 6th. The program helps reduce the risk of falls by helping participants overcome their fears while educating them 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 elderly person in the United States dies from a fall and that falls are the most common cause of head trauma. Research has shown that adults who have taken the Healthy Steps workshop significantly reduce their risk of falling by 15%.
All program costs, including the Healthy Steps manual, are covered by COSA, so the program is free. However, class size is limited.
Registration is mandatory. 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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