“Treats and Tricks,” a new exhibit at the Chadds Ford Gallery, opens Friday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. and runs through Sunday, Nov. 13. The exhibit is the first solo show at the gallery for artist Jacalyn Beam, known for her plein air paintings of the Brandywine Valley. Brandywine Prime is partnering with the gallery for the event by offering $10 gift certificates during the opening, and the first 10 people who purchase a painting will each get a $50 gift certificate to the restaurant. Beam is an active member of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painting Association where she serves on the board of directors She is also a member of Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society and chairs the Chadds Ford Historical Society Winter Plein Air event.
Switching clothes over for the fall-winter season? The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District is holding its annual coat drive and is seeking donations of clean coats, hoodies, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots; all sizes and styles, infant through adult are needed. Items can be dropped off in the lobbies of any UCF district school until Thursday, Dec. 15. Items should be clean and in good condition, and new items and monetary donations will also be gladly accepted. Collected items will be distributed in December to over 500 families in need in our area. For questions, email email@example.com
The grand opening of new exhibition space at the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center will headline the West Chester nonprofit’s upcoming 20th Anniversary Celebration. Pioneer Hall will premiere on Thursday, Oct. 27, during a special evening event that will introduce two exciting exhibits. “Pioneers of Helicopter Innovation” is a hexagonal paneled display that offers insight into five men instrumental in the creation and evolution of rotary wing aviation, and the AeroVelo Atlas is AHMEC’s latest acquisition: one of four rotors, hubs and trusses from the record-breaking human-powered helicopter that won the $250,000 American Helicopter Society Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Prize in 2013. Tickets, which include light supper and libations, are $50 per person. Purchase tickets via PayPal on the website or by phone at 610-436-9600. Contact the museum or see the website at www.americanhelicopter.museum for more information.
Support Chester County’s first Color 5k – a family-friendly fun run on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Everhart Park in West Chester that will raise awareness and funds to continue to educate, treat and prevent the growing epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse. Monies raised this year will be dedicated to funding hospitals throughout Chester County to study and coordinate a “warm hand-off" program. The “warm hand-off" program transitions those who have been saved from an overdose into long-term treatment and counseling. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with a race start of 9 a.m. For more information, visit http://chesco.org/color5k.
Darlington Arts Center invites all preschool-aged children and their families to attend a free Preschool Halloween Open House on Monday, Oct. 31, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Children ages 2-6 are invited to wear their costumes and trick-or-treat in the safety of Darlington’s building. There will also be festive art projects, music and dancing and storytelling of Halloween tales. Snacks and candy will be provided! The free event is open to all preschool-aged children and their families in the area. RSVP online at www.darlingtonarts.org/preschool.
On Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Kennett Township Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs during Take Back Day. Bring your pills for disposal to Kennett Township Police Department at 801 Burrows Run Road. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about Take Back Day, go to http://deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/index.html or call Kennett Township Police at 610-388-2874.
Brock Jobe, a renowned scholar, curator, and longtime educator in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, has been named one of two recipients of the prestigious Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts. The award was created in 2012 by the Wunsch Americana Foundation to continue the legacy of legendary collector Martin Wunsch and to encourage greater scholarship and appreciation of American decorative arts. Leroy Graves, the conservator of upholstery at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, also was named a recipient. Winterthur Director David Roselle praised Jobe for "an exceptional career characterized by an unwavering commitment to excellence in collecting, academic affairs, and mentoring." Jobe and Graves will be honored at a reception at Christie’s Rockefeller Center on Wednesday, Jan. 18, during Americana Week in New York.
Christiana Care Health System has been honored as one of only 60 institutions out of 605 by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress for achieving “meritorious” outcomes in surgical patient care. This is the fourth consecutive year that Christiana Care has been recognized through the organization’s National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, which is the only nationally-validated quality improvement program that measures and enhances the care of surgical patients. Christiana Care is one of only 17 health systems to receive the recognition at least two years in a row. “This award belongs to our extraordinary and dedicated staff who ensure that our surgical patients achieve optimal health and an exceptional experience when they are under our care,” said Gerard Fulda, chair of the Department of Surgery at Christiana Care and director of Surgical Critical Care and Surgical Research at Christiana Care.