Around Town April 16

• Chadds Ford Gallery presents The Return, featuring the works of two popular and successful artists, Billy Basciani and John Hannafin. The opening reception is Friday, April 17, 5 to 8: p.m.

The Bids for Kids fund-raiser is
The Bids for Kids fund-raiser is Friday, April 17, 6:30 p.m. at Llanerch Country Club.

• The Bids for Kids fundraiser is Family Support Line’s key fundraising event and will be held at Llanerch Country Club on Friday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and include valet parking, beer and wine open bar from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and hors d’ oeuvres. The event offers a silent and live auction with collector's items, sports tickets and memorabilia, getaways, personal services, jewelry and much more. To see a list of items and to purchase tickets go to For more information, visit

• The public is encouraged to visit to register for an interactive online public meeting being held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, as part of the update to Pennsylvania’s 12-year transportation program. The program, which serves as a blueprint of prioritized transportation projects, is updated every two years to enable all Pennsylvanians to contribute their priorities and suggestions.

• Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the annual Brandywine Creek cleanup. Join the Young Friends of the Brandywine and help to clean 12 miles of the Brandywine from Lenape Bridge outside West Chester to Thompson's Bridge in Delaware. This event is suitable for children over the age of 5. To register, contact Kathy Smith at 610-388-8315. Please meet in the parking lot of the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

• Pinot’s Palette in the Village at Olde Ridge is celebrating Earth Day by hosting a fund-raiser for Delaware Zoological Society and Brandywine Zoo from 7-9 p.m. on April 22. The event coincides with the arrival of the Brandywine Zoo’s new burrowing owl, so the painting project of the evening will be that of an owl. So, open your favorite bottle of wine and get ready to be inspired by our local artists who will guide you step-by-step through the featured animal painting. At the end of the night, leave with your own masterpiece. Light snacks provided. Space is limited so contact Pinot’s Palette at 484-451-8166, email or visit

Tickets are on sale for "Charlotte's Web."
Tickets are on sale for "Charlotte's Web."

• Due to popular demand, advanced general admission tickets for “Charlotte’s Web” at Unionville High School may be purchased through Tuesday, April 21, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the UHS main office. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office prior to each show. Show times are 7 p.m., Friday, April 24, 1 p.m., Saturday matinee, April 25, and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 25. Prices are $7 for adults, $5 for students and free for kids 3 and younger. Cash or check. For groups larger than 10, contact

• Chadds Ford Township and the Chadds Ford Civic Association will hold their annual recycle day and roadside cleanup for township residents, Saturday, April 25, at the township building. Activities will begin at 8 a.m. with roadside cleanup. From 9 a.m. until noon, residents will be able to donate nonperishable foods, gently used clothing, furniture and home goods, as well as electronics for re-use. Additionally, residents will also be able to drop off for recycling the following items: electronics or “anything with a plug,” confidential documents for shredding, and residential propane tanks and gas cans. Items containing hazardous materials, such as Freon, and single-stream or curbside recyclables and hazardous materials, such as oil-based paints, will not be accepted. For more information, contact Chadds Ford Township at 610-388-8800 x100.

• April 25 is also the date for the 14th annual Community Yard Sale in Pennsbury Township. The event runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the township park behind the township building. The yard sale is part of Spring Clean-up Week. The rain date is May 2.

Saturday, April 25 is the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day free community event at six locations throughout Chester County. Bring your kids and family to explore fun, fitness and healthy living to keep their bodies and minds active all summer long.
Saturday, April 25 is the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day free community event at six locations throughout Chester County. Bring your kids and family to explore fun, fitness and healthy living to keep their bodies and minds active all summer long.

• The YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s Healthy Kids Day events take place on April 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Brandywine YMCA in Coatesville will host the event at Ash Park, 300 Kersey St. in Coatesville; the Jennersville YMCA will be celebrating in downtown Oxford on 3rd St., between Market and Hodgson. The Kennett Y will be having their festivities in downtown Kennett Square on Broad Street between Cypress and Mulberry Street. Both the West Chester YMCA and the Oscar Lasko Youth Program Center together will welcome guests at the East Goshen Park, Veteran’s Pavilion, 1661 Paoli Pike in West Chester. The Lionville Community YMCA and the Upper Main Line YMCA will both host their festivities at their branches. To learn more about Healthy Kids Day events in your area, go to

• On Saturday, April 25, owner Dean Carlson will host his second-annual Wyebrook Music Festival at Wyebrook Farm (150 Wyebrook Road, 610-942-7481), a lively all-day celebration of music at one of the region’s most stunning outdoor settings. Doors will open at 10 a.m., with music starting one hour later, and throughout the day, guests will enjoy exciting performances and farm-fresh food from Chef Andrew Wood.  Tickets are just $25 in advance (click to purchase) and $35 at the gate, space permitting, and include seven bands and all-day admission to the festival grounds, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.  Children under 12 will be admitted for free. Music lovers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, and a pasture will be made available for convenient on-site parking, with handicap parking available to those with a valid permit.  Dogs are welcome, so long as they are friendly and on a leash at all times. For more information about the 2015 Wyebrook Music Festival or Wyebrook Farm, call 610-942-7481 or visit

Native Plants for Native Pollinators, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 at Newline Grist Mill.
Native Plants for Native Pollinators, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 at Newline Grist Mill.

• Newlin Grist Mill, at Route 1 and Cheyney Road in Concord Township, is hosting a lecture, Native Plants for Native Pollinators, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. Presenter David Korbonits is the Meadow Area Horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center and author of The Meadow Plants at Mt. Cuba Center. Pre-registration requested; $2 suggested donation. For more information, email or call 610-459-2359.

• The annual St. Michael Lutheran Church yard sale is Saturday, May 2, and runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Chester County Migrant Ministry. So come early and shop for the best bargains. A favorite part of the yard sale is the annual shredding/electronics recycling event open to the community. Bring old computers, printers, cell phones and other electronics to have them easily and safely recycled. And, bring those boxes of old documents to have them security and privately shredded while you wait. And, while you’re there, make sure to get your car washed by the church Youth Group. Proceeds will benefit the St. Michael Youth Trips scheduled for the 2015 season. The church is at 109 East Doe Run Road in East Marlborough Township.

• The Glen Mills-Thornbury Rotary will hold a Designer Bag Bingo event on Sunday, May 3, at Penn Oaks Golf Club on Penn Oaks Drive. The doors open at noon and games begin at 1 p.m. The cost is $45 for 10 cards. Additional cards are $5. Proceeds go toward local charities. Tickets may be purchased at

• The Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art will hold its annual Wildflower and Native Plant Sale on Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the museum’s courtyard. Brandywine staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide planting and horticultural information. All proceeds from the sale benefit the conservancy's diverse and beautiful gardens.

• The final numbers are in for the 2015 Chadds Ford Art Sale & Show. According to Publicity Chairman Diane Micklin, the event grossed more than $60,000 and drew more than 1,000 visitors. Of the $60,000, the Chadds Ford Elementary School PTO gets 30 percent, or $18,000, minus expenses.

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