Around Town Oct. 22

• The Chadds Ford Civic Association named former township Supervisor Keith Klaver as its Citizen of the Year during its annual meeting at the Brandywine River Museum of Art on Oct. 20. In addition to supervisor, Klaver also served on the Sewer Authority, Strategic Advisory Committee and on the Planning Commission. Association President Vince Del Rossi presented Klaver with a plaque in honor of Klaver’s service. (See photo) Following a brief ceremony Brandywine Battlefield Park Education Coordinator Andrew Outten gave a brief talk on the details and significance of the Sept. 11, 1777, Battle of Brandywine.

• A new exhibit featuring the works of four artists opens 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23 at the Chadds Ford Gallery. Featured artists are J. Wayne Bystrom, Don Shoffner, Robert Stack and Timothy Wadsworth. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will run through Nov. 9 during the gallery’s normal hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

• Unionville High School is again hosting “March on the Brandywine,” this Saturday, Oct. 24 from 6:60 to 10 p.m. This event features the area’s best high school musicians and color guard squads in friendly competition. Judges from the Cavalcade of Bands, Inc. will rate the participating high schools: York Catholic, Sun Valley, Egg Harbor, Manheim Central, Marple Newtown, Kennett, Downingtown West, Hatboro-Horsham, Mt. Pleasant, New Oxford and Great Valley. When the competing bands are finished, the Unionville High School Marching Band will treat the audience to a performance of its 2015 show, “Land of the Free.” While the UHS performance is exhibition only, in other recent competitions it has received great feedback and first-place scores. The band is thrilled to perform for the community audience. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and free for ages 5 and under.

• More than 30 shovel-wielding staff members of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art will spend Tuesday morning, Oct. 27, planting 600 native hardwood tree saplings along Harvey Run, an impaired tributary to the Brandywine located on the organization's Chadds Ford, campus. During this planting, the conservancy will plant the 35,000th tree in its major multi-year reforestation initiative. Volunteers who want to help can join the conservancy for a planting of an additional 600 trees. They should wear sturdy work clothes and boots and bring gloves, a refillable water bottle, and a shovel (if possible). To volunteer, please contact Meredith Mayer at 610-388-8351 or

• Enjoy a fun and fascinating presentation by renowned Pennsylvania author and naturalist Scott Weidensaul on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. He will share stories and information learned from his decades of research, fieldwork and bird banding with birds of prey (hawks and owls) and hummingbirds. The talk is presented by the Brandywine Conservancy and will take place in the lecture room at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, located on Route 1 in Chadds Ford. Afterward, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., there will be a reception with food and drink where Weidensaul will sign copies of his latest book, The Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean, which will be available for purchase. The cost is $15 (members, $10). Tickets may be purchased online or at the door.

• Get your Boo on and help find a cure for arthritis at the 2015 Delaware Bone Bash on Friday, Oct. 30, at the Dupont Country Club in Wilmington. Bone Bash is the Arthritis Foundation’s fundraising event to fight arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. Bone Bash, a costumed affair for adults, includes spooky decorations, costume contests, auction and frightfully fun music, games and more. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, seated dinner, bar, music and dancing. Register for the 2015 Delaware Bone Bash by going to arthritismar.ejoinme/DelawareBoneBash or calling 444-738-9621.Funds raised through the Delaware Bone Bash will go toward programs, research and advocacy initiatives to help people today while finding a cure for tomorrow.

• West Chester University’s Homecoming Weekend begins Thursday, Oct. 22, with activities planned through Sunday, Oct. 25, many of which are likely to impact traffic. Church Street and Sharpless Street will be closed on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 9 a.m. in preparation for the WCU Homecoming Parade, which will take place between 9 and 11:30 a.m. It will begin at the Sykes Student Union parking lot, turn left onto West Rosedale Avenue, right onto South New Street, right onto Sharpless Street, right onto South Church Street, and back onto West Rosedale. In addition to the parade and football game, other activities for alumni can be found at

• Calling all witches, ghosts and ghouls:  Will your costume be the one that rules? The All Hallows’ Eve Costume Ball is the Young Friends’ annual fundraiser. You are invited to enter if you dare! Tickets to the event on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. include cocktails, refreshments, music and more. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative costumes. Guests must be 21 to attend. All proceeds will support the Brandywine River Museum of Art's School and Community Access Programs. This program provides free or reduced admission and assistance with transportation to qualified groups visiting the museum. To purchase tickets, go to

• It’s Creative Escape: prints from nature at the BRM. Are you seeking a creative outlet but find that your time – and training – are limited? Come to the Brandywine River Museum of Art from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 4 to unwind, mingle and make art! Designed for adults who want to awaken their inner artists, this program will include inspiration from the exhibition Natural Selection: Andrew Wyeth Plant Studies, and feature a hands-on printmaking activity. Participants will follow simple instructions to carve a linoleum block to create a beautiful printed image on a set of gift-worthy notecards. A perfect opportunity to add a personal touch to your gifts this holiday. Cost is $20, $15 for members. The museum will open at 5:30 p.m. with the workshop beginning at 6 p.m. Cost includes art materials and light refreshments. BYOB! Purchase tickets online at www.brandywine,org/museum/events or call 610-388-8326.

• The Christian C. Sanderson Museum will host Sanderson’s Shopping Spree on Friday, Nov. 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Whether you are shopping for friend or history lover, you’ll find the perfect gift at Sanderson’s Shopping Spree.  Come to the museum to sample local wine while visiting with artists, authors and local craftsmen.  This year’s vendors will include Galer Estate Winery, local author Bruce Mowday, and a wide range of artists such as Annette Alessi and Heather Davis. Take care of everyone on your holiday list with signed prints, original paintings, autographed books, and unique pieces from local crafters, such as Paul Koch from Brandywine Bowls, Kathy Bender from Chesco photography, 3 Sisters Soap and Scents, Bruno Bits and many more.

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