Around Town Jan. 14

• Garnet Valley jewelry designer, Pamela M. Levin of Nivell Jewelry, will have her jewelry designs for purchase in her Jewelry for the Arts Trunk Show on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Darlington Arts Center, 977 Shavertown Road in Concord Township. Levin will be donating 20 percent of her proceeds for the evening to Darlington. Darlington is also featuring singer songwriters Geri Smith and Jim Daughton in their Coffee House Series (7:30 pm) and artwork in the gallery by Sarah Baptist. Come to Darlington for a fantastic evening of the arts. Call 484-437-8034 or visit www.nivelljewelry.com for more information about Levin and her work, and www.darlingtonarts.org or 610-358-3632 for Darlington information.

• The YMCA of Greater Brandywine will take part in the 21st annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. On Jan. 18, nearly 500 volunteers will gather at Y branches and service project sites with one aim – to give back to the community and make it a little better for all. Projects range from St. Paul’s Baptist Church members’ reading to children at the Oscar Lasko YMCA in downtown West Chester to the Helping the Homeless project in Kennett Square and making Valentine’s cards for the sick in Jennersville. To learn more about specific branch MLK Day events, visit www.ymcagbw.org/mlk-service.

• On Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Kennett Middle School auditorium, attorney Mark Walz will be presenting a session on Cyber Safety. All parents and community members are welcome. Cyber Safety, as explained by the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, (iKeepSafe), “addresses the ability to act in a safe and responsible manner on the Internet and other connected environments. These behaviors protect personal information and reputation, include safe practices and minimize danger from behavioral-based rather than hardware/software-based problems.” For more information, visit http://files.ctctcdn.com/b15f45e0301/01001e7c-08ea-499b-84a9-21dc7efc3a52.pdf.

• The Kennett Area Senior Center will sponsor a free Medicare counseling session on Thursday, Jan. 21 and 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sign up to meet with a Department of Aging volunteer from APPRISE who can help with any questions you have about Medicare and your individual coverage. Please contact the KASC at 610-444-4819 to make an appointment.

• On Jan. 22 and Jan. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can enjoy the wintry beauty of the Brandywine from the Brandywine River Museum of Art's expansive atrium windows. Artists working in all media are invited to sketch, paint or photograph the vista while staying warm inside the museum. Participants may also sketch (with pencil) in the galleries. Participants are responsible for providing all art materials (including drop cloths). Spaces are limited. This event will also take place on Feb. 26 and 27. To register, please call 610-388-8326 or go online to www.brandywine.org. The cost for “Plein Air: Inside and Out” is $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers per day.

• It’s Tebow Time at Willowdale Chapel. Willowdale is hosting the Tim Tebow Foundation’s “Night to Shine” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb 12. “Night to Shine” was created to provide a prom experience for people with special needs at host churches across the country during the same evening. Last February this event took place at 44 churches in 26 states and three countries. To make this night a success, Willowdale Chapel needs the support and time from individual volunteers and businesses. Photo booths, salons, makeup artist, manicurists, popcorn machines, karaoke, limos, jewelry and more are just some of the things requested for the night.  Willowdale Chapel invites local special needs teens and young adults to register to attend at: https://willowdalechapel.ccbchurch.com/form_response.php?id=179 For more information, visit: http://www.willowdalechapel.org/events/event/night-to-shine/.

• In an effort that began 10 years ago, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library has accomplished a significant milestone: 60,000 objects in the Winterthur collection have been catalogued or re-catalogued and made available to the public through Winterthur’s Online Collections. In late summer of 2005, Winterthur welcomed new collections management software, and more than 70 staff and volunteer cataloguers began the process of cataloguing or re-cataloguing the entire collection of nearly 90,000 objects. With the help of many grants, approximately 16,000 ceramics, 14,500 metals, 11,000 textiles and needlework 3,500 prints and maps, 3,200 glass objects, 3,000 pieces of furniture, as well as architectural elements, paintings, tools, toys and games, works on paper, and more have been catalogued. In addition, nearly 152,000 digital images have been added to Winterthur’s collection database. Winterthur’s Online Collections can be accessed at http://museumcollection.winterthur.org.

• The Phoenixville Area Police Athletic League and the Penn State Extension/Chester County 4-H program are working together to host a one-day babysitting training class at the Phoenixville Middle School February 15,2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   The class is open to new and experienced babysitters, 11 to 16 years old, and will focus on basic caregiver techniques and rules, first aid and safety. A licensed, professional emergency medical technician will provide an overview of first aid and CPR techniques. The cost for the class is $10, which includes an activity book, course certification and a snack.  Students should bring their own lunch. The cost of the class is $10. Pre-registration is required. The deadline to register is Feb. 8, but space is limited to 30 spots so early registration is encouraged. To register or for more information, contact Toni Stuetz at the 4-H office 610-696-3500 email: tstuetz@psu.edu. Payment will be collected at the beginning of class.

•  West Chester University is one of only three public institutions in Pennsylvania to be named recently to the 2016 “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. The university was also listed as one of the “Best College Values Under $30,000 a Year” in 2015, a list Kiplinger’s did not generate this year. Penn State University Park and the University of Pittsburgh are the only other public institutions in Pennsylvania to make this year’s list.

• The Chester County Historical Society has rental space available on its third floor for lease starting in March 2016. The space is approximately 950 square feet and includes one large office, two satellite offices, a kitchenette and restrooms. Tenants can expect reasonable rental rates, friendly CCHS neighbors, and a short walk into downtown West Chester. If you or someone you know is looking for a place for their small business, organization, contact Lauren Hoyer, venue sales and marketing manager, at lhoyer@chestercohistorical.org or call 610-692-4800.

 

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