Around Town April 14

• Sue Madway Levine, a teacher and author of the children’s book series “Susie’s Shoesies” won a gift basket of wine and guest passes from The Chaddsford Winery courtesy of Chadds Ford Live. Levine won the basket in a drawing at the Bryn Mawr Trust bank in Chadds Ford in March when Chadds Ford Live was the bank’s Business of the Month. (See photo above.) Levine’s book series consists of eight books aimed at readers from 8 to12 years old. For more information on the series, go here.

• The Chadds Ford Gallery launches a new exhibit, My World - Chapter Three, featuring the works of watercolorist Ray Hendershot, on Friday, April 15, beginning at 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 1.

• State Rep. Stephen Barrar will host a Chester County Veterans ID event at the Kennett Area Senior Center on Wednesday, April 20, at 1 p.m. This program will provide photo identification cards to Chester County veterans that will allow them to receive local discounts and benefits at businesses throughout the county. Bring your DD214 or any other military discharge paper. Contact Rick Loughery at 610-344-6330 or on the website if you have any questions.

Project Fusion, a saxophone quartet, will perform at the Brandywine River Museum of Art on Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m

Project Fusion, a saxophone quartet, will perform at the Brandywine River Museum of Art on Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m

• The Brandywine River Museum of Art presents Music on the Brandywine: Project Fusion, a saxophone quartet, on Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. Project Fusion won the 2015 Astrals’ National Audition. Project Fusion actively takes part in outreach and arts advocacy programs throughout the country. The ensemble presents convocations, clinics, and workshops in numerous K-12 schools, as well as residencies and master classes at colleges and universities throughout the Midwest and East Coast. Project Fusion is also dedicated to public arts outreach, and has presented recitals and educational programs in retirement communities, libraries, churches and civic centers. Advance tickets cost $15 for non-members, $12 for members, and $8 for students through April 18. Prices then increase to $25, non-members; $20, members; and $10, students. Purchase tickets online here.

• Saturday, April 23, is the annual recycling day and spring read cleanup in Chadds Ford Township. Collections will begin at 9 a.m. and end promplty at 1 p.m. The township has hired vendors to collect the following: nonperishable food items, gently-used furniture and clothing, old documents for shredding, certain electronics and small hazardous-free appliances, light bulbs and batteries, propane tanks and used gas cans (without the gas). Roadside cleanup begins at 8 a.m. Meet at the township building for gloves, vests and trash bags.

• Chester County was chosen as one of 20 counties in Pennsylvania to implement a five-year pilot process whereby a portion of Human Services’ funding would be administered as a block grant.  Chester County has drafted the fiscal year 2016-17 plan for the fifth-year implementation of the pilot process, which must be submitted to the Department of Public Welfare by June 2016. Two hearings will be held to solicit public comment on the draft: Monday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m., at the
 Chester County Government Services Center,
601 Westtown Rd., Suite 170, in
West Chester, and Tuesday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the
Brandywine Health Center Conference Room,
744 E. Lincoln Highway, in
Coatesville. Anyone interested in submitting comments should email the Department of Human Services at cchumanservices@chesco.org by April 22.

• The 12th annual West Chester Film Festival will take place Friday, April 22, through Sunday, April 24. Filmgoers will enjoy a mix of comedy, drama, animation, art/experimental and documentary in each of the seven unique film screenings. Each two-hour screening is shown twice throughout the weekend, once at the Chester County Historic Courthouse at 2 N. High Street and again at the Chester County Historical Society at 225 N. High Street. The West Chester Film Festival is a nonprofit organization that relies on the financial support of its dedicated, local sponsors and the personal time and labor of volunteers for its success. To see the full lineup of films, workshops and other festival events for this year, visit www.westchesterfilmfestival.com or send an email to info@westchesterfilmfestival.com

• The Young Friends of the Brandywine will host their 20th annual Brandywine River Cleanup on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event helps to ensure cleaner water for communities that rely on the Brandywine as a source for their drinking water a healthier habitat for wildlife, and a safer environment for recreational activities. More than 500,000 residents in Pennsylvania and Delaware rely on the Brandywine as the source of their drinking water. To volunteer for the cleanup, please contact Kathy Smith at ksmith@brandywine.org or 610-388-8315. Volunteers are asked to come to the Environmental Management Center at the Brandywine River Museum of Art at 9 a.m. to register and be divided into teams, which will clean sections of the riverbanks.

• Christiana Care Health System is offering a free program designed to reduce the risk of falls and increase physical activity among older adults. “A Matter of Balance” is an evidence-based program that uses volunteer coaches to teach participants how to overcome their fear of falling, increase their strength and balance and improve their environment. “A Matter of Balance” is a series of eight weekly classes, 1 to 3 p.m., May 4 until June 23, at the Christiana Hospital in Newark. For more information or to register for the free classes in New Castle or Kent counties, contact Susan Fox at (302) 255-9690 or susan.fox@state.de.us.

• Want to turn your yard into a beautiful landscape, but don't know where to start? Let Mt. Cuba Center offer professional guidance through its new Home Landscaping Basics series. Participants will learn how to solve common landscaping problems, select plants that thrive in your location, and add design elements that make your space unique. Sign up for the session you need, or all three. The first session, Getting Started, will be held on Sunday, April 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. To register, go here.

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