Around Town May 26

• Chadds Ford Township supervisors have scheduled a hearing for a special events ordinance for 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, the night of the supervisors’ regular June meeting. A copy of the draft ordinance can be found here.

• The annual Memorial Day ceremony at Brandywine Baptist Church is set for 8:45 a.m. on Monday, May 30. The event includes various color guards, music, a 21-gun salute, the placing of flowers on veterans’ graves, and a benediction. This year’s speaker is Andrew Outten, director of education at Brandywine Battlefield Park.

• Kennett Square’s annual Memorial Day parade is scheduled for Monday, May 30, beginning at 10 a.m. The hometown parade honors the community's local veterans, past and present. More than 100 units will march in the two-hour parade. The route runs from Kennett High School on South Street to Union Hill Cemetery on North Union Street.

• The Kennett Area Senior Center sponsors Zumba classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with professional instructor Kim Malone. The class is open to teens through seniors. Come check out a class for an $8 drop-in fee, or just sign up for a 10-class session at a fee of $59 for adults, and $49 for ages 15 and younger. The Kennett Area Senior Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 610-444-4819 or visit here.

William Merritt Chase (1849-1916). The Tow Path, Bequest of Richard M. Scaife, 2016

William Merritt Chase (1849-1916). The Tow Path, Bequest of Richard M. Scaife, 2016

• The June 1 Gallery Talk at the Brandywine River Museum is entitled “Terra No Longer Incognita.” The event is free with museum admission and begins at 2 p.m. Discover paintings by eminent American artists such as William Merritt Chase, John La Farge, Martin Johnson Heade and others introduced to the museum by the recent Richard M. Scaife Bequest, in a talk by Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator.

• On June 9, the Chadds Ford Historical Society will hold a Tavern Talk on herbs and potions. The discussion will explore the many uses of herbs, such as in food, gardens, poisons, remedies, and even in your cocktail. During this month’s Tavern Talks, guests will have the opportunity to “brew” their own potion, sip on “herby” drinks by the Mix Specialists, discover herbal remedies from Poseidon Ponds & Gardens, taste some edible flowers, and unearth the hidden meanings of plants and more. Participants must be 21 to attend and buy tickets in advance. Admission is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Tickets are available over the phone, in person or online as space is limited.

• Join St. Anthony’s Church as it celebrates the art, culture, traditions and excitement of the Renaissance Italy in Wilmington during St. Anthony’s Italian Festival, June 12-19. Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine, music, rides, amusements, parades and more – fun for the whole famiglia. For details and event information, go here. The GPS location is 901 N DuPont St. Wilmington, DE 19805 or the intersections of West Ninth or West 10th streets and North DuPont or North Lincoln streets.

• Hedgerow Theatre will present a Contemporary Short Stack Showcase on Wednesday, June 1. The showcase will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be performed by Penelope Reed’s adult ensemble acting class. The evening will feature a program of short one-acts, and will include “Sorry Wrong Number” by Lucille Fletcher, two monologues from Edgar Lee Master’s “Spoon River Anthology”; a scene from Nancy Beckett’s “The Women Here Are No Different”; a scene from Willy Russell’s “Shirley Valentine” and three new 10-minute scripts written by Margie Royal. Performers will include Cathy Baum, Barbara Bibby, Annette Brandolini, Janean Clare, Michael Huhn, Juliet Grey Kelsey, Leslie Norton and Susan Wefel. The theatre is located at 64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley, Pa. The evening is pay-what-you will; donations are welcome. For more information, call 610-565-4211 or go here.

• More than 50 percent of people calling Chester County in need of shelter are being turned away right now. Those who want to learn more about what can be done to remedy the problem are invited to an upcoming community conversation hosted by Decade to Doorways, the county’s plan to end homelessness. A new Vulnerability Index Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool will be among the topics of discussion. The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 15, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the third-floor cafeteria at the Government Services Center Building, 601 Westtown Road in West Chester. Registration is not required; contact Lauren Hutzel with any questions at

• A Mass Care Shelter Exercise on Saturday, June 18, is in need of volunteers – and they can even include pets. Chester County is seeking residents to play shelter clients as part of an emergency drill that would occur during a time of crisis. Unless the pets are service animals, they would be sheltered in a trailer designed specifically for that purpose. The exercise will take place on Saturday, June 18, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Valley Forge Middle School. To register by June 1, go here.

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