Around Town Dec. 22

• The annual Christmas Eve party at Leader Sunoco is this Saturday, Dec. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Brandywine Baptist Church welcomes everyone to celebrate Christmas. The celebration begins 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, with favorite carols and the message of the birth of Christ at a special candlelight service. Pastor Marcos Almonte also welcomes you to a Christmas morning worship service featuring special music and the story of the event that changed the world at 10:30 a.m.

Heidi Hayes is scheduled to perform at Darlington Arts Center on Saturday, Jan. 7.

Heidi Hayes is scheduled to perform at Darlington Arts Center on Saturday, Jan. 7.

• Performing artist Heidi Hayes comes to Darlington Arts Center for an evening of cabaret on Saturday, Jan. 7 as part of their 2016-2017 Coffee House Concert Series. Hayes returns to Darlington following a sold-out performance in 2015. Hayes will be performing songs of her own arrangement as well as jazz standards and cabaret classics by Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Woody Guthrie, and much more. The evening begins with an open mic at 7:30 p.m. followed by Heidi Hayes at 8. Tickets are $15 per person or $40 for a special 4-pack of tickets. Free coffee, tea, and desserts are included with tickets; this event is BYOB—corkscrew provided. Advance purchase is recommended. Tickets can be purchasing online at or by calling 610-358-3632.

• Discovery Days: Extreme Habitats, comes to the Delaware Museum of Natural History beginning Dec. 27. The exhibit showcases some of the planet's extreme habitats: the rainforest and the Arctic tundra. Activities include themed children's movies, face painting, scavenger hunts, food trucks and more. With different themes every day, families can spend winter break with activities for kids of all ages, including the current special exhibit, Arctic Adventure & Rainforest Explorers. Admission is $5 for members, $9 for nonmembers, and free for sustaining members and children younger than 3.

• Members of Brandywine Business Network collected $1222 to donate to Operation Warm, a Chadds Ford organization dedicated to providing new coats to children who might not otherwise have them. Accepting the check on behalf of Operation Warm is Brandon Smith on the right. The check will buy coats for half of the students in Stetser Elementary School in Chester. Other organizations are collecting funds so that all of the students in that school will get a new coat.

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