Around Town Jan. 12

• The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, January 14, through Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,

It's chocolAte time
It's chocolAte time

• It’s chocolate time again. Sunday, Feb. 12 is the Chocolate Lovers Festival benefitting the United Way of Southern Chester County. Hundreds of chocolate treats including cakes, brownies, candies, cookies and cupcakes will be available for tasting at this festival held at Kennett High School. Visitors may sample as many chocolate items as they wish. General admission starts at 1 p.m. and costs $10 per person. It includes six tastings (special deal of $30 for a family of four).  General admission parking is $5. Want to avoid the crowd? Connoisseur tickets allow for admission at noon for a private hour of wandering the aisles of chocolate. That cost is $25 per person or $45 for two people (includes beverages and parking). For advance tickets and more information, go to

• Kennett area community leaders, educators and other caring individuals will serve as guest and celebrity bartenders for an event in support of After-The-Bell at the Kennett Brewing Company on Jan. 18 from 6-9 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. All tips provided to the guest bartenders will be donated to After-The-Bell. Guest bartenders include former Kennett Square Mayor Leon Spencer, Longwood Rotary President Tim Raynes and a number of representatives of Kennett Square businesses. After-The-Bell is a private, not-for-profit after-school program operated by the Kennett After-School Association (KASA) and open to all middle school students in the Kennett Consolidated School District at no cost to any student and at no direct cost to taxpayers.

Stroud Preserve (Courtesy Mae Axelrod)
Stroud Preserve (Courtesy Mae Axelrod)

Natural Lands Trust is teaming up with REI’s All Out 2017 campaign to inspire everyone to get outside. On Saturday, Jan. 28, people may spend their afternoon with NLT exploring the landscape of Stroud Preserve. Hike scenic trails on your own or join a guided walk to learn about the history and wildlife of this iconic property. After the hike, enjoy sweet treats with Natural Lands Trust staff and volunteers. The event is free and runs from 1-3 p.m. Register online at

• On Tuesday, Feb. 14, and again on Feb. 21, there will be a public safety forum with police representatives from state and local police. Those representatives include State Police Lt. Richard D’Ambrosio, Lt. William Holdsworth, from Kennett Square, and Kennett Township Police Chief Lydell Nolt. Both sessions begin at 10 a.m. The Feb. 14 meeting in will be in the William Penn Auditorium at Crosslands; the following week’s meeting will be in the auditorium at Kendal at Longwood.  Questions for the police may be submitted in advance by ending them to For more information, call 610-388-2874, ext. 124.

First State Ballet Theatre presents “Elegant Souls: A Triple Bill” at the Baby Grand on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19. Saturday’s performance is at 7 p.m., Sunday’s is at 2 p.m. Tickets range in price from $25 to $50. The program includes Walpurgis Night, Elegant Souls, and the Grand Pas from Raymonda. For tickets, call 1-800-37-GRAND or visit


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