Around Town Feb. 16

• The Uptown! Speaker Series opens its 2017 season at the Knauer Performing Arts Center on Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. The first speaker in the series will be Mike Huggins of Transformation Yoga Project. Huggins is the founder of the project, which offers, “healing through empowerment.” For a full listing of events, visit uptownwestchester.org.

• All Chester County veterans and veteran organizations are invited to attend a free breakfast, hosted by the Chester County Department of Veterans Affairs and Chester County Recorder of Deeds Rick Loughery. The event takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the VFW Post 106, 837 Lincoln Avenue in West Chester. The breakfast is free and will include a discussion facilitated by Veterans Affairs director Lawrence Davidson on all services available to veterans in the county.

• Saturday, Feb. 25 is a night of jazz at Unionville High School.  The 19th annual “Jazz Along the Brandywine” features 14 regional high school jazz bands performing a variety of styles from soul to swing to samba and runs from 6 to 11 p.m. Tickets for Jazz Along the Brandywine are $8 for adults; $6 for students and seniors. For more information, go to http://cavalcadeofbands.com/jazz/

• There will be a fundraiser bonfire on Saturday, March 4 to help preserve Beaver Valley. The event will be held at Ramsey’s Farm, 500 Ramsey Road in Wilmington, from 5-9 p.m. The money goes to the Brandywine Conservancy to be used towards the $8 million needed to secure the land. Admission is $10 per person, but children younger than 6 years old are admitted free. Tickets are sold at the event. No alcohol or pets. Food and event T-shorts will be available. The rain date is March 11. There will also be a fundraising event at Mrs. Robino’s Restaurant in Wilmington on March 8 from 5-8:30 p.m. A portion of the dinner bill will be donated and there will also be a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.

• Women interested in developing their leadership skills and empowering themselves in order to catapult up the professional ladder will gather on March 11, for the Junior League of Wilmington’s second annual Women’s Leadership Summit. The Summit will be held from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Executive Conference Center in Newark. Tickets are $115, $75 for students and military. Space is limited. Tickets will be on sale through March 3 at www.JLWWomensLeadershipSummit.org.

• In honor of Women’s History Month, the Brandywine River Museum of Art will present “Her America: Three Women Artists from the Phillips Collection” on three consecutive Wednesdays in March at 11 a.m. Presented by Associate Curator Amanda C. Burdan, each lecture will focus on one female artist whose work is on view in “From Homer to Hopper: Experiment and Ingenuity in American Art.” The exhibition is on view at the Museum from February 24 through May 21. The featured artists are: March 8, Georgia O’Keeffe; March 15, Doris Lee and on March 22, Grandma Moses. The series cost for the three lectures is $35 (members, $25). The price for individual lectures is $15 (members, $10).

• The Kennett Area Senior Center provides a free blood pressure screening on the second Thursday of each month. This service is provided by Neighborhood Health. In addition to KASC members, all seniors in the general public age 60 and up are invited to receive this important medical service.  No appointment is necessary.

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