Around Town April 20

Darlington Arts Center of Garnett Valley is celebrating the arts in the community with A Toast to the Arts on Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. This annual event, to be held at the Concord Country Club, provides an opportunity to showcase the students and programs at Darlington Arts Center with performances in dance and instrumental music. The afternoon schedule also features live music by Brandywine Jazz and R&B plus a silent auction. Tickets may be purchased online via the Art Center at

• A new Rotary Club is forming in the Kennett Square area. It is designed for busy professionals and has less time and financial commitment than a traditional weekly Rotary Club. The new club is called Kennett ARC and will meet just twice per month. One meeting will be a Sunday Brunch, and one meeting will be a hands-on service project. This month Sunday Brunch will be at Two Stones Pub in Kennett Square on Sunday, April 23 at noon. The service project this month will be helping Longwood Rotary Club to load medical supplies for shipment overseas at PROJECT CURE in West Grove on Saturday, April 29. To attend Sunday Brunch or help with future service projects or to learn more about Rotary, please contact club Chairperson Aimee Bower at 302-897-4198 or

• On Tuesday, April 25, RRMM Lukmire Architects will present to the community their final Visioning report for the new Library/Community Center. Included in the presentation will be details about space planning for the borough offices, community center and the library and an initial design concept. The presentation will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the atrium at the Genesis Building at 101 East State Street in Kennett Square.

• Families and caregivers of individuals with intellectual disabilities are invited to an important information session on saving workshops as a choice for individuals. The session is 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26 at St. Anastasia Church, 3301 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, 19073 (in the social room below the church). The program is free and open to family members of clients at Melmark, Handi-crafters, Elwyn's workshops including Bridgewater and Lansdowne, the Divine Providence programs and any program that is impacted by new waiver regulations. The forum is also open to support staff and families who have students transitioning from high school and might want to consider a workshop option. The meeting is free. To gauge seating and handout material, we ask that you RSVP by sending an email to

The West Chester Oil Festival is Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30.

• The West Chester Film Festival has announced the final selection for the 13th annual International Short Film Festival, held in West Chester. This year’s Fest will take place Friday, April 28 through Sunday, April 30. Filmgoers will enjoy a mix of comedy, drama, animation, art/experimental, and documentary short films in each two-hour film block. The line-up includes more than 70 films and is arguably the most impressive in the festival’s history, including the Hungarian film Sing, this year’s Oscar winner for Best Live Action Short, among several other Academy Award Nominees. To see the full line-up of films, workshops, venues, and events for this year, please see the website at or send an e-mail to

• Chadds Ford Township will officially open the Harvey Run Trail at 11 a.m. on April 29 in Potts Meadow on Route 1 at S. Creek Road.

• The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art will celebrate its 50th anniversary on the weekend of April 29 with a gala event and the opening of new walking trails around the village of Chadds Ford. A year of celebrations continues with a major retrospective art exhibition of the work of Andrew Wyeth—the largest ever organized by the Museum—plus a variety of special programs and activities reflecting the organization’s commitment to art and the natural environment.

• Brandywine Ace, Pet & Farm, in Pocopson Township is taking Ace’s 2017 “grill your Ace off” theme to a new level. On Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ed Mallard, Alex Pyle, and Calixto Vazquez will be in keen competition to be named the store’s top chef as they grill a variety of meats and vegetables on Big Green Egg, Traeger, and Weber grills. The public is invited to stop by and taste test and then cast their vote.


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