Around Town May 2

It’s the Valley Jamboree coming to the Chadds Ford Historical Society on May 18 and 19. Enjoy spring’s warm weather with live music throughout each day. Kids will love the wide range of activities including a giant 60-foot bounce house, petting zoo, crafts tent, lawn games and a scavenger hunt. Food, wine and beer will be served by a number of different vendors. Gates open at 11 a.m. each day and the events run through 7 p.m. on May 18, and until 5 p.m. on May 19. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children 6-17, and free for younger children and Historical Society members. Click here to learn more.

State Rep. Stephen Barrar is hosting a seminar on Real ID, scheduled for Thursday, May 16 at Garnet Valley Middle School, 601 Smithbridge Road in Concord Townships, from 6-8 p.m.This seminar will offer community members the opportunity to view a thorough presentation from a PennDOT representative, with examples of acceptable and unacceptable documents, as well as ask any questions they may have regarding the program. Those who can’t attend the seminar are welcome to call Barrar’s office at 610-358-5925 and pose any questions they may have regarding Real ID.

Community Volunteers in Medicine will be the beneficiary of a music concert this Saturday in West Chester.

A concert to benefit Community Volunteers in Medicine is scheduled for Saturday, May 4 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center, 501 East Miner Street, West Chester. Enjoy an afternoon of good music for a good cause. Admission is free with the donation of a needed item per person. The O'Rourkes, an Irish Folk band performs from 2 to 3. Ryan Leahan, an R&B performer takes the stage at 3 and The Fainz, a Rock & Roll band performs from 4 to 5. This benefit concert is organized by Thomas McClure, a Boy Scout from Troop 31, for his Eagle Scout Project.

Sandra Burke, of Phoenixville, was appointed by the Chester County Commissioners as the new director of Chester County’s Department of Voter Services. She previously served as assistant director and interim director of Chester County Voter Services. Prior to her work at Voter Services, Burke held a senior managerial role at The Vanguard Group and was associate general counsel of Charles Schwab. Burke is a graduate of Santa Clara University and has a Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Darlington Arts Center is Toasting the Arts on Thursday, May 9, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. It’s billed as an evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres, live music and jazz celebrating arts in the community. For reservations, go here.

The Chester County Historical Society opens two new exhibits this month.

Chester County Historical Society launches two new exhibits on May 22. The Art of Industry features the traveling photography exhibit "I Am Coatesville Steel" sponsored by the Stewart Huston Charitable Trust and the National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum. Photos and an oral history video document the stories of Lukens Steelworkers. Nothing to See Here: Prohibition in Chester County: Prohibition in Chester County includes materials on how the 18thAmendment affected life in Chester County. For tickets — $12 for members and $15 for non-members — go here.

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