Around Town Jan. 16

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The annual Chocolate Lovers Festival to benefit the United Way of Southern Chester County is Sunday, Jan. 26 at Unionville High School.

The Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival will be held Jan. 26 at Unionville High School. The Festival raises funds for the United Way of Southern Chester County. Tickets are on sale now at VIP ticket holders gain early entrance at noon. General admission opens at 1 p.m. Additional tasting tickets are available. Parking is free at our new location. The enormously popular “Year of Living Chocolate!” raffle is back. At $10 per ticket or $20 for three, you can be entered in a raffle to win a chocolate dessert monthly from different area bakers and chocolatiers starting in March of 2020. The raffle winner is announced on Valentine’s Day 2020. Raffle tickets are available online through the ticketing store as well as being sold at the festival.

PennDOT driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, Jan. 18, through Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Dinner and history lecture at The Gables on Jan. 21.

History buffs can learn about the Military Association of Pennsylvania, commonly known as the Pennsylvania Associators, during the Revolutionary Dining Series dinner 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at The Gables Restaurant on Route 1 in Pennsbury Township. The cost is $50. The Military Association of Pennsylvania was an unorthodox defense solution adopted in the autumn of 1747. From the time of the colony’s founding, Pennsylvania’s leadership had consistently proved dilatory in funding defensive measures. To register for the dinner, go here.

The Capital Focus Jazz Band performs Jan. 26 in Wallingford.

The award-winning student ensemble, The Capital Focus Jazz Band, performs at Tri-State Jazz Society’s concert at Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford, on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. No reservations; tickets at the door. Admission is $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers. For information, visit or call 856-720-0232.

Students from the Chester County Intermediate Unit schools raised more than $53,000 for needy families through the 2019 Holiday Hope Chest program. The event provided for a day of free shopping for Chester County residents in need. Holiday Hope Chest events were held at the TCHS Brandywine, Pennock’s Bridge and Pickering campuses, respectively, and the CCDC. More than 800 families benefited from the event at the four locations.

Delaware County is recruiting residents to join a national initiative geared towards encouraging individuals to volunteer to assist during disasters, mass care, and public health events. The Citizen Corps is a branch of Freedom Corps and offers both medical professionals and non-medically qualified volunteers the opportunity to receive free training and to be part of a team to support a broad range of emergency/disaster responses to help our fellow citizens in the county. This 2.5-hour training will cover the Citizen Corps background, mission, goals, service principles, and critical missions. Training is Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Delaware County Emergency Services, 360 N. Middletown Road in Media. For more details and a link to register can be found here.

Unionville High School hosts the Harlem Wizards on Feb. 7.

The Harlem Wizards are coming to Unionville High School gymnasium on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. This event is hosted by The Unionville-Chadds Ford Education Foundation. Tickets can be purchased before the event for $15 at Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $20. Special Courtside Plus tickets are also available for $40 and offer an up-close courtside experience during the game and a meet and greet with the players before the game begins.

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