Community Calendar

Apr
26
Fri
West Chester Film Festival – Fri. Sat. Sun.
Apr 26 all-day
Kuerner Farm Plein Air Day @ Brandywine River Museum of Art
Apr 26 @ 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Get all-day access to Kuerner Farm, a National Historic Landmark, where Andrew Wyeth found intriguing subjects for hundreds of tempera paintings, watercolors and drawings for more than 70 years. Artists working in all media are invited to explore the property where they can sketch, paint or photograph. Gain insight into Wyeth’s creative process on an optional guided tour. Participants will meet at the Brandywine River Museum of Art parking lot at 9:15 a.m. before driving their own vehicles to the farm. Water and bathrooms are available at the site. Participants are responsible for providing all art materials.

Pat McGee – Friday & Saturday @ Kennett Flash
Apr 26 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Doors 7pm
Show 8pm
$25 All Tickets

Bio’s are, well, boring and who’s got time to read boastful facts about a musician.

So, here’s the scoop on Pat McGee…

Cart Before The Horse. Always.

October of 1994 McGee, books a studio to record his debut album. One, small concern, he wasn’t written a single original song, ever. “I’ll figure it out” has always been his mentality. Pat’s first two songs he penned that fall in the mid-nineties are, still to this day, the crowd favorites, “Rebecca” & “Haven’t Seen For A While”.

Honest, from the heart songwriting with musical influences deeply rooted in classic rock is prevalent throughout his entire 10, soon to be 11 album catalog. His first obsessions were the guitar driven styles of Eric Clapton, Allman Brothers Band & Grateful Dead paired with the Laurel Canyon singer-songwriters scene such as Jackson Browne and James Taylor.

Apr
27
Sat
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Apr 27 all-day

Chester County participates in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Additional temporary prescription drug disposal sites to be added to Chester County’s 26 permanent drug disposal locations on Saturday, April 27th

Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services is spreading community awareness for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day taking place this Saturday, April 27th. Organized nationwide by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides temporary local sites for safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications.

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27th, temporary prescription drug disposal sites will be set up throughout Chester County, in locations including Avondale, Coatesville, Downingtown, Paoli and West Grove.  Find a location near you

Prescription drug misuse is an ever-growing epidemic not only in Chester County, but across the nation.  Commonly misused prescription drugs fall into three different categories which include opioids, which are pain relievers and have a similar chemical make up as heroin; sedatives, which are used to treat anxiety and depression; and stimulants, which increase attention, energy, blood pressure, heart rate and breathing rate.

“In order to decrease first time use of prescription drugs, it is imperative to begin with prevention efforts,” said Vince Brown, Director of the Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services.  “In addition to education and awareness, prescription drug misuse prevention includes locking up or monitoring prescription medications that are in the home and disposing of any unneeded or expired prescription medications at a medication collection box.”

Prescription painkillers such as Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycodone, Fentanyl, and Morphine, among others, are in the opioid classification of prescription drugs. Opioid prescription drugs essentially have the same chemical make-up as heroin, which means they affect the brain and body the same. Opioid prescription drugs have had a large hand in the opioid and heroin epidemic which our county, as well as our country, is currently facing.

Chester County remains committed to tackling the opioid and heroin epidemic through intensive prevention, education, treatment and law enforcement measures, coordinated by its Overdose Prevention Task Force.  To learn more information, or to get involved, log onto the Overdose Prevention Task Force website, StopODChesco.org, or download the Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services Opioid Epidemic Community Tool Kit, here.

Collection boxes for prescription drugs in Chester County are at 26 permanent locations, and for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 27th an additional 6 temporary locations will be established.  For a full list of permanent locations, go to www.chesco.org/DrugandAlcohol, and for temporary locations, go to www.DEA.gov.

 

 

 

Pennsbury Annual Yard Sale
Apr 27 all-day
Civic Association Spring Clean Up
Apr 27 @ 8:00 AM

The Civic Association Spring Roadside Clean Up in conjunction with Township Community Day will be held at 8:00 a.m. on April 27. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Chadds Ford Township Building at 10 Ring Road. Traash bags and gloves will be provided. Support the civic Association Food Drive by bringing canned food and non perishable food items to drop off.

Chester County Single Mothers’ Conference 2019 @ Henderson High School
Apr 27 @ 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The Chester County Single Mothers’ Conference, sponsored by Benchmark Federal Credit Union, takes place Saturday, April 27 at Henderson High School in West Chester from 9am – 3pm. Childcare, lunches and giveaways are included in this FREE conference devoted to encouraging, educating and empowering single moms in their role as main provider for the family. New this year: An Employment Fair featuring more than 20 employers offering a sustainable living wage. Free legal and financial clinics are also available, plus a Resource Fair, networking with other single moms, and more opportunities than ever to be pampered with our manicurist, hair stylists and massages. The conference is organized by the Chester County Community Collaborative.

To register for free, become a volunteer or exhibitor, visit https://singlemotherscc.org/

For more information, call 484-876-1582 or e-mail singlemothersconference@gmail.com.

Follow the Single Mothers’ Conference on Facebook: SingleMothersCC

Race Against Violence
Apr 27 @ 9:00 AM
Garden Growers 5-Part Series @ Stateline Woods Preserve
Apr 27 @ 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Celebrate the 2019 Longwood Gardens Community Read with TLC as we jump into community gardening!  Seedfolks, by Paul Fleischman, tells the story of how a 9-year old girl’s simple act of planting lima bean seeds sparks 13 very different individuals from various ethnic backgrounds, cultures, and ages to come together to create a community garden. TLC’s new, 5-part series for children and young adults will introduce the basics of gardening and teach techniques for growing success. Participants will sprout seeds, transfer plants, tend the garden, and harvest produce. The end of the series will culminate in a garden feast!

Dates and Times:
Saturday, April 27, 2019: 9:30AM-10:30AM
Saturday, May 4, 2919: 11:30AM-12:30AM
Saturday, June 8, 2019: 9:30AM-10:30AM
Saturday, June 22, 2019: 9:30AM-10:30AM
Saturday, July 13, 2019: 12:00PM-1:00PM

Annual Instrumental Competition for Young Artists
Apr 27 @ 12:00 PM

The Kennett Symphony of Chester County will sponsor its annual Instrumental Competition for Young Artists on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 12:00 pm at the Kendal at Longwood Auditorium, Kennett Square, PA.  The competition is limited to twenty gifted young musicians in grades 9 to 12, each of whom will perform a classical composition or movement of a larger work for solo instrument and orchestra. The Young Artist Competitions provide an invaluable performance experience for these aspiring student musicians who have achieved a high level of proficiency.

The auditions are open to the public and are free of charge.  Each of the young musicians will be judged by a panel of professional musicians.  Three prizes will be awarded - first prize provides a $750 cash award and the opportunity for a solo performance with the Kennett Symphony, second prize is $300, and third prize is $100.

For information on how to apply, visit www.KennettSymphony.org, or contact the Kennett Symphony at 610-444-6363.

Celebrating its 78th season, the Kennett Symphony of Chester County is Chester County’s only fully professional symphony orchestra.  Based in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, the Symphony serves residents of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.  In addition to presenting varied and entertaining orchestral concerts, the Kennett Symphony encourages young musicians through annual Instrumental and Voice Competitions and its affiliation with the Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus.

 Kennett Symphony

610 444 6363

P O Box 72, Kennett Square, PA 19348

www.KennettSymphony.org

 

“Life is a Cabaret” Concert Benefit Friends Association
Apr 27 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

On Saturday, April 27th Friends Association for Care & Protection of Children will be hosting their annual “Life is a Cabaret: an Evening of Jazz and Broadway” concert to benefit the families and children at Friends Association located in Chester County at The Abbott’s Barn from 6.00 – 8.00 pm. Doors open at 5.30 pm.

“Those families who either are experiencing homelessness, or have been notified of eviction, are able to turn to Friends Association for family shelter or support in fending off eviction.  We are so appreciative of the musicians who donate their time and the attendees who enjoy the event  because their support assists struggling Chester County families who will benefit from housing stability, and guidance for financial independence,” said Jennifer Lopez, Friends Association Executive Director.

Think of a cabaret as a great meal that’s extravagant, prepared with great care, nutritious and good for the soul. During such a meal, one expects balance and variety–savory and sweet, familiar and perhaps unfamiliar with a variety of textures and flavors. The corollary in cabaret is that you want both familiar and unfamiliar songs, both humorous and serious songs, as well as songs of different tempos and styles.

Performing cabaret classics will be: Catherine Friedman, Joshua Graves and Heidi Starr, vocals; John Braceland, guitar; Rob Sparre, keyboard; Bobby Martin, drums; Frank Gwynn, bass; and Timothy Crawford, pianist.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres are included in the $75 ticket price.  Reserved tickets are available online at www.friendsassoc.org.  For further information, including becoming a program advertiser please contact Robin Meixner at r.meixner@friendsassoc.org.

Friends Association promotes the independence of families with children by providing shelter, programs and services that prevent and end homelessness in Chester County.  In 2018, Friends Association saved over 120 families and 270 children from homelessness.

Apr
28
Sun
Kuerner Farm Photography Evening @ Brandywine River Museum of Art
Apr 28 @ 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Get access to Kuerner Farm, a National Historic Landmark, where Andrew Wyeth found intriguing subjects for hundreds of tempera paintings, watercolors and drawings for more than 70 years. Photographers are invited to explore the property and may gain insight into Wyeth’s creative process on an optional guided tour. Participants will meet at the Brandywine River Museum of Art parking lot at 4:15 p.m. before driving their own vehicles to the farm. Water and bathrooms are available at the site. Participants are responsible for providing all equipment and materials

Films & Words Series – Metalhead @ Kennett Flash
Apr 28 @ 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Thanks to a generous donation from HADLEY PRESENTS, this event is FREE and open to the public. Due to venue capacity, people will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. RSVP for the event via Ticketfly. RSVPs are held until 15 minutes before showtime, at that time additional entries will be made based on capacity. Limit 2 RSVPs per person.

METALHEAD
Fueled by a remarkable breakout performance by actress Thora Bjorg Helga, director Ragnar Bragason’s intense drama of loss, faith, redemption, Megadeth and Judas Priest begins with a farming accident in the 1980’s that sends a young girl, Hera, and her parents into a tail-spin of grief over the death of her heavy metal music-obsessed older brother. A decade later and Hera is transformed into a sexy, surly headbanger and DIY musician, dressed in black leather and a Slayer t-shirt, clutching her dead brother’s electric guitar as she howls anthems of rage to a barn full of cows. Seemingly trapped in a haunted landscape of slaughterhouses and barren winter fields, making all the wrong choices in her life – including coming on to the local priest and sleeping with her platonic best friend – Hera slowly, painfully comes to terms with her family’s loss and the sound of her own true voice.

Nithya Rajendran
Born in India and raised throughout the US, Nithya Rajendran has spent nearly 20 years in music, film and television. Starting as a college representative for Sony Music Entertainment she went on to work for Capitol Records and Universal Music. During her time in the music industry, she toured twice with Ozzfest managing metal bands on Epic and Columbia Records additionally doing A&R for Epic’s metal department. Nithya is also a drummer having played with Philadelphia’s The Elevator Parade and various artists in New York City. She was the host of Brooklyn metal mecca, Saint Vitus, heavy metal karaoke to which she was the subject of a cover story for The Metro (circulation 12 million) in 2014. Switching gears back to her what was her original focus in film, Nithya now oversees the voiceover department for the Screen Actors Guild in New York City. She is a graduate of Drexel University where she studied music, film and gender studies.

Apr
30
Tue
Emergency Preparedness Class @ Rachel Kohl Community Library
Apr 30 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Learn what actions to take in all types of emergencies from the point of view of being at home, at work or just out-and-about. Presented by the Delaware County Department of Emergency Services. Registration required.

 

Evening Lecture: “Elizabeth the Queen: The Woman, the Family, the Life” @ Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Apr 30 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

April 30, 6:00 pm 

In Copeland Lecture Hall

Biographer Sally Bedell Smith parts the curtain and describes what Queen Elizabeth II is really like as a human being-a wife, a mother, a friend-along with the secrets to her effectiveness as a highly respected leader. Ms. Smith will share what she discovered about the Queen's life and reign that people either don't know about or fully appreciate. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember. Purchase tickets online or call 800.448.3883. *Costuming THE CROWN exhibition open until 6:00 pm.

Open Figure Studio @ Delaware College of Art and Design
Apr 30 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 30
Join artists of all skill levels from throughout the community for an uninstructed session with a live figure model. Participants may paint, draw or sculpt, but they must provide their own art supplies. No pre-registration required.
Cost: $10.
Contact: info@dcad.edu.
Get Rid of Migraines
Apr 30 @ 6:30 PM

Dr. Thomas Bianco explains how Gonstead can reduce and, in many cases, even eliminate your headaches and migraines. Joining him will be Siddiqa Salter, founder and director of The Institute of Loving, to demonstrate meditation techniques that can be used in any setting to ease the tension that accompanies these painful spells.

Date: Tuesday, April 30th

Time: 6:30pm

Place: Bianco Family Chiropractic (BFC)

220 Wilmington Pike Chadds Ford, PA 19317

Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express featuring Frank Gambale @ Kennett Flash
Apr 30 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

7pm Doors
8pm Show

$40 All Tickets

Brian Auger, the London born keyboard genius & musical pioneer, lauded and loved by everybody from Herbie Hancock to Mose Allison, from the Brand New Heavies to The Beastie Boys, whose tracks have been sampled by Mos Def, Common, Air and Kid Loco, and his original compositions covered by Sarah Vaughan, Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes and he is the proud recipient of a US Congressional Award For Services to Jazz!

For over fifty years, Brian Auger has been a musician’s musician. Jazz pianist, bandleader, session man, Hammond B3 innovator, and a key player in the rise of jazz/rock fusion, Brian has done it all and then some. An incredible gentleman with one of the most varied careers in music, he has incorporated jazz, early British pop, R&B, soul, and rock into an incredible catalog that has won him legions of fans all over the world.

May
1
Wed
Spring Garden Walk @ Brandywine River Museum of Art
May 1 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Join us for guided walk through the Brandywine River Museum of Art’s campus gardens and meadows. As the plant world awakens from its winter slumber, the green growth and flowers of early blooming plants is an exciting time in the garden. On this walk, see spring ephemerals, perennials and trees blooming, plus learn how these native plants function in a healthy ecosystem. This garden walk lasts approximately 45-60 minutes.

Lego Club @ Rachel Kohl Community Library
May 1 @ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Ages 4 and up -

The Art of Tim Wadsworth: A Solo Exhibition
May 1 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Art of Tim Wadsworth: A Solo Exhibition
At Barbara Moore Fine Art
Opening Reception from 5 PM to 8 PM
Wadsworth
May
2
Thu
Gentle Yoga, Year-Round @ Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
May 2 @ 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Try practicing yoga in a beautiful garden setting, strengthening your body and spirit. Our yoga class is open to all levels. We will practice slow, easy motions to get into the rhythm of nature. Led by Beth Sheehy. Bring Yoga mat, small towel, and a water bottle. Wear layers appropriate to the season. Classes are rain or shine.  Class will move outdoors as weather permits. Drop-in rate of $10.  No advance registration necessary.

Preschool Storytime @ Rachel Kohl Community Library
May 2 @ 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Weekly - Every Thursday

CFBA Monthly Meeting
May 2 @ 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Chadds Ford Business Association

Networking Meeting  11:45 - 1 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month.

Each month is a different location:  http://chaddsford.org/events/

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May
3
Fri
First Friday – Kennett, Wilmington, West Chester
May 3 @ 5:00 PM

Art Stroll Kennett Square

Art Stroll

 

Art Loop Wilmington

http://artloopwilmington.org/

 

First Friday West Chester

http://www.downtownwestchester.com/view_program.php?id=468

Kennett Square Golf & Country Club – Open House
May 3 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Tavern Nights: Liberty and Libations @ Chadds Ford Historical Society
May 3 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Join us for a Friday evening gathering (not a lecture!) exclusively for adults that focuses on unexplored aspects of early American history and culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations, and more. Tavern Nights takes place at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barns-Brinton House, an historic 1714 tavern, located next to the Chaddsford Winery at 630 Baltimore Pike. Admission is $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person or online as space is limited. All attendees must be 21 and older.

Our March program highlights the unexplored history of home brewing in the Colonial era. Guests will have the opportunity to watch beer historian Rich Wagner create a "sixthel" and demonstrate aspects of Colonial brewing with his "barrel of fun". Play some Colonial drinking (libation) games, all while learning about women brewsters with beer historian John Medkeff in the spirit of Women's History Month. Sample craft beers from local breweries and more!

May
4
Sat
Irish Music Festival
May 4 @ 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Love, Light, Hope
May 4 @ 7:30 PM
May
5
Sun
First Sunday For Families @ Brandywine River Museum of Art
May 5 @ 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Explore the Brandywine River Museum of Art inside and out through nature crafts, interactive discovery walks and lively musical performances from the award-winning duo, Two of a Kind, at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Observe Farm to Table Plein Air artists as they capture the beauty of the Brandywine landscape in paint. First Sundays for Families presents free, hands-on workshops designed to engage visitors of all ages in creative art activities and performances. No registration necessary.