Things worth knowing

Take on Summer
YMCA program offers free teen memberships

This summer, the YMCA of Delaware is offering free memberships for underserved teens of Wilmington, ages 13-18. The Take On Summer program will be available at the Central and Walnut Street YMCAs through Aug. 31. A schedule of activities and special events will include access to workout facilities, basketball, art, a free lunchtime meal, swim lessons and more.

Zipcar Comes to Wilmington
It’s the world’s largest car sharing service

Last month, Mayor Dennis Williams joined members of the City Council and the local business community to cut the ribbon and celebrate the grand opening of Zipcar in Wilmington. With more than 900,000 members and offering nearly 10,000 vehicles throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and many other locations, Zipcar is the world’s most prominent car sharing service.

For Wilmington, residents will be able to reserve cars with Zipcar’s mobile app, online or by phone at any time, immediately or up to a year in advance.

Delaware Student Takes His Show on the Road
17-year-old Sam Wernerd to tour with the 2015 School of Rock AllStars

Last month, Sam Wernerd, a 17-year-old keyboard player and student at the Wilmington School of Rock, was selected to be a member of the 2015 School of Rock AllStars. Wernerd will tour with the group this summer, performing at major festivals such as Lollapalooza in Chicago, and Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, Conn.

Since joining the School of Rock at age 10, Wernerd stood out among his classmates. He was chosen from thousands of students from more than 150 School of Rock locations worldwide to represent the top 1 percent in the music education program.

Second Saturday Poets Set for July 11
Monthly literary event is at Jackson Inn

The monthly Second Saturday Poets get-together will take place on July 11 at the Jackson Inn on Lancaster Pike, Wilmington. Featured readers will be Greg Wright and Richard Peabody.

Wright, who bases much of his work on Rudyard Kipling’s form and style, is retired, and reads at open mic and other poetry venues in Delaware, the Florida Keys, Hawaii and “ports unknown.” Peabody is the founder and co-editor of Gargoyle Magazine and editor or co-editor of 23 anthologies. A native of Washington, D.C., he taught fiction writing at Johns Hopkins University for 15 years.

All poets and writers are invited to participate in the open mic portion of the evening. The program begins at 5 p.m. and ends at about 7.