F.Y.I. – Oct. 2016


The Charles Parks Foundation will release a photo book about the world-renowned sculptor and proud Delawarean on Thursday, Oct. 27. With text by Pam George and photography by Kevin Fleming, the book honors Parks’ life and works. The book release ceremony will take place in the DuPont Environmental Education Center on the Wilmington waterfront from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Charles Parks Foundation is a non-profit founded in 2000 with the goal of keeping Parks’ collection in the state and ensuring his legacy. In 2011, Governor Jack Markell accepted the nearly 300-piece collection, along with Parks’ files, for the benefit of generations of Delawareans to come. The book, Charles Cropper Parks – The Man Behind the Art, costs $50. For more information, visit charlesparksbook.com.


Mattress Firm is partnering with Children & Families First (CFF) to launch its Foster Kids Program to provide necessities to foster youth and raise awareness of foster care. Mattress Firm has partnered with local nonprofits like CFF, which has helped support 3,000 families and more than 2,000 adoptions, to expand its outreach in Delaware and provide children with the tools they need to flourish. As a donation from the Mattress Firm, the CFF will receive clothing, school supplies and toys to distribute to those in need. The Delaware Mattress Firm is holding a shoe drive now through Oct. 31, and a Secret Santa Toy Drive from Tuesday, Nov. 1, to Sunday, Dec. 18. For more information, visit mattressfirm.com or cffde.org.


In late August, in a ceremony at AAA Mid-Atlantic headquarters on the Riverfront, Gov. Jack Markell signed House Bill 302, which doubles fines for drivers caught using a handheld device. It increased the civil penalty for a first offense from $50 to $100; for subsequent offenses penalties range from $200 to $300. The bill also increases the portion of the assessed fine that will go to support the Volunteer Ambulance Company Fund. Since 2014, Delaware State Police have issued an average of more than 12,000 citations a year to drivers using cell phones and other devices. According to the Delaware Office of Highway Safety, an average of 150 crashes a year in Delaware involve cell phone distractions.


Grab some friends and head to Harry’s Savoy Grill on Thursday, Oct. 20, for food, live music and an auction in support of the Greater Wilmington Boys & Girls Clubs. Featuring music by Cooke and Friends and cocktails for a cause, all proceeds will benefit the foundation’s mission to provide youth with educational opportunities and tools for success. The event is 6 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $60. For more information, visit bgclubs.org.


In celebration of National Park(ing) Day on Sept. 2, The Creative District Wilmington unveiled its 7th Street Art Bridge Park(let). National Park(ing) Day is an annual celebration where artists transform parking spaces into temporary public spaces, which the 7th Street “park(let)” will prolong as it continues to hold community events throughout the year. The art park will promote the Creative District’s goal to transform and unify urban areas around the City of Wilmington. For more information, visit creativedistrictwilm.com.


From Friday, Oct. 7, to Sunday, Oct. 16, experience Delaware’s role in the nationwide Craft Week as artists exhibit their works statewide. Participants include jewelers, sculptors, potters, painters and many more at venues throughout Delaware. Local artists will exhibit and/or sell their crafts, showcasing our state’s eclectic artistic community. Participants include Hagley Museum and Library, 2nd Act Antiques, Collectibles & Treasures, Mispillion Art League, Penn’s Place and more. No admission fee will be charged to exhibits and events. For more information, visit americancraftweek.com.


The Central YMCA will host its first-ever GRIT Games, a fitness competition open to the public to test strength, stamina, agility and power, on Saturday, Oct. 8. Entrants can compete individually or on a team in three events: In Runner’s Revenge, contestants complete as many repetitions as possible of several exercises at several stations; the Strength and Conditioning Match-Up includes clean and press, squats and more using a weighted bar; Explosion and Power Challenge involves box jumps, plyo pushups and more. Bring your own team or the YMCA can match you up that day. All athletes, from beginners to pros, are welcome. The competition starts at 9 a.m., and prices range from $30 to $40. An after party with beer and pizza will be held in the parking lot. For more information, visit ymcade.org.