F.Y.I. – Nov. 2016

Things worth knowing

Art Loop Expansion

More than 20 businesses on Wilmington’s West Side are participating in the U./Linc. Art Loop—on Union and Lincoln Streets—as an extension of downtown’s Art on the Town on Friday, Nov. 4. Participants can explore restaurants, small businesses, and interactive community spaces on Union Street and surrounding areas from 5-9 p.m.

Participating locations include 8th & Union, Dead Presidents, Locale BBQ Post, Mrs. Robino’s, North Quarter Creole, Skypointe Church, Flowers by Yukie and more. Exhibits include local artists, a paint night, and spoken word performances.

A map with more details and locations is available on westsidegrows.org/artloop.com.

Delaware Antiques Show

The 53rd annual Delaware Antiques Show, Nov. 11–13 at the Chase Center on the Wilmington Riverfront, brings 60 of the country’s most distinguished dealers, who will present American antiques and decorative arts, including furniture, paintings, rugs, ceramics, silver, jewelry and more. Honorary chairs include Gov. Jack Markell and First Lady Carla Markell, and honorary co-chair and keynote speaker Reinier Baarsen. The opening night party is Thursday, Nov. 10, from 5-9 p.m., and includes cocktails and early exclusive shopping.

For the weekend schedule—lectures, presentations and more—visit the website winterthur.org/das. For tickets and ticket prices, visit the site or call 800-448-3883.

DCH Receives State Grant Award

The Delaware Center for Horticulture has been awarded a two-year grant of $150,000 from the State of Delaware’s Attorney General and Criminal Justice Council to support DCH’s Return to Work: Growing New Opportunities in Horticulture program. The funds will be awarded through the newly-created State Reentry Funding Program, supporting nonprofits for the development or continuation of reentry programs that sustain an individual’s transition into the community.

“We are so proud to be among the first recipients of the CJC’s grant program, which serves as a testament to the strength of our now seven-year old Return to Work Program,” said Vikram Krishnamurthy, DCH executive director. “This funding will provide additional programmatic stability and allow us to provide horticultural on-the-job skills training to more individuals, translating to greater job prospects and opportunity for those we serve.”

Since 2009, DCH’s Return to Work Program has hired and trained unemployed individuals, including veterans and recently released incarcerated men and women, for entry-level positions in the landscaping and horticulture industry. As of August, 60 men and women successfully completed Return to Work training, and two-thirds of the graduates went on to secure employment. The CJC funding will allow for the continuation of job placement services and support the development of two new program tracks: an educational track to support candidates in pursuing a formal degree, and small business training to support entrepreneurs in starting new businesses.

Light Spectacular

From Nov. 18-Jan. 1, drive through Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes to witness two miles of the Light Spectacular holiday show, which includes more than 60 displays. Enjoy the fun at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, too, which will transform into a Christmas Village that includes an ice skating rink, live music, indoor holiday workshops, and Santa and carnival rides, including a Ferris wheel. The event kicks off Friday, Nov. 18, with a 5K run and two-mile walk around Light Spectacular, followed by an opening night party at Lewes’ Crooked Hammock Brewery.

Vehicle tours of Light Spectacular begin the next day, starting at 5 p.m. Tours run Thursdays through Sundays until Dec. 21. From then until Jan. 1, Light Spectacular will be open every night. Admission is $15 for cars, $30 for vans, and $50 for buses. Discounts are available in advance for groups bringing multiple vehicles. For more information, go to visitsoutherndelaware.com.

Motivate the First State

The Motivate the First State campaign was developed in collaboration with the Governor’s Council on Health Promotion and Disease prevention as part of its ongoing efforts to improve health in Delaware. This program helps Delaware residents turn their activities into charitable contributions that help their communities. Whether it’s jogging your neighborhood streets, cycling the Brandywine Valley, mowing your lawn, or countless other pursuits, every time you get out and get active you’ll benefit your own well-being and a Delaware charity, like the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware, the YMCA of Delaware, and Special Olympics Delaware. And it’s free to participate. Create a profile on the Plus 3 online wellness portal. Log onto the portal and record your activity. Select from pre-set activity descriptions or upload data from your Fitbit, smartphone, or GPS unit.
For more information, visit motivatethefirststate.com.