CALENDAR

Thursday, April 3

Charles F. Patton Middle School is proud to present, “The Wizard of Oz”, with performances on April 3, 4 and 5. The cast and crew of over 90 talented students in grades 6-8 will bring the musical to life for Patton and the community in this the 75th Anniversary of the musical. Share in the magic and save the date for three fabulous performances on April 3 at 7 p.m., April 4 at 8 p.m. and April 5 at 2 p.m.. Show tickets are only $5 and can reserved in advance online at http://cfpms.ucfsd.org/wizard/ This is the second year that Ms. JoAnna Stump, an Earth/Space Science teacher at Patton, and her daughter Rebecca have led the production of a musical program at Patton. Charles F. Patton Middle School is located at 760 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

Friday, April 4

Journey “Under the Sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends on April 4, 5, 6, as the Jennersville YMCA’s Youth Theatre group performs the family favorite Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. at Penn’s Grove Middle School in Oxford.Tickets for all performances of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. are on sale now at the Jennersville YMCA, West Grove at the membership services desk; adults, $8.00; children, 12 and under, $6.00. For more information on the show call 610-869-9622. For more information on the theatre programs at the Jennersville YMCA, visit www.ymcabwv.org.

The Oxford Area Senior Center, 12 East Locust Street, will its spring Soup and Sandwich Day fund-raiser on Friday, April 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Homemade Chicken Corn and Vegetable Beef soups, homemade sandwiches, homemade desserts and drinks. All items priced at $2 or less. No reservations needed. Take-outs are available. For information, please call the Center at (610) 932-5244.

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Saturday, April 5

There will be a scrapbooking-card-making event at the Masonic Lodge in Oxford at 246 N. 3rd St., on April 5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The cost is $45 and includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and snacks. To register, contact Kristine Parkes at 610-279-4141 or visit www.oxfordnsc.org for online registration. Proceeds benefit Oxford Neighborhood Services Center.

Russellville Grange #91 will host its Sixth Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Upper Oxford Township Community Park on Catamount Road. Children 2 to 10 are invited to attend. Children ages 2 to 4 will hunt from 9:30 to 10:15. Children 5 to 10 will hunt from 10:30 to 11:15. The egg hunt will include prizes and fun for all. In case of heavy rain, the egg hunt will be held at the Russellville Grange #91 building on Route 896 one block north of Route 10.

On Saturday April 5 at Charles F. Patton Middle School, the Johnson family, along with members of the Unionville High School National Honor Society will host the 5th Annual Unionville Run For Our Sons 5K and 1.5 Mile walk and Family Fun day. This year’s event sponsor: The Law Offices of Tybout, Redfearn & Pell. Also, William H. Baillie Carpentry is supporting us for the fifth year in a row as a gold sponsor. The event is to raise awareness of Duchenne, a little known and often-misunderstood genetic disorder, and to raise funds on behalf of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD). PPMD is a national nonprofit organization started in 1994 by parents of young men diagnosed with Duchenne.

A native of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, Jason Buckwalter, American baritone, will present a free recital on Saturday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., at the Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church. All Hadley programs are free and open to the public. The church is handicalpped accessible. For more information please contact : www.Hadleyfund.org, or 610-444-1855.

Sunday, April 6

Today is the 72nd running of the Brandywine Hills Point to Point at the Myrick Conservation Center on Route 842, three miles east of Unionville or six miles west of West Chester. Gates open at 11 a.m.. First race is at noon. Join us for fun and exciting races, a parade of the hounds, and many children’s activities. Admission is $20.

Family Program at the Brandywine River Museum: Creative Cat-ventures. Sunday, April 6, 10 a.m. to noon Take an imaginative journey as local artist Karl J. Kuerner reads from his series of children’s books about Ike, an adventurous cat who enjoys exploring. The reading will be followed by a book signing featuring Ike at Night, Ike Takes Flight, and the newly-released Ike at Sea, all available in the museum shop. In honor of Ike, make your own creative cat-themed art project. This program is included with museum admission, free on Sunday mornings until noon through Nov. 23.

Tuesday, April 8

The Oxford Area Historical Association (OAHA) will present the following program: “One Hundred Years (1913-2013) Peoples Bank of Oxford Helped Build a Community”. The presenter will be Carl Fretz, who began working at the bank in 1948 right after he graduated from Oxford High School. Carl retired as President of the bank in 2004. Carl has been active in the Oxford community for many years as a member of countless community organizations and cause. Time And Place; Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Oxford Presbyterian Church Social Hall on 6 Pine St. in Oxford, PA. Note; This program was originally scheduled for February but had to be re-scheduled due to bad weather. All are welcome, admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, April 11

Kemblesville United Methodist church will hold a Parent’s Night Out from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the church on Route 896 in Kemblesville. Children age 3 and up are invited to come and have dinner, song and games. Pre-registrtion is suggested, as space is limited. Visit the website of call the church at 610-255-5280 for moreinformation. E-mail is www.Kemblesvilleumc@verizon.net.

Saturday, April 12

Oxford Presbyterian Church presents its Spring Fashion Show from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5. Get tickets at the Neighborhood Thrift Shop or Oxford Presbyterian Church. Bring a toiletry item to donate to Neighborhood Services Center.

The archives of Eastern State Penitentiary are packed with historic treasures that the public rarely sees. For 11 days only, April 12 through 22, some of these items are displayed in a temporary museum space. This year’s theme, “Sin and Salvation,” highlights objects of sin -- inmate crafter weapons, agitator cards and wanted posters featuring the penitentiary’s rule breakers -- and salvation -- original photos of religious services and celebrations, a chaplains’s suitcase, an ornate chalice and more. Location: 2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia. Contact: 215-236-3300. Open every day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

All 73 Chester County municipalities are hosting a Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Event for Chester County residents on Saturday, April 12 at the CAT Pickering, Center for Arts and Technology Campus, 1580 Charlestown Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460. The collection site will be open at 9 a.m. and will close at 3 p.m. sharp. Residents may bring computers and computer peripherals, TV’S, and other electronic devices such as answering machines, camcorders, cell phones, electric typewriters, microwave ovens, pagers, radios, remote controls, stereo/tape/CD players, telephones, toner and ink cartridges, VCR/DVD players and gaming consoles. NO items with Freon and no latex paint, motor oil, propane, batteries, ammunition or medical waste.. No more than 220 pounds or 25 gallons of hazardous product per household will be accepted. Hazardous cleaning and maintenance products will have the following cautionary words on the label: poisonous, caustic, toxic, flammable, ignitable, corrosive, reactive, caution, warning, danger or hazardous. Interested residents can visit www.chestercswa.org or call their municipality or the Chester County Solid Waste Authority at 610-273-3771 *228 for information on how to properly handle unacceptable materials and for the other regional collection events scheduled throughout the year. To avoid waiting in line, call the Chester County Solid Waste Authority to find out which events are less attended. Children throughout the area are invited to get their Easter baskets ready and take part in the Easter Eggstravaganza at West Grove United Methodist Church, 300 N. Guernsey Road, West Grove. There will be crafts, games, a giant slide, face painting, prizes, refreshments and, of course, Easter eggs! Activities will occur continuously throughout the morning, so come as time allows. All activities are for children ages toddler through grade 4. There is even an “egg pit” for the babies to sit and play! Our event is “rain or shine”! For additional information or directions, interested readers may call the church office at 610-869-9334 or visit the church website: www.westgroveumc.org.

Sunday, April 13

St. Christopher Episcopal church, 116 Lancaster Pike, Oxford will host the Lincoln University Choir at 3 p.m. The 50-member ensembe will enhance the Palm Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. A free-will offering will be taken with the proceeds going to the choir and Lincoln. for more information, call 610-932-8134 or go to www.stchrisoxford.org.

Wednesday, April 16

The Small Business Assistance Center is holding a seminar on how to start and operate a small business from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chester County Library. There is a $15 course material fee. Make checks payable to Kutztown SBDC or prepay online at www.Kutztownsbdc.org. the library is in the Exton Mall, near Route 100 and Business Route 30, at 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton. for more information, call 610-444-1721.

Friday, April 25

Spring is here and so is the West Grove United Methodist Church’s Rummage Sale! Come and shop on Friday, April 25, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 26 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This sale is open to the entire community and has been held each Spring for many years. On Saturday, there is a special bargain because you may fill a brown paper grocery sack for $2. Left-over items are donated to Mission Santa Maria. The United Methodist Women who sponsor this sale, use the proceeds to fund various missions in the church and the wider community.

If you have been spring cleaning your home, we happily accept donations of your gently used items of household goods, adult clothing, books, craft items, and lots of other “treasures”. Your gently used donations can be dropped off at the church beginning Tuesday, April 22 (church office is closed on Monday, April 21 for Easter holiday), through Thursday, April 24. The church office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Thank you! The sale is held inside, so come and shop rain or shine. The church is located at 300 N. Guernsey Road, West Grove, PA 19390. For directions or additional information, please call 610-869-9334 or visit our website at www.westgroveumc.org.

Saturday, April 26

Avon Grove Charter School presents its annual Green Gathering from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the school is at 110 E. State Road, London Grove Township. Meet the school’s sheep and goats, and enjoy crafts, refreshments, bird watching, plants and more.

Oxford United Methodist Church presents its breakfast buffet from 7 to 11 a.m. $6 for adults, $3 for children 3-30. Buy tickets at the door or from Becky Kleinz at the church. The chuch is at 18 Addison Ave. in Oxford.

Sunday, April 27

The annual family rubber duck race is at 1 p.m., rain or chine at 3rd Street and Watson Park in Avondale benefiting the area Republican committee. Raffle tickets are $5 or three for $10.

The Kennett Area Senior Center sponsors an afternoon “Sunday Dinner with Friends” on Sunday, April 27 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The theme is “Our Easter Dinner.” Dinner will be from 1:00 – 2:00 and Music and Dancing (with The Dixie Demons) from 2:00 – 3:00. The cost is $10/person. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age. Please contact the KASC @610-444-4819 a week in advance for reservations.

Monday, May 12

Russellville Grange #91, located on Route 896 one block north of Route 10, is looking for an Outstanding Community Service Citizen . Please refer your nominee in a letter telling of their service to our community. The award will be presented at Russellville Grange on June 5, 2014. Please have your nominations in by May 12, 2014. Send you nominations to: Russellville Grange, Care of Elizabeth Sharon, 1733 Flint Hill Rd., Landenberg, Pa. 19350. Questions? 610-255-5418.

Saturday, May 17

White Clay Wild and Scenic Rain Garden Planting at Goddard Park in London Grove Township. Saturday May 17, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help improve water quality of the White Clay Creek, volunteer and learn about the benefits of native plants, rain gardens and how to protect our water from polluted runoff. Register online at http://clearintothefuture.com/event-registration/?ee=49

Thursday, June 5

Planning has begun for the 12th Annual Jenner’s Pond Golf Classic presented by Star Roses for the benefit of the Benevolent Care Fund on June 5. The Golf Classic will be held at beautiful Deerfield. This venue allows participants to enjoy a great day of golf, the silent and live auctions, cocktail reception and other activities. The Benevolent Care Fund was established to assist Jenner’s Pond residents who may experience financial need due to circumstances beyond their control. A portion of registration fees and sponsorships for Golf Classic may be deductible as provided by law, depending on the level of participation and the benefits received. Registration is now open and many levels of sponsorships are available. Details and information are available from Diane Singley who may be reached at 610-869-6821 or dsingley@jennerspond.org.

Ongoing events

When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, the disease affects the entire family. Each month, PRO-ACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Achieving Community Together) hosts a Family Addiction Education Program to help individuals and families recognize and address an addiction problem in a spouse, parent, child or other loved one. Facilitated by trained volunteers who have been in the same situation, this information and support program begins the first Wednesday of the month and runs for three consecutive Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Government Services Building in West Chester.

Sessions are free and confidential—first names only. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 800-221-6333, weekdays 9 a.m. through 5 p.m., or visit http://councilsepa.org/programs/pro-act/family-education-program/.

West Grove United Methodist Church to offer Alpha Class this Spring. In an Alpha course, guests explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting over ten thought-provoking weekly sessions and a day away. Each week, guests share a meal and a talk on subjects as diverse as “Who is Jesus?”, “How Can I Have Faith?” and “How Does God Guide Me?” The Alpha Course is non-denominational and offered to the entire community. The classes will be on Wednesday evenings, 6 to 8 p.m., Feb. 19 through April 23. Mark you calendar for the Introductory Dinner Session on Wednesday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m. This session will provide an overview of what is to come in the course. If you have a family member or friend you believe could benefit from this class, bring them to the breakfast and see if their interest is sparked. The schedule of classes will be:

3/26 - Week 6 - How does God guide us?

3/29 - Day Away - Holy Spirit Day

4/2 - Week 7 - How can I resist evil?

4/9 - Week 8 - How and why should I tell others?

4/16 - Week 9 - Does God heal today? (week before Easter)

4/23 - Week 10 - What about the church? (week after Easter)

Please sign-up for the Introductory Dinner by calling or e-mailing the church office 610-869-9334 or donnaF@westgroveumc.org to ensure we prepare enough food and beverages. The church is located at 300 N. Guernsey Road, West Grove, PA 19390.

Avondale Presbyterian Church is “Joined Together as a Lifeline Between Christ & Community”. All are welcome! Blended Worship at 8:30 and 11 AM; Sunday School for all ages at 9:45 AM. Junior Church for K-4th during the 11:00 service and supervised Nursery is provided all morning. Praise & Prayer Time 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 7 PM. Youth Group (grades 6-12) meet Sundays in the Quarry for dinner and fellowship from 6:00 PM - 8:30PM. The church is located at 420 Pennsylvania Ave. Rte. 41 (hwy 40), across from 5th Street in Avondale. Visit us at www.avondalepc.org, Email: avondale.pcoffice @verizon.net, office 610-268-2919, Rev. Ray Meute, Jr., Pastor.

Avon Grove Seniors meet on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the West Grove Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 139 W. Evergreen St., West Grove. Covered dish every third Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. March 26, Quarterly lunch, 11 a.m.; April 2, Bingo. April 9, VNA Nurse, diabetes; April 16, Music, Emma thompson; april 23, Music, King Family; April 30, Game Day.

Hall rentals are available at the Kennett Square VFW on West Cypress Street. The hall is now smoke-free. Call 610-444-9960 for more information. All activities are open to the public. A food menu is available at Kennett Pizza on Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 3 to 9 p.m. Call 610-444-9960 for more information.

Healing Prayer Ministry located at the Avondale Presbyterian Church, 416 Pennsylvania Avenue, Avondale, Pa., is open for prayer the first Saturday of each month 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Anyone needing prayer at other times can call 610-268-1646 or 610-268-2919 for an appointment. We encourage the sick or anyone carrying a burden to come and receive healing prayer from trained technicians.

Jennersville Regional Hospital’s Senior Circle, an organization for those who are over 50, invites you to come play with someone your own age. Senior Circle is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by Jennersville Regional Hospital that offers community members 50 and better national and hospital benefits as well as opportunities for group activities, discount programs, unique day trips, and travel opportunities for only $15 a year. For more information, call 610-869-1227.

Each month, PRO-ACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Achieving Community Together) hosts a Family Addiction Education Program to help individuals and families recognize and address an addiction problem in a spouse, parent, child or other loved one. Facilitated by trained volunteers who have been in the same situation, this information and support program begins on the first Wednesday of each month and runs for three consecutive Wednesday evenings, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Government Services Building in West Chester. Sessions are free and confidential—first names only. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 800-221-6333, weekdays 9 a.m. through 5 p.m., or visit www.proact.org and click the Family Education Program link. Next session meets Feb. 6, 13 and 20 in West Chester

The Kennett Area Senior Center sponsors line dancing on Thursday nights from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. beginning March 3. The cost is $3/person. Instructor Mary Clendenin will be hosting this most enjoyable evening. The Kennett Area Senior Center is open Monday from 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 610-444-4819 or visit www.kennettseniorcenter.org.

The Oxford Theatre Co. presents home school and musical theater classes for children 3 to 18 years old. The classes are Wednesday and Thursday. For a schedule, prices and more information call 610-467-3001 or cell 302-293-9066 or e-mail oxfordtheatrecompany@zoominternet.net.

The Master Gardener Program, which is offered through Penn State University, certifies volunteers to assist the Cooperative Extension Service by educating the public about gardening and related topics. For more information, call 610-696-3500, email chestermg@psu.edu or look for Chester County Master Gardeners on Facebook.

GrowCC business networking group holds regular meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. at the Twelves Grille and Café, 10 Exchange Place, West Grove. Guests are welcome. For more information, check www.growcc.com or call Jeffrey Lyons ad 610-869-5967.