Calendar of Events
● By J. Chambless
The Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square) hosts regional and national artists. Tickets are available in advance at www.kennettflash.org, or at the door. Snacks and beverages are sold, or guests can BYOB. The schedule includes: Better Than Bacon inprov comedy troupe (Jan. 8, 8 p.m., $10); Mystica 2015, with DJs Anthony Mullica and Josh Kinsey playing EDM, house and electro (Jan. 9, 7 p.m., $10); The Rolling Thunder Blues Revue (Jan. 11, 8 p.m., $15); roots music with Chapel Street Junction and Band of Rivals (Jan. 16, 8 p.m., $16); Rust: Neil Young tribute band (Jan. 17, 8 p.m., $16); Open Mic hosted by Sam Kwietniak (Jan. 18, 7 p.m., $4);
KAU softball registration
KAU Little League baseball and softball registration continues through the end of January. Little League is open to students in both the Unionville-Chadds Ford and Kennett Consolidated school districts. KAU’s baseball and softball programs begin with T-ball for both boys and girls ages 4 to 6 and continue with other age-appropriate programs for girls and boys up to age 18. Children and young adults with special needs are welcome to join a Challenger Division team. For more information and to register, visit www.kaulittleleague.org and click on the registration link. Player evaluations will be held in February. All players are expected to be pre-registered to participate in evaluations.
'A Longwood Christmas'
Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square), hosts the annual "A Longwood Christmas" celebration through Jan. 11. The theme this season is birds, so trees will be decorated with nests and birds, there will be bird decorations in the treehouses, a peacock masquerade ball in the Music Room, illuminated fountain displays and half a million lights throughout the gardens. There will be daily concerts and special events. Timed tickets are required. Visit www.longwoodgardens.org.
Identity theft prevention workshop
The Oxford Area Senior Center (427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square) is holding an identity theft prevention workshop on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. The workshop is presented by Barry Heasley from Harvard Risk Management Consultants. This workshop is free. To register, call 610-932-5244 or e-mail email@example.com.
Tree identification workshop
Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd., Avondale) will be the site of a winter tree identification workshop on Jan. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, sponsored by the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County. Participants will tour the preserve and learn ways to identify common trees without their leaves. The fee is $15 ($10 for members). Visit www.tlcforscc.org, or call 610-347-0347, ext. 104, to register.
New Year's tea
The Kennett Area Senior Center (427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square) sponsors an afternoon tea party on Jan. 13 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. In addition to a variety of teas, delicacies are served. The theme is "Bringing in the New Year." The cost is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Call for reservations (610-444-4819).
Cochranville Golden Agers meeting
The Golden Age Club of Cochranville will meet on Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. in the Cochranville Methodist Church located on Church Drive in Cochranville. The program will be bingo. Please bring canned goods, a $1 donation, or a surprise gift. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the fun and fellowship after the meeting. To obtain more information, call Sandy Wooden, the president at 484-680-5602.
Guest bartender fundraiser
The Willowdale Steeplechase is hosting a guest bartender night at the BBC Tavern and Grill on Jan. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. to raise funds for the beneficiaries of the steeplechase -- The Stroud Water Research Center, Quest Therapeutic Services and The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center. All tips will be given to the beneficiaries. Visit www.willowdale.org to donate a tip. For more information, call 610-444-1582.
Identity theft workshop
The Kennett Area Senior Center (427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square) sponsors a workshop on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. Barry Heasley from Harvard Risk Management Consultants will discuss identity theft, including signs which indicate you may be a victim of it, and the seven different types. For reservations to this free program, call Coleen at 610-383-6900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WinterFest 2015 will be held at Upland Country Day School (420 W. Street Rd., Kennett Square) on Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a day of fun and games for the whole community -- an inflatable obstacle course, hockey slap shot challenge, winter crafts, face painting and balloon creatures, clowns, a bake sale, cake walk and more. The event follows a school open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Visit www.uplandcds.org/winterfest2015.
'Searching for Sugarman' screening
The Oxford Arts Alliance (38 S. Third St., Oxford) will host a screening of the 2012 documentary "Searching for Sugarman" on Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. The film follows two music fans in the late 1990s who try to find out whether the rumored death of American musician Sixto Rodriguez was true. Rodriguez's music, which never took off in the United States, had become wildly popular in South Africa, but little was known about him there.
The 35th Annual Kennett Old Timers Baseball Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Jan. 17 in the Red Clay Room of the Kennett Fire Company at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Burton’s Barber Shop (105 W. State St.) or by calling 610-444-9964. The guest speaker will be Mickey Morandini, a former Phillies All-Star second baseman.
ACT Variety Show
The Avon Grove Community Theater Variety Show will be held Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (109 Gypsy Hill Rd., Landenberg). Admission is $5 ($20 for families of four or more), free for ages 4 and younger. Visit www.actheater.org for more information.
Open houses at YMCA
On Jan. 18, branches of the recently merged YMCA of Greater Brandywine will be open, free of charge, from noon to 3 p.m. Visitors can swim, play games, work out and find more information on programs offered at each location. The locations include: Brandywine YMCA, Coatesville; Jennersville YMCA, West Grove; Kennett Area YMCA, Kennett Square; Lionville Community YMCA, Exton; Oscar Lasko Youth Program Center, downtown West Chester; Upper Main Line YMCA, Berwyn; and West Chester Area YMCA, Airport Road, West Chester. For details, visit www.ymcagbw.org.
Chadds Ford celebration
The Eighth Annual Celebration in Chadds Ford will be held on Jan. 19 at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Visitors Center (1736 Creek Rd., Chadds Ford). Visitors can learn about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and the history of Chadds Ford from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free activities include a video of King's speeches, refreshments, and kid's crafts. Tour the Chads House and see beehive bread making. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children 12 and younger. Call 610-388-7376 or visit www.chaddsfordhistory.org.
West Fallowfield Christian School (795 Fallowfield Rd., Atglen) hosts a family concert by children's singer/songwriter Bruce Fite on Jan. 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free and light refreshments will be available. Fite's songs have appeared on a 2006 CD, "Don't Put Your Cat in the Washing Machine," and his musical genres span country, pop, rock and folk. Visit www.wfcs.org for more information.
Jan. 23 to 25
'Comedy of Errors and Pirates'
Kennett High School (100 E. South St., Kennett Square) hosts performances of "Comedy of Errors and Pirates," an old-fashioned panto-style comedy by the Kennett Area Theatrical Society, on Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m., and Jan. 24 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($5 for ages 12 and younger). Visit www.callkats.org/tickets.
The West Chester Area Community Chorus will hold their annual Winter Concert on Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. in the West Chester East High School auditorium (450 Ellis Ln., West Chester). The 125-member choral group will perform selections from the musical "Newsies" and "Frozen," patriotic music, inspirational and pop selections. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit www.westchesterchorus.org.
New Year's dinner
The Kennett Area Senior Center (427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square) sponsors an afternoon "Sunday Dinner with Friends" on Jan. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. The theme is "Our Happy New Year’s Dinner." Dinner will be from 1 to 2 p.m., with music and dancing from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age. Call 610-444-4819 a week in advance for reservations.
Wildlife in winter
Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd., Avondale) will be the site of a "Wildlife in Winter" series beginning on Jan. 25 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Families can tour the preserve and learn about the ways animals survive the winter months. Part one will focus on hibernation. The fee is $10 ($5 for members). Visit www.tlcforscc.org, or call 610-347-0347, ext. 104, to register.
Mardi Gras party
The Oxford Arts Alliance (38 S. Third St., Oxford) hosts its annual Mardi Gras party on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., with live music by the Bayou Brothers, a homebrew contest, Cajun foods, wine and beer. Tickets (for those 21 and older only) are $25. Visit www.oxfordart.org for homebrew competition registration information.
Ches-Co Gymnastics is organizing a bingo fundraiser for Unite for Her on Feb. 7 at the Redman's Hall (114 Brick Rd., Oxford). Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and bingo will start at 6 p.m. Unite for Her works with women and girls by supporting and providing breast cancer and wellness programs. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. The special last game of the night will be $5 for a bingo card. Contact Annamarie Bunel at email@example.com for information or tickets.
The Kennett Winterfest will be held Feb. 28 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in tents on South Broad Street between State and Cypress streets in Kennett Square. There will be unlimited tastings of regional beers, foods from the Country Butcher, and live music by the Shady Groove Trio. Tickets are $65 and available only online at www.kennettwinterfest.com. Tickets for an exclusive tasting event from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. are $85, and include oysters and shrimp, sushi, cheese and charcuterie, and entrance into the regular festival. Designated driver tickets (no alcohol) are $20.
To submit items to the Calendar of Events, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge. Not every submission can be included. Items should be submitted at least two weeks before the event.