The Community Arts Center holds a Fine Arts and Crafts Festival and Upper Darby holds an International Festival

SWARTHMORE — After a two-year hiatus, the Community Arts Center’s annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will return to Park Avenue in Swarthmore on Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Presented by Wendy Cotton and Len Orlando, the free family event will feature original artwork by over 50 local and regional artists and will also include live music, an art raffle and activities for children .

Proceeds will support programs at the non-profit Community Arts Center in Wallingford.

Sponsored by Chimney Cricket, Law Offices of Joseph Lesniak, Plush Mills Senior Living, Swarthmore Co-Op, Swarthmore Town Center, The Swarthmorean and Visit Delco, PA, the Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will feature original arts and crafts in watercolor, oil and acrylic paint, mixed media, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, pastel, photography, pottery, engraving and sculpture.

Attendees can meet and purchase artwork directly from the more than 50 participating artists, and learn how pottery is made on the wheel with demonstrations by Bob Deane.

The festival will feature music throughout the day with performances by local musicians such as Greg Brady, Robb McCall, Swarthmore Ukulele Orchestra and more to come.

Festival-goers can also learn about the Arts Center and try their luck at the Art Raffle.

With a tie-dye table and activity tables for children, the Fine Arts and Crafts Festival offers entertainment for all ages. Volunteers will be on hand to help young people create crafts to take home. Throughout the day, attendees can purchase food from the prepared food section of Swarthmore Co-Op, as well as other restaurants in town.

For a full list of participating artists, visit http://www.fineartsandcraftsfestival.org or http://www.communityartscenter.org.

The Woman’s Club of Media Hosts Bingo Fundraiser

The Woman’s Club of Media is sponsoring a bingo fundraiser on Sunday, October 9 from 1-4 p.m. at VFW Post #3460, 11 Hilltop Road, Media. Tickets are $30. The prizes in the game are gift cards from local businesses, including restaurants and hair salons. The event will also feature numerous basket raffles.

Players can bring their own snacks, but there will be soft pretzels and other snacks and water for sale. Drinks can be purchased at the bar. Everyone must be 21 years old. Tickets are limited. Call Marie at 610-639-5867 to purchase tickets in advance.

The Media Woman club is part of GFWC International and GFWC PA and is a philanthropic group that supports local groups and agencies.

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners Presents Annual Fall Festival

The Penn State Extension Delaware County Master Gardeners invite the community to its 19th Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 1 from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Penn State Extension Delaware County, 20 Paper Mill Road, Springfield.

The family event will include talks, workshops, plant sales, a walking tour of Smedley Park and the hugely popular Frugal Gardener’s Market, offering lightly used tools and other garden items at rock bottom prices. Additionally, attendees are encouraged to ask their questions about gardening, as master gardeners will be available to answer home gardener concerns.

There is no general admission fee to the event, but there is a cost for sessions as listed on the registration website. Lunch is also available to order through the registration website.

Attendees can choose from a number of lectures such as “Vines for the Vegetable Garden”, “The Cutting Garden”, “Enjoying Succulents in Your Garden” and “Why You Should Consider a Water Feature”.

Guests can also sign up for workshops that include Succulent Container, Garden Tool Sharpening, Fall in the Kitchen, Healthy Tree Pruning and more.

To learn more about sessions/talks or to register: 877-345-0691 or https://extension.psu.edu/master-gardener-fall-fest/. The registration deadline is September 22 at noon.

Krueger organizes an exhibition for seniors and a blood drive

State Representative Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, will host a free senior exhibit on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brookhaven Civic Center, 2 Cambridge Road, Brookhaven.

Exhibitors from local, state and federal agencies will provide valuable information about services and programs available for seniors. The event will also include a flu shot clinic, door prizes and a take-out dinner.

Registration is mandatory. Residents can call 610-534-6880 or email [email protected] to register.

Krueger will also be holding an American Red Cross blood drive on Monday, September 26 from 2-7 p.m. at Brookhaven Borough Hall, 2 Cambridge Road.

“The Red Cross is in critical need of blood right now and their supply to stock local hospitals is vulnerable,” Krueger said. “According to the Red Cross, each blood donation can help save up to three lives.”

Those interested in donating can call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for an appointment.

Upper Darby announces annual international festival schedule

Upper Darby Mayor Barbarann ​​Keffer and Friends of the Tower Theater District have teamed up to present the fifth annual Upper Darby International Festival on Saturday, September 24, from noon to 6 p.m. at Five Points, 100 Garrett Road.

The area will be restricted to foot traffic to accommodate food vendors, children’s activities, and live musical and cultural performances.

The event celebrates the diversity of Upper Darby. Event sponsors include Comcast and Aqua PA.

The festival is free for all ages.

Kids can enjoy the YMCA’s Kids Zone and adults can experience the beer garden sponsored by Chatty Monks Brewing Co., an award-winning brewery in West Reading.

The whole family can stop by some of the musical and cultural performances, as well as the traditional Parade of Flags, with flags representing the dozens of countries where Upper Darby residents come from.

Local food options from across Upper Darby will include Chef Tiya Poppin’ Pineapples, El General Zapata, Mae & Zoegbo African Food, Inka Wall, Five Points Coffee, Surah KBBQ, Fanta’s African Cuisine, Sabor Latino, Pupuseria y Restaurant, el Cuscatleco , Little Saigon, House of Krustaceans and King and Queens Liberian Cuisine which was recently featured in the August edition of Philadelphia Magazine.

This year the festival will have two stages showcasing a wide range of productions including dance, martial arts and music with two headlining performances.

At 4:10 p.m. Snacktime, a seven-piece heavy horn band and one of the hottest bands to emerge from the pandemic, will perform.

The band recently released their debut album, “Sounds from the Street: Live.”

At 5:15 p.m., Grammy-nominated band Minas will perform songs from their hit album “Beatles in Bossa,” which sold out when it premiered at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

The festival will also feature many local talents.

A graduate of Upper Darby High School, Ikechi Onyenaka will be back this year to deliver another performance from his recently released album alongside many other local bands.

The schedule includes:

• noon, West Powelton Drum Line

• 12:30 p.m., dances from the Emerald Isle

• 1 p.m., Paul Cheng Karate

• 1:35 p.m., Ikechi Onyenaka

• 2:30 p.m., Sikh martial arts

• 3:05 p.m., parade of flags

• 3:40 p.m., Jolly Das

• 4:10 p.m., Snack

• 5:15 p.m., Minas

The rain date for this event is Saturday, October 1, from noon to 6 p.m.

For updates and information, email [email protected], visit the Festival page on Facebook, or visit http://www.upperdarby.org/festival.

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