An Evening in the Chocolate Garden

Join A Woman’s Place (AWP), the only domestic violence organization in Bucks County, at the 19th annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fantasy for an evening at The Chocolate Garden, at Tyler Hall on the campus of Bucks County Community College in Newtown on Saturday, April 26th. This event, which is the largest annual fundraiser for AWP, is a fun evening to eat great food, meet hundreds of community members, bid on fantastic auction items, and sample the most delicious chocolate desserts from all over the county – all for a great cause!

This year, attendees will enter a garden party chock full of more chocolate delicacies than any one person can imagine. Put on your best Garden Party attire and be on hand at 6:00pm for an evening of drinks, dinner, and spectacular auction items. Don’t forget the reason why this event is called Chocolate Lovers’ Fantasy. Guests will enjoy a vast spread of desserts made of all types of chocolate and a giant dark chocolate fountain. This is the must-taste event of the year!

Tickets are $125 per person. AWP members can purchase their ticket for $100. Due to the event including dinner service, all tickets must be purchased prior to the event. There will be no tickets available at the door.

Come to the sweetest event in Bucks County! Call Director of Public Advocacy Jenny Salisbury at 215.343.9241 x108 to purchase your tickets today!

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Lambertville Chamber of Commerce hosts Annual Shad Festival

The Lambertville Chamber of Commerce will host its 33rd Shad Festival on Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th from 12:30am until 5:30pm both days (rain or shine). Admission is free. Each year, the festival highlights this region’s arts community, the City of Lambertville, the Delaware River, and of course, the shad!

This Shad Festival has evolved from a local art show into a nationally recognized, award-winning event. It features 80 of the region’s finest artists and crafters, showcasing everything from jewelry, ceramics, furniture, apparel, accessories, home décor and more!

The food court will include a large diversity of food ranging from taco salads to fried calamari. Family fun will consist of face painting, sand art and other children’s activities. Kids will enjoy the rides that have returned.  Also, don’t miss the fun and educational shad seining demonstrations at Lewis Island, where the Delaware River Basin Commission will teach spectators about testing water quality.

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A week that shapes a lifetime

What do President Bill Clinton, Vice President Dick Chaney, Michael Jordan, Tom Brokaw, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Governor Chris Christie have in common? They all attended a Boys State program in their home state when they had completed their junior year in high school. On February 1st, the Pennsylvania American Legion began registration for the 2014 session of Keystone Boys State (KBS). Boys State is a premier educational program and has been conducted yearly in Pennsylvania since 1937. KBS is a comprehensive “hands-on” one-week workshop in the principles and organization of Pennsylvania government. Young men attending KBS learn about Pennsylvania government by operating the agencies and levels of mythical state government, the “51st State” themselves. Through KBS young men will learn more about Pennsylvania government than 75% of the general population of the state, which will benefit them in problems of Democracy, Government and AP Government classes their senior year.

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Martha Washington Garden Club and Jane Parr Memorial Horticultural Scholarships

The Martha Washington Garden Club of Yardley is offering scholarships to 
qualified high school or college students, in the Greater Delaware valley, who plan to pursue a career in any of the following fields: Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Forestry, Conservation, or Floriculture. The scholarship money, in a minimum amount of $2000, will be awarded to students who are 
enrolled in or plan to attend an accredited college to further their education in 
any of the above fields. The deadline for the application is April 30th, 2014. The 
recipients will be notified by May 25th, 2014, and will be presented with the 
award at the Garden Club luncheon in June.

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Volunteer at Bucks County Audubon Society

Do you like the outdoors? Do you believe in conserving our natural environment?  Do you want to make a difference with like-minded naturalists? If so, Bucks County Audubon Society (BCAS) needs you!

BCAS promotes environmental education, the demonstration of energy and resource conservation and advocacy for local, state and national policies that support sustainability of the natural world. BCAS is a non-profit organization founded as an independent chapter of the National Audubon Society in 1969 and is dedicated to educating and engaging the community about the interrelationships of birds and the environment amidst the beautiful and protected National Historic Landmark, known as the Honey Hollow Watershed.

Volunteers are needed in several areas: being a greeter at Honey Hollow Environmental Education Center; light data entry and help with special mailings; staffing registration tables for special events such as the Messages in Nature Art Exhibition, Cycling for BCAS, and Art of the Barn Tour and Show; capturing photographs of events and nature program staffing; trail trimming; and light carpentry or repair work. Call BCAS at 215-297-5880 for more details. Lend a hand for a few hours or on a regular basis (weekday or weekend help is greatly appreciated). BCAS is located at 2877 Creamery Road in Solebury Township.

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Landmark Towns of Bucks County & Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club present River Towns Road Ralley

Rev those engines, open the convertible and take a drive through the Landmark Towns of Bucks County on Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1-4 p.m. River Towns Road Rally participants will decipher a set of eight clues to secret destinations in the four towns of New Hope, Yardley, Morrisville and Bristol, drive to the locales for confirmation and conclude in Morrisville at historic Summerseat for a wine and cheese reception. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Please join us!  Registration is limited to 30 vehicles. Fees are $45 per vehicle; $60 after April 11, 2014. Meet at the Morrisville Presbyterian Church parking lot, 771 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Morrisville, PA 19067 between 1-2 p.m. for staggered starts.

Two secret destinations in each of the four Landmark Towns will be decipherable by clues given to each driver at the start of the Rally. Participants must drive to each destination, receive confirmation from a Road Rally volunteer at the site, and return to Morrisville when done to check in. Cash prizes will be awarded for First and Second Prizes, and Most Outstanding Vehicle. Winning cars will be those with the lowest combination of miles covered and minutes on the road. The Road Rally will be held rain or shine.

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New Hope Art League Fifth Annual Juried Art Show call for entries

The Fifth Annual New Hope Art League Juried Art Show is May 16th-26th at Rolling Green Farm, Route 202 and Aquetong Road, New Hope. Entry deadline is April 15th. A prospectus is available on NewHopeArtLeague.com and enter via CAllForEntry.com.

An award reception and 40th anniversary celebration is scheduled for Friday, May 16th, from 7:00-9:00pm and is open to the public. The show is open Thursday through Sunday, and Memorial Day, noon to 6:00pm.

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Bucks Tennis Association ready to serve to you!

The non-profit Bucks County Tennis Association’s (BCTA) popular low-cost county wide outdoor community tennis programs swing into action this spring with the first of multiple outdoor seasons at public parks throughout Bucks County – affordable fun and fitness for family and friends of all ages and abilities. This year’s programs include BCTA’s signature five-week Learn, Practice & Play for ages four through 94-plus, Jr. Team Tennis for ages seven through 17, high school and middle school training programs, summer youth camps, and adult leagues. Registration deadline for Season 1 is April 8th. For program details and to register, log onto www.buckscountytennis.usta.com.

Programs run in Bensalem Township, Doylestown Borough, Doylestown (Camp Curiosity), Durham Township (Palisades Community School), Falls Township, Frosty Hollow (Levittown), Hilltown Township, Langhorne (Core Creek Park), Middletown Township, New Hope-Solebury High School (Community School of New Hope-Solebury), Newtown Township, Plumstead Township, Quakertown Borough, Warminster Township, and Warrington Township.

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Quaker Faith, Witness and Process

On Saturday April 5th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, the public is invited to an exciting workshop led by Melanie Douty Snipes at the Makefield Quaker Meeting.

The workshop is for anyone interested in learning about Quakers. Some topics covered will be the Quaker testimonies known by the acronym SPICES. Also, why Quakers don’t have ministers…or do they? When and how did Quakerism get started? What do Quaker elders do…who do they elder…is it a bad thing to be eldered? God and Quakers, Jesus and Quakers, do you have to believe in them? All of these questions will be answered in addition to many others, and guests are welcome to bring their own questions.

Lunch will be provided. There will be a morning session then break for lunch and sharing, then reconvene after lunch for a general question and answer session.

To register and for more information, contact Holly Olson 215-453-7358 or hollybQc@verizon.net. The workshop is free however donations will be appreciated. Makefield Friends Meetinghouse is located at 877 Dolington Road, Newtown.

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Pond management workshop scheduled

The Bucks County Conservation District has received a $1,600 grant from the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts to host a pond management workshop and develop an educational fact sheet on permit requirements for proper pond management.

“There are hundreds of ponds throughout Bucks County, and how they are managed affects the quality of our other surface water and groundwater resources. Through this grant the conservation district will educate our community to ensure proper management of these water resources and therefore ensure clean water for future generations,” said Meghan Rogalus, District Watershed Specialist.

The District is partnering with Aquascapes Unlimited, Penn State Cooperative Extension, and Pennsylvania Lake Management Society to offer the workshop from 8:30am to 12:30pm on Saturday, April 5th, at the Aquascapes Unlimited business complex, 5524 Township Line Road, Pipersville. Instructors Bryan Swistock, Water Resources Associate from Penn State Cooperative Extension, Ed Molesky of Aqua Link, Inc. and Randy Heffner of Aquascapes Unlimited will share important information for pond owners drawing from a combined 70 years of professional experience in pond and lake management.

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