Makefield AAUW holding antiques appraisal event

Have you ever wondered if your family heirlooms are really the valuable antiques that you thought they were? You can find out at the antiques appraisal event on Saturday, March 29th, at 1:00pm in the Lower Makefield Township Building, 1100 Edgewood Road, Yardley.

Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers of Philadelphia (since 1805) will be there to help you discover the true value of your treasured antiques.  Appraisers include a Generalist and specialists in Jewelry, Asian and Fine Arts.

Admission at the door is $15/person, which includes the appraisal of two hand-carried items. Additional small items can be appraised for $5 per item. This fundraising event benefits local scholarships and is sponsored by the Makefield Area Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). For more information call 215-949-2489.

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American Association of University Women (AAUW), Makefield Area Branch

The Makefield Area Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) welcomes all women who value education and who have achieved this goal by obtaining an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university.

AAUW is a national organization whose mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. In addition to monthly meetings with programs of interest to both men and women, AAUW offers several small special interest groups that discuss literature, play Trivial Pursuit, encourage and support writers, and present Let’s Read Math™ programs to students in elementary grades, as well as support the PAGES™ program (Philadelphia Area Girls Enjoying Science™) which exposes sixth grade girls to a day of sharing scientific experiments with local women scientists at Chestnut Hill College.

The national umbrella tax-deductible organization of “AAUW Funds” assists women in sex discrimination lawsuits; teaches leadership skills to young college women; and supports women and girls in need of help to complete their educations.

The Makefield Area Branch of the AAUW awards college scholarships each year to high school graduates; holds a special annual recognition reception for seventh grade girls who have excelled in math and science, in order to encourage their pursuit in these areas of study; and awards a scholarship to a woman who is returning to, or remaining in, college to complete her degree.

The Makefield Area Branch has a diverse membership, and they welcome new members at any time in order to broaden the effectiveness of their mission.

On Saturday March 29th, AAUW will hold a fundraiser at the Makefield Township Building on Edgewood Road in Yardley, beginning at 1:00pm. The public is invited to bring antique items for appraisal. A charge of $15 will allow three small items to be appraised by a professional appraisal company. 

For more information about AAUW membership visit their website at www.makefield-pa.aauw.net or www.makefield-pa.aauw.net/contact.

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American Association of University Women (AAUW), Makefield Area Branch

The Makefield Area Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) welcomes all women who value education and who have achieved this goal by obtaining an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university.

AAUW is a national organization whose mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. In addition to monthly meetings with programs of interest to both men and women, AAUW offers several small special interest groups that discuss literature, play Trivial Pursuit, encourage and support writers, and present Let’s Read Math™ programs to students in elementary grades, as well as support the PAGES™ program (Philadelphia Area Girls Enjoying Science™) which exposes sixth grade girls to a day of sharing scientific experiments with local women scientists at Chestnut Hill College.

The national umbrella tax-deductible organization of “AAUW Funds” assists women in sex discrimination lawsuits; teaches leadership skills to young college women; and supports women and girls in need of help to complete their educations.

The Makefield Area Branch of the AAUW awards college scholarships each year to high school graduates; holds a special annual recognition reception for seventh grade girls who have excelled in math and science, in order to encourage their pursuit in these areas of study; and awards a scholarship to a woman who is returning to, or remaining in, college to complete her degree.

The Makefield Area Branch has a diverse membership, and they welcome new members at any time in order to broaden the effectiveness of their mission.

On Saturday March 29th, AAUW will hold a fundraiser at the Makefield Township Building on Edgewood Road in Yardley, beginning at 1:00pm. The public is invited to bring antique items for appraisal. A charge of $15 will allow three small items to be appraised by a professional appraisal company. 

For more information about AAUW membership visit their website at www.makefield-pa.aauw.net or www.makefield-pa.aauw.net/contact.

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AAUW-PA East District Meeting is Oct. 26th

The Pennsylvania Eastern District of the American Association of University Women will meet on Saturday, October 26th, from 11:00am to 3:00pm at Doylestown Hospital. The topic of discussion will be “Human Trafficking.”

Speakers will include State Senator Stewart Greenleaf of the 12th District, who serves as Chairman of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee. Two other speakers bring a wealth of knowledge about and direct involvement with issues of trafficking and its victims.

Each stands as witness to the difference that one woman can make when she chooses to step up.

Carol Metzker, activist and author of “Facing the Monster: How One Person Can Fight Child Slavery,” will speak from the vantage point of one woman, an ordinary citizen who reached out to work forward solutions to this significant problem.

Attorney Shea M. Rhodes will bring insights from her first-hand, professional experiences working on human trafficking. Attorney Rhodes is a recipient of numerous awards for her work, including the development of a Human Trafficking Working Group consisting of various local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies working to collaboratively investigate and prosecute allegations of human trafficking in Philadelphia. She also serves on the boards of directors for Dawn’s Place and New Directions for Women and is an instructor for the human trafficking workshop for the Philadelphia Police Department.

For details on the agenda, lunch and directions visit www.aauw-doylestown.org or call 215-230-8330.

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Doylestown AAUW holding ‘September Social’

The Doylestown branch of the American Association of University Women is looking forward to gathering for this year’s first meeting, the September Social, on Sunday, September 15th, from 2:00 to 4:00pm. It will be a great time to catch up with old friends, meet perspective new members, and hear about upcoming programs and study groups that are offered.

Any woman graduate who may be interested in joining the organization is encouraged to attend the meeting and learn more about the AAUW.  For more information call the Branch phone number, 215.230.8330. 

The annual membership fee will be discounted for women who join at the September meeting.

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Garden coach Marcia Tate plants ideas at AAUW meeting

by Patricia Cangelosi

On April 3rd, the Doylestown branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) held its annual meeting, followed by a presentation by guest speaker Marcia Tate, PhD, on growing native plants in containers.

Marcia is a garden coach and a horticulturist with certifications in ornamental horticulture and garden design. In addition she is a professional photographer, and she shared her work with the audience via an informative and eye-catching slide show.

“I help gardeners plan and prepare their soil, select plants, and maintain both vegetable and flower gardens,” Marcia said. “I teach young children and adults how to get back to nature.”

She explained that native plants are those that were growing naturally in an area before people introduced plants from different places. Many gardeners prefer native plants for their low-maintenance nature, built-in capacity to handle stress and contribution to biodiversity, among other reasons.

Native plants in Bucks County include sunflowers, certain ferns, wild ginger, jewelweed and many more.

Invasive plants, on the other hand, are species that have become weed pests; most come from other continents and can invade our native ecosystems. English ivy is a common example, Marcia said.

Next, the garden expert discussed the benefits of growing native plants in containers. The practice, she said, is especially useful for people who have “downsized” into a smaller living space and still want to craft attractive, creative gardens.

“Plants in containers can create a focal point in an area, hide an unsightly view, soften a hardscape like a patio or driveway, or direct movement through a garden,” Marcia said. “Even the smallest garden can have diversity.”

Alongside colorful photographs, Marcia revealed to the audience several different types of containers that work for housing native plants: glazed clay, concrete, terra cotta, metal, painted clay, blue stone, hypertufa and plastic. “Some design elements to consider when creating your garden are color, texture, form and structure, and orientation and placement of the containers and plants,” she added.

To cap off her presentation, Marcia demonstrated how she puts together a one-container garden, all the while engaging the audience and fielding questions about various types of plants and how to obtain and maintain them.

For more information, visit www.marciatate.com.

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AAUW holding annual book sale

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Doylestown Branch will hold their 49th Annual Book Sale from Thursday, May 2nd to Saturday, May 4th, at the Plumsteadville Fire Hall, 5064 Stump Road, Plumsteadville.

For more information go to their website, www.aauwdoylestown.org, or call 215-230-8330.

Proceeds go for AAUW fellowships, research and grant projects, local scholarships, and various community causes.  AAUW, with its nationwide network of more than 150,000 members and donors, 1000 branches, and 500 college/university institutional partners, has been a leading advocate of equity for women and girls since 1881.

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Dr. Sheldon Miller of Chestnut Hill College To Speak at AAUW Meeting

Makefield Area AAUW will host Sheldon Miller, PhD on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 7 P.M. at McCaffrey’s Market in the upstairs Community Room, 635 Heacock Road, Yardley. Dr. Miller will discuss “Global Change: Causes and Consequences”. An Associate Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, Dr. Miller has an B.S. and PhD in Biochemistry from Arizona State University.

He is currently teaching chemistry and public policy, forensic science, medicinal chemistry and biochemistry at Chestnut Hill College. His numerous published articles in peer reviewed journals and in professional books are focused on neurological and degenerative diseases.

In addition to his present position, Dr. Miller was employed by the Department of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the Division of Neurological Research and in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The public is welcome to attend this program. There is no charge.

AAUW is a national organization which promotes equity, education, and advocacy for women and girls. For more information about the Makefield Area branch, visit the website at www.aauwmakefield.org.

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