MARPLE — Delaware County Community College will present “Equity and Mental Health — Collective Burnout; Collaborative Restoration,” the next in its series of free online Diversity Dialogues discussions, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22. Hosted by the college’s Center for Equity and Social Justice, this dialogue will feature Dr. Antione Taylor, neuropsychologist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Dr. Esther Castillo, founder of the Chinese Immigrant Families Wellness Initiative.
Since the start of the pandemic, topics such as burnout, brain fog, anxiety and self-care have taken center stage as many people pay more attention to their own mental health and to the mental health of those around them. But understanding of mental health and opportunities to improve well-being can vary greatly from group to group. Taylor and Castillo will explore the topic of changes that can be made to create a more equitable community when it comes to mental health.
Experts will explore why access to professional and personal care is not the same for everyone and what changes can be made to create a more equitable wellness community. There will be time for questions and answers, and information will be shared about resources for mental health and wellbeing.
To subscribe to “Equity and mental health: collective exhaustion; Collaborative Restoration”, visit: http://dccc.edu/dialogue.
The Center for Equity and Social Justice at Delaware County Community College hosts an ongoing series of Dialogue for Diversity events with rotating topics and formats. Due to the pandemic, these events are taking place virtually. The center is hosted by the college’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
The Dialogues for Diversity series provides a safe space for courageous and respectful community discussions about race, ethnicity, prejudice, discrimination, social privilege and other topics that are sometimes difficult to discuss. Previous dialogue topics have included “Discussing Race in Our Communities,” with special guest New York Times bestselling author Austin Channing Brown, and “Equity & Education,” a conversation with Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab , professor of sociology at Temple University, and president and founder of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University in Philadelphia.
The college’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Simuelle Myers, moderates the dialogues. The Dialogues for Diversity series is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Visual Sound and the Village of Four Seasons, a subsidiary of National Realty Corporation.
Enter the Baseball Card Flipping Contest Now
The Sports Legends Museum of Delaware County is currently recruiting for a baseball card flipping contest to be held at the SLDC, 301 Iven Ave., Radnor, from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. The “High Stakes” Texas Hold ‘Em style contest will feature rebuys and add-ons. The prize pool depends on the number of players who participate in the contest.
Players do not need to bring their own cards. Cards will be provided by Choice Sports Cards in Aston.
The contest will benefit the Delco Baseball League, the oldest incorporated baseball league in the United States. The league consists of outstanding baseball players selected from all areas of southeastern Pennsylvania. Squads for the 2022 season will include players from Aston, Chester, Marple Newtown, Narberth, Springfield, Upper Darby and Radnor.
A $25 registration fee is required in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information on how to support the High Stakes contest and have a good time, call the museum at 610-909-4919, contact Jim Vankowski at [email protected] or Nick Ducomb at [email protected]
Williamson Auxiliary hosts purse bingo
The Williamson College of the Trade Auxiliary will present hand bingo on Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m. in the school dining hall.
The cost is $30 per seat for 10 games. The 11th game costs $10 per board and has a special purse. There will be raffle chances for $1 each, 50/50 for $1 each, extra game boards, dabbers and snacks for sale or attendees can bring their own. There will also be chances on a Williamson quilt featuring the design on Alumni Day, June 4.
attendees must wear face masks and must have a ticket at the door to enter. Williamson is at 106 S. New Middletown Road, Middletown. For more information, contact Terri Dugan at 610-329-6427 or [email protected]
Media Theater presents John Smitherman’s concert, Veterans Night
For one weekend only, John Smitherman will bring his concert “My Broadway!” at the Media Theatre, Saturday February 19 and Sunday February 20. Smitherman is back on the media stage to bring audiences top Broadway male hits. Audiences will hear all of their favorites performed with a full orchestra, highlighting the many roles Smitherman has performed throughout his career. Songs from ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, ‘South Pacific’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Man of La Mancha’, Phantom of the Opera’ and more will be performed, along with some of his favorite songs made famous by many such artists as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Mario Lanza and Tom Jones. Jessica Edwards and Jaimie Lynn Jensen will make appearances.
Smitherman is also no stranger to media veterans, having played for their annual fundraiser in the past. The Media Theater will host media veterans at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 19. All seats on either night are $30. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.mediatheatre.org or by calling the box office at 610-891-0100.
Delco Historical Society Celebrates Black History Month with Sun Ship Program
The Delaware County Historical Society will celebrate Black History Month with the presentation of a special virtual program, “Sun Shipbuilding’s Yard No. 4: Segregation and Black Shipbuilding during WWII,” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23. The event will feature Dave Kavanagh, president of the Sun Shipbuilding Historical Society and Dr. John McLarnon, professor of history at Millersville University and author of Ruling Suburbia: The Biography of the McClure Machine of Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
Speakers will talk about the history of Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company before and during WWII, the creation of Yard #4, and insights from various community members about their experiences working at Sun Ship.
In 1943, more than half of the 35,000 employees of Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. were black, a third of whom worked in separate yard #4. Emmett J. Scott, former secretary to Booker T. Washington, was hired by the Pew family to oversee recruiting and assistants. Sun Ship was the largest shipyard in the world during World War II and built tankers, hospital ships, freighters and escort carriers. It was once located on the banks of the Delaware in Chester where Harrah’s Casino is located today.
For more information on the virtual program or sponsorship, visit http://PaDelcoHistory.org.
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