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Friday, April 24
    • Middletown’s Dutch Country Market will host the first Delaware Country Festival from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    The festival will feature a talent competition, country and bluegrass bands, interactive square and line-dancing, craft vendors and food from the market.
    The talent competition will be held Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.
    Live performers include Don Mondo and The Muletrain, The Whirled Peas and more.
    Producers will be on hand to scout opening acts for rising country singer Matt Stillwell, who will perform at the Unicity Festival Friday, May 15, in Salisbury, Md.
    The festival is free and open to the public.
    To enter the talent competition, call (302) 373-1078 or email info@unicityfestival.com. Space is limited.
    To register as a craft or merchandise vendor or for more information, go to www.dutchcountryfarmersmarket.com.
    • The Delaware City Fire Company will hold their Annual Shrimp Feast at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
    Dinner includes shrimp, roast beef, potato and pasta salads. Free draft beer and sodas will be available. There also will be a cash bar and DJ.
    Tickets are $25 Per Person.
    For tickets or more information, call 838-1383.
    • An Arts and Smarts Extravaganza featuring performances by Cab Calloway School of the Arts students will be held at 7 p.m. at the Baby Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington. 
    Open bar and exceptional hors d’oeuvres will be served during intermission.  
    The event also will include Friends of the School, local professional musicians.
    The evening will honor Tina Betz, director of cultural affairs for the City of Wilmington, for her contribution to the arts in the community. Gov. and Mrs. Jack Markell and Lt. Gov. and Mrs. Matt Denn will be the honorary chairs of the program.
    Tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased in advance only by contacting Sally McBride at (302) 652-1841 or sfmcbride@comcast.net. Leave your name and address.
    All proceeds from Arts and Smarts will benefit programs at Cab Calloway.
    • A Fried Chicken and Dumpling Dinner will be held at the Little Creek Fire Company Social Hall on Del. 9, in Little Creek, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
    The dinner features fried chicken, dumplings, applesauce, mashed potatoes, peas, relish, cole slaw, rolls and butter, dessert and beverages. A cash bar will also be available.
    The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 10, and free for children 5 and younger. All proceeds benefit the Little Creek Ladies Auxiliary. 
    For more information, call Nancy at (302) 734-5071.

Saturday, April 25
    • Cub Scout Pack 123 of Delaware City will hold a bake sale as part of the Delaware City Yard Sale in front of Delaware City Town Hall at Clinton Street from 8:30 a.m. until items are sold out.
    Proceeds from the bake sale will go toward the Delaware City Library.
    For more information, call Pamela Pollack at (302) 834-1703.
    • Tiger Kicks Martial Arts and the American Cancer Society will hold a Breaking Board Fundraiser, from 1 to 4 p.m.
    The event is free and open to the public. Come out and watch martial arts demonstrations, board breaking, enjoy pizza, soda, a moon bounce and much more. Money raised at the event will be given to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. 
    The rain date is Sunday, April 26.
    Tiger Kicks Martial Arts is located at Big Oak Park, 417 Big Oak Road, Smyrna.
    • Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge will hold Horseshoe Crab Survey Training from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
    A Bird Watching 101 program will be held at the Bombay Hook Visitor’s Center from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    Linda Osiecki will give the workshop for beginning bird watchers and will go through some of the fundamentals of bird watching.
    Registration is not required, but is requested. Call (302) 653-6872 to register.
    The Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is located at 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna.
    For more information, call (302) 653-6872.
    • A CBHSA Rated Horse Show Hunter/Jumper will be held at Fox Den Farm, Dover. For more information, call Beth Steele (302) 734-9838.
    • Del Rods Car Club of Dover, in conjunction with Hardee’s and Pizza Delight, will begin the 2009 show-season by sponsoring their ninth annual kick-off show at the Greentree Shopping Center on Del. 8 in Dover, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with registration closing at noon.
    Registration is $10 per vehicle. Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 75 vehicles registered. 
    Tom Sullivan will DJ the event. There will be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Participant voting will determine the trophy winners.
    For information, call Rich at (302) 674-5365 or Mary Ellen at (302) 335-0685.
    Rain date is Sunday, April 26.   
    • A yard sale will be held at the M.O.T. Jean Birch Senior Center starting at 8 a.m. at the Cochran Barn. Item donations are accepted Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m to 2 p.m.
    Call ahead and the center will make arrangements to meet you at the barn and assist with unloading. No clothing, shoes, encyclopedias or medical supplies will be accepted.
    The Camp Pecometh Quilt and Silent Auction preview will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Camp Pecometh, 136 Bookers Wharf Road, Centreville, Md. The Silent Auction will close at 1:30 p.m.
    The Pecometh Day activities also include a food tent, music, hayrides, fun and games, and open house tours of the facilities and summer camp.
    All proceeds from Pecometh Day activities will benefit the Campership and Capital Funds. Camperships are available for children who need financial support to attend camp and the Capital Fund allows Camp Pecometh to keep the camp facilities in top shape.
For more information, go to www.pecometh.org or call Summer Camp Director Richelle Darrell at (410) 556-6900, or Guest Services Coordinator Ann Ashe (410) 556-6900.

Sunday, April 26
    • M.O.T. Open Mic Poetry will feature students from St. Andrew’s School and creative writing teacher Chris Childers at 1 p.m. at the Gilbert W. Perry Jr. Center for the Arts in Middletown. All poets are welcome to read or just listen.
    • A sports card, comic book and collectible show will be held at Aetna Fire Hall, 400 Ogletown Road, Newark, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 50 of the area’s finest dealers will be on hand.
    Admission is $2 and free for children younger than 12. For more information, call (302) 559-7962 or email a2zshows1@yahoo.com
    • The Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation will host a Family Day at the Environmental Outpost, 585 Big Oak Road Smyrna, from noon to 4 p.m.
     Activities will include rocket launching and kite flying demonstrations, face painting, stories and songs, composting and worms, solar viewers, a spinning device and a hands-on Clean Water Maze featuring marine life by Wyland. Measure the new life size Wyland Right Whale, see Ronald MacDonald’s Show, experience how a caterpillar moves, learn about symmetry, make dinosaur tracks or experience the Earth Walk, see the “Hardest Working Van” in Delaware, meet ‘Stubby’ the helicopter or take a Horizon helicopter ride.
    This is a rain or shine event. Refreshments and Food will be available for purchase. Entrance fee is $5 per person and free for children 3 and younger.
    For more information, go to www.dasef.org or call (302) 834-1978 for more information and directions.
    • Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge will have  Bird Identification Station from noon to 5 p.m.
    From 1 to 3 p.m, there will be a tour of the refuge.
    From 2 to 4 p.m., there will be a bicycle tour of the refuge. The six-mile tour will include stops to discuss habitats, wildlife management techniques and to identify birds. Riders may continue on their own through the eight miles of refuge roads. Roads are dirt packed and bicycles with hybrid tires are suggested. Bring a helmet and check the air in your tires.
    The refuge is located at 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna. Participants can meet at the Visitor’s Center. Call (302) 653-9345 for more information.
    • The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington will host a free family program, “Funky Materials: Art-Making with the Everyday,” from noon to 3 p.m.
    Families can explore DCCA exhibitions on view and check out Caroline Lathan-Stiefel’s installation “Layer City” made from textiles, craft materials and discarded household objects. Families will have the opportunity to experiment with unexpected materials and create funky sculptures based on Lathan-Stiefel’s work. Gallery, theater games and other drop-in activities will also be offered.
    This program is designed for children ages 4 and older.