The People’s Community Center celebrates 75 years

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The People’s Community Center celebrates 75 years

Students participate in an art class in the CAC Ballroom, circa 1970. The Community Arts Center is celebrating 75 years of art with its upcoming event, 75 Years of Art in the Community, Saturday, April 22. (COURTESY PHOTO)

NETHER PROVIDENCE — The Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, will host its annual spring fundraiser, 75 Years of Community Art, commemorating the organization’s diamond anniversary, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 22 April.

The ticket price for the evening includes an open bar during the event and a menu that will include vegetarian and gluten-free options prepared by Jeffrey Miller Catering.

The Dixon House Band will perform live diamond songs and music by musicians born in 1948 throughout the evening, providing the soundtrack to keep attendees dancing. The group consists of local musicians from Swarthmore and the surrounding area who prepare a special program especially prepared for the event.

A silent auction will be held online and will feature donated artwork and other treasures. The auction will be conducted through Pre-bidding will begin online approximately one week prior to the event and will conclude with online bidding during the event.

The guest of honor at the event will be Florence Brown, who has been a supporter of the CAC for over 50 years. Brown has served the CAC in many ways during her long tenure.

General admission for the event is $75. VIP tickets are $125 and include admission to a VIP reception, 6-7 p.m. prior to the start of the main event, in the CAC Ballroom featuring live jazz, a champagne toast, wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the CAC office at 610-566-1713.

For more information or directions, contact the CAC at 610-566-1713, visit or follow the center on Facebook.

The Center believes that the arts are essential to human development and societal well-being. CAC is dedicated to providing a supportive environment for artists at all levels of their creative journey, promoting participation in the arts through advocacy, education and outreach, and serving as a vital creative resource for the community.

The center was founded in 1948 by a group of local artists. Throughout its long and successful history, the center has continuously strived for excellence in all areas of its programming, expanding its course offerings and other programs to meet the needs of its community.

National Vietnam Veterans Day observed at West Chester University

As the nation prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of its withdrawal from Vietnam and honor all Vietnam veterans, insights not found in textbooks will be shared in person by several local Vietnam War veterans, as well as through the student unveiling of a powerful digital Vietnam War program/oral history project that has been in development for two years.

The free commemorative event will be held March 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the university’s Philips Autograph Library, located in Philips Memorial Hall (2nd floor), 700 S. High St., West Chester.

“Hearing the stories of our veterans and actively listening to their experiences is important. It goes beyond expressing gratitude for their service,” said military history expert and history professor Bob Kodosky. “It’s critical for us as we work to understand the complexities that have gone before us and the complexities we face today.”

Among several local Vietnam veterans who will join the discussion about their experiences will be those from the Marine Corps League of Chester County, as well as the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 436.

Also discussing the ramifications of the Vietnam War on a personal level will be former Congressman Curt Weldon, who was a WCU student during the war, and the Rev. Anderson Porter, a civil rights activist who marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Memorial Day also holds special meaning for the 20-plus WCU students who took the Honors 351 Oral History/Vietnam War Seminar with Kodosky and dedicated themselves to preserving the voices of a complex era.

In the spring of 2022, students learned about the Vietnam War and the effects it had on the local level.

The students eventually scheduled interviews with a local Vietnam veteran, a person associated with counter-activism, and a Vietnamese who had migrated to the US

The semester ended with three generations of military veterans accompanying a group of students to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. While there, a representative of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration presented each Vietnam veteran with a Vietnam Veteran lapel pin as an official token of the nation’s appreciation.

During the summer of 2022, several students interned in the WCU History Department to continue conducting interviews and organizing the photographs collected.

The students conducted a total of 40 interviews and collected more than 100 photographs and artifacts from local veterans and activists.

Then in the fall, through a combined history and digital history course, the students began assembling the website, where they prepared the interviews for publication and created several other projects.

The students received training and support from the Department of Defense Vietnam War Commemoration and the Louis B. Nunn Oral History Center at the University of Kentucky. Finally, in 2023, a team of student interns completed the website and planned an event for Vietnam Veterans Day.

“For many of the participants in the era, the effects of the war caused an uncomfortable silence,” Kodosky added. “I am proud that our students have provided a way for these people to finally share their voices as well as their historical narratives.”

The Over 50 Travel Club is hosting a trip to the 9/11 Memorial in New York City

The St Pius X Over 50 Travel Club is planning a trip to New York City to visit the 9/11 Memorial on Monday, April 24th.

The bus will depart from the church of St. Drink at Broomall at 8:30am, with scheduled entry to the 9/11 Memorial Museum at 11:30am

Additional exhibits to see are the reflecting pool outside the memorial and the chapel of St. Pavel” near the zero point for a self-guided tour. The bus will leave New York at 4pm and stop at Jimmy’s American Grill in Bordentown, NJ for dinner. The bus must return to St. Drink around 8:30 p.m

The cost is $163 per person and all are welcome. To reserve a spot, contact Kathleen at 610-353-2575 or email her at [email protected].

CADBI meets in Trainer

The Delaware County Chapter of the Coalition to End Death by Incarceration (CADBI Delco) will hold its monthly meeting from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 1, at the Church of the Victor, 1010 Sunset St., Trainer.

The group’s mission is to provide direct action in support of ending “death by deprivation of liberty” by treating all those affected with dignity. For more information, call 484-561-7273 or email [email protected]/.

Glenn Mills man retires as president of American Assoc. of university administrators

After 19 years of service as president and CEO of the American Association of University Administrators, Dan King of Glen Mills announced his retirement on June 30.

A holder of a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in education, King has also served as a faculty member, dean and provost.

He left a full-time university administrative job, but continued his work with the AAUA when his wife, Julie Wallman, became president of Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and later president of Widener University.

Under King’s leadership, the BZNS grew to over 2,000 members. It provides services and professional development opportunities to the full range of college leaders from the head of department to the president and also includes higher education staff from other countries.

Glenn Mills’ Dan King, CEO of the American Association of University Administrators (COURTESY PHOTO)

Since moving to the Philadelphia area in 2016, King has taught as an adjunct professor at Gwynedd Mercy University and Widener University.

The AAUA Board of Directors has elected Dean Houck of Bloomington, Indiana, as the next president and CEO of the AAUA.

The American Association of University Administrators is a nonprofit organization for higher education leaders across the spectrum of governance in all types of American higher education institutions, including two-year and four-year, public and private, for-profit and for-profit.

Its mission is to raise high standards for the higher education administration profession.

Readers can send community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at [email protected].

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