Show Love, Shop Small, Shop Swarthmore!
Small Business Saturday continues to be an annual holiday shopping tradition - just one part of the larger movement to support small businesses every day and everywhere.  Because a visit to the neighborhood hardware store or a stop into  a family-owned cafe not only supports our local  economy, it promotes a more vibrant community.

In this season of gratitude, we thank you for supporting the small businesses in Swarthmore Town Center, and invite you to join us on Saturday, November 30 for Small Business Saturday. More details coming soon! Until then, r ead on for more ways to engage in your community, and be sure to visit  our website for a directory of shops, restaurants, and services. 

Gallery on Park
104 Park Avenue, 6-8 pm 
The featured artist for the month of November is local painter, Bob Bohne'. Light streaming through branches, breezy blue skies, dark alley ways, Bob has a way of capturing the essence of the environment that he paints. He is best known for his landscapes of Philadelphia and the surrounding area. Bob is the founder of Landscape Painting Philadelphia, a Plein Air Organization with over 400 members and runs a workshop at the Philadelphia Sketch Club. 

Join us for what is to be a spectacular evening of celebrating an amazing local artistic talent. Come meet the artist, view or purchase his newer work and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Harvey Oak Mercantile
102 Park Avenue, 6-8 pm
Succulent Terrarium Masters, Fancy Plants, will join Harvey Oak Mercantile for an evening of unique terrarium decorating. Each participant will get the opportunity to decorate a pre-potted terrarium with a variety of sand, rocks, sticks, mosses, and more!

$18 for one terrarium or $28 for two terrariums. All are welcome! Call, stop in, or email to reserve your spot. RSVP needed by Wednesday October 30.

1 Park Avenue, starting at 6:30ish
Hobbs welcomes back guest chef Francine who will serve up a variety of vegan dishes. BYOB. 

Kandy Kids Toys & Gifts
5 S. Chester Road, 6:30 pm 
Returning for her fourth year in a row, Rachel Johnson visits Kandy Kids on November 1. Rachel will delight your children with a Musical Story Time using puppets, books, and song to create a wonderful fall activity! Children are welcome to come in their PJ's. 

Occasionally Yours 
10 Park Avenue, last seating at 7 pm
Join us for Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Chicken Marsala, Baked Salmon Fillet with citrus and soy, and our Italian Delight - pasta with sweet Italian sausage, meatballs, and gravy. Gluten free pasta and children's portions are available. BYOB! Eat-in or take-out. For details or to place a takeout order, call (610) 328-9360.

Swarthmore Campus & Community Store
4 S. Chester Road, 5-7 pm
Create a cute and cozy tea bag gift to celebrate First Friday and the fall season! Join us at the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store for this fun, family-friendly activity. We will provide the tea bags, and all the supplies needed to make a sweet envelope to house it in. Just bring your creativity! First one is free create; additional tea bag satchels are $1.

Swarthmore Co-Op
341 Dartmouth Avenue, 8:30-10:30 pm 
Quizzo at the Co-Op! Form a team of 4-6 people for a night of trivia! To register your team, call 610-543-9805 or visit the Co-Op's website:

Film Screening: Black Klansman
Swarthmore United Methodist Church - 129 Park Avenue, 7:30 pm 
The Swarthmore United Methodist Church invites the community to a free showing of Black Klansman. This Spike Lee film is based on the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective hired on the Colorado Springs police force during the 1970's, and how he infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
Makers Market Craft: Decorate Your Own T-Shirt
Come join us at the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store tent to decorate T-shirts during the Makers Market. T-shirts are just $5, then work your magic using fabric markers provided. Kid friendly!

Book Reading & Signing: John Billheimer

Two opportunities to meet John Billheimer, author of  Hitchcock and the Censors. The book deals with how Alfred Hitchcock's films were targeted for censorship and how the master filmmaker worked around these issues. Additionally, Billheimer will discuss his new mystery novel Primary Target, the sixth in the Owen Allison series set in West Virginia.

Thursday, November 7 - at 1 pm or 7 pm - in Gathering Room at The Inn at Swarthmore. 

Both events will be followed by book sales and signings at the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store. Co-sponsored by the Swarthmore Rotary Club.

Stress Less on Thanksgiving!

Holiday Catering from Occasionally Yours
Let Scott and Theresa Richardson do the cooking for you on Thanksgiving! Occasionally Yours is now accepting holiday catering orders for various selections of side dishes and desserts. Call  (610) 328-9360, or sto p into their eatery on 10 Park Avenue for a catering menu.

Swarthmore CO-OP's A Taste of the Holidays
Saturday, November 16 from 11 am - 2 pm 
Join the Swarthmore CO-OP as they present samples from their Thanksgiving Holiday Menu. If you still haven't placed your order, this is the perfect time to try something new and get your order in before it's too late. Whether you are looking for ideas or are thinking about having the CO-OP cater, discover something delicious and delightful at "A Taste of the Holidays."
Grab a Friend & Get to Work! 
There are so many fantastic workshops and special events planned in November. Take time for yourself or take along a friend or neighbor. 

Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces
Sunday, November 3 from 2-4 pm
Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, Science Center Room 101
How can you shape your yard so that you combine the art of landscaping with the ecological awareness that is so important? This inspiring presentation with Jan Johnsen, will have you seeing all the possibilities your garden area offers. By utilizing such ideas as "hide and reveal," "lure of the sheltered corner," and "principle of three depths" you can make your outdoor space a place of beauty and delight.  Free and open to the public, space limited to 200. First come, first served.

Myofascial Release Workshop
Saturday, November 10 from 1-3 pm
Indigo Healing Arts Collective 
This "fascia-nating" workshop fuses together information about the ins and outs of connective tissue from the perspective of massage therapy with alignment based exercises of Pilates.  Learn about the myofascial system and the vital part it plays in your body. It is important to maintain open pathways throughout the body and understand that over-stressed fascia can lead to misalignment, discomfort and body pain. 

Join in-house massage therapist, Niva and guest Pilates instructor Kelly from Movement Source Pilates, for this all-levels workshop geared toward anyone who can get on and off the floor. If you have a body, it will thank you for attending this workshop. No previous experience required. You will be provided with two tennis balls and a handout of key points and exercises that are discussed in class. Cost is $45. Reserve your spot at

The Alchemy of Self Care and Slow Beauty
Friday, November 15 from 6:30-8:30 pm 
Indigo Healing Arts Collective 
Enjoy an evening of deep centering and self care that includes Yoga, Ayurvedic beauty rituals and a Sound Bath Concert. Mallory will lead a warming and grounding practice of slow flow yoga and guided breathing followed by a soothing sound bath meditation with crystal singing bowls offered by Olivia. The evening concludes with an exploration of ancient Ayurvedic beauty and self-care regimens offered by Indigo owner, Jacqlyn in the apothecary. 

Throughout the practice, students will enjoy warming teas, Ayurvedic mists and oils and at the close of meditation, students are offered dark chocolate infused with full spectrum CBD and small batch raw honey for additional grounding. Exchange is $45. Reserve your spot at

Restorative Yoga with Suki
Friday, November 22 from 6:30-8:30 pm 
Indigo Healing Arts Collective 
Join our monthly restorative practice with Suki where students will move through a sequence of poses to promote healing & harmony of mind, body & spirit. In this offering, students will be led through 5-8 poses, completely supporting the body with props to promote DEEP relaxation and renewal.  Guided visualization, poetry readings and therapeutic grade essential oils are all incorporated in this evening carved out for self-care & replenishment.

Proven Benefits of Restorative Yoga include improvement in sleep, decrease in high blood pressure, decrease in stress hormone production, decrease in anxiety, strengthens immune system & digestive function and aids in alleviating chronic stress.  $35 self-care investment. Reserve your spot at

Thanksgiving Holiday Arrangements
Tuesday, November 26 from 5:30-7:30 pm
Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College
Join Scott Arboretum gardener Susan Romero to create a gorgeous arrangement for your Thanksgiving table with fresh autumn greens and flowers. Susan will lead a demonstration on how to choose the best plant materials and creatively display them to make your table a conversation piece. This year, we will not use oasis - she will show you a creative way to hold your flowers in place in a glass vase. Flowers, vase, and instructions are included in the price. Limit 18. Members: $50.  Non-members: $60. To register, call 610-328-8025. 

Wax + "Un-Wine" with Nether Providence Soaps  
The November 22 workshop at Harvey Oak Mercantile is SOLD OUT, but this  popular maker event will return on Friday, December 13 from 6-8pm.  Get creative while relaxing and having some fun with friends. Soap and scent master, Saarene Panossian of Nether Providence Soaps will lead a hands-on workshop where you will blend your own fragrance and create a 10oz candle.  

$20 each includes candle supplies + wine! Space is limited.  Reservations required by December 10. All are welcome! Call, stop in, or email to reserve your spot.  

Book Reading & Signing: Benedicte Grima

Saturday, November 16 at 3 pm
Sycamore Room, The Inn at Swarthmore

Come hear author Benedicte Grima read from and discuss her novel Talk Till the Minutes Run Out, followed by a book signing in the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store.

Aging and homesick, Nur Ali is working at a local 7-Eleven and seeking asylum. Though exiled from his Pakistan, homeland and inaccurately labeled as a Taliban sympathizer by the US government, he's determined to keep his position as family patriarch. So Nur Ali leads and provides for his beloved family clan back in Pakistan while living half a world away.

Grima's novel is not only a thoughtful, engaging read, but provides new insight on what it's like to be a Muslim immigrant living in the United States.

All programs are free and open to the public.  Please register for planning purposes; programs with fewer than three registrants may be cancelled.  Call 610-543-0436, email , or visit our website. 


Talk Till the Minutes Run Out
Wednesday, November 20 at 7 pm 
Benedicte Grima has deep roots in both US and Middle East Culture. She grew up internationally, studied four Middle Eastern languages, became proficient in Farsi and Pashto, and conducted over twenty years of fieldwork throughout Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan - some as a Fulbright Scholar - as well as among refugees and exiles from there in the US as a language and culture interpreter.  Her novel gives readers new insight on what it's like to be a Muslim immigrant living in the United States.

T'ai Chi Chih
An eight week series led by Susan Corey each Monday at 4 pm in October & November.
T'ai Chi Chih is a moving meditation consisting of nineteen non-strenuous, easily learned movements taught over an 8-week session. These natural and gentle movements are done slowly, smoothly, and softly; the focus is on developing intrinsic energy and wellness. Rather than emphasizing martial arts principles, T'ai Chi Chih concentrates on focusing, balancing, and circulating the chi, i.e. energy. This practice does not require fitness or coordination and can be done by young adults and retirees alike.  Class size is limited. Please register for the full series only on the attend page of our website.

Writer's Workshop
Tuesday, November 19 at 10 am
Join us for a supportive, informal writers' group at the Library with times for writing, sharing, and offering feedback.

Open Paint & Doodle
Wednesday, November 20 at 2 pm
Join us for a free, open painting session with watercolors and water-based art markers. All materials provided. No experience needed!  Please register for planning purposes.


Film Discussion Group
Tuesday, November 12 at 1 pm
Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn star in this stylish comedy-thriller directed by Stanley Donen, very much in a Hitchcock vein. Grant plays Peter Joshua, who meets Reggie Lampert (Hepburn) in Paris and later offers to help her when she discovers that her husband has been murdered. After the funeral, Reggie is summoned to the embassy and warned by agent/friend Bartholemew (Walter Matthau) that her late husband helped steal 250,000 dollars during the war and that the rest of the gang is after the money as well.  113 minutes.

Mystery Mondays
Every Monday from 3-5 pm
Get your Mystery Fix! Join us every Monday from 3-5 pm in the Council Room to watch British and International mystery TV series. Watch your favorite detectives in action and discover new ones!

Italian Conversation
Friday, November 1 & 15 at 12 pm 
Practice Italian conversation with vocabulary, activities, partnered chats, and more!

Spanish Conversation
Friday, November 8 at 2 pm
Swarthmorean Allison Moore facilitates a generous and lively conversation for beginning and intermediate Spanish speakers each month.

French Conversation
Friday, November 15 at 2 pm
A friendly group of proficient French speakers meets each month to talk about art, literature, history, or current events. Come dust off your French! Facilitated by Lucy Saxon.

Book Groups
Thursday, November 14 at 2 pm OR
Monday, November 18 at 7 pm OR
Tuesday, November 19 at 2 pm
A community of readers discusses a monthly read. Inquire in the library or at 610-543-0436.

In Stitches: Yarn & Needle Work
Thursday, November 14 at 10 am
Do you knit, crochet or do needlework?  No matter your skill level, you can join our monthly In Stitches club to learn and share tips and ideas while enjoying lively conversations with fellow crafters. 

The Celtic World
Thursdays, October 24 - December 19 from 10 am - 12 pm 
A History of European Art is your gateway to this visually stunning story. In 48 beautifully illustrated lectures, you will encounter all the landmarks you would expect to find in a comprehensive survey of Western art since the Middle Ages. Works such as Giotto's Arena Chapel, Van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece, Leonardo's The Last Supper, Michelangelo's David, Vermeer's View of Delft, Van Gogh's The Starry Night, Picasso's Guernica, and hundreds more.  Refreshments will be served.
Library Book & Bake Sale
The fall Friends of Swarthmore Public Library Book & Bake Sale will be held on November 7, 8 and 9, and features a huge array of excellent books, movies, music, sheet music, and puzzles that will satisfy a wide spectrum of interests and age groups. A large and varied array of delicious home-made baked goods will also be available for sale.
The Book & Bake Sale hours are Thursday, November 7, 9 am until 7 pm; Friday, November 8, 9 am until 7 pm; and Saturday, November 9, 9 am until 4 pm. Friday is Half-Price Day (non-edibles only). Saturday is Bag Day, with most books costing $5 per bag, and rare and boutique books costing $20 per bag. The sale takes place at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue in Swarthmore, and all proceeds from the sale support Swarthmore Public Library.
Register for the Home for the Holidays Santa 5K Run/Walk
The Santa 5K Run/Walk is the kick-off event for Home for the Holidays. The course will commence at the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church (727 Harvard Avenue) and conclude at the Swarthmore Methodist Church (129 Park Avenue).  Race day registration and check-in will open on Saturday, December 7 at 7:45 am. The race will start at 8:30 am. 

Before November 25 = $20
After November 25 = $25
Children age 10 and under are free, but are required to register and run with parent/guardian.
Swarthmore College students free (student ID required).

Dressing up in any winter holiday gear/apparel is 100% encouraged! The first 100 registrants will receive a tote bag to commemorate their participation. 

Swarthmore Town Center and the Swarthmore Farmers Market will be open and located near the finish line so be sure to stick around and refuel after the race! And if you're a hardcore running enthusiast, don't worry...the race will be professionally timed by Bryn Mawr Running Company!

The Coe Family - 2018 Winner of "Most Festively Dressed Runners" Award

SAVE THE DATE: Holiday Tree Lighting & Caroling
Join Swarthmore Town Center and the Swarthmore United Methodist Church for a Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 30 at 6 pm. Usher in the holiday spirit and spread good cheer by caroling alongside friends and neighbors! 

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