A new decade in Swarthmore kicks off with SRA's New Year's Day 5K Race!  Read on for more details and be sure to visit  our website for a directory of shops, restaurants, and services. 
Register for the New Year's Day 5K Race
Kick off Swarthmore Recreation Association's 80th year by participating in the annual New Year's Day 5K and Kids' Races on Wednesday, January 1st. 

The race  starts at 10:30 am and winds through Swarthmore in a flat and fast course that ends with a lap at the college track. Kids' races, also on the college track, start at about 11:30 am for children ages 2 through 13.

Regular pre-registration through noon December 31 is $25, and the race-day registration fee is $30.  Race-day registration starts at 9 am at Swarthmore College's Lamb-Miller Field House.  Checks or cash preferred - no credit cards accepted day-of. 

Gallery on Park
104 Park Avenue, 6-8 pm 
Gallery on Park's featured artist for January is Philadelphia artist, Barbara Mayfield. Graduating from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Barbara works in oil & acrylic on canvas, paper on panel, and monotype.  Her work has been represented by fine galleries in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Stamford CT, and Santa Fe NM and now Swarthmore! She was also a mural painter for the Philadelphia Museum of Art Community Programs Department.

Ring in your new year by joining us on Friday, January 3 from 6-8 pm for the opening reception of her wonderful and colorful work.  Complimentary refreshments will be served and all are welcome!

Harvey Oak Mercantile
102 Park Avenue
Sip, Shop, and SALE! Take 25% off all sale items on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This includes clothing, shoes, seasonal items, and more! 

Swarthmore Campus & Community Store
4 S. Chester Road, 4-7 pm
Make a  "Good Things" memory jar!  Join your friends at the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store to decorate and take home a  " Good Things" memory jar.  Put in a note whenever good things happen - task done well, a music piece completed, an athletic achievement, a good grade, a satisfactory resolution, and any other happy family event. Then on New Year's Eve 2020 you can read back over all the good things of 2020.  All materials provided for free. This event is open to the public and suitable for all ages.
"Landscapes Imagined" from the Swarthmore Friends of the Arts 
A new art exhibit in Swarthmore Borough Hall is coming in January! Swarthmore Friends of the Arts is pleased to present "Landscapes Imagined" by Cynthia Murray.  It will be on display from January 3 through January 29. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Cynthia began her creative pursuits during childhood when she and her five siblings would create summer craft projects under their mother's direction. Eventually conquering skills more complex than gluing greeting cards to scrap pieces of wood, she began to understand how art could be an effective way to communicate ideas that often felt too complex for words, a way to tell her story. Combining that appreciation for art with a love for mathematics and science led her to study landscape architecture at Rutgers University and the University of Illinois.

Designing a wide variety of landscapes throughout the United States as well as international locations often left Cynthia frustrated when construction documents were turned over to teams of contractors. Wanting to be a more active participant when her dreams imagined shifted to physical reality, her frustration led to a search for outlets to develop an idea and follow through to a finished product, crafted by her own hands.  Painting has become a way for Cynthia to interpret the world, not necessarily how she sees it, but how she feels it. "I find the challenge and the goal is to capture the emotional essence of any subject with a unique style that is hopefully both captivating and thought-provoking."

Her award-winning paintings have been exhibited in numerous galleries and art centers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

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. 

Italian Cultural Evening
Monday, January 13 at 7 pm
Join your Italophone and Italophile friends and neighbors to shares stories, recipes, and phrases in Italian.

Writer's Workshop
Tuesday, January 21 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, January 15 at 2 pm
Join us for a free, open painting session with watercolors. All materials provided. No experience needed! Please register for planning purposes.

Film Discussion Group
Tuesday, January 14 at 1 pm
This fall, the worldwide phenomenon became a grand motion picture event, as the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance, and intrigue that will leave their future hanging in the balance. Rated PG, 122 minutes.

Mystery Mondays
Mondays 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, January 3 & 17 at 12 pm
Practice Italian conversation with vocabulary, activities, partnered chats, and more!

Spanish Conversation
Friday, January 10 at 2 pm
Swarthmorean Allison Moore facilitates a generous and lively conversation for beginning and intermediate Spanish speakers each month.

French Conversation
Friday, January 17 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
A community of readers discusses a monthly read.  Inquire at the Library or at 610-543-0436.
Thursday,  January 9 at 2 pm
Monday, January 20 at 7 pm
Tuesday, January 21 at 2 pm

In Stitches: Yarn & Needle Work
Thursday, January 9 & 23 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.  Some supplies will be available for newcomers.

Video Lecture Series:  History of the Islamic Golden Age
Thursdays, January 9 - February 27 from 10 am - 12 pm
The Islamic Golden Age was one of the most remarkable periods of scholarly achievement and cultural flourishing in human history. Covering the years from approximately 750-1250, the advancements made during this period are akin to the blossoming of wisdom in ancient Greece, or the later European Renaissance. Like ancient Greece and the European Renaissance, the Islamic Golden Age was made possible by a happy coincidence of politics, patronage, and great minds. Refreshments will be served. 
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