Your Monthly News & Updates
Spring has sprung and signs of the season are literally popping up all over town - thanks to the generosity of the Swarthmore Horticultural Society! Read on to learn more about what's happening in late April and in May, including events to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of our beloved Swarthmore Public Library . And be sure to visit our website for a directory of shops, restaurants, and services. 
TONIGHT is the Food Truckathon! 
Here's a list of foodtrucks you can expect to see at tonight's Food Truckathon, sponsored by the Swarthmore Co-Op. You can support our friendly community food market everyday by choosing to shop the Co-Op first.

Barkley's BBQ
Milk and Sugar Tot Cart
Bonjour Creperie
Mojo Loco Viva Bowls
Cupcake Carnivale
Plum Pit Wrong Crowd
Dos Gringos
Pizza Wagon Cow and Curd
Dr Wutzit's Wonderballs
Say Cheese Nick's Roast Beef
Gotta Lotta Gelata
Spurrito The Little Sicilian
Li Ping Corn
Street Food Delicious Craving
Lokal Artisan Foods

Are You Ready to Book It? 

The Book It! 5k Walk/Run is this upcoming  Saturda y, April  27.  This point to point race from the Helen Kate Furness Library to the Swarthmore Public Library is fun for the whole family, including the furry ones! Activities and live music will be held after the race in Swarthmore's Central Park. For more information and to register, visit their website: 

Like to do things last minute? No worries...same-day registration is permitted. 
New Student Registration at Swarthmore Ballet Theatre

Sign up for 2019-2020 classes at Swarthmore Ballet Theatre on Wednesday, May 1st at 7 am.  Parents usually line up quite early since there are only 2 spaces in each class for new students unless dancers have moved away. 

Please complete all 3 pages of the registration form - found online at - and bring along a check or cash for tuition to the lobby of Swarthmore Ballet Theatre, located at 118 Park Avenue. 

Current students and their families register in April.
The Swarthmore Public Library Turns 90!
The Swarthmore Public Library is celebrating its 90 year anniversary! In celebration, the Library is holding a series of fun events open to the public. All  e vents will be held at 121 Park Avenue. More information can be found at

90th Anniversary Balloon Fundraiser
April 8 - May 31
Show your support for the Swarthmore Public Library! Sponsor and hang a balloon in the library with your name or a special message. 

Historical Display in Borough Hall
May 1 - May 31
Interested in learning more about the library and the Swarthmore community over the past 90 years? Visit Swarthmore Borough Hall in the month of May for a lively and informative historical display. 

Spring Book & Bake Sale
May 2 - May 4
The Friends of the Swarthmore Public Library will be holding their Spring Book and Bake Sale from May 2-4. Buy gently used books, DVDs, music CDs, and more at amazing prices. And don't forget to pick up a delicious muffin, cookie, or cake on the way out. Yum!   

Thursday, May 2 from 9 am - 7 pm
Friday, May 3 from 9 am - 7 pm - 1/2 price da y!
Saturday, May 4 from 9 am - 4 pm - $5 a bag day!

Kickoff Party with the 20th Century Ramblers
Friday, May 17 starting at 7:30 pm
Help us kick-off a weekend of celebration with live music, libations, and finger food in Swarthmore's Central Park amphitheater. Don't forget to peruse the awesome historical display in Borough Hall. Light refreshments kindly provided by Wegman's and beer generously donated by Swarthmore Beer Company.

Birthday Party with Books & Breakfast
Saturday, May 18 from 9:30 am - 12 pm
Special guests will read stories, sing songs, and lead dances for all ages in the amphitheater. You'll also have the chance to play pinata, enjoy a birthday cupcake, and pose for a photo with some popular characters in costume! Light refreshments and cupcakes provided.  

Escape the Ghost Ship at Swarthmore Public Library
Saturday, May 18 from 9:30 am - 12 pm
You and your mates have 10 minutes to board the Ghost Ship, find the hidden treasure, and escape before the ship returns to the bottom of the sea.  Reserve your spot online at   and join in this exciting family friendly adventure game! Each game is for 2-6 players. Suggested donation of $5 per player. Players must be at least 9-years-old to play on their own. Not recommended for anyone under the age of 6. 

This event is made possible through the generosity of Xscape The Room, Delaware County's premier producer of escape games and team building events. Learn more at

Trivia Night
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 8 pm
Join us for a fun-filled trivia night in the library featuring historical, literary, and hot topic trivia! Sign up online at $20 per team of 4 to enter. BYOB with  pizza provided. $100 gift certificate to the winning team! 
Calling All Young Entrepreneurs: The Swarthmore Kids Market Returns!

Saturday, May 4 from 9:30 am - 12 pm (set-up begins at 8:30 am) 
Swarthmore Borough Hall parking lot  

In an effort to foster an entrepreneurial spirit among young people (and have a little fun!), Swarthmore Town Center is delighted to host the Swarthmore Kids Market. It will take place on Saturday, May 4 from 9:30 am to 12 pm. This is a market-style yard sale for kids in grades pre-K through 8. They are invited to set up and sell old toys, games, sporting and recreational equipment, clothing, hand-crafted or baked goods, or whatever else they want to sell. 
  • Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Same day registration is NOT permitted.  
  • $5 entry fee, CASH ONLY. Submit payment and registration form to Shannon Elliott of Harvey Oak Mercantile (HOM), located at 102 Park Avenue. Business hours are: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 am - 5pm and Sunday, 12-4 pm. 
  • Much like the Swarthmore Farmers Market, this event is RAIN or SHINE. No refunds due to weather. 
  • Participants must bring their own table, tent, chairs, blanket, etc. to display items 
  • Set up begins at 8:30 am. Spots in the parking lot will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. 
  • Proceeds raised from the entry fees will be donated to the Swarthmore Public Library.  
  • For questions or additional information, please contact Anita Barrett at

Gallery on Park
104 Park Avenue, 6-9 pm
Just in time for Mother's Day, Sandra Webberking will be the featured artist in May at Gallery on Park.  Sandra has created large one-of-a-kind garden sculptures specifically for this special event that are a must see! Please join us for a First Friday reception where you will have the opportunity to meet the artist, view her dynamic sculptures, and enjoy light refreshments. All are welcome.

D. Patrick Welsh Real Estate
16 Park Avenue, 5-7 pm
Join the team from D. Patrick Welsh as they celebrate 60 years doing business in Swarthmore! Complimentary wine and cheese, draft beer, appetizers from Occasionally Yours and cookies baked by Dave Welsh himself.

Harvey Oak Mercantile 
102 Park Avenue, 6 pm
April Showers Bring May Flowers!  Floral designer Liz Orye of Bough + Blossom is back at  Harvey Oak Mercantile  to share her talents. No need to wait until Mother's Day to receive flowers! Grab a friend, your favorite vase, and treat yourself to a beautiful bouquet. The workshop will include learning a few expert tips on arranging, floral care and fresh blooms to create a showstopper bouquet.  $55 each includes flowers and refreshments.  Space is limited, and reservations are required by May 1.  Email, stop in or call 610-328-1521 to reserve your spot. 

Milkweed Giveaway @ Harvey Oak Mercantile
102 Park Avenue, 5-8 pm
Another reason to visit Harvey Oak Mercantile on First Friday! Please come get some free rose milkweed seedlings, courtesy of the Swarthmore Monarch Boosters. There will be enough seedlings of these pretty pink flower and sweet vanilla smelling plants for the first 100 people to pop by. Plenty to go around and to help bring the monarchs to Swarthmore! Visit to see more info on upcoming events and workshops.

Houseplant Hospital & Vicky's Place
417 Dartmouth Avenue, 5 pm 
When Vicky's Place opens for dinner, you know it will be special! Join them for a Cinco de Mayo celebration featuring tacos and margaritas (BYO tequila).  Houseplant Hospital will also be gardening in front of Vicky's Place on First Friday. See what plants are well-suited as indoor/outdoor additions to your collection.

Kandy Kids 
5 S. Chester Road, 3-7 pm
Kandy Kids is having a birthday party for Sesame Street! This beloved children's show is 50-years-old. The party is  from 3-7 pm. Come and enjoy games that children played at birthday parties 50 years ago.
Decorated your own cupcake. Additionally, all Sesame Street toys are 10% off. 

Move Well Physical Therapy
413 Dartmouth Avenue, 4-7 pm
Spring into summer with Move Well - the newest storefront in Swarthmore Town Center. Move Well will be accepting new clients in May. This is not your typical physical therapy clinic. Stop in to chat with our Doctor of Physical Therapy, Emma Phibbs and Class Instructor, Joan to see what sets Move Well apart. Enter to win a WELLNESS GIFT BASKET and receive a FREE balance screening. Shop wellness and rehab supplies with a 20% off coupon!
Occasionally Yours
10 Park Avenue, last seating at 7 pm
With Springtime, comes GAZPACHO! Occasionally Yours will serve this refreshing, healthy soup throughout the summer - come and taste it! They will also offer their famous jumbo lump crab cakes and pasta with homemade sauce. Children's portions are available.  BYOB. Dine in or call ahead to pick up. 610-328-9360.

Swarthmore Co-Op
341 Dartmouth Avenue, 8:30-10:30 pm
It's the final Quizzo of the season! Form a team of 4-6 people for a night of trivia! Register your teams on the Co-Op's website a week prior to the event. $5 cash fee per person. BYOB for 21+. Awesome prize for the winning team! 

waR3house 3
100 Park Avenue, 7-10 pm
Dust off your Doc Martens! On First Friday, waR3house 3 welcomes The Scotch Bonnets from Baltimore, MD (Rocksteady Reggae/Ska) with The Philly Reggae Girls (Dub Reggae DJ's). This all ages show is $15/advance or $20/door. BYOB with lite fare served.  
What's New in May? Special Events from Town Center Shops

New Class at Breathe Om Yoga
100 Park Avenue, Suite #2
Come and experience a "Yin at the Wall" yoga class for a chance to feel the poses in a different way. Space is limited. Drop-in cost = $18. 

Monday, April 29 at 7 pm
Friday, May 3 at 9:30 am

Special Events at Harvey Oak Mercantile
Wilde Gatherings Hair + Skin Rituals Pop Up Shop
Sunday, May 5 from 1-3 pm
Join Harvey Oak Mercantile and Kelley Hughes to shop the holistic range of all natural skincare products made with Ayurvedic  principles including their addicting aroma mist sprays made with rosewater.  

Wax + "Un-Wine" with Nether Providence Soaps
Friday May 10 from   6-8 pm
Treat Yourself! 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 (BYOB also welcome!). Space is limited. Reservations and pre-payment required by May 8.  Email , stop in or call 610-328-1521 to reserve your spot. 

Rosé All Day 
Saturday, May 11 from  9:30 am - 6 pm
Shop our extended hours and find all of the perfect Mother's Day gifts while sipping complimentary Rosé  wine and champagne. 

Rosé All Day + Namastate Designs Pop Up Shop
Sunday, May 12 from  12-4 pm
Our Treat Yourself Celebration continues with more Rosé and an all day pop up shop with Emma Tate of Namastate Designs. Emma can help personalize your Mother's Day greetings with her unique, hand lettered post cards, wall decor, and stationery. 
Wine + "Un-Wine" with Nether Providence Soaps on May 10

Special Events at the Swarthmore Co-Op
Neil's Knife Sharpening Services
Sunday, May 5 from 10am - 4pm
Neil's Knife Sharpening Services will be at the store to sharpen your knives! 

The Co-Op Grill Opens!
Saturday, May 11 from  11am - 2pm 
The Co-op Grill re-opens on the patio just in time for the start of the Swarthmore Farmers Market! 

Monthly Board Meeting
Monday, May 20 at 7 pm
All Owners are welcome to attend. This meeting takes place at 7 pm in the Activities Room at Borough Hall.

Meet the Author: Jon Steinman
Wednesday, May 22
Grocery stores exert considerable influence over the global food supply and in the communities we live. How do the largest grocers today maintain their grip on foodmakers, communities, and eaters? Author Jon Steinman offers a preview of the research that went into his new book Grocery Story and he recounts his experience as a food systems journalist that would eventually lead him to write a book about consumer-owned grocery stores (food cooperatives). Jon will share the amazing work food co-ops are doing in communities across the country.

11 am - meet the author Jon Steinman at the Swarthmore Co-Op
7 pm - presentation, reading, and Q&A with Jon Steinman
Volunteer with Compeer

Located in Swarthmore Town Center, Compeer of Suburban Philadelphia is in the business of making friends. The program recruits and trains caring volunteers in Delaware County and matches them in one-to-one, same gender friendships with people in mental health recovery. Compeer uses common interests to create good, solid, long lasting matches. 

If you're interested in hearing more about any of the people on the waiting list, please give Compeer a call at 610-541-0790 or email Olga Antonyuk at
Allstate's Donation Drive for Providence Animal Center

It's a big question - are you a cat person or a dog person? Either way, displaced animals could always use your support. This month, Allstate is hosting a donation drive for Providence Animal Center in Media, PA. Visit Megan Gaardsmoe and her team from 8 am - 6 pm (Monday - Thursday) and 8 am - 5 pm on Fridays at 11 Park Ave, Swarthmore. Here is a list of desired donations:

Cleaning Supplies
Linens (no rips)
Non-Food Items
Food Items
disinfectant wipes towels all types of cat toys toilet paper & paper towels soft dog treats
bleach sheets non-plush dog toys hand soap deer antlers & pig ears
2-sided sponges washcloths Kong toys (size medium & larger) brown paper bags bully sticks & raw hide
latex gloves pillowcases
puppy pads & cat litter chicken broth

blankets w/out filling
baking soda peanut butter
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