What's Happening in Swarthmore
In This Issue
Book It! 5k Walk/Run
First Friday
CO-OP Food Truck-athon
waR3house3 Calendar
Friday Night Live
Volunteer Opportunities
Can You Be A Friend?
Free Business Seminar
Coming in May
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Swarthmore Public Library 
The Swarthmore Public Library has a full schedule of events each month for children and adults. Coming in April: a  poetry reading by Dilruba Ahmed,
Reform for Fair Districts panel discussion,
Health Outreach with Rite-Aid,
Origami Book Workshop,
and more! To see their upcoming calendar, click here.
For more information about
Swarthmore Borough, please visit their website
or call the Borough Office at 610-543-4599.

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Book It! 5k: Still Time to Register!  

The Helen Kate Furness and Swarthmore Public Library invite you to the first annual Book It! 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, April 1.   The course starts at the Helen Kate Furness Library and ends at the Swarthmore Library. 

Participants can register online through Friday evening.  On the morning of the race, in-person registration will be available at Helen Kate Furness Library from 8-8:45 AM.  

8-8:45 - Check-in & Registration at Helen Kate Furness Library
9:00 - 5K Walk/Run begins at Wallingford Train Station & ends at Swarthmore Library
9:00 - Central Park activities, including food, drink, musical performance by SwUKEstra, face painting, sponsor tables & more!
9:45 - Award Ceremony
10:00 - Kids Races on Park Avenue
April 7: First Friday in Swarthmore!

Three Chairs for Three Sisters by Linda Schroeder
Spring is here! Enjoy the start of the season by visiting Swarthmore Town Center on April 7 for First Friday!

Swarthmore Friends of the Arts
121 Park Avenue, 5-7 PM
An exhibition entitled  The Other Side of Me includes original acrylic and mixed media paintings by Media artist Linda Schroeder.  It will be on display from April 6 through May 1 at Swarthmore Borough Hall. The public is invited to the artist's opening reception on April 7.  The event is free and all are welcome.  

Kandy Kids
5 S. Chester Road, 2-5 PM
Grow a Seed event at the store. All materials will be provided.

Swarthmore Campus and Community Store
4 South Chester Road, 5:30-6:30 PM
Two acapella groups, Sixteen Feet and Mixed Company, will perform at The Swarthmore Campus and Community Store.   

1 Park Avenue, starting at 6:30 PM
It's the 5th Annual Hot Dog Jamboree!  This year Hobbs will present dogs from Osteria, Zeppoli, Palizzi Social Club, American Sardine Bar, Stargazy, Mom Mom's Polish Food Cart, and more!   BYOB with vegetarian options available. 

Occasionally Yours
10 Park Avenue, last seating at 7 PM
Occasionally Yours is featuring their Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Family Pasta Night.  Eat in or take out.  BYOB.  Children's menu available.  Call early to reserve: (610) 328-9360.  

Bamboo Bistro
333 Dartmouth Avenue, open until 9:30 PM
Come to Bamboo Bistro and enjoy selections from their new Dim Sum menu. Steamed Crystal Shrimp Dumplings, Pan-fried Soup Dumplings, and many more. 5 pieces for only $6.95.  This special is available all month long!

Reiki With Marie -  Wellness On Park
100 Park Avenue - Suite #1, 5-7 PM
Marie Simons will be giving a Zentangle® demonstration. Come learn about this unique meditation through art. Marie, also a Reiki Master, teaches Zentangle® Meditation art classes at the Wallingford Community Arts Center, at corporate retreats, and private parties.

Breathe Om Yoga - Wellness on Park 
100 Park Avenue - Suite #2, 7-8:30 PM
Join Donna Shumaker for an uplifting Yin Yoga practice.   Unwind from the week and enjoy a bit of community, aromatherapy, and the magical glow of  candles.  Feel a sense of peace, calm, and relaxation.  $15 per person.  For more information or to register, please contact Donna at

Harvey Oak Mercantile
102 Park Avenue, 5-8 PM
A rock painting party in support of the "Art Rocks for Nature" pop up gallery event being held at the Swarthmore Community Center on May 2. HOM will provide rocks and art materials to paint, collage, stamp, and decorate rocks to submit to the gallery show. All ages welcome, and r efreshments will be served.   The pop up gallery event benefits the Chester Ridley Crum Creek Watersheds Association.

Swarthmore CO-OP
341 Dartmouth Avenue, 8:30-10 PM
Looking for a fun-filled Friday night? Bring the entire family and/or some friends for a special night of trivia during  Quizzo at the CO-OP . This is a FREE event, and don't forget it's BYOB (must be 21+ to drink)!   For more information about Quizzo at the CO-OP, call 610-543-9805.

April 21: CO-OP Food Truck-A-Thon!
The Food Truck-A-Thon is back at the Swarthmore CO-OP!  On Friday, April 21 from 5-9 PM, a variety of food trucks and vendors will be on-hand for patrons to enjoy their amazing food and drinks.  Some of the most popular trucks in the region will set up shop outside of the CO-OP. 

For a complete list of trucks and vendors or to sponsor this event, check out the CO-OP's website.  
Concerts & Comedy @ waR3house3
Check out the concerts and comedy featured at waR3house3 this month:

April 1  - April Fools Comedy Night & the Blues, hosted by Bradley Beck
April 8  - Swarthmore College Showcase featuring Altair, Caboose & Good Good Not Bad
April 15  - Tax Relief Night with Out of Order, Fuddy & Sean Nolan
April 22  - BETTERducks with Cookie Rabinowitz
April 29  - The Hot Club of Philly

For more information and to order tickets, go to the  waR3house3 website.  
Friday Night Live at the Community Arts Center
Friday Night Live is a monthly event that brings together live music and live art. Each event features a live music performance from a local artist. During the performance, featured artists  create visual art inspired by and responding to the music. The work is auctioned off by a silent auction taking place throughout the evening. 

Friday, March 31 features rock band Curb Alert, with visual artist Rinal Parikh. Can't make that performance?  Then attend on April 28 when Friday Night Live welcomes John Vanore & Abstract Truth, a contemporary large ensemble jazz band.   They will be joined by visual artist Jessica Eldredge.  

Doors open at 7 PM, and the musicians hit the stage at 7:30 PM. This is an adults only event, and guests are encouraged to BYOB. Water and light refreshments will be available.   To purchase tickets, click here.  
Volunteer Opportunities for All Ages

Looking for great ways to volunteer as a family, give back to the community, and have fun doing it? Here are some upcoming options: 

April 12, 1-3 PM - SRS Spring Break Service Day at Cradles to Crayons in Conshohocken. Ages 6+ only. Pre-registration required. 

April 21, 3:30-5:30 PM - Cradles to Crayons pop-up donation collection and sorting event at

April 22, 9-11:30 AM - Little Crum Creek Earth Day cleanup led by the Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association and microscope event facilitated by Swarthmore College.

April 27, 12:30-3:45 PM - Caravan and group volunteer shift at Cradles to Crayons in Conshohocken. Ages 6+ only. Pre-registration required. 

April 28, 4:30-7:30 PM - Little Crum Creek Cleanup and Family Picnic, featuring Hogface BBQ.

May 19, 4:30-7:30 PM - Little Crum Creek Cleanup and Family Picnic, featuring Hogface BBQ.

Please contact Jeannine Anckaitis at with questions or suggestions, to pre-register, and/or to offer a live music performance at any of the local events. 
Can You Be A Friend?

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. Here are profiles of just some of the people awaiting a friendship match:

In Clifton Heights, a 78-year-old female is social and artistic. She enjoys crafts, playing cards, and talking

In Media, a 22-year-old male is passionate, outgoing, and friendly. He enjoys writing music and songs. 

In Haverford, a 45-year-old male enjoys music, likes to read, and eat. He enjoys writing, playing games, and movies.

In Drexel Hill, a 71-year-old woman is shy, intelligent, reliable, and possesses insight.
In Folsom, a 63-year-old woman is social and enjoys being around people. She has great organizational skills and loves to  go shopping.

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
FREE Workshop: First Steps in Business

The Widener University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides one-on-one consulting services and a series of educational programs and seminars to new and existing businesses in southeastern Pennsylvania.

On April 12, 2017 from 9-11 AM, the SBDC will assist budding entrepreneurs as they start on the path to successful business ownership. Participants will discuss entrepreneurship and what it takes to start a successful small business.  

The seminar is offered at no cost to participants.  Visit  their website for additional information and to register.  
Coming in May...

Spring has sprung! There's so much to look forward to in the months ahead so be certain to save the date.

Friday, May 5: First Friday! ~ Swarthmore Town Center, 5-8

Saturday, May 6: Swarthmore Garden Club's Annual Sale ~ Borough Hall, 8:30-12:30

Sunday, May 7: Rotary Club Fun Fair ~ S warthmore Town Center, 12-4

Saturday, May 13: Swarthmore Horticultural Society's "Bloom or Bust" Plant Sale ~ Centennial Park, 9-12

Saturday, May 13: Swarthmore Farmers Market: 2017 season begins! ~ Central Park, 9:30-1:30

Saturday, May 13: Swarthmore Makers Market ~ Park Avenue, 9:30-4
Learn More about Swarthmore21
Swarthmore21 is a group of Swarthmore residents who share a vision for a vibrant, thriving, and sustainable business district in Swarthmore. They are leading a community effort in 2017 to remove long-standing restrictions around the sale of beer, wine, and spirits in the town. By doing so Swarthmore21 believes it will help existing and prospective businesses compete more effectively and better meet the demands of consumers. Registered voters are invited to learn more about this issue, the process, and how you can support Swarthmore21 by visiting

Discover Swarthmore
Swarthmore's downtown village is home to wonderful shopping, dining, service, and entertainment options. For a directory of businesses, click here.