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Read on to learn more about what's happening in Swarthmore in May. And be sure to visit our website for a directory of shops, restaurants, and services. 
First Friday on May 4!
Swarthmore Kids Market
112 Park Avenue, 5-7 pm
Children in grades preK through 5 are invited to set up and sell old toys, games, sporting equipment, clothing, hand-crafted or baked goods, or whatever else they want to sell. Here's how:

+ $5 entry fee, CASH ONLY. Submit payment and registration form to  Shannon Dietzmann Elliott of Harvey Oak Mercantile, located at 102 Park Avenue. 
+ Participants must bring their own table, chairs, blanket, etc. to display items.
+ Setup begins at 4:30 pm. Please check-in at HOM before setting up.
+ Proceeds raised from the entry fees will be donated towards supplies for a children's mural project in the town center. More info coming soon...
+ For questions or additional information, please contact Anita Barrett at 

* Be sure to stick around after the Market for live entertainment by some of SRS' most talented musicians and singers. Plus Sunset Slush will be around with their Italian ice cart. Spring in the 'Ville is finally here! * 

5 Park Avenue, 5-7:30 pm 
Wine Not? is a low-key event featuring some of owner Emily Scott's favorite wines for you to sip while browsing new Spring styles and mingling with friends, both old and new. Plus enjoy 10% off all day long! This event is free, but please have your ID on hand.

Harvey Oak Mercantile
102 Park Avenue, 4-7 pm
Mom's Day Flower Pot Painting at HOM: kids of all ages are invited to create a one of a kind, hand painted flower pot for mom (or anyone else special in their life). Free while supplies last!  Donations will also be accepted and will be given to the Swarthmore Horticultural Society to help support their efforts of making Swarthmore a blooming and beautiful place to live.

High Volume Hair Studio
9 S. Chester Road, 6-7 pm
Come meet Angela and Anna, the new owners and stylists at High Volume Hair Studio. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and hair consultations while checking out their gorgeously renovated space! 

Houseplant Hospital
7-B S. Chester Road, 7-9 pm
A mystery horticulturalist makes another house call to the Hospital. This month, participants will learn how to make pollinator boxes. Free to attend; material costs only. BYOB. 

Indigo Healing Arts Collective
110 Park Avenue, 6-7 pm 
Come as you are, let loose, move, and breathe during this slow flow yoga class. No prior yoga experience is necessary. After class, students are encouraged to linger in the apothecary and plant room. $15. Pre-registration is required. Reserve your space via email at

Kandy Kids Toys and Gifts
5 S. Chester Road, 3-7 pm 
Kandy Kids invites children to plant their very own string bean seed. Additionally, children will examine a seed as it is beginning to sprout and read a selection from the book It All Started with a Seed Join the fun anytime between 3-7 pm. 

Occasionally Yours
10 Park Avenue, last seating at 7 pm
Please join Occasionally Yours for their famous Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce. They'll also  offer Pasta with a variety of Homemade Sauces. Children's portions available. BYOB to dine-in or call ahead to pick up and take home. 610-328-9360. 

The Pilates Connexion
15 S. Chester Road, 7-8 pm
The Pilates Connexion will be holding a Cardio Kickboxing class with Bridget Pothier. Try Cardio Kickboxing and improve your strength, cardio fitness, and flexibility using martial arts and boxing techniques. Learn easy-to-follow combinations for a total body workout. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat and a towel - you'll need it! Class is $10. Sneakers required. Please visit their website to register online. 

Swarthmore Campus & Community Store
4 S. Chester Road, 5-7 pm
Come make big bright tissue paper flowers for Cinco de Mayo with Swarthmore College student Abby Young, from 5-7 pm at the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store. Ages 8 to 108 are welcome.

Swarthmore CO-OP
341 Dartmouth Avenue, 8:30-10:30 pm
Quizzo de Mayo is back! Come out to the last Quizzo of the season and celebrate Cinco de Mayo! The CO-OP will provide chips, salsa, and drink mixers! BYOT (tequila!) if 21+. Form a team of 6 people and register online  by visiting the CO-OP's website.

Swarthmore Friends of the Arts
121 Park Avenue, 6-8 pm
A new exhibit celebrating the work of a variety of local artists will be on display this month. The public is invited to an Opening Night Reception in Swarthmore Borough Hall where they can meet and mingle with the featured artists.

Wellness on Park
100 Park Avenue - 2nd Floor
Enjoy Reflexology and Chair Massage for $2 per minute with a 5-minute minimum, 15-minute maximum. By appointment, but walk-ins are also welcomed.  E-mail Donna Diakite at  for details and to schedule.
The Return of the Swarthmore Farmers Market!
Photo by Jack Zigon Photography.
The Swarthmore Farmers Market was created to be THE Saturday morning food, art, and community gathering destination for people from Swarthmore and the surrounding communities. The 2018 season opens on Saturday, May 5. For more information visit their website or follow the Market on social media
This Month Only! Special Events & Promotions 

International Pilates Day
May 5, 10 am 
Pilates Day is an annual, international community event celebrated on the first Saturday of May. Join  The Pilates Connexion PA on May 5th at 10am for a $5 Pilates Mat class. FIVE DOLLARS! Perfect if you've never experienced Pilates. Appropriate for ages 8+.  The Pilates Day mission is to foster the public's appreciation and awareness of the Pilates Method through a network of varied, innovative, and high quality grassroots Pilates events accessible and affordable for all.

Swarthmore Horticultural Society's Second Chance Plants Sale
May 5, 9:30-11:30 am
If you're looking for a great deal on hardy plants that will give you year-round visual beauty, be sure to come to the Second Chance Plants Sale, sponsored by the Swarthmore Horticultural Society. The beautiful shrubs and perennials that have served as the winter plantings in the large garden containers around the Swarthmore business district will be sold on Saturday, May 5, 9:30-11:30, at the Swarthmore Farmers Market, in the Swarthmore Borough Hall parking lot.  These beauties are healthy, robust, and ready for transplant to your garden or containers. For  prices, photos, and details about the specific plants on sale visit the SHS website .

Swarthmore Garden Club Herb Sale
May 5, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm 
The Swarthmore Garden Club will also join the fun on May 5 with their annual Herb Sale. As in year's past, they will offer certified organic culinary and ornamental herbs, heirloom tomato plants, and colorful flower and herb baskets. The Herb Sale will be set up in front of Borough Hall. 

What Makes a Time Bank Work? 
May 9, 7pm at the Swarthmore Methodist Church - 129 Park Avenue
Founded by Swarthmore College alum Edgar Cahn '56, time banks aim to build community and reciprocity using a time-based currency. Nicole Banales, a Swarthmore 
College senior, is a former intern with Timebanks USA, the non-profit organization that aids time banks throughout the country. Ms. Banales has developed a deep interest in time banks and the role they play in the communities they aim to serve. For her sociology senior thesis she worked with four local time banks at various stages of development to determine the various factors that contribute to success or failure of a local time bank. One of her subject time banks was the Nether-Swarthmore TimeBank, which Swarthmore Senior Citizens Assocation has sponsored. Ms. Banales hopes to offer suggestions for time banks and the Timebanks USA organization to assist them in achieving reciprocal communities.

Refreshments will be served at 7 pm and the program will begin at 7:30 at the  Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue.

"Treat Yourself" Weekend at Harvey Oak Mercantile
In anticipation of Mother's Day, HOM will offer extended hours and host a variety of events all designed to treat yourself. Check it out...

Wine & Watercolors: May 11, 5-8 pm
Channel your inner Georgia O'Keefe, enjoy complimentary cocktails  (21+ only) and connect with friends while creating watercolor paintings at HOM. No experience necessary. 

Martha Perkins Art Pop Up Shop: May 11, 5-8 pm
Local resident and talented artist, Martha Perkins, stops in to set up  a pop-up shop featuring an expanded assortment of her paintings,  jewelry and other special surprises.
Afternoon Yoga: May 12, time TBD
An in-store yoga class with certified instructor, cool mom and f riend, Jen Green.

Mother's Day Specials on Sunday, May 13
Stop by for giveaways and a few special deals, too! Plus bubbly to celebrate the mothers in our lives and to...treat yourself!

Scott Arboretum Spring Sale
Wister Center, 500 College Avenue 
May 18, 5:30-7:30 pm: Preview Party
May 19, 10 am - 12 pm: Member Shopping
May 19, 12-3 pm: Public Shopping
The Spring Sale at the Scott Arboretum will feature a variety of plants to help local gardeners create a backyard oasis. You will find tropicals, annuals, and tender plants not found at the big box stores.  Plant experts will be on hand to answer your questions. These plants are a great way to transform your containers and garden. For more information, visit their website

Swarthmore Rotary Club Fun Fair
May 20, 12-4 pm 
This is an all-charity event where non-profits and charitable organiz ations crea te fun activity booths and guests pay to participate, all the while helping raise m oney for needy causes. The theme is "Having Fun Helping Others." Kicking off with a  p arade, the Fun Fair includes 4 hours of continuous entertainment on several stages - plu s a food court offering a wide variety of tasty fare. More information about the 2018 Fun Fair can be found on their website
Events at the Swarthmore Public Library

Mystery Mondays
Get your Mystery Fix at SWPL! Join them 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! In May, the Library will show Dr. Blake Mysteries with two episodes from Season 1: "Brotherly Love" and "Hearts and Flowers." This series has sub-titles available.

Food for Thought Cookbook Club
May 3, 4-5 pm 
Do you love to cook and try out new recipes?  Join the Food For Thought Cookbook Club where participants meet the first Thursdays of the month to share and feast on cooked delicacies from recipes in the cookbook on display at the Swarthmore Public Library.  Browse through the cookbook, pick a recipe and enter your name and chosen recipe at the back of the book. Then bring your prepared dish for sharing at the meeting.  This month, the Library will cook Chinese cuisine from Ching's Everyday Easy Chinese by Ching-He Huang.

English Conversation for English Language Learners 
May 4, 2 pm 
Please join the Library for a free conversation hour as you build your confidence in speaking English. Topics may involve small talk, holidays and customs, and common slang. Participants will get to practice speaking in a casual environment and meet other international adults (age 14 and over). Participation is free, but registration is required.  The facilitator, Mimi Nenno, holds an MA TESL degree and has 3 years' experience teaching adults.

PA Primaries Voter Information
May 9, 7 pm
With new districts and dozens of candidates, this primary will be a test of our civic dedication! This event, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, will make it easy to go into the voting booth feeling informed and prepared.  The non-partisan League of Women Voters will offer unbiased voter information to help you make the best decisions in one of the most essential civic duties - voting! 

PAWS for Reading
May 3 & May 17, 6:30-7:30 pm 
Children are invited to the library to practice reading to the best listener - a dog! Three therapy dog teams will be at the Swarthmore Public Library to meet with beginning and reluctant  readers and to listen to children (kindergartners and older) read a book of their choice. This is also an ideal opportunity for English language learners. 

This very popular program is held two Thursdays each month. Registration is required. Each child will get a time slot within the 6:30-7:30 window. Email Mr. Scott at  to request a specific time. 
"Black Hole" by Martha Perkins on display in Swarthmore Borough Hall. 
On Display: 2018 "Celebrate Swarthmore Artists" Exhibit

An exhibition of original art by area artists from Swarthmore, Rutledge, Wallingford, Nether Providence, and Rose Valley will be on display in Swarthmore Borough Hall from May 2 through June 3. 

The reception for the 2018 "Celebrate Swarthmore Artists" exhibit will be held on Friday, May 4 from 6-8 pm. It is free , child friendly, and open to the public. There will be beverages and hors d'oeuvres.
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
Saturdays at the CO-OP: The Grill is Back! 

Summer is just  around the corner and that means it's time for a patio party at the Swarthmore CO -OP. Join them every Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm for fresh food that's hot off the grill. And on May 5th, the chef will offer a special  Cinco de Mayo menu.

Photo by Jack Zigon Photography. 
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