Community cleanup

Newark's twice-yearly community cleanup is set for Saturday.

First Friday Ride: Friday, 6 p.m., at Newark Shopping Center. A casual community bike ride sponsored by BikeNewark begins at the shopping center and travels 5.4 miles through the city. After the ride, participants will meet for food and drinks at the Deer Park Tavern. Participants may park for free at the shopping center.

Giant yard sale: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Grace Church, 355 Paper Mill Road. Benefits Hope Anew Kenya's Camp Nasaru.

Newark community cleanup: Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, begins at city hall, 220 S. Main St. Participants will meet at city hall and then be directed to various roads and parks around the city. Trash bags, gloves and snacks will be provided. To volunteer, call the Newark Parks and Recreation at 302-366-7000 or email

Tree planting: Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, at Middle Run Natural Area. Volunteers are needed to dig holes, plant, cage, and water up to 600 trees. Please bring shovels, gloves, and a water container (bucket or gal milk jug). Dress for the weather. Rain or shine. Planting will take place at the field at the intersection of Polly Drummond Hill Road and Smith Mill Road between the VCA Pike Creek Animal Hospital and Little's Garage. (This is not the typical entrance to the Middle Run Valley Natural Area.)

Interfaith Peace Walk: Saturday, 9 a.m., at Old College Hall 18 E. Main St. Hosted by the Delaware Sikh Awareness Council, the walk will begin at Old College and march east to New Ark United Church of Christ, where there will be activities and speakers.

Craft fair: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Aetna Banquet Hall, 400 Ogletown Road. A variety of crafts, food items, jewelry and toys will be for sale. Benefits the Christina School District’s Networks Program.

Concert: Saturday, 3 p.m., at Roselle Center for the Arts, 130 Amstel Ave. The Emerson String Quartet and the Calidore String Quartet will perform. Tickets start at $50.

Dance recital: Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m., at Delaware Dance Company, 168 S. Main St. This performance features members of the organization’s Performing Company and Youth Dance Ensemble & brings guest, alumni, resident and new emerging choreography to the stage. Tickets $10-25 at

Crush Your Run 5K: Sunday, 9 a.m., corner of Amstel Avenue and Orchard Road. 5K raises money for Preston’s March for Energy, which plans to give 20 adaptive bikes to deserving kids. An after-party featuring Orange Crush drinks is planned for The Deer Park Tavern. $30. Register at

Choir concert: Sunday, 10:15 a.m., at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 525 Polly Drummond Hill Road. The Matsiko World Orphan Choir, a 23-member children and youth choir that tours throughout the world sharing its story, joy and exuberance in praise of God, will perform. In addition to presenting their music for worship, the group will also have a display of its handmade crafts. Free.

Newark History Museum opening day: Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m., at Newark History Museum, 429 S. College Ave. The museum will open for the season and debut a number of new exhibits, including one showcasing the history of Minster’s Jewelers. Free admission.

Basketfest: Sunday, 1:30 to 5 p.m., at Temple Beth El, 301 Possum Park Road. The fundraiser includes refreshments, a cash bar and the opportunity to win themed gift baskets. Admission $35. Call 302-366-8330 or visit

Election Day: Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Newarkers will go to the polls to vote for mayor and two council seats.

Concert: Tuesday, 8 p.m. at Roselle Center for the Arts, 130 Amstel Ave. UD’s Serafin String Quartet will perform. $15 for adults; $10 for UD faculty/staff/alumni & seniors; $5 for students.

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