Things worth knowing
WATER CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN!
From Thursday, Aug. 18, to Sunday, Aug. 21, Cirque Italia will perform its one-of-a-kind show at Fort DuPont in Delaware City on a stage holding 35,000 gallons of water, with performers from around the world. The water circus includes contortionists, acrobats, jet ski acts, high wire feats and more. For more information, visit cirqueitalia.com.
COMPETITIVE SURFING’S COMEBACK
Calling all surfers: this fall, the Delaware Surfrider Foundation will host Delaware’s first Diamond State Surf Classic to help bring competitive surfing back to Delaware. Combining a festival environment with a friendly competition, the Sept. 24-Nov. 20 classic promises a great time at the beach, located at the Northside of the Indian River Inlet. Surfrider, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to the preservation of the world’s oceans through its activist network. Participation for this event ranges from ages 10 to 60+ and is limited to 100 people. All boards are welcome except stand-up paddleboards. For more information, visit delaware.surfrider.org.
GREAT DAMES SPONSORS POWERFUL CONVERSATIONS
“What matters to you?” is the question the Great Dames organization is asking women during its seminars this fall. Great Dames aims to inspire and embolden women in the workplace and their personal lives by connecting passionate women in activities, volunteering, and inspiring conversations like their upcoming talks. The discussions will focus on Wisdom Across Generations, Igniting Your Passion and Purpose, and Creating Change Through Policy. The talks will take place at Harry’s Savoy Grill & Ballroom several Mondays this fall – Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5. For more information, visit Great-Dames.com/Events.
AN IMPACTFUL DONATION
Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware will expand their STEM education programs thanks to a grant of $10,000 from PPG Industries. The company supports the Boys and Girls Club’s nationwide mission to enable all young people to fulfil their potential and pursue career opportunities. The Boys and Girls Clubs’ programs empower 30,000 youth in locations with limited educational opportunities. For more information, visit bgclubs.org.
DELAWARE DONOR DASH
You can support transplant initiatives during the Delaware Donor Dash 5K on Saturday, Aug. 6. The Gift of Life Donor Program, Christiana Care Health System, and the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children have teamed up again to host the Third Annual 5K run/walk to emphasize the importance of tissue and organ donors in our community. Entry fee is $25, and registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit events.donors1.org.
DELAWARE SYMPHONY GETS GRANT, GIVES BACK
The Longwood Foundation has awarded a grant of $300,000 to the Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DSO), an essential part of Delaware’s culture since 1906. The DSO will be implementing its three-year Strategic Plan to expand its influence and accessibility throughout Delaware by re-introducing outdoor performances, expanding educational programs, and partnering with nonprofit organizations to form a connection with underserved populations. From orchestra to outreach, the DSO is determined to use its resources and generous grant to do as much as it can for the community. For more information, visit delawaresymphony.org.
NEW CASTLE STARTUP GETS GOV. GRANT
The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded a grant of up to $10 million to White Dog Labs, a startup business located in New Castle, to develop “MixoFerm” technology, which aims to minimize carbon emissions. The new technology could significantly abate the worldwide energy crisis. For more information, visit whitedoglabs.com.