Feb 4: Join hundreds of daring dippers as they jump into the icy Atlantic to raise money for Special Olympics Delaware through the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge. Or you could always play it safe and catch the chilling spectacle from the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk. Dip time is 1 p.m. For more, call 831-4653, or visit sode.org.
Feb 22-25: The AAUW Used Book Sale at Concord Mall has a plethora of books, from a rare-editions section to trashy paperback novels and everything in between. For more, call 428-0939.
Feb 23: Slurp down all-you-can eat oysters at the men-only Oyster Eat at the Georgetown Fire Hall. The Sussex County tradition, which includes the auctioning of a hand-made oyster knife, benefits the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department. For more, call 856-7700, or visit georgetown77.com.
Feb 23: The ladies counter with a tradition of their own by holding a Shrimp Feast at Lewes Volunteer Fire Department’s Station 2 in Nassau. This fundraiser benefits the fire department, but act fast, because tickets sell like hotcakes. For more, call 645-6556, or visit lewesfire.com.
Feb 2: What could be better than fashion and food? Get both at the annual Go Red for Women benefit for the American Heart Association of Kent County. More than 700 people attended last year, with dozens of boutiques featuring their wares. The event will begin at noon. General admission is $15. Reserved seats are $50. Call 734-9321.
Feb 3: The Wilmington Heart Ball raised more than $162,000 for the American Heart Association of New Castle County in 2006. Guests can enjoy dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions at the DuPont Country Club before presentation of the 2007 James H. Gilliam Memorial Award, which honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to cardiovascular healthcare. The event lasts from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $150. Call (610) 940-9628.
Feb 10: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Delaware holds its Black Tie Gala, an evening of dinner, dancing, and cocktails at the Double Tree Hotel in downtown Wilmington beginning at 6 p.m. The Heartbeats will provide the tunes, and there will live and silent auctions. Table sponsorships can be purchased beginning at $2,000. Individual tickets are $300 per person. Tables start at $2,000. Call 661-7300 for more.
Feb 10: The Mispillion Rotary Club sponsors the black tie-optional Romantic Valentine Gala for Kent Sussex Industries, Inc., which provides vocational and educational training and employment opportunities. The eighth annual gala, which starts at 6 p.m., features cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a five-course gourmet dinner served by Catering by Jay’s in the Crystal Ballroom at the Milford Senior Center. After dinner, dance to swing and jazz by the Carl Garnieri orchestra. Call 422-4014, or visit ksiinc.org.
Air Mobility Command Museum
1301 Heritage Road, Dover Air Force Base, 677-5938, amcmuseum.org.
Feb 1-June 30: Uniform of the Day—”Lead-the-Force”
Thru Sept 30: “Rations, It’s What’s for Dinner,” a history of military meals
Bellevue State Park
800 Carr Road, Wilm, 793-3046.
Feb 10: Bellevue Hall House Tours
Feb 17: Bird Seed Princesses craft
Feb 24: From Sap to Syrup
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N Dupont St, Wilm, 658-6262, dehort.org.
Thru Feb “Cultivating a Greener Community” featured artist
Delaware History Center
504 Market St, Wilm, 656-0637, hsd.org.
Feb 9: Made by Delaware Hands highlights objects from the every day to the unusual all made by Delawareans throughout the years
Feb 21: Signature Series 2007: History of Wilmington: Speaker: Dr. Carol Hoffecker
Delaware State Museums
Eight sites throughout the state open to the public free of charge: Delaware Archaeology Museum, Museum of Small Town Life, Delaware State Visitor Center, New Castle Court House Museum, John Dickinson Plantation, The State House, Johnson Victrola Museum, Zwaanendael Museum. 739-4266, destatemuseums.org/default.shtml.
Thru July 31: “Fighting the Dragon: Firefighting in the State of Delaware” showcases the work of volunteer firefighters. At the Delaware Visitors Center and Galleries.
The Franklin Institute Science Museum
222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, (215) 448-1200, fi.edu.
Feb 3-Sept 30: King Tutankhamen and the Golden Age of Pharaohs. King Tut’s retinue visits the United States for the first time in more than 20 years.
Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter St, Lewes. 645-7670,
Feb 16-18: Society Fine Art Show and Sale
U.S. 1 near Kennett Square, Pa, (610) 388-1000, 800-737-5500, longwoodgardens.org.
Thru March 31: Welcome Spring previews warmer weather with daffodils, tulips and other old-fashioned favorites blooming in the Orangery and Exhibition Hall.
Feb 3: Black History Celebration: A Celebration of Heritage
Feb 4: Tu B’Shevat Discovery Day: The Israeli New Year for Trees
Feb 10-11: Valentine’s Weekend
Feb 24: St David’s Discovery Day: The National Holiday of Wales
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
33rd and Spruce sts, Philadelphia, (215) 898-4000, museum.upenn.edu.
Thru Feb 26: “Under European Eyes: Conquistadors and Arts of the New World”
Thru October 2007: “Amarna, Ancient Egypt’s Place in the Sun,” an exhibition about Tutankhamen’s boyhood home.
1501 Glasstown Road (Route 55, Exit 26), Millville, NJ, (800) 998-4552, wheatonvillage.org.
Feb 3-4: Mid-Winter Antiques & Collectibles Show
Winterthur, an American Country Estate
Del. 52, (800) 448-3883 or 888-4600, winterthur.org.
Thru Feb 11: One Stitch At a Time, exhibition by the Brandywine chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America