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Despite the important precautions we are all observing due to the Coronavirus pandemic, here are some family-friendly events and activities located around Delaware and Maryland...

Coastal Happenings
Sussex County:
Thurs., February 11: Armchair Traveler - South America Zoom Tour
Tues., February 16: Virtual Zumba
Fri., February 26: Cooking Club - Chili, Soups, & Stews
New Castle County:
Tues., February 9: How to Be an Antiracist Virtual Book Discussion
Tues., February 16: Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement - A Conversation
Sat., February 20: Open Figure Drawing Series

Kent County:
Tues., February 16: Tuskegee Airmen - Virtual Lecture
Sat., February 20: Birding Hike at Killens Pond State Park

Thurs., February 25: Learn Real Estate Investing - Virtual Event
Ocean City:
Wed., February 17: Let's Do Trivia at Alley Oops
Fri., February 26 - Sun., February 28Love on Tap: Virtual Local Craft Beer Festival
Now through February 25: OC Art League Winter Wellness Events and Classes
How to Begin Adjusting to a New Home
from Rob Mercer of First Home Mortgage
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Moving into a new place is exciting, but it can also be a lot of work. You’ll want to clean the space (and sometimes repaint or make other small renovations). Plus, there’s the time it takes to get used to your new home’s layout, appliances and more. Is buying a home on your radar this year? Want to make sure your move goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible? Use these five tips to make the transition.

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How to Make Home Look Expensive for Cheap
Courtesy of Cheyenne Lentz of Insider
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If you're wanting to spruce up your home but don't want to spend a lot of money, there are a number of things you can do to give it a new, more lavish look. Read on for some tricks and tips to make your home look more expensive without spending a ton of money, according to interior designers. 

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Beachview Court - Bayville Shores
Featured Listing
*Under Contract within Hours of Going Live!*
This turnkey property conveys fully furnished (with a few exclusions) and was decorated by a top-rated and well-known designer who pulled out all the stops to give this home sumptuous upgrades!
  • Contemporary kitchen with stainless steel appliances and breakfast bar island
  • 9-foot ceilings
  • Surround sound throughout the house
  • 2 sunrooms & 2 decks
  • Finished oversized one-car garage with resin floors
  • Hardwood floors
  • Recessed lighting
LISTED FOR $534,000
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Robert Banach
Featured Photographer
Robert Banach first took up photography when he moved to Ocean City, Maryland in January 2014. He described the first morning in his new home and immediately heading to the beach to watch the sunrise; he was stunned by the beauty and couldn't resist pulling his cellphone out to capture the scene. This became a daily occurrence where Banach would travel to the beach every morning, watch the sunrise, and share the photos he took on his Facebook page. Since those first days, his Facebook page has gained the support of thousands of friends, family members, and locals. 

A quick look through Banach's images will allow you to notice locations like the inlet beach by the OC Fishing Pier and other popular attractions around the OC area. Returning to the pier time and time again was partially due to the close proximity to his home as well as the consistently gorgeous sunrises. For Banach, the reason behind his photo-sharing was to show his daughters and family members what he was seeing every morning while they were apart. Eventually, photos like the ones featured above reached his extended family and others who wanted to enjoy OC photography whether they were locals or yearly visitors. 

For more information, head over to his OC lifestyle Facebook page and here to view photos that are available to purchase as prints, phone cases, pillows, and much more.
Cats for Adoption
Meatball is a 2-year-old Domestic Shorthair Mix with beautiful brown and black coloring and light green eyes. He is spayed and neutered and it is unknown if he is housetrained. He was found with his leg stuck in a trap, resulting in his front leg being amputated. Meatball is good with other cats and deserves all the kindness a new owner can give. For more information about Meatball and other adoptable furry friends, check out the Brandywine Valley SPCA website as well as their Facebook page.
Visit the Best Bowling Alley in Delaware
Only in Delaware
Image via Delaware Online
A common problem that Delaware locals face, especially as teenagers, is finding something to do. If the beach or hanging out on the boardwalks isn't your thing, try out Lefty's Alley and Eats in Lewes. Don't be discouraged if bowling isn't your favorite activity, Lefty's also has an arcade, fantastic food, laser tag, and even an ax-throwing area. Located just on the outskirts of Lewes near the merger of Route 9 and Route 1, it is easy to get to from all corners of Delaware. With modern furniture and carpet, you don't have to deal with the usual mismatched color schemes of classic bowling alleys. Lefty's is the perfect place for birthday parties, hanging out with your friends, or a night out with your family. Head over to their website for more information. 
Enjoy the Finest Comfort Food at Ace's Run
Only in Maryland
With the chilly weather far from over, it's important to stay warm and surround yourself with things that bring you comfort. Ace's Run in Oakland, Maryland is the perfect spot if you want gorgeous scenic views to compliment your meal. The restaurant looks like nothing special from the front, but a quick walkthrough will reveal a waterfront view that looks incredible year-round no matter when you visit. Their menu is full of filling options from burgers to seafood as well as a wide range of desserts and handcrafted milkshakes. For the perfect comfort food and warm environment, plan an evening at Ace's Run. Head over to their website for more details. 
Carey and Trudie M.
Featured Testimonial
"We met Sandra through a mutual friend of ours. Sandra was always professional, kind, and thoughtful throughout our buying process! She accommodated our schedule and was very flexible.  She spent a lot of time with us at each property she showed us.  Sandra found us a beautiful property in a very desirable neighborhood on the water! We love it there! We truly appreciate everything she did for us!"
What My Clients Are Saying...
Making a Strong First Impression: Tips for Staging a Home for Sale
by Alice Robertson
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There’s no way around it — selling a house requires a lot of work. You can’t just do some dusting, a little vacuuming, mow the lawn, and declare it ready to hit the market. Your house has to be a property that anyone passing by would want to see more of and could imagine themselves living in. Although this might sound difficult, it’s important to be objective. Put yourself in a buyer’s shoes and take a walk through each room. Look for anything that looks out of place, dirty, or disorganized, or anything that might make a potential buyer think twice. It takes time and a willingness to keep your property in ready-to-show condition. Keep reading for Sandra Erbe’s tips to make the process easier.
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Eden Restaurant
Featured Restaurant
For nearly 20 years, Eden Restaurant has been setting the standard for fine dining in Rehobeth Beach. Located on Baltimore Avenue, Eden is a perfectly elegant dining spot, whether you're craving carefully crafted cocktails, creative appetizers, or sumptuous, fresh seafood and other main course selections. Of note, Eden's wine list leaves no doubt why they were awarded the "Wine Spectator Award" for more than ten years and the awards don't stop thereEden was also voted by Delaware Today as the "Most Romantic Atmosphere," by Winner Hyundai as a "Top Date Night Restaurant," and the choice for best "Romantic Dinner" on January 18, 2021 by 363 reviewers on Tripadvisor Traveler.

With a diverse menu that includes artisanal cheeses, creative cocktails, and desserts like Key Lime Pie and to-die-for Crème Brûlée, it's no wonder Eden has earned a reputation for one of our area's finest dining establishments. Their welcoming environment and attentive services by trained professionals are sure to contribute to a meal you'll never forget. 

For more information, hours, and full menus, head over to their Facebook pagewebsite or give them a call at (302) 227-3330.
Dogs for Adoption
Spongebob is a 6-year-old Shepherd mix with the sweetest face you'll ever see. He is one of the many dogs from the Delaware Humane Association who is available at their Wilmington location. Spongebob is a large pup who is new to DHA and looking for his forever home. All animals from DHA are spayed and neutered, given age-appropriate vaccines, microchipped, and examined by a vet prior to adoption. Profiles on the website are updated regularly, so visit their site and their Facebook page for more information!
Featured Retail
K-Coast Surf Shop is a historical staple of Ocean City, opening in the spring of 1989. At the time, it was located on Somerset Street in downtown OC and housed in a 600 square foot shop originally named Kookaburra Coast, hence the "K" in K-Coast. Although the shop was small, the owners, two surfers and best friends, had big plans. 

After taking the opportunity to open in a larger location, Mark and Chris shortened the shop's name and started to gather a community of loyal customers. Through the mid to late nineties, K-Coast began to establish itself as the largest surf shop in Maryland, holding the largest selection of surfboards, skateboards, bodyboards, and hardgoods in the Mid-Atlantic. By late 1999, Mark and Chris were aware of how the number of customers was overwhelming the size of their 78th street location, so they purchased a half-acre parcel at 36th Street in OC that opened officially in July of 2005. Since then, K-Coast opened a warehouse on Sunset Avenue and has started providing the finest collection of paddleboards, lessons, excursions, and equipment there is to offer. 

K-Coast Surf Shop can be found at three locations around Ocean City with the largest at 35th Street, a newly renovated location on 78th Street, and the warehouse on Sunset Avenue. Each location opens at 10 AM and has varying closing hours and days that they're opened. For more information, head over to their Facebook page or website!
Escalation Clause: When & Why You Should Use One 
by Than Merrill from Fortune Builders
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Today’s greatest investors are well aware of the escalation clause real estate deals may have the potential to exercise; it’s perhaps one of the most advantageous contract clauses known to real estate entrepreneurs, but did you even know it existed? Are you aware that there are a few key phrases that, when added to a contract, can make it more attractive to homeowners looking to sell their property? If you answered yes, I commend you, as you are ahead of the game. If, however, you are racking your brain for a simple explanation, you are not alone.
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Just last December, Sandra Erbe was recognized as a Triple Gold Rock Star, an incredible achievement. Congratulations to everyone who was recognized as well!
Volunteer Match - Delmarva
Featured Volunteer Opportunity
Nowadays, it's difficult to find opportunities to volunteer that are safe, so we've decided to make it easier by utilizing VolunteerMatch and their search process. Recently, there have been a lot more health-related volunteer options including helping out at the Blood Bank of Delmarva (Salisbury, Dover, Newark, etc.). There you will be asked to greet donors and/or serve snacks and drinks to blood donors after their donations. Overall, a volunteer's job would be to look after donors and make sure they have a positive and stress-free experience. You must be at least 18 years of age and have a flexible schedule to be considered. For more information and opportunities, click the link below to explore the search engine. 
Try it Out!
This month, Sandra Sells the Shore and all of us around the country celebrate the incredible achievements made throughout history by those in the black community. As artists, musicians, inventors, politicians, and much more, people like Henrietta Lacks and Jackie Robinson paved the way for new generations of talent. Take some time this month to acknowledge these names and the injustices that continue to take place every single day.
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