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Film for Thought to screen ‘Being Mortal’ Film for Thought at Lewes library partners with Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association to present the film “Being Mortal,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 2. In the book of the same name, Atul Gawande challenges people to re-examine how they think about death and dying. In this PBS Frontline presentation, Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ul- timate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Ga- wande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and de- pendent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person’s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. The program follows his book, an informative explora- tion of what growing old means in the 21st century This should inspire a serious discussion with adult family members about de- cisions to make when one faces a serious illness or injury. Kate Smith, MD, MPH, will join for discussion and provide handouts, such as Five Wishes, the updated living will. Film for Thought is a program held at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Lewes library. Kentucky Derby Party for CSC set May 6 When 20 horses are at the gate at 6:34 p.m., Saturday, May 6, at Churchill Downs for the start of the 143rd Kentucky Derby, the lo- cal community will gather for the Cancer Support Community’s Kentucky Derby party at North- beach in Dewey Beach during its opening weekend. Doors open at 4 p.m. Attendees can enjoy food stations, raw bar, crab cakes and more. There will be a derby horse auction, live music, $500 in prizes for Best Dressed and Best Hat, and a silent auction. A cash bar will feature Kentucky Derby specialty drinks. Tickets are $10. All proceeds from the event will stay in Sussex County so that the Cancer Support Community can provide programs and support to people with cancer and their loved ones at no charge.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call Stacy at 302-645-9150 or go to www.cancersupportdela- and search events. 62 FRIDAY, APRIL 28 - MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017 CAPE LIFE Cape Gazette garden flora. OK, that is also part of my novel. There is no English garden, but there could be if vile, back-stabbing, back- eating animals weren’t staking out my property.  Alright, it’s time to take ac- tion. Fight fire with fire. So I set out for the mother of all forensic laboratories, the home and garden center. Here I will be able to purchase supplies to trap, set out, spray, and any- thing else that would protect my Second Amendment rights, that being the right to plant and grow flowers.  I jump in my car and head out on a dark and stormy night. I think they are open until the wee hours of 6 p.m. I’m not denying it’s a struggle. Mainly because my jeans are so tight, I feel like the very lifeblood is being strangled in my bloated body. The stress of saving my future plants from the deer has taken its toll. Well, that and the cake I just happened to shove down my throat before I left.  Whatever! I am on a mission. So I cut through the back of the outlets to avoid the 72-car pileup on Route 1. Then I cross over to the back roads to avoid the continuous construction on Route 24 resulting in a 12-car and one-burro pileup. Finally I careen into the parking lot of the home center.  It was another struggle since the drive took a little longer than a trip to the planet Mars. OK, now my jeans are really tight, after I stopped for one of those super-sized pretzels. They are so tight, I am forced into a military maneuver of tuck and roll to get out of the car.  But it is well worth it. For I have found the latest solution to the problem of animals eat- ing my flowers. This has been scientifically studied; it’s been in development by some of the leading experts both here and in Europe. It is called coyote urine.  There are rows and rows of box- es containing this stuff. There is a picture of a deer dressed in a political movement T-shirt on the outside of the box. You can fill in the blanks. I’m cautious, because I do love deer, so I just buy a vat, knowing no one will come near me in the next month.  I race home to start the madness. You know what, it actually is a dark and stormy night. Maybe this is best left for another day. Nancy Katz Continued from page 59 Briefly »