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River Wards events for the week of May 30

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Food Drive

In conjunction with Philabundance, a food drive will be held until the end of June with donation points at South Kensington Community Partners , 1301 N. 2nd St.,, PlayArts, 1241 N .Front St., the UPS Store, 3rd Street and Girard Avenue, and Spot’s Spot Pet Grooming, 123 W. Girard. Among Philabundance’s most-needed items are canned fruits and veggies, canned tuna, meat and soup; cereal; PB and J; rice; cooking oil, and whole grain pasta.

Read, Baby, Read My First Storytime

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St., will host Read, Baby, Read My First Storytime on and Thursday, May 31 at 11 a.m. Bring your little one for free lap time with stories, songs, rhymes and bounces. For children ages birth to 12 months with caregiver. Childcares and groups, please call the library to make an appointment.

MDG Italian Festival

Mother of Divine Grace‘s annual Italian Festival will be held on Thursdays, May 31, and June 7; Fridays, June 1 and 8; and Saturdays, June 2 and 9; at Thompson and Cambria Streets starting at 6 p.m. Spaghetti suppers will be served every night in the air-conditioned school hall from 5 to 8 p.m. Take-out will be available beginning at 4 p.m. All are welcome to come and enjoy fried dough, pizza, sausage and peppers, meatballs and roast pork sandwiches all cooked homemade and served in the food court; wheels of chance, moon bounce, and plenty of games for children of all ages; beer garden offering domestic and imported beers, along with specialty drinks; and Monte Carlo. The Sounds of Sinatra will be performed live by neighborhood favorite “Jackie Dee” on both Saturday nights, from 7 to 10 p.m. For more details, contact Patty Ellis at 215–219–4703.

Read, Baby, Read events

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St., will host Read, Baby, Read Little Movers Dance Party on Friday, June 1, at 3:30 p.m. Move with your baby/toddler and encourage language skills using songs, instruments, stories, and body movements. Event is free and will be held on first Fridays through August. Read, Baby, Read: Play Café on Monday, June 4, at 2 p.m. Join us for play and great conversation for babies, toddlers, and grown-ups alike. Light refreshments served. Event will be held every Monday June through August at 2 p.m. except July 30.

Bold and Beautiful Girls Conference

The Bold and Beautiful Girls Conference will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kensington High School, 2051 E. Cumberland St. Doors open at 9 a.m. The event is designed to empower, build, and sustain positive self-images for inner-city African American and Latina high school students. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/o/jasmine-chaulisant-13654397367. For details, contact Debora Carrera, 215–910–6790 or email Jasmine Chaulisant at Jchaulisant@customersbank.com or Ana Ramirez at aramirez@philasd.org.

Flea market

Friends of Overington Park will host the 2nd annual Flea Market, on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. along the 1300 block of Orthodox St. To reserve a space to sell, call 215–533–7747. Cost is $10 due the day of the event. Please bring your own tables. Raindate will be Sunday, June 3.

Free Skin care spa service

Richmond Library, Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St., will host a free skin care spa service on Monday, June 4, at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature “summer hack,” simple beauty and skin tips and tricks to save your skin this summer.

Medicare/Medicaid 101

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St., will host a free Medicare/Medicaid workshop on Monday, June 4, at 5:30 p.m. A health and benefits specialist will be offering info on eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid.


Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St., will host Yoga for Adults on Monday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. Beginners welcome. $3 suggested donation.

Preschool Storytime & Playtime

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St., will host Preschool Storytime and Playtime on Tuesday, June 5, at 10:30 a.m. Miss Meghan invites children ages 1 to 4 and their caregivers to join her for stories, songs, and activities. Siblings are always welcome. Daycares should call for separate appointments. For more details, please contact Miss Meghan at 215–685–9992.

Workshop for Job Seekers

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St., will host a free workshop with PA CareerLink for job seekers on Tuesday, June 5. Stop in anytime between noon and 2 p.m.

FNA zoning meeting

Fishtown Neighbors Association will hold a zoning meeting on Tuesday, June 5, at 7 p.m. at Fishtown Recreation Center, 1202 E. Montgomery Ave. Voting will take place on a proposal for outdoor seating on E. Wildey Street for Fishtown Brewpub at 1101 Frankford Ave.; a proposal for residential use for 100 percent of the ground floor of a CMX-2 zoned existing building at 1605 Frankford Ave. There will be an informational presentation regarding the proposed development of the property for assembly and entertainment use, as well as restaurant/cafe use at 1355 Beach St. Developer’s representative as well as a Waterfront Development Corp. representative will be in attendance. Please bring proof of residence or business ownership in the form of a driver’s license or a photo ID and a lease, utility bill or recent piece of mail addressed to your home.

Bake sale

A bake sale will be held on Thursday, June 7, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Lutheran Settlement House, 1340 Frankford Ave., to benefit the Senior Center.

St. George annual School Bazaar

Saint George Parish will host its annual Summer School Bazaar on Thursdays, June 7 and 14, Fridays, June 8 and 15, and Saturdays, June 9 and 16. June 8 is Alumni Night and June 15 is Principal Danny Markowski Appreciation Night. The bazaar will feature bingo, prizes, chances, beer, DJs every night, and homemade pierogis and blynais (potato pancakes).

North Catholic 50th reunion

The 50th reunion for Northeast Catholic High School’s class of 1968 will be held on Friday, June 8, from 7 to 11 p.m., at Allied Trade Glaciers Hall, 2980 Southampton Road. Tickets cost $40 per person and include a buffet, four-hour open bar and DJ VinnyRo. All couples welcome. For tickets, contact Joe Murphy at 215–840–8018 or jmurf8018@gmail.com; Bill Bunting at 609–405–0538 or wbunting66@yahoo.com; or Paul Rotondi at 215–379–1134 or protondi61@gmail.com.

Flag Disposal Event

The members of Bridesburg Lawton VFW Post №2 and the Boy Scouts of Troop 120 will hold a disposal ceremony for damaged, dirty or discarded American flags outside of the VFW Post 2, 4638 Richmond St., on Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m. Fellow veterans, friends and neighbors are invited to attend the ceremony. American flags can be dropped off at the VFW Post 2 Canteen. For details, call 215–537–0187.

Flea market

Ladies Auxillary Post 88 will hold a flea market, bake sale, and retirement of flags ceremony on Saturday, June 9. from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Elm Tree Post 88, 1414 E. Palmer St. Tables are $8. To reserve a table, contact Margie at 2152030270 or Regina at 215–425–3605.

Flea market

St. Valentine’s Parish, 2330 Margaret St., will host a flea market on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many specialty items available for purchase. Golabki, pierogi, hot dogs will be sold. Parking available. For details, call 267–640–7340 or 215–535–4978.

Pancake breakfast

The Bridesburg-Lawton VFW Post 2, 4638 Richmond St., will host a pancake breakfast on Sunday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $6.50 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets available at the Post or can be purchased at the door.

Ferko in concert at PPH

The Joseph A. Ferko String Band will perform on Thursday, June 14, at 7:15 p.m. at the Philadelphia Protestant Home social hall, 600 Tabor Ave. The Belairs Doo Wop, featuring Dennis Gillen, will be in concert on July 12. The Josh Hoey Orchestra will play on Aug. 9. Both of those concerts will start at 7 p.m. All concerts will have a 50/50. Refreshments will be for sale. Call 215–697–8000.

Flea market

The Friends of Campbell Square Spring Flea Market will be on Saturday, June 16, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The fee is $15, cash only, no checks, for a chosen spot. Pre-pay is welcomed, but not necessary. To pre-pay for a spot, please drop money off at 3228 Gaul St. two to three days before the flea market. Please bring your own table. For more details, please contact Susan Ongirski at 215–426–3766 or trina1259@yahoo.com.

St. Adalbert Parish Summer Bazaar

St. Adalbert Parish Summer Festival will take place on Thursday, June 21, Friday, June 22, Saturday, June 23, from 6 to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 24, from noon to 5 p.m. at the parish grounds, Allegheny Avenue & Thompson Street. The event will feature games for the children, a beer garden, flea market, specialty baskets, Cake booth, jardo, homemade Polish & American food and much more. On Thursday, Polish American String Band will play, Patty-Pat will be the DJ on Friday, Saturday will feature Continental Polish Music and Sunday will feature a DJ. Friday, June 22 will be Alumni Night, with a gathering in the beer garden from 7 to 9 p.m.

Property Tax / Rent Rebate Program

Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications are now available. There are new guidelines, which will permit individuals who qualify to receive a rebate between $250 and $650 from property taxes or rent paid last year. This application must be filed by June 30. To qualify, you must be a senior citizen 65 years of age or older, a widow or widower 50 years of age or older, or a disabled person 18 years or older. Homeowners who have annual incomes of $35,000 or less and renters with annual incomes of $15,000 or less could qualify. Only half of your annual Social Security or SSI income is counted toward the income guideline. For more details or an application, call United Social Services, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 215–923–1900. All inquiries are confidential and services are provided free of charge.

Holy Inn going to AC

Holy Innocents Catholic Church is organizing a casino trip for Wednesday, Aug. 15. A bus will depart from L Street and Hunting Park Avenue at 9:30 a.m. A Mass will be celebrated at noon at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, followed by a procession to a blessing of the sea. A carnival-like reception at St. Michael Church will follow. The trip includes a $25 slots package at Tropicana Casino. The bus will depart the casino at 5 p.m. The cost is $30, and money is due by Aug. 6.To reserve your seat, call Cindy at 215–535–2740.

Vermont-New Hampshire trip

Join the Happy Travelers on a five-day Vermont/New Hampshire trip from Monday, Sept. 17, to Friday, Sept. 21. The tour includes a luncheon at the Trapp Family Lodge with a tour and actual movie version of the real Maria Von Trapp (Sound of Music), dinner on board a scenic railroad, Loon Gondola, cruise on Squam Lake, where “On Golden Pond” was filmed, live entertainment and more. Package includes motor coach transportation, four nights hotel (two in Vermont, two in New Hampshire), four breakfasts, three dinners, luncheon at the Trapp Family Lodge, admission to all attractions, taxes, gratuities including the bus drive and baggage handling. $875 double occupancy. For more details and reservations, call Theresa Romanowski 215–922–1700 or 215–813–2780.

All Saints Nashville senior trip

Join All Saints for a taste of Country Christmas at The Grand Ole Opry from Saturday, Dec. 8, to Wednesday, Dec. 12. $725 double includes four breakfasts, four dinners, two nights in Virginia, two nights at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center, a show at The Ryman Theater, admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and deluxe motor coach transportation. All taxes and gratuities included. For more details, call Ann at 215–533–3984.

Sunday worship

St. Valentine’s Parish, 2330 Margaret St., invites everyone to worship with the parish for Mass on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. For details, call 215–535–4978.

Juniata Park Older Adult Center

JPOAC, 1251 E. Sedgley Ave., is now offering a free Tai Chi class for all members. For details on becoming a member, call 215–685–1490. JPOAC is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other activities offered include exercise programs, art classes, billiards, shuffleboard, ping pong, free hot and cold lunch program, bingo and more.

Post 821 membership

American Legion Auxiliary Post 821, 4404 Salmon St., would like to invite women who are qualified to join the post. Individuals must have a blood relative who is now serving or did serve in the military to join. Yearly dues are $15. For details, please call Dolores T. Volz, president, American Legion Post 821, at 215–288–4312. The legion would also like to invite men and women who have served in the military and or sons of military personnel. For details, call Commander William J. Volz at 215–288–4312.

Bridesburg Rec Center zumba

Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4625 Richmond St., will hold adult zumba every Monday and Wednesday, from 7 to 8 p.m. Room is air-conditioned. Cost is $4.

Bridesburg bows and banners

Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4625 Richmond St., has Bridesburg banners and police, fireman, breast cancer and color bows available for purchase any weekday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Cost is $3.50 each. Proceeds benefit the children’s activities.

Bridesburg Food Pantry donations

Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4625 Richmond St., is collecting items for the Bridesburg Food Pantry. Nonperishable food and clothing can be dropped off at the rec center on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Supplies needed

Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4625 Richmond St., is in need of supplies for its programs. Paper of any size, type and color; office supplies; first aid supplies; and used toys and games are being accepted. Items can be dropped off at the rec center on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Adaire Chess Club

The Adaire Chess Club, founded and run by Friends of Adaire board member Stefan Zajic, meets Mondays after school. Each week, 15–30 students of all grades meet to play chess, solve puzzles, learn tactics and strategy and to have fun. For more details, please email Zajic at szajic@gmail.com.

Women self-defense classes

Women self-defense classes will be held at Fishtown Recreation Center, 1202 E. Montgomery Ave., on Tuesdays, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per class. Course certification available. Classes are held on the third and fourth Tuesdays of every month. For details, call (862) 371–4455 or (215) 685–9885 or email gmtrrobinson45@gmail.com.

Support group

Lost parents and family members group meets every third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at Cione Recreation Center, Lehigh and Aramingo avenues. Anyone who is suffering from the loss of a loved one, friend or whoever is welcome.

Nutrition assistance for seniors

Residents 60 and older who are disabled and have low to modest income may be eligible for SNAP benefits. If you are single and your income is less than $1,962 a month, or less than $2,656 a month for a couple, you may qualify. There is no limit on how much a senior has in savings and checking accounts. For assistance in completing an application, schedule an appointment with the social service coordinator at St. Anne’s Senior Center, 2607 E. Cumberland St., (215) 426–9799.

Bingo at Ukrainian Cathedral

Bingo will be held at the Ukrainian Cathedral, 801 N. 8th St., on every Monday and Friday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Games begin at 7 p.m. Private parking lot on premises. For details, call (215) 839–8103.

Bingo at St. Anne’s Center

St. Anne’s Senior Community Center, 2607 E. Cumberland St., offers bingo on Mondays and Thursdays. Bingo supplies are on sale at 11 a.m. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. Bingo will begin at 12:30 p.m. Registration required for lunch. Free parking is available. CCT transportation is offered for members 65 and up. For details, call (215) 426–9799.

Senior exercise classes

Exercise classes for people 50 and older will be offered at St. Anne’s Senior Center, 2607 E. Cumberland St. Class schedule will be Enhance-Fitness on Mondays at 12:30 p.m., Thursdays at 11 a.m., and Fridays, at 10:30 a.m., Chair Yoga on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. (except the second Tuesday of each month), and Tai Chi on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Creative art classes

St. Anne’s Senior Center, 2607 E. Cumberland St., is offering creative workshops for individuals ages 50 and older. Clay Creations will be held on Fridays, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Creating with the Color Wheel, an interactive painting class with Michael Secor, will be held on Tuesdays, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Registration required. For details, call (215) 426–9799.

Bridesburg Tot Rec

Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4625 Richmond St., is accepting information for its 2018–2019 Tot Rec program. Children must be 3 or 4 as of Sept. 1. The 4-year-old program will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, from noon to 2:40 p.m. The 3-year-old program will be held on Thursdays and Fridays, from noon to 2:40 p.m. Toddler Time for 2 year olds will be held on Mondays and Thursdays, from noon to 2 p.m. If interested, call the rec at 215–685–1247 and leave your name and address to receive information in March.

A&W programs

Glavin, “A & W,” Playground, Almond and Westmoreland streets, will hold Improv Comedy Basics workshops on Thursdays, from 7 to 8 p.m. Classes are drop-in and fee is $5. Cash is accepted. For details, call 215–685–9898 or email glavinaw@gmail.com.

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