River Wards events for the week of Oct. 9

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Spaghetti dinner and bingo at St. Michael’s

St. Michael’s Church, Trenton Avenue and Cumberland Street, will host a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Cost is $10 for adults. Children under 12 are free.

Bingo will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. Packages are $20 and include lunch.

Resorts Casino trip

Polish Beneficial Association will run a trip to the Resorts Casino on Monday, Oct. 21.

The bus will leave from Almond and Orthodox Streets at 11:30 a.m. and return at approximately 8:30 p.m.

The cost is $30 with a return of $25 in slot play.

For more details or reservations, please call Marianne Stone at 215-200-6790. ••

 

Flea Market at Penn Treaty Park

Friends of Penn Treaty Park will host a flea market on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Penn Treaty Park, 1301 N. Beach St.

Cost is $15 per table. Make checks payable to Tamanend Fund. Mail or drop off checks to Barbara Morehead at 2171 E. Letterly St.

For more details, call 215-425-0393. ••

 

Indigenous People’s Day 2019 Celebration

Join the Friends of Penn Treaty Park on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Penn Treaty Park, 1301 N. Beach St., to celebrate the arts and culture from the diverse Native American traditions in their Pan-Indigenouse festival.

To reserve a booth to sell art or lead an activity, submit your application at www.ipdphilly.org/apply

To participate in the program, volunteer, or become a sponsor, contact participant coordinator Priscilla Anacakuyani at ipdphilly@gmail.com or 215-596-1025. ••

 

Movie Night Spooktacular at Penn Treaty Park

Friends of Penn Treaty Park will host a Movie Night Spooktacular on Friday, Oct. 18 at the park, 1301 N. Beach St.

The event will be a double feature starting around dusk. The first move will suitable for families and children.

There will be a brief intermission around 8 p.m., followed by a second movie, which will not be suitable for children. ••

 

Spaghetti dinner to benefit Open Door Clubhouse

COMHAR’s Open Door Clubhouse will host its inaugural spaghetti dinner to benefit Clubhouse activities on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Tickets must be purchased in advance from the Open Door Clubhouse, 3147 Emerald St.

Tickets are $10 and are not refundable. The meal will be spaghetti with meat sauce or vegetarian sauce, small salad, garlic bread, and iced tea.

For more details or to purchase tickets, call Melinda at 215-427-5763. ••

 

Flag football at the Bridesburg Rec Center

Bridesburg Rec Center will offer a flag football program designed to introduce boys and girls ages 7 to 9 and 10 to 13 to the game of football. It’s also an opportunity for kids already playing to get more practice. The program will feature arena style football in the gym and be held on Tuesday nights.

Registration is $15.

For more details or to register, call 215-685-1247 or stop by the office at 4601 Richmond St. and ask for John, Mike Siobhan or Tina. ••

 

The Port Richmond Neighborhood Association meeting 

Port Richmond Neighborhood Association meetings will be held on the first Monday of each month at Cohocksink Rec Center, Cedar and Cambria streets, at 7 p.m.

All Port Richmond business owners and residents welcome.

The goal of the group is to unite the neighborhood in every positive way possible. ••

 

Pool, darts and shuffleboard tournament

Stars and Stripes, Bars and Pipes Bravo Chapter will host a “round robin” pool, darts and shuffleboard tournament on Sunday, Nov. 10, at noon at the Polonia Club, 4431 Belgrade St.

The event is a 2-person, co-ed team tournament and cost is $40 prior or $50 at the door per team. Registration opens at 11 a.m.

All-around winning team takes fifty percent of pay in.

Proceeds will go toward helping veterans in the community and first responders in the area.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase. ••

 

Designer bag Bingo

Franklin Towne Parent Association will host designer bag bingo on Friday, Oct. 25, at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Tickets cost $40 per person or $350 for a table of 10. Buffet and beer included with ticket. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase.

A portion of proceeds will benefit Franklin Towne alumna Anatole Konstantindis, who is at CHOP fighting leukemia.

For tickets, call Yvonne at 215-915-0078 or Krista at 267-437-0384. ••

 

Halloween Contest for kids at Bridesburg Rec

Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4601 Richmond St., will hold its Halloween Contest on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. for boys and girls 10 and under.

The event will include trophies, door prizes, treats and a tombola. ••

 

Adult Zumba classes at Bridesburg Rec

Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4601 Richmond St., will offer adult Zumba classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Cost is $4. ••

 

Call for food, clothing donations

Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4601 Richmond St., is collecting nonperishable food and clothing for the needy in the neighborhood. Donations can be dropped off at the rec center weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For details, call Miss Jackie at 215-685-1247. ••

 

Veterans Day memorial service at VFW Post 2

The Bridesburg Lawton VFW Post #2 will celebrate Veterans Day with a memorial service at the Post, 4638 Richmond St., on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m.

Fellow veterans, friends and neighbors are invited to join the VFW in this remembrance and salute to all veterans.

Refreshments will be available following the service.

For more details, call 215-537-0187.  ••

 

Country Western Hoe-Down

American Legion Post 821, 4404 Salmon St., will host a Country Western Hoe-Down on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 7 to 11 p.m.

Cost is $30 per person and includes hot and cold buffet with sweet table, open bar and DJ Jennifer Blaze.

Western outfits, boots and cowboy hats encouraged.

For tickets, call Dolores at 215-288-4312. ••

 

Angel Photos at rec center

Registration for Angel Photos at Bridesburg Rec Center, 4601 Richmond St., will begin Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 8:30 a.m. A $10 nonrefundable deposit is required. Balance of $15 to be paid day photos are taken.

Limit of four children per appointment. Pictures will be taken the first week of November.

For more details, contact Miss Jackie at 215-685-1247 or 215-533-6448. ••

 

Upcoming adult and youth classes at Portside Arts Center

Portside Arts Center will offer fall classes for adults and kids. Classes will  include Saturday Youth Classes on Oct. 12 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 4 to 11. Cost is $25. Stained glass adult classes on Saturdays, from Oct. 24 to Nov. 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants must be 18 or older and cost is $140 or $100 for open studio. Family Art Night will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for all ages. Cost is $10 per family of 2 or 3 and $5 per additional child.

Ages 4-11 – $25, Enroll in four classes and save 10 percent. . Portside Arts Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit art center located at 2531 E. Lehigh Ave. For more details, visit portsideartscenter.com or call 215-427-1514. ••                         

 

FNA zoning meeting

Fishtown Neighbors Association will hold a zoning meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Fishtown Rec Center, 1202 E. Montgomery Ave.

There will be review of a proposal for the erection of a new construction multi-family structure with 244 dwelling units and 50 ground level parking spaces at 1130 N. Delaware Ave.  Zoning is CMX-3 and the proposed design is by-right.  Due to the scale of the proposed building, the project is required to be reviewed by the City’s Civic Design Review committee (CDR) before final zoning approval.  As a requirement of the CDR process, FNA is hosting a meeting to invite the public to review the project design and provide feedback for the design team and the CDR’s committee’s consideration.

All residents and business owners in Fishtown are eligible to vote. Please bring proof of residence or business ownership.

For more details, visit www.fishtown.org/zoning. ••

 

Kensington High alums set luncheon

The annual Kensington High School alumni luncheon will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 2400 Old Lincoln Highway, Trevose.

The luncheon is open to all Kensington High School alumni and their guests.

The honorees will be members of the classes of 1969 and ‘79, which are celebrating their 50th and 40th anniversaries, respectively.

The cost is $30.

The deadline to register is Oct. 4.

Call Tamara at 267-699-6331 or Fran at 215-303-0188, or email Lena at mslenamba@gmail.com. ••

 

NFL raffle tickets will help Port Richmond Tigers

NFL raffle tickets are now being sold to benefit the Port Richmond Tigers and the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 266. Tickets are $10. Each ticket offers a chance to win every week of the season. There will be $500 in prizes every week for all 17 weeks. Five winners will be chosen each week.

All proceeds benefit the Tigers and Vietnam veterans.

Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket or for more information, call Tom Mack at 215-275-8838. Winners will be notified weekly and posted on the Port Richmond Tigers Facebook page. ••

 

Holy Inn going to Atlantic City

Holy Innocents is planning a trip to the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City on Thursday, Oct. 3.

A bus will depart L Street and Hunting Park Avenue at 9 a.m. The bus will depart the Tropicana at 4:30 p.m.

The cost is $30. Riders will receive $25 in slot cash.

To reserve a seat, call Cindy at 215-535-2740. ••

 

Alumni Mass at St. Michael’s Church

An alumni Mass will be held at St. Michael, Second and Jefferson streets, on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m.

Reception to follow at Curran’s Irish Inn, 6900 State Road, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Tickets are $40 per person and include a hot buffet, dessert, open bar, DJ and donation to St. Mike’s Church.

For tickets, contact Diane, class of ’81, at 215-776-4684 or Kelly, class of ’82, at 215-519-7552. ••

 

Grief support group meets weekly

The Grief Support Group, “Heroes in our Hearts,” will host meetings on Thursday nights. The meetings will take place at St. Michael’s Church, 2139 E. Cumberland St., from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m.

This is a free support group for all ages. This is an opportunity to meet other grieving people and share experiences, coping mechanisms and strategies.

For more details, contact Dana Hopkins at danamarie924@gmail.com. ••

 

Sabatina senior expo on Oct. 11

State Sen. John Sabatina Jr. will hold a senior expo on Friday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Road (at Roosevelt Boulevard).

Residents of the 5th Senatorial District are invited to meet with representatives from state agencies and community organizations that will be present. Among them will be the Pennsylvania Lottery, the Department of Revenue, American Red Cross, various hospitals and many other health and housing organizations.

Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call 215-695-1020. ••

 

Comedy and music at AOH 39

The Northeast Catholic Alumni Association will sponsor a comedy and music night on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 39, 7229 Tulip St.

Irish music will start at 7:30, with comedians taking the stage at 8:30.

Tickets cost $45.

There will be beer, wine, soda, a buffet, cash bar, comedians Sean Finerty and Kevin Casey, live Irish music by Mike Brill (North Catholic class of 1988), a Chinese auction and a Philadelphia sports ticket raffle.

For tickets, call the alumni office at 215-543-1051. ••

 

EnhanceFitness Class at LSH

Lutheran Settlement House, at 1340 Frankford Ave. in Fishtown, is offering an EnhanceFitness Class on Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. and Fridays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The program focuses on stretching, flexibility, balance strengthening and low-impact aerobics exercises for active older adults at any fitness level. EnhanceFitness provides a challenging yet safe environment for the unfit or near frail. EnhanceFitness is a state Department of Aging evidence-based exercise program.

For information, contact Caroline Klug at 215-460-8610, Ext. 1206 or cklug@lshphilly.org. •• 

 

New art class at Lutheran Settlement House

Lutheran Settlement House, at 1340 Frankford Ave. in Fishtown, will host an art class for individuals 55+ on Mondays from 1 to 2 p.m. Participants can try a variety of fine arts such as painting, sketching and watercolor with guided instruction and expertise.

For information, contact Caroline Klug at 215-460-8610, Ext. 1206 or cklug@lshphilly.org. •• 

 

Go see Rockettes’ Christmas show

All Saints and St. John Cantius Senior Citizens are sponsoring a trip to New York on Nov. 10-11.

The cost for the two-day, one-night stay is $360 for double occupancy and $489 for single occupancy.

A deposit of $150 is required ahead of the trip.

The package includes one dinner, one breakfast, a tour of lower Manhattan and the Rockefeller Center, shopping on Fifth Avenue and at Macy’s and Herald Square and the Radio City Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular.

For more information, call Rita Dworecki at 267-912-7249 or Mary Mears at 609-980-1104. ••

 

Benefit for military charities

The Michael Strange Foundation and Operation First Response will hold a Gala of Courage on Saturday, Nov. 2., from 6 to 10 p.m. at Drexelbrook Catering, 4700 Drexelbrook Drive, in Drexel Hill.

The guest will be Rob O’Neill, the Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden.

The master of ceremonies will be Rich Zeoli, who hosts a morning show on WPHT (1210 AM).

Other speakers will be Thomas “Drago” Dzieran, a retired SEAL and political refugee from Poland; Ronny “Tony” Porta, severely injured in Iraq; Peggy Baker, mother of a combat veteran and founder of Operation First Response; and Charles Strange, a Gold Star father and founder of the Michael Strange Foundation.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Strange was killed in Afghanistan in 2011. He was among 38 killed when their Chinook helicopter was shot down by insurgents. Strange, 25, grew up in Wissinoming and graduated from St. Bartholomew Elementary School and North Catholic High School (class of 2004).

Tickets are $100 for dinner and a general reception or $250 for dinner reception presentation and meet and greet.

To buy tickets, be a sponsor, donate an item for the silent auction or for more information, go to galaofcourage.com. ••

Craft show at St. Hubert

The St. Hubert High School Alumnae Association will sponsor a craft show on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The craft show will be in the school cafeteria. Visitors should enter the doors on Ditman Street, near Bleigh Avenue.

Vendors will be selling hand-made holiday gifts. ••

 

Flea and farmer’s markets on Columbus Boulevard

Philadelphia Flea Market will present outdoor flea markets on Saturdays, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 and 9 at Race Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Blvd. Admission is free.

Meanwhile, the Food Trust hosts an indoor and outdoor farmer’s market every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cherry Street Pier, through Nov. 16.

Call 215-625-3532. ••

 

Apply for cheap internet

Comcast is expanding eligibility for Internet Essentials to include all qualified low-income households in its service area.

The company estimates that more than 3 million additional low-income households, including households with people with disabilities, are now eligible to apply.

Since August 2011, Internet Essentials has connected more than 8 million low-income individuals, from 2 million households, to the internet at home.

To be eligible to apply to the program, low-income applicants need to show they are participating in one of more than a dozen different government assistance programs.

A list of these programs can be found at www.internetessentials.com.

The program includes the option to purchase an internet-ready computer for less than $150, and low-cost, high-speed internet service for $9.95 a month plus tax.

For more information, or to apply for the program in seven different languages, call 855-846-8376. ••

 

American Legion seeks members

In a legislative win for the American Legion, President Trump signed the LEGION (Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National) Service Act.

The bill declares that the United States has been in a state of war since Dec. 7, 1941, recognizing about 1,600 American service members who were killed or wounded in previously undeclared periods of war.

The Act opens the door for approximately 6 million veterans to join the American Legion and avail themselves to the programs and benefits the Legion offers that they had not been previously eligible.

“We are very excited that Congress passed this bill and the president signed it,” said American Legion 5th District Commander Jim Cantz, commander of the Cpl. John Loudenslager Post in Fox Chase. “It is important to recognize all those who answered their nation’s call and in many cases have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Bruce Conklin, commander of the William D. Oxley Post in Holmesburg, noted that the number of eligible veterans to join the Legion has been dwindling, as most of our Vietnam veterans are now in their 70s and the Global War on Terrorism has been fought by a much smaller number of service members.

“This is a great opportunity to reach out to more of our veterans and get them involved in the Legion. This new law also expands the eligibility pool for the Sons of the American Legion, which is open to men whose father or grandfather served in the armed forces, and the Legion Auxiliary, that is open to spouses of veterans.”

For more information on joining the American Legion, call Jim Cantz at 215-609-2416 or go to www.pa-legion.org. ••