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Richmond Library programs

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St., is offering free, socially distanced programming to the public.

A storywalk is posted on the fence surrounding the perimeter of the property. Each book will be changed about every three to four weeks.

“It’s a socially distant, but active and fun way to read a book. It’s also accessible to everyone, not just those with an internet connection like our virtual programs,” said Meghan Dondero, children’s librarian at Richmond Library. “I know everyone is missing in-person library programs and looking for ways to get out of the house, so hopefully this will be a bright spot in many people’s days.” 

Virtual Storytime and Activi-day Thursday are continuing on the library’s Facebook page. 

Take-and-make kits will be available to pick up at the front of the library on select Thursdays, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The next pickup is Thursday, Aug. 27.

Each kit contains instructions for crafts and all or almost all of the supplies needed, plus some bonus activity ideas. There will also be video instructions and upcoming dates posted on the Facebook page.

Supplies are limited and are first-come, first-serve. ••

Programming at Portside

A few spots remain for the next three weeks of camp at Portside Arts Center, 2531 E. Lehigh Ave.

Camp is for ages 4 to 12 and operates Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Aftercare is available until 5:30 p.m.

Found Object Art and Sculpture will be held Monday, Aug. 24 to Friday, Aug. 28. 

Cost is $225 per week and scholarships are available. 

Virtual Summer Arts Camp for ages 4 to 12 will be held from Monday, Aug. 24 to Friday, Aug. 28. 

Cost is $45 per week for either morning or afternoon or $75 for both.

Virtual Youth Saturday Class for ages 4 to 10 will be held on Saturdays, from 10 to 11 a.m. 

Cost is $10 per class.

Virtual Teen Artist Workshop for ages 11 to 17 will be held on Saturdays, from noon to 1 p.m. 

Cost is $10 per class.

Virtual Family Art Night for all ages will be held on Fridays, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cost is $10 per family.

To enroll and for more details, visit www.portsideartscenter.org or call 215-427-1514. ••

Palmer Park Saturday Sweep

Friends of Fishtown at Palmer Park will host cleanups at Palmer Park, Frankford Avenue and Palmer Street, every Saturday, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., weather permitting.

All tools will be sanitized, or volunteers can bring their own.

Groups of 25 or fewer are permitted, masks must be worn, and appropriate distance must be maintained.

For more details, visit the Friends of Fishtown at Palmer Park Facebook page. ••

Join Ferko String Band

The Joseph A. Ferko String Band, winner of 20 Mummers Parades, is welcoming new members as it approaches its 100th anniversary.

The band is located right off the Bridge Street exit of I-95 at 2630 Bridge St. in Bridesburg and rehearses on Tuesday evenings throughout the year.

If you play the saxophone, banjo, accordion, bass, violin or percussion, or would like to join as a helper/marshal, send an email to Bookings@ferkostringband.com.

For further information, visit www.ferkostringband.com. ••

Donate children’s clothing

The Northeast Family Service Center, a ministry of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, offers a program called “Clothing Cuties.”

The program assists families experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic by providing essential infant and children’s clothing.

To donate newborn to 4T clothing items, call 215-624-5920. ••

Orleans Tech reopens

Orleans Technical College, 2770 Red Lion Road, is reopened, continuing operations while remaining socially distant.

Some precautions the school has taken include separate entrance and exit doors, staggered arrival times, sanitizing work areas before and after use and providing water bottles in lieu of water fountains.

The college will continue with upcoming classes: Aug. 24: Residential & Commercial Electricity (evening); Aug. 31: Residential & Commercial Electricity (day); Sept. 14: Building Maintenance (evening); Sept. 21: A/C, Refrigeration & Heating (HVAC) (day). ••

Phila. High Class of ‘68 reschedules event

Members of the South Philadelphia High School Class of 1968 have postponed a celebration of them turning 70 years old.

The rescheduled date is Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Waterfall Room, 2015 S. Water St.

Tickets cost $55 and include an open bar and buffet luncheon.

The luncheon is open to all classes of South Philadelphia High.

Checks can be made payable to SPHS Class of 1968 and mailed to Maria Leati, 26 Old Republic Lane, Marlton, NJ 08053.

Refunds for anyone who has already paid will be issued shortly.

For tickets and information, contact Stephen Michielli at 267-252-2740 or sdmichielli@yahoo.com. ••

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