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Portside closing reception

A closing reception for “Mexican Folk Art by Veronica Ponce de Leon” will be held on Friday, Oct. 22, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Portside Arts Center Studio at Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Studio #12.

For more details, visit  www.portsideartscenter.org. ••

Veterans Day memorial service

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

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

Light refreshments will be available following the service.  

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

Boy Scout Troop 120 seeking members

Boys ages 11 to 18 looking for adventure are invited to join Boy Scout Troop 120.

Troop meetings are held Tuesdays, at 7 p.m., at St. John Cantius Church, 4415 Almond St., in the basement of the school.

For more details, email Bridesburg.unit120@gmail.com. ••

Programming at Portside

Full-time and part-time options are available for Portside Creative Classroom.

The classroom is a daily in-person program where children are assisted with school work, able to socialize with friends and instructed in arts education for a portion of each day.

The program is for children in grades preK 4 to fifth grade.

Kids and adult classes are available at the Cherry Street Pier space, 121 N. Columbus Blvd.

Classes include upholstery for ages 18-plus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Family Art Night for all ages on first Fridays, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; Teen Artist Workshop for ages 11 to 17 on Saturdays, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.; and 

Saturday Youth Classes for ages 4 to 10, on Saturdays, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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. ••

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 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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. ••

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. ••

Riverfront North programming

Residents are encouraged to share their solo cleanups.

Volunteers should post a picture of solo volunteer efforts and tag @riverfrontnorth and #riverfrontnorthtrailblazer.

Participants will become a volunteer Trailblazer.

Riverfront North Trailblazers receive swag, exclusive offers for programs, specials from local businesses and more.

Volunteers and community members can reach out to Riverfront North at info@riverfrontnorth.org or on social media @riverfrontnorth about illegal dumping, access, safety and graffiti issues along Riverfront North.

Riverfront North will follow up with the city on any issues reported. Residents can also use the city’s 311 system to make reports. ••

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. ••

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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