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SOPO monthly meeting

The South Port Richmond Civic Association will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. 

Regular agenda items include a 24th Police District update, zoning, community concerns and announcements. 

Also on the agenda are Bill Summers from Town Watch Integrated Services and Vicki Riley from the revenue department. 

For more details, including the Zoom information, visit www.sopocivic.org or email info@sopocivic.org.  ••

Port Richmond blood drive

The American Red Cross will host a Port Richmond blood drive at Samuel Recreation Center, 3539 Gaul St., on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, call 800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter “Port Richmond Community.”

To receive a $5 Amazon gift card for participating, visit amazon.com/gc-legal. ••

AOH and LAOH 87 St. Patrick’s Day stroll

AOH and LAOH Division 87 will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 14, in Port Richmond.

The day will begin with Mass at St. George Parish, 2700 E. Venango St. Masks must be worn.

A motorcycle escort featuring music, Engine 81 and St. Patrick will start at 9:15 a.m. at St. George and stroll through the neighborhood, with a pass at Campbell Square.

Goodies will be given out, and nonperishable food and monetary donations will be collected for St. Joan of Arc Food Bank. ••

Portside Arts Center virtual art classes

Portside Arts Center, 2531 E. Lehigh Ave., is offering virtual classes.

Available classes include Recycle Remix for ages 4 to 6 on Saturdays, from 10 to 11 a.m.; 

Animals Around The World for ages 4 to 6 on Sundays, from 10 to 11 a.m.; Art Around The World for ages 7 to 9 on Saturdays, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Classes cost $10 each.

Refer a friend and get one class free using code referafriend in checkout.

Refer a friend out of state and get two classes free.

For more details, call 215-427-1514 or visit www.portsideartscenter.org. ••

24th Police District community alert

An increase in catalytic converter theft has been reported in the area. Below are tips from the 24th Police District to help protect your vehicle:

  • When possible, park in well-lit areas and close to building entrances.
  • If you have a garage, park inside and keep the garage door shut.
  • Have the catalytic converter welded to the car’s frame, which may make it more difficult to steal.
  • Consider engraving the Vehicle Identification Number on the catalytic converter. This may alert a scrap dealer it was stolen and make it easier to identify the owner. 
  • Calibrate your car for the alarm to set off when it detects motion.
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