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Food distribution at Bridesburg Rec Center

Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4625 Richmond St., through Councilman Bobby Henon’s office, will distribute complimentary boxes of food to families in the community on Wednesdays, from noon to 3 p.m.

Boxes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and individuals are asked to take one per family.

For more details, visit the Bridesburg Recreation Center Facebook page. ••


RTTF one-on-one support

Rock to the Future is offering free, virtual one-on-one support for children in grades 1 through 12. 

Academic and music support is available.

To register, visit rocktothefuture.org/getsupport.

For more details, email juliana@rocktothefuture.org or call 215-302-9633. ••


Port Richmond birthday festival

The Port Richmond Happy Birthday festival will be held on Sunday, March 21, from 1 to 6 p.m., in the parking lot at Thompson and Tioga streets.

The event will feature more than 100 vendors, food, drinks and music.

For more details and to become a vendor, email Melissa@statestreetevents.org. ••


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. ••


American Red Cross blood drive

American Red Cross, in partnership with Fishtown District and Rivers Casino, will hold a blood drive at The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St., on Wednesday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All donors will receive an American Red Cross T-shirt. 

To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor keyword, “The Fillmore Phila.”

For more details, contact Kristin Mckale at Kristin.mckale@redcross.org. ••


Portside Arts Center virtual art classes

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

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

Classes cost $10 each.

In-person classes will be held at Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Blvd.

Classes include Saturday Youth Class for ages 4 to 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $15 per class or $50 for four classes; Teen Portfolio Building Workshop on Saturdays, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., for ages 11-17. Cost is $15 per class or $50 for four classes; Beginners Upholstery and Open Studio Upholstery for ages 18-plus. Cost is $450 for new students or $375 for returning students. Schedule is Tuesdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays, from noon to 5 p.m. 

Portside Summer Arts Camp will be in-person. 

Schedule is June 21 through Aug. 20, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Camp open to ages 4 to 13.

Cost is $325 per week.

Scholarship applications are available on the website. 

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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