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FNA general membership meeting

Fishtown Neighbors Association will hold its monthly general membership meeting  on Wednesday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting will be hosted virtually on Zoom.

Special guests will include Rep. Mary Isaacson (D-175th dist.) and Sen. Nikil Saval (D-1st dist.), who will provide updates and take questions.

Agenda also includes brief announcements, 26th Police District updates and I-95 Revive presentation.

Email questions prior to the meeting for Isaacson or Saval to info@fishtown.org.

This meeting is open to the public.

For more details, visit the FNA Facebook page or register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArfuqrrjIjHND9KWe0wZfnRWo4nW-0HnBU. ••


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. ••


Community meal at LSH

Lutheran Settlement House, 1340 Frankford Ave., will host its monthly take-out style, community meal on Thursday, March 18, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Menu will feature shepherd’s pie with meat and vegan options, salad, and a dessert.

All are welcome, and meals are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more details, call 215-426-8610, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ••


I-95 and street closures in the River Wards

The ramp from Aramingo Avenue to southbound I-95 at the Girard Avenue Interchange will be closed on Thursday, March 18, at 9 p.m. until Friday, March 19, at 5 a.m. for a traffic pattern shift on the ramp, according to the state Department of Transportation.

During the closure, motorists will be directed from Aramingo Avenue to travel east on Cumberland Street, turn right on Richmond Street to Delaware Avenue, turn right on Callowhill Street and follow detour signs to the ramp to southbound I-95.

Eastbound Girard Avenue will be closed at the Girard Avenue Interchange area for overhead bridge construction through Friday, March 19, at 3 p.m. Eastbound Girard Avenue traffic heading for Richmond Street will be detoured east on Frankford Avenue to Delaware Avenue/Richmond Street.

During construction, Richmond Street will also be closed to through traffic between Lehigh Avenue and Ann Street for overhead construction on the southbound I-95 viaduct. Richmond Street traffic will be detoured on Lehigh Avenue, Aramingo Avenue and Allegheny Avenue around the closure.

The work at Girard Avenue is part of the $312 million project currently underway through 2023 to reconstruct southbound I-95 and the southbound Girard Avenue Interchange. For more details, visit www.95revive.com.  ••


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. ••


Spring workout sessions

The Leprechaun Sports Association will hold spring football workout sessions on Sundays, from March 28 to April 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at Cohox Field, Gaul and Ann streets.

For more details, visit the Leprechaun Sports Association Facebook page.  ••


Port Richmondopoly spaces available

The Leprechaun Sports Association and Port Richmond Neighbors Association is selling advertising spaces for the 2021 Port Richmondopoly board game.

A local twist on the popular board game, Port Richmondopoly was first available in 2007 and sponsored by the former Our Lady Help of Christians School and parish.

The fundraiser will support sports programs offered by the Leprechauns and future programs organized by the Port Richmond Neighbors Associations.

For more details or to purchase a space, email leprechaunsyouthsports@gmail.com, fjr42076@gail.com or portrichmondna@gmail.com. ••


Restaurant sponsors needed for community meals

Lutheran Settlement House, 1340 Frankford Ave., is seeking restaurants to sponsor its takeout-style community meals initiative.

Sponsors should provide meals to serve 50 people in individually portioned, takeout containers. 

Volunteers are welcome to help distribute the meals, but are not required.

Community meals are distributed every third Thursday of the month, from 3 to 5 p.m.

For more details, email Meg Finley at mfinley@lshphilly.org. ••


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. ••


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. ••

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