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Spring citywide cleanups

State Rep. Joe Hohenstein is partnering with the River Wards for the spring citywide cleanup this weekend.

There will be a cleanup, in partnership with Councilman Bobby Henon, at Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4601 Richmond St., on Saturday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Volunteers should meet at the front steps.

There will be a cleanup, in partnership with ORCA, at Cione Recreation Center, 2600 E. Aramingo Ave., on Saturday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers should meet on the pool side at Aramingo Avenue and Huntingdon Street.

Bring gloves and any cleaning supplies.

Rep. Hohenstein will provide bottled water and pretzels. ••


Spring workout sessions

The Leprechaun Sports Association will hold spring football workout sessions on Sundays, until 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.  ••


Spring cleanup in Fishtown

The Fishtown District will partner with SEPTA for the Philadelphia Spring Clean-Up on Saturday, April 10, to clean and beautify the neighborhoods and commercial corridor, including the SEPTA station at Front Street and Girard Avenue.

For more details or to participate, contact Marc Collazzo at Marc@FishtownBID.org or Kae Anderson at Kae@FishtownBID.org. ••


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. ••

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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