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Around the Neighborhood: October 4th, 2021

Comic Eleanor Kerrigan, who will perform at Rivers Casino on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Comedy show at Rivers

Rivers Casino will host comics Eleanor Kerrigan and Jimmy Shubert at The Event Center on Thursday, Oct. 21, starting at 8 p.m.

Tickets are on sale for $20 and can be purchased at RiversCasino.com/Philadelphia or at NightOut.com.

Henon trial underway

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced the start of the trial for City Councilman Bobby Henon and electricians union boss John Dougherty.

Jury selection began Monday in what is expected to be a month-long trial in Courtroom 12-B of the federal courthouse at 6th and Market streets.

The government alleges that the defendants were engaged in a scheme in which Henon received a salary, benefits and other items of value from Dougherty, paid for with union funds. In exchange, Henon allegedly used his position to serve Dougherty’s interests within city government.

Henon and Dougherty deny such a scheme.

Columbus Day closing

PennDOT announced that all driver license and photo centers will be closed Saturday, Oct. 9, through Monday, Oct. 11, in observance of Columbus Day. 

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling.

Donate food at AHCU

American Heritage Credit Union invites the community to take part in its Spirit of Giving Food Drive. All nonperishable food donations will be given out to various food pantries and food banks throughout the community to help families in need this holiday season.

The donations will be collected through Nov. 27 at all American Heritage branch locations. Nonperishable goods such as soups, canned meat and vegetables, rice and pasta are at a higher demand this time of year.

South Port Richmond Civic Association meeting

The South Port Richmond Civic Association’s monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. over Zoom.

The agenda includes a recap of crime stats by Officer Tina Willis, community concerns and zoning plans for 2716 E. Monmouth St., 2838 E. Thompson St. and 2622 E. Allegheny Ave.

More information can be found at www.sopocivic.org.

Designer Bag Bingo at Holy Name

Holy Name of Jesus Church will host Designer Bag Bingo on Oct. 22, at its hall, 701 E. Gaul St.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Bingo starts at 7.

Tickets cost $35. They are available in the back of the church after Mass or in the rectory office, which is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pizza, hot dogs, water, beer and soda will be for sale. Guests can bring their own snacks.

Proceeds benefit Holy Name.

Groundbreaking for Glavin improvements

Mayor Jim Kenney and City Councilman Bobby Henon last week attended a groundbreaking ceremony for improvements to Frank Glavin Playground, 2600 E. Westmoreland St. in Port Richmond.

“The updates to Glavin Playground will allow our neighbors and community to continue to come together to play and recreate,” Henon said. “I’m excited to join the neighbors of Glavin Playground to celebrate its reopening.”

Glavin Playground, with design led by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, will see improvements like new playgrounds; a shaded seating area; new trees throughout the playground; a renovated recreation building, including new finishes, lighting, windows and ADA restrooms; new heating and cooling systems to accommodate programming year round; and a new sprayground.

New restaurant on Front Street

Restaurateur Stephen Starr is opening LMNO – a new Baja Mexican concept located at 1739-49 N. Front St.

The 6,000-square-foot space, opening Oct. 6, will feature more than 200 seats dispersed across multiple spaces, including a live-fire grill and a bookshop.

The executive chef is Francisco Ramirez.

Plans are for live music, art exhibits, DJ sets, workshops and cooking classes.

Nashville-Memphis trip with Polish American Cultural Center 

Polish American Cultural Center Happy Travelers are organizing a seven-day trip to Nashville and Memphis from Oct. 10-16.

The trip will include two nights in Gaylords Opryland, tickets to the Grand Ole Opry, Elvis experience in Graceland with a tour of his mansion, a guided tour of Nashville and guided tour of Memphis.

All are invited.

Seats still available.

For more details, call Theresa Romanowski at 215-813-2780 or 215-922-1700.

Concert on Oct. 23

John Primerano will perform The Soundtrack of Your Life on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Kelly Center, 4 E. Eagle Road, in Havertown.

Primerano will perform popular songs from the 1940s through the ‘80s.

For tickets, go to https://kellycenter.ticketleap.com/john-primeranothe-soundtrack-of-your-life/.

Doo Wop Festival at FOP

The Doo Wop Festival will take place on Sunday, Oct. 10, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Road.

There will be an indoor dance party, vocal groups and oldies radio disc jockeys.

The event is rain or shine.

Tickets cost $25 and include food, soda and draft beer. They are available at the FOP front desk, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All proceeds benefit the FOP survivors fund.

Call 215-629-3602.

Pierogi Festival on Nov. 6

The annual Pierogi Festival will take place on Saturday, Nov. 6, from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 7, from noon to 5 p.m. at St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, 817 N. 7th St. (at Brown Street).

The menu will include traditional Eastern European food.

There will be outdoor dining, a beer garden under tents and live music.

Pickup and takeout food is available.

Free parking is available in the adjacent lot.

To pre-order or for more information, call 215-922-9671, visit stnicholaseoc.org/donate/pierogi or check out the church’s Facebook or Instagram pages.

March in Thanksgiving parade

Groups of any kind are invited to participate in the 44th Mayfair-Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade, which will take place on Sunday, Nov. 21, at noon on Frankford Avenue.

Groups are welcome to create their own family-friendly floats.

Anyone interested in marching in the parade can call Lisa Greco at 215-624-6667 or Donny Smith at 267-538-4668, or email info@thanksgivingparade.org.

Senior expo at St. Anne

State Sen. Tina Tartaglione will hold a senior expo on Thursday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Anne PAL Center, 2328 E. Lehigh Ave.

Masks are required.

All senior citizens and their primary caregivers are invited. Representatives from various government agencies as well as public and private service providers will be available to discuss programs and services for older Philadelphians.

Call 215-291-4653.

Bingo on Saturday

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Trenton Avenue and Cumberland Street, will be having bingo on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 1-4 p.m.

Doors will open at noon. Packages are $20 and include lunch. Masks are required.

Call 215-423-0792.

Home runs for the homeless

Bethesda Project will host its second annual Home Run 5K as a weekend-long virtual fundraising race from Oct. 7-10, to support its 16 shelters and residences for homeless people.

The Home Run 5K is a 3.1-mile race that individuals can walk, run or bike a course of their choice while simultaneously raising awareness and funds for Bethesda Project’s shelters and programs. Throughout the weekend, racers will track their times while completing the 5K and record their times on the race page for the chance to win prizes, including fastest time, best race photo and most funds raised.

Kicking off the race weekend will be a Home Run 5K Happy Hour on Oct. 7, from 5-7 p.m. at Triple Bottom Brewery, 915 Spring Garden St.

 All individuals, even if they will not be racing, are invited to attend. Race participants will receive a drink ticket, which is included in their registration.

New to the race this year is the option to run (and fundraise) as teams. Racers who select to join a team will receive $5 off their registration and should email info@bethesdaproject.org for a team code.

Individuals can register for the race until Oct. 10, at www.bethesdaproject.org/homerun5k. Registration includes a Happy Hour drink ticket, racer’s bib and race bag. The first 50 registered individuals receive a race T-shirt. All racers have a $200 (minimum) fundraising goal that provides two weeks of shelter and housing.

Golf outing to benefit autism school

The 25th annual AJ Foundation Golf 4 Autism will take place on Monday, Oct. 18, at Makefield Highlands Golf Club, 1418 Woodside Road, Yardley.

Proceeds benefit the Comprehensive Learning Center, a private school for individuals with autism opened by the AJ Foundation.

The cost is $200 for one or two rounds of golf, and includes continental breakfast, lunch, cocktail reception and dinner. Refreshments will be served on the course.

There will be awards, contests and a silent auction.

Non-golfers can attend the cocktail reception and dinner for $75. Sponsorships are available.

Visit www.ajfgolf4autism.org.

Jazz show at Rivers

Guitarist Norman Brown and saxophonist Euge Groove take Rivers Casino’s Event Center stage on Friday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.

Tickets can be purchased at RiversCasino.com/Philadelphia.

Masks are required for all guests.

Hall of Fame ceremony at Rivers

The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame will hold an induction ceremony and dinner reception on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m. at Rivers Casino’s Event Center, 1001 N. Delaware Ave.

The class consists of Bill Bradley (football), Bonnie Rosen (lacrosse), Charles “Kid” Keinath (football/basketball), Dallas Green (baseball), Gary Smith (Legacy of Excellence), Jim Katcavage (football), Larry Foust (basketball), Lew Tendler (boxing), Mark Recchi (hockey), Mike Teti (rowing), Olga Dorfner (swimming), Richard Hamilton (basketball), Seth Joyner (football), Yolanda Laney (basketball), “Zack” Clayton (basketball and boxing) and the 1947 Basketball Association of America-champion Philadelphia Warriors.

The emcee will be Joe DeCamara, of WIP.

The evening will also include a fundraising auction and an exhibit featuring Philadelphia sports memorabilia.

For tickets or more information, call 215-254-5049, Ext. 3 or visit https://www.philadelphiasportshalloffame.org/registration/.

Upcoming bus trip, cruise

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a bus trip to the Mt. Hope Estate’s holiday dinner theater in Manheim, Lancaster County, on Nov. 29. Cost is $115.

The group is sponsoring a cruise to Charleston and Bermuda, June 2-12, 2022, on the Celebrity Summit, sailing from Cape Liberty, in North Jersey. Rates range from $1,577 to $2,387 per person, double occupancy.

Call 215-788-9408 for information and reservations.

New exhibit at revolution museum

The Museum of the American Revolution, 3rd and Chestnut streets, will host an upcoming exhibition, Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War, that will feature more than 45 original paintings by artist Don Troiani. The exhibition will run from Oct. 16 to Sept. 5, 2022.

The exhibition will also include artifacts that inspired or appear in his paintings and illuminate the story of each scene. The 40 objects on display will include weapons, military equipment, textiles and manuscripts.

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are required for all visitors ages 5 and up, regardless of vaccination status. The 5,000-square-foot exhibition will be located in the museum’s first-floor Patriots Gallery.

The exhibition is included with regular museum admission. Tickets can be purchased at www.amrevmuseum.org, by calling 215-253-6731 or at the front desk. Museum tickets are $21 for adults ($19 online); $18 for seniors, students and active or retired military; and $13 for children ages 6 and up. Children ages 5 and under are free. All tickets are valid for two consecutive days. Group tickets for parties of 15 or more are available for a reduced price by calling 267-579-3623. Memberships are also available online or by calling 215-454-2030.

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