Get your North Catholic items
The Northeast Catholic Alumni Association Christmas sale will take place on Saturdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, from noon to 4 p.m. at the alumni office at 2700 Rhawn St.
Items include hats, shirts, mugs, beer glasses and shorts.
Black Caucus backs Boyle
The Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee has endorsed U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle.
Boyle will be running for re-election next year, and it’s rumored he’ll have a Democratic primary challenge from state Sen. Sharif Street.
Bazaar on Dec. 11
St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Trenton Avenue and Cumberland Street, will be having its bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There will be gift shopping, attic treasures, a tombola game table, raffle prizes and baked goodies. Homemade food will be available in the church hall.
Women’s health campus coming
Temple University Health System announced that its new campus at 1331 E. Wyoming Ave. will become a hospital for women’s health.
The site is the former home of Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
The campus will offer maternity care services. general surgery, breast surgery, vascular surgery, urology, internal medicine, cardiology, endocrinology and behavioral health. It will also provide administrative service space, available for use by spring.
Accreditation for Agora
Agora Cyber Charter School has earned accreditation by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Agora serves over 5,500 students from 66 counties in Pennsylvania.
“Agora is committed to its vision and wanted to prove it by embarking on a deep level of self-reflection and independent validation. Undergoing this process proves that we are dedicated to excellence and maps out exactly how we are going to continue to demonstrate it.” said Dr. Rich Jensen, CEO.
The 12 Middle States Standards for Accreditation are mission; governance and leadership; school improvement planning; finances; facilities; school organization and staff; health and safety; educational program; assessment and evidence of student learning; student services; student life and activities, and information resources.
The accreditation process begins with a self-study that is conducted by the school system and requires input from school leaders, teachers, parents and students. Following the self-study, a team of volunteer educators from Middle States member schools conducts a peer review visit. Agora’s virtual visit included three days of interviews with students, employees and families.
Dr. Anne Butler, chief academic officer at Agora, said that the self-study caused Agora to “hone in on all of our core values. No stone was left unturned in the process.”
Full accreditation was awarded to Agora, with no future monitoring needed.
Letters to Santa
Bridesburg’s North Pole Express Mail, 4506 Almond St., will accept letters to Santa until Monday, Dec. 20.
Letters can be dropped into the mailbox any time and day of the week.
A return address and unused stamps should be included with the letter.
For updates, visit Bridesburg’s North Pole Express Mail on Facebook.
Christmas bazaar at Holy Name
Holy Name of Jesus, 701 Gaul St., will be having its annual Christmas bazaar on Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
There will be games, prizes, takeout food and gift baskets.
All COVID safety measures will be followed.
Breakfast with Santa
Santa Claus will be at St. Hubert High School for a breakfast buffet on Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The menu will consist of eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, home fries, bagels, juice, coffee, tea and water.
The morning will feature an indoor snowball fight, craft corner, coloring station, letters to Santa, selfie station, reindeer food making, Christmas bean bag toss, dancing, facepainting and a gift from Santa’s sack.
Tickets are $23 for ages 13 and up, $18 for ages 3-12 and free for ages 2 and under. A framed picture will be $5.
Help fight hunger
The Jewish Relief Agency will hold its second virtual annual event Hunger, Growing Needs, Glowing Deeds, on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. Set to livestream on the eighth night of Hanukkah, the program will illuminate the stories of three volunteer families, while underscoring the needs of area families struggling with “food insecurity.”
JRA’s “We Deliver” approach to fighting hunger supports more than 6,500 low-income individuals each month.
Community members are invited to watch Hunger: Growing Needs, Glowing Deeds. To register or become a corporate sponsor of the event, visit https://jewishrelief.org/annual-event-2021.
Art Shop 2021
Circle of Hope will host Art Shop 2021, a holiday craft market featuring a diversity of local artists and makers. It will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11, from noon to 4 p.m. at 2700 Frankford Ave.
Christmas at Post 396
Boleslaw Grochowski American Legion Post 396, 2171 Wakeling St., will host its annual Christmas party for members on Saturday, Dec. 18.
Doors open at noon, followed by activities from 1 to 3 p.m. Parking is in the rear.
Guests are asked to bring a wrapped gift for Santa Claus to distribute.