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Around the Neighborhood: June 21, 2022

REUNIONS

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

  • St. Jerome — Classes of 1971 and ‘72. Oct. 8. Maggie’s Waterfront Cafe, 9242 N. Delaware Ave. $40. Skip DiFelice (class of ‘71), skipdifelice@gmail.com. John Longino (class of ‘72), jjlongino@gmail.com.

HIGH SCHOOLS

  • Archbishop Ryan — All classes. Seaport Pier Restaurant Bar, 2201 Boardwalk, North Wildwood. July 30. $30 online, $40 at the door. www.arhs.me/summersocial.
  • Archbishop Ryan — Class of 1977. 45th reunion. Friday, Nov. 11. 6-11 p.m. Philadelphia Quartett Club, 1075 Southampton Road. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1262453503849098.
  • Cardinal Dougherty – Soar at the Shore. Saturday, July 16. 2-7 p.m. Keenan’s Irish Pub, North Wildwood.
  • Cardinal Dougherty — Class of 1987. 35th reunion. Saturday, Nov. 5. Plumbers Hall, 2791 Southampton Road.
  • Cardinal Dougherty — Class of 1972. 50th reunion. Saturday, Nov. 12. 6-10 p.m. Phoenix Sports Club, Feasterville.
  • Father Judge — Class of 1962. Sunday, Sept. 11. Ashburner Inn. Kevin Huckel: khuckel@fatherjudge.com.
  • Father Judge/St. Hubert — Party at the Pier. All-class reunion. Seaport Pier Restaurant Bar, 2201 Boardwalk, North Wildwood. Saturday, Aug. 6.
  • North Catholic — Class of 1972. 50th reunion. Steve Cardullo: scardullo@comcast.net or John Garson: gronski45@verizon.net.
  • Northeast — Class of 1974. Class No. 133. Avi (Allan) Adelman: Avi@PhotographerOnBoard.com. More information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/northeast1974reunion.
  • St. Hubert — Class of 1962. 60th reunion. Wednesday, Sept. 14. Noon to 4 p.m. Cottage Green, 9001 Ashton Road. Cathy Stammer Ufheil: 609-953-1667 or newamcat@aol.com.
  • St. Hubert — Class of 2002. 20th reunion. Friday, Nov. 18. 7-11 p.m. FOP Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Road. shbambies2002@gmail.com.
  • St. Jerome — Classes of 1971 and 1972. 50th and 51st reunions. Saturday, Oct. 8. 7-10 p.m. Maggie’s Waterfront Cafe, 9242 N. Delaware Ave. $65 in person, $75 at door. Venmo: @John-Longino. Checks: Julie Cassidy, 169 Centenary Lane, Warminster, PA 18974. Skip DiFelice (class of ‘71), skip.difelice@gmail.com, or Julie Cassidy (class of ‘72), jcass0307@gmail.com.
  • St. Joseph’s Prep — All classes. Thursday, Aug. 11. 6-8 p.m. Icona Avalon.
  • St. Joseph’s Prep — Classes of 1977, ‘82, ‘87, ‘92, ‘97, ‘02, ‘07, ‘12 and ‘17. Saturday, Oct. 8. At Prep, 1733 W. Girard Ave.
  • South Philadelphia — Class of 1968. 55th reunion. Oct. 21, 2023. Noon to 4 p.m. Waterfall Room, 2015 S. Water St. $60. Buffet dinner, open bar. Arleen Liberi [609-922-2419], Maria Leati [856-287-3734] or Stephen Michielli [267-252-2740].
  • West Catholic – 33rd annual Burrs at the Beach. Sunday, June 26. 1-6 p.m. Keenan’s Irish Pub, North Wildwood. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 610-420-0987.

OTHER REUNIONS

Navy Reunions

  • Visit HullNumber.com for a listing of reunions. The site is a free service enabling Navy shipmates to renew old friendships. There are currently more than 8,700 Navy ship, submarine and air squadron personnel rosters listed. 

Holy Inn going to AC

Holy Innocents is sponsoring a casino trip on Monday, Aug. 15. A bus will depart L Street and Hunting Park Avenue at 9:30 a.m. There will be a Mass at noon at St. Nicholas of Tolentine in Atlantic City, followed by a procession to a blessing of the sea at 1:15 p.m. There will be a $15 slot package at Resorts Casino before the bus departs at 6. The cost is $35, due by Aug. 1. To reserve your seat, call Cindy at 215-535-2740. 

St. Helena Senior headed to Resorts

The St. Helena 55+ Club will be holding a casino trip on Tuesday, June 28. A bus will leave St. Helena Church, 6161 N. 5th St., at 9 a.m. and return by 6 p.m. The cost is $25 and includes $18 in slot play at Resorts Casino. There will be bingo and 50/50s on the bus down and back. Make check out to St. Helena Seniors and mail to Sister Sophie, 6161 N. 5th St., Philadelphia, PA 19120. 

Support veterans

The American Legion Women’s Auxiliary is recruiting new members to help with supporting and raising funds for the military and veterans. Become a member by filling out an application at a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 366 Corp. John Loudenslager, 7976 Oxford Ave. 

South Phila. HS class of ‘68 reunion

The South Philadelphia High School Class of 1968 will hold its 55th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Waterfall Room, 2015 S. Water St. Tickets cost $60 and include buffet dinner and open bar. For tickets and more information, call Arleen Liberi [609-922-2419], Maria Leati [856-287-3734] or Stephen Michielli [267-252-2740].

Senior fair, shredding

State Rep. Kevin Boyle will hold a senior fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 24, at Fox Chase Recreation Center, 7901 Ridgeway St. A variety of constituent services will be available, including help with local and state government programs, and a free lunch will be provided.

A shredding event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, at Boyle’s district office, 7801 Hasbrook Ave.

Call 215-695-1016. 

AARP ending tutoring program

The AARP Foundation will be closing four Experience Corps branches, including the one in Philadelphia.

The volunteer program trains people 50 and older to help students become better readers by the end of third grade by building their fluency, accuracy and comprehension skills.

The tutoring is done one on one or in small groups, twice a week for 30 minutes each session.

Emily Allen, Senior Vice President of Programs at AARP Foundation, said, “To reach more schools and students, we are evolving AARP Foundation Experience Corps to implement our work through community-based organizations, building on an existing model we’ve accomplished with 19 Program Partners in 11 states. After careful evaluation, we’ve determined this is the most effective way to increase our impact for both students and volunteers. In this move, AARP Foundation will close four Experience Corps Branches currently staffed by AARP Foundation employees, including Philadelphia, at the end of this program year. We are working to identify Program Partners in Philadelphia to implement our new business model as soon as possible so we can continue serving students in the city.” 

VFW looking for members

Bustleton-Somerton/CTR1 Michael J. Strange VFW Post 6617 meets on the third Wednesday of every month at American Legion Post 810, 9151 Old Newtown Road. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. If you are a military veteran who served in a designated combat zone, you are eligible to join the VFW. Contact Commander Israel Wolmark at 215-725-0630 if you would like to join the post. 

Father Judge reunion

The Father Judge graduating class of 1962 will be holding its 60-year reunion at the Ashburner Inn on Sunday, Sept. 11. For more information, email Kevin Huckel at khuckel@fatherjudge.com

Trips scheduled

Three excursions to New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York state are on tap for this summer and fall as part of the Starr Tours At KleinLife program.

The travel excursions kick off on July 13 with a trip to Atlantic City to enjoy a matinee performance of the Jersey Boys at the Soundwaves Theatre at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. In addition to a show ticket, the trip includes lunch at the hotel and casino as well as motorcoach travel. Buses leave from KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. Cost is $219 per person. Deadline for reservations is June 14.

An Aug. 10 trip to Columbia, Lancaster County, to visit the National Watch and Clock Museum is scheduled for summer. It also features admission to the Turkey Hill Experience, lunch at Bully’s Restaurant and roundtrip motorcoach accommodations. Cost is $155 per person for adults and $105 per child. Deadline for reservations is July 12.

The Castles of New York multi-day vacation runs from Sept. 11-14 and features an upstate New York experience showcasing the countryside, the St. Lawrence River and three castles. It includes overnight accommodations at the Edgewood Resort, three breakfasts and one dinner. Deadline for reservations is Aug. 13.

For additional information and reservations, call 800-782-7703 or go to starrtours.com/kleinlife

Thrift shop restocked

The Classroom Thrift Shop, 4301 Tyson Ave., sponsored by the women of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai, will have a half-price sale through Friday, June 24. Hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 215-624-9130. 

Upcoming cruise

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a fully escorted Holy Lands & Aegean Majesty cruise that will sail Oct. 6-17, 2023, featuring 10 ports-of-call. Rates, including airfare, range from $4,198 to $7,998 per person, double occupancy. Call 215-788-9408 for information and reservations. 

Bridesburg Rec Summer Camp

Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4601 Richmond St., is holding summer camp registration.

There will be two encampments each running three weeks. Each session will offer early, day and extended options.

Camp is for youth in kindergarten through sixth grade as of September 2022.

Cost is $90 for early camp, $300 for day camp and $150 for extended camp.

First encampment will run from Tuesday, July 5 to Friday, July 22.

Second encampment will run Monday, July 22 to Friday, Aug. 12.

All fees must be paid in full at registration.

For more details, call Miss Jackie at 215-685-1247 or 215-533-6448. 

Bingo on July 9

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, at Trenton Avenue and Cumberland Street, will be having a bingo on Saturday, July 9, from 1-4 p.m. Doors will open at noon. Packages are $20 and include lunch. For more information, call 215-423-0792. 

Samuel Rec Summer Camp

Samuel Recreation Center, 3549 Gaul St., is holding summer camp registration.

Registration will be available online; a link will be posted on the Samuel Rec Center Facebook page.

Camp is for children ages 6 to 12 and will run from Tuesday, July 5 to Friday, Aug. 12.

Cost is $600 and is due in two installments.

Camp includes daily breakfast and lunch, daily swimming, arts and crafts, sports, guest speakers and one trip per week.

For more details, email Jamie Miller at Jamie.Miller@phila.gov.

Philly native releases poetry book

Screenwriter Chris Courtney Martin, a Philadelphia native, has released The Book of I.P. (Idol Poems) – a short hybrid poetry and essay collection. Each work in the collection represents an “ode” to story concepts Martin finds screen-worthy. The 65-page work contains 30 poems and two memoir-style essays. The book is available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B148JKLM. For more information, go to https://alienbuddhapress.wordpress.com/2022/06/16/spotlight-the-book-of-i-p-idle-poems-by-chris-courtney-martin/.

Flea market

A flea market will be held at Almond and Cumberland streets, behind First Class Daycare, in the parking lot every Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vendors are needed.

For a space, call Vicky at 215-426-9654 or Colleen at 267-393-5997. 

Flea market at Roosevelt Mall

The Roosevelt Mall Flea Market will run outdoors in the parking lot at 2445 Cottman Ave., every Sunday through November. The market runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 150 vendors will be on hand featuring new and used items, household goods, electronics and all types of general merchandise. One parking space is $30. Bring your own tables. There is plenty of free parking. For reservations, call 215-625-FLEA (3532). 

Portside Arts Center classes at Cherry Street Pier

Portside Arts Center at Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Blvd., will host kids and adult classes.

Children’s Saturday class will be held on Saturdays, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class is for ages 4 to 10. Cost is $15 per class or four classes for $55.

Teen Portfolio Building Workshop will be held on Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for ages 11 to 17. Cost is $20 per class or four for $70.

Family Art Night will be held every first Friday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for all ages. Cost is $25 per family.

Portside on the Pier Summer Arts Camp will be held from June 27 to Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, for ages 6 to 10. Cost is $200 per week.

For more details or to enroll, visit www.portsideartscenter.org.

Attend summer basketball camp

The 16th Annual Jaguar St. Ephrem Basketball Camp for boys and girls will take place from Monday, July 25, through Friday, July 29. The cost is $150 for the week and includes a basketball and T-shirt. The camp is held in an air-conditioned gym at St. Ephrem, 5400 Hulmeville Road in Bensalem. The camp is under the direction of former college coach Dan Williams. For more information, email Williams at WilliamsD@LSCHS.org.

Take part in golf outing

The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce will hold its 100th annual Directors Cup Golf Challenge on Monday, June 27, at the Union League Golf Club at Torresdale, 3801 Grant Ave. Registration is at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11 and a shotgun start at noon. There will be a cocktail reception, dinner and awards at 5 p.m.

To play, become a sponsor, attend the dinner or for more information, call 215-332-3400 or visit nephilachamber.org

Painting with a Twist in Tacony

Simeti’s Gymnastics Academy, 6650 Keystone St. (former St. Leo School) will hold Painting with a Twist, a BYOB painting experience, on Saturday, June 25, at 7 p.m. The cost is $30 and includes all art materials. Feel free to bring your favorite adult beverages and snacks. Call 267-333-9930 to reserve your spot.

Clothing sale at thrift shop

The Classroom Thrift Shop, 4301 Tyson Ave., will hold a bag sale (fill a bag with clothes for $6) from June 26 to July 1. Donations are being accepted. The shop will be closed July and August. Shop hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop is closed Saturday. Call 215-624-9130. 

New class for sports hall of fame

The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame has announced its latest class to be inducted Nov. 3 at Live! Casino & Hotel. Inductees will be Adele Boyd, Art McNally, Bernard Hopkins, Charles T. Cooper, David Akers, Ed Bolden, Fredia Gibbs, Howard Eskin, Jimmy Rollins, Keith Allen, Nikki Franke, Phil Martelli, Ray Kelly, Reds Bagnell, Rollie Massimino, Susan Francia and the 1983 NBA champion 76ers. For more information, visit https://www.philadelphiasportshalloffame.org

Free concert in Somerton

The Danube Swabian Association (1277 Southampton Road) will hold a free concert on Friday, June 24, at 7 p.m., featuring the Cardinal Dougherty Alumni Band. 

PizzaPalooza on Thursday

The Northeast Times and Lower Bucks Times will host their fourth PizzaPalooza on Thursday, June 23, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Road, in the Far Northeast. The evening will also include music and prizes. Tickets cost $15, or $7.50 for ages 2-12. Children under 2 are admitted free. To ask about sponsorship opportunities, email Michelle at michelle@newspapermediagroup.com. To buy tickets or for more information, visit nmg.ticketleap.com/pizza2022/

Join Bustleton Bengals dance program

The Bustleton Bengals are forming a dance program, beginning in September. The director is Juliana Sciarra, a Bustleton Bengals member with more than 20 years of dance experience. The program is open to boys and girls ages 4-18. No experience is necessary. Weekly classes will be 45 minutes to an hour. There will be showcases in April and December. The cost for one season, September to April, is $100 per child, $180 for two children and $270 for three children, not including costumes. For more information, go to the Bustleton Bengals page on Facebook or email bustletonbengals.dance@gmail.com.

Music fest lineup set

The Pennypack Music Festival will take place this year at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road. Admission is free. There are picnic tables, but you can bring your own chairs. No pets or outside food, drink or coolers. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Shows are Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Gate opens at 5 p.m.

June 22: Black Dog [tribute to Led Zeppelin]; June 29: The Launch [tribute to Queen]; July 6: Steal Your Face [tribute to Grateful Dead]; July 13: Jamison, Bogside Rogues [Irish Night, Ed Kelly’s birthday celebration]; July 20: Idol Kings [tribute to Journey]; July 27: Definitely Leppard [tribute to Def Leppard]; Aug. 3: Let’s Ride [country rock]; Aug. 10: Kick it Out [tribute to Heart]; Aug. 17: Philadelphia Freedom [tribute to Elton John]; Aug. 24: Starman [tribute to David Bowie]. 

Participate in business conference

The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce will hold its fifth annual Women in Business Conference and Luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Holy Family University, 9801 Frankford Ave. The day will include breakfast, lunch, panel discussions and general sessions.

To attend, be a sponsor or for more information, visit nephilachamber.com

Farm stand at Jeanes

The Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus Auxiliary will hold a farm stand on Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., through October, next to parking lot C of the Jeanes and Fox Chase Cancer Center campuses. Call 215-728-2131 or email rosemarie.schlegel@tuhs.temple.edu

Movies and a 5K in Lawncrest

The Lawncrest Recreation Center Advisory Council will offer free movie nights on the second Thursday of the month at dusk at the Lawncrest Recreation Center outdoor stage, 6000 Rising Sun Ave. The dates are July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8 and Oct. 13. Bring a blanket or chair.

Meanwhile, the advisory council will hold a 5K race on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $30, which includes a T-shirt and medals for winners. Register at https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Philadelphia/Lawncrest5K

Attend Salvage Olympics

Philadelphia Community Corps is holding the second annual Salvage Olympics ay Philly Reclaim, 5200 Unruh Ave., on Saturday, July 16, from noon to 4 p.m. There’s going to be food, drinks, children’s activities and a variety of competitive salvage-themed Olympic games for chances to win prizes. Games will include reclaimed beam toss, a salvaged brick-stacking contest, a sledgehammer throw, a donated power sander racing contest and a recycled paint door decoration contest. There will be a silent auction and a 50/50. RSVP to the event with this link: https://bit.ly/3HwEHQZ. To be a sponsor, call 267-343-4242 or email info@phillyreclaim.org. For additional information about PCC and Philly Reclaim, visit www.philadelphiacommunitycorps.org

Outdoor concert schedule

All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Torresdale, 9601 Frankford Ave., will host two outdoor “grill-n-groove” concerts. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the concerts at 7. The schedule is July 20 (Philly Cuzz Band) and Aug. 17 (Paula Johns Jazz). 

Ukrainian festival in the summer

The Ukrainian Folk Festival will be held on Sunday, Aug. 28, from noon to 8 p.m. at the Ukrainian American Sport Center — Tryzub, County Line and Lower State roads, Horsham. There will be art, crafts, live music, dance, food, drinks, vendors and live reenactments. Admission is $15 ($5 donated to the relief of war victims in Ukraine). Kids under 15 are free. Parking is free. For tickets or more information, call 267-664-3857 or visit tryzub.org

Philly native releases poetry book

Screenwriter Chris Courtney Martin, a Philadelphia native, has released The Book of I.P. (Idol Poems) – a short hybrid poetry and essay collection. Each work in the collection represents an “ode” to story concepts Martin finds screen-worthy. The 65-page work contains 30 poems and two memoir-style essays. The book is available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B148JKLM. For more information, go to https://alienbuddhapress.wordpress.com/2022/06/16/spotlight-the-book-of-i-p-idle-poems-by-chris-courtney-martin/

Kimmel schedule

The Kimmel Cultural Campus has returned to live Broadway programming.

Here is the schedule through the summer: To Kill A Mockingbird (July 12-24, Academy of Music); and Dear Evan Hansen (Aug. 16-28, Forrest Theatre).

For more information, call 215-893-1955 or visit kimmelcenter.org

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