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Around the Neighborhood: August 22, 2022

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Ukrainian festival on Sunday

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

Polish festival in September

The 56th Annual Polish American Festival at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, located at 654 Ferry Road in Doylestown, takes place during Labor Day weekend, Saturday, Sept. 3, Sunday, Sept. 4 and Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, from noon to 8 p.m. each day.

The Polish American Festival features carnival rides, live music and stage shows and ongoing entertainment on the main stage and in the Polish Village highlighting Polish traditions and customs, Polish folk dance groups, along with a variety of Polish and American food and refreshments.

The $12 admission includes all events and carnival rides. The festival will continue Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11, from noon to 8 p.m.

For more information, visit the link on the front page of:

PolishAmericanCenter.com or PolishAmericanFestival.org

Buy Vietnam war memorial paver

The deadline is Sept. 5 to order a 12-by-12-inch granite paver to be completed by Veterans Day at the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Front and Spruce streets.

The $400 donation made payable to (PVVM) Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial is used to maintain the site, which honors the 648 Philadelphians who died during the Vietnam War. Appropriate personalization that honors any veteran’s service includes four lines of

text with 21 units per line. If you need assistance, contact Sandy Bukowski at 267-253-2965 or veapdd214@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, a National POW-MIA Recognition Day observance will take place on Friday, Sept. 16, at noon at the PVVM.

The annual name reading is set for Saturday, Oct. 22, at noon. Volunteers are needed to read one of (or part of) the 34 panels that honor the 648 Philadelphians killed in the Vietnam War.

Check the PVVM Facebook page for information on mobile wall displays in October and November. 

Isaacson on commission

State Rep. Mary Isaacson was appointed to become a new member of Pennsylvania’s Basic Education Funding Commission.

The commission was established within the Public School Code, and is reestablished with members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly every five years.

Members of the commission evaluate the distribution of basic education subsidies and the fair funding formula, used to provide public school funding, to ensure that it provides adequate public education, as enshrined in Pennsylvania’s constitution.

The commission will also be charged to see if cost-saving measures can be achieved, and to rely on experts at public hearings to determine the best fiscal route for schools to take.

“So much has changed economically across Pennsylvania since the Basic Education Funding Commission was convened in 2015 and it is our students who are quite literally paying the price due to the ZIP code they live in,” Isaacson said. “I am excited to serve on this commission to not only make the fair funding formula more equitable, but to fight to ensure that all of our education funding in Pennsylvania is actually passing through that formula. It is past time that our legislature stops short-changing our kids.”

The commission will issue its first report in November 2023. 

Take part in river-related activities

Riverfront North Partnership is offering numerous free programs through August.

At Pleasant Hill Park, 8900 N. Delaware Ave., there will be games and nature activities for kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays in August, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Learn archery on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pennypack on the Delaware, 7801 State Road.

Also at Pennypack on the Delaware, there will be hip-hop and soul line dancing on Monday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m.

Learn to fish on Thursday, Aug. 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Frankford Boat Launch, 5501 Tacony St. (behind Dietz and Watson). Rods, tackle, bait and basic instruction will be provided.

Lardner’s Point Park, 5202 Levick St., is hosting UnOrthodox Yoga on Wednesdays, Aug. 24 and 31. A kids class will be at 5:30 p.m., followed by adults at 6:15.

Come to Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4601 Richmond St., on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at sundown, for a showing of Disney’s Luca. Councilman Driscoll will be providing water ice. Bring your own chairs and blankets.

For more information, visit riverfrontnorth.org

Music fest finale

The Pennypack Music Festival will wrap up on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road, with a performance by Starman [tribute to David Bowie]. 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. Gate opens at 5 p.m. 

Looking for vendors for health event

Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, 2000 Shelmire Ave., will host a free event on Saturday, Sept. 10. There will be healing services, talks on “Faith & Cancer,” health screenings, activities for children, a concert, helpful resources and information and a White Mass honoring and blessing health care workers. Persons and organizations interested in being a vendor can email jenniecfranklin@gmail.com, call 215-745-3211 or visit www.resurrectphila.org/vendor

Take part in Thanksgiving parade

The 45th annual Mayfair-Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade will take place on Sunday, Nov. 20, from noon to 3 p.m. The community is invited to enter homemade floats, banners or vehicles, and organizations are encouraged to march. Volunteer banner carriers will receive six hours of community service. Apply by Nov. 6 (or Oct. 28 for new banners) at thanksgivingparade.org. Donations can be made on PayPal via thanksgivingparade or on Venmo at Mhthanksgivingparade. For more information, email info@thanksgivingparade.org

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

Dawejko to fight at Parx

Veteran heavyweight fighter Joey Dawejko (21-10-4, 12 KOs), of Tacony, will return to the ring on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m., when he faces Mike Marshall (6-3-1, 4 KOs), of Danbury, Connecticut, in an eight-round bout at Parx Casino.

Joe Hand Promotions is handling the 7-bout card.

In a four-round middleweight bout, Soslan Alborov (0-1) will take on Brendan O’Callaghan (2-1, 1 KO). Daiyaan Butt (10-2, 5 KOs), coming off a controversial decision loss, will be returning in a six-round super-lightweight bout against Tyrone Luckey (15-17-4, 11 KOs). Bryce Mills (8-1, 4 KOs), out of Liverpool, New York, will be competing against Larry Fryers (11-5-1, 4 KOs), out of Yonkers, New York, in a six-round lightweight bout. Former Pennsylvania Golden Gloves champion Karl Wylie (1-0) will compete in a four-round lightweight contest. Juan Davila (1-0, 1 KO) will be competing in a four-round super-lightweight bout.

Tickets at $50, $75 and $125 are on sale at https://www.parxcasino.com, Hold My Ticket Call Center at 877-466-3404 or by calling 215-364-9000. Must be 21 or older to attend. 

Train show Sept. 25

The Train Collectors Association Atlantic Division will hold its Fall Train Show and Sale on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Penns Landing Caterers (Sheet Metal Workers Union hall), 1301 S. Columbus Blvd. There will be 140 tables with a variety of vintage toy trains and repair parts for sale, test track, operating toy train layouts, kids activities and door prizes for adults and children. Admission is $5 per attendee or per family of two adults and all children 12 and under. Food is available on premises, and there is plenty of free parking. Call Bob at 610-872-3309 or visit www.ADTCA.com

Kimmel schedule

The Kimmel Cultural Campus will present Dear Evan Hansen (through Aug. 28, Forrest Theatre). For more information, call 215-893-1955 or visit kimmelcenter.org

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). 

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. 

Kensington High alumni luncheon

The Kensington High School Alumni Luncheon will be held on Oct. 15 at the Radisson Hotel, Trevose. The luncheon is open to all graduates and guests. Cost is $42. For information and order forms, call Tamara (267-699-6331), Altha (215-605-5255) or Fran (215-303-0188).

Trips scheduled

Starr Tours At KleinLife will hold a trip to The Castles of New York, a multi-day vacation from Sept. 11-14, featuring 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. For additional information and reservations, call 800-782-7703 or go to starrtours.com/kleinlife

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.

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

Casino trip, Christmas show

Holy Innocents Parish is organizing a trip to Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City on Thursday, Dec. 1. A bus will leave L Street and Hunting Park Avenue at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $85, non-refundable, due Nov. 1.

The trip includes a ticket to The Modern Gentlemen, a Christmas show, at 3 p.m.; bus transportation; $25 in slot play; and a $15 food voucher. The bus will leave the casino at 5 p.m.

To reserve your seat, call Cindy at 215-535-2740. 

Historical talk at KleinLife

A major episode in American history will be depicted at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. The public is invited. The Battle of Gettysburg will be the theme on Aug. 29. The program will begin at 12:45 p.m. David Hudak will be leading the session. Cost is $6. For further information and to reserve your place, contact Mariya Keselman-Mekler at 215-698-7300, Ext. 185 or mkeselman@kleinlife.org

St. Jerome seniors to meet

Meetings are resuming for the St. Jerome’s Senior Group. The next two meetings will be on Thursdays, Sept. 8 and Sept. 22, in the school hall, 3031 Stamford St. Arrive by 10 a.m., and meetings begin promptly at 11. 

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]. 

Casino trip, Christmas show

Holy Innocents Parish is organizing a trip to Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City on Thursday, Dec. 1. A bus will leave L Street and Hunting Park Avenue at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $85, non-refundable, due Nov. 1.

The trip includes a ticket to The Modern Gentlemen, a Christmas show, at 3 p.m.; bus transportation; $25 in slot play; and a $15 food voucher. The bus will leave the casino at 5 p.m.

To reserve your seat, call Cindy at 215-535-2740. 

Thrift shop reopening

The Classroom Thrift Shop, 4301 Tyson Ave., sponsored by the women of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai, will reopen Sunday, Sept. 4, at 11 a.m., fully restocked for fall and winter. Hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop is closed Saturdays. Donations are welcome.

Lunch and entertainment

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, will be hosting its opening luncheon meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. A salmon meal will be followed by professional song and dance performer Marcus Chaney. The cost is $30. Send checks to CSS payable to Sisterhood. Call 215-677-1600. 

Book club meeting

The Book Club of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be hosting a Zoom session on Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. For further information, or to register for the book club program, call Lynn Ratmansky at the synagogue office at 215-677-1600. 

Sisterhood meeting

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will be hosting a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Cathryn Miller-Wilson, executive director of HIAS Pennsylvania. Light refreshments will be served. Call 215-677-1600. 

Save at Boscov’s

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim announces its annual Boscov Day. On Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., you can shop in person and receive a 20-percent discount if you mention the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim Sisterhood at the checkout. The Sisterhood will receive 5% of the purchase amount. Call 215-677-1600. 

Book club session

The Book Club of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be hosting a Zoom session on Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. For further information, or to register for the book club program, call Lynn Ratmansky at the synagogue office at 215-677-1600. 

Drivers refresher course

The Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will host an AARP Drivers 2 Day Refresher Course on Monday, Nov. 7, and Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are no tests to pass, and most insurance companies provide a discount for completing the course. The cost is $20 for AARP members, or $25 for non-AARP members. There will be a small break for lunch. A dairy lunch is permitted. Call 215-677-1600. 

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. 

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. 

Day trip to Valley Forge, West Chester

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a “Day in Valley Forge & West Chester” on Thursday, Oct. 20. Itinerary includes a riding tour of Valley Forge National Historical Park, a three-course luncheon in West Chester and an 80-minute narrated ride on the West Chester Railroad between West Chester and the village of Glen Mills. All-inclusive cost is $127. Reservations close on Sept. 12, or earlier if demand warrants it. For information and reservations, call 215-788-9408. 

Clothing drive for charity

The Marlyn Chakov Fein Chapter, Fox Chase Cancer Center, is running a clothing drive on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 604 Township Line Road, Cheltenham, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring your gently used clothing, accessories, books and small trinkets in bags or boxed for pick-up. This event supports cancer research and compassionate patient care. 

Bus trip to see murder mystery

The Marlyn Chakov Fein Chapter, Fox Chase Cancer Center, is running a bus trip to Bube’s Brewery (102 N. Market St., Mount Joy, Lancaster County) for a murder mystery experience on Saturday, Sept. 17. The murder mystery show includes a family-style meal, Catacombs tour and free time to visit the Kitchen Kettle Village. The cost is $160, which includes the motor coach, show and tour. Bus leaves from 604 Township Line Road, Cheltenham, at 9 a.m. and will return about 7 p.m. For information and reservations, call 215-860-3710. This event supports cancer research and compassionate patient care. 

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

Beef, Beer & Belly Laughs

The Chaverim and Men’s Club of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will hold an upcoming program as part of the synagogue’s 60th anniversary celebration. On Thursday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m., the public is invited to an evening of Beef, Beer & Belly Laughs, at a cost of $30 per person. Entertainment provided by comedian Jim Daly & Friends. Make your checks payable to CSS Men’s Club and mail to 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115. Call 215-677-1600. 

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. 

REUNIONS

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

  • 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. Leo — Class of 1972. 50th reunion. Nov. 5. Ashburner Inn. www.facebook.com/events/1082440402656601.

HIGH SCHOOLS

  • 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 — 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.
  • North Catholic — Class of 1972. 50th reunion. Oct. 6. 7-11 p.m. Brookside Manor. Steve Cardullo: scardullo@comcast.net or John Garson: gronski45@verizon.net.
  • North Catholic — Class of 1962. 60th reunion. Oct. 22. 1-5 p.m. Brookside Manor. Ed Baker: 215-245-1283.
  • 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. 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].

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. 

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