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Memorial Day ceremony

The public is invited to honor the fallen on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, at noon at the Charles J. Glenn III Memorial, at Marlborough and Wildey streets in Fishtown. The event will feature the Vietnam Veterans Society and the Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipes and Drums. ••

Learn to start nonprofit

A new website includes resources for people who want to start a nonprofit.

The website was created to help people who cannot afford a lawyer or who have questions about the process.

The site includes free and low-cost legal tools.

For more information, visit https://panonprofitlaw.com/. ••

Flea market in June

Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 801 N. Franklin St. (at Brown Street), will host a flea market on Saturdays, June 3 and 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, June 4 and 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Items on sale will include clothes, toys, housewares, tools and collectibles. ••

Crochet Circle at Richmond Library

Crochet Circle, for adults of all experience,, will meet at Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St., on Wednesdays, May 24 and 31, at 4 p.m. Call 215-685-9992. ••

Proper handwashing techniques

Essity, a global hygiene and health company, as well as a producer of professional hygiene products, recently conducted a survey to assess what, if anything, the pandemic has taught people about proper hand-hygiene behaviors. Essity surveyed people 18 and older living in the Delaware Valley to determine the area’s “grade” on its first Handwashing Report Card. Survey results were merely “Satisfactory” overall, leaving room for improvement and further education.

Most notably, while those surveyed do still seem to be partaking in handwashing behaviors and practices (receiving a grade of “Outstanding”), they could use some improvement on their knowledge of proper handwashing techniques (“Needs Improvement”).

“It’s important to not only wash your hands, but to wash them properly,” said Amy Bellcourt, vice president of Communications, Professional Hygiene, for Essity North America. “Not understanding or following proper hand-hygiene practices poses a significant threat to our individual and communal health. The COVID-19 pandemic saw a shift in how seriously we take preventing the spread of germs. And while we have definitely moved past sanitizing every home-delivery box and our groceries, practicing proper handwashing is still one of the most effective ways we can help prevent spreading germs.”

Proper handwashing techniques:

• Wash for no less than 20 seconds.

• Water at any temperature will suffice as long as hands are washed with soap for at least 20 seconds.

• Use soap. (Any kind will prevent spread of germs.)

• Do not air-dry; wet hands spread germs more easily.

• Use single-use paper towels to dry hands most effectively.

Bellcourt said, “These simple handwashing steps can create safer environments at home, at school, at work and at play. At Essity, we are committed to providing hygiene solutions that are affordable, sustainable and attainable for all.” ••

Musician in concert at Rivers

Two-time Grammy Award-winning producer and jazz and R&B musician Marcus Miller will perform at Rivers Casino on Saturday, Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. Tickets for The Event Center performance start at $29.

Miller’s appearance is part of the Rivers Casino upcoming entertainment lineup, which is scheduled as follows:

• May 26: Tower of Power

• June 3: Cage Wars 58

• June 16 and 17: Jeffrey Osborne

• July 8: Thunder From Down Under

• July 14: Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright

• July 28: Strictly Sinatra Presents: The Rat Pack

• Aug 18: Sergio Mendes

For tickets and more information, visit RiversCasino.com/Philadelphia. ••

Children’s programs at Richmond Library

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St., is offering children’s programs.

Preschool Storytime and Play Group will meet on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. on May 24 and 31. Join Ms. Meghan for stories, songs and fun for ages 4 and under with caregivers. Stay after Storytime to play. Siblings welcome.

Read, Baby, Read Storytime and Play Group will meet on Thursday, May 25, at 10:30 a.m.. Join Ms. Meghan for lap time with stories, songs, rhymes and bounces for babies with caregivers. Stay after Storytime to play. Siblings welcome.

Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program is in session Mondays through Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. and Fridays from 3-5 p.m. LEAP is a free, drop-in afterschool program that offers homework help and activities for students in grades K-12 every day after school.

Call 215-685-9992. ••

Dawkins wants answers on FTC

State Rep. Jason Dawkins said he is deeply concerned following reports that Franklin Towne Charter High School had manipulated its lottery to deny acceptance to students based on ZIP code or history of academic or behavioral issues. The school is being investigated after a top administrator at the school alleged that the lottery was fixed. The Inquirer obtained data showing that 17 ZIP codes with 110 combined applicants had none selected, while 205 students were chosen from ZIP codes that had 702 total applicants. Dawkins said this raises serious concerns about the fairness and integrity of the lottery process. He’s also concerned about the FTC board’s alleged favoritism toward former CEO Joe Venditti.

“This is unacceptable. This discriminatory act is a violation of Pennsylvania law and denies children their right to a fair education,” Dawkins said. “As taxpayers, we should not be funding schools that engage in such practices.

“If found guilty, they should face severe penalties. We must hold our schools accountable for providing equal opportunities for all students. It’s unacceptable that Franklin Towne Charter High School may have discriminated against students based on their ZIP codes during their admission lottery.” ••

Events at Fillmore

The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St., will hold a number of upcoming events.

KayCyy has announced his summer international headline tour, the WHO ELSE?! Tour, produced by Live Nation, which includes a stop at the Foundry at the Fillmore on June 21. Tickets are at whoiskaycyy.com.

Please Don’t Destroy, the comedy trio from Saturday Night Live, will embark on its first live sketch comedy tour, kicking off at the Fillmore on Friday, June 23. Tickets are at livenation.com.

Rema will make a stop on July 16. Tickets are available at heisrema.com.

Comedian, actor and radio host Corey Holcomb announced his upcoming The Book of Coreythians Chapter 1 Tour. The 11-show run includes a stop at the Fillmore on Friday, Sept. 8. Tickets are available at livenation.com.

Lil Yachty has announced a 39-stop global tour in support of his most recent album Let’s Start Here. Produced by Live Nation and Bose, The Field Trip Tour includes a stop at the Fillmore on Sunday, Sept. 24. For more information and ticket purchasing, visit fieldtriptour.com.

British stand-up Russell Howard will return to the U.S., specifically the east coast, for a fall tour. Howard will perform at the Fillmore on Wednesday, Oct. 11. For ticket information, go to russell-howard.co.uk.

Comedienne Michelle Wolf will bring her It’s Great to be Here tour to the Fillmore on Thursday, Oct. 19. Tickets are available at MichelleIsAWolf.com.

Musical artist 6LACK will perform at the Fillmore on Nov. 16. For more information, visit vipnation.com.

Toosii announced a summer U.S. headline tour, in support of his debut album, NAUJOUR. The Toosii: NAUJOUR TOUR, which will be produced by Live Nation, will include a show at the Fillmore on Aug. 22. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com. ••

Lane closure on Frankford Avenue

The Philadelphia Water Department has been undertaking utility construction on Frankford Avenue.

Through Wednesday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a weekday lane closure is scheduled on Frankford Avenue between Lehigh Avenue and Somerset Street.

All scheduled activities are weather dependent. ••

Go see Mamma Mia!

The Star Players, of the city Department of Parks and Recreation, will present Mamma Mia! from June 2-4 at 7 p.m. at Venice Island Performing Arts Center, 7 Lock St. in Manayunk. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Group rates are available. Tickets are available at Holmesburg Recreation Center, 4500 Rhawn St., or on Venmo @TheStarplayers. For more information, contact director Bill Arthur at 215-685-8714 or Starplayers2013@gmail.com. ••

Upcoming cruise

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a fully escorted Holy Lands & Aegean Majesty cruise that will sail Oct. 6-17, 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. ••

Cruise the Mediterranean

Norwegian Cruise Line will host a Mediterranean cruise from Rome to Venice on Oct. 10-19. The trip is all inclusive with round-trip airfare, a beverage package, all meals, three specialty dinners, taxes, transfers and all gratuities. The cost for a balcony sea view cabin is $3,511 per person. For more information, contact Fillmore Travel’s Kevin Fries at 215-498-8294 or fkevin910@comcast.net. ••

South Phila. HS class of ‘68 reunion

The South Philadelphia High School Class of 1968 will hold its 55th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 21, 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]. ••

50th reunion

Northeast Catholic High School Class of ‘73 will hold its 50th reunion on June 1, from 6-10 p.m., at Brookside Manor, 50 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville. Tickets cost $73, payable to NC-73 Reunion. Mail to Mike Kaiser, 14014 Napier St., Philadelphia, PA 19116. Cost includes appetizers, full buffet, dessert and open bar. ••

Bingo 3 times a week

The Ukrainian Cathedral, at Brown and Franklin streets, hosts bingo every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Games start at 6:30. Call 215-829-8103. ••

Wildwood days in June

The Lutheran Settlement House Senior Center is sponsoring a trip to Wildwood from June 5-9.

The cost is $650 and includes round-trip transportation; four nights at Oceanfront Hotel; four full breakfasts and dinners; a visit to historic Smithville and Cape May; and a dolphin watch cruise.

The trip is for people 55 and older. Contact Geneva Scafe at gscafe@lshphilly.org or 215-426-8610, Ext. 1206. ••

Trip to Mackinac Island, Michigan

The Polish American Cultural Center Museum volunteers are sponsoring a 7-day, 6-night trip to Mackinac Island, Michigan from July 9-15. The trip consists of a ferry ride to Mackinac Island, two nights at the Grand Hotel, a horse-drawn carriage ride and visits to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the Henry Ford Museum and the National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods. The price includes bus transportation, hotels, six breakfasts, six dinners, a buffet luncheon at the Grand Hotel, admission to all attractions, baggage handling, taxes and gratuities. Call Theresa Romanowski at 215-813-2780 or 215-922-1700. ••

Travel solo

Starr Bus Charter and Tours will hold its first Solo Traveler event on Tuesday, June 6, from 3-5 p.m. at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. Representatives from KleinLife, along with Starr’s owners and staff, including travel advisers and tour directors, will help solo travelers learn about trips and make connections with other solo travelers. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about Starr’s 2023 vacations, get a sneak peek at 2024 trips, enjoy light refreshments and win prizes. The event is free.

The next solo trip will be to Corning, New York on July 26-27 and will feature visits to the Corning Museum of Glass and the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum. Travelers will explore 35 centuries of glass artistry, experience hands-on glass making, see historic aircraft and meet the craftsmen that restore them. There will be a buffet dinner and overnight hotel accommodations as well as a scenic boat ride on Seneca Lake.

Call 609-587-0626. ••

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