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Adult and teen programs at Richmond Library

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St., will host Crochet Circle on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 23 and 30, at 4 p.m., for adults of all experience.

The Chess Club will meet on Mondays, Aug. 21 and 28, from 4-6 p.m. Beginners are welcome.

Call 215-685-9992. ••

Donate blood

The American Red Cross is holding blood drives throughout August. All donors will receive a $10 e-gift card to a movie merchant of their choice.

Donors are welcome on Aug. 26, from 2-7 p.m., at the Block Church, 2537 E. Monmouth St.

To make an appointment, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 800-RED CROSS. ••

Handbag bingo fundraiser

The Bridge Clinic, a nonprofit veterinary clinic with a location at 2275 Bridge St. in the Frankford Arsenal, will hold its annual designer handbag bingo and basket raffle fundraiser on Sept. 23, at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 325 S. Oxford Valley Road in Fairless Hills. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the first game of bingo at 7. Tickets are $35 in advance via PayPal or Venmo (@TheBridgeClinic), $40 at the door. All tickets include 13 games of bingo, alcohol for 21+ and dessert. Basket raffles and 50/50 will also be available. Large groups welcome, tables can be reserved upon request. Email sara@thebridgeclinic.org for alternate payment options, to reserve a table, sponsorship or donations and additional information. ••

Children’s programs at Richmond Library

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St., is offering a Preschool Storytime and Play Group on Wednesdays, Aug. 16 and 30, at 10:30 a.m. Join Ms. Meghan for stories and songs for ages 4 and under with caregivers. Stay after Storytime to play. Siblings welcome.

Friday Fun is set for Friday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m. Stop in for a new activity. Do crafts and science experiments, play games, build with LEGO bricks and more.

Read, Baby, Read Storytime and Play Group is scheduled for Thursdays, Aug. 17 and 31, 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.

Call 215-685-9992. ••

Attend Fishtown events

The Fishtown Neighbors Association is sponsoring a number of upcoming events.

Music in the Park will take place on Fridays, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. The free and family-friendly pop-up concert series will take place at Konrad Square, 2200 E. Dauphin St.

The Rose Garden Market, 1401 Frankford Ave., is open on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 5-8 p.m., and Sundays, Aug. 27 and Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be local artisans offering baked goods, health and wellness and fresh food.

Volunteers are welcome. ••

Activities at senior center

The Rosemary Montagno Senior Center, 12601 Townsend Road, welcomes new members. The center is open weekdays at 10 a.m., except Tuesdays, when it opens at 9:30.

All adults are welcome for bingo on Tuesdays, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be dab games, pull tabs, a 50/50 and cash prizes.

Center membership is needed for activities on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Wednesday’s schedule is ceramics at 10 a.m., mahjong at 11:30 and pinochle from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Line dancing takes place Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Pinochle is played Fridays from noon until 2:30 p.m.

For membership information, call 215-673-7734. ••

Allegheny Ave. at 95 closes

PennDOT announced that construction has begun on Allegheny Avenue at the Interstate 95 interchange (Exit 25), closing the road and the southbound on-off ramps for about six weeks.

Allegheny Avenue will close between Richmond Street and I-95 through Sept. 22, while the southbound off and on-ramps at the I-95 Allegheny Avenue interchange will close.

During the closure, westbound Allegheny Avenue traffic from the port area will be detoured south on Allen Street (frontage road alongside northbound I-95) to south on Richmond Street, west on Lehigh Avenue, then north on Aramingo Avenue to Allegheny Avenue.

Eastbound Allegheny Avenue traffic bound for the port area east of I-95 will be detoured north on Richmond Street, and east on Castor Avenue to Delaware Avenue.

Traffic normally exiting southbound I-95 at Allegheny Avenue will exit at Girard Avenue (Exit 23) and follow the signs to Richmond Street north back to Allegheny Avenue.

Motorists normally entering southbound I-95 at Allegheny Avenue will be detoured south on Richmond Street and follow the signs to I-95 south at the Girard Avenue Interchange.

The road work is the final stage of PennDOT’s $31.2 million project that reconstructed sections of Delaware, Castor and Allegheny avenues to improve traffic flow between the port area and I-95. ••

Bazaar vendors needed

The St. Martin of Tours Charity and Solidarity Center, 999 Sanger St., will host a bazaar on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables cost $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Call Brenda Malavet at 215-744-2634. ••

Register for bike ride

The closed-road, non-competitive Philly Bike Ride will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14, starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Participants can choose from a 20-mile course or a shorter 7.6-mile version, with a finish line by the iconic setting of the art museum and the shadow of the famed Rocky steps. The event concludes with a post-ride festival, free and open to the public, that features live music, wellness activities and food trucks.

The cost starts at $35, with various add-ons available. There are two special ticket deals available.

The event supports the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. A portion of proceeds from the event will support the Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling program.

Registration is open and more information is available at Phillybikeride.com. ••

Day dedicated to women

NBC 10 news anchor Tracy Davidson will present Lifting Your Voice, a day dedicated to women, on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Philadelphia Country Club 1601 Spring Mill Road, in Gladwyne. The guest speaker will be Jen Croneberger, an author and former recipient of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry’s Female Business Leader of the Year. She holds a master’s degree in Sports and Performance Psychology and a Sustainable Business Strategy Certification from the Harvard Business School.

For tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lifting-your-voice-fall-2023-tickets-522147375857?aff=erelexpmlt. ••

Parkinson’s support group

Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus is offering a Parkinson’s disease support group for those who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and their families. The group will meet on the second Wednesday of every other month from 6-7 p.m. at the Cheltenham Friends Meetinghouse, 7604 Central Ave. The schedule is Oct. 11, Dec. 13 (holiday party) and Feb. 14. The group is led by nurse practitioner June Ro, and will include guest speakers. To register, contact Ro at 215-707-2619 or Jungyoon.Ro@tuhs.temple.edu. ••

English classes for Ukrainians

Holy Family University’s English as a Second Language initiative for newly arrived Ukrainian adults is accepting new applicants. The classes are free and open to members of the community who are at least 18 years old. Classes are online through Aug. 24, Tuesday and Thursday, 6-7 p.m. Since last fall, more than 100 newly arrived Ukrainians have attended classes at no cost to help them improve their English proficiency and become familiar with the Philadelphia community. Interested applicants can register at holyfamily.edu/ukraine-esl. ••

Third Thursday at Glen Foerd

Glen Foerd, Philadelphia’s public park and nonprofit cultural site along the Delaware River, presents its last free Third Thursday Summer Series of live music, food, family-fun activities and art on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The public is invited to bring a blanket or chairs, enjoy lawn games, roam Glen Foerd’s grounds and explore its Gilded Age mansion, which will be open for free self-guided tours. Donations are appreciated but not required, and attendees are asked to register in advance by visiting Glen Foerd’s events page at www.glenfoerd.org/events. For more information on the Third Thursday Summer Series, visit www.glenfoerd.org or call 215-632-5330. ••

Farm stand at Jeanes

Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus, 7600 Central Ave., has a farm stand that is open Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October. The stand is located next to parking lot C of Jeanes Campus and the Fox Chase Cancer Center Campus. Call 215-728-4861 or email Rosemarie.Schlegel@tuhs.temple.edu. ••

Mayfair Night Markets continue

The Mayfair Night Market will continue on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Frankford and Cottman avenues. There will be food trucks, vendors, drinks and live music by The Launch. The final market will be on Sept. 21 (music by Jumper). Vendors can apply at MayfairVendors.EventBrite.com. ••

Third Thursday in Tacony

Tacony Community Development Corporation will hold its next Third Thursday event on Aug. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the parking lot at 6846 Torresdale Ave. (at Longshore Avenue). The free event will feature a food truck, live music, produce and bread for sale, quality vendors, activities for the entire family and information tables from elected officials and local organizations. Future Third Thursdays are on Sept. 21 and Oct. 19. ••

Support for small nonprofits

A Little Better Company, an agency focused on making the world a little better, announces the launch of its inaugural Unless Project, a grant-meets-accelerator program providing $150,000 in marketing and capacity-building services to small organizations with big ideas but limited resources.

Up to four U.S.-based nonprofits will be selected to participate in the Unless Project to turn their transformational ideas into impact.

Simon Rogers, founder of ALBC, said: “In our experience, organizations with truly new and novel ideas struggle to get the resources and buy-in they need to bring their ideas to life. Today, the ability to communicate in the right way can make or break their success, and that gap between idea and impact is where the Unless Project comes in.”

The Unless Project seeks applications from nonprofits that are working on new, novel, provable, scalable and sustainable solutions to challenges in one of ALBC’s four focus areas:

• Environmental Sustainability

• Human Health and Wellness

• Social Progress and Advocacy

• Artistic Activism

The short application process includes a five-question eligibility quiz (yes/no answers only), a short application (written or video submissions) and, for finalists, a 30- to 45-minute Zoom discussion with the selection committee.

The eligibility quiz is available now, and applications are open through Oct. 15. Awardees will be notified on Dec. 15, and then be guided through a six-month process to transform their brand, tapping into all of ALBC’s capabilities and expertise.

ALBC will cover all marketing-related expenditures along the way. Additionally, the grant will include a $2,500 stipend to cover unplanned out-of-pocket expenses.

Interested nonprofits can take the eligibility quiz at https://bit.ly/unless-quiz.

Or sign up for an information session: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_A14a76RyQImqfP1CS62XhA#/registration.

To learn more, become part of the ALBC collective or to partner with the Unless Project, visit https://www.alittlebetter.co/. ••

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]. ••

Entertainment at Rivers

Rivers Casino will present the upcoming entertainment lineup:
• Aug. 18: Sergio Mendes

• Sept. 15: Everclear

• Oct. 7: The Concert: A Tribute to ABBA
• Nov. 24: Brian McKnight
For tickets and more information, visit RiversCasino.com/Philadelphia. ••

Singer McKnight to appear at Rivers

Grammy-nominated artist Brian McKnight will perform at Rivers Casino on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 8 p.m.

McKnight is part of the upcoming entertainment at Rivers Casino, which is scheduled as follows:

• Aug. 18: Sergio Mendes

• Sept. 15: Everclear with The Ataris

• Oct. 7: The Concert: A Tribute to ABBA

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

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