Home News Around Town

Around Town

Sign up for run/walk

The St. Hubert Alumnae Association will hold a 5K Run/1 Mile Family Fun Walk/Virtual Run on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Pennypack Park, off Rhawn Street. Proceeds will support student wellness. The event will include refreshments, a goody bag and a DJ. Shirts will go to the first 150 entrants. Run/walk registration, information and sponsorship opportunities are available at Facebook.com/StHubertAlumnaeAssociation. Registration is $30, or $10 for kids under 12. On-site registration for the event begins at 7:30 a.m. The race begins at 8:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 9. Medals will be presented to overall male and female champions and to top three male and female finishers in various age brackets. Virtual participants can run anytime through Sept. 23. ••

Fall fest in Port Richmond

Port Richmond Neighborhood Action will hold a free fall fest on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Block Church, 2537 E. Monmouth St.

There will be vendors, crafters, raffles and food.

For vendor spaces or more information, contact Doris at 215-900-9313 or portrichmondna@gmail.com. ••

Fetterman endorses O’Rourke, Brooks

Sen. John Fetterman endorsed Nicolas O’Rourke and Councilwoman Kendra Brooks for the two minority party-designated seats in Council.

“This was an easy decision — Philadelphia has the opportunity to elect two champions for working families, instead of a Republican Party that’s fighting progress everywhere you look,” Fetterman said.

Others endorsing O’Rourke and Brooks include Councilwoman Jamie Gauthier, the Black Clergy, Reclaim Philadelphia, the Philly Democratic Socialists of America and left-wing unions such as the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, SEIU and the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals. ••

Casino trip to AC

Holy Innocents is sponsoring a trip to Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City on Thursday, Nov. 2. A bus will depart L Street and Hunting Park Avenue at 9:30 a.m. and will leave Tropicana at 4:45 p.m. The cost is $35, due by Oct. 23. There will be $20 in slot cash. To reserve your seat, call Cindy at 215-535-2740. ••

Blessing of the animals

The St. John Paul II Parish Caring for Caregivers Group is sponsoring a Furry Friends Festival along with a blessing of the animals on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Mother of Divine Grace Church, at Thompson and Cambria streets.

Guests are asked to bring a can or cat or dog food to donate to an animal rescue group. All dogs must be on a leash and other animals in a crate or a closed container. Owners can take pictures of their pets with St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. There will also be a raffle to benefit St. John Paul II Parish. ••

Meet David Oh

The public is invited to a meet and greet with Republican mayoral candidate David Oh on Monday, Oct. 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Krick Wuder Saloon and Restaurant, 2676 Bridge St. Light refreshments will be served. ••

Golfers, sponsors needed

The Northeast Catholic Alumni Association will hold its 33rd annual scholarship golf outing supporting a fund for Catholic education on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at North Hills Country Club in Glenside. Golfers and sponsors are needed. Participants will have a chance to win a car or truck courtesy of Dunphy Ford. Call the alumni office at 215-543-1051 or visit northcatholicalumni.org. ••

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. ••

Attend Fishtown event

The Fishtown Neighbors Association is sponsoring the Rose Garden Market, 1401 Frankford Ave., on Sunday, 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. ••

Entertainment at Rivers

Rivers Casino will present the upcoming entertainment lineup:
• Oct. 7: The Concert: A Tribute to ABBA

• Nov. 22: DeRay Davis
• Nov. 24: Brian McKnight
For tickets and more information, visit RiversCasino.com/Philadelphia. ••

Local author releasing novel

Mayfair author Becky Flade announced that Tirgearr Publishing will release her next novel, Beautiful Dangerous, worldwide on Sept. 26. Beautiful Dangerous is the fourth book in Flade’s award-winning series of romantic thrillers set in Philadelphia. It is available for pre-order at all major digital retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks/iTunes. Flade, a Frankford High School graduate, has been writing since kindergarten, when her Brown Elementary School teacher, Miss Daniels, helped with her first book detailing her and her best friend’s first solo trip to the market for milk. For more information, follow Flade on Facebook. ••

Driscoll quality of life legislation become law

Legislation sponsored by Councilman Mike Driscoll cracking down on illegal street racing and so-called “boom parties” was signed into law by Mayor Jim Kenney. The proposed ordinance subjects violators to a $2,000 fine or the seizure of the vehicle.

“Philadelphians will not tolerate those who menace our city by engaging in illegal street racing or who play music at concert-level volumes,” Driscoll said. “I thank my fellow council members and the mayor for their support of providing police and other enforcement officers with another mechanism by which we can stop individuals from endangering others or illegally turning a public space into a concert venue.”

The ordinance, which took effect immediately, combined two separate bills both introduced by Driscoll. One of those original proposals was introduced in June in the aftermath of the death of an 18-year-old allegedly engaged in illegal racing on I-95. It adds the term “drifting” to the city’s traffic code, defining it as any intentional act of steering a vehicle in a circle where the rear wheel or wheels lose traction and create a controlled skid sideways. The new definition also covers “doughtnuts” and “spin-outs.”

“Illegal street racing is inherently dangerous and irresponsible,” Driscoll said. “The potential for the loss of life with drifting or similar activities is enormous. As elected officials we must do all in our power to provide a city in which to safely live and work.”

The second proposal was introduced in May. It was aimed at “boom parties,” gatherings where cars equipped with massive speakers blast music with vibrations often shaking nearby homes. It would impose strict measures on vehicles that amplify sound heard at a distance greater than 100 feet from the vehicle.

“Residents along the river have endured the excessive noise at all hours of the day and night for long enough,” Driscoll said. “It’s a problem that has escalated in recent years and seriously detracts from the quality of life for residents.”

Violators of the ordinance face a $2,000 penalty and risk forfeiture of the vehicle. The bill authorizes the Philadelphia Police Department to issue violation notices. The PPD may also seize a vehicle for probable cause. Seized vehicles will be stored by PPD until final adjudication of the offense. If forfeiture is granted to the city, the PPD will have the authority to dispose of the vehicle.

Individuals who claim their vehicle was wrongfully seized may recover it through an expedited hearing. This includes an owner who did not know and could not reasonably have known that the vehicle would be used in violation of the ordinance.

Forfeiture is also possible when a vehicle owner fails to contest the citation or pay the associated fine within eight days of its issuance.

Driscoll said there are anecdotal reports that incidents of street racing and boom parties decreased since the measure was passed by Council in June.

“I’m very grateful to my colleague and the bill’s co-sponsor, Councilmember Mark Squilla, for his important support of this measure as well as those of the rest of Council,” Driscoll said. “Protecting the quality of life for those who live or work in Philadelphia and those who want to take advantage of all that our city has to offer requires concrete action. The bill’s unanimous passage by Council and its approval by the mayor signals that Philadelphia means business and we will stop those intent on engaging in illegal activity.” ••

Join the parade

The 46th annual Mayfair-Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade will be on Sunday, Nov. 19, from noon to 3 p.m. Homemade floats are being accepted. Anyone in seventh grade or above who volunteers to carry a banner will receive six community service hours. To participate in the parade, call 215-624-6660, email info@thanksgivingparade.org or visit thanksgivingparade.org. ••

Allegheny Ave. at 95 opens

PennDOT announced that construction has been completed on Allegheny Avenue at the Interstate 95 interchange (Exit 25).

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. ••

Pop-up market in NoLibs

Art Star will hold a pop-up market on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association Community Center, 700 N. 3rd St.

There will be craft vendors, food, wine, baked goods and live music. ••

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. ••

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. ••

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, Sept. 21, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Frankford and Cottman avenues. There will be food trucks, vendors, drinks and live 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 Sept. 21 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. The final Third Thursday is on 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/. ••

Veterans event

State Rep. Jared Solomon will sponsor a veterans town hall and resource fair on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 4-7 p.m. at the Southampton Readiness Center, 2700 Southampton Road. There will be representatives from state, local and federal government agencies along with hospitals, insurance companies, businesses and public and private vendors. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP at 215-342-6340. ••

Craft bazaar at Rivers

The Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar will take place on Nov. 18-19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at The Event Center at Rivers Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. The entrance fee is $3 until 4 p.m., when it is free. Kids 12 and under get in free all day.
There will be up to 80 craft vendors selling handmade goods for holiday gift giving. There will be drawings for free tote bags and other items. ••

Akon at the Fillmore

Grammy award-winning artist Akon announced The Superfan Tour, where he’ll be playing all of his favorites from the last 20 years. Produced by Live Nation, the 15-city tour includes a stop at The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St., on Sunday, Nov. 5. Tickets are on sale at akpn.com. ••

Eric Andre at Fillmore

Comedian Eric Andre will perform at the Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St., on Thursday, Dec. 7. For more information and tickets, visit ericandretour.com or follow Eric Andre on social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook). ••

Trip to Ohio, Kentucky

St. Jerome’s Senior Citizens Club invites the public to join them for a five-day trip (Oct. 15-19) to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum, with a guided tour of Cincinnati, Ohio and Northern Kentucky. For reservations, questions or a brochure, call Diane McDowell at 267-496-2431. ••

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]. ••

Exit mobile version