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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. ••

St. Hubert craft fair

St. Hubert, 7320 Torresdale Ave, will host its annual craft fair on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Access the cafeteria at either the Bleigh Avenue or Ditman Street entrances. ••

Attend CORA Fest

The third annual CORA Fest will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, at CORA Services, 8540 Verree Road. The free event will feature a bubble magician, magic show, balloon animals, carnival games and prizes, arts and crafts, pumpkin painting, a giant inflatable slide, music, Zumba, face painting, food and a community baby shower. ••

Adult, teen programs

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St., will host adult and teen programs in October.

A Crochet Circle will meet on Wednesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25, at 4 p.m. Bring a project with you and join in for crafting and conversation. For adults of all experience levels.

A Chess Club will meet on Mondays, Oct. 16, 23 and 30, from 4-6 p.m. Learn and improve your chess-playing skills. Free and open to the public. All ages and skill levels welcome. No registration required.

Call 215-685-9992. ••

Children’s programs at library

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St., will host children’s programs in October.

A Pumpkin Painting Party will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. Hear a spooky story and paint a pumpkin to take home with you. For children and families.

A Preschool Storytime and Play Group will meet on Wednesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25, 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.

A Read, Baby, Read Storytime and Play Group will meet on Thursdays, Oct. 12, 19 and 26, 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.

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

Call 215-685-9992. ••

Fundraiser for cosmetology students

Tomika Lynn Miles, owner of Journey Hair Salon, 7041 Castor Ave., will hold a “Pieces of Me” gala fundraiser on Oct. 8, from 6-10 p.m. at the IATSE Ballroom and Anthony Caterers, 2401 S. Swanson St. Proceeds will benefit continuing education for graduating cosmetology students.

Tickets cost $125 and include dinner, open bar, live entertainment and a red carpet.

Call 215-722-8010. ••

See Fiddler

The Star Players, of the city Department of Parks and Recreation, will present Fiddler on the Roof on Oct. 6, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. at Venice Island Performing Arts Center, 7 Lock St. in Manayunk. Bill Arthur is the director and plays the lead role. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Payment can be made on Venmo @TheStarplayers or at Holmesburg  Recreation Center, 4500 Rhawn St. For more information, call 215-685-8714, follow @starplayersPPR on Twitter, like the Facebook page or email Starplayers2013@gmail.com. ••

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

• Dec. 22: Jim Breuer

• Dec. 23: The Whispers
For tickets and more information, visit RiversCasino.com/Philadelphia. ••

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. ••

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. ••

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). ••

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. ••

Tioga Fuel Company offers trucks, trailers

U-Haul Co. of Pennsylvania announced that Tioga Fuel Company Inc., 2301 E. Tioga St., signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer.

Tioga Fuel Company, owned by Randall Binversie, will offer services such as U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pickup for boxes.

Normal business hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Call 215-535-2700 or visit https://www.uhaul.com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-Philadelphia-PA-19134/051102/. ••

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. ••

Sign up for golf outing

The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce will hold its 101st annual Directors Cup Golf Challenge on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at North Hills Country Club, 99 Station Ave. in Glenside. Registration will be at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon, a shotgun start at 1 p.m., cocktail hour at 5 and dinner at 6. The cost is $400 for individual golfers, or $200 for dinner only. Sponsorships are available. Checks can be made payable to Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and mailed to 2068 Red Lion Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115. ••

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. ••

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. ••

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. ••

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/. ••

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. ••

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. ••

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]. ••

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