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Programs at Richmond Library

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St., offers a Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program that meets Mondays and Tuesdays from 2-6 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2-5 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.

Preschool Storytime and Play Group meets every Wednesday 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 Children’s Crochet Club, recommended for ages 7 and up, meets every Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Hip Hop Jazz Musicology will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m. It’s an interactive experience of the evolution of black American music led by Ali Richardson. For school-age children and adults.

An adult Horror Book Club will meet on Monday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. and every third Monday of the month.

The Chess Club meets Mondays from 4-6 p.m., except Feb. 19. All ages and skill levels welcome.

Read, Baby, Read Storytime and Play Group will meet on Thursdays, starting Feb. 8, 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. ••

Make a key chain bracelet

Professional craft maker Pam Thomas will help people make a key chain bracelet for themselves or their sweetheart at Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave., on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. Supplies are provided. Registration is required. Call 215-685-8756. ••

Bus trip to Tropicana

Holy Innocents Parish will hold a Mardi Gras casino trip on Feb. 13 to the Tropicana in Atlantic City. A bus will depart L Street and Hunting Park Avenue at 9:30 a.m., and will depart the Tropicana at 5 p.m. The cost is $40. There will be $20 in slot cash. To reserve your seat, call Cindy at 215-535-2740. ••

Tell your love story

Port Richmond Neighborhood Action encourages couples to submit their love story for a chance to win a dinner for two at La Roma restaurant, 2620 E. Allegheny Ave., on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. To enter, email a story of under 400 words and a high-resolution photo by Feb. 9 to PortRichmondNA@gmail.com. ••

Driscoll chairing 2 committees

City Council President Kenyatta Johnson appointed Councilman Mike Driscoll chairman of the Transportation and Public Utilities and Licenses and Inspections committees.

“I am grateful to Council President Johnson to be appointed to chair these two committees,” Driscoll said. “There’s a high degree of synergy among these committees. They are integral to commerce and the economic vibrancy of our city.”

Driscoll also thanked Johnson for appointing him to the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation.

“This is a critical juncture for Philadelphia,” Driscoll said. “I’m enthusiastic about working with Mayor Parker, Council President Johnson and my Council colleagues, and I’m confident we can successfully tackle the many challenges facing our city.” ••

Valentine’s Day dinner and show

The Buck Hotel will present Valentine’s Day with the Romantic Sounds of Sinatra & Friends, starring Joey C, on Friday, Feb. 9. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show starts at 6:30. The cost is $68, which includes dinner, dancing, the show and taxes and gratuities. The Buck is at 1200 Buck Road in Feasterville. Tickets are available at thebuckhotel.com/eventscalendar. For more information, call 215-317-7675. ••

Benefit at AOH 87

Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 87, 3524 E. Thompson St., will hold a bucket drop on Friday, Feb. 9, from 3-9 p.m., to benefit the family of Ashley Marie Martin, 33, who passed away recently after a brief, unexpected illness.

Bartenders will also donate their tips, and there will be food, gift baskets and a 50/50.

Proceeds will go to funeral and burial expenses. ••

Meeting in Port Richmond

Port Richmond Neighborhood Action will meet on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Block Church, 2537 E. Monmouth St. The guest speaker will be from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, discussing the Superfund site at Castor and Delaware avenues. Elected officials and the 24th Police District have also been invited. ••

St. Laurentius windows to be rededicated

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, 654 Ferry Road in Doylestown, will rededicate the preserved stained-glass windows from the historic St. Laurentius Church during the 5 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday, Feb. 17.

Ten windows were removed from the former St. Laurentius, founded in 1882 and the oldest Polish Roman Catholic church in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. St. Laurentius, at Memphis and Berks streets, merged with Holy Name of Jesus in 2013. The church was demolished in 2022.

Following Mass, John Wisniewski, a parishioner of St. Laurentius, and artist Andrew Praszczyk will give a presentation on the history and restoration of the windows in the Shrine’s Visitor Center conference room. ••

Sign up for senior softball

The Philadelphia Senior Softball League is looking for experienced players for its 68-and-over and 58-and-over leagues. The 58-plus teams play Tuesdays and Thursdays. The 68-plus teams play Mondays and Fridays. All games start at 10 a.m. and are played at Crispin Fields, at Holme and Convent avenues. Games start mid-April and run till the end of September. No games in July. For the 58-plus league, call Mike Bojanowski at 215-801-4869. For the 68-plus league, call Marty King at 215-409-5021. ••

Benson Boone coming to Fillmore

Pop singer Benson Boone will bring his Fireworks and Rollerblades tour to The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St., on April 14.

Tickets are available at bensonboone.com. ••

Free tax preparation

People who need help preparing their federal income tax return can take advantage of the free assistance program offered by KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. The program will run through April 12 and is available to everyone with incomes of up to $73,000 whether filling single or joint returns. Call 215-698-7300, Ext. 194 to make an appointment. Have all of your tax information, including last year’s federal tax return, W-2, 1099 and real estate tax bill. ••

Parkinson’s support group

Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus is offering a Parkinson’s disease support group on Feb. 14 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 5-6 p.m. at the Cheltenham Friends Meetinghouse, 7604 Central Ave. 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. ••

Zoom book club meeting

The Book Club of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be holding a Zoom session on Monday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. The February book is the historical mystery The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen. For further information or to register, call Lynn Ratmansky at 215-677-1600. ••

Bingo at Loudenslager

Corp. John Loudenslager American Legion Post 366, 7976 Oxford Ave., is offering community bingo every second and fourth Friday evenings. Doors open at 6:30, games start at 7:20. Refreshments available. ••

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. ••

March book club

The Book Club of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be hosting a Zoom session on Monday, March 4, at 7 p.m. The book is The Star Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lois Nelson Spielman. To register or for more information, call Lynn Ratmansky at 215-677-1600. ••

Bingo in March

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim is hosting bingo on Zoom on Mondays, March 11 and March 18, starting at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $36 per person and includes two cards for eight games of bingo each night. Send your payment to the CSS office, 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115, attention: Bingo. Payment must be received no later than Feb. 26. Include your email address to receive the Zoom link. Call Gerry or Nancy at 215-677-1600. ••

Trip to Northern Europe

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is presenting a Northern Europe: Iceland, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium and London cruise, July 25 to Aug. 4, 2024, aboard the new “Norwegian Prima.” Rates per person are $6,261 and $6,495, which include roundtrip airfare from Philadelphia. Deposit of $350 per person double occupancy is required when booking. Final payment by Feb. 27. Call 215-788-9408. ••

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