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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.

An advanced care directive workshop will take place on Saturday, May 11, at noon, presented by Lori McCole-Mazur, an end-of-life doula.

A horror book club, for anyone 18 or older, will meet on Monday, May 20, at 6 p.m.

A chess club will meet on Mondays, May 13 and 20, from 4-6 p.m. The club is free and open to all ages and skill levels.

A circus workshop for children and families will take place on Tuesday, May 14, at 4 p.m. Learn how to juggle, balance feathers and spin plates and lassos with the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.

Philly Baby Jam is scheduled for Monday, May 20, at 11:30 a.m. Join theater company Ninth Planet for a one-hour interactive performance for babies and toddlers up to 18 months and their caregivers. There will be live music, dance and play.

A preschool storytime and play group will meet on Wednesdays, May 8, 15, 22 and 29, 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.

The Read, Baby, Read Storytime & Play Group will meet on Thursdays, May 9, 16, 23 and 30, 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. ••

St. Hubert headed to A.C.

St. Hubert will hold its ninth annual summer fun day trip on Monday, June 17. A bus will depart the school, 7320 Torresdale Ave., at 8:45 a.m. and arrive back about 9 p.m. There will be a one-hour ride on an Atlantic City-based cruise ship and a four-hour stay at Resorts Casino, with $15 back in slot cash and a $15 food voucher. There will be a sit-down dinner and complimentary wine tasting at Tomasello Winery. The cost is $115. Contact Mary Clifford at 267-231-7367 or mclifford@huberts.org. ••

Golf outing at Juniata

Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 87 will hold its annual golf outing on Saturday, May 11, at Juniata Golf Club.

Tee off is at 9 a.m.

The cost is $100 per golfer and includes greens fee, golf cart, shirt, awards luncheon and limited open bar at Division 87.

Hole sponsors are needed. The cost is $100 for businesses and $50 for family and friends.

Call Jim Carr at 215-620-6547 or Kieran McGovern at 267-249-7632. ••

Bluegrass-classical music

The nonprofit Lyra Society will host Harp’N Hoedown, an anniversary celebration, on Wednesday, May 15, from 6-9 p.m., at BLDG39 at the Frankford Arsenal, 5401 Tacony St. The Lyra Society provides harps, harp lessons and harp presentations at no cost to School District of Philadelphia students. Performances will include a live bluegrass-classical band featuring musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra. Tickets are available for purchase at https://lyrasociety.org/twenty ••

Meeting May 16 in Port Richmond

Port Richmond Neighborhood Action will meet on Thursday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Block Church, 2537 E. Monmouth St.

Organizations will discuss Mental Health Month.

The owner of the new Earn Everything Gym will be in attendance and will award someone a gym gift card.

May 16 is National Do Something Good For Your Neighbor Day. PRNA is asking neighbors to think of neighbors who deserve recognition. Email deserving candidates to PortRichmondNA@gmail.com so they can be considered for recognition at the meeting. ••

Towne earns safety grant

Franklin Towne Charter High School received a $70,000 Noncompetitive School Mental Health Grant, approved by the School Safety and Security Committee, which is under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Statewide, $47 million in competitive school safety and security grants were awarded to improve safety, security and mental health supports for students and staff.

FTCHS will use the mental health and safety security grant to implement various initiatives aimed at promoting a safe and supportive learning environment for students and staff.

“Student and staff safety and mental health are among our most important investments,” Franklin Towne Charter High School CEO Brianna O’Donnell said. “We are grateful that the state School and Safety Committee has made funding these areas a priority.” ••

No parking with illegal tint

Legislation sponsored by Councilman Mike Driscoll prohibiting the parking of vehicles with illegally tinted windows on Philadelphia streets was signed into law by Mayor Cherelle Parker. The ordinance was drafted in response to police and public concerns about the proliferation of excessively tinted windows designed to prevent a vehicle operator from being identified. It passed City Council unanimously.

“Illegally tinted windows are a real threat to law-abiding Philadelphians,” Driscoll said. “From a traffic safety perspective, we often rely on visual cues from other drivers in making decisions such as when to proceed through a stop sign, merge or make a turn. If I can’t see the other driver, the absence of that cue can be dangerous.

“From a law-enforcement perspective, the danger is magnified. The inability to see if an operator is complying with lawful instructions places law enforcement and the operator themselves in real danger. With excessive tinting, an innocuous action is more easily interpreted reaching for a weapon or doing something with the intent to harm.”

Parker also emphasized the potential danger to public safety caused by overly tinted windows.

“Illegally tinted windows conceal potential threats and impede law enforcement investigations, threatening public safety,” she said. “From day one, I’ve been clear that public safety is my No. 1 priority as your mayor, so I am proud to sign Councilmember Driscoll’s legislation into law, cracking down on illegally tinted windows.”

The ordinance prohibits the parking of a vehicle with a “sun screening device,” referring to a sun screening device or other material that, if used by a person driving a motor vehicle, would constitute a violation of the PA Motor Vehicle Code. State law requires vehicle windows to permit 70 percent of light contacting the window to pass through it. While factory tinting complies with this threshold, tinting done by independent installers often does not.

The state motor vehicle code prevents the city and other municipalities from regulating most aspects of the operation of a vehicle. The city is free to regulate parking and other activities secondary to their operation.

“Philadelphia and our region have seen a marked increase in the number of vehicles with illegal tinting,” Driscoll said. “While many who have had their windows tinted are law-abiding citizens and have done so without any ill intent, we know that others have installed illegal tinting for the express purpose to avoid identification while committing crimes or engaging in inherently dangerous activities such as illegal street racing and drifting. As city officials, we will not tolerate activities that endanger those who live and work here.”

Driscoll noted the significance of the measure’s unanimous approval by Council.

“We are a diverse body with a wide range of life experiences and perspectives. That my bill was passed with the support of all councilmembers is evidence that we all recognize that offenses that may, on a standalone basis, be considered a nuisance in fact contribute to behavior that menaces law-abiding citizens and must be addressed accordingly,” he said.

“I am grateful to my Council colleagues for their support of this measure and to the mayor for her prompt approval of it. I’ll continue to fight to protect and improve the quality of life for city residents.”

Once the measure takes effect in 60 days, violators will face a $100 fine. ••

Donate to veterans

Donations will be accepted for the Veterans Multi-Service center on three days at the IGA, Aramingo Avenue and York Street.

The dates are Friday, May 17, 3-6 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, noon to 6 p.m.

Donations of money, non-perishables and personal care/hygiene products will be accepted for men and women veterans. ••

Car show at Bonk’s

Bonk’s Bar, 3467 Richmond St., will host a Father’s Day weekend car show on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be classic original and restored muscle cars. ••

Silent Bob

The Dave McCormick for Senate campaign released a digital ad slamming U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr.’s silence on the Biden administration’s proposal to bring Gazan refugees to the United States.

“Seventy-one percent of Palestinians think Hamas’ terrorist attacks on Oct. 7 were justified, and yet Joe Biden is planning to invite Gazans to make a home in America. Bob Casey, who votes with Biden 98% of the time, has been completely silent. Pennsylvanians are desperate for leaders who will put their safety and the safety of their children first. Instead, they have an empty suit,” McCormick said. ••

2 senior trips

St. Katherine of Siena Primrose senior club is running two trips.

The first trip will be on Tuesday, May 14, to Lancaster to see Mystery, a variety magic show featuring illusionist John Brett Myers, at Magic & Wonder Theater. The cost is $130 and includes a buffet lunch at Miller’s restaurant.

The second trip will be on Friday, June 21, to Shawnee Playhouse for a sit-down luncheon and the musical My Fair Lady. The cost is $110.

Call Catherine Murphy at 215-919-4399 for reservations. ••

Rapper at Fillmore

Puerto Rican rapper Yovng Chimi will stop at the Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St., on Tuesday, June 25.

Chimi is bringing fellow Puerto Rican talents Pressure 9×19 and Slayter.

Tickets are at LiveNation.com. ••

R&B singers at Fillmore

R&B performer Lucky Daye, whose album Algorithm is due out in June, will be in concert at the Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St., on Sunday, Aug. 4. Tickets are available at luckydaye.com

Another R&B performer, PartyNextDoor, will bring his Sorry I’m Outside Tour to the Fillmore on Tuesday, Aug. 13. Tickets are available at https://www.ticketmaster.com/partynextdoor-tickets/artist/1940309. ••

Car show and more

American Heritage Credit Union and BIG 98.1 will host the 20th annual car show and member appreciation day on May 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at AHCU headquarters at 2060 Red Lion Road. The free event is open to the community. All proceeds from will support the Kids-N-Hope Foundation. There will be craft vendors, food trucks, inflatables, a petting zoo, a clown and best-of-show car trophies.To register your car or car club for the show, visit AHCU.co/CarShow ••

Attend FOP Survivors’ Fund event

FOP Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Road, will host its annual Survivors’ Fund event on Saturday, May 18, from 3-7 p.m.

For more information, call Samantha Hawthorn at 215-629-3602. ••

See performance of Anything Goes

The Star Players, of the city Department of Parks and Recreation, will present Cole Porter’s Anything Goes on May 31 and June 1-2 at 7 p.m. at Venice Island Performing Arts Center, at 7 Lock St. in Manayunk. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Group rates are available. Tickets are available on Venmo @TheStarplayers or at the Holmesburg Recreation Center, 4500 Rhawn St. For more information, call director Bill Arthur at 215-685-8714, like the group’s Facebook page, follow the group on Twitter @starplayersPPR or email Starplayers2013@gmail.com. ••

Bus trip to Lancaster County

St. William Travel is planning a trip to Lancaster County on June 20. There will be a Magic & Wonder Theater show, buffet lunch at Shady Maple, round trip by motorcoach, with all taxes and gratuities included. The cost is $120. Bus departs from Gloria Dei Estates, 1304 Rhawn St., at 9:15 a.m. and returns 6:15 p.m. Check or money order payable to St. William Travel can be sent c/o 206 Benner St., Philadelphia, PA 19111. Call 215-745-7199. ••

Sunday flea market returns

A flea market will take place every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through November at Liberty Plaza, 90 Franklin Mills Blvd. (near Knights Road). The cost for vendors is $30 per parking space. For more information, call 215-625-FLEA (3532) or visit PhilaFleaMarkets.org. ••

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. ••

Ukrainian Folk Festival in August

The Ukrainian Folk Festival will take place on Sunday, Aug. 25, from noon to 8 p.m., at the Ukrainian American Sport Center — Tryzub, County Line and Lower State roads, Horsham.

There will be Ukrainian folk art, music, dance, crafts and historical reenactments, a variety of food and refreshments and a vendors grove. Admission is $15, and a portion will be donated to relief of war victims in Ukraine. Kids under 15 will be admitted free. Parking is free. Call 267-664-3857, email info@tryzub.org or visit www.tryzub.org. ••

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, 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. Call 215-788-9408. ••

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