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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., through June. LEAP is a free, drop-in afterschool program that provides homework help and activities for students in grades K-12 every day after school.

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Summer Reading will continue through Aug. 9. Children up to age 12 can earn free books and prizes for tracking their reading and learning activities. Stop in any time during the summer to sign up and get a game board.

A preschool storytime and play group will meet on Wednesday, June 26, 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 Chess Club will meet on Monday, June 24, from 4-6 p.m. Free and open to the public. All ages and skill levels welcome.

The Read, Baby, Read Storytime & Play Group will meet on Thursdays, June 20 and 27, 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.

Monday Fun Day will take place at 3 p.m., through Aug. 12. Stop in every Monday for a new activity. Do crafts and science experiments, play games and build with Lego bricks.

Call 215-685-9992. ••

Meeting in Port Richmond

Port Richmond Neighborhood Action will meet on June 20, at 6:30 p.m., at The Block Church, 2537 E. Monmouth St.

There will be representatives from the 24th Police District and the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee. ••

Holy Inn traveling to A.C.

Holy Innocents is sponsoring a casino trip on Thursday, Aug. 15.

A bus will depart L Street and Hunting Park Avenue at 9:30 a.m., with an option to attend the Wedding of the Sea festival at Hard Rock Casino Arena.

There will be a Mass at noon, followed by a procession to the sea at 1:15 p.m. and a $10 slot package at Resorts Casino. The bus will depart Resorts at 5 p.m.

The cost is $40, due by Aug. 1.

To reserve your seat, call Cindy at 215-535-2740. ••

Paper shredding, e-recycling

State Rep. Joe Hohenstein, City Councilman Mike Driscoll and state Sen. Tina Tartaglione will hold a paper shredding and e-recycling event on Saturday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Ellis Coffee Co., 2835 Bridge St. Call Hohenstein’s office at 215-744-2600. ••

Free dog food

The Bridge Clinic, 2275 Bridge St., Building 209, first floor, in the Frankford Arsenal, will be giving away free dog food on Saturday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. ••

Fundraiser for animal rescue

The first annual Fishtails Purrom, an “Enchanted Forest” prom-themed event hosted by Fishtails Animal Rescue, will take place on Thursday, June 27, from 7 p.m. to midnight, at the Warehouse on Watts, 923 N. Watts St.

Guests are encouraged to dress in fun or fancy attire to celebrate the occasion. The guest DJ will be Sheila Watko, a reporter and traffic anchor for NBC10. There will be drink specials, prom photos and a silent auction.

Fishtails Animal Rescue is based at 233 E. Girard Ave. in Fishtown.

Tickets are $29.54. Go to https://wowphilly.com/event/fishtails-purrom/cambridge-hall/  ••

Indie show at Fillmore

Multi-platinum certified indie pop band Dayglow will perform at the Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St., on Oct. 6. For tickets, go to www.dayglowband.com/. ••

Metal band coming to Fillmore

Heavy metal band Apocalyptica announced its “Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2 Tour” across the United States, with a stop at The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St., on Friday, Feb. 7, 2025, featuring support from guitar virtuoso Nita Strauss.

Tickets are available at www.citientertainment.com. ••

Become an organ donor

The Gift of Life Donor Program is celebrating 50 years by trying to sign up 50,000 organ donors. Organ donors are wanted regardless of age, health or medical history and can sign up online without going through the state and putting it on their driver’s licenses. To sign up for the 50 for 50,000 campaign, go to donors1.org/register. For more information, visit donors1/org/50th. ••

Philly native releases novel

Philadelphia native and independent author Christopher Tait has released his fifth self-published novel, Three Days in West Chester, through Amazon.com. He has also previously self-published three short story collections. He has also written and directed six short films since 2016, all available on YouTube, and has had short plays produced as part of festivals by local theater companies.

Three Days in West Chester begins in 1995, when high school junior and drummer Derek Mooney unexpectedly learns that he is the only student from his school to earn a spot on a prestigious band made up of the top high school musicians in Philadelphia. Over a three-day rehearsal period at a school in West Chester, he’ll deal with a conductor who takes an instant dislike to him, fellow musicians who don’t think he belongs there, a crush on a bandmate whom he knows he can never be with and a homemade spaghetti and meatball dinner that violently disagrees with him. He will also play the best he’s ever played, make friends with students from a rival school and fall in love with someone he’d never truly noticed before.

The novel’s inspiration comes from the author’s own experience of playing in the All-Catholic Band when he was a junior at Father Judge (represented in the novel by its fictional counterpart, St. Francis De Sales Catholic High School). The author played drums for many years.

An excerpt from the novel can be found at https://taitdog.wordpress.com/. The novel can be purchased on Amazon.com at this link: Three Days in West Chester: Tait, Christopher: 9798323435135: Amazon.com: Books ••

Sign up for basketball camp

The 18th annual Jaguar Summer Basketball Camp will take place in the air-conditioned Marian Center at St. Ephrem, in Bensalem, from July 22-26.

The camp is for boys and girls in kindergarten through 12th grade, and will include fundamentals and competition.

The cost is $150 and includes a free basketball and T-shirt. Campers must bring their own lunch.

The camp is under the direction of former college coach Dan Williams.

For a brochure or questions, email WilliamsD@LSCHS.org. ••

Car show at Ryan

The Archbishop Ryan Annual Alumni Car Show will take place on June 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 11201 Academy Road (rain date June 30). Admission is free. In addition to vintage and custom cars on display, there will be food, adult beverages, merchandise vendors, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, a DJ and the classic rock band Mojo Channel.

Prizes for cars include Top 40 Awards, Principal’s Award, Hottest Ride on Campus for current Ryan students who enter a car, Father Renè Alumni Award for Ryan alums who enter a car and the Father Noel Legacy Award. To register a car, the cost is $20 online, $25 the day of the event. The cost for merchandise vendor registration is $25, to be paid online prior to the event. Registration for merchandise vendors will not be accepted the day of the event. Sponsorships are available. To register or learn more, visit: WWW.ARHS.ME/CARSHOW ••

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. ••

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. Call 215-745-7199. ••

Senior trip

St. Katherine of Siena Primrose senior club is running a trip 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. ••

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. ••

Party for West Catholic girls class of ‘69

West Catholic Girls Class of 1969 will have its 55th anniversary party on Sunday, Sept. 29, at Anthony’s Ristorante, 865 W. Springfield Road, Springfield. The cost for the luncheon is $65. Call Hannah at 610-764-3249. ••

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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