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Programs at Richmond Library

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St., offers Summer Reading 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.

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A preschool and toddler storytime and play group is scheduled for Wednesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, at 10:30 a.m. Join Ms. Meghan for stories, songs and fun for ages 4 and under 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.

Read, Baby, Read Storytime & Play Group will take place on Thursdays, July 11, 18 and 25, 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.

The Horror Book Club will meet on Monday, July 15, at 6 p.m. For ages 18-plus.

The Muungamano Magic Show is scheduled for Tuesday, July 16, at 3 p.m. A seasonal show of storytelling, music and magic with lots of audience participation, presented by The Amazing Mr. Q!

Call 215-685-9992. ••

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. ••

Sign up for Peg McCook tournament

The Margaret “Peg” McCook Sports Tournament will be held July 12-14 at Cione Playground, Aramingo and Lehigh avenues. Proceeds benefit scholarships for students entering high school.

The sports are men’s and women’s softball ($150), men’s and women’s basketball ($150), men’s and women’s soccer ($150), youth soccer ($100), youth basketball ($100) and Baggo ($25 per thrower).

Teams can contact Joe McCook at 267-767-9123 or Mark LaVelle at 215-919-9373. ••

Cool off at Bridesburg Pool

Bridesburg Pool, 4625 Richmond St., is open and accepting sign-ups for swim lessons and the swim team. Public swim is available weekdays from 1-4 p.m. and weekends from noon to 5 p.m. Family swim is weeknights from 6-7 p.m. ••

PA Senate passes Stand with Israel Act

State Treasurer Stacy Garrity praised the Senate for passing the Stand with Israel Act. Senate Bill 1260, sponsored by Sens. Steve Santarsiero and Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, was approved, 41-7. SB 1260 will prohibit the Pennsylvania Treasury Department, along with SERS, PSERS and PMRS, from boycotting or divesting from Israel and companies doing business with Israel. It will also prohibit state funds from going directly to an institution of higher education that engages in such a boycott or divestment.

“Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East, and it’s important for Pennsylvania to show our steadfast support,” Garrity said. “I congratulate the Senate for passing this legislation with such a strong majority, and I thank Sens. Santarsiero and Phillips-Hill for taking the lead on this important issue. I urge the House of Representatives to consider it without delay and send this bill to Gov. Shapiro for his signature.” ••

Police town hall

Capt. Marques Newsome, commander of the 15th Police District, will hold a town hall meeting on Thursday, July 25, at 7 p.m. at Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4601 Richmond St. ••

Come watch E.T.

Riverfront North Partnership will show E.T.: The Extraterrestrial on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. at Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4601 Richmond St. ••

Peace & Play Day

The Block Gives Back will hold its annual Peace & Play Day, on Saturday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Ferko Playground, 1101 E. Cayuga St.

There will be games, competitions, food, a DJ, bouncy houses, face painting, activities, live performances, guest speakers and resources. ••

Farmers market open Saturdays

The Food Trust holds a weekly farmers market at 2nd Street and Germantown Avenue in Northern Liberties. The market, featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. year round. ••

Pop rock band at Fillmore

American pop rock band Coin will go on a North American Tour that will include a stop at The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St., on Oct. 24. The band’s new album, I’m Not Afraid of Music Anymore, will be out Sept. 13. For tickets, go to ThisIsCoin.com/tour. ••

Athletic awards for local charters

Three American Paradigm Schools were recognized for athletic achievements.

The Metropolitan Philadelphia Athletic Association named Maurice Allen, Dean of Scholars (grades 3-5) and athletic director for Lindley Academy, the 2024 Sports Director of the Year, and also named Marc Jones, 7th Grade Dean of Students and athletic director for Memphis Street Academy, the 2024 Athletic Director of the Year. Tacony Academy was awarded the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Quality Program Award.

“American Paradigm Schools is incredibly honored to receive these three awards — Maurice Allen, Marc Jones and my team at Tacony Academy have shown outstanding dedication and passion to our students,” said Paul Rieser, athletic administrator for Tacony Academy. “Their hard work and commitment to excellence in our athletic programs across the charter network is truly commendable. We couldn’t be prouder of their achievements and the positive impact they’ve made on our students and APS community.” ••

Hero Thrill Show in Sept. 21

The 69th annual Hero Thrill Show will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Wells Fargo Center.

Tickets are $15 for individuals and $35 for a family (up to five).

Proceeds pay for the college tuition of Philadelphia police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

For more information, go to herothrillshow.org. ••

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. ••

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. ••

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. ••

Extended hours at Weitzman

The Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East (5th and Market streets) will offer extended hours for the July 4 holiday week.

People can watch the July 4 parade pass by the museum, then go inside with free admission.

Activities will include design your crown during a read-aloud and performance by Khalil Munir; sing and dance along with Two of a Kind, an interactive musical performance; a self-paced scavenger hunt for kids of all ages; sensory-friendly play with Adoughma Play; make-and-take 4th of July crafts; and shopping in the museum store.

The museum will be open daily through July 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. After July 7, the museum returns to Thursday through Sunday summer hours. ••

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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