Holiday happenings in the River Wards

Stay on top of all the char­ity drives, parties, things to do and oth­er sea­son­al activ­it­ies in your com­munity with our hol­i­day events guide.


An­thony’s Caf&ea­cute; toy drive

An­thony’s,  319 E. Gir­ard Ave., is host­ing its first hol­i­day toy drive for the pa­tients at the Chil­dren’s Hos­pit­al of Phil­adelphia. Please donate a new, un­wrapped toy at the bar. Con­tact the staff at 215-634-0981. ••

NK­CDC hol­i­day pro­gram

New Kens­ing­ton CDC is seek­ing re­fer­rals from com­munity or­gan­iz­a­tions and lead­ers for in­di­vidu­als and fam­il­ies in the 19125 and 19134 ZIP codes who would be­ne­fit from its hol­i­day pro­gram, which provides a gift cer­ti­fic­ate to Tar­get or Wal-Mart for the hol­i­days. If you know of an in­di­vidu­al or fam­ily in need who would be eli­gible for this pro­gram, please con­tact Drew Serres at dserres@nk­ by Dec. 7. ••

Food drive at 2424 Stu­di­os

“Smiles. Can. Help.” is Philly Photo Stu­dio’s first an­nu­al canned food drive, and aims to col­lect 1,000 pounds of food. The canned-good col­lec­tion will run through Dec. 21, and will be ac­cep­ted at Philly Photo Stu­dio, 2424 E. York St. ••

So­ci­ety of St. Vin­cent thrift

The So­ci­ety of St. Vin­cent de Paul con­tin­ues to op­er­ate its thrift store at 901 E. Luzerne St.  To sched­ule a free pickup of new or gently used cloth­ing and fur­niture please con­tact Priscilla at 215-288-8160, ext. 209. It is also ac­cept­ing can goods to help those af­fected by Hur­ricane Sandy. ••

Aid for Friends dona­tions

Aid for Friends is re­quest­ing hol­i­day dona­tions for seni­or shut-ins. Any­thing new that may be use­ful or en­joyed by seni­ors, such as toi­letries, clothes, food products, sta­tion­ery, fash­ion ac­cessor­ies or cash dona­tions will be ac­cep­ted.

All gifts and dona­tions may be dropped off at Brides­burg Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, at 4601 Rich­mond St. For more in­form­a­tion, con­tact Miss Jack­ie at 215- 685-1247, 533-6448, or 331-8417. ••

PMFA food truck dona­tions

Partnered with Phil­abund­ance, the Delaware Val­ley’s largest hun­ger re­lief or­gan­iz­a­tion, the Phil­adelphia Mo­bile Food As­so­ci­ation will be ac­cept­ing non-per­ish­able food dona­tions through Dec. 23. You can drop off your dona­tion at any PMFA food truck.

The par­ti­cip­at­ing trucks in­clude: Lil Dan’s, Spot Bur­ger, The Mini Trini, Chewy’s, Gigi’s and Big R, Cup­cake Car­ni­vale, Chef Johnny Bravo’s Surf and Turf, Luck Old Souls, Sweet Box, Foo Truck and Zea May’s. Vis­it www.face­­lymfa for more in­form­a­tion. ••


Rock to the Fu­ture Hol­i­day Show­case

Philly’s youth mu­sic edu­ca­tion pro­gram will host its third an­nu­al hol­i­day show­case Decem­ber 15 at 5 p.m. En­joy the ori­gin­al mu­sic­al styl­ings of the pro­gram’s stu­dents as well as hol­i­day fa­vor­ites. A $5 dona­tion to the event in­cludes a hol­i­day feast, which also fea­tures ve­get­ari­an and ve­gan op­tions. This event is fam­ily-friendly, and will take place at 2139 E. Cum­ber­land Ave. ••

Walk­ing Fish Theatre’s ‘Yu­letide Bur­lesque’

Walk­ing Fish Theatre, 2509 Frank­ford Ave., will host an “adult hol­i­day show,” The Early Ad­ven­tures of Santa, A Yu­letide Bur­lesque from Dec. 19 through 31. It’s by no means your typ­ic­al hol­i­day per­form­ance — this Santa was aban­doned as an in­fant and raised by a li­on­ess and a bunch of nymphs. Vis­it walk­ing­ for in­form­a­tion and tick­ets. ••


Palmer Park hol­i­day events

This year, the stu­dents of St. Lauren­ti­us School will ad­orn the ever­green tree in Fishtown’s Palmer Park with earth-friendly dec­or­a­tions on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. On Fri­day, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m., the St. Lauren­ti­us choir will per­form car­ols in the park to cel­eb­rate the dec­or­ated tree and the year-round beauty of Palmer Park.

Re­fresh­ments will be served after each event. All are in­vited to at­tend; en­joy the chor­al mu­sic from the neigh­bor­hood school­chil­dren and share in the spir­it of the sea­son. Sponsored by the Friends of Fishtown, who look after Palmer Park. ••

Camp­bell Square tree light­ing

Join the Friends of Camp­bell Square for its an­nu­al Christ­mas tree light­ing Tues­day, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m. There will be cook­ies and candy canes, en­ter­tain­ment by the CSPA dan­cers and a spe­cial vis­it from a jolly old elf! This year, the tree dec­or­a­tions are made with love and care by the kids from the Nativ­ity Beacon Cen­ter. ••

Powers Park tree light­ing

The Friends of Powers Park and the Friends of Rich­mond Lib­rary in­vite you to a Christ­mas tree light­ing event Monday, Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m. En­joy a vis­it from Santa, Christ­mas tunes and the car­ol­ing of loc­al kids. Sponsored by Phil­adelphia Parks and Re­cre­ation. ••

Car­ol­ing in Penn Treaty Park

Join the Friends of Penn Treaty Park Sat­urday, Dec. 22, be­gin­ning at 2 p.m., for the an­nu­al Christ­mas car­ol­ing stroll through the park. Make or­na­ments for the hol­i­day tree and en­joy hot chocol­ate and candy canes. The park is loc­ated at Delaware and Columbia av­en­ues. ••


FNA hol­i­day party

The Fishtown Neigh­bors As­so­ci­ation in­vites you its 2012 hol­i­day party on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at Frank­ford Hall, 1210 Frank­ford Ave. Bring some of your fa­vor­ite cook­ies to snack on and ex­change! FNA will also be col­lect­ing gifts for Toys for Tots. If you are able to make a dona­tion, please mark the toy for boy/girl and the ap­pro­pri­ate age range.

If you have fur­ther ques­tions about toys, check out the FAQ sec­tion at Frank­ford Hall will gra­ciously be of­fer­ing happy hour spe­cials for FNA guests. Bring a friend and come en­joy some hol­i­day cheer. ••

FACT Christ­mas party

Fishtown Ac­tion in­vites neigh­bors and friends on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m., to its Christ­mas party at Holy Name Church Hall, 701 Gaul St.

Tick­ets to the party will be dis­trib­uted Thursday, Dec. 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Shissler Rec. Cen­ter, 1800 Blair St. Tick­ets are free. The party will of­fer mu­sic by the John Clark Little Big Band, food and a vis­it from Santa. Ad­mis­sion by tick­et only. ••


His­tor­ic hol­i­day church tour

The churches of Kens­ing­ton and Fishtown will open their doors Dec. 30 for a guided bus tour through the his­tory of Phil­adelphia. All pro­ceeds go to be­ne­fit these ar­chi­tec­tur­al and cul­tur­al treas­ures, some of which may be at risk of board­ing up their doors forever. Let St. Lauren­ti­us’ choir per­form­ance re­ignite your hol­i­day cheer. Come cel­eb­rate Old Brick’s 200th an­niversary. Each of the six churches will wel­come you in, as his­tor­i­an Ken Mil­ano re­veals the hid­den stor­ies of the neigh­bor­hood.

Bus leaves NK­CDC, 2515 Frank­ford Ave. at 1 p.m. and re­turns at 4 p.m. on Dec. 30. Light re­fresh­ments will be provided. Sug­ges­ted tick­et price is $20. To buy tick­ets on­line, email djih@nk­ or call Debbie Kinkead at 215-427-0350, ext. 112. All tick­ets must be pur­chased by Dec. 17. Sponsored by NK­CDC and Part­ners for Sac­red places. ••

En­joy the lights with the Fishtown Beer Run­ners

It is that time of year again when the South Philly Striders and Fishtown Beer Run­ners run the streets of South Philly to en­joy the hol­i­day lights. On Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., the run be­gins at Broad Street and Ore­gon Av­en­ue, where there will be a food drive.

Please donate canned and oth­er non-per­ish­able food to be­ne­fit Phil­abund­ance. The run ends with a hol­i­day cel­eb­ra­tion at Amer­ic­an Sardine Bar, 18th and Fed­er­al streets. Every­one is en­cour­aged to come out for this event. Feel free to wear bells, lights, and hol­i­day cos­tumes. ••

Christ­mas toy shop at St. John’s

The Free Church of St. John’s, 3089 Em­er­ald St., will be hav­ing its Christ­mas Toy Shop on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more in­form­a­tion, call Pat Walder at 215-425-6190. ••

Hol­i­day drinks work­shop

On Thursday, Dec. 13, Greens­grow Farms presents a free, fam­ily-friendly drink-mak­ing work­shop, from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn to make mulled cider, hot chocol­ate and eggnog. Greens­grow is also open un­til 8 p.m. for hol­i­day shop­ping Wed­nes­day through Fri­day. Check out Pennsylvania-grown Christ­mas trees, gar­lands and wreaths. Greens­grow is loc­ated at 2501 E. Cum­ber­land St. ••

Angler hol­i­day classes

Try a class at Angler Move­ment Arts Cen­ter, 1550 E. Mont­gomery Ave., at the stu­dio’s spe­cial hol­i­day price — $10 per class. Sched­ule: Monday: car­dio Pi­l­ates, 6:30 p.m.; Tues­day, Afric­an dance, 6 p.m., Kick­box­ing 7 p.m.; Thursday: adult bal­let, 7 p.m.; Sat­urday: Pi­l­ates, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday: Yoga, 11 a.m. ••

Skate at Blue Cross River­Rink

Lace up your skates and glide along the Delaware on the Blue Cross River­Rink, an Olympic-sized ice rink at Penn’s Land­ing. The River­Rink fea­tures an in­door heated pa­vil­ion with a snack bar and game room. A live DJ spins every Fri­day and Sat­urday from 9 p.m. to mid­night. ••

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