Library exploring Joyce’s Ulysses
Learn about James Joyce’s Ulysses during 11 a.m. Saturday programs at the Northeast Regional Library on Cottman Avenue.
“Ulysses for Beginners” consists of televised lectures and other films about Dublin and James Joyce. The series ends in late September.
For more information, call Keith Kessler or Jenny Chang at the library, 215-685-0501. ••
SEPTA changes some schedules
Anyone who uses SEPTA’s regional rail lines should check new schedules that went into effect on Aug. 11 by visiting www.septa.org Stations and express trains have been added to some lines. ••
Report open hydrants to 3-1-1
The water and fire departments are asking residents to report open hydrants to the city by anonymously calling 3-1-1. Because of the hot weather, city residents have been opening hydrants to keep cool, but an open hydrant can hamper firefighting and can lead to dangerous road conditions, property damage, injury or death, the water department stated in a news release. An open hydrant also is a costly waste of water.
The force of water from a hydrant can push a child into oncoming traffic. Improperly opening a hydrant can cause a water main break and interrupt water service. ••
PECO awards grant to restore Poquessing
PECO recently gave the Friends of Poquessing Watershed a $4,000 grant that will be used to restore the stream banks at the confluence of the Poquessing Creek and the Delaware River on the grounds of the Glen Foerd mansion. Also, invasive vegetation will be removed and replaced with native species. ••
Upcoming Northeast Celebration
Take Back Your Neighborhood is sponsoring a Northeast Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at Max Myers Playground, located at 1601 Hellerman St. There will be a disc jockey, community organizations, activities for children and groups representing historical landmarks.
For more information, contact Jared Solomon at 215-205-2167 or at firstname.lastname@example.org ••
USO collecting school supplies
Liberty USO is providing back-to-school supplies to the children of service members. Items needed include erasers, binders, paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, crayons, markers, glue, folders and highlighters.
For more information, contact Kristen Lowe at email@example.com ••
Children who are 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 1 and part of families who meet eligibility guidelines may sign up for Lassin and Paley Early Learning Services’ Pre-K Counts Program. The program is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack will be offered.
Availability is limited. For locations or more information, call 215-676-7550, Ext. 104 or go to www.FELSkids.org ••
Ukrainian Festival in Horsham Aug. 25
The Ukrainian Festival will be held on Sunday, Aug. 25, from noon until 8 p.m. at the Ukrainian American Sport Center at Lower State and County Line roads in Horsham.
The Gala Stage Show Spectacular will feature the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, the Iskra Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Innesa Tymochko Dekajlo and the Vox Ethinka Band.
The rest of the day will include a social dance, Ukrainian ethnic foods, homemade baked goods, crafts, children’s games and face painting.
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students and free for children 14 and under. ••
Run and rock
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, Sept. 15.
The historic race, formerly known as the Philadelphia Distance Run for 32 years, will welcome more than 20,000 runners. The event is entering its fourth year as part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series.
In addition to promoting fun and fitness, numerous local and national charities will be fundraising through the race this year. Over the 16-year history of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, charity participants have raised more than $283 million for a variety of causes and nonprofit organizations.
Event weekend kicks off with a free Health and Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday, Sept. 13, and Saturday, Sept. 14. More than 100 exhibitors will offer free samples and showcase the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information. The Expo is free and open to the public, and all runners must visit the Expo to pick up their bib.
Registration and information are available at www.runrocknroll.com/philadelphia ••
NE native starring in Philly Fringe show
Northeast native Rachel Holt will star in the world premiere of Surrender as part of the Philly Fringe Festival 2013.
Surrender tells the story of one girl struggling with heroin addiction and the traumatizing aftereffects of the disease.
The play will be performed at the Adrienne Theater, at 2030 Sansom St., on Sept. 4, 6, 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 7 and 15 at 6 p.m.
Tickets cost $18. For more information on the show, visit www.surrendertheplay.com
For more information about the Philly Fringe Festival, visit www.fringearts.com ••
Comedy show at playhouse
The comedy You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!, written by Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn about marriage and relationships, continues its national tour with its Philadelphia premiere at the New Penn’s Landing Playhouse.
The playhouse is located inside the Independence Seaport Museum, at 211 S. Columbus Blvd. (at Walnut Street).
Previews begin Sept. 18, and the play runs from Oct. 2 until Dec. 29. The play will run on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Ticket prices are $35 to $55 on Wednesdays and Thursdays and $45 to $60 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Group rates begin with 12 tickets.
To purchase tickets, call toll-free 855-448-7469 or order online at www.plpplayhouse.com ••
Talking about trees
Add color to your landscape year-round by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August.
Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees through the foundation’s Trees for America campaign.
The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in each member’s area, which falls between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10.
The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Planting instructions are enclosed with each shipment of trees.
To receive the free white flowering dogwood trees, send a $10 membership contribution to Ten Free Dogwoods, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410 by Aug. 31, or join online at arborday.org/august ••
Walnut’s new season opens Sept. 11
Walnut Street Theatre opens its 205th season with the musical In the Heights.
Directed by Bruce Lumpkin, with choreography by Michelle Gaudette, it’s a musical about chasing your dreams and finding your true home.
Previews begin on Sept. 3. The show opens on Sept. 11, and runs through Oct. 20 on the WST mainstage.
For tickets and information, call 215-574-3550 or 800-982-2787. Tickets are also available online by visiting www.walnutstreettheater.org ••