Around town: December 25, 2013

Cy­ber class­mates meet in the North­east

Kids who go to a cy­ber school don’t see much of each oth­er. After all, their classrooms are on­line. But be­ing on­line means they can send each oth­er in­stant mes­sages, and get to know each oth­er that way.

Friend­ships are made passing elec­tron­ic notes out there in the great blue nowhere.

But Agora Cy­ber Charter stu­dents do have some class time to­geth­er and the statewide school sets up sev­er­al spe­cial events for stu­dents, teach­ers and fam­il­ies.

Fif­teen-year-olds Craig Phil­lips of South­w­est Phil­adelphia and Kaleigh Gruber of Jam­is­on met in class on­line and be­came friends. 

On Dec. 19, they got to catch up in per­son while do­ing a little ice skat­ing at the school’s “Win­ter­land” cel­eb­ra­tion at the Fly­ers Skate Zone on Dec­atur Road. The North­east get-to­geth­er was just one of sev­er­al events held all around the state this month by the full-time tu­ition-free on­line school. For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it ••

Philly “Do­Gooder” ac­cept­ing nom­in­a­tions

Philly Do­Gooder Awards, a col­lab­or­a­tion between im­pact me­dia lead­er Gen­er­o­ and the so­cial good cre­at­ive team at Here’s My Chance, is back for its second year.

In 2013 Philly Do­Gooder, the first Loc­al ver­sion of You­Tube’s na­tion­al Do­Gooder Awards pro­duced by user See3, launched to cel­eb­rate the power of im­pact storytelling through videos and cre­ate op­por­tun­it­ies for the re­gion’s emer­ging film­makers to con­nect with non­profit stor­ies.

In its first year, over 130,000 Phil­adelphi­ans showed their sup­port for 91 loc­al non­profit or­gan­iz­a­tions. It was Phil­adelphia’s largest skilled vo­lun­teer pro­gram in the city’s his­tory. It also res­ul­ted in the cre­ation of 23 new jobs in the im­pact and cre­at­ive sec­tor and was the prov­ing ground for a 2013 CNN Her­oes Top Ten Fi­nal­ist, One Simple Wish.

The theme for Philly Do­Gooder II is “Com­munity Build­ing.” Nom­in­a­tions are now open to in­clude both in­di­vidu­als’ videos and for profits’ videos, as well as non­profits’ videos. Ap­plic­a­tions are open through Dec. 31 with only 25 spots avail­able. Gen­er­al awards sub­mis­sions, for those who have films already com­plete, run through Feb. 1. 

For par­ti­cip­at­ing in the hack­a­thon, film­makers will re­ceive a free group va­ca­tion care of Shoot­Stay, a va­ca­tion con­ci­erge for cre­at­ive pro­fes­sion­als. 

Six awards will be an­nounced: three from the hack­a­thon and three view­er’s choice de­term­ined by pub­lic vote. An over­all win­ner will be de­cided by the award night at­tendees. 

For more in­form­a­tion, to nom­in­ate or to ap­ply, vis­it www.philly­do­ ••

Ba­sili­an Sis­ters hold af­ter­noons of pray­er

An af­ter­noon of pray­er and re­flec­tion was held Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Ba­sili­an Spir­itu­al­ity Cen­ter in Fox Chase Man­or.

Sis­ter Joann Sosler and Sis­ter Ann Laszok fo­cused their present­a­tions on the Icon of the Burn­ing Bush.

Sis­ter Joann went on to talk about the qual­it­ies of Mary and how they re­late to us.

The fi­nal re­flec­tion centered on Mary’s role as Mod­el of the Church.

The day’s spir­itu­al activ­it­ies con­cluded with ves­pers cel­eb­rated in hon­or of Mary’s Im­macu­late Con­cep­tion. ••

GN­PCC has plans for Janu­ary

The Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce has two events lined up for Janu­ary 2014.

On Fri­day, Jan. 17, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. the GN­PCC Gov­ern­ment Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee will wel­come Dr. Wil­li­am Hite, Phil­adelphia Su­per­in­tend­ent of Schools, for a break­fast meet­ing at Ab­ra­ham Lin­coln High School, 3201 Ry­an Ave. in May­fair. 

This break­fast meet­ing is sponsored by Phil­adelphia OIC, Inc.  

On Wed­nes­day, Jan. 22, 2014, Fox Chase Bank will host a Busi­ness Card Ex­change at 401 Rhawn Street, from  5 to 7 p.m. Light fare will be served.  

For in­form­a­tion or re­ser­va­tions for these events and more, call 215-332-3400. ••

Ex­treme rising pro wrest­ling event 

The pro­fes­sion­al wrest­ling event, Ex­treme Rising, will be held on Sat­urday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. The event will be held at The Arena (formerly ECW Arena) loc­ated at 7 W. Rit­ner Street, Phil­adelphia PA. It will also be tele­vised with its premi­er on Jan. 1, 2014.

Tick­ets range between $25 to $75. The event is be­ing hos­ted by a num­ber of PA com­pan­ies, in­clud­ing: Beer Box, Noise Pol­lu­tion Re­cords, George’s Col­lect­ibles.

For in­form­a­tion and tick­ets, vis­it www.ex­tremer­ or vis­it one of the spon­sor’s loc­a­tion. ••

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