River Ward events for the week of December 4

Stay up to date on what's go­ing on in your neigh­bor­hood with our guide. 

PRO­PAC/PRTW to meet

The next meet­ing of the Port Rich­mond on Patrol and Civic and Port Rich­mond Town Watch will be Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., at Samuel’s Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, 3539 Gaul St. Agenda items for this meet­ing are: elec­tions for PRTW vice pres­id­ent and treas­urer, and PSA-3 crime stat­ist­ics, as well as vis­its from the En­ergy Co­ordin­at­ing Agency. ••

Christ­mas tree light­ing:

The  third an­nu­al Fishtown Christ­mas tree light­ing will take place on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.. The tree light­ing will once again be held at Palmer Cemetery and will in­clude the chil­dren’s choir from St. Lauren­ti­us Grade School. A spe­cial vis­it from Santa will cap off a great even­ing to start the Christ­mas hol­i­days. Please keep the date open and bring fam­ily and friends to the tree light­ing. ••

M.D.G. Christ­mas Bazaar

On Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Moth­er of Di­vine Grace School will hold its Christ­mas Bazaar in the church hall. Come en­joy craft vendors to shop for hol­i­day gifts. There will be crafts for kids, pic­tures with Santa, and food avail­able. ••

Greens­grow Hol­i­day Bazaar

On the week­ends of Decem­ber 7-8 and 14-15, shop loc­al, sup­port loc­al artists and get loc­al, hand­made gifts from some of the neigh­bor­hood’s most tal­en­ted crafters and artists at the Greens­grow Hol­i­day Bazaar. Loc­a­tion: 2503 E. Firth St. For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.greens­grow.org/hol­i­day­bazaar/. ••

Brides­burg His­tor­ic­al So­ci­ety to meet

The next meet­ing of the Brides­burg His­tor­ic­al So­ci­ety will be held on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Mari­an Hall, on the north­w­est corner of Ed­ge­mont and Bucki­us Streets. We will be cel­eb­rat­ing the tra­di­tions of Christ­mas.  Please bring any mem­or­ab­il­ia or stor­ies of “Old Christ­mas” to share. Re­fresh­ments will be served.  Ad­mis­sion is free. ••

Beef-and-beer for St. Joachim

A fun­draiser is be­ing held to sup­port St. Joachim Par­ish’s ap­peal to the Vat­ic­an to be re­opened. The beef and beer will be held on Fri­day, Dec. 13 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Phil­adelphia Ball­room, at 2014 Horn­ig Road. Tick­ets: $30. No tick­ets will be sold at the door. For tick­ets, con­tact Pa­tri­cia Smi­ley, at 215-520-5616. ••

Wreaths Across Palmer

Please sup­port “Wreaths Across Palmer” on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. by help­ing hon­or vet­er­ans bur­ied in Palmer Cemetery. Wreaths Across Amer­ica is a na­tion­al non­profit that hon­ors de­ceased vet­er­ans by lay­ing a wreath on graves. The Dec. 14 event is rain or shine. For more info., email veap­dd214@gmail.com. ••

St. Mi­chael’s Christ­mas Bazaar

St. Mi­chael’s Luther­an Church, Trenton Av­en­ue and Cum­ber­land St., will have a Christ­mas Bazaar on Sat­urday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. un­til 2 p.m. There will be pic­tures with Santa, baked goods for sale, a Tombola Table, raffles and much more. There will also be a table with anti-bul­ly­ing in­form­a­tion and pledge cards to sign. Please bring a canned good to this event, to sup­port the church’s food pantry. ••

Christ­mas car­ols at Penn Treaty

On Sat­urday, Decem­ber 14, at 2 p.m., the singing of Christ­mas car­ols will take place at Penn Treaty Park. Chil­dren are en­cour­aged to bring hand­made or­na­ments to dec­or­ate the Christ­mas tree. ••

Com­pany B au­di­tions

Sing­ers, dan­cers, act­ors or any­one from ages 8-18 in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a mem­ber of a mu­sic­al theatre group is in­vited to au­di­tion for Com­pany B’s Spring 2014 sea­son at the Brides­burg Re­cre­ation Cen­ter on Dec. 14. Ju­ni­or Group (ages 8-12) will au­di­tion at 11:30 a.m.; seni­or group (13-18) will au­di­tion at 1 p.m. Come pre­pared to sing a mu­sic­al theatre or movie song. ••

Walk­ing Fish ‘Amer­ic­an Fairy Tales’

B. Someday Pro­duc­tions will present a fam­ily-friendly, hol­i­day per­form­ance of ‘Amer­ic­an Fairy Tales’ from Dec. 18 to 31 at Walk­ing Fish Theatre, 2509 Frank­ford Ave. The cost is $7 for chil­dren (un­der 15) and $12 for adults. 

Tick­ets can be pur­chased at walk­ing­fishtheatre.com or at the door. Call 215-427-9255. ••

Brides­burg Rec. Christ­mas drive

Through the Aid for Friends Christ­mas 2013 drive, items for seni­or shut-ins are cur­rently be­ing col­lec­ted at the Brides­burg Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, 4601 Rich­mond St. Sug­ges­ted items in­clude toi­letries, clothes, house­hold items, and cash. Con­tact Miss Jack­ie at 215-685-1247. 

Men’s soft­ball team sign-ups are also hap­pen­ing at the Rec. Cen­ter. Teams only wanted for Spring/Sum­mer 2014 sign-ups in wooden bat league, pos­sibly go­ing to single wall bat. For more in­form­a­tion, call Dan at 215-604-6004. ••

Cione Rec. Cen­ter pro­grams

The Cione after school pro­gram now has open­ings. The pro­gram is for boys and girls age 5 to 12.  It runs from 2:30 to 6 p.m., Monday to Fri­day from now un­til Me­mori­al Day in May. 

For more in­form­a­tion, call Cione at 215-685-9880 or stop by Ara­mingo and Le­high Av­en­ues. ••

LSH classes in Fishtown

Luther­an Set­tle­ment House, 1340 Frank­ford Ave., has an­nounced its weekly class sched­ule: Act­ive Plus (dan­cer­cise) with Rita, Mondays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., $3. 

Thai Chi with Milton Mc­Griff, Wed­nes­days, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., $3. Line dan­cing with Arnie, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., $3. For more in­form­a­tion, call LSH at  215-426-8610. ••

Port Rich­mond Lep­re­chauns sign ups

Bas­ket­ball sign-ups are tak­ing place now. The club­house will be open Tues­days, Wed­nes­days and Thursdays, from 6 to 8 p.m. Ages are 6-18, both boys and girls. There is a $10 de­pos­it due at the time of sign ups. Lep­re­chauns Club­house is loc­ated at 2973 Gaul St. For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-423-6309. ••

St. Peter Christ­mas sched­ule

The Na­tion­al Shrine of Saint John Neu­mann at St. Peter the Apostle Ro­man Cath­ol­ic Church, 1019 N. 5th St., will have the fol­low­ing Christ­mas liturgy sched­ule: On Christ­mas Eve, the Arch­dioces­an Boy’s Choir will per­form at 5:30 p.m. in the Up­per Church. 

At 10 p.m., the choir and or­ches­tra will per­form in the Up­per Church. On Christ­mas Day, litur­gies will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Up­per Church, 11 a.m., in Span­ish, in the Up­per Church, and 12:30 p.m. in the Up­per Church. ••

Activ­it­ies at Brides­burg Rec.

Zumba classes are be­ing held Mondays and Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. Zumba Ton­ing is on Wed­nes­days. Cost: $4 per class. Scrap book­ing class is Wed­nes­days from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

Cost: $5 per class. Ladies Bowl­ing League meets Tues­days at Erie Lanes at 9 a.m. Cost: $10. For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-685-1247.

Preschool is offered Thursdays and Fri­days from noon to 2:40 p.m. There are two spots left in the af­ter­noon class. Child must be 3 as of Sept. 1, and must be potty trained. Tod­dler time is Mondays and Thursdays, noon to 2 p.m. Three spots are avail­able in the af­ter­noon class. Child must be 2 as of Sept. 1. ••

You can reach at mjamison@bsmphilly.com.

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