Northeast Times

Around town: December 4, 2013

Le­gis­lat­or moves of­fice in May­fair 

State Rep. Kev­in Boyle has moved his May­fair dis­trict of­fice by a block. Boyle’s new of­fice is at 7420 Frank­ford Ave. (at Vista Street). The tele­phone num­ber re­mains 215-331-2600. The former of­fice was at 7518 Frank­ford Ave.

Boyle (D-172nd dist.) also has an of­fice in Fox Chase at 7801 Has­brook Ave. (at Har­tel Av­en­ue). The phone num­ber is 215-695-1016. The pub­lic is in­vited to stop by or call for state-re­lated is­sues and free not­ary ser­vices. ••

Be­ne­fit con­cert at La Casa Di Lu­cia

Show­time Char­it­ies Inc. will present Sounds of the Sea­son on Monday, Dec. 9, at La Casa Di Lu­cia res­taur­ant, at 14425 Bustleton Ave. (at Philmont Av­en­ue). Show­time is 7:30 p.m. The res­taur­ant will be open be­fore then for din­ner. The cost of the con­cert is $20. Pro­ceeds be­ne­fit Shriners Hos­pit­al for Chil­dren, which cares for young people with spin­al cord in­jur­ies and or­tho­paed­ic and neur­omus­cu­lo­skelet­al dis­orders.

“We love help­ing the Shriners Hos­pit­al in its great work with chil­dren,” said Debbie Knight, pres­id­ent of Show­time Char­it­ies. “You’ll come away from this event feel­ing that you’ve had a won­der­ful time and also that you’ve helped a child in need.”

For tick­ets and re­ser­va­tions, call 215-677-6111.  ••

Broad­way’s best at Fox Chase Ele­ment­ary

The Act­ors’ Group, in as­so­ci­ation with Phil­adelphia Parks and Re­cre­ation, will present the mu­sic­al The Best of Broad­way 2.5 at Fox Chase Ele­ment­ary School on Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14.

The show is a mu­sic­al re­vue with 27 songs from 19 Broad­way mu­sic­als. Nar­rat­ors will in­tro­duce audi­ences to each show and mu­sic­al num­ber. The se­lec­tions cov­er the spec­trum from older pro­duc­tions to new ones.

Loc­al act­ors ran­ging in age from 8 to 50-plus will stage the show, which will be per­formed in two acts. Fox Chase Ele­ment­ary School is at Rhawn Street and Ridge­way Av­en­ue. All per­form­ances start at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets cost $9 for adults or $6 for chil­dren and are avail­able at the door. ••

Kids’ pro­duc­tion of ‘A Christ­mas Car­ol’

Wal­nut Street Theatre for Kids’ pro­duc­tion of A Christ­mas Car­ol will run through Dec. 22.

The theatre is loc­ated at 825 Wal­nut St. 

In­di­vidu­al tick­ets cost $10 to $16. Group tick­ets cost $10.50 to $12.50. Show times are Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 11 a.m., and Dec. 4, 6, 11-13. 17 and 18 at 10:30 a.m.

For in­form­a­tion, call 215-574-3550 (Ext. 504 for groups) or vis­it www.wal­nut­streettheatre.org ••

Ir­ish Christ­mas show on Dec. 7

An Amer­ic­an Celt­ic Christ­mas show will take place on Sat­urday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. at Ben­s­alem High School, at 4319 Hul­meville Road in Ben­s­alem.

The show will fea­ture Jam­is­on Celt­ic Rock, Celt­ic Flame School of Ir­ish Dance, Kim­berly Kil­len, Bucks County Dance Cen­ter, John Byrne, DJ Dan Cronin and an Ac­tion Kar­ate Demo Team.

Tick­ets are $20 for adults, $10 for ages 7-17 and free for 6 and un­der. Group dis­counts are avail­able. A por­tion of the pro­ceeds will be­ne­fit The OTN Ry­an K. Wilson Schol­ar­ship Fund and The Ben­s­alem Edu­ca­tion Found­a­tion.

For tick­ets and in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.AnAmer­ic­anCelt­ic­Christ­mas.com ••

PA Bal­let presents ‘The Nutcrack­er’

The Pennsylvania Bal­let will be per­form­ing George Bal­anchine’s The Nutcrack­er from Dec. 7 to 29 at the Academy of Mu­sic.

The new Nutcrack­er Mar­ket, a hol­i­day gift fair, will be open at the Kim­mel Cen­ter from Dec. 6 to 8.

Tick­ets for the show are $35 each. They are avail­able on­line at pabal­let.org, by phone at 215-893-1999 and at the Kim­mel Cen­ter Box Of­fice. ••

Hol­i­day Pops re­turns to Ve­r­i­zon Hall  

Phil­adelphia’s mu­sic­al tra­di­tion, Hol­i­day POPS!, re­turns to Ve­r­i­zon Hall at the Kim­mel Cen­ter for nine per­form­ances, Dec. 6 through Dec. 21.

Each con­cert fea­tures a con­duct­or, three choirs and the pop­u­lar audi­ence sin­galong. Sop­rano An­gela Brown will be mak­ing her POPS de­but.

The sched­ule in­cludes four mat­in­ees and five even­ing per­form­ances.

Per­form­ances take place in Ve­r­i­zon Hall at The Kim­mel Cen­ter of the Per­form­ing Arts, loc­ated at 300 S. Broad St. 

Tick­ets may be pur­chased through www.philly­pops.org or by phone at 215-893-1999. ••

Theat­er com­pany hosts hol­i­day event

The 11th Hour Theatre Com­pany will present its in­aug­ur­al hol­i­day pro­gram, Hol­i­day Ex­tra­vag­anza, on Dec. 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Ca­plan Re­cit­al Hall at the Uni­versity of the Arts, at 211 S. Broad St.

The even­ing will be­gin with a cock­tail hour fea­tur­ing drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Tick­ets are $65. Fam­ily pri­cing is avail­able for chil­dren and teen­agers.

Guests are en­cour­aged to bring winter cloth­ing for chil­dren in need.

For more in­form­a­tion and tick­ets, vis­it www.11th­hourtheatre­com­pany.org or call 267-987-9865. ••

Schol­ar­ship lunch­eon to be held

The Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce Schol­ar­ship Found­a­tion will be host­ing its an­nu­al hol­i­day lunch­eon cel­eb­ra­tion at Brook­side Man­or at Somer­ton Springs 50 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville, on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Tick­ets cost $35 per per­son and $60 for two. All pro­ceeds will be­ne­fit the schol­ar­ship ef­forts of the non­profit GN­PCC Found­a­tion. Re­gis­tra­tion will be at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon, with en­ter­tain­ment to fol­low.

Make re­ser­va­tions at www.gn­pccfound­a­tion.org or mail a check to Rose McMe­nam­in, 3rd Fed Bank, 1201 Buck Road, Feasterville, Pa. 19053.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-206-5664. ••

Life-sav­ing po­lice of­ficers to re­ceive award

Off-duty po­lice of­ficers John Cal­la­han and John Pasquarello on Nov. 30 re­ceived an award from Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on for help­ing 9-year-old T.J. Ramos, who col­lapsed at base­ball prac­tice in Septem­ber.

Cal­la­han and Pasquarello helped keep T.J. alive un­til an am­bu­lance ar­rived to take him to Aria Health’s Tor­res­dale Hos­pit­al. Doc­tors at Chil­dren’s Hos­pit­al of Phil­adelphia, where TJ was later trans­ferred, have since dia­gnosed him with cat­echolam­in­er­gic poly­morph­ic ventricu­lar ta­chy­car­dia (CPVT), a ge­net­ic heart con­di­tion.

The cred­it uni­on will hon­or them with the Amer­ic­an Her­it­age Award, which is giv­en to those whose self­less acts ex­em­pli­fy the philo­sophy of “people help­ing people.” ••

NE Re­gion­al Lib­rary to cel­eb­rate an­niversary

The North­east Re­gion­al Lib­rary of the Free Lib­rary of Phil­adelphia will cel­eb­rate 50 years of ser­vice this Decem­ber.

Spe­cial pro­grams will be hos­ted through Dec. 7. Along with these pro­grams, Cel­eb­rat­ing Our Di­versity, a six-month long pro­ject fea­tur­ing work of loc­al high school stu­dents, will be on dis­play. 

All events are free, and all ages are wel­come. The lib­rary is loc­ated at 2228 Cottman Ave. and is open Tues­days and Wed­nes­days from 1 to 9 p.m., Thursday to Sat­urday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

For de­tails on the pro­grams, call 215-685-0501. ••

GN­PCC host­ing up­com­ing events

The Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce has sev­er­al up­com­ing events.

On Tues­day, Dec. 3, New York Life will co-host a free “Lunch & Learn” work­shop at Caf&ea­cute; Michelan­gelo, 11901 Bustleton Ave., at noon. Re­gis­tra­tion and net­work­ing be­gins at 11:30 a.m. The top­ic will be “Re­view­ing Your Tax Po­s­i­tions.”

On Wed­nes­day, Dec. 4, former Fly­ers cen­ter and cur­rent broad­cast ana­lyst Bill Clem­ent, a 3rd Fed Bank com­munity am­bas­sad­or, will be a spe­cial guest at the new mem­ber ori­ent­a­tion at Sam’s Club, 1000 Frank­lin Mills Circle. Break­fast will be served.

On Thursday, Dec. 5, the GN­PCC Schol­ar­ship Found­a­tion will host its an­nu­al hol­i­day lunch­eon at Brook­side Man­or at Somer­ton Springs, 50 Bustleton Pike in Feasterville. Re­gis­tra­tion and net­work­ing will start at 11:30 a.m., fol­lowed by lunch at noon. The cost is $35 per per­son or $60 per couple. All pro­ceeds be­ne­fit the found­a­tion’s schol­ar­ship fund.

On Wed­nes­day, Dec. 11, the an­nu­al Hol­i­day Joint Busi­ness Card Ex­change with the Lower Bucks County Cham­ber of Com­merce, co-hos­ted by Ve­r­i­zon and Dave & Buster’s Grand Sports Caf&ea­cute;, will take place at D & B’s, 1995 Frank­lin Mills Circle, 5 to 7 p.m. There will be com­pli­ment­ary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-332-3400. ••

Hol­i­day events at Glen Fo­erd

Glen Fo­erd on the Delaware, a man­sion at 5001 Grant Ave., will host a Vic­tori­an Tea with Fath­er Christ­mas on Sat­urday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Re­ser­va­tions re­quired. The cost is $25.

On Sunday, Dec. 15, Glen Fo­erd will hold a Hol­i­day Open House from 2 to 5 p.m.

On Wed­nes­day, Dec. 18, Glen Fo­erd will spon­sor a Christ­mas Tab­letop Cre­ations Work­shop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-632-5330 or vis­it www.glen­foerd.org ••

Emer­gency last chance GED classes start­ing

The North­east GED Cen­ter, loc­ated at 1928 Cottman Ave., is start­ing two emer­gency GED train­ing ses­sions to give people one last chance to take the cur­rent GED Test.

As of Jan. 1, 2014, the new GED test will change to a com­puter-based test. The ques­tions, some say, will be more dif­fi­cult, and the cost will in­crease.

With the GED test chan­ging, the loc­al cen­ter be­lieves it is ur­gent to take the cur­rent ver­sion of the test be­fore time runs out. The Cen­ter is of­fer­ing two classes that are each two weeks long, in the morn­ing and the even­ing. The classes will start on Dec. 9.

The cost is $150, which in­cludes the re­gis­tra­tion fee, a spe­cial­ized book and ma­ter­i­als, 30 hours of in­struc­tion, a prac­tice test and help in get­ting set up to take the test.

The North­east GED cen­ter con­tends that it has the highest pass rate of all pro­grams in the city, with an 83-per­cent pass rate on the first try. 

For more in­form­a­tion, con­tact the cen­ter at 215-745-0141. ••

Holy Re­deem­er hold­ing events

Holy Re­deem­er Health Sys­tem will be of­fer­ing sev­er­al events and pro­grams in Decem­ber at its Health & Fit­ness Cen­ter, 1648 Hunt­ing­don Pike, Mead­ow­brook.

Pro­grams are open to the pub­lic, and re­gis­tra­tion is re­quired. To re­gister, call 1-800-818-4747 or vis­it ho­lyre­deem­er.com/events

On Thursday, Dec. 5, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., there will be a Bucks County Breast Friends (BCBF) sup­port group meet­ing to dis­cuss the ex­per­i­ences of breast can­cer and to share feel­ings and con­cerns. The ses­sion is free. To learn more, call Anne Clark at 215-539-3010 or vis­it hcf­bucks.org

On Tues­day, Dec. 10, 6 to 7:30 p.m., CARES (Can­cer Re­sources, Edu­ca­tion and Sup­port) will hold a sup­port group meet­ing, which is open to all can­cer pa­tients at any stage of ill­ness, and for their care­givers or sig­ni­fic­ant oth­ers. There is no cost for this group.

On Fri­day, Dec. 20, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Holy Re­deem­er will part­ner with the Amer­ic­an Red Cross to host a blood drive. To re­gister, call Mary Con­away at 215-938-3692 or vis­it red­cross­blood.org ••

WX­PN ex­pand­ing hol­i­day mu­sic pro­gram­ming 

WX­PN, the non­com­mer­cial ra­dio ser­vice of the Uni­versity of Pennsylvania, is fea­tur­ing a ded­ic­ated stream of hol­i­day mu­sic.

WX­PN hol­i­day mu­sic fea­tures this year are:

• The Jingle Jams stream will play the a hol­i­day mix 24 hours a day at xpn2.org

• The 12 Days of XPN Loc­al Christ­mas will start on Monday, Dec. 9: Host Helen Leicht presents Phil­adelphia-area artists per­form­ing ori­gin­al hol­i­day songs.

• The fifth an­nu­al XPN Loc­al Home for the Hol­i­days spe­cial will be hos­ted by Helen Leicht on Dec. 17 at 8 p.m., Dec. 24 at noon and Christ­mas Day at 10 a.m.

• The 20th an­nu­al edi­tion of The Night Be­fore Christ­mas from mid­night to mid­night on Tues­day, Dec. 24.

• The 2013 Year in Re­view on Tues­day, Dec. 31, and Wed­nes­day, Jan. 1, will play the top 200 songs of 2013 as voted by WX­PN listen­ers through Dec. 9. Every­one who votes is auto­mat­ic­ally entered to win prizes. 

For more in­form­a­tion about WX­PN’s hol­i­day pro­gram­ming, vis­it www.xpn.org ••

Ex-ad­mir­al now com­mand­ing Sa­lus U.

Dr. Mi­chael H. Mit­tel­man is the new pres­id­ent of Sa­lus Uni­versity, formerly the Pennsylvania Col­lege of Op­to­metry.

Mit­tel­man be­came a U.S. Navy op­to­met­rist fol­low­ing his 1980 gradu­ation from the Pennsylvania Col­lege of Op­to­metry.

Pri­or to his ap­point­ment by the Sa­lus Uni­versity Board of Trust­ees, Mit­tel­man was deputy sur­geon gen­er­al of the Navy and had achieved the rank of rear ad­mir­al.

While serving in Ja­pan, Mit­tel­man dir­ec­ted the com­pre­hens­ive U.S. mil­it­ary med­ic­al re­sponse as part of Op­er­a­tion To­mo­da­chi (Op­er­a­tion Friends) fol­low­ing the 2011 earth­quake and tsunami that dam­aged the Fukushi­ma nuc­le­ar power plant. ••

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