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 Café 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 Café, 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. ••