For this photo spread, Star visited several places and events around the River Wards. Here’s more information on some of them that aren’t listed in the captions of each photo:
A fiesta indeed: River Wards-based Latino organization El Concilio, 705 N. Franklin St., hosted the 32nd annual Hispanic Fiesta on July 13 and 14 at Penn’s Landing. The event featured Latino food vendors, musical acts, a dance competion and more. Pictured, executive director of Concilio, Joanna Otero-Cruz (second from left) poses with the cast of the new movie “Tio Papi” at the fiesta. From left: Sebastian Martinez, Joanna Otero-Cruz, Joey Deido, and Gabriella Fanuele. Learn more about Concilio’s programs and events at elconcilio.net.
Great goals: The players of the Samuel Fireballs under-8 boys’ soccer team, from Samuel Recreation Center, completed their first season of competitive play this summer. The team started its season in January in the Parks and Recreation indoor soccer league and finished the season with a trip to Wildwood, N.J. to compete in the Beach Blast competition. To join or learn more about the Fireballs or Samuel’s other in-house programs, stop by at 3539 Gaul St., or call 215-685-1246.
Learn, make or do: At Northern Liberties’ 3rd Ward, 1227 N. 4th St., locals participate in the weekly “Drink N’Draw” class, which gives participants a chance to sketch a live figure model while enjoying provided drinks. The event runs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. 3rd Ward’s new space offers classes in dozens of creative pursuits, plus an outdoor patio and beautiful co-working space. Learn more at philly.3rdward.com.
A slam dunk: A group of boys plays basketball at the very active Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4601 Richmond St. The center offers day camps, sports events, classes and more. Visit the center’s Facebook page by searching “Bridesburg Recreation Center.”
A budding rockstar: Jayson, 2, rocks out at Palmer Park, 536 E. Palmer St. Each Thursday in the park, Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen sponsors the “Kids’ Concert Series,” beginning at 6 p.m. Last week, families sang along with a featured guitarist in the park.
Young artists: From left: Brenna, 5; Alexis, 6, and Brooke, 7, paint aprons as part of a kids’ crafts event that runs Thursday nights, beginning at 7 p.m., at Stokely Playground, 3000 Edgemont St.
Nice shot: At the Fishtown Recreation Center, 1202 E. Montgomery Ave., Nicholas, 11, left, and Nomar, 13, practice their hoops skills in the sun. Call the center at 215-685-9885.
A streetside oasis: Happy youngsters cool down in a baby pool on the sidewalk at Cedar and Cambria streets. From left: Trinity, 7; Jalen, 5; Maddie, 4, and Eternity, 4.
Excellent acrobatics: Taking a break from the sprayground for a moment, Tianna, 8, plays on the jungle gym at Shissler Recreation Center.
Tiny sun worshippers: With rubber duckies in hand, Rowan, 1, left, and Yaax, nine months, enjoy the puddles at Shissler Recreation Center. Shissler has a ballfield, a basketball court and a sports field, and offers lots of summer activities. Call the center at 215-685-9888.