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A River Wards Summer

School’s out, the sun is shin­ing and there’s no short­age of things to see and do in the eigh­bor­hoods. Check out Star's sum­mer­time photo gal­lery. 

  • 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. MIKALA JAMISON / STAR PHOTO

  • Roe Pietropaula, far right, instructs a summer yoga class at Breathing Room Yoga Arts & Wellness Studio, 3168 Richmond St., in Port Richmond. Breathing Room offers yoga and stretch classes for every level of practice. MIKALA JAMISON / STAR PHOTO

  • Brothers Isaac Reyes, 8, front; Isaiah Reyes, 10, right; and cousin Joziah Martinez, 7, enjoy skipping stones in the Delaware River. Grandparents Luis and Evelyn, from Port Richmond, look on as the boys enjoy a summer day. MELISSA DIPENTO / STAR PHOTO

  • Kids enjoy the weekly evening craft activity at Stokely Playground in Port Richmond. Last week, the group decorated aprons with puffy paint. MIKALA JAMISON / STAR PHOTO

  • Damaris, 19, and son Jose, 1, enjoying the sunshine at the Fishtown Recreation Center last week. MIKALA JAMISON / STAR PHOTO

  • Nico, 20 months, with his nanny Mary Ellen at the weekly Kids’ Concert series in Fishtown’s Palmer Park last week. MIKALA JAMISON / STAR PHOTO

  • Faylinn, 3, left, and Corrinne, 5, right, with mom Cynde, center, at the weekly Kids’ Concert Series at Fishtown’s Palmer Park last week. MIKALA JAMISON / STAR PHOTO

  • A slam dunk: A group of boys plays basketball at the Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4601 Richmond St. MIKALA JAMISON / STAR 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. From left: Sebastian Martinez, Joanna Otero-Cruz, Joey Deido, and Gabriella Fanuele. PHOTO COURTESY OF CONCILIO

  • 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. SUBMITTED PHOTO

  • 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. PHOTO COURTESY OF 3RD WARD

  • Nice shot: At the Fishtown Recreation Center, 1202 E. Montgomery Ave., Nicholas, 11, left, and Nomar, 13, practice their hoops skills in the sun. MIKALA JAMISON / STAR PHOTO

  • 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. MIKALA JAMISON / STAR PHOTO

  • 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. MIKALA JAMISON / STAR PHOTO

  • Tiny sun worshippers: With rubber duckies in hand, Rowan, 1, left, and Yaax, nine months, enjoy the puddles at Shissler Recreation Center. MIKALA JAMISON / STAR PHOTO

  • Excellent acrobatics: Taking a break from the sprayground for a moment, Tianna, 8, plays on the jungle gym at Shissler Recreation Center. MIKALA JAMISON / STAR PHOTO

  • A refreshing retreat: Indigo, 4, left, and Tianna, 8, cool off last week in the sprinklers at the Shissler Recreation Center’s “sprayground,” which opened in May. The center is located at 1800 Blair St. MIKALA JAMISON / STAR PHOTO

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.

You can reach at mjamison@bsmphilly.com.

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