Get kids stoked for the school year
The school district will host its annual “Getting Ready for School” workshop for parents from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Center City Parent and Family Resource Center, 440 N. Broad St.
To register, call 215-400-4180 or visit www.philasd-parentuniversity.org.
Students can get geared for the coming school year at the Family & Education Reunion from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, at the School of the Future, 4021 Parkside Ave.
The event sponsored by the Office of Family and Community Engagement and the school district will feature entertainment, food, educational workshops, free book bags and other giveaways. ••
Aid For Friends looking for donations
Aid For Friends, which provides daily free home-cooked dinners to more than 2,000 shut-ins in Greater Philadelphia, needs donations to make its program successful. Among the requested items are bottles of water, nonperishable individual servings of juice, Ensure or Boost, sizes large to 3X Depends, disposable bed pads and new electric fans.
A gift of $8.95 would allow AFF to buy 36 juice boxes. Donations can be sent to the Aid For Friends Frail Elderly Outreach Center, 12271 Townsend Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154.
For additional information, call 215-464-2224 and ask to speak with Steve Schiavone. ••
Fox Chase Cancer Center offers daycare
The Creative Beginnings early childhood program, which has been serving the childcare needs of Fox Chase Cancer Center employees for more than 30 years, is opening enrollment to members of the public.
Creative Beginnings provides comprehensive year-round education to children 6 weeks through 6 years, with extended care hours between 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. to accommodate the schedules of working parents.
The daycare operates out of two locations: Creative Beginnings North, at 757 Huntingdon Pike in Huntingdon Valley, and Creative Beginnings South, at 121 Huntingdon Pike in Rockledge.
Parents interested in enrolling their children in Creative Beginnings can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-728-5330. ••
Toomey helps secure grant for vets
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a $1 million Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program grant to Utility Emergency Services Fund, a nonprofit organization committed to assisting struggling veterans with housing and utility issues in Philadelphia.
Sen. Toomey’s office wrote a letter of support on behalf of the group’s grant application in February.
UESF applied for the SSVF Program grant to establish an effective veteran-focused homeless-prevention and rapid re-housing program in Philadelphia.
Pre-existing relationships with local landlords, linkages to supportive services and comprehensive case management will allow UESF to use these grant funds to better take on the issue of homelessness among veterans. ••
Opera performances at Redeemer UMC
The Amici Opera Company will host Donizetti’s Parisina D’Este on Aug. 4 at 1128 Cottman Ave.
The performance will start at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 at the door, $22 for senior citizens and advance purchases, $15 for students, and $10 for children 12 and under. For more information, call Ralph Tudisco at 215-224-0257. ••
Before summer ends, kids can enjoy an afternoon of fun, games, the Eagles cheerleaders and the Camden Riversharks’ mascot at the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children’s Back-to-School Carnival.
This free event will take place on Friday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lighthouse Field, at 199 E. Erie Ave., across the street from St. Christopher’s.
Children in attendance will also receive a backpack stuffed with school supplies while quantities last. ••
Story time with Miss Esther
Every Thursday evening until Aug. 29, a story reading will be held for children of all ages at Pennypack Creek Bridge Pavilion, at Frankford and Solly avenues.
The program is mainly geared toward children from ages 3 to 10, though everyone will be able to enjoy these readings, which run from 7 to 8 p.m.
Miss Esther’s readings will include an interactive educational finish. ••
Frankford senior center offers activities
The Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center, 4744 Frankford Ave. in Frankford, hosts a number of events throughout the year.
The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and offers free parking. Bingo is held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:45 p.m. Every Monday is Sundae Monday. Sundaes and unlimited toppings cost $2.
All throughout the summer, the center will be selling Philadelphia Water Ice for 50 cents a cup. A monthly birthday party is taking place on Aug. 27 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Call 215-831-2926 for more information. ••
Buy tix to see Hillary get Liberty Medal
Tickets to the 2013 Liberty Medal Ceremony honoring former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Tickets are free and can be ordered from Ticketmaster toll-free at 866-492-6326.
Callers are limited to two tickets per household.
The ceremony will take place rain or shine on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. at the National Constitution Center and will be broadcast live online and on 6ABC. ••
Open house at Solly Stables
Solly Stables is holding its fourth annual open house and picnic on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.
There will be a horse smooch booth, face painting, children’s crafts, a manure drop lottery, food and refreshments.
Vendor opportunities are available. There are limited spaces for $30 per spot.
Email aileen@sollystables for more information. ••
Farm festival at Glen Foerd
On Sunday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Glen Foerd Farm Fest will be held at Glen Foerd on the Delaware, 5001 Grant Ave.
The event will celebrate the history of Glen Foerd. Visitors will get to see cows and learn about farm animals. There will be live music, a craft show and a farmer’s market.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. The rain date is Nov. 3.
For more information, visit www.glenfoerd.org, call Dorothy Sheridan at 215-632-5330 or email email@example.com. ••
Churchville nature programs
The Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Friends of Churchville Nature Center will run week seven of the Children’s Nature Camp from Aug 5 to 9.
Each week has a specific theme, and week seven’s is “Nature Art.” The camp is geared to children from ages 4 to 9, and full-day programs cost $191 for non-members and $175 for members. Half-day programs cost $80 and $72 for nonmembers and members, respectively.
An early-morning bird walk will be held on Aug 10 from 7 to 9 a.m. The program is free to the public, and participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and bird identification field guides.
A public tour of the Lenape Village will be held on Aug 11. Tours begin at 1 p.m. and continue until 4 p.m., with a $5 fee. Reservations are requested. The theme is “Clay Bead-Making”.
The Nature Center is at 501 Churchville Lane in Churchville.
For more information, call 215-357-4005, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit ºwww.churchvillenaturecenter.org. ••