Around town: July 31, 2013

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-par­en­tuni­

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 day­care@fc­ 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. ••

Back-to-School Car­ni­val

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.glen­, call Dorothy Sherid­an at 215-632-5330 or email info@glen­ ••

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 churchvil­lena­ture­cen­, or vis­it &or­dm;www.churchvil­lena­ture­cen­ ••

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