Soccer players sought
Local female soccer players are encouraged to try out for a Team USA program that will be traveling to compete in Ireland next summer.
The age groups are U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-17.
The final rosters will be set in February.
Lawncrest community group to meet
The Lawncrest Community Association is holding a regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at Saint William’s Social hall at Robbins Avenue and Argyle Street.
The group will be discussing various zoning issues, the Fourth of July Celebration, Town Watch and the Lawncrest Recreation Center. ••
Cranaleith Hosts ‘A Morning with Judy Wicks’
As part of its Work & Spirit Series, Cranaleith Spiritual Center, at 13475 Proctor Road in Somerton, will host “A Morning with Judy Wicks” on Friday, Nov. 15, from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
The founder of Philadelphia’s landmark White Dog Cafe, Wicks is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and mentor working to build a more “locally based” economy. Her recent book, Good Morning, Beautiful Business: the Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer, is her memoir about her evolution as a leader.
“A Morning with Judy Wicks” will be followed by reflection, conversation and lunch. Cost is $100, which supports attendance for those with limited means. Her presentation will be held in the Mercy Education & Conference Center. ••
‘A Night at the Museum’ fundraiser is Nov. 23
Rhawnhurst Turning Point’s fundraiser, “A Night at the Museum,” will celebrate the creativity of Rhawnhurst youth by displaying student artwork at the Hoffman Art Gallery, located at Rhawnhurst Presbyterian Church, at 7701 Loretto Ave.
The event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Light refreshments will be provided. Donations will be accepted.
RSVP by Friday, Nov. 15. For information and to RVSP, call 267-601-5147 or email Cheryl Lafferty at email@example.com ••
Deadline nears for grants program
The Anna T. Jeanes Foundation, which supports Jeanes Hospital, is accepting applications for its 2013 Community Grants program, designed to provide funding for projects that promote the health, wellness and safety of communities in the hospital’s service areas.
Grants are awarded annually based on merit, community impact and fund availability. This year’s grants will be awarded up to $2,500.
“We are actively seeking ways to work in concert with other organizations to promote healthy lifestyles, safety for our neighborhoods and access to services for those who are underserved. This grants program funds these opportunities,” said Linda J. Grass, president and CEO of Jeanes Hospital.
The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 15. For information, contact Rosemarie Schlegel at 215-728-2131 or firstname.lastname@example.org ••
Youth orchestra holds annual concert series
The 2013-2014 season of performances for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and its other ensembles is beginning.
The opening concert is Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
Maestro Louis Scaglione will conduct the performance, featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”), Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky, and Ravel’s La valse. Tickets are $10 to $20. For tickets, call Ticket Philadelphia at 215-893-1999. ••
Upcoming Northeast chamber events
Upcoming events are being held for members of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
Aria Health will host a breakfast meeting at its Chapel of the True Cross, located on the grounds of the Torresdale Campus, Knights and Red Lion roads, on Nov. 20 at 8:30 a.m. Registration and networking begin at 8:15 a.m. Dr. Jacqueline Sutter, pulmonologist, and Dr. Richard Chang, thoracic surgeon, will speak. Dr. Chang’s remarks will be on the advanced thoracic surgery program at Aria.
New York Life will host another free “Lunch and Learn” workshop at Cafe Michelangelo, 11901 Bustleton Ave., on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at noon. Information about reviewing tax positions will be given. New York Life representatives will speak and answer questions. For information and reservations, call 215-332-3400.
The GNPCC’s annual holiday joint business card exchange with the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce will take place at Dave & Buster’s Sports Cafes, 1995 Franklin Mills Circle, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. RSVPs are required. Call 215-332-3400.
The GNPCC will also be celebrating the 10th anniversary of its award-winning Leadership Development Program in 2014. The theme of the program is “Leading with Purpose.” The program is designed by CCM Training Co., and taught by director Collette C. McBratney. Students are taught personalized skills and afforded executive coaching. Projects are designed to be implemented at the worksite. Classes are held monthly at Holy Family University’s Woodhaven Campus. For more information, call 215-332-3400 or email email@example.com ••
Philadelphia Reads Workshop starts Nov. 19
The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will host a special Philadelphia Reads workshop to help volunteers 55 years and older, working or retired, learn the skills and strategies needed to teach reading to students in the Philadelphia public schools.
The session is set for Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Klein JCC, 10100 Jamison Ave.
According to Suzanne Udell, assistant director of RSVP, “The complimentary workshop will cover effective reading methods, learning skills and coaching strategies and offer an open question-and-answer session to address any additional concerns.”
The Philadelphia Reads program is an initiative of the Mayor’s Office of Education, the School District of Philadelphia and the Free Library of Philadelphia.
“Here’s a wonderful opportunity to engage with young people who need help with their reading skills, while adding something special to your own personal skills,” stated Udell. “It’s surely a win-win for everyone.”
Last year, RSVP had some 900 active volunteers who dedicated 45,000 volunteer hours to 95 nonprofit agencies in the Philadelphia area. RSVP is federally funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service and additionally receives funding from the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. In Philadelphia, RSVP is sponsored by the Klein JCC and is headquartered at 10100 Jamison Ave.
For information on attending the Philadelphia Reads workshop, reserve a spot by calling 267-345-7787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Space is limited. ••
NEHS fundraiser is at Chickie’s & Pete’s
Chickie’s & Pete’s will host a fundraiser for Northeast High School on Nov. 21 from 5 to 10 p.m.
Ten percent of all food sales will be donated to the high school. There will also be a 50-50.
Chickie’s & Pete’s is located at 11000 Roosevelt Blvd. ••
Speaker series returns to Holy Family
Judith Giesberg will discusses Women and the U.S. Civil War at Holy Family University’s Education & Technology Center on Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.
Giesberg’s presentation is free and open to the public as part of the Glen Foerd-Holy Family University Speaker Series. It is funded by Holy Family University and Glen Foerd on the Delaware.
For more information, visit www.glenfoerd.org ••
NAC to look at shopping center plans
At their Thursday, Nov. 14, meeting, members of the Frankford Neighborhood Advisory Committee’s zoning panel will look at a proposal to put a shopping center at 5201 Harbison Ave. and at another much larger project planned for the northern half of the old Frankford Arsenal, 5301 Tacony St.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the basement of the Second Baptist Church of Frankford, Meadow and Mulberry streets. Those 18 years or older with ID may vote on zoning matters. ••
Fun in Frankford park
The Friends of Overington Park had a successful Fall Festival on Oct. 19, according to the group’s president, Diane Kunze.
“We had the best Fest ever,” she wrote in an email to the Northeast TImes. “So many families came out to the park that we ran out of everything, and had to wrap up a little early. We had a pumpkin patch, children’s games, a cardboard castle, and wanted station manned by Sheriff John. Every parent wanted a picture of their kids in our wanted cutout. There were lines! We had an apple printing craft project, pretzels and, of course, candy.”
The park’s next event is Love Your Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16. The park will be hosting a tree giveaway and a tree-care workshop. Volunteers will clean up the park, too. ••
‘Hands-on CPR’ lecture is Nov. 14
Burholme Community Town Watch and Civic Association will meet on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church of the Redeemer, at 1128 Cottman Ave. (at Lawndale Avenue).
Guest speaker Tim Hinchcliff from Burholme Ambulance will give instructions to the community on “Hands-on CPR.”
Refreshments will be provided by Quaker Diner, at 7241 Rising Sun Ave., after the meeting. ••
Seniors get a tax break
The Philadelphia Department of Revenue encourages low income senior property taxpayers to apply now for the Low Income Senior Citizen Real Estate Freeze program. Under the program, the city will freeze the applicant’s real estate tax liability at its current amount. Once approved, if the homeowner’s assessment or tax rate changes, their tax bill will not increase. If the homeowner’s tax liability decreases, then the bill will decrease.
To qualify, applicants must be 65 or older, or at least 50 and a widow or widower of someone who was at least 65 at their time of death. The annual household income can be no more than $23,500 for a single person or $31,500 or less for a married couple.
Applications and information about other tax break programs are available via the Revenue Department website www.phila.gov/revenue or by calling 215-686-6442. ••
Energy assistance program has begun
This year’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) began for low-income households on Nov. 4. In Philadelphia, more than one in every three residents are eligible for LIHEAP, which means their income is at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level. For Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW), approximately 150,000 of its customers are eligible for LIHEAP.
PGW also advises its customers to submit their LIHEAP applications now as the grants are first-come, first-served. Visit www.pgworks.com or one of the company’s customer service centers to apply for grant money. PGW representatives will be available to help customers with their applications for LIHEAP at the company’s customer service centers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the days listed below.
To apply, customers need to bring Social Security numbers and proof of household income for the last 30 days for everyone living in the home. More information is available at www.pgworks.com and PGW’s LIHEAP hotline, which is 215-787-HEAT (4328). ••