Frankford Historical Society hosts social
The Historical Society of Frankford has been preserving and promoting the history of Northeast Philadelphia since 1905. The society will host its annual Winter Holiday Social along with the program Fighting Fire in Frankford on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at The Center for Northeast Philadelphia History, 1507 Orthodox St.
The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. and feature Jack Wright of the Fireman’s Hall Museum, who will introduce some of his organization’s collections. Visitors also will view some of the society’s library and museum collections of firefighting artifacts from Frankford’s long-disbanded volunteer fire companies, dating to 1793.
Admission is free to members of the society and costs $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served. Guests are encouraged to bring light fare or desserts to share for the Holiday Social.
Call 215-743-6030 or visit www.frankfordhistoricalsociety.org for information. ••
Hoofers to tap out Christmas cheer
The Lady Hoofers, Philadelphia’s only all-female tap dance company, will present an evening of tap, jazz and holiday cheer at Christ Church Neighborhood House on Dec. 6 and 7. The hourlong, family-friendly concert will feature music from beloved holiday classics including How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Audiences will also see the ensemble’s new youth company, which features 14 dancers ages 11 to 16. Choreographers Katie Delhagen, Theresa DiSipio, Becky Mastin and Kat Richter have created new works for the concert, which will showcase the ensemble’s signature elegance and fast-paced rhythm tap.
Tickets cost $18 and can be purchased online at www.ladyhoofers.org. The Christ Church Neighborhood House is at 20 N. American St. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Dec. 7. ••
Historic Philadelphia presents light show
Historic Philadelphia Inc., the nonprofit that operates Franklin Square, is presenting a brand new holiday light show eight times nightly in the square at 6th and Race streets.
Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show is a new tradition sparked by Benjamin Franklin’s imagination and funded by the William Penn Foundation. Providing an original twist on the holiday light show, the presentation incorporates an electric 10-foot kite and key along with thousands of lights programmed to winter-themed music.
The show will run through Dec. 31, leading up to the family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration at Franklin Square. Shows begin at 4:30 p.m. each day and be repeated eight times until 8 p.m. Other new attractions in the square for the holidays include seasonal music on the Parx Liberty Carousel, warming stations in Philly Mini Golf and seasonal fare.
For a full list of activities and special events, visit historicphiladelphia.org. ••
Staying safe at home during the winter
Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers urges all Philadelphians to practice important safety tips during the impending winter and to be more vigilant with their fire safety efforts and awareness.
Residents should have a smoke alarm on every level of the home. Alarms should be tested regularly to ensure they work and have fresh batteries.
Homes should also have carbon monoxide alarms near each of the sleeping areas. Batteries also should be tested regularly. While it’s important to keep warm, residents never should use gas or electric ranges and ovens to heat the home.
The fire department will supply smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to needy city residents. Meanwhile, residents facing difficulty paying their heating bills may contact the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program at 215-684-6100 or the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging at 215-765-9040. ••
Celtic Christmas is Dec. 7
American Paddy’s Productions will present The American Celtic Christmas 2013 on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Bensalem High School auditorium, 4319 Hulmeville Road in Bensalem Township.
The concert will feature Jamison Celtic Rock, Celtic Flame School of Irish Dance, Kimberly Killen, Bucks County Dance Center, John Byrne, DJ Dan Cronin, Action Karate Demo Team and other performers. Admission costs $20 for adults or $10 for youths 7 to 17. Children under 7 get in for free.
A portion of proceeds will be donated to the OTN Ryan K. Wilson Scholarship Fund and the Bensalem Education Foundation. Visit www.AnAmericanCelticChristmas.com for tickets and information. ••
Flashdance coming to Philly
Flashdance: The Musical, the stage adaptation of the 1983 hit film that defined a generation, will perform at the Academy of Music until Nov. 24 as part of the new Broadway Philadelphia season.
Ticket prices range from $20 to $105.50. For show times or more information, call 215-731-3333 or go to kimmelcenter.org/broadway ••
Sophie Tucker tribute at Walnut
Walnut Street Theatre’s 2013-2014 Independence Studio on 3 season opens with Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas.
Directed by Richard Hopkins, who is a co-creator of the show, the production opens Nov. 21. For tickets and information, call 215-574-3550 or visit www.walnutstreettheatre.org ••
Judge will present plays
The Father Judge theater arts club will present a series of one-act plays this weekend.
Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets cost $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Students pay $6.
The school is located at 3301 Solly Ave.
For more information, call Anne Marie at 215-338-9494, Ext. 1128. ••
Neumann-Goretti event on Sunday
Neumann-Goretti High School will present the 76th Annual Alumni Meeting and Rev. George Feider, O. Praem Memorial Communion Breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 24.
Mass begins at 9 a.m. Breakfast starts at 10:15 a.m.
The school is located at 1736 S. 10th St.
For information, call the Millay Club office at 215-389-0925 or email firstname.lastname@example.org ••
Glen Foerd presents concert and yoga
Glen Foerd on the Delaware, a mansion at 5001 Grant Ave., is kicking off the holiday season with a concert by harpist Ellen Tepper on Friday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m.
Tepper will be performing selections from her newest recording, Winter Cycles. Tickets cost $8 for members and $10 for non-members.
Fountain of Yoga’s instructors are hosting a relaxing morning of yoga in Glen Foerd’s art gallery on Saturdays at 9 a.m. Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mat and to wear lightweight apparel. The cost is $15 per class.
For information, call 215-632-5330 or visit www.glenfoerd.org ••
Holy Innocents Parish will sponsor a casino trip to Atlantic Club on Sunday, Nov. 24.
The bus will depart at L Street and Hunting Park Avenue at 9 a.m.
The cost is $30, with $25 returned in slot cash.
The bus will leave Atlantic Club at 4:30 p.m.
To reserve a seat, call Cindy at 215-535-2740. ••
Tikvah/AJMI awards brunch
The Tikvah/AJMI 22nd Annual Brunch and Silent Auction will take place on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, 1001 Remington Road in Wynnewood.
Michael J. Covone, of Somerton, former deputy commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, will receive the Righteous Person Award.
Former City Controller Jonathan Saidel will serve as master of ceremonies.
Tickets are $100 for a non-member and $50 for a Tikvah member. For reservations, call 215-832-0671. ••
Foundation accepting applications
The Anna T. Jeanes Foundation, which supports Jeanes Hospital in Philadelphia, is currently 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 for grant applications is Friday, Nov. 22. For information, contact Rosemarie Schlegel at 215-728-2131 or email@example.com ••
Fundraiser to prevent methadone clinic
The Parish Pub, at 3510 Cottman Ave., is hosting a beef and beer fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 22, from 7 to 10 p.m., to prevent the opening of a methadone clinic at 7900 Franford Ave. (at Decatur Street).
The cost is $30 per person.
There will be food, live entertainment, a raffle and $1 domestic drafts. ••
Beauty and the Beast in Philadelphia
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning Broadway musical, will return to Philadelphia at the Academy of Music from Nov. 26 to Dec. 1.
Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased by calling 215-731-3333 or going online at kimmelcenter.org/broadway
Groups of 10 or more will receive discounts by calling 215-790-5883. ••
Are you ready for Bingo?
Special People In Northeast (SPIN), at 10980 Norcom Road, will host Designer Bag Bingo on Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m.
The cost is $30.
Guests are welcome to BYOB.
For more information, contact Erica Lowry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-612-7176. ••
Annual Daniel Boyle fundraiser
The Officer Daniel Boyle Athletic Program will host its 17th annual beef and beer on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Heroes Ballroom at FOP Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Road.
Tickets cost $40.
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Klein JCC hosts menorah lighting
Senior members of the Klein JCC will join students from Anne’s Kids, a preschool program located within the center, for an intergenerational candle lighting of a holiday menorah, marking the beginning of the eight-day observance of Chanukah, on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 11 a.m.
The Jewish Festival of Lights will officially begin at sunset that evening.
The center is located at 10100 Jamison Ave. ••