Tai chi and more at Glen Foerd this month
Glen Foerd on the Delaware will host riverfront tai chi classes and open house sessions starting this month.
Riverfront Tai Chi consists of 10 weekly, one-hour classes that begin on Monday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required and costs $120 for Glen Foerd members or $150 for nonmembers.
The series is a continuation of classes intended to build upon each week’s lessons with focus on breathing and relaxation. Some previous experience is recommended but not necessary. As participants progress, they should notice improvements in muscle tone, flexibility, coordination and concentration. Participants should wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and sneakers. Program proceeds support the preservation and educational mission of Glen Foerd.
Also, Glen Foerd is open for tours every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 11 a.m. Tours last at least one hour. Visitors should call first to confirm access to the mansion, which closes on occasion for special events.
Guided tours are also available by appointment year-round on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Call at least two days in advance to schedule. Tours by appointment are closed on holidays and weekends. Tours cost $10 per adult or $9 per student or senior.
For information on all programs, call 215-632-5330 or visit www.glenfoerd.orghttp://www.glenfoerd.org. ••
Klein JCC holding Adopt-a-Family program
Klein JCC, 10100 Jamison Ave., is looking for individuals and organizations to fulfill holiday wish lists for needy families throughout the area. The holiday gift drive is being conducted as part of the JCC’s Adopt-A-Family program.
“Every year we receive holiday wish lists from area families who cannot afford to observe and celebrate the Jewish Festival Of Lights in the full spirit of the holiday with the traditional gift giving,” said Mallory Hanfling, director of the Klein JCC’s Heart -To-Heart program, which coordinates the annual holiday program. “We in turn seek out individuals and organizations to adopt a family and fulfill their holiday wish lists.
“We’re looking for people and groups who can help out by providing the gifts and toys on the wish lists,” Hanfling added. “And what is really unique about our Adopt-A-Family holiday program is that both the givers and receivers remain totally anonymous.”
If you are interested in adopting an area family in need as part of your holiday gift giving, contact Mallory Hanfling at 215-893-7300, Ext. 135 or via email at email@example.com.
The eight-day Jewish Festival of Chanukah will begin at sundown on Wednesday, Nov. 27. ••
Open house at IHM literacy center
The public is invited to an open house at the IHM Center for Literacy, at 7341 Cottage St., on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 3 p.m.
The center is at the site of the former St. Bernard Elementary School. The entrance is between the church and rectory on Cottage Street.
For more information, call 215-338-3120. ••
Boutique opens next week
JFCS Thrift Boutique is holding a grand opening on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 8948 Frankford Ave. Proceeds will help support the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia.
High-end clothing for children and adults will be sold from: Boyd’s, Chico’s, Hollister, Free People, Lucky, Justice, Theory, Vince, Nike, Joseph A. Bank, Tommy Bahama, Joe’s, Polo, American Eagle and more. Additional items that will be sold are toys, books, bedding, shoes, household items and bikes.
For more information or to volunteer at the boutique, call 267-273-5537. ••
Spaghetti supper at OL Consolation
The annual Spaghetti Supper will be held at Our Lady of Consolation Parish on Thursday, Oct. 17, in the church hall on Tulip Street at Princeton Avenue.
Tickets are on sale now at the rectory, or can be purchased at the door. Dinner consists of salad, spaghetti and meatballs, coffee and dessert. Price is $8 for adults and $5 for children. Lunch is served starting at 11:30 a.m. and dinner from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Takeouts are available. Meatball sandwiches are $4 each.
Call 215-338-2449 for reservations and questions. ••
Deadline nearing for biz program
Community College of Philadelphia is now accepting applications for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses-Greater Philadelphia Initiative.
The deadline is Monday, Oct. 21. This training program is designed to help small business owners develop valuable skills to grow their business with information about accessing financial capital and powerful networking opportunities — at no cost.
Business owners eligible for the program have generally been in business for two or more years, typically have at least four employees, and meet revenue stream requirements.
Film screening at library
Holmesburg Library and the Leeway Foundation are sponsoring a screening and discussion of a documentary film by award-winning filmmaker Lorna Johnson-Frizell on Monday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m.
The Holmesburg filmmaker’s Freedom Road is about six women prisoners, who tell their life stories through a memoir-writing workshop in a women’s maximum security prison.
The library is at 7810 Frankford Ave. ••
Benefit tournament on Saturday
The Cherokee Day Camp will host the Kids’ Gaga Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cherokee Day Camp, at 1 Declaration Drive in Bensalem.
The event will feature vendors, Gaga Tournament, food, baked goods, family playground, moonbounce and more. Proceeds will benefit The American Cancer Society’s Bensalem Relay for Life.
Registration for the Gaga Tournament will begin at 10 a.m. The cost is $5 per player. Prizes will be awarded to winners. Email Mark Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Tables for vendors are $25 per table or $10 per table if participating in the relay. Vendors must bring their own table and chair by 9 a.m. for setup. Interested vendors can call Kelly at 215-630-5412 or Kathy at 215-806-6278. ••
Church hosts dinner fundraiser
Holmesburg United Methodist Church invites the public to its annual pork and sauerkraut dinner fundraiser planned for Saturday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m.
Proceeds from the dinner will help support programs and services of the church, including its daily hot meal program King’s Kitchen, as well as the weekly food cupboard.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $8 for kids 10 and under. The church is located at 8118 Frankford Ave., between Welsh Road and Stanwood Street, next to J.H. Brown Elementary School.
For more information, call 215-624-6900. ••
Rush student honored
Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush student Kaitlin Dyson has been named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, sent a letter of commendation.
About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.
Although they will not continue in the 2014 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). ••
Opera on Sunday at local church
The Amici Opera Company will present Donizetti’s Maria de Rudenz on Sunday Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. at United Methodist Church of the Redeemer at 1128 Cottman Ave. (at Lawndale Avenue) in Burholme.
For ticket prices or more information, call 215-224-0257. ••
Thanksgiving Parade set for Nov. 24
The 37th annual Mayfair Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade will take place on Sunday, Nov. 24, from noon to 3 p.m.
The rain date is Sunday, Dec. 1.
The performance area will be at Frankford Avenue and Tudor Street.
Domenico Maglio and Angie Maglio will be the 2013 grand marshals. They are the owners of Domenico Formal Wear and Dress Up Time, both located on Frankford Avenue near Wellington Street.
The parade theme will be “Dressed for Success.” ••
Toomey helps art museum earn grant
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded the Philadelphia Museum of Art a pair of Museums for America grants totaling $259,243.
“The museum is home to thousands of priceless works of art, and more than 800,000 people visit each year,” Toomey said. “I’m glad the IMLS granted this request.”
The office of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey wrote a letter of support on behalf of the art museum’s grant application.
The museum will use the money for preservation and to photograph and publish 2,500 Indian and Himalayan works of art at www.philamuseum.org ••
Giant clothing sale set for Oct. 27
There will be a one-day giant clothing sale from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Jewish Relief Agency’s food distribution warehouse, 10980 Dutton Road. New and gently used clothing, shoes and accessories will be on sale. Most items are under $5.
Admission and parking are free. Cash only. For more information about JRA, contact Amy Krulik at email@example.com or at 610-660-0190. ••
Glen Foerd awarded grant
On Oct. 7, Glen Foerd on the Delaware was awarded a $2,500 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for a cultural landscape assessment. These grant funds will be used to support the essential first step in documenting the historic 18-acre riverfront estate, its historical development, its historic integrity and its historical significance, while creating the basis for restoration and educational programming.
Careful planning prior to undertaking landscape restoration work is essential to help prevent irrevocable damage to Glen Foerd’s historic landscape. The assessment will provide site and documentary research, a historical report, development of goals and priorities for preservation, interpretative actions and program objectives. It will be a significant step toward recapturing the authentic landscape of the American Country Place Era evident on the Glen Foerd estate.
The American Country Place Era, an important landscape movement during the first half of the 20th century, reflected the tastes of the new industrial elite and the landscape architects they employed. ••
City to accept hazardous waste
The Streets Department will hold its last Household Hazardous Drop-off event of the 2013 season on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Delaware Avenue and Wheatsheaf Lane between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
There is an added incentive for those residents who have signed up with Philadelphia Recycling Rewards to earn points for recycling. Recyclebank is sponsoring a new Recycling Rewards Points opportunity for residents that drop off household hazardous waste at any of the Household Hazardous Waste events. Participants will receive a card with a code to get 25 points.
Checking product labels for these key words can identify household Hazardous Waste: Toxic, Flammable, Corrosive and Reactive. Latex or water base paint is not hazardous and can be placed in the regular trash if the paint is dried up or solidified with an absorbent material, such as, kitty litter. No waste materials generated by a business will be accepted.
Visit the Streets Department’s website at www.philadelphiastreets.com/hazardous-waste.aspx or contact the Customer Affairs Unit at 215-686-5560. ••
PHA to host networking event
The Philadelphia Housing Authority will host a business networking event to provide suppliers with the opportunity to learn how to become a vendor for the agency.
The event is set for Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Greater Grays Ferry Estates, at 1800 S. 32nd St. It will run from 5 to 7 p.m.
Prospective vendors will learn about contract opportunities and how they can quality, submit proposals and secure financing.
PHA president and CEO Kelvin Jeremiah will be on hand.
Call 215-684-4062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org ull;•
Homemade rosaries to be sold
Holme Circle’s Kathy Perpetua will sell her handmade rosaries on Saturday, Oct.19, at the Father Judge High School craft fair.
Perpetua, who’ll be at a table in the gym, donates the proceeds from sales to the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22 widows’ fund.
The craft show runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The school is located at 3301 Solly Ave. in Holmesburg. ••