Around town: September 11, 2013 (Part 2)

City look­ing for its next poet laur­eate

The city’s Of­fice of Arts, Cul­ture and the Cre­at­ive Eco­nomy is look­ing for Phil­adelphia’s next poet laur­eate, a po­s­i­tion es­tab­lished in Janu­ary 2012 to give one tal­en­ted poet the op­por­tun­ity to pub­licly rep­res­ent the city in the me­di­um of po­etry, and to serve the art form with­in the city. So­nia Sanc­hez, Phil­adelphia’s in­aug­ur­al poet laur­eate, will com­plete her two-year term at the end of 2013.

The ap­plic­a­tion pro­cess is ad­min­istered by OACCE.  Ap­plic­a­tions must be sub­mit­ted on­line to OACCE at cre­at­­et­Laur­eate by Sept. 30, 2013. The Poet Laur­eate will serve a two-year term start­ing in Janu­ary 2014, dur­ing which he will raise the pro­file of po­etry and cre­at­ive writ­ing with­in the City of Phil­adelphia through pub­lic events and com­munity ser­vice activ­it­ies, and ment­or to the city’s youth poet laur­eate. 

Sub­mis­sions will be re­viewed con­fid­en­tially by the Poet Laur­eate Gov­ern­ing Com­mit­tee, which will then make its re­com­mend­a­tion to the may­or. The com­mit­tee com­prises: Gary Steuer, chief cul­tur­al of­ficer for the City of Phil­adelphia; Beth Feld­man Brandt, poet and ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the Stock­ton Rush Bar­tol Found­a­tion; Dr. Cathy Co­hen, edu­ca­tion dir­ect­or of ArtWell; Greg Corb­in, founder and ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or, Phil­adelphia Youth Po­etry Move­ment; Thomas Devaney, poet and vis­it­ing as­sist­ant pro­fess­or of po­etry at Haver­ford Col­lege; Lil­lian Dunn, co-founder and ex­ec­ut­ive ed­it­or of API­ARY Magazine; Al Filre­is, Kelly Writers House at the Uni­versity of Pennsylvania; Mytili Jagan­nath­an, poet and prin­cip­al of It­in­er­ant Ink; Tra­peta Mayson, poet and vice pres­id­ent of Edu­ca­tion and Fam­ily Learn­ing at The Please Touch Mu­seum; and Au­tumn Mc­Clin­tock, as­sist­ant chief of staff at the Free Lib­rary of Phil­adelphia. De­tailed guidelines and the ap­plic­a­tion are avail­able on­line at cre­at­ All ap­plic­a­tions must be sub­mit­ted on­line to be ac­cep­ted. ••

Church to host har­vest cel­eb­ra­tion Sept. 21

Holmes­burg United Meth­od­ist Church, at 8118 Frank­ford Ave., will host Har­vest Day on Sat­urday, Sept. 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The day is about col­lect­ing food and second-hand items for the needy. There will also be a flea mar­ket and a bar­be­cue chick­en lunch and sup­per.

The church wel­comes the com­munity to at­tend. It is ask­ing people to donate a bag of non­per­ish­able items for the church food cup­board and a bag of gently used house­hold items for Ann’s At­tic, the church’s second-hand shop. Rum­mage dona­tions can in­clude knick­knacks, house­hold items, jew­elry and col­lect­ibles.

Flea mar­ket vendor spaces cost $10 if re­served by Sept. 18 or $15 af­ter­ward. Call 215-624-6900. ••

Hen­on’s Fall Fest set for Sept. 28

City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on (D-6th dist.) will host his in­aug­ur­al Fall Fest on Sat­urday, Sept. 28, along the 6700 and 6800 blocks of Tor­res­dale Ave. in Ta­cony.

The event will fea­ture street fair activ­it­ies; free healthy fam­ily checkups; in­form­a­tion on new health in­sur­ance en­roll­ment from re­gion­al health part­ners; a farm­ers’ mar­ket; a Zoom­Dance ac­tion-ad­ven­ture sta­tion; and a gi­ant obstacle course.

Hen­on wants his new ini­ti­at­ive, Philly Play!, to high­light the im­port­ance of phys­ic­al activ­ity and play as pre­vent­at­ive health meas­ures to ele­ment­ary-aged chil­dren.

The pro­gram will also look to im­prove ac­cess­ib­il­ity to free and low-cost health and well­ness re­sources.

“The best way for our chil­dren to learn the im­port­ance of a phys­ic­ally act­ive and healthy life­style — and set the tone for a health fu­ture — is to do so to­geth­er with their fam­il­ies,” Hen­on said. “There are a vari­ety of city re­sources avail­able for fam­il­ies that Philly Play! brings to­geth­er. And I want every­one to see that phys­ic­al fit­ness is fun, too.”

The ini­ti­at­ive will co­ordin­ate free city re­sources already avail­able — like play spaces, re­cre­ation­al cen­ters and walk­ing paths — with events such as the up­com­ing fest­iv­al, Bik­ing with Bobby and a Make the North­east Your Play­ground cam­paign.

For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.philly­ ••

Glen Fo­erd Bird Walk set for Sept. 28

The pop­u­lar Bird Walk will re­turn to Glen Fo­erd on the Delaware on Sat­urday, Sept. 28, at 7 a.m. Vis­it­ors will take an en­joy­able and edu­ca­tion­al walk around the grounds, learn­ing about the area’s bird­life and en­joy­ing one of the beau­ti­ful re­main­ing green spaces in North­east Phil­adelphia. The prop­erty is at 5001 Grant Ave. Ex­per­i­enced bird­watch­er and edu­cat­or Frank Wind­feld­er will lead the walk. The pro­gram will last about two hours and con­clude at about 9 a.m. A light break­fast will be served. Vis­it­ors should dress cas­u­ally and wear com­fort­able walk­ing shoes. Bin­ocu­lars are re­com­men­ded.

Glen Fo­erd mem­bers may par­ti­cip­ate for free. Non-mem­bers are asked to pay $3. For in­form­a­tion, call 215-632-5330.  ••

JCC read­ies au­tumn events

A new fall lineup of stim­u­lat­ing and en­joy­able events and activ­it­ies for matur­ing adults and act­ive seni­ors will get un­der way at the Klein JCC, 10100 Jam­is­on Ave., be­gin­ning on Monday, Sept. 30.

The Klein JCC will of­fer a wide vari­ety of pro­grams on paint­ing, cur­rent events, pop­u­lar mu­sic, mu­sic, cul­ture and tech­no­logy and cul­ture and the arts to book lov­ers, Jew­ish com­posers, movie talk and theatre, and lit­er­ary works and movies, polit­ics and artists , as well as a pro­gram about op­era her­oes.

For ad­di­tion­al in­form­a­tion and costs about the Adult Lifelong Learn­ing series and to re­ceive a bro­chure, con­tact Linda Her­sh­man at the Klein JCC at 215-698-7300, Ext. 114 or email lh­er­sh­man@klein­

In ad­di­tion to the Adult Lifelong Learn­ing pro­grams, the Klein JCC will be fea­tur­ing three travel op­por­tun­it­ies de­signed to en­rich, en­light­en and en­ter­tain. The first is a Day In At­lantic City at Re­sorts Casino on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 9, to be fol­lowed by a trip to the Ar­den Theatre in Phil­adelphia to see Parade, a new mu­sic­al on Sunday, Oct. 27. The Klein JCC also will be trav­el­ing to Ra­dio City Mu­sic Hall to en­joy the Hol­i­day Spec­tac­u­lar on Sunday, Nov. 24. For ad­di­tion­al de­tails and re­ser­va­tions for any or all of the ex­cur­sions, con­tact An­drea Kimel­heim at 215-698-7300, Ext. 176, or email akimel­heim@klein­ ••

Casino to host char­ity run

Parx Casino and Parx Ra­cing at 2999 Street Road in Ben­s­alem will host the second an­nu­al Oc­to­ber­fest 5K Run to be­ne­fit the Found­a­tion for Breast and Pro­state Health on Sat­urday, Oct. 12. Par­ti­cipants will get to run on the le­gendary Pennsylvania racetrack for a truly mean­ing­ful cause.

The Found­a­tion is a Phil­adelphia non­profit and think tank highly re­garded world­wide in the ad­vance­ment of breast and pro­state can­cer re­search and treat­ment. The event will co­in­cide with Na­tion­al Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month.

“Parx has been a gen­er­ous sup­port­er of the Found­a­tion for Breast and Pro­state Health for the past two years, donat­ing time, re­sources and sup­port to our an­nu­al Fath­er’s Day Gary Papa Run,” said Colleen Da­ley, the Found­a­tion’s ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or. “We are thrilled to be chosen as Parx’s 5K be­ne­fi­ciary and to con­tin­ue this won­der­ful part­ner­ship.”

The event is sched­uled to start at 10 a.m. with run­ners trav­el­ing the peri­met­er of the casino and racetrack grounds and fin­ish­ing on the track it­self. Famed an­noun­cer Keith Jones will call the fi­nal lap. There will also be a one-mile fun walk at 9:30 a.m. Cam­er­as will be placed along the course so that sup­port­ers can watch the ac­tion un­fold on the track’s in­field video screens.

Cash wager­ing vouch­ers and trophies will be awar­ded to over­all and age-group top-three fin­ish­ers. Gift cards will be awar­ded in youth di­vi­sions.

Re­gis­tra­tion is avail­able in ad­vance via or on-site at 8 a.m. be­fore the race. ••

Ir­ish rising sub­ject of lec­ture

The Ir­ish East­er Rising Centen­ni­al Com­mem­or­a­tion Com­mit­tee will present a lec­ture by Pa­tri­cia Camp­bell, pres­id­ent of the In­de­pend­ent Work­ers Uni­on Ire­land, who will dis­cuss the 1913 Dub­lin Lock­out on Monday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Finnigan’s Wake, Third and Spring Garden streets.

In Au­gust 1913, more than 20,000 men and wo­men, mem­bers of the Ir­ish Trans­port and Gen­er­al Work­ers Uni­on, were locked out of their jobs un­less they signed a pledge to dis­avow the labor uni­on. They re­fused to sign. The work stop­page las­ted five months and saw pitched battles in­volving uni­on mem­bers, the po­lice and scab work­ers. It also saw the form­a­tion of the Ir­ish Cit­izens’ Army, a work­er’s mi­li­tia that would go on to play a pivotal role in the 1916 East­er Rising.

The pub­lic is in­vited to join the Ir­ish East­er Rising Centen­ni­al Com­mit­tee for this even­ing of Ir­ish and labor his­tory. Ad­mis­sion is free. For in­form­a­tion, vis­it the com­mit­tee’s Face­book page. ••

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