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 creativephl.org/PoetLaureate 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 creativePHL.org. 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.phillyplay.org ••
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. ••
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 runtheday.com 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. ••