Local bus company joins Trailways
Trailways has added Far Northeast-based David Thomas Trailways to its organization.
“We are delighted to welcome David Thomas Trailways to our organization with its outstanding reputation within the motorcoach industry,” said Gale Ellsworth, president and CEO of Trailways.
David Benedict, president of David Thomas Trailways, has an array of clients, including colleges, schools, the Department of Homeland Security and the city of Philadelphia. The business operates a fleet of full- and mid-sized coaches and mini-buses.
“We have grown organically every year, and we look forward to getting an even greater reach throughout the USA and globally with the brand,” Benedict said of the new partnership.
For more information, call Benedict at 215-969-6700 or visit www.davidthomastrailways.com ••
Archdiocese to host lecture series
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Family, Life and the Laity in September will continue a special lecture series initiated last year by Pope Benedict XVI. The series presents an opportunity for all to come to a deeper understanding of the true meaning of Catholic faith, its authentic content and its orientation toward the transformation of the world. All lectures take place at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Vianney Hall Auditorium, 100 E. Wynnewood Road, Wayne. Dr. Brad Gregory, professor of early modern European history at the University of Notre Dame, will discuss themes from The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society on Sept. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.
One week later, Ross Douthat, a New York Times columnist, will discuss themes from Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, on Sept. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Finally, on Oct. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m., Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia will discuss Fire Upon the Earth, A Call to Conversion and the New Evangelization. ••
Input sought on transportation priorities
As part of the update to the commonwealth’s 12-Year Transportation Program, Pennsylvanians are invited to visit www.TalkPATransportation.com to provide input on their transportation priorities and to register for the program’s first-ever interactive online public meeting.
The program, which serves as a blueprint of prioritized transportation projects, is updated every two years through a cooperative effort among the State Transportation Commission (STC), PennDOT and its 23 regional planning partners.
The online public meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26. During the webcast, PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch will provide an update on state transportation issues and answer questions from registered participants. Pennsylvanians can register for the meeting at www.TalkPATransportation.com and questions may be submitted in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through Oct. 7, Pennsylvania residents also can submit feedback at their convenience:
• Through the “Tell Us What You Think” survey on the website;
• By emailing email@example.com to request a printed survey copy; or
• By telephone at 1-855-896-4930. ••
Auditions set for youth orchestra
The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra will hold auditions for membership Sept. 6 to 9. Young musicians also may audition for PYO’s ensembles — Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), Bravo Brass, and Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM). Students who are accepted will be challenged to achieve advanced musicianship and will have the opportunity to perform all year in the Philadelphia region and beyond. Because of this extensive musical experience, students have shown to have enhanced their potential for success in all future academic opportunities.
The auditions will take place at Saint Patrick Hall, 240 S. 20th St., and at Bryn Mawr College, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr. Here are the four auditions:
• Friday, Sept. 6 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. – PRYSM – string musicians (6 to 17 years of age) - Bryn Mawr College
• Saturday, Sept. 7 – 9 a.m. — PYO (age 14 to 21) and PYAO (10 to 18) strings and harp - St. Patrick Hall, Philadelphia.
• Sunday, Sept. 8 - 1 p.m. – PYO and PYAO — winds, brass, percussion – St. Patrick Hall, Philadelphia.
• Monday, Sept. 9 – 5:30 to 8 p.m. - Bravo Brass (12 to 21) - Saint Patrick Hall, Philadelphia.
All auditions are by appointment only. For online registration, audition requirements for each ensemble, and additional information, visit www.PYOS.org
For questions about registration, contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-545-0502. ••
5K Run set for Sept. 14
Registration is open for the 2013 Boxers’ Trail 5K Run/Walk, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, starting at Mander Recreation Center, at 2140 N. 33rd St. in East Fairmount Park.
The event is presented by the city Department of Parks and Recreation, the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Charms of Fairmount Park.
Proceeds will benefit Mander Recreation Center, which organizes local youth programs, including nature walks along the Boxers’ Trail and a youth trail tending program.
The run/walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Medals will be awarded to the top finishers in the run.
Registration fees are $20 for runners and $15 for walkers and include a T-shirt. Snacks, fruit and water will be provided at the finish line.
Afterward, Strawberry Mansion Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will include boxing demonstrations, food and music.
To register, call 215-988-9334 or go to https://secure.marathonguide.com/register/boxertrail5k/
For more information, visit www.myphillypark.org ••
Lung cancer prevention seminar
Nazareth Hospital, 2601 Holme Ave., will host a free seminar on lung cancer prevention, detection and treatment on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The community forum will take place in the cafeteria. Check-in starts at 4:30 p.m.
The information panel discussion will feature medical oncologists, surgeons and other trained specialists. There will be a question-and-answer session.
A representative from the American Cancer Society will talk about the effects of smoking, secondhand smoke and smoking cessation techniques.
Dinner will be served. Registration is required. Call toll-free 1-866-629-2738. ••
Glen Foerd mixes wine and yoga
Glen Foerd on the Delaware will present the Detox & Retox yoga and wine-tasting event on Saturday, Sept. 14, with pre-registration required on or before Sept. 6.
Visitors to the historic riverfront estate will spend the morning unwinding through gentle yoga, then unwinding further with wine tasting in the afternoon. No yoga or wine tasting experience is necessary.
Yoga starts at 10:30 a.m. with wine tasting to follow. Admission costs $35 for Glen Foerd members or $40 for nonmembers. Call 215-632-5330 or visit www.glenfoerd.org for information. ••
IRS has health-care info online
The IRS has launched a new Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions website at IRS.gov/aca to educate individuals and businesses on how the health care law may affect them. The new home page has three sections, which explain the tax benefits and responsibilities for individuals and families, employers, and other organizations, with links and information for each group. The site provides information about tax provisions that are in effect now and those that will go into effect in 2014 and beyond. ••
Boyles host senior fair
State Reps. Brendan Boyle and Kevin Boyle will co-host a Senior Fair on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Klein JCC, at 10100 Jamison Ave.
A light lunch will be served. More than 60 vendors will be present, including real estate agents, bankers, attorneys, health advocates and senior citizen groups. Einstein Wellness Center at Klein will provide flu shots and other health screening services.
Seniors will learn about property tax and rent rebates, Medicaid, LIHEAP heating assistance and other state programs. For more information, call Brendan Boyle’s offices at 215-676-0300 or 215-342-1700. ••