Around town: September 4, 2013

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.dav­idt­ho­mas­trail­ ••

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.Talk­PAT­rans­port­a­ 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.Talk­PAT­rans­port­a­ and ques­tions may be sub­mit­ted in ad­vance to ra-penndot­

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 ra-penndot­ 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.PY­

For ques­tions about re­gis­tra­tion, con­tact the of­fice at info@py­ 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.mara­­gister/box­er­trail5k/

For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.myph­ ••

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.glen­ for in­form­a­tion. ••

IRS has health-care info on­line

The IRS has launched a new Af­ford­able Care Act Tax Pro­vi­sions web­site at 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. ••

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