Around town: April 23, 2014

Soft­ball tour­ney set for Sat­urday

The sixth an­nu­al Colleen P. Smith Me­mori­al Soft­ball Tour­na­ment will take place on Sat­urday, April 26, at Burholme Park, at Cottman and Cent­ral av­en­ues. 

Sign-ins be­gin at 8:30 a.m., and games start at 9. The cost is $20 per play­er in the round-robin brack­et and $25 for the com­pet­it­ive brack­et. Youths pay $12.

Colleen Smith was a 16-year-old Car­din­al Dougherty High School stu­dent when she died in 2008. Any­one who wants to make a dona­tion can send checks to 7407 Tabor Ave., Phil­adelphia, PA 19111. 

For in­form­a­tion, call 267-879-5243. ••

Le­gion post hosts break­fast

The Loudensla­ger Amer­ic­an Le­gion Post 366, at 7976 Ox­ford Ave. in Fox Chase, will hold a pan­cake break­fast on Sunday, April 27, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The menu will con­sist of all-you-can-eat pan­cakes, scrambled eggs, saus­age, or­ange juice and freshly brewed cof­fee. Cost is $6. ••

Rush Com­munity Gar­dens open­ing soon

The Ben­jamin Rush Com­munity Gar­dens will be open soon. The dates for re­gis­ter­ing and get­ting plot as­sign­ments are: Sat­urday, April 26, from 4 to 6 p.m.; Sunday, April 27, from noon to 4 p.m.; and Wed­nes­day, April 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. There are still plenty of plots avail­able. Walk-ins are wel­come. For more in­form­a­tion call  Lynda Mehler, co-or­din­at­or: 215-696-0507

Free spring plants from City Har­vest/PHS are also avail­able. For plants, con­tact Beth Bow­man at 267-255-9374 or lit­  

The en­trance to the Ben­jamin Rush Com­munity Gar­dens has moved around the corner from Roosevelt Boulevard to a short dis­tance down Southamp­ton Road. The en­trance to the park is shared with the Delaware Val­ley Vet­er­ans Home. A park cleanup is sched­uled for April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  ••

Cleanup slated for Lawn­crest on Sat­urday

The Lawn­crest Re­cre­ation Cen­ter will get a touchup and a cleanup on Sat­urday, April 26, ac­cord­ing to Michelle Feld­man, dir­ect­or of Keep Phil­adelphia Beau­ti­ful.

The city’s Phil­lyR­ising and Keep Phil­adelphia Beau­ti­ful will be paint­ing and beau­ti­fy­ing the cen­ter from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with 50 gal­lons of paint donated by Dow Chem­ic­al through Keep Amer­ic­an Beau­ti­ful as part of five ser­vice events na­tion­wide by the Trav­is Man­ion Found­a­tion. 

Mar­ine Lt. Trav­is Man­ion of Doylestown, died in Ir­aq on April 29, 2007. The event will be in hon­or of Man­ion and all fallen her­oes. Feld­man and Phil­lyR­ising’s San­ya Brown, a city as­sist­ant man­aging dir­ect­or, said Monday that two dog­wood trees and flowers will be planted. 

They ex­pect between 25 and 50 vo­lun­teers to help out, but more are wel­come. For more in­form­a­tion or to vo­lun­teer, call Feld­man at 215-854-4000.  ••

Chefs event set for April 28

Tick­ets are still avail­able for the sixth an­nu­al Hail To The Chefs, set for Monday, April 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Know­lton Man­sion, at 8001 Ver­ree Road (at Rhawn Street) in Fox Chase.

The pub­lic is in­vited to the culin­ary hap­pen­ing, which be­ne­fits the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce Schol­ar­ship Found­a­tion.

There also will be a series of spe­cial beer tast­ings by Muller, Inc.

The be­ne­fit raises funds for the found­a­tion, which provides money for schol­ar­ships for qual­i­fied in­di­vidu­als resid­ing with­in the area of the Great­er North­east Phil­adelphia Cham­ber of Com­merce.

To date, the found­a­tion has awar­ded some $70,000 in schol­ar­ships and hopes to provide 10 more of $1,200 each from mon­ies raised from this year’s event. The an­nu­al schol­ar­ship awards din­ner is sched­uled for June 30 in Feasterville.

The lineup fea­tures par­ti­cipants from Bella Tori at the Man­sion, Moon­struck, Hinge Caf&ea­cute;, Con­roy Ca­ter­ing (Know­lton Man­sion), IN­Ntim­ate Events at Salem Creek­side Inn, Vil­lage Ca­ter­ing, The Din­ing Car & Mar­ket, Phil­ly­IT, RB’s Chocol­ate Re­venge, Caf&ea­cute; Michelan­gelo Itali­an Res­taur­ant, Krispy Kreme, Chow 284, McMe­nam­in Fam­ily Shop­Rite, Muller Inc., Ed­ge­mont  Cater­ers, Emma’s Caf&ea­cute; and Res­taur­ant, Katie O’Don­nell’s Res­taur­ant, Fireside Inn, Chef  Sam­antha Car­rie John­son, Real Foods Chef, McNally’s On Rhawn and more.

Tick­ets are $45 per per­son or $85 per couple. They are on sale at the Din­ing Car & Mar­ket, 8826 Frank­ford Ave. in Holmes­burg, and on the found­a­tion’s web­site at­pccfound­a­

For ad­di­tion­al in­form­a­tion, call 215-206-5664. ••

Farm-fresh pro­duce re­gis­tra­tion ex­ten­ded

The dead­line to sign up for weekly farm-fresh or­gan­ic pro­duce at Glen Fo­erd on the Delaware has been ex­ten­ded to May 5 for pa­per re­gis­tra­tions and May 11 for on­line re­gis­tra­tions.

Due to the un­usu­ally cold winter, Lan­caster County farm­ers got a late start on their plant­ing sea­son, so the pro­gram has been post­poned for two weeks. 

That’s good news for folks who have yet to re­serve their weekly al­lot­ments of or­gan­ic fruits, ve­get­ables, dairy products and flowers. To sign up, vis­it www.lan­caster­farm­ or con­tact Glen Fo­erd at 215-632-5330.

Each week throughout the grow­ing sea­son, the Lan­caster Farm Fresh com­munity sup­por­ted ag­ri­cul­ture (CSA) co­oper­at­ive will har­vest pro­duce and de­liv­er it to Glen Fo­erd with­in 24 to 48 hours. Pro­gram par­ti­cipants can pick up their shares each week at 5001 Grant Ave. in Tor­res­dale. Glen Fo­erd is the only North­east Phil­adelphia pick-up site. There will be 25 weekly de­liv­er­ies.

Folks who can­not con­sume full shares may or­der par­tial-shares. Those who can­not af­ford the cost may be eli­gible for fin­an­cial as­sist­ance. For com­plete in­form­a­tion, vis­it the Lan­caster Farm Fresh web­site. ••

Ir­ish-Amer­ic­an Fest­iv­al set for May 3

The second an­nu­al Phil­adelphia Fleadh Ir­ish-Amer­ic­an Fest­iv­al of­fers a day of live mu­sic, dan­cing and fun for every­one. Amer­ic­an Paddy Pro­duc­tions will present the daylong fest­iv­al on May 3 at the Ed Kelly Am­phi­theat­er in Pennypack Park.

The event will fea­ture five per­form­ance stages, 14 mu­sic­al acts, two ceili ses­sions with full audi­ence par­ti­cip­a­tion, a tra­di­tion­al Ir­ish dance com­pet­i­tion, mu­sic work­shops, vendors, food, spir­its and a kids’ zone.

Mu­si­cians will of­fer an ec­lect­ic mix of Ir­ish rock and tra­di­tion­al folk with per­form­ances by The Ma­hones, Jam­is­on Celt­ic Rock, Seamus Kennedy, The Hoo­ligans, The Paul Moore Band, The Ladeens, The Jameson Sis­ters, Birm­ing­ham Six, The Broken Shil­lelaghs and The Shantys. Tyr­one nat­ive broth­ers Ray­mond and Mickey Cole­man will re­unite for a spe­cial set on the acous­tic stage.

“Our goal is to host an event that unites all of the dif­fer­ent fa­cets of Ir­ish-Amer­ic­an cul­ture: mu­sic, dance, theat­er, art, food and drink,” said co-pro­du­cer C.J. Mills.

The Fleadh (pro­nounced “flah,” the Ir­ish word for “fest­iv­al”) will help raise money for The Clad­dagh Fund, a char­ity spear­headed by Ken Ca­sey of Drop­kick Murphys.

“We wanted to make sure that we could give to a cause that sup­ports oth­er causes,” said co-pro­du­cer Frank Daly. 

The Clad­dagh Fund, al­though star­ted in Bo­ston, has con­trib­uted count­less dol­lars to loc­al groups help­ing en­dangered and han­di­capped chil­dren, strug­gling vet­er­ans and those turn­ing their lives around after sub­stance ad­dic­tion.

The Ed Kelly Am­phi­theat­er is in Pennypack Park near the paved bi­cycle path en­trance at Welsh Road and Cresco Av­en­ue. 

The dance com­pet­i­tion (or “feis”) will start at 9 a.m., fol­lowed by the bands at 11 a.m. The day will con­clude at 9 p.m. 

Ad­vance tick­ets cost $20 and are avail­able via www.Phil­lyIr­ish­ Tick­ets cost $30 at the gate. Chil­dren 12 and un­der will be ad­mit­ted for free. ••

Scout troop con­duct­ing cloth­ing drive

St. Wil­li­am Boy Scout Troop 563 is con­duct­ing a fun­draiser cloth­ing drive.

The troop is col­lect­ing used cloth­ing, tow­els and lin­en to help off­set the cost of week­end camp­ing.

Bagged dona­tions will be ac­cep­ted on Sat­urday, May 3, at 10 a.m. at the Scout shed in the church park­ing lot on Argyle Street, near Rob­bins Street..

Or, dona­tions can be brought to the Scout meet­ings every Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Wil­li­am me­mori­al hall.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-745-1317. ••

Bingo fun­draiser set for Sat­urday

A Coach/Vera Brad­ley Bag Bingo Fun­draiser to im­prove a green­house and play­ground equip­ment at the Ne­sham­iny ele­ment­ary schools is set for Sat­urday, April 26, at the Wil­li­am Penn Fire Com­pany, 123 Main St., in Hul­meville.

Doors open at 1 p.m., and Bingo starts at 2 p.m. There will also be raffle bas­kets and 50/50 tick­ets.

The cost is $25 in ad­vance or $30 at the door. Ad­mis­sion in­cludes 12 games, entry for a door prize, dessert table, cof­fee and tea.

For tick­ets and/or in­form­a­tion, call 215-880-4546. ••

Spe­cial cath­et­er pro­gram at Ein­stein

The Ein­stein In­sti­tute for Heart and Vas­cu­lar Health is the first in the Phil­adelphia re­gion to of­fer the re­cent FDA-ap­proved Ther­mo­Cool SmartTouch Cath­et­er.

The device is used to per­form cath­et­er ab­la­tion to treat ab­nor­mal heart rhythms.

“This new tech­no­logy en­ables doc­tors to con­trol the amount of pres­sure ap­plied to the beat­ing heart wall and also to con­trol the angle at which the force is be­ing ap­plied to the tis­sue,” said Dr. Al­lan Green­span, dir­ect­or of elec­tro­physiology at the Ein­stein In­sti­tute for Heart and Vas­cu­lar Health. “It’s a sig­ni­fic­ant ad­vance that en­hances pa­tient safety and out­comes by en­sur­ing prop­er cath­et­er tis­sue con­tact.” ••

North­east nat­ive writes self-help book

North­east nat­ive Stacie Zinn Roberts has writ­ten a self-help book, How to Live Your Pas­sion & Ful­fill Your Dreams.

The book of­fers step-by-step in­struc­tions and ex­er­cises to help read­ers gain clar­ity and define their life’s pur­pose.

There are in­ter­views with celebrit­ies, artists, en­tre­pren­eurs and oth­ers who’ve achieved suc­cess and real­ized their dreams.

Roberts is a 1983 gradu­ate of George Wash­ing­ton High School. She at­ten­ded La Salle Uni­versity. Today, she lives in Mount Ver­non, Wash.

The book is avail­able in print and Kindle ver­sions through and barnes­and­ ••

Coun­cil to hold budget hear­ings

For the third con­sec­ut­ive year, City Coun­cil will hold budget hear­ings in Phil­adelphia’s neigh­bor­hoods.

None, however, will be in the North­east.

That doesn’t mean North­east res­id­ents can’t at­tend and chip in their two cents on how the city should spend their tax dol­lars.

The first neigh­bor­hood ses­sion will be con­duc­ted from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, April 30, at the West Oak Lane Charter School, 7115 Stenton Ave.

No. 2 will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Tues­day, May 13, at the Luther­an Theo­lo­gic­al Sem­in­ary, 7301 Ger­man­town Ave.

A pub­lic hear­ing on the pro­posed school dis­trict budget will be held Wed­nes­day, May 7, from 10 a.m. to noon and fro 1 to 5 p.m. in City Hall Room 400.

Hear­ing dates and times might be sub­ject to changed. Mem­bers of the pub­lic may pre­vent writ­ten testi­mony at any time and should be sent via email to Budget.Hear­ For fur­ther in­form­a­tion, call 215-686-3407.  ••

Mu­sic­al com­edy at the Wal­nut

The mu­sic­al com­edy I Love You, You’re Per­fect, Now Change will play at the Wal­nut Street Theatre In­de­pend­ence Stu­dio on 3, at 825 Wal­nut St., from April 29 through June 29.

The show is about dat­ing, ro­mance, mar­riage, lov­ers, hus­bands, wives and in-laws.

Tick­ets cost $35 to $45.

Show times are 2:30 p.m. on week­ends and 7:30 p.m. Tues­days through Sundays.

Call 215-574-3550 or vis­it wal­nut­ ••

James Dar­ren in con­cert May 2

James Dar­ren will be in con­cert on Fri­day, May 2, at the Ra­dis­son Hotel, at 2400 Old Lin­coln High­way in Ben­s­alem.

Din­ner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The show will be­gin at 8 p.m.

Tick­ets cost $50, which in­cludes din­ner and the show.

Dar­ren, a sing­er/act­or, will be ac­com­pan­ied by the Car­men Dee Or­ches­tra. They’ll per­form songs such as Gid­get, I’ve Got You Un­der My Skin, Come Fly With Me and Good­bye Cruel World.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 267-525-4011. ••

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