Caregiver support group
The CARES (CAregivers REducing Stress) Program support group will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 5, and on the first Wednesday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Lutheran Settlement House, 1340 Frankford Ave. (at the corner of Master Street).
This free support group is for anyone who helps to care for an older family member or friend and does not get paid for their services.
CARES also offers free individual and family sessions to informal caregivers, which can help teach coping and stress-management techniques, improve communication, and connect the caregiver to resources. Most sessions take place at Lutheran Settlement House, but home visits can be arranged.
To find out more information about CARES, or to sign up for services, please contact social worker Sarina Issenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-426-8610, ext. 1207. ••
Author at Richmond Library
Richmond Library, located at 2987 Almond St. will host guest speaker Larry Dix, who will discuss his book Core Leadership; journey within to produce results without limits! on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. Call 215-685-9992 for more information. ••
Port Richmond meeting
The next PROPAC / Port Richmond Town Watch Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 6, at 7 p.m., at Samuel Recreation Center, 3539 Gaul St.
Guest speakers are Senator Mike Stack, Councilman Mark Squilla and Rep. John Taylor.
Zoning issues will be discussed, including 2658 E. Clearfield St., 2701 Seltzer St., and 3178 Amber St.
Jeanette Burns Arthur from North American Power will talk about switching energy providers—bring a copy of your PECO bill to see the savings available. Officer Tina Willis will discuss PSA-3 crime stats and updates. ••
Romeo & Juliet in space
B. Someday Productions of Kensington/Fishtown announced a co-production with Light Thief Productions of “Romeo & Juliet in Space: A Space Opera Burlesque in Space!” on February 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14 and 15 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $18. The performance will take place at Walking Fish Theatre located at 2509 Frankford Ave. For more information contact Michelle Pauls of B. Someday Productions at 215-427-9255 or email@example.com. ••
Free tax preparation
South Kensington Community Partners and Finanta will sponsor free tax preparation on Friday, Feb. 7, and all other Fridays in February, at 1301 N. 2nd St. Call 215-427-3463 to make an appointment. ••
A flapjack fundraiser for the Ladies of Port Richmond Breast Cancer Chapter will be held on Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The cost is $7 per person. It will be held at the Applebee’s located at 2535 Castor Ave. For more information and tickets, contact Mary Lou Leuters at 215-427-3222. ••
KicksUSA Grand Opening
Shoe store KicksUSA in Port Richmond, 2499 Aramingo Ave., will host a free community celebration commemorating its grand opening on Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hip Hop/R&B radio personality QDeezy of HOT 107.9 FM will be in attendance and KicksUSA will have sales throughout the day. The first 25 people in line will receive a $25 store gift certificate. There will be T-shirts and other giveaways. ••
Knife technique workshop
Learn how to sharpen your dull knives at a knife technique and sharpening workshop at Greensgrow Farms on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 12 to 2 p.m. Bring a dull chef’s knife (5”-10”) and leave with a sharp tool and the knowledge of how to care for it and keep it sharp. In this hands-on workshop, Chef Denine Gorniak will teach basic chopping and prep techniques and what knifes and equipment are best for the job. Registration is required and costs $20. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or register at greensgrow.org. ••
Soup and salad dinner
Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Francis De Sales #2617 is hosting a soup and salad supper on Sunday, Feb. 9 from 3 to 6 p.m. at St. Joachim Church, 1527 Church Street. Enjoy a buffet with a variety of hot, homemade soups, hearty bread and rolls, salad and desserts along with family entertainment. The cost for adults is $8; children are $4. People are asked to bring canned goods for the food cupboard in order to receive a free raffle ticket. ••
Girls’ positive image
The Rizzo PAL Center’s girls’ positive image program will be holding signups for the 2014 Spring session on Monday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m., for girls ages 10-18. Positive Images is a tool to help build self esteem and self worth in the young ladies of PAL through strong minds, bodies and spirit. Positive Images meets on Monday nights at 6:30 pm. The program is free of charge but ask that at least one parent attend the registration with their child to fill out paperwork. Rizzo PAL is located at Belgrade and Clearfield Streets in Port Richmond. For more information, contact Officer Ernie Rehr, Rizzo PAL director, at 215-426-6583. ••
First-time homebuyers workshop
Concilio hosts a free monthly homeownership workshop to educate the community on how to become successful homeowners and prevent potential foreclosure on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Topics addressed include budgeting, credit repair, mortgage and the purchase process.
Philadelphia residents who attend the workshop will potentially be eligible for a city grant that assists qualified purchasers with their home closing costs. The workshop will be held at Concilio, 705 N. Franklin St. To register to attend or to learn more, visit www.elconcilio.net. RSVP to Irina at email@example.com or 215-627-3100. ••
Community food co-op marketplace
Kensington Community Food Co-op sponsors a marketplace event on Tuesday, Feb. 11, and every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the 2nd floor of Circle of Hope, 2009 Frankford Ave. Shoppers can purchase seasonal produce and bulk dry goods such as beans, grains and granola at the bi-monthly marketplace. Bring your own containers and bags. For further information visit kcfc.coop/marketplace_is_back. ••
Spring break rock camp
Registration is now open for Rock to the Future’s weeklong Rock Camp from April 14-18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each day campers age 9 to 17 will receive a group instrumental lesson, a creative workshop and band practice. Over the course of the week, campers will write an original song with their band and perform live at the end of the week for family, friends and the community. Instruments are provided and no experience is necessary. Camp will take place at 2139 E. Cumberland St. The cost of the program is $250 with an early bird discount. Payment plans are available with a down payment of $100. All proceeds benefit Rock to the Future. For more information, contact the program director at josh@RockToTheFuturePhilly.org. ••
Boutique party and sale
Adorn Boutique at 1314 Frankford Ave. will host a Valentine’s Day themed boutique party and sale on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. Refreshments and hors d’oeuves will be served. The sale will include 25 percent off any one item and free gifts for single women. ••
Volunteer on the farm
Greensgrow Farms is holding a volunteer day on Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers are invited to help with winter projects such as cleaning up the property, working on the cutting garden and beds, cleaning and sharpening tools, starting winter pruning tasks and setting up for opening day. Greensgrow will provide lunch. Bring work gloves and dress for dirty work. Sign up at greensgrow.org. ••
80’s cover band
80’s cover band One Above will play at Anthony’s Cafe, 319 E. Girard Ave. in Fishtown, on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. The kitchen will be open and there will be a drink special. ••
Business card exchange
The Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors will host a monthly mixer on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave.
The event is open to all GPAR members and their guests. There will be happy hour drink specials, complimentary appetizers and giveaways. Bring your business cards and any promotional materials. For more information and to RSVP, contact Donna LePera at Donna@gpar.org. ••
Juice sampling and
“Juice Girl” Christine Patton will give a free lecture on juicing and cleansing at Greensgrow farmstand on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Learn about detoxing and energizing juices that you can make with your C.S.A. share or farmstand goodies. ••
Free Tax Preparation
Concilio will host Free Tax Preparation every Wednesday in February in collaboration with the Ceiba Coalition.
Families with incomes of less than $52,000 per year can maximize their tax returns with free expert tax preparation, through the Earned Income Tax Credit, child care expenses, and other allowable expenses.
The Housing Program will also help eligible people with property tax and rent rebates, property tax relief, energy assistance and more. To register for an appointment, call Concilio at 215-627-3100. ••
Girl Scout cookies at Fishtown Rec. Center
Daisy troop 9958 and Brownie troop 9890 will be selling girl scout cookies on Monday nights in February at Fishtown Recreation Center, 1202 E. Montgomery Ave., from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. ••
Craft classes in Kensington
Arts and crafts classes for adults are being offered in the Studio at Beacon on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Open studio format means you may come anytime between 6:30 and 8:30 to participate.
Free and open to all adults. Materials, snacks, and lively conversation provided.
Beacon is located at 2364 E. Cumberland Street. For more information, visit thewordatbeacon.org or call 215-423-6216. ••
Mother of Divine Grace Bible study and group sessions
On Wed. evenings through March 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Mother of Divine Grace Parish will be conducting a Bible study. The theme will be “Women of the New Testament.” The cost of this study is $12.
For more information, call the rectory at 215-739-0353 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
Richmond library events
Registered dietician Stephanie Perez will give a free nutrition lesson and cooking demonstration for adults on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Jerry.
Perez is holding a Kids Cook Monday program on Monday, Feb. 24, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Stop in the library at 2987 Almond St. and see Sheila to sign up. ••