River Wards events for the week of Feb. 5

Keep up to date on all the latest hap­pen­ings in your neigh­bor­hood this week.

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 sis­sen­berg@luther­anset­tle­ment.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 info@bsomeday.org.  ••

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.  ••

Flap­jack fun­draiser

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 kit­chen@greens­grow.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 ir­ina.valentin@el­con­cilio.net 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 rect­ory@mother­of­di­vinegrace.com. ••

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. ••

You can reach at aeaves@bsmphilly.com.

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