River Wards events for the week of Jan. 15

Stay up to date on everything that's go­ing on in your neigh­bor­hood this week.

Ad­op­tion & groom­ing event

Pooch­ies Place, 342 W. Gir­ard Ave., will host an ad­op­tion and groom­ing event on Sunday, Jan 19.

Cats and kit­tens will be avail­able on site and ready for ad­op­tion. Groom­ing for cats and dogs will be 50 per­cent off and all pro­ceeds will be donated to ACCT Philly, an or­gan­iz­a­tion that provides shel­ter and care for home­less, aban­doned and ab­used an­im­als.

Pro­fes­sion­al groomers are needed to vo­lun­teer; con­tact Amelia Breslin at 267-616-1619 or Breslin400@gmail.com.

Mar­tin Luth­er King Day of Ser­vice

Art Sphere Inc. is host­ing its an­nu­al Mar­tin Luth­er King Day of Ser­vice on Monday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fishtown Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, 1201 E. Mont­gomery Ave. Vo­lun­teers will paint over graf­fiti and re­store on­go­ing mur­als, bright­en benches and play­ground equip­ment, clean the sur­round­ing park and play­ground and cre­ate cards for sol­diers and seni­or cit­izens. Help beau­ti­fy this im­port­ant com­munity in­sti­tu­tion. For more in­form­a­tion, call Kristin Groen­veld at 215-413-3955.

Rizzo PAL sports sign-ups

Rizzo PAL is hold­ing sign-ups for the fol­low­ing activ­it­ies: NERF soc­cer for boys and girls age 6 to 8, in-house soc­cer for girls age 9 to 12, and in-house bas­ket­ball for boys age 9 to 13. Sign-ups are from 3 to 8 p.m. through Thursday, Jan. 23. There is nev­er a fee to par­ti­cip­ate in any PAL pro­gram. For more in­form­a­tion, please con­tact Of­ficer Ernie, Rizzo PAL dir­ect­or, at 215-426-6583.

SKCP e-cyc­ling day

On Monday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., re­cycle your old elec­tron­ics re­spons­ibly as part of this event. Ac­cep­ted items in­clude cell phones, cal­cu­lat­ors, laptops, mi­crowaves, cam­er­as and more. Bring items to Fin­anta, 1301 N. 2nd St. This is a free ser­vice sponsored in part by South Kens­ing­ton Com­munity Part­ners. Note: there is a $20 charge for re­cyc­ling CRV-mon­it­ors.

PRCG to meet 

The Port Rich­mond Com­munity Group will meet on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady Help of Chris­ti­ans’ Church Hall, Al­legheny Av­en­ue at Gaul Street. The group will dis­cuss the pro­gress of the city’s Land Bank cre­ation, as well as changes to State Rep. John Taylor’s scrap met­al le­gis­la­tion. A vote for Grace Town­homes will also take place, as well as zon­ing dis­cus­sion and vote for a res­taur­ant and bar at 2658 E. Clear­field St. For more in­form­a­tion, email prcghelp@aol.com.

Town hall meet­ing

The 26th Po­lice Dis­trict and River­Wards Crime­watch will host a town hall meet­ing cov­er­ing crime trends and stat­ist­ics for 2013 on Monday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at the First Pres­by­teri­an Church, 418 E. Gir­ard Ave. There will be a present­a­tion fol­lowed by a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion.  Rep­res­ent­at­ives will be on hand from the 26th Po­lice Dis­trict as well as the Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s of­fice.

Cione Rec. Cen­ter pro­grams

The Cione after school pro­gram now has open­ings. The pro­gram is for chil­dren age 5 to 12.  It runs Monday to Fri­day 2:30 to 6 p.m. un­til Me­mori­al Day. For more in­form­a­tion, call Cione at 215-685-9880 or stop by Ara­mingo and Le­high av­en­ues.

LSH classes in Fishtown

Luther­an Set­tle­ment House, 1340 Frank­ford Ave., has an­nounced its weekly class sched­ule: Act­ive Plus (dan­cer­cise) with Rita, Mondays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., $3. Thai Chi with Milton Mc­Griff, Wed­nes­days, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., $3. Line dan­cing with Arnie, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., $3. For more in­form­a­tion, call LSH at  215-426-8610.

Port Rich­mond Lep­re­chauns sign ups

Bas­ket­ball sign-ups are tak­ing place now. The club­house will be open Tues­days, Wed­nes­days and Thursdays, from 6 to 8 p.m. Ages are 6-18, both boys and girls. There is a $10 de­pos­it due at the time of sign ups. Lep­re­chauns Club­house is loc­ated at 2973 Gaul St. For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-423-6309.

Activ­it­ies at Brides­burg Rec.

Donate new or slightly used chil­dren’s books to the “Reach Out & Read” pro­gram for ill chil­dren. Drop the books off week­days from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Men’s soft­ball teams are wanted for Spring/Sum­mer 2014 sign-ups in wooden bat league, pos­sibly go­ing to single wall bat. For more in­form­a­tion, call Dan at 215-604-6004.

Zumba classes are be­ing held Mondays and Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. Zumba Ton­ing is on Wed­nes­days. Cost: $4 per class.

Scrap book­ing class is Wed­nes­days from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5 per class.

Ladies Bowl­ing League meets Tues­days at Erie Lanes at 9 a.m. Cost: $10. For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-685-1247.

Tod­dler Time is Mondays and Thursdays, noon to 2 p.m. Child must be 2 as of Sept. 1.

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. The par­ish is also hold­ing a six-week “Cath­ol­ics Re­turn­ing Home” pro­gram. The ses­sion will be held in the rect­ory, 2918 E. Thompson St., on Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. through Feb. 10. For more in­form­a­tion, call the rect­ory at 215-739-0353 or email rect­ory@mother­of­di­vinegrace.com.

North­east Cath­ol­ic Alumni Me­mori­al Schol­ar­ship Fund

The fund will be ac­cept­ing nom­in­a­tions for tu­ition as­sist­ance grants un­til Jan. 31, 2014. The nom­in­ees must be the chil­dren or grand­chil­dren of dues-pay­ing mem­bers of North­east Cath­ol­ic Alumni As­so­ci­ation Inc. The fund awards $261,000 in grants each year. Find the nom­in­a­tion form on­line at nec­ath­alumni.org/news, or call 215-543-1051. ••

Rich­mond lib­rary events

Preschool Storytime is every Wed­nes­day at 10:30 a.m. This pro­gram is in­ten­ded for chil­dren ages 1 to 4 and their care­givers. Sib­lings are al­ways wel­come. Day­cares should call for sep­ar­ate ap­point­ments.

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.

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.

You can reach at aeaves@bsmphilly.com.

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