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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. from Monday, Jan. 13, to 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. ••
Concilio to hold homeownership workshops
On Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m., Concilio will hold a free monthly homeownership workshop to educate the community on how to become successful homeowners and prevent potential foreclosure. Topics to be addressed will include budgeting, credit repair, mortgages and the purchase process.
Philadelphia residents who attend the workshop may be eligible for a city grant that assists qualified purchasers with their home closing costs.
Concilio is located at 705 N. Franklin St. To register to attend or to learn more on Concilio’s homeownership program, visit elconcilio.net. RSVP to Irina at email@example.com or 215-627-3100. ••
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 open to all, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
Bridesburg Rec. softball
Men’s softball team sign-ups are also happening at the Rec. Center. Teams only 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. ••
Cione Rec. Center programs
The Cione after school program now has openings. The program is for boys and girls age 5 to 12. It runs from 2:30 to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday from now until Memorial Day in May. 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.
LSH will also host will host a free weekly “enhanced fitness” (chair aerobics) program on Tuesdays and Fridays with Ivy, from 9 to 10 a.m. 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.
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.
Preschool is offered Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 2:40 p.m. There are two spots left in the afternoon class. Child must be 3 as of Sept. 1, and must be potty trained.
Toddler Time is Mondays and Thursdays, noon to 2 p.m. Three spots are available in the afternoon class. Child must be 2 as of Sept. 1. ••
Tax help deadline Jan. 15
The City has created PHL Tax LOOP (Longtime Owner Occupants Program) to provide tax relief to ease the burden for these homeowners. If you are approved, your tax bill will be reduced for 10 years.
To get these savings, the city must receive your application by Jan. 15, 2014, and you have to meet the requirements—call 215-686-9200 with questions and visit www.phila.gov/loop for more info.
If you are not eligible for LOOP, you may be eligible for other tax relief programs. ••
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 new Bible study. The theme will be “Women of the New Testament.”
Pre-registration is not required, but calling the church will help them order the correct amount of materials. The cost of this study is $12. Also, if you’re a Catholic who has been away from the church for a while, consider participating in M.D.G.’s “Catholics Returning Home” program. It is a six-week session consisting of six small group sessions.
They will be held in the rectory, 2918 E. Thompson St., on Mondays through Feb. 10 from 7 to 8 p.m. If interested in either program, call the rectory at 215-739-0353 or send an e-mail to email@example.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 request a form by calling 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. Registration is required and spots are limited. Stop in the library and see Sheila to sign up.
The library is located at 2987 Almond St. ••