EPIC group to meet July 31
Guest speakers will discuss health and medical insurance issues during the July 31 meeting of Northeast EPIC Stakeholders at 5:30 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church of Frankford, Mulberry and Meadow streets. Free and open to the public. ••
Cops to present workshops
The Philadelphia Police Department will present workshops and information sessions on fraud and safety at home and in the community for senior citizens during Senior Safety Week starting Aug. 6.
Sessions will be held throughout the city, including at the Northeast’s Klein Jewish Community Center, 10100 Jamison Ave., on Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free. Visitors will enjoy snacks and refreshments while learning how to stay safe at home and in the community.
Philadelphia police, the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Senior Law Center, CARIE, AARP and many others will present and provide information. Registration is required. Call the Victims Services Unit at 215-685-1158 to register. Transportation is available. ••
Senior workshop set for July 31
Judy Berkman, managing attorney for Regional Housing Legal Services, will discuss title programs, and Lydia Hernandez of the Mayor’s Commision on Aging, will outline the city’s resources for seniors from 10 to 11 a.m. on July 31, at the Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center, 4744 Frankford Ave. ••
Golf club to hold fundraiser
The John F. Byrne Golf Club, at 9550 Leon St. in Torresdale, will take part in the fourth annual World’s Largest Golf Outing, a charity fundraiser on Monday, Aug. 11. Byrne is one of six Philadelphia-area courses, managed by Billy Casper Golf, that will be hosting the tournament, which will raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
For more information, call 215-632-8668. ••
All Saints schedules Vacation Bible School
All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 9601 Frankford Ave. in Torresdale, will host a free Vacation Bible School from Aug. 18 to 22.
Classes will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The theme will be Weird Animals. Children ages 3-15 will take part in games and science experiments. Snacks will be served.
To sign up, call 215-637-8787 or visit allsaintstorresdale.org ••
Lutheran church conducting Kids Club
On Tuesday, July 8, Saints United Lutheran Church, at 3200 Ryan Ave., kicked off its summer session of Kids Club with a presentation by AmeriKick Martial Arts. Kids Club is a volunteer-supported outreach program that provides local children with a safe place to play, a healthy meal and a supportive environment at no cost to families. Education chair Helen Anderson has designed the summer session to focus on maintaining a healthy mind, body and spirit.
Each week of “Healthy Kids Club” will feature different presenters helping children learn how to keep themselves fit while having fun. The July 15 session featured a visit from Doc Bressler’s Cavity Busters. Future presentations will include dance and nutrition topics.
Aug. 19 will be the final Kids Club session and include a school bag giveaway. With help by Matrie Johnson of Take a Sistah to Lunch, Saints United will provide each child with a school bag and books to read.
For more information about Kids Club, visit www.saintsunitedlutheran.com or call 215-624-6446. ••
Report methadone clinic issues
In response to growing community concern over the impending opening of the Healing Way methadone clinic at 7900 Frankford Ave., City Councilman Bobby Henon, with assistance from state Reps. John Taylor and Kevin Boyle, has developed a quick-reference guide for residents.
The guide outlines potential violations of a clinic’s license to operate, and gives residents a state hotline number to call to report potential violations.
In order to operate as a licensed methadone clinic in Pennsylvania, all clinics must follow strict health and safety guidelines set forth by the state.
Residents are urged to report potential violations to the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs hotline, as listed on the guide, at 717-783-8675. Residents can view the state regulations at www.bobbyhenon.com/clinic
“Since the license to operate the clinic was issued, we’ve had neighbors express continued concern over what we can do next,” Henon said. “Now, we’ve turned our focus toward monitoring and enforcement - and that push needs to continue. Neighbors need to be empowered to monitor the clinic and ensure they operate within the parameters of the law.”
The guide, in the form of a refrigerator magnet, will be available for free at the councilman’s two offices in the coming weeks and is currently available in PDF form on www.bobbyhenon.com/clinic ••
Youth camp celebrates graduation
The Youth Development Speed and Agility Camp recently celebrated its graduation at the Frankford Chargers.
Concluding its fifth year, this six-week training camp taught kids ages 5 through 13 the basics of football, character building, self-accomplishment and the importance of education, teamwork, discipline, respect and dedication.
The camp was organized by Leonard Brinkley and Alvin Abner, both owners of the nonprofit K.E.E.Y Inc. They collaborated with former San Diego Chargers running back Curtis “Boonah” Brinkley.
The camp will be held again in July 2015. ••
Lottery collectors to convene Aug. 2
The Global Lottery Collectors’ Society will host “Lotovention,” its annual scratch lottery ticket convention on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Four Points by Sheraton, 9461 Roosevelt Blvd. This annual event gives members the opportunity to meet face-to-face after spending numerous hours trading tickets through the mail. Attendees will have access to thousands of different scratch-off tickets from all over the country in one room. The event is free and open to the public.
Philadelphia’s Steve Gilbert is one of the co-chairs of this year’s event. “Every year we find people who collect tickets but never knew there is an organization to meet and trade with others who share the same hobby,” he said.
The GLCS is a group of about 200 lottery ticket collecting enthusiasts who collect tickets from around the world, including expired tickets.
Wissinoming Civic Association meets July 30
The new Wissinoming Civic Association invites all members of the community to participate in the group’s inaugural meeting on Wednesday, July 30, at 7 p.m. at Lower Mayfair Playground’s community building, 6300 Hawthorne St.
Though active in the past, the Wissinoming Civic Association has experienced a recent period of dormancy. Buoyed by recent zoning negotiations with prospective neighborhood businesses, a group of residents has united to revive the civic association. There are many important issues happening in Wissinoming, they believe. A civic association will enable neighbors to have a say in what happens.
The new civic association belongs to the community, so leaders believe it is important for Wissinoming residents to become involved by attending the first public meeting. ••
Far Northeast Town Watches slate Night Out
The Parkwood and Chalfont Town Watches’ National Night Out activities are set for 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Knights and Woodhaven shopping center, behind TD Bank. Local businesses will participate along with representatives of the police and fire departments. There’ll be plenty to eat. Call 267-294-4760 for more information. ••