Super Run slated for June 21 at Navy Yard
Philadoptables, which supports homeless cats and dogs, is encouraging people to take part in the superhero-themed Super Run on Saturday, June 21, at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia.
Participants can run 1k or 5k.
To register in advance and pick Philadoptables as the preferred charity, go to http://thesuperrun.com/locations/philadelphia-pennsylvania/ ••
Fair to raise funds for cancer patients
No One Should Face Cancer Alone invites the public to help cancer patients in Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties by attending a vendor/craft fair fundraiser on June 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Norcom Community Center, 10980 Norcom Road.
The array of vendors will offer jewelry, pet items, flowers, knit and crochet garments, cooking supplies, candles and many more varieties of gift items. To reserve a table, contact Cheryl Anne Blood at 267-210-2115 or email@example.com. There is a $25 fee per table. Admission is free to non-vendors. There will be 50/50 and raffle drawings.
No One Should Face Cancer Alone helps cancer patients meet the many new financial obligations they face as a result of their medical care and recovery. ••
Two scientists walk into a bar …
Tim Lee, a comedian with a doctorate in ecology and evolution from UC Davis, will perform his science comedy act on June 21-22 at Drexel University’s Mandell Theater, at 33rd and Chestnut streets.
Show times are 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on June 21 and 6 p.m. on June 22. General admission tickets cost $26.90. Reserved Seating is $42.50. For more information, go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/607137 ••
Church sets “bingo bash” for Friday
Bethany United Church of Christ, at Rising Sun and Magee avenues in Lawndale, will hold a Bingo Bash on Friday, June 20, at 6 p.m.
People of all ages are invited.
Bingo boards are $5 per person. Bingo and dinner are $10.
For more information, call 215-722-0107 or 215-947-8145. ••
Music part of the the fun in the park
The Pennypack Park Music Festival will offer concerts most Wednesday nights through the summer.
The concerts run from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the bandshell near the park entrance at Welsh Road and Cresco Avenue.
Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs.
For a concert lineup or more information, call 215-574-2100 or visit pennypack.org ••
Get Happy Band to perform June 26
The Get Happy Band will open Glen Foerd’s annual summer Riverside Concerts series on June 26 from 7 to 8 p.m. The series is open to the public. Visitors pay what they wish at the door. Concerts are held rain or shine, but visitors should bring their own chairs.
The Get Happy Band infuses their music with the groovy sounds of funk, offering audiences familiar cover songs mixed with the band’s original music.
On July 17, the series will continue with The Monday Blues Swing Orchestra, which delivers a fresh mix of big band jazz, popular standards, modern hits and Great American Songbook hits.
The series will conclude on Aug. 21 with Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, who keep the true spirit of hot jazz alive and look the part with their vintage stage suits.
Glen Foerd is at 5001 Grant Ave. in East Torresdale. Visit www.glenfoerd.org for information. ••
Orleans taking applications for skills training program
Orleans Technical Institute, located at 2770 Red Lion Road, is accepting applications for its skills training program in Property Maintenance and Weatherization, which begins on June 23.
This free program, called Project WOW (World of Work), is for Philadelphia youth ages 18 to 21 who have dropped out of high school.
The 16-week trades diploma program will be held weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., and includes GED preparation twice a week.
Students learn basic skills in carpentry, plumbing, electrical and weatherization.
Transportation money is provided, and GED testing fees are paid for by the program.
Contact Sylvia Ocasio at Orleans Tech at 215-728-4707 or Sylvia.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Orleans Tech is a nonprofit, vocational training school operated by JEVS Human Services. ••
Credit union to offer real estate services
American Heritage Federal Credit Union, a $1.42 billion member-owned financial corporation, will offer its members real estate brokerage services through a franchise agreement with Better Homes Realty. The wholly owned subsidiary will be known as Better Homes of American Heritage Federal and will offer home buyers and sellers a 20 percent discount off the company’s sales commissions.
“We see this as a game-changer in the Philadelphia market,” AHFCU President and CEO Bruce K. Foulke said. “We have always been a better value for our members for financial services. Adding realty brokerage services is an opportunity to save them even more money on what is one of the largest financial transactions they’ll make in their lifetimes.”
Mike Powers will be CEO of Better Homes of AHF Realty, bringing his decades of experience as a former regional vice president with GMAC Real Estate, regional director for the Mid-Atlantic with Prudential Real Estate, regional director of Zip Realty and president of the Cornerstone Group. ••
Food banks looking for donations
Several local food banks and related agencies are accepting donations of food and/or money.
Here is the contact information:
• Holy Redeemer Food Cupboard, 12265 Townsend Road, 215-856-1370.
• Somerton Food Bank, 510 Somerton Ave., 215-673-1117.
• St. John’s Lutheran Church, Feast of Justice, 3101 Tyson Ave., 215-268-3510.
• Aid For Friends, 12271 Townsend Road, 215-464-2224.
• Klein JCC Mitzvah Project Food Pantry, 10100 Jamison Ave., 215-698-7300, Ext. 197. ••
Pet adoptions can be made seven days a week
The nonprofit Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, at 1810 Grant Ave. (near Bustleton Avenue), is open seven days a week for adoptions.
Adoptions hours are weekdays from noon to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, call 215-545-9600 or visit www.phillypaws.org
PAWS also has a low-cost spay/neuter and wellness clinic. ••
Weight-loss group has openings
The nonprofit Trevose Behavior Modification Program has openings in its group that meets Thursday mornings in Bustleton.
The weight-loss program was by the University of Pennsylvania in 1970.
Applicants must need to lose about 20 to 80 pounds. The group for new members will begin in August. There are no fees involved.
Call 215-342-5917 or 215-885-1007 no later than July 10 for more information and an application. Completed applications must be received by July 24 to be reviewed and accepted for the class. ••
Stack praises Holocaust education bill
State Sen. Mike Stack praised the June 11 Senate passage of a bill that will ensure that future generations of Pennsylvanians will understand the causes and effects of genocides and other crimes against humanity, particularly the Holocaust. Under House Bill 1424, the Department of Education will prepare and advise on school curricula related to the Holocaust and other atrocities in history.
“Despite the awful and overwhelming historical evidence, there are still fringe elements who want to downplay or deny some of humanity’s worst tragedies,” Stack said. “We can never forget the Holocaust and it can never happen again. This bill will make sure that our students are prepared to enter adulthood with an understanding of history’s darker days and a better grasp of how to prevent future atrocities.”
School curricula will include the breadth and history of the Holocaust; the definition, history, response to and actions taken in the face of genocide; and personal responsibility in the face of the abridgement of human rights.
“The Holocaust happened more than 50 years ago, but a cursory review of today’s world news shows that the seeds of repression and even genocide lie close to the surface in fertile ground around the world,” Stack said. “In these circumstances, America must play its role as the protector of the oppressed and champion of freedom. We can only do that if future generations are educated and prepared.” ••