Around town: May 7, 2014

Re­cyc­ling bin giveaway is Sat­urday

On Sat­urday, May 10, from 9 to 11 a.m., City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill (R-10th dist.) will spon­sor a re­cyc­ling bin giveaway at his neigh­bor­hood of­fice at the Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5, at 11630 Car­oline Road. With sup­port from the city De­part­ment of Streets and Re­cycleBank, new re­cycle bins will be dis­trib­uted and re­gistered for the Re­cycle Re­wards pro­gram. 

Any­one un­able to at­tend who needs a re­cyc­ling bin or would like to re­gister for Re­cycle Re­wards can con­tact one of O’Neill’s three of­fices: FOP headquar­ters build­ing at 11630 Car­oline Road (215-437-9167); Bustleton Av­en­ue and Bowl­er Street, above the 7th Po­lice Dis­trict (215-685-0432); or 562 City Hall (215-686-3422). ••

Flea mar­ket at Holmes­burg United Meth­od­ist

A flea mar­ket and food drive are planned for Sat­urday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Holmes­burg United Meth­od­ist Church, at 8118 Frank­ford Ave.

The church is ask­ing the pub­lic to bring a bag of non­per­ish­able food items for their food cup­board and hot meal pro­gram. Call 215-333-2561. ••

Race for the Cure is Sunday

The 24th an­nu­al Ko­men Phil­adelphia Race for the Cure will take place on Moth­er’s Day, Sunday, May 11, near Eakins Oval and the Phil­adelphia Mu­seum of Art.

Open­ing ce­re­mon­ies get un­der­way at 7 a.m., fol­lowed by a 5K run and walk and a 1-mile fun walk.

Among the par­ti­cipants will be Char­nise Gil­lis, who lives on Levick Street in Ox­ford Circle. She’s just 24, but is a 10-year sur­viv­or of breast can­cer.

Gil­lis, a phar­macy tech­ni­cian who at­tends Temple Uni­versity, will be part of a race team called Char­nise Best Buds.

She will take part in the Parade of Pink, where sur­viv­ors walk down the art mu­seum steps in an emo­tion­al ce­re­mony. She and nine oth­er wo­men will form the Pink Col­or Guard, lead­ing the oth­er sur­viv­ors down the steps. And she will greet oth­er wo­men in the Young Sur­viv­ors & The Big Pink Foot­print.

“My per­son­al Big Pink Foot­print is firmly planted in faith and in help­ing save oth­er young breast can­cer sur­viv­ors in the world… the Race is my door to achiev­ing my dreams,” she said.

For more in­form­a­tion, call 215-238-8900 or vis­it Ko­men­Phil­ ••

Rec Cen­ter yard sale is May 17

The Lawn­crest Re­cre­ation Cen­ter Com­munity Yard Sale will take place on Sat­urday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sup­port­ing or­gan­iz­a­tions in­clude Shop­Rite, which will be donat­ing con­ces­sions, and the Urb­an Forestry & Eco­sys­tem Man­age­ment, which is provid­ing free trees to res­id­ents. In ad­di­tion to the yard sales, loc­al busi­nesses will also be present, help­ing to in­form loc­al con­sumers of their ser­vices.

To par­ti­cip­ate in the yard sale as a seller (used goods only) or help to spon­sor this event, con­tact Beth Brubaker at 267-978-9082 ••

Call­ing all ’84-85 Co­hox Cos­mos

Play­ers, spouses and par­ents of the ori­gin­al 1984/85 Co­hox Cos­mos soc­cer team, coached by Fran McGov­ern and George Night­linger, are in­vited to a night out at Dag­wood’s Pub on Sat­urday, May 31. The event will run from 7 to 11 p.m. Dag­wood’s is loc­ated at Tor­res­dale and Linden av­en­ues.

The cost is $25 per per­son or $45 per couple, and in­cludes food and open bar. Pay­ment can be made at the door.

RS­VPs should be made by May 26. Call Fran (215-350-6701), George (215-423-2665) or Penny (215-425-3885). ••

Drug ab­use sup­port group can help

Pennsylvania United We Can meets on the first Tues­day of every month at Pel­bano Play­ground, at 8101 Bustleton Ave. in Rhawn­hurst. The group provides ad­vocacy, edu­ca­tion, aware­ness and sup­port for people and their fam­il­ies deal­ing with drug ab­use.

On May 17, mem­bers will travel to Har­ris­burg for a Let’s Unite To­geth­er Walk/Rally.

For more in­form­a­tion, check out the Change Ad­dic­tion Now page on Face­book. ••

GED tu­tor­ing is avail­able

The non­profit Dream Field Academy, which tu­tors adults to take the GED test, will meet on Monday and Wed­nes­day even­ings and Sat­urday af­ter­noons from May 12 to Aug. 14 at Felton­ville Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, at 231-37 E. Wyom­ing Ave. The or­gan­iz­a­tion provides as­sist­ance with test sub­jects such as read­ing, Eng­lish, gram­mar, writ­ing, sci­ence, so­cial stud­ies and math.

“The pur­pose of these ses­sions is to provide ef­fect­ive GED pre­par­a­tion to help people learn the skills needed to pass the test to ob­tain their GED,” said dir­ect­or An­thony John­son. 

For more in­form­a­tion, con­tact John­son at 215-715-0355 or john­son­anthony99@hot­ ••

Event to be­ne­fit can­cer cen­ter

Fox Chase Can­cer Cen­ter will hold the in­aug­ur­al In Vino Vita be­ne­fit and wine auc­tion on Thursday, May 15, at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, at Ten Av­en­ue of the Arts.

The event will raise money for lead­ing-edge re­search and pa­tient care at Fox Chase.

Tick­ets cost $250 per per­son.

To re­gister or for more in­form­a­tion, vis­it ••

His­tor­ic­al So­ci­ety of Ta­cony to hold meet­ing

The His­tor­ic­al So­ci­ety of Ta­cony will meet on Monday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ta­cony Branch of the Free Lib­rary of Phil­adelphia, at 6742 Tor­res­dale Ave., lower level. The guest speak­er will be Rick Spect­or of Movie­house Pro­duc­tions, present­ing “For­got­ten Phil­adelphia” — a slide present­a­tion of little-known places in and near the city. 

Up­dates will also be provided about the his­tor­ic house plaque pro­gram, the Christa Lewis Me­mori­al Ar­bor­etum and the status of the Dis­ston Es­tate ap­plic­a­tion for Na­tion­al His­tor­ic Dis­trict status. ••

Elec­tron­ic re­cyc­ling event is Sat­urday

Arch­bish­op Ry­an High School, at 11201 Academy Road, will host an elec­tron­ic re­cyc­ling event on Sat­urday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The pub­lic is wel­come to bring any ob­sol­ete and un­wanted elec­tron­ics with a plug.

Items in­clude toys, com­puters, laptops, flat-screen tele­vi­sions, cell phones, mo­bile devices and small house­hold ap­pli­ances. Large ap­pli­ances will not be ac­cep­ted.

There will be a $20 pro­cessing fee for tele­vi­sions and com­puter mon­it­ors.

For more in­form­a­tion, call Rita at Ry­an at 215-637-1800, Ext. 286 or vis­it www.efor­ce­com­pli­ ••

Let­ter car­ri­ers’ food drive set for May 10

The 22nd an­nu­al Na­tion­al As­so­ci­ation of Let­ter Car­ri­ers Stamp Out Hun­ger Food Drive will take place on Sat­urday, May 10. 

Res­id­ents are asked to leave a non­per­ish­able food dona­tion in a bag by their mail­box on May 10 to be picked up by a let­ter car­ri­er. The dona­tions will go to loc­al food pan­tries, many of which are de­pleted in the spring.

For in­form­a­tion, go to www.stam­pouthun­ ••

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