River Ward events for the week of October 10
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EKNA zoning meeting
Tonight, Oct. 10, at 7:15 p.m., the East Kensington Neighbors Association will hold a zoning meeting open to the public at Circle of Hope Church at 2007 Frankford Ave.
Three cases will be heard; 2119 E Cumberland St., an addition to an existing building to create a three unit, six bedroom building with no open area; 2015 Martha St., a single family dwelling seeking a variance for an open area, and 1917-1919 and 1921-1945 E. Hagert St., a proposal for 40 units of senior housing. ••
Bridesburg Historical Society to meet
The next meeting of the Bridesburg Historical Society will be tonight, October 10, at 7:30p.m., at All Saints Marian Hall, on the northwest corner of Edgemont and Buckius streets.
Learn how the village of Point-No-Point became Kirkbridesburg, later to be known as Bridesburg. Admission is free and open to the public. For information, call 215-535-3828. ••
Troop 120 toy drive
Alexander Korn, a Life Scout of Boy Scout Troop 120, is organizing a toy drive for his Eagle Scout project.
The toys will be collected, wrapped and delivered at Christmas to homeless children in the transitional housing complex Visitation Homes, at 2638 Kensington Ave.
Children’s ages are from 1 to 10. Anyone wishing to contribute toys can drop them off at 4536 Almond St., or call 215-289-2456 to arrange for pickup. Collection will run through Dec. 10. ••
John J. Taylor’s Senior Expo
State Rep. John Taylor’s Senior Expo will be held Friday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cohox Recreation Center, Cedar and Cambria streets.
Taylor has been hosting this event for 27 years; this year over 700 area seniors are expected to attend.
Expect to see representatives from the Philadelphia Police Department, PECO, insurance companies, medical companies, veteran agencies and many others. Blood pressure and cholesterol tests will also be available, plus free massages.
Transportation pickups will be available throughout the district; pickups will be at St. Anne’s Senior Center, Juniata Older Adults Center, Bridesburg Rec. Center and Our Ladies of Port Richmond beginning at 9:30 a.m.
For more transportation information, call 215-425-0901 or 215-744-2600. ••
Outdoor prayer service
On Friday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m., there will be a Rosary for America outdoor prayer service at Our Lady of Knock Shrine, Holy Name of Jesus Rectory, Berks and Gaul streets.
The children will walk from St. Laurentius, along with teachers and any parents who can attend. This event is open to the public. Contact Bernadette Breslin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. ••
Fall River Ward cleanup
Join the River Ward community groups FNA, EKNA, ORCA, NKCDC and PROPAC for the annual fall cleanup on Oct. 13.
Join the groups at 9 a.m. at one of the following locations: Fishtown Rec Center, 1202 E. Montgomery; East Kensington, York and Coral streets; Olde Richmond, Huntingdon and Aramingo Avenue; Port Richmond, Richmond and Tioga (meeting at 9:30 a.m.); NKCDC Garden Center, Frankford and Berks.
Please bring gloves if you have them. All participants are invited to join us at Philadelphia Brewing Company for a BBQ after the cleanup (vegetarian options provided).
For more information, contact Angela Taurino at email@example.com; 215.427.0350 ext. 125. ••
Port Richmond breast cancer fundraiser
On Sunday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Ladies of Port Richmond will host a breakfast buffet to raise funds for breast cancer research.
The event will be held at SugarHouse Casino, cost is a $25 donation. Wheel of chance and prizes to be won. For more information, contact Mary Lou Leuters at 215-427-3222. ••
Celtic tea event
LAOH Division 51 is sponsoring a Celtic tea at Holy Name Church Hall, 701 Gaul St., on Sunday, Oct. 14, from noon to 3 p.m.
Enjoy basket raffles, prizes for best decorated table, tea and sandwiches and chances on a Vera Bradley bag.
Cost is $10 per person. Tickets are available from any Division 51 member or can be purchased at the door. ••
Outdoor movie at Penn Treaty Park
On Thursday, Oct. 19, join neighbors and friends under the stars. The show will start at 6:30 p.m. and will be a fun night for the family. Bring your own blanket or chairs and popcorn. Movie will be announced that night. ••
Frank Glavin flea market
A flea market will be held at Frank Glavin Playground, 2600 Westmoreland St., on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $10 per space for vendors.
Booth space available on Almond and Westmoreland street. Bring your own table. No food vendors please.
Instruction and activities at the playground include: an after school program, dance, tumbling, Tae Kwon Do, Girl Scouts, Zumba, and competition dance. For information on programs, contact 215-685-9898. ••
Konrad Square flea market
The Friends of Konrad Square will host a flea market on Saturday Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m . at Konrad Square, Tulip and Dauphin streets.
Anyone interested in renting a space should call Vicky at 215-426-9654. ••
St. Joan of Arc reunion
The church invites the class of 1962 to its 50th reunion on Sunday, Oct. 21. Mass will begin at noon at the church, located at 2025 E. Atlantic St. A dinner will follow until 5 p.m. at Casbah Caterers, located at Thompson and Tioga streets.
Tickets are $40, and include an open bar, buffet and music. A silent auction will be held. For information and tickets, call Liz at 215-535-4641. ••
Fall sports at Shissler Rec
Applications are now being accepted for fall sports at Shissler Rec., including basketball for boys and girls ages 10 to 13 and men’s indoor soccer. Cost is $300 per team. Money is due by Nov. 9.
A women’s 19-years-old and over indoor soccer league is also taking applictions. Cost is $300 per team, and must be paid by Oct. 26. For more information, contact Shissler Rec. at 215-685-9888. ••
Fishtown Spelling Bee
The 11th annual Fishtown Spelling Bee will be presented by Fishtown Action and the Penn Treaty Special Services District.
The bee will take place on Oct. 26 at 3:30 p.m. at Shissler Rec. Center, 1800-56 Blair St. The competition will begin at 4 p.m. It is open to all students, regardless of school.
Competition will be co-ed and broken into the following age levels: grades 2 to 4, grades 5 to 6 and grades 7 to 8. Prizes will be awarded to the top three spellers in each age group.
The winners will get a pizza party for their classrooms. To prepare, the organizers suggest both in-school competitions and studying pages such as www.spelling-words-well.com. ••
Polish cultural fundraiser
Applebee’s, at 2535 Castor Ave., will host a fundraiser pancake breakfast to support the Polish American Cultural Center on Oct. 27, from 8 to 10 a.m. Cost is $5 per person.
For more information, call Theresa Romanowski at 215-922-1700. ••
Breast cancer awareness
Nazareth Hospital and the Ladies of Port Richmond will present a breast cancer education and awareness event on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 4:30 p.m.
The event will feature dinner and an oncology panel discussion with experts from Nazareth Hospital and the American Cancer Society. Admission is $5. The event will take place at Richmond Hall, 2619 E. Indiana Ave. Advance registration is required by calling 1.866.NAZARETH. ••