Around Town: September 30, 2015

Eagles tailgate at St. Matt’s

St. Matthew Parish will host a Family FunFest Eagles Tailgate party on Sunday, Oct. 4, in its parking lot at Wellington and Battersby streets, behind the church.

The event will run from 12:30 to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

There will be games, raffles, food, big-screen TVs, children’s activities and appearances by local politicians.

Call 215–333–0585. ••

Charity concert is Monday

The Divas and Divos of Showtime Charities Inc. will perform Bandstand Through the Years on Monday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. at La Casa Di Lucia, at 14425 Bustleton Ave. in Somerton.

All proceeds benefit the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Organization.

Tickets are tax deductible and cost $20.

Call 215–677–6111.

The next Showtime Charities production, Salute to Our Heroes, will benefit the Veterans Multi Service Center of Philadelphia and is scheduled to take place on Nov. 9 at Katie O’Donnell’s Irish Pub and Restaurant. ••

Ballet in Huntingdon Valley

The Georgian National Ballet will present its 70th anniversary performance on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. at Lower Moreland High School, 555 Red Lion Road in Huntingdon Valley.

Tickets are available at Lyudmila Lev Viva Fashion, 1135 Bustleton Pike in Feasterville.

Or, call 215–322–7760 or 267–252–8529 or email ••

Art classes at Holmesburg Rec

Art classes will be held on Fridays from 6–8 p.m. in October, November and December at Holmesburg Recreation Center, 4500 Rhawn St. (at Ditman Street). The cost is $5, and the classes are open to anyone 5 and older.

The rec center also offers a tot program for preschool kids ages 3–5.

Call 215–685–8714. ••

St. Matt’s class of ’70 reunion

St. Matthew Grammar School class of 1970 will hold its 45th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Greater Kensington String Band hall, 7235 Edmund St.

The cost is $50, which includes a DJ, four-hour open bar, snacks, a buffet, photo ops and a welcome gift.

For more information, contact Mike Perzel at 215–335–6878 or or Jeanne Moleski at 267–251–0956 or, or visit the Facebook page “St. Matt’s Class of 70.” ••

Charity dance party is Friday

Vision for Equality will sponsor a Bob Pantano Dance Party on Friday, Oct. 2, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Road.

Pantano will play music from the 1960s, ’70s and ‘80s.

The night will include roast beef, salads, beer, soda, raffle baskets and silent auction items.

Tickets cost $35 or $300 for a table of 10.

Proceeds will benefit Vision for Equality, a nonprofit whose mission is to support people with intellectual disabilities and autism and their families.

For more information, visit or call Jill Long at 215–923–3349, Ext. 108. ••

Cat fundraiser on Oct. 2

The third annual Pastabilities for Pets will take place on Friday, Oct. 2, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Georgine’s, 1320 Newport Road in Bristol.

Proceeds will benefit Northeast Animal Rescue. The cost is $30, and includes dinner, dessert and beverages. A cash bar is available. There will also be a gift basket raffle, silent auction and door prizes.

Checks or money orders can be mailed to NAR, P.O. Box 52395, Philadelphia, PA 19115.

For information, email or visit ••

Designer Bag Bingo fundraiser

The Michael J. Lutz Lodge 5 Auxiliary will sponsor its fourth annual Designer Bag Bingo on Sunday, Oct. 4, at Fraternal Order of Police, 11630 Caroline Road. Doors open and lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 2 p.m.

The cost is $35, which includes lunch and 12 games of Bingo.

For more information, contact Donna Giulian at 215–820–0865 or or Bernadette Carter at 215–604–0416 or ••

Tartaglione Senior Expo on Oct. 1

State Sen. Tina Tartaglione (D-2nd dist.) will hold a Senior Expo on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Philadelphia Protestant Home, 6500 Tabor Ave.

There will be representatives from various government agencies and public and private service providers, free health screenings, exhibits and entertainment.

Call 215–533–0440. ••

Autism benefit to be held Sunday

Special People In Northeast Inc. will hold its fourth annual Possibilities in the Park 5K Run/Walk/Roll to support services to children with autism on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 8 a.m. at 10501 Drummond Road.

The event will include music, games and gourmet food trucks.

Call 215–613–1000. ••

Benefit cut-a-thon on Saturday

Creations Unisex Salon, 6632 Frankford Ave., will host a cut-a-thon on Saturday, Oct. 3, from noon to 5 p.m. to benefit a local mother and daughter who were involved in a car accident.

There will be raffle baskets, music and refreshments to help the family raise money for medical bills and Catholic school tuition.

Call 267–333–9845. ••

Opera will take place on Saturday

Amici Opera Company will present Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. at United Methodist Church of the Redeemer, 1128 Cottman Ave. (at Lawndale Avenue).

Tickets cost $20. Call 215–224–0257. ••

Children’s identification event

John F. DiDesidero, a financial professional with Prudential Insurance, will sponsor I.D. a Kid on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Liberty Bell Youth Organization’s Homecoming Day, at Red Lion and Calera roads.

Parents will receive a kit that will allow them to fingerprint, photograph and take DNA samples of their children.

Call 267–477–2049 or email ••

Show benefits emergency workers

The public is invited to join the Hero Thrill Show Kick-Off Pep Rally on Friday, Oct. 2, at noon on Market Street between 18th and 19th streets.

Spectators will get a free sneak preview of the 61st annual Hero Thrill Show, scheduled for Oct. 10 outside the Wells Fargo Center.

Tickets to the full show cost $10 for individuals or $25 for families of up to five. They are available at police and fire stations and ••

Kiss a pig for a good read

The fifth annual TruMark Financial Credit Union Kiss-A-Pig financial literacy fundraiser will take place on Sept. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Piazza at Schmidt’s with community leaders puckering up to Bubbles the pig in support of financial literacy in Philadelphia-area schools.

The fundraiser will allow schools to provide students with the tools needed to make informed choices about saving, spending, borrowing and investing money. It will also raise awareness about the program. Admission is free for spectators. The venue is at 1015 N. Second St.

Our Lady of Calvary pastor, the Rev. John Babowitch, will kiss the pig, as will assistant principal Peggy DeNaples of Northeast High School. Others will include Karen Bowman of Forrest Elementary, Jill Carpino of Franklin Towne Charter, Lynda Coyle and Brenda Wnek of Decatur Elementary, Gene Jones of Washington High School, Mr. Moon of Philadelphia Academy Charter and other area business leaders.

In four prior years, TruMark Financial has raised more than $150,000 and awarded 31 grants to area schools through the Kiss-A-Pig Fundraiser. Visit for information. ••

Halloween decorating contest

The Mayfair Civic Association and Mayfair Business Association invite neighbors to enter the annual Mayfair Halloween Decoration Contest in October.

Nominations will be open starting Oct. 1. The deadline is Oct. 19. All you need to do to enter is to decorate your home for Halloween and to send an email to Entries may also be submitted via the MCA’s Facebook page. Residents may nominate a neighbor or themselves. Make sure you include the address of the house and the name of the nominee.

A panel of judges will rate the decorations and select three award-winners during the week of Oct. 20 to 26. Awards will be distributed on Oct. 28.

During October, the civic group plans to plot the entries on an interactive map that will be posted on the site, as well as the MCA’s Facebook page. That way, visitors can tour the neighborhood to see the entries. ••

Fresh from the farm

Organic produce straight from the farm will again be available in Northeast Philadelphia this fall through the Community Shared Agriculture program of the Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative. The pick-up location will once again be Glen Foerd on the Delaware, 5001 Grant Ave. Those who join the co-op can select shares of vegetables, fruits, breads, cheeses, eggs, meat and vegan products. Shares will be ready for pick-up every week for eight consecutive weeks during November and December.

Applications can be completed online at Paper applications are available at Glen Foerd by calling 215–632–5330. Application deadlines are Oct. 16 (paper) and Oct. 23 (online). ••