Around town: October 14, 2015

Craft fair set at Franklin Towne

Franklin Towne Elementary School, 4259 Richmond St., will hold its second annual craft fair on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 25 crafters will be on site for the indoor fair.

Parking and admission are free, and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Tables are $25, or two for $45.

Vendors can contact Coleen Mitchell at 215–837–4413 or ••

Halloween outing this weekend

Three Monkeys Cafe and Glen Foerd on the Delaware are teaming for a Halloween family fun day on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Guests will start out at 10:30 a.m. at Three Monkeys Café, 9645 James St., where they can paint pumpkins, enjoy a glass of apple cider and climb aboard a hayride headed to Glen Foerd.

Visitors can explore the estate of Glen Foerd with a Halloween scavenger hunt, try their hand at a variety of children’s crafts and have their faces painted. Guests will also be able to view the interior of the estate’s 1850 mansion.

Cost for Halloween Hayday is $5 for children. Adults are free. Parking and admission will be located at Three Monkeys and the SEPTA Regional Rail lot. Parking is not available at Glen Foerd. ••

Benefit run for burn centers

The 41st annual Firefighters Memorial Run, in memory of the eight Philadelphia firefighters who lost their lives battling the Gulf Oil Refinery fire on Aug. 17, 1975, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Pennypack Park, 8500 Pine Road.

Proceeds benefit the burn centers at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Temple University Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

The event will take place rain or shine. Registration goes from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. The 5K run starts at 11 a.m., followed by a 1-mile fun run/walk at noon. Awards will be distributed at 12:45 p.m. The cost is $35.

To pre-register, go to

For information, call 215–685–9848. ••

Fundraiser to fight breast cancer

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, teams in the Fox Chase Soccer Club will wear pink at all games this weekend and play on a pink-painted field. Money will be raised between games for Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Games will take place Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All are invited. The field is located on Rhawn Street, just behind Fox Chase Elementary School. ••

Benefit fair at Delaire Landing

Delaire Landing will host a craft and home fair to benefit the March of Dimes on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its recreation center, 9355 State Road. No jewelry vendors are needed.

For information, call 267–307–6200 or email ••

Field dedication to honor Sweeney

Councilman Brian O’Neill along with IAFF Local 22, Fox Chase Recreation and Soccer Club and Fox-Rok A.A. will hold a field lighting dedication ceremony at Fox Chase Field #1 in honor of fallen firefighter Daniel Sweeney. The event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. A softball game will be played on the field immediately following the program.

For information, call or visit one of O’Neill’s four offices: 432 Rhawn Street (215–685–6431); FOP Lodge #5 Headquarters, 11630 Caroline Road (215–437–9167); Bustleton & Bowler above the 7th Police District (215–685–0432); City Hall (215–686–3422). ••

Decorating the Insectarium

The public is invited to help decorate the Insectarium, 8046 Frankford Ave. in Holmesburg, on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. Kids can craft their own scary Halloween spider. Call 215–335–9500 or visit ••

Benefit for children’s heart charity

A benefit for the Children’s Heart Foundation will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 7 p.m. to midnight at St. Dominic’s Marian Hall, 8532 Frankford Ave. Tickets cost $35 in advance, $30 with the purchase of five or more or $40 at the door. The night will include a buffet dinner, dessert, beer, wine, soda, DJ, dancing, photo booth, door prizes, 50/50 and raffle items. Guests are welcome to BYOB for mixed drinks.

The Children’s Heart Foundation’s mission is to save children’s lives through congenital heart defect research. For tickets or to make a donation, call 267–432–6097 or 215–997–1512. ••

8th Police District will host Fall Festival

The 8th Police District will become a haunted house for its fourth annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at Red Lion and Academy roads.

The public is invited to this free event for food, beverages, desserts, games, face painting, costumed characters and surprises. Families are encouraged to show up in costume for the trick-or-treat parade and costume contest. There will be DJ entertainment, karaoke and a pumpkin decorating contest (visitors should bring their decorated pumpkins). In case of rain, the first postponement date will be on Oct. 25 and second postponement date on Oct. 31. The event is sponsored by the 8th Police District Advisory Council. ••

Rhawnhurst NORC meeting set

The Rhawnhurst Naturally Occurring Retirement Community will hold a luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 22, at noon at KleinLife: Rhawnhurst, 2101 Strahle St.

Tang Pharmacy, 6801 Rising Sun Ave., will provide flu shots. PECO Energy will offer energy-management tips. Registered nurse Mariann Wilusz will provide cold weather health tips.

The cost is $2. To register, call 215–320–0351, Ext. 5. ••

Planning session on Oct. 22

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission will hold a community meeting about the Philadelphia2035 North Delaware District Plan on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln High School, 3201 Ryan Ave. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Feedback from residents and others will help guide how the district looks in the future.

Participants will view a brief presentation and then prioritize specific city investments through facilitated exercises.

The North Delaware District includes Wissinoming, Tacony, Mayfair, Holmesburg and Torresdale.

For information, call 215–683–4649 or visit ••

Soprano singing in Berwyn

Music at Monica’s, the concert series of the Church of Saint Monica in Berwyn, will feature soprano Melinda Whittington on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m. Whittington will be accompanied by pianist Jeffrey Uhlig.

All Music at Monica’s concert events are free, and tickets are not required.

The church is located at 63 Main Ave. in Berwyn. A free-will offering will be accepted to support the series.

For more information, visit ••

Dougherty class of ’85 reunion

The Cardinal Dougherty High School class of 1985 will celebrate its 30-year reunion on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Best Western Hotel, 3499 Street Road in Bensalem.

For more information, call Steve Schmidt at 267–301–6927 or Colleen O’Rourke at 267–265–2300. ••

NE Philly 5 Mile Run is this Sunday

The NE Philly 5 Mile Run & 2 Mile Walk will take place on Sunday, Oct. 18, at Northeast Philadelphia Airport. Registration will begin at 7:15 a.m. The walk will start at 8:15 a.m., followed by the run at 9.

The fee is $20, or $10 for under age 14.

The event, which begins and ends at the airport, is hosted by City Councilman Denny O’Brien (R-at large).

Proceeds benefit the NE Philadelphia Youth Alliance, Academy Sports, Calvary A.A., Liberty Bell Youth Organization, Parkwood Youth Organization, Penn Academy, Philadelphia Soccer and the Torresdale Boys Club.

For information, go to ••

Community Day in Burholme

The Burholme Business Association will hold its annual community day on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. along the 7300 block of Rising Sun Ave.

There will be games, food, live music and appearances by local businesses.

For information, call 215–437–9913 or check out the Burholme Business Association page on Facebook. ••

High school fair this weekend will sponsor the Philly High School Fair this weekend at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Hall G, located at the corner of Broad and Race streets. The fair will run Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Parents, caregivers and students can search and compare schools in neighborhoods across the city. Public, charter, Catholic and private schools will be represented. ••

Compassionate Friends to meet on Monday

Compassionate Friends will meet on Monday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at American Heritage Federal Credit Union, 2068 Red Lion Road.

The nonprofit support group serves family members grieving the death of a child, regardless or age or cause.

Call 215–396–0460. ••