Around Town: May 11, 2016

Wildlife program at Holmesburg Library

Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave. (at Hartel Avenue), will host a wildlife program on Wednesday, May 11, at 6 p.m.

Visitors will be able to get up close and personal with live animals of various species, courtesy of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Holmesburg Library. Call 215–685–8756. ••

St. Martha to hold circus this week

St. Martha Parish, 11301 Academy Road, will present the Zebrini Family Circus from Wednesday, May 11, through Saturday, May 14. Show time is 7 p.m.

Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets are available at the rectory. ••

Northeast High School plans 50th reunion

Northeast High School class of 1966 will celebrate its 50th reunion on Saturday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Bucks County, at 400 Oxford Valley Road in Langhorne.

For more information, email ••

Theater show at local school this weekend

First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School, 4300 Tacony St., will present two performances of The Lion King Jr.

Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14. The performers will be students in fifth through eighth grades. Admission is $5. ••

Job fair at Temple University on May 12

A job fair will take place on Thursday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Temple University’s McGonigle Hall, 1800 N. Broad St. There will be a mobile computer lab to apply for positions on site.

Job seekers should come dressed in business attire and bring their resumes ••

Chamber to hold Bold in Business Expo

The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce will hold its Bold in Business Expo on Thursday, May 12, at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Road.

The Expo will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is free for those who present a business card.

Following the Expo, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., “Flavors of the Northeast” will feature food and beverages from area restaurants and caterers. Tickets are $15, or $10 for people with a stamped Expo ticket.

For more information, call 215–332–3400 or visit ••

Win a designer bag while helping a charity

The Wesley Enhanced Living Benevolent Care Fund is sponsoring a Designer Bag Bingo on Friday, May 13, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road.

The cost is $40, and includes beer, wine, soda and a buffet. Participants must be 18 or older.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The buffet will open at 7 p.m. Bingo starts at 7:30.

To register online, go to

For tickets or more information, contact Megan Boran at 267–348–3363 or or Nikia Wyche at 215–429–7950 or ••

Seniors planning trip to Hudson Valley

The St. Jerome Seniors are planning a trip from May 18–20 to Hudson Valley, New York.

The cost is $495 per person, double occupancy.

There will be trips to West Point Military Academy, Culinary Institute of America, Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site and Brotherhood Winery.

For more information, call Ray at 215–332–0866. ••

NEHS students to perform ‘Rent’

Northeast High School, 1601 Cottman Ave., will present three performances of the musical Rent, to be held in the school’s Morrison Hall auditorium. Showtimes are Thursday, May 12, at 4 p.m., Friday, May 13, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 14, at 6 p.m.

Tickets cost $6 in advance and $10 at the door. For information or tickets, contact director and producer Theresa Bramwell at 215–728–5018 or ••

Farm market topic of meeting

Bryn Athyn Bounty Farm Market will be the featured program at the monthly meeting of the Trevose Horticultural Society on Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m. at the Bensalem Senior Center, 1850 Byberry Road.

As head gardener for the Bryn Athyn Cathedral for 22 years, Danielle Odhner designs, installs and maintains the ornamental gardens in the Bryn Athyn Historic District.

The meeting is open to the public. A $3 donation is requested from non-members. Call 856–866–9163 for information. ••

Charter school sets meetings

Northwood Academy Charter School, 4621 Castor Ave., has set its board meeting schedule for the 2015–16 academic year. The meetings will take place on May 17 and June 20. Meetings will take place at 5 p.m. at the school. ••

Irish festival is this weekend

The fourth annual Philadelphia Fleadh, Philly’s Irish festival, will feature 12 bands on three stages, a “feis” Irish dance competition, a “ceili” dance workshop, a children’s play zone and many food and apparel vendors on May 14, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., at Cherokee Day Camp and Festival Grounds, 1 Declaration Drive, in Bensalem.

Tickets cost $20 in advance or $30 at the gate. Kids under 12 get in for free. There will be free parking and shuttle buses from Neshaminy Mall. Visit for tickets and information. ••

Program announced at Cranaleith

Cranaleith Spiritual Center at 13475 Proctor Road will present Race and Real Estate: The Story of Levittown on Friday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program will be the second in a series, Conversations that Matter: Fear of the Other and the Imagination of Hope. The cost is $25. Register via or 215–934–6206. ••

Enjoy artwork at outdoor festival

Art in the Open Philadelphia 2016, a free, live outdoor showcase of artists working in a range of media, will take place along the Schuylkill River Trail May 13 through 15.

The event will feature Art in the Open Family Day on May 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., when members of the public will be able to draw, paint and sculpt their own creations.

A complete list of artists and additional information is available via ••

Free shredding event is Saturday

State Rep. Mike Driscoll will sponsor a free shredding event for residents of Northeast Philadelphia from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Linden Avenue Boat Launch, accessible via Linden and Delaware avenues in Torresdale.

Residents can bring any unneeded documents that contain personal information such as Social Security numbers, credit card statements and applications, medical records, bank statements, canceled checks, income tax forms, insurance records and retirement or pension fund information. Shredded documents will be recycled. Only personal documents will be accepted. Call 215–281–3414 for information. ••

New resolution honors fallen firefighters

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution authored by Rep. Mike Driscoll on May 3 that commemorates firefighters who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty and their survivors.

House Resolution 841 designates May 9 to 15 as Fallen Firefighters Survivors’ Week and May 13 as Fallen Firefighters Survivors’ Day in Pennsylvania.

“Firefighters and their loved ones know that they are risking life and limb each time they answer the call of duty,” Driscoll said. “To those who did not make it home, there remains a terrible void in the lives of all their friends, family and fellow firefighters. This resolution is offered in some small way to recognize these men and women and their survivors as true heroes.”

Driscoll said that firefighters around the state respond to fire and a variety of other calls every day, but the sacrifices made by firefighters often impact their families and loved ones.

“While firefighters are out on a call, they leave their families and loved ones behind to wait for their return,” Driscoll said. “These families sacrifice time with their loved ones and the sense of security that would come with almost any other job. They should be commended for their strength and selflessness.”

To view video of Driscoll’s speech on the House floor, visit the “Pa. House Video” channel on ••

Friends of Pennypack will collect recyclables

The Friends of Pennypack Park will be collecting recyclable materials on the third Saturday of every month throughout the year at Abraham Lincoln High School, Ryan and Rowland avenues, in the Ryan Avenue parking lot. The events will be held 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine.

Materials accepted at the recycling events include clothing, towels, linens, bedding, paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, scrap metal, rechargeable batteries, cell phones, magazines, books, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, printer cartridges and toys (must be in good condition).

Upcoming dates include May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17. The May 21 event may be modified due to the Mayfair May Fair on the same date. Visit or call 215–934-PARK for information. ••

Tickets now on sale for comedy night

St. Dominic’s Marian Hall, 8532 Frankford Ave., will host a comedy night on Friday, May 20, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The show will feature three headline acts from the Comedy Works.

There will be food, beer, wine, soda, coffee, tea, prizes and raffles. It’s a BYOB event.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Call 215–332–1950 or 215–205–0799. ••

Jazz Spring Fling headed to Mayfair

A Jazz and Shopping Spring Fling will take place on Sunday, May 22, from noon to 4 p.m. at 3525 Cottman Ave. in Mayfair.

The Gary Grisafi Jazz Trio will entertain. There will be food, a 50/50 and raffle baskets. The cost is $5.

For information, call 215–859–7545 or email ••

NEHS to host night of art, music, dance

The community is invited to a celebration of art, music and dance on Wednesday, May 25, at Northeast High School, 1601 Cottman Ave. The start time is 5 p.m.

The program will feature students from throughout the School District of Philadelphia’s Learning Networks 8 and 9, supervised by Asst. Superintendents Dr. Dion Betts and Dr. Jeff Rhodes.

The evening will be a celebration of the achievements of the young people in music, dance and art. ••