Around Town: August 10, 2016

Walton Park Civic to discuss roposed fitness center

The Walton Park Civic Association will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at Norcom Community Center, at 10980 Norcom Road.

The group will discuss a proposed fitness center at 2801 Grant Ave.

Celebration of love at Shaare Shamayim

Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, welcomes all couples and singles to share in Tu B’av, a joyous holiday dating to Biblical times that is celebrated in modern Israel as a holiday of love.

In modern-day Israel, Tu B’Av is a beloved cultural and festival date, comparable to Valentine’s Day. Tradition says that Tu B’Av is a great day for weddings, proposals and vow renewals.

Sweethearts coming to Shaare Shamayim on Thursday, Aug. 18, may choose to wear white for the occasion. The celebration will begin at 7 p.m. with love songs, dancing, sweet desserts and the opportunity for sweethearts to renew their vows under a Chuppah.

Admission is $10 per person. Register at 215–677–1600 or ••

PPH offers entertainment programs

The Philadelphia Protestant Home, 6500 Tabor Ave., will host several upcoming events, all free and open to the public.

On Thursday, Aug. 11, there will be a performance by the Belairs Doo Wop, featuring Dennis Gillen.

On Tuesday, Aug. 16, the Cardinal Dougherty Alumni Band will entertain.

On Friday, Aug. 26, there will be a Caribbean fiesta. WBCB (1490 AM) will play music from the 1940s, ’50s and ‘60s.

Each event will begin at 7 p.m. and take place in PPH’s social hall. Call 215–697–8194. ••

Friends Family Night at Holmesburg Library

The Friends of Holmesburg Library will sponsor Friends Family Night in the Garden on Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m., at the library, 7810 Frankford Ave.

The evening will include art; face painting; refreshments; interactive storytelling; a magic show and raffle prizes. Guests are welcome to bring blankets.

Call 215–685–8756. ••

Movies to be shown at the Devon

City Councilman Bobby Henon is sponsoring movies on three upcoming Fridays at the Devon Theater, 6325 Frankford Ave. Show time is 6:30 p.m.

Here is the lineup: Miracles From Heaven (Aug. 12), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (Aug. 19) and Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip (Aug. 26). Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. ••

Free concerts announced in Tacony

Tacony will host four free Thursday night concerts this summer. Disston Recreation Center, 4423 Longshore Ave., will be the site of concerts on Aug. 11 (Giana Lynn and Civic-Minded Fools); Aug. 18 (Charlie Gracie); and Aug. 25 (Scribe Video Center Street Movies and Mike Shackleton).

On Sept. 8, Lardner’s Point Park, Levick Street and the Delaware River, will host a concert by Sean K. Preston and The Loaded Pistols.

All concerts start at 7 p.m. ••

Neumann/Goretti shore reunion is Aug. 20

Sts. John Neumann and Maria Goretti will hold an all-class reunion on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Keenan’s Irish Pub in North Wildwood.

For tickets or more information, call 215–389–0925 or email ••

White holding Kids Fest in Somerton

State Rep. Martina White (R-170th dist.) is inviting families from across the Northeast to attend her second annual Kids Fest on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Somerton Youth Organization, 1400 Southampton Road.

The day will feature free food, games and activities. There will also be representatives from city and state government and local sports and community groups.

For information, call 215–330–3711 or stop by White’s office at 10752 Bustleton Ave., Suite C. ••

Tot program at Holmesburg Rec

Holmesburg Playground, 4500 Rhawn St., is accepting registrations for its Tot Rec Program for the 2016–2017 school year. All children ages 3–5 are welcome. The program follows the School District of Philadelphia calendar and is held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

For registration and fee structure information, call 215–685–8714. ••

Bowlers needed for coed league

Resurrection Bowling League is looking for male and female bowlers, individuals and teams. The league bowls on Tuesday nights at 8:30 at Thunderbird Lanes, 3075 Holme Ave. League play begins on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Anyone interested in bowling can call 215–725–3556 or 215–802–6912. ••

Job event for vets is Sept. 26

The Union League, 140 S. Broad St., will host its third annual veterans professional development event on Monday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Union League veterans initiative is partnering with the United States Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring our Heroes program. Veterans and family members will participate in a workshop on military transition, veteran hiring and the state of veteran affairs. The program includes panel discussions on success factors for veterans. For information, email ••

Fire Department is now hiring

The deadline is Sept. 2 to complete an online application for the Philadelphia Fire Department.

The starting salary ranges from $47,920 to $66,554. Visit, and locate the firefighter listing under civil service job opportunities.

For questions or help filling out the application, call or visit one of City Councilman Brian O’Neill’s offices at 432 Rhawn St., behind American Heritage Credit Union (215–685–6431); FOP Lodge 5 headquarters at 11630 Caroline Road (215–437–9167); Bustleton Avenue and Bowler Street, above the 7th Police District (215–685–0432); and 562 City Hall (215–686–3422). ••

Designer Bag Bingo at Cannstatter’s

St. Bernard Church will sponsor a Designer Bag Bingo on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road.

The cost is $40, and includes buffet, beer, wine, soda and 10 games of bingo. There will also be tombola prizes, a 50/50 and men’s gifts. Men are welcome to attend. Call 215–333–0446 or email ••

Block party to be held at local church

Grace Community Bible Church, 648 Knorr St. in Lawndale, will hold a block party on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The community is invited to the free event. There will be lunch, games, face painting and a sharing of the word of God.

For information, call 215–745–2799 or visit ••

Taste of Bustleton event is Sept. 17

Maternity BVM will host its annual Taste of Bustleton and Beyond on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at its parish hall and courtyard, 9220 Old Bustleton Ave.

The evening will include a multi-course meal, DJ and gift basket raffle. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. All guests must be 21 or older. Proceeds help the children of needy families attend the school.

Call 215–673–8127 or visit ••