Around Town: October 12, 2016

Little Flower HS class of 1971 reunion

The Little Flower Class of 1971 reunion will hold its 45th reunion at Randi’s Restaurant & Bar, Grant Plaza II, 1619 Grant Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 5 p.m.

For tickets and information, contact Tina Carroll at 215–331–2769 or Tinacarroll707@yahoo.com or BettyAnne Buckley at 561–714–3201 or buckleyba@yahoo.com ••

Frankford High School reunion is Saturday

The 1966 class of Frankford High School, the 100th graduating class, is planning a 50th-year reunion.

The event will be held on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 15, at The Buck Hotel, 1200 Buck Road in Feasterville-Trevose. For details and registration information, visit fhsclassof66reunion.org, or contact Janet (Hall) Pratowski at 215–368–3858 or by mail at P.O. Box 870, Lansdale, PA 19446.

Tickets cost $75 per person and can be ordered through the website or by contacting Janet Pratowski. ••

Small business workshops at NE Regional

The Small Business Administration will offer two free workshops on upcoming Saturdays on how to start a business at the Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave.

The workshops are scheduled for Oct. 15 and Nov. 19, both from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

No registration is required. For more information, call 215–685–0522 or 215–685–0501. ••

Mass and lunch at St. Martin of Tours

St. Martin of Tours, 5701 Loretto Ave., will host a Mass and lunch on Sunday, Oct. 16, from noon to 2 p.m. Alumni, business leaders and families are invited.

The cost is $20.

Tours of the school are available.

Meanwhile, St. Martin’s will hold its second annual gala on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Leonardo-Finmeccanica (formerly AgustaWestland), 3050 Red Lion Road. Tickets cost $75.

For more information, email Brenda Greene at bgreene@stmartinoftoursphila.org or visit stmartinoftoursphila.org ••

Comedy night at AOH to benefit North alumni

A comedy show to benefit the North Catholic Alumni Association will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 39, 7229 Tulip St.

There will be performances by Mike Stankiewicz, Jim Daly and John Kensil. The cost is $40, and includes buffet, draft beer and wine.

For information, call 215–543–1051 or mikedoughertyproductions.com ••

Bariatric sessions at Nazareth Hospital

Nazareth Hospital, 2601 Holme Ave., will host free information sessions on bariatric surgery options for people who are looking to lose weight.

The schedule is Oct. 19 (8–9 a.m. and 6–7 p.m.); Nov. 16 (8–9 a.m. and 6–7 p.m.); and Dec. 21 (8–9 a.m.).

To reserve a seat or for more information, call toll-free 1–855-LESS-YOU. ••

Mayfair BID meeting on Saturday

The Mayfair Business Improvement District will host a public input session on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mayfair Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent St.

The Mayfair BID wants public input on how to spend money on improvements in areas such as lighting, signage and landscaping on Frankford Avenue.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, go to mayfairbid.org or follow on Twitter @mayfairbid ••

Weight limit changed on bridge

The Philadelphia Streets Department has reduced the vehicle weight limit on the Pine Road Bridge in Fox Chase due to its structural deterioration. Effective Sept. 28, the bridge has been posted for a weight limit of 20 tons.

The department instituted the weight restriction after a routine inspection of the bridge revealed deterioration of a portion of one of the concrete beams. The department attributes the damage to age and weathering. Previously, the bridge had a 40-ton weight limit. The bridge is on Pine Road between Rhawn Street and Solly Avenue.

Most two-axle delivery trucks like UPS and FedEx vehicles are less than 20 tons, while fully loaded SEPTA buses and loaded tractor-trailers are more than 20 tons. The Streets Department is working with other agencies to address potential disruptions to their operations and to minimize public impact. ••

UnitedHealthcare gives to schools

UnitedHealthcare presented a $600,000 check to Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools during a Sept. 27 student assembly at Our Lady of Calvary School in the Far Northeast.

BLOCS provides financial assistance to families in need while bolstering school infrastructure and expanding education opportunities for families in the Philadelphia area. Calvary is one of more than 150 Catholic schools that benefit from partial tuition scholarship funding from BLOCS.

“Every child deserves a high-quality education, and the donation from UnitedHealthcare will help make that a reality for children across the Philadelphia region,” said state Rep. Ed Neilson. “These funds will make a quality education like the one offered by Our Lady of Calvary obtainable for families that would otherwise have little choice for their child’s schooling.”

BLOCS is an Earned Income Tax Credit program that allows eligible businesses to get tax credits for donations to scholarship, educational improvement or pre-kindergarten scholarship organizations. Visit newpa.com for information. ••

Donate coats to help the needy

Catholic Community Services wants to help needy families stay warm this winter. The third annual Operation Bundle Up is CCS’ way of collecting winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves and other accessories for children and their families. Donated items may be new or gently used and suitable for any age group, boys or girls.

To give, contact Lisa Shousky at 215–519–8942 or Ginger Smith at 215–221–2010. Volunteer opportunities are also available. ••

Registration open for free trees

Registration for the Fall 2016 TreePhilly Yard Tree Giveaways is open and will continue through Oct. 30, allowing city residents to obtain free trees for their yards or lawns.

Each resident may be eligible for up to two yard or lawn trees. TreePhilly workers will deliver the trees and plant them. Owners will be responsible only for watering the trees and routine maintenance.

Different types of trees are available including shade, flowering and fruit varieties. The Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and TD Bank are partners in the program.

There will be four city-wide tree pickup events starting with the TD Bank at Roosevelt Boulveard and Levick Street on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon. Events will also be held at TD Bank branches at 2653 S. Fifth St. on Oct. 29, 5501 Ridge Ave. on Oct. 30 and 2267 E. Butler St. on Nov. 5. Pre-registration is required via treephilly.org or by calling 215–683–0217. ••

Farm stand open Thursdays

The Farm Stand at Jeanes Hospital is open every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will continue through November. Proceeds benefit the Jeanes Hospital Auxiliary.

Pumpkins are in season and available at the weekly farm stand, along with other seasonal produce. Common Market, a North Philadelphia-based nonprofit that helps hospitals to procure local sustainably produced foods, is the distributor where individual vendors obtain their products.

In addition to fresh produce, the stand offers homemade jams, raw honey, applesauce, nut butters, eggs and goat cheese. The stand is usually set up in Lot C between the Jeanes and Fox Chase Cancer Center campuses adjacent to Burholme Park. ••

Ukrainian church celebrations

On Sunday, Oct. 16, Philadelphia-area Ukrainians will gather to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral. The church building, now at 6740 N. 5th St., will observe the 50th anniversary of its consecration in 1966. A liturgy will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. A banquet with entertainment will follow at Philmont Country Club, 301 Tomlinson Road, Huntingdon Valley, at 1:30 p.m.

For information, go to stvladimirsphila.org/anniversary.html ••

Free events Friday at KleinLife

KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., will host two free events on Friday, Oct. 14.

October birthdays will be celebrated with cake and a choir performance at 10:15 a.m.

Also, at 12:45 p.m., there will be an Oneg Shabbat: Sukkot, conducted by Rabbi Berliner in celebration of the Torah. Call 215–698–7300. ••

Small business conference

Community College of Philadelphia will be holding its annual small business conference at its Center for Small Business, which is in the Northeast Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Road, on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Harold Epps, commissioner of the city’s Department of Commerce.

The cost is $35, which includes breakfast and lunch. For information, visit ccp.edu/6th-annual-small-business-conference-event ••

Event for people with memory loss

St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 10151 Bustleton Ave., will host a Memory Cafe on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The event is a social gathering for people with memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and their caregivers. It will continue every third Saturday of the month.

Call 215–637–8866. ••

Spook-taculr event is Saturday, Oct. 29

Mayfair Memorial Playground is turning 5 years old and will celebrate with its fifth annual Spook-tacular Trunk-or-Treat on Saturday, Oct. 29, (rain date is Oct. 30), from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $3 per child. The event is geared for children under 10.

Mayfair Memorial Playground is at Rowland Avenue and Vista Street. Visitors are encouraged to get into the spirit by arriving in costume, picking mini-pumpkins from the “playground patch,” pumpkin decorating, playing Halloween games, collecting candy from sponsors and visiting the bake sale for homemade treats. Baked goods donations are being accepted.

The event is a fundraiser that helps grow and maintain the playground as a fun and safe place for children to play.

Visit mayfairmemorialplayground.com or the Mayfair Memorial Playground page on Facebook. ••

Civic group sponsors designer bag bingo

The Normandy Civic Association will sponsor Kors/Coach Bag Bingo on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Norcom Community Center, 10980 Norcom Road.

The cost is $35 and includes pizza, water, soda and snacks.

There will be door prizes, a 50/50 and a Chinese auction.

For information, email normandycivic@gmail.com ••

Senior expo event is Friday

State Rep. John Taylor (R-177th dist.) will hold his annual Senior Expo on Friday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Cohocksink Recreation Center, Cedar and Cambria streets.

The expo is a free information fair for senior citizens and their families. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the expo.

“This is one of the highlights of the year,” Taylor said. “It gives people a chance to meet with state and local government officials, as well as local businesses and other nonprofits that have information that will benefit seniors. I also will be on hand to answer any questions residents may have pertaining to state government.”

Among those scheduled to appear are the Philadelphia Police Department, PGW, PECO, Philadelphia Water Department, insurance companies, local podiatrists, chiropractors, senior help agencies, medical equipment companies, hospitals, and city and state agencies.

Blood pressure and cholesterol tests will be given, and massages will be available. Transportation will also be available throughout the district.

Bus service will be available for those attending the expo; however, there will be only one pick-up at each location.

The bus will leave the Cohocksink Recreation Center at 11:30 a.m. to drop seniors off at pick-up locations.

The pick-up sites are Mayfair Recreation Center, 2901 Princeton Ave., at 9 a.m.; Taylor’s office at 4725 Richmond St., at 9:20 a.m.; Our Lady of Port Richmond, Allegheny Avenue and Thompson Street, at 9:40 a.m.; and St. Anne’s Senior Center, 2608 E. Cumberland St., at 10 a.m.

For more information, call one of Taylor’s local offices at 215–425–0901, 215–708–3139 or 215–744–2600. ••

Networking event next week

The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce will host the area’s largest business networking event on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Village at Cottage Green, 9001 Ashton Road.

Sponsored by the Northeast Times, along with Beneficial Bank, Community Integrated Services, Nazareth Hospital, TFSquared and Village at Cottage Green, admission for chamber members and invited guests is free. The general admission cost is $10.

The networking event will kick off a series of business community activities this fall. On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Daniel P. McElhatton, Esq., will present “Emerging Trends in Employee Relations” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This “lunch ’n’ learn” seminar will be at the chamber office, 8025 Roosevelt Blvd. The cost is $20 for members and invited guests, $30 for general admission.

A “business after hours” card exchange will be on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Huntingdon Valley Bank, 2517 Huntingdon Pike (at Red Lion Road). Members and invited guests can attend for free. General admission costs $10.

Another “lunch ’n’ learn” will be on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. at the chamber office. The topic is yet to be announced. Then on Friday, Nov. 18, the chamber will host its “meet the legislators” breakfast at Community College of Philadelphia’s Northeast Campus, 12901 Townsend Road, from 8 to 10 a.m. Admission is free for members and invited guests or $10 for general admission.

Glen Foerd on the Delaware will be the setting for the “mingle among the masterpieces” art reception on Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 11 p.m. at 5001 Grant Ave. It will feature art from the chamber’s member nonprofits and art programs. The admission cost is $80 per person. Visit nechamber.com for information. ••

Dance workshop at KleinLife

Brigitte Heusinger von Waldegge, an associate professor at Philipps University in Germany, will hold a workshop designed for dancers and non-dancers at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Cost is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For additional information and to register, call at 215–698–7300 or visit kleinlife.org ••

Street market to close for season

The season’s final Mayfair Community Development Corporation 1st & 3rd Thursday Night Markets will be open on Oct. 20.

The market will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. along the 3500 block of Ryan Ave.

There will be live music, food, beer, produce, water ice, crafters, dog bones, pastries, an appearance by members of The Block Gives Back and more. ••

John Birch Society to meet

The John Birch Society will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at Holmesburg Recreation Center, Rhawn and Ditman streets.

There will be a DVD presentation on The Constitution is the Solution.

Refreshments will be served.

The motto of the John Birch Society is “Less Government, More Responsibility and — With God’s Help — A Better World.” ••

Insurance, drug take back events announced

State Rep. John Taylor (R-177th dist.) will sponsor two upcoming events.

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, a representative from the Children’s Health Insurance Program will visit his office at 4117 Longshore Ave. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Event will be hosted by Taylor at Frankford and Cottman avenues. People can safely dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Call 215–708–3139 for information. ••

Smoking cessation classes at Nazareth

Nazareth Hospital, 2601 Holme Ave., will offer a series of free smoking and tobacco cessation classes to individuals looking to quit smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and/or smokeless tobacco use.

The classes will take place on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., through Oct. 26 in the seventh-floor rehab conference room.

For information or to register, call 215–335–7727. ••

Benefit for multiple sclerosis

The second annual Run for Research will take place on Sunday, Oct. 23, at Warminster Community Park.

The 5K run and one-mile walk will benefit multiple sclerosis research. The event will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and include a family fun day. It’ll take place rain or shine, and participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. All proceeds will go to the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. For cost and information, go to msrunforresearch.org ••

Order fresh produce through share program

The fall 2016 season of Lancaster Farm Fresh Community Shared Agriculture at Glen Foerd on the Delaware begins on Oct. 30 and ends during the week of Dec. 19. The application deadline for ordering fresh produce is Oct. 21.

CSA’s vegetables are organically grown. Its animals are raised without hormones, antibiotics or cages. All CSA products are gathered and processed locally and sustainably. Consumers may purchase products from CSA on a seasonal subscription plan. Participants can purchase “shares” of various produce categories. Each week, CSA delivers the ordered shares to a drop-off location where consumers may pick up their produce. The local drop-off location is Glen Foerd at 5001 Grant Ave.

Participants may order vegetables, fruit, bread, eggs, chicken, cheeses and meat. This fall, CSA has added flour and grain, herbal tea and beverages to its offerings, as well as vegan and omnivore shares.

Shares will be available for pickup at Glen Foerd each Wednesday afternoon during the season. Visit lancasterfarmfresh.com or call 717–656–3533 for information and ordering. ••

Register for lung cancer benefit

Free to Breathe, a national nonprofit lung cancer research and advocacy organization, will hold its 11th Annual Lung Cancer 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, Nov. 6.

The event will be held at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park and include a welcome rally, kids dash and 5K run or walk that winds through Fairmount Park’s Horticultural Center, past the Japanese Teahouse and finishes in front of the Please Touch Museum.

Early-bird registration before Oct. 30 is $30, and participants can register as individuals or as a team. The top three individual fundraisers and top three fundraising teams will be recognized on event day, and awards will be presented to the top overall male and female race finishers in the 5K run.

The fee includes entry into the event, a 2016 Free to Breathe T-shirt, entertainment and refreshments. In addition to the walk, this year’s event will feature a silent auction, Survivor’s Tent, Team Spirit Award, kids’ activities and music by WMGK DJ Andre Gardner.

Registration, check-in and silent auction bidding begins at 7 a.m. The 5K run will start at 8:30, followed by the 5K walk and 1-mile walk, then the kids’ dash for ages 9 and under.

To register, visit freetobreathe.org/philadelphia ••