Around Town: November 23, 2016

St. Timothy’s to host Christmas concert on Sunday

St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, 7965 Fillmore St., will host a concert of Christmas favorites on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 3 p.m.

The singers will be Heidi Hayes, Richard Johnson and Paul Spencer Adkins, accompanied by pianist Michele Scanlon.

The concert is free, and guests can sing along to carols such as Silent Night, Joy to the World and Silver Bells.

Call 215–745–4453. ••

Community Thanksgiving at PPH in Lawncrest

The Philadelphia Protestant Home, 6500 Tabor Ave., will host a Community Thanksgiving on Wednesday, Nov. 23, in its social hall.

The Lawncrest Ministerium will sponsor a concert by the Salvation Army Band at 7 p.m., followed by a worship service at 7:30.

Guests are encouraged to bring cash or canned or packaged food to benefit the Feast of Justice and local church aid. ••

Christmas bazaar and tea to be held at Ryerss Museum

The Friends of Ryerss Museum & Library will hold a Victorian Christmas Bazaar & Tea on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The bazaar will feature crafts, gifts, a visit by Santa Claus, lunch, raffles, live music, decorations, homemade baked goods, a used book sale and fresh wreaths for sale.

The Ryerss Museum & Library is located at 7370 Central Ave. ••

Learn about Medicare at Deer Meadows

Deer Meadows Retirement Community, 8301 Roosevelt Blvd., will host free educational sessions on Medicare on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 28–29.

The times are 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

The guest speaker will be Christopher Decker, president of Decker Benefits Solutions. Refreshments will be provided. Call 215–624–6038. ••

Support group available for addicts

A support group for people affected by addiction will meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. The meetings will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 4150 Woodhaven Road. ••

Grief support group holding meeting

Donna Glatz, widow of slain Lawncrest jeweler William Glatz, will hold three upcoming sessions of Heal Your Heart From Loss.

The Free Library of Northampton Township, 25 Upper Holland Road in Richboro, will host sessions on Wednesday, Nov. 30, Dec. 14 and Dec. 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Glatz will share the story of her husband’s murder.

William Glatz was shot to death in 2010 during a robbery attempt inside his jewelry store at 6435 Rising Sun Ave. The Glatz family had owned the store for more than 60 years.

For more information, email ••

Santa coming to Holmesburg Library

Santa Claus will visit Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave., on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The evening will include cookies, storytime and crafts. Parents are welcome to bring their cameras to take pictures.

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

Senior Nutrition Fair at KleinLife

KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., will host a complimentary Senior Nutrition Fair on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited.

In addition to nutritional information, the event will offer blood pressure and diabetes screenings and information about medicines and wellness programs.

Participants are asked to bring a canned food or packaged food item to be used in assembling bags for homebound senior citizens.

For information, call 267–345–7787. ••

All Saints Church to host Christmas bazaar

All Saints Episcopal Church, 9601 Frankford Ave., will host its annual Christmas bazaar and craft show on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2–3.

Hours are Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Roast beef dinner will be served Dec. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. The meal is $10, or $5 for kids 9 or under. Santa Claus will appear both days. ••

Bariatric sessions at Nazareth Hospital

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

The session will take place on Dec. 21, from 8 to 9 a.m. To reserve a seat or for more information, call toll-free 1–855-LESS-YOU. ••

Donations sought for local coat drive

Angela Jane Pavilion Subacute Rehabilitation, 8410 Roosevelt Blvd., is sponsoring a coat drive to help those in need stay warm this winter. All coats donated need to be new and may be dropped off at Angela Jane’s lobby.

Call 215–708–1200 or visit ••

Fox Chase Farm to open special store

Fox Chase Farm will open a special Farm Store early to raise funds for its agriculture-based educational programs.

The store will be open on Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering seasonal foods, decorations and gifts.

Shoppers will be able to choose from selections of Douglas fir and Frasier fir trees, natural wreaths, roping, centerpieces, baskets, grave decorations, window and door swags, fresh-baked goods, homemade soups, apple and pumpkin butter, fresh fruit, decorative wooden signs, bird houses, birdseed and more.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, guests will be able to create their own table centerpieces and decorate holiday cookies. There will also be s’more making by an open fire as well as a special greens sale.

Fox Chase Farm is at 8500 Pine Road. Visit for information. ••

LIHEAP applications now available

The offices of City Councilman Brian O’Neill have applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

LIHEAP is a federal grant that helps income-eligible families pay their heating bills and restore gas service in the event of a shutoff.

These grants range from $200 to $1,000, are available to both renters and homeowners, and do not have to be repaid.

The award amount is based on household size and income.

For an application or questions about the program, call or visit one of O’Neill’s offices at 7522 Castor Ave. (215–685–0438); 432 Rhawn St. (215–685–6431); FOP Lodge 5 headquarters, 11630 Caroline Road (215–437–9167); Bustleton Avenue and Bowler Streat, above the 7th Police District (215–685–0432); and 562 City Hall (215–686–3422). ••

Holiday concert at Glen Foerd

Glen Foerd on the Delaware, 5001 Grant Ave., will host a holiday concert on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 2 to 3 p.m.

The performers will be singer Markus Beam and pianist Jeffery Uhlig.

Tickets cost $10. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

Call 215–632–5330 or visit ••

Christmas bazaar is Dec. 10

St. Michael’s Church — Kensington, Cumberland Street and Trenton Avenue, will host a Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The day will include an appearance by Santa Claus.

Guests are asked to bring a canned good for the church’s food pantry.

Call 215–423–0792. ••

Turkey, toy drives ongoing

Donations are needed for a turkey drive for needy families in Burholme.

Also, the Hellraisers Bucks County Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club will host a Christmas party at the Michael J. Crescenz Rising Sun VFW Post 2819, 6850 Martins Mill Road, on Dec. 18, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Santa Claus will appear, and there will be a toy giveaway.

To donate a turkey or other food or for more information on the party, call Roxanna Gambino Schroeder at 215–626–1723. ••

Neilson taking Toys for Tots

State Rep. Ed Neilson’s office is a drop-off location for this year’s U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign.

Residents may drop off new or unopened toys until Dec. 16 at Neilson’s office at 16 Old Ashton Road.

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign collects toy donations each year to be distributed to needy children.

Call 215–330–3714. ••

King’s Highway showing Dec. 6

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St., will host a showing of The King’s Highway on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.

The film chronicles the history of a portion of Frankford Avenue.

Tickets cost $10.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the cast and crew will be available to talk with guests.

For more information, call 215–893–1999 or visit ••

Free pet photos with Santa

World of Animals will take free pet photos with Santa Claus at all four of its locations on Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The locations are 6503 Frankford Ave., 408 S. 20th St., 2621 Philmont Ave. in Huntingdon Valley and 8023 Old York Road in Elkins Park. ••

Aid for those with special needs

State Rep. Thomas Murt (R-152nd dist.) reminds those with special needs and their families that they have a new tax-advantaged option for saving for medical costs.

ldquo;The new Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (PA ABLE) provides families with a savings account without jeopardizing eligibility for important programs that their loved ones depend on,” Murt said. “This program gives families more independence, greater financial security and a better quality of life without endangering eligibility for programs that are means-tested.”

PA ABLE savings account benefits include the ability to save up to $14,000 each year; have savings grow tax-free; make withdrawals exempt from federal and state income tax when used for qualified disability expenses; have accounts exempt from inheritance tax; and have ABLE savings excluded from eligibility determinations for Supplemental Security Income benefits (savings up to $100,000), other means-tested federal programs, Medical Assistance, and other state means-tested disability and health benefits.

“This is a very important tax-advantaged savings program that does not endanger eligibility for the means-tested benefit programs critical to the health and well-being of many with disabilities,” Murt said.

Sign up to receive more information at ••

Dawkins vice chair of Philly delegation

State Rep. Jason Dawkins (D-179th dist.) has been elected as vice chairman of the Philadelphia County Delegation for the 2017–18 legislative session.

Dawkins, who was unopposed for a second term on Nov. 8, will join the leadership team of delegation chairwoman Maria Donatucci and secretary/treasurer Joanna McClinton.

All three members are newly elected to these positions.

“We bring fresh energy to the leadership of the Philadelphia delegation,” Dawkins said. “I am looking forward to working with all the members of the delegation to move Philadelphia forward.” ••

8th PDAC to host holiday fair

The 8th Police District Advisory Council invites the public to a holiday craft and vendor fair on Saturday, Dec. 3, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Archbishop High School gymnasium, 11201 Academy Road.

More than 40 vendors and crafters will sell their wares. There will also be a basket raffle and 50/50 drawing. All proceeds will benefit the 8th PDAC, which hosts and funds community events in the 8th Police District. ••

Trolley tours hit the streets in Tacony

The Tacony Community Development Corporation and Tacony Historical Society are co-sponsoring guided trolley tours of Old Tacony during the Tacony Winterfest, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Holy Innocents Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, at Tyson and Torresdale avenues.

The tours will be at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. They are open to anyone 10 or older.

Tours are free but seats are limited.

To sign up, call 215–338–8790 or stop at the Tacony Library and Arts Building, at 6918–20 Torresdale Ave. ••

Symphony orchestra concert on Tuesday

Olney Symphony Orchestra will be presenting a concert on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Berachah Church, 400 Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham. The concert will feature four selections, including Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and an English horn solo. ••

Polish society to host Christmas gala

The Polish Society of Philadelphia will hold a Christmas gala on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill. There will be cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. The evening will include caroling, a silent auction and dancing to the Denny Ostopowicz Orchestra.

For tickets, contact Jean Joka at 215–483–0193 or ••