Around Town: April 26, 2017

Budget briefing to be held on Thursday

City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker (D-9th dist.) will hold a town hall and budget briefing on Thursday, April 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, 1006 Unruh Ave. Call 215–686–3454. ••

Taylor sponsors drug takeback event

State Rep. John Taylor (R-177th dist.) will sponsor a drug takeback day on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Frankford and Cottman avenues.

The co-hosts will be First Class Pharmacy and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. All pharmaceutical drugs to be disposed must be in a sealed container, like the original bottle or a zip-top bag. Liquid pharmaceuticals should remain in the original container. Personal information should be removed or blotted out with a permanent marker. Items accepted include prescription and over-the-counter solid medications; tablets and capsules; liquid medications, like cough syrups and cold medicines; prescription patches; medical creams and ointments; vitamins; nasal sprays; and pet medicines.

For more information, call 215–708–3139. ••

Art class to be held at Tacony Library

Laurie McGinley, of the Mayfair Arts Initiative, will present an introduction to polymer clay on Monday, May 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Tacony Library and Arts Building, 6918 Torresdale Ave.

Beginner and experienced artists are welcome.

Participants will create a keepsake ballpoint pen. All materials are provided. ••

Free shredding event at Sabatina’s office

State Sen. John Sabatina Jr. (D-5th dist.) will host a shredding event at his district office, 12361 Academy Road in the Parkwood Shopping Center, on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is free.

Call 215–695–1020. ••

Pancake breakfast at local church

Holmesburg Baptist Church, 7927 Frankford Ave., will host a pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 29, from 8 to 11 a.m.

The cost is $5 and includes orange or apple juice, hot cakes, choice of bacon or sausage, breakfast cakes and coffee or milk.

For reservations, call 215–338–1775. ••

NE Older Adult Center will host bingo games

The Northeast Older Adult Center, 8101 Bustleton Ave. in Rhawnhurst, will host bingo games on Friday, April 28, at 5 p.m. Call 215–685–0576. ••

Butterfly pavilion at Holmesburg Library

The Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion will bring its travel show to Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave., on Saturday, April 29, from 2 to 3 p.m.

There will be live insects and a pop-up butterfly pavilion. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Holmesburg Library. Call 215–685–8756. ••

NE Chamber hosting women’s conference

Radio personality Marilyn Russell, co-host of The Breakfast Club on WOGL (98.1 FM), will deliver the welcoming address and serve as moderator at the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Conference and Luncheon on Thursday, April 27, at the Radisson Hotel Philadelphia/Northeast, 2400 Old Lincoln Highway, in Trevose.

Registration and breakfast begin at 8 a.m. The conference is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Business After Hours networking session will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person, which includes the entire conference package. Tickets to attend only the after-hours event are $25 per person.

There will be sessions discussing topics such as entrepreneurship, social media, business and personal growth, cyber security, and building an effective team. For information, call 215–332–3400 or visit ••

Amputee event to be held at World Gym

World Gym, 11000 Roosevelt Blvd., will host Limb Loss Awareness Day on Saturday, April 29, from 2 to 5 p.m. People with amputations, their caregivers and the general public are invited.

The afternoon will include lectures, videos, vendors, literature and a tour of the gym, including wheelchair-accessible equipment.

For more information, call 215–424–2671. ••

Healthy eating at NE Regional Library

Cookbook author Tara Mataraza will discuss easy, nutritious snacks on Saturday, April 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave.

There is no cost or registration required.

Call 215–685–0522 or 215–685–0501. ••

Drug disposal event at 7th Police District

State Rep. Martina White (R-170th dist.) will sponsor a drug takeback day on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 7th Police District, 1701 Bowler St.

The event will be in conjunction with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

Items accepted include prescription and over-the-counter solid medications; tablets and capsules; liquid medications, like cough syrups and cold medicines; prescription patches; medical creams and ointments; vitamins; nasal sprays; and pet medicines.

No needles or other sharp medical instruments will be accepted.

Call White’s office at 215–330–3711. ••

WEL Burholme to host diabetes program

Wesley Enhanced Living Burholme, 7040 Oxford Ave., will host Everyone with Diabetes Counts on Wednesday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The free empowerment educational program is for those affected by diabetes.

Light refreshments will be served.

To RSVP, call 267–348–2869. ••

Nazareth stroke program recertified

The Joint Commission has recertified Nazareth Hospital’s stroke program and affirmed Nazareth’s status as a Primary Stroke Center.

Disease-specific certification is awarded by The Joint Commission based on a program’s compliance with national standards, implementation of clinical guidelines and achievement of excellent care outcomes. ••

Neilson to sponsor senior expo on April 28

State Rep. Ed Neilson (D-174th dist.) is inviting his constituents to a senior expo on Friday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road. There will be free health screenings, giveaways, music, light refreshments and ways to discover resources.

“This event is a great opportunity for seniors in the community to come out and learn more about state programs that are available to help them lead happier, healthier lives,” Neilson said. “We’ll be hosting multiple local and state agencies, and my staff and I will be on hand to answer any questions that may arise.”

Call 215–330–3714. ••

Sign up for Houseman Day Camp

Houseman Recreation Center, 5091 Summerdale Ave., will host a day camp from July 3 to Aug. 11.

The camp is for kids ages 5–13. It offers swimming, arts and crafts, sports, trips, games, breakfast and lunch.

Hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There is a $25 registration fee. The cost is $600 for all six weeks. For an extended care program from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., the fee is $30 per week.

For more information, call 215–685–1240. ••

Grant application deadline May 1

Applications for 2018 Philadelphia Activities Fund grants are available from the Department of Parks and Recreation at city recreation centers, Police Athletic League centers, libraries, City Council offices and online. The application deadline is May 1.

The Philadelphia Activities Fund is a nonprofit corporation established by the mayor’s office and City Council to foster and promote the educational values of sportsmanship, the arts and health to people in Philadelphia. The fund offers financial support to programs and organizations that encourage education and assists other nonprofit organizations in serving diverse segments of the community.

Organizations that receive Cultural Fund or Anti-Drug Initiative grants are not eligible. Applications for fiscal year 2018 are due by May 1. Mailed applications must be postmarked by that date. Applicants are advised to submit two copies separately. The mailing address is 1515 Arch St., 10th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102. The email is ••

Tacony historical society to meet

The Historical Society of Tacony will meet on Monday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at Holy Innocents — St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 7001 Torresdale Ave.

The guest speaker will be archivist and historian Jack McCarthy. McCarthy will trace the history of Philadelphia manufacturing from the small shops of the colonial craftsmen to the massive industrial plants of the 19th and 20th centuries. ••

Grief support group to meet

Donna Glatz, widow of slain Lawncrest jeweler William Glatz, will hold Heal Your Heart From Loss on Wednesday, April 26, at the Free Library of Northampton Township, 25 Upper Holland Road in Richboro. The session will run 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. Obina Onyiah was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Kevin Turner, who had escaped from Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility nine days earlier, died in a shootout with Glatz.

For more information, email ••

Beekeeping workshops

Glen Foerd on the Delaware horticulturalist and beekeeper Sam Torres will lead a series of beekeeping workshops for aspiring apiarists wishing to get up close and personal with honey bees. And for those who prefer to support pollinators from afar, Glen Foerd will host a pollinator gardening workshop.

The beekeeping sessions will be held in three parts on consecutive Saturdays, April 29, and May 6 and 13. The pollinator workshop will be held on the ensuing Saturday, May 20. Glen Foerd is at 5001 Grant Ave. For information, visit ••

Civil War reenactment at park

Neshaminy State Park, 3401 State Road in Bensalem, will host a Civil War reenactment on Saturday and Sunday, April 29–30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a dress parade, cavalry, cooking demonstrations, period baked goods, artillery demonstrations, reenactments of the Battles of Dunker Church and Bloody Lane, Mifflin Guard Field Music Concert, church service, period baseball game and “Meet the Generals.” ••

Holocaust survivor to speak April 26

The Holme Circle Civic Association will commemorate Jewish History Month in April with a presentation by World War II Holocaust survivor and neighborhood resident Itka Zygmuntowicz at the association’s next general meeting on April 26 at 7 p.m. at St. Jerome’s School, Stamford and Colfax streets. All HCCA meetings are held in the school cafeteria/hall and are open to the public.

Zygmuntowicz, 91, is a native of Poland who was sent by the Nazis to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in 1942 and separated from her family, who she never saw again. In January 1945, she was moved to the Ravensbruck camp in Germany, where she survived for three more months before she was liberated by the Swedish Red Cross on Passover, April 26, 1945.

Zygmuntowicz settled in Sweden, married and moved to the United States in 1953. She has often spoken about her Holocaust experiences to religious groups, schools and other organizations. She has been active in Philadelphia-area Jewish organizations and charities. ••

Tea and dolls event

Crescentville United Methodist Church will host All Dolled Up Tea on Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m. in its memorial hall, 412 Sentner St.

The afternoon will include tea and a collection of dolls. Guests are invited to bring a favorite doll. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Call 215–745–7115 or 215–885–7069. ••

Jazz festival

The sixth annual Center City Jazz Festival returns on Saturday, April 29, from 1 to 7 p.m.

Twenty bands will perform at five venues: Time Restaurant, 1315 Sansom St.; Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom St.; Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St.; Chris’ Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St.; and Milkboy Philadelphia, 1100 Chestnut St.

To purchase tickets, go to ••

HGP hosts musical

The Holy Ghost Prep Drama Society will present five upcoming productions of the musical Anything Goes.

The shows will take place at the Firebird Field House, 2429 Bristol Pike in Bensalem. Show times are 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 27–28, 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 30.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and children. ••

Concert at Tiffany Diner

John Primerano will perform an evening of swing and ballads on Sunday, April 30, at the Tiffany Diner banquet hall, 9010 Roosevelt Blvd.

Dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m., followed by the show.

The cost is $30, which includes tax and gratuity. There will be a cash bar.

For tickets or more information, call 215–677–1843 or email ••

Charlie Sheen coming to Philly

Charlie Sheen will appear at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday, June 3–4, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Sheen will greet fans, pose for photos, sign autographs and conduct a fan question-and-answer session.

He joins Gene Simmons, Millie Bobby Brown and Michael Rooker on the guest roster.

Wizard World Comic Con celebrates pop culture, movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, science fiction, graphic novels, toys, original art and collectibles.

Philadelphia show hours are Thursday, June 1, 4 to 9 p.m.; Friday, June 2, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, June 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kids 10 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

For more information, visit ••

Pantano Dance Party is Friday

The St. Hubert Alumnae Association will sponsor a Bob Pantano Dance Party on Friday, April 28, from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road. Tickets cost $40 and include food, beer, wine and soda.

Contact Louise at 610–724–6061 or ••

‘Amazing Race’ competition

The Newtown Library Company will be hosting an Amazing Race competition on Saturday, April 29.

Teams of two or three will race through Newtown Borough, Bucks County using location clues. The day will include fun tasks to complete, scavenger hunts and architectural finds.

All participants must have a camera phone.

Registration will begin at 9:15 a.m., with the race kicking off at 10, at 142 N. Lincoln Ave. The cost is $30, or $15 for kids ages 3–13. The rain date is April 30.

For information or to register, call 215–968–7659 or visit ••

Firefly announces lineups

Firefly Music Festival recently announced its daily lineups.

The an-nu-al mu-sic and camp-ing fest-iv-al will re-turn to The Wood-lands of Dover, Delaware from June 15–18.

A breakdown of the daily lineup can be found at

The head-liners will be The Weeknd, Muse, Twenty One Pi-lots, Chance the Rap-per and Bob Dylan and His Band.

The lineup will also fea-ture Flume, Weez-er, The Shins, Thirty Seconds to Mars and more than 135 ad-di-tion-al acts.

Gen-er-al ad-mis-sion and VIP pass op-tions, along with single day passes and single day camping, are on sale at

Vari-ous ini-ti-at-ives will be-ne-fit St. Jude Chil-dren’s Re-search Hos-pit-al’s Mu-sic Gives to St. Jude Kids pro-gram. ••

XPoNential Festival is July 28–30

WXPN will host its annual XPoNential Music Festival July 28–30 at the BB&T Pavilion and the adjacent Wiggins Waterfront Park in Camden.

The opening-night performers will be Wilco, Conor Oberst and Hop Along.

Other entertainers will include Amos Lee and Friends, Spoon, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Drive-By Truckers, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires and Angel Olsen.

Reserved and lawn tickets for the July 28 concert are on sale through, the BB&T Pavilion box office, Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at


The complete lineup of artists performing at the festival will be announced next month, when 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes go on sale.

More information is available at or the festival’s Facebook page. ••