Around Town: May 31, 2017

NE Arts Festival coming to George Washington

George Washington High School will be the venue for the Northeast Arts Festival on Friday, June 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. Students of public elementary, middle and high schools throughout the Northeast will present a music, dance and art festival celebrating their work.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be available. Washington High is at 10175 Bustleton Ave. ••

Free concerts announced in Somerton

The Danube Swabian Association, 1277 Southampton Road in Somerton, will host three free outdoor concerts on upcoming Fridays.

The lineup is No Irish Need Apply Celtic rock (June 2), Cardinal Dougherty Alumni Band (June 23) and Soundwave big band (June 30).

Doors open at 6 p.m., with food and drinks for sale.

Each concert starts at 7 p.m. Call 215–722–4253. ••

Blood drive to be held Friday at Nazareth

Nazareth Hospital and the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Friday, June 2, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the hospital’s Marian Hall, 2601 Holme Ave.

Appointments to donate blood are not required, but those who wish to make an appointment can do so by contacting Karen McGinley, at 215–335–6281 or

Or, sign up by visiting and using the sponsor code “Nazareth Hospital.” ••

‘King’s Highway’ debuting on Channel 12

The film King’s Highway will have its television debut on Thursday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 12.

The film chronicles the historic significance of the highway now known as Frankford Avenue. Director Jason Sherman will appear during commercial breaks.

The film is also on Amazon Prime and IndieFlix. ••

Banner design class at Tacony Library

The Tacony Library and Arts Building, 6918 Torresdale Ave., will host Color, Collage and Creating Civic Art on Wednesday, May 31, from 7 to 9 p.m.

LAB resident artist Mat Tomezsko will work with community members to design new light pole banners for Torresdale Avenue. Participants will work with acrylic paint to learn about color, form and collage as they collaborate with Tomezsko to develop the banners.

Imagery exploring neighborhood identity will be incorporated to create a new look for Torresdale Avenue. This class is free, and intended for adults and mature teens. Registration is required. Email ••

E-cycling on June 3 in Rhawnhurst

City Councilman Brian O’Neill (R-10th dist.) will sponsor an e-cycling event on Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to noon outside his office at 7522 Castor Ave. in Rhawnhurst.

Individuals will be able to safely and securely dispose of any old or unused electronic devices such as computers, cell phones and televisions.

For more information, call 215–685–0438. ••

Animal fundraiser in Bensalem

World of Animals will present a Sunday Funday on Sunday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Polanka Park, 3258 Knights Road in Bensalem.

Admission is free. There will be music, food, demonstrations, vendors, crafts and adoptable pets.

Proceeds will benefit the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team.

For more information, call 215–947–5110, email or visit the Sunday Funday to benefit Red Paw page on Facebook. ••

Pancakes and shredding on Saturday

The Phil-Mont Kiwanis club will sponsor a pancake breakfast and shredding event on Saturday, June 3, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Philadelphia Protestant Home, Martins Mill and Tabor roads.

Breakfast costs $7, with proceeds benefiting the Phil-Mont Kiwanis Scholarship Fund. ••

Tour of Civil War-era graveyard

All Saints’ Church, Torresdale, 9601 Frankford Ave., will hold a living history graveyard tour, presented by Civil War Historical Impressions Inc., on Saturday, June 3, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Re-enactors will portray some of the veterans of that era who are buried in All Saints’ historic graveyard. Parking is at the rear of the church. Donations will go toward graveyard restoration. Call 215–637–8787. ••

Job fair, craft class at NE Regional Library

Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave. (near Bustleton Avenue), will host a job fair on Friday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Employers will be recruiting for positions in education, healthcare, sales, information technology, law enforcement, manufacturing, armed forces, customer service, warehouse and more. Applicants should bring resumes and dress professionally. The event is free, and no registration is required.

Northeast Regional Library will also host International Craft Circle on Saturday, June 3, at 10 a.m. The event is for people who knit, crochet, scrapbook, make jewelry or sew. Call 215–685–0512. ••

Sinatra tribute artist in Bustleton

Celebrity entertainer Lou Dottoli will perform as part of Buffet Supper with Frank Sinatra & Friends on Saturday, June 3, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Bustleton Memorial Post №810, 9151 Old Newtown Road.

The cost is $30 at the door. Guests will have the choice of three hot entrees. There will also be raffles and gift baskets. Dottoli will also perform the songs of Tony Bennett and Dean Martin.

Proceeds will benefit Community Care Center of the Northeast. Call 215–335–4416 or visit ••

Get a wee lesson in Irish Heritage history

It’s not too late to see the Irish Heritage Theatre’s new production of Brian Friel’s rarely staged play Making History through June 10 at Plays and Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia.

Making History is set in the early 1600s Ireland before and after the siege of Kinsale, the ultimate battle in England’s conquest of Gaelic Ireland. Powerful historical forces determine the destinies of Hugh O’Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, and his ally, Red Hugh O’Donnell.

Irish Heritage Theatre is Philadelphia’s only professional company dedicated to preserving and acquainting new audiences with the poetry and power of classic Irish theater and its rich legacy in America.

Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors and $15 for students, theater industry members or groups. Visit or call 215–751–8495 for information. ••