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Around Town: August 2

City’s tire round-up program continues

The Philadelphia Streets Department’s 2017 Tire Round-up Program has four dates remaining this summer: Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26, when community groups can make money while combating illegal dumping.

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To participate, groups must register with the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee via 215–685–3981. Only block captains, organized civic organizations, Town Watch organizations and Partnership Recycling Groups are eligible.

Participants are offered a “tire bounty” of 50 cents for each illegally discarded tire they collect and return to one of the designated sanitation sites. Groups are capped at 1,000 tires (or $500). Tires from repair shops, dealers and private storage lots are not acceptable. Those tires must be disposed by the merchant or landlord. For information, call 215–686–5560. ••

Family Night at Holmesburg Library

The Friends of Holmesburg Library will sponsor Family Night in the Garden on Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave. The evening will feature storytime, a ventriloquist show, face painting, art, water ice and more.

The library will also host a wooden block party on Friday, Aug. 4, from 2 to 3 p.m. Children ages 3–6 will build, create and play with wooden blocks.

Call 215–685–8756. ••

Car show is Sunday on Geiger Road

The second annual Doc’s Rock the Block Car Show will take place on Sunday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Doc Bresler’s Cavity Busters, 240 Geiger Road.

The rain date is Aug. 13.

Car registration is $20. Participants will receive a goody bag and T-shirt and have a chance to win prizes.

Proceeds benefit the Sunshine Foundation and the Temple Dental Haiti Club.

For information, go to cavitybusters.com ••

Donate old crayons for hospitalized kids

A.C. Moore is helping The Crayon Initiative in its effort to recycle unwanted crayons that will be sorted and used to create fresh new packs that will be given to children’s hospitals across the country.

The retailer will be holding a crayon collection drive through Wednesday, Aug. 2, in all 133 of its locations, including one in the Northeast, at 9111 Roosevelt Blvd.

The A.C. Moore Foundation will also donate $1 to The Crayon Initiative for every pound of crayons collected, up to $40,000. ••

Events at Ryerss Museum and Library

Ryerss Museum & Library, located inside Burholme Park, at Cottman and Central avenues, has a series of upcoming activities.

Children ages 4–9 are invited to make murals on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5–6, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Ann Marie Mulgrew and Dancers will perform on Sunday, Aug. 13, at 1 and 3 p.m.

Parks on Tap will take place from Sept. 20–24, and will feature beer, food trucks and games. ••

Bambies partying on the river

The St. Hubert Alumnae Association will hold Bambies by the River on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Maggie’s Waterfront Cafe, 9242 N. Delaware Ave.

Tickets cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door, and include food, draft beer, wine, drink specials and a DJ.

The event is open to St. Hubert graduates and friends 21 or older. For tickets, go to huberts.org/River or visit the school.

For information, contact Jackie at 215–673–9850 or BambiesByTheRiver@gmail.com ••

Residents can drop off bulk waste on Aug. 5

The Philadelphia Streets Department will host six mobile sanitation convenience centers on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. allowing residents to drop off up to 12 bags of household waste, bulk items including furniture and appliances, including televisions. The Northeast location will be at Jardel Playground, Pennway and Saint Vincent streets in Burholme.

Acceptable items include auto tires (up to four), large metal household appliances (up to two), computers, monitors, TVs, latex or water-based paint cans that have been treated with kitty litter or newspaper, mattresses, box springs, recyclable materials and yard waste.

Residents who wish to drop off waste must show proof of residence in the city. The centers will accept loads delivered by personal passenger vehicles and commercial or rental trucks weighing less than 6,000 pounds. Commercial loads are prohibited.

The city operates six permanent sanitation convenience centers throughout the year Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m except city holidays. The Northeast center is at State Road and Ashburner Street in Holmesburg. ••

Career fair to be held on Aug. 4

The city will hold a public service career fair on Friday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Centers. Attendees should use the entrance at 12th and Arch streets.

There will be more than 50 agencies, including the district attorney’s office, SEPTA, the state civil service, the state police, the School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Gas Works, PECO Energy, colleges and universities and employment resource organizations.

To register, go to eventbrite.com/e/city-of-philadelphias-public-service-career-fair-tickets-35549711143#tickets ••

North alums heading to Atlantic City

The North Catholic Alumni Association is sponsoring a trip to Atlantic City on Monday, Aug. 7.

A bus will depart the alumni association office at Rhawn and Fairfield streets at 9 a.m.

The day will start with a one-hour boat ride on the Atlantic City Cruise. Next will be a four-hour stay at Resorts Casino, with $25 slot cash. The day will end with an all-you-can-eat dinner and unlimited wine at Renault Winery. The bus will return at the alumni office at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $70. Call Jeff Rzepczynski (class of 1988) at 267–879–4894. ••

Photographs of Veterans Stadium sought for book

Tacony’s Lou and Lynn Iatarola are planning a book on Veterans Stadium, and are asking the public to submit photos.

The Iatarolas are looking for images related to sporting events, concerts and special events held at the Vet as well as demolition photos and images of the stadium area before and during construction.

Images and stories associated with the images can be emailed to Vetstadiummemories@gmail.com ••

SEPTA expands Travel Wallet payment program

SEPTA has begun the rollout of its expanded SEPTA Key Travel Wallet fare payment program along the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines, as well as major bus loop fare kiosks. The full rollout schedule with locations is posted at septa.org/key.

The Travel Wallet allows customers to add value to a SEPTA Key card for tap-and-go travel. Customers who now use tokens, paper transfers or cash can transition to the SEPTA Key card and leave behind concerns about pre-purchasing tickets or having to pay with exact change. Each time a rider uses the SEPTA Key Travel Wallet for a single ride, a single discounted fare will be deducted from the pre-loaded balance on the card. Transfers are automatically deducted at the normal transfer rate. Cards may be registered to protect the holder in cases of loss or theft.

Customers can obtain a SEPTA Key card with Travel Wallet option at fare kiosks on the Market-Frankford or Broad Street lines or on a major bus route. The user must load $10 to $250 on the card via a cash, debit card or credit card transaction. Funds may be added to the Travel Wallet later at kiosks, sales offices, via septakey.org or by calling 855–567–3782. ••

Festival to benefit police survivors fund

The fourth annual Philadelphia Doo Wop Festival will take place on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Road.

All proceeds will benefit the FOP survivors fund.

The festival will feature 12 vocal groups, oldies disc jockeys, dancing and record collector vendors.

Tickets cost $25, and include food, draft beer and soda.

Call 215–629–3600. ••

Senior Wildwood trip set for September

The group 55 Plus is running a trip to Wildwood, New Jersey, Sept. 10–14.

The trip will include five days and four nights.

The cost is $420 per person for double occupancy and $524 for single occupancy.

The cost includes four breakfasts, four dinners, two lunches, a trip to Atlantic City and a dolphin boat cruise.

Call Ella Ryan at 215–673–6655. ••

Free concert planned Aug. 10 in Tacony

The Tacony Civic Association’s summer concert series continues on Thursday, Aug. 10, at Disston Recreation Center, at Disston and Glenloch streets.

The entertainment will be Lenny G. & the Soulsenders and Two Weeks Notice.

The concert is free and starts at 7 p.m. ••

Somerton Center awarded for quality

Somerton Center, a 225-bed skilled nursing facility at 650 Edison Ave., has been recognized as a 2017 Silver — Achievement in Quality Award recipient by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

The program spotlights providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for residents and patients in long-term and post-acute care centers and communities.

“We are honored to be recognized for what we’ve accomplished on our journey to improve quality care,” said Arthur Lyons, executive director. “Applying for the Silver award has helped Somerton Center to achieve better outcomes as an organization.”

At the Silver level, members develop and demonstrate effective approaches that help improve performance and health care outcomes.

“I applaud Somerton Center’s ability to effectively apply the Baldrige criteria to improve quality performance,” said Alana Wolfe, chairwoman of the award board of overseers.

The awards will be presented to honorees during AHCA/NCAL’s 68th Annual Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 15–18. ••

Nazareth offers help for those in mourning

The Spiritual Care Department at Nazareth Hospital is offering a monthly grief support session for anyone who is dealing with any form of loss.

The sessions are designed to help those grieving by offering extra support and companionship in their time of need. Any and all family members or friends are welcome to take part in the meetings.

The grief support group sessions will take place on the second Tuesday of every month, from 1 to 2 p.m., at Nazareth Hospital, 2601 Holme Ave., in the administrative conference room on the first floor.

The next session is on Aug. 8.

To register, call 215–335–7797. ••

Trip to benefit Fox Chase Cancer Center

The Marlyn Fein Chapter, affiliated with Fox Chase Cancer Center, will be running a trip to Vermont from Oct. 9–13.

The cost is $815, double occupancy, or $999, single occupancy. The price includes round-trip deluxe motorcoach transportation, four nights’ accommodations, four breakfasts, three dinners and a lunch cruise. Visits include Ben & Jerry’s, von Trapp historic tour and Woodstock. Call 215–860–3710 or 215–728–4797 for reservations.

All proceeds benefit research and care at Fox Chase Cancer Center. ••

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