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Around Town: Aug. 16

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‘King’s Highway’ showing on Thursday

The movie The King’s Highway will be shown on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church — Fishtown, 418 E. Girard Ave.

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The documentary is a historical recounting of the inland road along the Delaware River better known as U.S. Route 13/Frankford Avenue. For free tickets, go to eventbrite.com/e/the-kings-highway-fishtown-community-movie-tickets-36809540326 ••

LeCompt in concert at Pennypack Park

The Pennypack Park Concert Series will continue on Wednesday, Aug. 16, with LeCompt. Here is the rest of the lineup: Aug. 23, The Launch (Boston and Styx tribute); and Sept. 6, Think Pink Floyd (Pink Floyd tribute).

Concerts are held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Ed Kelly Amphitheater, near the park entrance at Welsh Road and Cresco Avenue.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. For information, call 215–475–2100, visit pennypack.org or check out the concert series page on Facebook. ••

Free movies shown at waterfront park

The Delaware River City Corp. will present two movies on upcoming Thursdays at Pennypack on the Delaware, a waterfront park near Rhawn Street.

PECO Energy will sponsor Finding Dory (Aug. 17) and Jurassic Park (Aug. 24). The films start at sundown. ••

First Responders brunch is Aug. 17

City Councilman Bobby Henon invites all police, firefighters and emergency medical professionals to an inaugural First Responders Appreciation Brunch on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Father Judge High School, 3301 Solly Ave.

All first responders are invited to stop by the school cafeteria to relax and grab a bite to eat in recognition for the work they do to protect the health and safety of the community. The brunch is free and open to all first responders. Contact Paul Ragan at 215–686–3444 for information. ••

AARP tutoring at NE Regional Library

There will be two upcoming sessions at Northeast Regional Library to learn to become an AARP tutor for children needing help on their reading skills.

The free sessions will be at 10 a.m. on Fridays, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25. The library is at 2228 Cottman Ave.

To register, call 267–592–4459. ••

Come Together Dance Festival is this week

Koresh Dance Company will unite innovators, audience favorites and emerging artists among 41 companies participating in the fourth annual Come Together Dance Festival from Aug. 16 to 20 at Suzanne Roberts Theatre on the Avenue of the Arts.

The Lady Hoofers, Philadelphia’s only ensemble dedicated to tap dancing, will highlight the festival. Five mixed programs will stage an eclectic range of styles including hip hop, tap, jazz, ballet, modern, contemporary and traditional dance, along with acrobatic physical theater.

The Lady Hoofers will present Medusa, choreographed by the company’s artistic director, Kat Richter, and commissioned by Stockton University as part of the Sunday, Aug. 20, program. Tickets are available via the Philadelphia Theatre Company website. Enter the code “Hoofers5” at checkout for discount pricing. ••

Meeting to discuss gerrymandering

Fair Districts PA, a statewide nonprofit organization seeking to end gerrymandering by advocating for fair electoral districts and political elections, has organized two volunteer working groups in the Northeast part of the city.

The groups meet monthly. The meetings are open to the public and free to attend.

The Far Northeast working group will meet on Monday, Aug. 21, at 6:15 p.m. at Torresdale Branch Library, 3079 Holme Ave.

The next Northeast working group meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at Circle of Hope Church, 2007 Frankford Ave., in Fishtown.

In addition, Fair Districts PA will host a Slay the Gerrymander presentation with Drinking Liberally Philadelphia on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chancellor St.

Visit the “Fair Districts PA — Philadelphia” page on Facebook for information on all events. ••

Tire Round-up returns Aug. 19

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

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.

To register and learn drop-off locations, call 215–686–5560. ••

PAL announces extended hours

In an effort to provide youth with safe alternatives to the streets this summer, the Philadelphia Police Athletic League has extended Friday hours and added Saturday hours at nine PAL centers. One of the extended centers is Tacony PAL in St. Bernard Church at 4401 Aldine St.

The centers are typically open 1 to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday, during the school year and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer. The nine extended centers will stay open to 9 p.m. on Fridays and reopen from 1 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays until Aug. 26. ••

Little Flower to
celebrate anniversary

Little Flower High School will celebrate the 25-year anniversary of it avoiding closure on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 3 to 6 p.m.

“Little Flower Forever” will take place at the school, 10th and Lycoming streets.

In October 1992, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua announced that some high schools, including Little Flower, would close. The argument was that Little Flower would not survive after open enrollment began in the 1993–94 school year.

By December, after an appeal and prayers to St. Therese, its patron saint, Little Flower was spared by Bevilacqua.

To RSVP for the celebration, email alumnaupdates@littleflowerhighschool.org ••

Community Day planned on Sept. 16

State Sen. Tina Tartaglione will join the 2nd Police District and the 2nd Police District Advisory Council in sponsoring a community day on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The day will kick off with a bicycle ride at 9 a.m. Activities will continue from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fox Chase Elementary School, 500 Rhawn St.

There will be a flea market, children’s fingerprinting, bicycle registration, vehicle identification number etching and document shredding.

Information tables will feature elected officials and representatives of the Philadelphia Police Department, Philadelphia Fire Department and local and state agencies. ••

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