Around Town

Senior learning at KleinLife

KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., will offer a Lifelong Learning series for seniors beginning on Feb. 18.

The public is invited to participate.

The program will offer classes on painting, current events, music, culture and arts, book lovers and tea, movies and theater, literature and science

Additionally, the program will include an excursion to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts on March 26.

For additional information and to receive a free Lifelong Learning brochure, contact Linda Hershman at 215-698-7300, Ext. 114 or lhershman@kleinlife.org ••

Gritty coming to the Northeast

Gritty, the popular Flyers mascot, will appear at the new Xfinity store at 4640 Roosevelt Blvd. on Friday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 7 p.m. The evening will include autographs, pictures and giveaways, as 97.5 The Fanatic will be at the store from 5 to 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, the store will host another event on Sunday, Feb. 24, from noon to 2 p.m. There will be appearances by 94 WIP personalities Jon Ritchie and Ike Reese, both former NFL players, along with the WIP street team, Eagles cheerleaders, Swoop and a doughnut truck. ••

Learn about early childhood education

Harcum College at Grace Trinity, 5200 Oxford Ave., is recruiting for admission for its associate degree program in Early Childhood Education at an open house on Feb. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Harcum’s ECE degree is recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Classes are held twice a week from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

Applicants must have a high school diploma or must have successfully completed a state-approved high school equivalency diploma. Harcum accepts transfer students. 

Students are eligible for financial aid as well as Harcum grants. For further information, call 215-535-3885 or email msebastian@harcum.edu ••

Learn about diabetes, weight-loss surgery

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, Nazareth Hospital will continue its Dine with the Docs community Q&A series with a discussion about diabetes and weight loss.

At the free event, participants will hear from Dr. Abhiman B. Cheeyandira, bariatric surgeon, and Dr. Jeff Olson, primary care physician at Mercy Primary Care at Holme Avenue. The event will include a complimentary meal. Cheeyandira and Olson will discuss the basics of diabetes management and teach attendees about available bariatric weight-loss procedures.

The event will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Nazareth Hospital’s DiBello Conference Room, 2601 Holme Ave.

Registration is required. Call 215-335-6100 or visit mercyhealth.org ••

Poetry at Holmesburg Library

Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave., will host an open poetry reading on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to any poets or songwriters 18 and older. Participants are asked to sign in 10 minutes before the start of the show.

For information, visit the group’s Facebook page, call the library at 215 685-8756 or email jjrupp@aol.com ••

Terranium party at Redz Bar & Grille

Kreative Adventures will sponsor Terrarium Party: Pick Your Own Planter on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Redz Bar & Grille, 8208 Roosevelt Blvd.

The cost is $20, and a free drink comes with ticket purchase. For information, visit eventbrite.com ••

Business workshop at CCP

Community College of Philadelphia’s Northeast Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Road, will host a free store owner workshop.

The Power Up Your Business workshop is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19. 

Call 215-496-6151 or visit ccp.edu/powerup ••

Thrift shop sale offers half-priced clothing

Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai’s Classroom Thrift Shop, 4301 Tyson Ave., will hold a half-price clothing sale through Friday, Feb. 15.

A bag sale, allowing customers to fill a bag of clothing for $6, will run from Feb. 17-22.

Hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop will be closed from Feb. 24 through March 2. It will reopen March 3.

Call 215-624-9130. ••

Fundraiser for jailed union boss

The Joseph J. Dougherty Legal Defense Fund will host a beef-and-beer fundraiser to help with the appeal of Dougherty, former business manager of Ironworkers Local 401 

In 2015, Dougherty was sentenced to 19 years and two months in federal prison resulting from his racketeering and arson-related convictions.

The fundraiser is set for Saturday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 10 p.m. at District Council 21 Painters and Allied Trades, at 2980 Southampton Road. For information, call 215-301-2633 or email jimmoran2018@gmail.com ••

Free tax preparation offered

The City of Philadelphia and the Campaign for Working Families are providing free tax preparation services for families and individuals making less than $55,000 a year.

The tax preparation is available at the Northeast Super Site, 2141 Cottman Ave., Unit 32 (near the Five Below), Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For questions about the program, call or visit one of City Councilman Brian 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 Street, above the 7th Police District (215-685-0432); and City Hall (215-686-3422). ••

Register for environmental grants

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is offering grants, with an application deadline of April 10.

“One of the greatest gifts we can present to our children and grandchildren is a clean, healthy and sustainable environment,” said state Sen. Tina Tartaglione. 

“This is more than a goal. It’s an essential responsibility that we can fulfill by working together as a community with contributions from the public and private sectors; professionals and volunteers; city dwellers, suburbanites and those who live in Pennsylvania’s vast and beautiful rural counties.”

Applicants are encouraged to register for an upcoming webinar on Feb. 27 via dcnr.pa.gov

More information on other grant programs is also available via the DCNR website. ••

Jeanes gets high honor

Jeanes Hospital has achieved the Healthgrades 2019 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award. The distinction places Jeanes in the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“Our physicians and staff are dedicated to providing excellence in clinical care consistently for every patient in every area of our hospital,” said Dr. Marc P. Hurowitz, president and CEO of Jeanes. “This kind of national recognition from Healthgrades validates our work and communicates a strong message about Jeanes Hospital’s proven performance.” ••

Murt favors natural gas tax

State Rep. Tom Murt will sponsor legislation to enact Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to fund infrastructure improvements through a severance tax on natural gas.

The $4.5 billion “Restore Pennsylvania” plan will help fund expanded internet service for rural and urban Pennsylvanians, improve flood prevention.

“It is time that we faced our responsibilities honestly and tapped our vast natural gas resources in a way that will allow us to invest in Pennsylvania’s future success” Murt said. 

“‘Restore Pennsylvania’ will help us upgrade transportation infrastructure, fight blight and address contamination issues like lead and PFAS in my district and throughout the commonwealth.” ••

Travel with North alums May 11

The Northeast Catholic Alumni Association is sponsoring a trip to Baltimore on Saturday, May 11.

A bus will depart the alumni house at Rhawn and Fairfield streets at 8:30 a.m. and arrive back at 8:30 p.m.

The day includes a ticket to the National Aquarium at 11 a.m. and a sit-down late lunch/early dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe at 2 p.m.

There will be about three hours free time before the bus departs the Inner Harbor at 6:30 p.m.

The cost is $110, which must be paid in full by April 8.

For more information, call the alumni office at 215-543-1051. ••

Fundraiser for jailed union boss

The Joseph J. Dougherty Legal Defense Fund will host a beef-and-beer fundraiser to help with the appeal of Dougherty, former business manager of Ironworkers Local 401 

In 2015, Dougherty was sentenced to 19 years and two months in federal prison resulting from his racketeering and arson-related convictions.

The fundraiser is set for Saturday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 10 p.m. at District Council 21 Painters and Allied Trades, at 2980 Southampton Road.

For more information, contact Jim Moran at 215-301-2633 or jimmoran2018@gmail.com ••

Bariatric info session at Nazareth

On Feb. 22, Nazareth Hospital will host a free bariatric information session for the community to educate patients about weight-loss surgery options and support services.

Participants will be able to speak with Nazareth’s bariatric surgeons.

The session will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in Nazareth’s Administrative Conference Room, 2601 Holme Ave.

Registration is required. Call 1-855-LESS YOU or visit mercybariatrics.org ••