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Auditions for music program

The nonprofit Share the Spotlight is holding auditions for musicians in grades six through 12 for a tuition-free summer rock music program. Auditions take place at Keystone Soundworks, 4900 Longshore Ave., beginning on April 5. The deadline to sign up is April 1.

To audition, students can learn any song by the Beatles, Led Zeppelin or Aretha Franklin on guitar, bass, drum set, keyboard or vocals. They should have some experience on their instrument and be highly motivated to practice and learn new parts.

The program will meet twice a week through June and July and perform an end-of-the-season show in a professional venue.

To schedule an audition, visit sharethespotlight.org/audition

For more information, email sharethespotlightinfo@gmail.com or call 917-575-9638. ••

History fair at Cannstatter’s

Friends of Northeast Philadelphia History and the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce will present the Northeast Philadelphia History Fair on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road.

Admission is free. There will be historic displays, presentations on local history and books, prints, photographs and other historical items.

For information, call 215-370-4626 or visit the Northeast Philadelphia History Network page on Facebook. ••

Poetry at Holmesburg Library

Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave., will host an open poetry reading on Wednesday, March 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 more information, visit the group’s Facebook page, call the library at 215 685-8756 or email jjrupp@aol.com ••

Ballet coming to Penn Charter

Metropolitan Ballet Company will host guest artists from the San Francisco Ballet’s trainee program for Variations/Collaborations, An Evening of Dance and Music on Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at Penn Charter’s Kurtz Center, 3000 W. School House Lane.

The program will also feature collaborations with Settlement Music School.

Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

For more information, call 215-663-1665 or visit metropolitanballetcompany.org ••

Career fair to be held Friday

RecruitmentQueen will hold a career night on Friday, March 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. near the former Macy’s at Neshaminy Mall. RecruitmentQueen is also partnering with a professional photographer to offer free headshot photos for use in LinkedIn profiles.

So far, the following employers have signed up to exhibit: Sykes, TMA Bucks, Salute2Service, Traffic Plan, American Heritage Federal Credit Union, The Protocall Group, Vertical Screen, Sterling Limousine and the Horsham Clinic. 

Professional attire is recommended for job seekers. Employers interested in attending the career fair can call 267-981-5976. For more information, go to eventbrite.com and search for “Bucks County Career Night.” ••

Vendors and bingo on Sunday

Redemption Lutheran Church, 8001 Bustleton Ave. (at Rhawn Street), is hosting vendor bingo on Sunday, March 24. Vendor shopping starts at 1 p.m., and bingo begins at 2 p.m.

The event is a fundraiser for the ministries of the church as well as Rhawnhurst Turning Point. Tickets cost $25. There will be 10 rounds of bingo, each with a prize from a vendor. Admission also includes snacks and an entry to the grand prize raffle. Guests are welcome to bring their own wine and beer.

To reserve tickets or for information, call 215-342-2085 or visit redemptionphiladelphia.org ••

Primerano in concert on Sunday

John Primerano will be in concert on Sunday, March 24, in the Tiffany Diner Restaurant banquet room, 9010 Roosevelt Blvd. Dinner is at 5 p.m., with the show to follow. The cost is $35, which includes tax and tip. Call 215-677-1843 or visit johnprimerano.com ••

Lunch and play trip on Saturday

Leisure Timers of Delaire Landing will be going to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse for lunch and a show on Saturday, March 23.

The trip will feature the mystery musical, comedy show Take Me Away and a full-course, sit-down meal and a dessert room.

The cost is $92 and includes bus, meal, show, tax and tips.

Call Geri at 215-612-7909 for reservations. ••

Booze Bingo on Saturday

Calvary Athletic Association, 4330 Deerpath Lane, will host Booze Bingo on Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m.

Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $30 and include light refreshments and 10 games. The event is BYOB and open to people 21 and older. Tables of 10 are available. The evening will also include raffle baskets and a 50-50.

Tickets must be bought in advance at calvaryaa.org ••

Help for small businesses

The deadline is Saturday, March 23, to apply for the Power Up Your Business Peer-based Learning Experience, offered at Community College of Philadelphia Northeast Regional Center, 12901 Townsend Road.

The series is free and geared to small businesses.

The class will begin on May 1 and meet Wednesdays (except July 3) through July 24.

Visit ccp.edu/powerup or call 215-496-6151. ••

Register to attend Maternity BVM

Maternity BVM Catholic School will hold registration for the 2019-20 academic year for new and returning families on Wednesday, March 20, and Thursday, March 21, from 9 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall, 9322 Old Bustleton Ave.

For more information, call 215-908-3329. ••

Bariatric session at Nazareth Hospital

On Friday, March 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 ••

Apply to become crossing guard

The Philadelphia Police Department is hiring school crossing guards. In response to the crossing guard shortage in the Northeast, City Councilman Brian O’Neill is encouraging local residents to apply. The application process runs through Friday, March 22. There will not be a written test, but preference will be given to Philadelphia residents, veterans and legacy and bilingual applicants.

For information, call or visit 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); City Hall (215-686-3422). ••

Book review luncheon on April 2

A book review luncheon to benefit RSVP Philadelphia will be held at Randi’s Restaurant, 1619 Grant Ave., in the Grant Plaza II Shopping Center, on Tuesday, April 2, at 11:30 a.m.

The public is invited.

Mary Ann Kesilman will discuss The Girl From Berlin by Ronald H. Balson.

Cost for the event, which includes a choice of a tuna salad platter, chicken salad platter or chicken parm sandwich, is $25 per person.

Call 215-698-7300 or visit kleinlife.org ••

Apply for training program

City Councilman Brian O’Neill announced that the Philadelphia Energy Authority is hiring for the Bright Solar Futures Summer Training Program, which provides young people with the opportunity to learn construction safety, how to install solar panels, the basics of energy efficiency and how to succeed in a new workplace.

Applicants must be city residents ages 14-21. The paid program will run weekdays from July 8 to Aug. 16, for 20 hours per week.

Students interested in the solar training program must apply by March 20 by calling the Philadelphia Energy Authority at 215-686-4483.

For more information about the program, call or visit one of O’Neill’s offices: 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); City Hall (215-686-3422). ••

Investing workshop at NE library

Learn how to get started in selecting and investing in stocks at Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave., on Saturday, March 30, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

The event is free, and no registration is required. No products will be sold.

The workshop will be taught by the nonprofit Better Investing. ••

Coach bingo at St. Hubert

The St. Hubert Alumnae Association will sponsor Coach bingo on Sunday, March 31, from 1 to 4 p.m., in the school cafeteria, Torresdale and Cottman avenues.

Doors open at noon.

Tickets cost $35 and must be purchased in advance. The event is for people 18 and older.

For tickets and information, contact email SHAACoachBingo@gmail.com or call Charlene Ritchie at 215-624-6840, Ext. 253. ••

Elvis coming to Bustleton

American Legion Post 810, 9151 Old Newtown Road, will host an Elvis Presley show on Friday, May 3.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and food will be served until 8 p.m., when the show begins.

Tickets cost $25 and include food, the show and dancing. There will be a cash bar.

For tickets and information, call 215-969-9437. ••

Free trees on March 30

The Somerton Civic Association and MaST Community Charter School will host their fourth community yard tree giveaway on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to noon at MaST, 1800 Byberry Road.

Twelve kinds of trees are available, 100 in all.

At the giveaway, TreePhilly will offer planting and care demonstrations, mulch and educational materials.

“People new to the giveaway often tell us that they’d heard that TreePhilly’s trees were of high quality,” said Somerton civic president Chris Bordelon, who notes that demand for trees has exceeded the supply at every prior Somerton giveaway.  

“They’ve been the best trees that money can’t buy.”

For more information, go to facebook.com/SomertonCivic ••