Around Town

Nature and history walk on Sunday

Friends of Pennypack Park will hold its monthly nature and history walk on Sunday, May 19, starting at 1 p.m.

Walkers will meet at the guardhouse at the parking lot entrance on Pine Road.

The walk will focus on Native American activity along Pennypack Creek, as shown by stone artifacts found there, and a bit of beach-combing along gravel drifts to search for artifacts and types of stone used by native people. The rain date is Sunday, May 26. Call 215-934-PARK. ••

John Birch Society to meet Tuesday

The John Birch Society will meet on Tuesday, May 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Holmesburg Recreation Center, Rhawn and Ditman streets.

There will be a presentation on The USMCA: What are they not telling you? There will also be a video, The Real Face of the EU. Guests will decide on the validity of regional trade agreements and whether the USMCA is better than NAFTA.

The motto of the John Birch Society is “Less Government, More Responsibility and – With God’s Help – A Better World.” ••

Olney Symphony in concert

The Olney Symphony will present a free concert on Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Berachah Church, 400 Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham.

Donations are appreciated. ••

Walk Sunday for special needs community

State Rep. Tom Murt (R-152nd dist.) will hold a walk to raise awareness of intellectual disabilities on Sunday, May 19, at 1:30 p.m. Registration is at 1 p.m.

 The event will take place at Hatboro Baptist Church, 32 N. York Road.

The walk, which is about 0.6 miles, will take place through downtown Hatboro. The walk will begin at the church, proceed south to Horsham Road, crossing York Road, and return north to Hatboro Baptist Church. 

 For additional information about the walk, call 215-674-3755. ••

Special ceremony Sunday at St. Anne

St. Anne Catholic Church, 2328 E. Lehigh Ave., invites the public for its official designation as an Archdiocese of Philadelphia shrine.

 The designation will take place in the upper church during the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 19.

The upper church as well as the Cedar Street entrance are handicap accessible.

For information, call the rectory at 215-739-4590. ••

Fetterman to discuss legalizing marijuana

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman will bring his statewide listening tour to Northeast High School, 1501 Cottman Ave., on Saturday, May 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The tour is being held to gather input from Pennsylvanians about the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana. The event is open to the public. ••

Discuss dating awareness at teen café

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Holmesburg, 8101 Erdrick Street, will host a Teen and Young Adult Café on Saturday, May 18.

Breakfast and registration will take place from 10 to 10:30 a.m. The presentations and discussion will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be guest speakers, who will discuss dating awareness and social media’s impact on relationships.

This event is for ages 13-25 and is free of charge. 

For information, call 215-624-8869. ••

Shredder event Saturday in Fox Chase

State Rep. Kevin Boyle will host a shredder event on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside his office at 7801 Hasbrook Ave. ••

Running series for kids

The Healthy Kids Running Series is returning to the Far Northeast this spring.

The five-week series is for kids ages 2-14.

The top boy and girl with the most points in their respective age division earn a trophy. All participants receive a finishers medal, race bag and Healthy Kids Running Series T-shirt for their achievements.

Healthy Kids will hold a 10th anniversary race celebration on Sunday, May 19, at Rose Tree Park in Media, Delaware County.

For more information, visit HealthyKidsRunningSeries.org ••

Broadway in Bustleton

Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will host Married to Broadway on Sunday, June 2, at 3:30 p.m.

The show will feature stars of Les Miserables performing a musical revue and tribute to the Great White Way.

Tickets cost $25 for students under age 18, $40 for general reserved, $54 for premier reserved and $118 for front reserved seating, dinner and reserved parking (May 15 deadline for this option).

For tickets or information, call 215-677-1600. ••

FOP Survivors’ Fund benefit on Saturday

The 23rd annual Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 Survivors’ Fund benefit is set for Saturday, May 18, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the FOP, 11630 Caroline Road.

The nonprofit fund benefits the families of police officers killed or injured in the line of duty.

The cost is $35. The event is open to people 21 or older and pre-teens. It will feature live music by Jamison and Let’s Ride, a food buffet, open bar for draft beer, $3 well drinks, a 50/50 and raffles. Donations are being accepted for the Chinese and silent auctions.

A Cornhole tournament will begin at 10 a.m. The cost is $80 per team and will include beer and food. The top team will receive a cash prize. There is plenty of parking in lots and on the street. ••

Senior expos upcoming

U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle will sponsor two upcoming senior expos.

The first will take place on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Esperanza Academy Charter School, 301 W. Hunting Park Ave. The second is set for Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln High School, 3201 Ryan Ave.

The events will include health screenings, more than 100 vendors and a light lunch. 

Call 215-335-3355. ••

Redemption Lutheran celebrating 90 years

Redemption Lutheran Church, 8001 Bustleton Ave. (at Rhawn Street), is celebrating its 90th anniversary.

There will be a special service and gala lunch on Sunday, May 19. The service will be at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Southampton Room, 2980 Southampton Road. Tickets cost $30, or $15 for kids age 3-9. Kids under 3 are admitted free.

The church welcomes people to attend Sunday worship at 9:45 a.m. Call 215-342-2085 or go to redemptionphiladeplhia.org ••

Travel to NJ, NY and Bermuda

The Travel with KleinLife program offers three one-day excursions this spring and summer to New Jersey and New York, plus a seven-day cruise to Bermuda aboard the Celebrity Summit.

The series returns to Broadway on Sunday, May 19, to enjoy Kiss Me Kate at Studio 54.

A return trip to Resorts Casino in Atlantic City is on the schedule for Wednesday, June 19. The trip includes a ticket to see vocalist Bryan Cheatham perform.

The final one-day excursion returns to Broadway to see Tootsie at the Marquis Theatre on Sunday, June 23.

Travel with KleinLife will be heading off to Bermuda on a seven-day cruise Sept. 1 to 8. The cruise will include theatrical musical productions, a fully equipped gym and a spa.

For details and reservations, call 215-698-7300, Ext. 176 or email akimelheim@kleinlife.org. ••

Senior fair Friday in Fox Chase

State Rep. Kevin Boyle will hold a senior fair on Friday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fox Chase Recreation Center, 7901 Ridgeway St.

There will be entertainment, giveaways and an opportunity for seniors to get information on state and local programs. Constituents can call 215-695-1016 to register for lunch. ••

Designer Purse Bingo on Sunday

Aid For Friends will sponsor Designer Purse Bingo on Sunday, May 19, at St. Dominic’s Marian Hall, 8532 Frankford Ave. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Doors open at 12:30.

The afternoon will feature 12 games. Tickets cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door and include beer, wine and finger food. There will be a 50/50 and gift baskets. People must be 21 or older to attend. 

Call 215-464-2224. ••

Local high school seniors to be honored for academic excellence

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput will be the main celebrant during a Liturgy of the Word preceding the 40th Annual Academic Honors Convocation at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Thursday, May 16.

The event will honor graduating seniors for achieving academic excellence throughout their high school years. The students, who are ranked in the top 3% of their senior class, will be honored for their academic success and dedication to their studies.

Zephaniah Sainta, a senior at St. Hubert, will be the keynote student speaker. She has been involved in community service corps, the yearbook committee, the fall musical, the drama club and intramural flag football. She serves as vice president of the Christus Vincit chapter of the National Honor Society and as a senior delegate for St. Hubert’s Bambie Ambassadors. She will be attending the University of Pennsylvania and pursuing her interests in psychology and communications through a double major as well as a minor in French language or creative writing.

Local honorees are David Eniola, Michael Cellucci, James Crossfield, Mary Grace Meredith, Hailey Judith Hurst, Kylie Nicole Snellbaker, Jiajian Huang, Ava Rose Brakoniecki and Charles Crossfield (Archbishop Ryan); Remy R. Garant; Matthew D. Beck, Matthew D. Purcell, Edison Felipe and Shamus E. Ehersmann (Father Judge); Erin V. Birney, Jillian L. Halbiger, Kristina Tran and Claude-Erika Ekobeni (Little Flower); Julia Emma Davis, Isabella C. Spinelli and Caitlin Felicity Grabowski (Nazareth Academy); Nicholas Robert Hamilton, George W. Greeby, Brandon Walsh Brophy, Anthony Joseph Pantalone, Ryan Truong and Matthew Peter Phares (Roman Catholic); Zephaniah Sainta, Mary Darrah, Emma Licsauer and Elizabeth Colpe (St. Hubert). ••

New baseball team for teens, adults 

The Alternative Baseball Organization, a 501c3 developmental baseball program for teens 15+ and adults with autism and special needs, will be starting a club in Philadelphia.

The program follows Major League rules (wood bats, base stealing, dropped third strike, etc.).

Alternative Baseball also has clubs in Greater Atlanta, Chattanooga, Jersey City, Colorado Springs, Phoenix, Ormond Beach, Greater West Palm Beach, Upstate South Carolina and the Chattahoochee Valley (Columbus, Georgia/Phenix City, Alabama/Auburn, Alabama).

The club is looking for players and volunteers. Players can be of all experience levels. Alternative Baseball takes them from where they start out (whether they require to be pitched to fast overhand, slow overhand, or hit off the tee), and help develop their physical and social skills.

The club is also looking for coaches and managers.

ESPN’s Baseball Tonight produced the following segment: espn.com/video/clip?id=23353934.

For more information, visit alternativebaseball.org or contact commissioner Taylor Duncan at 770-313-1762 (call/text) or taylor@alternativebaseball.org. ••