Around Town

Produce vouchers for low-income seniors

State Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-172nd dist.) will be providing free produce vouchers for eligible low-income seniors in his legislative district.

The vouchers will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, in Boyle’s Mayfair office at 7420 Frankford Ave.

Boyle said the vouchers are through Pennsylvania’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which provides low-income seniors with fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from approved farmers in the state.

Boyle added, in order to be eligible for the vouchers, people must be 60 or older by Dec. 31 of the program year with a household income of less than $23,107 for singles and less than $31,284 for married couples.

Residents interested in obtaining the produce vouchers must bring identification and must schedule an appointment to pick up their vouchers by calling Boyle’s office at 215-331-2600. ••

Planned improvements at Mitchell Playground

City Councilman Brian O’Neill invites the community to a meeting at Mitchell Playground, 3694 Chesterfield Road, on Wednesday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m. to review plans to improve the playground.

Neighbors are welcome to provide input.

Anyone who cannot make the meeting can view the plans at O’Neill’s office at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Road.

For more information, call 215-437-9167 or email brian.oneill@phila.gov. ••

Local church producing Steel Magnolias

Redemption Lutheran Church, at Bustleton Avenue and Rhawn Street, will host a stage production of Steel Magnolias on Friday, July 12, at 7 p.m.

A lovable cast of characters deals with joy, loss, love and hair. Admission to the play is free, but a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the ministries of the church and Feast of Justice. All are welcome.

For more information, call 215-342-2085 or visit redemptionphiladelphia.org. ••

Want to work for the Census?

State Rep. Ed Neilson will hold a job fair for residents looking for opportunities to help with the 2020 Census. The job fair will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 12, at Neilson’s district office, 16 Old Ashton Road.

Neilson said there are temporary positions available, including census takers, recruiting assistants and supervisory staff.

For information or to reserve a spot at the job fair, constituents should call 215-330-3714. ••

Writers group meets regularly

The Newtown-Yardley Creative Writers Workshop meets every other Thursday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Corner Bakery Cafe, 3 West Road, in Newtown.

The friendly group features readings and critiques.

All types of writing are welcome, including novels and short stories, science fiction/fantasy, poetry and memoirs.

Upcoming meetings are on July 11 and 25, Aug. 8 and 22 and Sept. 5 and 19.

For more information, contact Gail Cowan at 267-679-6804 or Luckygail57@gmail.com. ••

Barbecue for veterans is Sunday

State Rep. Joe Hohenstein will hold a veterans appreciation barbecue on Sunday, July 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. outside the Veteran Boxers Association, 2733 E. Clearfield St.

The free event will feature dozens of area vendors offering a variety of veterans’ services. Information will also be available on city, state and federal services and programs benefiting veterans and their families.

Veterans and their families are invited.

Call 215-744-2600. ••

Paint party at St. Bart’s

St. Bartholomew Parish, 5600 Harbison Ave., will host a paint party on Sunday, July 14, at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $35 and include supplies and light refreshments. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Tickets are available after the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses on Sundays.

Or, call Pat at 215-533-5294. ••

Movie series at KleinLife

KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., will be holding an At the Movies-themed lifelong learning series for active and maturing adults.

Movies will be shown from 1 to 3 p.m., with a discussion to follow with retired Penn State integrative arts professor Moylan Mills, on the following Tuesdays: July 16 (13 minutes), Aug. 6 (Never Look Away) and Aug. 13 (Shoplifters).

The cost is $13 for individual movies. For a flier or information, contact Linda Hershman at 215-698-7300, Ext. 114 or lhershman@kleinlife.org. ••

Music and drama camp

Crescentville United Methodist Church, 412 E. Sentner St., will host a music and drama camp from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., from July 14-19.

The cost is $5 and includes Bible stories, crafts, songs, snacks and a T-shirt. Participants will learn and perform a children’s musical.

The camp is open to kids who turn 5 by Sept. 1 through recent eighth-grade graduates.

Call 215-745-7115 or visit crescentvilleumc.com. ••

Nature and history walk

Friends of Pennypack Park will hold its monthly nature and history walk on Sunday, July 21, at 1 p.m.

Walkers will meet at the lower Verree Road parking lot. The walk will be through shady woodlands to the old Slater’s Sawmill bridge, visiting many natural points of interest along the way. It will be about 1¼ miles, partly on rough trail. The rain date is July 28. Call 215-934-PARK. ••

Learn about Social Security

The Social Security Administration, 9300 Ashton Road, will conduct a free pre-retirement seminar on Wednesday, July 24, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Participants will learn about their retirement benefits, when to collect, rules for collecting while working and planning for their financial future.

The session is for people not already on Social Security.

Registration is due by July 22. Call 866-964-7397 or email richard.gaudiosi@ssa.gov. ••

Benefit for family with MDS

Ott’s Taekwon-Do will sponsor a Pizza Bowl on Saturday, July 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at High Tides Restaurant and Bar, 1067 Totem Road, Bensalem.

Proceeds will benefit a father and his teenage daughter about to undergo treatments for myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone marrow failure disorder.

Organizers are asking for donations of gift cards, baskets, raffle items, money or anything to benefit the cause. For information, call Fran Ott at 215-332-4653 or email ottstkd@aol.com. ••

Benefit wiffle ball tournament

The deadline is July 15 to enter the Save 2nd Base wiffle ball tournament, scheduled for Aug. 3 at Hayes Playground, 9945 President St.

Proceeds will benefit the Bucks County Breast Friends 3 Day Team.

Players must be 16 or older. Teams are made up of five to 10 players.

The cost is $25 per player and includes a T-shirt. Volunteer umpires are needed, and they will receive a T-shirt. Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by games at 9. The winning team will receive $500. Food and drink will be available for purchase. There will be raffle baskets, a 50-50 and games.

For information, contact Nick Tarducci at 215-964-1944 or nicholastarducci@yahoo.com or Chris Tarducci at 215-906-8179 or myforboys@comcast.net. ••

Job search assistance

Resume and interviewing presentation and help will take place on Wednesday, July 24, from noon to 2 p.m. at Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave. CareerLink will make the presentation. The event is free, and no registration is required. ••

KleinLife sponsoring trips

Three excursions are upcoming for active adults in the summer series of trips offered by the Travel With KleinLife program.

The travel series gets underway with a trip to the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, at 5105 Kennett Pike in Winterthur, Delaware, on Wednesday, July 17. The trip costs $65 per person for the general public and includes roundtrip restroom-equipped deluxe motorcoach transportation.

Travel With KleinLife next moves on to the Bucks County Playhouse, at 70 S. Main St., in New Hope, to see the musical Mamma Mia! on Wednesday, July 24. Prior to the performance, the trip will feature a three-course luncheon at The Deck, the playhouse’s restaurant overlooking the Delaware River. The excursion includes gratuities and air-conditioned, round-trip motorcoach transportation. Cost for the trip is $115 per person.

The final trip in the series is a visit to the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, on Monday, Aug. 5. The trip includes $15 in slots play, a show ticket to see The Band On Tour and round-trip motorcoach accommodations to and from the casino. Cost is $28 per person for the general public.

For details, call 215-698-7300, Ext. 176. ••

Taubenberger gains business honor

City Councilman Al Taubenberger was recently honored by the Temple University Small Business Development Center for supporting small businesses.

Taubenberger is a former small businessman and longtime president of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

“I am indebted to the Temple University Small Business Development Center for this honor. I always believed – and still do as a city councilman – that small businesses are the lifeblood of the city’s economy,” he said. “I will continue to champion small business owners and the entrepreneurs who drive Philadelphia forward.”

Among those in attendance, along with co-honoree Iola Harper, were Mayor Jim Kenney, SBDC Executive Director Maura Shenker and Deanne Geddes, associate dean of graduate programs for the Fox School of Business at Temple. ••

Nazareth wound centers earns honor

Nazareth Hospital’s Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine received the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence award.

The center has achieved patient satisfaction rates higher than 92 percent and a healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 30 median days to heal, for a minimum of two consecutive years.

The center was awarded the honor by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services.

For more information about the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Nazareth, visit mercyhealth.org/services/wound-hyperbarics. ••

Tartaglione on Temple board

State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione was appointed by the Senate as the newest member of the Temple University Board of Trustees.

“It is an honor to serve such a venerable and influential institution. I accept this appointment knowing that it comes with a tremendous responsibility,” she said. “Higher education is one of the pillars of prosperity for this commonwealth and its citizens. As a trustee, I will seek to ensure that willing and deserving students have access to the many programs offered at Temple. And I will also seek to ensure that the university makes optimal use of the resources invested in it.” ••

Apply to become a firefighter

The Philadelphia Fire Department is hiring.

The application period runs through July 26.

Call 215-MU6-0880, visit phila.gov/fire or email pfd.recruitment@phila.gov. ••

Children’s theater show starts July 23

Storybook Musical Theatre will present Princess and the Pea, at the Gratz College theater, Old York Road and Melrose Avenue, in Melrose Park, from July 23 to Aug. 3. Performance are 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, and 11 a.m. Saturdays.

Tickets are $14 for children and $16 for adults, with camp and group discounts. For reservations or information, call 215-659-8550 or visit storybookmusical.org. ••

Painting event planned for seniors

Senior citizens are invited to join City Councilman Bobby Henon on Wednesday, July 24, from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Painting with a Twist, 9475 Roosevelt Blvd., to paint and enjoy wine and cheese.

To sign up, call or text 215-686-3444. ••

St. Hubert alums partying at Ashburner

St. Hubert High School Alumnae Association will host Bambies Summer Fun on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the Ashburner Inn, 8400 Torresdale Ave.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door and include buffet, beer, wine, drink specials and DJ.

Checks can be made payable to St. Hubert Alumnae Association and mailed to Linda McArdle-Nally, 6133 Hegerman St., Phila., PA 19135.

For information, email lsm650@earthlink.net. ••