Somerton Civic meeting tonight
Somerton Civic Association will meet Wednesday, July 14, at 7 p.m. at the tent at the Quartett Club at 1075 Southampton Road.
The discussion will include zoning matters at 250 Byberry Road and 10156-58 Bustleton Ave., along with an upcoming blood drive in partnership with Fellowship Bible Church and the Red Cross. ••
Orchestra concert on Sunday
The Bryn Athyn Orchestra will present Music in the Air, an outdoor concert, on Sunday, July 18, from 3 to 4 p.m., at Academy of the New Church, in Bryn Athyn.
Bring chairs and blankets.
Sweets and drinks will be sold.
Call 215-938-8663 or visit www.baorchestra.org. ••
Trip to Tropicana
Holy Innocents Parish is sponsoring a trip to the Tropicana casino in Atlantic City on Wednesday, July 21.
A bus will depart L Street and Hunting Park Avenue at 9 a.m. and leave the casino at 4:30 p.m.
The cost is $35. There will be $20 in slot cash.
COVID restrictions apply.
Call Cindy at 215-535-2740. ••
Local Olympics event
The Philadelphia Community Corps is holding the first Salvage Olympics event at Philly Reclaim, 5200 Unruh Ave., on Sunday, July 18, from noon to 4 p.m.
There will be food, drinks and a variety of competitive salvage-themed Olympic games for chances to win prizes.
The games will include a reclaimed beam toss, a salvaged brick-stacking contest, a sledgehammer throw, a donated power sander racing contest and a recycled paint door decoration contest. The day will also include children’s activities, snack stands, a silent auction and a 50-50.
For more information, call 267-343-4242 or visit philadelphiacommunitycorps.org. ••
Online bariatric info
Nazareth Hospital will hold its next free online bariatric information session for those interested in learning more about bariatric surgery options at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Nazareth’s bariatric surgeons and discover how the hospital can help patients address their weight-loss goals.
To register for an online information session or learn more about bariatric weight-loss surgery at Nazareth, call 215-335-2090. ••
Open house at nursery school
Redemption Nursery School, 8001 Bustleton Ave. (at Rhawn Street), will be hosting open houses on Wednesdays, July 21 and Aug. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Visitors will get to know the school, teachers and curriculum. All are welcome to tour the school.
For more information about the school, visit www.redemptionphiladlephia.org/nursery-schoool. ••
Irish night at Cannstatter
The Pennypack Park Music Festival has moved to Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road, this year.
All concerts are Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
The next concert is July 14, a celebration of the birthday of the late Ed Kelly, who founded the festival. Irish bands Jamison and Bogside Rogues will perform.
The rest of the schedule consists of The Launch (tribute to Queen), July 21; HotLanta (tribute to the Allman Brothers), Aug. 4; the Beat Tells (tribute to the Beatles), Aug. 11; Romeo Delight (tribute to Van Halen), Aug. 18; and Kick It Out (tribute to Heart), Sept. 8. ••
Push for wage hike
Sen. Tina Tartaglione marked the 15th anniversary of the enactment of Pennsylvania’s last minimum wage legislation at a rally with state leaders at a Baptist church in Wynnefield.
“My landmark 2006 minimum wage bill represented what intelligent, conscientious legislators with contrasting points of view can achieve when we dedicate ourselves to finding common ground. We fought and clawed our way through misinformation, dubious studies and corporate greed to deliver relief for 400,000 Pennsylvania workers and their families,” Tartaglione said. “But now, that widely celebrated legislation is a glaring example of how far we have fallen behind our neighbors and our nation. The time to correct this economic and moral failure is now.”
Act 112 raised Pennsylvania’s minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.15 over two years before the federal government raised the current rate to $7.25, where it has remained.
Tartaglione has continued to offer new minimum wage bills that have not been moved by the Senate majority.
Tartaglione’s current bill, Senate Bill 12, would raise the minimum wage to $15 in a series of increments over six years. It remains idled in the Senate Labor and Industry Committee. Participants at the rally signed a letter to Senate majority leaders asking for a vote and predicting it would pass if allowed on the floor. ••
Take part in night out
Community organizations are invited to attend, support or set up an information table at the 15th Police District National Night Out event Tuesday, Aug. 3, 6-8 p.m. at the ShopRite parking lot, 5597 Tulip St. (near Harbison Avenue and Bridge Street).
Set-up time is 5 p.m.
Bring your own table and chairs.
There will be refreshments, music and giveaways.
For more information, call Greg Bucceroni at 267-918-9797. ••
Credit workshop at NE Regional
Learn about credit, credit reports, credit scores and more Wednesday, Aug. 4, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave, in the back yard behind the building.
The rain date is Aug. 11.
The free workshop is presented by Philadelphia Federal Credit Union. No registration required. ••
Comedy show in Bucks
Giuseppe’s Restaurant, 990 2nd Street Pike in Richboro, will host a comedy show on Saturday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m.
Appearing will be Steve Young, Gene Norris, Glenn Freezman and Anita Wise.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, if available. Dinner reservations will be taken until 6 p.m.
Call 215-497-5066, visit https://comedycabaret.com/bucks-county-richboro/ or email Marily@ComedyCabaret.com. ••
Program to help seniors
Hands from the Heart Home Healthcare Services, an expanding privately owned and operated home care company, has partnered with The Hairston Foundation for Social Justice to help seniors in the Philadelphia region age safely at home. The partners announced the local expansion of a national program developed by nurses at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing known as “CAPABLE,” which stands for Community Aging in Place – Advancing Better Living for Elders.
CAPABLE is designed to make it easier for seniors to age in place at home. The program focuses primarily on low-income seniors and has proven to enhance the health and quality of life of participants. CAPABLE teams a nurse, an occupational therapist and a handy worker to collectively address physical challenges caused by the aging process that make it difficult for seniors to continue living at home, improving safety and independence.
HFTH is enrolling eligible seniors. All services are free.
HFTH and the Hairston Foundation are also seeking community partnerships to provide program funding.
Contact Christine Hunsberger-Smith for more information at 484-270-4501, Ext. 401 or email@example.com. ••
Solomon supports career bill
State Rep. Jared Solomon announced that his legislation will provide $2.8 million in grants to foster new partnerships between schools and businesses, creating new local career opportunities throughout Pennsylvania.
Solomon and Republican Rep. Kate Klunk worked together on a career and technical education bill modeled after Hanover High School’s successful efforts in linking local high school students with local businesses.
“Manufacturing and production careers have been integral to our society, and as our economy slowly regains footing in the wake of the pandemic, this ever-growing field has proven to be sustainable and lucrative,” Solomon said. “I’m thrilled to see our legislation come to fruition through the creation of the Schools-to-Work program that develops a pipeline for high school students across our commonwealth’s 67 counties to train and acquire employment in many industries without having to leave their neighborhoods.”
Schools-to-Work grants were awarded competitively and funded in increments up to $250,000 to create educational opportunities for students that include classroom training, workplace visits, internships, apprenticeships, mentorships and employment opportunities.
Once proven effective, Solomon believes that the Schools-to-Work model will be effective throughout Philadelphia and the state. ••