Senior center open
The Rosemary Montagno Senior Center, 12601 Townsend Road, has reopened after being closed since March 2020.
The center opens weekdays at 10 a.m. for all activities, except bingo.
Bingo will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 11:45 a.m.
The kitchen remains closed.
Call 215-673-7734. ••
The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation Inc., 321 Cedar St., will be holding its annual Peach Social on Sunday, Aug. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m.
This year’s social will be a take-out event consisting of sliced Jersey peaches, ice cream and angel food cake.
Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. The event benefits BCHF’s annual awards to Bristol High School graduates.
Call 215-788-7537 or visit www.bristolhistory.org. ••
Help the fight against cancer
The fourth annual Holly Colwell Save 2nd Base Wiffle Ball Tournament will be held at the Bustleton Bengals fields, Conwell Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard, on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There will be games, food and water ice from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Raffle prizes will be drawn at 3 p.m.
Proceeds will benefit cancer patients and organizations. ••
Borrow cooking books
You can borrow cooking books from the collection at Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave. The library has George Foreman and Al Roker books on barbecue and grilling along with books from Emeril Lagasse, Gordon Ramsay and Rachael Ray and healthy cooking books. Hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1 to 5 p.m. ••
Donate to thrift shop
The Classroom Thrift Shop, sponsored by the women of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai, 4301 Tyson Ave., will be accepting donations on Sunday, Aug. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Call 215-624-9130. ••
State money for Frankford CDC
State Sen. Christine Tartaglione announced the award of a Keystone Communities Program grant of $96,977 for the Frankford Community Development Corporation.
The award is in support of the CDC’s continued revitalization of 4663 Paul St. The CDC is rehabilitating two formerly vacant and dilapidated commercial properties on the 4600 block of Paul St., adjacent to its headquarters. The plan includes the development of two new commercial units/storefronts on the ground floor and eight affordable rental units on the second and third floors.
The effort is part of the CDC’s Reimagining Margaret-Orthodox strategy for the Frankford Avenue commercial corridor and around SEPTA’s Arrott Transportation Center. ••
Rummage sale on Aug. 14
Redemption Lutheran Church, Bustleton Avenue and Rhawn Street, will hold a rummage sale on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 8 a.m. to noon. All proceeds benefit the church. Call 215-342-2085 or visit www.redemptionphiladelphia.org. ••
History fair at Cannstatter
The Northeast Philadelphia History Network will hold a history fair on Saturday, Sept. 18, 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, books, prints, photographs and other historical items. Volunteers are needed.
Call 215-370-4626 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
Kayak dock being built
Glen Foerd, 5001 Grant Ave., is nearing completion of its kayak dock along the Poquessing Creek. The kayak dock will expand Glen Foerd’s educational programming and be accessible to the public in the early fall.
“This project began five years ago and couldn’t have been completed without the generous support of the William Penn Foundation and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission,” said Glen Foerd executive director Ross Mitchell. “The expansion of our focus to include boating and environmental programming will make Glen Foerd a desired destination for new audiences.”
Along with its educational programs, Glen Foerd offers paid kayak tours of the Delaware River on Saturdays. Participants are provided all necessary equipment and training.
Visit www.glenfoerd.org or call 215.632.5330. ••
Food event at Arsenal
BLDG39, an indoor/outdoor event venue at the Frankford Arsenal Business Center, 5401 Tacony St., will host a Food Love Collaboration dinner on Thursday, Aug. 19, from 6-9 p.m. The community is invited.
The dinner will feature offerings from Ulter Catering, El Tlaloc, Ploughman Cider and Stateside Vodka. There will be live art and entertainment.
Tickets are $45 and available at https://bldg39.ticketleap.com/bldg39-august-foodlove/. ••
Jehovah’s convention virtual
The Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses, typically held locally at the Liacouras Center, is taking place in a virtual format for the second year in a row.
In all, there will be nearly 6,000 virtual conventions in 240 countries.
Powerful by Faith is the theme of the global event, which is being delivered in more than 500 languages over six weekends through August.
The program will be available in six installments corresponding to morning and afternoon sessions.
All are invited to attend the free event by going to www.jw.org. ••
The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim is hosting a virtual bingo on Monday, Aug. 9, starting at 7:30 p.m.
The cost is $36 per person and includes two cards for eight games of bingo. In addition, there will be a 50/50, at $5 per chance.
For further information, call 215-677-1600 and ask for Gerry or Nancy. ••
Columbus canceled at Drexel
A group called Italian Pride has a petition to save Columbus Day at Drexel University.
The petition is at http://chng.it/nVmFvvjv68.
Drexel’s Anti-Racism Task Force, formed after the death of George Floyd, changed Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day, and critics say the university did so without hearing from the Italian community.
Petition supporters hope a decision to bring back Columbus Day at Drexel will help the lawsuit against Mayor Jim Kenney, who also canceled Columbus Day. ••
Night market on Aug. 7
A midsummer night market will be open on Aug. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the parking lot of No. 1 Asian Supermarket, on the 2800 block of St. Vincent St.
The rain date is Aug. 14.
There will be live entertainment, cultural foods and more. ••
Blood drive at Loudenslager
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 11, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Cpl. John Loudenslager American Legion Post 366, 7976 Oxford Ave.
Sign up by calling 800-RED CROSS or going to www.redcrossblood.org. The sponsor code is Mighty Mike. ••
Concerts 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 Aug. 4, featuring HotLanta, a tribute to the Allman Brothers.
The rest of the schedule consists of 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. ••
Open house at nursery school
Redemption Nursery School, 8001 Bustleton Ave. (at Rhawn Street), will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, 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-school. ••