Around Town

5K will benefit scholarship fund

The 18th annual Father Judge Crusader Classic 5K will take place on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 9 a.m.

All proceeds will benefit the Firefighter Lt. Robert Neary Scholarship Fund at Father Judge High School.

Fire Lt. Bob Neary, class of 1970, passed away on April 9, 2012. That day, he responded to a fire at an abandoned Kensington warehouse. Later, he and several other men from Ladder 10 were checking on conditions at a furniture store next door when the roof collapsed.

The entry fee is $30. The cost is $15 for youths 18 and under.

Race-day registration will take place in the Father Judge school yard beginning at 7:30 a.m. Event T-shirts will be provided to all who pre-register (and to race-day registrants while supplies last).

The race will begin at the bandshell in Pennypack Park and continue along the banks of the Pennypack Creek and finish with a lap around the Father Judge track (behind the school). Medals will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in each age group.

For more information, call 215-338-9494 , Ext. 1129 or email khuckel@fatherjudge.com. ••

Reps. Martina White and John Lawrence tour Memphis Street Academy Charter School.

Addressing the demand for charter schools

State Rep. Martina White hosted a tour of three Philadelphia charter schools with House colleagues. The tour of Lab Charter School (926 Sedgley Ave.), Memphis Street Academy (2950 Memphis St.) and MaST III (1 Crown Way) culminated with a roundtable discussion with school officials at MaST III.

“There is clearly a demand for an alternative to traditional district schools with thousands of students every year stuck on waiting lists,” White said. “More than 23,000 students applied to the city’s charter schools but were turned away due to lack of available spots. It’s clear we must do more to help these families access the education they want for their children.”

Those in attendance included the following CEOs: John Swoyer, of MaST; Amy Hollister, of Northwood Academy; and Anna Marie Siegmann, of Philadelphia Academy Charter School.

“By requiring charter schools to be evaluated every five years, they are held to standards the school district schools are not,” Hollister said. “That means a better charter school can be closed while poorer-performing district schools stay open.” ••

Concerts at Redemption Lutheran

Redemption Lutheran Church, 8001 Bustleton Ave. (at Rhawn Street), invites the public to a free favorites sing-a-long concert with Grant Uhle on Friday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.

Bring chairs, snacks and drinks.

Call 215-342-2085 or visit www.redemptionphiladelphia.org. ••

Dog walk to benefit FCCC

Fox Chase Cancer Center will hold its 22nd annual Paws for the Cause dog walk to benefit cancer research on Sunday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon, and will include a 1-mile walk around Fox Chase’s main campus, 333 Cottman Ave. The event, in the Reimann parking area, features a variety of vendors, animal rescue organizations, entertainment, refreshments, a contest, giveaways and prizes.

Those interested can donate to or sponsor an individual or a team at any time leading up to the event. The cost of the event is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 13 to 18 who pre-register for the event, and $25 or $15 to register onsite.

A virtual event will run Oct. 1-15 on Fox Chase’s Facebook events page for participants who live at a distance, own cats and other pets, or who prefer to take part virtually. Daily posts will be featured on the events page. All participants are encouraged to share their best photos on the Facebook events page and their own social media using the hashtag #PawsForTheCause.

For more information, visit foxchase.org/paws. ••

Another national “night” out

Tacony Holmesburg Town Watch will hold a “National Night Out” event on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Russo Park (7301 Torresdale Ave.).

There will be vendors, community groups, live entertainment, performers, dignitaries, religious organizations, COVID vaccines and door prizes. School supplies and food donations for those less fortunate will be accepted.

The 2nd, 7th, 8th and 15th police districts observed National Night Out on its official night, Aug. 3. ••

Learn about Civil War museum

The Northeast Philadelphia History Network will hold a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.

Civil War historian and retired Temple professor Andy Waskie will discuss the history of the Grand Army of the Republic and the GAR Civil War Museum, which is moving from Frankford to Holmesburg.

Login information will be posted on Facebook.

For more information, visit https://garmuslib.org/. ••

March in Thanksgiving parade

Groups of any kind are invited to participate in the 44th Mayfair-Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade, which will take place on Sunday, Nov. 21, at noon on Frankford Avenue.

Groups are welcome to create their own family-friendly floats.

Anyone interested in marching in the parade can call Lisa Greco at 215-624-6667 or Donny Smith at 267-538-4668, or email info@thanksgivingparade.org. ••

Opening for preschool teacher

St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5185 Castor Ave. (at Pratt Street), is looking for a pre-K teacher for its preschool.

Interested candidates can call 215-743-1828 or email stjamespreschoolphila@gmail.com. ••

Outdoor movie nights

Riverfront North Partnership will host two free outdoor movies along the river parks at sundown. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs/blankets and snacks.

The schedule is Oct. 5, Space Jam (original), Pennypack on the Delaware, 7801 State Road; and Oct. 19, Hocus Pocus, Glen Foerd, 5001 Grant Ave. ••

Doo Wop Festival at FOP

The Doo Wop Festival will take place on Sunday, Oct. 10, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Road.

There will be an indoor dance party, vocal groups and oldies radio disc jockeys.

The event is rain or shine.

Tickets cost $25 and include food, soda and draft beer. They are available at the FOP front desk, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All proceeds benefit the FOP survivors fund.

Call 215-629-3602. ••

Clean sweep

Aricelma Lima Zaleski is CEO and owner of Lima’s Cleaning Service.

The company, with six years in the market, serves 500 clients in Philadelphia, the suburbs and New Jersey.

Call 484-374-7484 or follow the Lima’s Cleaning Service pages on Instagram and Facebook. ••

Wine tasting at St. Hubert

The St. Hubert Alumnae Association is sponsoring a wine tasting on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

Tickets are $35. Main Street Wine Cellar will feature wines from Crossing Vineyards Winery paired with Halloween candy.

People must be 21 to attend. Masks are required.

For tickets, email shaawinetasting@gmail.com. ••

Trees coming to Holmesburg, Frankford

Riverfront North Partnership announced that it received $50,000 from the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Resilience Grant program in partnership with Bank of America.

Riverfront North plans to use the grant to plant and give away 350 trees with the TTF Watershed Partnership in Holmesburg and Frankford.

“We are excited and grateful to work with our communities, the City of Philadelphia, TreePhilly and TTF Watershed to bring more trees to Holmesburg and Frankford,” said Stephanie Phillips, executive director, Riverfront North Partnership, “We are glad to do our part in supporting the City’s goal to have at least 30% tree canopy in every neighborhood.” ••

St. Leo reunion at Cannstatter

St. Leo alums, former parishioners and friends are hosting an all-class reunion on Oct. 16, from 3-8 p.m., at Cannstatter’s, 9130  Academy Road.

Tickets cost $50, and include a barbecue menu, open bar, live musical entertainment by three bands, a performance by the Emerald Isle Irish Dancers, a historic display of the church and school and a DJ. The party will be indoor and outdoor. All guests will receive a commemorative stone from the church building.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Father Judge and St. Hubert’s scholarship programs in the name of St. Leo alumni.

For more information, email Pete Smith at petercsmith66@gmail.com. ••

Local residents honored

At its annual Spotlight Awards and Scholarship Launch, Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia recognized the academic achievements of nine Northeast Philadelphia students and the positive impact of one Northeast parent.

The David P. Montgomery Rising Freshman Award was presented to Zakiyah Allen (Frankford resident), Ayli Calderon (Rhawnhurst), Lindsay Critelli (Somerton), Nicholas Rodriguez (Mayfair), Marcos Tigreros (Torresdale), Gabriella Wajeda (Fox Chase) and Isaiah Welsh (Mayfair).

CSFP’s Rising Freshman Award is given to students who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their school through growth and resilience, positive leadership, school spirit and academic achievement and/or creative expression in arts, writing or music.

The High School Achievement Award was presented to Shannon Frank (Wissinoming) and Victoria Tran (Fox Chase).

CSFP’s High School Achievement Award is given to former CSFP scholarship recipients in recognition of their successes as they graduate high school with intent to attend college.

The Family Engagement Award was presented to Allyson Batista (Mayfair). CSFP’s Family Engagement Award is presented to the parent or guardian of a CSFP eighth-grader who has proven themselves to be a strong example for their student. ••

Craft show at St. Hubert

The St. Hubert Alumnae Association is sponsoring a fall craft show on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the school cafeteria.

There will be handmade items from a variety of crafters.

Tables are sold out. ••

Pierogi Festival on Nov. 6

The annual Pierogi Festival will take place on Saturday, Nov. 6, from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 7, from noon to 5 p.m. at St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, 817 N. 7th St. (at Brown Street).

The menu will include traditional Eastern European food.

There will be outdoor dining, a beer garden under tents and live music.

Pickup and takeout food is available.

Free parking is available in the adjacent lot.

To pre-order or for more information, call 215-922-9671, visit stnicholaseoc.org/donate/pierogi or check out the church’s Facebook or Instagram pages. ••

Local biz has new owner

Alro Steel has acquired Metal Stock, 4901 Cottman Ave.

Metal Stock was established in 1994 as a full-service metal distributor serving Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Alro operates more than 70 locations in 12 states and provides an inventory of products under the following companies: Alro Steel, Alro Metals, Alro Metals Outlet, Alro Industrial Supply and Alro Plastics. ••

Debate over opioids

State Rep. Jason Dawkins made the following statement addressing the Republican denial of an extension on Gov. Tom Wolf’s opioid emergency declaration:

“It is shameful that the majority party has decided to allow for the lapse of this very important designation. Opioid addiction is Pennsylvania’s other epidemic and was at one point moving in the right direction, with overdose deaths falling since 2018. But with COVID-19, opioid use is up again, but this time the Republican majority has decided to let the governor’s opioid disaster declaration expire, setting up Pennsylvania for yet another healthcare war to wage in addition to COVID. It is shameful, particularly when we know things were working. The Republicans punishing Gov. Wolf and trying to cut him out of this process does nothing for the many people who battle this every day. As our city has seen the harsh reality of this as much as any municipality in the commonwealth, it is with much regret that we are witnessing the dismantling of such an important declaration.”

Republicans said an additional emergency declaration is not needed, adding that collaboration with medical professionals and first responders have resulted in numerous laws aimed at saving lives. They said the opioid issue will be a top legislative priority in the fall. ••

Opening meeting for Sisterhood

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will be holding its annual opening meeting on Zoom on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m.

The program will feature special guest speaker Louis Schmidt, author of The Untold Story of How The Stories Were Told. Schmidt worked as an interviewer for Steven Spielberg for the Shoah Project. The cost for this event is $18 per person. For the meeting link or more information, call 215-677-1600. ••

Fundraiser on Oct. 2

Kidney recipient Krista Doran is coordinating a fundraising event and bike run honoring fallen donor Michael March, who lost his life biking in 2018.

The Oct. 2 event raises awareness about organ donation and raises funds for the Gift of Life Donor Program, the SPCA and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

There will be a police escorted bike run through Bucks County as well as basket raffles, 50/50 and live entertainment. The Traveling Memorial Wall for Fallen Bikers will be on display.

The event takes place from 1-8 p.m. at Stars & Stripes Harley-Davidson at 600 S. Flowers Mill Road, Langhorne.

Tickets are $35 for participants of the bike run ($10 per passenger) and include food, beverages and a swag bag. The cost is $25 for the benefit only, and includes beverages and a swag bag.

Tickets can be purchased through the Venmo app (Jane-Coy-2 Phone code 6969).

For further details, visit the Facebook event page: 3rdAnnualBikeRunandBenefitforMichaelMarch. ••

E-cycling, recycling buckets

City Councilman Brian O’Neill will hold an e-cycling event at his office at Bustleton Avenue and Bowler Street (above the 7th Police District) on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9-11 a.m.

O’Neill will host a recycling bucket giveaway on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 9-11 a.m. at his office at 432 Rhawn St. (behind American Heritage Credit Union). ••

Farm stand open

The farm stand on the Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus is open Thursdays through Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Goods for sale include fresh fruits, vegetables, cage-free brown eggs, cheeses, apple butter, pumpkin butter and raw honey. Items vary week to week.

The stand is located next to Parking Lot C on campus grounds, 7600 Central Ave.

Contact Rosemarie Schlegel at 215-728-2131 or rosemarie.schlegel@tuhs.temple.edu. ••

Upcoming senior expos

State Sen. Tina Tartaglione will hold two senior expos on upcoming Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The first is set for Oct. 21 at Mayfair Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent St. The second is scheduled for Oct. 28 at Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Ave.

Masks are required.

All senior citizens and their primary caregivers are invited. Representatives from various government agencies as well as public and private service providers will be available to discuss programs and services for older Philadelphians.

Call 215-291-4653. ••

Bingo on Oct. 9

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Trenton Avenue and Cumberland Street, will be having bingo on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 1-4 p.m.

Doors will open at noon. Packages are $20 and include lunch. Masks are required.

Call 215-423-0792. ••

Theater show at Glen Foerd

Glen Foerd, 5001 Grant Ave., will present The Poison Garden, designed and performed by Alterra Productions, on Oct. 22, 24, 25 and 26, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The show will feature theatrical action and choreography led by a troupe of actors, circus artists and aerialists.

Tickets for the premiere event are $75 and include hors d’oeuvres and craft cocktails. Tickets for the other nights are $35.

Call 215-632-5330 or visit www.glenfoerd.org/events. ••

Learn self-care strategies

Holy Family University will host Self-Care Strategies: Pandemic and Post-Pandemic, on Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at its Education and Technology Center building, 9801 Frankford Ave. (at Grant Avenue).

To register for the free session, visit www.holyfamily.edu/familycenter, email familycenter@holyfamily.edu or call 267-341-3305. ••

Book discussion at Holy Family

Holy Family University will host a discussion of the book St. Joseph, Tender Father on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at the campus chapel, 9801 Frankford Ave.

To register for the free session, visit www.holyfamily.edu/familycenter, email familycenter@holyfamily.edu or call 267-341-3305. ••

Historic Bristol Day on Oct. 16

After a year’s hiatus because of the pandemic, the Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation will present the 45th Historic Bristol Day on Saturday, Oct. 16 (rain or shine), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The day’s highlights include a car show honoring first responders (military, fire, police and EMTs), an antique and classic boat show, sailboat regatta, house and garden tour and riverfront Tea, entertainment, crafters and vendors, food court, children’s corner, walking tours, art exhibit, bake table and various public buildings and churches open for touring, including the recently renovated Grundy Museum.

There is free parking and shuttle transportation. The wearing of masks in indoor facilities is mandated, in some cases.

AMI Health will be administering COVID-19 vaccine inoculations.

A minimum donation of $5 per person is requested for the house/garden tour and tea wristband.

For details, check BCHF’s website at http://bristolhistory.org. ••

Rallying for life

The Northeast Philadelphia Pro-Life Coalition will hold a 40 Days For Life campaign at Planned Parenthood, 2751 Comly Road, from Sept. 29 to Nov. 7.

The prayerful protest will run daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition, there will be a pro-life Mass on Sunday, Oct. 3, at noon at St. Martha Church, 11301 Academy Road.

Call 215-333-4313. ••

Join St. Jerome seniors

The St. Jerome seniors group is seeking new members.

The first meeting is Thursday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m.

The group holds parties and goes on trips.

To register, call Joann Blaney at 215-677-8392. ••

Program on first ladies

America’s first ladies will be the theme of a special four-part historical series offered to active older adults 50 years and above at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., on Mondays, Oct. 4, 11 and 18 and Nov. 1, from noon to 1:15 p.m. The public is invited.

To sign up for the program, send a check or money order for $30 payable to Widener University to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Hyatt Hall, Suite 118, 1 University Place, West Chester, PA 19013-5792.

For additional information, contact OLLI at olli@widener.edu or 610-499-4279. ••