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American Heritage Credit Union invites the community to visit its main campus at 2060 Red Lion Road to enjoy more than 400,000 lights and holiday displays.

Community members are welcome to stroll or drive the campus, take photos and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season.

The Grand Illumination celebration kicks off with a special event on the evening of Nov. 27 at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks. The Philadelphia Boys Choir and the New Jersey Fifes and Drums will perform, and Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross will be on hand. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food item to help American Heritage reach its food drive goal of 20,000 pounds donated to Philabundance.

For more information about Grand Illumination, visit AmericanHeritageCU.org/lights. ••

Vendor alert

Delaire Landing, 9355 State Road, will hold a vendor fair on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will be in the parking lot by the tennis courts. All proceeds will go to a Philadelphia police officer battling stage-four metastatic breast cancer.

The rain date is Sunday, Nov. 7.

To reserve a space, email jafineberg@yahoo.com. ••

Clothing drive, bus trip

The Marlyn Chakov Fein Chapter, Fox Chase Cancer Center is running a clothing drive on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 604 Township Line Road, Cheltenham, from 9 a.m. to noon. Gently used clothing, accessories, books and small trinkets in bags or boxed will be accepted.

Meanwhile the chapter is running a bus trip to New York City on Saturday, May 14, 2022 to see the Broadway production of The Music Man. The cost is $345, which includes orchestra seating and round-trip motor coach. Bus leaves from 604 Township Line Road, Cheltenham. Call Harriet at 215-969-8366 for tickets.

These events support cancer research and compassionate patient care. ••

Take a trip to Caesars

Holy Innocents is running a casino trip to Caesars Atlantic City on Wednesday, Dec. 1.

A bus will depart L Street and Hunting Park Avenue at 9 a.m., and leave Caesars at 4:30 p.m.

The cost is $35, due by Nov. 22. Guests will receive $15 in slot cash.

To reserve a seat or for more information, call Cindy at 215-535-2740. ••

Improvements coming to FOP home

Pennrose and FOP Senior Citizens Inc, a nonprofit affiliated with the Fraternal Order of Police, have been awarded $1.181 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and $1.161 million in Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement funds for the revitalization of the FOP senior residence, a community for retired Philadelphia police officers and their immediate family aged 62 and older at 730 Byberry Road.

Construction is slated to begin by the middle of 2022.

“This project will be a much-welcomed improvement to the Far Northeast community. The renovations will benefit both current and future residents, all of whom are senior citizens and many of whom are retired members of law enforcement,” said City Councilman Brian O’Neill.

Residents will benefit from apartment upgrades such as new kitchen fixtures, cabinetry, sinks, appliances, floor tiles, carpeting, painting, windows, mini-split air conditioners and interior doors.

BAYADA Home Health Care will operate an outpatient medical services office on the property. ••

Wawa at Frankford & Academy opening Friday

The Wawa at 9101 Frankford Ave. will open Friday at 8 a.m., replacing the store at Frankford and Linden avenues. The first 100 customers will receive a T-shirt.

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. The new store sells beer. The general manager will be Matthew Murphy, and the store will have about 35 employees.

There will be a Hoagies for Heroes hoagie building competition featuring members of the 8th Police District and Engine 46, with $1,000 donations going to the charity of choice of each. ••

History meeting tonight

The Northeast Philadelphia History Network invites the public to a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.

The topic will be Byberry Friends Meeting at the Crossroads.

Join the meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86030188734?pwd=dHJ5VzJ0TDhOWWh1OGdTT2k5bWNYZz09. The meeting ID is 860 3018 874. The passcode is 267351. ••

Holmesburg Civic meeting in Dec.

Holmesburg Civic Association will not be meeting in November.

Instead, the group’s next meeting will be on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7:15 p.m. at Holmesburg Recreation Center, at Rhawn and Ditman streets. ••

Veterans parade on Sunday

The Philadelphia Veterans Parade & Festival announced the two members of the veterans community who will host the parade with 6ABC’s Alicia Vitarelli.

This year’s co-hosts are Maureen Weigl, deputy adjutant general for the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and Municipal Court President Judge Patrick Dugan.

The seventh annual Philadelphia Veterans Parade, broadcast by 6ABC, will take place on Market Street on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 12:30 p.m.

Dugan is a founder of Philadelphia’s Veterans Court and a retired U.S. Army captain who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. ••

Apply for LIHEAP grant

City Councilman Brian O’Neill announced that the 2021 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is now open to PGW customers. LIHEAP is a federal grant that helps income-eligible senior citizens and families pay their heating bills and restore gas service in the event of a shutoff. These grants range from $500 to $1,500, are available to both renters and homeowners, and do not have to be repaid. The award amount is based on household size and income.

For an application or questions about the program, call O’Neill’s office at 215-686-3422. ••

Attend Marine birthday party 

Boleslaw Grochowski American Legion Post 396, 2171 Wakeling St., will celebrate the U.S. Marine Corps’ birthday on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Doors open at 9 a.m. Parking is in the rear.

All are welcome. ••

Sisterhood meeting Nov. 9

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be hosting a virtual general meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

The program will be a presentation by Jim Palmquist, a past president of AARP – Pennsylvania. He will speak about civic engagement, volunteerism and local advocacy.

There is no charge for this evening, but the group will need your email address to send the link for the meeting. Call 215-677-1600. ••

TBYN tackling housing issues

The Castor Gardens-based Take Back Your Neighborhood civic association continues to urge the city to mandate education and accountability training for landlords.

The issue will be discussed at the group’s next meeting on Monday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at Max Myers Recreation Center, 1600 Hellerman St.

For more information, contact Robert at 267-977-5639 or bobrudy33333@gmail.com. ••

Nazareth has new surgeon

Nazareth Surgical Associates at Nazareth Hospital welcomes Dr. David Okolica.

Okolica specializes in laparoscopic bariatric surgery, including sleeve gastrectomy and laparoscopic general surgery, with expertise in gallbladder, appendix, hernia and colon surgery, as well as endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures.

Okolica cares for patients at Nazareth Surgical Associates, 2701 Holme Ave., Suite 104.

To make an appointment, call 215-331-8897. ••

Medicare info at CVS

CVS Health announced it is supporting Medicare consumers and plan seekers by making space for licensed insurance agents offering no-cost Medicare enrollment advice and assistance through Medicare Support Centers, which include recently launched sites at the CVS HealthHUBs in Mayfair (6501 Harbison Ave.) and Somerton (10901 Bustleton Ave.).

Medicare Annual Enrollment Period runs until Dec. 7.

The Medicare Support Centers in the Mayfair and Somerton CVS HealthHUB locations provide no-cost, one-on-one Medicare education, guidance and year-round support to ensure Medicare beneficiaries have the confidence to choose the right Medicare plan and the knowledge to get the most out of it. Once health care needs are understood, the agents walk individuals through appropriate plan options, explaining costs, coverage and enrollment details.

Licensed insurance agents are available in person until Dec. 7 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn more at MedicareSupportCenter.com or CVS.com/healthub. ••

Rhawnhurst Civic to meet

Rhawnhurst Civic Association will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at Pelbano Playground, 8101 Bustleton Ave. (at Solly Avenue).

The group meets on the third Wednesday of the month. ••

Open house at Orleans

JEVS will hold open houses for its Project WOW and IT Pre-Apprenticeship programs, which help low-income Philadelphia youth develop skills in building trades and information technology, every Monday and Wednesday in November at Orleans Technical College, 2770 Red Lion Road.

The dates are Nov. 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 and 29, from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, go to https://www.jevshumanservices.org/event/project-wow-pmr-it-pre-apprenticeship-open-house/2021-11-01/. ••

Learn drawing skills

Elements of Drawing, a four-part art series for active adults, will be offered at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., beginning on Thursday, Nov. 4. The public is invited to join with members.

In addition to Nov. 4, the program will run on Nov. 11 and 18 and Dec. 2. All will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Cost will be $50 per person, including some art supplies. The fee must be paid at the KleinLife front desk prior to beginning the sessions. For additional information, call Shelley Geltzer at 215-698-7300, Ext. 129. ••

Walk to end Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Philadelphia-area residents to participate in the Philadelphia Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Nov. 13 at Citizens Bank Park.

Options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods.

To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit act.alz.org/Philadelphia.

For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association, visit alz.org or call 800-272-3900. ••

Thanksgiving parade on Nov. 21

Groups are invited to march in the 44th Mayfair-Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade, which will take place on Sunday, Nov. 21, at noon on Frankford Avenue. The route will go from Rhawn Street to Knorr Street.

Businesses, performers, bands and more are invited to participate. Family-friendly floats are accepted.

Pat’s Music Center will be the grand marshal.

Scouts will be collecting nonperishable foods, and the Marines will be collecting for Toys for Tots.

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. ••

Christmas bazaar at Cannstatter

The St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association will hold a Christmas bazaar on Nov. 28, from 3-7 p.m. at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road.

The cost is $30 and includes food, live music, wine, beer, Christmas shopping, wood crafts, candles, Irish shops, pictures with Santa and raffles.

Vendor space is $40 per spot. Reserve by emailing WilliamIvers54@gmail.com. ••

Hall of Fame ceremony at Rivers

The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame will hold an induction ceremony and dinner reception on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m. at Rivers Casino’s Event Center, 1001 N. Delaware Ave.

The class consists of Bill Bradley (football), Bonnie Rosen (lacrosse), Charles “Kid” Keinath (football/basketball), Dallas Green (baseball), Gary Smith (Legacy of Excellence), Jim Katcavage (football), Larry Foust (basketball), Lew Tendler (boxing), Mark Recchi (hockey), Mike Teti (rowing), Olga Dorfner (swimming), Richard Hamilton (basketball), Seth Joyner (football), Yolanda Laney (basketball), “Zack” Clayton (basketball and boxing) and the 1947 Basketball Association of America-champion Philadelphia Warriors.

The emcee will be Joe DeCamara, of WIP.

The evening will also include a fundraising auction and an exhibit featuring Philadelphia sports memorabilia.

For tickets or more information, call 215-254-5049, Ext. 3 or visit

https://www.philadelphiasportshalloffame.org/registration/. ••

Pierogi Festival this weekend

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. ••

Veterans celebration at Navy Yard

The American Legion Eastern Federal Judicial District will be holding an event on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Chapel of The Four Chaplains located at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

The event will include a flag-blessing ceremony at 12:45 p.m., led by the Philadelphia Military Academy JROTC Honor Guard.

Later in the program, at about 2:30 p.m., there will be a series of recognitions and presentations, including the recognition of 103-year-old commander of Post 821 Bridesburg, Albert Gannotta; presentation of the Terry D Lewis Meritorious Service Award and Louise Chase Meritorious Service Award; induction into the Chapel of The Four Chaplains Legion of Honor; a tribute to the Afghanistan 13 fallen soldiers; and a dedication at the Lost Souls Memorial.

The event is a preliminary celebration prior to the Philadelphia Veterans Day Parade, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 7. ••

Learn about varicose veins

Jeanes Hospital will present a virtual session on venous insufficiency and varicose veins on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 6-7 p.m.

Dr. Samuel Han will discuss symptoms, such as swelling or leg pain, and the diagnosis, which is an ultrasound, along with available treatments.

For more information and to receive Zoom instructions, contact Rosemarie Schlegel at 215-728-4861 or rosemarie.schlegel@tuhs.temple.edu. ••

New partnership in senior care

Vesta Healthcare, a 24/7 technology and clinical services organization that supports patients and empowers caregivers to help everyone stay healthy at home, announced a new partnership with Abramson Senior Care, a leader in caring for the aging for more than 150 years. The partnership incorporates Abramson Senior Care’s connected continuum of home and community-based services with Vesta technology, enabling real-time data sharing, notification of changes in health status and access to 24/7 healthcare expertise. The partnership aims to provide clients and their caregivers with an added level of in-home support and enhanced clinical oversight. The goal is to catch early warning signs of a worsening health condition, prompting preventative interventions and, ultimately, leading to better health outcomes.

Vesta’s program includes access to 24/7 monitoring, with a team of nurse practitioners, nurses and other clinicians available via telephone, video and other virtual technology to receive and respond to alerts as well as provide triage support to clients and caregivers. If symptoms or warning signs suggest additional intervention is needed, Vesta’s clinical team coordinates with Abramson Senior Care’s integrated care team, primary care provider and the rest of the member’s care team.

The Vesta program has shown that 88% of clients’ urgent alerts can be managed and resolved in the home, in partnership with caregivers and their care team, resulting in a more than 30% reduction in emergency room visits and hospital admission rates. ••

Flea market on Nov. 13

St. Dominic Catholic Daughters will hold their semi-annual flea market at Marian Hall, 8532 Frankford Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ••

Bingo on Nov. 13

St. Michael’s Church, at Trenton Avenue and Cumberland Street, will be having a bingo on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 1-4 p.m.

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

Call 215-423-0792. ••

Christmas coming to Mayfair

The Mayfair Christmas Village and Tree Lighting will take place on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Frankford, Cottman and Ryan avenues.

There will be vendors, music and drinks.

The event is sponsored by the Mayfair Business Improvement District and Community Development Corporation. ••

Jeanes holding health seminar

Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus will present Venous Insufficiency and Varicose Veins on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 6-7 p.m. Dr. Samuel Han will explain a simple test and treatments for vein problems.

To receive Zoom instructions, contact Rosemarie Schlegel at 215-728-4861 or rosemarie.schlegel@tuhs.temple.edu. ••

Craft show at Tamanend

Tamanend Park, 1255 Second Street Pike in Southampton, will host a farmhouse craft show from Nov. 13-20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There will be wreaths, florals, jewelry, painted slates, garden art, homemade candy, gourmet foods, wood items, centerpieces, baked goods, antiques and kids clothes. Visa and MasterCard will be accepted.

Call 215-808-3004, visit ThreeDcrafts.com or check out the show’s Facebook page. ••

Learn about Bristol Marsh

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation, 321 Cedar St., Bristol Borough, will host a presentation on The Bristol Marsh on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

The presentation will follow BCHF’s brief membership meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshment will be served. The public is invited. There is no admission fee. Xall 215-788-2106. ••

Upcoming bus trip, cruise

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a bus trip to the Mt. Hope Estate’s holiday dinner theater in Manheim, Lancaster County, on Nov. 29. Cost is $115.

The group is sponsoring a cruise to Charleston and Bermuda, June 2-12, 2022, on the Celebrity Summit, sailing from Cape Liberty, in North Jersey. Rates range from $1,577 to $2,387 per person, double occupancy.

Call 215-788-9408 for information and reservations. ••

Annual Shabbat on Nov. 19

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will host its annual Sisterhood Shabbat service both in person and virtually on Friday, Nov. 19, at 7:45 p.m. The Sisterhood will conduct the service, and all members are invited to participate in either English or Hebrew readings. There is no charge. For those attending on Zoom, provide your email address so the link can be sent to you. Call 215-677-1600. ••


The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim is hosting a virtual bingo on two consecutive Mondays, Dec. 6 and 13, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The cost is $36 per person and includes two cards for eight games of bingo each night. There is also a 50/50 for $5 that will be drawn on Dec. 13.

Send your payment to the CSS office, 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115, attention: Bingo. Payment must be received no later than Nov. 24, and you must include your email address for the link to be sent to you.

Call Gerry or Nancy at 215-677-1600. ••

Rallying for life

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

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

Call 215-333-4313. ••

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