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Help fight hunger

The Jewish Relief Agency will hold its second virtual annual event Hunger, Growing Needs, Glowing Deeds, on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. Set to livestream on the eighth night of Hanukkah, the program will illuminate the stories of three volunteer families, while underscoring the needs of area families struggling with “food insecurity.”

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JRA’s “We Deliver” approach to fighting hunger supports more than 6,500 low-income individuals each month.

Community members are invited to watch Hunger: Growing Needs, Glowing Deeds. To register or become a corporate sponsor of the event, visit https://jewishrelief.org/annual-event-2021. ••

Looking for craft fair vendors

Holy Family University’s Habitat for Humanity chapter will be hosting a craft fair on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 6-9 p.m. at the Campus Center gym, 9801 Frankford Ave (near Grant Avenue).

For those interested in having a table, email habitatforhumanity@holyfamily.edu or call 267-341-3307. ••

Kidney donor wanted

Elaine Wible, a Nazareth Academy High School graduate, is looking for a kidney donation as she continues on dialysis three times a week. Wible is a Holy Family University graduate and registered nurse at Einstein. For more information, visit elaineneedsakidney.com. ••

Storytime at Holmesburg Library

Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave., will host Storytime with Mr. Paul on Friday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 p.m. Mr. Paul will be reading Fall Is for Friends and Full of Fall. Cal 215-685-8756. ••

North Catholic gathering on Sunday

All are welcome to attend the North Catholic Turkey Bowl on Sunday, Nov. 21, from 1-5 p.m. at the Red Rooster, 7960 Dungan Road. The cost is $40 and includes beer, wine, soda and all the food you can eat. The Eagles/Saints game will be on TV. ••

Holiday fair at St. Hubert

The St. Hubert holiday vendor fair will take place on Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the school cafeteria, 7320 Torresdale Ave. All proceeds benefit the St. Hubert Parent Association. Email parentsassociation@huberts.org. ••

Thanksgiving parade on Sunday

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, where performances will be. Businesses, performers, bands and more are invited to participate. Family-friendly floats are accepted. Pat’s Music Center will be the grand marshal. The parade will consist of string bands, favorite local bands, school marching bands, cheerleaders, dance groups, classic cars, military vehicles and Santa Claus and his elves, collecting Christmas letters. 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. ••

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. ••

Support Settlement Kardon

Settlement Music School’s Kardon-Northeast Branch is hosting a book fair at the Barnes and Noble in the Neshaminy Mall on Saturday, Nov. 20. The event will take place from 1-5 p.m. and will feature performances by several Kardon-Northeast Branch faculty and students. Vouchers can be used to support the school, using the number 12616025. A percentage of the proceeds from the sales that day that use this voucher code will go to the Kardon-Northeast Branch. Anyone unable to attend can go to bn.com/bookfairs and enter the voucher number for purchases from Nov. 20-25. ••

Annual Shabbat on Friday

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. ••

Gun buyback in Frankford

St. Mark’s Church, 4442 Frankford Ave., will host a gun buyback program on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone who turns in a gun will receive a $100 gift card to Brown’s ShopRite. ••

Volunteer to plant trees

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is collaborating with more than 80 of its Tree Tenders groups, community organizations and neighborhood volunteers to plant more than 1,350 trees throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania from Nov. 17-21. Interested volunteers can sign up to help plant trees by visiting PHSonline.org/programs/tree-programs/get-involved. ••

Craft show at Tamanend

Tamanend Park, 1255 Second Street Pike in Southampton, will host a farmhouse craft show through Nov. 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. ••

Open house at BVM

Maternity BVM School, 9322 Old Bustleton Ave., will host an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 5-7 p.m. The school invites families who are interested in having  their children attend BVM.

The open house will include tours, meet the teachers and registration information. For information, go to www.maternitybvm.net or call 215-908-3329. ••

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. ••

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. 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/. ••

Advanced knee and hip surgery

Nazareth Hospital now offers the ROSA® Knee and Hip joint replacement system, which brings together advanced robotic technology and industry-leading knee and hip implants. The system allows surgeons to use computer and software technology to control and move surgical instruments, allowing for greater precision and flexibility during joint-replacement procedures.

Patients recover faster and with less pain and scarring, and generally have better surgical and post-operative outcomes.

While each person’s personal recovery plan is unique, most Nazareth Hospital patients can expect to go home directly following their knee or hip replacement surgery.

To learn more or schedule a consultation, visit www.trinityhealthma.org/naz/tjr-robot. ••

Renovations to Mitchell Playground

In coordination with the city Department of Parks and Recreation, Councilman Brian O’Neill announced that renovations to Mitchell Playground began this week. A total of $614,000 will be invested in the playground, 3694 Chesterfield Road.

The project will start with the renovation of the spray-ground. New playground equipment and fencing will also be installed in the spring. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of May 2022.

If you have any questions about this project or any other matter, call or visit O’Neill’s office at FOP Lodge 5 headquarters, 11630 Caroline Road (215-437-9167). ••

SJ Prep offering tuition awards

St. Joseph’s Prep has established an Affinity Awards Program to attract prospective students. The awards are worth $3,000 annually and will be presented to students whose parents come from the following three categories:

• Active first responders: Firefighters, police officers, active-duty military, emergency medical technicians.

• Alumni and/or employees of historically black colleges and universities.

• Full-time educators or administrators at K-8 schools.

Students must be accepted to the Prep through the applications process. ••

Attend chanukah celebration

Northeast Jewish Life invites the public to a community chanukah celebration on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. at House of Kosher, 9806 Bustleton Ave.

There will be music by Eliyahu Bass, candle lighting and latkes and other nosh.

RSVP at https://forms.gle/mPLpG2KtZkEKWE3m6. ••

New leader in pancreatic cancer field

Benjamin A. Young has been appointed program manager at the Marvin & Concetta Greenberg Pancreatic Cancer Institute, where he will work with researchers to coordinate the institute’s basic, clinical and population sciences research programs.

“I’m very excited to work on a team this dynamic and to be afforded an opportunity that will be critical to advancing science for pancreatic cancer at Fox Chase and beyond,” Young said.

Since the pancreatic cancer initiative at Fox Chase Cancer Center is growing, Young’s role will constitute a part of the Greenberg Institute. His primary responsibilities will include ensuring that clinical trials are conducted efficiently, acting as a liaison between basic and clinical researchers, as well as maintaining institute policies and ensuring that they are being adhered to and expanded upon if needed.

Before taking on this new role, Young was regulatory affairs lead at Fox Chase’s Office of Clinical Research.

Fox Chase is the only cancer center in the Philadelphia region to be designated as both a Clinical and Academic Center of Excellence for Pancreatic Cancer by the National Pancreas Foundation. ••

Job opportunities for those in recovery

Virginia-based Leidos, a defense, aviation, information technology and biomedical research company, has more than 3,000 positions available to be filled.

Leidos addresses the impact of substance use disorder disease, and is teaming with ecoverycareers to publicize company job opportunities for qualified individuals in long-term recovery.

The internet job-board address is ecoverycareers.com, and ecoverycareers invites all businesses to add the company to their recruitment resources.

If you or someone you know is in successful drug or alcohol disease recovery and are looking for a new job or career change, register and look for opportunities at www.ecoverycareers.com. ••

Northeast High grad gets Comcast promotion

Comcast has named Dennis Mathew, who attended Northeast High School, as senior vice president of the company’s Freedom Region, leading a team of about 2,300 employees who serve customers across Greater Philadelphia, New Jersey and northern Delaware. In this role, Mathew is the top executive responsible for all aspects of the business, including the customer experience, sales, marketing, operations and financial performance.

Mathew joins the Freedom Region after spending two years leading Comcast’s Western New England Region. He will be based in the region’s headquarters located in Trevose.

“I’m thrilled to return to my hometown with Comcast and to lead the Freedom Region as we deliver a world-class customer experience to support our amazing and ever-innovating products and services,” he said. ••

North alums awarding grants

The Northeast Catholic Alumni Association awards tuition grants to the sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of its members.

The checks are awarded to students who meet criteria, and the monies are sent to the Catholic school that they are choosing to attend. Aid is sent to Catholic elementary and high schools and universities in the Philadelphia, Camden and Trenton dioceses.

Grants are given to 32 students annually for their four years in high school or college and three years in elementary school.

Students can apply for a grant if their father or grandfather attended Northeast Catholic and is a dues-paying member of the alumni association. Applications are accepted until Jan 31, 2022.

Call 215-543-1051 or email necathalum@aol.com ••

Breakfast with Santa

Santa Claus will be at St. Hubert High School for a breakfast buffet on Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The menu will consist of eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, home fries, bagels, juice, coffee, tea and water.

The morning will feature an indoor snowball fight, craft corner, coloring station, letters to Santa, selfie station, reindeer food making, Christmas bean bag toss, dancing, facepainting and a gift from Santa’s sack.

Tickets are $23 for ages 13 and up, $18 for ages 3-12 and free for ages 2 and under. A framed picture will be $5.

Email SHSanta@huberts.org. ••

City collecting leaves

Councilman Brian O’Neill announced that the city Department of Streets’s fall leaf collection and recycling program is underway. The program ends Saturday, Dec. 18,

Bagged leaf drop-off will be offered citywide on Saturdays only at 13 locations from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. Bagged leaves to be recycled at the specified drop-off locations will be accepted only in biodegradable paper bags. Otherwise, bagged leaves set out at the curb will be collected as trash.

To find the bagged leaf drop-off location closest to you or to find out if mechanical leaf collection will be offered on your street, call or visit  O’Neill’s office at Bustleton Avenue and Bowler Street, above the 7th Police District (215-685-0432). ••

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. ••

Author publishes romantic suspense novel

Mayfair’s Becky Flade announced that Tirgearr Publishing will release her next novel, Fall to Pieces, on Nov. 30. It is available for pre-order at all major digital retailers.

Homicide Detective Alexandra Danvers is determined to bring child killer Arthur Book to justice, no matter the cost.

Set in Philadelphia, Fall to Pieces features locales such as Juniata Park/Golf Course, the Roundhouse, The Library Company and Rittenhouse Square. The cover art displays the Center City skyline, the Schuylkill River and the Expressway at dusk. ••

Pancake breakfast on Nov. 28

Corp. John Loudenslager American Legion Post, 7976 Oxford Ave., is hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 28, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $6 per person, which includes scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice, coffee, tea and all the pancakes you can eat. ••

Upcoming bus trip

The Marlyn Chakov Fein Chapter, Fox Chase Cancer Center 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.

The event supports cancer research and compassionate patient care. ••

AHCU lighting campus

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. ••

Hanukkah performance at KleinLife

KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., will host a free Hanukkah Klezmer performance by the Ken Ulansey Ensemble on Wednesday, Dec. 1, beginning at noon. The public is invited.

The musical showcase will be performed with keyboard, clarinet, drums and guitar, all supporting the versatile vocalist. The singer will perform melodies in English, Hebrew, Yiddish and Russian.

In addition, everyone who attends will receive a holiday gift bag filled with a jelly doughnut, dreidel and chocolate gelt (money).

The performance is sponsored by the Philip Spector Memorial Fund. ••

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. ••

Live nativity on Dec. 12

United Methodist Church of Huntingdon Valley, at 3470 Huntingdon Pike (at Byberry Road), will host a live nativity and petting zoo on Sunday, Dec. 12, from 6-8 p.m. ••

Successful harvest

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society celebrated the end of its 2021 harvest initiative, with local gardeners donating some 18,728 pounds of produce to local nonprofits. The program also raised $30,087 to support efforts to combat “food insecurity” within the region.

Among the top produce donors to PHS Harvest were Longwood Gardens, Spring Gardens, Kennett Middle School Giving Garden, Branching Up, PHS Farm Park and Chester Eastside Garden Club.

Additional participating organizations in the Harvest initiative include AmpleHarvest.org, Art-Reach, Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden, Chester County Food Bank, Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, Cooperative Gardens Commission, Delaware Center for Horticulture, Food Bank of Delaware, Food Connect, The Food Trust, Mama-Tee Fridge, Neighborhood Gardens Trust, North Light Community Center, Philabundance, Share Food Program and Whole Foods Market. ••

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. Call 215-788-2106. ••


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. ••

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