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Bingo on Jan. 15

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Trenton Avenue and Cumberland Street, will be having a bingo on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 1-4 p.m. Doors will open at noon. Packages are $20 and include lunch. Masks are required. Call 215-423-0792. ••

Thrift shop reopening Sunday

The Classroom Thrift Shop, 4301 Tyson Ave., sponsored by the women of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai, will reopen on Sunday, Jan. 2, at 11 a.m., with a half-price sale. Hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop is closed Saturdays. Call 215-624-9130. ••

Old yearbook up for grabs

A 1948 North Catholic High School yearbook is available for free to the child of a 1948 graduate.

Anyone interested can call 215-744-3006. ••

Christmas drive-through

Dasher’s Lightshow is a Christmas drive-through at Philadelphia Mills, synched to favorite holiday tunes, heard on the radio. The show runs through Jan. 2. One ticket is needed per vehicle, and it must be purchased online, not at the door. For tickets or more information, go to https://dasherslightshow.com/philadelphia/. ••

Indoor flea market opening

A new indoor flea market will be open weekends from January through March at the Roosevelt Mall, 2329 Cottman Ave., next to Rainbow. The grand opening will be on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 1 and 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Indoor spaces are $50. For more information, visit PhilaFleaMarkets.org. ••

History meeting on Jan. 5

Friends of Northeast Philadelphia History will hold a Zoom meeting on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. The topic is Frankford Creek: The Sad History of an Urban Watershed, by Adam Levine. Join the meeting at  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84793446135pwd=cjVvVXVFZkZXTFFPMk0rN3VTeFZTUT09. The meeting ID is 847 9344 6135. The passcode is 716057. ••

Free meals for kids

The city Department of Parks and Recreation will serve free meals to anyone up to 18 years old on the following dates: Dec. 28-30 and Jan. 3. Participating centers are American Legion, Lower Mayfair, Mayfair, Ramp, Roosevelt, Russo, Torresdale, Vogt, Max Myers, Simpson, Houseman, Jardel, Tarken, Boyle, Fitzpatrick, Fox Chase, Gifford, Palmer, Mitchell and Pelbano. ••

Learn about the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will be the focus of a five-part course for active adults, offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Widener University, at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. The course is open to members and the public and will be conducted on Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. The course will be led by attorney David Hudiak. Cost is $30 per person, with checks or money orders made payable to Widener University and returned to KleinLife at 10100 Jamison Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19116. For additional information, email olli@widener.edu or call 610-499-4279. ••

Help avert homelessness

Hospitality, Housing, Hope is a campaign to raise $200,000 by Dec. 31 to help 250 families avert homelessness this winter and the year to come. Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network is asking for donations to boost direct aid and pay program costs government won’t cover. Gifts of $500 or more (up to $3,000) will be doubled by a dollar-for-dollar match, courtesy of two anonymous donors. For more information and to learn how you can help, visit www.philashelter.org. ••

Join the St. Martha lottery

St. Martha Parish is holding its lottery fundraiser. For a $25 donation, choose a 3-digit number and that number has a chance to win throughout 2022. Winning numbers are based on the Pennsylvania Daily Number Lottery (straight), picked at 7 p.m. Daily prize is $25. Each month, there is one $100 bonus day. Calendars are available after each Mass. Make your donation check payable to “St. Martha” and write “Lottery Calendar” on the memo line. Choose a number and two alternates, and drop in the collection basket or mail to St. Martha, 11301 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154. ••

Shop small businesses

December is National Small Business Month. For more information, visit NationalSmallBusinessMonth.com or AmericanWorkersRadio.com. ••

PA Supreme Court KOs Marsy’s Law

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 6-1 that Marsy’s Law, a crime victims’ rights measure, is unconstitutional. Outgoing state Sen. John Sabatina Jr., about to become a Common Pleas Court judge, led the charge for the bill, which passed the House and Senate and was approved by voters. But left-wing groups such as the ACLU and League of Women Voters challenged the law. The Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional because it did not address a single topic, rather, it included 15 rights. Justice Sallie Mundy was the only judge who voted to uphold Marsy’s Law, which is named in memory of a California college student stalked and murdered by an ex-boyfriend. ••

Giordano endorses McSwain

WPHT talk radio host Dom Giordano has endorsed Bill McSwain, Republican candidate for governor.

“Pennsylvania needs a conservative governor who will fight back against government overreach, push back against the toxic progressive politics of Philadelphia and Harrisburg, and restore law and order. Bill McSwain will be that governor, and I am proud to extend my full endorsement,” Giordano said.

A former U.S. Marine Corps platoon commander, McSwain was appointed U.S. Attorney by President Trump. He lives in Chester County with his wife and four children. ••

Blood drive in Tacony

Star of Hope Baptist Church, 7212 Keystone St., will host a blood drive on Saturday, Jan. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The blood will be earmarked for people in the black community with sickle cell anemia. Participants will receive a $20 Amazon gift card. To schedule an appointment, call 800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter the code Starofhope. ••

A healthy new year

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be hosting a virtual general meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. on Zoom. The theme is New Year’s Resolutions: Building a Health Plate for You, presented by Kara Stromberg, clinical manager of nutrition and food services at Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus & Fox Chase Cancer Center. There is no charge. Call the synagogue at 215-677-1600 to provide your email address so you can receive the meeting link. ••

Job fair on Jan. 12

The Bucks County New Year Job Fair will take place on Jan. 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Barnes & Noble Court at Neshaminy Mall. Hosted by RecruitmentQueen, a Bucks County-based digital job board, the career fair features a wide array of positions in various industries, including healthcare, customer service, banking and manufacturing.

In all, several hundred jobs will be available at the job fair. The following employers have signed up to exhibit so far: Pickering Manor, The First National Bank & Trust Co. of Newtown, Dow Jones, Brian’s House Inc., Traffic Plan, American Heritage Credit Union, Holy Redeemer Health System and Double H Plastics.

Founder Jennifer Schultz recommends that job seekers bring several copies of their resume for face-to-face interactions with hiring managers and recruiters. Professional attire is recommended. To learn more, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bucks-county-new-year-job-fair-tickets-212063496627. Employers interested in participating can contact Schultz at 267-981-5976 or jennifer@recruitmentqueen.com. ••

Train show on Jan. 16

The Train Collectors Association Atlantic Division will hold its Polar Bear Train Show and Sale on Sunday, Jan. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at  Penns Landing Caterers (Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall), 1301 S. Columbus Blvd. There will be 140 tables with a variety of vintage toy trains and repair parts for sale, test track, operating toy train layouts, kids activities and door prizes for adults and children. Admission is $5 per attendee or per family of two adults and all children 12 and under. Food is available on premises, and there is plenty of free parking. For more information, visit www.ADTCA.com or call Bob at 610-872-3309. ••

Discuss Entebbe rescue

Join Northeast Jewish Life and Uru Achim for a virtual brunch discussion on Rescue at Entebbe Revisited on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m.

Major Rami Sherman will recount his first-hand experience and lessons learned as an operations officer of Yoni Netanyahu’s unit during the rescue at Entebbe.

To register for this Zoom event, visit https://bit.ly/3e7NQBz.

For questions or more information, email Carrie at Northeast@kehillah.jewishphilly.org. ••

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. ••

Rhawnhurst Civic to meet

Rhawnhurst Civic Association will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. at Pelbano Playground, 8101 Bustleton Ave. (at Solly Avenue). A representative from Northeast Victim Service will discuss crime.

The group will also meet on Feb. 16. The guest speaker will discuss scams and identity theft. ••

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. ••

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