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Big meeting in Burholme

The Burholme Civic Association will discuss a proposed apartment complex on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church of the Redeemer, 1128 Cottman Ave. A developer will explain plans to build 52 apartments [with no parking] at 7248 Rising Sun Ave., a former oft-robbed Citizens Bank branch that closed in 2018. ••

Tarken hosting adult art club

Tarken Recreation Center, 6250 Frontenac St., will host an adult art club, starting Feb. 1. The club will meet on Tuesdays, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., through April 5. Practice and discuss painting and drawing: still life, portraits, figure drawing, abstract art and illustrations. The program will conclude with a spring art show on April 14 for members to show off their work. No experience necessary. Basic art supplies will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own supplies if they have them. The program will be held in person or virtually, through Zoom, upon request.

To register, call 215-685-1226 or find the @Tarkenplayground page on Facebook. ••

Open house at BVM

Maternity BVM School, 9322 Old Bustleton Ave., will host a winter open house on Sunday, Jan. 30, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The school invites families who are interested in  having their children attend Maternity BVM. The open house will include tours, registration information and a chance to meet the teachers. Go to www.maternitybvm.net or call 215-908-3329. ••

Flea market at St. Hubert

St. Hubert, 7320 Torresdale Ave., will host an indoor flea market on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Faculty Scholarship Fund. To reserve vendor space or for more information, email fleamarket@huberts.org or visit huberts.org/fleamarket/. ••

Blood drive on Thursday

The Red Cross has recently reported that it is experiencing its worst blood shortage in many years, and patient care is being affected. Fellowship Bible Church and Somerton Civic Association are working with the Red Cross to host a blood drive in Somerton on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 2-7 p.m. at Fellowship Bible Church, 13021 Worthington Road. Everyone is encouraged to participate and to donate.

Make an appointment to donate blood at this event by visiting https://rcblood.org/3frWTOp. Ask your friends and family to donate. ••

Thrift shop sale

The Classroom Thrift Shop, 4301 Tyson Ave., sponsored by the women of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai, will hold a bag sale (fill a bag of clothing for $6) through Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 215-624-9130. ••

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

Civic meeting on Thursday

West Torresdale/Morrell Park Civic Association will meet on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Christ the King basement hall, 3252 Chesterfield Road.

The city Department of Revenue will make a presentation on taxes, and there will be a discussion about a Union League project and the removal of trees.

Email Mwtca19114@gmail.com. ••

Robert Purvis

History meeting on Feb. 2

The Northeast Philadelphia History Network will hold a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. Historian Jack McCarthy will speak on Robert Purvis in Byberry. Purvis [1810-1898] was a black abolitionist and civil rights activist. During the 30-some years he lived in Byberry (1840s-1870s) Purvis made the community a well-known center of abolitionism and social activism, while continuing his clandestine Underground Railroad activities. In 1846-1847 he spearheaded the building of Byberry Hall (still standing), which hosted nationally known speakers to discuss anti-slavery and social issues of the time.

Join the Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85892399375?pwd=UjdCU2JwNEpURVExZnZkbTJMcWJBUT09. The meeting ID is 858 9239 9375. The passcode is 519658. ••

Sign up for senior softball

Philadelphia Senior Softball League is looking for experienced players for their 58 and over league. The season starts mid-April and runs through September. There are about 30 games along with playoffs. No games are played in July. Games are played Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. at Crispin Field, Holme and Convent avenues.

For more information, call Jim Wilson at 609-636-1702 or Marty King at 215-698-0009. ••

Father Judge reunions

Three Father Judge graduating classes will be holding reunions this year.

The Class of 1987 will hold its 35-year reunion at FOP Lodge 5 on Saturday, April 2.

The Class of 1972 will hold its 50-year reunion at Father Judge on Saturday, April 30.

The Class of 1962 will hold its 60-year reunion at the Ashburner Inn on Sunday, Sept. 11.

For more information, email Kevin Huckel at khuckel@fatherjudge.com. ••

Bingo fundraiser

Simeti’s Gymnastics Academy, 6649 Keystone St., will be holding a Mystery Bingo fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 19.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the first game starts at 6:30. Prizes will go to winners.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Admission includes two bingo cards per round. There will be 10 rounds. Participants are asked to bring their own daubers. Extra bingo cards, daubers, 50/50 tickets, blind auction tickets, hot food, snacks, desserts and drinks will be available for sale. It’s a cash-only event. Proceeds will fund new gymnastics equipment.

To order tickets or schedule a free trial class, call 267-333-9930. ••

Indoor flea market open

A new indoor flea market will be open weekends through March at the Roosevelt Mall, 2329 Cottman Ave., next to Rainbow. Indoor spaces are $50. For more information, visit PhilaFleaMarkets.org. ••

Register for Red Tiger Cup

The Red Tiger TKD Cup will take place on Saturday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bryn Athyn College’s Asplundh Fieldhouse, 2775 Buck Road, in Bryn Athyn. There will be competitions in sparring, patterns and special technique. Trophies and medals will be awarded to the top three competitors in each division. Call 215-969-9962 or email redtigertkd@gmail.com. ••

Learn about Elfreth’s Alley

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation, 321 Cedar St., Bristol Borough, will present Little Street, Big City – How Elfreth’s Alley Tells the Story of Philadelphia, on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. The presentation will be given by Ted Maust, associate director of the Elfreth’s Alley Association. Light refreshment will be served at the conclusion of the program. A donation of $4 per adult is requested; no charge for students. The public is invited; reservations are not required. Vaccinations and masks are requested. For information, call 215-788-9408. ••

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, 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. ••

Upcoming cruises

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

Meanwhile, a fully escorted Holy Lands & Aegean Majesty cruise will sail Oct. 6-17, 2023, featuring 10 ports-of-call. Rates, including airfare, range from $4,198 to $7,998 per person, double occupancy.

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

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