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St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday

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The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday, March 13, starting at 11 a.m. at 16th Street and JFK Boulevard.

Before the parade, a Mass will be celebrated at 9:15 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, at 20th and Locust streets.

The parade will go around City Hall and east on Market Street, with the performing area between 5th Street and 6th Street. The parade theme is 250 Years of Faith, Family, Friendship and Heritage. The grand marshal is Michael J. Bradley Jr. The parade will be broadcast live by Channel 3. ••

All aboard the Erin Express

The Erin Express will take place on Saturday, March 12, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The bus schedule is 2-8 p.m. at the following bars: Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub, Curley’s Pub, O’Mare’s Irish Pub, Union Tap, Reedy’s Tavern, King’s Highway Tavern, Leneghan’s Crusader Inn, Penny Gardens Tavern and Celtic Cross Tavern.

There will be drink specials. You must be 21 to ride the bus and enter bars. The cost is $6 for a wristband, $15 for a T-shirt and $5 for a logo cup [with one free beer], or $20 for the wristband, shirt, cup and a beer.

Go to NEErinExpress.com. ••

St. Patrick’s Day breakfast

The 6th Councilmanic District staff invites local senior citizens to a hot buffet breakfast on Thursday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road. There will be door prizes and vendors. Register at 215-MU6-3444. ••

South Phila. HS class of ‘68 reunion

The South Philadelphia High School Class of 1968 will hold its 55th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Waterfall Room, 2015 S. Water St. Tickets cost $60 and include buffet dinner and open bar. For tickets and more information, call Arleen Liberi [609-922-2419], Maria Leati [856-287-3734] or Stephen Michielli [267-252-2740]. ••

Craft fair on April 3

The Villages of Pine Valley will host a craft fair on Sunday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its clubhouse, 900 Pine Valley Blvd. There will be homemade candy, jewelry, wreaths, candles and more. ••

Learn about founding mothers

“Founding Mothers” will be the main subject of a five-part course presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Widener University in cooperation with KleinLife. The course is open to members and the public and will be conducted on Zoom on March 14, 21 and 28 and April 4 and 11, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Cost for the course is $30 per person, with checks or money orders made payable to Widener University and returned to KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19116. For additional information, contact email olli@widener.edu or call 610-499-4279. ••

Blood drive at Jeanes

Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus will host a blood drive on Wednesday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cheltenham Friends Meetinghouse, 7600 Central Ave. To register or for more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org. ••

Boyle votes for veterans bill

U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle voted for passage of H.R. 3967, the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, which will treat toxic exposure as a cost of war by addressing the full range of issues impacting toxic-exposed veterans, including access to earned benefits and healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“When we sent our servicemembers into harm’s way, we made a promise that we would take care of them when they came home,” Boyle said. “Today, I voted yes on the bipartisan Honoring our PACT Act to keep my promise and ensure all veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service can access the care and benefits they’ve earned.”

The Act is a legislative package that will open up healthcare to over 3.5 million veterans exposed to toxic substances during their military service. It will create presumptions for 23 respiratory illnesses and cancers, shifting the burden of proof off veterans. ••

Rhawnhurst Civic to meet

Rhawnhurst Civic Association will meet on Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at Pelbano Recreation Center, 8101 Bustleton Ave.

A state official will discuss fraud, and a Philadelphia police officer will talk about crime.

The group will also meet on Wednesday, April 20. ••

Apply for high school art program

Glen Foerd’s Teen Arts Program is accepting applications for the spring semester. The program is open to eight high school students and will take place after school each Monday at Glen Foerd, 5001 Grant Ave., from March 28 through May 16, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Deadline for applications is March 13, 2022. All participants will have the opportunity to create original projects and will receive a $250 stipend for their involvement in the program. For application information, visit www.glenfoerd.org/teen-arts or email Kristina Murray at kristinamurray@glenfoerd.org. For more information, call 215-632-5330. ••

Art program at Glen Foerd

Glen Foerd, 5001 Grant Ave., is accepting applications for its 2022-2023 Artists in Residence program. The categories are visual artist, performing artist and teaching artist. Artists should be residing in the greater Philadelphia area at the time of their application. Deadline for submissions is March 15 at 11 p.m. The application fee is $10 and is non-refundable. Artists in Residence will have from June 1, 2022 until May 31, 2023, to complete their residencies. Selected artists will create works that engage Glen Foerd’s audience and collections, which includes architecture, material culture, art and natural landscapes. This opportunity offers area artists access to Glen Foerd’s historic collections, grounds and the Delaware River. Artistic projects that challenge dominant historical narratives by focusing on social issues such as environmental conservation, wealth inequality, race and industrialization are encouraged. Each selected artist (or group, if applying jointly) will receive a $3,000 stipend.

For application information, visit www.glenfoerd.org/artists-in-residence, or email Kristina Murray, arts and culture program manager, at kristinaamurray@glenfoerd.org. ••

Flea market on Saturday

St. Dominic Catholic Daughters will hold a flea market at Marian Hall, 8532 Frankford Ave., on Saturday, March 12, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be vendors, bargains, homemade cakes and raffles. ••

St. Hubert day trip

St. Hubert will hold its seventh annual summer fun day trip on Tuesday, June 21. There will be a one-hour ride on a cruise ship, followed by a four-hour stay at Resorts casino, with $10 back in slot cash. The day will end at the Tomasello winery for a sitdown dinner and complimentary wine tasting.

A bus will depart St. Hubert at 8:45 a.m. and arrive back at about 9 p.m. The cost is $90, due by May 15. Contact Mary Clifford at 267-231-7367 or mclifford@huberts.org. ••

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. ••

Donate to Ukraine

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, co-chairman of the Ukraine Caucus, is partnering with local nonprofits to deliver medical supplies, toiletries and other necessary items to be sent to Ukraine. Fitzpatrick encourages donations to the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee, 1206 Cottman Ave. Donations that can be dropped off are linens (towels, sheets, blankets), hand and feet warmers, medical supplies (bloodstop powder, bandages), personal hygiene items, knee pads and newly packaged undergarments and socks. ••

Helping cervical cancer patients

Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Suzanne M. Miller, a professor in the Cancer Prevention and Control research program, has received a two-year research grant from the Prevent Cancer Foundation to support a project designed to test whether text messaging can effectively reduce urban cervical cancer disparities.

When cervical cancer is diagnosed early and appropriately treated, the likelihood of survival is close to 100 percent, Miller said. However, only about 50% of urban, “underserved” women receive the recommended follow-up care, called colposcopy, after an abnormal cervical cancer screening result.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation grant award came from the Marcia and Frank Carlucci Charitable Foundation. ••

Targeting Shoot First laws

State Rep. Jason Dawkins is joining a new task force made up of state legislators, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, all committed to combating laws that promote Shoot First, or Stand Your Ground.

Dawkins claims that Shoot First laws essentially make murder legal and put “people of color” at risk of racist violence and violence fueled by “implicit bias.”

Dawkins said research now shows that Shoot First laws have resulted in 700 additional gun deaths every year across the country. ••

Bingo on Saturday

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Trenton Avenue and Cumberland Street, will host a bingo on Saturday, March 12, from 1-4 p.m. Doors will open at noon. Packages are $20 and include lunch. Masks and proof of vaccine are required. Call 215-423-0792. ••

Wells Fargo helping Ukraine effort

Wells Fargo announced $1 million in donations across three nonprofits to enable humanitarian aid for Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees as well as support services for U.S. service members and their families across the globe. The funding goes to the American Red Cross, World Central Kitchen and the USO. In addition, Wells Fargo is making it easier for its employees to support these organizations through its internal employee-giving system. ••

Comcast offering affordable internet

Comcast is participating in the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program and the $30/month benefit can be applied to any tier of Xfinity Internet service.

Customers can sign up for Internet Essentials Plus, which includes 100 Mbps download speeds, a cable modem and WiFi router, and is free after the government’s ACP credit is applied.

Additionally, Xfinity Internet customers participating in ACP now can add mobile service through Xfinity Mobile.

New and existing Xfinity Internet or Internet Essentials customers can visit www.xfinity.com/acp or call 844-389-4681 for more information, to determine eligibility, and sign up. ••

Theater presents comedy show

Playmasters Theatre Workshop, located in Neshaminy State Park, on State Road in Bensalem, will present the comedy Don’t Talk to the Actors, from March 18 through April 3.

Tickets are $15 cash or check at the door. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. To reserve tickets or for more information, call 215-245-7850 or visit www.playmasters.org. ••

Purim parade on March 20

Northeast Jewish Life will hold an all-ages Purim Car & Walking Parade on Sunday, March 20, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Beth Ami, 9201 Old Bustleton Ave. Participants are welcome to decorate their cars and dress up in costume. The day will include music and shalach manot goodie bags Donations to a food pantry will be accepted. To register, email northeast@kehillah.jewishphilly.org or visit www.jewishphilly.org/purimparade. ••

Entertainment on March 22

KleinLife Rhawnhurst, 2101 Strahle St., will present free live entertainment by JT on March 22 at 12:30 p.m. There will be singing, dancing and joke telling. Bring a snack if you’d like. For information or to request transportation, call 215-745-3127. ••

Craft and vendor show in Tacony

K&P Expressive Events will hold a craft and vendor event on Sunday, April 3, from noon to 4 p.m. at 6649 Keystone St., in the lower hall of the former St. Leo School. There will be more than 25 crafters and vendors. Email kpexpressiveevents@gmail.com. ••

Help make palms

Our Lady of Consolation Church, 7051 Tulip St., invites the public to make palms from April 4-8, from 3 to 8 p.m. Palms will be for sale after the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, April, 9, and on Palm Sunday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For preorders, contact Tony Volpe at tonyvolpe22@hotmail.com or 215-837-7666. ••

Go see High School Musical

Frankford High School, 5000 Oxford Ave., will present Disney’s High School Musical from April 6-8.

Showtimes are 6 p.m. on April 6-7 and 1 p.m. on April 8.

Tickets cost $5. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. ••

Activities offered

Tabas KleinLife Apartments, 2101 Strahle St., hosts a chess club every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 12:45 p.m. in its community room.

Exercise takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Bingo is played from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Call 215-745-3127. ••

Charity fashion show

The Marlyn Chakov Fein Chapter, Fox Chase Cancer Center is running a fashion show – Couture For The Cure – on Sunday, May 1 at the Sheraton Bucks County, 400 Oxford Valley Road, Langhorne. The cost is $55 and includes full-course lunch and show. There will be raffles, boutiques and jewelry and craft vendors. BOC Productions will present Fashions from Marlene’s of Collingswood, New Jersey. Doors open at 10 a.m. for shopping. Call Lorraine at 610-277-3631 for tickets. This event supports cancer research and compassionate patient care. ••

Meet the candidates

Holme Circle Civic Association is holding a Meet the Candidates night on Wednesday, April 27, from 7-9 p.m. at St. Jerome Church, 8100 Colfax St.

The following candidates are expected: U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle and challenger Aaron Bashir; 6th Councilmanic District candidate Mike Driscoll; 173rd Legislative District candidate Pete McDermott; state Rep. Ed Neilson; and 5th Senatorial District candidates Shawn Dillon and Sam Oropeza. ••

North class of ‘70 reunion

North Catholic’s Class of 1970 will hold a reunion on Saturday, March 26, from 7-11 p.m. at Sprinkler Fitters Emerald Room, 14004 McNulty Road. The cost is $70 per person and includes a buffet dinner, open bar and music. For more information, call Jim Kelly at 215-808-4227, John Peteraf at 215-342-7335, Tom at 609-685-2491 or Jim Doc at 484-576-0381. ••

Quizzo at Ryan

The Archbishop Ryan lacrosse team will hold a Quizzo Night on Friday, April 1, in the South cafeteria of the school, 11201 Academy Road.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Quizzo begins at 7:30.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tables of eight can be reserved.

It’s a BYOB/snacks event. There will be a 50/50, raffle baskets, an extra cash round, mulligans and a cash prize.

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

Dance party March 27

West Catholic Girls’ Alumnae Association will hold a Motown Dance Party on Sunday, March 27, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Oaks Ballroom in Glenolden. There will be a sitdown luncheon, cash bar and coffee station.

Make your check for $35 payable to WCGAA and mail it with your menu choice [Chicken Francaise  or Eggplant Parmigiana, vegetarian as well as gluten free] no later than March 19 to Denise Ware, 353 Wenonah Ave., Mantua, NJ 08051.

For more information, email Rhubarb48@aol.com. ••

Oldies but goodies

The Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, the Sisterhood, the Men’s Club and the Chaverim announce a joint Zoom program scheduled for Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m.  The program is Top Songs of the ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s and Beyond. Charlie D will emcee the evening. The cost is $25 and open to all. There will also be a 50/50 – $5 for one chance or $10 for 3 chances. Send payment and email address to the synagogue office, 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115. The link for the program will be sent out a few days prior to the event. For details, call 215-677-1600. ••

Mission BBQ honoring Vietnam vets

National Vietnam Veterans Day is Tuesday, March 29. Mission BBQ, 11000 Roosevelt Blvd, is offering a free sandwich for Vietnam War veterans. As always, the national anthem will be played at noon. ••

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. ••

Tea time

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation will be presenting its 25th anniversary tea on Sunday, April 24, from 2-4 p.m., at its headquarters at 321 Cedar St., Bristol Borough. Ticket price is $22 per person. Tea fare will include brewed tea, assorted tea sandwiches, scones and pastries. Reservation deadline is April 8. Call 215-788-9408. ••

Synagogue gala in May

Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai, 4301 Tyson  Ave., the oldest synagogue in the Northeast, will be celebrating its 97th anniversary with a gala on Sunday, May 22, at the Bensalem Country Club. All present and past members and friends are invited. Call 215-969-5346. ••

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. ••

Tarken hosting adult art club

Tarken Recreation Center, 6250 Frontenac St., hosts an adult art club, which meets 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. ••

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. ••

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. ••

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