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Purim parade on Sunday

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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. ••

Shop at the Arsenal

BLDG39, an indoor/outdoor event venue at the Frankford Arsenal Business Center, 5401 Tacony St., will host a small business shopping event on Sunday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission and parking are free.

Businesses on hand will be Three Towners, Happy Soul Handmade, Saw Dust and Dog Hair, Anavi, Made by Taylor Nicole, Studio 29, Taylored Creations, Messin with Resin, Pen Statments, Bare Beads, Candle Sweet Candle, Frankies Bowtique, I Knead Coffee, Bao Bun Studio, Dr. Wutzits Wonder Balls, Stone and Key Cellars and Cozinha Philly. ••

More senior housing at St. Bart’s

NewCourtland has received a 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit allocation from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency as well as $360,000 of National Housing Trust Fund financing to develop the second phase of NewCourtland Apartments at St. Bart’s.

Joe Duffey, president and CEO of NewCourtland, said. “As we enter the second phase of our St. Bart’s project, we look forward to increasing our investment in the Wissinoming community while also increasing access to housing that serves the needs of many of its older adults.”

This second phase of development will see the addition of 48 one-bedroom apartments. Rent for the apartments is capped at 30% of residents’ monthly income.

The site, at 5364 Jackson St., features an 18,000-square-foot LIFE Center along with 42 units of housing.

To learn more, visit NewCourtland.org or call 888-530-4913. ••

Entertainment on Tuesday

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. ••

Register at Maternity BVM

Registration for Maternity BVM School, 9322 Old Bustleton Ave, will be held for Pre K to Grade 8 on Tuesday, March 22 and Wednesday, March 23 from 9-10 a.m. or 6 to 7:30 p.m. Financial aid is available, as needed. For registration forms and details, go to www.maternitybvm.net, or contact advancement director Mike McDonough at 215-908-3329  or mmcdonough@maternitybvm.net. ••

Judge welding program receives funds

The Ambassador’s Fund for Catholic Education awarded Father Judge High School $127,154 for the 2022-23 academic/fiscal year. The funded program will support the expansion of the school’s welding program, launched during the 2019-20 academic year Matthew H. McCloskey Jr. (1893-1973), building contractor and U.S. Ambassador to Ireland (1962-64), created and funded the charitable organization in 1967 to advance Catholic education and evangelization throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This charitable organization changed its name to the Ambassador’s Fund for Catholic Education in 2020. There are 78 students in the welding program, and the first cohort of 33 workforce-ready welders will receive a Judge diploma along with industry certifications upon graduation this June. ••

Job fair on March 29

The Bucks County Spring Job Fair will take place on March 29 at Oxford Valley Mall. Hosted by RecruitmentQueen, the career fair features an array of positions in industries such as healthcare, customer service, banking, manufacturing and retail. In all, more than 500 jobs will be available. The fair will be held in the center court of Oxford Valley Mall, 2300 Old Lincoln Highway in Langhorne, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To learn more, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bucks-county-spring-job-fair-tickets-267173933427. Employers interested in participating can contact Jennifer Schultz at 267-981-5976 or jennifer@recruitmentqueen.com. ••

Craft show starts April 2

A craft show will take place at Tamanend Park, 1255 Second Street Pike in Southampton, from April 2-9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be an array of handmade crafts, candy, wreaths, jewelry, holiday gift items and more. For more information, call 215-808-3004, visit ThreeDcrafts.com or go to the Farmhouse Craft Show page on Facebook. ••

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. ••

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. ••

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. ••

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. ••

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. ••

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. ••

Free thermostats from PGW

Philadelphia Gas Works is offering income-eligible customers free smart thermostats for a limited time as a convenient way to lower their home energy costs, maintain comfortable indoor temperatures and take more control of their energy usage. Customers may request a complimentary thermostat – which PGW will install at no charge – by calling 833-596-3075.

The thermostats are provided on a first-come, first-served basis and are available to homeowners and renters (with landlord approval). Customers unable to receive a thermostat after supply is exhausted can be placed on a waitlist for September 2022 by calling 833-596-3075.

For more information on PGW’s money and energy-saving programs, visit pgworks.com/customer-care/efficiency. ••

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. ••

Luncheon and military salute

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a bus trip to Spring Lake, New Jersey, on Wednesday, May 25, featuring a luncheon and a Memorial Day Armed Services Salute at Doolan’s Shore Club. All-inclusive price is $128 per person. For details and reservations, call 215-788-9043. Reservations close on April 4. ••

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. ••

State money for Oxford Circle CCDA

State Rep. Jared Solomon secured a $30,000 grant for the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association from the Department of Community and Economic Development. The grant will be used for professional street cleaning initiatives and administrative costs associated with the Oxford Circle Cleaning Project.

“This is a shining example of what can happen when community organizations partner with state government for the benefit of our communities,” Solomon said. “I was happy to secure this grant for OCCCDA so they can continue the great work they do to make Northeast Philadelphia a great place to live.” ••

Learn about travel

A presentation showcasing the new travel partnership between KleinLife and Starr Tours will be held at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., on Wednesday, March 30, beginning at 11:30 a.m. For additional information, call 215-698-7300 or visit www.kleinlife.org. ••

Sisterhood meeting April 5

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will be hosting a general meeting on Tuesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. The speaker will be Cathryn Miller-Wilson, HIAS Pennsylvania executive director. Sisterhood members may arrive at 7 p.m. Call 215-677-1600. ••

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. ••

Clothing drive for charity

The Marlyn Chakov Fein Chapter, Fox Chase Cancer Center is running a clothing drive on Saturday, April 23. The event will be held at 604 Township Line Road, Cheltenham, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring your gently used clothing, accessories, books and small trinkets in bags or boxed for pick-up. The event supports cancer research and compassionate patient care. ••

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. ••

Donate blood

The Men’s Club of the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, is holding a blood drive being run by the American Red Cross on Sunday, May 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Call 215-677-1600. ••

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. ••

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]. ••

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