Fight night Friday at Parx
Karl Wylie, a 29-year-old lightweight fighter from Coatesville and a former Golden Gloves winner, will be making his professional boxing debut at Parx Casino on Friday, May 13.
Joe Hand Promotions is producing the live boxing event, which will also feature a six-round heavyweight bout between Sonny Conto (9-0, 7 KOs) and Justin Rolfe (7-3-1, 5 KOs).
Shinard Bunch (18-1-1, 15 KOs) will look to continue his 18-fight undefeated streak when he competes in an eight-round super-lightweight fight.
Super featherweight Jordon Murphy (2-0, 1 KO), originally from Bensalem, will fight in a four-round super-featherweight bout.
Christopher Burgos (3-5-1, 1 KO) will face Philip Davis (2-5-1) in a six-round lightweight contest.
Tickets at $50, $75 and $125 are on sale at https://tickets.parxcasino.com/tickets/390007.
Call the Hold My Ticket Call Center at 877-466-3404 or Joe Hand Promotions at 215-364-9000. Must be 21 or older to attend. ••
St. Jerome seniors are back
The St. Jerome Senior Group will be meeting in person on the following upcoming Thursdays: May 12, May 26 and June 9. Members should arrive at the school hall by 10 a.m. Meetings begin at 11. ••
Take part in arts day
The Rockledge Fox Chase Business Association will present Arts in the Park on Saturday, May 14, from 2-5 p.m. at Lions Park, 7964 Oxford Ave. The afternoon will include arts, music and vendors. To participate or for more information, call Theresa at 215-722-4566. ••
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 email@example.com. ••
Rhawnhurst Civic to meet
Rhawnhurst Civic Association will meet on Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at Pelbano Recreation Center, 8101 Bustleton Ave. The group will also meet on Wednesday, June 15. ••
AHCU car show on Saturday
American Heritage Credit Union and 98.1 WOGL will host the 18th Annual Car Show and Member Appreciation Day. The event is free to attend and will take place on May 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 2060 Red Lion Road. All proceeds from the day will support the Kids-N-Hope Foundation and its mission to enhance the lives of pediatric patients through health and life services, specifically music therapy. Attendees can enjoy hundreds of classic, muscle and modern show cars as well as visit more than 40 vendors at the craft show and get a bite to eat at one of the food trucks, and families can enjoy activities in the Family Fun Zone, which will include a petting zoo, axe throwing, carnival games and performances by music therapist Yoyo. WOGL-FM will broadcast around the campus during the event. Car clubs and owners can register for the show prior to the event for $15 or on the day of for $20 and will be entered for a chance to win one of the 100 trophies. You can register by May 12 at ahcu.co/CarShow. Visit AmericanHeritageCU.org/events for more information. ••
Bus trip on Saturday
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. ••
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
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. ••
Support charity basketball tourney
The Lace Up for Lisa men’s 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament will take place on May 15 at the Bustleton Bengals’ John Marynowitz Gym, 9945 President St. The tournament will be played in memory of Lisa Dombrowski, who died last June. Proceeds will benefit Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. Dombrowski’s husband, Gary, and daughter, Nicole, are organizing the tournament. A Cardinal Dougherty graduate, she loved sports and competition. Lisa’s infant granddaughter, Lisa May Marie, will be there. The Bengals are donating the gym, and some PIAA referees are donating their time. The public is invited. There will be raffles, a DJ, T-shirt sales and concession stand. The briefing for the tournament begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by the games at 8. For more information, email NicoleLisaMarie.Dombrowski@gmail.com. ••
Learn about heart health
Jeanes Hospital, 7600 Central Ave., will host What Can I Do To Improve My Heart Health? on Monday, May 16, from 6-7 p.m., on the campus walking trail, in front of the hospital. The rain date is Thursday, May 19. Register by calling 215-728-4861. ••
Learn about Estee Lauder
The Sisterhood of the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, invites the public for Tea with Estee on Tuesday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. Come listen to Maxine Goldman as she discusses the life of billionaire Estee Lauder. There will be a dessert buffet, including an ice cream sundae bar. The cost is $25 per person. There will be a raffle for a $25 money tree. Reservations are needed by May 12. Call 215-677-1600. ••
John J. Nesbitt reunion
The 50th reunion dinner of former employees of John J. Nesbitt will take place on Wednesday, May 18, at 1 p.m. at Fishers, 1858 Street Road, in Bensalem. Nesbitt was a large commercial heating and air conditioning company at State Road and Rhawn Street. The cost is $30 and includes the meal. Contact Edward Apice at 215-637-2637 or email@example.com. ••
Register for Maternity BVM school
Maternity BVM Elementary School, 9322 Old Bustleton Ave., will hold registration for Pre K to Grade 8 on Tuesday, May 17, and Wednesday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Financial aid money is available to qualified families. For registration and more information, go to www.maternitybvm.net or contact advancement director Mike McDonough at 215-908-3329 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
Ryan class of ‘72 reunion
The Archbishop Ryan Class of 1972 will hold its 50-year reunion on Friday, June 10, at the Philadelphia Ballroom, 2014 Hornig Road. For tickets and/or to make a contribution to the Class of 1972 Scholarship Fund, go to arclassof72.com. ••
Job and career fair May 25
A Job and Career Fair at the Toben Center, 7222 Castor Ave., will take place on Wednesday, May 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. Employers will be recruiting for jobs in the fields of manufacturing, health care, transportation, law enforcement, administrative and more. Interviews will be scheduled on the spot by employers. Interested applicants should bring their resumes for review. Job seekers should come dressed appropriately. Several career/trade schools will also attend the event for people who are looking to learn a career or to change their current one. The event is hosted by the Northeast Learning Center and supported by Philadelphia Works. Call 215-745-0141. ••
Help Karen and the Brain Aneurysm Foundation
Karen’s Bowling Alley Rally will take place on Saturday, May 28, from 6-9 p.m. at Thunderbird Lanes, 3075 Holme Ave. The evening will celebrate how far Karen Murphy has come in five years since being diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. Tickets per bowler cost $30 for a 21-and-older drink wristband or $20 for non-drinkers. The price includes three hours of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, soda and open bar for people with wristbands. There will be gift basket raffles and a 50/50. Sixty percent of proceeds will go to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation in Karen’s names. Forty percent of proceeds will go to Karen’s recovery, medical bills, rehabilitation and effort to return home. For more information, go to https://karensbowlingalleyrally.ticketleap.com/register-or-donate/. ••
Synagogue gala May 22
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. ••
Car show at PACS
The students of the Community Hero Outreach program at Philadelphia Academy Charter High School are organizing the first PACHS Car Show on May 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school, 1700 Tomlinson Road. Admission is free. The cost is $20 to enter a car in the show. All proceeds from the show will go to Shamrock Reins, a nonprofit organization that provides equine-assisted activities and therapies for veterans, active-duty members, first responders and families of fallen heroes. Rain date is May 22. Register a car by emailing CGDunne@K12PACS.org. ••
Penny Party on June 4
St. Stephen Orthodox Cathedral, 8598 Verree Road, invites the community to an all-ages Penny Party on Saturday, June 4. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Calling starts about 7 p.m. Admission is $5, which includes homemade desserts, coffee and tea. Hot dogs and snacks will be available for sale, and there will be prizes and raffle baskets. ••
Community Day in Holmesburg
The Mount Zion Baptist Church of Holmesburg, Welsh Road and Erdrick Street, will be hosting a free Community Day for all ages on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be free vendors, health assessments, food, games, giveaways and children’s activities. Call 215-624-8869. ••
Learning center receives grant
Incredible Kids Learning Center Inc., 1807-09 Cottman Ave., is one of 30 small businesses throughout 14 states that is receiving a $10,000 grant through Citizens Bank’s ‘Small Business Community Champions’ program. The Incredible Kids Learning Center provides child care services and serves as an educational database for children ages 6 weeks old to 13 years old, and has proposed to use the funds to outfit and transform available space for the social and human services component of their program. This would provide trauma counseling, case management, life skills coaching, crisis intervention, early childhood intervention, teen parenting workshops, birthing classes and workforce development and training. The awards went to women- and minority-owned businesses. ••
Music fest lineup set
The Pennypack Music Festival will take place this year at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road. Admission is free. There are picnic tables, but you can bring your own chairs. No pets or outside food, drink or coolers. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Shows are Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Gate opens at 5 p.m.
June 1: Romeo Delight [tribute to Van Halen]; June 8: Lecompt; June 15: HotLanta [tribute to the Allman Brothers]; June 22: Black Dog [tribute to Led Zeppelin]; June 29: The Launch [tribute to Queen]; July 6: Steal Your Face [tribute to Grateful Dead]; July 13: Jamison, Bogside Rogues [Irish Night, Ed Kelly’s birthday celebration]; July 20: Idol Kings [tribute to Journey]; July 27: Definitely Leppard [tribute to Def Leppard]; Aug. 3: Let’s Ride [country rock]; Aug. 10: Kick it Out [tribute to Heart]; Aug. 17: Philadelphia Freedom [tribute to Elton John]; Aug. 24: Starman [tribute to David Bowie]. ••
Neilson bill advances
The state House passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Ed Neilson that would establish the Constable William Davidson Reward Fund, which would provide rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals who commit criminal homicide against a law enforcement officer.
“There was a 36% increase in law enforcement homicides from the previous year,” Neilson said. “This legislation will serve as a stern warning to anyone who wants to engage in violence against the men and women who protect us daily.”
Constable William Davidson was the first law enforcement officer to be killed at a criminal’s hands in Pennsylvania, when in 1825 he went to serve a warrant in Venango County and was ambushed by a second man who had intentions of killing the man named on the warrant. Davidson was killed when he encountered the second man, who was subsequently found not guilty by reason of insanity. The bill (H.B. 1123) will move to the Senate for consideration. ••
State funding water improvements
Philadelphia was awarded $125 million for a water infrastructure project through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, according to state Sen. Christine Tartaglione and state Rep. Mike Driscoll.
The loan was awarded to help with the construction of two new 5-million-gallon, below-grade clearwell basins with green roof tops, which will support the Torresdale and Lardner’s Point pump stations and improve the city’s overall water capacity and reliability.
“When we discuss investments in infrastructure, we aren’t just talking about roads and bridges,” Tartaglione said. “We are also talking about the funding of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater projects across the commonwealth. Pennvest’s investment today in Philadelphia will increase access to clean and reliable drinking water and is a crucially needed investment that will benefit millions around the Southeastern Pennsylvania region.”
“Water is our most precious commodity,” Driscoll said. “Without a reliable source, especially in times like now as we are trying to recover from a global pandemic, our city cannot move forward on a path to recovery and progress. Thankfully, the state provides assistance to these large-scale projects that, while very costly, are very necessary.”
The funding for these projects originates from a combination of state funds approved by voters, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy funds, federal grants to Pennvest from the Environmental Protection Agency and recycled loan repayments from previous Pennvest funding awards. ••
White, Neilson back Fairness in Women’s Sports Act
The state House of Representatives passed HB 972, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, by a vote of 115-84.
“This important bill preserves decades of hard-won opportunities gained for women and girls in sports – something now under attack as women are being forced to compete against biological men,” said Alexis Sneller of the Pennsylvania Family Institute. “This bill recognizes that identities don’t play sports – bodies do, and it ensures that athletics will be separated by sex, thereby preserving a fair playing field for girls and women.”
Rep. Martina White was among the lead sponsors. Rep. Ed Neilson was among just four Democrats to vote in favor.
Voting against the bill were Reps. Nancy Guenst, Kevin Boyle, Mike Driscoll, Joe Hohenstein, Jason Dawkins, Jared Solomon and Isabella Fitzgerald. ••
Making Philly a natural gas exporter
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Martina White to create a task force to study how to make Philadelphia a leader in exporting Liquid Natural Gas to the international markets passed the House.
“Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine makes it clear that the world has become too reliant on Russia for its energy needs,” White said. “Europe, in particular, is heavily dependent upon Russia for its oil and gas. In 2021, two-fifths of the gas Europeans used came from Russia, which makes it more difficult for those countries to impose sanctions on Russia as punishment for President Vladimir Putin’s murderous behavior and to dissuade him from further hostility.”
House Bill 2458 would create a task force made up of members of the General Assembly, the natural gas industry, Philadelphia building trades and PhilaPort that would study the economic feasibility, financial impact and the security necessities involved in making the Port of Philly an LNG export terminal. It would also study the best way to create a port in Philadelphia and how to overcome the obstacles currently preventing Philadelphia from becoming a leader in exporting liquefied natural gas and report its recommendations to the General Assembly and the administration.
The bill passed 124-74, with all no votes coming from Democrats, including Reps. Nancy Guenst, Joe Hohenstein, Jason Dawkins, Jared Solomon and Isabella Fitzgerald. Voting for the bill were Reps. Kevin Boyle, Mike Driscoll and Ed Neilson. ••
St. Hubert class of ‘72 reunion
St. Hubert Class of 1972 will be celebrating its 50th high school reunion on June 9 with a Golden Girls’ walk alongside the graduating Class of 2022. The reunion will immediately follow at Knowlton Mansion. For information, email Linda at SHBambies1972@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/Saint-Hubert-Class-of-72. ••
Farm stand at Jeanes
The Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus Auxiliary will hold a farm stand on Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., through October, next to parking lot C of the Jeanes and Fox Chase Cancer Center campuses. Call 215-728-2131 or email email@example.com. ••
Exhibit opens on mental illness
The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust St., has launched an exhibition that features voices belonging to those living with mental illness. Hearing Voices: Memoirs from the Margins of Mental Health runs through Dec. 22 and presents first-hand accounts alongside government documents, institutional reports and original artworks.
“We are excited to present this new exhibition at the Library Company. Mental illness is an important and timeless issue,” said Michael Barsanti, Edwin Wolf 2nd Director of the Library Company of Philadelphia. “To truly understand it, we need to look at how the stigma of mental illness began. We’re able to tell first-hand stories, which is invaluable.”
Hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://librarycompany.org/.
There will be a special event, Art Therapy in History and Practice, on Aug. 20, from 1-4 p.m. Art psychotherapist and licensed professional counselor Marlie Krickus, from the Child and Family Art Therapy Center, will give a historical overview of art therapy as an integrative mental health treatment. For all ages and all levels of artist experience, the talk will be followed by an interactive exercise in community art therapy and support.
Registration is free and can be found at https://bit.ly/3kFApw5. ••
Three excursions to New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York state are on tap for this summer and fall as part of the Starr Tours At KleinLife program.
The travel excursions kick off on July 13 with a trip to Atlantic City to enjoy a matinee performance of the Jersey Boys at the Soundwaves Theatre at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. In addition to a show ticket, the trip includes lunch at the hotel and casino as well as motorcoach travel. Buses leave from KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. Cost is $219 per person. Deadline for reservations is June 14.
An August 10 trip to Columbia, Lancaster County, to visit the National Watch and Clock Museum is scheduled for summer. It also features admission to the Turkey Hill Experience, lunch at Bully’s Restaurant and roundtrip motorcoach accommodations. Cost is $155 per person for adults and $105 per child. Deadline for reservations is July 12.
The Castles of New York multi-day vacation runs from Sept. 11-14 and features an upstate New York experience showcasing the countryside, the St. Lawrence River and three castles. It includes overnight accommodations at the Edgewood Resort, three breakfasts and one dinner. Deadline for reservations is Aug. 13.
For additional information and reservations, call 800-782-7703 or go to starrtours.com/kleinlife. ••
Silent retreat weekend
Mother Boniface Spirituality Center, 3501 Solly Ave. in Holmesburg [just east of Father Judge High School], will host a Come and Rest Awhile Spring Retreat on the weekend of May 20-22. This is a silent retreat with spiritual direction that will give participants an opportunity to quiet all within and around you and to attune your ear to the Holy Spirit. The retreat begins at 5 on Friday and ends at noon on Sunday. For more information, see www.msbt.org/mbsc. ••
Flea market at Roosevelt Mall
The Roosevelt Mall Flea Market will run outdoors in the parking lot at 2445 Cottman Ave., every Sunday through November. The market runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 150 vendors will be on hand featuring new and used items, household goods, electronics and all types of general merchandise. One parking space is $30. Bring your own tables. There is plenty of free parking. For reservations, call 215-625-FLEA (3532). ••
Help for Parkinson’s
Jeanes Hospital will host Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor on Wednesday, June 1, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Zoom. Dr. Willard S. Kaso will discuss solutions for movement disorders, providing patients with options that can help them get their freedom back. For more information, call 215-728-4861 or email Rosemarie.Schlegel@tuhs.temple.edu. ••
Father Judge reunion
The Father Judge graduating class of 1962 will be holding its 60-year reunion at the Ashburner Inn on Sunday, Sept. 11. For more information, email Kevin Huckel at firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
The American Legion Women’s Auxiliary is recruiting new members to help with supporting and raising funds for the military and veterans. Become a member by filling out an application at a meeting on the following Tuesdays: June 7 and Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 366 Corp. John Loudenslager, 7976 Oxford Ave. ••
Legends on stage
Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, invites the public to attend Legends: An Evening With Johnny Cash, Dean Martin and Barbra Streisand on Sunday, June 12, at 2 p.m. Seating prices are: General – $40, Reserved and Aisle – $54 and Patron – $100. Shaare Shamayim policy requires that those who enter the building provide proof of vaccination or medical documentation if vaccination is not medically permitted, and masking, except while eating. Call 215-677-1600. ••
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. ••
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]. ••
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. ••
Ukrainian festival in the summer
The Ukrainian Folk Festival will be held on Sunday, Aug. 28, from noon to 8 p.m. at the Ukrainian American Sport Center — Tryzub, County Line and Lower State roads, Horsham. There will be art, crafts, live music, dance, food, drinks, vendors and live reenactments. Admission is $15 ($5 donated to the relief of war victims in Ukraine). Kids under 15 are free. Parking is free. For tickets or more information, call 267-664-3857 or visit tryzub.org. ••
VFW looking for members
Bustleton-Somerton/CTR1 Michael J. Strange VFW Post 6617 meets on the third Wednesday of every month at American Legion Post 810, 9151 Old Newtown Road. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. If you are a military veteran who served in a designated combat zone, you are eligible to join the VFW. Contact Commander Israel Wolmark at 215-725-0630 if you would like to join the post. ••
History presentation in Bristol
The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation Inc., will be hosting a presentation on “The History of Burlington Island,” on Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m., in its headquarters at 321 Cedar St., Bristol Borough. Light refreshment will be served at the conclusion of the program. Advance reservations are required at 215-788-9408. COVID-19 vaccinations and masks are requested. A donation of $4/adult at the door is requested; no charge for students. ••
Improve your memory
The Cognitive Neuropsychology Lab at Temple University will offer a memory program for active adults entitled Turn Your Memory Wheels at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., on Tuesday, May 24 at noon. The program is open and free to the public. Reserve a seat by calling 215-698-7300, Ext. 193. ••