Register for Maternity BVM school
Maternity BVM Elementary School, 9322 Old Bustleton Ave., will hold registration for Pre K to Grade 8 on 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. ••
Children’s business fair
THRiVE, An Acton Academy will host the fourth annual Children’s Business Fair at the Newtown Athletic Club Sports Training Center, 207 Penns Trail, Newtown, on Sunday, May 22, from 1-3 p.m.
More than 40 kid-run businesses have been self-organized by children from across the region specifically for this event. Kids will be selling products they’ve made for this day, such as pet treats, picture frames, snacks and interesting inventions.
Everyone is welcome. Admission is free.
THRiVE, An Acton Academy is a private school for grades 1-6.
For more information on the fair or THRiVE, visit thriveacton.org. ••
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. ••
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. ••
Big flea market on Saturday
A giant vintage flea market surrounding Hackett Elementary School, at 2161 E. York St. (at Frankford Avenue), will be open on Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, May 22. There will be more than 75 vendors. Call 215-625-FLEA (3532) or visit www.PhilaFleaMarkets.org. ••
Senior center reopens
The Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center, 4744 Frankford Ave., will return to full-time hours beginning Monday, May 23. The center will be open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Daily hot meal service will also resume. Continued adherence to masking and other applicable COVID guidelines will be maintained. The center is open to people 60 and older. Yearly membership duties are $10. Call 215-831-2926. ••
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. ••
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. ••
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. ••
Reducing tax hike impact
Councilman Brian O’Neill introduced legislation designed to reduce the impact of the city’s increased property tax assessments on seniors. O’Neill’s proposed legislation extends the 2022 Senior Citizen Tax Freeze application deadline from Jan. 31, 2022 to Sept. 30, 2022, so that eligible senior citizens are able to enroll in the program before the 2023 assessments take effect. The city’s Office of Property Assessments has posted preliminary data on its website showing residential property valuations with an average increase of 31% over 2019, the last year that OPA released citywide data.
“This legislation will protect senior citizens from property tax increases by giving them the opportunity to have their taxes frozen in place at their current rate before these unprecedented property assessments take effect,” O’Neill said. ••
Honors for high school seniors
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will honor more than 130 seniors at the 42nd annual Academic Honors Convocation, Thursday at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez will preside at the Liturgy of the Word preceding the ceremony.
The students, all of whom are ranked in the top 3% of their senior class, will be honored for their academic achievement and dedication to their studies.
Local honorees are Archbishop Ryan: Gina M. Crandall, Cara A. Marquess, Joseph J. Tangradi, Allyson Velez, Andrew Wang and Emily A. Wright; Father Judge: William L. McGlynn, Cole A. Welsh, Aidan G. Haurin, Brian A. Scott and Martin A. Buckius; Little Flower: Jenny Le, Kristina Pham, Abigail Richardson and Anne Klepesky; Nazareth Academy: Madeline Scott, Gianna Grace DiBello and Erin Hoyer; St. Hubert: Susan M. Cahill, Abigayle L. Brubaker, Sophia R. Colon and Joyce Zheng. ••
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. ••
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. ••
Star Players to present show
The Star Players of the city Department of Parks and Recreation will present Songs of Stage & Screen on June 3-5 at 7 p.m. at the Venice Island Performing Arts Center, 7 Lock St., in Manayunk. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. They are available at Holmesburg Recreation Center, 4500 Rhawn St., or on Venmo at email@example.com. For more information, call Bill Arthur at 215-685-8714 or like the Star Players of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation page on Facebook. ••
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. ••
PizzaPalooza is back
The Northeast Times and Lower Bucks Times will host their fourth PizzaPalooza on Thursday, June 23, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Road, in the Far Northeast.
Tickets cost $15, or $7.50 for ages 2-12. Children under 2 are admitted free.
To ask about sponsorship opportunities, email Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To buy tickets or for more information, visit nmg.ticketleap.com/pizza2022/. ••
Movies and a 5K in Lawncrest
The Lawncrest Recreation Center Advisory Council will offer free movie nights on the second Thursday of the month at dusk at the Lawncrest Recreation Center outdoor stage, 6000 Rising Sun Ave. The dates are June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8 and Oct. 13. Bring a blanket or chair.
Meanwhile, the advisory council will hold a 5K race on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $30, which includes a T-shirt and medals for winners. Register at https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Philadelphia/Lawncrest5K. ••
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/. ••
Food trucks, artisans, entertainers
Federation Early Learning Services, an early care and education nonprofit organization, will be hosting its inaugural FELStival on June 12 from noon to 6 p.m. at Paley Early Learning Center, 2199 Strahle St. The public is invited. There will be more than 50 food trucks, artisans and entertainers. For more information, visit www.felskids.org/FELStival-2022/. ••
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. ••
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). ••
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]. ••
Cornhole tournament for charity
American Heritage Credit Union and Kids-N-Hope Foundation will host a cornhole tournament, presented by Intech Construction, on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at AHCU’s campus at 2060 Red Lion Road. All proceeds benefit the Kids-N-Hope Foundation, which aims to enhance children’s health and life services through pediatric music therapy at local hospitals and nonprofit organizations. Teams of two will play four games. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, with first place receiving $1,200, second place receiving $500 and third place receiving $300. Registration for the event is $50 per team. Players must be 15 and older to register. There will be food trucks and beverages from a brewery. Sign up at ahcu.co/Cornhole. ••
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. ••
Sisterhood installation ceremony
The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will be installing its officers and board members on Tuesday, June 14, at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Rabbi Sandra Berliner will greet guests with a D’var Torah, and cantor Don Samuels will conduct the installation. Admission is free. Call 215-677-1600. ••
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 Aug. 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. ••
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. ••
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. Contact Mary Clifford at 267-231-7367 or email@example.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]. ••
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. ••
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. ••
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
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. ••
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. ••
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. ••
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. ••
St. Jerome seniors are back
The St. Jerome Senior Group will be meeting in person on the following upcoming Thursdays: May 26 and June 9. Members should arrive at the school hall by 10 a.m. Meetings begin at 11. ••
• St. Albert the Great — Class of 1970. Pandemic-delayed 50th reunion. June 9. 6 p.m. FOP hall, 11630 Caroline Road. Bryan Glaccum: email@example.com.
• Archbishop Ryan — Class of 1972. 50th reunion. Friday, June 10. 7-11 p.m. Philadelphia Ballroom, 2014 Hornig Road. 215-632-1144.
• Cardinal Dougherty — Class of 1987. 35th reunion. Saturday, Nov. 5. Plumbers Hall, 2791 Southampton Road.
• Cardinal Dougherty — Class of 1972. 50th reunion. Saturday, Nov. 12. 6-10 p.m. Phoenix Sports Club, Feasterville.
• Father Judge — Class of 1962. Sunday, Sept. 11. Ashburner Inn. Kevin Huckel: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• North Catholic — Class of 1972. 50th anniversary reunion. Steve Cardullo: email@example.com or John Garson: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Northeast — Class of 1974. Class No. 133. Avi (Allan) Adelman: Avi@PhotographerOnBoard.com. More information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/northeast1974reunion.
• St. Joseph’s Prep – Classes of 1970, ‘71 and ‘72. June 3-5. 215-978-1950.
• South Philadelphia — Class of 1968. 55th reunion. Oct. 21, 2023. Noon to 4 p.m. Waterfall Room, 2015 S. Water St. $60. Buffet dinner, open bar. Arleen Liberi [609-922-2419], Maria Leati [856-287-3734] or Stephen Michielli [267-252-2740].
• Visit HullNumber.com for a listing of reunions. The site is a free service enabling Navy shipmates to renew old friendships. There are currently more than 8,700 Navy ship, submarine and air squadron personnel rosters listed. ••