Help the fight against cancer
The fifth Holly Colwell Save 2nd Base Wiffle Ball Tournament will be held at the Bustleton Bengals fields, Conwell Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard, on Saturday, July 30, starting at 9 a.m. The Rising Sun Sluggers will be back to defend their title. There will be games, food, water ice, volleyball, T-shirt sales, raffles and a 50/50. Organizers Christine Tarducci and her son Nick will be raising money for the Home Runs for Holly charity, with proceeds benefiting cancer patients and organizations. Field sponsors and home run pledges are welcome. Call Christine Tarducci at 215-906-8179. ••
Krasner investigation moving forward
House Resolution 216 passed, 114-86, to create a select committee that could lead to the impeachment of District Attorney Larry Krasner. The committee will be comprised of five members — three Republicans and two Democrats. Voting in favor of the committee were Reps. Martina White, Kevin Boyle, Ed Neilson and Joe Hohenstein. Voting against the committee were Reps. Nancy Guenst, Jason Dawkins, Jared Solomon and Isabella Fitzgerald. ••
Movie night in the 7th
The 7th Police District, PDAC and NE Philly Connected will present a movie night on July 22, at 8 p.m., in the 7th district parking lot, 1701 Bowler St. The movie to be shown is Encanto. Bring your own chairs and blankets. PDAC will provide refreshments. ••
Infrastructure for the 250th
Infrastructure legislation introduced by Reps. Jared Solomon and Wendi Thomas passed the House and Senate and is headed to the governor’s desk. The legislation would work to set up legacy infrastructure projects throughout the state in preparation of the upcoming 250th birthday of the United States in 2026. Solomon said, “We on the Pennsylvania Commission for the United States Semiquincentennial — America250PA — want to both preserve the legacy of our heritage and invest in the commonwealth’s future by repairing, restoring and revitalizing our infrastructure. This legislation would seek to provide the framework and identify valuable projects for all 67 counties in Pennsylvania to celebrate the 250th birthday of the U.S.” The bill works to create and restore monuments, trails and veteran memorials throughout the state. ••
Longtime steak shop closing
Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop, 6030 Torresdale Ave. in Wissinoming, will be closing on Sept. 3. Owner Joe Groh posted a note on Facebook that said, “For more than six decades we have been serving the finest cheesesteaks in Philadelphia right here on Torresdale Avenue. Unfortunately, the time has come for us to continue that legacy exclusively at our flagship location in Fishtown which we opened in 2015.” Groh has been with the business for 43 years and said he will be spending more time with his grandchildren and focusing on new revenue streams, like the Goldbelly partnership that gives the shop the ability to ship its steaks nationwide. Joe’s had been called Chink’s, a nickname for the original owner, until 2013, when Groh changed the name after demands from civil rights activists. ••
Attend young Catholics meeting
Catholic Young Adults of the Northeast, for people ages 21-40 from all Northeast parishes, will meet on Wednesday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at Resurrection of Our Lord’s Life Center (lower church), 2000 Shelmire Ave. Members will pray the rosary, and the guest speaker will be the Rev. Patrick Welsh, pastor at St. Matthew Church. For more information, go to the CYANPhilly page on Instagram. ••
No sex ed in kindergarten
The state Senate voted 29-21 in favor of a bill that would prohibit classroom instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation for pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students. Sens. Tina Tartaglione and Jim Dillon voted against the bill, which heads to the House and will almost certainly be vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf.
“We at the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs know that the guise of calling LGBTQ people and topics ‘age inappropriate’ is really just fear-mongering,” said Rafael Alvarez Febo, executive director of the LGBTQ Affairs Commission. ••
Car show in August
Snapbox Self-Storage, 1 Franklin Mills Blvd., will host a car show on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be food trucks, a DJ, raffles and trophies. The cost to register a car is $20. Proceeds benefit the Superhero Project, which aids families with children in the neonatal intensive care unit. Call 215-941-1102 or email email@example.com. ••
Fairness in Women’s Sports Act passes
The state Senate voted 30-20 to pass the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which would ensure that sports are separated by biological sex.
“This past season, we saw the female swimmers at Penn silenced by their coaches and the administration to accommodate the feelings of a male swimmer, Lia Thomas,” said Emily Kreps, legal assistant for the Pennsylvania Family Institute and a former college swimmer. “We can and must do better.”
State Sens. Tina Tartaglione and Jim Dillon voted against the bill. In a debate a week before he was elected in May, Dillon said he would vote for the bill.
The bill passed the House in April, 115-84. Reps. Martina White and Ed Neilson voted for the bill. Reps. Nancy Guenst, Kevin Boyle, Mike Driscoll, Joe Hohenstein, Jason Dawkins, Jared Solomon and Isabella Fitzgerald voted against it. ••
Attend summer basketball camp
The 16th Annual Jaguar St. Ephrem Basketball Camp for boys and girls will take place from Monday, July 25, through Friday, July 29. The cost is $150 for the week and includes a basketball and T-shirt. The camp is held in an air-conditioned gym at St. Ephrem, 5400 Hulmeville Road in Bensalem. The camp is under the direction of former college coach Dan Williams. For more information, email Williams at WilliamsD@LSCHS.org. ••
Holy Inn going to AC
Holy Innocents is sponsoring a casino trip on Monday, Aug. 15. A bus will depart L Street and Hunting Park Avenue at 9:30 a.m. There will be a Mass at noon at St. Nicholas of Tolentine in Atlantic City, followed by a procession to a blessing of the sea at 1:15 p.m. There will be a $15 slot package at Resorts Casino before the bus departs at 5. The cost is $35, due by Aug. 1. To reserve your seat, call Cindy at 215-535-2740. ••
Free Vacation Bible School
Third Reformed Church, 3024 Byberry Road, is hosting a free Vacation Bible School from July 18-22, 9 a.m. to noon. The theme is Zoomerang. The school is for ages 4 through just completed sixth grade. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
Register for music, drama camp
Crescentville United Methodist Church, 412 E. Sentner St., will host a music and drama camp from July 10-15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. The camp is for kids in kindergarten (must be 5 by Sept. 1) to finishing eighth grade. They will learn and perform a children’s musical. The camp will also include Bible stories, T-shirts, crafts, songs and snacks. Call 215-745-7115 or visit crescentvilleumc.com. ••
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 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. ••
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.
An Aug. 10 trip is scheduled to Columbia, Lancaster County, to visit the National Watch and Clock Museum. 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. ••
Music fest continues
The Pennypack Music Festival is taking 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.
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]. ••
Bingo on Saturday
St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, at Trenton Avenue and Cumberland Street, will be having a bingo on Saturday, July 9, from 1-4 p.m. Doors will open at noon. Packages are $20 and include lunch. For more information, call 215-423-0792. ••
Fox Chase has new doc
Fox Chase Cancer Center announced the hiring of Dr. Saba Shaikh as an assistant professor in the Department of Hematology/Oncology, where she will be caring for gastrointestinal and breast cancer patients. Shaikh’s research interests lie in the development of novel therapeutic strategies for patients with solid tumors who have become resistant to immune checkpoint inhibitors. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and belongs to several professional societies. Throughout her academic career, Shaikh taught at the University of Texas at Dallas, Baylor College of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She has received multiple teaching awards, including the Resident Teaching Award at the Feinberg School of Medicine three years in a row. ••
Blood drive on July 20
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, July 20, from 1-6 p.m. at Cpl. John Loudenslager American Legion Post 366, 7976 Oxford Ave. Sign up by calling 800-RED CROSS or going to www.redcrossblood.org. The sponsor code is ALPOST366. ••
Summer retreat in Holmesburg
There will be a “Come and Rest Awhile” Summer Retreat from Sunday, July 24 (5 p.m.) till Saturday, July 30 (noon) at the Mother Boniface Spirituality Center, 3501 Solly Ave. The public is invited to come away from ordinary activities and rest, in prayerful silence, in the Lord’s company. This is a silent retreat with the option of spiritual direction (meeting once a day, individually, with an experienced spiritual guide). For more information, see www.msbt.org/mbsc or call 267-350-1830. ••
Historical talks at KleinLife
Two major episodes in American history will be depicted at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. The public is invited. George Washington at Valley Forge will be the focus of the program on July 25, while the Battle of Gettysburg will be the theme on Aug. 29. Both programs will begin at 12:45 p.m. David Hudak will be leading both sessions. Cost is $6 per session. For further information and to reserve your place, contact Mariya Keselman-Mekler at 215-698-7300, Ext. 185 or email@example.com. ••
Glen Foerd monthly fun
Glen Foerd presents its free Summer Series of live music, food, family fun activities and art. The series will be held every last Thursday of the months of July, August and September, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The public is invited to bring a blanket or chairs, enjoy lawn games, roam Glen Foerd’s grounds, and explore its mansion, which will be open for free self-guided tours. Donations are appreciated but not required. Attendees are asked to register in advance at www.glenfoerd.org/events. ••
Participate in business conference
The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce will hold its fifth annual Women in Business Conference and Luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Holy Family University, 9801 Frankford Ave. The day will include breakfast, lunch, panel discussions and general sessions.
To attend, be a sponsor or for more information, visit nephilachamber.com. ••
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
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). ••
Attend Salvage Olympics
Philadelphia Community Corps is holding the second annual Salvage Olympics at Philly Reclaim, 5200 Unruh Ave., on Saturday, July 16, from noon to 4 p.m. There’s going to be food, drinks, children’s activities and a variety of competitive salvage-themed Olympic games for chances to win prizes. Games will include reclaimed beam toss, a salvaged brick-stacking contest, a sledgehammer throw, a donated power sander racing contest and a recycled paint door decoration contest. There will be a silent auction and a 50/50. RSVP to the event with this link: https://bit.ly/3HwEHQZ. To be a sponsor, call 267-343-4242 or email email@example.com. For additional information about PCC and Philly Reclaim, visit www.philadelphiacommunitycorps.org. ••
Outdoor concert schedule
All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Torresdale, 9601 Frankford Ave., will host two outdoor “grill-n-groove” concerts. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the concerts at 7. The schedule is July 20 (Philly Cuzz Band) and Aug. 17 (Paula Johns Jazz). ••
Ukrainian festival in August
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. ••
Day trip to Valley Forge, West Chester
The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a “Day in Valley Forge & West Chester” on Thursday, Oct. 20. Itinerary includes a riding tour of Valley Forge National Historical Park, a three-course luncheon in West Chester and an 80-minute narrated ride on the West Chester Railroad between West Chester and the village of Glen Mills. All-inclusive cost is $127. Reservations close on Sept. 12, or earlier if demand warrants it. For information and reservations, call 215-788-9408. ••
The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim is hosting virtual bingo on Tuesdays, Aug. 2 and 9, at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $36 per person and includes two cards for eight games of bingo each night. There will also be a 50/50. Send your payment to the CSS office, 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115, attention: Bingo. Payment must be received no later than July 25. Include your email address. For further information, call 215-677-1600 and ask for Gerry or Nancy. ••
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. ••
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 fully escorted Holy Lands & Aegean Majesty cruise from Oct. 6-17, 2023, visiting Israel, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and Italy. Rates, including airfare, range from $4,298 to $8,098 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. ••
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 Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 366 Corp. John Loudenslager, 7976 Oxford Ave. ••