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. ••
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information about PCC and Philly Reclaim, visit www.philadelphiacommunitycorps.org. ••
Community health fair on July 21
A community health fair will take place on Thursday, July 21, from 3-7 p.m. at 1919 Cottman Ave. There will be free testing for Hepatitis B, blood pressure, body mass index, vision and COVID-19, along with a cancer prevention workshop and a discussion on Build a Safe Community Together. Refreshments will be served. ••
Car show on Saturday
The Iron Rebels Charity Car Show will take place on Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Alliance Cancer Specialists, 1311 Bristol Pike, in Bensalem. The event is free to attend. The cost is $20 for car participants, with trophies to winners. There will be a live DJ, 50/50, prizes, baskets and a chance auction. Proceeds will benefit the Bridge to Healing Foundation. Email SJ1225@aol.com. ••
Affordable housing bill passes
A bill passed the state House of Representatives allowing local taxing authorities to expand access to affordable housing in an unprecedented way.
“I’m thrilled to have sponsored and passed the affordable housing bill today. This is a step in the right direction to ensuring every resident of Pennsylvania can have the housing they need to raise their families and comfortably live and work in every one of our 67 counties,” said state Rep. Jared Solomon.
The bill incentivizes developers to build affordable housing all across the state. It gives local authorities options to pass tax abatements or exemptions for the creation or improvements of affordable housing, for homeownership or rentals. It passed the Senate 50-0 vote and the House 172-28. ••
Disability curriculum to be taught
State Rep. Joe Hohenstein is pleased that disability inclusive curriculum will be incorporated into Pennsylvania’s Education Code. The House passed the Education Code bill, H.B. 1642, by a 181-19 vote. It now returns to the Senate for its concurrence.
“For those of us who live with disabilities, this is a huge victory,” Hohenstein said. “Disability inclusive curriculum is enlightening and can bring us closer together. It is a shared truth that exclusion and failure to talk about diversity breeds stigma, shame, ignorance and misunderstanding. Every child deserves to be seen. Transcending identity, disability inclusive curriculum teaches our youth about our history. By opening the minds of our youth to these lessons, realities and stories, which are too often overlooked, our children can build a brighter future that can include everyone, regardless of ability.”
Hohenstein said that he and Rep. Jason Ortitay introduced legislation that would encourage disability inclusive curriculum in schools across the state. During a hearing held by the House Special Education Subcommittee, Hohenstein said, they heard many stories from advocates who shared the pain of exclusion and not being represented. He said those stories were much like his own.
“I knew that stigma well throughout my youth, uncomfortably aware of my visible hearing aid,” Hohenstein said. “Perhaps if I had seen representation in my curriculum, I would have lived with the pride of my disability. My hope is that with disability inclusive curriculum, we can come closer to celebrating disability and diversity with pride and we can bring about inclusion in our society, as well as a sense of internal pride and celebration in our differences.” ••
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). ••
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. ••
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. ••
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 email@example.com. ••
Watch The Goonies on Thursday
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 (The Goonies), 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. ••
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 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]. ••
Veterans appreciation BBQ on Sunday
State Rep. Joe Hohenstein will hold a veterans appreciation barbecue on Sunday, July 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4601 Richmond St. City Councilman Mike Driscoll will also be on hand. Veterans are invited to this free event, which will feature vendors offering services for veterans, along with information on state and local programs benefiting veterans and their families. Call 215-744-2600. ••
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. ••
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. ••
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
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. ••
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. ••
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). ••
Two excursions are on tap as part of the Starr Tours At KleinLife program.
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.
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. ••
Peach social in Bristol
The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation, 321 Cedar St., will be holding its annual peach social on Sunday, Aug. 14. The cost is $5, payable at the door. Attendees will be treated to angel food cake, ice cream and sliced New Jersey peaches in a take-out or dine-in format. Homemade baked goods will be on sale. The event benefits academic awards to Bristol High School graduates. Call 215-788-7537. ••
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. ••
All about the Beatles
Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will hold a Zoom program, The Beatles – From Liverpool to Abbey Road, on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Listen to your favorite Beatles songs and join ‘60s rock historian and Beatles scholar and storyteller Vinnie Bruno. The cost is $40. Make your checks payable to the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim and mail to 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115. Include your email address to receive the Zoom link. Call 215-677-1600. ••
Clothing drive for charity
The Marlyn Chakov Fein Chapter, Fox Chase Cancer Center, is running a clothing drive on Saturday, Sept. 10, 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. This event supports cancer research and compassionate patient care. ••
Bus trip to see murder mystery
The Marlyn Chakov Fein Chapter, Fox Chase Cancer Center, is running a bus trip to Bube’s Brewery (102 N. Market St., Mount Joy, Lancaster County) for a murder mystery experience on Saturday, Sept. 17. The murder mystery show includes a family-style meal, Catacombs tour and free time to visit the Kitchen Kettle Village. The cost is $160, which includes the motor coach, show and tour. Bus leaves from 604 Township Line Road, Cheltenham, at 9 a.m. and will return about 7 p.m. For information and reservations, call 215-860-3710. This event supports cancer research and compassionate patient care. ••
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 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 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. ••