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American Heritage Marketing and Business Development Department displays the Dora Maxwell Service Award and “Benny” Awards.

Awards all around for American Heritage

American Heritage Credit Union was recently honored regionally by the Philadelphia Direct Marketing Association and CrossState Credit Union Association with multiple honors for excellence in member communications as well as business development efforts. Additionally, CUNA named American Heritage as the recipient of the first-place award for the 2022 Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Service Category for its community outreach programs and the impact made by the Kids-N-Hope Foundation.

For nearly 50 years, the Philadelphia Direct Marketing Association has bestowed Benjamin Franklin “Benny” Awards to regional agencies, corporations and nonprofits for excellence in direct response marketing as well as digital communications.

“As a member-owned credit union, we are always striving for best-in-class, cutting-edge methods to provide personalized communications to our membership, develop partnerships with local businesses, as well as share the importance of the credit union movement with the greater community,” said Bruce K. Foulke, president and CEO of American Heritage. “Credit unions are built on the philosophy of people helping people, and it is an honor to be recognized for our efforts in furthering this philosophy.” ••

Dawejko to fight at Parx

Veteran heavyweight fighter Joey Dawejko (21-10-4, 12 KOs), of Tacony, will return to the ring on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m., when he faces Mike Marshall (6-3-1, 4 KOs), of Danbury, Connecticut, in an eight-round bout at Parx Casino.

Joe Hand Promotions is handling the card.

In a four-round middleweight bout, Soslan Alborov (0-1) will take on Brendan O’Callaghan (2-1, 1 KO). Daiyaan Butt (10-2, 5 KOs) will be returning in a six-round super-lightweight bout. Former Pennsylvania Golden Gloves champion Karl Wylie (1-0) will compete in a four-round lightweight contest.

Tickets at $50, $75 and $125 are on sale at https://www.parxcasino.com, Hold My Ticket Call Center at 877-466-3404 or by calling 215-364-9000. Must be 21 or older to attend. ••

Nazareth bariatric accredited

Dr. Abhiman Cheeyandira, medical director of Bariatric Surgery at Nazareth Hospital, announced that its bariatric surgery center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, a joint Quality Program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

“MBSAQIP accreditation reflects a ‘gold standard’ of bariatric care,” Cheeyandira said. “Patients considering weight-loss surgery can feel confident in choosing Nazareth Hospital. They will receive skilled, compassionate care that meets the highest national safety and quality standards.”

To earn MBSAQIP Accreditation, Nazareth met essential criteria for staffing, training, facility infrastructure and patient care pathways, ensuring its ability to support patients with obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its surgical outcomes and identifying opportunities for quality improvement.

Dr. Michael Magro Jr., president of Nazareth, said, “Our bariatrics team and hospital administrators worked tirelessly through every part of the MBSAQIP’s rigorous process. Now our job is to continue reporting outcomes, participate in regular program evaluations, meet safety requirements, and improve our processes to provide the very best bariatric care possible to our patients.”

“I am proud to lead Nazareth Hospital’s bariatric program,” Cheeyandira said. “We change lives, and it’s proved when our patients come back to us with more confidence, a healthier lifestyle and just enjoying life again. It brings us immeasurable joy.” ••

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. ••

Help fight cancer on Saturday

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. 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. ••

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. ••

Blood drive in Somerton

Fellowship Bible Church and Somerton Civic Association, in partnership with the Red Cross, are hosting a blood drive on Aug. 10 from 2-7 p.m. at Fellowship Bible Church, 13021 Worthington Road. Sign up for an appointment at https://rcblood.org/3nKz9cx. ••

Join community bike ride

The 2nd and 7th police districts will hold a leisurely community bike ride on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 5:15 p.m. at Fox Chase Elementary School, 500 Rhawn St. Following the ride, there will be a bike giveaway, with all riders entered into a raffle. ••

Community day on Saturday

Star of Hope Baptist Church will host a community block party on Saturday, July 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 4800 block of Friendship St. There will be free food, music, games, vendors and prayer. Call 215-332-8320. ••

UPS ruling to be appealed

The Greater Bustleton Civic League will appeal last week’s decision by Common Pleas Court Judge Anne Marie Coyle, who upheld the “by right” permits issued to UPS by the city Department of Licenses and Inspections. Coyle heard an appeal by GBCL and Sandmeyer Steel of a Zoning Board of Adjustment ruling in favor of L&I’s decision. The appeal now heads to a state court. UPS wants to build a giant hub at 1 Red Lion Road. ••

National Night Out on Tuesday

A National Night Out celebration will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 6-8 p.m., at Fox Chase Elementary School yard, 500 Rhawn St. There will be free food, a community bike ride and giveaways of bikes and other items. Call the office of state Rep. Kevin Boyle at 215-695-1016. ••

Local girl in musical

The musical Alien8 will be performed by the Playhouse Youth Company at Bucks County Playhouse from Thursday, Aug. 4 through Saturday, Aug. 6. Performances will be held each day at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mia Alicea, who attended Farrell Elementary School and now attends the Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush, plays the mayor in the show, which features performers ages 13-18.

The show tells the story of a wounded town reckoning with its shame and finding connection through forgiveness, challenging people to think deeply about who they really are, who they want to be, and how to reconcile differences between their present and future selves. It was developed with and written for teenagers, and speaks to intergenerational views of gender, identity and inclusion within an anthem of belonging, love and acceptance.

Tickets start at $15 for children and $20 for adults, plus fees. Patrons save 20% off when buying four or more tickets. There are special rates for groups of 10 or more. Visit buckscountyplayhouse.org or call 215-862-2121. ••

Glen Foerd fun on Thursday

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 next one is July 28. 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. ••

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 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]. ••

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 franklinmills@snapboxstorage.com. ••

Family FunDay in Sept.

The 7th Police District and 7th Police District Advisory Council will sponsor a Family FunDay on Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 1701 Bowler St. There will be music, food, information tables, giveaways and appearances by police and fire vehicles. ••

Kensington High alumni luncheon

The Kensington High School Alumni Luncheon will be held on Oct. 15 at the Radisson Hotel, Trevose. The luncheon is open to all graduates and guests. Cost is $42. For information and order forms, call Tamara (267-699-6331), Altha (215-605-5255) or Fran (215-303-0188). ••

Fox Chase hires G.I. professor

Fox Chase Cancer Center announced the hiring of Dr. Vanessa B. Wookey as an assistant professor in the Gastrointestinal Cancer Program. Wookey earned her medical degree in 2015 from the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota and went on to an internal medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology from South Dakota State University. After her residency, Wookey went on to complete her hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Before coming to Fox Chase, Wookey completed an advanced gastrointestinal oncology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Wookey has authored multiple articles that have appeared in peer-reviewed publications. She belongs to the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.

In addition to her academic achievements, Wookey has held various teaching and leadership positions at both South Dakota State University and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She also has an extensive history of community service, including work at the Coyote Community Clinic as a student and physician volunteer coordinator, and vice president of her local chapter of the Christian Medical Dental Association. Wookey will begin her tenure at Fox Chase on Aug. 1. ••

Fox Chase adds radiation oncology faculty member

Fox Chase Cancer Center announced the hiring of Dr. Nina Burbure as an assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology.

Burbure earned her undergraduate degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Florida. She went on to earn her doctorate in the same fields from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009, where her thesis focused on fuel cell technology. She then enrolled in Tulane University’s School of Medicine in 2013.

After graduating with her medical degree, Burbure completed her internal medicine internship at Temple University Hospital and her radiation oncology residency at Fox Chase Cancer Center prior to being hired as an assistant professor.

Burbure’s research interests include treatment selection in hypopharynx cancer, patient-reported quality of life after prostate cancer therapy and management of treatment delays in lung cancer. She has written many peer-reviewed articles on a range of subjects and is the recipient of the 2021 Roentgen Research Award.

In addition, Burbure has taught at several institutions. She was an adjunct lecturer in both physics and chemistry for undergraduate students at St. Joseph’s College and taught physics to undergraduate students at the New York City College of Technology as an adjunct assistant professor.

Burbure will begin her tenure as a faculty member in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center and Temple University Hospital on Aug. 1. ••

Blood drive at Jeanes

Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will host a blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cheltenham Friends Meetinghouse, 7600 Central Ave. Visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter “TUH Jeanes Campus” for location. ••

Bingo on Aug. 13

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Trenton Avenue and Cumberland Street, will be having a bingo on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 1-4 p.m. Doors will open at noon. Packages are $20 and include lunch. Call 215-423-0792. ••

Outdoor concert in August

All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Torresdale, 9601 Frankford Ave., will host an outdoor “grill-n-groove” concert, featuring Paula Johns Jazz, on Aug. 17. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 7. ••

Beef, Beer & Belly Laughs

The Chaverim and Men’s Club of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will hold an upcoming program as part of the synagogue’s 60th anniversary celebration. On Thursday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m., the public is invited to an evening of Beef, Beer & Belly Laughs, at a cost of $30 per person. Entertainment provided by comedian Jim Daly & Friends. Make your checks payable to CSS Men’s Club and mail to 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115. Call 215-677-1600. ••

New Fox Chase CC doctor for urologic oncology

Fox Chase Cancer Center announced the hiring of Dr. Steve Sterious, who has joined Temple Health and the Fox Chase Division of Urology and Urologic Oncology.

Sterious has been serving patients in the Philadelphia region for more than a decade. He has expertise in a variety of urological conditions, including advanced benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), urinary tract infection, erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and incontinence. His specialties include minimally invasive and robotic surgery, kidney stone surgery and erectile dysfunction and hypogonadism.

In addition to being named Resident Teacher of the Year by chief residents at Einstein urology in Philadelphia, he was the first physician in Pennsylvania to perform Aquablation, a unique BPH therapy that uses a water jet for removal of tissue.

Sterious earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed his residency training at Temple University Hospital. He served as chief resident of urology there, as well as chief resident of urologic oncology at Fox Chase during his postgraduate training. He went on to work as a urologist for Einstein Medical Center before joining Fox Chase.

Sterious sees patients at Fox Chase Cancer Center East Norriton — Hospital Outpatient Center and Temple Health Ft. Washington. ••

Comcast aiding businesses owned by minorities, women

Comcast announced it will award an additional $1 million in total grants to more than 100 Philadelphia small businesses owned by women and “people of color,” as well as technology and marketing resources through Comcast RISE. This is in addition to $1 million in grants that were awarded to 100 small businesses located in Philadelphia or Chester in 2021, and part of more than 700 total entrepreneurs in Philadelphia – 9,500 nationwide – who have been awarded service packages to date.

Comcast RISE and the Comcast RISE Investment Fund initially launched in 2020 as a response to help minority small business owners who Comcast insists were hardest hit by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In November 2021, Comcast announced a major expansion to eligibility, enabling all women-owned small businesses nationwide to apply. This expansion aims to help address what Comcast claims are the “persistent inequities” women continue to face in accessing the resources and funding that are critical to success.

“As we continue to rebuild from the effects of the pandemic, small businesses still need our support. They are the backbone of our local communities, and we must take every opportunity to help them not only survive, but to thrive,” said Dennis Mathew, Comcast Regional Senior Vice President. “When we launched Comcast RISE in 2020, we knew a profound need existed in the communities we serve. Two and a half years later, we have seen firsthand how the resources from Comcast RISE benefit small businesses.”

To date, Comcast RISE has awarded more than $16 million in grants and $75 million in in-kind support for marketing and technology services, impacting entrepreneurs in 704 cities across 37 states. By the end of 2022, 13,000 businesses across the country are expected to benefit from the Comcast RISE initiative, either through the grant program or from the resources provided through Effectv, the advertising division of Comcast Cable, and Comcast Business. Comcast invests in and partners with organizations such as Ureeka to provide ongoing mentorship and resources to help small businesses succeed over the long term.

Comcast RISE stands for Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment and is part of Project UP, the company’s initiative to advance “digital equity” and help build a future of unlimited possibilities.

More information and the applications to apply for either the grant program or marketing and technology services are available at www.ComcastRISE.com. ••

Fox Chase has new urology doc

Fox Chase Cancer Center announced the hiring of Dr. Justin Friedlander, who has joined Temple Health and the Fox Chase Division of Urology and Urologic Oncology. Friedlander specializes in the treatment of kidney and ureteral stones and is one of the only physicians in the Philadelphia area to perform minimally invasive percutaneous nephrolithotomy for large and complex kidney stones. He performs the most percutaneous kidney surgeries for kidney stone removal in the Delaware Valley and is highly experienced in treating rare and complex conditions, including cystinuria. He is also one of a few physicians in the region who performs prostate enucleation for benign prostatic hyperplasia. Friedlander is seeing patients at Fox Chase Cancer Center – Huntingdon Pike and Temple Urology at Suburban Hospital. ••

New urology doctor at FCCC

Fox Chase Cancer Center announced the hiring of Dr. Eric M. Ghiraldi, who has joined Temple Health and the Fox Chase Division of Urology and Urologic Oncology. Ghiraldi specializes in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) treatment. He is one of only a select few urologists in the Delaware Valley who performs prostate enucleation, an advanced laser surgery to treat BPH. His research interests include metabolic management for kidney stone disease and treatment options for benign prostatic hyperplasia. He is a member of the American Urological Association, Endourological Society and the Philadelphia Urological Society. Ghiraldi received his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He went on to complete his residency at Einstein Medical Center, as well as a fellowship in endourology at Yale University, where he was appointed clinical instructor for the department of urology. Before joining Fox Chase, he served as an associate professor of urology for Einstein Healthcare Network. Ghiraldi sees patients at Fox Chase Cancer Center – Huntingdon Pike and Temple Health Ft. Washington. ••

New doctor starting at Fox Chase

Fox Chase Cancer Center announced the hiring of Dr. Jay Simhan, who will join Fox Chase and the Temple Health community on Aug. 15.

In his new role at Fox Chase, Simhan will serve as professor and director of Reconstructive Urology in the Division of Urology and Urologic Oncology. He will also serve as the fellowship director for the Fox Chase Reconstructive Urology fellowship.

“The addition of Dr. Simhan to our urology practice represents an exciting step forward in our clinical offerings for patients with urologic conditions, further distinguishing us as leaders in the field,” said Dr. Robert Uzzo, president and CEO of Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Simhan has expertise in reconstructive urology and urologic prosthetics. He specializes in advanced perineal and abdominal reconstruction, with expertise in laparoscopic, open and robotic surgical approaches.

Simhan has authored more than 200 publications, abstracts and book chapters and serves as a manuscript reviewer for over 15 medical journals. He is regularly invited to speak regionally, nationally and internationally on urologic reconstruction and prosthetic urology.

Simhan received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine before working as a resident in both general surgery and urology at Temple University Hospital. He served as chief resident in urologic oncology at Fox Chase from 2011 to 2012 and as chief resident in urology for Temple University Hospital from 2012 to 2013.

He received fellowship training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and has further completed executive leadership training at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

While at Einstein, Simhan held multiple leadership positions, including program director for the urologic residency program, chief of urology at Einstein Montgomery and vice chair of the urology department for the health system.

Simhan will see patients at Fox Chase Cancer Center – Huntingdon Pike and Temple Health Ft. Washington. ••

Movies and a 5K

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 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. ••

Driver refresher course available

Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will host an AARP Drivers 1 Day Refresher Course on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sign up for this Refresher Course if you have taken the Two Day Driver Safety Course in the last three years. There are no tests to pass and most insurance companies provide a discount for completing the course. The cost is $20 for AARP members; $25 for non-AARP members. There will be a small break for lunch. A dairy lunch is permitted. Payment to AARP is needed to hold your spot. Call the synagogue at 215-677-1600. ••

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 rosemarie.schlegel@tuhs.temple.edu. ••

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). ••

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. ••

Kimmel schedule

The Kimmel Cultural Campus will present Dear Evan Hansen (Aug. 16-28, Forrest Theatre). For more information, call 215-893-1955 or visit kimmelcenter.org. ••

Historical talk at KleinLife

A major episode in American history will be depicted at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. The public is invited. The Battle of Gettysburg will be the theme on Aug. 29. The program will begin at 12:45 p.m. David Hudak will be leading the session. Cost is $6. For further information and to reserve your place, contact Mariya Keselman-Mekler at 215-698-7300, Ext. 185 or mkeselman@kleinlife.org. ••

Trips scheduled

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. ••

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. ••

Virtual bingo

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. 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 khuckel@fatherjudge.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]. ••

Upcoming cruise

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. ••

Support veterans

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. ••

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