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St. Martha Parish is selling 2023 lottery calendars for $25. Choose a three-digit number, and that number has 365 chances to win, based on the Pennsylvania Lottery number (straight) drawn at 7 p.m. The daily prize is $25, along with a monthly bonus of $100. Mail checks (along with contact information and your three-digit number and two alternate numbers) to St. Martha, 11301 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154. Put “2023 Calendar” in the memo section. ••

Blood drive on Saturday

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 9 a.m. to 2 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. ••

Learn about Jewish ethics

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, announced that Rabbi Sandi Berliner will be teaching a class on “Words of Wisdom from Jewish Ethics.” The class will meet every Wednesday in January and the first two Wednesdays in February for enlightening Jewish learning. The cost for the program is $12. There will be coffee and cake at 10 a.m., with the class starting at 10:30. All are welcome to attend. Mail your check to the synagogue. Call 215-677-1600. ••

History meeting Jan. 4

The Northeast Philadelphia History Network will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. at Pennepack Baptist Meetinghouse, 8732 Krewstown Road. Author Joe Minardi will speak on City of Neighborhoods: Philadelphia, 1890–1910. All are welcome. ••

State money for Frankford CDC

State Rep. Jason Dawkins applauded the decision by Gov. Tom Wolf and the state Department of Community and Economic Development to award $500,000 through the Keystone Communities Program to the Frankford Community Development Corporation for site preparation activities at 5113-17, 5119 and 5129-35 Frankford Ave.

“The Frankford Community Development Corporation is a great partner to the residents of the district,” Dawkins said. “These mixed-use developments will go a long way toward promoting and improving quality of life in the district. I’m glad to see the state investing in our community in this way.” ••

Thrift shop closed till Monday

The Classroom Thrift Shop, 4301 Tyson Ave., sponsored by the women of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai, will be closed through Jan. 1, and will reopen Monday, Jan. 2, with a half-price sale. Hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop is closed Saturdays. Call 215-624-9130. ••

Mass for Joseph Zarelli

Michael the Archangel Ministry Program will hold a special Mass on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. at St. Timothy Catholic Church, 3001 Levick St., for Joseph Augustus Zarelli and all the detectives and police officers who worked on his case. Joseph was formerly known as the “Boy in the Box” and “America’s Unknown Child.” The Mass will be celebrated in the upper church by the Rev. Michael Olivere. Dec. 28 is the Feast of the Holy Innocents. ••

Celebrate new year

KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., will usher in the new year with a special holiday luncheon and entertainment program on Thursday, Dec. 29, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The public is invited to join the celebration with members of the senior center. There will be hats, horns, noisemakers and entertainment by DJ Dave Michael. Register at the center’s front desk. Cost is $3 per person. For additional information, call 215-698-7300, Ext. 129 or email sgeltzer@kleinlife.org. ••

Free help for the holidays

International School of Coaching’s Master Coach Paula Michele Boyle and her team of trained specialists are reaching out to support the community for those feeling frustrated or unsatisfied with their lives, careers and relationships. The session you will receive with a certified Life Coach is available through New Year 2023. To register or learn more, visit lifecoachphilly.com. ••

Buy from small biz

American Workers Radio is promoting December as National Small Business Month. For more information, visit NationalSmallBusinessMonth.com or AmericanWorkersRadio.com. ••

Weekly art group

Fox Chase Library, 501 Rhawn St., hosts a free art group every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring your supplies. Call 215-685-0547. ••

Visit model railroad club

Chelten Hills Model Railroad Club, 8010 Old York Road in Elkins Park, will be hosting open houses from noon to 4 p.m. on the following Saturdays and Sundays: Jan. 7-8 and Feb. 4-5. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Visit www.cheltenhillsmrr.org or Facebook. ••

Book club meeting

The Book Club of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be holding its January Zoom session on Monday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. The book is Montana 1948 by Larry Watson. For further information, or to register for the book club program, call Lynn Ratmansky at 215-677-1600. ••

Feb. book club meeting

The Book Club of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be holding its February Zoom session on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. The book is The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi. For further information, or to register for the book club program, call Lynn Ratmansky at 215-677-1600. ••

Theater show at Glen Foerd

Glen Foerd, 5001 Grant Ave., will host the world premiere theatrical staging of Langston Hughes’ The Ways of White Folks, Jan. 11-22. A champagne reception will be held on Jan. 13. Published in 1934, The Ways of White Folks is a collection of 14 short stories by American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and columnist Langston Hughes (1901-67). The collection addresses multiple dimensions of racial issues, focusing specifically on interactions between black and white people. Performances will be held Jan. 11-15 and Jan. 19-22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Matinee performances will be held on Jan. 15 and Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. General admission tickets are $32, while the cost is $12 for students and industry professionals. Go to https://secure.egopo.org/ways-of-white-folks. Valet parking for all performances will be available. Masks are required to be worn during all performances. For more information, visit www.glenfoerd.org or call 215-632-5330. ••

Train show on Jan. 8

The Train Collectors Association Atlantic Division will hold its Fall Train Show and Sale on Sunday, Jan. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The venue is Penns Landing Caterers (Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall), 1301 S. Columbus Blvd. There will be 140 tables with a variety of vintage toy trains and repair parts for sale, test track, operating toy train layouts, kids activities and door prizes for adults and children. Admission is $5 per attendee or per family of two adults and all children 12 and under. Food is available on premises, and there is plenty of free parking. For more information, visit www.ADTCA.com or call Bob at 610-872-3309. ••

Rhawnhurst Civic to meet

Rhawnhurst Civic Association will meet on Jan. 18, 2023, at 7 p.m. at Pelbano Playground, 8100 Bustleton Ave. (at Solly Avenue). Follow the group on Facebook or visit Rhawnhurstcivicassociation.com. ••

Cruise the Mediterranean

Norwegian Cruise Line will host a Mediterranean cruise from Rome to Venice on Oct. 10-19, 2023. The trip is all inclusive with round-trip airfare, a beverage package, all meals, three specialty dinners, taxes, transfers and all gratuities. The cost for a balcony sea view cabin is $3,511 per person. For more information, contact Fillmore Travel’s Kevin Fries at 215-498-8294 or fkevin910@comcast.net. ••

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. ••

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]. ••

Baby shower at synagogue

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, is hosting its annual baby shower on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. There will be games and refreshments while supporting Jewish Family and Children’s Services. The group will be collecting new children’s clothing in sizes newborn to 6 and new or gently used toys and equipment. Light refreshments will be served. Call 215-677-1600. ••

Bingo on Jan. 14

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, at Trenton Avenue and Cumberland Street, will hold bingo on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 1-4 p.m. Doors open at noon. Packages are $20 and include lunch. Call 215-423-0792. ••

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. ••

Sisterhood meeting

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will be hosting a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 1 p.m. A representative of Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy will be speaking about the use of strength bands in therapy. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge. Call 215-677-1600. ••

Sisterhood meeting in March

The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will meet on Tuesday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. The speaker will be Rabbi Sandi Berliner. Her topic will be: “What’s on your seder plate – Updating your Seder.” Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Call 215-677-1600. ••

New cancer researcher at Fox Chase

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and Fox Chase Cancer Center hired Lucia Borriello as an assistant professor in the Department of Cancer and Cellular Biology at Temple, with a dual appointment in the Cancer Signaling and Epigenetics research program at Fox Chase.

Borriello’s research focuses on understanding how breast and lung tumor cells that have escaped the primary tumor survive in distant organs in a latent state for years, and how they exit dormancy to induce metastatic relapse. She is an expert in cancer biology, metastasis and imaging, which allows her to follow the fate and growth of individual tumor cells in living animals. Her research interests also include the role of the tumor microenvironment and therapeutic resistance in promoting metastasis.

Borriello earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biotechnology from the University of Teramo in Italy, then received a Master of Science degree in the biotechnology of reproduction from the University of Teramo and Queen’s University of Belfast, Ireland. She then went on to earn a doctorate from the University of Paris for studies of breast cancer biology and pharmacology.

After earning her doctorate, Borriello was a postdoctoral researcher studying the role of the tumor microenvironment in the Department of Hematology and Oncology at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She then completed another postdoctoral fellowship in which she developed her expertise in breast cancer dormancy in the Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. ••

Epiphany Day service at St. James

St. James Lutheran Church, Castor Avenue and Pratt Street, will host an Epiphany Day service to celebrate Hispanic customs on Friday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. There will be Latin American food and music and an appearance by the Three Kings. Parents are invited to bring shoeboxes for the traditional giving of gifts. ••

Remembering MLK at St. James

St. James Lutheran Church, 5185 Castor Ave., will host The Preacher, a service remembering Martin Luther King, on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 3:30 p.m. There will be music, reflections and quotes, followed by light refreshments. ••

St. Jerome seniors to meet

The St. Jerome’s Senior Group will meet on Thursdays, Jan. 12 and 26, in the school hall, 3031 Stamford St. Arrive by 10 a.m. Meeting begins promptly at 11. ••

Fox Chase CC has new doc

Fox Chase Cancer Center announced the hiring of Dr. Lindsey B. Taylor as an assistant professor in the Department of Hematology/Oncology and the Breast Cancer and Hematology Programs.

Taylor earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Muhlenberg College and attended the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. She graduated with her medical degree in 2016 and completed her internal medicine residency at Duke University Health.

Prior to joining Fox Chase, Taylor was a hematology/oncology fellow at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Taylor’s research interests include understanding toxicities of cancer-directed therapy and improving quality of life among patients with cancer using patient-reported outcomes. She has experience working on projects in both malignant hematology and oncology and has authored multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals. ••

Broadway memories

The Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, invites the community to Together off Broadway: Merman and Martin on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, at 2 p.m. Ethel Merman and Mary Martin were off-stage friends, theater royalty and iconic personalities. The show gives a peek at their personal lives while celebrating a song list including I’ve Got Rhythm, The Sound of Music and Hello, Dolly. The price of admission is $36 per person and includes a dessert reception. Mail your check to the synagogue. Call 215-677-1600. ••

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