Family concert at library
Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave., will present Ants on a Log Family Concert on Wednesday, May 24, at 6 p.m. The interactive musical concert will center on positivity, “social justice” and silliness and is for children and adults. Call 215-685-8756. ••
Events at Ryerss
Ryerss Museum & Library, 7370 Central Ave., in Burholme Park, will host the following upcoming events: Fridays, May 26 and June 9 and 24 – Fibercraft Friends, 1-3 p.m.; Saturday, May 27 – Storytime: We are all Gardeners, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Friday, June 2 – Genealogy Lecture: How to Dig Up Your Ancestors, 1-3 p.m.; Saturday, June 3 – used book sale, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, June 10 – Storytime: Hooray for Friends, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Friday, June 16 – Book Club; Saturday, June 24 – A Very Special Storytime: It’s a Tea Party, 10:30 a.m. to noon (RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.eventbrite.com/e/635881357257); Friday, June 30 – Nature Kids park walk, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
For more information, call 215-685-0599. ••
Franklin Mills flea market to open
The Roosevelt Mall flea market has closed due to major construction and total renovations of the mall, with additional retail stores being built where the market operated. Philadelphia Flea Markets will move to Liberty Plaza, at Liberty Bell and Franklin Mills boulevards, just off Knights Road. The market will operate every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning May 28 and through November. For more information, call Tony at 215-625-FLEA or log onto www.PhilaFleaMarkets.org. ••
Pentecost Sunday Mass
St. Martin of Tours Church, 5450 Roosevelt Blvd., invites the public to attend Pentecost Mass on Sunday, May 28, at noon. The sacrifice of veterans will also be recognized at the Mass. Attendees are encouraged to wear red as a symbol of the joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit and to bring a snack and beverage to share at a celebration afterward in the gym. The church will sell 100th anniversary T-shirts and bracelets. ••
Troop 160 active on Memorial Day
Boy Scout Troop 160 will participate in several activities on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29. The day will begin at the Jardel Recreation Center at 8:30 a.m., as a drum and bugle corps will be part of a wreath-laying ceremony. The troop will parade through Burholme to the World War I monument at Five Points for another wreath-laying ceremony. The troop will drive to the Philadelphia Protestant Home for a Memorial Day ceremony. ••
Memorial Day ceremony
The public is invited to honor the fallen on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, at noon at the Charles J. Glenn III Memorial, at Marlborough and Wildey streets in Fishtown. The event will feature the Vietnam Veterans Society and the Philadelphia Police and Fire Pipes and Drums. ••
Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave., will host Philly Jazz: A Live Concert on Wednesday, May 31, at 6 p.m. A live quartet will play works by Philadelphia jazz artists from the 1930s to the present. ••
Benefits of meal prep
Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus will host Spring Cleaning Your Diet: Meal Prepping Tips and More on Wednesday, May 31, at 6:30 p.m. at Cheltenham Friends Meetinghouse, 7600 Central Ave. Dietitian Elizabeth George will discuss the benefits of meal prep and how to maintain a healthy diet. To register, call 215-728-4861 or email Rosemarie.Schlegel@tuhs.temple.edu. ••
Free Philly Orchestra concert
The Philadelphia Orchestra will present Our City, Your Orchestra Live, a free concert on Wednesday, May 31, at 7 p.m. at Northeast High School. The concert will feature works by Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, Valerie Coleman and others, along with a performance by the Northeast High marching band. The evening will include food trucks, games, face painting, moonbounces and balloon art. The orchestra will include contrabassoonist Holly Blake, a Northeast High graduate. Reserve tickets at philorch.org. ••
Learn to draw cartoons
Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave., will host Cartoon 101 on Wednesday, June 7, at 3 p.m. Professional artist Scott Prior will present a fun interactive session to help improve your drawing skills. The program is for ages 18 and under. Call 215-685-8756. ••
Bishop Michael Fitzgerald on Tuesday night presided at the Liturgy of the Word preceding the 43rd annual Academic Honors Convocation. Students were honored for being in the top 3 percent of their class. Local honorees were: Archbishop Ryan – Vienna Varano, Abigail Merrigan, Alexander Pfeffer, Daniel J. Wang, Ansu David; Father Judge – William J. Buckius, Matthew T. Christian, Michael D. McDevitt, George S. Thompson, Timothy P. McCloskey; Little Flower – Ava Boyle, Shelly Lai, Madeline Markham, Grace Krakauskas; Nazareth Academy – Meghan Scott, Ciara Garvey, Sophia DiPrimeo; St. Hubert – Sage A. Rivera, Kylie E. Bytof, Kathryn E. Patterson. ••
Cornhole at St. Martha
St. Martha Parish, 11301 Academy Road, will host a Cornhole Tournament on June 17, at 11 a.m. The cost is $50 a team (all ages) and includes two tournament T-shirts and a chance to win a cash prize. There will be basket raffles, a 50-50, craft beer pull, food, kids crafts and T-shirt sales. Proceeds will benefit the parish Raising the Roof campaign. Teams must register and place T-shirt orders by June 3. To register, to become a sponsor or for more information, go to the St. Martha Facebook page or call Kathy Cantz at 215-632-4742 or Mary Beth Ricks at 215-459-3430. ••
Services for Roland Scarinci
The Marine Corps League Detachment provided the casket watch for Roland Scarinci, a 100-year-old Marine veteran of World War II who died May 9. The viewing took place Tuesday and Wednesday at Our Lady of Calvary Church. Scarinci, of Rhawnhurst, will be interred at Washington Crossing National Cemetery. He and his wife Gloria were married for 74 years until she passed away. They are survived by two children and two grandchildren. ••
Banning safe injection sites
Councilman Brian O’Neill co-introduced a bill to prohibit so-called “safe injection sites” in his district. The bill, also co-introduced by Councilmembers Quetcy Lozada, Mark Squilla, Kenyatta Johnson and Mike Driscoll, would create an overlay in the city’s zoning code to require a zoning variance to open a supervised drug injection site in each sponsor’s Council district. O’Neill is hoping that the proposed ordinance will get a hearing in the near future.
“I am confident that this bill will pass overwhelmingly and with enough support to override a veto by Mayor Kenney,” he said.
For more information, call O’Neill’s office at 215-686-3422. ••
Sign up for summer camp
The city Department of Parks and Recreation and Councilman Brian O’Neill are teaming up to promote summer camps in the 10th Councilmanic District. Camps are open July 5 to Aug. 11 for ages 6-12. Fees vary by site. Scholarships are available.
Here are the sites: Boyle (13045 Kelvin Ave., 215-685-0367, BoylePlayground@phila.gov); O’Connor (4330 Deerpath Lane, 215-685-9398, ChalfontPlayground@phila.gov); Fitzpatrick (12485 Academy Road, 215-685-9395, FitzpatrickPlayground@phila.gov); Fox Chase (7901 Ridgeway St., 215-685-0575, FoxChaseRecCenter@phila.gov); Gifford (575 Tomlinson Road, 215-685-0377, GiffordPlayground@phila.gov); Hayes (9949 President St., 215-685-0376, HayesPlayground@phila.gov); Junod (12770 Dunks Ferry Road, 215-685-9396, JunodPlayground@phila.gov); Lackman (1101 Bartlett St., 215-685-0370, LackmanPlayground@phila.gov); Mitchell (3694 Chesterfield Road, 215-685-9394, MitchellPlayground@phila.gov); Pelbano (2138 Solly Ave., 215-683-1975, PelbanoRecCenter@phila.gov); and Picariello (10815 Calera Road, 215-685-9393, PicarielloPlayground@phila.gov). ••
Northeast Shopping Center, 9173 Roosevelt Blvd., will welcome Crave Cookies in the fall and Dave’s Hot Chicken in the winter. ••
Bellmon backs gun bills
State Rep. Anthony Bellmon supported two bills that he believes would address gun violence. One would enact universal background checks. The other would create “Extreme Risk Protection Orders.” They head to the Senate for consideration.
“With the current gun violence crisis taking place in Philadelphia and around the commonwealth, today’s passage of two bills out of the House is a step in the right direction to prevent future tragedies,” Bellmon said. “As co-chair of the PA Safe Caucus, I applaud my colleagues who voted to make the commonwealth a safer place.” ••
The Danube Swabian Association, 1277 Southampton Road, invites the public to a free concert on Friday, June 2, at 7 p.m. The Cardinal Dougherty Alumni Band will entertain. ••
Go see Mamma Mia!
The Star Players, of the city Department of Parks and Recreation, will present Mamma Mia! from June 2-4 at 7 p.m. at Venice Island Performing Arts Center, 7 Lock St. in Manayunk. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Group rates are available. Tickets are available at Holmesburg Recreation Center, 4500 Rhawn St., or on Venmo @TheStarplayers. For more information, contact director Bill Arthur at 215-685-8714 or Starplayers2013@gmail.com. ••
Shredding, recycling buckets
City Councilman Brian O’Neill will hold two upcoming events, both on Saturdays from 9-11 a.m. at his district offices. A shredding event is set for June 3 at 432 Rhawn St., behind American Heritage Credit Union. A recycling bucket giveaway is scheduled for June 10 at FOP Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Road. ••
Flea market at Resurrection
Resurrection of Our Lord Parish, 2000 Shelmire Ave., will host a flea market on Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Goods on sale will include household items, glassware and jewelry. ••
Vendors wanted for flea market
An outdoor flea market will take place on Saturday, June 3, at United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd, 10901 Calera Road. Vendor spaces are $25. Call Rosemarie at 215-868-5304 to reserve a space. ••
Don’t move medic unit
City Councilman Brian O’Neill and state Rep. Martina White have written a letter to Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel, questioning why Medic Unit 54B, 812 Hendrix St. in Somerton, has been reassigned to Engine 72, 11th and Loudon streets in Logan, which already has a medic unit.
“If Engine 72 needs an additional medic unit, it should not come at the expense of the residents of Somerton,” the letter said. … “Moving Medic Unit 54B out of the Far Northeast will have dire consequences for the residents we represent in the event of a medical emergency.”
The next-closest medic units are at Engine 62 at Bustleton Avenue and Bowler Street or at Engine 22 at Comly and Academy roads. ••
Animal center fundraiser
Laurel Hill East Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave., will host Woof, Wag + Walk on Sunday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pets and parents are invited to raise money for Women’s Animal Center. There will be activities and a chance to learn about adoptable pets.
“Women’s Animal Center assists thousands of animals and people in need each and every year, but receives no federal, state or local funding to do so,” said Karen D. Lash, fundraising and marketing director for the nonprofit organization. “We rely upon the generosity of our community to support our work, so to have a tremendous community partner like Laurel Hill is truly invaluable to us, and to our animals. And the Woof, Wag + Walk will further align our missions and of course welcome our community of dog owners and their beloved four-legged friends for a wonderful day of interactive activities on the historic Laurel Hill grounds.”
Registration fee is $25 per pet. For more information and to register, visit womensanimalcenter.org. ••
Book discussion in Bustleton
Bustleton Library, 10199 Bustleton Ave., will host a book discussion on Interior Chinatown on Monday, June 5, at 6 p.m. Interior Chinatown is a novel about race, pop culture, immigration and assimilation, and has been selected for One Book, One Philadelphia. Call 215-685-0472 to request your copy. ••
English classes for Ukrainians
Holy Family University’s English as a Second Language initiative for newly arrived Ukrainian adults is accepting new applicants. The classes are free and open to members of the community who are at least 18 years old. Classes start in June at 9801 Frankford Avenue and online. Class days and times are online (June 6 to Aug. 24, Tuesday and Thursday, 6-7 p.m.) and in person (June 21 to July 31, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m.). Since last fall, more than 100 newly arrived Ukrainians have attended classes at no cost to help them improve their English proficiency and become familiar with the Philadelphia community. Interested applicants can register at holyfamily.edu/ukraine-esl. ••
Blood drive on June 8
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Thursday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 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 and entering ALPOST366. ••
5K for charity
Madison’s Miracles Inc. – a charity in memory of Fox Chase native Madison Klepesky – will present the Flying Angels 5K on June 10 at 8 a.m. in Beaufort, South Carolina. Sponsorships are available at $1,250, $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000. To make a donation, send checks payable to Madison’s Miracles Inc. to 4 Fox Sparrow Road, Beaufort, SC 29907. For more information, call 267-226-9500, visit https://www.madisonsmiraclesinc.org/ or email email@example.com.
Madison Klepesky, a St. Cecilia and St. Hubert graduate, was 18 when she died in a car accident caused by a speeding drunk driver in 2021 in South Carolina. She was a student at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. She would have turned 20 on June 10, the day of the 5K. ••
Cook for the needy
Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will host its Moe and Dot Davis Cook For A Friend Program on Sunday, June 11, at 10:30 a.m. Volunteers will cook and package meals for people who are dealing with “food insecurity.” To take part, call 215-677-1600. ••
Third Thursday in Tacony
Tacony Community Development Corporation will hold its next Third Thursday event on June 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Jack Costello Boxing Club parking lot, 6846 Torresdale Ave. (at Longshore Avenue). The free event will feature a food truck, live music, produce and bread for sale, quality vendors, activities for the entire family and information tables from elected officials and local organizations. Future Third Thursdays are on July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21 and Oct. 19. ••
Mayfair Night Markets continue
The Mayfair Night Market will continue on Thursday, June 15, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Frankford and Cottman avenues. There will be food trucks, vendors, drinks and live music by Philly Heart & Soul. The remaining schedule is July 20 (Great Scott Band), Aug. 17 (The Launch) and Sept. 21 (Jumper). Vendors can apply at MayfairVendors.EventBrite.com. ••
Third Thursday at Glen Foerd
Glen Foerd, Philadelphia’s public park and nonprofit cultural site along the Delaware River, presents the return of its free Third Thursday Summer Series of live music, food, family-fun activities and art. The Thursday dates will be June 15, July 20 and Aug. 17, 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 Gilded Age mansion, which will be open for free self-guided tours. Donations are appreciated but not required, and attendees are asked to register in advance by visiting Glen Foerd’s events page at www.glenfoerd.org/events. For more information on the Third Thursday Summer Series, visit www.glenfoerd.org or call 215-632-5330. ••
Hoops camp for boys and girls
The 17th annual Jaguar St. Ephrem Basketball Camp for Boys and Girls will take place from Monday, July 24, to Friday, July 28. The cost is $150 and includes a basketball and T-shirt. The camp is held in the air-conditioned Marian Center at St. Ephrem Parish, 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. ••
Book club meeting in August
The Book Club of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be holding a Zoom session on Monday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. The book is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. To register, call Lynn Ratmansky at 215-677-1600. ••
Lunch and a show
St. Katherine of Siena Primrose Senior Club is running a bus trip on Thursday, Sept. 28, to Beach Haven, New Jersey to see the comedy Popcorn Falls. There will be a sitdown luncheon at Waterfront Restaurant. The cost is $110. For reservations and more information, call Catherine Murphy at 215-919-4399. ••
Farm stand at Jeanes
Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus has a farm stand that is open Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October. The stand is located next to parking lot C of Jeanes Campus and the Fox Chase Cancer Center Campus. Call 215-728-4861 or email Rosemarie.Schlegel@tuhs.temple.edu. ••
Apply for Comcast business grant package
Comcast announced a new round of 100 businesses in Philadelphia will receive comprehensive grant packages that include business consultation services, educational resources, a $5,000 monetary grant, creative production, media schedule and a technology makeover. Comcast RISE is committed to supporting the growth of all small businesses, while advancing the objectives of “diversity, equity and inclusion” as well as community investment. The program was created to help businesses and their communities thrive with a focus on economic growth.
Beginning on June 1, and through June 30, eligible businesses in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Detroit, Memphis and Portland can apply for a grant package at www.ComcastRISE.com. A total of 100 grants per city, or 500 grants overall, will be announced in August and awarded in September, bringing the total number of recipients to date to 13,500 including 200 Philadelphia small businesses that received $2 million in grant awards and nearly 400 that received marketing or technology services packages.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and are essential to building strong and thriving local communities,” said Loren Hudson, senior vice president and Chief Diversity Officer at Comcast. “As small businesses transition from pandemic recovery to a focus on expansion and growth, Comcast RISE is proud to help strengthen and empower these deserving businesses and entrepreneurs.”
Comcast RISE stands for Representation, Investment, Strength and Empowerment. Comcast RISE was created in November 2020 to help small businesses hardest hit by COVID-19. by providing the grants needed to survive and recover. The program will evolve from helping businesses survive the pandemic, to helping businesses and their communities thrive with a focus on economic growth.
“Comcast continues to show up for the city of Philadelphia and our small business owners,” said Councilman Curtis Jones. “After this round of awards, nearly 1,000 Philadelphia business owners will be touched by the Comcast RISE program and helped in their recovery and rebuilding from the last few years so they can move forward in a stronger position than ever.”
Comcast RISE is part of Project UP, the company’s initiative to advance “digital equity.”
More information on eligibility requirements and how to apply for the grant program are available at www.ComcastRISE.com. ••
Proper handwashing techniques
Essity, a global hygiene and health company, as well as a producer of professional hygiene products, recently conducted a survey to assess what, if anything, the pandemic has taught people about proper hand-hygiene behaviors. Essity surveyed people 18 and older living in the Delaware Valley to determine the area’s “grade” on its first Handwashing Report Card. Survey results were merely “Satisfactory” overall, leaving room for improvement and further education.
Most notably, while those surveyed do still seem to be partaking in handwashing behaviors and practices (receiving a grade of “Outstanding”), they could use some improvement on their knowledge of proper handwashing techniques (“Needs Improvement”).
“It’s important to not only wash your hands, but to wash them properly,” said Amy Bellcourt, vice president of Communications, Professional Hygiene, for Essity North America. “Not understanding or following proper hand-hygiene practices poses a significant threat to our individual and communal health. The COVID-19 pandemic saw a shift in how seriously we take preventing the spread of germs. And while we have definitely moved past sanitizing every home-delivery box and our groceries, practicing proper handwashing is still one of the most effective ways we can help prevent spreading germs.”
Proper handwashing techniques:
• Wash for no less than 20 seconds.
• Water at any temperature will suffice as long as hands are washed with soap for at least 20 seconds.
• Use soap. (Any kind will prevent spread of germs.)
• Do not air-dry; wet hands spread germs more easily.
• Use single-use paper towels to dry hands most effectively.
Bellcourt said, “These simple handwashing steps can create safer environments at home, at school, at work and at play. At Essity, we are committed to providing hygiene solutions that are affordable, sustainable and attainable for all.” ••
Top award for Jeanes
Temple University Hospital-Jeanes Campus has earned the NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2023 from the American College of Cardiology. TUH-Jeanes Campus also earned the recognition in 2022 and 2021. Jeanes is one of only 56 hospitals in the nation to earn the 2023 Gold Performance Achievement Award.
“The American College of Cardiology’s decision to award this honor to TUH-Jeanes Campus for the third year in a row is acknowledgement that we continue to be on the forefront of cutting-edge treatments,” said Abhinav Rastogi, president and CEO of Temple University Hospital and executive vice president of Temple University Health System. “It also affirms that the hard work of our clinical teams is continually improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care for patients with coronary artery disease.”
The Chest Pain – MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award signifies that TUH-Jeanes Campus has committed to successfully implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to levels of care outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association’s clinical guidelines and recommendations. ••
The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a fully escorted Holy Lands & Aegean Majesty cruise from Oct. 6-17, 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. ••
Cruise the Mediterranean
Norwegian Cruise Line will host a Mediterranean cruise from Rome to Venice on Oct. 10-19. 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 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, 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]. ••
St. Jerome seniors to meet
The St. Jerome’s Senior Group will meet on Thursday, May 25, in the school hall, 3031 Stamford St. Arrive by 10 a.m., and the meeting begins promptly at 11. ••
Starr Bus Charter and Tours will hold its first Solo Traveler event on Tuesday, June 6, from 3-5 p.m. at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave. Representatives from KleinLife, along with Starr’s owners and staff, including travel advisers and tour directors, will help solo travelers learn about trips and make connections with other solo travelers. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about Starr’s 2023 vacations, get a sneak peek at 2024 trips, enjoy light refreshments and win prizes. The event is free.
The next solo trip will be to Corning, New York on July 26-27 and will feature visits to the Corning Museum of Glass and the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum. Travelers will explore 35 centuries of glass artistry, experience hands-on glass making, see historic aircraft and meet the craftsmen that restore them. There will be a buffet dinner and overnight hotel accommodations as well as a scenic boat ride on Seneca Lake.
Call 609-587-0626. ••
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. ••
Bus trip to see Elvis
St. Katherine of Siena Primrose Senior Club is running a bus trip to the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster on Thursday, June 1. The trip will include a buffet lunch and matinee show, Elvis the Musical. The cost is $110. For reservations and lunch menu choice, call Catherine Murphy at 215-919-4399. ••
Northeast Catholic High School Class of ‘73 will hold its 50th reunion on June 1, from 6-10 p.m., at Brookside Manor, 50 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville. Tickets cost $73, payable to NC-73 Reunion. Mail to Mike Kaiser, 14014 Napier St., Philadelphia, PA 19116. Cost includes appetizers, full buffet, dessert and open bar. ••
St. Martha reunion
The St. Martha Grammar School Class of 1973 will hold its 50th reunion on Friday, June 2, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Irish Rover, at 1033 S. Bellevue Ave., in Langhorne. ••
The Marlyn Chakov Fein Chapter, Fox Chase Cancer Center is running a clothing drive on Saturday, June 3, 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. The event supports cancer research and compassionate patient care. ••
Learn about healthy diet
Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, invites the public for an afternoon of cooking, eating and learning about the healthy Mediterranean diet. On Sunday, June 4, at 2 p.m., the synagogue will welcome guest chef Aliza Green and registered dietician and founder of Key Nutrition Olena Zinshtein, who together will cook and talk about the Mediterranean diet. The cost is $5 per person and reservations are required. Send your check to the synagogue office by May 26. Call Lynn Ratmansky at 215-677-1600. ••
Learn about building of Brooklyn Bridge
On Sunday, June 4, at 2 p.m., in the headquarters of the Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation, 321 Cedar St., Bristol Borough, Carol Simon Levin will take the stage as Emily Warren Roebling in a presentation entitled Bridge Builder in Petticoats. Levin is an author, professional storyteller and independent historian. In this first-person portrayal, she will share her research on Emily Warren Roebling’s role in the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Light refreshment will be served. A donation of $5 per adult is requested, payable at the door. No fee for students. Call 215-788-9408. ••
What’s your favorite book?
The Book Club of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be holding a Zoom session on Monday, June 5, at 7 p.m. Members can speak about their favorite book. To register, call Lynn Ratmansky at 215-677-1600. ••
Synagogue donor affair
The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will be hosting its annual donor affair on Tuesday, June 6, at 6 p.m. Call 215-677-1600. ••
Senior resource event
On June 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church at 14100 Worthington Road is hosting a senior resource event with a free lunch. Representatives from the state attorney general’s office will provide information on fraud and scams. There will also be information on fire prevention and benefits for senior citizens. To register, call 215-464-1540. ••
Driver refresher course
Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will host an AARP Drivers 1 Day Refresher Course on Monday, June 12. 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 and $25 for non-AARP members. Payment to AARP is needed to hold your spot. Call 215-677-1600. ••
The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will be installing their officers and board members on Tuesday, June 13, at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. There is no cost. Call 215-677-1600. ••
2-day driver refresher course
Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will host an AARP Drivers 2 Day Refresher Course on Tuesday, June 20, and Wednesday, June 21. There are no tests to pass and most insurance companies provide a discount for completing the course. The cost is $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-AARP members. Payment to AARP is needed to hold your spot. Call 215-677-1600. ••
Trip to Franklin Institute
The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a bus trip to the Disney100 Exhibition at the Franklin Institute, followed by dinner at Spasso’s Italian Grill, on Wednesday, June 21. The all-inclusive cost is $148. Call 215-788-2106. ••
Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will host a 60th anniversary gala dinner with entertainment by Cracklin Diamond Band on Sunday, June 25, at 3 p.m. in the Karff Auditorium. The cost is $50. Call 215-677-1600. ••
Trip to Mackinac Island, Michigan
The Polish American Cultural Center Museum volunteers are sponsoring a 7-day, 6-night trip to Mackinac Island, Michigan from July 9-15. The trip consists of a ferry ride to Mackinac Island, two nights at the Grand Hotel, a horse-drawn carriage ride and visits to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the Henry Ford Museum and the National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods. The price includes bus transportation, hotels, six breakfasts, six dinners, a buffet luncheon at the Grand Hotel, admission to all attractions, baggage handling, taxes and gratuities. Call Theresa Romanowski at 215-813-2780 or 215-922-1700. ••
Book club meeting in July
The Book Club of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be holding a Zoom session on Monday, July 10, at 7 p.m. The book is The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan. To register, call Lynn Ratmansky at 215-677-1600. ••