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Flea market vendors wanted

St. Hubert High School, 7320 Torresdale Ave., will host an indoor flea market on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Tables are $20 each. Email FleaMarket@Huberts.org or visit Huberts.org/FleaMarket. ••

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Bus trip to Tropicana

Holy Innocents Parish will hold a Mardi Gras casino trip on Feb. 13 to the Tropicana in Atlantic City. A bus will depart L Street and Hunting Park Avenue at 9:30 a.m., and will depart the Tropicana at 5 p.m. The cost is $40, due by Feb. 6. There will be $20 in slot cash. To reserve your seat, call Cindy at 215-535-2740. ••

Events at Ryerss

Ryerss Museum & Library, 7370 Central Ave., will host several events in January.

Here is the list: Friday, Jan. 12 (Fibercraft Friends, 1-3 p.m.); Sunday, Jan. 14 (Manga Club: Sailor Moon, 1-3 p.m.); Friday, Jan. 19 (Book Club: Three Things About Elsie, 1-3 p.m.); Friday, Jan. 26 (Fibercraft Friends, 1-3 p.m.); Saturday, Jan. 27 (Ancient Cultures with Glencairn Museum), 1-3 p.m.

Call 215-685-0599. ••

Local 22, UFCW back Solomon

Philadelphia Firefighters’ and Paramedics’ Union IAFF Local 22 and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 have endorsed state Rep. Jared Solomon for attorney general.

“We feel confident that Mr. Solomon will root out corruption and hold those accountable exercising in it. All too frequently, nefarious activities such as arson and insurance fraud put our members in harm’s way. As attorney general, Mr. Solomon will make our members’ jobs safer,” said Local 22 President Mike Bresnan.

“Jared is a fighter for working Pennsylvanians who we can trust to protect workers and uphold our right to bargain collectively,” said UFCW 1776 President Wendell Young IV. “Our members know Jared’s strong pro-worker record in Harrisburg of preserving workers’ rights, raising the minimum wage and investing in workforce-development programs that benefit workers.”

Meanwhile, Solomon’s campaign entered 2024 with more than $1 million cash on hand. ••

Sinatra dinner show

Joey C will present a tribute to Frank Sinatra dinner show on Thursday, Jan. 25, at Villa Barolo Ristorante, 1373 Easton Road in Warrington. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show begins at 7:30. Tickets cost $75 and include taxes and gratuities. For tickets, call 215-491-9370. ••

Claims assistance for veterans

Veterans can receive claims assistance at state Rep. Jared Solomon’s office at 7104 Frankford Ave. (near Princeton Avenue), beginning on Thursday, Jan. 11. A VA representative will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to assist veterans and answer any questions. Call 215-543-6755 to schedule an appointment. ••

St. Jerome Seniors to meet

Meetings for January are Thursday, Jan. 11 and Thursday, Jan. 25, in the school hall, 3031 Stamford St. Arrive by 10 a.m. Meeting begin promptly at 11. ••

MLK Day event

Mount Zion Baptist Church of Holmesburg, 8101 Erdrick St., will host Appreciate Your Vote: A Call for Change, an MLK Day of Service event, on Monday, Jan. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The day will begin with a continental breakfast followed by a panel discussion, voting machine demonstrations, voters registration, book giveaways, read alouds, activities, videos and more.  The event is free and open to all ages. ••

Rhawnhurst Civic to meet

The Rhawnhurst Civic Association will meet on Jan. 17, at 7 p.m., at Pelbano Playground, Bustleton and Solly avenues. ••

Tumor support group

A Neuroendocrine Tumor Support Group will meet on Jan. 17, from 4-5 p.m. The group is for people diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumors who are receiving treatment. The group is led by Fox Chase Cancer Center social workers, and people can share their personal experiences, ways of coping and helpful resources. The group is intended to reduce feelings of loneliness, anxiety and distress; increase feelings of hope and empowerment; provide you with practical information about treatment; and help you communicates better with your medical team and loved ones.

Interested people should email Anjali Albanese at Anjali.Albanese@fccc.edu or Mark Itzen at Mark.Itzen@fccc.edu for a link to participate. ••

Yiddish class

Kim Reddin Yiddish with Maxine Goldman will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. at Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road. A light snack will be served. Call 215-677-1600 for details. Transportation is available through Jewish Family and Children’s Service by calling 215-320-0351. ••

Sign up for senior softball

The Bucks 65+ Senior Softball League is holding registration for the upcoming season, which begins in April. Indoor practices will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to noon, beginning Jan. 16, at Pennsbury Racquet Club, 375 W. Trenton Ave., Morrisville. For information, go to www.bucksseniorsoftball.com or email Bill at bbjt03@gmail.com or Jack at Zupan.jack@gmail.com. ••

Local author’s novel releasing soon

Mayfair author Becky Flade announced that Tirgearr Publishing will release her latest novel, Fade into the Night, on Jan. 23. It is the fifth book in Flade’s award-winning series of romantic thrillers set in Philadelphia. It is available for pre-order at all major digital retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks/iTunes, at a specially reduced price. Flade, a Frankford High School graduate, has been writing since kindergarten, when her Brown Elementary School teacher, Miss Daniels, helped with her first book detailing her and her best friend’s first solo trip to the market for milk. ••

Blood drive at Jeanes

Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus will host a blood drive on Monday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Cheltenham Friends Meetinghouse, 7600 Central Ave. Visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter “TUH Jeanes Campus.” ••

Fundraiser for recovery programs

The Leigh Leckerman Foundation will present Drags & Bags on Friday, Feb. 9, from 7-11 p.m. at the Southampton Room, 2980 Southampton Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. The cost is $40 and includes dinner and a pack of bingo cards, with winners receiving designer bags. Tables of 10 are available. There will also be raffle baskets, a 50/50 and appearances by Miss Troy (aka Aunt Mary Pat) and her queens. Proceeds will benefit the foundation’s mission of helping addicts receive treatment. For more information, go to LeighsHelp.org. ••

Celebrate Ben Franklin’s birthday

The public is invited to a free event to celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s 318th birthday. Residents, visitors, colonial characters, Philadelphia dignitaries and Franklin himself will gather in Old City to hear a panel discussion examining the important role of craftsmanship in America and honor this year’s Founder’s Award recipient, architectural great Frank Gehry. Celebrants will also be able to enjoy sweets and treats from Franklin Fountain and an exhibit of 18th- and 19th-century tools. The event will be followed by a procession to Franklin’s gravesite, featuring music, a fire engine, banners and flags.

The event is set for Friday, Jan. 19, at the American Philosophical Society: Benjamin Franklin Hall, 427 Chestnut St. The panel will be from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by the procession.

A salty pretzel chocolate bar, birthday cake ice cream and hot chocolate will be provided by Franklin Fountain.

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For more information about the celebration, visit www.franklincelebration.org. ••

Lunch and seder

Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, is hosting a Tu B’Shevat luncheon and seder following services on Saturday, Jan. 20. Cost is $20 per person. To reserve your spot, mail your payment to the CSS office, 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115. Call 215-677-1600. ••

Upcoming opera performances

Amici Opera Company will present two performances of Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’Amore: Sunday, Jan. 21, at 3 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 27, at 4 p.m., both at United Methodist Church of the Redeemer, 1128 Cottman Ave.

Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra will be performed as part of a dinner theater on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. at La Piovra, 7901 High School Road, Elkins Park. The cost for the show and a three-course dinner is $54.95 per person. For reservations, call 215-606-3800.

Mascagni’s L’Amico Fritz will be performed on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. at United Methodist Church of the Redeemer.

For more information, call 215-224-0257 or visit the Amici Opera Company page on Facebook. ••

Art course for seniors

A new eight-session drawing and painting multi-media art course for active and maturing adults will be offered at KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The public is invited to join with members. The classes will be conducted from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekly through March 19. People of all skill levels are welcome. Cost for the eight sessions is $160 per person which must be paid in advance at the KleinLife front desk. For additional information, call 215-698-7300, Ext. 193 or email info@kleinlife.org. ••

Funnyman rabbi

Congregations of Shaare Shamayim is hosting a night of solidarity and laughter on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m., starring Rabbi Bob Alper. Cost is $27 per person. A portion of the proceeds will help support Israeli Relief Agencies. To reserve, mail payment to the CSS office, 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115. Call 215-677-1600. ••

Learn about King David

Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, announced that Rabbi Sandi Berliner will be teaching a class on King David. The class will meet on Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14 and 28 and March 6. The cost is $18. Coffee and cake will be served at 10 a.m., followed by the class at 10:15. All are welcome. Call 215-677-1600. ••

Feb. Zoom book club meeting

The Book Club of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim will be holding a Zoom session on Monday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. The February book is the historical mystery The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen. For further information or to register, call Lynn Ratmansky at 215-677-1600. ••

Parkinson’s support group

Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus is offering a Parkinson’s disease support group for those who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and their families. The group will meet on Feb. 14 and the second Wednesday of every other month from 6-7 p.m. at the Cheltenham Friends Meetinghouse, 7604 Central Ave. The group is led by nurse practitioner June Ro, and will include guest speakers. To register, contact Ro at 215-707-2619 or Jungyoon.Ro@tuhs.temple.edu. ••

Learn about the ‘Rosies’

Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road, will host The Secret Rosies of World War II – the unsung heroes of American history — on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. This is the story of the incredible women who helped break the codes used by the Japanese and German armies during World War II. Many of these women took their stories to their graves. This is the story of where they came from, what they did and the surprising impact they had on the outcome of WWII. The cost for the program is $20. A homemade dessert reception will follow the presentation. Send your reservation and payment to the address above. Call 215-677-1600. ••

Learn Yiddish

Kim Reddin Yiddish with Maxine Goldman will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. at Congregations of Shaare Shamayim, 9768 Verree Road. A light snack will be served. Call 215-677-1600 for details. Transportation is available through Jewish Family and Children’s Services. Call 215-320-0351. ••

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. ••

Bingo at Loudenslager

Corp. John Loudenslager American Legion Post 366, 7976 Oxford Ave., is offering community bingo every second and fourth Friday evenings. Doors open at 6:30, games start at 7:20. Refreshments available. ••

Trip to Northern Europe

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is presenting a Northern Europe: Iceland, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium and London cruise, July 25 to Aug. 4, 2024, aboard the new “Norwegian Prima.” Rates per person are $6,261 and $6,495, which include roundtrip airfare from Philadelphia. Deposit of $350 per person double occupancy is required when booking. Final payment by Feb. 27. Call 215-788-9408. ••

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