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Successful Aging

The Roxborough Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia is going to hold a presentation on "Successful Aging."

The speaker, Jeraldine M. Kohut, is a retired nurse and a community liaison for Cathedral Village. She will discuss living longer, healthier lives and beginning new and rewarding endeavors.

The event will be held at the library (6245 Ridge Avenue) on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 1-2 p.m. The event is free and open to all.

Autumn Book Sale

It’s time for the popular Autumn Book Sale at the Falls of Schuylkill Library – a great venue for finding unusual and interesting reading materials for holiday gifts and leisure reading among the thousands of donated books, DVDs, CDs, and children’s materials. Fill a large handled bag with books for just $10 –bags provided.

The sale will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. in the library meeting room, Warden Drive & Midvale Avenue.

A “First Look” Preview Sale, for members of the Friends of Falls of Schuylkill Library, is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov.13 from 1–3 p.m. ($2 an item). Refreshments available You may join the Friends at the preview ($10 a year) or online:www.eastfallslibraryfriends.org/join-us/.

A public preview will be held later that day, Nov. 13, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. with books priced at $1 each. The events are free; everyone is invited.

Books remaining after the sale will be given away free on Monday, Nov. 18 (12-6 p.m.) and Tuesday, Nov. 19, (10–5 p.m.)

The Autumn Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of Falls of Schuylkill Library, raises funds for library materials and programs. Your support is encouraged and appreciated.

Questions? Contact Wendy Moody at wmoodyw@aol.com, 215-840-4213.

Pysanky Workshop

Evenexer Maxwell Mansion is hosting two fun events in November.

On Sunday, Nov. 17, at 1:30 p.m. check out the literary parlor with 'Olive,' by Dinah Mulock Craik.

First published in 1850, Olive is the story of a crippled child whose parents are disgusted by her physical ‘imperfection,’ curvature of the spine. Olive struggles to take her place in the world as an artist and woman. Join 19th-century bibliophile, Kate Howe, for an exciting afternoon. Ginger snaps and apple cider will be served.

Tickets are $15. Make reservations online at https://ebenezermaxwellmansion.org/literary-parlor/ or call 215-438-1861 for information and tickets.

On Saturday, Nov. 23,  the mansion presents a Pysanky Egg Christmas Ornament Workshop. There will be two workshops – 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m..

Embellish your Christmas tree with your own beautifully decorated Pysanky egg. Learning this ancient technique for decorating eggs is actually easy. Using a stylus called a kistka, we will write with melted beeswax onto the shell of an egg, then dip it into vibrant dyes. We will complete two different eggs in the workshop, and you will keep your kistka and wax to use at home. Join us to make your own little heirloom – impress your family and friends!

Cost is $40 and includes $10 materials fee.

Make reservations online at https://ebenezermaxwellmansion.org/workshops/ or call 215-438-1861 for information and tickets.

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is located at 200 W. Tulpehocken St., Philadelphia.

Zoning meeting

There will be a public meeting to review the resubmitted application for 200 & 214 Kalos St. on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at Wissahickon Church, 5245 Ridge Ave. All neighbors are invited to attend. An official vote will be taken and a summary forwarded to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Proof of residency is required to vote.

The Applicant, Hanson Kalos Partnership, proposes to create six new lots from two existing lots (200 & 214 Kalos St.); the complete demolition of all existing structures; and the erection of six semi-detached dwelling units (three twins). The subject properties are located in the ICMX and RSD-3 zoning districts. More information is available at http://wissahickon.us.

Coat Giveaway

Starting Nov. 7 at 10 a.m., the 39th District Police Station will be giving away new or gently used coats to those in need. Please stop by the 39th District Station, 2201 W. Hunting Park Ave. Everyone is welcome, We have coats for all ages.

Free Concert

The Men’s Chorus of Grace Baptist Church of Germantown cordially invites the entire community to their 2019 annual concert, "In A Mellow Mood," a program of gospel and jazz standards.

The concert will be held on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m., in the sanctuary of the church located at 25 W. Johnson St., Philadelphia. There will be a free-will offering. A Band of Grace (Marilyn George, piano/director, Marlow Marshall, sax/bass guitar, Anwar Marshall, percussion) accompanies the Men’s Voices in music by Thomas Dorsey (If We Ever Needed the Lord Before), Duke Ellington (Come Sunday), Fred Hammond (Here in our Praise), Leonard Bernstein (A Simple Song), Cannonball Adderley (Country Preacher & Mercy, mercy, mercy), Dave Brubeck (Take Five), and Billy Cobham (Heather) with an original spoken word composition by Randy Barnes.

We look forward to our neighbors and friends joining us once again. For more information contact Marilyn P. George,Men’s Chorus Director 215-317-8188

Reunion event

The Roxborough High School Class of 1970 Reunion Committee is busy planning the 50th Year Reunion event and we are looking for classmates and their current contact information including email addresses.

The reunion is planned for Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, so save the date.

Please send contact information (including email address) to rhsclassof1970@yahoo.com

Cobbs Creek Grant

State Rep. Joanna McClinton announced a $250,000 grant will help provide needed updates and create a safer environment at the Cobbs Creek playground. 

The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funding to assist with the renovations. 

“The Cobbs Creek playground provides a fun multigenerational space for visitors and residents to play, exercise and congregate, which is crucial in maintaining a robust community,” McClinton said. “This funding will help build on that strong foundation by creating a safer recreational environment that everyone can enjoy, day or evening, in the years to come.” 

The Cobbs Creek playground lacks the appropriate lighting that is necessary to provide a safe environment when the sun goes down. The city of Philadelphia will install six new lights and eight cameras to provide a safer experience for visitors to the park. The city also plans to install new play and exercise equipment, as well as develop a new nature play space in the park’s surrounding wooded area. 

The total cost of the project is $300,000.

Andorra Library Programs

Information: The Andorra branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia is located at 705 E Cathedral Road, Roxborough. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; closed Sundays. For more information, visit libwww.freelibrary.org/locations/andorra-library.

Preschool Storytime: The Andorra library hosts a regular drop-in preschool storytime on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Kids Yoga: Thursdays at 4:45 p.m. Stretch, bend and pose with us. Wear comfortable clothing (and if you happen to have a yoga mat, feel free to bring it). For school-age kids.

LEGO Club: Work on the building assignment, check out a project in one of our many Lego books or let your imagination soar and build a creation all your own on Fridays from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. For school-age children (the youngest children should be accompanied by an adult).

Fairmount Art

Fairmount Water Works and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Partner to Celebrate Art and Design of the Urban Watershed. The two organizations have formed a programming partnership to present historical and cultural programming to reach diverse audiences in the region. Upcoming programs include:

Admission is free.

Inspired by the current Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) exhibition, From the Schuylkill to the Hudson: Landscapes of the Early American Republic, this exhibit showcases works by participants in a plein air program held this past summer at the historic Fairmount Water Works. Students explored the Revival-style buildings along the Schuylkill River and took inspiration from the beauty of the structures and the river that continues to define the natural landscape of Philadelphia.

Artworks on display were made by participants from five different community organizations in PAFA’s partner neighborhoods, including Comhar Hope Latino, Comhar Allegheny, Baker Industries, and Mann Senior Center. Other artists include: Elizabeth A Bell, Victoria Duggan, Layla Greytok, Jane Likens, Jill B Monahan, Kathryn Harr Sponsler, Alyce Stick, Lana Yang.

Hall of Fame nominations

Historic Germantown is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Hall of Fame!

Nominees should be someone who:

• Is from, has lived in, or has worked in the Old German Township (Germantown, Mt Airy, and Chestnut Hill)

• Has distinguished themselves as a long-term leader at the local, regional, or national level in fields including: community organizing, education/academia, business, philanthropy, the arts, architecture/historic preservation, government, religion, science/medicine, sports, entertainment, etc.

If you would like to nominate a candidate for consideration, please email Tuomi Forrest at director@freedomsbackyard.com with the name of the person and why they fit the above qualifications. We look forward to receiving your nomination!

Matinee Film Series

Philadelphia’s Lightbox Film Center announces the monthly Family Matinee series is now free to the public through December 2019. The all-ages screenings have been a popular component to Lightbox’s programming for years, and with the support of Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies and Republic Bank, there is no longer a cost for audience members to attend. Presenting enriching all-ages film experiences, Lightbox’s Family Matinee series introduces children to imaginative cinema from around the world. Family Matinee tickets can be reserved by calling 215-895-6590, online at lightboxfilmcenter.org/familymatinee, or in person at Lightbox Film Center located at 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.

Here's the schedule: 

"Kubo and the Two Strings," Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.

"Okko’s Inn," Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

Germantown Relief

The Germantown Relief Society, a charitable organization established in 1873, is soliciting proposals from non-profit organizations to become dispensing agents for the distribution of funds provided by the Relief Society for the 2019-2020 season. The purpose of the Germantown Relief Society, as specified in its charter, is “to relieve the ... poor of Germantown and vicinity by contributing to their aid money, clothing, provisions, medicine and other necessaries of life.”

Dispensing Agents must be non-profit organizations that are registered with a current 501 (c) 3 status with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and that serve the population of Germantown. Funds must be spent on direct aid to individuals in the form of food, clothing, shelter, medicine or other basic needs. These funds may NOT be used for general operating costs of the Dispensing Agent. Average grants in recent years have been in the $1,500 to $5,000 range.

Proposals must be received by 10/01/2019. Selected organizations will be notified by the end of 2019, and the funds can be expected to be received early in 2020.

Applications, along with information about the Society, can be found on-line at www.germantownreliefsociety.org. Please send your questions to the Society at Germantownrelief@gmail.com.

Forbidden Drive update

Friends of the Wissahickon’s (FOW) much anticipated stabilization of three major streambank collapse sites along Forbidden Drive is set to begin, with construction expected to be completed by the end of October. The specific streambank locations, which have continued to erode since the initial collapses, are: the Valley Green site (approximately 1,000 feet downstream from Valley Green Inn); the Mt. Airy Ave. site (near the Mt. Airy Avenue pedestrian bridge); and the Kitchens Lane site (immediately downstream from the Kitchen’s Lane Bridge).

The overall restoration project consists of three integrated components:

1. Stabilizing the bank toe (especially susceptible to water erosion because of its location between the regular and low water levels), with large rock;

2. Reforming and stabilizing the bank above the toe using vegetated soil lifts (similar to terraces);

3. Reforesting the upper bank slopes adjacent to Forbidden Drive with a combination of native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous seeding.

This project will also include removing trees, trenching and installing boulder walls, and grading slopes. The Forbidden Drive Streambank Stabilization Project will be a vital contribution to the resiliency of Wissahickon Valley Park’s infrastructure and overall water quality

Construction will begin at the most northern site, just downstream from Valley Green Inn. During construction at each site, Forbidden Drive will be narrowed to about 12 feet to allow for temporary fencing of the work zone to contain materials and machines and maintain adequate passage for emergency vehicles. The fencing will remain in place until the construction at this site is completed, then it will be removed and relocated when the crew moves downstream to the next project site.

Throughout the construction, heavy equipment will be periodically moving along Forbidden Drive carrying materials and equipment to the project site. All vehicles will follow the 7mph speed limit on Forbidden Drive, clearly marked with safety flagging, and use audible warning signals. 

For more information and project updates, visit fow.org.

Snider Hockey After School Program

 Snider Hockey is now accepting pre-registrations for their Fall 2019 ice hockey season! Their free After School Excellence Program, for children ages 5-18, at Simons Recreation Center, 7200 Woolston Ave., West Oak Lane, will hold practice sessions from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting Fall 2019. 

The main mission of Snider Hockey is to build lives and unite communities by positively impacting the lives of our students while preparing them for success on the ice, in the classroom and in their community. No experience is required, all equipment, coaching and ice time are provided free, as well as year-round educational support at no cost. 

For more information, visit our website at www.sniderhockey.org or call (215) 952-5271 or email JFoley@sniderhockey.org

Civic Association Meetings

• The Manayunk Neighborhood Council meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Venice Island Performing Arts Center, 7 Lock St. Manayunk.

• The Central Roxborough Civic Association meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Leverington Presbyterian Church, 6301 Ridge Ave., Roxborough.

• The East Falls Community Council meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at East Falls Presbyterian Church, 3800 Vaux St., East Falls.

• The Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association meets the second Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Church, 3158 Terrace St., Manayunk.

• The Ridge Park Civic Association meets the second Tuesday of the month in March, June, September and December at 7 p.m. at the Fifth District Police Station, 6666 Ridge Ave., Roxborough.

• The Upper Roxborough Civic Association meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Roxborough Presbyterian Church, 8230 Ridge Ave., Roxborough.

• The Wissahickon Interested Citizens Association meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Northern Children’s Services, 5301 Ridge Ave., Wissahickon.

• East Falls Forward meets the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at BuLogics/StatIS, 3721 Midvale Ave., East Falls. A free community happy hour precedes the meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. 

Senior Citizens Dinner

Join your neighbors every Wednesday evening from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Roxborough Memorial Hospital Cafeteria for a $5 meal and a visit with friends.

James Turrell Skyspace

The James Turrell Skyspace at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is open to the public every Sunday evening.

This Skyspace displays subtly evolving colored light washing a vaulted ceiling around a rectangular opening to the fading twilight sky directly over head.

The program starts 10 minutes before sunset.

Seating is limited. To reserve a place and find the start time for specific dates, check TicketLeap.com and search for Skyspace.

The Skyspace is located at 20 E. Mermaid Lane in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.

For comfortable viewing, guests are encouraged to bring yoga mats and cushions to lie on the floor or prop their heads up while sitting on the benches.

Well Spouse Support Group

A new Well Spouse support group meeting the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Center on the Hill at the Presbyterian Church, 8855 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill.

Facilitators for the group are Fern Zeigler, Claire Salvi and David Hale. All have many years of spousal caregiving. All care about helping the caregiver.

When one is ill, two need help. When a person gets a diagnosis of a disease or becomes physically disabled, their spouse/partner is there to help, but who is there to help the “caregiver”? This can be a lonely and sometimes overwhelming and frightening pursuit for the “well spouse/partner.”

When someone becomes a caregiver for their spouse or partner, their life changes. What were once shared activities/responsibilities begin to fall more and more on the caregiver. Meals, shopping, laundry, cleaning, child care and financial matters are just a few of the things the caregiver may begin to carry alone. Vacation plans and dreams inevitably change. Friends may disappear. Family may not be as available as one would hope. Some level of depression may occur.

One form of self-help is a support group. This is a group of people who face similar problems. It is a place of respite and even laughter, a place where you are truly understood and you don’t have to explain yourself. It is also a place for sharing of resources and ways to care for self.

For more information, contact Fern Zeigler at 484-686-7689 or fernzeigler@gmail.com or Claire Salvi at 215-407-5567.

 

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