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Learn the tricks of native seed propagation indoors at a class at the Jenkins Arboretum. 

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Roxborough Library Events

The Roxborough Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 6245 Ridge Ave., is offering several public events in January.

On Jan. 15 folks with an interests in art can participate in Art Splash from 4-5 p.m. Toddlers can take part in Ms. Janette's Dance on Jan. 17 at 10:30 a.m. On Jan. 24, toddlers will Jump, Jam and Jive at 10:30 a.m. On Jan. 28 there will be a pre-school Yoga and Mindfulness session at 10:30 a.m.

If you have any questions or for more information, please call 215-685-2550.

MLK Day Event

If you’re looking for a way to get involved in this year’s, consider helping Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) holds its annual  Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event as part of its ongoing grounds work project for the sixth annual service day at the historic Thomas Mansion in Germantown on Monday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 Thomas Mansion was built in 1869 by George Clifford Thomas and his wife, Caroline Sheetz. The property, which once boasted beautifully landscaped gardens and a greenhouse, needs lots of regular maintenance to keep from becoming overgrown. 

FOW and volunteers will clear the overgrown invasive plants along the mansion’s driveway and clear the area around 20 native trees, planted by FOW on the grounds last fall, to ensure they are safe and thriving.

All are welcome. To volunteer meet at Thomas Mansion, 6245 Wissahickon Ave., Germantown, at 9 a.m. Visit fow.org/events to register.

Wissahickon Projects Meeting

Join Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) on Wednesday, Jan. 29, for its Annual Public Projects Meeting to hear about the organization’s important work to conserve our community’s treasured Wissahickon Valley Park. The meeting will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in Cathedral Hall at Cathedral Village, 600 E. Cathedral Road, Philadelphia.

FOW’s new Executive Director Ruffian Tittmann will review current plans for park maintenance, the status of major trail and stormwater management projects, and planned capital trail and streambank restoration work, while Trail Crew Coordinator Cindy LaRue will share FOW’s volunteer achievements from 2019 as well as what’s coming up for 2020 and how you can get involved.

This meeting is free and open to the public. Register at fow.org/events.

Philly Freeze-Out

Get ready for the Philly Freeze-Out! Manayunk is planning a special winter party on Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Main Street Manayunk,  4312 Main Street.

In partnership with Founders Brewing Co, Manayunk will turn into a winter wonderland during this day-long event of ice sculptures and ice carving demonstrations, an ice beer garden, a chowder and beer pairing crawl, a hot cocoa bar, live music, exclusive shopping on Main Street, and more! This event is family-friendly, but guests must be 21+ to enter the ice beer garden and/or participate in the Chowder Crawl.

The event is free.

Events at Jenkins Arboretum

The Jenkins Arboretum, 631 Berwyn Road, Devon, offers a variety of winter events.

Mindful Yoga runs for two, eight-week sessions: Mondays, Jan. 13–March 2 from 6-7:15 p.m.

And Mondays, March 9–April 27 from 6–7:15 p.m.

Presented by Janet Muti, Instructor at YogaLife Institute. Enjoy this unique setting, looking out the wall of windows into the Arboretum as we practice Mindful Hatha Yoga. Our practice will consist of gentle stretching and strengthening exercises done slowly with moment-to-moment awareness of breath and sensations that arise as we move from pose to pose. A variety of healthy living topics will be discussed to further benefit mind-body health. All levels are invited to join.

Cost is $96 (each 8-week course) for members; $136 (each 8-week course) for nonmembers; $20 per drop-in session.

Pre-registration encouraged. People may register on Eventbrite.com., www.jenkinsarboretum.org

Techniques for Native Seed Propagation is on tap for Saturday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Presented by Alice Doering, Landscape Designer, and Helen Standen, Nursery and Greenhouse Manager at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens. Come in out of the cold to learn some tips and tricks to successfully sow seeds. We will cover a variety of seed starting techniques including winter sowing, leaching, soaking, scarification, and stratification. Participants will create their own milk jug greenhouse and sow seeds utilizing the techniques covered in the workshop. It may be cold outside, but it’s time to grow!

 Class is $15 for members; $25 for non-members. Registration required. People may register on Eventbrite.com. www.jenkinsarboretum.org

Azaleas and Rhododendrons at Winterthur is hosted by the Valley Forge Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society on Sunday, Jan. 19 from 2–3:30 p.m.

Presented by Linda Eirhart, director of Horticulture/Senior Curator of Plants at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Enjoy a walk through history as Linda Eirhart shares the background and design influences that went into the development of the gardens at Winterthur. She will reveal some of the amusing correspondence between H.F. du Pont and the nurserymen and hybridizers of his day. These relationships helped him to create his “Wild Garden”, and led him to collect and grow “just about every new evergreen azalea that became available.”

 The program is free. No registration required.

Goat Project

State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-200 of Philadelphia announced that the Philly Goat Project has been awarded a $7,500 state grant to introduce middle schoolers to livestock management and land stewardship through experiential learning opportunities. 

“Being able to give our youth new and different experiences to broaden their horizons is invaluable,” Rabb said. “This grant will allow for more of our youth – the young men and women who will be tomorrow’s leaders – to have new experiences that will enrich their culture, and it could launch their interest in a field that they wouldn’t have otherwise discovered. I’m excited to see what the Philly Goat Project does with this grant funding and the ways it will benefit the young people in our community.”

The $7,500 grant announced today is made possible through the Ag and Youth Grant Program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

The program provides direct and matching grants to help fund eligible projects, programs and equipment purchases conducted or made by organizations composed mainly of youth and organized to promote development in agriculture, community leadership, vocational training and peer fellowship. The grant awarded to the Philly Goat Project is a direct grant.

Traffic grant

State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-148 of Montgomery County, announced a $348,000 state grant for Conshohocken to improve traffic safety at a crucial set of intersections.

Funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Automated Red Light Enforcement program, this grant targets two intersections along Fayette Street at Fourth Avenue and Seventh Avenue.

The money will be used to install Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons at both intersections. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, RRFBs “enhance safety by reducing crashes between vehicles and pedestrians at unsignalized intersections and mid-block pedestrian crossings by increasing driver awareness of potential pedestrian conflicts.”

The funding is part of a statewide initiative announced by Gov. Tom Wolf that addresses areas where data shows red-light running has been an issue.

Help Cliveden

In 2019, Cliveden staff continued the important exploration of the intersections between the Chew properties throughout the Mid-Atlantic with a focus on the lives of the free and enslaved laborers. A new exhibit this spring focused on the life and labor at Epsom Farm, illuminating the complex narratives of diverse labor forces during the 19th century. 

Continued research at Cliveden is vital to the programs and exhibits produced every year. Your contribution assists us in sharing new information about the people who lived and worked at Cliveden with the community. And new for 2019, you can join as a Friend of Cliveden and receive special access to exhibits for 2020! 

Cliveden is a National Trust Historic Site, located at 6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia. Contact them at 215-848-1777, or www.cliveden.org

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

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).

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!

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.

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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