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Parks on Tap

Parks on Tap is coming to McMichael Park, 3229 Midvale Avenue, from Aug. 21-25.

Schedule for the event is Wednesday & Thursday 5-10 p.m.; Friday 4-11 p.m.; Saturday 1-11 p.m.; Sunday 12-10 p.m.

Join Parks on Tap at McMichael Park in East Falls and enjoy six acres of beautiful green space. This park was cleaned up in the 1990s thanks to the tireless efforts of the local community, who turned it into the beloved neighborhood park that we have today.

Free parking surrounding the park on Midvale, McMichael, and Coulter Streets.

No park is too far when you’re biking, walking, or taking SEPTA. Use Go Philly Go to get to Parks on Tap this week: gophillygo.org

Use your valid SEPTA Key, TrailPass, TransPass, One Day Independence Pass, SEPTA Key or SEPTA Employee ID and receive $1 off your first drink at any Parks on Tap Location!

Manayunk Restaurant Week

Mark your calendars: Manayunk Fall Restaurant Week is coming Monday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 29.

Take a bite out of the changing of seasons in Manayunk when Fall Restaurant returns! Manayunk’s thriving food scene is be on display as more than 15 restaurants serve up dishes that can only be tasted during the two-week event for fixed menu prices: $15, $25, and $35.

It all happens on Main Street Manayunk, 4312 Main Street Philadelphia.

Book Club

State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., has scheduled her third book club meeting for residents of the 194th Legislative District.

The gathering, limited to 20 participants, is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at DeLissio’s office at 6511 Ridge Ave. in Philadelphia.

The group will discuss “Kids for Cash” by William Ecenbarger.

“This book speaks to the need for better policy for the juvenile justice system, criminal justice reform and the impact that poverty has on our children,” DeLissio said. “Last but not least, it touches on how we elect members of the judiciary.

“The purpose of these book club meetings is to produce a dialogue that can inform me about constituents’ viewpoints on policy. Our first two meetings did exactly that.”

The first two book club meetings this year focused on “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance, and “Educated” by Tara Westover.

Sign-ups, DeLissio said, are on a first-come, first-serve basis, though preference is given to those who were previously on the waiting list.

Those interested can call DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726, or email her at RepDeLissio@pahouse.net and provide an address and contact information. Staff will respond accordingly.

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: 

"Who Framed Roger Rabbit," Saturday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. 

"Mary Poppins," Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m.

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

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

MANAFest

MANAAFest is set for Main Street in Manayunk. MANAfest is a homegrown festival in the heart of Manayunk, a family-friendly event featuring a full day of live music, seasonal activities, shopping, food vendors, and all things fall on Main Street in Manayunk.

MANAFest will take place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 21, on Main Street in Manayunk, 4312 Main St. Philadelphia.

Community Picnics

State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione invites the families of the 2nd Senate District to enjoy her three annual Community Picnics to be held on successive Thursdays in August. These free family-friendly events will feature live DJs, refreshments, back-to-school giveaways, child fingerprinting by the Philadelphia Police, and many vendors who will share valuable information about services available to the public. 

The picnics are scheduled as follows: Wissinoming Park (Aug. 22).

The picnics will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each date.

Lightbox Film Center

Philadelphia’s premier exhibitor of film and moving image art presents an exciting lineup of screenings, discussions, and special events in August, including a selection of new films from the Czech That Film Festival, as well as Jack Hazan’s docudrama on David Hockney, A Bigger Splash, and Lightbox’s popular Back Porch Beer Garden series. 

Experience the finest selection of new Czech films during Czech That Film (August 15 – 17). Established in 2012 to accommodate increased interest in Czech cinema and culture in the United States, the Czech That Film Festival is dedicated to raising the profile of current Czech films at an international level. It provides an opportunity for American enthusiasts of global cinema to experience successful new Czech films that not only expose participants to Czech culture, but also enlighten audiences, bring people together, and present inspired entertainment for all. Organized by Lucerna Film, Czech Centres, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, Inc.

In 1972, David Hockney’s “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” sold for $18,000 in New York. In 2018, it sold for a record-breaking $90.3 million, an auction record for a living artist. Partly due to this, Jack Hazan’s docudrama A Bigger Splash (UK, 1974, 106 min.) has received renewed media attention internationally. Chronicling the painting’s creation, the film was shot from 1971 to 1973 with special access to Hockney, centering on the artist’s five-year relationship with a young American artist, Peter Schlesinger. Lightbox screens the film’s new 4K restoration on Saturday, August 10. 

Also in August, Lightbox is thrilled to continue the popular Back Porch Beer Garden series on Friday, August 9 and Friday, August 23. We welcome audience members to enjoy a pre-screening reception from 6-7pm with beer, live DJs, and conversation in a breezy, sunny spot overlooking Innovation Plaza in University City. Admission and drinks are free with the purchase of a film ticket. DJs include DJ Losamatic (Carlos Bonilla) on Friday, August 9 and DJ John Morrison on Friday, August 23. 

Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-895-6590, online at lightboxfilmcenter.org, or at Lightbox Film Center located at 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Memberships are available by visiting lightboxfilmcenter.org/become-a-member

Board Games & Boats

Board Games & Boats with Tiki Tiki! is set for Aug. 23 at the Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. Board Game Night is traveling all the way to Philadelphia! Join Independence Seaport Museum and Tiki Tiki Board Games for a night of fun and games in the newly opened Riverview Tavern as part of Seaport After Hours. Food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase. For more information, go to www.phillyseaport.org/events.

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.

Yoga & Wellness Festival

The Roxborough YMCA announces a Yoga & Wellness Festival at the Roxborough YMCA fields Sept. 7 from 12-3 p.m. Enjoy an hour-long Vinyasa flow surrounded by nature, instructed by Yoga Hive Philly. Wellness vendors will be set up all around the park. Enjoy healthy food and drinks, live music and join a CBD Hypno Sound healing at the SupHERBals booth 12:15 p.m., followed by a sound bath including hypnosis to induce trance & shed things that no longer serve us, while planting seeds for the future.

All ages welcome.  BYOM (bring your own mat)

Among the vendors will be: Nature's Reserve Hemp; Zazou Teas and Tinctures; Bryn & Dane's; Sole Active; h. honeycup; Blume Honey Water;  Ole Tapas Food Truck; Mystical Blossoms; SupHERBals; Green Mountain Energy; Home Food Services; SauFennel.

Tickets are $15 at Eventbrite

Summer Series

Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass kicks off her 7th Annual Summer Events Series. The events draw about 1,000 people per week to enjoy the outdoor happenings which include free food, live entertainment, kids’ activities and giveaways.

Here’s the schedule:

Wednesday: From July 10 until Aug. 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Oldies in the Park is in Vernon Park, 5800 Germantown Avenue.

New art at Stenton Park

The Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy’s Percent for Art Program and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation announces the completion of “School is Out”, a new site-specific public artwork by Karyn Olivier at Stenton Park.

This permanent public art installation was commissioned in conjunction with the major renovation of the community center and playground at Stenton Park in Philadelphia. Covering over six acres in the Germantown neighborhood, Stenton Park is adjacent to the Stenton historic house museum, which was home of Philadelphia statesman James Logan.

“School is Out” consists of a blackboard and twenty engraved granite pavers that create an active space for engagement, inquiry and exploration. Installed on the exterior of the community center, the blackboard serves as a public forum for the community’s varying voices and ideas. Bridging the past with the present, new thoughts penned by park users on the blackboard may embellish or counter the ideas on the paving stones.

The quotes engraved in the granite pavers are largely drawn from James Logan’s philosophical treatise Of the Duties of Man.

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

Roxborough High School 50th Reunion

The Roxborough High School Class of 1969 will hold its 50th reunion Sept. 28 at the 1912 Club (formerly Plymouth Country Club).

Those class members who wish to attend should send their name (name at graduation and current name), mailing address, email address and phone number(s) to rhsreunion@aol.com and/or contact Bill Robinson at 610-279-5919.

Frankford High School 50-Year Reunion

The Frankford High School Class of 1969 will hold its 50-year reunion Sept. 28 in Doylestown.

Classmates are asked to send their graduation name, current name, mailing address, email address and phone numbers (identify if cell or landline) to Linda Schroeder at schroelj@aol.com.

Roxborough High School 40th Reunion

The Roxborough High School Class of 1979 will hold its 40th reunion Oct. 5 at the Great American Pub in Conshohocken.

For more information, email roxhsclassof1979@gmail.com.

Roxborough High Class of 1970

The Roxborough High School Class of 1970 Reunion Committee is busy planning the 50th Year Reunion event and is 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 to rhsclassof1970@yahoo.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.

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).

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