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Citywide Star Party
Laurel Hill Cemetery will host the Citywide Star Party Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave., East Falls.
Bring a picnic blanket and take a tour of the cosmos with local astronomers. As part of the Philadelphia Science Festival, 23 venues around the city will host star parties with amateur astronomers coming out en mass with their telescopes to show locals the wonders of the night sky.
Bring blankets, beach chairs, beverages and/or snacks.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Old Academy Players will presents the musical “Ordinary Days” April 26 and 27 and May 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. and May 5 and 12 at 2 p.m.
Parking for all performances is free.
Tickets are $25 per person and $15 per student with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased at OldAcademyPlayers.org.
Old Academy Players is located at 3544 Indian Queen Lane in East Falls.
For more information, call 215-843-1109.
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education will celebrate Earth Day with its eighth Naturepalooza festival Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The festival will offer fort-building, guided hikes and pond explorations, music curated by Kathy O’Connell of Kids’ Corner on WXPN, food trucks and face painting.
The event will kick off with a performance from Nature Preschool students, followed by guided hikes on the center’s property. Attendees can go on an environmental art walk to discover the installations on the property, participate in a wellness hike led by NaturePHL to learn about the health benefits of getting outside and scoop for macroinvertebrates and tadpoles during pond exploration.
Naturepalooza will feature several activity tables and also will host two food trucks: Say Cheese and Pitruco Pizza.
Summer One-Act Bonanza Auditions
The Old Academy Players will hold auditions for its Summer One-Act Bonanza Saturday, April 27, at 11 a.m. at the Old Academy Players theater, 3544 Indian Queen Lane, East Falls.
The theater group is seeking actors for its Summer One-Act Bonanza, which will take place July 12 to 21 and feature seven 10-minute comedies. Auditions will be cold readings from the scripts. Be prepared to specify the roles you are interested in reading for. All actors will be volunteers.
To fill out our Audition Form and read copies of the posted plays, visit oldacademyplayers.org/auditions.
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Arbor Day Family Day
Morris Arboretum will hold its Arbor Day Family Day Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Expand tree and gardening knowledge, and discover how to help plants and flowers grow. Explore three garden stations, and sketch a garden. Learn how to choose garden plants, experiment with seeds and create an indoor or outdoor garden.
This event, open to all visitors, is free with garden admission.
Morris Arboretum is located at 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Chestnut Hill.
Art Is Life
The Roxborough Development Corp. will host its fifth annual Art Is Life spring street festival Saturday, April 27, on Ridge Avenue between Green Lane and Leverington Avenue in Roxborough.
The festival will run from noon until 6 p.m., rain or shine.
This year’s festival will feature three main performance stages showcasing culinary, performing and visual arts, as well as dozens of pop-up shops lining the main artery of the Roxborough neighborhood.
The family friendly event will feature many fun and recreational activities for children.
The local food truck lineup includes Danny’s Food Tent, EL Tlaloc, Have A Ball, Li Ping Corn Co., Nick’s Roast Beef, the Chilly Banana and the Roaming Raven. Beverages will be provided by Sly Fox Brewing Co., while musical performances will be organized by the Philadelphia Folksong Society.
Doctors’ Orders: Laurel Hill’s Physicians and Their Patients
Laurel Hill Cemetery will host Doctors’ Orders: Laurel Hill’s Physicians and Their Patients Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m. at the cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave., East Falls.
Join this walking tour that examines the relationships between the cemetery’s most medicinal residents and their patients.
The cost is $15/person; $13/students and seniors; $12/members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at thelaurelhillcemetery.org.
Blue and White Night
The Roxborough High School Alumni Association’s annual Blue and White Night will take place Saturday, April 27, from 6 to 11 p.m. at North Hills Country Club, 99 Station Ave,. North Hills.
The event will feature hors d’ouvres, a full-course dinner and dancing.
The cost is $55 per person.
Those interested in purchasing tickets can send check, dinner selection (chicken grancaise or salmon beurre blanc), name, class year, spouse/guest name, address, phone and email to RHS Alumni Association c/o Joan Katzenbach, 464 Wigard Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19128
For more information, call Joan at 215-483-4746 or Arlene at 215-508-5606.
Spotted Lanternfly Program
The Morris Arboretum will host a program of music and dance to raise awareness about the spotted lanternfly April 28 at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.
The Relâche Ensemble, in partnership with Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, will present a 25-minute multimedia program of music and dance celebrating the natural world and raising awareness about environmental issues impacting southeastern Pennsylvania.
The performances will take place at the grassy area next to the Summer House below the Rose Garden.
Included with garden admission.
Morris Arboretum is located at 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Chestnut Hill.
Philadelphia Canoe Club Instruction Fair
The nonprofit Philadelphia Canoe Club will hold a free instruction fair Sunday April 28, from noon to 3 p.m. at its clubhouse, 4900 Ridge Ave., Wissahickon.
Attendees can heck out PCC, meet instructors and find out about courses, such as kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddleboard. Those who sign up at the fair will save 20 percent.
For more information, visit philacanoe.org.
Tails from the Crypt: Animal Lovers Tour and Dog Walk
Laurel Hill Cemetery will host Tails from the Crypt: Animal Lovers Tour and Dog Walk Sunday, April 28, at 1 p.m. at the cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave., East Falls.
Learn about the early leaders of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals who are buried in the cemetery on this walking tour.
Wear comfortable footwear.
Pets are welcomed but must be leased at all times and cleaned up after.
The cost is $15/person, $13/seniors and students, and $12/members.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or at thelaurelhillcemetery.org.
North Light Spring Community Classes
North Light Community Center, 175 Green Lane, Manayunk, will offer the following classes this spring. Those interested can register online at northlightcc.org.
• Cooking Class with The Mobile Cooking Teacher with Chef Keisha: Saturdays through May 5 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For ages 8 to 14. Cost: $30 per class ($5 off additional siblings). Cooking with the Mobile Cooking Teacher will guide children through constructing a simple family meal from start to finish. Students will also enjoy a two -ourse meal. Vegan dishes are on the menu. Lessons include: knife skills, cooking and baking principles, food safety, team building and the next Jr. Chef.
• Perfect Playdates with Miss Candy: Saturdays through June 8. Ages 1 and 2: 10 to 11 a.m.; ages 3 to 5: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; ages 6 to 12: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per child, with siblings at $7 per child. Perfect Playdates is an educational entertainment experience for children ages 1 to 12. Miss Candy conducts fun, interactive S.T.E.A.M. workshops giving children the opportunity to learn through hands-on play. Themes are engaging and exciting ranging from rainbows to reptiles.
• Art Class for Children with Miss Jasmine: Wednesdays in April from 6 to 7:15 p.m. For ages 6 to 12. Cost: $50 (four sessions). This class is for children to explore different mediums of art and self-expression. Some areas that will be covered include sketching, watercolor and acrylic painting, collage and sculpture. The class is great for any child who loves art, has a creative side and wants to dive deeper in their artistic abilities. The last day of class will be an art show, and students will have a portfolio of work to take home with them.
• Seido Karate with Senpai Lizzy McLellan Ravitch and Senpai Greg Burton: Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Open to adults and children ages 7 and up. Cost: Tuesdays or Saturdays only $40; two family members for Tuesdays or Saturdays only: $70; Tuesdays and Saturdays: $70; two family members Tuesdays and Saturdays: $130. Those interested may try the first class before registering. Seido is traditional Japanese karate for students of all ability levels. Enhance your physical abilities, build strength and learn useful self-defense techniques in a class setting emphasizing discipline, respect and moral character.
• Ballet Barre Plus with Renée Banson: Saturdays through April from 10:15 to 11 a.m. For adults and youths 16 and up. Cost: $50 (four sessions); $10 to try out first class. This class is geared toward beginners but is a good workout for more advanced dancers, as well. The class begins with a pre-barre warmup, followed by a full ballet barre, small jumps and ends with floor stretching.
Spring Native Plant Sale
The Schuylkill Center will hold its 14th annual Spring Native Plant Sale Saturday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Saturday, May 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Roxborough.
The sale will feature a selection of more than 200 species of wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, trees, and vines, as well as warm-season grasses. Plant experts will be available to answer questions.
The sale will kicks off with a member’s preview and botanical happy hour Friday, May 3, followed by a two-day event with local vendors offering their wares, food trucks serving up refreshments and a Volunteer’s Picks table with a selection of books, tools and gardening goodies available for raffle.
Executive Director Mike Weilbacher will lead a 90-minute walk through the springtime forest to hunt for trillium, trout lily, spring beauty, Solomon’s seal, Virginia bluebells, shooting stars and more Sunday, May 5, at 10 a.m.
Kids will be able to pot a native wildflower Saturday, May 11.
Falls Library Spring Sale
The Friends of the Falls of Schuylkill Library will hold its annual spring sale featuring books, plants and baked goods Saturday, May 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the library, 3501 Midvale Ave., East Falls.
The Friend/dealer preview will be held Wednesday, May 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. Items will be $2, and refreshments will be available.
A public preview will be held Wednesday, May 1, from 5:30 to 7:30. Items will be $1.
Sale organizers are seeking donations of hardbacks, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs and children’s books (no textbooks, encyclopedias or magazines). Dropoff times will be Saturdays, April 20 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The sale will raise funds for programs and building improvements.
For more information, contact Wendy Moody at email@example.com or 215-848-5131.
Hoagie Sale Fundraiser
The 21st Ward Fourth of July Association will host an All American Hoagie Take Out Sale to benefit the Independence Day Parade of Sunday Schools & Churches Saturday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Andorra Baptist Church, 8711 Ridge Ave., Roxborough.
Hoagies made with salami, ham, American cheese, lettuce, tomato and onions are $5 each.
Call 215-219-1112 to order. Deadline to order is Monday, April 29.
Saturday Morning Live Tour
Morris Arboretum will host its Saturday Morning Live Tour Series May 4 at 11 a.m.
Led by experienced guides, this tour will highlight a different feature of the garden on the first Saturday of each month May through December. The May tour, Dogs and Barks, will feature the dogwood species. Guests also will compare and contrast the artistry of barks on a variety of trees.
The tour will begin at the Widener Visitor Center.
No registration is required. Tour is included with garden admission.
Morris Arboretum is locted at 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Chestnut Hill.
For more information, visitmorrisarboretum.org.
Classical and Jazz Music Performance
Area performers Barbara Golden and Dawn Pratson will perform a classical and jazz music performance May 5 at 4 p.m. at St. Jude and the Nativity Episcopal Church, 203 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill.
There will be a singalong at the end of the 90-minute performance.
Refreshments will follow the performance.
This free event is open to the public.
For more information, contact the church at 610-941-6666.
State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-194, will hold a free shredding event for constituents of the 194th Legislative District to safely dispose of confidential, unwanted documents Saturday, May 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Roxborough Municipal Lot, 514 Dupont St., Roxborough.
The event will be held rain or shine.
There is a limit of four bags per household (standard storage/banker boxes or grocery bags).
All shredding is done on site, and shredded paper will be recycled.
For more information, call DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726.
Roxborough Male Chorus Spring Concert
The Roxborough Male Chorus will present a program of “Faith, Family, Country” for its spring concert Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Leverington Presbyterian Church, 6301 Ridge Ave., Roxborough.
Lois Terry will accompany on piano.
Members will open the concert with the classic “Salutation” by William P. Benetz, followed by the third verse of “Brothers, Sing On!” by Edvard Grieg.
Light refreshments will be served after the performance.
Tickets may be purchased from any member or at the door for a suggested donation of $12 per ticket. Parking is free.
For more information, speak with any member of the chorus or contact Alan Ankeny, president of the Roxborough Male Chorus, at 215-753-0203.
Valley Talks Series
Friends of the Wissahickon will present its Valley Talks series on current sustainable environmental-related topics May 14 and June 11 at 6 p.m. at the Valley Green Inn.
The May 14 talk will be Pests, Pollinators and You in a Changing Climate by Mark Boudreau, PhD, Penn State Brandywine. Insects, like humans, are experiencing the effects of climate change. While overall populations are dramatically declining, some less desirable species are adapting and moving into new areas. In this talk, Boudreau will consider how local threats like the spotted lanternfly, hemlock woolly adelgid and emerald ash borer, as well as beneficial species of pollinators and predators, will react as the climate changes.
The June 11 talk will be a Rain Check Workshop from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. This workshop is free for all attendees and intended for Philadelphia residents only. Registration not accepted more than 30 days before the event. The Philadelphia Water Department’s Rain Check program gives Philadelphians an opportunity to reduce pollution that would otherwise end up in our creeks and rivers. Rain Check is managed by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, which will be hosting this workshop, where participants will learn how to get a free rain barrel from PWD and discounts on downspout planters, permeable pavers and other stormwater management tools.
A complimentary wine and cheese reception is offered.
Valley Talks are free for current FOW members and $10 for non-members. Registration is recommended, as seating is limited. Contact Cesali Renn at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
2019 Chestnut Hill Great Houses Tour
The Chestnut Hill Conservancy and the Chestnut Hill Community Association will present the 2019 Chestnut Hill Great Houses Tour May 19 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Registration will takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Martin-in-the-Fields , 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, Chestnut Hill.
Tour attendees will explore five Chestnut Hill homes, representing many different architectural styles. All of these homes have been adapted for contemporary living while embracing the community’s history and landscape. The hosts at each house will include not only the owners but also the architects, designers and contractors.
Attendees will receive a map with home locations when they check in.
Tickets are $40 for non-members, $35 for members of either the conservancy or community Association and $25 for members of both the conservancy and community association.
For tickets, visit chestnuthillcommunity.ticketleap.com/2019-great-houses-tour or mail a check to Chestnut Hill Conservancy, 8708 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118.
The Outdoor Gardeners group will present its Standard Flower Show, “The Magical Land of Oz,” June 7 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Cathedral Village Retirement Center, 600 E. Cathedral Road, Roxborough.
The show is free and open to the public.
Book Club Meeting
Residents of the 194th Legislative District looking to participate in a thoughtful exchange with their neighbors can join state Rep. Pam DeLissio at her newly organized book club Friday, June 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. n DeLissio’s district office located at 6511 Ridge Ave., Roxborough.
The book to be discussed is “Educated” by Tara Westover.
Participation is limited to 20 persons and to those who reside within the 194th Legislative District.
Those who would like to join should contact DeLissio’s district office by calling 215-482-8726 or emailing RepDeLissio@pahouse.net and provide name, address and phone number.
For more information, visit pahouse.com/DeLissio.
Manayunk Canal Bicentennial Events
Philadelphia will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Manayunk Canal this spring.
The exhibit “Fairmount and the Manayunk Canal, 1819-2019: Two Hundred Years of Confluence” will run from through June 9 at Fairmount Water Works. This exhibit will feature 19th century hand-painted maps by Schuylkill Navigation System Engineer Gill, 20th century photographs and 21st century digital images.
Other events at Fairmount Water Works will include May 2’s Schuylkill Navigation Video Presentation by Manayunk’s Addison Geary and May 4’s tour of exposed stonework ruins of the Fairmount Canal at former Lock 72.
Bereavement Support Group for Widows and Widowers
Koller Funeral Home, 6835 Ridge Ave., Roxborough will offer a bereavement support group for widows and widowers on alternate Tuesdays through June 11, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.
The group is facilitated by Deborah K. Gawthrop, a certified grief management specialist.
The group will feature the following topics: April 30: Physical Symptoms of Grief; May 14: The Emotional Roller Coaster; May 28: Belongings & Reminders; June 11: Does Grief End?
There is no fee for this group.
Refreshments will be offered.
For more information, call 215-624-8190 or 215-482-5200 or email email@example.com.
Roxborough High School All Class Reunion
The 18th annual Roxborough High School all-class reunion, Indians at the Inlet ,will be held Saturday, Aug. 3, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Inlet On Olde (formerly Westy’s) in North Wildwood, N.J.
A bus will be available for transportation to and from the reunion from Roxborough depending on commitment and interest.
Those interested in attending should send their name, year of graduation and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to be updated.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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.
Journey’s Way, Resources & Programs for People 55+, is offering Mindfulness Meditation.
The “guided meditation” group meets on Monday and Thursday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The group is facilitated by a trained peer leader.
There is no charge for this class.
Journey’s Way is located at 403 Rector St., Roxborough.
Journey’s Way Programs
Journey’s Way, Resources & Programs for People 55+, a division of Intercommunity Action Inc., invites community members to visit the Center located at 403 Rector St.
Journey’s Way offers a wide array of programs for personal growth, fitness, education, creative expression, volunteering, plus information, resources and social services if needed. Participants can register for lunch if they are 60-plus, and transportation can be arranged if they are 65-plus. Many services and activities are free and donations and fees for classes are affordable.
For further information, call 215-487-1750.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).