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Time for July 4 Party

It's time for the 2019 21st Ward Fourth of July celebration and parade, and a full schedule of holiday fun is on tap.

Pre-parade events start at the Andorra Andorra Shopping Center on Saturday, June 29, from 8-10 a.m., when the 21st Ward Fourth of July Association will sponsor Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast. Flapjack Fundraiser tickets were distributed to church representatives to sell. Tickets are $7 per person, $4.50 kids 8 & under. No tickets can be sold at the door. Tickets are available from any church representative to the Association. Or call 215-482-6513 for details and last minute tickets.

The public is invired to come dressed in your service uniform or your red, white, and blue, for the annual hometown Independence Day Parade of Sunday Schools and Churches on Thursday, July 4, beginning at 9 a.m. On Lyceum Avenue between Manayunk and Ridge avenues. 

Bring your folding chair with you and find a spot on the parade route to sit and enjoy our hometown’s parade. In 2019, the 329th anniversary of old Roxborough Township and in an effort to bring more people to the parade, the 21st Ward Fourth of July Association has invited specific community groups to march in the community’s Independence Day Parade. Groups will include: Jeanette’s School of Dance, Action Karate, Roxborough Christian School, and the Roxborough Home for Women. 

Thursday, July 4, 2019 will mark the 189th year of our community’s sacred Independence Day Parade of Sunday Schools and Churches. It is the 112th year churches have joined the Sunday Schools in the combined parade march. Our hometown Independence Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. sharp at Manayunk Avenue at Lyceum Avenue. 

 Grand Parade Marshal the Rev. Michael I. Talley, Sr. (Pastor of Lighthouse Missionary Baptist and alumnus of Galilee Baptist) will be assisted by Assistant Parade Marshals: Joe and Renée D’Amore, Jack Craighead and friends (Leverington Presbyterian), Fran D’Amore Danowski (Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic), Ralph and Claire Morgan (St. Timothy’s Episcopal), Theresa Remoldi Ferris, Dan Ferris, & Luann Casey. 

Any church that wishes to march in a future parade is welcomed to contact the Association President at 215-482-6513. Find the 21st Ward Fourth of July Association on Facebook .

There is no rain date for the parade. If, because of serious inclement weather, the parade is canceled by Grand Marshal the Rev. Michael I. Tally, the parade will be held next year with Green Lane United Methodist Church in the lead.

The 21st Ward Independence Day Parade of Churches and Sunday Schools will begin with the salute to the Flag of the United States of America and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance led by Hugh “Bud” Sinnott, Commander of the Hattal-Taylor V.F.W. Post 333, followed by the playing and singing of the National Anthem. The Hattal-Taylor Post Color Guard will proceed up the parade route with the Association’s President, Linda Marie Bell (Andorra Baptist) and Parade Marshals. 

The Good Timers Band will play for Green Lane United Methodist and provide music during the parade at regular intervals. To facilitate a more efficient parade the band will ride in two pickup trucks which will turn north onto Ridge Avenue and travel on Conarroe Street back to the beginning of the parade at Manayunk and Lyceum Avenues. 

July 4, 2019 is the 189th anniversary of this event. 

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.

Art partnership

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) and the Fairmount Water Works present The City and the River, a day- long workshop for Philadelphia teachers.

The City and the River will be held Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost is $15, free for teachers with a PAFA Membership. Participants receive three hours of Act 48 Credit.

The workshop will be held at the Historic Landmark Building (118 N. Broad St) and Fairmount Water Works (640 Waterworks Drive, Philadelphia)

Lunch and transportation between sites is provided. 

The workshop will introduce PAFA’s new special exhibition From the Schuylkill to the Hudson: Landscapes of the Early American Republic that delves into the important and underexplored tradition of landscape representation in Philadelphia from the Early American Republic to the Centennial Exhibition (1876), while FWW will engage teachers in lessons and provide resources related to the power of place. Educators will explore sample activities and essential questions to engage students with the important themes connecting visual art and technology, civic mindedness and the role of art in politics, environmental issues and history of landscape genre.

Day at the Bay

Attention all Roman Catholic and Hallahan alums. The schools are planning their annual Day at the Bay reunion and summer celebration Saturday, Aug. 3, at Keenan's Irish Pub in North Wildwood, N.J. The party will run from 2-6 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 at the door, includes hot buffet and soft drinks, cash bar. For more information, go to

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

Navy Band in Philly

America's Navy is coming to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, one of four cities in three states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2019 tour .

The United States Navy Band Cruisers is scheduled to perform in the area twice: July 2, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Kimmel Center Commonwealth Plaza and July 4, 2019 at 5:05 p.m. for Party on the Parkway on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

As the U.S. Navy’s premier popular music group, the Cruisers feature nine of the Navy’s most dynamic performers. Their versatility provides them the capability to play multiple genres of music, ranging from rhythm and blues, pop, classic rock, adult contemporary and jazz standards, as well as original material. 

All Navy Band performances are free and open to the public.

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 or call (215) 952-5271 or email

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 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 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

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

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.

Mindfulness Meditation

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 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 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

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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