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Friends of the Wis­sahickon will host a public meet­ing Jan. 25 to dis­cuss progress on its Sus­tain­able Trails Ini­tia­tive, its sig­nage pro­gram and other up­com­ing projects in 2017.

The meet­ing will be held at 6 p.m. in the So­cialRoom of the Ch­est­nut Hill Friends Meet­ing­house, lo­cated at 20 E. Mer­maid Lane, Ch­est­nut Hill.

The Sus­tain­able Trails Ini­tia­tive is a multi-year project that will make the 50 miles of re­cre­ation trails in the Wis­sahickon a more en­vi­ron­men­tally and so­cially sus­tain­able sys­tem. This project is be­ing im­ple­mented in part­ner­ship­with Philadel­phia Parks and Re­cre­ation. In ad­di­tion, there will be an up­date on the new­park­wide sig­nage sys­tem and a ques­tion and an­swer pe­riod.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Friends of the Wis­sahickon Out­reach Man­ager Sarah Mar­ley at 215247-0417 ext. 109 or at mar­ley@fow.org.

“Melan­choly Play”

East Falls’ Old Academy Play­ers con­tinue their 94th sea­son with “Melan­choly Play” writ­ter by Sarah Ruhl, di­rected by Jane Jen­ningsand pro­duced by Carla Childs, Randy Shupp and Dale Mez­za­capa.

The play will be staged Jan. 27, 28 and 29, with 8 p.m. show­ings on Fri­days and Satur­days and 2 p.m. mati­nees on Sun­days.

Melan­choly Play cen­ters on Tilly’s — you guessed it — melan­choly. Although it is ob­jec­tion­able to her em­ployer, it is oddly at­trac­tive to those around her. She finds her­self sur­rounded by quirky friends and lovers who have fallen un­der its spell. But what hap­pens when she sud­denly wakes up wildly happy? Ruhl’s po­etic writ­ing is the coun­ter­point in this off­beat, poignant com­edy about both the beauty and the sad­ness of life. The live play­ing of the cello ac­com­pa­nies this play with a pow­er­ful soul­ful­ness that will leave you mes­mer­ized as you leave the the­ater.

Tick­ets are avail­able by call­ing 215-843-1109.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit olda­cade­my­play­ers.org.

Town Hall Meet­ing

State Rep. Pamela A. DeLis­sio, D-194, will hold her 60th town hallmeet­ing at 10 a.m. Satur­day, Jan. 28, in the Cathe­dral Hall Au­di­to­rium, Cathe­dral Vil­lage, 600 E. Cathe­dral Road.

“We will dis­cuss where state gov­ern­ment pro­grams could be re­duced and whether or not state taxes should be raised,” DeLis­sio said. “Penn­syl­va­nia has a sig­nif­i­cant bud­get deficit now and dis­cussing how de­ci­sions at the fed­eral level may im­pact Penn­syl­va­nia and our state bud­get is a topic that I want to dis­cuss with con­stituents.

“I look for­ward to hear­ing from my con­stituents as to their iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of state fund­ing pri­or­i­ties and­where the rev­enue should be ob­tained. Var­i­ous gov­ern­ment pro­grams could be re­duced or elim­i­nated to save­money but at what cost to cit­i­zens who may uti­lize these pro­grams.”

DeLis­sio said this town hall will be quite timely due to the fact that the Penn­syl­va­nia gov­er­nor’s bud­get pro­posal for 2017-18 will be delivered Feb. 7.

There is free park­ing in the St. Mary’s Church park­ing lot or street park­ing. If trav­el­ling by bus, Cathe­dral Vil­lage is on routes 9 and 27.

“Any GivenMon­day”

The Stage­crafters will present “AnyGivenMon­day,” Bruce Gra­ham’s satiric dark com­edy.

The show will run Feb. 3 to 19 with per­for­mances at 8 p.m. Thurs­day to Satur­day and at 2 p.m. Sun­day.

Play­wright BruceGra­ham will dis­cuss his play af­ter the Feb. 10 per­for­mance.

The Stage­crafters is lo­cated at 8130 Ger­man­town Ave., Ch­est­nut Hill.

Tick­ets: $21 on­line, $25 at door, $22 se­niors at door; two for $32 on­line or two for $35 at the door for Thur­day and Fri­day shows.

For­more in­for­ma­tion, call 215-247-8881.

Grants Avail­able

The Weavers Way En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee in­vites com­mu­nity groups from the sur­round­ing area in Mt. Airy, Ger­man­town, East Falls, Roxbor­ough and Ch­est­nutHill to sub­mit pro­pos­als for grants to make tan­gi­ble im­prove­ments for the com­mu­nity.

These small grants are drawn from funds raised from do­na­tions, which in­clude those made dur­ing Weavers Way En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee’s elec­tron­ics re­cy­cling col­lec­tion events. Grants­may be used for such projects as plant­ing trees and gar­dens, gar­den equip­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tally based ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams. Grants range from $100 to $400, de­pend­ing on avail­able funds and num­ber of qual­i­fied ap­pli­cants.

Dead­line for sub­mis­sion of pro­pos­als is March 8. De­ci­sion­swill be an­nounced by early April.

Down­load a form and guide­lines on the Weavers Way web­site at weaver­sway.coop/pages/en­vi­ron­ment-com­mit­tee-com­mu­nity-grants.

The ap­pli­ca­tion and guide­lines may also be picked up from the En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee mailbox up­stairs atWeaver­sWay Mt. Airy Store, 559 Car­pen­ter Lane, Mt. Airy, or Weavers Way Ch­est­nut Hill Store (black en­ve­lope on the bul­letin board near front of store) 8424 Ger­man­town Ave., Ch­est­nut Hill.

Tax Forms Avail­able

State tax forms for Penn­syl­va­nia in­come tax fil­ing, sched­ules and in­struc­tion book­lets are avail­able for free at state Rep. Pamela A. DeLis­sio’s district of­fice, 6511 Ridge Ave., Roxbor­ough.

Her of­fice also can help low-in­come and older adult con­stituents find free tax prepa­ra­tion ser­vices in the area.

Fed­eral in­come tax forms are avail­able at lo­cal IRS of­fices, or­may be down­loaded by go­ing to the IRS web­site at irs.gov.

The dead­line to file fed­eral and state in­come taxes this year is Tues­day, April 18.

One-Act Bo­nanza

The Old Academy Play­ers has an­nounced its 2017 One-Act Bo­nanza call for di­rec­tors and one-act sub­mis­sions.

If youwould like to di­rect, sub­mit a com­edy of 10 to 20 min­utes in length. It can be a pub­lished or orig­i­nal play.

This year’s pro­duc­tion will be held July 7,8,9, 14, 15 and 16.

The dead­line for sub­mis­sion is March 6; how­ever, sub­mis­sions in ad­vance of that date are wel­come.

Even if you do not want to di­rect, sug­ges­tions for funny one-acts you feel our au­di­enceswill en­joy are wel­come.

Meet­ings for Peo­ple with­Weight-Loss Goals

TBMP is now ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for peo­ple who need to lose 20 to 80 pounds and need to get in con­trol of their lives.

Group meet­ings are Thurs­day evenings at 6 p.m. at Roxbor­ough Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal, 5800 Ridge Ave., be­gin­ningMarch 2017, There is no cost for these meet­ings.

For ap­pli­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion, call Ilene Co­hen at 215-836-9876 no later than Feb. 15.

Touch­ing Lives Over 55

Are you in­ter­ested in “Touch­ing Lives” of older adults? Touch­ing Lives Over 55, a pro­gram of Jour­ney’s Way, cur­rently is re­cruit­ing vol­un­teers to fa­cil­i­tate peer dis­cus­sion groups about health andwell­ness, suc­cess­ful ag­ing, re­tire­ment and life ex­pe­ri­ences.

Vol­un­teers must be at least 55 and en­joy work­ing with peo­ple, have good lis­ten­ing skills and pro­vide their own trans­porta­tion. Dis­cus­sion groups meet weekly in se­nior com­mu­nity cen­ters through­out Philadel­phia. Peer lead­ers learn new skills, meet new peo­ple and en­rich lives.

The next vol­un­teer train­ing start­sFeb. 21 at Jour­ney’s Way, 403 Rec­tor St., Roxbor­ough.

To ap­ply and be­gin writ­ing your next chap­ter, con­tact Jan Zachar­jasz at 215487-1750 ext. 1214 or email jzachar­jasz@in­ter­com­mu­nity­ac­tion.org.

Jour­ney’sWay Pro­grams

Jour­ney’s Way, Re­sources & Pro­grams for Peo­ple 55+, a divi­sion of In­ter­com­mu­nity Ac­tion Inc., in­vites com­mu­nity mem­bers to cel­e­brate Oc­to­ber at the Cen­ter at Jour­ney’s Way, 403 Rec­tor St.

It of­fers a wide range of pro­grams for per­sonal growth, fit­ness, ed­u­ca­tion, cre­ative ex­pres­sion and vol­un­teer­ing, plus in­for­ma­tion, re­sources and so­cial ser­vices if needed. Par­tic­i­pants can get a ride if they are 65-plus and lunch if they are 60plus (op­tional sug­gested do­na­tions for both). Jour­ney’s Way strives to keep prices af­ford­able; many ser­vices are free of charge. Pro­grams: • Be­gin­ners tap danc­ing

onWed­nes­days at 3:30 p.m.

• Get as­sis­tance with LIHEAP and MEDI­CARE — just call for an ap­point­ment.

• Check out the Next Chap­ter dis­cus­sion group and share the chal­lenges and joys of ag­ing Tues­days from 1 to 2 p.m.

Fe­bru­ary ses­sions (reg­is­tra­tion and pay­ment due by Jan. 25):

• Line Dance: Wed­nes­days from 10 to 11 a.m. Four classes. Jour­ney’s Way paid mem­bers: $20; Jour­ney’s Way reg­is­tered mem­bers: $28; adults un­der age 55: $36.

• Stretch & Strengthen: Mon­days from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Three classes. Jour­ney’s Way paid mem­bers: $15; Jour­ney’s Way reg­is­tered mem­bers: $21; adults un­der age 55: $27.

• TaiChi, All Lev­els: Tues­days from 1 to 2 p.m. Four classes. Jour­ney’s Way paid mem­bers: $20; Jour­ney’s Way reg­is­tered mem­bers: $28; adults un­der age 55: $36.

• Tai Chi, All Lev­els: Thurs­days from 1 to 2 p.m. Four classes. Jour­ney’s Way paid mem­bers: $20; Jour­ney’s Way reg­is­tered mem­bers: $28; adults un­der age 55: $36.

• Tap Dance, Be­gin­ners: Wed­nes­days from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Four classes. Jour­ney’s Way paid mem­bers: $20; Jour­ney’s Way reg­is­tered­mem­bers: $ 28; adults un­der age 55: $36.

• Yoga, All Lev­els: Mon­days from11:30a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Three classes (Feb. 6, 12, 27). Jour­ney’s Way paid mem­bers: $15; Jour­ney’s Way reg­is­tered mem­bers: $21; adults un­der age 55: $27.

• Yoga, All Lev­els: Thurs­days from9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Four classes. Jour­ney’s Way paid mem­bers: $20; Jour­ney’s Way reg­is­tered mem­bers: $28; adults un­der age 55: $36.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, call 215-487-1750 ext. 1101.

Lau­rel Hill Ceme­tery events

In­for­ma­tion:

Lau­rel Hill Ceme­tery is lo­cated at 3822 Ridge Ave., East Falls. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the­lau­rel­hill­ceme­tery.org. Free park­ing is lo­cated in the lot across the street from the Gate­house. Hot Spots and Sto­ries Plots:

In life and in death, we all have sto­ries to tell and what bet­ter place to hear tales of won­der than Philadel­phia’s most fa­mous home of the dead? Join Lau­rel Hill Ceme­tery for an in­for­ma­tive overview of Lau­rel Hill’s long and col­or­ful his­tory, which will in­clude many of the mar­ble mas­ter­pieces, stun­ning views and leg­endary sto­ries that af­ford the ceme­tery its wow fac­tor. This is the per­fect tour for first-time visi­tors to Lau­rel Hill and any­one else who en­joys beau­ti­ful art, scenic na­ture and fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory. The walk­ing tours will take place Jan. 27and Feb. 11 and 24at 10a.m., de­part­ing from Lau­rel Hill Ceme­tery’s Gate­house en­trance at 3822 Ridge Ave. The cost is $12/ per­son, $10/stu­dents and se­niors or $9/mem­bers. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at the door or on­line at the­lau­rel­hill­ceme­tery.org. ’Til Death Do Us Part— The Love Sto­ries of Lau­rel

Hill: Lau­rel Hill Ceme­tery’s Love Sto­ries win­ter­time walk­ing tour was in­spired by the lit­tle-known story of a lit­tle-known woman whose heart — and only her heart — now lies buried be­neath the ceme­tery’s earth. Learn about her sym­bolic, fi­nal ges­ture and other tales of love as var­ied as the souls from which they tran­spired. The tour will con­clude with a toasty, fire­side re­cep­tion re­plete with wine, hot choco­late and hors d’oeu­vres. The tour will take place Satur­day, Feb. 11, at 1p.m., de­part­ing from Lau­rel Hill Ceme­tery’s Gate­house en­trance at 3822 Ridge Ave. The cost is $20/ per­son or $18/stu­dents and se­niors. Ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion is re­quested. Tick­ets should be pur­chased on­line at the­lau­rel­hill­ceme­tery.org. Trans­planted Souls: Ground once re­served as places for the dead be­came prime real es­tate for ur­ban growth mak­ing the phrase “rest in peace” a rel­a­tive sen­ti­ment at best. Join us as we iden­tify the sites of cit­i­zens who have been moved from their orig­i­nal burial places to a sec­ond (and some­times a third) try at eter­nal rest at Lau­rel Hill Ceme­tery. Whether through rea­sons of celebrity and mar­ket­ing, fam­ily ties, public health con­cerns, in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments, ur­ban devel­op­ment or mass tran­sit projects, many of Lau­rel Hill’s ac­quired al­ready long dead denizens have ar­rived amid con­tro­versy, mys­tery and may­hem. This walk­ing tour will take place Satur­day, Feb. 25, at 1p.m., de­part­ing from Lau­rel Hill Ceme­tery’s Gate­house en­trance at 3822 Ridge Ave. The cost is $15/ per­son gen­eral ad­mis­sion. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at the door or on­line at the­lau­rel­hill­ceme­tery.org. St. Pa­trick’sDay Tour, Toasts and Tastes:

Join us as we cel­e­brate the “spirit” of St. Pa­trick’s Day, while hon­or­ing the her­itage and ac­com­plish­ments of our proud­est Ir­ish souls, now gone to their fi­nal re­ward. No St. Pa­trick’s Day would be com­plete with­out beer and Ir­ish food; en­joy a sam­pling of both by the Kear­ney Kom­mis­sary at the af­ter-tour re­cep­tion in Lau­rel Hill’s his­toric Gate­house. The event will be led by Jerry McCormick of Six Coun­ties’ de­scent and his coun­ter­part rebel of na­tive Ir­ish birth, Bill Do­ran. It will take place Satur­day, March 11, at 1p.m., de­part­ing from Lau­rel Hill Ceme­tery’s Gate­house en­trance at 3822 Ridge Ave. The cost is $20/ per­son, $18/stu­dents and se­niors or $17/mem­bers. Ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion is re­quested. Classy Broads and Dar­ing Dames:

Lau­rel Hill Ceme­tery mark­sWomen’s His­tory Month with a pro­gram hon­or­ing some of our most ac­com­plished broads and dames. What do the Broad Street Sub­way, the Philadel­phia Orches­tra, At­lantic City and the Ti­tanic have in com­mon? All are part of the life sto­ries of some of thewomen buried in Cen­tral Lau­rel Hill Ceme­tery. Join us in­meet­ing them as we walk through what is now con­sid­ered the “youngest” sec­tion of Lau­rel Hill, es­tab­lished in 1855. This in­spi­ra­tional walk­ing tour will con­clude with a toast to classy broads and dar­ing dames of past … and present. The tour will take place Satur­day, March 25, at 1p.m., de­part­ing from Lau­rel Hill Ceme­tery’s Gate­house en­trance at 3822Ridge Ave. The cost is $15/per­son, $14/ stu­dents and se­niors or $13/ mem­bers.

Mor­ris Ar­bore­tum events

Conifer Tours:

Mor­ris Ar­bore­tum Guides will give a spe­cial walk­ing tour high­light­ing a se­lec­tion of im­pres­sive conifers Jan. 28 at 2p.m. En­joy the crisp air as you ex­plore the 92-acre gar­den learn­ing about these no­table spec­i­mens. Conifers, such as lace­bark pine (Pi­nus bungeana), pro­vide multi-sea­sonal in­ter­est with an ar­ray of vary­ing forms, fo­liage, bark and, of course, cones. Don’t miss out on this op­por­tu­nity to sat­isfy your cu­rios­ity and en­hance your knowl­edge about conifers. Free with ad­mis­sion. The Mor­ris Ar­bore­tum of the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia is lo­cated at 100E. North­west­ern Ave. in the Ch­est­nut Hill sec­tion of Philadel­phia. Role of Plants in the Ur­ban Land­scape:

Dr. Ari Novy, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, U.S. Botanic Gar­den, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., will present the dis­cus­sion “The Crit­i­cal Role of Plants in the Ur­ban Land­scape” Feb. 1at 2p.m. Novy will ex­plore us­ing ecol­ogy and agri­cul­ture to teach peo­ple about the im­por­tance of plants. As more peo­ple around the world­move into cities, fewer and fewer of them have reg­u­lar con­tact with nat­u­ral or agri­cul­tural land­scapes. Yet, our suc­cess and sur­vival as a so­ci­ety re­lies on our abil­ity to ef­fec­tively ste­ward the open spa­ces in our cities as well as those that are of­ten far away from our ur­ban cen­ters. Learn more about what Novy and the staff at the U.S. Botanic Gar­den have done to teach the public about the aes­thetic, cul­tural, eco­nomic, ther­a­peu­tic and eco­log­i­cal im­por­tance of plants to the well-be­ing of hu­mankind. The lec­ture will be held at Mor­ris Ar­bore­tum’sWi­dener Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, 100E. North­west­ern Ave., Ch­est­nut Hill. A re­cep­tion with re­fresh­ments will fol­low. The cost for the lec­ture is $15for ar­bore­tum mem­bers and $20for non-mem­bers, which in­cludes ad­mis­sion to the gar­den. Ad­vanced reg­is­tra­tion and pay­ment are re­quired. To reg­is­ter, visit mor­ris­ar­bore­tum.org or call 215-247-5777ext. 125.

Mor­ris Ar­bore­tumwill of­fer Well­ness Walks ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing at 10:30a.m. through March 25. Well­nessWalks en­cour­age visi­tors to step out­side and pump up their heart rate by walk­ing the Aar­bore­tum’s paved paths. Walk­ers meet at the Visi­tors Cen­ter wear­ing com­fort­able cloth­ing and shoes, ready to walk two-mile-long loops on the paved paths. Guides point out some of the ar­bore­tum’s spec­i­men trees and other dis­tinc­tive fea­tures along the way, but there is no stop­ping to smell the roses, so to speak. The walk lasts for ap­prox­i­mately 45min­utes to an hour, and walk­ers are wel­come to con­tinue on their own af­ter­ward. The Mor­ris Ar­bore­tum of the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia is lo­cated at 100E. North­west­ern Ave. in the Ch­est­nut Hill sec­tion of Well­nessWalks: Philadel­phia.

Merge Dance Stu­dio

SHIFT Strength and Con­di­tion­ingWork­shop at Merge Dance Stu­dio: Feb. 11from 3:30to 5p.m. at Merge Dance Stu­dio, 4047 Cres­son St., Sec­ond Floor Rear, Manayunk. Join Merge Dance Stu­dio for a SHIFT Strength and Con­di­tion­ing work­shop with guest teacher Diana Jewell. SHIFT Strength and Con­di­tion­ing works to im­prove dancers’ base fit­ness lev­els in or­der to in­crease their po­ten­tial for stronger, more con­sis­tent, beau­ti­ful move­ment. This pro­gram tar­gets the spe­cific el­e­ments of fit­ness that are miss­ing from tra­di­tional dance classes, cre­at­ing well-rounded dancers who are less prone to in­jury and bet­ter equipped to per­form both in class and on stage. This work­shop will show each dancer how to im­prove their base level of fit­ness, as well as to de­velop the strength and con­di­tion­ing nec­es­sary to per­form with con­fi­dence both in the stu­dio and on stage, to re­duce the oc­cur­rence of in­jury, to ex­tend their ca­reer and to de­velop healthy habits that will last a life­time. This work­shop is open to teens and adults (all lev­els) and is $20to at­tend. Ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired to at­tend this work­shop. Con­tact Merge Dance Stu­dio at info@ mergedances­tu­dio.com to reg­is­ter. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit mergedances­tu­dio. com. Lyri­calWork­shop:

March 18 from 3:30to 5p.m. at Merge Dance Stu­dio, 4047Cres­son St., Sec­ond Floor Rear, Manayunk. Join Merge Dance Stu­dio for a lyri­cal work­shop with guest teacher Stephanie Vasta. This work­shop is open to in­ter­me­di­ate/ad­vanced level teen/adult dancers and is $20to at­tend. Ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired to at­tend this work­shop. Con­tact Merge Dance Stu­dio at info@ mergedances­tu­dio.com to reg­is­ter. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit mergedances­tu­dio. com.

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