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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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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.