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Journey’s Way, Resources & Programs for People 55Plus, 403 Rector St., Roxborough, will offer a drawing class for beginners and beyond.
The class will meet Thursdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Donald Stevens, BFA, an instructor at the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center, will teach the class.
Basic drawing supplies will be provided.
A fee will be charged for the class, and registration is required.
For more information, call 215-487-1750.
All Trails Challenge
Friends of the Wissahickon will hold the third annual All Trails Challenge (ATC), a four-month fitness experience that invites outdoor enthusiasts of all ages to hike, run, ride — bike or horseback — all 50 miles of Wissahickon Valley Park’s scenic trails.
There will be a 2018 ATC a kickoff party Sept. 6 at Wissahickon Brewing Co.
Visit fow.org/alltrailschallenge for more details about the launch and updates about special ATC activities and prizes, such as mileage and fundraising incentives, giveaways and scheduled hikes and walks.
The ATC runs through Nov. 27.
“A Raisin in the Sun”
East Falls’ Old Academy Players will celebrate the opening of its 96th season opening with the American drama “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry Sept. 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30, with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2 p.m.
Individual ticket prices are $20. Parking for all performances is free.
For information and tickets, call 215-843-1109 or visit oldacademyplayers.org.
Roxborough Brew Tasting
Join Joe Sixpack for a tutored beer tasting Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at the future home of Roxborough’s new brewery, located at 6168 Ridge Ave., Roxborough.
Attendees will sample brews donated by Penn Beer, along with pilot batches from the brewers who will open the neighborhood’s first brewery in 2019.
Light snacks will be provided. BBQ dishes will accompany the beer provided by Philly Blind Pig.
All proceeds will benefit the Upper Roxborough Civic Association.
Tickets are $20 and are available at joesixpack.ticketleap.com.
Manayunk Harvest Festival
Celebrate the fall season at the Manayunk Harvest Fest for a full day of live music, seasonal activities, food vendors and all things fall Sept. 29 in Pretzel Park and all along Main Street in Manayunk.
Manayunk retailers will feature fall specials throughout the day, and the live music will move into Manayunk restaurants during dinner hours.
Children’s Story Hour
The Falls of Schuylkill Library and the Friends of McMichael Park will offer a children’s story hour on the first Monday of each month through the summer at 6:30 p.m.
Children’s librarian Miss Meredith will offer books with a nature theme and some standard crowd pleasers as well.
Bring a blanket. Snacks provided by Friends of McMichael Park.
The Roxborough Development Corp. hosts First Friday events at the Roxborough Pocket Park, 6170 Ridge Ave., Roxborough, on the first Friday of each month through September from 5 to 8 p.m.
The event features live music, food trucks, cocktails and vendors.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual rummage sale Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 22. E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Chestnut Hill.
The rummage sale departments will include art, antiques and collectibles; women’s bargain clothing ; books and media, with videos, CDs, DVDs and computer games; Nearly New Boutique, featuring brand new items; children’s clothing and toys; French Room, featuring high-end women’s clothing, shoes and accessories; seasonal decorations for Christmas, Halloween and more; jewelry; linens, including fabrics, rugs and pillows; men’s clothing, including shoes and accessories; housewares and office supplies; electronics; furniture; sporting goods; garden; and sweaters, hats and bags, women’s sweaters, accessories and lingerie.
Admission is $3 at the door.
In addition to the Saturday sale, a rummage presale event will be held the night before, Sept. 7, from 6 until 9 p.m.; light snacks and drinks will be served, and admission is $15 at the door.
The net proceeds the sale will be distributed in the form of outreach grants to nonprofit organizations fighting hunger and homelessness in our area, including Aid for Friends, Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels, Interfaith Hospitality Network and Face to Face in Germantown.
For more details, contact the church office at 215242-2055 or email hkim@ stpaulschestnuthill.org.
Dogs and Barks Tour
Morris Arboretum will offer its Dogs and Barks Tour, which showcases the dogwood tree and tree bark, Sept. 8 and 22 and Oct. 13 and 27 at 11 a.m.
This one-hour tour will explore the artistry of tree barks on many kinds of trees from all over the world. Visitors will compare and contrast the bark from beech, filbert, hickory, lacebark pine and paperback maple to noticeably different barks on dogwoods.
These tours will start from the Widener Visitor Center. Morris Arboretum is located at 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Chestnut Hill.
Roxborough Male Chorus Open House
The Roxborough Male Chorus will hold an open house Monday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m at Leverington Presbyterian Church, 6301 Ridge Ave., Roxborough.
There is free parking in the church parking lot and on the street.
Men in the community are invited to sing in fourpart harmony a variety of music including Broadway, jazz, ’50s, ’60s, pop, doowop, Beatles, Jersey Boys, barbershop, classical, patriotic, gospel, country and Christmas.
The open house will be an opportunity for prospective members to meet chorus members, sit in on the rehearsal and ask members, officers and conductor questions. Refreshments will be provided.
For more information, contact conductor Scott Santo at email@example.com or 215 593-8787 or President Alan Ankeny at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-753-0203.
School Supply Drive
The 39th District police are holding a school supply drive through Sept. 11 to support students living in the district.
Copy books, pencils, tissues, folders, construction paper, hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes are sought.
All items should be donated by Sept. 11, and the police will present the donated supplies during Peace Week, which is the week of Sept. 21.
After four ShakesBEER performances in Pretzel Park this summer, Manayunk Theatre Co. will present ShakesBEER Roulette Sept. 13 to 22 at 7 p.m. at Bourbon Blue, 2 Rector St., Manayunk.
Manayunk Theatre Co. plans to smash all four scripts together for a drinkfilled menagerie of Shakespeare. Audience members can drink, laugh and spin the wheel as they help pick what scene happens next.
ShakesBEER Roulette will run approximately 80 minutes Admission is $10.
For tickets, visit fringearts.com/event/shakesbeerroulette-7.
Light Up the Night Fundraiser
The Roxborough YMCA will host its inaugural Light up the Night Fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Roxborough YMCA, 7201 Ridge Ave., Roxborough.
Proceeds of the event will support the Y’s financial assistance program, which helps assure that no one will ever be turned away from Y programs and services due to an inability to pay.
The event will include a beer and wine tasting from Manayunk Brewing, Iron Hill, Philadelphia Brewing, Opici Wines, Chadds Ford Winery, and New Liberty Distillery; a silent auction; dancing; live music by Manayunk-based band Jackson Pines; and more.
To purchase tickets, visit roxborougbeerandwine.eventbrite.com.
Scarecrow Design Contest
Morris Arboretum is holding its 11th annual Scarecrow Design Contest
Participants will create a scarecrow for this year’s theme: A Moment in Time, a significant occasion in the designer’s life that he or she associates with a single, public figure. These scarecrows may be a sports or film star, an artist or musician, a book character, chef or politician.
Participants should sign up by Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Entry fee is $25 for members and $30 for non-members with a $5 discount for those who reuse their wood frame from a past year. Straw, burlap, twine and frames for those who need them, are all provided.
These scarecrows will be on display along Scarecrow Walk at the Oak Allée from Saturday, Oct. 6, through Tuesday, Oct. 31. Visitors of all ages may vote for their favorite scarecrow to determine which will be the winners. Prizes will be awarded to the top five winning scarecrow designers, with $150 for the firstplace winner.
For more information, visit bit.ly/MAcrows.
The East Falls Development Corp. will present Fallser Fest Saturday, Sept. 29, in the parking lot under the Twin bridges, 4100 Ridge Ave., East Falls.
This is a rain or shine event.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event will feature a day of fun, family play, food, drinks, dancing, music, karaoke and more.
The event will pick up again from 7 to 11 p.m. with dancing, eating, drinking, DJ Kevin Kong and Worldtown Soundsystem band!
Tickets to the evening event are $20.
Bereavement Support Group
Koller Funeral Home, 6835 Ridge Ave., Roxborough will host a bereavement support group for widows and widowers on alternate Tuesdays, Oct. 2 through Dec. 11, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.
The group is facilitated by Deborah K. Gawthrop, M.S., G.M.S., a certified grief management specialist.
There is no fee to attend. Refreshments will be provided.
The following topics will be featured: Oct. 2: The Grief Process; Oct. 16: All
Feelings are “Normal”; Oct. 30: Coping with Loneliness; Nov. 13: Help for the Holidays; Nov. 27: Hope; Dec. 11: Continuing Bonds
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Friends on the Run
Friends in Pink, a nonprofit that benefits those in the local community who are dealing with breast cancer by providing grants for unexpected expenses associated with treatment, will hold its third annual Friends on the Run 5K run and walk Oct. 7.
The race will start and finish on the Manayunk Tow Path, 4590 Main St., Manayunk.
The race will be professionally timed by the Bryn Mawr Racing Co.
The cost to participate is $25 for adults and $15 for children. Day-of registration will be an additional $5.
To register, visit FriendsInPink.org.
For more information, email FriendsInPink@mail.com, call 215-48-0592 or visit FriendsInPink.org.
East Falls House Tour
The East Falls Community Council and East Falls Village will present the East Falls House Tour Sunday, Oct. 28, from noon to 4 p.m.
The annual East Falls House Tour will offer tourgoers the opportunity to visit a number of distinctive and interesting homes and properties throughout East Falls.
For more information, visit eastfallscommunity.org.
Roman Catholic High School Reunion
The Roman Catholic High School Class of 1973 will hold its 45-year class reunion Nov. 17 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Washington Fire Company No. 1 Social Hall, 36 W. Elm St., Conshohocken.
For more information, contact Andy Sontag at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rob Climaldi at rclimaldi@ gmail.com.
Pretzel Park Farmers Market
The Pretzel Park Farmers’ Market, 4300 Silverwood St., Manayunk, will be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through mid-November.
The market will offer meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, fresh produce, mushrooms and heirloom plants from Walnut Run Farm, e3garden Farm, Kennett Square Specialties and Liberty Plants; bread and baked goods from Slow Rise Bakery; condiments from Offbeat Gourmet; jams, jellies, preserves and marmalades from Fifth of a Farm Creations; coffee and tea from Pilgrim Roasters; personal care items from Tilted Haggis Soap Co.; vintage clothing and accessories from Black Cat Clothiers; artwork and jewelry from Jacqueline Schneider Art; candle melts from Scenter City Co.; vodka and gin from Faber Liquors; rum from Single Prop; homemade décor from This Urban Cottage; and prepared food from Dr. Wutzit’s Wonder Balls, The Flying Deutschman and The Chilly Banana.
The market also feature family fun activities, such as live music, drum circle, Shakespeare, Parks on Tap and Barks on Tap.
For more information, visit the Friends of Pretzel Park website, friendsofpretzelpark.org.
Wissahickon Photo Contest
Friends of the Wissahickon, the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association and the Woodmere Art Museum present the biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest for individuals interested in submitting photos they captured while visiting Wissahickon Valley Park.
All photos entered in the contest must be taken within Wissahickon Valley Park, along the Green Ribbon Trail or on one of the WVWA-managed preserves.
Categories are: people, wildlife, landscape and structures.
Participants may enter up to four photos taken within the last three years.
Prizes will be awarded for Best in Show, first place in each category and People’s Choice (chosen by Facebook voters).
Any of the three co-hosting organizations may feature the winning photos online, in their printed materials or on social media.
Entries that do not comply with the rules will be disqualified.
Photographs will not be returned.
The deadline for submissions is Oct. 15. Winners will be announced Oct. 29.
Visit fow.org for complete rules and details. To submit photos, visit ow.ly/HckB30hYAPx.
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.
Manayunk Theatre Co. will present ShakesBEER Roulette Sept. 13 to 22 at 7 p.m. at Bourbon Blue, 2 Rector St., Manayunk.