FOW to hold ice cream social
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Produce Vouchers Available
Journey’s Way, 403 Rector St., Roxborough, will distribute produce vouchers Thursday, July 26, and Tuesday, July 24, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides $20 in produce vouchers to Philadelphia residents who are 60-plus and meet the eligibility and income requirements. Residents must show proof of age and residency. The vouchers are for the purchase of Pennsylvania grown produce at designated farmers markets in Philadelphia. Eligible seniors may receive a set of produce vouchers only one time a year.
Veterans Tribute Concert
The 10th annual Veterans Tribute Concert will be held Saturday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gorgas Park, 6300 Ridge Ave., Roxborough.
The day will honor the community’s World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans, as well as veterans from the Coatesville VA Medical Center.
There will be music and entertainment activities and tables provided by numerous community and civic groups. Local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops will be on hand as volunteers.
Veterans’ groups including Operation Bedding, Warriors’ Watch, A Hero’s Welcome and American Legion Riders are scheduled to escort hospitalized veterans from Coatesville VA Medical Center to Gorgas Park. Upon arrival at 10 a.m., the public will establish a flag-covered walk of honor to greet local veterans and to escort them to their seats for the concert and picnic.
Throughout the day, the Roxborough Ridge Runners will display classic and antique cars. Therapy Dogs International will have therapy dogs to demonstrate the benefit of its program. The Philadelphia Bible Society will share and distribute Bibles free of charge to all who will receive it. The 21st Ward Fourth of July Association will conduct a bake sale, and all proceeds will be used to support the annual Independence Day Parade of Sunday Schools and Churches.
For more information, visit facebook.com/21stWardVeteransAssociation.
Roxborough High School Reunion
Indians at the Inlet, the 17th annual Roxborough High School reunion, will be held Friday, Aug. 3, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Inlet at Olde, 101 E. Walnut Ave., North Wildwood, N.J.
The cost is $10 through July 22 and $15 after that. Price includes happy hour prices and DJ.
Those interested in attending can pay by mail to RHS Reunion, PO Box 4618, Philadelphia, PA 19127; at rhsreunion.us; or via Venmo, @rhsreunion.
For more information, email rhsre[email protected] or call 215-483-0592.
Movies Under The Stars
The Chestnut Hill Community Association will present the fourth annual Movies Under The Stars on a big screen under the stars on the lawn of the Water Tower Recreation Center, 200 E. Hartwell Lane, Chestnut Hill.
Each week, the event starts at 7 p.m. with a local food truck, with the film beginning at 8 p.m.
If it rains, the film will be canceled, and the decision will be announced on social media, the CHCA website and on its voice mail.
Aug. 3: “Beauty and The Beast” (2017, PG); food truck: Pitruco Pizza.
Aug. 10: “The Princess Bride” (1987), PG); food truck: Grilly Cheese.
Aug. 17: “Wonder Woman” (2017, PG-13); food truck: TBA.
Aug. 26: “The Greatest Showman” (2017, PG); food/ drinks: Chestnut Hill Youth Sports Club Snack bar.
The Delaware Valley Opera Co. will present Charles Gounod’s “Faust,” the classic story of a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for promises of glory, wealth and love, Aug. 4 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center, 7 Lock St., Manayunk.
DVOC’s production will be sung in French with English supertitles.
The facility is handicapped accessible.
Tickets are $20 for members, seniors and students with ID; $25 for non-members; and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or at dvOPERA.org.
All Trails Challenege
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.
Want to know more? Come to FOW’s ATC information session Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, 20 E. Mermaid Lane, Chestnut Hill. Attendees will learn about how to get started and keep going, see the park, promote their progress and more.
The 2018 ATC will kick off Aug. 20 for members and Sept. 4 for non-members, with 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.
Children are invited to build shelters with branches, weave baskets with vines and discover what’s wriggling under stumps at Morris Arboretum’s Nature Play Saturday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m..
August’s session will take place at the entrance of the Oak Allée, just past the Garden Railway entrance.
This new outdoor event series of unstructured fun uses what’s available in the outdoors. Nature Play will be held the first Saturday of each month May through October at a different location of the garden each session.
Visitors may stop by anytime.
These events are free with regular garden admission.
For more information, visit www.morrisarboretum.org.
Ice Cream Social
Friends of the Wissahickon will hold an ice cream social Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. in front of The Cedars House in Wissahickon Valley Park.
Enjoy a kid-friendly afternoon of ice cream donated by Bredenbeck’s Bakery, live music and nature crafts with FOW staff and volunteers as well as staff from the Wissahickon Environmental Center.
This free event will take place rain or shine.
Registration is not required.
For more information, visit fow.org/event/icecream-social-2 or contact Cesali Renn at [email protected]
Dog Days of Summer
The Manayunk Development Corp. will present the Dog Days of Summer event Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Venice Island Amphitheater, 7 Lock St., Manayunk.
The event will include pet-friendly vendors and activites, a yappy hour, raffles and giveaways, a pet talent show and adoptable pets.
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.
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 midNovember.
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.
• 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 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 484686-7689 or fernzei[email protected] or Claire Salvi at 215-407-5567.
Laurel Hill Cemetery Programs
Information: Laurel Hill Cemetery is located at 3822 Ridge Ave., East Falls. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. For more information, visit thelaurelhillcemetery.org. The Hot Spots and Storied
Plots: This monthly tour series provides an informative overview of Laurel Hill’s long and colorful history. “The Hot Spots and Storied Plots” is the perfect introductory tour for anyone who enjoys art, nature and history. Laurel Hill’s graveyard guides will offer visitors a unique perspective for every tour. The walking tour series will take place July 27 and Aug.
3, 10, 11, 17, 24 and 31 at 10 a.m. The cost is $12/person, $10/students and seniors or $9/members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at thelaurelhillcemetery.org. Shakespeare in the Cemetery: The Mechanical Theater Co. will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Friday, July 27; and Saturday July 28 (with prescheduled rain date of Sunday July 29) at 7 p.m. Bring your own blankets, beach chairs, picnics, and/or beverages. The cost is $20/person or $17/ members. Advanced tickets are strongly suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at thelaurelhillcemetery.org. Drip, Drop, You’re Dead — Water as Witness: This tour reveals a water connection to a wide range of Laurel Hill denizens. Stops will include the graves of passengers in the worst maritime disasters of the 19th and 20th centuries, students succumbing to death at a prestigious boarding school, medical martyrs of a devastating epidemic and a family seemingly haunted by a water curse. The walking tour will take place Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. The cost is $20/person, $18/students and seniors and $17/members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at thelaurelhillcemetery.org. Yoga in the Cemetery: Find inner tranquility and balance during a one-hour yoga session. Sessions will be led by experienced yoga instructor, Emily Tara Sabalbaro. Bring your own mat and water. Sessions will be held outdoors on the pavement along Millionaires’ Row. All levels of experience are welcome. Yoga in the Cemetery will be held Aug. 4 and Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. The cost is $15 per person. Advanced registration is suggested, as space is limited. Reservations can be made at thelaurelhillcemetery.org; walk-ins are also welcome.
Friends of the Wissahickon will hold an ice cream social Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. in front of The Cedars House in Wissahickon Valley Park.