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CPR Training Classes
Coordinated with the Bill O’Callaghan Memorial Fund, East Falls Village will sponsor a free training in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) Aug. 23 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave., East Falls.
The CPR training takes less than an hour and can double or triple a person’s chance of survival from cardiac arrest.
This training does not include certification.
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.
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. 26: “The Greatest Showman” (2017, PG); food/ drinks: Chestnut Hill Youth Sports Club Snack bar.
Morris Arboretum will host Nature Play Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kids are invited to splash in water and see what floats.
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.
September’s session will take place just beyond the entrance to the Garden Railway. The arboretum is located 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Chestnut Hill.
The event is free with regular garden admission. For more information, visit morrisarboretum.org.
Merge Dance Studio Open Houses
Merge Dance Studio will hold open houses Sunday, Aug. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Attendees can see the space, be fitted for and order dancewear, learn more about classes and register for the fall session. Fall classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 5.
Merge Dance Studio is located at 4047 Cresson St., Manayunk.
For more information, visit mergedancestudio. com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-266-1311.
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.
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 is collecting donations for its annual rummage sale.
Collection occurs in the Parish Hall at St. Paul’s Church, 22. E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Chestnut Hill. Dropoff times are Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The final dropoff day will be Aug. 26.
St. Paul’s is accepting donations for the many rummage sale departments, which 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. Exclusions for accepted donations include textbooks, encyclopedias, magazines, mattresses, large exercise machines, old skis, worn bathing suits, turntables, kerosene heaters, obsolete electronics such as televisions, old printers and computers.
A tax letter is available upon request for those contributing goods to the sale.
The rummage sale itself will take place Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. 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.
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.
• 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 484-686-7689 or email@example.com 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 Aug. 24 and 31 and
Sept. 8 and 28 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. Afternoon Out with Our
Dearly Departed: Before the existence of public parks and botanical gardens, there were few retreats from the crowded city for 19th-century Philadelphians. Victorians flocked to Laurel Hill with their picnics in tow for reflection, relaxation and recreation. Spend a morning enjoying the groundsjust as the Victorians did 182 years ago on this guided walking tour and group picnic. Bring your own picnics, blankets and/or beach chairs. Victorian-themed attire is encouraged. The walking tour will take place Saturday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. EThe cost is $15/person, $13/students and seniors and $12/members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at thelaurelhillcemetery.org. Famous Fights and Feuds:
The Famous Fights and Feuds tour will tell attendees about broken engagements, affairs, insults and murder, all of which stemmed from vendettas long since forgotten. The walking tour will take place Thursday, Aug. 30, 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 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. Gone, but Not Forgotten — Market of the Macabre:
Peruse a curated collection of unusual antiques, assorted oddities, vintage items, artwork and handmade wares at this outdoor market of the macabre. The afternoon will include food and beer for purchase from local vendors. Victorian and/or Steampunk attire is encouraged. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 8, from noon to 5 p.m. (with a pre-scheduled rain date of Sunday, Sept. 9). The entrance fee is $5 per person. Only cash will be accepted at the door. Sinners, Scandals and Suicides: The final resting places of troubled souls will be among the many stops on this walking tour of Laurel Hill’s scandalous, sinful and sordid side. The tour will take place Sunday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. The cost is $15/person, $13/students and seniors or $12/ members. Reservations are suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at thelaurelhillcemetery.org. Graveyard Cabaret: New York-based REV Theatre Co. will return to Laurel Hill Cemetery to perform an original cabaret presented as part of the 2018 Philly Fringe Festival. Bring your own blankets or beach chairs. Two weekends of performances are scheduled to take place Sept. 14, 15, 21 and 22 (with prescheduled rain dates of Sept. 16 and 23). All performances will begin at 8 p.m. and will kick off with cocktails in the courtyard at 7:30 p.m. The cost for the program is $30/person general admission. Advance reservations are requested. Tickets may be purchased online through the Fringe Festival Box Office at fringearts.com. Pennsylvania Historical Markers: There are more than 2,000 “blue signs of history” that tell the stories of individuals and events that left their mark on the state, as well as the nation and world. Many people who earned “blue sign” status now rest at Laurel Hill Cemetery, and during this tour, learn some of their stories. The walking tour will take place Sunday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m. The cost is $15/ person, $13/students and seniors and $12/members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at thelaurelhillcemetery.org.
An Arborist’s Angle: Laurel Hill cemetery is more than a burial ground; it is a historic landscape and public garden that has provided Philadelphian’s an unmatched horticultural retreat from the city for the last 182 years. An Arborist’s Angle, a walking tour through Laurel Hill Cemetery, will highlight some of the most impressive and interesting trees of the cemetery. Join Aaron Greenberg, Laurel Hill’s arborist, in a discussion of some of his favorite specimens. Special attention will be given to trees with historical significance to Laurel Hill and Philadelphia horticulture, as well as trees exhibiting excellent fall color. The tour will take place Sunday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. The cost is $15/person, $13/students and seniors or $12/members. Reservations are suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at thelaurelhillcemetery.org. Cinema in the Cemetery:
September’s feature film, “Nosferatu” directed by F.W. Murnau, will be presented in conjunction with The Not-So-Silent Cinema. There will be live musical accompaniment. Bring your own blankets or beach chairs and/or picnics. The screening will take place Friday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. (with a prescheduled rain date of Saturday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m.). The cemetery gates will open at 7 p.m. The cost is $12/ person general admission. Purchasing advance tickets is suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at thelaurelhillcemetery.org.
Pints and Plots: This autumnal walking tour will focus on the history of beer in Philadelphia and the permanent residents of Laurel Hill who produced, distributed and enjoyed it. Led by award-winning homebrewer and certified beer judge Mike Lewandowski, the tour will conclude with a toast and a sampling of local beers. The program will take place Sunday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. The cost is $20/person general admission. Space is limited, and advanced reservations are suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at thelaurelhillcemetery.org.
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 libwww.freelibrary.org/locations/andorra-library.
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).
Roxborough Library Programs
Information: The Roxborough branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia is located at 6245 Ridge Ave., Roxborough. For more information, call 215-6852550.
The Manayunk Development Corp. will present Dog Day of Summer Sunday, Aug. 26.