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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 first-place winner.
For more information, visit bit.ly/MAcrows.
State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-194, will host a free Senior Expo Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon during the Roxborough Hospital Good Neighbor Day being held at the hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave., Roxborough.
The expo will be under the tent in the lot off of Rector Street.
This is a rain or shine event.
Representatives from the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Visiting Nurses Association, SeniorLAW Center, AARP and many other organizations will be available to provide information that older adults may find helpful. Organizations such as ACCT Philly with furry friends looking for happy homes, Road Scholar providing information on its educational travel tours, Community College of Philadelphia, the local YMCA, and representatives from the local civic associations in the 194th District will provide ways to remain active and involved.
Anyone who is in need of having their photo taken for their SEPTA Key senior ID card will be able to do so in the Wolcoff Auditorium, where SEPTA representatives can assist.
The Roxborough Memorial Hospital School of Nursing will be hosting a health fair with free health screenings, such as blood pressure, glucose and bone mineral density scans.
Those interested in scheduling a flu shot can call the hospital in advance at 215-487-4458.
The Senior Expo also will include free giveaways, including a day trip for two to the state Capitol to shadow DeLissio while she works in Harrisburg.
For more information, call DeLissio’s district office at 215-482-8726.
Jazz in the Park
For the second year, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. has partnered with Jazz Bridge to present Jazz in the Park Thursday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Inn Yard Park, 4208-52 Ridge Ave., East Falls.
This rain or shine event is free to the public.
The concert will feature Suzanne Burgess
Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair, along with food and drink.
The Stagecrafters, 8130 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill, will stage “Outside Mullingar” Sept. 27, 28 and 29.
Performances will be on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $21 in advance or $25 at the door. Student and senior rates available at the door.
For more information or tickets, call 215 247-9133.
Manayunk Restaurant Week
Manayunk’s Fall Restaurant Week will run through Sept. 28.
More than 15 restaurants will serve up dishes that can only be tasted during the two-week event for fixed menu prices of $15, $25 and $35.
Manayunk’s restaurants will all use apples as the highlighted ingredient in their menus.
For a complete list of Fall Restaurant Week menus, visit Manayunk.com.
“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. 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.
National Public Lands Day Cleanup
In recognition of National Public Lands day, Friends of the Wissahickon will hold a cleanup effort Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Andorra Meadow.
Volunteers will help with trail restoration, drainage improvements and tread stabilization.
Volunteers should meet at the upper Andorra parking lot on Northwestern Avenue off Ridge Ave. Parking is limited, so consider parking near Northwestern Stables on the Chestnut Hill side and then walking up the road past the Wissahickon Environmental Center Tree House.
The event is open to the public. Registration is recommended in case of cancellation. The event will be canceled in the event of heavy rain, thunder and lighting, high winds, etc. Visit FOW’s Facebook page for updates. Cancelations will be posted by 8 a.m. on the day of the event.
For more information, contact FOW Volunteer Coordinator Shawn Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Korean Harvest Festival
Morris Arboretum will celebrate traditional and modern Korean culture during its Korean harvest Festival Saturday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Attendees can discover this Asian country’s way of life through music, dance, food sampling and garden tours that highlight Korea’s native plants.
Experience Korean arts by entertainers from the Korean Traditional Music of Philadelphia and by two University of Pennsylvania student groups. Korean Traditional Music of Philadelphia will present drum and dance performances at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Penn DuRe, a traditional drum troupe of Penn students, will perform at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Penn Sori, an a capella singing group of Penn students, will perform at noon and 2 p.m.
In between music sets, learn about plants that are native to Korea on a 45-minute tour of the 92-acre botanical collection. Led by Arboretum Guides, tours will begin at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Before and after the walking tour, sample complimentary Korean food favorites, such as kimchi and Asian pears, while supplies last.
This event is made possible by a grant from the University of Pennsylvania’s Provost Interdisciplinary Arts Fund.
This event is included with garden admission.
Morris Arboretum is located at 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Chestnut Hill.
Germantown High School 65th Reunion
The Germantown High School Class of 1953 will hold its 65th reunion Sept. 29 at noon at The Hill at Whitemarsh, 4000 Fox Hound Drive, Lafayette Hill.
RSVP by calling 215-4028500.
“Divine Dali, Magnificent Madness”
The Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center will present a preview performance of a dramatic reading of “Divine Dali, Magnificent Madness” Sunday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the center, 419 Green Lane, Roxboroguh.
Parental guidance suggested for children 13 or younger.
Tickets are $15, $12 for MRAC members. Tickets are available at mrac.org or at the door.
Open Hearts On Tour will present “You Make Me Feel So Young,” a music and comedy cabaret, Sunday, Sept. 30, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Venice Island Performing Arts Center, 7 Lock St., Manayunk.
This cabaret showcase will include 10 musical acts, improv, singalongs and food.
Advance general admission tickets are $15; $10 for youth and seniors. Tickets available at openheartsontour.com.
Venice Island is handicapped accessible with public parking.
For more information, visit OpenHeartsOnTour.com or call 215-266-1087.
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
For more information, call 215-624-8190 or 215-482-5200 or email email@example.com.
Morris Arboretum will host its last Nature Play of the season Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Children will enjoy jumping in leaf piles, digging in the dirt and discovering what’s just out of sight.
This final meeting of the year will take place at the end of the Oak Allée, near the Three Tubes sculpture. Morris Arboretum is located at 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Chestnut Hill.
This event is free with regular garden admission.
For more information, visit morrisarboretum.org.
Black & White Gala
The Chestnut Hill Community Association will hold its annual Black & White Gala Saturday, Oct. 6, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Under the Tent, 8835 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill.
Dance the night away with live music from the Rich Posmontier Ensemble while enjoying local beer, wine, spirits and hors d’oeuvres.
Best masque and black tie preferred.
Tickets: $95 per person, $90 for Chestnut Hill Community Association (CHCA) Members.
The gala helps fund popular CHCA community events including the Pastorius Park Concerts and Movies Under the Stars.
Attendees can also bring art supplies to support the Gala Jenks Academy of the Arts and Sciences.
To purchase tickets, visit chestnuthill.org.
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.
Dogs and Barks Tour
Morris Arboretum will offer its Dogs and Barks Tour, which showcases the dogwood tree and tree bark, 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, lace-bark 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.
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.
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.
Evening of East Falls Performers
The Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave., East Falls, will host an Evening of East Falls Performers Monday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Do you have a talent to share with the East Falls community? The library is looking for instrumentalists, vocalists, dancers, standup comedians, etc. to provide a diverse menu of entertainment. Both children and adults are welcome to participate. Acts are limited to about 5 minutes each.
For mor information, contact co-chairs Caroline Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215848-2864 or Wendy Moody at email@example.com or 215-840-4213.
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 email@example.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; condi--
ments 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.
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.
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.
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 60plus, 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 fernzeigler@ gmail.com or Claire Salvi at 215-407-5567.
The Chestnut Hill Community Association will hold its annual Black & White Gala Saturday, Oct. 6, from 7 to 8 p.m.