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National Solar Home Tour
The National Solar Home Tour will come to Roxborough as the home at 592 Jamestown St., Roxborough, will host solar home tours Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All are welcome to stop in and learn all the nuts and bolts of generating solar energy at home: How much solar power is produced on a row home? How much will you save? How much does it cost? What is the process? How long will the solar system last? What is the maintenance on the system?
Falls Library Autumn Book Sale
The Falls of Schuylkill Library, located at Warden Drive and Midvale Avenue in East Falls, welcomes book donations for its annual Autumn Book Sale.
Books can be dropped off in the library’s meeting room Saturdays, Oct. 6 through Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hardbacks, paperbacks, DVDs, audio and musical tapes, CDs and children’s books will be accepted; no textbooks, encyclopedias or magazines please.
If you require a book pickup, contact Wendy Moody, book sale chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215840-4213.
The book sale will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost will be $10 for a bag of books of your choosing. A Dealers/Friends “First Look” Preview Sale with refreshments will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. with items $2 each. A public preview will be held later that evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for $1 an item.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Falls of Schuylkill Library, the Autumn Book Sale raises funds for programs and building improvements.
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.
The sixth annual Roxtoberfest street festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, from noon to 6 p.m. along Ridge Avenue between Lyceum and Leverington avenues in Roxborough.
The event will feature musical performers, food trucks, vendors, a family zone and carnival games. There will also be a children’s pie-eating contest and a stein-holding contest.
For more information, visit roxboroughpa.com.
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.
Scarecrow Design Contest
Scarecrows in Morris Arboretum’s 11th annual Scarecrow Design Contest 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.
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, 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.
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 cdavidson@ germantownfriends.org or 215-848-2864 or Wendy Moody at wmoodyw@aol. 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Bereavement Support Group
Koller Funeral Home, 6835 Ridge Ave., Roxborough will host a bereavement support group for widows and widowers on alternate Tuesdays 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. 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 dgawthropcnlt@verizon. net.
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 fernzeigler@ gmail.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.
Rest in Peace 5K Run: The Friends of Laurel Hill Cem-
etery will present the annual Rest in Peace 5K Run and after-party Saturday, Oct. 6, at 5 p.m. (registration opens at 4 p.m.). The run will wind through the headstones in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Participants and spectators alike are encouraged to attend in Halloween attire. Directly following the run, prizes will be awarded for the best costume, as well as to the winners of the run, at an after-party. The after-party will be emceed by Brittany Lynn of Philly Drag Mafia and feature free beer from Magic Hat, classic rock music by 102.9 WMGK and a chance to win prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark. The RIP 5K Run is a rain or shine event. Runners and spectators should enter via Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Ave. East Falls. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. Runners can register at rip5k.org. Advance online registration is $40 for adults 20 and older, $20 for teens and $15 for children 8 to 12. Cost includes a complimentary gift bag and a T-shirt. Walkups are welcome, but T-shirt sizes cannot be guaranteed. Dayof registration for adults is $45. For additional information, call 215-228-8200 or email firstname.lastname@example.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 215-685-2550.