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Whispers Along the Wissahickon
Friends of the Wissahickon will hold the annual family friendly Whispers Along the Wissahickon fall celebration Friday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 Northwestern Ave., Andorra.
The event will feature hayrides, face painting, jugglers from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, live music, activities for kids, an open bar with Love City Brewing Co. and fireside bluegrass.
Costumes are encouraged.
Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis to FOW members and include food, beverages, beer and wine and access to the activities. Tickets cost $45/adult, $20/child or $110/family (including two adults and two children). No tickets will be sold on-site.
This is a rain-or-shine event.
For more information, contact Giulia Morrone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215381-2950.
State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-194, will hold free shredding events for constituents to safely dispose of confidential, unwanted documents.
The first shred event will be held Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the district court parking lot at 925 Montgomery Ave., Narberth.
The second shred event will be held Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Roxborough Municipal Lot at 514 Dupont St., Roxborough.
Availability is on a firstcome basis until the truck is full. The event will be held rain or shine. There is a limit of four bags per household (standard storage/banker boxes or grocery bags).
Common types of unwanted items that should be shredded include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank and investment statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance and health records and retirement or pension fund information.
Shredding will be done on-site, and all shredded paper will be recycled.
For more information, call DeLissio’s office at 215482-8726.
East Falls Historical Society Tour
The East Falls Historical Society will present a walking tour of Venice Island Saturday, Oct. 13, starting at 10 a.m.
The tour will be led by Ken Hinde, tour guide at Fairmount Water Works. This tour will focus on Manayunk’s and East Falls’ mill town history and also address Green Storm Water Infrastructure (GSI) projects implemented here in 2014 by the Philadelphia Water Department.
Interested persons are asked to meet at 10 a.m. in front of the Pumping Station at Main and Lock streets, Manayunk.
The fee for this event will be $10 for members and $15 for non-members, which will include the price of EFHS membership.
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.
Journey’s Way Classes
Journey’s Way, Resources & Programs for People 55+, 403 Rector St., Roxborough, will offer new classes this fall.
Ukulele from Scratch will be held Mondays, Oct. 15, 22 and 29 and Nov. 12, from 1 to 2 p.m. No musical experience needed, and ukuleles will be provided.
Let’s Draw will meet Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. and is open to beginners and beyond. Students will learn fundamental drawing techniques, and supplies are provided.
Tap Dance class for all levels will meet Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m.
A reasonable fee will be charged for these classes ,and registration is required.
For further information, call 215-487-1750.
Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon Historical Society Meeting
The Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon Historical Society will meet Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at The Center of Journey’s Way, 403 Rector St., Roxborough. Historian Tammy
Schane has documented thousands of examples of tombstone symbols and will share some of the more common ones that can still be seen in 19th-century cemeteries today. Schane will share stories about individuals buried in the local Leverington Cemetery.
Copies of Schane’s book, “Engraved: The Meanings Behind 19th-Century
Tombstone Symbols,” will be available for purchase and autographed by the author)
Light refreshments will be served.
All are welcome. Admission is free. For more information visit facebook.com/roxboroughManayunkWissahickonHistoricalSociety
Town Hall Meeting
State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-194, will hold her 78th town mall meeting Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the library at Belmont Hills Elementary School, 200 School St., Bala Cynwyd.
DeLissio will focus on issues that have not been dealt with in this session, including redistricting, campaign finance, criminal justice and voting reforms. In addition, DeLissio will discuss how state government may now play an even more impactful role on citizens’ lives as a result of federal decisions.
For more information, call DeLissio’s office at 215482-8726 or visit pahouse. com/DeLissio.
Bloomfield Farm Day
Morris Arboretum will celebrate farming life and the Insider Art Show & Sale at Bloomfield Farm Day Sunday, Oct. 21, from noon to 4 p.m.
Learn about Bloomfield Farm’s agricultural history and browse original art and craft works created by Morris Arboretum’s staff and members. At this multigenerational event, there will be demonstrations, music, food, a few animals and the final opportunity of the year to tour the restored Springfield Mills.
Take a guided tour of the Arboretum’s historic creekside flour mill, Springfield Mills, and discover the history of this 19th century feed and flour mill. Watch 1-ton millstones grind corn kernels, and observe 160-year-old machinery transport and sift the ground corn to produce meal.
Explore time-honored farming professions from educational instructors Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers, who will demonstrate spinning and weaving; woodworker John Barrett; and blacksmith Solomon Matisoff.
Traditional chicken keeping is new again, and visitors may learn the how-to’s with Philadelphia Backyard Chickens and a few live hens. Kids and adults alike will learn more about farm animals by interacting with Saul High School’s 4H petting zoo.
The Insider Art Show & Sale will feature more than 20 artisans specializing in glass blowing to woodworking to photography.
Included with garden admission.
For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.
Fall Flea Market
Bethany Lutheran Church, 401 Martin St., Roxborough, will hold a fall flea market Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There are new items, including hundreds of books, dishes, toys, linens, holiday items and gifts. Collectible Madame Alexander Dolls will be displayed for purchase.
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.
Scarecrow Design Contest
Scarecrows in Morris Arboretum’s 11th annual Scarecrow Design Contest will be on display along Scarecrow Walk at the Oak Allée 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.
The Delaware Valley Opera Company will present a double bill of operas based on famous children’s stories Sunday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. at the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center, 7 Lock St., Manayunk.
The afternoon will include a costume contest with prizes and a chance to meet the characters in costume after the show.
The show will begin with “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge,” followed by “Little Red Riding Hood.”
The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge,” followed by “Little Red Riding Hood.”
Children are encouraged to wear costumes portraying characters from Little Red Riding Hood or their favorite fairy tale. Prizes will be awarded for both categories, for children and adults.
Tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for DVOC members, seniors and students with ID; and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door or atdvopera. org/little-reds.
Share Your Heart Benefit Concert
Adoptions From The Heart (AFTH) will hold the second annual Share Your Heart Benefit Concert Nov. 8 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Manayunk Brewing Co.
The Share Your Heart Benefit Concert will feature live performances from two alternative bands, haha charade and The Barker Bros.
All proceeds made through ticket sales will go to AFTH’s Birth Parent Scholarship Fund. AFTH started the scholarship fund to give birth parents the chance to receive a higher level of education and pursue their career goals. The scholarships can be used at either a four-year college, or at a vocational school.
The purchase of each ticket will include one free drink, food and entry.
To register, visit conta. cc/2NxAqTO.
Story Hour and Author Event
The Friends of McMichael Park will host guest illustrator Dominic Wolocko for a story hour and author event Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. in McMichael Park in East Falls.
Wolocko will read from the new book, “Bobo Starts a Band,” and will be available to autograph copies of the book.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a garage item to be used as a musical or percussion instrument for the marching band.
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 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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. Preschool Storytime:
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.