Richard T. Olsen, director of the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., will present the lecture “The National Arboretum’s Impact on the American Landscape” as part of the Morris Arboretum’s Lecture Series Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.
Learn about the National Arboretum’s collections, its collaborations with peer institutions such as Morris Arboretum and how new ventures will continue to expand the relevance and impact of the National Arboretum. The lecture will be followed by a reception with refreshments at the Widener Visitor Center.
The cost for this lecture is $15 for arboretum members and $20 for non-members, which includes admission to the garden for the talk.
Advanced registration and payment are required by calling 215-247-5777 ext. 125 or visiting bit.ly/morrislectures.
Morris Arboretum is located at 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Chestnut Hill.
Happy Holidays from Roxborough
The Roxborough Development Corp. will present its winter event series, Happy Holidays From Roxborough, Dec. 6 and 15.
Happy Holidays From Roxborough is a series of stops along Ridge Avenue offering a complimentary holiday portrait with Santa. All stops are family friendly.
Pizza Neapolitan with Santa will take place Thursday, Dec. 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. at A Tutti, 5154 Ridge Ave. Santa invites community members to experience Neapolitan-style pizza and homemade Italian meals at A Tutti Ristorante Italiano.
Holiday crafts with Santa and his elf will take place Saturday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UPS Store, 6024 Ridge Ave. Santa and his guitarplaying elf will help decorate a holiday ornament or picture frame at the UPS Store in Roxborough.
All are welcome and will be able to visit Santa and friends during the Happy Holidays From Roxborough series. Complimentary photographs will be taken at all locations. Candid color photographs of children and their families will be made available digitally after the events.
Friends of the Wissahickon will hold the third lecture in its fall Valley Talks series when environmental activist Maya van Rossum presents “The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment” Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Valley Green Inn, located on Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Valley Park.
The program was rescheduled from a weatherrelated cancellation in May.
Van Rossum will discuss her recently published bestselling book by the same name and how members can become more engaged with environmental and water advocacy relating to the Wissahickon watershed.
A complimentary wine and cheese reception will be provided.
Sponsored by Chestnut Hill Hospital, the Valley Talks lectures are free for FOW members (check email for a registration link or contact mor[email protected] to register) and $10 for non-members. Registration is recommended as seating is limited.
Philadelphia Runner will host its fifth annual Rudolph Run Saturday, Dec. 8, at 9 a.m.
Dress to impress for this three-mile run along the towpath.
The only cost to join the run is a canned or non-perishable food item to be donated to North Light Community Center’s food cupboard. In exchange for each donation, participants will receive a raffle ticket for the chance to win a gift basket filled with items and gift cards from local Manayunk businesses. Runners are also eligible for deals and discounts at select restaurants and retailers when they show their bib.
For more information and to register, visit philadelphiarunner.com.
Christmas Flea Market
Bethany Lutheran Church, 401 Martin St., Roxborough, will hold a Christmas Flea Market Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The flea market will feature hundreds of books, dishes, toys, linens, holiday items and gifts. Collectible Madame Alexander Dolls will be displayed for purchase. Attendees can buy lunch and meet Pastor Danny Phelps.
Holiday House Tour
The Chestnut Hill Community Association will present its annual Holiday House Tour Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The tour will feature five of the area’s historic homes decorated for the holidays.
The tour is self-guided, and attendees have the option of driving to the homes, or riding a trolley. Many Chestnut Hill restaurants and shops will offer special discounts to tour attendees.
Reservations are $45 for CHCA members and $50 for non-members.
To make a reservation, mail a check to CHCA, 8434 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118, or buy tickets at chestnuthill. org. Attendees also can register on the day of the tour between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill, and at Hill Company, 8040 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill.
This event will support the Chestnut Hill Community Association.
Holly Highlights and Winter Greenery
Morris Arboretum will offer a Holly Highlights and Winter Greenery Tour Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 22, at 2 p.m.
Join a guide to explore the arboretum’s collection of hollies and other broadleaf evergreens that enliven the winter landscape.
Tours are included with garden admission. Registration is not required. Tours begin at the Widener Visitor Center.
Morris Arboretum is located at 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Chestnut Hill.
The Stagecrafters, 8130 Germantown Ave, Chestnut Hill, will stage “The Nance” through Dec. 9.
Performances will be Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $21 online or $25 at the door.
For reservations or more information, call 215-2478881 or email [email protected]crafters.org.
Rosemary for Remembrance
St. Paul’s Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Chestnut Hill, will offer Rosemary for Remembrance: A Service When Christmas is a Difficult Time Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. Music will be provided by Carolyn Surrick (viola da gamba) and Ginger Hildebrand (guitar and fiddle). They will offer a prelude and postlude, plus carols. Individuals and families who live with painful memories of loss may join in this meditative and soothing service of prayer. Others may simply wish for a quiet, peaceful prayer time. The Rev. Cliff Cutler will lead participants in readings of scripture and prayers, while candles of the Advent wreath will be lit. In candlelight, sprigs of rosemary will be given as remembrances of those who are missed at this season of Jesus’ birth. For more information, please call 215-242-2055, or visit Saint Paul’s Church on the web at www.stpaulschestnuthill.org.
Holiday Open House
State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-194, will hold her annual holiday open house Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. in her district office, 6511 Ridge Ave., Roxborough.
Constituents of the 194th Legislative District will be treated to light refreshments and camaraderie with staff, neighbors and friends.
This year, sweets will be made by students in the culinary arts program at A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School.
Although not necessary, it would be helpful for attendees planning to attend to RSVP. To RSVP or obtain more information, constituents can call DeLissio’s office at 215-482-8726 or email RepDeLis[email protected]house.net.
The East Falls Community Council will hold its 33rd annual carol sing Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at the War Memorial in McMichael Park in East Falls, followed by refreshments at Falls Presbyterian Church, 3800 Vaux St., East Falls
In the event of inclement weather, the caroling will take place in the church.
Chestnut Hill Community Holiday Parade
The Chestnut Hill Community Association will present the seventh annual Chestnut Hill Community Holiday Parade Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 to 10 a.m. along Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill.
The parade will conclude at the Market at the Faraway, 8600 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill, with sweets, music and photos with Santa.
For more information, visit chestnuthill.org.
The Old Academy Players will host a holiday concert to support its spring production of “Ordinary Days” Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Carfax Building of Old Academy Players, 3544 Indian Queen Lane, East
Falls. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the concert will begin at 8 p.m. The concert will feature opera singer Annie Hnatko and several Philadelphia area performers singing holiday hits and Broadway classics. Local vendors will be on site selling art and gifts. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the event. Advance tickets can be purchased at oapholidayconcert.ticketleap.com.
Toys For Tots
The 39th Police District is collecting new, unopened toys for the Toys For Tots program.
Donations can be dropped off at the 39th Police District, 2201 W. Hunting Park Ave., Tioga-Nicetown.
The East Falls Presbyterian Chancel Choir will present a Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4:30 p.m. at East Falls Presbyterian Church, Midvale Avenue and Vaux Street, East Falls.
The East Falls Presbyterian Chancel Choir will present Sing We Now of Christmas, a concert that reflects the wonder and joy of the Christmas season.
There will also be a traditional candle lighting ceremony at the conclusion of the concert followed by a light meal.
Journey’s Way Classes
Journey’s Way, Resources & Programs for People 55+, 403 Rector St., Roxborough, will offer new classes this fall.
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.
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: Dec. 11: Continuing Bonds.
For more information, call 215-624-8190 or 215-482-5200 or email dgawthropc[email protected]izon.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 484-686-7689 or fernzei[email protected] or Claire Salvi at 215-407-5567.
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).