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TODDLER STORIES 10:15 a.m. at Falls of Schuylkill Branch Library

3501 Midvale Avenue at Warden Drive. Stories, songs and activities for 1 and 2 year olds. For more information call 215-685-2093.



LITTLE THEATER Video Library 7141 Germantown Avenue presents Vicky Christina Barcelona on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. Admission is $6. For more information, visit or stop in at Video Library for films and show times.

VALENTINES ‘WINTER FESTIVAL AND DANCE’ 7-11 p.m. The Brossman Center, Benbow Hall, 7301 Germantown Avenue “The Groove Daemons” will fill Benbow Hall on the campus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary with the sounds of jazz standards, 70s fusion and funk, and classic rock ‘n’ roll for your listening and dancing pleasure.  All proceeds benefit Lutheran Settlement House. Snacks will be provided by Cura Hospitality; Beverages by Yard’s. Minimum donation $15/person.  Checks payable to LSH. Tickets may be purchased in advance from LTSP Community Members, LSH Board Members, or at the LTSP Brossman Center Welcome Desk from 9AM -3 PM.  Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, contact Jon Pahl:  610-909-7107 (

TheFUZE at InFusion hosts the Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS) regional competition 8-11 p.m. at InFusion Coffee and Tea Gallery, 7133 Germantown Avenue.  MC Lyrispect & featured poet Akua Doku. Winner receives all-expense paid trip to WOWPS in Detroit.  $5 cover, $3 students, Valentine’s special $8  for couples.  Registration for poets begins at 7:30 p.m. and is $10. For more information call 215.248.1718 or visit



VALENTINE’S DAY BENEFIT CONCERT  7:30 p.m. at Korean United Church, 12th Street and Cheltenham Ave. Benefit Concert for Friends of the Oak Lane Library featuring Miss. Eva Young, concert Pianist, and Trio. Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children under 12 and for the unemployed. Tickets are available at the door or call 215-549-6531.


Beyond The Basics swing dance workshops begin at noon, with Beginner Lessons starting at 7 p.m., right before the dance at no extra charge. Any one workshop, $25; any two, $40;  any three, $50; all four workshops, $60. Discounted Workshop Admissions with student or military i.d., baked goodies to share, or group discount:  any one workshop, $20; any two, $35;  any three, $45;  all four workshops, $55.  The dance will run from 8:45 p.m. or so until midnight, featuring music from Philadelphia’s favorite local swing dance band, City Rhythm Orchestra..  For more info, see or call (610) 676-0123 or (215) 629-2344. If you would like to volunteer to help at the workshops or the dance (& GET IN FREE !!), please call (215) 629-2344 a.s.a.p. 



Stories of love and passion by professional story artist Annie Hart, 11 a.m. to noon at The Hill Tea Bar, 6 East Hartwell Lane. Call 215-381-2226 or visit for more information.

Folksinger Michael Mabry Performs  12 p.m. – 2 p.m. at The Hill Tea Bar, 6 East Hartwell Lane. An accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, Michael has been entertaining audiences in and around Philadelphia for 15 years. Call 215-381-2226 or visit for more information.



TODDLER STORY TIME Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Roxborough  Free Library, 6245 Ridge Avenue. Irene Klemas-Brady (our Children’s Librarian) will lead a program of stories, songs and activities geared to children 18 months to 3 years old. Siblings are welcome.  Groups may attend but must call in advance. For more information, please call the branch at 215-685-2550.

CHESTNUT HILL LIBRARY PRESENTS “Caught” 7:30 p.m. at the Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Avenue.  Bel Geddes is “caught” between her true love played by James Mason in his Hollywood debut and her millionaire husband played by Robert Ryan and based on Howard Hughes. Call 215-685-9290 for more information.



Pajama Storytime 7:00 pm Falls of Schuylkill Branch Library, 3501 Midvale Avenue at Warden Drive. Wear your PJs and snuggle in for our new storytime series!  We’re telling sleepytime stories. Ages 2-6. For more information, or to confirm program times, please call Liz Heideman at 215-685-2093.



TODDLER STORIES 10:15 a.m. at Falls of Schuylkill Branch Library

3501 Midvale Avenue at Warden Drive. Stories, songs and activities for 1 and 2 year olds. For more information call 215-685-2093.



LITTLE THEATER Video Library 7141 Germantown Avenue presents Vicky Christina Barcelona on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. Admission is $6. For more information, visit or stop in at Video Library for films and show times.

Grass Roots, a carbon neutral DJ night hosted by local DJ Company, Grass Roots & Groove, 7-10 p.m. at InFusion, 7133 Germantown Ave. The event will feature DJ partners Adam “Prof” Levy and John “Qw35t” Medrano spinning Organic Hip Hop, Downtempo Beats, and Funky Rhythms, while local artists, Paul “Rootsy” Downie and Bill Ryan create “green” works of art. The door charge is $3.00, a portion of which will be donated to TerraPass, a company founded in 2004 by University of Pennsylvania professor Dr. Karl Ulrich to help individuals and businesses offset their carbon emissions.


CENTER IN THE PARK’S MONTHLY HOUSING EDUCATION SERIES FEATURES REVERSE MORTGAGE WORKSHOP 1p.m. at Center in the Park 5818 Germantown Avenue in historic Vernon Park near Germantown and Chelten Avenues.  Come to Center in the Park to hear a presentation on Reverse Mortgages and find out if it might be the right fit for you. There is a lot of discussion, and many questions, about reverse mortgages, especially in today’s economy.  Are reverse mortgages really a great source of steady income for older adults who have built equity in their homes?  When is the best time and for whom is a reverse mortgage the right thing to do? Join Center in the Park’s Housing Counselor and Craig Smith of Mortgage Masters and take advantage of this opportunity to learn if a reverse mortgage might be the right choice for you or a family member. Please call in advance to register so that adequate materials will be available. Off street parking is available on the lot at Rittenhouse and McCallum Streets.Call 215-849-5100 to register.




If you or someone you know has been graduated from Our Mother of Consolation School, Chestnut Hill, in the 1950’s, we are interested in hearing from you! Contact Ray Burkhart at the following site for information regarding a multi-class reunion: or by phone at 215-446-7721.

Central High School  will host it’s 65th Reunion, May15, 2009. For more information, contact Hy Hanoff, 215-938-6622, e-mail, or Len Garett, 215-646-9194, e-mail




Chestnut Hill Historical Society, 8708 Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill, offers public research hours Tues. through Sat. Call for an appointment, 215-247-0417.

The Carolyn Fiedler-Alber Gallery presents David Graham ‘A Maine Island Life’ Jan. 9 - Feb. 20 , 2009 Gallery Hours: M - F, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Come see what 2 people who lived alone on a secluded Maine Island for over 40 years left behind and get caught up in their story.

The Stagecrafters in Chestnut Hill will present the psychological mystery-thriller “Ladies in Retirement,” by Edward Percy & Reginald Denham, directed by Yaga Brady. The Stagecrafters, 8130 Germantown Ave.  Fri-Sun, Mar. 6-8; Thu-Sun, Mar. 12-15;  Thu-Sat, Mar. 19-21.  Tickets $15 (Thu. 2 for $20). Credit cards accepted. All shows 8 p.m. except Sunday shows are at 2 p.m.. Students with valid ID $13. For more information, call 215-247-8881 or visit



 English Country Dance workshops are held the first Saturday of the month, October through May, at Summit Presbyterian Church, Greene & Westview Sts. in Mt. Airy. Call 215-836-0426 or visit

5Rhythms® Movement Classes Held EVERY Second Saturday 3-5:30 p.m. at Summit Presbyterian Church Greene & Westview Sts. Find your dance, find your joy—expressive, cathartic, wonderful!  For all bodies & souls—no experience necessary. $25 pre-registered, $35 walk-in. Always Half-Price for First Timers! For information or to register, e-mail Tammy or call 917-604-8456



Allens Lane Art Center offers classes & workshops for children and adults in a variety of art and dance classes, and workshops in jewelry making, painting, doll making and creative writing. Call 215-248-0546 or visit

The Apothecary Garden, 7721 Germantown Ave., offers classes on custom blended botanicals, teas, tinctures, & essential oils. For more information, call 215-247-2110.

Chestnut Hill Adult Activities Center offers classes and activities: crafters and seamstresses, Mondays 10 a.m. to noon; knitting for merchant seamen, Fridays at 1 p.m.; bridge, Wednesdays and Thursdays at noon; chess lessons, Mondays at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 215-248-0180 or email

Chestnut Hill Hospital is holding Golden Yoga Classes every Friday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Lea Auditorium at the Chestnut Hill Hospital, 8835 Germantown Ave. Golden Yoga is Classical Yoga, adapted by the SKY Foundation, to accommodate those who have difficulty getting up and down from the floor. The program includes postures, breathing relaxation and meditation techniques, all performed while sitting in a chair and standing. Instructor Barbara Levitt has been teaching yoga for the past 30 years and has even taught people in their nineties. Registration is required. Cost is $20 for 4 classes per month. Call 215-247-3029 for more information.

Chestnut Hill Mindfulness Meditation offers morning and evening groups, introductory sessions, and silent retreat days. Registration now being accepted for Winter season. New eight-week class of small group instruction and sitting meditation practice begins in January. For registration or more information, call 215-248-7441.

Church of the Annunciation is forming an Early Childhood Music Class for children ages four and five, which will begin on Thursday September 18. The classes will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. at The Church of the Annunciation at Carpenter Lane and Lincoln Drive in Mt. Airy, and Will continue for 15 sessions. Taught by pianist and PA certified K-12 music teacher Lou Walinsky, the class will allow children the opportunity to experience the love of music and to learn about the elements of music in age appropriate ways. It will enable children to understand and connect with a wide variety of music and prepare them for future individual instrumental lessons. For more information, contact Lou Walinsky at 215-848-0845 or e-mail him at PianolandLW

Cummins School of Irish Dance offers classes for ages 3 and up at The Irish Center on Emlen Street and Carpenter Lane. Cost is $10 per lesson. Visit or call 215-508-1763.

The Free Library of Philadelphia provides Free Homework Help at all of its branches.  An adult is available, each afternoon, to help all school-aged kids with their work.  Program hours at the Roxborough branch are:  Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm.  No sign-up is required, just stop in.

Makin Music offers lively, fun and interactive tot-parent music classes every morning at St. Paul Episcopal Church, 22 East Chestnut Hill Ave. 9:15 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. classes are offered. Visit or call 215-233-2560 for more information.

Tai Chi every Tuesday and Thursday,  8:30-9:30 a.m.  in the chapel of the Montgomery Rehab Hospital, 8601 Stenton Ave. Classes for the novice or beginner/intermediate student, are designed to improve balance, power, posture, coordination, flexibility and mental focus. Slow, gentle movements are modified to most everyone’s abilities. Cost is $7 per class/ paid monthly. For more information or to sign up for a free introductory class, call 215-233-6314.

Awareness Through Movement in the Chapel of the Montgomery Rehab Hospital 8601 Stenton Ave. Every Monday, 11a.m. to noon, and Wednesdays 5-6 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Ease chronic pain or overcome injuries through a movement  re-education program for people of all ages and abilities. Classes run by Joanne Fagerstrom, physical therapist and certified Felsenkrais practitioner. Cost is $10 per class; $50 for six classes (20% discount for Senior Circle members). For more information or to register, call 215-2333-6244.

Morris Arboretum offers courses in landscape design, perennials, handmade paper, rose care, healing plants and many other topics at the arboretum, 100 Northwestern Ave. in Chestnut Hill. Call 215-247-5777 or

Morris Arboretum Wellness Walks 10:30 a.m. at Morris Arboretum, 100 Northwester Ave. every Saturday November 1 through March 28. Walkers meet at the Visitors Center wearing comfortable clothing and shoes, ready to walk two mile-long loops on the paved paths.  Guides point out some of the Arboretum’s specimen trees and other distinctive features along the way. The walk lasts for approximately 45 minutes to an hour, and walkers are welcome to continue on their own afterward. Call 215-247-5777 for more information.

Moving Arts Studio offers more than 40 classes weekly, for all ages—even babies. Low-fee, high caliber classes include power yoga, kids yoga, Kripalu and Iyengar yoga; pilates, gymfoolery, fencing, capoeira, drumming, Feldenkrais and dance. Call 215-842-1040.

The Mt. Airy Computer Center, 6335 Wayne Ave., Mt. Airy, offers classes for kids and adults throughout the week. Call 215-438-8505.

Oreland Art Center, 100 Wischman Avenue & Twining Road in Oreland, is now accepting registration for watercolor painting classes taught by well-known area artists beginning in March. In addition, Oreland sponsors free member workshops on Monday and Friday mornings, when members are invited to get together and paint. For more information, brochures or directions call 215-572-6855.

Paper Crane Studio offers arts and crafts workshops in the Education building at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6023 Germantown Ave. in Germantown. Call 215-844-2944.

New woodworking school Philadelphia Furniture Workshop will hold courses throughout the summer at 5212 Pulaski Ave. in Germantown. Call 215-849-5174.

Homework Help Available at the  Roxborough  Free Library- The Free Library of Philadelphia provides free homework help at all of its branches.  An adult is available, each afternoon, to help all school-aged kids with their work.  Program hours at the Roxborough branch are:  Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm.  Special activities are available most Wednesdays and Fridays.  No sign-up is required, just stop in. The branch is located at 6245 Ridge Avenue (at Hermitage Street).  For more information, please call the branch at 215-685-2550.

Settlement Music School’s Germantown Branch is registering students for individual instruction in piano, voice, string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. Call 215-320-2610.

65 – Plus & Fit Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Springfield Residence, 551 East Evergreen Ave. Modified, low impact exercise program for people 65 and older. Classes involve seated and standing activities and light free weights. Cost for eight weeks is $55 for two classes a week. Senior Circle members receive a 10% discount and must sign the Exercise and Fitness Program Release and Indemnification Consent form. Physician consent and pre-program screening are required for new participants. Free screenings to assess function level are available through the class instructor. For more information or to register, call 215-233-6314. To schedule a screening, call 215-233-6240.

Tesserae Studio Gallery, 6780 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy, is currently offering adult classes in mosaics and tilemaking. Call 215-848-2110 or visit

Gentle meditative yoga classes at the Unitarian Universalist Church Of The Restoration, 6900 Stenton Ave., are on Tuesdays, 8-9:30 a.m. A yoga mat and loose clothing are recommended; voluntary contribution accepted. Call 215-782-1919. Also offered is sitting meditation on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m., for 20 minutes and a creative writing circle on Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Call 215-247-2561 or email

Water Tower Recreation Center children’s classes: karate for children and adults; Tony’s little dribblers; pick-up basketball; jazzy lady social grace & etiquette; dance classes with Miss Sara; tot recreation class; gymnastics classes. Hartwell Ln. & Ardleigh St. Times, days, ages vary. Call 215-685-9296.

Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., offers children’s art classes in watercolor, cartooning, animation, and mixed media are now available at Woodmere Art Museum. For more information, call 215-247-0948 or visit for information.

Woodmere Art Museum is accepting registrations for children’s classes in Animation, Cartooning, Watercolor, Fairytales, Portraiture, and Sculpture. www.woodmereartmuseum or 215-247-0948 for more information.


Free Meditation and Dharma Talk services, Tuesdays at 7:15 pm and Saturdays at 10:15 a.m. at the Won Buddhist Temple of Philadelphia, 423 Abington Ave. in Glenside. Call 215-884-8443 or visit

Won Community Service Center, 423 Abington Ave., in Glenside offers ESL classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:45 – 9:15 p.m. Call 215-884-8443 or visit

New water classes for all ages are being offered at the YMCA of Germantown, located at 5722 Greene St. in Germantown. For more information, call 215-844-3281.



Alzheimer’s Association Family Caregiver Support Group meets the third Wednesday of the month from 7-9 p.m. at Homelink Adult Day Care, 6950 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy. Call 1-800-272-3900.

Bereavement Support For Family And Friends Sponsored by the William R. May Funeral Home, Inc., 7-8 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays at the Chapel House 2330 Fairhill Avenue Glenside, PA 19038 Nov. 4, Common Feelings; Nov. 18, Coping with the Holidays; Dec. 2, Grief and the Family.  Call 215-624-8190 for more info.

Bereavement support groups for adults are often offered by Koller Funeral Home, 6835 Ridge Ave. in Roxborough. Call 215-624-8190.

Breast cancer recovery group meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Chestnut Hill Healthcare Women’s Center, 8835 Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill. Call 215-242-4700.

Chestnut Hill CoDA (a Co-Dependants Anonymous is a 12 step fellowship of men and woman whose common purpose is recovery from co-dependence) meets on Monday nights, 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Teenagers, Inc., 105 Bethlehem Pike (across the street from Chestnut Hill East train station). Learn to develop and maintain healthy relationships. Contact Chuck S., 267-253-9562, or visit or

Children of aging parents caregivers support group meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Atria Chestnut Hill, 495 E. Abington Ave. in Chestnut Hill. Call 215-247-5307.

Conshohocken Business and Professional Women meet the fourth Monday of each month from September to June at Brittingham’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 640 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill. The social hour begins at 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 6:45 p.m. followed by a speaker. Everyone is welcome. Reservations required. Call 610-825-8125. Dinner costs $22.

Food addicts in recovery anonymous, a 12-step program for people recovering from addictive eating, welcomes newcomers and meets every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7-8:30 p.m. Call 215-836-0274.

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia nurtures and supports children, youth, and families in every phase of the life cycle through emergency assistance, counseling, chaplaincy, and other vital programs. Each day JFCS reaches out and supports the needs of individuals, families, and communities through its major programmatic areas: Children, Youth, and Family Services; Adult Services; Senior Services; Education and Outreach Services; Jewish Community Services; and Open Arms Adoption Network. For more information call 267-256.2100, email or visit

Keystone Hospice, 8765 Stenton Ave. in Wyndmoor, offers support groups throughout the month, with specialty groups for children, widowers, young widows, and a new “motherless daughters” group. Most are free, lunch is often included but pre-registration is requested. Call 215-836-2440.

Lung cancer support group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m., offers encouragement for people currently being treated for lung cancer or who have completed treatment at the Chestnut Hill HealthCare Cancer Center, Suite 17, 8815 Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill. Call 215-248-8325.

The Lupus Foundation of America, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, has launched a self-help course for people with lupus. Call 215-517-5070 or visit

Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group meets the third Thursday of every month from 8-9 a.m. at Chestnut Hill Hospital, Laughlin Hall, Rm. D, 8835 Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill. Call 215-248-8325.

 Militia Hill Hawk Watch’s 20th year begins Sept. 1 and runs through Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at Fort Washington State Park.

Northwest Lions Club meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at Sorella Rose Bar & Grille, 1800 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown. Call 215-637-6537.

Overeaters Anonymous holds meetings on Wednesdays in Chestnut Hill, Saturdays in Ambler and Roxborough and Sundays in Roxborough. Call 215-674-4418.

Women Coping With Separation And Divorce - a professionally guided support group for women coping with separation and divorce within the past two years – will be held for eight Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. beginning May 4 at the Jewish Federation Bux-Mont Office, 580 Virginia Drive, Suite 140 in Fort Washington. $18 registration fee (includes individual interview); $25 per session. Pre-registration is required, call 215-540-3737, ext. 103 or email

Widows (Under 68) Coping With The Loss Of A Spouse - a professionally guided support group for women coping with the loss of a spouse within the past two years – will be held for eight Tuesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. beginning May 9 at Congregation

Overeaters Anonymous conducts two meetings each week at Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave. in Roxborough. Call 215-248-4333.

A peace vigil is held every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. at the intersection of Germantown Ave. and Bethlehem Pike in Chestnut Hill. Rain or shine. Call 215-242-5413 or visit

Postpartum support group for mothers and their babies will begin Oct. 24 for six-weeks on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 a.m. a Grace Lutheran Church, 801 E. Willow Grove Ave. in Wyndmoor. Call 215-206-2931.

Roxborough Coin Club meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Cathedral Village, 600 E. Cathedral Rd., Roxborough.

Shhh, a hearing loss support group, meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Jeanes Library, 4051 Joshua Rd. in Lafayette Hill. Call 215-482-7829.

Stroke Club support group meets the third Wednesday of each month from 5-7 p.m. in the Chestnut Hill Rehabilitation Hospital’s Clock lounge, 8601 Stenton Ave. in Wyndmoor. Call 215-233-6200.

Support Group For Widows And Widowers 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays at Koller Funeral Home, 6835 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128

No Fee. September 30, Taking The Time You Need To Grieve; October 14, Myths Of Grief, October 28, Grief Process. Call 215-624-8190 for more information.

14th District Town Watch meets every third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the district headquarters, 43 W. Haines St.

Wissahickon Hospice offers bereavement support groups at Pennsylvania Hospital and in Bala Cynwyd.  Pre-registration is required. Please call 610-617-2400 for more information or to pre-register.