SWARTHMORE — Families are invited to catch a ride on the music train through a joy-filled festival of songs for the season with singer-children’s entertainer Allison DeSalvo and Friends at World of Song’s 17th Thanks & Giving Children’s Benefit Concert Saturday, Nov. 19 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Park Avenue Community Center, 129 Park Ave., Swarthmore.
Children are invited to come sing and dance along for this year’s charity, Gratitude 4 Grandparents, in appreciation of grandparents and the essential role they play.
Accompanied by guitarist Derek Chafin, percussionist John Patriarca and vocalist Christa Basilevsky, DeSalvo will perform a lively, interactive mix of traditional and original tunes from folk to Americana celebrating family, autumn wonders, animal fun, a pop-up turkey and lots more. She’ll be joined by other special guests, two young sister violinists, and an aspiring local child author sharing her inspiring story, “Love Is Everywhere.”
All proceeds go to Gratitude 4 Grandparents, a nonprofit serving “grandfamilies” in Delaware County and beyond by providing for their immediate needs giving essential supplies, food, gifts during the holidays, financial, legal and emotional support in raising their grandchildren.
To learn more, visit http://www.gratitude4grandparents.com. The concert and program, geared for children 2 to 10 years old, also includes face-painting, craft time, food and refreshments.
Advance tickets, good for one adult and one child, are sold online for a base price of $20 and each additional person is $5. Infants are free. On the day of the concert, the base price is $25. For reservations and ticket information, log onto http://www.worldofsong.com.
Sacred Heart Church holds pierogi sale
Sacred Heart Church in Clifton Heights will hold its pierogi sale Nov. 7-18. The pierogi will be made and picked up at St. Stephen’s Church Hall, 199 W. Baltimore Ave., Clifton Heights. Cost is $8 per dozen.
To order, call Joanne Bidoli at 610-574-7077 or the rectory at 610-623-0409.
Guest speaker at Springfield Lions meeting talks about Our Closet program
The Springfield Lions Club recently welcomed Lisa Ney, Program Officer Jewish Family and Children’s Service, as the speaker at the last Lions meeting.
Ney spoke about Our Closet in Your Neighborhood, a free mobile program that provides those in need across the Philadelphia region with the basic necessities of food, clothing and access to services and benefits.
For more information, visit http://jfcsphilly.org/our-closet-in-your-neighborhood or email [email protected]/.
For more information about the Lions, contact Larry Healy at 610-716-7076 or visit http://www.springfieldlionsclub.org.
OLP plans Christmas Bazaar
Our Lady of Peace Parish will hold a Christmas Bazaar, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in Nelson Hall, behind Notre Dame deLourdes School, Fairview Road, Swarthmore. The bazaar will feature basket raffles, toy wheel, chances on TV, Shark Vacuum, Basket of Cheer, Deacon’s Attic and vendors.
Breakfast with Santa costs $8 per adult and $5 per child. The kitchen will be open during the bazaar. For information, contact Rosie Moran at 610-256-9127 or [email protected].
O’Hara holds fall craft fair
The Cardinal O’Hara High School Band and Guard Fall Craft Fair will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 in the O’Hara cafeteria, 1701 Sproul Road, Springfield.
Everyone is welcome to come and shop for unique, handcrafted gifts and items, made by over 80 local artisans.
The event benefits the O’Hara music program.
Springfield Juried Alumni Art Exhibition
The Springfield Area Educational Foundation and Springfield School District have announced plans to hold a juried alumni art exhibition on Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12 in the new high school lobby area. The exhibit is open to all.
The foundation’s artful weekend seeks to represent the legacy of Springfield’s art design programs by showcasing many works for sale by the school’s alumni. SAEF’s goal is to celebrate Springfield’s visual arts history through the works of artistic alumni while fundraising for the school’s student scholarship programs.
“We are pleased to announce the inaugural exhibition will be dedicated to our beloved Springfield art teacher, Beth Fellona,” said Chris Belton, art educator and event committee co-chair. “Art is a powerful educational tool. In addition to creativity and self-expression, the arts teach problem solving, critical thinking, innovation and collaboration. By showcasing our alumni work, Springfield seeks to highlight the importance of arts education and honor the accomplishments of our graduates. We are hoping attracting a wide variety of alumni artists and designers from all mediums, both professional and amateur. All entries were evaluated for exhibition by a jury panel including current art educators, art students, community members and SAEF/SHS board members.”
For information, contact Belton at [email protected]. To become a sponsor, contact www.saef.net or call Jan Greisemer at 610-938-6034.
Plans include an artists reception open to the public on Nov. 11 from 5 to 9 p.m.. Exhibition hours are Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The foundation is committed to meeting the educational needs and success of every student. The foundation’s goal is to help provide every student with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from kindergarten through high school. In partnership with the district, the foundation raises and manages donor funds that provide the school district with the energy for strategic program investments so every student has the opportunity to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.saef.net.
$750K in funding helps to create homelessness resource center in Upper Darby
The Student Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia has been awarded $750,000 in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funds for its Breaking Bread Community project in the 164th Legislative District.
The Breaking Bread Community project will be a homelessness eradication resource center, located in Upper Darby Township, proving services and housing help for anyone who may need them. It will also include a night shelter for at least 30 individuals.
The project site is a three-story building and will require a full renovation to provide a day use community area and offices on the first floor; sleeping spaces on the second and third floors; new heating, air conditioning, electrical and fire alarm infrastructure; new interiors and finishes; new bathrooms on every floor; and improvements to the existing elevator.
“This funding will help us offer needed resources for the community of people experiencing housing and food insecurity,” said Stephanie Sena, founder of the housing unit. “We will offer a 24-hour refuge from the elements, and most importantly, relationship, love and community.”
The Breaking Bread Community will also provide legal aid, health care, workshops, gardening, meals and community services.
The RACP grant is administered by the Office of the Budget whose grants aim to bolster community development and economic activity.
Readers can send community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at [email protected]/.