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Parks & Rec accepting volunteer applications for Playstreets summer feeding program

June 3, 2020

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation has extended the application deadline for their Playstreets program to Monday, June 15. Playstreets is the City’s free summer feeding program for children and Parks & Rec is accepting applications from residents who want to volunteer as block captains for this program.

Each summer, 300 to 350 city streets are closed temporarily to vehicular traffic to give children a safe place to gather, play, and eat a free, nutritious meal. The program has been running for more than 50 years and takes place in every neighborhood of the city.  Continue Reading

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‘My Indoor Adventures’ story competition open for West Philly kids

May 7, 2020

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The A Book A Day program, in partnership with Bindlestiff Books, is inviting young West Philly writers and illustrators (K-5) to take part in a competition titled “My Indoor Adventures.” Young writers are encouraged to express their thoughts and tell their community what they have been doing at home during the pandemic.

Submissions of illustrated texts, comics, and silent (wordless) books are welcome. Stories written in different languages (with accompanying translation) are also accepted.

The deadline for final submissions is May 27, 2020. For more information on how to submit your story, go here.

A Book a Day is a collaboration program between Penn Libraries and two public schools: the Penn Alexander and Henry C. Lea. The program donates newly published children’s books to their libraries. Since the beginning of the program’s work, it has been partnering with the neighborhood independent bookstore Bindlestiff Books. For this initiative, the finalists will be awarded books and gift cards to Bindlestiff Books, up to $125!

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Shakespeare in Clark Park recruiting community artists, holding workshops online

April 2, 2020

Shakespeare in Clark Park (SCP) is working on their Summer 2020 production of Pericles, which is scheduled to run from July 29 – August 2, and is currently seeking community artists, ages nine years old and older. But this time, recruitment and training will be online.

Pericles will be an open-air circus adventure, and the show producers want to involve a Community Troupe who’s interested in learning juggling, tumbling, and a little bit of Shakespeare! No prior experience is necessary.

If you’d like to know more, fill out the Google form here. This doesn’t commit you to the troupe, and is just a way for SCP folks to contact you and send updates on how to apply to be a part of the show. Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled to begin in May.  Continue Reading

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Schools on hiatus, but free meals for students available at these locations

March 14, 2020

The City of Philadelphia has posted locations where students can find free weekday meals and recreation opportunities over the next couple of weeks. The School District of Philadelphia announced yesterday that schools will be closed through March 27.

The full, citywide list can be found here.

The city is working with non-profits to identify locations like food pantries that will be open on weekends.

In West and Southwest Philly, up to two “shelf-stable” meals are available at the following schools Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon:  Continue Reading

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West Philly pee wee football team’s field torn up by sewer work

March 5, 2020

Coach Duane Jones of the West Philly Tarheels by Morris Park/Papa Playground, the Tarheels’ home field, which has recently been torn up for replacement work on a sewer under the field. (Photo by Sam Newhouse)

The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is currently working on infrastructure improvement projects across the city. But some work has put out a West Philly youth football organization, and their coach is concerned the work will leave his home field even worse off than it already was.

The West Philly Tarheels on the field. (Photo courtesy of the Tarheels)

Coach Duane Jones of the West Philly Tarheels said preseason drills for his Pop Warner football organization are due to start in Morris Park at 66th and Lansdowne – also known as Papa Playground – in March. But ongoing work to repair a sewer running under the field will prevent them from playing there until April at the earliest, if the project finishes on schedule. Jones is also concerned the field, already uneven and prone to divots and instability that have caused more than a few twisted ankles, might be even more unstable after the work.  Continue Reading

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“Getaway at the Greenhouse”, free tropical indoor oasis, returns this month to Fairmount Park

February 3, 2020

Gaia, a touring artwork by artist Luke Jerram, will be on display at the Horticulture Center during the Getaway at the Greenhouse event.

This February, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy and Constellation Culinary Group will transform the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center into “Getaway at the Greenhouse,” a pop-up indoor summer oasis. Back by popular demand from last year’s debut event, the Horticulture Center will offer art, food trucks, movies, live music and more for visitors of all ages.

Now extended to 16 days (through Sunday, Feb. 16), and with more free programming, this summertime-inspired series is a great way to warm up your winter. Programming for children includes an oversized indoor sandbox, arts and crafts, story time, live animals, and more. Adults can enjoy food trucks, pop-up bars, live music, happy hours, and more.  Continue Reading

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