Free musical for kids under 10 today at The Rotunda

October 2, 2011

Kids theaterThe Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street) will host three afternoons of children’s musical play “Becky Butterfly and the Story of the Wayward Wasp.” The first one is today at 3 p.m. The show is produced by Fantasy Weavers, a production company affiliated with the musical’s author, Philly composer Kate Quinn.

The play focuses on a wasp named Kevin who has been born a male worker in the female workers’ world (and gets bullied because of that by other wasps) and Becky the butterfly whose family Kevin bullies in turn. Basically, the message is: it’s okay to be different and bullying is not acceptable.

The show is free for kids under 10 years old. Adult tickets are $7 and $5 for students, seniors, and children over 10. Other shows are scheduled for Oct. 9 and 16. To buy tickets online click here.


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Water in the Bowl means no youth soccer this week

October 1, 2011

We just got word that youth soccer at Clark Park is cancelled this week. Recent rains have left too much water in the Bowl. Soccer will resume next Saturday if things dry out a little.

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Family event: Make your own scarecrow in Clark Park

September 29, 2011

ScarecrowWest Philly parents! Bring your kids to Clark Park “A” (43rd & Baltimore) this Saturday, Oct. 1, to join fall fun at the Scarecrow Festival organized by the Parent-Infant Center (PIC). At the festival, show your creativity by making your own scarecrow.

All the materials necessary for creating and dressing up your scarecrow will be provided for $10. The money will go to support PIC’s family programs.

The festival will begin at 10 a.m. and will go on until noon. For more information contact Rachel at: rcrossot [at]

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Walnut West Chess Club looking for volunteer coaches

September 19, 2011

Members and coaches of the Walnut Street West Library Chess Club at a competition in the city last year.

The Walnut West Library Chess Club is in need of volunteer coaches to assist in conducting a weekly class and acting as mentors to the young student players. You do not need to be a Master player, but knowledge of the game would be very helpful.

The club is going into its fourth year and has experienced rapid growth and recognition at the city-wide tournaments held every month of the school year. It is a very rewarding experience for the right person. The club meets on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the library, 201 S. 40th Street.

To apply or for more information, contact Joe Clarke at: philly.joe.c [at]

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High school students wanted for RENT auditions

September 7, 2011

RENTHigh school students ages 14-21 are invited to participate in the auditions for the high school version of the popular musical RENT to be staged in West Philly. The auditions will take place at The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) on Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11, from 8 a.m. to noon, and Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (call backs are from 1:30 to 5 p.m.).

The audition requires two songs of approximately three minutes in length, preferably from the RENT soundtrack. Musical accompaniment can be provided. To make arrangements in advance email: projecttheaterproject [at]

Prior theater experience is not necessary, but parental permission is required. Students that are cast for roles in RENT will be required to attend sixteen three-hour rehearsals in September, October, and November. The shows are scheduled for December.

Local community theater group PROJECT THEATER PROJECT is working on this production. For more information on the production, auditions and rehearsals go here.

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Some afterschool and weekend programs for kids

September 6, 2011

The school year has begun and many parents are looking for afterschool and weekend activities for their children. We have come across a couple of flyers – one is an afterschool art program (we gave them a ring and learned that it’s a new program run by artist Rachel Louis) and the other is a weekend music program by Intercultural Family Services, Inc. We’ll be adding more such information as it comes. If you know of more afterschool programs for kids in the area email us at: editor [at] or leave a comment.


Afterschool Art Program flyer


Music and mentorship program flyer

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