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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Registration open for “All Around This World” music classes

September 2, 2011

kidsRegistration is open for the fall session of All Around This World, the kids music program based on international songs, movement and drumming.

Jay Sand
Jay Sand. (Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou /

The program’s director, Jay Sand, is a well-known West Philly musician and music teacher. Three times a year – in the fall, winter and spring – he offers interactive weekly music classes “All Around This World” for infants to 8-year-olds and their families. Each class is dedicated to a particular region of the world and music from that region.

The fall session begins right after Labor Day, on September 7. The West Philly classes (classes are also offered in Fairmount Park and Center City) are going to explore West Asia and the Middle East. Classes take place near 44th and Pine on Wednesdays and Saturday mornings (check the full schedule here). There is also a special class for babies only at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Discounts, scholarships, free trial classes and sliding scale tuition plans are available.

For more information about the classes and to register go here or contact Jay Sand at: jay [at], 215-913-2679.

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Tree down near 45th and Osage

August 28, 2011

A squirrel surveys a tree down across Osage Avenue near 45th Street. The tree barely missed the power lines and house across the street.



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Clark Park youth soccer registration underway – sponsors and volunteers wanted

August 25, 2011

soccerKids ages 5-11 are invited to register for the Fall season of Clark Park Youth Soccer League (CPYSL). The registration is open until Tuesday, September 6, and all the necessary forms can be downloaded here. If you want your forms to be mailed to you e-mail: clarkparksoccer [at] or call: 215-552-8186.

The Fall season begins Saturday, September 24, and ends Saturday, November 19.

CPYSL needs volunteers to help with the pre-registration data entry work and coaching (no experience is required). For more information visit:

The league is also looking for sponsors, local people and businesses alike, to support their program. In exchange your logo will be appear on T-shirts, website and newsletter. The cost is $160/year (two seasons of soccer).

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New curfew to be enforced in small section of West Philly

August 9, 2011

A different kind of flash mob. Young people protest violence last summer in Love Park. Photo by Brad Gibson in The Notebook.

Young people on the streets in a small section of West Philly after 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday could be picked up by police under new curfew regulations aimed at deterring “flash mobs” in the downtown area.

The new regulations temporarily move the curfew for youths under 18 years of age from midnight to 9 p.m. on those days in Center City and a small section of West Philly. The new curfew is part of a plan announced yesterday by Mayor Michael Nutter that includes a bolstered police presence and longer hours for neighborhood recreation centers. The curfew for the rest of the city remains the same (midnight for youths 13-18 and 10 p.m. for children under 13).

The curfew will be enforced with additional police presence in West Philly from Market Street to Baltimore Avenue and 38th Street to 43rd Street.

Nutter’s announcement comes a little over a week after roving gangs of young people severely injured pedestrians in Center City on July 29 (see video below). Among those arrested was an 11-year-old boy. Those attacks happened in the afternoon.

Fines of up to $300 will be levied against young people who violate the curfew. Parents could also be fined and even jailed if their children repeatedly violate the curfew.

District Attorney Seth Williams, who stood side-by-side with Nutter during yesterday’s announcement, said:

“We will be prosecuting these young criminals to the fullest extent of the law. There is no excuse for what they did, and they have brought great shame upon themselves and their families. Let this be a message to any others who think that participating in flash mobs is acceptable or fun — don’t do it. We will apprehend you, prosecute you, and send you away. You will not damage the reputation of our great City. And I will be working with our State Legislature and City Council to enact laws to hold those parents who permit their children to engage in this type of criminal conduct criminally accountable.”

The new curfew will last through the remainder of the summer and will be re-evaluated at the beginning of the school year.

The city has also authorized some 20 rec centers to extend hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Centers in West Philly with extended hours include:

Myers Recreation Center • 5800 Kingsessing Avenue
Christy Recreation Center • 728 S. 55th Street
Kingsessing Recreation Center • 5000 Chester Avenue
Shepard Recreation Center • 5700 Haverford Avenue

Here is surveillance video of one July 29 attack (originally posted on MyFoxPhilly). Some of the boys in the video are still wearing their school uniforms.


Video: Philadelphia Teen Mob Attack:

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Wednesday mornings at the Penn Museum

July 11, 2011

Summer WonderHave you run out of ideas yet on how to entertain your kids this summer? Here’s a suggestion for you, something your little ones should enjoy. Penn Museum (3260 South Street) is offering  Summer Wonder programs for children and families on Wednesday mornings (10:30-11:30 a.m.) through August 10.

The programs feature music, dancing and other fun activities by a variety of international performers and presenters. Some of the highlights are belly dancing for the whole family, listening to world music and the folk music of yesteryear, journeying to Uganda, and discovering science through experiments.

Here’s a full list of programs (check our “Happenings” section for more details on each program):

  • July 13: Colonial Music of Pennsylvania
  • July 20: Eda Ne Kakati (From the Past to the Present)
  • July 27: Habiba Dance Ensemble
  • August 3: Project Capoeira
  • August 10: Piccirillio Sciencetellers presents Dragons and Dreams

Admission to the programs is free with museum admission donation ($10 for adults; $7 for senior citizens (65 and above); $6 children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger). Pre-registration for groups of 10 or more is required. Registration for individuals and families is suggested. To pre-register email: grouptickets [at] or call: 215-746-6774.

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