Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Top 10 Read, Play Music, Get Happy, Clean Up, Run and Walk for a Cause

The 2013 “Light Up The Blues” concert documentary, emceed by actor and musician Jack Black, is now on sale through iTunes and features performances by CSN, Don Felder, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams and Stephen Stills' son Chris, among others. All to benefit Autism Speaks.

On Wednesdays through June the 320 Market in Swarthmore will hold a "Happy Hour" 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. that will generate donations to Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC). By paying the special Happy Hour charge of $5, customers will be able to enjoy 320 Market’s many draught beers for half-price. What's more, 320 Market will match each $5 paid with a $5 donation to DCLC. Location: 320 Market CafĂ©, Swarthmore 713 Chester Road Swarthmore PA 19081. 610-328-7211. Questions about this event contact the DCLC at 610-876-4811.

April 30 STAND WITH CHILDREN COALITION raises awareness to Prevent Child Abuse in Delaware County on Wednesday from 1 – 2 p.m. The Coalition will host a public reading of A Terrible Thing Happened. The book is about coping with childhood trauma to at-risk youth. The reading will take place at Upper Darby and Sellers Public Library to youth participating in the PathWays PA program.  The library is located at 76 S. State Road, Upper Darby, PA. The Coalition is also raising funds to purchase and distribute copies of this book to local libraries. The Stand With Children Coalition members are Family Support Line, Delaware County Children and Youth Services, PathWays PA, CASA Youth Advocates, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, the Delaware County Council, the Delaware County Department of Intercommunity Health and the Delaware County Library System.

May 3 Walk for the Wounded and Warriors 5K at Rose Tree Park. Registration is at 9 a.m. Run starts at 10 a.m.

May 3: Annual University City 5K, 9:30 a.m. Drexel University, 33rd St and Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia, PA.

May 3 Heroes on the Hill 5K Run, 9:00 a.m. Chestnut Hill College Campus, Philadelphia, PA.

May 3  Chester - Ridley - Crum Watersheds Association 17th Annual CRC Streams Cleanup click on link to find locations and to register.

May 4 The Blue Cross Broad Street Run (10 Mile Run), 8:30 a.m. Philadelphia. PA

May 4. Philly Cure Huntington Disease annual walk 3M, 9:00 a.m. Norristown Farm Park, and May 10 Team Hope walk and 5K Run for Huntington Disease at the Philadelphia Naval Yard. Check In Begins: 9 a.m. Walk Begins: 10:30 a.m. Run Begins: 10 a.m.

May 10 Philadelphia take steps for Crohn's and Colitis at Citizens Bank Park. Check in 3:30 p.m. Walk starts at 4:30 p.m.

May 11: Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure (5K Run/Walk), Eakins Oval, Philadelphia, PA.


Blue Cross Blue Shield is also sponsoring a National Walk at Lunch event, locally April 30th it will be at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. Check the link for possible change of venue or bring an umbrella for possible rain.
May 4 Downingtown Walk Like Madd to end Drunk Driving 9 a.m. location The Ponds 215-369 E Pennsylvania Ave. Downingtown, PA.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Top 10 Upcoming Events Week of April 28 - May 4, 2014

April 29 Bethel Township Preservation Society presents Nancy Webster speaking on Colonial Year's Cycle at 7 p.m. at the Rachel Kohl Library in Glen Mills.

April 30 The Claymont Historical Society presents Trivia and Tales of the First State, 7:30 p.m. at the Darley House, Philadelphia Pike and Darley Road in Claymont, DE. with Storyteller and Author Ed Oconowicz.

May 1  “Grant Me Relief from this Loathsome Jail”The downtrodden are often forgotten in  recounting our history. Our attention is captured by our more glorious moments and by societal leaders who left a trail of accomplishments and literate personal papers to augment the historical record. Hear another side of the story from Laurie Rofini, Director of Chester County Archives and Records Services as she discusses “Grant Me Relief from this Loathsome Jail: Down and Out in Early Chester County.” Ms. Rofini will be guest speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Grange on Thursday, May 1 at 7:15 pm, and the public is invited. The Historic Grange Estate is located at 143 Myrtle Avenue in Havertown. For more information, call 610-446-4958, or see for map directions

May 2 begin First Friday Movie Night at the Betsy Ross House.  From May through October for a $5 fee you can watch a selected film on the first Friday of the month. The ad reads BYOB.  I believe that means Bring Your Own Betsy. A tour of the house is also included and the film begins at dusk. Check the list of films planned. 

May 2 The Garden Club of Springfield will be hosting an herb, vegetable, perennial and bake sale at Old Central School, Saxer and Powell Roads in Springfield, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 3 through June 1 2014 Designer Show House, Harvard House located at 718 Harvard Avenue, Swarthmore, will be open for the public to tour You can purchase tickets and obtain more information at the Community Arts Center link.

May 3 FREE Science Carnival on the Parkway in front of the Franklin Institute 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This is the concluding celebration of Philadelphia Science Week. 

May 3 Middletown's 20th Annual Community Day 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or Shine at Penn State Brandywine, 25 Yearsley Mill Road Media, PA 19063.

May 3 Tyler Arboretum Plant Sale  Members are encouraged to take advantage of the Plant Sale Members’ Preview on Friday, May 2 from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Members receive a 5% discount on plant purchases and a free starter plant. Those who are not currently members can still take advantage of the Members’ Preview and shop a day early by becoming a member of Tyler Arboretum at the sale on May 2. The sale is open to the public on Saturday, May 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Admission to the Arboretum is free to everyone for Saturday’s event. Attendees who become members on Saturday will receive a free subscription to Better Homes and Gardens and a free starter plant.Tyler Arboretum 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063, Phone: 610-566-9134, Fax: 610-891-1490 Email:

May 3 and 4 WWII Weekend at GraemePark in Horsham, PA.

May 4 DCCC Flea Market Rte 252 and Media Line Road.  8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Rain Date: May 18, 2014.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Top 10 When in Rome

Things to Do When in Rome

1. Learn the language and smile, ciao (pronounced chow) can mean hello or goodbye, grazie means thank you. It is important to have manners in any language but especially if you are a guest.

2. Toss a coin in the fountain.  There are many fountains but in the movies there is only one, the "Trevi Fountain". The right hand over the left shoulder, one coin ensures you will make a return trip to Rome, two coins a romance with a Roman and three coins marriage. Our tour director had his own spin, one return to Rome, find new love (no specific nationality), three marry. Financially speaking, I would change the rules around because I believe more people would choose a return trip. Just calculating and guesstimating.

3. You can take a picture with it but DO NOT TALK on your CELLPHONE inside St. Peter's Basilica. It may not be a sin BUT it should be, unless of course he had a direct line to a higher power. Lower your voice also, mi scusi for my upper casing. I just could not believe that call could not wait for another time and place.

4. Take advantage of any extra time you have. Stroll the streets at night but be aware of pick pockets and the gypsies were the characters we were warned about but had no troubles. My mother warned me about all the cats at the Coliseum.  Later when I reviewed her pictures, I saw a woman feeding cats. That will draw a crowd.

5. Light a candle.  Every one knows someone who needs a prayer or special intention.

6. Take in the sights at Piazza Navona and purchase artwork to take home from there. It is the artist spot.

7. Eat!  Every things is delizioso and the water and wine is flowing.

8. Walk or take public transportation whenever you can and people watch.  Traffic is not a religious experience in "The Eternal City".

9. Visit the outside of St. Peter's Square in the evening.  It has mystique and presence. The two lit windows to the right mean "The Pope is in the House".  These are the windows to the papal apartment.  Seeing these windows aglow somehow gives you a feeling of security and all is right with the world. Pope Benedict was up there when I was in Rome, now Pope Francis holds that responsibility.

 10. Plan on the very least 4 days, there is so much to see. Walking among the ruins should take at least a day alone. I saw and walked inside the Coliseum but did get to walk among the ruins. We had to catch the bus ride back to our hotel. The Temple of Venus was right there, I could almost touch it.  It is one of my deepest regrets and frustrations but also another reason I would like to go back. Rome was not built in a day nor can you experience it all in one visit. There are many websites that list the best places to see but there are far more than 10.  Do your homework before you go but top priority "godere". It is a special place.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Top 10 Weekend Run and Walk for a Cause

April 26 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Walk at Citizens Bank Park check in at 8:30 a. m  walk at 10 a.m.

April 26 Eddystone Community Cancer Walk 4:30 p.m. meet at lighthouse park to register day of event. Open to every one. 

Apr 26 Sandy Sprint 5K/10K Superhero Run/Walk, 8:00 a.m. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA 19131.
April 26 Relay for Life at Strath Haven High School 205 S Providence Rd, Wallingford. 10 a.m.

April 27 Rose Tree Park American Cancer Society Bark For Life of Rose Tree Media 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

April 27 Valley Forge 5K Revolutionary Run 8:30 a.m. at Valley Forge Park.

Apr 27 For Petes Sake Cancer Respite Foundations 4th Annual For Petes Sake 3M Fun Walk, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA. 9 a.m.

April 27 March of Dimes March for Babies  Registration time: 7:30 a.m. Philadelphia Art Museum 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19130 (610) 945-6050 Start time: 9:30 a.m. 

August 27 The 29th Annual Havertown CROP Hunger Walk at The Grimes Center at St. Denis Church in Havertown. Walk begins at 2 p. m.

Apr 27 Joe Schwartz Memorial 3K Run/Walk on Campus, Haverford College, Haverford, PA. 12:30 p.m.

Most online registrations are closed but you may be able to register the day of the event.  Check the links for further details and to verify start time.