Neighborhood Chatter: Movies, egg hunts reunions and more

By Bill Gelman

Those looking to catch a lunchtime movie on Friday (March 9) can stop by the Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St., for a showing of “Crooklyn,” a 1994 comedy/drama directed by Spike Lee. The film is a semi-autobiographical story about a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five children living in Brooklyn in 1973. It’s rated PG-13. The cast includes Alfre Woodard and Delroy Lindo. For more information, call 215–685–1758.

Since many have to work or go to school, there is another family-friendly option. The 3rd Police District Advisory Council is hosting a Family Friday Movie Night featuring a screening of “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” at Palumbo Recreation Center, 725 S. 10th St., 6:30–9:30 p.m. on Friday. Popcorn and snacks will be provided. The film is rated PG. For more information, visit

The Bella Vista Neighbors Association and Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine St., will welcome a special guest on Saturday, March 24, as Jessica Dimuzio, conservation educator, author and veterinarian, will read from her award-winning book “Bark! Bark for My Park!” at 10:30 a.m. The event is for children ages 4 and older, conservation educators, gardeners and animal lovers of all ages. Dimuzio, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has taught conservation programs around the globe, including Africa, Asia and North America. The story is about how her five-pound puppy, Johnny Angel, saved a 690-acre farm park from destruction. For more information, contact Linda Dubin Garfield at


The East Passyunk Community Center, 1025 Mifflin St., is getting ready for day-before-Easter fun with an egg hunt and petting zoo. The advisory council announced the plans for this event that will take place rain or shine on Saturday, March 31, starting at 10 a.m. for children 4 and under. The egg hunt for children ages 5 to 6 will begin at 11 a.m., while ages 7 to 12 will start at noon. Participants have the option of decorating bags. EPCC will be offering golden ticket prizes.

Two weeks later, on Saturday, April 14, the center will host its third annual craft fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.There will be vendors, music, concessions and more. For more information about the events, visit


Shot Tower Playground, 101–31 Carpenter St., will hold a free Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be a craft table, face painting and refreshments, too. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rumor has it that the Easter Bunny will be making an appearance. For more information, visit


The South Philadelphia High School class of 1968 is preparing for a biggie — its 50th reunion. Preparations are in the early stages, but the date is expected to be sometime in October. Those interested in attending should contact Stephen Michielli,, or Arleen Genniro-Liberi,

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