Thursday, November 21
Monthly Zine Workshop at 4 p.m. at Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave. A zine is a self-published magazine or mini-comic that can be about any topic or interest. You’ll learn about simple folding techniques and design layout, and then have the time, space and supplies to work on your own creation.
Crimes and Mysteries Bookish Club at 11:30 a.m. at Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave. Join us each month for a casual chat about our favorite detective series, true crime podcasts, unsolved cases, cozy mysteries and more. We’ll pick a different book to read and discuss each month, but there’s no pressure to read along or finish the book before the meeting. This month’s selection is “American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land” by Monica Hesse.
Dance Me a Story from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the South Philly Library, 1700 S. Broad St. Listen, move and learn at this special storytime with The School of Pennsylvania Ballet. This free program is limited to children ages 3 and older. Call 215-685-1866 with any questions.
Friday, November 22
Spanish Storytime/Hora de cuentos en español from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the Charles Santore Library, 932 S. 7th St. Bring the whole family to the library to share stories, rhymes and songs. The program is intended for preschool children.
Saturday, November 23
Infant Storytime at 11 a.m. at Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St. Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, music, movement and lots of fun, followed by a half-hour playgroup. This event is for children birth through 18 months and their caregivers.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s Annual Basket Raffle from 6 to 10 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 2329 S. 3rd St. Pre-purchased tickets cost $20, which includes dinner. Tickets at the door cost $25. For tickets, contact 215-334-7766. For more information, contact the OLMC activities team at 267-997-0316 (Dot Dillon) or 215-200-4928 (Maryann Dolan.)
Free Nintendo Labo Event for Kids at the South Philly Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1700 S. Broad St. Kids in grades K to 12 are invited to come to the South Philadelphia library to use Nintendo Switches and Nintendo Labo to create, decorate, play and build with robots. This event is free and will have Nintendo Switches and Labo provided. Registration is requested at https://forms.gle/cYekDomDzh2wdHie8.
Tuesday, November 26
Friends of the Donatucci Library Monthly Meeting at 6 p.m. at Donatucci Library, 1935 Shunk St. The meeting is open to all members of the community. The Friends of the Donatucci Library is a volunteer organization that advocates for library resources and funding, raises funds for programming and equipment and presents programming at the library throughout the year. Meet your neighbors, make some new friends and support your library and your community.
Saturday, November 30
Houseplant Workshop and Plant Swap from 1 to 3 p.m. at Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St. Learn the do’s and don’ts of plant care. Presented by Donna Williams, moderator of Philly Plant Guy.
Small Business Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Bok Market, 1901 S. 9th St. Vendors include Stover Ceramics, Remark Glass, Bevy of Objects, Franklin and Whitman, Evening Star Gallery, Nuance LLC, Sabbatical Beauty, MacGregor-Art, Echo Metals, Lobo Mau, b.ross, Carol Stamper Art, Chuck Morris Ceramics, The Tiny Jeweler, Caitlin McCormack, Night Shift Studio, Rider Ceramics, People Pet Portraits and Irwin’s (opening at 4 p.m.)
Thursday, December 5
Lights Around the World from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Donatucci Library, 1935 Shunk St. The Geography Lady presents Lights Around the World. Join the library as it takes a trip around the world to discover how different countries and cultures use light to celebrate. Pictures, stories, sensory crafts, snacks and more await.
St. Edmond Choir’s Christmas Concert, “A Night of Carols,” at 7 p.m. at St. Edmond’s Church, 2130 S 21st St. This event includes free admission and ample parking.
East Passyunk Tree Lighting from 5 to 7 p.m. at Tasker Street and Passyunk Avenue. East Passyunk Avenue BID and Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation invite you to kick off the holidays at the Annual East Passyunk Christmas Tree Lighting. Come out with neighbors and friends for an evening filled with holiday music from Alphabet Academy Child Care, Andrew Jackson School HOME rock band, and more. CBS 3 Philly meteorologist Lauren Casey will be emcee. Count down with her as she helps light the official Christmas tree around the singing fountain. Bring an unwrapped new toy for Lauren to bring back to CBS 3 and The CW Philly 57 for their annual Toy Fest holiday drive. You can also donate $10 to the cause by texting JOY to 41444. Message and data rates apply. Santa Claus will help spread holiday cheer and be on hand to take photos with the children.
Rep. Fiedler’s Holiday Party and Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. at 2400 S. 9th Street.
Stop by for holiday cheer, South Philly treats, and answers to your government-related questions. Santa will be making an appearance from 6 to 7 p.m.
Friday, December 6
Spanish Storytime/Hora de cuentos en español from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Charles Santore Library, 932 S. 7th St. Bring the whole family to the library to share stories, rhymes and songs. The program is intended for preschool children.
Saturday, December 7
St. Monica Cash Bingo at St. Monica Senior School Gym, 16th and Shunk. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Games start at 6:30 p.m. A table of eight can be reserved. $25 per person includes three cards for each 10 rounds, dessert and coffee. Attendees are welcome to bring food and drink. 50/50 and special bingo rounds. Must be at least 18 years old to play. Tickets on sale at the rectory. Rectory hours are Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are also available at the door.
Can You Händel It? East Passyunk Pop Up Choir from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Singing Fountain, East Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street. Join a pop-up choral performance of George Frideric Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from his 1741 oratorio, Messiah, on East Passyunk Avenue. Together, the group will learn Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus and other carols, accompanied by live musicians. Participation by the general public is open and encouraged. No experience is necessary. Everyone free to participate. The group will be using the Schirmer Edition of Handel’s Messiah. Bring your own score or print out your own copies, as printed copies will be limited. Conducted by Justin Gonzalez (www.justingonzaleztenor.com).
Santa visits the Library & Holiday Craft Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Donatucci Library, 1935 Shunk St. Join the Friends of the Donatucci Library as they host Santa Claus and a holiday craft bazaar at the Donatucci Library. There will be holiday storytimes, crafts, gift baskets, refreshments and holiday music.
Saturday, December 14
True Gospel Tabernacle Church’s Annual Christmas Bazaar and Flea Market from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1912 S. 16th St. (TGT Daycare South) Fellowship Hall, second floor. Shop from a selection of thrift items. Enjoy refreshments. Vending space is limited. Tables cost $25. Contact Sister Frances Emanuel at 215-334-3343, Ext. 10. All are welcome to join for shopping, feast and fellowship.
Made at Bok Market from noon to 5 p.m. at the Bok Building, 1901 S. 9th St. Stover Ceramics, Remark Glass, Bevy of Objects, Franklin and Whitman, Evening Star Gallery, Nuance LLC, Sabbatical Beauty, MacGregor-Art, Echo Metals, Lobo Mau, B.ross, Carol Stamper Art, Chuck Morris Ceramics, The Tiny Jeweler, Night Shift Studio and Irwin’s (opening at 4 p.m.)
Monday, December 16
Winter Solstice Celebration from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at the South Philly Library, 1700 S. Broad St. Come relax and celebrate with the Friends of the South Philadelphia Library. Meet your neighbors, enjoy refreshments, make a holiday craft and listen to live music. Interfaith Philadelphia will be honoring the library as a Zone of Peace. The library will also be collecting new, unused, brand-name items for hygiene kits, including baby wipes, liquid soap and tissues.