Briefs: November 10th, 2021

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will help to plant more than 1,350 trees in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania from Nov. 17-21.

Da Vinci Art Alliance opens two solo exhibitions

The Da Vinci Art Alliance at 704 Catharine St. has two new solo exhibitions by artists Marcie Ziskind and Scout Cartagena.

Both shows will run through Nov. 24.

Sticks and Stones by Marcie Ziskind is the artist’s recollection of the city’s experience with pandemic, including business shutdowns, political divides and racial injustices. Ziskind walked around the city, witnessing the emotional and physical wreckage of a broken city.

According to the Da Vinci Art Alliance, Sticks and Stones is “the physical embodiment of the way words can hit you, pummel you, stick with you, and forever change your perspective. It is meant to remind us that although they can hurt, words must be said to evoke thoughtful transformation.”

Fifteen percent of all proceeds from this exhibit will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

You Have Their Eyes by Scout Cartagena recounts an experience with a rare auto-immune disorder, making it feel like the artist was a stranger in their own body.

Each year, Cartagena loses parts of their memory and mobility, fueling their desire to preserve

their sense of self by creating art that is tangible. Through You Have Their Eyes, Cartagena uses art to process their identity as a queer, Afro-latinx and non-able-bodied person. Using reflection, diffusion, imagery and transparency as metaphors, Scout is working to unearth the identity they have come to know against the memory they have begun to lose.

Upcoming screenings of music documentary Safe X Sound

A music documentary told by musician Brian Walker and produced by South Philly resident Brianna Spause will be screened three times over the next three weeks.

“Safe X Sound” is an exploration of consent and safe spaces in the East Coast underground music scene. According to the creators, the intent of the documentary is to address the value of consent, safe spaces, inclusion and the value of live music for underrepresented voices. 

A digital Screening by Spiral Bookcase on Main Street is scheduled for Nov. 14 (donations suggested). Another screening will be at the Grape Room (with performance by Space Ghosties) on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance/$10 at the door. A Novel Idea at 1726 E. Passyunk Ave. will host a screening on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.

Volunteer to plant trees

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society announced it will collaborate with more than 80 of its Tree Tenders groups, community organizations and neighborhood volunteers to plant more than 1,350 trees in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania from Nov. 17-21. Through this semi-annual initiative, PHS creates and enhances tree canopy in neighborhoods across the Philadelphia region and helps promote healthier, greener communities. Interested volunteers can view locations and sign up to help plant trees by visiting: No prior gardening or tree planting experience is required.

Volunteers will also be asked to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19 before registering. A Tree Tenders group leader will be assigned to all planting locations. Everyone is asked to bring a mask, hand sanitizer, gloves, close-toed shoes, a shovel if you have one, and a water bottle. Supplies for plantings will be available onsite, including shovels, pickaxes, brooms, trash bags, and more. Participants are also asked to dress for the weather as plantings will happen rain or shine.

Community Vaccines Clinics for kids 5-11

Vaccine clinics for children 5-11 will be available at various locations in South Philadelphia including Universal Charter Schools and Children’s Playhouse Whitman Center.

Universal’s family of schools will host free vaccine clinics at four South Philly locations including Universal Alcorn Charter School at 3200 Dickinson St. on Nov. 10 and Dec. 1 from noon to 4 p.m.; Universal Institute Charter School at 1415 Catharine St. on Nov. 18 and Dec. 9 from noon to 4 p.m.; Universal Audenried at 3301 Tasker St. on Nov. 18 from 1-4 p.m. and Universal Vare Charter School at 2100 S. 24th St. on Nov. 22 and Dec. 9 from 1-4 p.m.

Children’s Playhouse at 2501 S. Marshall St. will host its free clinic from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 13. Walk-ins are invited. For more information, visit

Monster Jam at the Linc

Monster Jam returns to Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, April 16.

The show starts at 7 p.m., with a pit party for fans going from 2:30 to 5:30.

At the pit party, fans can see the massive 12,000-pound trucks up close, meet their favorite drivers and crews, and take pictures.

Tickets are available at

New partnership in senior care

Vesta Healthcare, a 24/7 technology and clinical services organization that supports patients and empowers caregivers to help everyone stay healthy at home, announced a new partnership with Abramson Senior Care, a leader in caring for the aging for more than 150 years. The partnership incorporates Abramson Senior Care’s connected continuum of home and community-based services with Vesta technology, enabling real-time data sharing, notification of changes in health status and access to 24/7 healthcare expertise. The partnership aims to provide clients and their caregivers with an added level of in-home support and enhanced clinical oversight. The goal is to catch early warning signs of a worsening health condition, prompting preventative interventions and, ultimately, leading to better health outcomes.

Vesta’s program includes access to 24/7 monitoring, with a team of nurse practitioners, nurses and other clinicians available via telephone, video and other virtual technology to receive and respond to alerts as well as provide triage support to clients and caregivers. If symptoms or warning signs suggest additional intervention is needed, Vesta’s clinical team coordinates with Abramson Senior Care’s integrated care team, primary care provider and the rest of the member’s care team.

The Vesta program has shown that 88% of clients’ urgent alerts can be managed and resolved in the home, in partnership with caregivers and their care team, resulting in a more than 30% reduction in emergency room visits and hospital admission rates. 

Alzheimer’s walk at Citizens Bank Park

The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Philadelphia-area residents to participate in the Philadelphia Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Nov. 13 at Citizens Bank Park.

Options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods.

To register and receive the latest updates on this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visit

For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association, visit or call 800-272-3900. 

Conto fighting at Live!

South Philadelphia heavyweight fighter Sonny Conto (7-0, 6 KOs) will put his undefeated streak on the line when he enters the boxing ring at the new Live! Casino & Hotel, 900 Packer Ave., on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. It will be the first live boxing event at the newly opened 1,000-plus-seat Live! Event Center. Conto will face Ed Fountain (12-8, 5 K0s) of St. Louis in a six-round fight.

The main event and full card will be announced. The card will consist of a minimum of seven fights, with the first one beginning at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. The card is promoted by Joe Hand Promotions.

Tickets at $50, $75 and $125 are on sale now and are available at, or by calling 215-364-9000. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

Thanksgiving parade on Sunday

Groups are invited to march in the 44th Mayfair-Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade, which will take place on Sunday, Nov. 21, at noon on Frankford Avenue. The route will go from Rhawn Street to Knorr Street, where performances will be.

Businesses, performers, bands and more are invited to participate. Family-friendly floats are accepted.

Pat’s Music Center will be the grand marshal.

The parade will consist of string bands, favorite local bands, school marching bands, cheerleaders, dance groups, classic cars, military vehicles and Santa Claus and his elves, collecting Christmas letters.

Scouts will be collecting nonperishable foods, and the Marines will be collecting for Toys for Tots.

Anyone interested in marching in the parade can call Lisa Greco at 215-624-6667 or Donny Smith at 267-538-4668, or email

Open house at Orleans

JEVS will hold open houses for its Project WOW and IT Pre-Apprenticeship programs, which help low-income Philadelphia youth develop skills in building trades and information technology, every Monday and Wednesday in November at Orleans Technical College, 2770 Red Lion Road.

The dates are Nov. 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 and 29, from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, go to


The Sisterhood of Congregations of Shaare Shamayim is hosting a virtual bingo on two consecutive Mondays, Dec. 6 and 13, starting at 7:30 p.m.

The cost is $36 per person and includes two cards for eight games of bingo each night. There is also a 50/50 for $5 that will be drawn on Dec. 13.

Send your payment to the CSS office, 9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115, attention: Bingo. Payment must be received no later than Nov. 24, and you must include your email address for the link to be sent to you.

Call Gerry or Nancy at 215-677-1600. 

Donate food at AHCU

American Heritage Credit Union invites the community to take part in its Spirit of Giving Food Drive. All nonperishable food donations will be given out to various food pantries and food banks throughout the community to help families in need this holiday season.

The donations will be collected through Nov. 27 at all American Heritage branch locations. Nonperishable goods such as soups, canned meat and vegetables, rice and pasta are at a higher demand this time of year. 

Christmas bazaar at Cannstatter

The St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association will hold a Christmas bazaar on Nov. 28, from 3-7 p.m. at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road.

The cost is $30 and includes food, live music, wine, beer, Christmas shopping, wood crafts, candles, Irish shops, pictures with Santa and raffles.

Vendor space is $40 per spot. Reserve by emailing

Activities at Academy of Natural Sciences

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is hosting several current and upcoming exhibits.

Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs goes through Jan. 17, 2022.

Paleo Playdate will take place Nov. 10, from 10:15 to 11 a.m. The event is geared to preschool children, who will listen to science story time and take part in activities and crafts. For more information and to register, go to

Academy Nightcap: Angry, Scared or Feeling Frisky will be on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 8:30 p.m. on Zoom. Register at

Junior Scientist Workshop: How Do Trees Get Ready for Winter? will take place on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information and to register, visit

Invisible World of Water runs from Nov. 13 to April 17, 2022.

A Diet for the Climate will take place virtually on Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 7-8 p.m. To register, go to

Cinema for the Climate is set for Saturday, Nov. 20. Kids and families are welcome from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Adults and Drexel students are invited from 2-4 p.m. To register, visit

Junior Scientist Workshop: Do Birds Say Brrr? is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. The workshop is geared for kids in grades 3-5. To register, visit

A “winter break” camp will run from Monday to Thursday, Dec. 27-30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The camp is for ages 6-10. Register at

Water exhibit to open in November

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, will present Invisible World of Water, opening Saturday, Nov. 13.

Invisible World of Water will be on view through April 17, 2022 and is free with general admission.

The exhibit coincides with “Water Year,” a 2022 initiative of the Academy of Natural Sciences and Drexel University aimed to increase public attention of the resource.

For more information, visit

Kimmel schedule

The Kimmel Cultural Campus has returned to live Broadway programming.

Here is the schedule through next summer: Hamilton (through Nov. 28, Academy of Music); Anastasia (Nov. 23-28, Merriam Theater); Stomp (Dec. 28 to Jan. 2, Merriam Theater); Pretty Woman: The Musical (Jan. 4-16, Academy of Music); Hadestown (Feb. 9-20, Academy of Music); Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Feb. 22-27, Academy of Music); Rent: 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour (March 4-6, Merriam Theater); Oklahoma! (March 8-20, Forrest Theatre); Waitress (March 29 to April 3, Academy of Music); Hairspray (May 16-22, Merriam Theater); To Kill A Mockingbird (July 12-24, Academy of Music); and Dear Evan Hansen (Aug. 16-28, Forrest Theatre).

For more information, call 215-893-1955 or visit

Upcoming bus trip, cruise

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a bus trip to the Mt. Hope Estate’s holiday dinner theater in Manheim, Lancaster County, on Nov. 29. Cost is $115.

The group is sponsoring a cruise to Charleston and Bermuda, June 2-12, 2022, on the Celebrity Summit, sailing from Cape Liberty, in North Jersey. Rates range from $1,577 to $2,387 per person, double occupancy.

Call 215-788-9408 for information and reservations.