Around Town

Honor Beirut bombing victims

The Marine Corps League’s annual memorial for the nine Philadelphia-area soldiers killed in the 1983 Beirut bombing will take place on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m. at the Beirut Memorial, Front and Dock streets. Drivers whose vehicle displays a Marine sign can park for free on streets adjacent to the memorial. For more information, call Don Campanile at 215-696-9194. ••

Veterans parade names grand marshals

The Philadelphia Veterans Parade and Festival announced Municipal Court President Judge Patrick Dugan and retired Sgt Maj. JoAnn Tresco as co-grand marshals of the parade, on Sunday, Nov. 6, at noon. Tresco is an advocate for female veterans, raising money and awareness. Dugan, a retired U.S. Army captain, is a founder of Veterans Court and has served overseas in Panama, South Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Anthony Murphy, president of the Philadelphia Veterans Parade, said, “Throughout their civilian lives, both Judge Dugan and JoAnn Tresco have worked in unique ways to raise awareness of issues impacting veterans and helping those with the greatest needs.” ••


Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 266 will hold its 25th annual name reading at the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Front and Spruce streets, on Saturday, Oct. 22, at noon. Volunteers are needed to read one of (or part of) the 34 panels that honor the 648 Philadelphians killed in the Vietnam War. Check the PVVM Facebook page for information on mobile wall displays in October and November. Chapter 266 is looking for members. Contact Chuck at 215-722-3518 or ••

Learn proper grammar

Holy Family University, 9801 Frankford Ave., will host Who’s or Whose on First? Grammar Usage for Everyday on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and will take place at the ETC building, Room 308, 9801 Frankford Ave. Register at, 267-341-3305 or••

Phriends’ Murder Mystery coming to Counter Culture

Starting Oct. 28, Counter Culture at 514 South St. will host an interactive murder mystery show. Phriends is acted out by iconic characters Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe and Joey, who take a trip down to Philadelphia for the opening of “Fairmount Perk,” a cafe chain started by Gunther. However, the fun doesn’t last too long as drama stirs up between the friends and some unexpected guests make an appearance. During the show, there will also be a scavenger hunt that can be played through an app on your smartphone.

General admission tickets are on sale for $35 and VIP tickets are on sale for $75 at

PL130 opens new exhibition

PL130 Gallery at PhotoLounge will open an exhibition called Projected Exposures, which will run from through Nov. 12.

Projected Exposures will highlight 13 Member Moments of inspiring interviews and beautiful photographs that show each photographer’s point of view.

The show invites viewers to delve into the work by also reading the full artist interviews and providing feedback and reactions. The goal of Projected Exposures is not only to encourage the exhibiting photographer’s, but to help viewers develop their own critical eye.

Open house will be held on Nov. 4 from 6-9 p.m. at PhotoLounge, 130 S. 17th St.

Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 3

The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame’s 2022 Class will be Inducted on Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Live! Casino & Hotel, 9th Street and Packer Avenue. Inductees will be the Blue Horizon, the 1983 NBA-champion 76ers, Adele Boyd, Art McNally, Charles T. Cooper, David Akers, Ed Bolden, Fredia Gibbs, Howard Eskin, Jimmy Rollins, Keith Allen, Nikki Franke, Phil Martelli, Ray Kelly, Reds Bagnell, Rollie Massimino and Susan Francia. For more information, visit ••

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.

Sea Change is running indefinitely.

The River Feeds Back, going through Oct. 30, is an immersive sound installation created by artists Annea Lockwood and Liz Phillips. The exhibit brings visitors into the deep sonic environment of the Schuylkill River watershed through recordings and a layered sound map that captures glimpses of the river system including the life of aquatic insects, eels, fish and swirling currents.

Ocean Bound will run through Jan. 15, 2023.

South Phila. HS class of ‘68 reunion

The South Philadelphia High School Class of 1968 will hold its 55th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Waterfall Room, 2015 S. Water St. Tickets cost $60 and include buffet dinner and open bar. For tickets and more information, call Arleen Liberi [609-922-2419], Maria Leati [856-287-3734] or Stephen Michielli [267-252-2740]. ••

Upcoming cruise

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a fully escorted Holy Lands & Aegean Majesty cruise that will sail Oct. 6-17, 2023, featuring 10 ports-of-call. Rates, including airfare, range from $4,198 to $7,998 per person, double occupancy. Call 215-788-9408 for information and reservations. ••

Cruise the Mediterranean

Norwegian Cruise Line will host a Mediterranean cruise from Rome to Venice on Oct. 10-19, 2023. The trip is all inclusive with round-trip airfare, a beverage package, all meals, three specialty dinners, taxes, transfers and all gratuities. The cost for a balcony sea view cabin is $3,511 per person. For more information, contact Fillmore Travel’s Kevin Fries at 215-498-8294 or

Conto fighting at 2300 Arena

On Saturday night, Oct. 29, undefeated South Philadelphia heavyweight Sonny Conto (10-0, 8 KOs) takes on an opponent to be named in the six-round main event in the headlining bout of a Joe Hand Promotions card at the 2300 Arena, 2300 S. Swanson St.

Tickets at $55, $75, $100 and $150 are on sale at

Bryce Mills (9-1, 4 KOs) of Liverpool, New York, will look for his fourth consecutive victory when he takes on Larry Fryers (11-5-1, 4 KOs) of Yonkers, New York, via Clones, Ireland, in a six-round junior welterweight bout.

Devin Gantt (1-0, 1 KO) of Sicklerville, New Jersey, will see action in a four-round featherweight bout.

Other bouts will pit Tariq Green against Everlon Still (2-2, 1 KO) in a four-round super middleweight contest; Carlos Marrero fighting Tyree Arnold (1-4) in a four-round junior welterweight fight; Shane Slocumb making his pro debut in a heavyweight fight against an opponent to be named; Juan Davila (1-0, 1 KO) taking on an opponent in a four-round lightweight bout; and Tyler Zwicharowksi (1-0, 1 KO) taking on an opponent to be named in a four-round middleweight fight. ••