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June 23, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
Maybe it is their generally aloof nature, independence streak or somewhat surly expression that gives cats the reputation for not wanting to listen. But apparently they do like to hear a good story. The Pennsylvania SPCA has launched a new summer reading program that will pair gregarious grade schoolers with friendly felines and is aptly named "Cat Tales. " The program will run every Tuesday from July 5 to August 30 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the shelter located at 350 E. Erie Ave., in North Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By Lauren Feiner, Staff Writer
DURING THE school year, Manuel Walker and his 8-year-old son start their day at 4:40 a.m. when they leave the shelter where they live in West Philly for school in Mount Airy. Two trains, a bus, and an hour and a half later, Walker leaves his son at the before-school child care and continues to travel for another hour to work. For homeless parents like Walker, relief in the summer months comes not from a reprieve from the school commute, but from knowing their kids still have somewhere to go. Walker will gratefully shuttle his son to and from camp this summer - thanks to funding from Child Care Information Services of Philadelphia with the help of their shelter, Families Forward Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2016 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Staff Writer
Summertime. A lake, quiet woodlands, mini-golf. Ah, sleepaway camp in the Poconos. Philadelphia natives Joanne Thomas, 65; her twin sister, Diane Colf; and their mother, Anne Thomas, 91, had long wanted to travel together. When Colf retired from her corrections job, they chose Camp Ladore in Waymart, Pa., operated by the Salvation Army. "And there's no sleeping in tents," Joanne Thomas said with a laugh. The senior- friendly summer camp has comfortable quarters, and a swimming pool.
NEWS
June 19, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - The Miss New Jersey pageant is like a mini-me, the kid sister from another boardwalk allowed to tag along with Miss America in September. State pageants, the qualifiers for Miss America, bring pageantry back to their basics, a journey deep to the heart of a Miss Seashore Line labyrinth. Here you really see how the whole enterprise is rooted not in cookie-cutter perfection but in something more akin to, hey, why not me? But also, why? A Miss New Jersey has not been crowned Miss America on pageant night since 1937.
FOOD
June 17, 2016 | By Beth D'Addono, For The Inquirer
Like so many dads, Dave Joachim loves to play with fire. "I'm a pyro at heart," said the Emmaus resident, who also happens to be a wizard at the grill. Joachim, who has written, edited, or collaborated on more than 40 cookbooks, specializes in the science of grilling, a talent that's evident in Williams-Sonoma Grill School (Weldon Owen, $18.60), the new primer he cowrote with Elkins Park food writer Andrew Schloss. "This is our third book together," said Joachim, who is a drummer in the band Tavern Tan when he's not firing up the barbie.
NEWS
June 13, 2016 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Bob Rose was still in junior high school when he promoted his first music show. A few hometown Bridgeton bands were looking for gigs, and a school dance needed performers. Several years later, in 1974, Rose put together his first big outdoor concert - a five-act garage-band show at the now-defunct Palatine Race Track in Centerton, Cumberland County. Back then, social media didn't exist, so Rose had to rely on old-fashioned word of mouth and some concert posters.
NEWS
June 13, 2016 | John Timpane
Here are a few outstanding museum and gallery shows you should not miss this summer. Creative Africa (Through Sept. 25, Philadelphia Museum of Art) This big show is simply a revelation - the visionary work of artists throughout Africa, from contemporary photography, fashion, and architecture to centuries-old sculpture. Also programs, artist talks, family festivals, and community conversations. (215-763-8100, philamuseum.org ) Daylight Harmony: Larry Francis (Through June 30, Gross McCleaf Gallery)
NEWS
June 13, 2016 | By John Timpane, Staff Writer
S ummer reading . . . those very words conjure up spare time, leisure, a lounge chair on a beach or under a tree, or kicking back in the lanai, getting into a book you've been waiting to read. Or any book at all. Even if you'll be working 12 hours a day right through summer, as many of us will, summer might feel less headlong and anxious than other seasons. You might . . . actually . . . feel like . . . reaching . . . for a book. So below we offer a list of titles (most recent, a couple not)
NEWS
June 13, 2016
Where classical music is concerned, the vacation months are now a haven for niche programming - sometimes of the extreme sort. The idea is that if it's your niche, you'll travel for it. So what's worth the current gasoline prices? Here's a selection of great classical programs within a day's drive. Farewell to Claude Frank; Hello to Rossini (Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts; Katonah, N.Y.) From June 18 to Aug. 7, Caramoor has a full range of chamber music and orchestral programs on this gracious 90-acre estate.
NEWS
June 13, 2016
Time was, summer in Philadelphia meant a vacation for, and from, the arts. Classical groups in particular tended to throw up their hands and wait for audiences to return from Long Beach Island, Eagles Mere, or Maine. As last season suggested, the city has become a summer playground in its own right, and classical groups are catching on. Yes, the sylvan settings of Marlboro Music Festival and Tanglewood beckon, and there is still room for some really smart group to set down anchor in the city with an ambitious summer arts festival.
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