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Coming Up in Frankford

  • Neighborhood Cleanup
    When – Sat, June 12, 9am – 12pm
    Where – Paul Street and Frankford Avenue (map)
    Description – Volunteers will work on a property there as well as at Hedge and Orthodox streets and at Tackawanna and Meadow streets.
  • Northwood Civic Association Meeting
    When – Tue, June 15, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street.  (map) District Attorney Seth Williams is scheduled to appear
  • Frankford/Northwood Spring Resource Fair
    When – Sat, June 19, 10am – 1pm
    Where – 4600 block of Paul Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – Come join us for a day of fun, free food, activities and prizes. Sponsored by the Northeast Epic Stakeholders Group, Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez and State Representative Tony Payton.
  • Town Hall Meeting
    When – Tue, June 22, 6pm – 8pm
    Where – Sankofa Freedom Academy, 4256 Paul St., Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – Town Hall Meeting on drug rehabilitation facilities and housing for recovering addicts. Drug rehabilitation and recovery have been of particular concern to Frankford residents, who have complained to city officials, including councilwoman Sanchez, about the large number of these facilities in Frankford.
    When – Thu, June 24, 12pm – 2pm
    Where – Agape Restaurant, 4524-26 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – The Frankford Business and Professional Association is hosting a Business Card Exchange for all local businesses, and organizations. Opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and promote your business. Please join us for the Annual Business Card Exchange. This is a great opportunity to come meet other local merchants, share ideas, network, and promote your business. You can also learn about the other programs FBPA is working on such as commercial corridor block captions, UnLitter Us in Frankford, Frankford Avenue promotions and much more. Lunch will be served, please RSVP so we know how many to expect.
  • Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group
    When – Thu, June 24, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    Where – Edmunds School, 1197 Haworth St. Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – The ultimate goal is to create a process that enhances the community’s ability to solve issues surrounding truancy, domestic violence, child safety and substance abuse.
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting
    When – Thu, July 8, 7pm – 8pm
    Where2nd floor conference room, Aria Health, 4900 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
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Coming Up in Frankford

  • Christmas BazaarNext Week In Frankford
    When – Sat, December 5, 12pm – 4pm
    Where – Second Baptist Church of Frankford, 1801 Meadow St, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House
    When – Sun, December 6, 12pm – 5pm
    Where – 4278 Griscom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – Presentation at 1:30 PM: Civil War Era Music from the Front at Christmas Time Gleim’s Band 198th P.V
  • DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR? St. Joachim’s Christmas Event
    When – Sun, December 6, 3:00pm – 4:30pm
    Where – St. Joachims, 1507 Church St. Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – St. Joachim’s is presenting the biggest Christmas event ever! It will be held in the Church on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 3:00 PM. Join us for an afternoon of music, fun, drama and prayer. Free admission. 3 pm to 4:30 pm with refreshments following. Invite your friends and neighbors!
  • Community Meeting on the SEPTA Margaret-Orthodox Station Rehabilitation Project
    When – Tue, December 8, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
    Where – Frankford Group Ministries, 4620 Griscom Street Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – Get details about what’s happening to update the station We invite you to attend the meeting to get: * an overview and progress update about the project; * details about improvements; * possible impacts to businesses, residents, and riders; * an opportunity to have your questions answered firsthand. Tuesday, December 8 Frankford Group Ministries 4620 Griscom Street Philadelphia, PA 19124 5:30 pm Registration & Refreshments 6:00 Meeting Begins 7:30 Meeting Ends We look forward to seeing you. For more information contact Patricia Miller, Constituent Relations Coordinator, at 215-580-3609.
  • Historical Society of Frankford program
    When – Tue, December 8, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Where – 1507 Orthodox St., Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – MUSEUM and MEMBERS SHARE HOLIDAY TREASURES — Historical Society of Frankford Volunteers and Members. HSF’s Museum and Library has items in its collection that were likely holiday gifts or accessories for past Frankford families. You may have an item that your family has used or a special holiday gift that has been enjoyed over the years. Bring them to share with our members and volunteers as you get an insider’s view of some of HSF’s special items. Educational holiday crafts for the children will be offered, so bring your young people to this festive meeting. And feel free to bring a dessert as we gather to enjoy our traditional holiday sweets buffet.
  • Zoning Board Hearing on 1522-24 Church Street
    When – Wed, December 9, 4pm – 5pm
    Where – 1515 ARCH STREET 18TH FLOOR (map)
  • Philadelphia Energy Coordinating Agency co-host Weatherization Workshops
    When – Wed, December 9, 6pm – 8pm
    Where – Sankofa Charter School, 4256 Paul St. Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description – Rep. Payton and the Philadelphia Energy Coordinating Agency co-host Weatherization Workshops These free workshops are open to the public and will teach people how to save money through energy conservation. Trainers will present on how to install self-help energy saving material and provide these materials free of charge to qualifying attendees. Information will also be available on rebates, tax credits, and new energy programs. Referrals will also be provided to existing energy conservation and assistance programs. Sankofa Charter School 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 4256 Paul St. Philadelphia For more information, call 215-288-2001
  • Frankford Garden Club trip to Longwood Gardens
    When – Sat, December 12, 3pm – 9pm
    Where – Bus departs Griscom and Orthodox Streets (map)
    Description – Trip to Longwood Gardens on Saturday December 12- $5 for Garden Club members, $12 for adult guests, $6 for children guests! The Bus will leave from Griscom and Orthodox Streets at 3:00 pm, arriving at Longwood around 4pm – we will return by 9pm
  • Frankford Garden Club Holiday Party
    When – Tue, December 15, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
    Where – Wissinoming Park (map)
    Description – For Garden club members and their invited guests.
  • Northwood Civic Association Meeting
    When – Tue, December 15, 7pm – 8pm
    Where – St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street. (map)
  • Italian Style Family Dinner
    When – Wed, December 16, 4:30pm – 8:00pm
    Where – St. Joachim’s Church, 1527 Church Street, Phila., PA 19124 (map)
    Description – MARK YOUR CALENDAR Every Third Wednesday from September thru May Italian Style Family Dinner The Dinners will be served from 4:30 PM to 8 PM in Fitzmaurice Hall Take-out will be available. COST: $8.00 for Adults, $4.00 for Children. Come Join us!
  • Free Pictures with Santa
    When – Sat, December 19, 9am – 12pm
    Where – Dream Girls, 4601 Frankford Avenue, 2nd floor. (map)
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Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School

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Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School opened its doors Saturday to the community and we stopped by briefly to see what was happening.  There was certainly a good sized crowd at 9:30.

The school is located in the old Mater Dolorosa school at Paul and Ruan Streets.  it’s good to see it being put to good use again.

We walked about the building and it showed that a lot of work has gone into getting it ready for the school opening in September.

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In the gym we were greeted by the sound of drums.  I am a sucker for percussion and I have rarely heard a sound with this beat.  Those guys should be invited to the Frankford Festival.

I’ve heard some folks wonder about this school and the strange sounding name.  You can go to their web site linked above to find out more.  It is a charter school which means it is funded by the school district and therefore follows the same curriculum as the public schools.  The difference is that where choices exist, they will use African cultural resources.  When I was growing up, our school talked a lot about the Irish and German cultures.  Since this area is populated by many African Americans it makes sense.

We wish them the best of luck.

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SRC Green Lights Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission approved the application by the Sankofa Freedom Acedemy to establish a new charter school in Frankford at their meeting on February 18th.  The new school will be a college prep program based on the Freedom School model.  It will include kindergarten through high school.

Dr. Ayesha Imani, the CEO and founder informed us that classes will begin this September with Kindergarten through fourth grade and also ninth grade.  The school will move to the full enrollment of 650 students gradually over a period of a few years.

A two year lease is being negotiated for use of the old Mater Dolorosa school building, however this is seen as a short term solution since the anticipated enrollment will require more space than is available at that site.

We’ll keep you up to date on their progress.

We have updated the Frankford resources page with the school listing to include Sankofa.  This latest addition brings us to 16 plus the Frankford Hospital nursing school.