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This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Tue. Mar. 2. Comic Book Workshop. 4:30 p.m. West Oak Lane Library, 2000 E. Washington Lane. Join artists from the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention as they discuss young people’s literacy needs. Participants will be engaged in creative and exciting ways. For information, call 215-685-2843.

Tue. Mar. 2. The Family: The Ties that Bind. 5:30 p.m. Ramonita de Rodriguez Library, 600 W. Girard Ave. A discussion led by Jacqueline Taylor Adams on the importance of family and community history. For information, call 215-686-1768.

Tue. Mar. 2. Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration. 10:30 a.m. Kensington Library, 104 W. Dauphin St. Celebrate the author’s birthday with classics such as The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. For information, call Ms. Robin at 215-685-9996.

Tue Mar. 2. First Annual Read-a-thon. 12 p.m. Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with an afternoon filled with cake, games, special guests, and prizes. For more information, call Liz Heideman at 215-685-1758.

Tue. Mar. 2. Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration. 4 p.m. Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Pkwy. Bring the whole family to celebrate the imaginative author’s birthday with themed stories and games. For information, call 215-685-1973.

Tue. Mar. 2-Fri. Mar. 5. Philly Young Playwrights 2010 Professional Production. Enjoy three performances scripted by award-winning student playwrights. $10. Student groups get in free. For information, call 215-985-0420 or Nirvana Rivera at 215-665-9226.

Wed. Mar. 3. Comic Book Workshop. 4 p.m. Wynnefield Library, 5325 Overbrook Ave. Join artists from the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention as they discuss young people’s literacy needs. Participants will be engaged in creative and exciting ways. For information, call 215-685-0298.

Wed. Mar. 3. African Family Health Organization. 4:30-5:30 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, Parent and Community Resource Center, 440 N. Broad St. A workshop for the immigrant community focusing on information about where to receive low-cost or free health services as well as information on testing for and prevention of chronic diseases.

Thu. Mar. 4 & 18. Daddy Universe City Inc. 6-7:30 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, Parent and Community Resource Center, 440 N. Broad St. Discussion group on fathers’ rights and involvement. Event will address issues such as parenting skills, communication with partners, child support/custody, legal rights, and financial literacy. For information, call 215-400-7272.

Thu. Mar. 4. Fatherhood: Seed of Life, Turning Talking into Action. 6-8 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, 440 N. Broad St. Join this group that will discuss a father’s contribution to the overall well-being and health of children and families.

Thu. Mar. 4. 2010 Write On! A Celebration of Student Voices. 6 p.m. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. The celebration highlights the transforming effects of the Young Playwrights experience. A cocktail reception will be followed by a live performance of award-winning student pieces and an awards ceremony. For ticketing information, call Lindsay Mauck at 215-665-9226 or visit www.phillyyoungplaywrights.org.

Thu. Mar. 4, 18, & 25. Computer Training: Train the Trainer. 9-10:30 a.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, 440. N. Broad St. This 10-week course instructs parents on the basics of the computer so that they can put their newfound knowledge to use in assisting others. For information, call 215-400-4180.

Thu. Mar. 4. Gender Differences Among Children and Youth: School Violence and Health. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Drexel University’s Bossone Research Center, 3120 Market St. This forum will spotlight the issues of teen sex and violence. For information or to pre-register for the event, visit www.drexelmed.edu/SGRF.

Sat. Mar. 6. SAT Prep Class for Teens. 1 p.m. Northwest Philadelphia Regional Library, 68 W. Chelten Ave. A free, three-hour-long course taught by experienced instructors. Space is limited. To register, email collegeprep@freelibrary.org or call 215-686-5372.

Sat. Mar. 6. Financial Literacy for Teens. 1 p.m. West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St. A set of three, free financial literacy workshops focusing on securing financial independence. Topics include credit, student loans, saving for college, managing a budget, and the opportunity to open a checking account with PNC. For information, call 215-685-7424.

Sat. Mar. 6. Comic Book Writing and Drawing. 2 p.m. Ogontz Library, 6017 Ogontz Ave. Learn the basics of writing and drawing in comic-book style. For information, call 215-685-3566.

Mon. Mar. 8. Homework Help. 4-5:30 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, Parent and Community Resource Center, 440 N. Broad St. The more time spent on homework, the higher the student’s achievement. Tips and tools for parents to make homework more helpful and less stressful. For information, call 215-400-7272.

Tue. Mar. 9. Financial Literacy. 12-1 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, Parent and Community Resource Center, 440 N. Broad St. Learn the most important places to invest your money, as well as how to use your money wisely. For information, call 215-400-7272.

Tue. Mar. 9. Nationalities Services Center. 4-5 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, Parent and Community Resource Center, 440 N. Broad St. Workshop detailing services provided for the immigrant community of Philadelphia. For information, call 215-400-7272.

Tue. Mar. 9. Comic Book Workshop. 3:30 p.m. Oak Lane Library, 6614 N. 12th St. Join artists from the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention as they discuss young people’s literacy needs. Participants will be engaged in creative and exciting ways. For information, call 215-685-2848.

Wed. Mar. 10. Girls Inc. 8th Annual Strong, Smart and Bold Breakfast. 8 a.m. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch Sts. Join Girls Inc. honorees such as the Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake and Sara Manzano-Diaz for an inspirational breakfast. For information, visit http://girlsincpa-nj.givezooks.com.

Wed. Mar. 10. Comic Book Workshop. 3 p.m. Tacony Library, 6742 Torresdale Ave. Join artists from the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention as they discuss young people’s literacy needs. Participants will be engaged in creative and exciting ways. For information, call 215-685-8755.

Wed. Mar. 10. Celebrating Progress, Standing Up For Change. 12-2 p.m. United Way, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Small group discussions and guest speakers including labor market economist Paul Harrington at this luncheon focus on implementing models for moving youth and adults toward learning and careers. To RSVP, visit www.joinrsvp.org.

Wed. Mar. 10. School Reform Commission Planning Meeting. 2 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, 440 N. Broad St. To register to speak, call 215-400-4180 by 4:30 p.m. the day before the meeting.

Thu. Mar. 11. Parenting with Purpose. 10-12 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, Parent and Community and Resource Center, 440 N. Broad St. A workshop designed to break down barriers to good parenting. Parents will gain tools to build up their mental, physical, and spiritual awareness and begin parenting with purpose. For information, call 215-400-7272.

Sat. Mar. 13. Teaching Math to Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 12-3 p.m. Center for Autism, 3905 Ford Rd. This session focuses on effective mathematics instruction and strategies for students with autism spectrum disorders. Discover specific techniques and materials that will help students succeed. To RSVP, call 215-403-7106.

Sun. Mar. 14. Celebrate Norooz. 10:30 a.m. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Norooz, a festival of new life observed by many cultures, is celebrated through song, dance, and artwork. Central Asian and Middle Eastern demonstrations will take place throughout the day. For information, call 215-684-7580.

Mon. Mar. 15. FamilyNet: Check Your Child’s Grades Online. 9 a.m. Abbottsford Homes, 3226 McMichael St. Parents will learn how to access their child’s progress data, report cards, attendance records, test scores and instructional resources. For information, call 215-400-4180.

Mon. Mar. 15 thru May 26. Achieve Math. 9-10:30 a.m. Abbottsford Homes, 3226 McMichael St. Parents build on their math skills using the same processes used to teach their children. Participants will use manipulative materials to increase their ability and improve their problem-solving skills during this 10-week course meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays. For information, call 215-400-4180.

Mon. Mar. 15-Fri. Mar. 26. Campus Philly’s Online Internship Fair. Area employers recruit student talent for hands-on internship experiences. Online workshops as well as expert video panels available for question and answer sessions begin at noon on Monday the 15th. For information, visit www.career.campusphilly.org.

Tue. Mar. 16 thru April 28. The Kinney Center Afterschool Social Skills Program. Times vary. The Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support, St. Joseph’s University, 5600 City Ave. This program will help children with autism develop essential communication and social skills in order to improve relationships with family, teachers, therapists and peers. Space is limited. For information, visit www.kinneyautism.sju.edu/services/index_1.html.

Tue. Mar. 16 thru May 27. Achieve Math. 5:45-7:15 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, 440 N. Broad St. Parents build on their math skills using the same processes used to teach their children. Participants will use manipulative materials to increase their ability and improve their problem-solving skills during this 10-week course meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For information, call 215-400-4180.

Wed. Mar. 17. Overview of Immigration Law for Immigrants. 4:30-5:30 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, Parent and Community Resource Center, 440 N. Broad St. A workshop that will inform the immigrant community of the legal resources available to them. For information, call 215-400-7272

Wed. Mar. 17. Breakthrough Visiting Day. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Grover Washington Jr. Middle School, 201 E. Olney Ave. Get to know about Breakthrough Philly, an organization that helps build a path from middle school to college for low-income students in Philadelphia. For information, visit www.breakthroughphilly.org. To RSVP, contact development@breakthroughphilly.org.

Wed. Mar. 17. School Reform Commission Action Meeting. 2 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, 440 N. Broad St. To register to speak, call 215-400-4180 by 4:30 p.m. the day before the meeting.

Thu. Mar. 18. Parents as Authors and Children as Authors. 4-6 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, Parent and Community Resource Center, 440 N. Broad St. A workshop designed to help parents write and publish books with their children. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own book. For information, call 215-400-7272.

Thu. Mar. 18. Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow Gala. 5:30 p.m. Crystal Tea Room, Wanamaker Building, Juniper and Market Sts. The United Way Women’s Initiative supports 6th and 7th grade girls. The Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow effort supports community and school-based activities that focus on building self-confidence and maintaining healthy relationships. For information, call 215-665-2543.

Thu. Mar. 18. The Philadelphia Right to Education Local Task Force General Meeting. 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Arc of Philadelphia, Lower Level Conference Room, 2350 W. Westmoreland St. This general body meeting will discuss how your child can benefit from the PSSA-M and school based behavioral health. For information, call 215-229-4550 ext. 126.

Fri. Mar. 19. Music and Movement for Toddlers. 10:30 a.m. Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St. Sing, clap, wiggle, stomp, and dance your way through stories with the ones in your life. For information, call Liz Heideman at 215-685-1758.

Thu. Mar. 25. Raising Kids Who Care. 4-6 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, Parent and Community Resource Center, 440 N. Broad St. Tips will be provided for helping children be successful in life and helping parents to create the environments that help to nurture that success. Children will engage in activities that encourage them to give back to the community. For information, call 215-400-7272.

Thu. Mar. 25. Urban Family Council Annual Spring Fundraiser Banquet and Silent Auction. 6 p.m. Presidential Caterers, 2910 DeKalb Pike, Norristown. Reception, dinner, and a silent auction to benefit the UFC, an organization that provides education about and advocacy for life, marriage, and family. To make a reservation, email jlandia@urbanfamilycouncil.org.

Sat. Mar. 27. Please Touch Museum Autism Event. 6-9 p.m. Please Touch Museum, 4321 Avenue of the Republic. A night full of interactive, sensory-filled activities for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their parents. Caregivers and professionals will also be in attendance with a special appearance by Holly Robinson Peete. Tickets cost $20, with all proceeds benefiting Variety’s Autism Initiative. For information, visit http://www.varietyphila.org/events/sign-up/please-touch-museum-event-for-children-with-autism.

Ongoing

Every Mon. & Wed. Peaches & Cream Foundation, Inc. 4:30-6:30 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, Parent and Community Resource Center, 440 N. Broad St. Workshop will introduce teens and parents to the concept of becoming entrepreneurs. For information, call 215-400-7272.

Every Wed. Building Self Awareness. Time TBA. Conestoga Recreation Center, 5300 Media St.This workshop will give young women a place to talk, express their viewpoints, and hear from other women in the community. For information, call Ms. Judi at 215-519-2332.

Every Tue. Teen Tuesdays. Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch, 1901 Vine St. Teens meet at the Central Library after school for activities, fun, and snacks. Previous programs have included hip-hop dance workshops, conflict resolution, teen talent shows, SAT prep, teen open mike, poetry slams, teen art exhibitions, and more. For information, call 215-686-5415.

Every Tue. & Thu. Basic Computer Class. 1-2 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, Parent and Community Resource Center, 440 N. Broad St. Topics will include what to look for when buying a computer, Internet access, basic web browsing, and printing and saving information. More advanced topics are available upon request. For information, call 215-400-7272.

Every Mon. & Wed. Free GED Class. 5:30 p.m. School District of Philadelphia Education Center, Meehan Conference Room, 400 N. Broad St. For information, call 215-400-7272.

Thru April 13. After School Arts at Penn. Platt Student Performing Arts House, 3702 Spruce St. Students ages 10-15 will have the opportunity to learn drama, dance, voice, and musical instruments from Penn students. Workshop will be held every Monday after school. For information, call Laurie McCallat at 215-898-7030 or email lmccall@upenn.edu.

Thru April 18. Body Worlds 2 and the Brain. The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th St. Follow up to 2005’s Body Worlds exhibit. Human bodies, preserved using Plastination, posed in ways that display their beauty and complexity. Special focus is given to the brain, as well as recent breakthroughs in neuroscience. For information, call 215-448-1200.

Thru May 1. Family Theatre Series. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave. An interactive theatre experience for young children and their parents. Pay what you can, $1-$10. For information, call 215-427-9255.

Thru May 28. Kindergarten Registration. If your child will be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2010, you can now enroll him/her in kindergarten for the 2010-11 school year. Bring your child’s birth certificate and up-to-date immunizations records as well as a proof of address to your neighborhood elementary school to register for next year. For information, call 215-400-4000.

Thru August 9. Girls Rock Philly Summer Camp. Girard College, Girard and Corinthian Aves. The area’s only rock camp for girls is now accepting applications for its annual weeklong summer camp. Beginning August 9, 80 girls aged 9-17 will get the chance to build on their musical skills. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, visit www.girlsrockphilly.org or call 215-789-4879.

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