River Wards events for the week of March 12

New Port Richmond group

The Port Richmond Action Community Association West, a new Port Richmond registered community organization, will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Memphis Street Academy, 2950 Memphis St. The group will vote on the proposed Grace Townhomes development, a 36-unit complex for low-income renters at 2201 E. Auburn St. ••

Bible study

On Wednesday evenings through March 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Mother of Divine Grace Parish will be conducting a Bible study. The theme will be “Women of the New Testament.” The cost of this study is $12. For more information, call the rectory at 215-739-0353 or email rectory@motherofdivinegrace.com. ••

Bible chat

A bible chat, with soup, will be held every Wednesday during Lent starting March 12 at 6:30 p.m. The chat will be held at Atonement Church, 1544 E. Montgomery Ave. ••

Eat, drink, play

Eat Drink Play, the Kearny Elementary Home/School Association’s first major fundraiser, will be held on Friday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Liberti Church East, 2424 E. York St., Suite 122. There will be a silent auction of items from Philadelphia based businesses and artists, including Zahav Restaurant and Liz Kinder Ceramics. There will be food from Chive Café, a wine tasting and an open bar with regional craft beers. Tickets will be available at the door and at Eventbrite.com. The event will raise money to support Playworks at Kearny Elementary School. Playworks is an organization that teaches conflict resolution through play. Learn more at playworks.org. For more information, contact Jenni Desnouee at 215-287-4772 or jennimd@mac.com. ••

Free tax prep

South Kensington Community Partners and Finanta are hosting free tax prep on Friday, March 14, and all Fridays in March, at 1301 N. 2nd St. Call 215-427-3463 to make an appointment. ••

Softball league

The Port Richmond Softball League, a men’s slow-pitch league using wooden bats, has a few openings left. Games will be played at various fields in Port Richmond. The league will run weeknights from mid-April until July. For more information, call 215-685-9894 or 215-685-9880. ••

Fishtown Fusion tryouts

The Fishtown Fusion girls soccer team will be holding tryouts on Saturday, March 15, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 16, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Monkiewicz Playground Back Field, 3201 Richmond St. Girls must have been born between August 1, 2006 and July 31, 2007 (entering second grade in the fall). Prior experience is not required but current players are experienced. If the number of players trying out allows, there may be multiple teams. For more information, visit htosports.com/fishtownfusion. To inquire about tryouts and submit player waivers, email fusiontryouts@gmail.com. ••

Backyard chickens

Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland St., will host a backyard chickens workshop on Saturday, March 15, from 12 to 2 p.m. Marianne Morrison, who has worked with the aviary team at the Philadelphia Zoo, will teach the ups and downs of raising chickens in Philadelphia. Be advised that raising chickens in Philadelphia is currently banned by the city. For more information, email nursery@greensgrow.org. ••

Chinese Auction

Bridesburg Recreation Center, at 4625 Richmond St., will host this event on Sunday, March 16. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the drawings start at 2 p.m. There is a $2 entrance donation, which includes a ticket for a Target gift card drawing. There are more than 200 baskets and prizes. The kitchen will be open. Proceeds will benefit the youth of Company B. For more information, call 215-685-1247. ••

Yoga at St. Michael’s

St. Michael’s Church, at the corner of Trenton Avenue and Cumberland Street, is offering yoga classes with instructor Amanda Bossard on Monday, March 17, and every Monday, at 6:15 p.m. The cost is $5. For more information, call Marge at 610-996-7331. ••

FNA zoning meeting

Fishtown Neighbors Association will meet on Tuesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. at the Fishtown Recreation Center, 1202 E. Montgomery Ave. Attendees will be able to vote on a proposal for a four-story multi-family building, with first floor industrial use and off-street parking, at 958 Shackamaxon St. All residents of Fishtown are eligible to vote. Please bring proof of residence or business ownership in the form of a driver’s license or a photo ID and a lease, utility bill, or recent piece of mail addressed to your home or business. ••

Richmond book club

The Richmond Book Club will meet on Thursday, March 20, and the third Thursday of each month, at 6:15 p.m. This month the discussion will be on the 2014 One Book, One Philadelphia title, The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers.  Next month on April 17, Home by Marilynn Robinson is the selection. The Richmond library is located at 2987 Almond St.  Call 215-685-9992 for more information. ••

Spaghetti dinner 

Boy Scouts of America Troop 11 will be hosting a spaghetti dinner at the Fire Union Hall, 2500 Lefevre St., on Sunday, March 23. Tickets can be bought in advance at Grace Church, 2645 Venango St., on Mondays between 5 and 8 p.m.  There will be a Chinese auction and a 50/50 chance.  The event is a fundraiser for summer camp. Dinner will include spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread and more. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12.00 at the door for adults and $5 in advance and $6 at the door for children under 12. ••

Community marketplace

Kensington Community Food Co-op sponsors a marketplace event on Tuesday, March 25, and every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the 2nd floor of Circle of Hope, 2009 Frankford Ave. Shoppers can purchase seasonal produce and bulk dry goods such as beans, grains and granola at the bi-monthly marketplace.  Bring your own containers and bags. For further information visit kcfc.coop/marketplace_is_back. ••

Community health fair

St. Anne’s Senior Community Center, 2607 E. Cumberland Street, is hosting Aria Health Community Health Fair on Tuesday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is free and open to the public for anyone 50 years of age and older.  The event will include health screenings, healthy lifestyle education, information concerning Aria Health Services and community resources.  Refreshments, door prizes and giveaways will be available.  Please contact Kelly at 215-426-9799 for additional information. ••

Caregiver support 

The first lecture in the CARES (CAregivers REducing Stress) caregiver support program lecture series will be on Wednesday, March 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Lutheran Settlement House, 1340 Frankford Avenue. The topic is advanced health care planning: attendees will learn about the new Pennsylvania advance health care decisions law, advance directives, health care power of attorney and guardianship. The event is free and open to the public. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Register by contacting Sarina Issenberg at (215) 426-8610 ext. 1207 or sissenberg@lutheransettlement.org. ••

PRCG meeting

Port Richmond Community Group will have its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Help Christians Church basement on Allegheny Avenue at Gaul Street. 

The group will meet with new 24th Police District commanding officer Capt. Daniel O’Connor, Lieutenant John McCrory of the 24th Narcotics Unit and a certified addictions counselor to discuss drug use and sales in the area. State Rep. John Taylor and District Office Manager Marc Collazzo will give neighborhood updates. For more information, email PRCGhelp@aol.com. ••

Penny Party

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 88 will hold their annual Penny Party fundraiser on Saturday, March 29, at Elm Tree Post 88, 1414 Palmer Street.  Admission is $3, which includes a beverage, slice of cake and envelope of tickets.  Additional tickets will be on sale for $1 per envelope, as well as 50/50 chances, large prize raffle tickets and refreshments.  Doors will open at 1 p.m. and the party begins at 2 p.m.

Chili cookoff

Fishtown Neighbors Association is looking for contestants for its 4th Annual Chili Cookoff. The event will be held on Sunday, March 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. at 2424 E. York St. All contestants must bring 16 quarts of chili. There is no fee to enter but there are prizes for winning. For more information, contact Jed at chilicookoff@fishtown.org.

Bridesburg Rec activities

Zumba classes will be held on Mondays and Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. Zumba toning classes will be held on Wednesdays at the same time. The fee for all classes is $4 per person. 

Scrapbooking will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per class. You only need your photos and a book. 

A ladies bowling league will be held Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. at Erie Lanes. The cost is $10 per week, which includes bowling and prize money. For more information, call 215-685-1247. 

Teams interested in participating in Bridesburg Recreation Center’s spring/summer men’s softball league are asked to call Dan at 215-605-6004. ••