River Wards events for the week of March 19

Bible chat

A bible chat, with soup, will be held on Wednesday, March 19, and every Wednesday during Lent, at 6:30 p.m. The chat will be held at Atonement Church, 1544 E. Montgomery Ave. ••

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. ••

FNA meeting

Fishtown Neighbors Association will have a general membership meeting on Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at Fishtown Recreation Center, 1202 E. Montgomery Ave. The meeting will update residents on the city’s Actual Value Initiative and its impact on neighborhood residents. ••

Free tax prep

South Kensington Community Partners and Finanta are hosting free tax prep on Friday, March 21, and all Fridays in March, at 1301 N. 2nd St. Call 215-427-3463 to make an appointment. ••

Charcuterie workshop

Greensgrow will host a charcuterie workshop with The Pickled Heron Restaurant on Saturday, March 22, from noon to 2 p.m. Chefs Todd and Daniela will discuss making charcuterie, specifically demoing fresh sausage, terrines, mousse and rillettes. They’ll also cover pork cuts and give out butchering charts and recipes to take home. Everyone will get the chance to sample charcuterie and ask questions. Registration is required. Tickets cost $25. For more information, email kitchen@greensgrow.org. ••

Portside Arts Center Events

Portside Arts Center, 2531 East Lehigh Ave., will hold an upholstery workshop on Saturday, March 22, from noon to 2 p.m., for $60; and a glass fusing and slumping workshop on Saturday, March 22, from noon to 2 p.m., for $45, where each student will make his or her own glass bottle cheese plate and coasters. For more information about any of these events, call 215-427-1514. ••

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 at the door for adults and $5 in advance and $6 at the door for children under 12. ••

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 24, and every Monday, at 6:15 p.m. The cost is $5. For more information, call Marge at 610-996-7331. ••

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. 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. ••

Clay creations class

Clay creations class will meet for 12 weeks on Friday afternoons from 12:30 to 2 p.m. March 28 through June 20 at St. Anne’s Senior Center, 2607 E. Cumberland St.

A free hands-on demonstration class will take place on Friday, March 21, at 12:30 p.m. Learn about the art of hand building with clay to create pots and other clay creations. Beginners and advanced students are welcome. For more information about registration and class fees, call 215-426-9799. ••

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 St.  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. ••

Michael Strange Foundation fundraiser

Slack’s Hoagie Shack, 2499 Aramingo Ave., has joined with the Michael Strange Foundation. On Saturday, March 29, from noon to 6 p.m., every soda purchased at Slack’s will go to the Michael Strange Foundation. Hoodies and T-shirts will also be available for purchase. ••

Spring fling beef and beer

St. Laurentius School Development Committee will be hosting a Spring Fling Beef and Beer on Saturday, March 29, from 7 to 11 p.m., at Holy Name of Jesus Church Hall, 701 Gaul St. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at the door, at the rectory or from the school (call 215 423 8834). Proceeds will benefit St. Laurentius School and Holy Name of Jesus Parish. ••

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.

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.

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. ••