Campers Make Clouds on a Sunny Day


The three to five year olds in North Light Community Center’s summer camp did their first water activity with Melena Murphy, the Environmental Educator from the Fairmount Water Works. The environmental education curriculum for camp’s theme of “Water, Water, Everywhere!” is supported by the Green Schools, Clean Water Initiative of the Philadelphia Water Department, “Understanding the Urban Watershed.” Assistance with the lesson came from Kim Wood, Project Manager for Destination Schuylkill River.

While learning about cumulus clouds, the children used pipettes to drop food coloring onto their “clouds” of shaving cream in beakers and watched how it disbursed, an example of water being absorbed through clouds, resulting in a “rainstorm” in the jars. The activity was part of an overall discussion of the water cycle. Campers will learn more about the cycle when they go on a field trip to the Fairmount Water Works next week.

There’s still time to enroll your children in North Light’s summer camp and be part of the fun for the next seven weeks. Call John Jacobs at 215-483-4800, x108 for all the information.

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You Kept the Ball in the Air!


North Light’s major fundraising event of the year was held at St. Joseph’s University on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Our sincere thanks to everyone for their support and for making the Beach Ball a huge success!

Special thanks to Kimberly Kunda Photography for the great photos of the event. Check them out on flickr or facebook.

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Sashay into Summer at the Beach Ball

North Light Community Center will hold its annual fundraising gala, the Beach Ball, on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm in the Campion Center, St. Joseph’s University, 2401 Cardinal Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131. Guests will feel like they’re “down the shore” in the Dougherty Banquet Hall, with passed hors d’ oeuvres, open bar and a buffet of summertime favorites, including pulled-pork from Deke’s and cookies from Insomnia Cookies. There will be boardwalk games to play for prizes. Browse and bid on great silent auction items including restaurants, travel, theater and sports tickets, and family fun. Guest auctioneer, SJU Hawks Coach, Phil Martelli will slam dunk the live auction.

Get your tickets today, don your summer cocktail attire, come join the fun, and support North Light!

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This beautiful hand-made necklace, with matching earrings, is one of the pieces in the jewelry section of the Beach Ball Silent Auction on Saturday, June 7th. Get your tickets so you come bid!


Come to the Beach Ball, Saturday, June 7th, and bid on a foursome of golf at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club.


An autographed Chip Kelly football (with certificate of authenticity) is just one the great pieces of sports memorabilia in the Beach Ball auction.

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Family Fun Day & Open House


Saturday, May 17th from 12noon to 4:00pm

Come take a tour, learn more about our new Community Programs starting in the fall and enjoy a sample of the
delicious smoothie recipes made by our teens.

Enjoy food, crafts, games, prizes, music, a small petting zoo and watch the 3 on 3 Hoops Tournament.

NL-3ON3_webIf interested in the Hoops tournament email
$30 registration fee, deadline May 12th. After that, the fee goes up to $40. Or download the registration form, complete and fax to North Light: 215-483-4628.

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Open Bar Happy Hour at Kildare’s


Friday, May 2 at 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Manayunk Kildare’s Irish Pub
4417 Main Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19127

Start off First Friday with a stop at Kildare’s!

$20 admission for open bar and free munchies, with 50% of admission benefitting North Light.

Your $20 includes: Select craft drafts, Blue Moon, Miller Lite, Yuengling, and Kronenbourg

Liquor: Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, Jameson, All Absolute Flavors, All Pinnacle Vodka Flavors, Fireball, Captain Morgan, Malibu Rum, Tanqueray, Bacardi Rum, and Jose Cuervo

Acoustic music by Christian Porter, a finalist for NBC’s The Voice!

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Hearts O’ Clover Night at Winnie’s LeBus


St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be just one day. On Tuesday, March 11th start the celebration early by coming to “Hearts O’ Clover” Night at Winnie’s LeBus, 4266 Main Street in Manayunk. From five to nine o’clock that evening, 100% of what you spend on food and beverages will go directly to North Light Community Center to help neighborhood families in need with food and services.

Executive Chef John O’Brien will be cooking up corned beef and cabbage and Irish stew, accompanied with baskets of their famous Artisan breads served at every meal, in addition to the regular menu that night. Dinner fare includes meals like Mom’s meatloaf, North Atlantic crab cakes and Thai turkey salad. Among the selections for vegetarians is butternut squash lasagna. Or try homemade nachos topped with black beans, salsa and guacamole, all made from scratch daily. Younger diners, children 12 and under, can choose from their own menu choices for $5.

Bring your family, friends and co-workers to North Light’s “Hearts O’ Clover” Night. Get a good feeling when you wear your green and share your green. Reservations recommended. Please call Winnie’s LeBus at 215-487-2663. Everyone who places their order by 5:45pm will get a ticket to see the Phillies play the Braves on Wednesday, April 16th at Citizens Bank Park.

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North Light Madness in March 5K


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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Registration fee: $25 in advance, $30 day of

Register online now!

Event T-shirt included

Race packet pick-up at North Light Community Center on Saturday, March 22nd 9:00 AM to 12 Noon

On-Site Registration Opens @ 7:45 AM

Race Starts @ 9:00 AM

5K Walk/Run on the scenic Manayunk Towpath beginning at Main Street and Green Lane.

Free parking for runners in the Parkway parking lot on Green Lane and Cresson Street.

All proceeds benefit the North Light Community Center, a staple in Manayunk for over 75 years! Its mission is to enable people of all ages and abilities in our communities, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive and responsible citizens through initiatives that support and enrich children, teens, and families.

Come out and join the madness, support your favorite college team, and run for a great cause!

Create your team, prizes will be awarded!

s_LogoStop by Lucky’s Last Chance after the race and try the featured hot dog of the month: the North Light 5K dog! Lucky’s will give North Light $1 from every one sold.

Get ready…Get set… GO!

Deirdre Childs

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Yoga for You + Babysitting Too!

A Vinyasa Yoga Class at North Light Community Center


Wishing for a yoga class for you? Need babysitting for your little one?

We’ve combined some time for you with some awesomeactivities for your child at North Light Community Center.

Make it a morning on Fridays, from 9:45 am to 10:45 am, for this 6-week program to keep yourself balanced, strong and flexible during these winter months. Invite a friend or make some new ones.

Join Alice Dommert of deliver me wellness for these 60-minute all-levels vinyasa flow yoga class. No experience necessary.

Bring your own mat.

6-WEEK SESSION (7 February- 14 March):$90

Babysitting for ages 3 to 12. To reserve a spot call 215.483.4800.

$5 for one child. $7 for more than one. Fee paid at each class.

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Your Gift is Tax Deductible


Any gift you give to North Light by December 31st, is 100% tax deductible on your 2013 return.

Your support ensures no one is ever turned away due to an inability to pay. Children are given access to sports, creative play, and build a lifelong love of learning and community spirit. Teens learn hands-on entrepreneurial and life skills through summer job placement, career readiness workshops, and managing a sustainable farm. Families keep their electricity on and senior citizens dampen their worries about accessing nutritious food.

Your gift to North Light can do so many things for those we serve:

  • $25 can buy snack for one child for a month of KidZone
  • $50 can provide 2 hours of one-on-one tutoring for a teen through homework assistance
  • $100 can subsidize one week  of after-school care for a child unable to pay
  • $250 can allow 2 children to enjoy one week of summer camp
  • $500 can buy 285 pounds of food for our Friends in Supplying Help food cupboard
  • $750 can give a teen a year worth of career readiness training
  • $1,000 can supply 4 households with a utilities grant to keep their homes warm

Become a part of North Light by giving. Become a part of our community. 

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Nosh for North Light!


December 3rd is Giving Tuesday! To participate in the movement to get a ‘national day of giving’ added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, North Light is partnering with the Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 8400 Germantown Avenue, Phila., PA 19118.

Download and print the necessary coupon to present to the hostess at Iron Hill that evening and 20% of your food bill (excluding alcoholic beverages) will be donated to North Light. Everyone with a coupon will receive a raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing for a case of mixed beers from those served at the recent “Pints for North Light” event. You need not be present to win.

Call ahead to Iron Hill, 215-948-5600, to make your reservation and help support North Light on December 3rd. If you are unable to dine at Iron Hill, you can still make a donation online.

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