May 9 to May 15
Welcome to this e-mail from Coming of Age: Philadelphia for people 50+ who are making a difference in the world, in their communities and in their lives.
Quote for the Week: "The only way I know what I really believe is by keeping watch on what I really do." Anonymous
Have We Got an Opportunity for You!
This Week's Medicare Tip
The numbers are impressive. For the second year, a Coming of Age Make a Big Difference Team
helped connect lower income families to the tax returns and benefits for which they are eligible. Coming of Age
volunteers were trained by Solutions for Progress
and then matched with clients of Philadelphia-area nonprofit organizations. Here's the tally: 89 clients took part in the program, with 61 receiving federal refunds of $92,242 and 32 receiving state refunds of $6,705. The grand total is $98,947! The Team has, we think you'd agree, made a big difference!
SunChips and National Geographic have joined forces to create the Green Effect
, an initiative to inspire individuals to spark a green movement in their communities. Five people or groups with the best ideas for green change will be awarded $20,000 each. The winners will be profiled in National Geographic
and travel to Washington, D.C. to share their projects with environmental leaders. Submit a description of your Green Effect idea by June 8, 2009
. Click here
for submission information.
It's hard to believe, but there is actually a place in the world where one out of three people live into their nineties! This isn't about the Fountain of Youth, but about being a Blue Zone
— places where residents have unusually long life spans. Dan Buettner
(author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest
) has studied the Greek Island of Icaria and found that it has the highest percentage of 90-year-olds anywhere on the planet. What is the secret to this longevity?
This heart-warming Good Morning America
story is about mentoring and true friendship. Big Brothers Big Sisters
brought 65-year-old Chester and seven-year-old David together thirty years ago when Chester, a father and grandfather, thought he was too old to be a mentor and David, being raised by a single mother, was hoping for someone to fill in for his missing father. Chester (now 95) hopes that their wonderful story
will inspire other older adults to get involved with children who need them.
Generations United's Seniors4Kids
, in collaboration with Coming of Age
, is launching its Pennsylvania initiative on May 12th
in Harrisburg and invites all people 50+ to be there to kick off this exciting civic engagement initiative. It demonstrates the important role older adults can play in support of high quality early care and education. To learn more about this upcoming event, check out the calendar entry below, "Speak Up for Early Childhood Education."
On Tuesday, May 19th
, Philadelphians will vote for several key local offices, including District Attorney and City Controller. The races are predicted to be tight.
For the 105th year, The Committee of Seventy
will be mobilizing volunteers to work at the polls to ensure everyone's right to vote.
People of all backgrounds and abilities are encouraged to volunteer; you can choose where and when you want to help.
Training will be provided. To sign up, e-mail Terry Baxter
or call(215) 564-4544 and include your full name, address and phone number.
Have We Got an Opportunity for You!
The office of PA State Representative Matt Bradford
has some volunteer opportunities that will give you a chance to serve your community while learning what it is like to work side by side with an elected official. Volunteers are needed to assist with event planning, public relations, constituent services, and other tasks. Flexible schedules and some week-end hours at the Senator's offices in Norristown and Cedars, PA available. Contact Sarah Hunsicker at (610) 222-3490.
The Friends Council on Education
has a list of openings at independent schools in the Philadelphia-area and other locations for the upcoming summer and fall season. Primary grades, middle school and high school positions, as well as specialty subjects -- music, art, and sports -- are included in this job resource. To learn more, click here
Do you love performing and want to use your dramatic talents to be an agent of social change? Take part in Chester Senior Center’s
production of Coming North: Black Chester’s Stories of Trials & Triumph
. Five African American actors, 3 women and 2 men, are needed to help bring the city’s Black experience to life. No acting experience necessary; attendance required at 6 to 8 rehearsals. Auditions to be held May 11th
at 7 pm at Chester Senior Center, 721 Hayes Street, Chester, PA. For directions and more information, call (610) 497-3550 ASAP
With warm weather upon us and the recent rains readying the ground for new plantings, Congreso
, a community based non-profit
organization that primarily serves a Latino population, needs volunteers to work in its newly established garden and get their greening project underway. There are many ways to help: providing a plan for the lay-out of the garden; being part of the work crew, and helping to recruit and maintain an organized volunteer squad. E-mail Michelle Martinez
Saturday, May 9
10:00 am at Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia
What better way to see the incredible array of murals in the city than through a bike tour. Exercise and interesting art all in one! The tour manager of the Mural Arts Program
will take bikers on a 5-mile ride, stopping at 15 murals in Fairmount Park, Broad Street, Spring Garden Street, and Boathouse Row. The route is flat and suitable for bikers of all levels. You need to bring a bike. $10. Reservations required. Call (215) 685-0754.
11:00 am at 10th Street between Locust and Spruce Sts, Philadelphia
is a section of Philadelphia that has the last surviving examples of an architectural style distinguished by a series of projecting porticos supported by Ionic columns. The first of these brick and marble homes were built in the late 1700s. Area residents wanting to maintain the street's beauty are raising funds to recycle cans, get trees planted, and provide regular street cleaning through their annual Portico Row Spring Fair. Visit and support this unique neighborhood.
12:00 pm at Arch Street United Methodist Church, Broad and Arch Sts., Philadelphia
Join a special Mothers' Day gathering sponsored by United for Peace and Justice - Delaware Valley Network
for a light lunch, a report about What's Going on in Congress, Music and Poetry, and Workshops covering topics of interest to all members of the community. To learn more about the work of the national organization, click
here. Donations accepted for the local Mother's Day event. Contact number: (215) 528-6130.
Tuesday, May 12
2:30 pm at Hildebrandt Learning Center, 1200 N. 7th Street, 2nd Floor
Make sure your voice is heard in Harrisburg when Generations United's Seniors4Kids
in Pennsylvania will be joining other early education advocates at a rally around the theme of "The Little Engine That Could." Seniors4Kids
will tell state policymakers that adults age 50 and over believe every child deserves quality early care and education. After legislative visits, Seniors4Kids will host its inaugural event at the Hildebrandt Learning Center from 2:30 - 3:30 pm. To register and find out about transportation, e-mail
Yvonne Thompson Friend or call (215) 844-4744.
Wednesday, May 13
6:30 pm at The African American United Fund, 2231 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia
Candidates for District Attorney, City Controller, and Judicial positions will be invited to speak about their plans for improving Philadelphia’s city services. This forum is sponsored by The African American United Fund
, International Caucus of Women of the African Diaspora and X-Offenders for Community Empowerment. For more information, call Aissia Richardson at (215)236-2100.
6:30 pm at National Constitution Center,
525 Arch Street,
Plan to attend a lecture that will provide an overview of the social, cultural, and moral causes of the current financial crisis in the United States. John C. Bogle
, founder of the Vanguard Group and Chairman Emeritus of the National Constitution Center will address this topic, with a response from Peter J. Wallison
, Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Moderator be Douglas Kmiec
, Professor of Constitutional Law at Pepperdine University's School of Law. FREE.
Reservations required. Please call (215) 409-6700.
Thursday, May 14
7:30 pm at Free Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia
has been compared to prolific writers such as Balzac, Dostoevsky, and Dickens, but his writing, in fact, is entirely and entertainingly unique. A recipient of the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America, Leonard, the author of more than three dozen critically acclaimed bestsellers, including Killshot, Glitz, The Hot Kid
, and Up in Honey’s Room,
will discuss his latest work, Road Dogs
No tickets required. For information, call (215) 567-4341.
Friday, May 15
7:00 pm at Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
Renaissance on Sacred Ground
is a documentary about the power of African art forms, including music and dance, to transform the lives of everyday people.
It tells the story of Ile Ife, the House of Love, an African cultural center located on Germantown Avenue in North Philadelphia and created by famed dancer choreographer, Arthur Hall. Drawn in by the sound of the African drum, young people who entered Ile Ife in the 1960s ultimately became the Arthur Hall Afro American Dance Ensemble. FREE.
This Week's Medicare Tip
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By law, Medicare is required to protect the privacy of your personal medical information. Medicare is also required to give you this notice to tell you how Medicare may use and give out (“disclose”) your personal medical information held by Medicare.
Coming of Age Radio Portraits
, produced by WHYY, feature age 50+ Philadelphia-area people who have made exciting life transitions. Click here
to see and hear their wonderful stories and to submit your story!
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