Sunday, July 19, 2015

UDPAC Presents Disney’s Mary Poppins

For Immediate Release
Lauren Stevenson Yacina
610.506.1355 •

Dan Luner
610.945.8428 •

Mainstage at Upper Darby Summer Stage proudly presents, “Disney’s Mary Poppins.”
The Broadway-style musical is an exciting, mystical and upbeat take on the Disney family-favorite.

July 16, 2014 - Drexel Hill, PA. Upper Darby Summer Stage proudly presents its crown jewel of the 40th season, the mainstage production, “Disney’s Mary Poppins” on July 31 and August 1, 7 and 8 at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. 

The full-length production with live orchestra is full of moments that audience members will recognize from the famous Disney film. Featuring more adventures from the books of P.L Travers, the stage show presents a new take on the story. Audiences should expect to enjoy the familiarity of the subject matter, but also be wowed by exciting new developments in the plot. With magic, flying and every form of dance imaginable, the mainstage production will be an experience audiences won’t forget soon.

Performances will take place on July 31, August 1, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. with matinee performances on August 1 and 8 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-16 and may be purchased online at or by calling the box office: 610.622.1189. All shows take place at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill, PA. The facility is wheelchair accessible and parking is free. The show runs approximately two and a half hours with intermission and is recommended for ages eight and up.

The mysterious narrator, Bert (Ronnie Keller of Conshohocken) introduces us to the troubled Banks family and while young Jane (Lucy Criscuolo of Rosemont) and Michael (Dylan Rooney of Springfield) have sent many a nanny packing before, Mary Poppins  (Katie Horner Wayne) arrives on their doorstep up for the task at hand. With a spoonful of sugar, she must teach the family how to value each other and the world around them.

Director Marcus Stevens is a New York based actor, writer and director. As an actor, he has starred in Manhattan's renowned Forbidden Broadway and can be heard on the two of the original cast albums. Marcus has also worked at many of country's premiere regional theaters, including the Walnut Street Theater, The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and The Sacramento Music Circus and Casa Manana. A Richard Rodgers award-winning writer, Marcus has had his plays produced in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Fresno, Toronto and New York City. His musical “Yo, Vikings” was just recently published by Samuel French Inc.

Stevens said, “From my point of view, the show is about the existence of mystical, positive forces in the universe (Mary and Bert) helping us find our way.” He added, “The Banks family learns that though life is never easy, you can't let it crush you. You must do your best to enjoy every little moment with the people you love.

Upper Darby Summer Stage’s mainstage program offers young adults up to the age of 28 the opportunity to collaborate in a professional atmosphere while presenting audiences with top-notch productions that include professional level sets, lighting, costumes and are accompanied by a live orchestra.

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is jointly sponsored by the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors and Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Connect Outreach

If you know of someone homeless who needs assistance, please call

Connect Homeless Outreach Response Line
Monday through Friday, 7am to 7pm, on the

Connect, a program of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA, is a
Day service center for homeless men and women located at 7200 Chestnut Street
in Upper Darby (the entrance is in the rear of the building).  They offer a safe place
during the day as well as showers, laundry, referral to mental health and substance
abuse services, educational programming and access to overnight shelter with the
partnership of various faith communities in Delaware County. The center is open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days per week.

When you call, please be able to give a basic description of the person you are
concerned about and their name, if you have it.

On Monday through Friday, the staff will respond to your location as soon as they
are able.  Their goal is to respond within an hour, but that goal is dependent upon
what staff they have available at the time of your call.

Unfortunately, due to staffing constraints, they cannot respond to your location on 
Saturday or Sunday.

The staff will engage and assess the person, offer assistance and support, and try to
persuade the person to come into our center for service.  Please understand that they

can persuade people to accompany them, but the staff cannot force them to accept services.     

Fireworks Safety Tips to Ensure a Safe July Fourth

Fireworks on the Fourth of July are as American as apple pie. Carol Cunningham, MD, Emergency Medicine Physician at Akron General Health System urges using common sense when it comes to handling fireworks to celebrate our country's birthday.

On average, about 200 people every day go to the emergency department with fireworks-related injuries around the 4th of July holiday, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). More than half the injuries were burns.

For example, a sparkler can burn at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit - which is as hot as a blow torch. Almost half (41 percent) of fireworks injuries are to a person's hands, fingers or arms.

One-third (38 percent) of them are to a person's eyes, head, face and ears (CPSC). If fireworks are legal in your community, The American College of Emergency Physicians strongly suggests that you do not use fireworks at your home.

If you do use them, however, these do's and don'ts will help make it a safer experience.
  • DO - Have knowledgeable supervision by an experienced adult if you choose to use fireworks.
  • DO - Buy fireworks from reputable dealers.
  • DO - Read warning labels and follow all instructions.
  • DO - Keep a bucket of water or fire extinguisher on hand.
  • DO - Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • DO - Dispose of all fireworks properly.
  • DON'T - Give any fireworks, including sparklers, to small children; older children should be supervised by a responsible adult.
  • DON'T - Light fireworks indoors or near other objects.
  • DON'T - Place your body over a fireworks device when trying to light the fuse and immediately back up to a safe distance after you light it.
  • DON'T - Point or throw fireworks at another person, ever.
  • DON'T - Try to re-light or pick up malfunctioning fireworks.
  • DON'T - Wear loose clothing while using any fireworks.
  • DON'T - Set off fireworks in glass or metal containers - the fragments can cause severe injury.
  • DON'T - Carry fireworks in a pocket.
"The safest and only thing you should do is watch a professional fireworks display managed by experts who have proper training and experience handling these explosives," says Dr. Cunningham.

Upper Darby Township will host their annual Fireworks show on July 3 (rain date July 5) at 9:30 PM at Upper Darby High School Memorial Field. Admission is $4.00.  

Monday, June 1, 2015

Community Happenings!

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can provide food assistance to individuals with limited income and resources. Applications can be found at For more information on the program, contact the state hotline at 1-800-692-7462 or 1-800-451-5886 (TD).

Do you need help finding food? Contact Philabundance at 1-800-319-3663

June 3, 2015 3:30 pm to 6:00pm Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia Free Legal Immigration Clinic (Reservation Required); For more information, call 610-789-6355

June 4, 2015 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM The Upper Darby Welcome Center has a Free Legal Immigration Clinic. (Reservation Required). FOr more information call 610-734-7784

Upper Darby Municipal Library Presents: Science Tellers Presents Superheroes In this original collection of slightly twisted tales, all the teachers at school are suspected to have superpowers!  join us on a hilarious new adventure where, just like in science, things aren't always quite what they seem.  We will launch things through the air, send them plummeting toward the ground, and even make things trasform and disappear right before your eyes!
Get ready to experience force and reactions through several exciting, hands-on experiments that will have the audience laughing , learning and having fun!  Enjoy this spectaculaar adventure and be swept away to a place where truly "super" heroes really do exist! Contact Charlotte Ryan  610-789-4440

Lansdowne Public Library Presents: Summer Reading Challenge
The Library is pleased to partner with The Lansdowne Parks and Recreation Department and The Lansdowne Allied Youth Council to present LIVE entertainment!
Join our kickoff for our Summer Reading Challenge with musical guests Peter Taney and the Juggernauts for an interactive performance!
You can be a part of this musical show!
The show will take place at The Twentieth Century Club located at 84 S Lansdowne Ave, Lansdowne, PA 19050.
Contact: Rachee Fagg   610.623.0239  

CHESTER FAMILY SERVICE CENTER SUMMER FEEDING CAMP REGISTRATION Summer Camp begins June 22, 2015 and ends on August 28, 2015 FREE, OPEN ENROLLMENT for children ages 5-12 years. Catholic Social Services Chester Family Service Center, 130 E 7th Street, Chester PA Children 5 years old MUST have completed kindergarten; updated health assessment is due at time of registration. For appointments, call Honor Blackburn-Grant 215-876-7101 or 267-236-2409

ACCESS ADMISSION There is an exciting new initiative from Art-Reach that offers $2 per person admission into all 17 local museums to ACCESS/EBT Cardholders. The Cardholder must present their card and photo ID in order to receive the discount. The admission is valid for up to 3 guest ($2 per guest). The discount is not valid for special exhibitions or features.

CHANGE A LIFE: BECOME A VOLUNTEER LITERACY TUTOR! The Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) needs your help to continue its 40-year tradition of changing lives in the community. Become a volunteer tutor and help an adult learner improve their English language skills. Meet twice weekly at mutually convenient times and locations. Ensure a brighter future for someone in need. Our next Adult Basic Educa-tion (ABE) tutor training class will be held on Monday/Wednesday evenings, July 13, 15, 20 and 22, 2015, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday, August 19, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at DCLC, 2217 Providence Avenue, Chester, PA 19013. English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor training classes are also available. Pre-registration and attendance at all sessions required. To learn more, visit or call Melina at 610-876-4811.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Access Admission

ACCESS Admission
A new initiative from Art-Reach is tailored to meet the needs of individuals who manage their government assisted funds (for SNAP, Medicaid, PH95, etc.) with an EBT/ACCESS Card. ACCESS Admission invites ACCESS Cardholders and their to visit over 15 local museums, gardens and historic sites, at a deeply discounted rate. Simply by showing their ACCESS Card with a photo ID upon entry, cardholders will enjoy general admission during all days and hours in which a participating museum is open to the public, for just $2. Bring up to three guests, and they'll enter for just $2 per person, too. Admission is to be paid by the visitor, not through the EBT card.

For more information visit the Art-Reach website. Interested in helping Art-Reach spread the word by distributing brochures or posting flyers in your neighborhood? Contact Art-Reach Communications and Engagement Associate, Melissa Roderman, at 267-515-6726 or

Museum Partners

All seventeen local museums listed below now offer offer $2 admission to ACCESS/EBT Cardholders!
Please note: Visiting cardholders must present their valid ACCESS Card and a matching photo ID to receive the discount. One (1) ACCESS Card admits up to four (4) family members at a rate of $2 per person. Admission is to be paid by the visitor, not through their EBT card. The ACCESS admission discount is not valid on special exhibitions or features, or with any other offers or group rates.

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | (215) 299-1000
SEPTA Bus Routes 32, 33, 38 & 48
At the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, get face-to-face with towering dinosaurs, meet live animals, and wander through a tropical garden filled with live butterflies.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | (215) 574-0380
SEPTA Market Frankford Line and Bus Routes 17, 33, 44, 47, 48 & 61
Founded in 1976, AAMP is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans.

American Swedish Historical Museum
1900 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145 | (215) 389-1776
SEPTA Broad Street Line and Bus Route 17
Founded in 1926, the American Swedish Historical Museum has been dedicated to preserving and promoting Swedish and Swedish-American cultural heritage and traditions for more than 80 years.

The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 | (215) 278-7200
SEPTA Bus Routes 7, 32, 33, 38 & 48
Explore the world’s greatest collection of post-impressionist and early modern art with masterpieces by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh, plus African sculpture, and more. With classes, tours, live musical performances, and family programs, there’s something for art lovers of all ages.

A visit to the Barnes Arboretum in Merion is a wonderful way to extend your experience of the Barnes Foundation’s legendary art collection on the Parkway. Venture a mere 8 miles to explore a 12-acre hidden treasure filled with a magnificent living collection of rare plants and breathtaking blooms. If Albert Barnes expressed his passion through art appreciation, his wife, Laura, expressed hers through the cultivation of the Arboretum and the establishment of the horticulture program, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Pack a picnic, stroll the grounds, and tap new inspiration at the Barnes Arboretum. The Arboretum is open for the season May 1 – November 1, 2015, Fri-Sun,10am – 4pm. Free parking available

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130 | (215) 236-3300
SEPTA Bus Routes 7, 32, 33, 43 & 48
Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cell blocks and empty guard towers.

Historic Christ Church and Christ Church Burial Ground
*$2 admission includes a guided tour of the Burial Ground
Christ Church: Second Street above Market | Christ Church Burial Ground: 5th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | (215) 922-1695
SEPTA Market Frankford Line and Bus Routes: 5, 17, 33, 48, 57
Known as “The Nation’s Church” because of the famous Revolution-era leaders who worshiped and were buried here, including Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross.

Independence Seaport Museum
211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | (215) 413-8655
SEPTA Bus Routes 21, 25, 33 & 42
Note About Parking: Independence Seaport Museum does not own a parking facility. Individual cars may park in the Hyatt Hotel Parking garage lot and have your parking ticket stamped at our Visitor Services for a reduced rate, to be paid upon exiting the garage. We also recommend street parking along Chestnut Street or Front Street.
The Independence Seaport Museum is the region’s primary repository of art, artifacts and archival materials from the Greater Delaware Valley, Port of Philadelphia & other urban ports of the Delaware River.

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118 | (215) 247-5777
SEPTA Chestnut Hill Train and Bus Routes 97 & L
Spend time with family and friends exploring Morris Arboretum’s 92-acre lush and colorful gardens. Discover your favorite garden spaces and learn from 12,000 labeled plants, trees and flowers.

Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | (215) 563-3737
All SEPTA Trolley Lines, and Bus routes 7, 9, 21, 31, 42, 44, 48, 62, 124 & 125.
America’s finest museum of medical history, the Mütter Museum displays its collections of anatomical specimens, models and medical instruments in a 19th century “cabinet museum” setting.

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | (215) 409-6700
SEPTA Market Frankford Line and Bus Routes 38, 44 & 48
Step inside the Museum of We the People and be inspired by rare artifacts, interactive exhibits, theatrical performances, timely conversations on current events, and more. Plus, don’t miss the iconic Signers’ Hall, featuring life-size bronze statues of the Founding Fathers.

National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall East (Corner of 5th and Market Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19106 | (215) 923-3811
SEPTA Market Frankford Line and Bus Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, 48 & 57
Family-friendly and cutting-edge, NMAJH brings to life the 360-year history of Jews in America, tracing the stories of immigrants becoming Americans. Enjoy hands-on, interactive displays, original films, historical documents, and fascinating artifacts — including Stephen Spielberg’s first camera, Hank Greenberg’s bat, and Irving Berlin’s piano.
*Children 12 and under are free

Penn Museum
3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 | (215) 898-4000
SEPTA Trolley Lines 11, 13, 34, 36, Bus Routes 21, 42, 40 and Regional Rail Airport, Marcus Hook/Wilmington/Newark and Media/Elwyn Lines
Explore ancient Egypt and the mummies, Asia, Africa, the Americas, Mesopotamia and the ancient Mediterranean world at this world-renowned museum. Enjoy gardens, shopping, and a café!

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118-128 N. Broad Street , Philadelphia, PA 19102 | (215) 972-7600
SEPTA Broad Street Line, Market Frankford Line and Bus Routes 4, 16, 27 & 48
Located in the heart of Center City, PAFA is the nation’s oldest Museum and School of Fine Arts, boasting a vast collection of American art ranging from the 18th century to the present.

Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent
15 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | (215) 685-4830
SEPTA Market Frankford Line and Bus Routes 17, 33, 44, 47, 48 & 62
The Philadelphia History Museum showcases an array of historical objects, art, and artifacts that tell the story of Philadelphia, from its founding in 1682 to the present day.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 | (215) 763-8100
SEPTA Bus Routes 7, 32, 38, 43 & 48
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the greatest museums in America. Offering fun and educational programs for all ages, the museum is an ideal place to spend time with friends and family looking at art.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
1020 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 | (215) 733-0390
SEPTA Bus Routes 23, 40 & 47
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that provides access to Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic art.

Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA 19131 | (215) 581-3181
SEPTA Bus Routes 38 & 40
The Please Touch Museum enriches the lives of children ages seven and younger by creating learning opportunities through play enabling us to lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning and cultural awareness.        ** Please note: ACCESS Cardholders of all ages must also present a valid photo ID to receive the discount.

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Lansdowne and Horticultural Drives, West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA, 19131 | (215) 878-5097
SEPTA Bus Routes 38, 40, PhillyPhlash Stop #12
Shofuso is a traditional-style Japanese house and nationally-ranked garden in West Fairmount Park that reflects the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia, from the 1876 Centennial Exposition to the installation of its contemporary paintings in 2007. Shofuso is open for visitation and group tours from April to October.
Note about Accessibility: There are areas at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden that are not wheelchair accessible. To learn more, please click on the following link:

ACCESS Admission is a city-wide initiative led by Art-Reach and supported by various community partners. ACCESS Admission is proudly sponsored by:

The Barra Foundation PECO