First Fridays @ Spring Garden Center

“First Friday” art gallery open houses in Old City have been a popular feature of Philadelphia’s nightlife for almost a quarter of a century. Now the concept has expanded outside Old City to what may be the newest First Friday venue – the Spring Garden Senior Center, 1221 Spring Garden St. Launched in January, “First Friday @ Spring Garden Center” introduces participants to visual and performing artists in an informal “living room” ambiance, according to Sheena Garcia, who spearheads the initiative and also teaches art, film and photography at the center. The next event will be held on Friday, June 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature multiple artists.

During the  event, "we'll sit around in a circle, enjoy sangria and snacks, and chat with the artists about what they do,” Garcia says. Guests are welcome and, like those in Old City, the events are free of charge. The hope is that that sessions like this will inspire older participants to explore new artistic vistas themselves, she says. 

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Join Philly Games for Adults 50+

Older adults from across the region are gearing up for next month’s “Philadelphia Games for Adults 50+.” If you will be age 50 or older by June 6, and you live in the five-county southeastern Pennsylvania area, you’re invited to join the fun. The games will be held June 6 through 12, with a Triathlon and Duathlon taking place on July 18.     

Events include bowling; track and field; basketball; a triathlon that includes swimming, running and biking; bocce; non-competitive exercise clinics; and board game tournaments. You need not be ultra athletic to participate! In fact, many who compete in this annual event enjoy the camaraderie as much as the physical competition. In recent years, the schedule has been expanded to include Saturday and evening events so working seniors can participate. 
Registration is $15. Same-day registration will be accepted, if space permits. For questions or to receive an entry form by mail, call 215-685-2736 or go to www.philadelphiagames.org/.

Beow is the schedule of events:

Saturday, June 6 

Fitness Demos, Swimming, Track & Field, Indoor Events

All events this day: Lincoln High School, 3201 Ryan Ave.

Expo: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fitness demos, muscle toning, tai chi clinic, self defense clinic

Track & Field: 10 a.m. start

100-, 200- and 400-meter dash; 1,600-meter walk and run; 4x50-meter relay; football throw

Softball: 11:30 a.m.
Softball throw; pitch, hit and run

Indoor Events & Horseshoes:
1 p.m. start
Basketball hot shot; basketball foul-shooting contest; 3-on-3 half-court basketball; table tennis; stationary

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