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Writer and nascent artist Constance Garcia-Barrio poses with the painting she created in an evening at a Painting with a Twist studio. (Photo by Mike Finnell)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Paint with a ‘twist’

By Constance Garcia-Barrio

Painting with a Twist (PWAT), a newly opened studio at 9475 Roosevelt Blvd., promised to bathe my evening in gor­geous colors. Friendly instructors would help me and other guests make an ac­ceptable work of art, I was told. I had my doubts. I had scarcely held a crayon since fifth grade, and I would create a decent painting after that 60-year gap? Was this place an art studio or a magic shop?

Ribbons for health (iStock)
Posted By Alicia Colombo

Tips for cancer survivors

A cancer diagnosis is no longer an automatic death sentence. Thanks to early diagnosis and more effective treatments, most cancer patients are not only surviving, but thriving, for years. According to the National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health, 67 percent of cancer patients live for five years or more after their initial diagnosis.

PCA will begin its annual distribution of produce vouchers to eligible older Philadelphians.
Posted By Alicia Colombo

Produce voucher distribution will begin June 19

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) will begin distributing Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) produce vouchers Monday, June 19, as part of an annual program to encourage seniors to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Eligible Philadelphia seniors can receive $20 worth of vouchers that can be used to purchase fresh Pennsylvania-grown produce sold at 55 certified farmers’ markets throughout Philadelphia.

A tableau of Loyalist Calvalry troops is one of the exhibits are the Museum of the American Revolution (Photo courtesy of the Museum of the American Revolution)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

New in Old City: Museum of the American Revolution

When the Museum of the American Revolution debuted in the heart of the city’s historic district this spring, it took its place amid such renowned Revolutionary era icons as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. In a city replete with museums and historic sites, Philadelphia’s newest museum occupies a singular niche.

People waving Gay Pride flags.
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Celebrating LGBT Pride Month

In June, we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LGBT individuals have had on history locally, nationally and internationally.

stock elderly woman elder abuse photo
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Elder abuse awareness event set for June 14

The Philadelphia Financial Exploitation Prevention Task Force will sponsor “Safe Banking & Financial Management Tips for Seniors,” a free forum for seniors and caregivers, on Wednesday, June 14, in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The event will take place at Ralston Center, 3615 Chestnut St., from 9 to 11 a.m. It is open to the public and will focus on keeping money and assets safe; making good financial decisions as you age; and identifying and accessing available resources to prevent and report elder financial abuse. For information/registration, call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

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