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CAPTION: Acting can be fun and rewarding for both experienced and non-experienced actors. (iStock)
Posted By Abbey Porter

Considering acting? Give it a go

Marie Ryan’s son John gave her an unusual gift for her 75th birthday: acting lessons. That was 12 years ago, and since then, Ryan has had nearly 60 acting jobs – and counting. The ones she brags about: appearances on the TV shows “Law & Order,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “The Sopranos,” as well as a role in the movie “That Awkward Moment,” in which she played the grandmother of Zac Efron’s character. In addition to TV shows and movies, Ryan has done commercials, print ads and a music video. “Of course, I play old lady parts,” she says.

Folk singer Tom Gala plays the dulcimer
Posted By Linda Riley

Singer-songwriter’s ‘joyful noise’

Tom Gala says his songwriting began spontaneously one day when his first son was young. “In my 30s, I was in the car with my son Jesse, and we were behind the 23 trolley,” he recalls. Instead of being annoyed at the slow pace and stop-and-go progress, he says, “we started singing, ‘Trolley, how I love ya, how I love ya.’” But it wasn’t until he began to earn his living as a tree surgeon – pruning and, when necessary, taking trees down – that he had the space in his mind where the music could take root and really grow.

"A Taste of Italy" is the theme of PCA's 2017 gala fundraiser to benefit The Philadelphia Fund for Seniors. (iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Enjoy ‘Taste of Italy’ at PCA Gala

Participants will enjoy an elegant cocktail reception with savory Italian hors d’oeuvres, Italian-inspired musical entertainment and a silent auction and “wine grab” at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) third annual “Enriching Lives, Preserving Dignity” Gala reception on Thursday, June 22. The event, which benefits PCA’s Philadelphia Fund for Seniors, features the theme “A Taste of Italy.” It will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Atrium at PCA’s historic landmark building on 642 North Broad St. Tickets, program book ads and sponsorships are available. Click here to learn more.

The event, which benefits PCA’s Philadelphia Fund for Seniors, features the theme “A Taste of Italy.” It will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Atrium at PCA’s historic landmark building on 642 North Broad St. Tickets, program book ads and sponsorships are available.

The Franklin Institute science museum is one of Philadelphia's major attractions.
Posted By Linda Riley

ACCESS cultural discounts

One of the primary goals of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s (PCA’s) “Celebrate Arts & Aging,” which takes place during May, is to connect older adults with opportunities to experience the area’s many arts and cultural offerings. To that end, we highlight the ACCESS Admission program, offered through Art-Reach. Through this program, Pennsylvania residents who have state-issued ACCESS/EBT cards that they use to manage government-funded benefits are eligible for discounted ACCESS Admission rates at dozens of museums and cultural institutions.

Grandmother Paulette Rhone
Posted By Abbey Porter

Celebrating African-American ‘G-Mas’

Gigi McGraw wanted to do something to honor the memory of her beloved Grandmom, who died in 2010, so she decided she would create a coffee table book celebrating African-American grandmothers like hers. The “G-Ma” book project was born. The book will feature 36 grandmothers – one for each year McGraw’s own grandmother was part of her life.

Exercise, like swimming, offers many health benefits.
Posted By Alicia Colombo

Philadelphia Senior Games set

All senior athletes, both competitive and casual, from Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey are invited to participate in the annual Philadelphia Senior Games for Adults 50+ in June. Presented by the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department, the games offer a variety of fitness activities and sporting events for competitors of varying interests and physical abilities, including exercise demonstrations, board games, swimming and a triathlon.

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