Around the 'Ville in October
Cool, crisp morning air. The leaves changing colors from green to orange. And the return of Eagles football. Yes, it's officially autumn in Swarthmore! Take advantage of all the season has to offer by visiting your favorite shops in the 'Ville. Spruce up your walls with a painting from Gallery on Park. Check out the new battery-powered leaf blowers at Swarthmore Hardware. Or join us for the conclusion of
Fresh Air Fitness
, an outdoor wellness series in the Central Park amphitheater.
Read on for more ways to fall into autumn, and be sure to visit
our website for a directory of shops, restaurants, and services.
Fresh Air Fitness
All are welcome to join us for the conclusion of Fresh Air Fitness, a health and wellness series in the Central Park Amphitheater (121 Park Avenue). It's a chance to take your wellness routine to the great outdoors and get to know a few Swarthmore-based providers.
Tuesday, October 1 from 6-7 pm
Fear is a Liar! On October 1, we welcome Sam Nardi of The Ready Room - Swarthmore. This very popular group fitness program
teaches the basic standards, progressions, and regressions of strength and conditioning.
The program is for anyone ages 12 to 80 years young looking to lose body fat, get stronger and more conditioned for life. Everyone goes at their pace, works at their fitness level, and everyone supports everyone!
Participants should wear athletic attire and shoes, and bring a water bottle, yoga mat, and a friend!
Wednesday, October 2 from 6-7 pm
On October 2, we're excited to welcome Team Sun Wellness, who will be presenting The Self-Care Mindset: Seated Meditation and Mindful Movement for All Levels.
We invite you to "put on your own oxygen mask first!" With the breath as the key to our self-care toolkit, we'll be exploring simple tools to manage stress, become more present, and foster self-acceptance. These include seated breath awareness and breath control exercises, breath-connected movement exercises, and a guided mindfulness meditation to finish it off. Practicing these tools helps develop a mindset that encourages self-care. No experience in meditation or yoga needed.
Bring a cushion to sit on, a blanket for your lap if we're outside, and an open mind. All ages and levels of experience welcome. Donation-based - pay what you can. In case of inclement weather, the session will move inside Borough Hall.
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Gallery on Park
104 Park Avenue, 6-8 pm
Gallery on Park welcomes Roberto Roque of Pluma Avis Domus as our featured artist for the month of October. Join us for our First Friday opening reception on Friday, October 4 from 6-8pm. Meet this extraordinary artist and view his amazing and popular birdhouses including a 2 story Martin House! Complimentary refreshments will be served for you to enjoy while you mingle and appreciate.
Harvey Oak Mercantile
102 Park Avenue, 6-8 pm
Jaime Sosonkin of Whim Jewelry will lead a unique bracelet workshop. Come spend an evening learning about crystals and gemstones and create beautiful healing bracelets to take home. The energy and healing properties that can derive from crystals can transform your energy and bring lightness, internal peace, calm, and insight. Each of you will go home with two bracelets including one with a center stone or charm of your choice, a care package to mend, and a coupon for a Whim Jewelry purchase. Bring your friends! $58 per person. Pre-registration and payment required for the workshop by October 2. Stop in, email email@example.com or call 610-328-1521 to reserve and pre-pay for your spot.
Kandy Kids Toys and Gifts
5 S. Chester Road, 3-7 pm
Kandy Kids will be making Cosmic Jewelry from 3-7 pm. Perfect to wear with your Halloween costume!
Kandy Kids is excited to announce Melissa & Doug's Anniversary Sale. All Melissa and Doug Toys are 25% off for the month of October.
Stock up on Halloween costumes, birthday gifts, and holiday toys.
10 Park Avenue, last seating at 7 pm
While Occasionally Yours is back with a whole new look, rest assured that some things do not change! It wouldn't be First Friday without their incredible crab cakes and pasta with homemade sauce. Come see the new decor and enjoy a delicious meal! Children's portions are available. BYOB. Dine in or call ahead to pick up. 610-328-9360.
The Pilates Connexion
15 S. Chester Road, 5-8 pm
Pilates Connexion and Breathe Om Yoga will host an Open House from 5-8 pm. Meet and greet with Jeanna and Donna to learn more about what Pilates and Yoga can do for you while enjoying light refreshments and a glass of wine or sparkling soda. Donna will be offering a Breathe, Stretch and Flow Yoga class 6-7 pm and Olivia from Pilates Connexion will offer BellyDance from 7-8 pm. $12 each or $20 for both classes. Get 1 free class with a purchase of a 10-pack of yoga classes. Bring a friend, family member or neighbor!
341 Dartmouth Avenue, 8:30-10:30 pm
Quizzo at the Co-Op! Form a team of 4-6 people for a night of trivia! To register your team, call 610-543-9805 or visit the Co-Op's website:
Swarthmore Campus & Community Store
4 S. Chester Road, 5-7 pm
Join your friends at the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store for some free fall fun! Stop by to decorate your own mini-pumpkin with paint, markers, and glitter glue - all supplies provided by us! This event is open to everyone, but all kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Film Screening: "1971"
Swarthmore United Methodist Church - 129 Park Avenue, 7:30 pm
The Swarthmore United Methodist Church is inviting the community to a free showing of the 2015 movie "1971" on First Friday starting at 7:30 pm. The films tells the story of a notorious 1971 activist burglary of an FBI office that led to the Bureau's numerous abuses against dissidents being exposed. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
ANNA Crusis Women's Choir
Central Park Amphitheater - 121 Park Avenue, 7-8 pm
The Swarthmore Public Library is proud to welcome the
ANNA Crusis Women's Choir, the longest-running feminist women's choir i
n the United States. Founded in 1975,
ANNA is a widely recognized vocal ensemble in Philadelphia, with 80+ singers, committed to musical excellence and promoting social change. Their music repertoire reflects the rich spectrum of human lives and struggles, shedding light on issues facing immigrants and refugees, young people, women, the LGBTQ+ community, and others. Join us for this free performance on First Friday f
rom 7-8 pm.
Swarthmore Horticultural Society's Strolling Cocktail Party
Saturday, October 5 from 5-7 pm
Please join us as we celebrate our members by visiting our beautiful downtown gardens which will be decorated with the work of local artists! Start at Gallery on Park, 104 Park Avenue, to pick up a map of the walk, along with artist bios. Then stroll the downtown gardens filled with sculpture by local artists and watch Plein Air painters at work before meeting back at Central Park at 6 pm for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
This event is free for SHS members; non-members are welcome to join for the yearly $20 membership fee.
Swarthmore College's Print Services Now Open to the Community
Consider using Print Services at Swarthmore College for your copying needs. Print Services prices are lower than local copy centers such as Fed Ex/Kinko and Staples. Print services can do black and white or color copies, flyers, posters, banners, lamination, booklets with tape and spiral bindings, and mailings.
Print Services information and price list is online at
Print Services is managed by Tarsia Duff and is open 8:30 am to 1 pm, Monday through Friday. Projects can be dropped off in person at 506 Field House Lane, emailed to
, or submitted via the website submission form. If you have questions, feel free to call Tarsia Duff at 610-328-7786.
This Month at The Pilates Connexion
Kids Yoga (ages 6-10)
Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 15 and 22
Intro to Reformer Series
Six-week series on Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm
October 3 - November 14 (no class on 10/31)
Learn the fundamental exercises of Pilates Reformer while discussing modifications, equipment safety and set-up. You'll get a free mini workout for your home practice! Sessions are in a small group setting. Appropriate clients should not suffer from severe pain or injury. You are registering for 6 classes in 6 weeks; 1x per week. Space is limited. Drop-in rates are not available. $150.
Bones and Balance
Six-week series on
Thursdays 10-11 am
October 3 - November 14 (no class on November 7)
This class is designed to target the individual who has experienced bone loss and/or is interested in preventing falls. Using the Pilates principles, each session will include movements to enhance awareness, posture, leg strength, and balance. The group will be guided in both seated and standing positions and ending with a short meditation to center and embrace the work. Register for all 6 weeks. $90.
Six-week series on Mondays 6:30-7:30 pm. Please note, *new day, time, and price!* $75
October Workshop at Gallery on Park
This wonderful workshop will take place on Thursday, October 24 from 5-8 pm. The fee is $75 which includes Sasha's new book (valued at $24.99) and all supplies. Just show up and enjoy!
All programs are free and open to the public.
T'ai Chi Chih with Susan Corey
An 8-week series on Mondays at 4 pm in October and November.
T'ai Chi Chih is a moving meditation consisting of nineteen non-strenuous, easily learned movements taught over an 8-week session. These natural and gentle movements are done slowly, smoothly, and softly; the focus is on developing intrinsic energy and wellness. Rather than emphasizing martial arts principles, T'ai Chi Chih concentrates on focusing, balancing, and circulating the chi, i.e. energy. This practice does not require fitness or coordination and can be done by young adults and retirees alike.
Class size is limited. Please register for the full series only on the attend page of our website.
Weird Delco with Matt Lake
Wednesday, October 2 at 7 pm
Matt Lake has made trails all over the State of Pennsylvania for his book Weird Pennsylvania. Don't miss a great storyteller with local interest.
Flu Shot Clinic
Thursday, October 3 from 2-4 pm
Rite Aids partners with the library to offer a Flu Shot Clinic. No co-pay with your insurance. Please bring your insurance card. A convenient way to build our herd immunity.
Tuesday, October 15 at 10 am
Join us for a supportive, informal writers' group at the Library with times for writing, sharing, and offering feedback.
Open Paint & Doodle
Wednesday, October 16 at 2 pm
Join us for a free, open painting session with watercolors and water-based art markers. All materials provided. No experience needed! Please register for planning purposes.
"Some Call Me Witch" - A Talk by Kerry Doyle
Thursday, October 17 at 7 pm
Kerry Doyle will speak on popular depictions of witches in early modern England. This talk will broaden and reconsider the idea by looking at other dramatic and printed depictions of witchcraft during the early modern period, including some that questioned its specific cultural impact and even its very existence. A historical lecture with seasonal resonance.
LGBTQ History with Bob Skiba, Curator of the William Way Center
Wednesday, October 23 at 7 pm
In honor of LGBTQ history month. More information to follow.
Film Discussion Group
Tuesday, October 8 at 1 pm
Legendary late-night talk show host's world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline.
Rated R, 102 minutes.
Every Monday from 3-5pm
Get your Mystery Fix! Join us every Monday from 3-5 pm in the Council Room to watch British and International mystery TV series. Watch your favorite detectives in action and discover new ones!
Friday, October 4 at 12 pm
Practice Italian conversation with vocabulary, activities, partnered chats, and more!
Friday, October 11 at 2 pm
Swarthmorean Allison Moore facilitates a generous and lively conversation for beginning and intermediate Spanish speakers each month.
Friday, October 18 at 2 pm
A friendly group of proficient French speakers meets each month to talk about art, literature, history, or current events. Come dust off your French! Facilitated by Lucy Saxon.
Thursday, October 10 at 2 pm
Monday, October 21 at 7 pm
Tuesday, October 15 at 2 pm
A community of readers discusses a monthly read. Inquire in the library or at 610-543-0436.
In Stitches: Yarn & Needle Work
Thursdays, October 10 & 24
at 10 am
Do you knit, crochet or do needlework? No matter your skill level, you can join our monthly In Stitches club to learn and share tips and ideas while enjoying lively conversations with fellow crafters.
History of European Art
Thursdays through October 20 from 10 am - 12 pm
A History of European Art is your gateway to this visually stunning story. In 48 beautifully illustrated lectures, you will encounter all the landmarks you would expect to find in a comprehensive survey of Western art since the Middle Ages. Works such as Giotto's Arena Chapel, Van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece, Leonardo's The Last Supper, Michelangelo's David, Vermeer's View of Delft, Van Gogh's The Starry Night, Picasso's Guernica, and hundreds more.
Refreshments will be served.
Classical Music Concert for the Community
Swarthmore United Methodist Church is presenting a special musical event for the congregation and the entire community on Sunday, October 27 at 5 pm in the church sanctuary. Flutist Frances Tate, from the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, is a Swarthmore resident and an active teacher and performer in the Philadelphia area. She will play selections by Mozart, Copland, and Böhm. Also on the program are a very compelling dramatic tenor Yungbae Yang, music director at Emmanuel Church in Philadelphia, and a beautiful lyric coloratura soprano Eunmi Shin, soloist at Emmanuel Church. Both have extensive opera credits on their resumes. They will sing various opera selections by Cilea, Händel, Verdi, and more! The music director at Swarthmore United Methodist Church and a wonderfully talented pianist YunJoung Park will accompany these three guests and perform a piano piece by Chopin.
There is no charge for the concert, but a free will offering will be taken. A reception of light refreshments will follow, and childcare is provided. Please plan to attend this very special event and encourage your friends and neighbors as well.
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