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It's officially summer and things are sizzling in Swarthmore Town Center! Read on to learn more about what's happening in July, including the Independence Day festivities in town, First Friday, and Thursday Night Live! And be sure to visit our website for a directory of shops, restaurants, and services. 
Pre-Independence Day 8K and 2.5 Mile Walk

Online registration for the Lions Club's Pre-Independence Day 8K and 2.5 mile walk is now open! The race occurs on Wednesday, July 3 staring at 7 pm.

The entry fee for both the race and the walk is $30 and $35 on race day. Onsite, race day registration will start at 5 pm at Borough Hall on Park Avenue. Awards will be presented to the first three male and female runners and to the first three male and female runners in 9 age groups. Refreshments will be served after the race. 

Proceeds from the race will support the charitable activities of the Lions Club which include the Delaware Valley Eye Bank and the Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Chester.

The Lions are need of volunteers to direct and cheer on the runners along the course and hand out water at three stations. If interested in helping out, please contact Jim Ryan at 610-909-3127 or
Independence Day in Swarthmore: Schedule of Events
You don't want to miss this beloved hometown tradition in Swarthmore!  Pro Tip: Harvey Oak Mercantile, located at 102 Park Avenue, will be open from 9 am - 12 pm on July 4th. Stop in during the festivities for some shopping (hello...last minute hostess gift!), shade, and light refreshments. 

Swarthmore Recreation Association's Great Bike Races 
Princeton and Park Avenues, 8:30 am 

Race 1 - Boys, 7 years
Race 2 - Boys, 8 years
Race 3 - Boys, 9 years
Race 4 - Girls, 7 years
Race 5 - Girls, 8 years
Race 6 - Girls, 9 years
Race 7 - Boys, 10 years
Race 8 - Boys, 11 years
Race 9 - Girls, 10 years
Race 10 - Girls, 11 years
Race 11 - Boys, 12 & 13 years
Race 12 - Girls, 12 & 13 years
Race 13 - Boys, 6 years
Race 14 - Girls, 6 years
Race 15 - Boys, 5 years (may use training wheels)
Race 16 - Girls, 5 years (may use training wheels)
Race 17 - 4 years (may use training wheels)
Race 18 - 4 years (tricycle only)
Race 19 - Boys & Girls, 13+ years

Swarthmore Lions Cub Pet and Children's Parade 
Park and Dartmouth Avenue
9:45 am - Pets
9:55 am - Decorated Tricycles & Small Bicycles
10:05 am - Decorated Bicycles
10:15 am - Decorated Floats & Baby Carriages

Swarthmore Independence Day Parade & Community Awards
Park Avenue, 10:30 am 

Swarthmore Borough Community Photograph 
Park Avenue, 11:30 am 

Fire Company Demonstration 
Borough Hall Parking Lot, 11:40 am

Fire Engine Rides
Dartmouth Avenue, 11:50 am

Cris Hansen Horseshoe Tournament 
Little Crum Creek Park, 12:30 pm 

Swarthmore Fire Company Water Fight 
Umoja Park | Yale and Rutgers Avenues, 12:45 pm 

Gallery on Park
104 Park Avenue, 6-8 pm
Swarthmore's own Jeff Savery is the featured artist at Gallery on Park for the month of July!  Join them for the opening reception on July 5 from 6-8 pm. Meet the artist, enjoy wine and light refreshments, and view his intricate and intriguing landscapes. All are welcome.

Harvey Oak Mercantile 
102 Park Avenue, 11 am - 5 pm
It's the last day of H.O.M.'s Summer Sale on Sale.  Take an additional 20% off already reduced women's clothing and shoes! 

Kandy Kids 
5 S. Chester Road, 3-7 pm
Kandy Kids will present Klutz My Clothespin Zoo. It's a free in-store hands-on activity.  Choose a Toucan or a Panda to make and take home.

Move Well Physical Therapy
413 Dartmouth Avenue, 4-6 pm
Don't spend your summer dizzy! Move Well is now accepting Medicare clients! Stop in to chat with our Doctor of Physical Therapy, Emma Phibbs. Enter to win a wellness gift basket and receive a free dizziness screen. Shop wellness and rehab supplies with a 20% off coupon!

Occasionally Yours
10 Park Avenue, last seating at 7 pm
As always, Occasionally Yours - celebrating 30 years in Swarthmore - will offer their famous jumbo lump crab cakes and pasta with homemade sauce. Children's portions are available.  BYOB. Dine in, on the patio, or call ahead to pick up. 610-328-9360.

The Pilates Connexion + Breathe Om Yoga
15 S. Chester Road, 6-7:15 pm
Breathe Om Yoga will lead a special First Friday class at the Pilates Connexion! Relieve stress from the week with a lighthearted vinyasa. Join Donna for breath work, stretching, and fun! Cost $12. To reserve a spot, email Donna at

Swarthmore Friends of the Arts
121 Park Avenue, 5-7 pm 
An exhibition of original paintings and mixed media by local artist Georgianna Grentzenberg will be on display in July at Swarthmore Borough Hall. The public is invited to the artist's opening reception on Friday Friday. Both the exhibit and the reception are free, kid-friendly, and open t o the public.

Swarthmore Campus & Community Store
4 S. Chester Road, 3-5 pm
Make a bookworm bookmark and get ready for great summer reading days! Join the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store from 3-5 pm for this free activity for all ages. Free ice cream sandwich with the purchase of a Wallingford Swarthmore School District summer reading book. One per customer, please.  

Make your own bookworm bookmark at the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store.

History of European Art
Thursdays 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. Please register at
Watercolor Workshop with Sasha Prood
Monday, July 22 from 10 am - 12 pm 
Sasha Prood is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is an alumni of Carnegie Mellon's School of Design, The Cooper Union, and the School of Visual Arts. Sasha has received awards and recognition from national design magazines, and her work has been featured in books, magazines, and blogs, including ELLE Interiors, Apartment Therapy, and Oh Joy! She has exhibited her art internationally.   Please register at Space is limited. 
Marker Workshop with Sasha Prood
Tuesday, July 23 from 10 am - 12 pm 
Sasha will return to teach techniques for drawing with markers. Space is limited. Please  register at .   

Kids' Summer Programs
The Great Swarthmore Scavenger Hunt
The scavenger hunt is back! Come to the library to get clues that will take you around Swarthmore. When you find the secret word at each location, return to the library to get the next clue. Complete the scavenger hunt to be invited to an end of summer ice cream party at Little Crum Creek Park. Those who can arrange the words into the correct phrase will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize!

Summer Quest 2019
Come by the library to pick up a Summer Quest game board. Complete the activities and when you reach a prize square, return to the library to get a prize! Some activities include drawing, doing a science experiment, visiting a park, and of course, READING! To register for Summer Quest, visit
Wonderful Wednesdays at the Swarthmore Public Library
Wednesdays at 6 pm
Held outside in the amphitheater (weather permitting), the Library host several special performances with puppeteers, magicians, scientists, musicians, and more! Suitable for all ages.  Here is the line-up for July:
July 10:  Story Up! is an interactive improv show based on stories and ideas from the kids.
July 17:  DJ Mixup combines popular books to create an original story.
July 24:  Digger & Dave features a hilarious and interactive puppet show.
July 31:  Makin' Music, a popular music and movement enrichment program.
Special Sales & Events in July

Harvey Oak Mercantile
102 Park Avenue
Summer Shoe Sale! 20% off all Ilse Jacobsen slides, flip flops, and rain boots for the month of July (excludes special orders). 

Indigo Healing Arts Collective
110 Park Avenue

Teas & Tonics Pop-Up Cafe at Thursday Night Live
July 25 from 7-10 pm 
During the July 25 Thursday Night Live performance, Indigo's in-house mixologist will serve up botanical teas, cooling lattes and citrus tonics that highlight the seasonal array of floral and herbal flavors. Curious about CBD or ghee? Add either or both to your beverage of choice.

Nurture the Goddess Within
July 27, 1-3 pm | $30
You're invited to join Danielle on July 27 from 1-3 pm for an afternoon of deeply nourishing sisterhood and heart centered connection through sharing, creative expression, and sacred embodiment. By honoring the time honored tradition of gathering in circle, we are able to heal, feel and make space for the new. Circle includes light yoga, intentional craft making, guided meditation, and refreshment. All women are welcome to attend and no previous circle attendance is required. Register online at indigohealingarts.netSpace is limited. 

Don't miss Indigo Healing Arts Collective mixing up Teas & Tonics at Thursday Night Live on July 25.
Laughter Yoga: Free Session on July 12

Don't we all need a good laugh? Laughter meets Yoga in this 
unique experience that bring people together, through de-stressing and uplifting giggles.  A typical session includes laughter, movement, singing, dancing, breathing exercises, playfulness and stillness. It will be an up-lifting, energizing and joyful experience, a great way to feel more creative, experimental and free.

When you laugh, you are in the present moment and you forget your problems. This laughter becomes a gift to yourself and an excellent way to connect with others. You will learn how to process life's challenges in a more productive way.

Come experience a FREE session of Laughter Yoga with Alexa Drubay on Friday, July 12 from 7-8 pm in the Central Park amphitheater. 
Saturday, July 20 from 11 am - 2 pm 
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