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Kensington news brief: Community activities, Philly primary election, and Kensington jobs

Need a roundup of the local news impacting Kensington? 

Kensington Voice is publishing weekly news updates to increase community information. There will be a monthly roundup in our print newspaper, too.

Here’s this week’s roundup below.

ART CONTEST: We are excited to launch our second art contest, “My vision for Kensington.” This contest is an opportunity for residents to share their neighborhood vision with City Hall. A $375 top prize will be awarded to each category. Enter by next Friday, May 5. For more information, click here

FREE ACTIVITY: Lillian Marrero Library is hosting its monthly Bead & Go Jewelery Workshop by Ms. Juanita on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Space may be limited. For more information, call 215-685-9794 or email

FREE ACTIVITY: Kensington Library is hosting an Intro to House Plants and Repotting workship this Saturday at 11 a.m. You’ll leave the event with your own plant, soil, and flowerpot. Space is limited. To register in advance, email or call 215-685-9996.

FREE ACTIVITY: On Monday, May 1, McPherson Square Library is hosting snake expert Scott Prior for an interactive presentation of live snakes from around the world at 4 p.m. For more information, call 215-685-9995.

KENSINGTON VOICE: Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro announced at Impact Services last Tuesday the rescheduling of two drugs affecting Philadelphia and other counties: xylazine and nitazenes. Read the full story here.

KENSINGTON VOICE: We asked Philly’s mayoral candidates to write a job description for their managing director who will oversee city departments and programs addressing quality-of-life concerns in Kensington. Click here to read responses from Allan Domb, Helen Gym, and Jimmy Deleon. 

KENSINGTON VOICE: Kensington high schools KCAPA, KHSA, and Mastbaum shared their methods of engaging students in voting. For the full story, click here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS: The Community Center at Visitation will host a community dinner this Thursday from 5-7 p.m. 

COMMUNITY MEETINGS: The Friends of Trenton and Auburn Playground’s monthly meeting is this Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Community members can attend the meeting in-person (Disney-Nichols AME Church 2838 Tulip St.) or over Zoom.

COMMUNITY EVENTS: The Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden will host a free dinner and art show with young, Philly-based artists this Sunday from 12-5 p.m. at 2241 N. Philip St. 

HEITZMAN REBUILD: Heitzman Rec Center’s ribbon cutting ceremony is next Thursday, May 4, starting at 3:45 p.m. The rec center was closed for Rebuild improvements. For more information, contact

SEPTA: Congreso is hosting a paid focus group session run by SEPTA. To check eligibility, click here

JOBS: There are open positions at Cantina La Martina, Càphê Roasters, and The Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden.  

STREET TREES: Applications for free street trees this fall are open until Monday, May 1. Philly Tree People is the tree tender group in the 19125 and 19134 ZIP codes. For more information, click here

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Editors: Zari Tarazona Designer: Zari Tarazona