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Kensington news brief: Esports, free activities, and spring events

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.

HELLO SPRING: Happy first day of spring, Kensington! As a new season begins, it’s time to mark your calendars for some events. Harrowgate Civic Association’s annual spring festival will be on Saturday, April 1, 12-3 p.m., at Harrowgate Park. There will be activities, including photos with the Easter Bunny and an Easter Egg Hunt at 1:30 p.m. for children 12 and under. The Community Center at Visitation’s Spring Celebration will also be on Saturday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Potter Street behind CCV. There will be activities, including photos with the Easter Bunny and an Egg Scavenger Hunt for children. 

ESPORTS: The Lighthouse’s Spring Esports Club starts next week, but it’s not too late to sign up for children ages 11-13 and teens ages 14-17. Registration is free, and the club meets weekly at the Lighthouse Community Center at 141 W. Somerset St. To register, click here.  

FREE ACTIVITY: On Wednesday at 3 p.m., Lillian Marrero Library will host a Culinary Literacy Center event, “Herbs and Spices: A Taste of Latin American Heritage.” Participants will prepare a vegetarian dish and discuss how they like to use herbs and spices in their meals. Reserve a spot online. Masks are encouraged.

FREE ACTIVITY: Taller Puertorriqueño is hosting a collage-making event with Philadelphia CollageWorks this Friday from 4-7 p.m. The event is for all ages. Materials will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their materials.  

FREE EVENT: Taller Puertorriqueño’s Julia de Burgos Bookstore is hosting an event, “Meet the Author: Karina Nicole González” Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be a book reading of González’s children’s book, “The Coquíes Still Sing/Los coquíes aún cantan,” and a Q&A. You can register for the free event here.

MAYOR’S RACE: Gloria Casarez Elementary School’s Young Change Makers helped moderate the Kensington Mayoral Forum last Tuesday at their school. The students and other moderators asked the participating candidates about education, partnering with the school community, and public safety. To read more about the forum, visit AL DÍA, The Philadelphia Inquirer, or WHYY.   

TEEN CONTEST: McPherson Square Library is holding a contest to promote its Teen Summer Job Fair in McPherson Square Park on April 13, 2:30-5:30 p.m. The teen that brings the most friends or classmates to the job fair wins $100, with a second-place prize of $50. To enter, your guests must tag you on Instagram. For more information, contact the library

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Editors: Siani Colón Designer: Zari Tarazona