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Kensington news: Community concert, mutual aid fair, and water bill assistance

Sara Palmer leafs through a Spanish comic book in Kensington Library on April 11, 2023. (Photo by Natalie Kerr)

Hope you all had a great Memorial Day Weekend. Need a roundup of the local news impacting Kensington?

Kensington Voice publishes weekly news updates to increase community information. There’s a monthly roundup in our print newspaper, too.

Here’s this week’s roundup below.

KENSINGTON VOICE: Branch workers at Kensington Library, Lillian Marrero Library, and McPherson Square Library need your help. To learn more, click here.

YOUTH NEWS: Subscribe to Fab Youth Philly’s newsletter for the latest information on programs, resources, youth issues, and more.

FREE RESOURCE: Level the Playing Field collects and donates new and gently-used sports and playground equipment to local youth sports communities in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. To get involved or receive equipment, click here.

WATER BILL ASSISTANCE: The Philadelphia Water Department resumed water shutoffs on May 31, 2023 after a winter pause. Need help paying your bill? Apply for assistance or make a payment plan by visiting or call 215- 685-6300.

FREE SUMMER MEALS: Nutritional Development Services (NDS) provides youth programs with free breakfast and lunch from June 14 to Aug. 25. To register, call the NDS office at 215-895-3470, option 1.

GARDENING: The Kensington Corridor Trust has open community garden hours on Tuesdays from now through Aug. 21 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 3236 Kensington Ave.

KENSINGTON VOICE: Our latest art contest was an opportunity for community members to show their neighborhood vision to those in or running for elected office in Philly. Check out the winning artwork here.

FREE ACTIVITIES: To browse upcoming programs at Kensington, McPherson Square, and Lillian Marrero libraries, visit

COMMUNITY MEETING: The Harrowgate Civic Association meets this Thursday (and the first Thursday of every month) at 6 p.m. at Heitzman Recreation Center.

COMMUNITY EVENT: Kensington Library is hosting a Block Party & Mutual Aid Fair outside the library (104 W Dauphin St.) this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

COMMUNITY CONCERT: Ride Free is hosting a Stop The Violence Block Tour with McPherson Square Library this Saturday. There will be a free concert, career networking, and food on E Street and Indiana Avenue.

KENSINGTON VOICE: Kensington CAPA students and brothers, Elian and Sebastian Fana Rosario, wrote personal essays about their experiences in the United States and the Dominican Republic. You can read Elian’s piece about staying positive during hard times here and Sebastian’s piece about important life experiences here.

JOBS: There are open positions at Flip Out Productions, NKCDC, and Congreso.

COMMUNITY MEETING: Somerset Neighbors for Better Living meets next Monday, June 5 virtually on Zoom. To register, click here.

COMMUNITY MEETING: Friends of McPherson and the Kensington Neighbors Association will host a joint meeting next Tuesday, June 6 from 6-7 p.m. at McPherson Square Library. Neighbors can also join virtually by emailing

VETERANS FAIR: Impact Services, Vet Center, and the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs are hosting a career and resource fair at Campbell Square Park next Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

FUNDRAISER: Kensington Health Sciences Academy students are fundraising to travel and compete in the HOSA international leadership conference in Dallas, TX from June 21-24. Support them at

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Editors: Jillian Bauer-Reese Designer: Zari Tarazona