To help all children start the school year prepared with necessary supplies and resources, the Center for Family Services’ Operation Backpack initiative provides backpacks filled with school supplies to children ages 4–19. By alleviating students’ fears or stresses related to not having the required school supplies, the program helps to ensure that kids and teens can concentrate on their classes, thus laying a foundation for academic success and ideally propelling them toward finishing high school and attending college.
Philadelphia’s historic cobblestone streets, landmarks, and old buildings can take on an eerie aura in the moonlight, the perfect backdrop for the guides of Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour to tell tales of the city’s dark past. Developed by historical experts at The Constitutional Walking Tour, the Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour traverses Old City, stopping at more than 20 sites, such as the Physick House, Library Hall, and City Tavern. At these destinations, guides cloaked in black and carrying lanterns share stories that weave together a narrative of both reported hauntings and folklore. They tell tales of ghostly visitors that range from soldiers to historical figures such as John Barry, who constantly tries to explain to people who he was. Strolling past some of the city’s oldest cemeteries and graveyards, tourists may spot out-of-the-ordinary shapes, such as free-floating orbs.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
Styledelphia owner Jessica Saint is a former model and modeling director who doles out a wealth of fashion-industry insight accrued during 10 years in the business. Now, along with a team of instructors and photographers, Jessica leads classes that show how hair, makeup, and wardrobe can mesh with one’s personal interests, career goals, and affinity for jumping out of moving cars. More niche classroom sessions, such as body-painting, vintage-hairstyling, and stage-makeup workshops, round out a creative-minded curriculum. Styledelphia’s expertise in retro styles adds realness to the studio’s boudoir-photography branch, which takes clients to shoot photos at old-timey locales such as Darling’s Diner and the hospital room where the Liberty Bell was born.