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Future of a lockdown based society where killing time becomes the new normal.

“Godzilla, King Kong, Frankenstein all in one.”

  • Some of my circles started recommending many series which they are watching to kill time in the lockdown while they want me to scribble the vision of

“ How life will be if lockdown becomes the only reality and contagion takes over the world”.

  • I did feel that could happen as was shown in the movie “Contagion.” https://www.netflix.com/il-en/title/70185071
  • So keeping hopes of my circle alive and assuming that in such a world people will be born to stay home “KILLING TIME WILL GO MAIN STREAM”, I thought it would not be a bad idea to create a compilation of how can you kill time during lockdown.
  • Calisthenics, Meditation and all that is very common and even people have become bored of fighting each other as humans loose the drive to interact with same people around day and night.
  • So I started to list what people did not have time during their busy lives and since they have time now, they can afford to read and watch. But im not good at it as I did not watch most of the series. So help me if you have more to watch
  • While we are staying at home the foreseeable future, there are plenty of things to keep us all going. We have fun ways to pass the time, ways of bringing people together even when we’re all apart, and things to keep moving forward.
  • If you are staying at home like the rest of us, share tips on staying entertained, educated, well-fed and fit.

Check out our resources and things to do during self-isolation.

Streaming Content and Music

Top Streaming Platforms

  1. Netflix
  2. Amazon Prime Video
  3. Disney
  4. HULU
  5. HBO NOW/HBO Go
  6. BrightCove Engage
  7. UStream ( IBM Cloud Video )
  8. Kaltura
  9. Wowza
  10. Vimeo

Popular Series

1. Game of thrones.

2. Designated survivor.

3. Four more shots please.

4. Bosche.

5. Lost.

6. House Of Cards.

7. Stranger things.

8. Madame Secretary.

9. The crown.

Companies hiring remote workers

  • With the coronavirus pandemic impacting jobs short-term and possibly long-term, working from home is one way to make ends meet.
  • But before jumping right in, be suspicious of any opportunities that require you to pay money up front. Check the Better Business Bureau website for reviews and complaints on specific companies.
  • While not all jobs may 100% remote and may require trips to the office, some fully off-site jobs also have a location requirement. Check the job description and requirements carefully before applying.

Work-from-home job search platforms:
- FlexJobs
- Upwork
- Zirtual
- TaskRabbit
- Freelancer
- MediaBistro
Guru

Here are companies offering remote work:

Apple

  • Visit Apple’s At Home Advisor Opportunities for jobs you can do at home.

Amazon Remote Careers

CVS Health
- CVS is hiring a variety of remote career opportunities.

Humana
- The healthcare company is hiring remote workers from PA, NJ, and DE. Search here.

Tutor.com
- Become an online tutor with Tutor.com. Tutor.com is accepting accepting applications from the U.S. teachers and industry professionals eager to help students of all ages.

UniversalClass
- UniversalClass has online teaching opportunities for qualified teachers.

Disney launches new free website for families in quarantine

  • Parents, rejoice: A new website to entertain your children is here!
    The Walt Disney Company is launching DisneyMagicMoments.com, a home for some of the best Disney content, stories and resources — for free — for kids, families and fans to fill their time.
  • Bring the wonderful world of Disney to your living room with Disney Magic Moments.
  • This free new website from Disney has content from Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and more.
  • Expect offerings from Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars, as well as Walt Disney Animation Studios, National Geographic, Disney Parks and beyond.

National Geographic

  • National Geographic is bringing its iconic storytelling and science-based educational and entertaining content to parents in a new world dealing with COVID-19. Leaning into the unique partnership between National Geographic Society’s education experts and Nat Geo’s ability to inspire, entertain and educate through storytelling, the company is offering parents an unparalleled destination — one their kids will like as much as they will.

“At Home with Olaf”

  • Disney Animation will be sharing an original animated content series, featuring 20 unique vignettes with dialogue provided by Josh Gad and directed by the supervising animator of Olaf from the first “Frozen” film. These will feature sweet moments with Olaf that celebrate his character’s optimistic way of seeing the world.

“Storytime With …”

  • Nothing is as good as cozying up with a good book, and Disney invites you to join stars John Stamos, Ming-Na Wen, Jeff Goldblum and Yvette Nicole Brown every day as they share their favorite stories.

#VoicesFromHome: Everything Is an Instrument for the JAMMitors

  • Check out the JAMMitors, everyone’s favorite funky group of janitors-turned-percussionists. Normally this funky group of janitors-turned-percussionists would be sharing their syncopated sounds at Epcot using all sorts of different items they find around the park. Today, they are sharing their #VoicesFromHome — using pots and pans, trash cans and even an old tire!

“It’s a Small World” Virtual Ride-Through Video
- Gather around with your family and watch this virtual ride through the timeless Disney Parks attraction, “It’s a small world,” a beloved favorite at many Disney parks around the globe.

Disney Channel “We’re All in This Together” Dance Montage #WAITT
- An exuberant song and dance montage from Disney Channel, set to its iconic “We’re All in This Together” anthem, encourages kids of all ages to get up and move, and to embrace self-expression and connection, hallmarks of the Disney Channel viewing experience.

Disney Broadway: Instagram Live Workshops
- On Mondays at 12:30 p.m., Disney on Broadway teaching artists will conduct 15- to 20-minute workshops based on in-person Broadway programming. The first workshop included music and choreography from “Frozen” on Broadway. Next up is “Newsies.”

Disney on Broadway Get Up & Go!
- These videos include cast from current and previous Broadway shows teaching choreography to folks at home. Originally released in support of first lady Michelle Obama’s healthy living campaign, these videos focus on using dance and theater to support an active lifestyle. Obama intros some of the videos.

#DrawWithDisneyAnimation

  • In these special videos, animators from Walt Disney Animation Studios show fans how to draw their favorite characters from “Frozen 2.”

Virtual celebration of “A Goofy Movie”

  • D23, Disney’s fan club, has your 1990s nostalgia ready to go, hosting a virtual viewing party to celebrate “A Goofy Movie”’s 25th anniversary with never-before-heard stories from members of the film’s cast and creative team, including director Kevin Lima; writer Jymn Magon; Jenna von Oy, the voice of Stacey; Disney legend and the voice of Goofy, Bill Farmer; and more!

“Pixar in a Box”
- “Pixar in a Box” is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots and make virtual fireworks explode. The subjects you learn in school — math, science, computer science and humanities — are used every day to create amazing movies at Pixar.

COVID-19 relief races

  • With local races sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic, organizers opted to make them virtual instead. With a small entry fee and a bit of effort, you can support charities involved in COVID-19 relief work.
  • Virtual races can be run (or walked) from any location. Can’t head outdoors? Use a treadmill. Select your desired distance, complete it at your own pace, and time it yourself.

“Stay Home” Virtual Race | Half Marathon,10K, 5K
Donations Accepted — Swag optional
A portion of each registration will be donated to the Wander Project, helping community partners and athletes to raise funds to help their own communities impacted by COVID-19.

RunDemic | Pandemic 19K, Epidemic 9.5K
$30.00 — Includes shirt
Feeding America, which helps fund food banks that support communities impacted by the pandemic, will receive $10 from each registration.

2020 Social Distancing 6K — We’re All In This Together, But Six Feet Apart
$22.00 — Includes medal and bib
The majority of proceeds will be donated to charity, including Feeding America, who has established the COVID-19 Response Fund to help food banks across the country as they support communities impacted by the pandemic.

2020 The Great Toilet Paper Chase of 2020 | 1M, 5K, 10K ,13.1, 26.2
$22.00 — Includes medal and bib
The majority of proceeds will be donated to charity, including Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund through the World Health Organization.

2020 The Real Heroes
$22.00 — Includes medal and bib
The majority of proceeds will be donated to charity. Proceeds from each registration will be donated to Direct Relief as it is expanding coronavirus response through intensified analysis, increased coordination, and expanded provision of medical essentials.

May 2020 Grateful for Nurses | 1M, 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2
$22.00 — Includes medal and bib

Celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6 to 12, by racing virtually. Some proceeds are earmarked for Project Hope, a global health and humanitarian relief organization.

May 2020 Thankful for Teachers Virtual Race | 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2
$22.00 — Includes medal and bib
Say thank you to the true heroes, our teachers, by running this virtual race. At least 15% of each registration goes to DonorsChoose.org that helps classrooms in need.

Things for everyone to do to pass the time at home

When you’re stuck at home alone or with the kids due to the spread of coronavirus and have nothing to do, don’t despair! We have some ideas to pass the time.

Virtual Races:
PSPCA and MLAR’s Good Dog Jog 5K Run/2K Walk
Virtual fundraiser benefiting PSPCA’s Emergency Relief Fund

Culture:

Club Quarantine
Live-streaming concerts with high profile guests . It’s being dubbed the biggest virtual dance party in the world.

Virtual Quizzo
Virtual Quizzo fundraiser for local bartenders, servers and staff in Fishtown by Bottle Bar East. Scheduled for Wednesdays at 8pm.

Arts/Performing Arts:
MoMA
The Museum of Modern Art In New York City is offering free online course and specializations.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is offering access to their full length performances. Check their website for more info on showings!

New York Philharmonic
New York Philharmonic is streaming performances online with NY Phil Plays On.

National Theater
National Theater in Washington D.C. is showing a play every Thursday Night beginning April 2nd on their YouTube page.

The 2020 Garden State Film Festival
You can see an incredible selection of +240 innovative films through an unprecedented four-day (Mar 26–29), live-stream event on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone. Get your 4-day pass.

NJ Symphony
Listen to previously broadcast NJSO concerts on demand!

Queen
Brian May, from Queen, teaches you how to play Bohemian Rhapsody, and other tunes via his Instagram page.
@brianmayforreal

TV / Film:
Philly movies, TV Shows you should watch while you’re inside
Whether it’s an old school favorites like “Rocky” or “Trading Places” or more recent hits like “The Goldbergs” or the “Creed” franchise, there’s a little Philly on the big screen for everyone.

Virtual Classes:
Photography
Nikon is offering a whole gambit of free online photography classes running until April 30th.

Dance with the Rockettes
The Rockettes are creating a dance classes to be featured on Instagram Live @TheRockettes

Phoenix Arts
Virtual dance classes from Phoenix Arts in Blue Bell, PA are for all ages, offering a variety of classes like ballet and hip hop. Check their Facebook for the schedule.

Virtual Tours/Livestreams:

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Take a walk through the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and enjoy the tropical flowers and plans on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Philly Zoo at 2
Get an insider’s look at the Zoo during Philly Zoo at 2 Facebook Live series and virtually meet and interact with our amazing animals and dedicated staff every weekday at 2:00 p.m.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Visit nationalzoo.si.edu to watch the Zoo’s giant pandas, elephants, lions and more!

The Franklin Institute
EarthCam and The Franklin Institute have teamed up to deliver live streaming webcam views from the heart of Philadelphia, PA.

National Aquarium
Check out the Nation Aquarium’s exhibit livestreams. Families can still experience the Aquarium from home!
Blacktip Reef Sharks | Blue Blubber Jellies | Pacific Coral Reef

Experience the Museum of the American Revolution from Home
Though the museum is closed this month, you can still explore the Museum virtually! Take a Virtual Museum Tour by clicking here.

San Diego Zoo
Let the zoo come to you! Check out live video streams featuring pandas, koalas, elephants, tigers and other animals for your at home entertainment.

Stay on the Move: Family Friendly Disney-Inspired Workouts
We’re all about getting our kids together for some Disney-fueled fun. Disney’s exciting series Get Moving With Disney Family features creative Disney workouts and is the perfect way to break a sweat without leaving the comfort of your own home! Get the workouts.

Arts and Crafts:
Grab your scissors, grab your glue! Find fun Disney-inspired art and craft ideas for kids of all ages-including holiday and seasonal crafts, decorations, and more.

Disney DIYs for Toddlers
We may be stuck inside, but luckily, we have oodles of Disney DIYs to keep the whole family busy all day long!

Frozen 2 Snow Globe Craft
Create memories with your family with this easy Frozen 2-inspired snow globe craft.

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs Easter Eggs
These eggs only require a few basic materials and you can enjoy them for years to come! Learn how here.

Stop Motion Kids Camp
Designer Trisha Zemp has made her stop-motion kids camp free to those that share and tag her IG post announcing the free service.

Draw everyday with JJK
Children’s book author & illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka offers daily, 20-minute drawing episodes on his YouTube channel.

FamilyFun Craft Camp

6 weeks of creative projects guaranteed to keep the kids busy, happy, and off-screen!
Download the e-book which has all the instructions for 18 projects.

Toy Story 4 Coloring Pages
Toy Story-themed printable activities, coloring pages, and recipes too. Grab them here.

Printable Workbook
This guide will guarantee a magical school break!

Reading:
Audible Stories
Releasing hundreds of books for children and teens to listen to for free via stories.audible.com or app.

Read Alongs:
Story Time with Adam Joseph
Join Adam Joseph and his kiddos LIVE, weekdays at 9:30am on his Facebook for a different story book picked by either Jacob or Hannah each day. Missed it? No worries, you can still watch a replay.

Storytime with Oliver Jeffers
Oliver Jeffers will be reading his one of his popular books every day on Instagram Live at 2pm.

Mac Barnett’s Book Club
Children’s book author Mac Barnett is reading one of his books everyday at 9am on his Instagram story.

Food and Snacks:
FoodNetwork
Snacks kids can make from the FoodNetwork.

foodnetwork.com

Online Printables:
Kids Activities from Adventure Aquarium
Everyday, Adventure Aquarium is offering a new activity for kids! You’ll find word searches, coloring pages and more!

GreatSchools
Printable worksheets for kids.
www.greatschools.org

Stopping the stress of working from home

Working from home during the coronavirus pandemic — and generally hunkering down amid stay-at-home orders — mixes multiple aspects of life. That can be a recipe for stress.

For those accustomed to large offices and co-worker interactions, it’s a drastic change. Even people who usually work at home are now also juggling added responsibilities and concerns, such as a partner working at home, children out of school or the need to check on older loved ones.

Household chores and trips to crowded grocery stores can heighten anxiety, especially for women who may fill the main caretaker role, said Dr. Gina Lundberg, clinical director of the Emory Women’s Heart Center and associate professor at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

“It’s a really stressful time,” she said. “Everyone else should pitch in.”

Stress in the short term can increase blood pressure and heart rate and interfere with sleep, said Lundberg, a volunteer for the American Heart Association. Over the long term, stress can lead to weight gain and pose a risk for diabetes.

Several strategies can help you stay healthy and bring life into balance.

Develop a schedule

Decide when to wake up, work, exercise, eat and play.

“Regaining a sense of control will minimize distress,” said Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, a holistic health counselor and CEO of Power Living Enterprises, Inc.

Setting a schedule with other family members ensures individual needs are met, Kennedy said.

Many people find comfort in routines, Lundberg added. For example, you might specify 9 a.m. to noon as work time for your job, then arrange for a lunch break and time to oversee children’s play or at-home schoolwork before finishing the workday from 2 to 6 p.m.

Designate workspace at home

Whether it’s a home office or even a small corner of the living room, a specific spot for work helps with concentration and productivity while establishing boundaries with others in the household.

Select a well-lit area, preferably with a window. Consider playing soothing background music.

Avoid keeping the television or radio news on while working. An overload of information about the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, can lead to more stress.

“It’s real. We all need to take it very seriously,” Lundberg said, but she warned against a bombardment of “doom and gloom” about the virus.

Stay physically active

It’s as important as ever to incorporate physical activity into your day.

Even if gyms are open in your community, avoid exercising there because of the number of other people who are present and handling equipment. While practicing social distancing, try to exercise in your neighborhood or local park by taking a brisk walk or bike ride.

“Nature reminds us that the cycle of life goes on, and this too shall pass,” Kennedy said.

Fitness apps and YouTube videos can help with aerobics, strength training, yoga or Pilates at home. Or, do yardwork or play music and dance.

Eat healthy

Comfort food may be calling out to you now and pickup from a restaurant may sound appealing. That’s OK at times, but focus on nutritious eating with plenty of fruits and vegetables and lean protein.

“An apple a day really is healthy,” Lundberg said, noting that fresh produce is best, followed by frozen. Canned vegetables may contain more sodium. All can be healthy choices.

With some grocery store shelves depleted, or trips to the store infrequent, consider buying fresh vegetables and freezing them, Kennedy said. Indulge in a dessert. But avoid store-bought cookies or ice cream. Try baking oatmeal raisin cookies or making a frozen fruit smoothie.

Use the opportunity to try new recipes or revive old favorites.

Avoid social isolation

If you live alone and feel marooned, connect with others through social media, group chat, video calls or an old-fashioned phone call. Pleasant conversation with friends and family can keep spirits up.

Look for online games to play with friends across the country.

Remember to reach out to older or other vulnerable loved ones who need to remain isolated to safeguard their health, but who need social connections.

Focus on the positive

Allow time for your own relaxation and keep children happy with creative activities, such as researching a project to create with household items or “virtual play dates” online with friends, Kennedy said. Enjoy a family game night or learn words together in a foreign language.

It’s a good time for all ages to catch up on reading books, Lundberg said. She also pointed to innovative virtual programs and ideas, such as musicians performing online concerts and people expressing thankfulness for health care workers and first responders.

“It’s really cool, these acts of kindness that are going on,” Lundberg said.

This interruption in our normal lives may be an opportunity to build deeper bonds with others, Kennedy said.

“One question to ask ourselves is, how can you use this crisis as a catalyst for growth?”

Museum Without Walls and recipes and workouts you can do at home

While you’re stuck in the house, we have some great social distancing and takeout options as well as activities and recipes you can make at home.

Freebies for healthcare workers and first responders

With so many healthcare workers and first responders doing so much to protect us during the coronavirus pandemic, they deserve our thanks and a ton of appreciation right now. Here’s what companies are doing for those of the front line in our area.

Circle K:

Circle K is offering free coffee, tea and Polar Pop Fountain for first responders and health care workers, with valid ID, on the front line until April 30!

Crocs:
Crocs is offering free Crocs to doctors, nurses and healthcare staff. Request a free pair at crocs.com while supplies last.

Cumberland Farms:
Police officers, firefighters, active military, paramedics, doctors, nurses, hospital and medical staff and medical researchers can enjoy a free coffee on us every time you visit Cumberland Farms.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts:
As a sweet thank you to healthcare pros, they are offering free dozens for you on Mondays from National Doctors Day 3/30 through National Nurses Week 5/11.

Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill:
Naf Naf is offering first responders and active or retired military personnel visit valid ID a 15% discount on their order.

Starbucks:
Now all front-line responders get free tall hot or iced coffee at Starbucks.

Wawa:
Wawa is offering free coffee for healthcare workers and first responders.

Free delivery, no-contact food delivery options

Area restaurants and bars have been forced to eliminate eat-in dining but can keep business open by offering online ordering, curbside delivery services and door-to-door delivery options.

Here’s what companies are doing in our area.

Boston Market
Enjoy free delivery when you order from the Boston Market website or app. Must be in location’s delivery area. $7 order minimum.

Burger King:
Burger King is offering free delivery through their app, Postmates and Grubhub for orders over $10. Also, starting March 23, Burger King will offer two free kids meals with any purchase made through their app at participating locations.

The Cheesecake Factory:
The Cheesecake Factory is offering no delivery fee when you spend $15 or more on DoorDash.

Chili’s:
Chili’s is currently offering contactless delivery.

Chipotle:
Chipotle is offering free delivery for orders of $10 or more. chipotle.com/freedelivery.

Corner Bakery:
Corner Bakery is offering to-go ordering online.

Domino’s
Try Domino’s new contactless delivery option to help minimize contact for the protection of you and delivery personnel. Order online.

Edible Arrangements:
Enjoy free same-day delivery for orders placed by 3pm daily and free delivery of $19.99 produce boxes. ediblearrangements.com/

Honey Grow
Honey Grow is offering free delivery for orders placed through their app.

House of Brews:
House of Brews is offering 20% off pick-up orders for a limited time. Call 856–318–1261.

IHOP:
Through April 19, use code IHOP20 to get 20% off your first online order. Free delivery with no minimum required.

Jersey Mike’s
Jersey Mike’s will be offering free delivery through their mobile app now until further notice.

KFC:

Now through April 26, KFC is offering free delivery to enjoy their fried chicken from home.

LongHorn:
LongHorn is offering free delivery with min. $100 purchase. Call to place your To Go order. Enjoy 15% off your online order using code LH44 with Curbside To Go.

Olive Garden:
Olive Garden is offering Buy One, Take One, ToGo for limited time. Order online for Carside Pickup or call for free delivery.

Papa John’s:
No contact delivery is a request you can make that allows you to complete your order with limited personal interaction.

Panera Bread:
Panera Bread offers online ordering, pick-up, drive-thru and delivery.

Pizza Hut:
Pizza Hut is offering a contactless delivery option by request. Customers can put their delivery requests in the special instructions box when ordering.

Popeyes
Popeyes is offering free delivery through the Popeyes app and website. Contactless delivery, contactless drive-thru and contactless pick-up is offered.

Ruby Tuesday:
Ruby Tuesday is offering free delivery through DoorDash, GrubHub and Postmates.

Subway:
For a limited time, get delicious subs made fresh and easy delivered for free with promo code SUBWAYNOW. www.subway.com

Taco Bell
Taco Bell is offering your first Grubhub order of $12+ delivered for free.

Texas Roadhouse:
Texas Roadhouse is offering curbside to-go.

Wendy’s:
Wendy’s is offering no delivery fee on any order $10 or more through Grubhub and Postmates.

The Westmont Diner
The Westmont Diner is offering take-out and delivery at 50% off the entire menu. Call to place your order at 856 854 7220 and you will receive a table number where your order will wait for you to pick-up. They also have a new grocery corner.

Great takeout options during self quarantine

We zipped around the city to round up four local spots where you can create your own family meal at home.

You’ll find fresh pizza using house made sauces and they can have it ready for takeout. If you’re looking to add a little craft brew to your evening — you can pick up some fresh concoctions from these local breweries whether it’s a growler or a can. And when everything gets back to normal you can stop in and grab a table.

Naples at the Warehouse | Facebook | Instagram
2 South Main Street, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

Pizza Plus| Instagram
1846 South 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Attic Brewing Company| Facebook | Instagram
137 Berkley Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Urban Village Brewing Company| Facebook | Instagram
1001 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Localish Presents: The Wing Kitchen
Food Networks Chopped Champion Timothy Witcher has opened Wing Kitchen, a fast-casual restaurant great for take-out.

The restaurant features wings with blessed with chef-inspired recipes. In addition to wings, the full menu offers fries and tenders using unique and local ingredients whenever possible.
Note: Their restaurant is open for pick-up during the Covid-19 shutdowns, but check their website or call for times and to see what is available.

Wing Kitchen | Facebook | Instagram
200 Hurffville Rd, Turnersville, NJ 08012

Vegan-ish is a new West Philly spot to grab casual sandwiches that serve the expanding vegan market.

Vegan-ish is ready to feed Philly’s growing vegan crowd
Vegan-ish is a new West Philadelphia spot to grab casual sandwiches that serve the expanding vegan market.

Diners can pop in to try Salmon burritos or a burger made with chickpeas, among other tasty options.
They also offer pescatarian dishes for those not strictly eating vegan, hence the “ish.”

Note: Their restaurant is open for pick-up during the Covid-19 shutdowns, but check their website or call for times and to see what is available.

Vegan-ish | Instagram
1214 N 52nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Gina Gannon and Rabiya Bower, a registered dietitian at Giant Food Stores, create a healthy side dish you can try at home.

Grassland Butter Recipes: Brown Butter French Beans Amandine

6abc’s Gina Gannon and Rabiya Bower, registered dietitian at Giant Food Stores, create a healthy side dish you can try at home.

The Brown Butter French Beans Amandine uses Grassland Butter, a non GMO project verified product, along with some other nutrient rich ingredients to add some healthy flavor to your holiday meal or family gathering.

The toasty nuttiness of sesame oil and sesame seeds update this classic side dish. Packaged French beans mean the prep is all done for you.

Ingredients

  • 2 (12 oz) pkgs Pero Family Farms French Beans
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced cup
  • 1 stick of butter
  • cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds, for garnish

Steps

Heat a large pot of salted water to a boil on high. Add the French beans and cook 2–3 min., until tender-crisp. Drain and rinse with cold water until completely cool. Drain well and set aside. In a 12-inch skillet, combine the oil and shallots. Season with salt. Cook on medium 3 min., until shallots are translucent, stirring occasionally. Add the butter and cook 3–4 min., until butter is light golden brown and fragrant, stirring often. To skillet, add the almonds and cook 2–3 min., until golden brown, stirring often. Stir in the lemon juice and French beans. Cook 2 min., until beans are well coated and heated through, tossing frequently. Season with salt. Transfer to serving platter and garnish with the sesame seeds.

Comments: To make ahead: Follow step 1 up to 1 day ahead. Wrap French beans in paper towels and refrigerate in re-sealable plastic bag.

The bakery serves an array of Jewish favorites, including Jewish ryes and challah breads, cookies and bagels.

South Philly’s Essen Bakery grabs 4th James Beard nomination
The tagline for Essen Bakery is “a little Jewish Bakery in South Philly.” But owner/baker Tova du Plessis has earned national recognition with her fourth James Beard Award nomination.

The bakery serves an array of Jewish favorites, including Jewish ryes and challah breads, cookies and bagels.
The chocolate halva babka is her bestseller, and it’s so famous she says it has a cult following.

du Plessis is hoping her latest nomination produces a win or at least a top-five finish.

Essen Bakery | Facebook | Instagram
1437 E. Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147
215–271–2299

We met up with three young brothers who have been into fitness their whole lives, and are literally making it their business.

These triplets are taking fitness to the third level
If you happen to be a gym-goer in the Rittenhouse area, and you think you’re seeing the same trainer teaching classes at three different gyms.

You’re not seeing triple, you’re seeing triplets!
We met up with these three young brothers who have been into fitness their whole lives, and now at age 23, are literally making it their business.

Triyo Fitness | Instagram

Pictures of adoptable animals will grace the cans of the special brew in an effort to find homes for the

Shelter Me: Colony Meadery to put shelter dogs on labels to help Providence Animal Shelter
Saving animals can be rewarding, and one local brewery is helping out by offering their services.

Colony Meadery has partnered with Providence Animal Shelter to bring extra attention to the shelter and their work connecting animals with prospective humans.

Pictures of animals looking for new homes will grace the cans of their special edition mead they are brewing.

The cans are available for purchase online.

Providence Animal Shelter | Facebook | Instagram
555 Sandy Bank Rd, Media, PA 19063

Colony Meadery | Facebook | Instagram
905 Harrison St #115, Allentown, PA 18103

Restaurant-quality meals you can make in 6 minutes

Learn how to make quick and tasty meals that can be enjoyed all day long!

Great homeschooling resources for parents and students

Philadelphia-area school districts and private schools have closed due to the spread of coronavirus. That means millions of kids are now stuck at learning at home. We have learning resources for parents and students.

Stream local worship services online

The continued threat of the spread of the coronavirus has led local leaders to place a ban on large gatherings of people. Local houses of Worships have fallen victim to the shutdowns with services across the region postponed indefinitely.

But there’s good news. Many of these services are available for viewing online, including the Sunday Mass the 6abc produces each week with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. You can watch a recorded version at on Sunday.

Abundant Life Christian Center — Services are available to stream online Sundays at Alcc1.org

Archbishop Nelson Perez will Live stream his mass services and sermons via his Facebook page.

Adath Israel — Livestream available at Adathisrael.org

Beacon Presbyterian Church — The church is starting its virtual worships via the livestream on their website: Thewordatbeacon.org

Beth Am Israel — Livestream available at Bethamisrael.org

Bethany Baptist Church — Lindenwold, NJ — livestream available online at Go2bethany.com.

Bethlehem Baptist Church — sermons available on YouTube. Get more info on their Website.

The Bridge Bensalem will live stream services 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

Bright Hope Baptist in Philadelphia will stream its Sunday 10 a.m. services at facebook.com/brighthope.baptistchurch/

Calvary Independent Baptist Church Listen and download weekly services at CIBC Media

Calvary Presbyterian Church, Riverton, N.J. will stream it’s Sunday 10 a.m. services at Facebook.com/CalvaryRiverton

Central: A Christ Centered Church streams Sunday 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. services at https://centralachristcenteredchurch.online.church

Chews United Methodists Church will hold a live-stream of services Sunday mornings at 11 a.m.

Church of Christian Compassion — Livestream is held Sunday at 9 a.m. Sunday via website and Facebook page

Circle of Hope — Interactive livestream runs Sunday at 5 p.m. at Circleofhope.net/onlinemeeting

Citylight Church will be holding livestream events at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. every Sunday for the foreseeable future during the outbreak.

Congregation Rodeph Shalom — Shabbat livestream begins at 6 p.m. Friday night and Saturday morning on their website and Facebook page.com.

Dare to Imagine Church — livestream available at d2ic.org

The Diocese of Camden has a variety of services at its website: https://www.camdendiocese.org/and Sunday’s 10:30 Mass with Bishop Dennis Sullivan at youtube.com/user/CamdenDiocese

Ebenezer Full Gospel Baptist Church in Philadelphia streams services on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday & Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. on Facebook

Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church — livestream at enontab.org.

Epic Church (several locations) — Archived Sermons are available online at epic.church/watch

Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania — live stream online at diopa.org

First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia — Online services available via Zoom online (Meeting ID: 145 662 677)

Folcroft Union Church is streaming its Sunday 10 a.m. services at youtube.com/user/folcroftchurch

Gospel Light Baptist Church in Philadelphia will stream its Sunday 11a.m. services at glbcphilly.org/

Har Zion Temple — Livestream available at Harziontemple.org

Holy Trinity Church, Collingswood, N.J. — Livestream available Sundays at 9:30 at holytrinity.us

Keystone Fellowship — Services (8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m.) will be livestreamed at keystone.online church. Check for updates at keystonefellowship.com.

Main Line Unitarian Church — livestream available at mluc.org

Mother Bethel African (Episcopal) — Offering livestream services via Facebook at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays.

Middletown Presbyterian Church livestreams its Sunday 10:30 a.m. services at www.middletownpres.org

Mt. Airy Church of God & Christ — Livestream available at mtairycogic.com

New Covenant Church (Germantown) — Livestream is available for Sunday services at 9:30am, check their website for viewing information.

Northeast Community Church (West Philly) — Offering virtual services in three different languages Dash Chinese, American and Albanian. You can find the services information on their website.

Old Pine Church is streaming their services via their YouTube channel, Sundays at 10:30 a.m..

Old York Temple Beth AM Shabbat livestreamed on Facebook. For more info, visit https://rodephshalom.org/

Old Zion Lutheran Church in Philadelphia will stream its Sunday 10 a.m. services at facebook.com/pg/oldzionlutheran/posts/

Presbyterian Church (Chestnut Hill) — Livestream is available on Facebook at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

The River of Life Church in Philadelphia streams services on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday & Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. on Facebook

Sharon Baptist Church — Livestream available at thesbc.org. The church is also offering noon time prayer via conference call, information is available on their Facebook. To receive updates text “sharon” to 57838.

Saint John’s Episcopal Church Concord in Glen Mills streams its Sunday 10 a.m. services on Facebook.

St. Thomas — Members of the church will be outside Sunday morning providing drive-through communion from 10–11:30 a.m. They plan to be online for evening services in the coming weeks.

Temple Sholom in Broomall is streaming its Friday, 7:30 services at temple-sholom.org/webcast

Trinity Christian United Church of Christ (Trinity UCC Skippack) will be livestreaming services at 10:15 a.m. Sunday.

Victory Christian Center in Philadelphia is streaming services on Sundays at 11 a.m. and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. at www.facebook.com/VCCofPhilly/

Victory Christian Fellowship Church (Wilmington, DE) — Livestreams are available for services on Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. via victoryexperience.com.

Online workouts you can stream at home

Gyms are among the list of non-essential businesses closed during the social distancing cause, so many fitness centers have taken their classes virtual, many free for members. We listed a number of gyms offering online courses you can do from the comfort of your home.

Check back daily as we will add new workouts to the list as they become available.

For the foreseeable future, many in the region will be confined to their homes with the majority of businesses closed to help stem the spread of Covid-19.

Gyms are among the list of non-essential businesses closed during the social distancing cause, so many fitness centers have taken their classes virtual, many free for members. We listed a number of gyms offering online courses you can do from the comfort of your home.

YOGA/BARRE

Bar Method Rittenhouse
Join your favorite instructors as they teach live streaming classes on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The remaining week’s schedule will be available later in the week. You must have an active membership to participate. Live streaming classes are available every day! Members with an active package can go to MindBody to sign up for class. Non-members can purchase a package-they are offering: 3 classes $39 Live Stream from Home. Sign up for classes here: Registration page

Core Power Yoga
While studios are closed, Core Power is offering a special collection of online classes through their on demand network of courses. New C1, C2, Sculpt, HPF and even meditation classes will be available weekly. View their extensive library here: On Demand Classes.

Hot Box Yoga
Hot Box has a library of owrkouts available to watch anytime online on their site

Laughing Buddha Hot Yoga
Daily videos will be added to the YouTube channel. Live classess are available Monday through Friday from 8–9 a.m. via the Zoom app. Email amy@hotyoga.guru for the link.

Pop Fit Studios
The Havertown studio’s site allows you to live-stream barre, dance and bounce classes. You can even rent their mini trampolines for workouts at home. Sign up for classes on their website.

Priya Hot Yoga
The yoga studio will offer two weeks of free virtual zoom sessions. Each session lasts 60 mins and caters to all levels. You can sign up for free at the Zoom website. View the daily schedule at: Priya Yoga classes

Rebel Yoga
Offering free, live classes via their Instagram page @rebelyogastudio, 2–3 times a day. Classes remain on Instagram for 24 hours. However they are asking for donations to their Venmo account that will go directly to the teacher. Additional virtual classes will be offered via Zoom by the end of the week. Rebel members will be able to use their current class packages to pay for classes and non-studio members can pay a virtual drop in rate. Classes will be posted on their website and Mindbody.

The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Their various social media accounts feature Power classes that are HIIT based training courses. Pilates and yoga classess are also available. These are available for free for anyone who follows @sportingclubbellevue

Vitality Meditation
Vitality will live a free stream yoga classes on Thursday at 6 p.m. via Instagram Live. Wednesday night, they are offering grounding breath work Meditation accessible online via their website for $7.

They are also offering Mindfulness Monday online on March 23 for $7. Sign up on their website.

HIIT/STRENGTH TRAINING

@AddisonBay
Thier network of trainers will stream live workouts via Instagram at @AddisonBay.

AFC Bala
Workout videos are available for free on their Instagram, Facebook and Youtube accounts.

Balance Chestnut
Training will be available virtually via ZOOM or FACETIME. Group Fitness will be 100% VIRTUAL via ZOOM through the end of April. Check out the full schedule of workouts here: http://balancech.com/schedule

Be Well With Beth
The registered dietitian and personal trainer offers simple, short daily workouts for all levels via Instagram. Several workouts are good for parents as they can include the kids home from school. New workouts are posted daily. The website also offers a free 10-day nutrition and fitness challenge as well as virtual nutrition consultations which may be covered by your insurance.
Check out her free Instagram workouts here: @BeWellWithBeth
Compete in the challenge here: 10-day challenge

BPM Fitness
All this week, BPM fitness is posting free classes on its Instagram page.

Starting Friday, BPM will post zoom classes two to three times a day. Proceeds will go directly to the coaches. BPM will also host free mindfulness courses via zoom several times throughout the next two weeks in the evenings for everyone.

Get all the information on classes at BPM Fitness PHL.

City Fitness
City Fitness is creating at-home versions of its most popular workouts available exclusively on their Instagram page and website. Visit Instagram at 12:15 p.m. for a live WE/FIT session with Jon Lyons. More workouts are available here: At-home workouts.

Core Fit Training Studio
The gym is offering Facebook Live classes for members. Check the website and Facebook page for dates and times.

The Edge Fitness Clubs
The Edge Fitness Clubs are offering daily LIVE streamed workouts you can do at home without equipment. Missed the session? No worries! You can catch a replay on Instagram or Facebook.
Visit their Instagram for daily schedules and LIVE streams.

Flip Out Productions
Flip Out productions is offering daily workouts via its Instagram page. They plan to add content daily.

Fuel Cycle Fitness
Fuel Cycle is posting workouts via their Instagram and Facebook and offferng free virtual classes via the Zoom platform — with a daily schedule and will host another on Thursdays at 8 a.m.

Fitness tips

A little bit of strength, a little bit of cardio: Shoshana has the moves to keep you active and strong.


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