Friday, July 18, 2014

SOSNA News Letter

SOSNA Social with SCP on Monday at the Bainbridge Club; Zoning Re-Mapping Meeting on Wednesday

Dear neighbors
We hope everyone enjoys the upcoming weekend. Stop by the Triangles on Saturday to get your bike registered with the Philadelphia Police (Details below). 
Check out below about some great events upcoming next week, especially the SOSNA Social with Stanton Community Partners at the Bainbridge Club (BRING SCHOOL SUPPLIES!) and an important public meeting with the City Planning Commission about proposed changes to the zoning map.
Have a bike? Want to register it with the 17th Police District as part of the Bicycle Registration system? Come to the Grays Ferry Triangles Plaza (23rd Street & Grays Ferry Ave/South Street) on Saturday, July 19th from 10 am to 12 pm to register your bike! Officers from the 17th Police District will be on-hand, as will members of the SOSNA Safety Committee to help you through the process.
Come to the Bainbridge Club (1529 Bainbridge) on July 21st (6:30-8:30 PM) for a special SOSNA SOCIAL with Stanton Community Partners!  The entry "fee" will be to bring school supplies for Stanton - supplies in need include copy paper, pencils, loose leaf paper, and basic art supplies (drawing/construction paper, markers, colored pencils, crayons).  Check out SCPs Amazon Wishlist for a full list. Click here. Bring whatever you can to support this great school. 
We'll be grilling burgers and dogs on the Club's stunning patio with skyline views.  Beer will be served and there'll be a cash bar.  SOSNA SOCIALs are events designed to get to know your neighbors - friends, neighbors, family, kids are all welcome!
A crucial part of the re-write of the Philadelphia Zoning Code and the implementation of the Philadelphia 2035 Plan is to change the base zoning maps for the entire city.  The Philadelphia City Planning Commission, in close consultation with District Council people and community groups, is going neighborhood-by-neighborhood to do this following the completion and adoption of District Plans.  Changing the zoning will permit certain development activity by right and others will require variances.  In theory, by making these changes, it will help achieve the goals put forth in the Central District Plan, of which we are a part.  These changes also bring base zoning in line with existing conditions throughout the neighborhood.
PLEASE COME TO AN IMPORTANT PUBLIC MEETING ON WEDNESDAY JULY 23 AT 6 PM AT 1941 CHRISTIAN STREET (St. Charles Senior Center) TO REVIEW THESE PROPOSED CHANGES.  Stop by the SOSNA office to review existing and proposed zoning changes in advance of this meeting.
The SOSNA Safety Committee and the South of South Townwatch have coordinated to organize a training opportunity for our neighborhood.

One day. One city. Tons of free dance workshops.

Philadelphia Dance Day is back and bigger than ever! In celebration of the fifth annual nonprofit festival, a group of local dance companies have teamed up to offer a Saturday packed with FREE workshops, live performances and a $5 evening dance party. The goal: to unite the community in celebrating dance as a powerful platform for creative expression and physical activity.
All dance enthusiasts – regardless of experience or even coordination – are invited to take part in the fun on July 26, 2014. There will be something for everyone, from Bhangra to tap to hip-hop for all ages. Participants will tour studios around the city to sample as many free workshops as they like during the day, then come together in the evening for the main event at the Ethical Society Building on Rittenhouse Square. Festivities kick off there with a huge Zumba party and a variety of partner dance lessons. After that, the floor opens up for social dancing to swing, ballroom, tango and Latin music so participants can practice moves they learned earlier in the day. Volunteer instructors will also put on a performance showcase.

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