& BUTT BLISTERS: VOTER REGISTRATION VOLUNTEERS
belong to the people. . .. . If they decide to turn their back on the fire and
burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their
blisters." --Abraham Lincoln
Honest Abe, a
farmboy not above scatological references, could have been talking about
Harrisburg and the school funding crisis - a butt blister which arises in no
small part because Philadelphia voters have "turned our
back on the fire." For presidential elections, Philadelphians punch their
weight. We comprise an eighth of the state's population
and one out of every 8 Pennsylvania presidential votes comes from Philadelphia.
In off years such as 2014, our performance drops off. In the last gubernatorial
race, 60,000 Philadelphia voters "disappeared" so that Philadelphia's share of
the 2010 vote dropped to 10.5%. Take it from
Abe, the more Philadelphians who vote this November 4, the more influence our
city will have in Harrisburg, regardless of who is elected governor.
Many of those disappearing voters
live in Center City where more than 40% of the residents are millennials.
Commissioner Stephanie Singer, whose office maintains the City's voting
records, advises that only 13% of this age cohort voted in November of
is not the time to turn our backs to the fire. If you are interested in helping
to "find" those 60,000 Philadelphia voters who "disappeared" in 2010, sign up
with the Crosstown Citizen Alliance's nonpartisan voter registration
drive. Click here to see
what dates, times and locations need to be filled and call Joe Driscoll,
908-278-5352 or email email@example.com.
DON'T TEXT & DRIVE DAY
while driving is dangerous, illegal, and an increasing cause of auto fatalities
and injuries. Today is "Don't Text and Drive - It can Wait" Day. Join more than
five million others who have taken a no texting while driving pledge by adopting
these suggestions from CCRA sponsor AT &T:
By posting #X before you drive, your friends know you're about to drive and
can't respond . On September 19 especially, make #X trend across social
networks. Use photos and video to spur your friends to adopt the #X
technology like the simple to use AT&T DriveMode® app, which
blocks text messages while you are driving and informs those trying to reach
that you are driving and will respond once the trip ends. These apps also help
spread the word, letting others know about their availability.
your pledge! Text the keyword 'icwpa' to 464329. You'll receive a
text response/confirmation! In Pennsylvania, the pledge - and the text - are
Learn more about #X and how you
can get involved at ItCanWait.com
56TH ANNUAL HOUSE
TOUR, SUN, 10/19, 1-5PM
56th Annual House Tour features 11 spectacular homes in Rittenhouse Square.
Tour tickets purchased before Oct. 17 are $25 each. Click here to buy a ticket
, call (215) 546-6719, or mail a check to CCRA (1600 Market St., Suite 2500,
CCRA'S HOUSE TOUR, SUN, 10/19 AND RECEIVE FREE TICKET
are stationed in homes from 1-3:00PM or from 3-5:00PM to greet tour goers and
receive a free Tour ticket. If you wish to volunteer, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCRA MERCHANT MEMBERS
local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a
here) to any
member who shows a current CCRA membership card (Di Bruno Bros. has its own CCRA
card) and personal identification.
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St. and the Market at the Comcast Center
Uber - Limo service Uber
provides a 10% discount for CCRA Members using code CCRA14.
Philly Foodworks - Use the
code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on
"FAREWELL TO SUMMER"
AWARDS PRESENTATION, SUN, 9/21, 4PM, SRPCG, 25TH & SPRUCE
Come see who
will take home the award for our inaugural Street Scene
Urban Garden Competition. The ceremony
and party will be held at 4:00 pm in the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden.
For further information, contact the CCRA office, 215-546-6719.
DOG WALKER NEIGHBORHOOD
SECURITY TRAINING, MON, 10/6, TANEY PARK, 7PM
CCRA and Rittenhouse Square Pet Supply (at 137 S. 20th
St.; 215 569 2555) invite dog owners (and
others who walk dogs) for free training
on how to observe the environment - and to know
when, what, and how to report suspicious
activity or hazards. Because space is limited, register ahead and, alas, no
room for dogs. Click here to register or
FREE JAZZ FESTIVAL, SAT,
9/20, 12-8PM, SOUTH ST, BTW BROAD & 16TH.
jazz is back for the first annual Philadelphia United Jazz Festival! For more
TIPS FOR BIKING
WITH YOUNG CHILDREN: SUN., SEPT. 21, 11 AM - 3 PM, 719 CATHERINE
Kidical Mass at the free ABCs of Family Biking event in the Fleisher Art
Memorial Parking Lot. Kidical Mass helps the City's tiniest cyclists take back
the streets with monthly family-friendly slow-paced bike rides. On Sunday, they
will be parking their bikes for an afternoon of test rides, sharing information,
and fun. Click here to RSVP and
FESTIVAL, SUN, 9/21, 5-7PM, 23RD & SOUTH
Live music and
food truck Poi Dog. Also from Friday through Sunday,
you'll be able to vote at the Plaza from among more than a dozen submissions for
painting the Plaza's floor.
PENN'S 5K FOR THE
INSTITUTE ON AGING, SUN, 9/21, 8AM, PENN PARK, 33RD & WALNUT
Alzheimer's and aging-related research and care at Penn's Institute on Aging
(IOA). Raise vital research dollars and invite your friends to support your run.
For more information and to register, click
TEEN PROGRAM SERIES AT THE
INST. BRANCH LIBRARY, 1905 LOCUST ST FROM 9/22 - 12/15
all teens! The Philadelphia City Institute Branch Library will hold a series of
teen programs this fall and early winter. For a list of events, click
ROSH HASHANAH IN
RITTENHOUSE, WED, 9/24, 5-7PM, RITTENHOUSE SQ.
High Holy Days in the Square with Temple Beth Zion Beth Isreal. It's free and
open to the public. A concert will be held followed by a traditional service.
Dress comfy, bring a lawn chair, grab a blanket, and pack a
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT THE
PHS POP-UP GARDEN UNTIL 10/3, 1438 SOUTH STREET
Help the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society while enjoying summer in the
Pop Up Garden.
PHS needs volunteers to work from 11am to 2pm in the Pop UP Garden. Your
duties will be to welcome visitors and provide information about PHS and the
City Harvest Program. PHS will provide all the information you need. If you would like to help PHS, please contact Jessica
Wong, PHS Volunteer Coordinator at: email@example.com
GIARGIARI BEL CANTO COMPETITION, SAT, 10/11, 7:30PM, KIMMEL CTR, BROAD &
Academy of Vocal Arts' Resident Artists will perform
in the annual favorite Giargiari Bel Canto Competition in the Perelman
Theater. Joining AVA's Resident Artists will be faculty member Master Vocal
Coach Danielle Orlando.
Many of AVA's Resident Artists will perform opera
arias at the competition, scored by three experienced judges to receive the
evening's prizes. The audience itself
will vote on which Resident Artist receives the coveted Audience Favorite Award.
Tickets ($45 adult, $25 under 30, $10
students) are available by calling the Kimmel Center's Box office at
215-893-1999. For more information, click
FREE COLLEGE CONCERT AT THE KIMMEL, TUES, 10/14 8PM, BROAD & SPRUCE
The Kimmel Center presents the Philadelphia Orchestra's
Seventh Annual Free College Concert Pre- and post concert festivities included.
Reserve ticket at www.philorch.org/college. This
offer applies to all full-time college undergraduates and graduate students with
a valid full-time student ID.
PHILLY HIGH SCHOOL FAIR,
FRI, 10/17, 3-7PM AND SAT, 10/18, 9AM-3PM, DREXEL ARMORY, 33RD &
your options! Get information about high schools, and partnering &
volunteering. Learn about academic and special programs, extracurriculars,
admissions criteria, how to apply, and more. For more information, click