Friday, March 27, 2015

SOSNA Newsletter

Join Us For Two Nights Out To Support Our Neighborhood Public Schools!

Friends & Neighbors, 
There are two great opportunities in April to support our wonderful neighborhood public elementary schools- Chester Arthur and E.M. Stanton. Please see below for the information on each event and consider purchasing tickets or donating. The best part is that you'll be supporting the next generation of Philadelphians by investing in our neighborhood public schools, all while having a great time! 
Join the Friends of Chester Arthur on April 25th for FoCA Night Out!
FoCA Night Out is a chance for parents, teachers and community members to gather, socialize and support the great things happening with FoCA and at Chester Arthur. It is going to be a fun evening with food, a beer and wine open bar, and games. Plus there will be an amazing silent auction with items that can't be missed--sports tickets, private roof deck catered dinners, artwork created by the students at Arthur, a week at a beach house in Ocean City, gift certificates to local businesses and much, much more! 
Proceeds from the event will benefit FoCA and the Playworks Program at the school. Grab your tickets, here.
Join Stanton Community Partners on April 16th for Spring Into The Arts!
Stanton Community Partners (SCP) is planning a spring fundraiser to raise funds for enrichment programming at E.M. Stanton! Your support will enable them to bring the highly-acclaimed Philadelphia Young Playwrights program to their middle school students next fall.The event will feature a raffle and silent auction and a selection of wine, beer, and light refreshments from neighborhood restaurants and businesses. With Stanton's rich focus on the arts, they will also be highlighting local artists and craftspeople as part of the raffle/ auction. Sponsorships of the event are still available and range from $100 to $1,000. Donations are also being requested to allow us to provide complimentary admission to the event to all Stanton staff & teachers.
Don't wait, buy your tickets to SCP's Spring into the Arts today! 

Coming Up Next Week At SOSNA:
Community Impact Committee Meeting: April 2, 6:30pm at the SOSNA office: Join us in our efforts to connect with our community! Current projects include the SOSNA Higher Education Scholarship and increasing SOSNA's presence in our neighborhood.
The Current State of The Mayoral Race: April 2, 6:30pm at 1920 Spruce Street: CCRA, SOSNA and LSNA have invited Neil Oxman to share his insider’s view of the Philly mayoral race. Neil is a co-founder of The Campaign Group that has managed ad campaigns for more than 700 political races across the Country. Please register, info here!

YOU can help clean up our neighborhood. Sign up to be a SOSNA Clean Block Rep with the Clean Block CampaignThe goal of the Clean Block Campaign will be to reduce litter through an infrastructure of volunteers, or Clean Block Reps, throughout all of South of South. Block Reps will disseminate information, educate neighbors, report issues to the City, and most importantly, schedule clean ups with their neighbors. Help us make South of South the cleanest neighborhood in Philly!
SOSNA IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2015 SOSNA Higher Education Scholarship! Download the application hereIn 2013 SOSNA's Community Impact Group created the SOSNA Higher Education Scholarship which provides a neighborhood high school senior with a $1,000 college scholarship.
Penn’s Village, with the Center City Residents’ Association, the Logan Square Neighborhood Association and the South of South Street Neighborhood Association, has invited Neil Oxman to share his insider’s view of the Philly mayoral race. Neil is a co-founder of The Campaign Group that has managed ad campaigns for more than 700 political races across the Country.  He has been the principal media architect of two Presidential primary campaigns, has elected dozens of candidates to federal and statewide office and lectured extensively on media and political strategy at Oxford University, the University of Pennsylvania, and various other colleges.  
Did you know a street tree can add up to 11% in property values to homes within 50 feet (according to a recent study by the Wharton School)?  Trees not only add value, they make our streets more walkable and beautify our entire neighborhood. The Southwest Center City Tree Planters are now accepting applications for fall 2015 tree plantings. To learn more about the program, owner responsibilities and to request a tree download one of the applications below!
Please Join us on April 22nd for the 2nd District Candidate Forum! Meet the candaidates, incumbent Kenyatta Johnson and challenger Ori Feibush, and learn about their positions on the issues facing our city and our neighborhood. 
From our friends at Young Involved Philadelphia:
Please join us at the first ever City Council Candidate Convention, organized by Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP) and the Committee of Seventy and hosted by WHYY. This is a great opportunity for young Philadelphians to meet with, speak with, and learn more about the candidates running for council. All of the declared City Council candidates have been invited to to engage and hear from their current/prospective constituents (That’s you!).  
Join the SOSNA Safety Committee for a South of South Town Watch Group Patrol within the neighborhood on Thursday, April 16th at 7:30pm. This is a good opportunity to check out Town Watch and see what it is all about. Plus, it is a great way to meet other neighbors, while making the neighborhood a safer place to live. 
We will meet at the SOSNA Office (1901 Christian Street) and plan to end the patrol at 22nd and Christian Street (outside Sidecar). Feel free to bring your dog. 

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