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OENOPHILES AND ALL OTHERS: LAST CHANCE FOR
CCRA MONOPOLY PARTY TIX THIS MON. NITE, 6-8:30, FREEMAN'S AUCTION HOUSE, 1808 CHESTNUT ST.
Procrastinator's Alert! Online/phone ordered tickets must be purchased by 11:00 am Monday. Tickets at the door bear a surcharge. Here's what you could miss: Silent and live auction (Click Here to view list of 78 items to fit every budget, including multiple bottles of wine and a wine lovers dinner for four featuring selections from one of our community's most extensive cellars - pictured above; just added signed Flyer's jersey, puck, mini-helmet, and poster); heavy hors d'oeuvres and light desserts from Di Bruno Bros.; wine tastings by Moore Bros.; "Monopoly Madness" cocktail; jazz pianist; Monopoly trivia contest, with prizes; and, good conversation with your friends and neighbors. Join our tribute to recipients of the Lenora Berson Community Service Award, Joan and Dane Wells for their support of Friends in the City (FitC), the Preservation Alliance, the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden, Tree Tenders, First Unitarian Church, MANNA, and the Cosmopolitan Club.
Purchase tickets ASAP on-line by clicking here or calling 215-546-6719. (Ticket price, less $35/ticket, is tax deductible.) Angel - $500 (incl. 2 tix); Benefactor - $300 (incl. 2 tix); Patron - 125 (incl. 1 tkt); General - $75; Under 35 - $50. (Angels, Benefactors, and Patrons will be recognized in Center City Quarterly.) Sponsored by William Penn House, AQ Rittenhouse, AT&T, Firstrust Bank, Di Bruno Bros., Freeman's Auction House, and Moore Brothers Wine Company.
All proceeds will support CCRA activities devoted to making Center City a better place to live, work, and play through the preservation, enhancement, and celebration of urban living. CCRA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.. Official registration and financial statements can be obtained from the PA Dept. of State by calling, toll free, 800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
WHAT'S NEW IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
LOVE PARK PLANNING QUESTION: DO YOU BELIEVE IN UFO'S?
The City's $15 million plan for redoing LOVE park will be finalized by April 30th and a decision must be made as to retaining or demolishing the so-called flying saucer building, on the northeast corner of 16th and JFK, a mid-century structure designed to serve as a visitor center with potential for re-use as a coffee house or restaurant. The building, erected in the 60's according to the Inquirer, features a style that was in favor for one week during the late 50's. For preservationists the structure, evokes the time of Jackie Kennedy's pillbox hat, the Beatles and Frank Rizzo's years as Chief of Police. For trekkies who believe that every city needs at least one UFO, razing the edifice is unthinkable. If you would like to provide your thoughts about retaining the saucer, email the Fairmont Park Conservancy firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the proposed park designs, click here.
PUBLIC MEETING WITH THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, MON, 4/27, 7PM, TRINITY CENTER FOR URBAN LIFE, 2212 SPRUCE ST
In response to neighborhood concerns, CCRA is pleased to announce that Samantha Phillips, Director of Philadelphia's Office of Emergency Management, will explain the City's plans and procedures in place for many situations, including should an accident occur on the Schuylkill tracks. Following a brief presentation, there will be a monitored discussion with audience members. Please submit questions to the Center City office at email@example.com. And please keep in mind that freight rail traffic is regulated by the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT); the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the City government and CCRA do not have regulatory authority over CSX or its rights of way. Attached is a brief information piece (drafted by our Treasurer, Walter Spencer) that you may find helpful.
This event is being co-sponsored by Penn's Village and Logan Square Neighborhood Association.
CCRA MERCHANT MEMBERS DISCOUNT PROGRAM
Support our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a discount (described here) to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card (Di Bruno Bros. has its own CCRA card) and personal identification.
Uber - Limo service Uber provides $20 off a first ride, Good for new users only. Members use code CCRA14.
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS AND EVENTS
ART EXHIBITION AT THE TWENTY-TWO GALLERY, FRI, 4/10, THRU 5/14, 236 S. 22ND ST.
"Portrait of Dorian Gray #1" (detail); acrylic on canvas; by Tyler Lyke.
Opening Reception: TONITE, 6 to 9 PM
Recent mixed media abstract paintings by Philadelphia area artist Tyler Lyke at Twenty-Two Gallery.
"Eclectique is a collection of paintings inspired by a modern urban existence. The paintings reflect a cathartic journey through contemplating the idea of God, dealing with the daily struggle to survive, and a yearning to make something beautiful." - Tyler Lyke
BOOK SALE BY FRIENDS OF PCI LIBRARY, SAT 4/18, 11AM - 4PM, 1905 LOCUST ST.
The Friends of the Philadelphia City Institute Library will be holding a used book, CD, and DVD sale and are seeking relatively recent used books in excellent condition, CDs and DVDs. Donations can be dropped when the library is open. The event will also feature the sale of homemade baked goods. Proceeds for programs, materials, and equipment at the PCI branch.
RSFMCC GARDEN PARTY ON SUN., 4/19, 2-5 PM, AT CHIMA (20TH AND JFK) AND FLOWER MARKET ON MAY 6-7
Rittenhouse Square Flower Market for Children's Charities invites all to its Garden Party honoring Center City resident, CHOP top doc, John J. "Jack" Downes. For more information, go to www.rittenhousesquareflowermarket.org. RSFMCC also is now accepting tax deductible donations for its collectibles table at the Flower Market May 6 and 7. Costume jewelry, bric-a-brac, artwork, housewares/glassware, and re-gifted items, all in good-excellent condition. To donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org call 215-668-2941 by April 20. And don't forget to visit the Flower Market May 6 and 7, from 9-6 (rain or shine) for plants (including CCRA's herb booth), crafts, collectibles, last minute Mother's Day gifts, and activities for young and old alike.
Funds raised will be used for: free group sessions for children who have lost a close family member (THE CENTER FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN); electronic devices for children with neurological disorders (for HMS SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY); fulfilling requests and special treats for critically ill children and those in shelters (for LITTLE SMILES PA, INC.); and dental support for North Phila. children. with no other dental care (for ST. CHRISTOPHER'S FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN).
ACAD OF VOCAL ARTS PRESENTS CHARLES GOUNOD'S "FAUST" 4/25, 4/28 4/30, and 5/2, 7:30 PM, 1920 SPRUCE ST
A classic tale of sin and redemption. Dr. Faust in despair and near suicide, his passions reawakened by the sound of young men and women outside his window, he curses God and summons Satan. The Devil, Méphistophélès, appears and producing the beguiling vision of a young village girl, Marguerite, convinces Faust to exchange his soul for the chance to revisit youth and desire. Ticket
Prices: $60 Adults / $50 Seniors / $25 30 & Under / $10 Students. For more information, click here.