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WHAT'S NEW IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
UEDs MAY BE UEDONE
Dodged that bullet. In a March 16 Special Edition of the newsletter, we urged our readers to contact Council regarding UED's, urban experiential displays - 58 foot high, three dimensional digital billboards proposed for three locations - South Broad Street on the Sporting Club garage, North Broad Street, next to the Convention Center, and on Race, adjacent to the Reading Terminal. Calls and emails from CCRAers led to the elimination of the UED Sporting Club site in our neighborhood. However, the other two proposed venues are "orphans", they have no Civic Association to present a citizen voice. Accordingly, despite requests from both CCRA and the Crosstown Coalition, Council okayed UEDs for the Convention Center and Reading Terminal sites. Fortunately, it's better to be lucky than to be good. This Spring, PennDot withdrew a long standing agreement delegating to the City the State's authority to enforce the signage provisions of the Highway Beautification Act. Presumably PennDOT reasoned that a City which has, over the years, failed to enforce tax bills totaling in the billions would be comparably feckless in administering signage regulations. The proposed UEDs fail to conform to the size and image limitations of the Federal statute AND the proposed displays are all within 660 feet of both Broad Street and Race Street, thoroughfares included in the Federal highway program. So, if PennDot enforces the Federal regulations, we may be done with UEDs - cross your fingers.
HOMES NEEDED FOR CCRA'S 57TH ANNUAL FALL HOUSE TOUR, SUN, 10/18
Our 57th Annual House Tour will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18 This is an important fundraiser for the Association. As hundreds of your neighbors have done before, would you be willing to place your home, apartment, or condo on the Tour this year? We provide insurance and multiple on-site hosts/hostesses. You receive our deepest thanks, as well as recognition in our Tour Book and the Center City Quarterly. Please contact the CCRA office for further information at 215-546-6719 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St. and the Market at the Comcast Center (215-665-9220)
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
PHS POP UPS GARDEN PROGRAMS AND SPECIAL EVENTS, SUN, 8/1 AND 8/22, 15TH & SOUTH STS
The 2015 Philadelphia Horticultural Society Pop Up Garden is hosting a summer full of activities, garden programs, beer celebrations, and other special events. Gardeners will enjoy workshops on houseplant care, rain barrels, flower arranging, tree planting, and container gardens, as well as yoga sessions, a day for the dogs, and evenings devoted to Belgian drafts and local brews.
Sundays, August 1 and 22, 1:15 p.m.
Yoga in the Garden
Theresa Conway, of Yoga on the Ridge, will lead hour-long sessions in the garden. All levels are welcome. Class fee is $10, and advance registration is suggested at www.yogaontheridge.com. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows.
ART EXHIBIT: PHYLLIS ANDERSON "PARALLEL PATHS," FRI, 8/14 THRU SUN 9/6, TWO GALLERY, 236 S 22ND ST.
"Peonies in an Urn" acrylic on canvas, 24" x 30", 2015, by Phyllis Anderson
Opening Reception, Fri., 8/14, 6-9 PM
Recent paintings by local artist Phyllis Anderson.
"I approach painting as an exploration of process which takes on meaning and personal metaphor. With many layers, each painting has a history, no matter the subject. Whether an abstract study, a commissioned portrait or a still life, my pieces are on parallel paths where I find poetry in the physical properties of paint." - Phyllis Anderson
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT PHILA CITY INS LIBRARY, MONDAYS IN AUG, 6:30 - 7:30 PM, 1905 LOCUST ST.
Visit the PCI Library this August to cool off and enjoy an exciting series of diverse musical programs. All concerts will be held from 6:30-7:30 P.M. in the meeting room on the library's lower level and are free. Everyone is invited. Please note there is no elevator in the building. For more information, please stop by the Reference Desk, or call 215-685-6621.
Monday, August 10: The Daniel Bennett Group Monday, August 17: Birdie Busch Monday, August 24: Kenn Kweder Monday, August 31: Hidden Treasure Jazz Group
Dan Rottenberg Will Be at THE PHILA CITY INS Library, WED, 8/19, 6:30 P.M., 1905 LOCUST ST
The Friends of PCI Branch Library are sponsoring a free program with Dan Rottenberg, author, editor and journalist. He will discuss his new book The Outsider, Albert M. Greenfield and the Fall of the Protestant Establishment. Open to all. Please note there is no elevator to the lower level where the program will be held in the meeting room.
Volunteer To Sort And Inventory Books For The Philadelphia School District, 440 N. BROAD ST.
WePAC (West Philadelphia Alliance for Children) needs an incredible amount of help from the community to get this job done. Volunteer opportunities are available for a week, a day or a few hours.
You will work at district headquarters at 440 N. Broad Street
The work space is dusty so be prepared to get a little dirty. You will be on your feet so wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Dust masks are available.
Some assignments require heavy lifting. Many only require standing, so read the description for each volunteer shift.
Click hereto see current opportunities for this work and keep checking back to see new opportunities as they become available.