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WHAT'S NEW IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Lots of news today
Crowds & Traffic Disruption as Philly Hosts High-Profile National Event, part 1.
This weekend is the annual recurrence of Jay Z's Made in American Festival returns this Labor Day weekend. The Parkway will be closed as hundreds of thousands stop into town to enjoy some tunes. If you haven't gotten to Whole Foods yet, now would be a good time. All the information you need can be found Here and Here and Here. The show is sold out but there are tickets available for a couple hundred dollars on StubbHub here.
Crowds & Traffic Disruption as Philly Hosts High-Profile National Event, part 2.
You may have heard that Pope Francis will be visiting Philadelphia on the weekend of Sept. 25. The Secret Service believes that Philadelphia will give His Holiness the same reception as HitchBot (see here and here). We know better. For a link to the City's page on current plans on treating the Pontiff's visit as if the Holy Father were a 30 inch snowfall, Click Here. And courtesy of our friends at PlanPhilly.com (a terrific site, please visit) is a link to the Secret Service's flyer for the event: Click Here.
Crowds & Traffic Disruption as Philly Hosts High-Profile National Event, part 3.
Enough silliness. The Pope's visit is an opportunity for Philly to shine on a national, if not gobal, stage. Let's show 'em what we're really made of! Volunteer to be a CCRA Civic Ambassador. Our volunteers will be going out on their own schedule and walking the sidewalks looking for people who look like they need help and answering their questions and giving directions, as needed. It's going to be friendly, relaxed and easy going - just like Philly itself. Email us at email@example.com.
Crowds & Traffic Disruption as Philly Hosts High-Profile National Event, part 4.
Now this is something to be annoyed about. If your trash would ordinarily be picked up on Friday or Monday, the streets department will be skipping collection on Friday, September 25 and Monday, September 28. Residents are instructed to hold their trash until the next weekend.
Crowds & Traffic Disruption as Philly Hosts High-Profile National Event, part 5.
Councilman Johnson, who represents (approximately) the southern half of CCRA's footprint (district map here) will be hosting a meeting to address questions and concerns that residents may have about the Pope's visit. The forum will be on September 9, from 6:30 to 7:30 at the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, 901 S. Broad Street.
Mayhem and Bloodshed: South St. North Side Rezoning Meeting.
Some have suggested that zoning is Philly's answer to UFC/MMA (and this email is notorious for being snarky). CCRA is hosting the Philadelphia City Planning Commission at a public meeting to discuss proposed zoning changes to the north side of South Street between Broad Street and the Schuylkill River. The meeting will be held on September 15, 2015 at 7 PM in the Independence Charter School at 1600 Lombard Street.
The meeting will be an open house with maps and plans on display. Planning Commission staff will be present to answer questions and concerns. A link to a map of the proposed changes can be found by clicking here.
CCRA OFFICE CLOSURE
The CCRA office will close Friday, 9/4, at 3 PM and will reopen on Tues. 9/8 at 9 AM
Due to the Labor Day Holiday, trash will not be collected on Monday, 9/7. Trash collection will resume on Tuesday, 9/8.
STREET SCENE URBAN GARDEN COMPETITION AWARDS CEREMONY, SAT, 9/12, 1 PM, SCHYKLL RIV PRK COMM GRDN, 25TH & SPRUCE
J oin us on for the second annual Street Scene Urban Garden Competition Awards Ceremony Saturday, September 12 at 1 PM at the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden. Celebrate the beauty of the neighborhood thanks to the efforts of you, your friends and neighbors. Who will win the grand prize? Most Dramatic? Best Design? Only attendees will know!
Bacchus is providing light refreshments, and iced tea and lemonade will be served. There will be DOOR PRIZES but you must be present to win! Please let us know if we can expect you, your family and friends and children. That way we'll be sure to have enough of everything to go around.
There's been some talk of 1.5 million or more people stopping by with him. While the scuttlebutt suggests that the Bishop of Rome will cause more disruption than Category 3 Hurricane, this is an opportunity for us to show everyone what a great place Center City is. To that end, CCRA is looking for volunteers who can serve as "civic ambassadors" during the papal visit. We're looking for people who are willing to go on the streets, greet our visitors and help them find their way around town while they're here. Let's make Philly shine!!! If you're interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (using the subject "Pope Visit").
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CCRA'S 57TH ANNUAL FALL HOUSE TOUR, SUN, 10/18
Hosts/Hostesses are stationed in beautiful homes and condos from 1:00PM until 3:00PM or from 3:00PM until 5:00PM. Duties include greeting tour goers, protecting household items, and encouraging a safe flow of foot traffic. In thanks for your gift of time, you will receive a free ticket to use either before or after your volunteer assignment to tour other homes. If you wish to volunteer, email us at email@example.com.
COME ONE, COME ALL! Quarterly Town Hall-type meetings to begin this October
As an added benefit of membership, CCRA will be organizing informal get-togethers with various government officials to provide a forum for some direct discussions on issues that concern our members. Our first such meeting will be with Kenyatta Johnson, Councilman for the Second District in October (specific date, time, and location TBD). Other city agency reps may be present depending on the issues identified. Members should submit emails to firstname.lastname@example.org , identifying issues they wish to have on the agenda by September 12, 2015. Further information about these meetings will be contained in our weekly eNewsletters and CCQ.
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
ONE RIVERSIDE CONSTRUCTION CARNIVAL, SAT, 9/12, 1-4PM, ONE RIVERSIDE CONSTRUCTION SITE, 25TH & LOCUST
Bring the kids to this free fun-filled day! Meet "Carl the Builder," snack on hot dogs, water ice & soft pretzels. "Touch a truck" and get your photo taken with your favorite one. Free hard hats, coloring books, and more! For more information, click here.
FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE, SAT, 9/12, 10 AM - 2 PM, 2125 CHESTNUT ST
Sneak Preview, Friday, 9/11, 5 PM - 7 PM
You may drop off your items and leave them in the Sanctuary from Tuesday, 9/8, until the afternoon of the sale. Please do not donate any large electronics, computers or clothing other than scarves and jewelry. If you have any questions, email email@example.com.
Phila Horticultural Society Harvest Fest at the PHS Pop Up Garden, FRI, 9/18 - SUN, 9/20, 15TH & SOUTH ST
The PHS Harvest Fest will be held in the PHS Pop Up Gardens, located at 15 th & South Streets. The full schedule of events in the gardens is updated regularly at PHSonline.org or click here to view the schedule.
Penn's 5K for IOA (Institute on Aging), SUN, 9/20, 8AM, PENN PARK, 33RD ST BTW WALNUT AND SOUTH
What better way to welcome the fading days of summer than a Sunday morning walk/run through a beautiful, part of our city? Penn's Institute on Aging is once again hosting both a 5K through Penn Park and a serene 1-mile walk through Penn's shaded campus. Penn Park- easily accessible by South Street Bridge- offers unique views of the city skyline, while traversing through maintained green space. Likewise, dogs and strollers are welcomed on the Memory Walk through Penn's historic campus. Join your neighbors and register today to support this leading national facility on age-related research!
CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT AT THE ACAD OF VOCAL ARTS, MON, 9/21, 7:30 PM, 1920 SPRUCE ST
Come hear the The Wister Quartet as they perform:
Haydn, String Quartet, "La Chasse"
Lloyd Smith, Piano Quartet, Op. 20
Schubert, "Death and the Maiden" Quartet
Ticket prices are $17 each. Click here to purchase tickets and to view the season schedule.
TEEN READING LOUNGE RETURNS TO PHILA CITY INS LIBRARY, TUES AFTERNOONS, 3:30-5:30 PM
Attention teens in grades 7-12! Are you looking for a community service opportunity this year? Are you passionate about your world and your future? Do you enjoy reading and want to hang out with other teens that also enjoy reading and talking about books? If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider joining Teen Reading Lounge (TRL) at the Philadelphia City Institute Library. TRL will meet throughout the 2015-2016 school year for a series of interesting discussions, creative activities and awesome guest speakers. Experience your favorite books in a whole new way. Please stop by the Adult Reference Desk or call 215-685-6621 for dates and details. Registration for this program is required. Teen Reading Lounge is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.