Friday, October 2, 2015

SOSNA Newsletter

Bloktoberfest Tomorrow

Friends & Neighbors, 
Bloktoberfest is going down TOMORROW! A little rain can't stop us, so put on your layers and your galoshes and stroll down to South Street West between 12PM and 9PM. Remember the proceeds from this event go back to South of South community projects and organizations. Venturing out in the rain tomorrow means you'll not only have a great time and drink some brews, you'll also be supporting our neighborhood. If you'd like to volunteer there is still time-head to main ticketing tomorrow and ask them where they need some help!

Coming Up Next Week:

Monday: 4th Annual School Fair at The Franklin Institute from 5-7PM
Monday: A Gift of Music- A free performance by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Triangles Plaza at 6PM
Wednesday: Zoning Work Group at 6:30PM
The Police Service Area (PSA-1) community meetings are typically held the fourth Thursday of ­­every month at 6:30pm at the SOSNA office. This is an opportunity to speak face-to-face with an officer from our police district while hearing about recent crime activity and raising your concerns. This month’s meeting was held on Thursday, September 24th, Click here for the meeting update.
Get involved with SOSNA and Town Watch to increase safety in our neighborhood! Outlined below is an overview of opportunities to learn more about and get involved with neighborhood safety:
On Monday, October 5th from 5-7pm, Parents and caregivers of preschool and elementary age children are invited The Franklin Institute for our 4th annual elementary School Fair. The fair gives families the opportunity to speak directly to schools and compare individual philosophies and accomplishments. Public, charter, private and parochial schools in the three neighborhood association areas have been invited to attend.  Light refreshments will be served, and attendees receive free admittance to The Franklin Institute on the day of the fair!
The fair is organized by volunteers from three civic associaitons, and we could always use more helping hands on the day of the event. If you share our passion for education, please considering volunteering your time to help during this two hour event at The Franklin Institute! For details and to sign up, click here!
On October 5th, Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians engage and invite our community to join them throughout the region to celebrate music! SOSNA will be joined by a string quartet at the Grays Ferry Triangles Plaza at 6pm for a free performance!
Join the SOSNA Safety Committee for a 311 Mobile App Training and Town Watch Neighborhood Group Patrol on Wednesday October 7th at 7pm. This will begin at the SOSNA Office (1901 Christian Street). This is a good opportunity to learn about how to use 311 to resolve neighborhood issues, as well as to check out what Town Watch is all about.
Attention SOSNA members! Come out and vote to elect up to 5 new members of the SOSNA Board of Directors! Nominations were accepted at the September 9, 2015 General Membership Meeting. Details about the elections procedure and serving on the Board are below. The Elections will take place Tuesday, October 13th at Shiloh Baptist Church (2040 Christian St)! Polls will be open from 6:30pm-8:30PM, and the candidates will give their brief speeches at 7:30PM. 
Join us on Wednesday, October 14th from 5-8PM at 23rd and South for the Design Philadelphia Festival, where we'll be showcasing design plans for the Triangles Pedestrian Plaza! SOSNA's Grays Ferry Triangles Committee has been working with Bergmann Associates to create a new design for this beloved public space. We invite you to learn what we've been working on and share what you love about the Triangles.
The Southwest Center City Tree Planters in patnership with the Friends of Schuylkill River Park Tree Tenders are holding a fall pruning event on Saturday, October 10th! Maintaining our street trees is just as important as planting them, so join us to learn the tricks of the trade for pruning! Meet at Julian Abele Park (22nd and Carpenter) at 9am. 

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