Center City has changed a lot in the last 25+ years. In many ways, it's better - cleaner, safer, busier, more prosperous. Walnut St. hosts stores that you'd see on Newbury St., or Michigan Ave., or Fifth Ave., or Rodeo Drive. While we're glad to see these important national retailers come to town, we must recognize the importance of our local merchants. Local Center City merchants have contributed mightily to our neighborhood, its unique character and its burgeoning success. Our neighborhood is better now because local merchants were here first - some even decades ago, when people were leaving cities for dead. Down below (a page-down or two) is a list of local merchants who support CCRA and give discounts to you, our members. Please scroll down. Support them. Keep Philadelphia Phunky!
COME ONE, COME ALL! TOWN HALL MEETING, TONITE! THUR, 2/11, 7-8 PM, 2025 CHESTNUT ST
Come to the second in our series of Town Hall events featuring Philadelphia civic and political leaders. CCRA will be hosting Brian Sims, State Representative for the 182nd district, for an interactive discussion, an event that was postponed from an original date in October. This is not a campaign event and discussion will be limited to legislative and 182nd district issues being decided in Harrisburg and how they affect Philadelphia. We hope to see you there!
UPCOMING MEETING DATES
March 9, 2016, PA Rep of 182nd District Debate, 7-8:30pm, 2025 Chestnut St. Moderators asked: Patrick Kerkstra (Philly Mag) and Dave Davies (WHYY).
March 24, 2016, US Rep of 2nd District Debate, 7-8:30pm, 2025 Chestnut St. Moderators asked: Sam Katz and Larry Kane.
April 7, 2016: 7-8:30pm: Town Hall with City Council President Darrell L. Clarke. Not only is he the president of City Council, but he is the councilperson for the 5th Councilmanic District, a portion of which falls within CCRA's boundaries. Venue Tba.
May 12, 2016: PA Senator Farnese Town Hall, 7-8pm, 2027 Chestnut Street.
NEW CARD FOR CCRA MEMBER DI BRUNO BROS. DISCOUNT PROGRAM
Di Bruno Bros. has been a long time avid supporter of CCRA. Aside from donating gift cards and the wonderful hors d'oeuvres and desserts for our Celebration of Center City Living events (April 20 this year), Di Bruno's gives CCRA members a 10% discount on purchases from their Rittenhouse (1730 Chestnut St.) and Comcast (1701 JFK Blvd.) locations. As of Feb. 1, there is a new "CCRA Friends of Di Bruno Bros." card (the old one expired on Jan. 31). To get yours, present your old card to the cashier and give him/her your name. The cashier will check it against a list of current members and issue you the new card. If your name is not on the membership list, please contact the CCRA office at 215-546-6719 or email@example.com with "Di Bruno Bros." in the subject line. Note that the discount program is presently available only to those who were paid up CCRA members as of Jan. 31 (and those whose membership lapsed on or after Nov. 1 but renew by Feb. 29).
In observance of President's Day, the CCRA office will close on Monday, 2/15, and will reopen on Tuesday, 2/16.
Due to the President's Day Holiday, no trash will be collected on Monday, 2/15. Regular Monday collection will be pushed to Tuesday to Wednesday, and Wednesday to Thursday.
"School Daze": CCRA's Panel Discussion on what to Look for in an Elementary School, WED, 3/16, 7-8:30pm, trinity mem church, 22nd spruce st
CCRA will hold a program on choosing the right elementary school for your Center City child. This program will include brief presentations by three panelists, Martha Benoff, Ph.D., licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist, Eileen Dwell, retired Philadelphia and suburban school principal, and Susan Souffie, rising kindergarten parent. Following their presentations there will be a question and answer period followed by refreshment time to mingle with other parents. The event is free, but advance registration is requested for head count purposes and for submission of questions to the panel. To register, click here.
EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT
When filing taxes for 2015 (due in April 2016),working families with children that have annual incomes below about $39,000 to $53,300 (depending on marital status and the number of dependent children) may be eligible for the federal EITC. 188,000 Philadelphians received an EITC refund last year, but there were still 40,000 eligible Philadelphians who did not. With an average refund of $2,400 per return, more than $100 million is being left on the table in Washington, D.C. every year.
As a result, Councilman Allan Domb, the City's Revenue Department, the Urban Affairs Coalition and the Campaign for Working Families are teaming up to bring awareness and offer approximately 26 sites for free short-form tax preparation. The locations of CWF's approximately 26 sites and information on EITC eligibility are available on the website www.YouEarnedItPhilly.com or by calling 215-686-9200 up until April 18, 2016.
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.
Art Exhibit at Twenty-Two Gallery: "Groundless" Jean Plough, fri, 2/12 thru sun, 3/6, 236 S. 22nd St
"Apparition," oil on canvas, 32"X 34"
Opening Reception Friday, 2/12, 6 PM
"Groundless" is new work without reference point, created through aimless wondering, based on the following rules:
1) do not have any goal
2) do not try to make it look like anything
3) do not try to salvage any area
4) do not be attached to the outcome
"My work is always a surprise, that's why I enjoy doing it. It's like playing around...the paintings turn out like mini-Rorschach tests." Jean Plough
Union League Open House, sat, 2/13, 11am - 2pm, 140 s. brOAD ST
The Union League will honor and celebrate the 200th Birthday of our 16th President Abraham Lincoln by providing complimentary tours, including its art collection, a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation and the first hand written assassination account. For more information, call 215-563-6500 extension 6461. http://www.ulheritagecenter.org/
Naudain Street Art Collaborative exhibit HELD OVER. exhibition Open Sat, 2/13,
2503 Naudain St.
The newly-formed Naudain Street Art Collaborative is exhibiting works of local artists Ed Bronstein and Emily Squires Levine, at the home and studio of Bhavisha Patel. Ed Bronstein is an urban impressionist, who paints in oils, gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink. Emily Squires Levine designs and creates accent tiles, bowls, and eggs in polymer clay.The show is free and open to the public. Please email Bhavisha Patel for more information.
SWEETHEART ICE SKATING AT DILWORTH PARK, SUN, 2/14, 7-11 PM, CITY HALL
Skate to your favorite love songs and dedicate a tune to your sweetheart. Enjoy cocktails and refreshments in the Rothman Cabin. Tickets: $20 per person - which includes admission, hot chocolate, plus a photo keepsake in the Lovers Photo Booth.
Protecting Your Financial Security, thurs, 2/18, 11AM, christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St.
Penn's Village sponsor East River Bank will conduct this workshop designed to alert the types of scams and frauds we need to be aware of and ways in which we can protect yourselves. The workshop will begin with a 30-minute informational video that will cover identity theft, Ponzi schemes and scams related to the Internet, sweepstakes, home health care, hiring contractors and those specifically aimed at veterans. There will be plenty of time for questions and all attendees will receive a fraud prevention checklist and contact information for agencies that will help take action if you should become a victim.
Meet in the Harding Room of the Christ Church Neighborhood House. Penn's Village members and volunteers attend free of charge. A $5 donation from other guests, payable at the door. This location is not handicapped accessible. Please RSVP by calling 215 925 7333 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE, THURS, 2/18, 1:00 PM, CITY HALL RM 400
The Joint Committees on Children & Youth and Education of the Council of the City of Philadelphia will hold a Public Hearing to hear testimony on the following item:
160049: Resolution authorizing the Committee on Children and Youth and the Committee on Education to conduct hearings concerning the impact of five years of reduced state funding on safety, essential services and academic outcomes in Philadelphia schools, and on vulnerable student populations.
Immediately following the public hearing, a meeting of the Joint Committees on Children & Youth and Education, open to the public, will be held to consider the action to be taken on the above listed item.
Prom Dress Donations Needed: Help Make A Night Special
Jewish Family and Children's Services is collecting gently used prom dresses, tuxedos, suits, shoes, and handbags for a prom dress sale on Saturday, March 12. The event will benefit the ELECT and Child Welfare Programs, and is also open to Philadelphia area high school students with a school ID. The sale has become an annual event, with hairdressers, makeup artists and stylists on hand to help shoppers put together the perfect look.
All dress sizes, styles, colors and lengths are gratefully accepted, but there is a particular need for size 14 and up. Items will be collected through Tuesday, March 1.
To donate, please contact Melissa Blackson at email@example.com or call 267.256.2053 for drop off locations or to arrange pick up.