Thursday, March 3, 2016

CCRA News Letter

Two Candidates Events
Board Member Nominations
Zoning Remapping Public Meeting
School Daze
CCRA Upcoming Events
CCRA Merchant Member Discount Program
2122 Locust Fire
Local Merchant Spotlight: Doobies
Greenfield Tours and Outreach Events
Object, Drawings Translations Exhibit
Naudain Street Art Collaborative Exhibition
What to Ask your Pharmacist
Limon Dance Company at the Prince
Art Exhibit at Twenty-Two
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Two Candidate Events: PA House Mar 9 & US House Mar 24
These two events, previously billed as forums, in fact feature a  debate format as our  two very substantive moderators will pose their own questions in addition to presenting audience questions.

Wednesday, 3/9,  7-8:30 pm, PA. House Candidates (182nd District): 10th Presbyterian Church, Enter 1701 Delancey. 
Note change of venue from location announced in recent hard copy Center City Quarterly
The four Democrats seeking Pennsylvania's 182nd State Representative seat will answer, discuss, and debate the issues as posed to them by Chris Brennan, Inquirer political writer, who will also present questions from the audience:
The 182nd District includes all residents within CCRA's boundaries so this is YOUR Representative for the PA House that's being elected.

Thursday, 3/24, 7-8:30 pm, US House Candidates (2nd District): Academy of  Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce St. 
Note change of venue from location announced in recent hard copy Center City Quarterly
Hear the four Democrats and one Republic seeking the US House of Representative's 2nd District seat answer, discuss, and debate issues presented to them by the moderator, Sam Katz, former mayoral candidate and current film producer, who will also present questions from the audience:
  • Chaka Fattah, Incumbent;
  • Brian Gordon, Lower Merion Township Commissioner, Attorney;
  • Dan Muroff, Philadelphia's 9th Ward Democratic Leader, Attorney, Ex-Congressional Aide;
  • Dwight Evans, PA State Representative 203rd District (Germantown, Oak Lane, Olney, Lawncrest); and
  • James Jones, HR Consultant.

Wednesday, April 20 

 Trinity Center for Urban Life 

2200 Spruce Street

6:00 pm to 8:30pm
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Board Member Nominations 
The Association seeks nominations to fill a number of Board seats for the year beginning on July 1, 2016.  New Board members generally serve a term of 3 years.

The Board is a working Board.  We are seeking energetic individuals who have a passion for living in our residential district; are interested in issues of quality of life and community service; and are committed to active participation on the Board, including actively serving on at least one committee (e.g., Membership, Fund Raising, Newsletter, Zoning, Finance, Streets, Long-Range Planning, Historic Preservation).  Candidates must pledge to devote a minimum of four (4) hours per month on CCRA activities, not including time spent attending, and preparing for, monthly Board meetings.

While CCRA membership is open to any individual, corporation, or organization, under our bylaws, board members must live within our geographic borders (i.e., the area of JFK Boulevard south to South Street, and Broad Street west to Schuylkill River).  Members are encouraged to forward a resume or summary of qualifications of any individual who is interested in serving (which could be yourself) by March 11 to CCRA, 1600 Market St, Ste 2500, or email, with the title "Board Candidate" in the subject line.
Zoning Remapping Public Meeting, Wed., 3/23, 7-9PM, Trinity Memorial, 22nd & Spruce St.
As a follow up to the City's new zoning code, the neighborhood's zoning map is being revised. For the past year, a CCRA task force, working with Planning Commission staffers,  has been reviewing zoning classifications in our community.  At this meeting, proposed revisions to zoning in the area between Spruce Street and Naudain Street, and 20th Street and the Schuylkill river will be presented so that neighbors may make comments and suggestions. All are welcome.
"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.
This program on choosing the right elementary school for your Center City child includes 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 followed by a question and answer period and 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.
CCRA Upcoming Events
Thurs. April 7, 2016, 7 - 8 pm, Temple Beth Zion - Beth Israel, 300 South 18th Street: Town Hall with City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, President of City Council and the Councilperson for the 5th Councilmanic District, a portion of which falls within CCRA's boundaries. 
Thurs. May 12, 2016, 7 - 8 pm, Temple Beth Zion  Beth Israel 300 South 18th Street:  Pennsylvania Senator Farnese Town Hall, 7-8pm.  
CCRA Merchant Member 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.

Liberty Vet Pets, 265 S. 20th St. (888-458-8587)
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
PhotoLounge 1909 Chestnut Street (267-322-6651)
Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St, (215-772-1911)
Rim's Dry Cleaners & Tailors,2203 South St. (215-546-1889)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
Rittenhouse Pet Supply, 135 S. 20th St (215-569-2555)
Computer Troubleshooters,108 S. 20th St. (215-825-2101)
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St. and the Market at the Comcast Center (215-665-9220)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
Uber - Limo service Uber provides $20 off a first ride, Good for new users only. Members use promo code CCRA14.
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
Dance Affiliate - Get $10 off  Dance Performances with your CCRA Membership.  Members use  promo code allattheprince.
My Doc Urgent Care, - 1420 Locust St (215 800-1909). Show your membership card and for a $25 flu shot with this coupon

2122 Locust Fire
L&I now informs that all 4 walls of the structure (other than the destroyed side and back of the fourth floor) are sound and should remain. 
Local Merchant Spotlight:  Doobies at 22nd & Lombard, NW Corner
Local Merchant Spotlight.  Doobies at 22nd & Lombard, NW corner.  Doobies is a family owned bar that's been in business since 1976.  The owner, Patti, can be found there most nights.  Its well curated draft selection, kitchen menu, and relaxed, bohemian atmosphere as well as its strong support for animal welfare causes recently earned it a place on Philly Mag's Best Dive Bar list.  It's a great place for neighbor to meet neighbor.  (If you have a local business you are fond of, please email us so we can spotlight them.) 

Greenfield Tours and Outreach Events for 2016, Fri, 3/4, 9-10:30 AM, 22nd & Chestnut St
Come visit our community's wonderful K-8 neighborhood school.  All tours and events will begin at 9:00 and end around 10:30 am.  You do not need to register.  Please gather in the lobby by 9:00 am. Students must be living within the catchment to register at Greenfield.  For a list of their upcoming tours and events, click here.
Objects, Drawings, Translations Exhibition Opens Fri., 3/4, 5:30 p.m., 303 Cherry St. 
Objects, Drawings, Translations: Snyderman-Works Galleries, 10th Textile Biennial, an invitational exhibit of nationally and internationally prominent artists. Exhibition runs through 4/16.
Naudain Street Art Collaborative Exhibition Sat, 3/5, 11 AM - 7 PM, 2503 Naudain St.
The second exhibition of the Naudain Street Art Collaborative, featuring Betsy Alexander, of Ravenswing Studio, who works in mixed media, and Lauren Sweeney, who creates still lifes and city scenes in water colors, will be held at the home studio of Bhavisha Patel, 2503 Naudain Street. The exhibition is free and open to visitors. Meet your neighborhood artists, view their work, and purchase directly. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to get on the email list, please contact Bhavisha Patel,
What To Ask Your Pharmacist, Mon, 3/7, 1PM, Penn's Village Office, 201 S. 21st St., 2nd FL.
Which pill should I take with breakfast?  What if I miss a dose of an important medicine? Are all multivitamins the same?   Many of us feel overwhelmed after a doctor's appointment, so it is important to know that your pharmacist does more than count out pills and should be an important source of vital information.
Lindsay Dymowski, president of Centennial Pharmacy Services, the Penn's Village Health Pals pharmacy partner, will help you become savvy pharmaceutical consumers, knowing the questions you should ask and the information you need to take medications safely. Following Lindsay's presentation there will be time for both group discussion and individual consultation, so bring along your medications if would like one-on-one time with a pharmacist. Register for this event by Friday, March 4th, by calling (215) 925-7333 or by sending an email to 
Limón Dance Company at the Prince Theater: Wed., 3/9 to Sun., 3/13, 1412 Chestnut St
Celebrating its 70th Anniversary, the
Limón Dance Company
(LDC) performs three masterpieces by legendary choreographer José Limón.
 At the vanguard of American Modern Dance, LDC was founded by José Limón and Doris Humphrey (American dance pioneer). LDC is known worldwide for its dramatic expression, technical mastery and humanistic approaches.  The program includes Mazurkas (1958), The Moor's Pavane (1949) and The Winged (1966).  Mazurkas set to Chopin's music, is dedicated to the relentless spirit of the Polish people facing annihilation at the end of WW II.  Limón's most famous dance, The Moor's Pavane, based on Shakespeare's Othello, captures the drama and passion of a timeless tale of love, jealousy andbetrayal. The Winged is a fanciful look at our feathered friends - real imagined and mythical. 

Performances take place Wednesday, March 9 at 7:30pm; Thursday, March 10 at 7:30pm; Friday, March 11 at 8pm; Saturday, March 12 at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, March 13 at 3pm. Tickets cost $37-$57 and can be purchased in person at the Prince Theater Box Office, or online obtain the CCRA member $10 discount use the promo code allattheprince. 
Art Exhibit at Twenty-Two Gallery: "Illuminations" by Joyce Schwartz, Fri, 3/11 thru Sun 4/3, 236 S. 22nd Street.
"Bleu Garden" 30"X 40" oil on canvas"
Opening Reception: Friday, March 11th, 6 to 9 PM  

Closing Reception:  Sunday, April 3, 1 to 4 PM 

Intoxicated by the colors in nature, Joye Schwartz paints in an impressionistic style illuminated by the brilliance of light and playing on the various hues contained in the world surrounding her.
Joye Schwartz, who lives in Elkins Park, Pa., has been painting since 1987. Her artwork is included in private collections in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Israel, and Australia. An original watercolor by Ms. Schwartz was recently commissioned by the Lauder Institute to be included in the collection of Ronald Lauder.
Philadelphia City Institute Library needs Donations of Used Books, CDs, DVDs and Audiobooks for Book Sale
The Friends of the Philadelphia City Institute Library on Rittenhouse Square is collecting donations of used books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks for its Book Sale on Saturday, April 30th, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Books must be excellent or "like new" condition. Please bring books to the Reference Desk by Saturday, April 23. All proceeds from this event will be used for programs, materials and equipment at the Philadelphia City Institute Library.
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