Meet your CCRA neighbors, enjoy complimentary food and drinks, and listen to music while taking a sneak peak of the Pyramid Clubs renovations. To register for this event,click here. The password is Pyramid57. Space is limited.
What's New in the Neighborhood
Sugar Tax Si, Container Tax No
Last week's CCRA survey asked whether respondents favored Mayor Kenney's proposed three cents per ounce sugar in soda tax or the alternative 15 cent tax on containers holding more than 7 ounces of liquids other than a few excepted items such as milk and baby formula. 46 responses (90.2%) favored the sugar tax and only one favored the container tax, while four (7.84%) replied that they did not support either tax. This latest survey followed a March 24 questionnaire which revealed that 62 respondents favored the tax while 12 were in opposition. In the earlier survey 70% of the respondents took the time to comment on the questions raised. In this survey an even higher percentage (79%) took the time to express their thoughts. One proponent of the tax wrote: "This bill is heads you win, tails you win. It is estimated to better cover the cost of universe pre-k, which will provide better education for children not only in those early years, but down the road after the children have a stronger educational foundation than they would otherwise have. Alternatively, the tax leads to a reduction in consumption of sugary drink. Obesity rates and health care costs go down. It's a win win." Some comments from opponents: "Philadelphians are already excessively taxed" and "Philadelphia is not an island. Both of these taxes will simply encourage residents to shop outside the city and businesses to locate outside the city. Philadelphia has many problems, but these taxes will exacerbate them by reinforcing the city's already terrible reputation for taxing."
Council will hold Committee hearings on Wed June 8 at 2 pm in Room 400 and the Bill is scheduled for a final vote on Thursday June 16 at 10 am. CCRA has two Council people: Darrell Clarke's district is basically north of Locust to JFK and Kenyatta Johnson's district is more or less south of Locust . In addition there are seven at large council people with no assigned districts. Their contact information can be found here.
CCRA News and Events
Friends of Fire Fighters, Fri, 6/3, 6 PM, Markward Playground, Taney & Pine Street
Bring your kids to meet fire fighters, climb on a fire truck, and wear real helmets. In addition, get information regarding fire prevention. Check the CCRA Facebook page for cancellations due to weather or fire emergency.
Interfaith Community Iftar Dinner, Tues, 6/21, 7:30 PM, Trinity Mem. Church, 22nd & Spruce St
The Peace Islands Institute, CCRA, and eight local congregations are partnering on an interfaith break-the-fast meal preceded by a discussion of the Islamic Ramadan traditions on Tuesday, June 21, commencing at 7:30 pm with the Ramadan meal served at sundown, 8:30 pm. To ensure a headcount for seating, preregistration with a $10.00/person fee is required. Register onlineor call 215 546 6719. Proceeds will be donated to a charity for the homeless.
Neighborhood News and Events
Art Exhibition at Twenty-Two Gallery: "Illusory Display" By Joann Doneen, Fri, 6/10, thru, Fri, 7/1, 236 S. 22nd St.
Illusory Display Oil marble dust 30 in. x 30 in.
Opening Reception: Friday, June 10th, 6 to 9 PM
"The paintings in this exhibition explore 'place'.....and our inner knowing of experience. When we intimately engage our visual experience, how solid does the world appear? The fleeting expression, of place, even in its exquisite vividness, somehow carries a feeling tone of transparency. What do we know of now, or its value? The process of painting, making marks on a surface, the paint, the materials, the tools, together with movement and touch, become a personal visual journey, a seeking to know. As the paintings for this exhibition progressed, I found the 'floating Image' and the attention to 'edge', or 'where things meet', to be a reoccurring theme or motif." - Joann Doneen
New Mormon Temple - Open House - Must Reserve in Advance
The general public is invited to attend a free open house of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Mormon Temple. Reservations are requested. To register, click here.
Open House Dates: Wednesday, August 10, through Friday, September 9, 2016, except for Sundays.
Dress: Modest dress is requested.
Tours: Open house tours begin with a short video presentation providing an overview of temples and why they are significant to members of the Church. Following the video, a tour host will escort you through the temple, explaining the purpose of each room and answering questions as time allows. At the conclusion of the tour, you are invited to a reception area to have any further questions answered.
Host families are needed for two young out-of-town pianists, age 18 and 19, from California and Budapest, participating in the annual Philadelphia Young Pianists' Academy at Curtis Institute (1726 Locust). Host families are invited to attend all PYPA concerts and master classes at no charge as guests of organizer and artistic director, Ching-Yun Hu. Pianists will be arriving August 7 and departing on August 17. http://pypa.info/. Homes should be within walking distance of Curtis. Piano is a plus but is not required. If you have a piano (tuned), you will enjoy listening to them practice. If you wish to be a host, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.