Friday, July 8, 2016

CCRA Newsletter

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Mark your Calendar

O'Connor Pool Splash Party, Tues, 7/12, 26th & South Streets

Street Scene Urban Garden Registration To Win Dollar Prizes Due 7/15

Schuylkill River Park Community Garden Closed Sat, 7/9 and Sun, 7/10

Save the Date: PA Supreme Court to Hear Argument in School Funding Lawsuit, Tue, 9/13

See Details Below
What's New in the Neighborhood
O'Connor Pool Cookout Tues, 7/12, Sponsored by CCRA: Just in Time for the Olympics 

Michael Phelps can't join us (something about a meet in Rio) BUT you and your neighbors can still attend the CCRA funded cookout on Tuesday July 12, 6 to 8 pm. Scope out the spiffed up  O'Connor Pool,  at 26th & South Streets, featuring:
  • Colorful poolside furniture & umbrellas to make lounging at the pool more comfortable
  • Greenery, including indigenous trees & plants, arranged poolside
  • A new rain shower head & privacy screen around the poolside shower
  • Creative use of concrete stain on the pool deck to improve the ambiance
  • New programming to include Aqua Zumba and Poolside Yoga, beginning the week of July 11th
The  evening will include  an Adult Swim (with special prizes for anyone who bests a Phelps record) followed by Poolside Yoga, ages 18+ only.
These impressive upgrades to the Pool, which is part of Markward playground, received generous financial support from the Markward Advisory Council, Friends of Schuylkill River Park and the City of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department program Swim Philly! Program.  Many other local organizations and neighbors lent their support to the project, including South x Schuylkill, South of South Neighborhood Association, Center City Resident's Association, and South Street West Business Association, among others.
Pool operating hours and programming options can be found at or on the Markward Rec Facebook page or by calling 215-685-6593.
CCRA News & Events

Street Scene Urban Garden Competition


Categories (For Plantings Visible from the Street in CCRA Area)
                                                  1st Prize     2nd Prize  3rd Prize   
Residential Window Boxes           $150           $75            $50
Residential Tree Wells                  $150           $75            $50
Residential Container Garden      $150           $75            $50
Best Business Planting                 $150           $75            $50

All entries must be received by July 15th. For information and to register, click here.

Lead Sponsors:                                 Sponsor:
         Berkshire Hathaway                          Bala Golf Club
         Rittenhouse Market
         South Square Market
Schuylkill River Park Community Garden Closed This Weekend, Sat, 7/9 and Sun, 7/10, 25th & Spruce St.
Intech will be removing their crane this coming weekend, July 9 and 10.  For your safety, the garden will be closed while this is taking place.
You'll be able to access the garden as usual up to and including Friday evening, and again on Sunday starting at 6 pm.
Homes Needed for CCRA's 58th Annual Fall House Tour

Our 58th Annual House Tour on Sunday, Oct. 23 will be an important fundraiser for the Association.  As hundreds of your neighbors have done before, would you be willing to place your home, apartment, or condo on the Tour this year?  We provide insurance and multiple on-site hosts/hostesses.  You receive our deepest thanks, as well as recognition in our Tour Book and the Center City Quarterly.  Please contact the CCRA office for further information at 215-546-6719 or
Save The Date: Tuesday, 9/13
PA Supreme Court School Funding Lawsuit

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Rm 456 in City Hall at 9 AM in the education funding lawsuit. 
This lawsuit seeks to ensure a long-term solution to the school funding crisis, so that all Pennsylvania children receive an adequate education, no matter where they live.

Citizens who attend the hearing can show the court that this case is an important civic issue.
Neighborhood News and Events
Democratic National Convention Mon, 7/25 - Thurs, 7/28: What You Need to Know 

The links below provide the latest news, events, etc.:

Art Exhibition at Twenty-Two Gallery: Summer Group Show Fri, 7/8 thru Sun 8/7, 236 S. 22nd St.

Opening Reception Friday, July 8, 6 PM

Twenty-Two Gallery represented artists and guest artists will show their best original works in many styles and mediums.  Mediums include: photography; oils; water color; sculpture; Sumi-e  & print work.  Many sizes and price ranges to choose from.
Phila Art Alliance presents "Greetings from Kolkata, India" Exhibition and Sale, Fri, 7/8 thru, Sun 7/10, 12-7 PM, 251 S. 18th St.

The Art Alliance will host an exhibition and sale by the Crafts Council of West Bengal of handmade, hand-spun, hand-woven, embroidered and quilted textiles and crafts from West Bengal, India. The products being showcased include various embroidery, such as Kantha (the Quilt Stitch of Bengal) and Satgaon (quilt embroidery), hand-spun and hand-woven scarves and sarees (Khadi), stoles, scarves, bags and cushion covers dyed using natural sources.  Admission and Sale is Free.  For more information, click here.
The Muse Behind the Artist III, Wed, 7/20 5:30-7:30PM, The Print Center, 1614 Latimer St.

Penn's Village celebrates the talent of "hometown" artists as they discuss the inspiration behind their art. The Print Center's Executive Director Elizabeth Spungen will moderate the panel discussion with time to entertain your questions and insights.  A wine and cheese reception will follow to meet the artists. This program is free for Penn's Village members and volunteers.  A $5 donation is requested from other guests. Please register by emailing or call 215 925 7333.
Naudain Street Art Collaborative Exhibition, Sat, 7/9, 11AM - 7 PM, 2503 Naudain St.

The Naudain Street Art Collaborative will hold a group show on Saturday, July 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the home studio of Bhavisha Patel, 2503 Naudain Street. The exhibition is free and open to visitors. Members of the group include Betsy Alexander, Ed Bronstein, Sally Eisenberg, Emily Squires Levine, Bhavisha Patel, Priya Patel, Bill Silver, Karen Stabenow, Karen Villareal, Leslie Sudock, Lauren Sweeney, and Burnell Yow! 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
New Mormon Temple Open House, Wed, 8/10 thru Fri, 9/9, 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.
Exhibition - Sweep the Country: Political Conventions in Phila, Union League Heritage Center, 140 S. Broad Street

The Union League Heritage Center is holding an exhibition of images and stories of 11 political conventions held in Philadelphia between 1848 and 2000. 140 S. Broad Street, street level entrance. Free and open to the public, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and second Saturdays of each month, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. through early 2017.  Click here for more information. 
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.

Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St, (215-772-1911)
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)
Rim's Dry Cleaners & Tailors,2203 South St. (215-546-1889)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
Computer Troubleshooters,108 S. 20th St. (215-825-2101)
Crow & The Pitcher, 267 S. 19th St (267-876-2808)
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)
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)
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
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