Thursday, October 13, 2016

CCRA Newsletter

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Our Sponsors
 William Penn House   AMC Delancey   Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Di Bruno Bros.    The Franklin Institute
Mark your Calendar

Greenfield Fundraiser, Thurs, 10/13, 6:30-8:30pm, Pen & Pencil Club, 1522 Latimer St.Save the Date: Tea with Solar States, Sunday, 11/13, 3pm, Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Sq
58th Annual House Tour, Sun., 10/23, 1-5PM
Pub. Forum: Comm. David Perri, Thurs, 10/27, 7PM, Tenth Church 17th & Spruce St

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Don't miss the 58th Annual Center City Residents' Association (CCRA) Fall House Tour, Sunday, October 23rd from 1 to 5 pm, rain or shine.  Eleven spectacular Rittenhouse and Fitler Square homes including a solar powered all electric home in Fitler Square, and a gem on the "secret" block of Center City, Ringgold Place.  We are grateful to this year's tour sponsors:  AMC Delancey; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Allan Domb Real Estate; Clemens Construction; Dranoff Properties;  Robin Apartments; and Solar States.
The self-guided tour begins at Trinity Church, 22nd & Spruce Streets or Beth Zion Beth Israel at 18th & Spruce Streets.  Participants receive a day-of-tour 15% discount for dinner at area restaurants (reservations suggested), including  Audrey Claire, Crow & The Pitcher, LaFontana Della Citta, and Twenty Manning Grill.
Tickets $30 before Oct 21, $35 after.
Tickets also available Sat, Oct 1st to Fri, Oct 22nd at:
  • CCRA website or 215-546-6719, or office (1600 Market St., Suite 2500)
  • Good Karma Cafe, 331 S. 22nd Street
  • Jezabel's Cafe, 26th & Pine St 
  • Jomici Apothecary, 273 S. 15th St
  • Maxx's Produce, 255 S. 20th St
  • Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St (nw cor.)
  • Waffles & Wedges, 1511 Pine St
On Oct 23 Tour Day:
  • 18th & Spruce Streets, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel
  • 22nd & Spruce Streets, Trinity Center for Urban Life 
CCRA News & Events
5th Annual School Fair
Choosing The Right Elementary School For Your Center City Child
TONITE, October 13, 2016, 5-7pm
The Franklin Institute - 222 N. 20th Street
Speak directly with representatives from public, charter, independent and parochial elementary schools to learn about education options in the CCRA area.

Free Tickets to 58th Annual House Tour, Sun, 10/23, 1-5PM

Volunteers needed to docent beautiful homes and condos from 1:00PM to 3:00PM or from 3:00PM to 5:00PM.  Greet tour goers, protect household items, and foot traffic.  Free ticket to use before/after your volunteer assignment.  If you wish to volunteer, email

Mike"Inside City Hall" - CCRA Member Q&A with Philly Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis

Graciously following up on the offer he made as our Annual Meeting speaker, Philadelphia Managing Director Mike DiBerardinis will answer your questions here in a monthly INSIDE CITY HALL feature.  Email questions to (include "Inside City Hall" in the subject).  CCRA will share them with "Mike D", who will decide what questions to answer.  Answers will be brief, due to space limitations. The larger the group of people affected by your questions the better. CCRA reserve the right to select/edit questions.  
Public Forum with David Perri, Commissioner of Licensing & Inspections, Thurs, 10/27, 7PM, Tenth Church, 17th & Spruce St
A wonderful opportunity to hear L&I Comm. Perri and have a direct dialogue with him about L&I issues affecting our neighborhood and to get answers to their L&I-related questions. 
Save the Date

Tea with Solar States
Sunday, November 13th, 3:00pm
Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Sq.
Neighborhood News and Events
Greenfield Fundraiser, TONITE,  10/13, 6:30-8:30pm, Pen & Pencil Club, 1522 Latimer St.

Come to the happy hour and support Albert M. Greenfield. Pen & Pencil Club has agreed to donate a percentage of the bar proceeds to the school and there is NO cover charge. All you have to do is drink and a percentage of your bill will go to support a great public school! 

Contact Ben Waxman ( for more information.
Although not required, donations of the following supplies will also be accepted at the event:
#2 Pencils   Crayons               Paper Towels
Kleenex       Hand sanitizer     Paper (81/2 x 11)
Dry eraser markers                 Dry erasers

NextMove at the Prince Theater, RUBBERBANDance Group, TONITE, 10/13 to Sun, 10/16, 1412 Chestnut St
The cutting-edge energy of hip-hop, meshed with the beauty and discipline of ballet, creates a new and exciting style. Under the choreographic direction of Victor Quijada, himself a master of both forms, this Montréal company presents Vic's Mix, a compilation that explores a variety of musical styles from pop to salsa to classical, including the stunning interpretation of Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights from Romeo & Juliet. Recognized as a magnetic, innovative and charismatic dancer who performed with Tharp, Ballet Tech and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Quijada has created works for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, BODYTRAFFIC, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Scottish Dance Theatre. To purchase tickets, click herephone 215-422-4580 or at the Prince Theater Box Office. CCRA members can receive $10 off single tickets using the code SAVE10
Art Exhibition at Twenty-Two Gallery:  "Recent Work" by Phyllis Anderson, Fri, 10/14 thru Sun, 11/6, 236 S. 22nd St
Scribbles Bebop 48 x 72 in. acrylic on canvas 2016
Opening Reception: Fri, 10/14, 6pm
"I have been painting for nearly three decades, exploring process and outcome, meaning and metaphor. I am inspired by the rhythmic energy of dance or music. My aim is to express the joy and energy of painting through the basic elements of color, line and surface."  - Phyllis Anderson
Bloktoberfest: Beer, Food, Music, Philly!
Saturday, October 15, 12pm, South Street West
Click here for more information
Sansom Street Block Party, Sun, 10/16, 3-6pm, 17th & Sansom

Please come out for the Sansom Street Block Party - hosted by Liberti Church! Federal Donuts, The Happy Rooster, Inspired Brews and Dizengoff are all going to be helping to serve food and drinks.  There will be local food, live music and moon bounces, games for kids, and the annual Pie Contest! For more information, click here.
Sign Up for the Phila. City Institute Library Newsletter

Erin Hoopes, Head Librarian of the Philadelphia City Institute branch of Free Library on Rittenhouse Square, invites you to sign up to receive the branch library's monthly e-newsletters and email announcements about closings, programs, and special events. To sign up for electronic news from this branch, please visit this website. Friends of PCI is discontinuing their member e-newsletter so if you are a member of Friends of PCI, please sign up for the branch's new e-newsletter.
Astral Artists Presents JORDAN DODSON, guitar

Sunday, 10/16, 3:00pm
American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street

Click here to purchase tickets. CCRA members use promo code "CCRA" and received $10 discount.
Art Exhibition, Thurs, 10/27, 5-7pm, C.R.Ettinger Studio, 2215 South Street

The C.R. Ettinger Studio Gallery invites you to the opening of a new exhibition of etchings by artist José Ortiz-Pagán, entitled CÉNIT (Addendum).  Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ortiz-Pagán received degrees from the University of Puerto Rico and the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Rome. His images are about political events in the last 40 years and how industrial systems have displaced people. He was awarded the Carlos Marichal award on Printmaking. This event is free and open to the public.
Breathe Easy... The Trees Are Coming!
On November 19, PHS Tree Tenders and volunteers will plant about 435 trees in Philadelphia and another 530 trees in Southeast Pennsylvania!  Friends of Schuylkill River Park Tree Tenders will be planting 11 of those trees! If you'd like to help, email Susan Kahn at

Become a Tree Tender! The PHS Tree Tenders® course offers hands-on tree care training for residents and covers tree biology, urban stress on trees, tree identification, tree planting, community organizing, tree pruning, and root care. The next Philadelphia Tree Tenders class will be held January 21 and 28, 2017. Please register online at
Useful Links
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)
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)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215.546.7889)
Crow & The Pitcher, 267 S. 19th St (267-876-2808)
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)

Astral Artists - Use promo code "CCRA" to receive a $10 flat rate on all tickets to their concerts.

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

Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.

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