Thursday, November 3, 2016

CCRA Newsletter

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Tues, 11/8, 
Sunday, 11/13, Tea, Cookies, & Solar, 3pm, Ethical So'y, 1906 Rittenhouse Sq
Mon., 11/14, Gals' Night Out at Society Hill Dance Academy, 7pm, 2nd & Pine
Thurs, 11/17, 325 S. 18th St Conservatory Hrg, 9:30am, City Hall, Courtrm 602
Tues, 11/22, 7pm, Interfaith Thanksgiving Gathering and Reception, Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square

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CCRA News & Events
Solarize Center City Update 

Thanks to those of you (more than 60!) who joined us at the Trinity Church for our kick off event. It was lively and a great start. We are busy preparing initial solar proposals and have our first contract in hand. Please visit for more info! Upcoming events include: 

Teas, Cookies, and Solar
Sunday 11/13 @ 3pm @ the Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square. We will welcome RSVPs shortly.  

Winter Is Coming: Solar Survival
Save the date: Thursday 12/1 @ 5:30pm @ the Dwight D (a new Bed and Breakfast) at the Dwight D @ 256 S. 16th Street. 
We are busy planning additional gatherings, including at area coffee shops and hot spots. If you'd be willing to gather your neighbors to host us or have suggestions for great venues in the area, please don't hesitate to let us know. Call 215 939.6699 or email info@solar-states.comDon't forget, CCRA members get an additional five cents off per watt, which means hundreds of dollars saved on your solar!
Put on your dancin' shoes!  It's a Gal thing! Dance, get fit, drink and eat! Doesn't get any better. Come celebrate the end of all day/night Election News and have fun with your friends. 

FREE to CCRA members (you must a paid member of CCRA) AND you can bring a friend or neighbor for FREE AS WELL. We will be coordinating shared expense Uber rides from a convenient location, for those who want a lift. RSVP by 11/11 at
This event is sponsored by CCRA and Society Hill Dance Academy 
New CCRA Merchant Members
Home HelpersAs the premier provider of quality non-medical and personal in-home care, Home Helpers has been making life easier for clients for over a decade.They are offering a 10% discount of their services to CCRA members.  

Suga Restaurant (1720 Sansom St) - Suga is the newest venture of the internationally acclaimed chef and author Susanna Foo and her son Gabriel Foo. Suga will delight the senses with a farm-fresh take on Foo's award-winning style of Chinese and French fusion cuisine. Suga will offer a 10% discount to CCRA members.

Society Hill Dance AcademyThrough a special arrangement with CCRA, they are offering an introductory Free VIP Instructional Package (valued at $200) to CCRA members. The VIP package includes 3 group classes and one private lesson. You can arrange for the CCRA offer as an individual or as a couple by contacting SHDA at 215-574-3574 or via email and asking for the CCRA VIP package.  You can also arrange your own group for a fun learning environment.  Come join the fun and merriment found at Society Hill Dance Academy.  

Fall 2016 Neighborhood Tree Planting, Sat, 11/19, 9am, Community Garden, 26th & Spruce Sts. - Rain or Shine

Tree recipients:  If you are able, please help with the tree planting of your tree.  Folks who invest the effort to help plant their tree form a bond with their tree and are more likely to continue to care for them down the road. At a minimum, make at least twenty gallons of water available for the  team when they arrive that morning, by way of access to a spigot or buckets.
Tree planter volunteers:  Please bring gardening gloves if you have them. 
Want to lead a planting team? To learn from PHS' finest, please attend the Bare Root Planting Leader training, Thursday, November 10 , 6:00 - 7:30 pm at PHS (5th Floor) and RSVP to Mindy Maslin.
Also, past tree recipients, are your neighbors green with envy at your new street tree? Is your tree lonely? If so, please send them this application for a street tree for the Spring 2017 to help further green your block! The deadline is November 21st (not November 1 as the form says.)
325 S. 18th Conservatorship Hearing ,Thurs 11/22, 9:30, City Hall, Courtroom 602

Neighbors interested in the conservatorship proceedings about the derelict property on the southeast corner of 18th and Delancey may attend this rescheduled hearing. Michael McIlhinney, the attorney for the parties seeking the appointment of a conservator can be reached at
Interfaith Thanksgiving Gathering, Tue, 11/22, 7pm, Holy Trinity Church, NW Cor. Ritt Sq. 

At this CCRA sponsored gathering, a neighborhood tradition, 13 congregations in our area's Buddhist, Christian, Humanist, Islamic, and Jewish faith communities invite residents to offer thanks in their respective traditions. An offertory will be collected for The Bethesda Project which provides shelter for Philadelphia's most vulnerable. Please bring food for the post event reception.  Click here to view the list of participating congregations participating.

Happy Hour with your Philadelphia Council-at-Large members, Dec. 14, 2016 at 6 PM, at Victor's Bar, 2101 Chestnut St.

CCRA has many events with officials representing districts in our footprint. We're honored to provide this event to meet our Council-at-Large members. Each will speak for a couple minutes about their 2017 focus and then mingle. This is a time for you to meet with city leadersAll seven at-Large members are invited. First round is on CCRA for CCRA members and their guests.  Victor's Bar will graciously provide the food and Happy Hour prices for drinks.
Neighborhood News and Events
NextMove Dance presents the legendary Martha Graham Dance Company, Thurs, 11/3 - Sun 11/6, Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St

One of America's most celebrated and visionary dance troupes, the Martha Graham Dance Company (MGDC), returns to Philadelphia after a decade on the NextMove Dance Series.  Named by Time Magazine as the "Dancer of the Century," founder/choreographer Martha Graham has left a deep and lasting impact on American art and culture through her repertoire of 181 works. The program includes Graham's masterworks Appalachian Spring (1944), Errand into the Maze (1947), Dark Meadow Suite (2016) featuring highlights from Graham's Dark Meadow (1946)and a re-imaging of Graham's poignant solo Lamentation (1930) in Lamentation Variations (2007) by contemporary choreographers - Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Richard Move and Larry Keigwin.
Performances take place Thursday, November 3 at 7:30pm; Friday, November 4 at 8:00pm; Saturday, November 5 at 2:00pm and 8:00 pm; and Sunday, November 6 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm. CCRA members can receive $10 off single tickets by using the code SAVE10. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Prince Theater box office, by phone 215-422-4580 or online  For more information visit
Greenfield Bake Sale, Tues, 11/8, 7am - 6pm, Greenfield Sch., 2200 Chestnut St.

The families of Albert M. Greenfield Elementary School will be trying to make this election SWEET and are hosting a bake sale on Tuesday, November 8th, from 7:00am - 6:00pm. If this is your polling location please stop by the tasty tent. All proceeds will benefit the students at Albert M Greenfield School, 2200 Chestnut Street. 


Tuesday, November 8, 7am-8pm
Love Your Park Day, Sat, 11/12, 9am to 12pm

Volunteers will be planting daffodil and tulip bulbs around the perimeter of the park. If you would like to come out and help from 9am to 12 noon, please email  Friends of Rittenhouse Square will provide all the supplies, just come dressed appropriately and ready to dig. This event is weather permitting and may be cancelled due to rain.
Under Glass:  A Victorian Obsession w/ Author and Collector John Whitenight, Thurs, 11/17, 2pm, Atheneum, 210 S. 6th St.

John Whitenight, author of the beautiful and captivating book, "Under Glass - A Victorian Obsession" will share his interest in and love of this little known Penn's Village has discovered yet another fascinating neighbor: Victorian decorative art. 

Please register by emailing or call 215 925 7333. There is no charge for Penn's Village members and volunteers but a $5 donation is appreciated from other guests.
Art Exhibition, Thurs, 11/27, 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.
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.

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)
Society Hill Dance Academy, 2nd & Pine (215-574-3754)
Suga Restaurant, 1720 Sansom St. (215-717-8968)
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)
Home Helpers Philly, 1835 S. Broad St., Ste 2 (215-334-2600)
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)

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 SAVE10.

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

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