Thursday, November 17, 2016

CCRA Newsletter

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Mark your Calendar

Tues, 11/22,  Interfaith Thanksgiving Gathering and Reception, Church of the           Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, 7pm
Sat, 12/3, Holiday Bazaar, Trinity Memorial Church, 22nd & Spruce, 10am
Wed, 12/7, Remapping Public Meeting, Independence Charter School, 1600
          Lombard St, 6-8,pm
Sun, 12/11, Sacred Spaces, 1-4pm
         Before You Die" Author Talk & Book Signing, Greenfield School, 2200     
        Chestnut St, 6:30pm
Wed, 12/14, Happy Hour w/ Council At-Large Mbrs6pm, 2101 Chestnut

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CCRA News & Events
Schuylkill River Park Community Garden Awarded the Blue Ribbon in the 2016 PA Horticultural Society Gardening and Greening Contest.

Selected from over 300 entries, the CCRA-sponsored Community Garden won the Blue Ribbon as a Community Combination Garden, recognizing both the vegetable growing prowess of the nearly 70 CCRA member gardeners and the beautiful Parkside Plantings perennials surrounding the garden which the gardeners plant and tend as a gift to the community.  This is the I-don't-know-how-many-years-in-a-row the Garden has won an award in this popular contest sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. 
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. Click here to view the list of participating congregations participating.

Office Closure

In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday, CCRA  will closed on Thursday, 11/24 and Friday, 11/25.  The office will reopen on Monday, 11/28.

No Trash Collection on Thurs, 11/24

Addresses with Thursday pickup will be collected on Fri, 11/25.
Solarize Center City Update 

We are busy preparing initial solar proposals and have our first contract in hand. Please visit for more info! Our next upcoming event is: 

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 also 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!
Remapping Public Mtg, Wed, 12/7, 6 - 8pm, Independence Charter School, 1600 Lombard St.

CCRA and the Philadelphia Planning Commission will host a public meeting regarding remapping the  zoning designations in the area between Broad and 19th Street and Spruce and Rodman Street (see areas 13 and 14 in the map attached).  The southern boundary stops short of South Street because the  area between Rodman and South Streets was the subject of an earlier meeting. The proposed remapping has been suggested by CCRA's remapping committee which has met more than 15 times over the past two years. 
Center City Sacred Spaces Free Tour Sun, 12/11, 1-4pm
For those who walk by our neighborhood's houses of worship but have yet  to view their splendid interiors, join CCRA's self-guided tour which can be commenced at any of twelve participating congregations each of which will have a map and booklet describing tour stops. The participating congregations opening their doors to the public are:
Arch Street Presbyterian Church, 7th & Arch       
Arch Street United Methodist Church, Broad & Arch
First Presbyterian Church, 21st & Walnut
First Unitarian Church, 22nd & Chestnut
Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, 9th & Walnut
Liberti Church and First Baptist Church, 17th and Sansom  
Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 21st & Chestnut
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Locust St. btwn 16th and 17th
St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, 20th & Locust
The Shambhala Meditation Center, Sansom St. btwn 19th and 20th
Tenth Presbyterian Church (2:15-5pm), 17th & Spruce
Trinity Memorial Church, 22nd & Spruce
Happy Hour with your Philadelphia Council-at-Large members, Wed, 12/14, 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.
Friends of Greenfield and CCRA
invite you to
100 Things to do in Philadelphia Before You Die
Great Ideas for Having More Fun!
Author Talk & Book Signing

Monday, December 12, Time:   6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
 Albert M. Greenfield School, 2200 Chestnut Street 

Irene Levy Baker will speak about her newly-released book, 100 Things to do in Philadelphia Before You Die. This well-curated, easy-to-use guide includes the tried-and-true as well as little known gems and tips.
(click here for more information)

This is a joint event with CCRA and Friends of Greenfield
Neighborhood News and Events
Fall Neighborhood Tree Planting, Sat, 11/19, 9am, Community Garden, 26th & Spruce St. Rain or Shine

Meet at the Garden on 26th and Spruce to plant trees in the neighborhood.
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, we ask that you make at least twenty gallons of water available for our 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. 
As always, the more helping hands, the lighter the load for all!
Also, past tree recipients, are your neighbors green with envy at your new street tree? Is your tree lonely? If so, please forward them the 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.)

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.

Annual Holiday Bazaar
Sat, 12/3, 10am - 3pm
Trinity Memorial Church, 22nd & Spruce St.

Choose from a selection of beautiful fresh green wreaths, take a chance on fabulous raffle baskets and find gifts handmade by local artisans.
Art Exhibition at Twenty-Two Gallery:  "Digital Garden" by Niko Brownlee, Fri, Now thru, Sun, 12/4, 236 S. 22nd Street

Plate 2016 by Niko Brownlee

"'Digital Garden' is about what is possible in the digital age of art.  It tackles this question in several media and formats. From 2D prints, to 3D jewelry, the goal is to reveal what the fourth dimension of time can yield after creative seeds are planted and nurtured.  You are welcome to explore my Digital Garden." - Niko Brownlee

Art Exhibition at The C.R. Ettinger Studio Gallery,  Sun, 12/4, 4pm, 2215 South Street 

See David Fertig's portfolio of etchings based on the Napoleonic Wars.  Proofs of the first 20 prints will be sold at a reduced price to raise funds for completion of the project. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Education: Our Human Right and All Rights on Human Rights Day, Thurs, 12/8, 5:30 - 8pm, Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Sq.

Be informed about the progress and struggle for quality public education on the global and local level.  Presentations and Q&As will allow you to offer your voice on this issue. Free to the public.  Light refreshments will be served. Click here for more info. 
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 and personal identification.

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)
Astral Artists - Use promo code "CCRA" to receive a $10 flat rate on all tickets to their concerts.
Crow & The Pitcher, 267 S. 19th St (267-876-2808)
Dance Affiliate - Get $10 off  Dance Performances with your CCRA Membership.  Members use  promo code SAVE10.
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, (uses separate card, see info here)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
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)
Photo Lounge 1909 Chestnut Street (267-322-6651)
Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St, (215-772-1911)
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)

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