Saturday, December 3, 2016

CCRA Newsletter (sorry, a little late)

New CCRA logo
     Our Sponsors:

      William Penn House   
      AMC Delancey   
      Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
      Di Bruno Bros.    
      The Franklin Institute
Mark your Calendar

TONIGHT, at 5:30! Solar States Info Session, re rooftop solar panels, Dwight D, 256 S. 16th St

Wed, 12/14 Happy Hour w/ Council At-Large Mbrs, 6pm, 2101 Chestnut (Allan Domb, Helen Gym, David Oh, and Al Taubenberger)

Sun, 12/11, Sacred Spaces - Twelve Congregations open their Sanctuaries, 1-4pm

Mon, 12/12, "Hidden Gems in Philadelphia: 100 Things to do in Philadelphia Before You Die" Author Talk and Book Signing, Greenfield School, 2200 Chestnut St, 6:30pm

See Details Below
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CCRA News & Events
Solarize Center City 
TONIGHT @ 5:30pm @ the Dwight D, 256 S. 16th St. 

"Get off the grid" with rooftop solar provided at a special discount to CCRA members of 5 cents per watt installed. More events to follow.  If you'd like to host or have a venue to suggest, please call 215-939-6699 or email
happyhourHappy Hour with Council-at-Large, Wed, 12/14, 2016 at 6 PM, at Victor's Bar, 2101 Chestnut St.

Meet at-large council members Domb, Gym, Oh and Taubenberger (and maybe Greenlee) to converse in a relaxed, informal setting.  The first round is on CCRA for CCRA members and their guests.  Victor's Bar will graciously provide the food and Happy Hour prices for the rest of your drinks.
Zoning 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 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 27 times met over the past two years. 

Update on Criminal Activity in CCRA Neighborhood

15th & Locust St update:  Residents have expressed concern about the continuing issues (usually relating to nightlife) at this corner.  The PPD states that crime is down in the area since the last community-PPD meeting. Complaints about nuisance behaviors persist.  Walnut, 16th to 20th St: There have been high profile incidents but the PPD states crime in general is not increasing in this area.  CCRA's Government Relations Committee  is arranging a January, 2017 community-PPD meeting for neighboring high rises, residents, and businesses to get input.  Updates to follow.
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 congregations opening their doors to the public are:
Arch Street Presbyterian Church, 18th & Arch       
Arch Street United Methodist Church, Broad & Arch
First Presbyterian Church, 21st & Walnut
First Unitarian Church, 22nd & Chestnut
Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, 19th & 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,2030 Sansom St, 4th Fl.
Tenth Presbyterian Church (2:15-4pm), 17th & Spruce
Trinity Memorial Church, 22nd & Spruce

Free to CCRA Members

Society Hill Holiday Dance Gala
Friday, December 9, 8-11pm
2nd & Pine St
Live Music, Cocktail Attire
Ladies Provide the Tasty Treats
Gents Provide the Spirits
For more information, call 
Friends of Greenfield and CCRA
invite you to
Hidden Gems
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

Special Price $25

Purchase at the Prince Theater Box Office ONLY on Wednesday, 12/7 btwn 4pm-5pm
Limited Availability
You must present either this printed flyer or mention "CCRA EBlast" to receive the discount. 

Prince Theater
1412 Chestnut St.
Trinity Memorial Church Holiday Bazaar
Sat, 12/3, 10am - 3pm
22nd & Spruce St.
St. Patrick's Church Holiday Bazaar 
Saturday, 12/3, 10am - 6pm
Sunday, 12/4, 9am - 2pm
20th & Locust St
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.

Celebrate the holiday season with lights, trees, parades, fireworks, shows
 and more

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. 
Astral Artists Presents Gabriel Cabezas, Cello, Sun 12/11, 3pm, American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St.

(click image for more info)
Make Real Change: End the Cycle of Homelessness Open House, Thurs, 12/15, Convention Ctr, 12th & Arch St, Room 108 A

Amidst holiday shopping, parties or while finishing year-end projects, please take just a few minutes to stop by the Center City District's and Office of Homeless Services' Open House at the Pennsylvania Convention Center to help those who are homeless by supporting organizations that provide many things that we may take for granted. Light refreshments will be provided.
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.

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.
Baril (formerly 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)
Rim's Dry Cleaners & Tailors,2203 South St. (215-546-1889)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)

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