Thursday, October 5, 2017

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News & Updates
CCRA House Tour - Sunday, Oct 22, 1-5 pm, Rittenhouse Square, rain or shine

This once-a-year event features a great mix of luxury high-rise condo units and townhouse residences in and around Rittenhouse Square and Fitler Square.  Participants receive a House Tour Guide Book with home descriptions and a route map. In addition, your ticket entitles you to a day-of-tour 15% discount on food for dinner (reservations suggested) at participating restaurants, so far including:  Audrey Claire, Twenty Manning GrillLa Fontana Della CittaBaril, Blue Duck on Broad, Jane G's, and Suga.

Tickets are available $35 for advance sales, and $40 if purchased on the day of the tour.  Those under 40 may purchase tickets at a discounted Young Friends rate of $25. For group of 10 or more, contact CCRA.  Tickets are available online through Eventbrite.  They can also be purchased by calling the CCRA offices at (215) 546-6719, or by sending a check to CCRA's offices at 1608 Walnut Street, 12th Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19103.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the event or purchasing an advertisement in the House Tour Guide Book is invited to contact CCRA's offices. 
Lead Sponsor - William Penn House
Mid-Century Sponsor -  Dranoff Properties, Clemens Construction, Robin Apartments, The Abstract Company
Volunteers Needed for CCRA's 59th Annual House Tour, Sunday 10/22, 1-5PM
CCRA is seeking Hosts/Hostnesses to volunteer to help at this year's House Tour.  Hosts/Hostesses are stationed in beautiful homes and condos from 1:00PM until 3:00PM or from 3:00PM until 5:00PM.  Duties include greeting tour goers, protecting household items, and encouraging a safe flow of foot traffic.  As thanks for your gift of time, you will receive a free ticket to use either before or after your volunteer assignment to tour other homes. If you wish to volunteer, email us at
Upcoming Events
Candidates' Debate, Tues, 10/24, 7pm, Temple Beth Zion- Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th St.

Only one of two debates the candidates will do citywide before the election!

Join the Center City Residents' Association (CCRA) for a District Attorney candidates' debate on Tuesday, Oct. 24th at 7pm at Temple Beth Zion (300 S. 18th St.).  Democratic nominee Larry Krasner and Republican nominee Beth Grossman will appear on stage and take questions from moderator Chris Brennan of the Philadelphia Inquirer. 
Those who wish to attend should get their tickets today.  The event is free and open to the general public. 
With this year's general election just a few weeks away, come to CCRA's debate.  Learn about the candidates and hear their visions for the District Attorney's office so you can make an informed decision on November 7th!

 Conversation with State Rep Brian Sims, Thurs, Oct 5, 6pm, Baril Restaurant, 267 S. 19th Street

Some of the issues he will address are the state budget - especially how it will affect Philly school funding, fracking/severance taxes, and the economic impact of Philly tax $ vs. the rest of the state's.  State Rep Sims will then be open to answering questions from attendees. 
Happy Hour pricing for drinks and hors d'oeuvres.
Greenfield Kindergarten  & First Grade Open House, Thurs., 10/12, 8:40 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Albert M. Greenfield School, 22nd and Chestnut Streets (Please enter via the Sansom Street side of the building)
Curious about public school?  Find out what Albert M. Greenfield School has to offer at their Kindergarten & First Grade Open House!  The Open House starts in the 2nd floor Amsterdam Library.  School tour to follow.
Conversation with Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Thurs, Oct 12, 6:30pm, Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce St.

Councilman Johnson prefers to have a true open dialogue with
his constituents and looks forward to your questions, concerns and input.
Elementary School Fair, Tues, 10/17, 5-7pm, Franklin Institute, 220 N. 20th St

Join CCRA on October 17th from 5-7pm for our annual Elementary School Fair to learn more about the education options that are available for your children.
For more information about neighborhood events, check out CCRA's Community Events Calendar
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.
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
NextMove Dance - 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.
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)
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, 267 S. 19th St (267 687-2608)
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)
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)

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