Thursday, May 10, 2018

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Tonight's the Night -  Let's Celebrate!
Don't get left out! Party with us at the Celebration of Center City Living: Urban Village, on Thursday, May 10, 6-8:30 pm at the Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Sq., to honor Center City District founder and CEO Paul Levy.

Get ready to participate in our Live and Silent Auctions with a diverse list of items everyone will love. For a list of all current items,click or tap here. For our live auction, Mr. Levy has graciously volunteered to lead a tour of ten people on a pre-opening of the Viaduct Rail Park. In addition, there's also a chance to bid on a weekly stay at a fabulous summer home in Cape May, NJ. Our newest silent auction item includes two tickets to see Taylor Swift during her "Reputation Stadium Tour."
Purchase your tickets today for a night of celebration, live music, food, wine, and fun. Ticket prices are $80 at the door. We look forward to seeing you at our Urban Village.
We would like to thank our current sponsors: AT&T, Brandywine Realty Trust, Independence Blue Cross, Boyds Philadelphia, Republic Bank, Robin Apartments, Firstrust Bank, Trident Mortgage, Di Bruno Brothers, Veda Restaurant, and Devon Seafood Grill, for helping us put together an evening to remember.

CCRA Public Meeting on Property Reassessments
Join CCRA on Thursday, 5/17, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Tenth Presbyterian Church (1701 Delancey Street entrance) for a public meeting on the issue of property reassessments.
A few weeks ago the City's Office of Property Assessment sent out reassessment notices to property owners throughout Philadelphia.  Many homeowners now have questions about the reassessment process and seek information on how to appeal before the 5/25 deadline for submitting a request for First Level Review.
Come out to our public meeting to get answers.  At the public meeting will be a representative from the Office of Property Assessment as well as other knowledgeable resources.  The meeting is free to attend and open to the public.
Near Neighbors' Pilot Program

Are you a resident in CCRA territory about to go through the zoning process? Are you interested in participating in early, informal discussions with your neighbors to potentially resolve zoning disputes? CCRA is here to help! Click or tap here for more information.
CCRA Annual Meeting, Wed, 5/23, Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce St, 7pm
Join CCRA for its 2018 Annual Meeting.  
Following a brief business session, CCRA will turn the program over to an esteemed panel to discuss current issues in development in Center City.  The panel will include Anne Fadullon (Director of Philadelphia Department of Planning and Development), Jon Geeting (Director of Engagement for Philly 3.0) and Paul Steinke (Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia).  Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Inga Saffron of the Philadelphia Inquirer will serve as moderator. 
This is sure to be an exciting, through-provoking event.  The Annual Meeting is open to all, although only CCRA members are entitled to vote during the business session.  Food and refreshments will follow.
Click or tap here to review Zoning Report from the April 24th Committee meeting

Upcoming Events
The 2018 Auction for a Growing Greenfield, Fri, May 11, 6:30pm, Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad St.

When you buy Artwork, Restaurant Gift Cards, Teacher Experiences and Incredible Experiences, you will be buying our kids the foundations of education - Chromebooks, desks, bookshelves and lockers. 
Please come join them in the gorgeous Hamilton Hall for a night of glamour, community and fundraising for a worthy cause!

Click or tap here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Fitler Square Spring Fair May 11 and 12

The Fitler Square Improvement Association will hold its annual spring fair at the park at 23rd and Pine Streets, Friday, May 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday, May 12, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Over 30 vendors selling crafts, antiques, jewelry, etc. will surround Fitler Square, and inside the park for sale will be a plants, herbs, used toys, books, Fitler Square shirts and stationary, food and baked goods. Local talent will be entertaining each afternoon. All proceeds of the Fair benefit the year-round maintenance and greening of the lovely park.
Craft Fair in Rittenhouse Square May 11 - 13

The 2018 bi-annual Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair, organized in partnership with the PA Guild of Craftsmen and the Friends of Rittenhouse Square will be held from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12, to Sunday, May 13, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. One hundred forty (140) of the Guild's finest craft artists are expected to participate. In addition, the Friends of Rittenhouse Square will host an Outdoor Café on 18th Street on Saturday during the show in partnership with Rouge, Devon Seafood Grill and Parc. The Craft Fair will return October 12 - 14.
Ladybug Release Party, Wed, May 16, 25th and Spruce St.

CCRA's Schuylkill River Park Community Garden (SRPCG) invites all SRPCG and CCRA children (and their well-behaved adult guests) to their annual Ladybug Release Party at 5pm, Wednesday, May 16, at the garden located at 25
th and Spruce Streets, rain* or shine.
Hot dogs and drinks will be served, but all guests are requested to bring a healthy snack or dessert to share. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Tuesday, May 15.
*Check email for last minute cancellation in the event of a thunderstorm. 
Society Hill 40th Annual Open House & Garden Tour, Sun, 5/20, 1 to 5pm, rain or shine
Join Society Hill Civic Association for a delightful, self-guided walking tour of a collection of private homes and gardens in historic Society Hill.  Walk the same streets as Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.  All the houses' architectural and interior styles range from the 18th and 19th Century to the most contemporary.  All new selection of houses each year.
To purchase a ticket, or to get more information:
1.  Visit and click on Open House Tour. VISA & MC accepted.
2.  By phone or email:  SHCA 215-629-1288 or email:
3.  Day of the tour: At our headquarters, Old Pine Community Center, 401 Lombard Street Complimentary light refreshments; rest rooms available

Comfortable shoes recommended. No high heels. No interior photos permitted.
All proceeds benefit Society Hill Civic Association, sponsor of the tour
Free Access the Arts Concert Program at the Mann Music Center
The Mann invites you to enjoy a night of music under the stars on their Great Lawn. Please use the web address below to register for FREE TICKETS to any one of the three Mann Center performances listed.
Sat, May 26th - The Philly POPS Memorial Salute
Wed, July 18th - Bernstein: Broadway & Beyond with The Philadelphia Orchestra
Fri, July 27th - A Night of Gershwin with The Philadelphia Orchestra
Tickets redeemed via Access the Arts registration are only valid for lawn seating, only for the performances listed, and must be presented at our box office on the night of the performance. Please keep in mind that tickets are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and limited tickets are available.
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.

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)
Suga Restaurant, 1720 Sansom St. (215-717-8968)
Astral Artists - Use promo code "CCRA" to receive a $10 flat rate on all tickets to their concerts.
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)
NextMove Dance - Get $10 off  Dance Performances with your CCRA Membership.  Members use  promo code SAVE10.
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