Friday, September 21, 2018

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Join us for our 60th Annual House Tour - Sunday, Oct 14, 1-5pm 

In 3 weeks, our neighbors will open their homes  for this once-a-year event.  Tour from historic mansions, to luxury townhomes and gardens Rittenhouse Square and Fitler Square. Participants receive a  House Tour Guide Book with home descriptions and a route map on the day of the event.  
Tickets are available for $35 for advance sales.  Those under 40 may purchase tickets at a discounted Young Friends rate of $25.  On the day of the House Tour, tickets will be available for $40. For groups of 10 or more, please contact CCRA. You can purchase your tickets at:
  • CCRA Office, 1608 Walnut St, 12th Fl., 215-546-6719
  • Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St
  • The Good Karma Cafe, 331 S. 22nd St
  • Online
They can additionally be purchased by calling the CCRA office or by sending a check to CCRA's offices at 1608 Walnut Street, 12th Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19103, 

Sponsored by: William Penn House, Southern Land Company, AMC Delancey, Clemens Construction, Robin Apartments
More Volunteers Are Needed for CCRA's 60th Annual House Tour, Sunday 10/14, 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, please fill out this form (make sure you click or tap the "submit" button in order to send the form).
Next CCRA Zoning Committee Meeting
Tuesday, September 25, 7pm, 1608 Walnut St, 12th Fl.
Parking Restrictions due to Movie Production on Sun, 9/23 and Mon, 9/24

You will notice NO PARKING signs hung in the affected areas. If your vehicle is parked in one of these zones, please remove it by the start of the restrictions or it will be relocated by the City of Philadelphia.
The parking restrictions are Sunday 9.23.18 9p to Monday 9.24.18 11p
  • South side of Locust St, btw West Rittenhouse Square & 21st St.
  • West side of S 20th St, btw Chancellor & Spruce Sts
  • South side of Locust St, btw S 22nd & S Van Pelt Sts
  • S 22nd St, btw Latimer & St. James Sts
Property Reassessment: How to Appeal

If your property was reassessed by the City this past spring and you want to appeal to the Board of Revision of Taxes, the filing deadline is 
October 1, 2018.

Do you want to know more information about the appeal process?  Then 
click here for a guide prepared by the Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition.  While this guide is not a replacement for competent legal counsel, it provides helpful pointers to any individual who is comfortable handling an appeal on their own.
CCRA Day of Service:  Lunch for Hungry Neighbors - Our Chance To Help
On Saturday, 9/29, 9:30am - 2pm, at Liberti Church, 123 S. 17th St., come help feel our hungry neighbors and/or tour the New Adult Services Facility.  For more information, click or tap here.  This is a free event for all ages. 
Movie Nights at the Markward Playground, 400 S. Taney St.

The Markward Recreation Center Advisory Council in conjunction with CCRA are hosting two free outdoor family movie nights at the Markward Recreation Center this October.  Join us on Wednesday, October 3rd for "Inside Out" and then on Wednesday October 17th for "Black Panther"  Don't forgot to BYOB... bring your own blanket.
Let's include everyone in community programs at the library

Head Librarian Erin Hoopes of the Philadelphia City Institute library on Rittenhouse Square receives phone calls from people with mobility impairments about programs on the lower level of the library and, sadly, she must tell these callers those programs are not accessible to them. Popular events coming in October are Conversations with Pennsylvania Ballet, Teen Reading Lounge, and Preschool Costume Party. What a shame to miss these events because you can't walk down stairs. Friends of PCI (Philadelphia City Institute), reports that, as of September 12, they have raised over $149,445 towards the goal of $400,000 needed to install a lift. In order to begin the bidding process, 70% of the goal must be raised - $280,000. Thank you for contributions you have already given, and please consider sending more. Send a check to: Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation/PCI Lift, 1901 Vine Street, Suite 111, Philadelphia PA 19103.
Shoe Carnival Giveback Program

In a continued partnership with Shoe Carnival and Philadelphia School District, 10 percent of total purchases at select participating locations will go back to the shopper's school of choice upon checkout.  The program has since expanded to include 350 Philadelphia metro area schools.  The schools participating in our area are:
  • Albert Greenfield School
  • Freire School
  • Russell Byers Charter School
  • Science Leadership Academy

Upcoming Events
The Great River-to-River, Vine to Pine Walking Tour of Philadelphia, Sat, 9/22, beginning at 8am

Each September, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) conducts Philly's greatest and possibly longest walking tour for hundreds of Delaware Valley residents and visiting tourists. This year's Great Tour starts 8am at the National Constitution Center and ends twelve hours later at the Waterworks on the Schuylkill River.You can take any or all of the tour. It's up to you.  For more information and to register, click or tap here.

International Ocean Film Tour comes to the Academy of Natural Sciences

Click or tap the poster for more information
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.

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.
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.
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