Thursday, October 4, 2018

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Last Chance To Get Your House Tour Tickets at the Advance Sale Price.  

We are looking forward to this year's tour on Sunday, October 14, (1-5pm rain or shine). Come take a peek at a  mixture of luxury and historic mansions, townhomes, and gardens combining old architecture with new and innovative ideas throughout Rittenhouse and Fitler Squares. You don't want to miss this tour.  Participants receive a House Tour Guide Book with home descriptions and a route map on the day of the event.  

As a special treat while walking around the beautiful Rittenhouse Square area on tour day, visit Veda Restaurant at 1920 Chestnut St.  Show them your wristband and you will receive an appetizer and drink for $5.

After the tour, dine out at one of the participating restaurants (such as La Fontana Della Citta, Bellini Grill, Jane G's, and more - the final list of restaurants will be listed in your tour book) to receive a 15% discount off your food bill.
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 (cash or check), 2001 Pine St 
  • The Good Karma Cafe (cash or check), 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
Last Chance to Sign Up to be a Volunteer 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).
Provide Input about Preservation in our Neighborhood
The Mayor established a task force in 2017 to make recommendations about how to best consider and preserve historic buildings and other resources in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.  Many citizens have expressed concerns about properties that are being demolished and replaced by buildings that do not appear appropriate to the existing neighborhood.  Others have been concerned about the types of new construction or the overall ways neighborhoods are changing.  Please express your opinions by clicking the link below and taking the short survey so that your voice and opinions can be heard and incorporated into the Task Force's recommendations.  You have until October 12th to complete the survey. 
Take the survey here.
Register new citizens taking the oath of citizenship at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services office located at 30 N 41st St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.  Join fellow volunteers and sign up here. October sign-up calendar will be available September 28, 2018.
Phone bank to remind new citizens to vote. Just bring yourself! 
Tuesday, October 30 from 5:30-8:30 PM
Thursday, November 1st from 5:30-8:30 PM
Friday, November 2nd from 5:30-8:30 PM
Monday, November 5th from 5:30-8:30 PM
here is the link to phone bank and you will receive notification of the location.
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.

Upcoming Events
Singing City Presents Street Requiem, Sunday, 10/21, 3pm, Old First Reformed Church of Christ, 151 N. 4th St

Singing City will perform the 
 Philadelphia premiere of Street Requiem. This 50-minute cantata features a powerful variety of musical styles, ranging from gospel to South African freedom music. It was written to bring a sense of peace, remembrance and hope to communities struggling with homelessness.  Special guests Rabbi David Straus and Rev. Rebecca Fitzpatrick will lead the choir and audience in a remembrance of those who have lost their lives on the streets. A collection of clothing and other items will benefit the Bethesda Project.  Liz Hersh, Executive Director of Homeless Services for the City of Philadelphia, will be on hand for a Q&A following the concert.  The work of Shoot From Within Photography will be on display-selected photos from Perseverance With Dignity, a series of images depicting homeless people in Philadelphia.
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.

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)
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)
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.
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, (uses separate card, see info here)

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