Thursday, June 13, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Center City Residents' Association, 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Our New Board Members 
On May 22, CCRA had its Annual Meeting at the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) where we elected new directors and officers.  Click Here to read short bios of the candidates and learn about their interests and passion for the neighborhood.  

Also on the agenda-- Rebecca Rhynhart gave a wonderful talk about her time
 as Controller for the City of Philadelphia and what motivated her to run after serving as the City's Budget Director under Mayor Michael Nutter and Chief Administrative Officer under Mayor Jim Kenney.  In a nutshell, it was the waste and inefficiency she observed at every level of City government.  Two of my favorite questions:  On a scale of 1 to 100, how efficiently are our tax dollars being spent? (no percentage given--just " there is much room for improvement").  And Will you run for mayor in 2024?  ("I'm focusing on the job I've got now").   A politician in the making?

Finally, we had a wonderful party in the beautiful AVA garden on a gorgeous May evening.  Many thinks to the AVA for their generous support of CCRA and board members Donna Cordner, Barbara Halpern, and Richard Frey for helping organize the event.

Help Keep Our Neighborhood Beautiful 

We are very grateful of the responses so far to our Neighborhood Beautification Campaign.  Thank you, your donations matter! The campaign supports many initiatives - tree planting, historic preservation, the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden, oversight of neighborhood development and - last but not least - sidewalk cleaning. 

Please consider donating to help keep our Neighborhood clean.  To donate right now, visit our website,

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Community Events
Tonight! Movie Night at the Schuylkill Banks: "Romancing the Stone" Thursday, June 13, 8:30pm

Bring your friends, blanket and picnic basket on the east side of the river (north of the Walnut Street Bridge) for a great time watching viewer's choice movies by the river. All movies start at dusk. Come early to participate in a free pre-movie raffle for gift cards from Philadelphia Runner and Saxbys! Snacks and beverages will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Readings from James Joyce's 
Rosenbach Museum & Library
2008 Delancey Place
Sunday, June 16, 11:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Art Exhibition at the Ageless Gardens Gallery

The Naudain Art Collaborative invites you to attend an exhibition of artworks by center city artists Lauren Sweeney, Ed Bronstein, and Betsy Alexander and guest artist Sandy Cadwalader on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23 from noon to 6 p.m. at Ageless Gardens Gallery,  2503 Naudain Street. 
Music That Tunes the Sky
Live Carillon Concert
Join The Church of the Holy Trinity on the Square
June 22nd at Noon for a half hour
Live Carillon Concert.
Sunday June 30, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

As part of the Wawa Welcome America celebration The Rosenbach, 2008-2010 Delancey Place, will offer a FREE museum day with a special exhibition of Americana. Advance tickets required. Register here:

Enjoy a Riverboat Tour on the Schuylkill River on select Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June through October. One-hour Secrets of the Schuylkill Tours and three-hour Boat to Bartram's Garden Tours.
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)
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)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
East West Acupuncture, 419 S. 19th St (415-758-1057)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Home Helpers Philly, 1835 S. Broad St., Ste 2 (215-334-2600)
Good Karma Cafe, 331 S. 22nd St, (215-546-1479)
Jason Matthew Salon, 1735 Chestnut St, 2nd Fl (215-665-8030)
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.
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