Thursday, August 8, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Center City Residents' Association, 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Philadelphia City Institute Library Lift Project: What's  Up? 

Pam Freyd, President of Friends of Philadelphia City Institute, and Susan Gould, Assistant Vice President of Development of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, report progress towards the installation of a lift in the library on Rittenhouse Square. As of August 2019, the fund-raising drive collected donations of $377,000 and an expected gift will bring the total to $387,000. The bidding process has begun and is proceeding slowly. Jim Pecora, the Vice President of Property Management for the Free Library of Philadelphia is in charge of this phase of the process and is currently seeking a second round of contractors to bid.

Our Closet, a program of the Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia, is in need of select clothing donations:

Women's clothing (L, XL and Plus)
Men's casual pants (All sizes)
Men's shirts (Small, XL and Plus)
Men's shorts and sweatshirts/hoodies (XL & Plus)
Men's shoes (All Sizes)

Center City Drop Off: Congregation Rodeph Shalom Synagogue
615 N. Broad St. (between Green and Mt. Vernon Streets.)
Hours: Wednesdays ONLY, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Phone: 215-627-6747

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Community Events
Bug Fest at The Academy of Natural Sciences - August 10th & 11th

The Academy of Natural Sciences will be hosting a two-day event with the focal point on Insects on Saturday August 10th and Sunday August 11th. Throughout the festival, you will be able to have discussions about bugs with scientists, see insect specimens, bug shows, and even enjoy some bug snacks.  For more information and tickets, click here.
Down By the Riverside! Thursday, August 22
Riverboat Tour departs promptly at 7pm
Tours depart from the Walnut Street Dock, located under the Walnut Street Bridge on the east bank of the Schuylkill River.
Take a one-hour fun and fact-filled guided tour that highlights the past, present and future of the Hidden River. Discover the sights, sounds, and history of the river, from the early 1700s at historic Bartram's Garden, to the 1800s at the Fairmount Water Works, to award-winning 21st century skyscrapers. The boat is covered, so the tour goes on rain or shine, unless in extreme weather.
This tour is open to the public. Stop by the Welcome Table at the back of the Church of the Holy Communion on Rittenhouse Sq. after Sunday worship services to buy a ticket. Deadline is Sunday, August 11 to receive the special rate ($18/adult and $8/child under 12). Cash or check reserves your spot on the boat. (Scholarships available - please see our Rectors The Revs. Rachel or John Gardner.) Please contact Sally Griffith, Vestry Member or Soozung Rankin, Program Director with questions.

"Sounds of the Revolution" Series of Free Musical Performances, Saturdays thru August 17

Every Saturday through August 17 starting at 11 a.m., the Museum of the American Revolution will host Sounds of the Revolution, a series of free musical performances and hands-on demonstrations inside the Museum and on the outdoor plaza. Includes African Drumming, Fife & Drum, Gourd Banjos and More! For details please go to:

Jazz artists at PCI

Jazz artists will perform every Monday in August at 6:30 p.m. downstairs in the Community Room at the Philadelphia City Institute Library on Rittenhouse Square, 1905 Locust St. Free and open to the public. (No elevator.)
Free Movie Night on The Schuylkill: "A League of Their Own", Thurs, August 22

A League of Their Own (rated PG) begins at dusk about 8pm. Movie location is East (Center City) side of the Schuylkill River, just north of the Walnut Street Bridge. Bring your friends, blanket and picnic basket. 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. This is just one of the many programs created by the Schuylkill River Development Corporation.

Naudain Art Collaborative Call for Artists

Naudain Art Collaborative (NAC), a group of artists in the Fitler Square area, is now accepting entries for its First Juried Community Exhibition to be held on November 2 and 3, 2019 from 12 noon to 6 pm. Center city artists age 18 and older are invited to submit entries no later than Saturday, September 7. For rules and requirements, please go to link:

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.

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)
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.
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)
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