Thursday, September 19, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Center City Residents' Association, 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Green Infrastructure at Greenfield School Slows Sewer System Overflow

Neighborhood heroes: Rob Rumburg and Fred Kaulbach at the Greenfield playground.
Greenfield's playground has a soft, artificial surface that is permeable, meaning it has small holes that let raindrops pass through. Below ground is a network of perforated pipes that collect and channel the rainwater to soil and rain gardens-where Fred Kaulbach, Lisa Armstrong and other volunteers have planted 40 trees-thereby diverting it from the overtaxed sewer system. It's a bonus that this green infrastructure supports trees, some fruit-bearing, in an area where children play.

Click or tap here to learn more about this project. Learn more about becoming a Tree Tender. Learn more about Philadelphia's green infrastructure plan.

Zoning Committee Meeting Cancelled

The Zoning Committee Scheduled for Tuesday, September 24, has been cancelled. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22.
The Broad Street Ministry Needs Men's Pants

BSM, located at 315 S. Broad St., is accepting donations of men's pants.  If you would like to donate, email
Philadelphia's Fashion District Opens Today

Fashion District, located between 9th and 12th on Market St., is Philly's newest destination for shopping, dining, entertainment, art and culture. Spanning three city blocks, it features over 800,000 square feet of flagship, traditional, and outlet shopping, as well as destination dining, entertainment, and art and cultural exhibits.  Whether you're in the mood for a cocktail after work, a family movie night, a spontaneous shopping spree, or just bowling with friends, head to Fashion District.

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Community Events
Peace Day Events at the Ethical Society

Friday, Sept. 20, 6:00 to 6:45 p.m

In front of the Philadelphia Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square. Come sing some songs of freedom and justice. Free and open to the public.

Friday, Sept. 20, 7:00 p.m.

Screening of the Film: "Before the Flood"  
Free and open to the public. Donations of $10 suggested to benefit and Peace Day Philly.  This 2016 documentary about climate change has been described by The Guardian as a "heartfelt, decent, educational" documentary about the most important issue of our time. 

Saturday, Sept 21, 11 am

Philly Peace Day and the United Nations Day of Peace
Philadelphia Ethical Society invites all to join together to observe the International Day of Peace. Music, special guests, global messages and the minute of silence at 12 noon (worldwide action in all time zones). 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., center of Rittenhouse Square.
Concert To Benefit Immigrants And Refugees

HIAS Pennsylvania will present a concert to benefit immigrants and refugees in Philadelphia. Tuesday, September 24, 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square. $20. To register, 
click here.

Tai Chi at Markward Playground
Beginning Tuesday, 9/24.  Achieve a healthier mind, body and spirit by practicing this Chinese martial art.  To reserve a spot, click or tap here.
Shop Center City Saturday

On the final day of Philadelphia Fashion Week, Saturday, September 28, center city retailers and restaurants will offer exclusive specials and events.
The Silver Binder Presentation: Organize Your Personal Information for Safe Keeping
William Penn House, 1919 Chestnut, Community Room, 1st Fl, Tuesday, 10/15, 2 PM

Where are your important documents such as insurance policies, the deed to your home, bank and investment statements? Who will take care of your pet if you have an emergency? Who will take care of you? 
Mario Oropeza, a Penn's Village volunteer, developed this workshop to get you started on what may seem like an intimidating task: organizing the vital details about your legal, health, and financial affairs as well as important contacts.  A binder will be available at the workshop with forms which will enable you to document everything your family and friends need to know. 

The cost of the binder is $35 for Penn's Village members and volunteers; $45 for other guests (cash or checks only please) and includes a digital version of the forms. Guests are welcome to attend three Penn's Village programs at $10 per program before becoming a member and/or volunteer. The guest cost for this program is included in the cost of the binder.

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.

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)
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.
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