Thursday, September 26, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Center City Residents' Association, 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Get your Blatstein House Tour raffle tickets now!

Since announcing this event, CCRA has been sponsoring a raffle for 5 of the 25 tickets.  Only 50 Raffle tickets, at $100/each, will be sold, so each entry has a 10 percent chance of winning. Right now, the raffle tickets are only available to CCRA members.  

But on September 30, if all 50 raffle tickets are not sold, we will open the raffle up to the general public.  The raffle drawing will be held on October 15, one week before the event, and winners notified on that date by email.  To sign up for the raffle, please click here.

 A Television Series is being Filmed in our Neighborhood
A production company is filming scenes for an upcoming television series on Friday, 9/27. The company is permitting streets in the neighborhood as "NO PARKING" zones. Please be mindful of the streets with "NO PARKING" signs. All cars parked should be moved from these permitted areas before their arrival. Below are the dates and times "NO PARKING" will be in effect:
Thursday, 9/26, 7pm, to Saturday, 9/28, 7pm
  • Both sides of Locust St. between S 15th St. and S 16th St
Friday, 9/27, 8am to Saturday, 9/28, 5pm
  • Both sides of Locust St. between N 16th St. and N 17th St.
  • Both sides of S 16th St. between Sansom St. and Spruce St.
  • West side of S 13th St. between Pine St. and Cypress St.
If your car is not moved by Friday, 9/27, 8am, it will be relocated by the Police to another street in the area. 
The Fall 2019 Center City Quarterly

Be on the lookout for your copy of the Fall edition of the CCQ.  If you would like to see how it looks in color, click on the cover to be taken directly to the newsletter.  Don't forget to check out the business ads by clicking on them, because without their support, the CCQ wouldn't be possible.  

Finally, a special thank you to editor Nancy Colman, and to all who contributed to this edition. 
CCRA at the Schuylkill River Park Fall Festival

Come talk to CCRA representatives at the Schuylkill River Park Fall Festival. Philadelphia Police Captain Michael Hooven and Officer Jesse O'Shea will join us from 11 am to 1 pm. They will be there to answer residents' questions and learn about your concerns. Please be sure to stop by and say hi.

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Community Events
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.
American Red Cross Blood Drive

Date : Friday, October 4, 2019
Time : 9am to 7pm
Place : Society Hill Towers Community Room
285 Saint James Place (behind Zahav)
Donors needed! Sign up for an appointment on the Red Cross blood donation site or call 1-800-Red Cross or visit
click on "donate blood", enter zip code - 19106 - to locate drive, scroll down to October 4th, open Society Hill Towers site, select your appointment time!
Volunteers needed! Are you available between 9am and 7pm for an hour or two?  Contact drive organizer, Mary O'Neill @
Can you assist to welcome the donors? Check them in / verify their appointment, provide Thank You stickers. RapidPass saves you time! Day of drive, you will be sent an email reminder - please use RapidPass - to answer screening questions in advance.

Sponsored by the Society Hill Towers Activities Committee, Society Hill Civic Association and Penn's Village
Women's Fall Potluck at the Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Sq., Sunday, 10/6, after the 11:00 a.m. service

Enjoy each other's company and contributions to the lunch, and briefly discuss a short essay/reading during dessert. Contact Nancy Rasmussen at if you can attend and include what you'd like to bring (for approximately 10 women): main dish, salad of some kind, appetizer-y offering, or dessert. Nancy will coordinate and get back to everyone with confirmation, numbers and the very brief reading.
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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