Thursday, November 14, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Changes to CCRA's Membership
This winter, CCRA is very excited to launch our new Residential Membership Levels and Benefits. We will continue to offer "Senior" and "Under 35" discounted levels. Plus, we will be introducing "Individual" AND "Family" memberships. We are retiring the Sustaining level. All membership levels offer the same benefits, such as local merchant discounts, weekly e-newsletters, and the quarterly newsletter. We will continue to offer 3 higher level memberships with new and enhanced benefits allowing people to enjoy some of our events for free. Our fan-favorite House Tour and Celebration event are included in some of those levels.
The new membership levels will take effect on January 6, 2020. For those who are already members, when it is time to renew your membership, you will have a greater selection. From Individual Memberships to Legend Memberships, you are sure to find the group that's right for you. CCRA is truly a membership-driven organization, and your support allows us to continue to be the people-powered voice of Center City West.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Travis Oliver for more information.
Board Meeting Summary

At the CCRA Board meeting held Tuesday, November 12, 2019, board members heard from State Senator Larry Farnese about goings on in Harrisburg.  We also adopted the Community Development and Benefit Agreement (CBA) with Brandywine Realty Trust about their proposed mixed use development in the 2100 block of Market Street.  Other official action included the adoption of a CCRA Mission Statement.   For details of the meeting go to our website.  The next scheduled meeting will be  on Tuesday, December 10, 6 pm, at BEX, 1 Commerce Sq, 2005 Market St.  
Restaurant Reviewers Wanted

Are you excited about all the new restaurants opening in our CCRA neighborhood and environs? Would you like to know more about them? Do you have a spirit of adventure? Do you share a bond of mutual trust with your friends and neighbors? Want to provide a public service, while having a great time in the bargain? DO YOU LOVE TO EAT?
Then we have the perfect "job" for you? The Center City Quarterly is looking for one or more intrepid gastronomes to explore the restaurant scene in Center City and write reviews for our readers. You can pick the places-new or old, plain or fancy, exotic or homespun-and report on your findings. Please contact Travis Oliver for more information or to submit reviews.
Join Our House Tour Committee
The House Tour committee is preparing for our House and Garden Tour in the spring.  The committee is asking members if they would like to join them in preparation of making our biggest fundraiser a success.  If you would like participate on the committee, email our Operations Manager, Travis Oliver, with the subject line: House Tour.   
We're looking for an Account Executive for our publications

Are you a motivated self-starter interested in working on your own flexible schedule? Are you passionate about living in Center City and interested in helping businesses improve their outreach? We're looking for a part-time advertising sales executive for our quarterly and weekly publications as well as our digital presence. Generous Commission package available.  Email Travis Oliver with your resume. 
Planting Trees throughout Center City West
Friends of Schuylkill River Park Tree Tenders will be planting 14 trees throughout Center City West on Saturday, Nov. 16. You are welcome to join in! Meet us on the 1800 block of Cypress St. behind BZBI synagogue at 9:30 am. You will be part of group of hundreds of PHS Tree Tenders and other volunteers from over 60 neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding counties who will plant nearly 900 trees this weekend. 
The increasing shade, flood management and air purification these trees provide over time is critical to Philadelphia neighborhoods as the city continues to get warmer and wetter with a changing climate. According to climate scientists and the Philadelphia Climate & Urban Systems Partnership led by the Franklin Institute. Philadelphia is projected to experience up to 21 more days over 90 degrees by the 2020s. 
Center City property owners are encouraged to apply for street trees for the next round of plantings in April 2020. For more information and to apply for a street tree, contact FSRP Tree Tender leader, Susan Kahn ( by November 22. Learn more about Tree Tenders at

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Community Events

C. R. Ettinger Studio Gallery, 2215 South Street, invites you to an open house Sat, 11/16, 1- 5pm for an exhibition of "Small Works, New Again." Six featured artists are Joan Curran, David Fertig, Rebecca Gilbert, Jim  McElhinney, Sarah McEneaney and Bill Scott. 
Rittenhouse Farmers' Market

On Saturday, November 23, the Rittenhouse Farmers' Market will be set up on the SOUTH side of the park, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. due to the Philadelphia Marathon. Tuesday, November 26, will be the final Tuesday for the Farmers' Market this year.
Annual Tibetan Bazaar, Philadelphia Ethical Society, 2nd floor, Friday Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30, 10am to 5pm
Shop for holiday gifts and help the Tibetan community preserve their culture and identity in the face of institutional efforts by the Chinese government in Tibet. Presented by the Tibetan Association of 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.

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.
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)
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