Saturday, February 29, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
Messages from the President

CCRA Announces Change of Counsel

CCRA has appointed a former C.C.R.A. President, Wade Albert, Esquire, as Legal Counsel, replacing Stanley R. Krakower, Esquire, C.C.R.A.'s Attorney for the past 35 years.  
A party will be given in Mr. Krakower's honor immediately following the Board of Director's meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Former CCRA Presidents and Zoning Committee Co-Chairs who wish to attend to honor Stanley are invited, but are requested to R.S.V.P. to Travis Oliver by COB Friday, March 6, so that the party planners can accurately anticipate the needs for the party.
CCRA expresses its appreciation and thanks to Stanley for not only his outstanding quality legal services, but also for his personal dedication to the Association's members, and particularly its hard-working leaders, across these many years. We wish him continued success in his future endeavors.   Thanks for everything, Stan.

Center City Quarterly Changes

This edition of the CCQ, scheduled to come out next week, will be digital only. (It has always been available online). Having advertised unsuccessfully for an ad sales rep for the CCQ, which has been losing money for years, and taking a page from other organizations with online newsletters only, we decided to make this edition digital only. Please let us know what you think.
 - Maggie Mund, President
Get Your Tickets to the 61st Annual House and Garden Tour for Sunday, April 26, 1-5pm

Photo courtesy of Ben Zuckerman
There's no lovelier time in Center City Philadelphia than spring - and no better way to experience Center City's charm than our annual Center City Residents' Association (CCRA) House and Garden Tour offering tour-goers the opportunity to step inside the private homes and gardens of some of the city's most stunning properties.

Now in our 61st year, the Home and Garden Tour will include a mix of condos and townhomes, a museum, and several elegant gardens including a rooftop garden above a busy shopping district and a fairytale-like secret garden tucked away on a quiet side-street just a block from Rittenhouse Square.

Tickets are available now.  For group sales, call Travis Oliver, Operations Manager at 215-546-6719 .   As always plan your day to end with dinner at one of the participating restaurants offering 10% off the bill for all attendees.

For information on sponsorship and placing an ad in our tour book, click here.  If you would like to volunteer for the Tour, click here to sign up.  Every volunteer will receive a complimentary ticket. 

See you there!

Wanted: Board Member Candidates

CCRA is looking to fill several Board seats for our fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020.  Board members generally serve a term of 3 years. The Board is a working Board.  We are seeking CCRA members who have a passion for living in "CCRAville;" are interested in issues of quality of life and community service; and are committed to active Board participation.  Successful candidates must serve on at least one committee and agree to fulfill the responsibilities set forth in our Board Pledge, which includes devoting at least four hours per month on CCRA activities, not including time spent attending, and preparing for, monthly Board meetings. See website for full Pledge and list of committees.

Interested members are encouraged to forward a resume or summary of qualifications as soon as practicable to:  CCRA; 1900 Market St., 8th Fl.; Phila., PA   19103 or by email:, with "Board Candidate" in the subject line.
Last Chance to Join/Renew with CCRA in order to Qualify for Di Bruno Bros. Discount
There are many reasons why you should join CCRA, but a good reason is to get a discount at Di Bruno Bros. Di Bruno has graciously continued its membership discount program with CCRA. Di Bruno Bros offers a 10% discount to be used at the Rittenhouse Square location on 1730 Chestnut St.  If you renew your membership by the end of February, you will be on the list to receive their discount.   In addition, the Di Bruno Bros. discount can be used at their new restaurant, Alimentari, on the 2nd floor.
Now is a great time to renew your membership to receive this and others benefits offered by CCRA with your membership. To join or renew your membership, visit our website.

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Community Events

JEVS Human Services hosts a prom for graduates of their GED program every year. These students dropped out of school, so they have never attended a prom. They have turned their lives around, earned high school equivalency diplomas, and are going on to college or careers. 

If you have any of the dressy items for women or men listed below, please donate them to JEVS Human Services at 1845 Walnut St. 

Donated Items Needed
* Prom Dresses
* Men's Suits
* Men's socks (new)
* Makeup (new)
* Belts
* Costume Jewelry
* Dress Shoes
* Men's Shoes
* Ties / Bow Ties
* Clutches and purses
Curtis Institute of Music Orientation Session

Curtis Institute of Music is looking for volunteers to be tour guides, greeters, hosts, and other tasks. If you would like to volunteer, please attend the Curtis Institute of Music Volunteer Orientation Session on Tuesday, March 3 at 4:00 pm, at Curtis Institute of Music, 1616 Locust Street, Locks Boardroom, first floor. This is the first ever Curtis Institute volunteer orientation advertised to the community.  If interested, please register at:

Spring Recital at the Academy of Vocal Arts

Forgotten Opera Excerpts by Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
March 3 and March 5, 2020, 7:30 PM
Pianist and Music Director: Audrey Saint-Gil 
Resident Artists performing:
Aubry BallarĂ², soprano
Claire de Monteil, soprano
Yihan Duan, soprano
Emily Margevich, soprano
Renée Richardson, soprano
Alice Chung, mezzo-soprano
Chelsea Laggan, mezzo-soprano
Anne Marie Stanley, mezzo-soprano
Oliver Sewell, tenor
Eric Delagrange, bass
Both performances are held in AVA's Helen Corning Warden Theater at 7:30 PM. Tickets are on sale through the  AVA website or by calling 215-735-1685
_Meeting at the Beach_ oil on canvas_ 20 x 24 in._ by Philip Cohn
97 Year Old Area Artist Shows Paintings and Etchings at the Twenty-Two Gallery 

Philip Cohn, studied at both PAFA and The Barnes Foundation in the late 1940's.  His life in Philadelphia, coupled with his international studies, have given him a worldly foundation for his subjects.  He is master at portraying the human condition.

Since 1948, Philip Cohn has had many solo and group exhibitions through the years.  His work has been exhibited in many local art establishments including the Woodmere Art Museum, The Hahn Gallery, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Widener University Art Museum, Chestnut Hill Gallery and PAFA.  He is widely collected both publicly and privately.  Mr. Cohn will join Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St., for an opening reception on Friday, March 13th, from 6 to 9 pm.  All works will be on display and for sale through April 5th, 2020.
Saturday Kids Art Class at Markward
Beat cabin fever and get out of the house with our new Saturday kids art classes at the rec center. 9:30 - 10:45am kids ages pre-school through 1st grade. Buy a season pass or 5 pack class drop in. Register here.
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.

Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215.546.7889)
Alimentari Restaurant at Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, 2nd Floor 
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)
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)
Rim's Dry Cleaners & Tailors,2203 South St. (215-546-1889)
215.546.6719 | |

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

SOSNA Newsletter


Come out and meet your local civic leaders from South of South Neighborhood Association, Neighbors in Action Association, East Point Breeze Neighbors, and Point Breeze Community Development Coalition. We are the volunteers working to ensure that residents have a voice in development and that our area is safe, clean, green, and a community for all to enjoy.

When: Sunday, Mar. 1 from 2-4p
Where: Dock Street South, 2118 Washington Avenue

pay-as-you go drinks, light snacks sponsored by Knickerbocker Properties
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SOSNA works in a number of ways to improve our neighborhood. Check out our committees below to learn how we’re making a difference.

SOSNA is only able to do the work that we do with the support of our neighbors, our neighborhood businesses, and our community partners. We depend on the countless hours our residents volunteer with SOSNA, and we rely on generous donations, like yours, from neighbors and businesses to carry out our mission of improving our community.

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