Friday, February 14, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
61st Annual House and Garden Tour
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.

This year's tour will be held the last Sunday in April. The move this year to spring is sure to inspire your green thumb in the planting weeks to follow!

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, 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!

Photo courtesy of Ben Zuckerman

A new state law has paved the way for Pennsylvanians to have a more convenient and secure voting experience, starting with the primary election this spring. For the first time, voters can apply for a mail-in ballot without stating any reason. Some voters relish voting in person on election day, schmoozing with neighbors while waiting to cast their ballots. But the wait in high-turn-out elections, like the ones likely to be so this year in April and November, could be long - and that could make it hard for some to vote, especially folks with heavy family and work obligations. You no longer have to be infirm or absent from the district on election day to vote by mail.  For more information, click here.
Office Closure

In observance of the Presidents' Day holiday, CCRA is closed on Monday, February 17.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, Feb, 18.
Trash Collection

In observance of the Presidents' Day holiday, no trash will be collected on Monday, February 17.  Collection will resume on Tuesday, February 18.
Let's have a Meet n Greet!
Please join CCRA at DiBruno Brothers' new restaurant and lounge,  Alimentari, on February 18, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. as we celebrate our members!  The first fifty members are invited for free hor d'oeuvres and a cash bar with drink specials.  Reservation is full, however if you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please let Travis Oliver know. Come see the beautiful new Alimentari space and mingle with your fellow CCRA members.  Alimentari is located at 1730 Chestnut Street (second floor) right above DiBrunos Market.

Would you like to be a member of CCRA?  It's easy to join.
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Community Events
Laurel Hill Cemetery to Light Up Landscape along Kelly Drive

Tonight, Thursday, February 13, the historic Laurel Hill Cemetery will illuminate its landscape along Kelly Drive for the first time, with lighting focused on distinctive monuments and trees along the well-traveled gateway to the city. The lighting is intended to attract more visitors to the cemetery, which features year-round programming and will now include special arts events and other activities in the evening. For more information, see the press release.

Win a Trip to Hollywood with the Film Society!

Dates: February 29 - March 4
The 5-day package includes:
  •    Four Nights Deluxe Beverly Hills Hotel Accommodations
  •    Three Breakfast Meals at the Hotel
  •    Welcome Dinner on February 29 at Spago, Beverly Hills
  •    Ticket to the 76ers vs. Lakers game at the Staples Center
  •    Exclusive 'VIP Tour' of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
  •    'Beyond the Velvet Ropes' Tour of the Dolby Theater (home of the Academy Awards)
  •    Universal Studios 'VIP Experience', 'Industry Insider' Luncheon with Guest Speaker
    VIP Welcome Basket

    One winner will be drawn on Valentine's Day at 6:00 pm. To be eligible, entries must be received by 5:30 pm that same day (Friday, February 14, 2020).
Raffle Tickets are $100 for one raffle ticket, $250 for three, and $500 for ten. All proceeds benefit the Film Society's Community and Education Programming.
The full price of this trip is $6,500. The trip package does NOT include airfare. To enter, click here.
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.

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)
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)
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