Thursday, November 26, 2020

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Looking for something to do after your (Virtual) Thanksgiving? Do you need a gift to get that person who loves Philly? This Book Event about little known places is for you!

Tuesday, December 1, 6:30PM
via Zoom

Irene Levy Baker, author of “100 Things To Do In Philadelphia” and “Unique Eats & Eateries of Philadelphia,” is here to explain how. She’ll help you plan a staycation and make sure you never waste your free time doing laundry - based on the newly-published second edition of “100 Things To Do In Philadelphia.” (NOTE: Topic will be adjusted based on current openings/closings.)

For more information and to register, click here.

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Message from the CCRA President Maggie Mund

Last year, I and several other CCRA board members attended the Philadelphia Citizen’s Second Annual Ideas We Should Steal FestivalIf you are not familiar with the Festival, the organizers convene several of the nation’s most innovative urban thinkers and global thought leaders sharing bold ideas that can move our city forward. The festival provided an inspiring look at how others have solved pressing social problems with the mantra “It can happen here”.
I am pleased to tell you that this year CCRA is a community sponsor of the Third Annual Ideas We Should Steal Festival, which means our members are entitled to a 33% discount on tickets. And this year’s festival is all online, making attendance even easier. The festival will be held on the first four Tuesdays in December, ‪from 5:30-7:30pm, December 1, 8, 15, 22; guests may attend one week or all four weeks.
Panels will address changing police culture, curbing gun violence, moving the needle on poverty, using capitalism for good, and art as a force for social change.
For a full schedule, please visit And to sign up for the discounted tickets, visit here. Use discount code CitizenPartner.
CCRA Public Zoning is ready

Next scheduled Zoning Committee meeting is
Tuesday, December, 22nd, 7pm
Please Donate and Win a Trip to the African Safari Ongava Game Reserve in Namibia for 2022 

In this unique fundraising year, CCRA is excited to introduce our expanded Clean, Safe and Green Appeal to fund our sidewalk cleaning and related programs.  Two generous CCRA supporters have pledged to match each gift of $100 or more received by the end of the year, doubling the fundraising power of every qualifying gift.  Furthermore, anyone who donates $200* or more will be recognized as a Green Star Donor and entered to win a 5-night, 4-day stay for two at the Ongava Game Reserve hunting lodge in Namibia, Africa, in 2022. Each additional donation of $200 earns another entry into the raffle. The winner will be selected in January. Please note that flights are not included.  To enter, we must receive your donation by December 31, 2020.

Click here for more information about the Ongava Game Reserve.

*If you are the lucky winner, please consult your tax advisor about the retail value of this prize ($3000).
COVID-19 Updates
Office Closure

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, CCRA is closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27. All emails and phone messages will be returned beginning Monday, Nov 30.

Free Street Trees!

Last chance to apply for a free street tree to be planted this spring! Property owners apply here.
Deadline is Nov. 30. 

Email Susan Kahn with questions -

CCRA Board and Staff
Would like to Wish Everyone
A Very Happy Thanksgiving.

However you spend it,
please be safe.
Community Info and Events
Photograph courtesy of Philadelphia Bee Co.
What? Something Good? About Lanternflies, no Less?

Just when you think you know something….
Turns out the hated plague known as the lanternfly produces some very delicious honey, if you can believe it. Tastes “oaky”, “the epitome of autumn”. Goes well on poppy biscuits. And you can buy some, from the Philadelphia Bee Co., at $14 per jar. Just ask for “Doom Bloom”. Seriously.

Pop-Up Music Concerts in Washington Sq. West

What started as a summertime response to the closing of music halls has continued
into Autumn as pop-up classical concerts appear occasionally on Iseminger St.
in Washington Square West. A Schubert octet featuring strings, woodwinds and
French horn? Life can be good.

Holiday Events Begin at Dilworth Park

Deck the Hall Holiday Lights started on Monday, November 23 at Dilworth Park. Illumination and sound effects on the west fa├žade of City Hall, Sunday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. through January 1.

Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market started on Saturday, November 21 at Dilworth Park. Support local small businesses by buying handmade gifts, treats and crafts, through January 1.

Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink at Dilworth Park is open seven days a week, now through February 28, with limited number of skaters at one time. Purchase tickets in advance online for 90-minute, timed skating sessions all season long.
Do you have the time to take a couple of surveys?

Drexel University is inviting you to participate in a short survey on greenspace and health. Results will be used for a public health research study on greenspace utilization and health during the pandemic. Anyone who is ages 18 and older, lives in the Metropolitan Philadelphia region, and can access and complete the survey online, is eligible to participate. The survey is available here.

SEPTA is inviting you to participate in a short survey. COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted many aspects of our daily activities, including how we utilize public transportation. To help SEPTA better understand the changing needs and demands of its customers, they are inviting you to take part in a short online survey. This link is for the SEPTA COVID-19 Travel Survey: Fall 2020, through which the Authority hopes to glean information on customer sentiment, feedback on the various health and safety measures SEPTA has implemented throughout the system as well as trends and shifts in travel and overall mobility amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline for completing the survey is Tuesday, Dec. 1. 
CCRA Merchant Partner Discount/Promotion Program

Support our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a discount or promotion to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card and personal identification.

Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
East West Acupuncture, center city office closed, but you can use the 10% discount at her Narberth office (415-758-1057)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Good Karma Cafe, 331 S. 22nd St, (215-546-1479)
Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
Liberty Pet Vets, 265 S. 20th St (888-458-8587
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
Photo Lounge, 1909 Chestnut St (267-322-6651)
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
Seafood Unlimited, 270 S. 20th St (215-732-3663)
The Bake Shop on 20th, 269 S. 20th St. (215-644-9714)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215-546-7889)
Veda Modern Indian Bistro, 1920 Chestnut St, (267-519-2001)
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 virtual concerts.
Blue Sole Shoes, 1805 Chestnut St, (215-496-9244)
Branzino Italian BYOB, 261 S. 17th St, (215-790-0103)
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, (uses separate card, see info here)
1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103