Thursday, November 12, 2020

CCRA Newsleteter

Call Us Today:
Weekly E-Newsletter
News And Updates

CCRA Board Meeting

On Tuesday, November 10, CCRA held its monthly board of directors meeting. If you would like to see what was discussed, as well as decisions from previous meetings, you can view the materials on our website.
To our new CCRA members: our board meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday of the month (except July and August). For now, our meetings are held via Zoom. All active members are invited. If you would like to attend our meetings, please notify Travis Oliver. 
Useful Links
Our Sponsors:
CCRA Zoning Report is Ready

Click here to view the Report. If you like to see previous agendas and reports, click on Zoning Reports in the Useful Links.

The next public Zoning Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 24, 7pm, via Zoom.
COVID-19 Updates
CCRA and LSNA presents
There’s No Place Like Home: Fun in Philly

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.
Thank you to our long standing Merchant Partners. 
Please support our local businesses! 

Di Bruno Bros.
For 80 years Di Bruno Bros. has ben a culinary pioneer, offering the highest quality products. Well known for their extremely knowledgeable and friendly service, Philadelphia’s premiere flagship store in historic Rittenhouse Square features local and international culinary delights. This full fledged European style marketplace houses one of the largest cheese caves, meat and seafood, wine, beer, produce, chef prepared meals, home-made desserts and tons of gourmet products. Fully stocked with everyday needs and unique specialty items Opened for in-store, curbside pick-up and online gifts and gourmet baskets. No need for a big box store with this famous neighborhood gem! CCRA members get an additional 10% off- membership cards must be presented. 1730 Chestnut Street

Koresh Dance Company
The studio is open! Since 1991 Koresh Dance studio has been fostering creativity and art excellence in Philadelphia. Known for engaging performances with superb dancers, they perform critically acclaimed works in Philadelphia, the country and the world. Koresh School of Dance was founded in 1993. In addition to performance and instruction, Koresh Dance Company is committed to community building and outreach. Visit to learn about In-studio adult classes, virtual classes, virtual live rehearsals, conversations with esteemed artists, and other online programming. Let them know you are a CCRA member- discounts rates vary. Koresh Dance Company is located at 2002 Rittenhouse Square 215-751-0959.  
COVID Business Casualties

R.I.P Beloved Indie Venue Boot & Saddle

This is a tough one. Boot & Saddle has called it quits, yet another Coronavirus casualty. Rather than relate an all-too-familiar story, let’s hear the thoughts of Ben Vaughn, a regular B & S performer. “It was incredibly easy for magic to happen in that room”, says Vaughn. “The connection between th audience and the performers was immediate, with no warmup necessary. Very few venues have that, and the people could not have been nicer.” “A major loss.”

Also, Res Ipsa Cafe, located at 23rd and Walnut, has closed due to the effect off pandemic. On Instagram,the owners thanked it's patrons for their many years of service.
But some good news, Lost Bread Co.- an artisanal bakery and cafe, hosted by Alex Bois, a James Beard nominated pastry chef, will be moving into this space.

Leaf Recycling Program begins this week

The Streets Department’s annual Leaf Recycling Program returned on Monday, November 9th and will run through Saturday December 19th.

Check here to see where you can drop of your leaves.
Did you know?

Trees lower urban air temperatures. Asphalt and concrete streets and parking lots increase urban temperatures and increase energy costs. Neighbors in a properly tree-shaded area pay reduced energy bills. It’s time to apply for a street tree! The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society plants free street trees twice a year and the deadline for the spring planting is at the end of November. Apply here. 

Email Susan Kahn with questions -
Community Info and Events
Hot Meals: Philly Restaurants Get Creative as Cool Air Looms

Yes, Winter is coming. Yes, that’s tough on outdoor dining. What to do? How about: insulated igloos; private greenhouses; complimentary blankets and – of course – fire pits.

Fighting the Tide: 24 Newly-Opened Philly-Area Restaurants

Despite the unprecedented hardships, more than a few local businesses have proceeded with plans to open new eateries. From an American brasserie and raw bar to Asian fusion to upscale steakhouse and beyond, a total of 24 new restaurants have opened in the greater Philadelphia area.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is providing a Free Concert Honoring Poll Workers and Ballot Counters, Friday, November 13 at noon. 

Our Ballad for the Ballot Counters will feature performances of “My Country, ’Tis of Thee,” Elton John’s “Philadelphia Freedom,” “America, the Beautiful,” and more.

Socks and the City: Lend a Hand to Warm Some Feet

A welcome warming trend is Panama St.’s “Panama Holiday Block Sock.” The idea? Bring Holiday cheer to both a neighbor and an inpatient at the local VA hospital. The how? Purchase two pairs of funky socks – holiday, ugly, funny – one pair of which will be given to a designated neighbor, the other to a deserving VA inpatient. To participate? Contact Nan Kneeland at You know you want to.
MANNA's Pie in the Sky

Buy a pie from the First Presbyterian Church Team of pie sellers!
Join First Presbyterian Church in supporting MANNA's mission to use nutrition to improve health for people with serious illnesses who need nourishment to heal. By providing medically tailored meals and nutrition education, they empower people to improve their health and quality of life. MANNA delivers 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, at no cost to their clients! Each pie purchased allows them to provide a hot fresh thanksgiving meal to clients and their family, in addition to their year round services.

Nov. 16 Blood Drive Sponsored by Church of the Holy Trinity

Looking to help out but not sure how? You could do worse than donating blood to the American Red Cross on Nov. 16 at the Church of the Holy Trinity at 1904 Walnut St. Not only would you be donating blood, but Holy Trinity will receive $10 for every pint of blood donated, which will go directly to the Church’s Curbside Care program which provides much-needed winter items. To cooperate in this ideal pandemic activity, email the Church directly at
Free Admission to Vets and Blue Star Families

The Museum of the American Revolution will offer free admission to veterans, those currently serving in the military, and Blue Star Families, courtesy of Comcast NBCUniversal on Veterans Day Weekend, now thru Sunday, November 15. The Museum will honor veterans through a virtual lecture, pop-up talks and performances, take-and-make crafts.

The Museum is now open Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stories of the diverse range of people who served and sacrificed during the American Revolution are available anytime with the Museum’s free Virtual Museum Tour and Virtual Field Trip.
Last Night Thursday, November 12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Online.

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts invites you to our fall virtual Open House, from Monday, November 9, through Thursday, November 12. Each evening's presentation will include a behind-the-scenes video of projects currently in our lab and follow-up discussion from a panel of staff and experts. Featured objects will include items from the Edward Hopper House, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Masonic Temple Library & Museum. When you register, you will be provided with a Zoom link that will work for all four nights. More information on each night's program will be sent a week before each program. Click here to register.
Love Your Park Day

Friends of Schuylkill River Park is participating in fall Love Your Park Day. Join volunteers on November 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to plant bulbs, mulch trees and spiff up the park. Volunteers must wear masks and preregister here - The group size is limited to 25. The park has been much loved at the same time that Parks and Recreation has cut back significantly on maintenance. Come out and give the park some much-needed TLC! 
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.

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)
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)
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
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)
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.
1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Center City Residents' Association | 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103

No comments:

Post a Comment