Thursday, November 5, 2020

CCRA Newsletter

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

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News And 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.)

More details to come.
Useful Links
Our Sponsors:
CCRA Board of Directors Meetings
Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 6PM

This meeting is open to our active members. If you would like to attend, please email Travis Oliver, and he will send you zoom link.
Congratulations to our Halloween Challenge Winner:
 Melisa Bookowick
If you like to see more of our "hauntingly" contestants, visit our Facebook page
Thank you to our long standing Merchant Partners. 
Please support our local businesses! 

Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing
For over 35 years, Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing has been proudly serving Center City. She is well known for her finest museum-quality framing and craftsmanship for beloved artwork and photographs. Ms. Hobson combines her extensive knowledgeable with great artistic design vision. Exceptional personal service, an eye for detail and a vast array of frame selections from period and traditional to contemporary and modern styles. Other services include shadow box framing, mirror framing, mounts for sculpture, and restoration services. Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing is an independently owned and operated small business. CCCRA members get an additional 10% off most services- membership cards must be presented. Call for an appointment today-215-546-7889. 1528 Waverly Street

Good Karma Cafe
Visit Good Karma Cafe and receive an additional 5% off at their Center City West location. Founded in 2007, they are known for their delicious organic and fair trade certified coffees in eco-friendly shops. Fair Trade certification allows them to directly support the hardworking farmers that grow the coffee. Along with their wide selection of delicious coffee, are daily fresh-baked pastries, a variety of healthy made to order bagel breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, salads and seasonal soups and drinks. Vegan and gluten free options as well. Only the freshest and best products are used in this cafe! Good Karma proudly showcases local artists in all their cafes too. A true neighborhood gem! Good Karma Cafe is located at 24th and Walnut 215-546-1479
Tasty-Sounding Pizza Joint Opens in Fitler Square

Pandemic be damned, co-owners and pizzaiolos Davide Lubrano and Vinny Gallagher have opened their first pizzeria in Fitler Square. Called Pizzata Pizzeria, it offers New York-style, naturally leavened red and white pies, and is – for now at least – takeout and delivery only.

Community Info and Events
COVID-19 Updates
City continues to be in a "modified" green phase

Visit our special COVID-19 page on our website for more news and info.
Homeless man charged in attempted abductions in Philadelphia

Police say a man has been arrested and charged in connection with two attempted abductions while a third incident is under investigation. He has been charged with attempted kidnapping, stalking and related offenses.

Take a Stroll to Raise Awareness for the Health of Black Men and Boys in Philadelphia

The Brothas Stroll is a neighborhood-based walk for Black Men and Boys to gain access to health resources and screenings, connect with neighbors, and raise awareness about the issue of Black men's health.

The second Brothas Stroll event will take place in Philadelphia's 4th District on November 7 at 11:00 a.m. and will start at the steps of the Please Touch Museum.

Register for the Annual Brothas Stroll to receive more details about this event.
Iconic City Tavern Restaurant Closes for Good

The City Tavern Restaurant, one of the city’s most historic taverns, has closed its doors permanently due to the impact of the pandemic. Favored by locals and tourists alike, the venue served as the unofficial meeting place for the first Continental Congress in 1774.

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
November Sale: 20% OFF all Bruce Murray historic baseball photographs and FREE SHIPPING

Bruce Murray, Sr., award-winning photojournalist between 1911 and 1958, photographed baseball legends such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Connie Mack. His grandson, Shawn Murray, owner of Twenty-Two Gallery, is offering Hall-of-Fame Baseball images, 11” x 14”, beautifully framed & matted, limited edition, archival photographs hand printed from the original 4" X 5" vintage negative on museum-quality acid free paper. Each photograph is numbered and embossed with "The Bruce Murray Collection" name. Each photograph is also accompanied by an "About the Artist" biography, a Background Story of the photograph and a Certificate of Authenticity individually signed by the grandson of the photographer. (Framed dimensions: 20 x 21 inches)

USE CODE NOV2020 FOR DISCOUNT AT CHECKOUT. Please order as soon as possible for delivery for the holidays. Offer Expires on November 30, 2020
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, Wednesday, November 11 to 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.
Monday, November 9 through 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.

Astral Artists - Use promo code "CCRA" to receive a $10 flat rate on all tickets to their 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)
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)
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)
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 
1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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