means, before ya know it… sunny days, warm air, baseball... all that.
And, not for nothing, but Covid is beginning to look like something we
can actually learn to live with.
So stay the course, friends. Don’t give in.
We’re gonna get there.
CCRA/LSNA JOINT BOARD MEETING WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE AND
THE NEW 9TH DISTRICT CAPTAIN
Tuesday, February 8, the CCRA Board will for the first time meet
jointly with the Board of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association. The
occasion is to introduce to the region both Police Commissioner
Danielle Outlaw and new 9th District Captain Colleen Billups.
meeting will take place at 7pm and will be held in-person for both
Board members and guests at Brandywine BEX. It will also be made
available for members of both organizations by Zoom. Additionally, it
will be recorded and be made available on our website.
is our first opportunity to meet Commissioner Outlaw and Captain
Billups in person. Both boards have identified five topics that will be
discussed for ten minutes each, with a moderator and the
police. Questions from members will be submitted through chat and asked
of the officers as appropriate.
relationship to the police is a critical part of CCRA’s
mission. Engaging with them, exploring how the leadership will respond
to questions of concern to our members, and understanding how we can
help them do a better job are all on the table for discussion. We also
value our relationship with LSNA and want to use this as the first of
several opportunities to work together on questions of interest to both.
We look forward to a stimulating and important conversation.
CCRA News and Events
Sense in the City - An Urban Conversation
Join Hugh Taft Morales of the Philadelphia Ethical Society for the second Sense in the City discussion: EQUITY, PUBLIC SCHOOLS and DEMOCRACY. Wednesday, Feb 9, Noon to 1:30 PM. Register HERE.
Let’s brainstorm about the following challenges to our democracy:
should we think of the public school system? Are flourishing schools
for all fundamental for the future of democracy? How should we approach
equity in funding, given that schools in wealthy areas often are better
funded and have additional support through extra fundraising programs?
What is a fair funding formula? What role do charter schools play in our
public dialogue about education? How should schools be structured so
that they prepare young people to be engaged citizens?
CCRA JEDI Chair
(Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion)
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CCRA MERCHANT PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
Merchant Partner program is a true Win-Win: It provides smaller local
businesses with complimentary advertising and exposure while giving CCRA
members generous deals and discounts. This week we spotlight boutique-y
travel agencyExcursions from the Square.
Excursions from the Square Says Get Up and GO!
Not just any travel outfit,Excursions from the Squareis
singularly unique in that it focuses on museums, architecture, history
and the performing arts. Offering trips for both groups and individuals,
destinations include the New York Botanical Garden, a Hudson Valley art
tour and the Berkshires. Winter will be gone soon enough; book an
(CCRA members receive a 10% discount on a one-day trip and a $25 discount on extended trips.)
Clean, Safe and Green
A “How To” Guide to Make our Streets Safer
skeptics, but there really is an action toolkit for folks like us to
help Philly achieve Vision 0, an international effort to eliminate all
traffic fatalities and make our streets safe and accessible for all.
Thanks to the collective work of the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia
and AARP, here’s a guide to preserve the lives of all pedestrians,
joggers, cyclists, kids and drivers - some who are “mad as hell and
can’t take it anymore”. Run here to make your neighborhood safer.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Penn Museum Celebrates Marian Anderson
How better to celebrate the remarkable life of Marian Anderson during Black History Month but with words and song?
Penn Museum is doing just that with “The Letters”, a dramatic reading
of the love letters between Marian and her husband, architect Orpheus
All the details and ticket info can be found here.
Follow the Life of Rice - Its Journey from Africa via the South - to your Plate
you like lowcountry food, come listen to Sisters Valerie and Alethia
Erwin at the Free Library, Main Branch, at 6pm on Feb. 16, as they guide
us through the trajectory that rice has taken from Africa to The South
and then here to our very own city.
will also share their writings about and personal connections to
Lowcountry cuisine—all while demonstrating how to make an absolutely
perfect pot of rice. Dreamin’ of Dirty Rice? Click here to learn from the best.
Hello Tiger, and Happy Lunar New Year
Join two billion people worldwide in celebrating the most important day in the Chinese calendar: The Lunar New Year.
You’ll see parades, chants, outdoor celebrations and a whole lot more, the details of which start here.
Community News and Events
Bright Lights, Big City: Neon Museum Exhibit Debuts
if a museum dedicated to neon isn’t cool enough, the Neon Museum of
Philadelphia – yes, it’s a thing – is debuting its new,
limited-time-only exhibit called “Neon Currents” starting Feb. 5.
museum itself is actually a blend of both art and history, and “Neon
Currents” features contemporary neon art from eight regional artists.
More light shed on this here. Museum website here.
4,500-year-old Mystery Solved, at Rex at the Royal February 16
Dr. Jill Weber at Rex at the Royal on South St on Feb. 16 as she
unravels the mystery of the “kunga”, an animal described between 2600 to
2200 BC but for which remains had never been found until the 21st
century AD, when they were discovered in a royal cemetery in Syria.
Intriguing, no? The event is both in-person and virtual; excavate the details here.
Voting Rights Re-Write? Discuss at the Constitution Center
you’re one of the many scratching their heads over the current voting
rights debate, you could do far worse than to attend the Feb. 15 Town
Hall at the Constitution Center. It’s part of the Center’s ongoing
conversation about the guardrails of American democracy.
Sundays means Free at the Barnes, so join in as the Barnes celebrates
its West Philly Everyday Places Artist Partnerships. Last year the
project combined local social-impact artists with neighborhood sites to
create engaging interactive works.
Would you please support our local merchants and save money too? These local merchants will provide a deal or discount to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card and personal identification.