As with the pandemic, the invasion of Ukraine provides a bracing jolt of perspective. What was it I was complaining about again?
Someone ‘stole’ your parking spot? Poor Baby.
Didn’t get that restaurant table you so wanted? Aww….
Your portfolio took an untoward hit? Cry me a you-know-what.
those ‘microaggressions’ so many get so worked up about? Turns out
they’re very well named, as the word ‘micro’ means ‘really, really,
really small’. What’s a real aggression? A tank rolling down your street.
What’s a good aggression? Aggressively donating to United Help Ukraine. You can show the love here.
CCRA News and Events
Need Your Membership Card? Now You Can Access it Anytime.
now can print/save their membership cards on their own. All you do is
log in to your account on the CCRA website. There are two types of
images available. Select the one you need. If you are a Household,
Patron, Angel, or Legend member, separate accounts will be created so
those members can have access as well.
If you still would like your cards mailed to you or if you are having trouble, please notify Travis Oliver.
Jane Golden of Mural Arts Speaks to Board
Arts Founder and Executive Director Jane Golden gave a presentation at
the monthly Board meeting on Tuesday where she provided an overview of
the mural program and detailed specifics for a mural-to-be at 17th and
Pine Sts. She also encouraged the Board to provide suggestions for
locations for additional murals. Her presentation can be found here.
Sense in the City - Fear and Street Crime
March 9th, Fear and Street Crime was the fourth installment of CCRA's
Sense in the City discussion series under the skillful leadership of the
Ethical Society's Hugh Taft Morales. After Hugh presented an overview
of the problem and the police and non-police based "solutions," small
groups discussed several aspects of the issue. Questions included:
Should those victimized by street crime, especially those from
neighborhoods where gang violence is decimating communities, be involved
in generating solutions? Should we look to criminal justice solutions
or solutions outside the criminal justice system? Do you think your fear
of street crime is augmented by media sensationalism?
groups reported grappling with several issues: the importance of social
services in steering young people away from criminal behavior,
rehabilitation versus punishment, state versus local responsibility, the
impact of high capacity magazines on public safety, the relevance of
age on one's perception of street crime, and the inability of many
Philadelphians to imagine the stresses on residents living in less
resourced areas of the city.
Results from the CCRA Merchant Partner Survey Are In!
minds want to know…..which Merchant Partners are the most popular with
our members? Which restaurants are most favored? Explore here to find the treasures.
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend on Sunday, March 13th at 2:00am. Make sure to reset your clocks!
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
Rittenhouse go-toNature’s Gallery Florist.
Nature’s Gallery’s Got Your Flower Power Right Here
Philadelphia is not typically known as the Flower Capital of the Universe, but you’d never know it byNature’s Gallery Florist
at 2124 Walnut. This remarkable florist offers fresh and imported
flowers, elegant orchids, succulent plants and much, much more.
Tell them what you want, and they’ll make it happen.
Not sure what you want? No worries. Avail yourself of their considerable expertise.
They do weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, graduations and much, much more. One couple decided to elope and needed flowers fast. Done! Result? A very satisfied couple.
So next time it’s Flower Time, see the good folks at Nature’s Gallery. And don’t forget: CCRA members receive a 5% discount.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Police Outreach to Next Generation
District Police recently took a group of Philadelphia 8th graders on a
Mural Tour followed by lunch at Ruth Chris’ as part of a new initiative
to mentor young men of color. The police were accompanied by a few
veterans of color who discussed their experiences in the armed forces
and their subsequent careers. The lunch topics included, restaurant
etiquette, social skills and treating girls with respect. From all
reports, it was a very successful first outing and will be followed by
more. CCRA joined LSNA and others in funding the effort and will
continue to assist the police in expanding the program. Anyone who wants
to participate should contact Officer Jesse O’Shea, the 9th District
Community Relations Officer, at Jesse.OShea@phila.gov.
Community News and Events
Everyone’s Irish on St. Paddy’s Day
March 13, come out and watch the largest and historic (since 1771)
parade in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. See more than 200 groups march,
dance and party. Youth groups and Irish Associations will entertain you
and the family. Who was Patrick and why do the Irish celebrate him?
Click here for details about him and the parade.
Greenfield HSA: High School Admissions Process
us at the next HSA zoom meeting on March 17 at 7PM, for a Q & A on
the current High School Admissions Process. Principal Lazar and Jennifer
Stern, our school counselor, will be joining us to answer any questions
to the best of their ability.
Hogwarts’ Express Takes off from Track 9 ½ at the Reading Terminal Market
on the Harry Potter theme from the Special Exhibit at the Franklin
Institute, the vendors at the old train terminal are preparing
Butterbeer, Whoopie Pie, and other treats served amidst Hogwart
decorations, including Philbert the Pig with glasses, a pointed hat, and
a Gryffindor scarf. To get the train schedule, go here.
RTM mascot Philbert the Pig dressed in his Gryffindor best
DANYA HENNINGER / BILLY PENN
Shutter Your Bug Photo Contest
Valley Park is sponsoring a seasonal photo contest, starting March 20.
Take your camera for a walk in the park with the dog, hike with the
family, or go biking with your iPhone. For contest rules, gohere.
We’ll Drink to That: SIPS is Back
a long – and dry – absence, the Center City District’s SIPS celebration
returns beginning June 1. To refresh: Participating SIPS locations
within the District will offer $6 cocktails, $5 wine, $4 beer and
half-priced appetizers every Wednesday after work through August 31.
known for showing both foreign and avant-garde films (for 43 years),
the Lightbox Film Center on Broad Street has recently pivoted to film
restoration. Its recent merger with the University of the Arts having
provided access to the necessary resources, the first restoration is
Wayne Wang’s 1989 film “Life is Cheap… But Toilet Paper is Expensive”,
which will be screened this Friday evening. Details can be screened here.
They’re Ba-a-a-ck! The Tourists, That Is
Slowly but surely tourism is returning to the Cradle of Liberty.
the good news is that hotel occupancy rose from 31% to 41% from last
year to this, that 41% figure is only a little more than half of 2019’s
At the same time, pandemic or not, a number of new hotels have opened, from swanky to funky and to futuristic. Tour the details here.
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.