the fun, join the festivities and join renowned conductor Yannick
Nezet-Seguin as we toast the 75th Anniversary of the Center City
Residents' Association! The date is June 1, and you're not gonna wanna
will truly be a Gala evening as we pay homage to our story of origin as
the neighborhood organization that prevented Rittenhouse Square from
being turned into a parking lot way back in 1947.
our internationally-renowned neighbor and Maestro Nezet-Seguin –
recipient of CCRA's "Citizen of the Decade" Award – all while mingling
with fellow Center City denizens and enjoying sumptuous cuisine and
beverages with a background of jazz from the 1940's. Be part of our
future as we continue to forge ahead for a safe, clean, diverse, and
can also socialize with Maestro Nezet-Seguin at an intimate, private
cocktail reception earlier that evening at the Rittenhouse Square home
of Bart and Jil Blatstein.
Because you’re a CCRA Member, you’re getting first crack at tickets to the affair.
However: Tickets are limited and will no doubt go fast. Both events are capacity limited.
Looking for a getaway from the difficult times we live in?
You could do worse than to escape to the world of sports.
Major League Baseball season starts this week, and there figures to be a
lot of long balls flying out of Citizens Bank Park this year.
·A tradition like no other, the Masters golf tournament also starts this week. Phil out; Tiger in!
·The Sixers, featuring star Joel “MVP!” Embiid, begin their playoff run week after next.
PLAY BALL. Accent on the ‘PLAY’.
CCRA News and Events
CCRA Zoning Committee Report
On Tuesday, March 29, CCRA held its monthly zoning committee meeting. You can review the report here. The next zoning meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, 7pm.
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 feature local chill
spotGood Karma Café.
No Dogma at Good Karma
Need to relax? Need to mellow out? Need to chill?
No need to head off to a tropical isle (not that there’s anything wrong with that….).
Just take your troubles over to theGood Karma Café
at 22nd and Pine, where the fine folks there provide food, drink and a
totally laid-back vibe (even when it’s crowded, which is often, and for
Karma ticks all the boxes: unique food and drink, friendly service,
indoor/outdoor, seasonal fare (think pumpkin chai latte), eco-friendly,
dog-friendly, vegan/vegetarian (vegan scones!), great playlists, fast
and free WiFi.
With four locations around town, how can you lose?
Only by not taking advantage of the 5% CCRA member discount at the 22nd and Pine location.
Clean, Safe and Green
No More Mr. Nice Guy re Plastic Bag Ban
can’t say they didn’t warn us: Philadelphia is now enforcing the ban on
thin, single-use plastic bags, with businesses in violation looking at
fines of at least $150. In fact, the bags have been prohibited since
October; only warnings have been issued… until now. Unpack the details here.
A Mass of Glass? Check out this Recycling option!
What’s the best use of your throwaway glass?
is the most recyclable material, but approximately 70 percent of it
ends up in landfills, mostly due to contamination. Bottle Underground, a
local South Philadelphia group, is committed to collecting,
recirculating, recycling and up-cycling post-consumer glass. You can
drop off clean glass in South Philadelphia or they will collect it from
you via bicycle courier. See their website for more details https://bottleunderground.com.
Also check out their sister organization, Remark Glass, a women-owned business focused on innovative glass reuse. https://remarkglass.com.
Trade Your Weights for a Shovel
out on Saturday, April 23 and help the CCRA Green Tree Tenders plant
street trees in the neighborhood! We have 15 trees to plant and can use
all the help we can get - no experience necessary! Volunteers must
provide proof of vaccination. We will meet at the entrance to the
community garden at 25th and Spruce Streets at 9:30 am and will finish
up before noon.
2. Create an account (if you don’t have one yet) by clicking on “Create Account”
3. Click “Sign Up” and sign into your account.
4. Complete registration.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
LOVE Park Pop-up to Support Black and Brown-Owned Businesses
April 22, a pop-up marketplace featuring a number of local Black and
Brown-owned businesses will grace LOVE Park. Dubbed “The Spring in
LOVE”, it will take place over six weekends; retailers are members of
the Greater Philadelphia African American and Hispanic Chambers of
Commerce. Details here.
Hear Danielle Outlaw and Loretta Talk Shop and More
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw (pictured left) joined former U.S.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch (pictured right) last Thursday to mark
the close of Women’s History Month and discuss the issues around being
the first Black women in high-powered law enforcement positions. Details
Community News and Events
It’s Not Just Us: Streeteries Are Complicated Everywhere
Streeteries unquestionably provided a lifeline for restaurants during the pandemic, but going forward? Not so simple. Go here to see how it’s playing out in NYC, New Orleans, Portland and elsewhere.
Cherry Blossoms and Coltrane? Yes, Please.
concert at the Cherry Blossom Festival at Shofuso Japanese House and
Garden will present a performance of music inspired by John Coltrane's
under-recognized classic, Peace On Earth.
This song was written for and premiered during Coltrane's concert tour
of Japan in 1966 and illuminates his desire to inspire a greater peace
and understanding among all human beings. In this special concert, the
ensemble will transform the original composition into a triumphant
celebration of life and the newness of Spring. Further information
about all Cherry Blossom Festival events blooms here.
concert is a collaboration between The Philadelphia Office of Arts,
Culture and the Creative Economy, Japan America Society of Greater
Philadelphia and Philadelphia Jazz Project.
Yes to Food, No to Cooking on Easter and Passover
holiday meals without all the prep and cleanup? I’m a believer! It’s
true; more than a few eateries around town are more than happy to do
both the cooking and the cleanup for Easter and
Passover. Disbelieve? Check your options at The City Pulse - 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.