“Boy, I sure wish we would go back to the indoor mask mandate”, said no one, ever.
Yeah, well, but here we are. Back in the soup.
Two choices, then.
Complain, complain, complain.
Hey, it could be worse.
not like we don’t have vaccines (and boosters), and it’s not like this
is happening in November and we’re barreling straight into the dead of
And it’s not like the restaurants, bars and museums are shut down, either.
So pass on the whine. And pass the wine.
Philly’s Music Scene - Then and Now
The Spirit of 75: A Celebration of Center City Living
Did I Mention Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Ethel Waters and Dizzy Gillespie?
do these jazz greats have in common? Philly, of course! And Billie
Holliday was born right at 15th and Lombard. Others chose Philly as
their hometown, including noted jazz musician and bebop pioneer Dizzy
Gillespie. That’s one reason we’re showcasing jazz atSpirit of 75: A Celebration of Center City Living on Wednesday, June 1. While you’re dining on sumptuous refreshments provided by Philly’s culinary artists 12th Street Catering, enjoy your favorite jazz tunes by saxophonist Mark Brown. Send in your requests hereand we’ll put them on Mark’s playlist. But Philly folks don’t live by jazz alone….
having the classical “world at his fingertips”, The Philadelphia
Orchestra’s Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, has chosen Center City West as
his home. Hear about him, and from him, at The Celebration, and you’ll
see why he’s earning our award as “Citizen of the Decade”.
Come celebrate CCRA's 75th Anniversary with music, food and a whole lotta hoopla. To join us, go here.
CCRA News and Events
Our PA House Seat is Up for Grabs
CCRA and SOSNA for a public forum spotlighting the candidates running
for the 182nd state house district, which includes most of CCRA’s
catchment. This will be your chance to hear from the candidates and have
them answer questions that you submit! The public forum will occur on
April 28, 2022 at Trinity Memorial Church (22nd and Spruce) from
We look forward to seeing you at this important event on April 28th—and most importantly do not forget to vote on May 17, 2022.
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 new
Merchant Partner City Fitness.
Work it, Baby: Such a Deal at New Merchant Partner City Fitness
clothes will love you as will your pocketbook when you take advantage
of the discounts and wellness opportunities offered by newest CCRA
Merchant Partner City Fitness.
is very excited to announce that we are launching a Wellness
partnership with City Fitness, which was recently voted Best Gym in the
City, and it’s clear to see why.
have the best of everything in meticulously maintained spaces: state of
the art machines, exercise bikes, steam rooms, saunas, hydro-massage…
you name it.
the discounted $34.99 bi-weekly rate includes unlimited yoga, spin and
burn classes, all amenities, city wide access to all six locations, with
no long-term commitment: you can stop anytime. And, for members of a
certain age, City Fitness is a full participant in the Silver Sneakers
Seem too good to be true? Yes, it does. But it’s true nonetheless. Details here.
Clean, Safe and Green
Think Globally, Celebrate Locally: Earth Day 2022
festivals, sustainability, storytime… When it comes to celebrating
Earth Day 2022 around town, you’re certainly not short of options. For
details on all that and more, please go here.
Increase Our Green Canopy
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. Please register here:
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
Enterprise Center to Launch SBIC for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses
Enterprise Center has announced its intent to launch a Small Business
Investment Company (SBIC) whose purpose would be to provide growth
equity capital to regional “standout” minority- and women-owned
businesses. The SBIC has already raised $14 million from regional
companies, institutions and banks in the region. Details here.
"An Ethical Lens" series at the Ethical Society
Surviving Incarceration and Reentry
We turn an Ethical Lens on
“Surviving Incarceration and Reentry.” What are the personal,
spiritual, social and civic resources needed for people to remain whole
when they end up in prison? How can people best make it through our
retributive system, reset their lives, and reenter a society where they
can flourish? What can be done to humanize our justice system so that it
nurtures the best in human personality, personal responsibility, and
Organizer, activist, founder and Executive Director of The Center for
Returning Citizens, J. Jondhi Harrell, joins the Philadelphia Ethical
Society in conversation on April 18, 2022. He has played prominent roles
in numerous local organizations including the Philadelphia Reentry
Coalition, #215EndCashBail, Beyond the Bars, and the Free Meek Mill
Movement. To participate, go here..
Man Up, Guys
Hearts Cafe is open every Tuesday and Sunday 4-6pm and helps folks in
need with a meal, clothes and essential hygiene items. It is run by The
Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square.
We are always looking for any donations. AND right now especially for mens clothes: jackets and coats, jeans, sweatpants, sweatshirts, shoes and sneakers.
Sizes L and above are especially needed. For further info, gohere.
Drop off your donation Tuesdays and Sundays 4-6pm.
The Church of the Holy Trinity
1904 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Community News and Events
Painted Bride Sold, Zagar Mosaic Intact
considerable legal wrangling, the Painted Bride Art Center has been
sold, most notably with its iconic Isaiah Zagar mosaic intact.
Design Group purchased the 14,000-sq-ft Old City building with plans to
incorporate the 7,000-sq-ft Zagar mural into the development of an
apartment building with ground-floor commercial space. Details here.
Eight New Trails In and Around the City? Get Out!
it might not always seem it, Spring is indeed here, and with this
year’s iteration come eight new and/or improved trails throughout town.
Whether your jam is walking, biking or just getting lost, there’s a
trail out there with your name on it. Find your Happy Trails here.
‘Tis the Season: Ramadan, Passover, Easter
not often that major Muslim, Jewish and Christian holidays fall in the
same month – about once every 33 years, in fact – but in 2022 they all
fall in the month of April, and these three holidays have more in common
than you might think. Details can be found here, courtesy Lees-McRae College.
Philly History Buffs - This One’s for You
the date for the last two lectures of the “Building Philadelphia 2022
Spring Speaker Series” hosted by the Preservation Alliance for Greater
Philadelphia! On April 19th, Elizabeth Browne will speak on The Early History of Philadelphia’s Black Community and on April 26th, Domenic Vitiello will present Engineering the Metropolis: The Sellers Family and the Rise and Fall of Industrial Philadelphia. Learn something new about our great city’s diverse history! Ticketshere.
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.