As part of its mission to make Center City a better place to live, work and play, CCRA has partnered with Freire High School,
a Philadelphia Charter School. Located at 20th and Chestnut, it offers a
rigorous academic program, mainly to underserved students of
color. Field trips to our neighborhood cultural institutions are an
integral part of the school’s philosophy and curriculum. In support of
this, CCRA has budgeted $5,000 to sponsor cultural immersion activities
for Freire students.
late October, 35 students will attend The Royale, a play dramatizing
the life of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight world
boxing champion, and arrangements are being made for the entire school
to attend Romeo and Juliet in the spring. Additional outings may include
The Franklin Institute, Eastern State Penitentiary, or the Barnes
Foundation. Stay tuned to hear about volunteer activities for our
members to help out at the school as well.
CCRA Meet & Greet
Registration is full. However, we have started a waiting list!
“Meet & Greet” with fellow CCRA members and enjoy complimentary
food and wine. If you would like to join the waiting list, email Travis
Public Meeting on 14-30 S. 21st St. Hi-Rise Project
hosted a public meeting regarding The Parkway Corporation plans to
construct a new 390,000 square-foot residential high-rise at the corner
of 21st and Ludlow Streets. The project is “by right” under the
Philadelphia zoning code. Almost 50 people attended and had input on the
project as part of the Philadelphia City Planning Civic Design Review
Visit our Youtube Channel to see the presentation and hear questions asked - such as security concerns and other useful information.
CCRA Public Zoning Committee Meeting
On Tuesday, October 25, CCRA held its zoning committee meeting via Zoom. Click here to watch the meeting. Click here to see the report.
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 22.
Fun, Fest and Friends at Fitler Square
no better time to scare up some new friends than this Saturday, 10/29,
from 3-5 pm at Halloween Fun Fest on Fitler Square. For kids, there’ll
be a costume parade, crafts, games, and snacks. For “grown ups” (are any
of us really?) there’s raffles with prizes from local businesses and
exciting of all, you’ll be able to meet some local folks who are
starting up a collaborative of Fitler Square civic groups, including
CCRA. The goal? Fostering connections among neighbors through
innovative activities and small hobby-based gatherings. Interested?
Stop by the Building Friendships in Fitler (BFF) table at the Fest.
CCRA MERCHANT PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
Merchant Partner program is a true Win-Win: It provides 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.
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 decide 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.
Clean, Safe and Green
Here to Stay: Sidewalk Cafes and Streeteries
during the pandemic, streeteries are now a way of urban life.
Accordingly, the City has now announced both regulations and an
application process for permanent status. The program distinguishes
between Sidewalk Cafes and Streeteries.
Public info sessions will be held on Oct. 31 and Nov. 21. All details can be found here.
Spruce up Your Streetscape
leisurely walk around town reveals some spectacular Halloween window
boxes. Good intentions aside….oops, you missed the chance to create
your own. But no need to flagellate yourself. Let’s move on to season
next: winter. Say it ain’t so, but you can make a “deflowered” window
box that will make someone else feel guilty.
Not crafty? Here’s some local ideas
to get you off your…..front step. Check out the photos from around
Rittenhouse Square, and if you know this woman’s mother, thank her for
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
A Night at The Barnes for Culture Vultures
quite rightly, that we’ll take the World Series by Game 5, set aside
Friday night, Nov. 4 for live music, art, cocktails and mingling at The Barnes. In partnership with the Asian Art Initiative, be entertained by the sounds of Shinjoo Cho and her playmates as they perform on the Bandoneon and the Janggu (yes, we had to look them up, too…hint; one of them is a drum.) AND…..it’s a great chance to see the Modigliani Up Closeexhibit, which is included with your ticket.
Of course, if we lose by Game 5, we can cry in our Yuengling there instead.
Celebrate a Civil Rights Pioneer’s Legacy
the amazing legacy of Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., a Philadelphia
civil rights pioneer, historian, presidential adviser, and federal court
Come to the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Breakfast and Mural Dedication
on Wednesday, November 2 at the Fitler Club in Fitler Square. In
partnership with the Higginbotham family, The Philadelphia Citizen,
Mural Arts, and Penn Carey Law are sponsoring this fascinating program
featuring Ken Frazier, Chairman and former CEO at Merck & Co., and
Sherrilyn Ifill, past president of NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Right after breakfast, you are invited to the unveiling and dedication of the Higginbotham mural at 46th and Chestnut Streets.
Free Library is convening a panel of four of Philadelphia’s best
informed and most thoughtful community leaders to discuss debate and
analyze one key idea:Is Our Democracy in Danger? The panel?
William Marrazzo, the President & CEO of WHYY
Al Schmidt, President of the Committee of 70
James Greenwood, former Republican congressman from Bucks County
Julia Terruso, a 10-yr journalist focusing on politics for The Inquirer
All are invited to attend this free program, but tickets are required. Get your ticket here. If you prefer to attend virtually, register on Zoom for a link to their livestream of the event.
Rittenhouse Square: The Movie
You may recall Nick Nolte sightings reported last year in and around Rittenhouse Square.
that movie, entitled “Rittenhouse Square” is making its world premiere
Oct. 30 as part of the Philadelphia Film Festival. Directed by Brandon
Eric Kamin, it’s a story of a friendship between a teenage boy and a
November 5 is your chance to clean out your closets! Come to the Kids
Community Clothing Swap at the Markward Recreation Center in Schuylkill
River Park on Saturday, November 5 from 10 am-2 pm. Swap and Shop
enables parents and caregivers to bring in outgrown, unused, or
no-longer-wanted kids' items and swap them for items they can
use. What’s acceptable? Gently used kids' clothing, small toys, and
books in good usable condition.
to swap? Come anyway. All items are free, and everything remaining will
be donated. If you can’t join the swap but want to donate, bring your
items to Markward Rec Centerbetween
5:30 and 8:30 pm on Thursday or Friday, November 3 and 4. Or between 9
and noon on the day of the swap. Can't make this drop-off time frame?
Email here to coordinate.
Volunteers are needed to help sort items. Email here if you can help Friday night or Saturday morning. Bonus for volunteers is your opportunity to Pre-Shop!
Fall Staples Return to Midtown and the Schuylkill
post-pandemic rebound continues, as both the Midtown Village Fall
Festival and the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta return this weekend.
Fall Festival celebrates local independent businesses and features live
music, food from local restaurants and numerous vendors and crafters.
The Head of the Schuylkill Regatta continues the spirit and tradition of fall racing that began over fifty years ago.
Philly’s robust jazz history is well-known, but where are the rooms where it happened?
you can know when you join local jazz historian Jack McCarthy as he
gives a walking tour of the Philadelphia jazz legacy, this Saturday from
1pm to 3pm.
It starts at 11th & Market (site of the Earle Theatre) and goes from there. Tickets and info jamming here.
Fest with the Best…Food Trucks!
you a fan of food truck fare? Then you don’t want to miss this
inaugural Philadelphia Street Food Festival at Xfinity Live! on Nov.
19th. All items from 20+ vendors are under $5.
course, you can’t have street food and run! Stay for the axe-throwing,
an indoor beer hall, mechanical bull riding, free hard seltzer sampling,
crazy eating challenges, family-friendly activities & more. And you
can have fries with that. Get yourticketssoon. Likely to be a sellout.
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.