the transom comes the story of our neighborhood groups, who recently
held a potluck meet-your-neighbor get-together where they expected
perhaps a dozen or so but in fact got 50.
the same time a major new study (and book) demonstrates that having
good personal relationships is the single crucial factor in determining
one’s physical health, mental health and longevity.
Anyone spot a trend here?
So while of course the couch is indeed comfy, texting is very much fun and Zoom and FaceTime are soooo convenient…..
You’re smart. You get it. The hell with the so-called Comfort Zone. Go Connect.
CCRA News and Events
How About a Year of Dining at STARR Restaurants?
it’s brunch at Talula’s, date night at Buddakan or a steak dinner at
Barclay Prime, dining in one STARR restaurant a month for 12 months is
just one of the prizes at CCRA’s Casino Night to be held the night of
Feb. 9 at the swanky Brandywine Atrium at 19th & Market!
It will be an evening of eating, drinking and whole lot more! Talk about a Safe Bet! Go here to get your tickets NOW!
Yup. It happened on Sunday, Jan 15th, at the church, with a knife. Want a clue on who done it? We did!
its first-ever Community Potluck dinner, BFF knocked it out of the
“Fitler” park by creating a memorable shared dinner at Trinity Center
for Urban Life. On Sunday, Jan 15th, the inaugural dinner brought out
over 50 neighbors, including kids, granddads, and the Panamaniacs, a
local band from Panama Street! The trio entertained us with music that
spanned a few decades. The food and drinks were plentiful and delicious;
many hand-crafted! And most importantly, a diverse group of folks
braved the cold outside, then sat down together, broke bread, and made
new local connections. Stay tuned for upcoming events.
Friends in Fitler (BFF) is a collaborative created by CCRA, Fitler
Square Neighborhood Association, Friends of Schuylkill River Park,
Friends of Fitler Square Park, and Trinity Center for Urban Life.
you may be aware, there is a bill before City Council that would
require all buildings taller than 75 feet to be retrofitted with
automatic sprinkler systems. As you can imagine, the bill has generated a
great deal of controversy at local high-rises.
of the bill cite the obvious fire safety considerations. Opponents cite
already existing fire safety measures including working smoke
detectors, automatic fire alarm systems that connect with the Fire
Department, fire-safe stair towers, sprinklers in higher risk common
areas, and the fire retardant nature of locally used building materials.
They also cite the prohibitive cost and inconvenience of retrofitting
sprinklers throughout those buildings.
CCRA is following the bill’s progress closely and will provide updates as appropriate. The bill itself can be foundhere. Have a concern? Let us know or contact your City Councilmember here.
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 Center
City classical music programAstral Artists.
The Kids Are All Right at Astral Artists
It’s not every city that has the good fortune to have an outfit likeAstral Artists in its backyard.
non-profit intensive mentoring program, for 30 years Astral has
specialized in developing the early careers of talented young classical
musicians. Distinguished alumni include guitarist Jason Vieaux,
bass-baritone Eric Owens, pianist Simone Dinnerstein and the string trio
Time for Three.
good news for locals is the “Astral in Concert” series, its public
programming arm that introduces Philadelphians to some of the most
extraordinary young musicians anywhere. How great it is to get to know
future stars “when”.
For CCRA members it gets even better: a $10 discount on any performance (currently virtual). Please use promo code “CCRA”.
Clean, Safe and Green
Prepare for Two-Year Closure of MLK Drive
repairs to the MLK Drive Bridge will close MLK Drive from the bridge to
Sweetbriar and the SRT underpass beginning next month and through until
the summer of 2025. The bridge will be closed to all users for the
duration of construction. Details and detours here.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Ethical Society to Host Prison Education Program
Philadelphia Ethical Society will host a week-long multimedia art
installation as part of Eastern University’s Prison Education
Program. Entitled “Celebrating Higher Education Behind Bars”, the
program kicks off this Sunday at 4, and is followed by a film screening
Jan. 25 and a spoken word event Jan. 27. All details here.
The Sixers Arena Controversy Continues
Chinatown residents came together to discuss the proposed location of
the new Sixers Arena. In a standing-room only meeting, the residents
voiced their opposition to the developers with boos and frustration. The
“Chinatown Coalition to Oppose the Arena” includes more than 40
Chinatown community groups, nonprofits and business organizations and
will have assistance from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education
Fund. You can read more about it here.
Hop into 2023, The Year of the Rabbit
is the “Year of the Rabbit” in Chinese culture, which symbolizes
longevity, peace and prosperity. As always, there are a number of ways
Jan. 21 the Penn Museum hosts the family-friendly “CultureFest”
from 10am to 4pm. Gong Cha’s two locations (So. Philly, Arch St) offer
surprise giveaways like free toppings, drink discounts and free Gong Cha
for a year.
Then there’s theCrane Mural at 10th and Vine symbolizing a phoenix rising from the ashes. Full details of all eventshere.
more years than they care to remember, the Without a Cue murder mystery
troupe has crisscrossed the tri-state area performing original scripts
that allow audience members to help solve a staged murder. Now, however,
they have a permanent venue in the Curtis building on Washington
Square, in what had been the Cooperage bar on the 7th Street side. Begin
to solve the mysteries here.
‘Tis the Season: Girl Scout Cookies!
Who doesn’t love Girl Scout cookies? (If that would be you, we need to talk.)
the rest of us, the season has begun! You can snag your stash online or
– preferably – in person. Details for both can be found here. Pass the milk, please!
Save the Pops
the Philly Pops announced that due to Covid and decreased ticket sales,
they were throwing in the trombone and making 2022 their last season.
No way….said the fans.
Christmas Season, fans that allegedly “boo’d” Santa Claus back in the
day greeted The Philly Pops with a groundswell of support…..resulting in
a “Save the Pops” campaign. So…. the show just may go on for the Philly POPS,
but there is still some heavy lifting to keep the music playing. If
you’re a fan of the American heritage of song, you can help Save The
Pops by donating here.
Public Transit - Change is A Comin!
to hear what SEPTA’s up to in its “SEPTA Forward Bus Revolution”? It
appears like they’ve listened enough and it’s time for them to talk,
thus: “Transit Talk: Draft Network Engagement Findings”.
If you’re a regular bus transit user, log in on Jan. 23 @ 6:30 pm to hear “a
recap of the Fall 2022 engagement process, key findings and takeaways,
and what to expect for the next phase of the project—the release of the
final bus network recommendations planned for spring 2023.” Are you bus
curious? Enough to sit through a webinar? Yes? Wait here to sign up.
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.