a special time when a city’s pro sports teams make deep runs through
the playoffs and into the Championships as did the Phillies, the Union
and the Eagles.
put it down as “just sports”, but it’s more than that. It’s part of a
city’s character, its personality, its karma, sometimes even its
destiny. It can make a big difference in how other cities see us, and
how we see ourselves.
In an article on the Super Bowl, the Wall Street Journal called Philadelphia a “proud” city. Well, there ya go.
proud. We’ve earned it. As we move into a new era with a new Mayor and a
new City Council, let’s throw off the old yoke of negativity and puff
out our chests and demand excellence.
Why Not Us?
CCRA News and Events
CCRA Public Zoning Committee
CCRA held its monthly zoning committee meeting on Tuesday, Feb 28. Visit here to read the report. If you missed the meeting, click here and subscribe to our YouTube channel to catch up. The next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, March 28.
CCRA MERCHANT PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
DiBruno’s Hits “Pause” on CCRA Members Discount
good things must come to an end or, in the case of DiBruno’s CCRA
Member Discount, suspended temporarily. Citing rising operating costs,
the beloved food emporium regretfully announces that its community
discount program will be suspended as of March 6.
What to do? Why, show the Love, of course! Patronize our friends as never before! Discount or not,DiBruno’s is the place!
Clean, Safe and Green
Throwin’ Shade: Plans Released for City’s Increased Tree Canopy
no longer just talk; late last month the City released its 10-year
roadmap for the City’s “urban forest”. The first-ever strategic plan, it
includes dozens of recommendations re the planting, maintenance and
preservation of trees, the idea being to get each neighborhood to 30%
tree cover within 30 years. Leaf through the details here.
Cherry Blossoms in Winter?
your eyes don’t deceive you. You may have seen the white buds in the
early stages of blooming cherry blossoms, an indicator of warmer days
ahead. However, the unpredictable temperatures can turn the beautiful
pink flowers into a muddy brown.
to fret; these trees blossom at different times and the peak viewing
dates remain in our future. The best indicator? Philly trees usually
follow a few weeks after a warmer Washington DC. Read about the early
blooms and where you can view the trees here.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Cross-Generational South African Dialogue Debuts at the Barnes
decades after the dismantling of apartheid began, the generation born
during the transition to democracy has reached adulthood. The
implications for artists is made clear in “Tell Me What You Remember”, a
cross-generational exhibit at the Barnes featuring South African
artists Sue Williamson and Lebohang Kganye. Much more on this most
compelling show can be found here.
Women's History Month: Women-Owned Businesses
is Women’s History Month, and what better time to celebrate women and
their vital roles in our neighborhood than now? Honor women this month
by learning about their contributions to the country from women in
history like Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony to your barista, your
sommelier or your stylist.
Philadelphia takes a back seat to no City when it comes to both Black
history and American history, you’ll want a front seat on the Tuesday,
March 7 African American Historical Bus Tour originating at WHYY at
11am. With no fewer than 18 stops at historical monuments and locations
along the way, you’ll hear about Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, the
Quaker abolitionists and much, much more. Tickets and info here.
news for weekend bibliophiles and well, everyone: After a three-year
hiatus, Saturday hours are back at ten Free Library branches.
to a collaboration between the Mayor’s Office and Library leadership,
some branches will now be open Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. For all the
details and the branches affected, go here.
Unplug During Lunch on Friday, March 3
Have you been wanting a change of scenery during your lunch break? Look no further because this Friday, March 3, the Kimmel Center is opening their plaza and is welcoming you in to enjoy free live performances by emerging local artists.
week The Oliver Mayman Trio will be serving up jazz from 11 am - 1 pm.
Come alone or invite a friend. Bring your lunch and head to the Kimmel
Center. Be prepared to be transported on a journey through the Great
American Songbook. Register for this free event here.
RBG: Free Public Screening
Monday, March 13, join the Philadelphia Commission for Women and
Philadelphia NOW for a virtual screening of RBG, a documentary exploring
the life and career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a pioneering advocate for
women’s rights and gender equality. Register here.
Art Museum Features Performance by Artist Bingyi this Saturday
Art Museum presents a performance by fine artist Bingyi this Saturday,
March 4 at 11 am when the Beijing and Los Angeles-based artist creates
and talks about a new work of art responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her monumental immersive ink installation The Eye of Chaos was created in the mountains of Henan province during the pandemic andis currently on view in the Chinese Reception Hall, Gallery 326. Details may be found here.
Open House at Greene Towne
one, come all! Greene Towne Montessori School is hosting an open house
on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 9 a.m. at their new home, 55 N. 22nd
the kids for a fun-filled morning with tours of the classrooms, crafts
and activities for toddlers and pre-schoolers. For more information,
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.