is National Volunteer Week, where we honor the selfless spirit of the
volunteer and echo the call for more citizens to serve their
Where would we be without volunteerism? Think of all the houses that
would not have been built, all the care not provided, all the
neighborhoods not maintained. Thankfully, the list goes on.
So if you’re a volunteer: Thank You, and keep up the good work! And if not? Come down out of the bleachers and get in the game!
CCRA News and Events
Clean Sidewalks Ain’t Free
CCRA asks that ALL residents do their share to keep our sidewalks clean
by contributing to our Clean, Safe and Green appeal. Fact is, we now
pay $36,000 to keep the non-Center City District part of our
neighborhood clean, swept and inviting for a walk with a friend, dog or
family. This covers getting our sidewalks swept every week of the year,
following trash pick up.
Included in your membership fees? Not.
you’re not a member yet, no worries. We’ll happily use your
contribution to beautify the neighborhood sidewalks. Is it worth an
annual tax deductible contribution of $100 bucks/household to have clean
sidewalks as you walk to the store, work or exercise? You betcha! Pay
your fair share here.
Save the Date
CCRA Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 11, 2023
Freire Charter School
2027 Chestnut St.
More details to come
(Date subject to change)
Your Democratic Primary Primer
Democratic Primary is now less than four weeks away – May 16, to be
exact – and there are more than a few things to focus on this time
1-hour walk starts off from 25th and Spruce Streets, walking along the
River Trail. The group will return to the park, and those who would like
to grab coffee at Rowhome Coffee are encouraged to do so! Rain cancels.
Do you love this neighborhood? Do you care what it develops into?
fellow Center City residents on the Zoning Committee to address this.
Responsibilities include meeting once a month and reviewing zoning
cases. A background in design, preservation, law, or development is
helpful, but not required. What is required is a true interest in Center
City's built environment and a willingness to engage in productive,
focused discussions. We provide training on zoning (i.e., what the
Committee can and cannot address). To apply, please send your resume and
why you are interested to email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
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 feature Rittenhouse
stalwartBakeshop on 20th.
it be the smell of the baking of pastries such as scones, muffins,
sticky buns, chocolate babkas, fudge brownies, and cookies as they’re
pulled from the ovens?
it be the made-to-order breakfast sandwiches, the hand-sliced smoked
salmon and avocado toast served on your choice of artisanal English
muffins, croissants or wraps?
Center City residents aren’t stupid; the Bakeshop is packed for a reason.
not see for yourself? And while you’re there, mention CCRA and you’ll
get an extra little goodie to accompany the treat you just purchased.
Clean, Safe and Green
Go on a Trek With Your Bike
Thanks to our friends at Trek Bicycle Philadelphia Center Cityfor
creating a “go to” list of beautiful spring bike rides for our
silver-level bicycle-friendly city. Yes, there’s routes for Ardmore (The Climber Loop and The Ardmore),
Manayunk, Wayne, Ridley Creek, Rose Glen, and the Ambler Rambler. Best
of all, mobile directions are readily available for your phone on Ride With GPS. More comfortable going with a group? The Bicycle Club of Philadelphia welcomes all (it’s free!) to join with them for group rides; there’s safety in numbers when cycling on the road. Hop onthisfor details.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Finalists Announced for Permanent Harriet Tubman Statue
The City’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and the African American Historic Statue Advisory Committee
are pleased to announce that five talented artists have been selected
by the Advisory Committee as semi-finalists who will create and propose
original designs for the Tubman statue. The winning design will become a
permanent statue located on the northeast apron of City Hall that
celebrates Harriet Tubman’s life, legacy, and contributions to our
nation’s history. Read and learn more about the five finalists here.
Philly Pride Run 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run
you like to run the Metric Miles? On Saturday, June 10, Philly Pride
Run is back! All runners are invited to celebrate Pride with the LGBTQ+
communities by coming together and bringing these communities closer.
This year, the run takes place at the Navy Yard 5k course located at
Broad and Intrepid Ave. For more info and to register, prep here.
Philly’s “Temple to Athena” (better (un)known as The ATHENÆUM) Holds Workshops
ATHENÆUM OF PHILADELPHIA is quite the find at 219 S. 6th St.. Founded
in 1814, its purpose is to collect materials “connected with the history
and antiquities of America, and the useful arts, and generally to
disseminate useful knowledge” for public benefit.
They are now celebrating their second annual Story Explorers
program for kids and families, so come explore their books, libraries
and maps. This Saturday (4/22), enjoy readings, paper-making and
workshops by local authors and teachers. For details and schedule of
events, explore here.
An Immersive Cocktail Wonderland
of the same-old same-old? How does an Alice-in-Wonderland immersive
cocktail experience sound? That’s what you’ll find at The Alice
Philadelphia at Thanal Indian Tavern on Arch Street. Among other things,
two bespoke Wonderland cocktails; solve riddles and challenges (just
like Alice), and Devour an “Eat Me” cookie. Devour the details here.
Center City Jazz Festival Returns Saturday
a three-year hiatus due to you-know-what, the Center City Jazz Festival
makes its triumphant, honkin’ return this Saturday featuring 20 bands
across five different venues around town, all within walking distance of
each other. Ticket-holders have access to every venue. Swing the
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.