don’t need to be told how hot it’s been in the past fortnight or
so. And you may have heard that for each of four days straight, it was
the hottest on record, worldwide.
that in mind, then, let’s give a loving pat on the back – and a cold
beverage -- to CCRA’s Green Committee, the Schuylkill Community Garden,
and all our many neighbors who take the environment into consideration
in their day-to-day endeavors.
Thank you for setting the example!
CCRA News and Events
CCRA Sponsors August Concerts at Fitler Square
It’s a collaboration you gotta love. CCRA is sponsoring two concerts in Fitler Square, hosted byFriends of Fitler Square Park.If you haven’t yet visited this gemof a park, Fitler Square is a quiet, half-acre green oasis,between 23rd & 24thSt., at Pine.Friends of Fitler Square Park preserves, protects, and beautifies this park, which falls within CCRA’s catchment area. The square also hosts afarmer’smarketon Saturdays, from 10am - 2pm.
Bring your chairs, blankets, and picnic to the park and enjoy two relaxing evenings of free music and people watching.
Tuesday, August 15, 6:30 – 8:30pm
date Tuesday, August 22, 6:30 – 8:30pm)……original, new flamenco,
ethno-jazz, some classic rock and 1970s pop/rock music. Previewhere.
Thursday, August 31, 6:30 – 8:30pm
(no rain date)…..traditional and electric strings, enhanced with effects pedals, live rhythm, and vocals. Previewhere.
CCRA Public Zoning Committee
CCRA public zoning committee meeting is on Tuesday, July 25, 7pm via Zoom. Read the agenda here. To join the meeting, click here.
CCRA/FSNA PILOT TRASH PROGRAM TO SUSPEND AT END OF JULY
pilot program which placed additional trash cans in the Fitler Square
neighborhood will be suspended at the end of July. The program, a joint
initiative of CCRA and FSNA, has identified a need for more trash
pick-up in the neighborhood, as all 12 cans filled rapidly after each
trash collection day. Even when collection times were doubled, and
residents were asked not to use the cans for household trash, the demand
exceeded our ability to respond. More information about what we learned
from this pilot is being gathered, residents will be surveyed, and we
will engage with the City Sanitation Department to figure out how best
to respond to the needs of the neighbors for better and more frequent
trash collection. Watch this space for a full discussion in the August
3rd edition of CCRA This Week.
addition, CCRA remains committed to having the cleanest sidewalks
possible. With your contributions, we subcontract Center City District
(CCD) to sweep them after your weekly trash day. Lately, the city has
not been collecting recyclables on trash day, impeding the CCD from
doing a “clean sweep” after all trash has been collected. We ask for
your patience as we work to push the city to resume same-day pickup. We
can fight city hall (although we don’t always win).
Join our Young Friends to “Give Back” and Play
you a young adult under 40 looking for a meaningful way to give back to
our city? Look no further! A new service opportunity has emerged at
CCRA, calling on individuals like yourself to join forces and make a
positive impact on the underserved community here in Philly. In today's
fast-paced world, it's easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget
about those who are less fortunate. However, there is a growing
recognition that we all have a role to play in building a more inclusive
and equitable society.
is where you come in. Join fellow CCRA Young Adults by participating in
the Church of the Holy Trinity Rittenhouse Square Open Hearts Café on
Sunday, August 6th and/or Sunday, August 13, both from 4 – 6 pm. Open
Hearts Café is a volunteer-run food and clothing ministry that serves
our near neighbors experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurity. If
you want to be a Young Friend and are interested in joining us, please
email Travis Oliver.
Representative Ben Waxman's office helped us get a generous grant
enabling us to purchase the supplies most needed by the community:
shoes, clothing, personal items, and backpacks. Show your in-person
support by volunteering to serve meals and gather customized clothing
packages. Afterward, let’s top it off and socialize at various fun
locations and eateries in the city. See ya there!
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 Merchant
Partner City Fitness.
Work it, Baby: Such a Deal at City Fitness
Your clothes will love you as will your pocketbook when you take advantage of the discounts offered by CCRA Merchant Partner City Fitness.
is very happy to continue its Corporate Wellness partnership with City
Fitness, which was recently voted Best Gym in the City, and it’s clear
to see why. They have the best of everything: the latest machines,
exercise bikes, steam rooms, saunas, hydro-massage… you name it.
the discounted $34.99 bi-weekly rate includes all yoga and spin
classes, all amenities, access to all six locations, and with no
long-term commitment: you can stop anytime. It also includes four Complimentary THRIVE semi-private training sessions and InBody consultation with a THRIVE coach, plus an additional $5 off the bi-monthly rate if you enroll in the “Tour of the City” program.
Seems too good to be true? Yes, it does. But it’s true nonetheless. Details here.
Clean, Safe and Green
Plastic’s Not So Fantastic
Our lives and oceans are awash in plastic, much to the distress of a polluted and warming Mother Earth. All of us can celebrate Plastic Free July
by reducing the use of plastics in very simple and economical ways,
such as ditching single-use plastic food bags in favor of reusable snack
and sandwich bags, bagging your groceries in reusable bags, shunning
products packaged in plastic and recycling your collection of plastic
bags. More tips are available at the Plastic Free July website. We all
can be part of the solution and go plastic-free(er) today.
A New User Friendly Green Plaza
you’ve had to go to the Municipal Services Building (and it’s rarely
for a pleasant reason), you’ve probably noticed what a concrete jungle
surrounds it. Although we can’t report it will be easier for you once
you enter the building, we have good news about the plaza, itself. Get
ready for the new (and we think VERY IMPROVED) $20M green-space
friendly “makeover” of the plaza surrounds. CCRA Board Member and
Streets maven Bill West explains it all here.
Show You Care by What You Wear
can dress for success, help local merchants, and promote a healthier
climate by wearing sustainable clothing, whether gently worn or made
from recycled fabrics. Check out five of the city’s sustainable clothing
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
A “Vanishing Maps” Appearance
author Cristina Garcia discusses her latest novel, “Vanishing Maps,”
Wednesday, July 26, 7:30 p.m., at the Free Library’s Central Branch,
1901 Vine St. The novel traces generations of a Cuban family as they
experience their own diaspora. Register for this pay-what-you-want event
Community News and Events
Seeing Philadelphia at PAFA
all history buffs and art enthusiasts. Get ready for a blast from the
past with “Seeing Philadelphia” – a jaw-dropping collection featuring
photographs, maps, and paintings representing over 300 years of Philly's
history. Witness the evolution of the City of Brotherly Love through
the eyes of talented artists.
The exhibition is making its dazzling debut at Drexel University’s Maguire Gallery at PAFA (128 N. Broad) It’s free and open now through Sept. 5th. Short on time? Check out the digital copies here.
The Ivories Have it - It’s Piano Festival Time in Philly
Hey Melophiles…The Philadelphia Young Pianist Academy is hosting its 11th annual festival in our neighborhood at the historic Academy of Vocal Arts.
Held from 7/29 - 8/6, the event offers lectures, master classes,
competitions, and performances from internationally renowned pianists,
as well as PYPA’s own young musicians. Go here to learn more about PYPA and the annual festival. For tickets, the ivories are played here.
Artificially Intelligent Rugs? An Old City Exhibition
in Old City is showcasing tufted rugs designed with artificial
intelligence. Created by artist/painter Crystal Latimer, she uses AI to
translate her paintings into rugs, depicting both cheetahs and tigers,
which are symbolic of strength, power and grace (and a little yin/yang
thrown in). All of this was made possible by the creativity of Tim Eads,
co-founder ofTuft the World,a West Philly business that sells tufting supplies to crafters around the world. Exhibition runs through July 30. Go here for details.
Fridays at the Oval
to the Oval (Eakins Oval, that is) for a series of celebratory
performances showcasing Philadelphia’s rich cultural scene. Get ready to
tap your feet and be amazed by some sensational moves, Catch a free
performance by The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble
on Friday, July 21 at 6:30 pm. This Philadelphia-based ensemble
celebrates the work of women in tap through performance, education, and
wait, the fun doesn't stop there. Mark your calendars for the following
Friday, July 28, at 6:30 pm, when Tangle Movement Arts rolls into town
for a free performance. This Philadelphia-based company offers a
contemporary twist with circus-like trapeze and acrobatics telling a
multi-dimensional story. Find more information here.
For other free options downtown, check out the Center City District sitefor concerts, family play, and pop ups throughout the summer.
The Lewis Bros Play in Fitler Square on July 21
ready to tap your feet and move with the beat like nobody's watching.
The Lewis Brothers Bluegrass Band concert in Fitler Square Park kicks
off on Friday, July 21, 2023, at 6:30 pm. These musical maestros will
have you grooving to their banjo, mandolin, bass, and guitar tunes all
night long. Rain date is July 28. Mark your calendars and head herefor all the juicy details.
Wiz, Roll, or Meat? Find you Fav Cheesesteak
Being the undisputed cheesesteak capital of the world (Philly is the crossword clue
to that answer) doesn’t mean that we agree on where the “headquarters”
is for THEE best cheesesteak experience. Here’s a “best of” list from Guide to Philly.
Be sure to read the comments at the bottom, too, from Philly cranks,
who critique the author, his choices, places he’s missed, and whether
Amoroso rolls are cheesesteak worthy.