September 2021
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Special Event Kicks off Lancaster Avenue
Jazz & Arts Festival Season
Friday, September 3 at Noon - The Porch at 30th Street Station

Join PEC and the Ivory Keys Band for an hour and a half of music to kick off Labor Day Weekend! This outdoor concert will launch Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival season for 2021. In case of (more) inclement weather, this event has a rain date of September 10.

Full Virtual Concert on 9/18 at Noon
Enjoy stellar performances and more from the comfort of your location at the Lancaster Avenue Jazz & Arts Festival (click here), presented by Wells Fargo. The year's theme is a tribute to Grover Washington, Jr.! Our line up features:

  • Grover Washington Jr. Tribute Legacy Band
  • The Lady Hoofers Tab Ensemble
  • Glenn Bryan & Friends
  • Denise King & Friends
  • TC THE 3RD
  • Chris Aschman & Trinidelphia
  • Greg Moore & Actual Proof

PEC thanks Festival partners The Producer's Guild and Nu Millennium Media & Productions for their dedication to producing a high quality virtual concert. We also thank our supporters: Comcast NBCUniversal, Citizens Bank, Trizen, Independence Blue Cross, TD, Penn Medicine-Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Brown & Brown, Duane Morris, National Endowment of the Arts, and LISC Philadelphia.

If you or your company want to support the Festival, click here. We'll see you online at at 12pm on 9/18!
 l-r Marshall James Kavanaugh, Donna "Noize" Dorman, Jahwula Seapoe, Keyona Butler, Debra Powell Wright, Andrea Walls (kneeling).
l-r Marshall James Kavanaugh, Donna "Noize" Dorman, Jahwula Seapoe, Keyona Butler, Debra Powell Wright, Andrea Walls (kneeling).
Barnes Presents! Everyday Places Artist Partnerships
The Barnes West Everyday Places Artist Partnerships are in full swing! pairing a social-impact artist with an “everyday” location in the Lancaster Avenue area in West Philadelphia. September activities include:

Sunday, September 5th, 10:00am: Repurpose Your Wardrobe Session 4 with Keyonna Butler 
Kanvas Event Center, 3870 Lancaster Avenue

Wednesday, September 8th, 4-6pm: Poetry pop-up with Marshall James Kavanaugh 
LaPearl Beauty Emporium, 3857 Lancaster Avenue

Friday, September 10th, 5pm: The Learning Tree feat. Sistahs Layin Down Hands & Philly JAWNS 
The Silk Tent, 3860 Lancaster Avenue

Sunday, September 12th, 10:00am: Repurpose Your Wardrobe Session 5 with Keyonna Butler 
Kanvas Event Center, 3870 Lancaster Avenue

Saturday, September 18th: Yoga in the park with Jahwula Seapoe 
Clara Muhammad Square, 4700 Lancaster Avenue

Sunday, September 19th, 10:00am: Repurpose Your Wardrobe Session 6 with Keyonna Butler 
Kanvas Event Center, 3870 Lancaster Ave

Saturday, September 25th: Embracing Radical Self-Care with Jahwula Seapoe (online)
Zoom sign up at

Sunday, September 26th: Repurpose Your Wardrobe Exhibition with Keyonna Butler​ Kanvas Event Center, 3870 Lancaster Avenue

Barnes West is supported by a grant from the William Penn Foundation. Community engagement programs of the Barnes Foundation are made possible, in part, by generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and the William Penn Foundation.
Practicing yoga at the West Philly Healing Circle
Practicing yoga at the West Philly Healing Circle
West Philly Healing Circle Series
Gather outside with @healtolivellc, @thesophant, local wellness practitioners, and a live band for a summer of reflection and restoration. 

Community members can relieve stress and anxiety with rotating wellness activities like reiki, yoga, acupuncture, and herbal medicine - all free of charge! Local musicians/performers are invited to join the jam session. 

Thursday, September 23, 2021 6-8 PM
LOCATION CHANGE: Clara Muhammad Square, 4700 Lancaster Avenue

Learn a New Skill
Join PEC's remote learning community! We have a new schedule available at Our classes are now divided into three units which will be offered on a rotating basis: 
  • Daily Skills - includes internet searches, online safety, desktop and file management.
  • MS Office - includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook etc.
  • Design and Social Media Intro - design tools, logo design, and social media.

PEC's online digital skills classes are offered five times a week. Just attend the session that best fits your schedule, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6pm and Thursdays at 10:30am.We offer refurbished desktop computers and internet hotspots to committed learners at no cost (while supplies last). We are grateful to everyone who has joined a class! Remote learning has reached 214 adults in the past two years. We distributed 175 devices - including hotspots -- to Philadelphia residents directly or through emergency housing programs to facilitate their ability to cross the digital divide. 

One of our most dedicated learners, a gentleman in his seventies, credits our teacher with helping him to fit into a society driven by rapid changes in technology. Click here to read his and other stories. You can register for classes by calling 267-777-5816,or visiting .
Transitions at The Bank (3750 Lancaster Avenue)
PEC's food relief hub is moving to the location of one of our partners in September.
We will distribute food from 9am-11am
on Thursday - September 23rd
Wednesday - September 29th
at Christian Stronghold Baptist Church
4701 Lancaster Avenue, 19131
Other food relief resources can be found at:
We thank everyone for their patience as we respond to continuing need and changing situations, and especially our partners SHARE, Philabundance, and Christian Stronghold Church, who have helped us distribute 275,000 pounds of food through 140,000 visits to food relief – 90,000 visits since March 2020.
Other programs normally offered at The Bank will be held in the community room at 4050 Haverford Avenue. Check and for updates.
Text PECLANCAVE to 844-961-3547 for
Lancaster Avenue Businesses
Text PECNAC to 844-961-3547 for
PEC events and resources in 19104
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Neighborhood Advisory Committee Events
Reach out to Kevin Brown at or 267-777-5820 for the Zoom link and more details for these events:
  • NAC Summer Book Club featuring "The Tradition," September 13, 5-6pm
  • NAC Community Meeting, September 13, Second Monday of each month, 6pm-7pm
  • Men's Coffee Talk Second Tuesday of each month, September 14, 11am-12:30pm
  • The Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships is offering free rapid COVID-19 testing on Thursdays from 2-4 PM at 3509 Spring Garden Street! Walk-ups welcome. No appointment needed. Test results in 20 minutes.

  • CDC Eviction Moratorium - extended through Oct. 3, 2021. Sign and give this Declaration Form to your landlord immediately (if it applies to you). Save a copy and save proof that you sent it.

  • Eviction Diversion Program - landlords are now required to go through this program before they can file for an eviction in court

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