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Weekly E-Newsletter - April 1, 2021
News And Updates
Last Chance to tell us what you think!
Have you got an opinion on the subject? Of course, you do; you’re a Philadelphian. And you know what you can do with that opinion? Take a survey of your thoughts, courtesy of the CCRA Historic Preservation Committee. Now is the time to be heard. You can thank us later. The survey closes on April 9.
A Message from Uncle George Productions
Uncle George Productions are filming in the Fitler Square neighborhood. They created a message to those living in the area.
Looking for some sweet window box decorating ideas?
Check out some of the pictures in the neighborhood. Maybe inspiration will hit you. If you do create a window box, we would love to see your creation. Send your pics to Travis Oliver and he'll post them on our social media sites.
COVID-19 Updates
Hopping a Flight at Long Last? Great. Here are the TSA’s COVID Rules: Pent-up demand for air travel? Show of hands? Thought so. While it figures to be sublime just jetting off to anywhere, the last thing you want is to be tripped up by a "gotcha" at the airport. The rules aren’t the same as pre-COVID. Know before you go: TSA & Covid.

Visit our special COVID-19 page on our website for more news and info.
Safe, Clean, and Green
City Council committee on gun violence prevention addresses rising homicide rates
Kenyatta Johnson joins Good Day Philadelphia to discuss the rising homicide rates in the city.

Councilmember Johnson addresses what can we do to help - such as mentoring programs in our communities, and assisting in conflict resolution.
Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste
Do you have any hazardous waste that you need to get rid of? Check your home for items labeled: toxic, flammable, corrosive/reactive, and help us keep them out of the landfill. Register today to drop those items off at a Household Hazardous Waste Event.
Community Info and Events
#GoBirds: Safe Passage for Migratories
Just because the Eagles crashed this season doesn’t mean that local area birds need to meet the same fate, as beginning April 1 several prominent Philadelphia buildings will go dark from midnight until 6 a.m. as part of the national “Lights Out” initiative to prevent migratory birds from colliding into buildings due to disorienting light pollution.

Among the many local supporters is Brandywine Realty Trust, one of the city’s most prominent building owners and a strong supporter of CCRA’s ongoing effort to improve livability in Center City.

Says John M. Kelly, Director of Property Management at Brandywine:
“By participating in the Lights Out event, Brandywine is committed to turning off all unnecessary exterior lighting during these migratory periods and do our utmost to shut off interior lighting and close window shades to minimize the light disruption to the bird population as it passes over Philadelphia.
Celebrate Spring with Parks & Rec
Check out these great ways to enjoy the warmer weather with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation:

Check out all the ways to enjoy Spring with Philly Parks & Recs below.
Curtains Up! Kimmel Center Returns with “Hamilton”
Now here’s a real sign of post-pandemic life: Not only is live theater returning to the Kimmel Center, but it is also doing so not in a shy way: “Hamilton” is scheduled to run from October 20 (yes, this October 20) through November 28. To follow: “Rain” (Beatles tribute), “Anastasia,” “Stomp,” the “Pretty Woman” musical, etc., etc. Read all about it below.
PHS Pop Up Garden at South Street Opens Today
The PHS Pop Up Garden at South Street opens for the season this Thursday, April 1. Step into this newly planted urban oasis filled with greenery and colorful flowers. Comfy, new, socially distanced seating and a full menu will make this your go-to spot for an outing with your friends and family! 
Phila Open Studio Tours
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST), sponsored by the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, invites you to attend free virtual tours on four Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., including 200 artists at 30 studio spaces. Each of the 4 evenings features artists in different parts of Philadelphia. Center City West is included in the West section on Wednesday, April 14. (Other areas: Northwest on April 7, Northeast on April 21, and South including Center City East on April 28.) Tours are free; registration is required. For information about dates and locations, visit here. To register for free tickets, click below.
CCRA Merchant Partner Discount/Promotion Program

Please support our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a discount or promotion to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card and personal identification.

Alimentari Restaurant at Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, 2nd Floor 
Astral Artists - Use promo code "CCRA" to receive a $10 flat rate on all tickets to their virtual concerts.
Blue Sole Shoes, 1805 Chestnut St, (215-496-9244)
Branzino Italian BYOB, 261 S. 17th St (215-790-0103)
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, (uses a separate card, see info here)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
East-West Acupuncture, center city office closed, but you can use the 10% discount at her Narberth office (415-758-1057)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
Good Karma Cafe, 331 S. 22nd St, (215-546-1479)
Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
Liberty Pet Vets, 265 S. 20th St (888-458-8587
Mlkmn, - Use code CCRAMlkmn to receive free membership
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
Photo Lounge, 1909 Chestnut St (267-322-6651)
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
Seafood Unlimited, 270 S. 20th St (215-732-3663) (REOPENING SOON)
The Bake Shop on 20th, 269 S. 20th St. (215-644-9714)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215-546-7889)
Veda Modern Indian Bistro, 1920 Chestnut St, (267-519-2001)
1900 Market St, Fl 8
Philadelphia, PA 19103