June/July 2014

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Friday, July 4
4th of July Celebration in Lawncrest
Join neighbors in Lawncrest for their 99th annual 4th of July Celebration! Activities throughout the day include a parade, car show, food court, children’s rides, paintball, and, of course, fireworks.
Festivities begin at 9 am @ Martins Mill Rd. & Rising Sun Ave.

Saturday, July 5
South Philadelphia Legal Clinic
Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia and the Aquinas Center are partnering up to offer free legal counseling the first Saturday of every month.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm @ Aquinas Center, 1700 Fernon St.

Saturday, July 12
Garden Build in Strawberry Mansion
Volunteers from the community as well as the US Attorney’s Office, PA Horticultural Society, East Park Revitalization Alliance and the Strawberry Mansion NAC will be installing 30 more raised beds to the Strawberry Mansion Green Resource Center.
9:00 am – 2:00 pm @ 32nd St. & Ridge Ave.

Saturday, July 12
Cleanup in Strawberry Mansion
PowerCorps PHL will join residents and the committee person from the Myrtlewood and Hollywood corridors for a cleanup in Strawberry Mansion.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm @ 30th St. & Cumberland St.

Saturday, July 19
Join Philly Urban Creators for a day of service and concert at their Life Do Grow farm in Penrose.
10:00 am – 8:00 pm at 11th St. & Dakota St.

Friday, July 25
Family Movie Nights in Hawthorne Park
Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition hosts movie nights in Hawthorne Park, with snacks and activities beginning at 7:00 pm and the movie starting around 8:30 pm. Visit their website for more information about the movie.

Looking Ahead: Tri-Neighborhood Citizens Engagement Academy
PhillyRising is preparing to host its largest CEA yet in Brewerytown, North Central, and Strawberry Mansion. The Citizens Engagement Academy is a free 8-week course designed to help community leaders learn more about local government and gain ideas to make their neighborhoods stronger. Courses will be held every Thursday from August 14 to October 2 at the Honickman Learning Center. Contact Northwest Divisional Coordinator Jim Sanders at 215-686-8419 for more information or to sign up.

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit www.myphillyrising.com for the most up-to-date information and to RSVP or volunteer for any event.

Highlights from June

KaBOOM! Playground Build at Montessori Charter School

Completed Mosaic at Montessori Charter School.

Completed Mosaic at Montessori Charter School.

On Wednesday, June 4, over 200 volunteers came out to help plan and build a playground at Montessori Charter School. Thanks to the many partners who made this project possible: Kaboom, Carmax, PhillyRising, PMCS and families, friends, and boards, CHOP, Brown’s Shoprite, Goldenberg Peanut Chews, Tincum Girl Scouts, Herr’s, Advance Auto Zone, Giant Food Store, WAWA, Job Corps, Auntie Ann’s Pretzels, Self Inc, A More Excellent Way Church, Acme, Roots Cafe, PASCO, Panera, Ms. Pearlie’s Family and Friends, Cups&Cakes.com, Bible Union Church, Firinji, EIGENX, and 7 Eleven.

Lawncrest Peace Rally
On Thursday, June 5, the Lawncrest community came together for a Peace Rally at Lawncrest Recreation Center. Residents were united by the common goal of restoring the peace to their community. Special thanks to Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco; Captain Frank Palumbo and the 2nd Police District; Jackie Coelho, Chief of the Northeast Division for the District Attorney’s Office; Bill Dolbow and the Lawncrest Community Association; and to the Lawncrest community!

Strawberry Mansion Community Paint Day with Mural Arts
On Saturday, June 7, the community of Strawberry Mansion came together with PhillyRising to paint two new murals and create new green spaces in the community. Many thanks to Jane Golden and Cathy Harris from the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program for making this all possible, and to our community partners Council President Darrell Clarke, the Strawberry Mansion Faith Based Coalition, PowerCorps PHL, and the ASIR Youth Development Program for all their hard work!

Cleaning Up South Philly
South Philadelphia saw three PhillyRising cleanups this month, with residents working hard to keep Point Breeze and Southeast clean. On Saturday, June 7, PhillyRising partnered with CLIP and community members for a cleanup on the 2000 block of McClellan Street. A week later, as part of an ongoing initiative to clean up all of Southeast Philly this summer, Town Watch, EPIC Stakeholders , Power Corps PHL, local residents, and the Police helped clean Snyder avenue from 6th to 9th Streets. That Wednesday, PhillyRising partnered with Central High School and the Friends of Mifflin Square Park to paint and clean Mifflin Square Park in Southeast Philadelphia.

Maasai Tribesmen Visit Haddington Library
On Wednesday, June 11, the students in the Teen Café at Haddington Library were treated to a special performance by the Maasai Tribesmen. Many thanks to the Friends of Haddington Library and the Goldenberg Group, who sponsored this event.

Frankford Litter Reduction Initiative Education Workshop
Frankford is going to be cleaner than ever this summer thanks to the Frankford Litter Reduction Initiative! On Saturday, June 14, the Frankford CDC, Streets Department, and PhillyRising came together hosted a workshop to share information with residents who wish to make a change in their community. PhillyRising gave away over 100 20-gallon recycling bins and 50 34-gallon trash cans to residents who attended the workshop. Many thanks to our presenters and other partners, including Kim Washington with the Frankford CDC, Deputy Commissioner Donald Carlton and the Streets team, Hakim Mubarak of Councilwoman Sanchez’s Office, State Representative Jason Dawkins, and Betsy Baxter of the Frankford Library.

East Kensington Cleanup
Also on June 14, PhillyRising conducted a very successful cleanup in the East Kensington neighborhood. With the help of CLIP, volunteers removed 1.57 tons of trash, including 2 mattresses, 2 chairs, 3 slabs of concrete, one chain link fence that was blocking and alley, and over 500 needles.

Painting at Robert Morris Elementary School
On Wednesday, June 25, PhillyRising joined PowerCorps PHL at Robert Morris Elementary School to paint the school yard fence and flagpole. Thanks to the school staff for their help and the great volunteers from PowerCorps for the hard work on a hot day.

Hartranft Festival and Handball Tournament
On Saturday, June 28, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha and the Rainbow de Colores Park Group hosted their Annual Festival and Handball Tournament at Rainbow de Colores Park in Hartranft. Hartranft residents enjoyed a day of free food, great music and resource sharing.

Mayor Nutter and Managing Director Negrin giving football tips at the Gridiron Classic.

Mayor Nutter and Managing Director Negrin giving football tips at the Gridiron Classic.

Gridiron Classic
This year’s Gridiron Classic in Point Breeze was a great success, with 50 youth taking part in a day of training with professional football players and cheerleaders. Even more residents came out for a health and resource fair complete with free health screenings by St. Christopher’s Hospital, free Recycling Bins from the Streets Department and Philadelphia Recycling Rewards, and free energy-efficient light bulbs courtesy of PECO. Special appearances were made by Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Managing Director Richard Negrin, who not only spoke on stage but took part in the football coaching as well. The event wrapped up with a concert by local youth celebrity Summer Valentine. Thanks to our many sponsors and partners, who are listed on our Facebook page.

For more information, contact Jacki Boone at Jaclyn.Boone@phila.gov or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

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