Events Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:45:33 -0500 en <![CDATA[Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education Saturday Restoration Volunteer Workday]]> December 20, 2014 10:00AM 12:00PM

Get some fresh air and exercise while helping maintain the beauty and biodiversity of our forest.  Be a steward of the land by helping us remove invasive plants, plant native species, and clean up trails.  Long pants and sturdy boots are recommended.  No experience necessary – we provide gloves, tools, and instruction.  Please bring your own water bottle.  Water refills and snacks are provided.

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 11:47:34 -0500
<![CDATA[Frostfest at Sister Cities Park]]> December 20, 2014 10:00AM 2:00PM

Come celebrate the holiday season with music, family-friendly activities, free carriage rides around the park, ice carving demonstrations, a chance to see Santa Claus, and sweet treats from Logan Square Cafe.

• Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show

– How to Build a Storm

– The Weather Show

• Ice Carving Demonstration from Fear No Ice

• Music and Kids Christmas Karaoke from DJ Patty Pat

• Free carriage rides

• Sweet Treat "Frosting" and Hot Chocolate Bar from Logan Square Café

• Meet and Greet with Santa

Coloring Sheets from Disney On Ice presents Frozen presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. Plus a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to the show* Disney On Ice presents Frozen at Wells Fargo Center, Dec. 25- Jan. 4. All visitors will also receive a special discount coupon to Center City’s newest  “ice” attraction, the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park.

*No purchase necessary

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:03:33 -0500
<![CDATA[Open House: Meet the New South Philadelphia 21st Century Library!]]> December 22, 2014 5:30PM 6:30PM

Open House: Meet the New South Philadelphia 21st Century Library!

Monday, December 22, 5:30PM - 6:30PM

Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St.

Join us to hear updates and see vibrant visuals from Knight artist Miguel Horn and architect Jim Keller who are working to renovate and transform South Philadelphia Library as part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s 21st Century Libraries Initiative.

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 11:51:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Day of Distribution]]> December 25, 2014 10:00AM 2:00PM

We will be distributing all collected goods to the homeless at City Hall on 12/25/14 starting at 10am. To volunteer please register. If you register we will contact you within 2 weeks letting you know what we will need you to do. 



Register here

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:59:28 -0500
<![CDATA[Historical Holiday Church Tour of Kensington & Fishtown]]> December 28, 2014 1:00PM 5:00PM

Have you ever wondered what was behind the door of some of Philadelphia’s oldest and most beautiful churches? Well, now’s your chance. The churches of Fishtown and Kensington will open their doors Sunday, December 28th for a guided bus tour through the history of these neighborhoods gems. The Christmas Season is the absolute best time to see these architectural and cultural treasures some of whom may be at risk of closing their doors forever. Just this past year St. Laurentius RC Church and Pilgrim Congregational Church closed.

The tour will visit Kensington United Methodist (Old Brick) Church, First Presbyterian Church of Kensington, Atonement Evangelical Lutheran Church, Summerfield/Siloam United Methodist Church, Beacon Presbyterian Church, St. Michael’s Church and Visitation BVM Roman Catholic Church.

Seating is limited, ticket prices are $25 and all proceeds will go to benefit the churches. The bus will leave NKCDC, 2515 Frankford Avenue at 1 pm and return around 5 pm on December 28th. Light refreshments will be provided. Buy tickets online or call Debbie Kinkead at 215-427-0350 x 112. All tickets must be purchased by December 19th

Hosted by Partners for Sacred Places and NKCDC. 

Purchase tickets

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:20:10 -0500
<![CDATA[New Year's Eve Fireworks]]> December 31, 2014 6:00PM January 1, 2015 12:00AM


December 31, 2014 – January 1, 2015

First show: 6 p.m.
Second show: Midnight


Ring in 2015 twice during SugarHouse Casino’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront. With fireworks shows along the Delaware River at 6 p.m. and midnight, you’ll have plenty of time to find perfect spot to watch the spectacular displays.

Philadelphia’s main attraction on New Year’s Eve draws thousands of people to the Delaware River Waterfront each year. Conveniently located within a short walk of Old City, Society Hill and South Street, Penn’s Landing becomes a festive party with revelers of all ages delighting in a breathtaking fireworks display.

First Show: 6 p.m.

Families or those looking to celebrate the New Year a couple hours early are in luck: The first fireworks show goes down at 6 p.m. on the Delaware River waterfront. With the sun already set an hour before, the setting should be perfect for a wonderful show.

Second Show: Midnight

To officially ring in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display, head to the Delaware River waterfront with friends or family before midnight to snag a great seat for the festivities. The 15-minute show starts right at 12 a.m.

Getting There And Parking

If you’re not already in the neighborhood, catch a cab or hop on SEPTA’s Blue Line to Old City. From there it’s approximately a five-minute walk to Penn’s Landing.

If you must drive, there are multiple parking lots up and down Columbus Boulevard. Head to the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s official parking page for hourly rates and locations of parking lots.

Arrive with time to pick out your spot to watch the fireworks display, but not too early — December is typically a chilly month in the city.

The show, approximately 15 minutes in length, has a beautiful backdrop with the illuminated Benjamin Franklin Bridge and, if viewed from Camden, the Philadelphia skyline.

After the show, make your way back to Old City, where you can choose from countless places to continue the celebration.

Best Places To Watch

The Delaware River Waterfront, both Philadelphia and New Jersey sides, features fantastic views of the fireworks display.

For more prime viewing spots, check out our full list of Best Places to Watch the Fireworks on New Year’s Eve by clicking the button below.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:45:33 -0500
<![CDATA[New Year's Day Mummers Parade]]> January 1, 2015 10:00AM 5:00PM

Instead of beginning in South Philly, the parade now begins at City Hall with judging taking place at 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard. It then goes south on Broad Street to its end point at Washington Avenue, where paradegoers can view all the action on Jumbo-trons and purchase food and beverages from vendors set up in tents for the occasion. Once the Fancy Brigades finish the entire route—another new parade feature this year—they head to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for their performances.

For the first time, those who want a sneak peek of what’s to come can catch the Mummers doing last-minute practices as they line up on John F. Kennedy Boulevard between 16th and 22nd Streets before they head to the judging stand. Here, spectators can also meet the performers, get a close-up look at the spectacular costumes and even snap photos with the costumed marchers. 

The Mummers are making some changes to the nation’s oldest folk parade. That means a shorter route on Broad Street, marching in a different direction (north to south starting at City Hall), judging at the start of the parade instead of at the end and performances that run the length of the route and not just in certain locations. Parade organizers are confident that these changes will make the unforgettably wild ritual even more fun, more family-friendly and more exciting for everyone.

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:53:18 -0500
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Historical Commission Meeting]]> January 9, 2015 9:00AM 1:00PM

The Philadelphia Historical Commission meets at 9:00 a.m. in Room 18-029 at 1515 Arch Street (One Parkway).
Meeting agenda available on the Historical Commission website (
Sat, 01 Mar 2014 13:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[DVRPC Strategies for Older Suburbs Roundtable Series: The Pop-Up Economy]]> January 9, 2015 9:30AM 11:30AM

Strategies for Older Suburbs Roundtable Series: The Pop-Up Economy
DVRPC’s roundtable series highlights challenges older suburbs and downtowns are facing. The Strategies for Older Suburbs Roundtable Series provides a means for networking and exchanging ideas with similar organizations facing the same concerns. This roundtable discussion will feature presentations on the pop-up economy followed by peer discussion.
The pop-up economy is a trend involving temporary and limited investment as a means to catalyze more permanent economic development and investment within a community. Pop-ups are most often executed within distressed or underutilized neighborhoods, and have proven to be successful at demonstrating an area’s potential and positively impacting the local economy. Taking the form of a pop-up shop, pop-up event, or pop-up planning, both the private and public sectors can take advantage of the pop-up economy’s benefits. A nationally recognized non-profit and local retailer will share their experiences with the pop-up economy.
Friday, January 9, 2015
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Breakfast will be provided
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
8th Floor, ACP Building
190 N. Independence Mall West l Philadelphia, PA 19106
Please RSVP to
9:00 am – Coffee and Networking
9:30 am – Welcome and Introductions
9:45 am – Presentations
  • Spencer Gober, DVRPC – What is the Pop-Up Economy?
  • Meg Walsh, The Food Trust – The Economic Impact of Night Markets
  • Seun Olubodun, Duke & Winston – Exploring Boutique and Brand in the Suburbs
10:45 am – Roundtable Discussion Hear from your peers and colleagues as we share strategies and ideas on what your community is doing to foster economic development – pop-ups and permanence. 
About the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)
DVRPC is dedicated to uniting the region's elected officials, planning professionals, and the public with a common vision of making a great region even greater. Shaping the way we live, work, and play, DVRPC builds consensus on improving transportation, promoting smart growth, protecting the environment and enhancing the economy.
DVRPC serves a diverse region of nine counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer in New Jersey. DVRPC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater Philadelphia Region - leading the way to a better future.
DVRPC fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. DVRPC public meetings are held in ADA and transit-accessible facilities. Auxiliary services can be provided to individuals who submit a request at least seven days prior to a meeting. For more information please visit the DVRPC website ( or call (215) 238-2871.
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:07:40 -0500
<![CDATA[Francisville Community Meeting]]> January 10, 2015 4:00PM 7:00PM

Discussion and voting on the Land Value Tax.

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:16:00 -0500
<![CDATA[River Wards District Plan Public Meeting]]> January 13, 2015 6:00PM 7:30PM

Philadelphia 2035 

River Wards District Plan Public Meeting

more information

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:56:42 -0500
<![CDATA[Safe Mobility Planning]]> January 14, 2015 3:30PM 5:30PM

This event offers 1.5 AICP CM credits.

The event is free, but register is required:

Event Description

Growing numbers of people are commuting and getting around town by bicycle. Keeping everyone safe on streets and sidewalks is a moving target. Explore the safety issues that go with more robust transportation options. Hear about safety and accessibility concerns for a range of populations. Discover how plans for transportation, capital improvements, and long-term goals can merge to improve safety. View the federal perspective on measuring multimodal performance and look at case studies of complete streets in cities on the move.

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:05:48 -0500
<![CDATA[East Kensington Neighbors Association Zoning Meeting]]> January 14, 2015 7:15PM 9:30PM

The EKNA Zoning Committee holds monthly community zoning meetings every second Wednesday of the month at Circle of Hope (2007 Frankford Ave). All members of the community are welcome to attend.

Applicants for zoning cases: please contact to arrange to attend a community zoning meeting.

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:52:23 -0500
<![CDATA[White Towers Revisited Opening Reception]]> January 15, 2015 5:30PM 7:30PM

White Towers Revisited
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, 05:00pm — Friday, Apr. 17, 2015, 05:00pm
Harvey and Irwin Kroiz Gallery
The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania
220 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
(215) 898-8323
Hours: M-F, 10-5pm
This exhibition takes a second look at a vital moment in the exploration of the American commercial landscape. Inspired by their work with Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, the architects Paul Hirshorn (b. 1941) and Steven Izenour (1940-2001) began photographing surviving examples of the pioneering White Tower hamburger chain in Camden, New York, Washington, Boston, and in their hometown of Philadelphia, during the summer of 1970. The combination of architectural skill and entrepreneurial purpose they found in the chain’s built legacy became the focus of their 1979 book, White Towers, a landmark study of architectural symbolism and communication that remains relevant today.
This exhibition includes over 30 of Izenour and Hirshorn’s finest photographs, printed in the early 1970s but, until now, not shown in public. The exhibition also features selections from White Tower’s corporate archives—a trove of over 3,000 historic images, drawings and objects that proved to be an essential component in their study. Recently donated to Penn’s Architectural Archives by the family of company founder Thomas E. Saxe, this resource documents the history of the company from its founding in 1926 to its eclipse in the early 1980s, providing one of the most vivid records of American commercial vernacular architecture. 
Curators: Paul Hirshorn and William Whitaker
Opening reception: January 15, 2015, 5:30-7:30 pm
On view: January 16, 2015 through April 17, 2015
Tour and Lecture: February 19, 2015 (schedule to come)
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:30:50 -0500
<![CDATA[Francisville Community Development Review and Voting Meeting]]> January 19, 2015 5:30PM 7:30PM

Doors open at 5:30PM for refreshments, project review and sign in. Meeting starts at 6:15PM

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:23:13 -0500
<![CDATA[East Kensington General Meeting]]> January 19, 2015 6:30PM 9:30PM

Monthly Meetings

Neighbors have a general meeting on the 3rd Monday of every month

  • 6:30PM- Neighbors gather to mix and chat.
  • 7:00PM- Meeting agenda begins

There are serious things to address, but we have plenty of fun too. Our Trenton Avenue Arts Festival is an excellent example of how we expose new people to the area, have a great time, and raise money for local projects. Now in it’s 9th year the success of the festival speaks to the growing energy within EKNA and the larger community.

Even the annual tire roundup and community cleanups are a great time where we come together. Bill and Nancy Barton of the Philadelphia Brewing Company have been generous with their space through the years- when EKNA gets the work done the Brewery is the next stop to celebrate and recharge.

Everything we do- we learn more about each other and about our neighborhood. However big or small, we make an important difference.

We invite all community residents to attend meetings, enjoy a fine beer (on the house), meet your neighbors and participate in the positive changes that are taking place. We are faced with exciting challenges that require discussion and participation.

EKNA welcomes you and wants to hear what you need- we’ll work together to make it happen.



Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:34:20 -0500
<![CDATA[Sustaining Places Through the Comprehensive Plan]]> February 18, 2015 3:30PM 5:30PM

The event is free, but register is required:

Event Description

Sustainability and comprehensive planning can run on two separate tracks within local government. To create sustaining places, the programs have to come together — but how? APA has worked with 13 communities to develop standards for integrating sustainability into comprehensive plans. Hear about the standards and the goals behind them. Find out what goes into the plan, and get tips for successful public participation and plan implementation. Officials and their staff will see what makes a good comprehensive plan and how it can guide the community's future.

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:56:23 -0500
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Flower Show]]> February 28, 2015 March 8, 2015

Let's "Celebrate the Movies!"

Get ready for your moment of fame at the 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, when we will invite everyone to take a turn on the red carpet. "Celebrate the Movies," February 28 to March 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The 2015 Flower Show will contain all the excitement and fun of a movie premiere. Floral and garden designers will create designs inspired by some of the world's favorite Disney and Disney•Pixar films. An expanded gardens section will offer acres of take-home ideas, and the new Design Collections will dazzle with floral excellence. All-new special attractions will delight people of all ages.

The Flower Show, recently recognized as the World's Best Event by the International Festivals & Events Association, is a transformational experience that takes visitors from winter to spring and into a a world that one can only dream about. And it is more. Show revenues allow PHS to improve people's lives all year long through its extensive greening programs. Please support these efforts by becoming a PHS member or purchasing your Flower Show tickets now.

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:44:59 -0500
<![CDATA[Breaking Ground: Building Livable Communities in Greater Philadelphia]]> March 12, 2015 7:30AM 3:30PM

Breaking Ground

Please save the date, March 12, 2015, for DVRPC's upcoming conference designed for local planning partners, practitioners, developers, and decision-makers to learn about programs and initiatives that are building livable communities in Greater Philadelphia now and for the future.

This one-day conference will feature an opening keynote by Harriet Tregoning, director of HUD's Office of Economic Resilience, and a lunch keynote on future retail and development trends by planning and retail specialist, Robert Gibbs, PLA, ASLA, CNU.


$75 (Breakfast and a buffet lunch are included in the registration fee)

Method of Payment

Please click here to register for Breaking Ground 2015!

If you wish to pay by check or money order, please download the Registration Form [0.2 MB pdf] and mail to:
Breaking Ground Conference, DVRPC
190 N. Independence Mall West, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1520

All registrations must be received by March 8, 2015.
For additional questions, please contact Karen Cilurso, or 215-238-2876.

Preliminary Schedule
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Registration
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Welcome Remarks, Lincoln Hall
Barry J. Seymour, Executive Director, DVRPC
Commissioner Leslie Richards, DVRPC Board
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Morning Plenary, Lincoln Hall
Harriet Tregoning, Director of HUD's Office of Economic Resilience
10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
Rainy Days and Hot Summer Nights: Planning for Hazards in a Changing Climate, Grant East (1st Floor)
With varying degrees of success, communities have long considered and planned for severe weather, flooding, extreme heat, and drought, while attempting to balance the imperatives of growth and development with land use patterns and physical systems that are resilient to climatic hazards. Expected future changes in temperature, precipitation and storm patterns will complicate this already formidable planning challenge and potentially introduce new thresholds for success or failure. Learn how communities, agencies, and institutions are working to incorporate the impacts of climate change into their planning and decision-making strategies to build resiliency and promote broader environmental and system performance goals.
From Blight to Bright: A Toolkit and Case Studies on How Communities Can Effectively Reclaim Abandoned Properties, Grant West (1st Floor)
There are thousands of vacant and abandoned properties throughout the region that bring down property values, create havens for crime, and hurt neighborhoods that need to be put back to productive use as homes, businesses and parks. Using code enforcement, land banks, demolition, and rehabilitation, communities can regain control and even thrive by transitioning these places back to productive use.
Makerspaces and the Next Industrial Revolution, Library Lounge, (2nd Floor)
The decline in cost of 3D printers and the rise of the shared economy have created a new kind of space—the Makerspace—where designers, inventers, and entrepreneurs come together to create new products. Will small-scale, niche manufacturing replace the large-scale factories of the past? What will this mean for the future of Greater Philadelphia's communities?
Building Healthy, Active, and Well Buildings and Places of the Future, Lincoln Memorial (2nd Floor)
New research indicates that urban design strategies can encourage physical activity by creating healthier buildings and urban spaces. Learn how communities can respond as market and demographic drivers push toward development approaches that promote health and wellness. Hear about examples where wellness was a principal consideration in a building or project’s design, and how it affected the bottom line.
12:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote, Lincoln Hall
Robert Gibbs, President, Gibbs Planning Group, Inc.
2:00 - 3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Adapt or Die: The Future of Transportation in a Rapidly Changing World, Grant East (1st Floor)
In the coming decade and beyond, the immovable object of mature regions' aging transportation infrastructure will face the unstoppable force of rapid technological and preference change. At a time when our creaking transportation system will be asked to do more things more efficiently to support more creative arrangements of the places we live, work, and play, funding constraints may force hard choices about which facilities should be maintained or replaced. Our ability to thread this needle by making the right investments in the right places will have a large influence on our region's long-term economic competitiveness and livability.
Saving Money through Energy Efficiency, Grant West (1st Floor)
In these times of tight budgets, many municipalities and school districts simply don't have the staffing capacity and the time to identify and implement opportunities to improve energy management at their facilities. Yet investments in energy management will pay for themselves over time through financial returns from energy conservation and efficiency. Further, energy management will often improve the comfort of a building, an important factor for worker and student productivity. There are a variety of strategies that municipalities and school districts can deploy to overcome financial, technical, and administrative barriers to implementing energy management opportunities.
Community Engagement in the Digital Realm, Library Lounge (2nd Floor)
Communities are using technology to better understand challenges and find creative solutions for enhanced community participation. In this session, learn how technology is changing the relationship between local governments and residents and offering greater efficiency, transparency, and accountability through the use of social media, smart phone apps and open data.
Transforming Suburban Office Parks into Vibrant Future Work Places, Lincoln Memorial (2nd Floor)
The changing economy, advances in technology, and changes in workforce preferences and needs have rendered many of Greater Philadelphia's traditional suburban office parks obsolete, with vacancy rates climbing to over 20 percent. Explore the impact of this trend on suburban townships and learn how one-dimensional, single-use corporate campuses can be transformed into sustainable, interactive, walkable, and multifunctional work environments.
Tue, 02 Dec 2014 16:58:38 -0500
<![CDATA[PennDesign: Simulating Natures]]> March 19, 2015 6:00PM March 20, 2015 6:00PM

This symposium explores how recent forms of media influence our understanding and formation of landscapes. We will examine the substantial changes that have occurred within the digital realm over the last decade, focusing in particular on the development of computationally enabled imaging and modeling. How can we better engage the “invisibles”—biotic and abiotic interactions and flows—that exist outside of our creation but nevertheless can only be understood through our systems of representation? This symposium considers emerging methods and vocabularies that engage this question, and looks to our allied fields—engineering, ecology, art and architecture—for points of convergence, and also to challenge our presumptions, and theirs, when designing with nature today.

Registration is required:

March 19, 6-8pm
Event Kickoff

March 20, 9-6pm
Session 1: Flows (Modeling the Invisibles)
Session 2: Agents (Designing for the Invisibles)
Session 3: Indicators (Revealing the Invisibles)


This event is organized by Karen M’Closkey and Keith VanDerSys with generous support from PennDesign. 
Free and open to the public. Continuing Education Credits are available.

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:29:13 -0500