The Mt. Airy Farmers Market continues to delight us with beautiful local produce and healthy prepared foods and baked goods. The harvest is starting to peak, the variety of fruits and vegetables is growing…………..please come out and see! Market manager Kathy Detweiler will be happy to meet you and hear your suggestions. The Market continues into Fall.
Mt. Airy USA will offer a Neighborhood Stabilization Program Homebuyer Workshop on Thursday evening, August 25th, from 5:30 till 9:00. The workshop will take place at MAUSA’s office, 6703 Germantown Ave., Suite 200. For more info, to see if you qualify for this program, and to register if you do, call Cynthia Bradley, 215-844-6021, x.214.
The Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity’s Achievement Academy, a multi-faceted mentoring program for minority males, is currently accepting applicants for its 2011-2012 program year. Interested young men (9 – 18 years old) and their parents/guardians should go towww.achievementacademy.net for more info and an online application. Space is limited and applications are due no later than September 9th.Topics cover a variety of life and leadership skills, (goal-setting, time management, effective communication, etc.), and a parent/guardian component is part of the program.
Looking for a night out? Local cultural organizations are posting their Fall schedules of events; we’ll have a rich variety of choices, which will make it easy to support the arts in Mt. Airy.
Medium Rare Cinema will continue to screen rarely-seen films at the Video Library on Thursday evenings. Film critic Adam Lippe leads discussions about the films at each screening, there are trivia games…… and there’s free popcorn! Films start at 7PM and each costs $7.00. Go towww.regrettablesincerity.com for details and a complete schedule of events.
Quintessence Theatre Group (at the Sedgwick Theatre) has announced its 2011-2012 new season. Quintessence adapts classic plays for the contemporary stage, and the group has been getting consistently good reviews from audiences. This season will feature works by Shakespeare, Goldoni, Anouilh and Chekhov. You can purchase tickets for individual shows, or get a season subscription. There are also interesting combo-deals with restaurants available. Go to www.QuintessenceTheatre.org for a complete listing of plays and special offers.
Allens Lane Theater (at the Allens Lane Art Center) is also planning an exciting season. This program presents contemporary plays, including some Philadelphia area premieres. The dinner-theater environment has made this theater program a staple in Mt. Airy. Go to www.allenslane.orgfor a complete listing of plays, and to make reservations or purchase a season subscription.
CBNC (Chew & Belfield Neighbors Club), under the leadership of Rev. Chester Williams, continues to offer entertaining and educational programs. The next “Movie Night Out” is August 25th at 8:30 on the 6200 block of Chew Ave. Bring a chair or blanket, and enjoy live music and a family-friendly movie. If you’re under 18, bring an adult. If you’d like to be a volunteer usher, contact Rev. Williams at 215-849-8021.(CBNC is also seeking volunteers to be math tutors, to provide transportation for volunteers, and for other programs. There’s always something positive being offered, and help is always needed.)
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS:
Brewer’s Outlet invites you to crash their big 35th Birthday Bash this Saturday, August 20th, from noon till 5:00. There’ll be beer tastings, door prizes and more. www.mybrewersoutlet.com
The Mt. Airy Art Garage will be celebrating the completion of Phase One of their building/renovation project with a Hard Hat Ball on Saturday, September 17th, at 7:00 PM. Sharon Katz and the Peace Train will be providing the music. The Ball will help raise funds to continue work on the building at 11 W. Mt. Airy Ave. . For more info, go towww.mtairyartgarage.org. or call 215-242-5074.
The annual Mt. Airy Village Fair will take place, rain or shine, on SundaySeptember 18th, from 11:00 till 4:00, at and around the intersection of Greene St. and Carpenter Lane. Lots of activities, food, crafts and carnival fun. You can compete in the pie-eating contest, watch the pet parade at 3:15, and visit the EMAN table to spin our Wheel of Fortune! For more details, go to www.mtairyvillage.com
A Tour of Homes in the Old German Township: September 18th, from 11:30 till 4:40, meet at the MALT Office. This very popular historical house tour includes homes in Germantown, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill. Proceeds will benefit the Mt. Airy Learning Tree’s “Make This Our Home” campaign. Call 215-843-6333 or visit their website (www.mtairylearningtree.org) and click on “courses” for details.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?: September 24th, 6:30 till 11:00 PM. This annual fundraiser for Mt. Airy USA presents local celebrities as dinner companions. There’s a silent auction, catered dinner, and lots of opportunity for interesting conversation with people you might not meet otherwise. Call 215-844-6021 or go towww.mtairyusa.org/GuessWhosComingToDinner for more information.
Honoring Bob Fluhr: October 7th, opening reception. Allens Lane Art Center will honor the wonderful founder and longtime teacher of the “Vision Thru Art” program, Bob Fluhr, who died in June, with an exhibit of his work (ceramics, sculpture and collage). The exhibit will run from October 3rd through November 11th. The reception will include the dedication of the Fluhr Gallery at the Art Center, and will kick off a fundraising campaign to support Bob’s beloved “Vision” classes for blind and visually-limited sculpture students. Call 215-248-0546 or go towww.allenslane.org for more info.
SAVE THE DATE!: Plans are underway for an exciting new event onThursday, November 3rd. “Cookin’ With Who?” will feature 9 prominent local “celebrities”, who will offer food made from favorite recipes and compete for your vote…….. the winning chef will take home the coveted “Platinum Spatula”. This dinner event will benefit 3 worthy local institutions: Neighborhood Interfaith Movement, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and East Mt. Airy Neighbors. Details will be announced soon, but mark your calendars now for this festive and fun evening!
The 14th Police District would like you to be aware of ongoing property crimes (both homes and vehicles). Thieves seem to be targeting little pockets of the neighborhood for a while, then moving on to other pockets. The 14th offers common sense advice: ---Don’t help thieves victimize you. Lock your doors. Use your alarm system if you have one. ---Don’t leave your purse or laptop visible to people who come to your door. ---Do not leave valuables in your car where they can be seen by passers-by. ---Officer Hall, a crime prevention specialist, will be happy to come to your home to assess your potential vulnerabilities and suggest improvements. She will also come to speak to a block organization or an informal group of neighbors. You can reach her at 215-685-2148. ---Check for IDs of workers who claim to be with PECO, PGW, Verizon, Comcast or the Water/Streets Department. Work is being done in the neighborhood, but anyone can put on work clothes and pretend to be legitimate to gain access to your home. If you call the city or the utilities involved, they can confirm whether the person asking to enter your home is really supposed to be there. ---If you see something suspicious, call 911. Our officers would rather you be safe than sorry. ---Make sure your address is visible to emergency personnel who might need to reach you (Police, Fire Department, etc.).
Residents who would like up-to-date information about where and when crimes are happening in the neighborhood can check one of these sites:www.philly.everyblock.com, www.mtairy.patch.com , www.newsworks.org(click on “Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill”). These organizations have the resources to provide information regularly and promptly.
Summer’s coming to an end, but there still could be a few brutally hot spells. During periods of extreme heat, PLEASE check on elderly and/or housebound neighbors, and those who are otherwise more likely to be affected by the weather. Ten minutes of your time could save a life. Don’t forget your pets…….make sure they have plenty of clean water available, and a shady spot if they spend a lot of time outdoors.
EMAN MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN: It’s that time again…………… We can only continue our work in the community with your support. ---We stay on top of zoning issues to prevent/eliminate problems caused by “undesirable” businesses and vacant and abandoned properties, and work to support positive growth in our business district. ---We work with the 14th Police District, the D.A.’s staff, elected officials and other community organizations on crime and safety matters. ---When problems persist after residents make several attempts to solve them, (“unkempt” properties and loitering are particularly active Summer issues), we direct the problems to the appropriate entities (L&I, police, etc.) on their behalf. ---We mediate conflicts between neighbors, businesses, contractors and others with an interest in the community. ---We have opened our office to several community groups for special meetings and workshops on crime, neighborhood beautification, helping teens on the road to college, etc. ---We regularly provide referrals to callers on a variety of problems. (Examples: helping neighbors locate resources, classes on particular subjects, child care, assistance dealing with feral cats, volunteer opportunities.) ---We partner with WMAN to present Mt. Airy Day every year, and work with other area nonprofits on both everyday issues and special programs.
And our work and outreach are growing. ---At the urging of many residents, we are starting an Environment/Beautification Committee, to include energy savings workshops, tree planting at SEPTA rail stations, a rain barrel workshop, and other “green” initiatives. ---As the very effective and highly regarded Safe Streets Committee winds down, we are planning to take on some of the work of that group (at their request), as an EMAN Community Safety Committee.
We want to work for you. And we ask you to join us as a member of EMAN. You can join/renew at our website: www.eastmountairy.org Click on “Membership”, and you’ll be able to join using PayPal. There are several membership levels available.
Our Community/Board meetings are always open to all, and we’d love to meet you. We generally meet on the first Tuesday of the month, September through June, with exceptions when that day conflicts with a holiday or election. September’s meeting will be on the 2nd Tuesday (the 13th), because the day after Labor Day is so packed with activities for so many of us. Check our website calendar; we do our best to keep it up-to-date, and to include activities as we hear about them
Enjoy the remaining sultry days of August!