Final-ly Friday happens on the last Friday evening of every month

  The shops and restaurants on the Avenue stay open late and offer great specials. Live performances and guest vendors make things even more fun. If you’ll be in the City, for information about the special August 30thactivities, as well as listings of many other activities and events.

          Schools open soon, complete with budget and staffing cuts. Our local schools need our help more than ever. EMAN is collecting “Boxtops for Education” and “Labels for Education”, for distribution to our neighborhood schools. Boxtops are redeemed for cash; Labels are redeemed for merchandise like sports equipment. You can bring/send them to EMAN (7301 Germantown Ave.), or drop them off at Little Jimmie’s Bakery Café (6669 Germantown Ave.).

          We also urge you to consider donating supplies to a local elementary school. If there’s a buy-one-get-one special on copy paper, please think about taking a pack to a school. If folders are on a ten-cent sale, or pens and pencils are inexpensive, how about picking up an extra package or 2?

          When my kids were in elementary school here in Mt. Airy, we were asked to contribute boxes of tissues to their classrooms. Other supplies were provided by the District (or paid for out-of-pocket by teachers). In the current crisis situation, when the schools open, they’ll  likely be without sufficient basics like paper, pens, notebooks and other essentials.

          Whether you have a public school student in your family or not, the quality of our local schools is important to the whole community.Please help if you’re able to do so!

           The Philly Future Track program is accepting applications for its next class, which starts in October. This 6-month program serves as a career-readiness pipeline, providing both job-skill training and real world experience beautifying the City. Philadelphia residents ages 18-24 are encouraged to apply; the deadline is September 3rd at 6 PM. For an application, go to

          “Street Fare”, (similar to the Night Markets of the past 2 years), will come to Germantown Avenue on Thursday, September 19th, from 6:30 till 10 PM, courtesy Mt. Airy USA (MAUSA). With the potential for thousands of visitors to the Avenue, as well as lots of food trucks and other vendors, it’ll be a huge task to make this successful.

          Volunteers will be needed before and during the event. There are tasks ranging from putting up signs, to setting up the stage, to supervising the kids’ craft activities during the event --- and of course, lots of hands will be needed for clean-up afterwards.

          High school and college students: It’s never too early to start racking up those community service hours………….

          If you’d like to help, please contact Elizabeth Moselle at MAUSA, by August 23rd. She will be very happy to hear from you! (

       Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) is urging park users tokeep your dog(s) leashed when you’re out for a stroll in the woods. Leashing and staying on paths can protect your dog --- reducing exposure to deer ticks and reducing injuries by bicycles, horses, and other dogs. It also protects the park, reducing both damage to trails and dog waste that isn’t disposed of properly.

          FOW is committed to maintaining the quality of our beautiful natural treasure, and improving the experience for all Park users. For info or to join the organization, visit

          The 14th Police District has asked us to let you know that despite several recent arrests, thefts from cars are happening throughout the District. Many of these thefts have involved valuables that were visible in locked cars. When you leave your vehicle, please do not leave things like laptops, GPS devices, briefcases, IDs and wallets where people can see them!

         We're fortunate to have 2 highly-regarded theater programs in the neighborhood. Both of our local venues have announced their productions for the upcoming season.

          If you enjoy classics, Quintessence Theatre has a great schedule: Hamlet, She Stoops to Conquer, The Wind in the Willows, and Mourning Becomes Electra. Shakespeare workshops for both youth and adults are also scheduled for the Fall. Go for show dates and ticket info. All plays and workshops take place at the Sedgwick Theater.

           If you're more inclined to modern plays, check out the schedule at Allens Lane Art Center (Allens Lane and McCallum St.):Purlie Victorious, Polaroid Stories, Rough Crossing, Lettice and Lovageand When She Danced.  Visit for details and to purchase tickets. (While you're at the website, you can also see the variety of classes and exhibits ALAC offers.)

           You can get theater subscriptions or single-performance tickets at both venues.

          MAUSA will offer Financial Literacy workshops  on Saturdays in September. These sessions cover topics like banking basics, savings, and budgets. If you are interested in attending any or all of the workshops, or you would like more information, call 215-844-6021.


EMAN, in partnership with our friends at the Mt. Airy AnimalHospital, will have a community dog walk on Sunday, October 20th(rain date October 27th). Since both dogs and their humans are very social animals, this should be a fun event for members of both species. Details available soon!

“Cookin’ With WHO ?”, the popular joint fundraiser (with Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Awbury Arboretum) will take place onThursday, November 7th this year, in the Brossman Center on the LTSP campus. It's a great way to support 3 worthy local nonprofit organizations, as well as to sample food prepared from recipes submitted by 10 community chefs. And you can vote for your favorite chef and help her/him win the "Platinum Spatula"! Tickets will again be $50, which includes generous tasting portions, beverages, and voting tickets.

          Our thanks to those of you who have joined EMAN! We are happy to add new members at any time of year. You can join at our website using PayPal or download/print a membership form and mail it to us. (

          Our first Community/Board Meeting following our Summer hiatus will be on Tuesday evening, September 10th, at the EMAN Office (in the basement of the Wiedemann Building on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave., across from the WaWa; detailed directions are on the website).

          The Board meets in Executive Session at 7:00, and we welcome the community to join us at 7:30. If you have an issue you’d like to put on the meeting agenda, please e-mail us to let us know (

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