Greetings from East Mt. Airy Neighbors!

Special events are coming up this month: MT. AIRY DAY, the local celebration of community produced with our partners at WMAN, is this Saturday, May 7th, from 11 till 5. Join thousands (seriously) of your friends & neighbors at Cliveden of the National Trust (6400 Germantown Ave.), for a day of food, friendship & fun. There'll be children's activities & games, (including a petting zoo), food vendors to tempt you with a variety of specialties, merchandise vendors, artists, info about schools & local nonprofit organizations that help make the neighborhood great, live entertainment, & the popular race track will return. There's something for everybody, & we hope you'll join us! The weather forecast is iffy right now. We're hoping not to have to postpone, because our rain date, May 8th, is also Mothers Day. We will post info about whether Mt. Airy Day is on or postponed on the event website ( & EMAN's website (          No matter which day it's held, this festival would not be possible without our very generous event sponsors & supporters; we hope you'll patronize the businesses & organizations that support us!

Cliveden of the National Trust Mt. Airy Animal Hospital Electrical Wizardry, Inc. Valley Green Bank Alma Mater Restaurant, Bar & Beer Garden Chestnut Hill Hospital The Philadelphia Federal Credit Union (PFCU) The Miquon School Abington Friends School Little Jimmie's Bake House Weavers Way Co-op Lindy Generation 3 Electric Chestnut Hill Rotary Inspire Energy Mt. Airy USA Loretta Witt, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Fox Roach Realtors Greenhouse Internists Monte & Sons Auto Repair Killians Hardware

Visit the event website for details, a schedule of performers, & more.


The Flavors of Community On Sunday, May 21st, Glenn Bergman will receive the 2016 Heritage Award at the Flavors of Community Celebration at Cliveden of the National Trust (6400 Germantown Ave.). Appropriately, this event will feature a variety of food, as Glenn's lifetime of activism revolves around food. As the former General Manager of Weavers Way Co-op & the current Executive Director of Philabundance, Glenn has promoted sustainable farming, cooperative local partnerships, and the well-being of low-income communities. The event is from 5:00 till 8:00. Ticket prices start at $75.00. for more info & to reserve your spot. EMAN congratulates Glenn on this honor --- he's a very deserving recipient!


Feel Good by Doing Good And it's easy & relatively painless! The "Summer Slide" isn't an attraction at an amusement park. Unfortunately, during the Summer months, children without access to books & reading activities can lose months of reading achievement while school's not in session. And with Lovett Library closed for renovations, stopping Summer Slide will be more of a struggle. But there are a few ways we can help. "Read By 4th!" is a City-wide initiative led by the Free Library of Philadelphia. State Senator Art Haywood, in support of this effort,  has organized reading camps at several rec centers in NW Philly, includingPleasant Playground (6757 Chew Ave.). Working in partnership with education advocates & community organizations, Sen. Haywood hopes to bring more children up to grade-level literacy. To participate in this program, which runs from July 8th through August 12th, children must be enrolled at Pleasant Playground's Summer day camp. The rec center's Director, Lisa Ruffin, will be happy to help you do that. You can reach her at 215-685-2230. As part of the same effort, Mt. Airy USA (MAUSA) is organizingbook swaps & book collections, focusing on children's books suitable for ages 5-10. If you want to donate new or like-new books, you can drop them off at the MAUSA Office during regular business hours (6703 Germantown Ave., Suite 200), at the Germantown Jewish Center (Ellet St. near Lincoln Drive), or Weavers Way Co-op.They will also be collectingbook donations at Mt. Airy Day.


    EMAN's looking for new Board members, who will bring ideas & energy to the organization. There are projects we'd like to start, but we simply don't have enough dedicated volunteers to lead those efforts. If you think you'd be interested, e-mail

          If you'd like to be supportive but don't see Board membership in your future, your paid membership will help us continue the work we do, (like this e-newsletter & Mt. Airy Day, for instance). You can join at our website (, using PayPal.


Hope to see you at Mt. Airy Day!

Elayne Bender