Happy Leap Day from East Mt. Airy Neighbors!

An "extra" day doesn't feel as valuable as that extra hour we get when we turn the clocks back, does it?  

Welcome, Trish! Our partner organization, West Mt. Airy Neighbors, has a new Executive Director. We welcome Trish Callahan Murzyn to the organization, & we look forward to working with her.

Upcoming Neighborhood Events:

          Join concerned community members for a presentation by Philly'snew Police Commissioner, Richard Ross, this Thursday evening (3/3rd) at 7:30. This is an opportunity to meet him, hear about his policing philosophy, & ask questions. The public meeting will take place atLutheran Theological Seminary (7301 Germantown Ave.), in the Hagan Amphitheater. The 14th Police District will celebrate "Community Day" onFriday, March 4th, from 2 till 5 PM, at Germantown & Chelten Aves. There'll be refreshments, safety tips, & friendly conversation.

          The Go Mt. Airy Gala will take place this Saturday night, March 5th, from 7:00 till 10:00, at the Commodore Barry Club (6815 Emlen St., near Carpenter Lane). This is Mt. Airy USA's annual celebration/fundraiser (formerly called "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"), & this year, several Community Champions will be honored for their work: Peggy Zwerver & Tom Baker (owners of Earth Bread & Brewery); Otis Hackney (Chief Education Officer for the City of Philadelphia);  and Nikki Merkeson (Community Partnership Officer at JP Morgan Chase). The "Project of the Year" presentation will be made to The Westview (6656 Germantown Ave.) The gala will feature food from Mt. Airy restaurants & caterers, music, & a live & silent auction. For more info & to purchase tickets, go to www.gomtairygala.org


Mark Your Calendars:         In April, 2 of EMAN's community partners will be having special events.          

          Awbury Arboretum will celebrate its 100th Birthday on April 14th, from 6:00-9:00 PM, at the Francis Cope House. This festive evening will include cocktails, dinner & the presentation of the Thomas Pym Cope Award honoring Jenny Rose Carey. Proceeds from this event will support maintenance/care of the gardens & grounds of the area's only free public garden/arboretum. For more info & tickets: www.awbury.org/events/gala

WMAN's signature annual fundraiser, "Eat Your Heart Out", will take place on April 16th. The event starts with a big cocktail party, & from there, guests move on to smaller dinner parties at private homes, featuring meals prepared by professional chefs. Details about this always-popular event will be available soon.


And don't forget Mt. Airy Day! Held on the 1st Saturday in May (the 7th this year), this community festival draws thousands of people from the neighborhood & beyond. Food, kids' activities, live entertainment, info from community nonprofits, vendors --- something to interest everyone! (And, the wildly-popular interactive race track will be back this year.) VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! This is an enormous undertaking, & a lot of help will be needed, both in the planning (already well underway) & on the actual day. E-mail mtairyday@aol.com if you can offer help before or during the event.   


EMAN's next regular Community/Board meeting will take place on Monday, March 7th, at Lovett Library. The Board meets in Executive Session at 7 PM, & the community is invited to join us at 7:30.

You're also invited to join EMAN! While we offer services to residents & businesses whether or not they are paid members, your membership or donation helps us continue our work. Our organization's expenses are small but unavoidable, so we appreciate your support! Visit our website for more info:http://www.eastmountairy.org/