When I leave my house, & turn onto the next street, I am greeted by an outrageously beautiful tree that's turning bright orange & red. It is so nice to see something that lovely first thing in my day. It makes me remember that, even in this time of ugly political campaigns, disruptions to public transit, & other current events that are quite upsetting, there are still beautiful things in the world, & at least one of them happens reliably every year. The SEPTA strike is causing major disruptions throughout the City. If you are able to offer a ride to a neighbor, please do. Message boards like R-7 on NextDoor.com can be a help during these kinds of situations. If the strike continues into next week, some people could have trouble getting to their polling places on Tuesday. If you can help out by giving people rides, contact your committeeperson, or any local campaign office, & they will be able to tell you how you can help.
Yes! There are other things happening besides the election!
The Mt. Airy Business Improvement District (BID) provides services up & down Germantown Ave. Their status is up for renewal in 2017, & they're trying to make plans for the future. Help the BID decide how to better serve the community by taking a survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mabid The BID's Annual Meeting is on November 16th at 6:30 PM, at the Germantown Home (6950 Germantown Ave.) Refreshments will be served.
PGW's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now open for applications. For info about whether your household meets size & income qualifications, or to apply, visit: www.pgworks.com/liheap
Cliveden of the National Trust is offering "Kitchen Conversations" this month. On Friday 11/4th, "The 1767 Kitchen Dependency" will be the topic. Friday 11/18th will be "Mid-Century Modern". Both programs start at 7 PM. The suggested $15 donation includes a light meal by popular Mt. Airy Chef Valerie Erwin. Reservations are required. Visit www.cliveden.org for more details.
Our partners at WMAN & the Henry School PTA are holding their annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk on 11/12th beginning at 8:30 AM. For info about the event, fees, etc., visit: www.runtheday.com
The Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) is hosting the very popular Empty Bowl Dinner on 11/16th, at the Brossman Center on the Lutheran Seminary Campus. PIHN seeks lasting solutions to family homelessness, & this event, emceed by WHYY's garden expert, Mike McGrath, always sells out. There are 3 seatings: 4:00, 5:30, & 7:00, featuring all the soup, bread & desserts you can eat. Plus, you get to take home a handmade bowl created & donated by local students. Details & reservations: www.philashelter.org
Awbury Arboretum is celebrating their centennial! On 11/13th, there will be a membership meeting at 3:00, followed by a special public lecture, "Why Public Gardens are Indispensible" . Visit www.awbury.org for more info.
Congratulations to Emlen Elementary School for the recognition they've received for significantly improved test scores in both English & Math PSSA tests! (Perhaps you heard the story on WHYY-FM a few weeks ago.) Principal Tammy Thomas & the dedicated teachers always go "above & beyond" to help our children succeed, & their hard work is paying off.
Congratulations also to East Mt. Airy resident Bill Simon on the publication of his book, Frontline Human Services Delivery 1970-2011; Was I Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution? This memoir examines the many stresses faced by human services & mental health professionals, & Bill's own personal struggles.
EMAN is celebrating our 50th anniversary this year, & that celebration will be part of our "A Toast to Mt. Airy" event this Saturday evening, from 7:00 till 10:00, in the Brossman Center at Lutheran Seminary. There will be music, dancing, food from neighborhood restaurants & caterers reflecting the diversity of our neighborhood, & an open wine & beer bar. A few tickets remain, & you can purchase them on the event website, or make a reservation by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the event website for details, ticket pricing, etc.: www.AToasttoMountAiry.com
Our celebration wouldn't be possible without our generous sponsors, & we hope you'll support the businesses & organizations that support EMAN:
The Lutheran Theological Seminary
Elfant Wissahickon REALTORS / Larry DiFranco Team
Little Jimmie's Bakery Cafe
Valley Green Bank/Univest
Trolley Car Diner
La Prima Catering
Brian Madalion, State Farm
Tia & Kevin Mathisen
Ross & McCrea, LLP
Weavers Way Co-op
Loretta Witt, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services / Fox & Roach Realtors
EMAN's Community/Board meetings take place on the first Monday evening of the month, at the Immigrant Innovation Hub, 6700 Germantown Avenue, at Westview St. (lower level). The Board meets in Executive Session at 7PM, & the community is invited in at 7:30. So, please join us onNovember 7th! (It'll be a refreshing break from nonstop news coverage, the night before the election!) Is there something you're interested in doing to benefit the community? Do you have an idea for an activity or event? Would you like to be more involved in the neighborhood generally? Come tell us about your interest!
You can become a paying member of EMAN at our website: http://www.eastmountairy.org/, using PayPal. Or you can send us an e-mail & we'll send you a form, if you'd prefer.
See you around the neighborhood. And, I know I don't have to remind you, but......