Let’s hear it for the Groundhog!

An early Spring! (Perhaps he just knows how fed up people are, and is trying to throw a little hope our way.) Mt. Airy had a rough time with the latest couple of weather events. Many streets remain difficult to negotiate. If there’s an area that you think needs more attention, call 3-1-1 to report it.

And, please make sure your sidewalks are cleared and safe to walk. --- a disappointing number are not.

While some events and activities have been canceled during the past couple of weeks because we’re still digging and scraping and slipping, many are still on schedule…....

The annual Friends of Lovett Library Bake Sale had to be rescheduled because the Library was closed for repairs to the heating system. It’s now set for Monday, 2/7thand Wednesday, 2/9th, from 3-8:30 PM. You can purchase treats for your Valentine and support our local Library at the same time.

Moliere’s Don Juan will be the next offering by Quintessence Theatre. It premieres on Saturday, 2/19th at 8 PM, and runs through March 13th. Performances take place at the Sedgwick Theater, Wednesdays through Sundays. For more info on tickets, performance dates and times, etc., call 1-877-238-5596 or visitwww.QuintessenceTheatre.org

From now through 2/18th, Weavers Way Co-op is holding a drive to collectgently-used blankets and coats, and new socks. There are collection boxes at all 3 Co-op locations. They have partnered with Face-to-Face (a Germantown non-profit) and Grace United Methodist Church of West Oak Lane.

Yearning for gardening season? You can start to convert your dreams into plans at an Urban Organic Gardening Workshop on Sunday, 2/20th, from 2-3:30. Co-sponsored by the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement and Mishkan Shalom Synagogue, the workshop will be led by experienced gardener and educator Anna Herman. Location: Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland St. (corner of Shurs Lane).

The workshop fee of $10 includes materials. Registration is required. You can register at http://nimphilly.org/sustainingcreation  Want more info? Contact Margaret Lenzi at mlenzi@comcast.net or 215-247-9169

The Chew & Belfield Neighbors Club is looking for volunteer math tutors for their afterschool (ages 7 and up) program. If you can help, please contact Rev. C.H. Williams at 215-849-8021.

The club holds regular meetings, the last Wednesday of the month at 6:00 PM, at the Northwest Regional Library. For more info on any of their programs, visit their website at http://www.chewandbelfield.webs.com/ 

Do you know a responsible high school student who needs community service hours? Mt. Airy Day is coming up, (May 7th), and we’ll need a lot of help to make the event successful. Please have him/her e-mail contact info to us at info@eastmountairy.org  We are requesting 2 hours at minimum, but can happily accommodate longer shifts!

If you’d like to help with the planning of this Mt. Airy tradition, the M.A.D.Committee meets regularly at the EMAN Office (Wiedemann Building, Lutheran Theological Seminary campus). Upcoming scheduled meetings will take place on the following Saturday mornings (10 AM): 2/5th, 2/19th, 3/5th and 3/19th. If you can volunteer your time at the event, let us know at the e-mail address above or go tohttp://www.mtairyday.org

We (and our partner non-profit organizations) occasionally have other activities that require student volunteers. If you know an interested teenager, have her/him contact us and we’ll keep the info on file for future opportunities.

Save the Date……………Mt. Airy Learning Tree will hold an auction on March 19that 7 PM at the Oaks Cloister, a beautifully restored Tudor residence. An interesting assortment of items will be offered for bids. Tickets are $60, or for $100, you can take a pre-auction tour of this historic private home (and attend a champagne reception --- starts at 6 PM).

This fundraiser is part of MALT’s “Make This Our Home” campaign. For more info, or to register for the tour (required), call 215-843-6333.

We have been having some glitches adding people to our e-newsletter list. If you know people who’d like to receive these updates, send them to our website (www.eastmountairy.org), where they can sign up directly using the “Contact Us” tab.

If you know people who signed up and are not receiving newsletters, let them know that we get lots of “undeliverable” messages after we send the newsletters, and they’ll need to set their computers so we’re not rejected as spam.

EMAN’s next scheduled Community/Board meeting will take place at the EMAN Office on Tuesday, 3/1st, at 7 PM. The meetings are open to the public and we welcome your attendance and participation.

EMAN joins the community in mourning the loss of Miss Annie Lucille Wheeler, who died last weekend at the age of 104. Miss Wheeler was a long-time Mt. Airy resident, and truly a living treasure. We loved spending time with her, listening to her stories. She was a real-life resource for local historians, making things come alive through her willingness to share her memories with us. Her air of youthfulness, her love of attending social events and her enviable mental acuity made it difficult to believe that she was over 100 years old.

She will be missed by everyone who knew her.