Swing Into Spring: A Saturday Night Dance Party to Benefit EMAN

We are excited to announce that the dance music for “Swing Into Spring: A Saturday Night Dance Party to Benefit EMAN” on May 14th will be provided by the renowned musician DOC GIBBS & his friends! You may know Doc as the music director/house band leader for the “Emeril Live” show on the Food Network. This master percussionist has toured with an amazing variety of performers, including Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Erykah Badu, Wyclef Jean, and Thad Jones & Mel Lewis. We are thrilled that an artist of Doc’s caliber is in the area, and is a supporter of various nonprofits, including neighborhood organizations such as ours.     This will be a great evening, even if you don’t like to dance! Look for details soon. 

     With the primary election coming up, and many candidates seeking to fill the 8th Council District seat, as well as at-large Council seats, several organizations are presenting programs to help voters learn more before we vote. A Candidates’ Night (co-sponsored by Chew & Belfield Neighbors Club, Cliveden Hills Ass’n, and Awbury Arboretum Neighbors) will be held at theJoseph Coleman NW Regional Library on March 30th, at 6:30 PM. Many of the candidates will be there to present their ideas for the city, and to answer your questions. WHYY/NewsWorks, the Committee of 70, G-Town Radio, and theLeague of Women Voters have been co-sponsoring discussion eventsabout key issues facing NW Philly. These are for voter discussion; candidates will not be speaking. The next is on Tuesday, April 4th at the Commodore Barry Club (6815 Emlen Street); registration and light refreshments at 6:30, with the program scheduled to begin at 7:00.            

     SEPTA has informed us that they’ll be doing track work and other maintenance on the Chestnut Hill East Line for the next 22 weeks. The work is scheduled to take place on weekdays, between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM. Brush will be cleared, trees trimmed, hazardous materials removed, to restore safe clearances around high-voltage lines. Additionally, 8,500 railroad ties will be replaced. Work begins this week on the outbound track from Wayne Junction to Chestnut Hill East Station, through June 10th. The inbound track from Chestnut Hill East Station to Center City will receive the same work from June 13th till August 26th.If you have questions or concerns, contact Lucille Songhai at SEPTA; 215-580-8168 or lsonghai@septa.org 

     This Friday, April 1st, will be First Friday on the Avenue, and our shop and restaurant owners will be offering new products and specials. The Spring holidays will be upon us in just a few weeks, and First Friday is always a source of ideas for Passover and Easter celebrations. 

     Allens Lane Art Center will have a Spring Concert/Fundraiser on April 2nd at 8 PM, featuring selections from the Great American Songbook  performed by Katie Eagleson and the Lenny Pierro Trio. For tickets or more info, 215-248-0546 or www.allenslane.org

     On April 14th at 6 PM, you can meet the cast of Quintessence Theatre’s upcoming production of The Importance of Being Earnest, at Earth Bread and Brewery. The play will open on April 27th with a special “pay what you can” preview. The show runs through May 22nd. Info: 215-240-6055; www.quintessencetheatre.org 

    Philly Spring Clean-Up is happening citywide on Saturday, April 10th, from 9 AM till 2 PM. In our area, work sites will be Sedgwick St. from Cresheim to Germantown and Phil-Ellena from Chew to Germantown. To register, contact the Mt. Airy BID (Business Improvement District) at 215-844-6490 or hollie@mtairybid.com

     The Mt. Airy Day Committee is still looking for help with the May 7thfestival. People are needed late afternoon/early evening on Friday May 6th, to help set up the stage and post signs in the immediate area. On Saturday, we need folks to help set up in the morning and break down in the afternoon. People will be needed for various tasks during the day. If you can offer a few hours of your time to help produce this popular community event, please go to www.mtairyday.org and click on the “volunteers” tab. Or call 215-287-7056. 

     The next EMAN Community/Board meeting will take place at the EMAN Office (LTSP Campus, 7301 Germantown Ave., Wiedemann Bldg.) on April 5th at 7:00 PM. The public is welcome to attend. 

We hope to see you at a meeting or an event this Spring!