The New Year is starting out with lots of activity in the neighborhood

No surprise, really. It’s good to have interesting ways to get out of our homes in the cold! EMAN and WMAN will be having our annual joint meeting on Tuesday, 1/15th, at 7 PM, in Hagan Hall on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary (7301 Germantown Ave.). We’re hosting 3 speakers who will present info about changes/improvements in 3 areas of our daily lives:

o Kathy Cruz, from Philly’s Managing Director’s Office, will present “3-1-1: How to Make It Work For You”

o Dr. John Cacciamani, CEO of Chestnut Hill Hospital, will speak about the hospital’s new ER and other community services the hospital provides.

o Diane Kae, from the Community College of Philadelphia, will describe changes to Pell Grants, and other relevant info on financing college education.

The meeting is open to the public, and we hope you’ll join us.

Have you gotten your flu shot? After a couple of mild years, this flu season is hitting early and hard.

Your best defense is a flu shot. The flu vaccine is covered by most health insurance plans. If you do not have insurance, the City's health centers provide free immunizations. The closest to us is at 131 E. Chelten Ave. The clinic's hours for flu shots are M-F, 9-11 AM and 1-3 PM.

Free flu shots will also be available at State Rep. Rosita Youngblood's office, (310 W. Chelten Ave.), on 1/18th from 11 till 2.

Health providers and officials also recommend washing your hands frequently. And if you're sick, if it's at all possible, please stay home so you don't infect colleagues and friends.

Hard to believe, but it’s already time to start planning Mt. Airy Day 2013! The first Saturday in May (the 4th this year) brings entertainment, art, vendors, food and fellowship to the beautiful grounds of Cliveden of the National Trust. If you love this joint EMAN-WMAN community tradition, maybe you’d like to help make it happen!

The first MAD planning meeting will take place at the EMAN office(in the basement of the Wiedemann Bldg. on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave.), at 7 PM on Tuesday 1/22nd. Lots of help is needed.

The Chew & Belfield Neighbors Club (CBNC) is organizing bowling, checkers and chess leagues, to provide positive alternative activities for neighborhood youth. Volunteers are needed. To be a volunteer, you must be/become a member of CBNC ($12 per household) and have police/child abuse clearances.

This program will be one of the topics at the CBNC meeting onWednesday, 1/30th at 6 PM at the Joseph Coleman Regional Library (Chelten Ave. & Greene St.). Planned speakers include new State Rep.Stephen Kinsey and the new Captain of the 14th Police District, John Fleming.

Mutual Mt. Airy, a new group that hopes to help older residents remain in their homes with as much independence as possible, is holding its 2nd meeting on 1/14th, at 6:45 in the meeting room at Lovett Library. Presentations about different aging-in-place models will be made. To RSVP or get details, contact Peter Javsicas at 215-247-0457 or at

CeaseFirePA is holding a Day of Action rally against gun violence in Harrisburg on Wednesday, 1/23rd at noon, at the East Wing of the State Capitol Building . A coach bus will leave at 9 AM from the parking lot behind the Wells Fargo Bank at the King of Prussia Mall; it will leave Harrisburg at 3:00 for the return trip. Bus fare is $25, and you can pay on the bus if you have reserved a spot. To make a reservation, e-mail to, with your name and cell phone number. Or go to the to RSVP.

Because of a website problem that prevented sign-ups, theAllens Lane Art Center has extended its deadline for a 20% discount on day camp tuition. The glitch is fixed, and you now have till 1/15th to enroll. Go to to sign up.

And while you’re at the website, check out the many classes, gallery shows and theater productions that ALAC offers.

Quintessence Theatre will be presenting “Deep Blue”,performed by ArcheDream for HUMANKIND at the Sedgwick Theatre, January 12th through 27th. This family-friendly performance includes blacklight dance, puppetry and magic. Check the Quintessence website for times and ticket info. (

Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) offers an assortment of programs year-round. On Sun. 1/20th from 2 till 4, you can join atree-identification hike called “What Tree Is This?” with questions. Go to for information about many other programs and events.

While you’re visiting their website, FOW invites you to fill out a questionnaire as part of their long-range planning process. Community input is an important element. Go to

The 30th annual interfaith celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy will take place (despite the closing of Neighborhood Interfaith Movement, the event’s founding organization) on Sunday, January 20th at 3 PM, at the Germantown Jewish Centre (400 W. Ellet St.). This year’s program will be “Working Together for Peace: Continuing the Legacy of MLK and NIM”. The public is invited to attend.

And Monday, January 21st is the annual MLK Day of Service. EMAN volunteers will be working at Houston School (Allens Lane and Rural Lane), on both indoor and outdoor (mostly outdoor) projects, with our community partners, WMAN, Mt. Airy USA and Trolley Car Diner. If you’d like to join us, e-mail Abby Thaker, and she’ll sign you up! We want to make sure there are enough refreshments for all of the volunteers, so please register.

If you’ve always wanted to be a classroom teacher but don’t have a degree in education, the Philadelphia Teaching Fellows Program might be just what you’re looking for. This training program aims to place great teachers in high-needs schools. The early application deadline for the upcoming Summer program is January 28th. For more info, go to

If you’re interested in being involved in politics in an officialcapacity, the Philly chapters of the National Organization for Womenand the Coalition of Labor Union Women are co-sponsoring a non-partisan program, “How to Run for Election Board (in 2013) orCommitteeperson (in 2014)”. Learn grassroots organizing skills and much more. The event will take place on Monday, 1/14th, 5:30 till 7:30, at 1606 Walnut St. For details, contact Karen Bojar ( or Kathy Black (

Over 180 people brought their Christmas trees to our Tree-Cycling event on January 6th!

Those trees have been turned into mulch to be used by 2 community gardens, instead of being dumped in a landfill. We had great members of Shechtman Tree Service chipping the trees, and several dedicated volunteers helping. Thank you to everyone who helped, who brought trees, who made donations! Special thanks to Kim Miller, a leader in sustainability initiatives in NW Philly, for organizing the event.

We plan to do this again next year, so keep that in the back of your mind………

Want to become an EMAN member? It's only with the support of our membership that we're able to do things like recycle Christmas trees and produce Mt. Airy Day.

Visit our website ( and click on membership. You may choose to download and print out a form if you'd rather not join online.