The weather’s cool, but East Mt. Airy’s hot!

November First Friday on Germantown Avenue will feature exhibits by local artists, music and craft demonstrations. Many of our neighborhood shops and restaurants will be offering previews of holiday items, including take-out foods for Thanksgiving. Come support our local businesses……….You’ll find unique and affordable treasures. The fun starts at 6.  Weavers Way’s bi-annual meeting on Sunday Nov. 7th will feature Katherine Gajewski, Philadelphia’s Director of Sustainablility. The topic will be the “Greenworks Philadelphia” program. Come at 5:30 for an “Eat & Greet”, or for the talk at 6:30. The meeting will take place at Summit Presbyterian Church (6757 Greene St.) 

Quintessence Theatre’s second production of the season will be Plato’s Apology: TheTrial of Socrates. The production runs from Nov. 10th through Dec. 5th at the Sedgwick Theater (7137 Germantown Ave.) For more info, tickets, etc., call 1-877-238-5596 or go to  

On Wednesday, Nov. 10th, Mt. Airy Learning Tree’s “Fantastic Philadelphiansspeakers series continues with a talk by Jane Golden, founder and director of the Mural Arts Program. Her presentation will take place at Hagan Hall at Lutheran Seminary at7 PM ($19). There’ll be a wine & cheese reception across the Avenue at Valley Green Bank at 6 PM ($40 for both events). For more info: 215-843-6333  

Speaking of Valley Green Bank……..they’re celebrating their 5th Anniversary the week of November 15th! Cookies will be served all week and there’ll be a daily drawing for a $50 VISA gift card. On November 17th, cake from local bakeries will be served. And in celebration of their commitment to giving back to the community, the bank will make a donation to Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels for their Thanksgiving dinner project.

 Mark your calendars for a special meeting of the Wissahickon East Project (WEP) onThursday, November 18th at 7 PM, at Grace Epiphany Episcopal Church (Ardleigh & Gowen). Under discussion will be the possibility of incorporating 6 acres of privately-owned land into Fairmount Park, extending the Park’s boundaries into East Mt. Airy. Mike DiBerardinis, Parks and Recreation Commissioner, will attend. For more   

Please check our website calendar for additional events. We add things as we hear about them. 

In other news…..

 PLEASE NOTE THAT BECAUSE OF ELECTION DAY, EMAN’S MONTHLY COMMUNITY/BOARD MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE 2ND TUESDAY OF NOVEMBER (the 9th). EMAN meetings are held at our office in Wiedemann Bldg. on the Lutheran Seminary campus, at 7PM. The public is welcome to attend. 

The 14th Police District has a new leader. Captain Joel Dales has served here in the past, and was part of Mayor Nutter’s protection detail. He’s familiar with the needs of the neighborhood and happy to be back in the community. We look forward to working with him. 

D.A. Seth Williams is rolling out his community-based prosecution initiative. Northwest Philly will have assistant D.A.s specifically assigned to serve this area. The A.D.A.s came up for a tour of the area, to get a first-hand look at the community and to hear from community leaders about problems and concerns. The event was very positive; the A.D.A.s are energetic and eager to get started, and the police captains who attended the event are fully supportive of the initiative. 

Get your rakes……….it’s time to deal with all those fallen leaves again. The leaves are beautiful turning colors on the trees, but present a safety hazard to both drivers and pedestrians when they cover the streets and sidewalks. Unfortunately, the City budget doesn’t include the mechanical leaf collection we liked so much, so raking and bagging is the way to go. Leaves will only be collected if they’re appropriately bagged (in large brown paper leaf bags, available at most food markets and home improvement stores). Put them out on your regular trash collection day. 

The advent of cold weather has ended our successful first Mt.Airy Farmers Marketseason. We hope this will become a permanent warm-weather feature of life on the Avenue. Many thanks to the folks who worked to bring the Market to William Allen Plaza, especially our community-minded sponsors, Valley Green Bank and the Lutheran Theological Seminary, and the farmers brought together by Farm-To-City

It’s never too late to join EMAN……….Membership info is available on our website ( please consider supporting us through a workplace donation to the United Way Campaign. Your designation will help EMAN continue to serve the community. Our donor # is 0212.