‘Tis the Season in Mt. Airy!

There are many holiday-related activities and events in the neighborhood, and several opportunities to help our neighbors in need.

Want to help but have limited resources? The Historic Germantown Holiday Charity Drive is underway. You can drop off travel-size personal care items at any of the participating sites and receive a coupon for free holiday greens from beautifulAwbury Arboretum. This drive will support Face To Face, a Germantown nonprofit human services organization. Awbury’s among the drop-off sites (Francis Cope House, 1 Awbury Road), and is right here in the neighborhood. This drive continues through December 14th. You can redeem your coupon at Awbury’s Holiday Open House, 12/14th from 5 till 8.

You can help hungry and homeless animals this month, too. Queenie’s Pets andRhino Chiropractic are joining forces to support Philly P.A.W.S. and the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team. Drop off pet food, toys, collars, leashes, pet beds (cleaned, please!), blankets, towels (including worn and raggedy), and pet-friendly cleaning supplies at Rhino Chiropractic, 6809 Germantown Ave. There’ll be a collection box just inside the door. Go to www.rhinochiro.com for office hours. If you have questions or want more info, contact Queenie’s Pets at 215-248-9999 or go towww.queeniespets.com

Economic hardship, natural disasters and other emergencies have forced many families to give up their companion animals, either temporarily or permanently, which is increasing the needs of shelters. Our thanks to EMAN member Adina Silberstein and Dr. Damien Ciasulo for spearheading this effort!

Valley Green Bank’s annual Book Drive has begun and will continue through 12/31st. New or gently-used books (preschool through 8th grade levels) can be brought to either Valley Green Bank Branch, or to Weavers Way Co-op locations, or to the Big Blue Marble Bookstore. The books will be distributed to students at the Mastery Charter elementary schools.

You can bring new or gently-used coats to the Trolley Car Diner (or Trolley Car Café) through January 14th. Adult coats will be donated to the Roxborough Salvation Army, and kids’ coats will be distributed to those in need by Cradles to Crayons. Trolley Car owner Ken Weinstein has been running the coat drive for several years, and we hope you’ll contribute to its ongoing success.

The first candle on the outdoor Hanukkah menorah (or Hanukkiyah, to be more precise), will be lit at 7 PM on Saturday, 12/8th at the Germantown Jewish Centre. This beautiful outdoor sculpture is a popular addition to the neighborhood every December. The candle lightings will take place nightly at 7 PM through 12/15th, (except on Saturday the 14th, when it will be lit at 4 PM).

The Lutheran Theological Seminary will be holding its annual Christmas Treelighting, carol sing and toy drive on Friday, 12/14th at 6 PM. The community’s invited to attend and sing with neighbors; there’ll be hot drinks, live music and other holiday cheer on the William Allen Plaza (7301 Germantown Ave.). Please bring a new, unwrapped toy appropriate for children up to age 12. For more info go to www.Ltsp.edu/treelighting

Weavers Way will be collecting new, unwrapped toys at both Co-op locationsthrough 12/13th. There is a special need for toys and games appropriate for ages 10 and up. Donated items will go to Toys For Tots.

Historic Germantown sites will present many Christmas events this year. On December 8th, for example, Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion (200 W. Tulpehocken St.) will host Dickens-themed programs; the Germantown Mennonite Meetinghouse (6133 Germantown Ave.) will offer caroling and refreshments; Grumblethorpe (5267 Germantown Ave.) will have craft workshops. (And there will be refreshments and a sing-along at the previously-mentioned Awbury Holiday Open House on the 14th.)

The Johnson House (6306 Germantown Ave.) will celebrate Kwanzaa with storytelling, drumming and crafts on 12/27th from 6 till 8.

For information about any of these events (and more!) go towww.freedomsbackyard.com

A completely different way to be generous, and perhaps save a life:

Lutheran Seminary (Benbow Hall in the Brossman Building) will be the site of aRed Cross blood drive on 12/10th from 11 AM till 4 PM. To sign up, go to:www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation Put in the date and look for Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Both Weavers Way Co-op locations will also host blood drives. Buses from the nonprofit Miller-Keystone Blood Center will be outside the Co-ops from 11:30 till 6:30 on 12/7th. Appointments are recommended; contact Jon Roesser at 215-843-2350, x.132.

Other events, activities and entertainment:

You can be there for the launch of a new board game! “Visualize World Bees” is an environmental game with levels suitable for grades 4 through 8. Beta-testing took place at Project Learn School, and the game will have its world debut at the Francis Cope House at Awbury Arboretum on Thursday, 12/6th, from 6:30 till 8:30. The event is free and open to the public; you are asked to bring a personal care item (shampoo, soaps, etc.) which will be donated to Interim House. RSVP at 215-325-6869.

Want to shop locally and support the arts and artists who make the community so much richer in so many ways? Be sure to mark your calendar for the Holiday Market at the Mt. Airy Art Garage (31 W. Mt. Airy Ave.). The market will be open on12/15th (from 11-6), 12/16th (11-5), 12/22nd (11-7) and 12/23rd (11-5). This is an opportunity to find beautiful, one-of-a-kind gifts at reasonable prices.

An interactive forum/presentation about the plans for "Lovett Library Park"will take place on Saturday, 12/8th, from noon till 1:00, in Lovett's meeting room. Learn about the design and give feedback. Kids are welcome; a story hour will be happening in the library during the meeting.

The very popular “Mt. Airy Home Companion” is coming back to the Allens Lane Art Center with a special holiday show, on 12/8th at 7 PM and 12/9th at 4 PM. TheSaint Mad Band and other local performers will present holiday parodies. Tickets are $15 in advance online (www.SaintMad.com) and $20 at the door.

If you are an older adult living in Mt. Airy, and would like to continue to live in your own home and participate in our wonderful, diverse community as long as possible, you might be interested in attending a meeting at Lovett Library on Monday, 12/3rd. The meeting will explore forming a new group, “Mutual Mt. Airy”, to meet the household and social needs of those wanting to “age in place”. The meeting starts at 6:45, and light refreshments will be available. For more info, contact Peter Javsicas at 215-247-0457 or jpj7130@gmail.com

Delta Community Supports Family Services will be hosting a 2-part “Intro to FosterCare” program for people who would like to explore becoming foster parents. This orientation will take place on 12/6th, at Delta’s Glenside location (2210 Mt. Carmel Ave.), at 6:00 PM. For details, contact Patricia Gordon at 215-887-6300, x. 186


EMAN’s Christmas Tree Recycling event will take place at the Community Garden on Chew Ave. just below Mt. Airy Ave. on Sunday, January 6th from 1 till 4 PM. This initiative saves trees from becoming landfill, and provides beneficial mulch for community gardens. Last year, we saved over 200 trees from the dump!

The cost per tree is $5, and the funds raised will directly support EMAN’s work in the community.

EMAN’s next Community/Board Meeting will take place on Tuesday evening, December 4th, at the EMAN Office. The meetings are open to the public at 7:30, and we invite you to join us!

Our office is in the Wiedemann Building on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary (7301 Germantown Ave.)


East Mt. Airy Neighbors mourns the loss of former EMAN Board memberEd Schwartz, who died earlier this week.

Ed was a tireless advocate for neighborhood revitalization, both during his term as a member of Philadelphia’s City Council and as the founder/director of the Institute for the Study of Civic Values.

He believed that neighborhoods, as well as individuals, should be treated equally, and was a strong supporter of community organizations.

His contributions to East Mt. Airy, and to the City as a whole, were enormous.

Our sympathies to his wife, Jane Shull, and his daughter, Ruth.