We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday

We’re at the beginning of a very busy & active time of year, & Mt. Airy will be bustling with things to do & places to go….... There are opportunities to enjoy ourselves & ways to help others who may be without resources.

December’s First Friday (the 3rd) will once again kick off with theannual tree lighting/carol sing at Lutheran Theological Seminary’s William Allen Plaza, at 6:00 PM. The event will include the dedication of new benches at the Plaza, donated by Mt. Airy business leaders. The Seminary is partnering with the Salvation Army to collect gifts for children ages newborn to 12. Please bring an unwrapped toy, book, or other age-appropriate gift to donate to this campaign. (There’s a list of suggested items on the Seminary website, www.Ltsp.edu/firstfriday)

We urge you to head down to Mt. Airy’s Germantown Avenue shopping area to take advantage of our great shops and restaurants. You can find unique and affordable gifts for everyone on your list, in at atmosphere that’s much more pleasant than a crowded mall or impersonal “big-box” store.

We have it on good authority that Santa will be visiting First Friday again this year. Look for him at Rothe Florists from 6-8:30 PM and bring your list………and your kids and your camera.

From now till December 31st, Valley Green Bank (partnering with Big Blue Marble bookstore) will be collecting new & gently-used books for students in pre-K through 8th grade. The books will be given to Mastery Charter’s 3 new elementary schools. You can bring books to Valley Green’s bank lobbies or to Big Blue Marble (551 Carpenter Lane).

Bagged leaf collection continues through December 17th. Only leaves in brown paper leaf bags will be recycled; leaves in other containers or clear bags will end up as trash. Leaves left unraked and uncollected will create problems for pedestrians, drivers and cyclists.

Our Wissahickon East Project (WEP) update is a positive one. Both Mike DeBerardinis (Commissioner of Parks and Recreation) and Mark Focht (Executive Director of Fairmount Park) attended the community meeting on the 18th and expressed their support for bringing 6 acres of land in East Mt. Airy into the Fairmount Park system. All involved parties are in agreement that this land should become a safe, environmentally-friendly community park, and no problems are expected. City Council will vote on this in the Spring. Neighbors will have input on what kind of park they want. If you want to be involved, contact the WEP at WissahickonEast.org

The Chew & Belfield Neighbors Club will offer free remedial math classes to the community. An assessment test will take place at the NorthWest Regional Library at 12:30 PM on January 29th. To register for the test, call 215-849-8021.

Our December Community/Board meeting will take place on Tuesday evening, December 7th, at 7PM in the EMAN Office (in the Wiedemann Building on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Ave.). Our meetings are open to the community & we love to meet new people!

We try to keep the calendar on our website updated as we receive information about events and activities ---  www.eastmountairy.org. You can also join, donate, contact us, etc. If you know people who’d like to receive e-newsletters, please direct them to the website to sign up.