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The Beacon Cafe Youth Showcase
Event Date:
May 2, 2008
Location:
Wordsworth Beacon Center @ Norris S. Barratt Middle School
Event Time:
5pm
Descripition and Details:

On Friday, May 2nd, 2008 the Coda Program and the Wordsworth Beacon Center at Norris S. Barratt Middle School will present the Beacon Café Youth Showcase. The Beacon Café Youth Showcase will feature live performances from some of the most talented youth in the area.

The CODA Program invites youth ages 8-18 to attend The Beacon Café Youth Showcase auditions. Youth interested in participating should contact Kevin Patterson at 267-471-8884 kpatterson@wordsworth.org or Stephanie Tisdale at 888-250-6341 x703 Stephanie@codaprogram.com.

The CODA Program encourages youth and community organizations to get involved with the Beacon Café Youth Showcase. To learn more about how your organization can be involved please contact Nathan Jones at nathan@codaprogram.com.

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PECO-ASAP 24-Hour Chess Challenge Anti-Violence Marathon
Event Date: May 2, 2008
Location: Temple Unviversity's Student Activity Center, 13th & Montgomery Streets
Event Time: Begins at 5:30 pm
Descripition and Details:

We hope you can join Mayor Michael Nutter and the ASAP Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge kids for the kick-off ceremony of the PECO-ASAP 24-hour Chess Challenge Anti-Violence Marathon on Friday, May 2nd, at 5:30 pm at Temple University's Student Activity Center at 13th and Montgomery Streets.

Come out and support the Chess Challenge kids as they "Checkmate Violence" and highlight chess as a positive anti-violence activity. Bring your chess board and plan to play!!

Please RSVP by April 25th to Marie Walker at mwalker@phillyasap.org or (215) 545-2727, x. 15. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Philadelphia Renaissance: From the Stoop to the Stage
Event Date: May 2, 2008
Location: Church of the Advocate, 18th & Diamond Streets
Event Time: Begins at 10:00am
Descripition and Details:

Join Art Sanctuary's afterschool arts students for a school matinee, North Stars, in Philadelphia Renaissance: From the Stoop to the Stage, a multimedia youth production incorporating music, modern dance, poetry, African dance and media arts to highlight the contributions of African American Artist born, raised or affiliated with Philadelphia.

Students will embody the personas of "Nina Simone, Pearl Bailey, John Coltrane, The Nicholas Brothers, Judith Jamison, Alaine Lock, and Jessie Fauset to help the audience experience the importance of African American arts and the overall contribution of Philadelphia born, raised or affiliated artists in our culture.

For more information: 215.232.4485 or www.artsanctuary.org.

This event is funded by Alston Beech Foundation, Citizens Bank Foundation, Hamilton Family Foundation, Lawrence Saunders Fund, Lincoln Financial Group Foundation, PECO, An Exelon Company, The Allen Hilles Fund,The Douty Foundation, Verizon Foundation, Wachovia Foundation, Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial, PNC Bank Foundation, Starbucks Foundation, The Douty Foundation,The Seybert Institution, Wachovia Foundation.

Art Sanctuary Church of the Advocate Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19121-1590 215.232.4485 www.artsanctuary.org

FRIDAY, MAY 2 @ 10am - School Matinee ($5/student) Teachers, should contact education coordinator, Melissa Talley-Palmer at 215.232.4485 or info@artsanctuary.org to reserve space for your students. Space is limited! @ 7:30pm - Champagne Reception & Performance

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Philadelphia Renaissance: From the Stoop to the Stage
Event Date: May 3, 2008
Location: Church of the Advocate, 18th & Diamond Streets
Event Time: Begins at 7:30 pm
Descripition and Details:

Join Us! FRIDAY, MAY 2 @ 10am - School Matinee ($5/student) Teachers, should contact education coordinator, Melissa Talley-Palmer at 215.232.4485 or info@artsanctuary.org to reserve space for your students. Space is limited!

@ 7:30pm - Champagne Reception & Performance

Saturday, May 3 @ 7:30pm Evening Performance

Location: Church of the Advocate, 18th & Diamond Streets (Use Gratz Street Entrance) Philadelphia, PA 19121

Join Art Sanctuary's afterschool arts students, North Stars, in Philadelphia Renaissance: From the Stoop to the Stage, a multimedia youth production incorporating music, modern dance, poetry, African dance and media arts to highlight the contributions of African American Artist born, raised or affiliated with Philadelphia.

Students will embody the personas of "Nina Simone, Pearl Bailey, John Coltrane, The Nicholas Brothers, Judith Jamison, Alaine Lock, and Jessie Fauset to help the audience experience the importance of African American arts and the overall contribution of Philadelphia born, raised or affiliated artists in our culture.

For more information: 215.232.4485 or www.artsanctuary.org.

This event is funded by Alston Beech Foundation, Citizens Bank Foundation, Hamilton Family Foundation, Lawrence Saunders Fund, Lincoln Financial Group Foundation, PECO, An Exelon Company, The Allen Hilles Fund,The Douty Foundation, Verizon Foundation, Wachovia Foundation, Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial, PNC Bank Foundation, Starbucks Foundation, The Douty Foundation,The Seybert Institution, Wachovia Foundation.

Art Sanctuary Church of the Advocate Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19121-1590 215.232.4485 www.artsanctuary.org

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Scholarships 101 Workshop
"The Financial Keys to Educational Success"

Event Date:
May 6, 2008
Location:
Philadelphia NAACP Building, 1619 W. Cecil B. Moore
Event Time:
TBA
Descripition and Details:

Join presenter, Jessica Reed for the Scholarship 101 Workshop: Learn how to fund your student education (at any level) Scholarship Research Tips, Scholarship Portfolio Dynamics, Financial Aid Fundamentals and The Application Process. IT'S NEVER TOO LATE!

For more information, contact Jessica Reed ( 267) 632-4072 or Rev. Elisha Morris at (215) 820-1943. Cost: $5 Donation

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Responding to Family & Community Violence Workshop
Event Date:
May 6, 2008
Location:
The Bossone Research Center Auditorium
Event Time:
8 AM to 5 PM
Descripition and Details:

Violence is a major social problem transforming our homes and communities from safety zones to war zones. This workshop is designed for practitioners, human service workers, teachers, probation officers, and community leaders interested in solutions for dealing with violence in both the home and external environments.

Featured speakers are the internationally acclaimed Just Therapy Team (Taimalie Kiwi Tamasese, Maria Maniapoto, and Charles Waldegrave) of New Zealand, Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy, co-author of Teens WhoHurt: Clinical Interventions to Break the Cycle of Adolescent Violence, and a diverse panel including Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller,and other invited distinguished guests.

This one day workshop is presented by Drexel University's Programs in Couple and Family Therapy, Tuesday, May 6, 2008 Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm The Bossone Research Center Auditorium 32nd & Market Streets Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tuition: FREE

http://drexel.edu/cnhp/respond2violence/workshop.asp

For more information contact is preferred By E-mail: Respond2Violence@drexel.edu or By Phone: 215.762.1867

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Building Community Youth Development Series - Cobbs Creek
Event Date:
May 8, 2008
Location:
Turning Tide, 425 South 61st Street
Event Time:
6-8 PM
Descripition and Details:

Resource Development Contact: Howard Lucas (215) 851-1816

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Cobbs Creek Community Day
Event Date:
May 10, 2008
Location:
63rd & Spruce Street to 63rd & Carpenter Street
Event Time:
TBA
Descripition and Details:

Kids in Need, Recovered Addicts, Inc. presents Cobbs Creek Community Day featuring Raffles, Moon Bounce, Drill Teams, Sports, Free Carnival Rides ALL Day, City Agencies, Face Painting, Free computerize back exams, Vendors, Guest speaker, HIV testing and more...

Come out and have some fun!!

Special Guest include: The Elgins & Philly Miracles.

Vendors and entertainment, for more information go to www.kinractr.org or call (215) 727-7788. Cobbs Creek Community Day is sponsored by : Verizon, State Rep. Ronald G. Waters, Brown Family ShopRite, Leslie L. Wise Art Foundation & Philly Musik.

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City Year to transform MLK Recreation Center
Event Date:
May 10, 2008
Location:
22nd Street & Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Event Time:
Registration begins at 8:30 am
Descripition and Details:

On Saturday, May 10th, City Year Greater Philadelphia will be facilitating the transformation and beautification of Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center. City Year is an international service organization that primarily engages young adults ages 17-24 in a year of selfless service. It does this via many avenues, such as entering city schools and helping the students by mentoring within the classrooms, holding after school programs with which to engage our students, and to round out the volunteer experience, it also holds large community service events throughout the year.

    The Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center is located in the Allegheny West section of Philadelphia near the intersection of 22nd and Lehigh Avenue.  A dedicated group of community members has been working for the past several years to increase the number and quality of programs offered by the Rec Center, and the curfew center there has been greatly successful in decreasing instances of violence involving children.  The work that volunteers do on May 10th will allow the community to use Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center to its fullest potential, and the service we perform on that day will hopefully create a ripple effect of positive change in the neighborhood.

   Registration for the event begins at 8:30 AM on May 10th, and free, secure parking is available next to the Rec Center in a large lot on Sedgley Avenue.  Service projects planned for the day include repainting the entire perimeter fence, painting several murals, and a variety of other, smaller beautification projects.  Breakfast, lunch, and T-shirts will be provided.
   To register for the event call (267) 386-7014.

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Teen VOICES to celebrate accomplishments
Event Date:
May 10, 2008
Location:
Temple's Campus, Ritter Hall, Walk Auditorium 13th & Montgomery Streets
Event Time:
Begins at 2:00pm
Descripition and Details:

The University Community Collaborative of Philadelphia's Leaders' Corp is sponsoring the Temple Youth VOICES Community Press Conference on Saturday, May 10th at 2pm on Temple's Campus in Ritter Hall, Walk Auditorium at 13th and Montgomery Streets.  The event will feature a range of dynamic, multi-media presentations summarizing the accomplishments of Temple Youth VOICES participants over the past year.

   The Leaders' Corp decided to structure the event as a press conference because they feel strongly that parents, family members, youth leaders, community organizers and members of the Temple University community are our best allies in spreading the word about youth concerns, and the amazing work Temple Youth VOICES participants are doing to address those concerns.

   To confirm your attendance or for more information, call Catie Cavanaugh at 215-204-2007.

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7th Annual National Rally & Walk to Fight
"Violence and Abuse of Black Women, Girls & Elders
Event Date:
May 10, 2008
Location:
Front of City Hall
Event Time:
10AM
Descripition and Details:

Assemble at 10:00 am in front of City Hall traveling to Love Park by Noon.

Healing, Growing & Rising Above It All"

Stand with us to help end: rape, murder, abuse, incest, exploitation, misogyny, racial/religious/cultural/ethnic profiling, sexism, ageism, negative Imagery and all forms of Violence and Violations of our Sistah's & Elders.

To add your group/organization's name as an endorser, to present, to volunteer, to make a donation or to find out more about the event call (267) 299-6424 or email mwmsistahood@aol.com

Sponsored by the Original and Official Million Women March and International Million Women Movement Black Women's Defense League.

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Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Celebration 2008
Event Date:
May 13, 2008
Location:
Love Park, 16th & JFK Blvd.
Event Time:
TBA
Descripition and Details:

Philadelphia Compact - A Citywide Commitment to the Healthy Social and Emotional Development of All Philadelphia's Children announces the Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Celebration 2008; Information Expo for Teens and Their Families.

A resource and information fair for youth/teens and their families will be held on May 13th, at Love Park in recognition of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day and National Mental Health Awareness Month. Providers of adolescent behavioral health services, youth mentoring and leadership programs and violence prevention programs are welcome to staff resource tables that will be made available for that day, at no charge.

Space will be limited. Each table will be used to support two (2) organizations. Participating providers may have a maximum of 2 staff at any one time at their table.

For more information, contact Valarie Dunbar at (215) 599-6350, ext. 111 or via email at vdunbar@pmhcc.org - To reserve a table, contact Anthony McLaughlin at (215) 413-3100, ext. 6348 or via email at anthony.mclaughlin@phila.gov.

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Mothers-In-Charge celebrates 5 years of progress
Event Date:
May 13, 2008
Location:
Hyatt Regency Hotel at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia
Event Time:
6 pm
Descripition and Details:

Philadelphia's Mothers-In-Charge has established itself as one of the premiere community-organizing efforts for peace in Philadelphia neighborhoods in just five short years.

   The group will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Tuesday, May 13th, with a Commemoration of Peace at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, beginning at 6pm.

   At the event, the group will recognize mothers who have lost their children to violence and have committed themselves to saving the lives of other sons and daughters of Philadelphia’s families.  It will also honor a select group of community members and corporations that have supported its efforts.

   Since 2003, Mothers-In-Charge has established a variety of programs, including the Teens United Theater Project, the Male Grief and Loss Program, the Adolescent Violence Reduction Program (AVRP), Female Rites of Passage Programs, Saturday Morning Alternative Reach and Teach (SMART), PICC Juvenile Offenders Resource Program, Men 4 Mentoring, and The Parent Project.

   Tickets are $50.  For more information, call 215-236-3937

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Haddington-Cobbs Creek CDC's Resource Fair for Families
Event Date:
May 15, 2008
Location:
Sayre High School, 58th & Walnut Streets
Event Time:
6pm-8pm
Descripition and Details:

Sponsored by the Children and Families Sub-Committee of the Haddington-Cobbs Creek CDC.

For further information, contact Children and Families Sub-Committee's Co-Chair, Ms. Barbara Akins at (215) 476-1463.

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Regional Re-Entry Summit: From the Blocks to the Boardroom

Event Date:
May 15, 2008
Location:
Temple University Health System, Executive Campus - 2450 Hunting Park Ave.
Event Time:
8:00 am - 4:40 pm
Descripition and Details:

Shortly after his inauguration, Mayor Nutter pledged to be a change agent in promoting public safety in the City of Philadelphia.  As part of this commitment, he has supported plans to provide effective and efficient reintegration services that result in the successful transition of individuals from federal, state and local jails back into Philadelphia's communities, reducing the rate of recidivism.

   Recognizing that it will take the collaboration of strong regional partners to achieve the overall vision for a safer Philadelphia, the Mayor is hosting the Regional Re-Entry Summit: From the Blocks to the Boardroom, Thursday, May 15th.  The Summit will be held at the Temple University Health System Executive Campus, 2450 Hunting Park Avenue, in Philadelphia, from 8am to 4:40pm.

   The summit will bring together leaders from the business, legislative/political, social services, and faith based communities, along with representatives from the ex-offender community to develop a collaborative approach to address the unprecedented prisoner re-entry crisis effecting Philadelphia and other cities across the United States.

   Each year, nearly 40,000 individuals are released from local, state and federal detention centers back into the Philadelphia community.  Many returnees have no viable job prospects, social supports, or access to services.  National figures show that two-thirds of returnees will be rearrested and almost half will return to prison within three years.  This cycling in and out of prison has devastating consequences for the prisoners, their families and their communities.  To reverse this cycle, we must address these issues holistically.

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Champions of Caring to celebrate student volunteers

Event Date:
May 15, 2008
Location:
Drexel University's Main Auditorium, 3141 Chestnut Street
Event Time:
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Descripition and Details:

The 13th Annual Philadelphia Cares about Fairmount Park Day will be held Saturday, May 17th. During this city-wide spring cleaning and greening, hundreds of volunteer teams from local businesses, schools, churches and other groups will celebrate spring by planting flowers, removing vines, and sweeping up winter debris. For more information call 215-564-4544 or to register online visit, http://www.gpcares.com/events/annualpages/fpd.htm.

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Germantown Settlement holds kids collection drive

Event Date:
May 16, 2008
Location:
5538C Wayne Avenue
Event Time:
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Descripition and Details:

Germantown Settlement is holding a collection drive for baby and toddler items at its main offices at 5538C Wayne Avenue in Philadelphia, through May 16th. Items can be dropped off between 8am - 8pm.

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Women's Health Day Event
Event Date:
May 16, 2008
Location:
John F. Street Community Center, 12th & Poplar
Event Time:
TBA
Descripition and Details:

Sponsored by 11th Street Family Health Services and National Nursing Centers Consortium.

To continue our commitment to the health and wellness to our patients and community, we will be hosting our 2nd Annual National Women's Health Day on Friday, May 16th. This event, is in recognition of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women's Health National Women's Health Week initiative, " It's Your Time: Get Inspired, Get Healthy.

We would like your organization to be part of our event by having a table of resources about your organization's services. We are also interested in organizations that are able to do a presentation or workshop during the event.

Please contact, Valerie Holloman at (215) 769-1595 to confirm your attendance by Friday, May 2nd.

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The muted truth: Philadelphia's Stop Snitching Crisis
Event Date:
May 16, 2008
Location:
the Civic Space @ WHYY
Event Time:
10:00 am
Descripition and Details:

This year, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania has been fortunate to work with Samuel George,George, a recent college graduate who has been named a Stoneleigh Fellow by the local Stoneleigh Center. In addition to other work with us on issues affecting the quality of life of young people in our region, Mr. George also shared with us a thesis he composed entitled The Commonwealth v. Dwayne Brown: The Roots and

The thesis tracks the history behind the Code of Silence, as well as how witness reluctance plays out in Philadelphia’s courtrooms.  The thesis was based on a series of interviews with Philadelphia politicians, district attorneys, defense attorneys, DHS leaders, community members, and the double homicide trial of Dwayne Brown, an accused drug dealer.
 
This forum brings together some of the people involved in the Dwayne Brown case, and others, to talk about the phenomenon where residents of Philadelphia’s most violent neighborhoods are unwilling or afraid to join with law enforcement officials to make their neighborhoods safer.

While the “Code of Silence” has received significant media attention in recent years, we are concerned that the root causes of this behavior are either not addressed or assumed to be so ingrained that there is no solution.  We’d like to encourage a more nuanced consideration of the issues.

The forum will explore the causes and consequences of the “Code of Silence” and the “Stop Snitching” phenomenon in Philadelphia.  United Way, with the support of our other sponsrs, desires to play a more active role in the efforts to overcome violence in Philadelphia, and this we believe that it is important to encourage more public discussion and debate on this delicate, yet crucial subject. 

David R. Fair, Vice President for Community Impact
United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
dfair@uwsepa.org

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Philadelphia Cares about Fairmount Park Day
Event Date:
May 17, 2008
Location:
TBA
Event Time:
TBA
Descripition and Details:

The 13th Annual Philadelphia Cares about Fairmount Park Day will be held Saturday, May 17th. During this city-wide spring cleaning and greening, hundreds of volunteer teams from local businesses, schools, churches and other groups will celebrate spring by planting flowers, removing vines, and sweeping up winter debris. For more information call 215-564-4544 or to register online visit, http://www.gpcares.com/events/annualpages/fpd.htm.

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Philadelphia Book Festival
Event Date:
May 17, 2008
Location:
Parkway Central Library, 19th & Vine Streets
Event Time:
TBA
Descripition and Details:

Book Festival set for Free Library

   On Saturday & Sunday, May 17th & 18th, more than 60 of the nation's top writers will gather in Philadelphia for the second Philadelphia Book Festival, the Free Library's annual celebration of reading and literacy.

   The festival -- held at the Parkway Central Library, 19th and Vine Streets, offers two days of award-winning writers and poets in a lively atmosphere that combines stimulating book talks and celebrity signings with an eclectic blend of live music, children's entertainment, a new gaming gallery for all ages to enjoy, and a street fair with more than 80 literary exhibitors! The festival is a fun, free event that connects booklovers throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

   ABC news anchor and host Barbara Walters headlines the list of renowned authors with her new book, Audition: A Memoir.

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2nd Annual Single Mothers & Teens Conference Tour
Event Date:
May 18, 2008
Location:
TBA
Event Time:
1:00 - 6:00 PM
Descripition and Details:

It's that time of year again. Moms take a load off and relax, bring out your teens and let's have fun while bonding with your child.

Theme: Financial Health+ Emotion Wellness + Physical Fitness = Healthier/Wealthier Families.

Whats FREE... Spa Treatments/Massages Dinner Entertainment Speakers Activities for teens Prizes/Giveaways Cash Prizes Also

Shop till you drop with our inspirational entrepreneurs and businesses.

Also featuring: Mother of the Year Award.

Nominate a Single Mother

Single Mothers of the Year will receive: -Plaque -Wellness Basket which includes: Candles, Books, Restaurant Certificate, Other Gift certificates, cash money, and more.

Interested in nominating a single mother contact: 1-866-205-3243 EXT.7587 Please leave your name, number, address and someone will contact you.

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Glitz & Glamour Production at Ben Franklin High School
Event Date:
May 20, 2008
Location:
Benjamin Franklin High School, 550 North Broad Street
Event Time:
Begins at 6:00 pm
Descripition and Details:

The 2nd Annual All High School Edition of Rip-the-Runway Fashion Show & Competition.

Among the competing High Schools: Germantown High School Lincoln High Sayre High Girls' High George Washington High Benjamin Franklin High Thomas Edison High Paul Robeson High Dobbins High Parkway Center City High Delaware Valley High Cheltenham High

Tickets are $10/person, doors open promptly at 5pm - NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR!

Ticket Location: Benjamin Franklin (Beacon) Office: M - TH 3pm - 5pm, Fri. 3pm - 8pm, Sat. 10am - 2:30 pm. Rippin it Hair Studio (7131 N. 20th Street) (215) 991-7786. For more information contact Ms. Lisa Townsend at (215) 279-3061.

www.myspace.com/fashioncoordinator

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Community Night at The Franklin Institute
Event Date:
May 21, 2008
Location:
The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street
Event Time:
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Descripition and Details:

Visit our BRAND NEW Exihibit FREE! ...Amazing Machine

Plus: Summer Fun, Summer Safety!
-Imagine soaring through the summer air in our FREE Flight Stimulator Experience!
(Several restrictions apply)
-Experience extreeme summer weather in the Thunderstorm Live Show at 6pm - 7pm
-Make your own Kite from 5pm - 8pm (While supplies last)
-Learn how to have fun, be safe, and stay healthy with Summer Health and Safety Tips!

Special Just for you: NEW! Science Bingo
-play science bingo with your family and friends and win cool prizes!

AND...
-Blast off to outer space in the Fels Planetarium! See Heart of the Sun at 5pm and 6:30pm and Cosmic Collisions at 5:45 pm and 7:15 pm.
-See our exciting 3D shows in the all new Franklin Theatre! (6pm/7pm - 3D Sun & 6:30pm/7:30pm - Bugs!)
-Gaze at the stars of summer in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory from 5pm - 8pm! (Weather Permitting)
-The entire Science Museum is open for you to enjoy. Experience all of our exhibits including: The Sports Challenge, Electricity and Space Command!

AND...
Tell us what you think about Community Night and get FREE tickets to our upcoming 3D Shows in the NEW Franklin Theater! Look for the survey table to find out more.
-Don't forget...If you attend 4 Community Nights, you will win a FREE MEMBERSHIP for a year at The Franklin.

The next Community Night is June 18, 2008 - Real Pirates!

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Building Community Youth Development Series - Point Breeze
Event Date:
May 21, 2008
Location:
Barratt Beacon, 16th & Wharton Streets
Event Time:
6-8 PM
Descripition and Details:

Resource Development Contact: Howard Lucas (215) 851-1816

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Volunteer Programs Manager Training
Event Date:
May 22, 2008
Location:
United Way, 7 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Event Time:
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Descripition and Details:

United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania is offering a Volunteer Management Workshop on Skills Based Volunteering, an Exciting & Meaningful Way to Engage Volunteers on Thursday, May 22nd, from 9:30am - 12:00pm, at United Way. 7 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

At the workshop, participants will learn ideas and best practices for engaging corporate volunteers and valuable pro-bono services within their organizations. Representatives from Vanguard and other corporations will share what you need to know and how to prepare to create these meaningful partnerships. Registration is required by visiting http://citi.uwsepa.org/ and choosing Workshop 719.

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Project Forward Leap (PFL) host Forum on Achievement Gap
Event Date:
May 22, 2008
Location:
Ballard Spahr, Andrews and Ingersoll, LLP, 1735 Market Street (42nd Floor)
Event Time:
Reception starts at 5:30 pm
Descripition and Details:

On Thursday May 22nd, Project Forward Leap (PFL) will host a panel which will explore successful strategies to Close Urban Academic Achievement Gaps.

   Led by Dr. Lori Shorr, Mayor Nutter’s Chief Education Officer, with Nancy Bratton, Executive Director of Middle Grades, Philadelphia School District, Dr. Denise Farmbry, President, Urban Education Fund and Dr. Melvin Allen, Founder, Project Forward Leap.

   PFL is an academically rigorous middle school enrichment program offering services to at-risk students in Philadelphia and Chester Upland School Districts.

   During the first four years these students attend a five-week summer institutes on college campuses and its year-round Saturday program. PFL reaches out to children in the fifth grade and provides services to them until they graduate from high school. PFL prioritizes the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) presented earlier and at more advanced academic levels than inner city public schools; encourages students to remain in their home schools, but works with participating school districts to help them raise educational standards; and requires the active involvement and support of parents.

   The panel will introduce the Nutter administration plans for education, discuss the Philadelphia school district initiatives to address drop out and will share successful models operating locally which ensure students realize their full potential. Pre-registration is required for attendance.   The panel is free and includes refreshments. The event will be held at Ballard Spahr, Andrews and Ingersoll,LLP, 42nd Floor, 1735 Market Street. The reception starts at 5:30 and the panel starts at 6:15pm.
To register for the event call 215-568-2344.

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Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
Event Date:
May 22, 2008
Location:
Mitchell Hall, 19 S. 22nd Street
Event Time:
12:30 - 4:30 pm
Descripition and Details:

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia will hold a Town Hall Meeting and Speakout - Is Inequality Making Us Sick? on Thursday, May 11nd from 12:30-4:30pm at Mitchell Hall, 19 S. 22nd Street in Philadelphia.

The event encourages residents to share their ideas on improving the city’s public health, and will include viewing scenes from the recent TV series "Unnatural Causes", which shows how inequality affects our health.

To register, visit http://phillyhealthinfo.org/index.php/general/unnatural_causeshor call 215-563-3737, ext. 263.

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"Turning-It-Around" South Philadelphia Community Summit
Event Date:
May 22, 2008
Location:
Wordsworth Beacon/Baratt Middle School, 16th & Wharton
Event Time:
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Descripition and Details:

If nothing changes, more than half of the youth in our community will NOT graduate from high school.
It's time to break the cycle - Join a community dialogue to respond to this crisis on May 22, 2008.

Summit Highlights:
-Refreshments, raffles and community resources are available!
-Develop a local strategy to help youth complete high school.

Summit Organizers/Funders
The summit is organized by the Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network, United Communities, Diversified Community Services, Wharton Square, FAST, 17th Police District, Arts in Motion, Communities in Schools, Wordsworth Beacon, Marian Anderson Rec., Blueprint for a Safer Philadelphia. Funding for the summit is provided by America's Promise Alliance and Washington Mutual.

RSVP: To register or for more info visit projectuturn.net or call (267) 502.3706

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"One Community Raising Peace" Rally
Event Date:
May 23, 2008
Location:
Carmella Park (Philadelphia Department of Recreation), 2100 Wakeling Street
Event Time:
1 - 3:00 pm
Descripition and Details:

The peace rally will consist of student performances, a speech by Representative Tony Payton, Jr., and a performance by a local hip-hop artist, Medinah Starr. Also, organizations will be hosting tables to promote their services to the community.

This peace rally is to promote and celebrate peace in the school and in the community of Frankford. Your organization has been recognized as one that brings the community together and advocates safer communities throughout Philadelphia.

There is NO fee to host a table; this is a free event for you to promote your services.

Please RSVP by May 12th.

Contact: Mandy Frisco: (215) 939-6275 or afrisco08@cityyear.org

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24th Annual Celebration of Black Writing Festival
Event Date:
May 24, 2008
Location:
Corner of Broad Street & Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Event Time:
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Descripition and Details:

Join us Memorial Day weekend, for the most exciting three days of writing festival in Philly. This year's theme: Black Family Values: Our Village, Our Writing, Our Future will feature panels and discussions with authors whose work, from the light-hearted to the most serious, focuses on the black community and youth.

Featured authors include: Walter Mosley, Synthia Saint James, Eloise Greenfield, Omar Tyree, E.B Lewis, Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Dr. Derrick Bell, Dr. Regina Jennings, Sapphire, Solomon Jones, and the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Haki Madhubuti.

Other items you'd enjoy at the Festival . . .

Hip Hop Youth Pavilion
12:00pm-6:00pm ~ FREE
Featuring the talents of writers, performers, and activists whose works appeal to the hip-hop generation.  The theme:  WHAT!: Writing.  Hip-Hop.  Advancement.  Togetherness.  This pavilion focuses on using the power of writing, poetry, and music to foster a sense of collective purpose, pride, and advancement among the hip-hop generation.

Featured artists include:
12:00 - TRUE Dialect, hip-hop group
12:45 - Ewuare Osayande, activist and author
1:30 - G.O.D. Power Movement, Youth Anti-Violence Hip-Hop Organization
2:15 - Traycee Lynn, hip-hop artist, songwriter
(20 min. break, open mic sign up)
3:15 - Youth open mic featuring poets Kito Shani and Just Greg
5:00 - Barnabas Crosby, playwriter and hip-hop inspired guitarist/singer
(Hosted by: H. Bernard Hall)

For a complete schedule of the writing festival, please log on to our website at www.artsanctuary.org.

Vendors/Authors: Contact Bebita Metellus (bmetellus@artsanctuary.org) or Jeffrey Hart at 215.232.4485.

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Friends of Malcolm X Memorial Park 9th Annual West Philadelphia Jazz Heritage Series
Event Date:
May 29, 2008
Location:
Malcolm X Memorial Park, 52nd & Pine Streets
Event Time:
Concerts begin at 7:00 pm
Descripition and Details:

2008 Summer Schedule:

May 29th - The Glen Bryan Group
June 12th - Vocalist Ms. Ella Gahnt
June 26th - The Brent White Band
July 10th - The Young Talents Group and The Justin Faulkner Band
July 24th - Vocalist Ms. Denise King
August 7th - Vocalist Ms. Shirley Lites
August 21st - Vocalist Ms. Barbara Walker (The Barbara Walker Story)
September 4th - Guitarist and Vocalist Ms. Monnette Sudler
September 18th - The Nate Murray Band

This series is sponsored by Citizens Bank, the City of Philadelphia, Laborer' International Union Local #332, Fraternal Order of Police, Mr. Marc H. Perry Post & Schell Attorney's at Law.

Contributions: Garden Court Community Associations (GCCA), Central City of Toyata, Neighborhood Restorations, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local #1050.

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Put it Put it Down - Town Hall Meeting - Youth Forum
Event Date:
May 30, 2008
Location:
First Corinthian Baptist Church, 5101 Pine Street
Event Time:
Begin at 7:30 pm
Descripition and Details:

Put it Down is a collaborative Community effort to reduce the gun violence in the City of Philadelphia.

Neighborhood Peace - Fear and Respect - Telling vs. Snitching

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Point Breeze Avenue Memorial Day Celebration
Event Date:
May 31, 2008
Location:
Gated Lots at 1429 - 35 Point Breeze Avenue
Event Time:
12:00 - 6:00 pm
Descripition and Details:

Honoring the Memory of Our Departed Loved Ones. Festivities will be held in the Gated Lots 1429 - 35 Point Breeze Avenue.
Bring Your Memorials (Pictures, Balloons, Stuffed Animals, Flowers, etc.)
Place them on the Memory Gate or Place a picture of your loved one in our Point Breeze Memorial Booklet.

**Join the Dessert Contest, Picnic Games, Checkers Tournament.

Rain Date: June 7, 2008

To place ads for Memorial Booklet, contact Alice Gabbadon or Claudia Sherrod at (215) 334-4430, claudia@dossnet.com.
Sponsored by South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. NAC,
1444 Point Breeze Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19146,
P:215.334-4430/F:215.334.4430

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Zion Baptist Church presents...Blessed are the Peacemakers
Event Date:
May 31, 2008
Location:
Zion Community Center, 3601 North Broad Street
Event Time:
Begins at 1:00 pm
Descripition and Details:

ZION BAPTIST CHURCH To Hold Gospel & Jazz Peace Concert at Zion Annex

On Saturday, May 31st, from 1PM – 4PM, Zion Baptist Church will be hosting a Peace Concert featuring Gospel and Jazz Music.  The event will be held at the Zion Educational Annex and Community Center on the NW corner of Broad and Venango Sts. in North Philadelphia. All Proceeds will go towards Zion Baptist Church outreach programs such as Zion Cares Ministry and the Fountain of Faith Telecast.

As part of Zion’s commitment to the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19 & 20 in the Holy Bible we are striving to teach all people the Word of God, make disciples of all men, women and children and to spread peace, hope and healing throughout our area. We are a Christian organization daily meeting the spiritual needs of our members and the surrounding community through prayer, Bible Study, Sunday morning as well as Tuesday night Worship Services, Food Bank, Zion Day Care Center and Zion Cares, an outreach program that provides physical as well as spiritual nourishment to the disadvantaged every Sunday afternoon free-of charge.

The Zion Broadcast and Telecast Ministries provide the world an opportunity to hear the God’s Holy Word through the preaching of the Gospel as rendered by our Pastor the Reverend Dr. Daly Barnes, Jr. Through his anointed, yet scholarly approach to delivering the message of salvation, countless souls are being touched. Many lives are being changed
Because of his dedication to faithfully teach the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God.

With this goal in mind, Rev. Barnes carries on the work of our late Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Dr. Leon H. Sullivan. Through his work in Africa and abroad and as a result of the establishment of the Sullivan Principles, Sullivan brought peace and healing to a hurting world and an end to apartheid in South Africa. 

We have invited many popular groups for your listening pleasure at our Peace Concert.
The theme is Blessed are the Peacemakers (Matthew 5:9) – A Gospel and Jazz Concert Promoting Faith, Hope, Love, Joy and Peace in our Community. Featured Guests include Plan B (WJJZ’s House Band), Arpeggio Jazz, 3 Blind Mice and others. There will be food and merchandise being sold on the lower level of the Annex for your shopping pleasure.

So come out to fellowship with us - relax and enjoy! The soul-stirring sounds are promised to be enriching to you spirit and soothing for your mind. Join us as we promote peace, understanding and unity across every race, creed and color.  You are sure to be blessed!

For more information, and to find out how you can purchase tickets to become a sponsor of this event, please contact Team Leader Gisele Quarterman (215) 848-4652 or visit gq.4pha.com. If you are interested in vending at this event please contact Gisele. Peace and Blessings!

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The Arts Garage Presents: Artists@Work Mural Dedication and Film Screening
Event Date:
May 31, 2008
Location:
The Arts Garage, 1500 Parrish Street
Event Time:
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Descripition and Details:

Please join us for this fantastic event featuring Muralist, Marcus Akinlana, Lady Alma, the Back2Basic Band and the suncet screeing of the Award Winning Film First Person (Rain or Shine).

This is a FREE Community Event! Tell a Friend to tell a Friend!

Refreshments will be served until 6:00 pm

For more information visit http://www.firstpersondocumentary.org.

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Grand Opening of Park West Town Center
Event Date:
May 31, 2008
Location:
Park West Town Center, 52nd & Jefferson
Event Time:
12:00 Noon - 5:00 pm
Descripition and Details:

ATTENTION ALL -
 
OUR NEW MALL PARK WEST TOWN CENTER 52ND & JEFFERSON IS HAVING A GRAND OPENING ON SATURDAY MAY 31, 2008 FROM 12 NOON UNTIL 5:00 PM.  WE WOULD LIKE ALL TO COME OUT AND WITNESS THIS EVENT.
 
WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO COME AND ASSIST US WITH PARKING, CHILDRENS' AREA AND STAGE AREA.  HOPEFULLY YOU HAVE SOME TIME TO JOIN US AND BECOME A PART OF THIS HISTORICAL EVENT. 
 
PLEASE EMAIL ME.
 
THANK YOU
HOLLAND BROWN
CARROLL PARK COMMUNTIY COUNCIL
5218 MASTER STREET
215-877-1157

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