2016 SHCA Guest Speakers

The SHCA board meets at 7:30 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in 257 S. 45th St.

January 12: Jesse Blitzstein – Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) Manager

February 9: TBA

March 8: TBA

April 12: TBA

May 10: TBA

June 14: TBA

September 13: TBA

October 11: TBA

November 8: Location and speakers TBA

The Enterprise Center CDC Neighborhood Advisory Committee

The NAC program is funded by the City of Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development, which designates service areas by census tracts. The NAC program places a particular emphasis on assisting low-to-moderate income residents, with a focus on:
  • Connecting residents to a variety of housing and home repair resources
  • Helping communities address blight and development issues
  • Disseminating timely information to residents about resources and services
  • Communicating resident feedback to city officials
The Enterprise Center CDC NAC Manager serves as a liaison between service area residents and the city and assists residents in accessing resources and achieving community goals.
For more information, contact NAC Manager Jesse Blitzstein at
[email protected]
or 215-895-4075
or visit The Enterprise Center at 4548 Market Street on weekdays between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM
The Enterprise Center NAC Map

SHCA Annual Meeting – November 10

All West Philadelphia residents are invited to the annual meeting of the Spruce Hill Community Association to hear a developer talk about “Investing in Philadelphia’s Neighborhoods, 2015 – The Challenges and Opportunities.”

The guest speaker is Matthew A. Pestronk, president of Post Brothers, which he co-founded with his brother, Michael. The company recently announced that it bought Garden Court Plaza, the 13-story apartment building at 4701 Pine St , and has plans to spend more than $250 million for other multi-family buildings in University City.

Pestronk’s talk will open the meeting promptly at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

SHCA President Monica Calkins urged residents, “Come out to mingle, vote and learn about and discuss developments in your neighborhood.”

Along with reports on SHCA’s work, there will be elections of officers and 10 board members. The proposed slate, which is running unopposed, includes Eric Santoro as the new president.

Residents should note the meeting’s moved-up start time of 6:30 p.m. It will be in Griffith Hall A on the campus of USciences. Enter from 43rd St. between Regent Sq. and Woodland Ave.

Besides Santoro, the slate for new board members includes Calkins for executive vice president and incumbents Mark Wagenveld for vice president, Andrew Richman for treasurer and Mary Ellen McCarty for secretary.

Newcomers Veronica Alvarez, Alexa Bosse, Tyree Carr, Vicki McGarvey and Richard Moore are running for director seats, along with incumbents Sylvia Hammerman-Brown, Richard Guffanti, Brennan Maier, Jon Potter and Craig Santoro.

2015 Halloween Tot Parade

Get your spooky costumes ready for this year’s Halloween Tot Parade!

Halloween comes on a Saturday this year, so we’ll start the festivities early. Plan on gathering at the corner of Baltimore Avenue and 45th Street at 3pm, outside Milk & Honey. The Parade will start at 3:30 sharp!

See our Facebook Event page

Fall Book Sale and Open House

Please join us for SHCA’s Fall Book Sale & Open House next Saturday October 24th. 11am-4pm


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Next SHCA Board Meeting Tue, Oct 13, 7:30 pm

The board of the Spruce Hill Community Association meets 7:30 pm at 257 S. 45th St on the second Tuesday of the month: Oct 13, Nov 10, Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 8, Apr 12, May 10, Jun 14, Sep 13. The guest speakers at our next meeting: Donnell Jones-Craven, Café Manager of EAT Café, a new community café with a pay-what-you-can model that’s opening in West Philadelphia this winter (see attached flyer). – Cristi Clark, from the Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities, will discuss their Development without Displacement Campaign

Spruce Hill Community Association Night at the Penn Museum’s Concert Series: August 12

It’s summertime, and P.M. @Penn Museum’s popular outdoor Summer Night Concert Series, Wednesdays 5:00 to 8:00 pm, runs now through September 2nd. Concerts are presented in the beautiful Stoner Courtyard garden, 3260 South Street across from Franklin Field. The Museum’s Pepper Mill Café offers happy hour drinks and light fare outdoors (for purchase), and the Museum galleries stay open to explore until 8 pm, with a guided gallery tour available during intermission.

 Mark your calendars especially August 12—it’s Spruce Hill Community Association Night—for all members and neighbors, when Trinidelphia takes to the stage. Get ready to view the steelpan in a new light as these artists fuse Trinidadian Soca and Calypso with Latin jazz, reggae, salsa, and American top 40 songs.

Buy $8 tickets online in advance with the code: SPRUCE. Tickets are $10 at the door. SHCA members who are also Penn Health System, CHOP employees or PennCard holders enjoy free admission with their ID. The all-ages show is free to children under 6 years old. Concert moves indoors in the event of rain.

May Fair Update

Check out just some of the amazing prizes contributed by our local businesses that we’ll be raffling off on Saturday, May 9 at the May Fair (10am-4pm)! Our list of donors is continuously growing, so expect even more great prizes at the Fair. Raffle tickets are available at the Fair, or stop by the Spruce Hill Center Thursday May 7 (6-8pm) or Fri May 8 (7-9pm).

Grand Prizes Generously Donated by the University Family Fun Center:
TRITTON PRO+  True 5.1 Surround Headset
Turtle Beach Ear Force X42
AND 5 University Family Fun Center baskets

Eat, Drink and Be Merry:
Blarney Stone – dinner for 4
Donuts Plus – $50 gift card
The Coffee Market (formerly Earth Cup) – two $20 gift cards
Lil’ Pop Shop – $25 gift card
Local 44 – $50 gift card
Manakeesh Café & Bakery – platter of baklava
Metropolitan Bakery – $5 gift coupons
Milk & Honey – mystery gift card
Pattaya Grill – $25 gift card
Saads Halal – $20 gift certificate
Vietnam Café – $25 gift card
Zahav – $100 gift card

Take Care of Yourself, Your Pets and Your Home:
Baltimore Pets – Basket of goodies for kitties ($50 value)
Goalkeeping 1-on-1 – 1-hour field hockey lesson with Coach Wagner ($150 value)
House of Our Own book store – Gift Certificate Horticulturalist Sue MacQueen – 1-hour garden consult
Last Word Bookshop – Gift Certificate
Lawyer, Andrew Cole, PC – 1-hour legal consult
Modern Eye – $100 gift card
Monarch Hardware – $25 gift certificate
Saturn Club – manicure and pedicure

Book lovers! Thanks to the contributions of countless neighbors, our $1 book sale will feature many hundreds of books of all genres – this is a sale you will not want to miss!