May Fair Is On!

The weather looks to be un the upswing! Accuweather is predicting warmer temperatures tomorrow with “more clouds than sun” and a “stray shower” around midday. We intend to set up the May Fair and prepare for a great day! Hope to see you tomorrow!  

May Fair Raffle

Check out just some of the amazing prizes contributed by our local businesses that we’ll be raffling off this Saturday, May 7 at the May Fair (10am-4pm, Clark Park)! Our list of donors is continuously growing, so expect even more great prizes at the Fair. Raffle tickets are just $1 a piece or 6 for $5 and available at the Fair, or stop by the Spruce Hill Center Thursday May 5 (6-9pm).

Grand Prizes Generously Donated by the University Family Fun Center:

  • Apple Watch!!!
  • Family Fun Packs

Eat, Drink and Be Merry:

Take Care of Yourself, Your Pets and Your Home:

Explore the World!

Hope to see you at the Fair!

Saturday May 7th!


May Fair – Saturday May 7th

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: None of the invited guests were able to come.

March 8: Patrick Grossi, Preservation Alliance

April 12: Jess Hinchey, Volunteer Coordinator, Refugee Corps

May 3: TBA

June 14: TBA

September 13: TBA

October 11: TBA

November 8: Location and speakers TBA

58th Annual May Fair Set for May 7

The SHCA’s annual May Fair will be held this year on Saturday, May 7, in Clark Park.

Once again the fair will have lots for kids of all ages: the petting zoo and pony rides will be back, along with an obstacle course and a bounce house. There will be music from local groups and delicious offerings from some of the top vendor trucks in University City. There will be a plant sale by the University City Garden Club, a $1 used book sale with lots of great titles, and a raffle – the top prize this year will be an Apple watch, donated by the University Family Fun Center. Many local artisans and crafts people will be offering their wares at the vending booths.

The fair is also an excellent opportunity for groups and causes based in University City to do community outreach by getting a vending table – only $30 for non-profits and $40 for groups doing fund-raising or those selling crafts and other wares. Vendors at recent fairs will receive an invitation by U.S. mail in early April and should return the forms promptly to get a table. Others interested in coming should leave a message at the SHCA center (215-349-7825) or send an email to [email protected]

The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Clark Park, at 43rd St. and Chester Ave. There is no rain date.

Penn Alexander School Principal Search

Dear Neighbors,

The Spruce Hill Community Association invites surrounding community members to join in the conversation regarding a national search for a new Principal at the Penn Alexander School. After many years of dedicated service to our neighborhood’s children, Principal Sheila Sydnor will retire at the end of this school year. We invite you to attend a meeting with the Consultative Committee that has been formed to aid in the national search for a new Principal. The Committee is chaired by Mr. Sean Conley, Assistant Superintendent for Neighborhood Network Two of the School District of Philadelphia, and Dr. Pam Grossman, Dean of the Penn Graduate School of Education. To inform the Principal search, the Committee is holding a series of outreach meetings with key stakeholders. Don’t miss this important opportunity for community members to learn about the search process and to voice perspectives and ideas!

When: Wednesday, March 9th, 7-8pm
Where: Penn Alexander School Cafeteria; Enter on 43rd street (between Locust and Spruce)

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 9th!

The SHCA Education Committee

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