Party in the Park this Saturday 4-8!
This Saturday from 4-8 PM, the Friends of Clark Park are sponsoring their annual Party in the Park! Everyone is encouraged to come and join the festivities, including food, drink and music! And most importantly, it’s opportunity to support one of our neighborhood’s most cherished assets — Clark Park.
The SHCA Board will at the party to continuing our $1 book sale and sell more raffle tickets. Come on out and support us and help us recoup our May Fair losses. Raffle prizes include a commuter bike from Keswick, an Amazon Echo from University Pinball Family Fun Center, and numerous gift certificates to local retail and restaurant establishments.
If you can’t make it to the party and you still want a chance to win great prizes, you can buy tickets online until June 13th at 5pm
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!
MAY FAIR CANCELED
We regret to inform you that due to the severe weather reports this weekend, the 2017 Spruce Hill Community Association May Fair has been CANCELED. This was an extremely difficult decision for us, as May Fair is our flagship annual event and our only fundraiser. The entire SHCA Board regrets that we are unable to host this wonderful annual tradition in 2017!
While we are severely disappointed by this development, we do have several other exciting announcements. . . .
Book Sale & Open House is on for Saturday
Our annual $1 book sale and Open House at the Spruce Hill Community Association Center at 257 South 45th Street will be help on Saturday May 13th from 10am to 4pm. 100s of new and used books of all genres will be available for $1 or less. Food and beverages will be served! Raffle tickets will be sold! EVERYONE IS ENCOURAGED TO COME BY!
May Fair Raffle Drawing postponed until Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll – June 15h
SHCA will have a table at the Baltimore Ave Dollar Stroll and will draw the prizes that evening. Tickets can still be purchased online at Raffle Page, and will be sold at the SHCA Center during the book sale. There are lots of great prizes from local merchants (and buying tickets helps offset our losses for having to cancel the Fair).
SHCA is hosting Night Market on June 29th!
SHCA is proud to announce that our neighborhood will be hosting the Night Market on June 29th, which will also be the first event of this year’s Welcome America Celebration. Our neighborhood will literally be on center stage, city-wide as Philadelphia gets ready to celebrate the 4th of July! The Night Market will be on Walnut St from 38th to 45th streets. More information to follow.
May Fair Raffle Tickets On Sale Now!
Buy Your May Fair Raffle Tickets Online!
Thanks to the generosity of local merchants, we have a nice selection of raffle prizes this year.
Our top prizes for the general raffle is an AMAZON ECHO and a Pachislo slot Machine donated by University Pinball.
A special drawing will be held for a COMMUTER BIKE donated by Keswick Cycle!
For your convenience, we are selling tickets for both raffles online with PayPal. Raffle participants do not need to be present at the May Fair to collect prizes. We will contact you if your name was drawn by phone or email to coordinate prize pickup or mailing.
Checkout our growing list of confirmed prize donations!
ONLINE RAFFLE SALES CLOSE AT 5PM JUNE 13
Each general raffle book includes 6 tickets, giving you 6 chances to win!
Keswick Commuter Bike Raffle
2017 May Fair Set for May 13
Spruce Hill’s annual community-building event, the May Fair, will be held this year on Saturday, May 13, in Clark Park.
This event will feature a day of music by local groups, food from some of the top vendor trucks, and a bounce tent and obstacle course for youngsters.
The UC Arts League will be at the fair to celebrate its 50th year, and will have tables where anyone can come and create a work of art that will be displayed that day.
There will be lots of bargains in the terrific used book sale, a plant sale by the University City Garden Club, and the usual raffle with lots of prizes from local merchants and top prizes by University Pinball.
As usual, there will be vendors selling jewelry, pottery and other crafts, along with local groups doing community outreach and getting out the word about their causes.
All parties who had a table at the fair in the last three years should have received an invitation to this year’s event in the mail and should return it promptly with their registration fee.
This year, the fair has a special deal for beginning West Philly artists and crafts persons wondering what it would be like to have a table at a public event like the May Fair. If this is their first time out, they can have a table for only $25 for the day.
For more information about vending at the fair, leave a message at 215-349-7825 or email [email protected] The vendor form can be downloaded here.
The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the section of the park at 43rd and Chester Avenue. There is no rain date.
2017 SHCA Events
The SHCA board meets at 7:30 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in 257 S. 45th St.
The meetings are open to the public.
January 10: Glenn Bryant, Assistant VP of Community Relations, University of Pennsylvania
*February 21: Anti-litter advocate David Brindley from Not in Philly
*March 21: Lea School Principal Savage
Jeannette Brugger, Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator, City of Phila Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems.
Ian Moran, Food Trust
April 11: TBA
May 9: May Fair Organization Meeting
May 13: May Fair
June 13: TBA
September 12: TBA
October 10: TBA
October 31: Halloween Tot Parade: Assembly on 45th street between Baltimore and Larchwood will be from 4 to 4:30, the parade will start at 4:30, and proceed on the usual route to the finale on the 4200 block of ‘Little Osage’
November 14: Annual Board Meeting Location & Speaker TBA
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING: NOV 15th IN THE PAS CAFETEREA
All residents are invited to come and get acquainted with the new principal of the Penn Alexander School at this fall’s annual meeting of the Spruce Hill Community Association.
Michael Farrell took over as principal this fall. He was the founding principal of Mastery Charter‘s Thomas Elementary School in South Philadelphia, and was named in July to succeed Sheila Sydnor.
Besides agreeing to share his thoughts with the community, he’s graciously agreed to host the meeting in PAS’s own cafeteria. (PAS is at 43rd and Locust St.).
Due to a conflict with Election Day, SHCA’s annual meeting is a week later than usual this year — it will be on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Light snacks and refreshments will be served at 7:00 p.m.
There will also be updates on SHCA’s finances, activities over the last year and election of officers and board members. The current president, Eric Santoro, is unopposed for a second one-year term. Four other officers and 10 board members will be chosen, with bios of all the candidates available at the meeting.
Membership in SHCA is open to all. There will be an opportunity at the meeting to renew a membership or join for the first time. Dues are $20 a year.
Trick-or-Treat at Spruce Hill Center
Be sure your trick-or-treating route includes the Spruce Hill Center, 257 S 45th St (5-8pm), where long time neighbor and SHCA board member Jackie Waiters will continue the enduring Mel-Lo TownWatch tradition of delighting trick-or-treaters with hand assembled goody bags.
Spruce Hill Community Center Location
Halloween Tot Parade 2016
We are gearing up for the Annual Halloween Tot Parade!
The annual Little Tot Halloween Parade is a favorite among families in Spruce Hill. Kids in costume will trick-or-treat through a few short blocks and end up at the 4200 block of Osage Ave, where refreshments are served. Read More
October 31st, 4:30 pm -7:00 pm
Parade Start Location: 45th & Baltimore Ave (Milk & Honey) – Gather after 4:00, Parade starts at 4:30 sharp.
Parade Ending Location: 4200 Block Osage Ave (Little Osage)
Check out our Facebook event page for the latest information.
The Dirt Factory
The Dirt Factory is a community composting facility for University City located at 4308 Market St. The mission of The Dirt Factory is to keep fallen leaves out of the waste stream, provide a location for the University City community to sustainably dispose of its food scraps and other organic waste, and generate high quality organic compost to be used in local gardens. The Dirt Factory is also a community education center, featuring residential scale composting equipment, where community members can learn more about composting at home, and gardening using compost.
The Dirt Factory is open for drop-offs from 5:00pm – 6:00pm every Wednesday, and from 10:30am – 11:30am on Saturdays, at which time residents can drop off up to 5 gallons of organic food waste per week. Do you have bagged leaves or wood chips? Contact [email protected]
to arrange pickup, or if you are interested in obtaining finished compost.
Find more information, including a list of compostable materials at: http://www.universitycity.org/dirt-factory#sthash.NwcbFwpW.dpuf
Penn Alexander School Principal Search
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