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May 2017

  Happenings Inside
IN Center City

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Storybook Weekend at Sister Cities Park
Join us for a weekend of book-based fun in Sister Cities Park, May 6 & 7, 11am-3pm! Enjoy story readings by special guest readers and local authors every 30 minutes, along with musical entertainment, make-and-take crafts, face painting, balloon art, and more! Throughout the event, grab lunch or snacks at the Logan Square Café.

You're also encouraged to bring gently used books to add to the new Library in the Park Book Cart that will be unveiled as part of the festivities. The Library in the Park Book Cart and Storybook Weekend are presented by TD Bank in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia. Get a complete schedule at SisterCitiesPark.org.
Sister Cities Park, 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, SisterCitiesPark.org


May 4
Gabourey Sidibe:
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare

Free Library of Philadelphia
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street

May 4
Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight!

Merriam Theater
250 South Broad Street

May 6
Kentucky Derby Festival

Commerce Square
2001 Market Street

May 6-7
Rittenhouse Square Flower Market

Rittenhouse Square
18th and Walnut Streets

May 9
PCMS presents Time for Three

Perelman Theater
Kimmel Center
Broad and Spruce Streets

May 11-14

Pennsylvania Ballet
Academy of Music
240 South Broad Street

May 12-13
H.M.S. Pinafore

Suzanne Roberts Theatre
480 South Broad Street

May 13
Dream Flag Festival

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street


All Aboard! Build the Rail Park Happy Hour
Construction of The Rail Park is underway! Stretching from Broad Street at Noble to Callowhill between 11th and 12th Streets, this historic quarter mile will soon become Philadelphia's newest elevated public park, celebrating the city's industrial past and cultural heritage. Head to the Trestle Inn on May 3, 5-8pm, for the Build the Rail Park Happy Hour. A short program on the illustrious history of the area begins at 6pm. Twenty percent of all sales will help raise funds to close a $415,000 funding gap for Phase 1 construction. This event is free, but kindly register at RailParkHH.com.
Build the Rail Park Happy Hour, Trestle Inn, 339 North 11th Street, 267.239.0290, RailParkHH.com

Get Fit in Dilworth Park!
Spring Training continues through May 25 with free sports and fitness programs in Dilworth Park at City Hall:
- Tuesdays: Yoga @ Noon and Boot Camp @ 6pm
- Wednesdays: Silver Sneakers @ 1pm and City Fit Girls Running Club @ 6:30pm
- Thursdays: Zumba @ 6pm
- May 6: World Tai Chi Day, 11am-2:45pm

Also, be sure to fuel up with healthy offerings from the Dilworth Park Café. Spring Training is presented by Rothman Institute with partners Optimal Sport Health Clubs, City Fit Girls and BeWellPhilly.

Visit DilworthPark.org/springtraining/ for schedules, fitness tips and activewear discounts from Center City retailers.

Be the First to Visit Eastern State's Hospital Block!
Eastern State Penitentiary kicks off its 2017 season on May 5 with the first-ever public tours of the Hospital Block. Visitors have long wished to explore this space, but its severe deterioration has made touring the cellblock impossible – until now. Be among the first to walk the corridor of the Hospital Block, and to view three new artist installations for 2017. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and no reservations are required.
Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue, 215.236.5111, EasternState.org

Join LAGOS for a Mother’s Day event on May 7 from 12-2pm. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while you shop for mom and a photobooth to personalize your gift. For more information, contact lagosrittenhouse@lagos.com.
LAGOS Rittenhouse, 1735 Walnut Street, 215.567.0770, LAGOS.com

Good Food For All! Conference
On May 11, enjoy live food demonstrations, workshops and more at the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center! From 11am-3pm, learn about eating well on a budget, reducing food waste and other topics. Keynote Address by Saru Jayaraman, Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. The conference is for people who are SNAP eligible, hunger fighters, food educators and advocates for food access. Box lunch included. Presentations and workshops by: Asociación Puertorriqueños En Marcha, Challah for Hunger, City of Philadelphia's Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, Friends of Farmworkers, Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, Rooster Soup Company, South Philly Barbacoa, Vetri Community Partnership, Witnesses to Hunger and others. For tickets, click here.
Free Library of Philadelphia: Culinary Literacy Center, 1901 Vine Street, 215.686.5322 FreeLibrary.org

Know of any shopping, dining, happenings, or other inside information you think would be appropriate for IN Center City? Email us at: events@centercityphila.org
Brought to you by the Center City District
and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation
Public Ledger Building
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