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Mid-May 2016     Happenings Inside
IN Center City
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As the Center City District turns 25 and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation turns 60, we are excited to shine the spotlight on the new Center City District Foundation (CCDF) as the charity of choice for those who want to continue the transformation of downtown Philadelphia. Visit our new website, SupportCCDF.org, to learn about new projects and initiatives you can support and to watch our new CCDF video. And don’t forget about our special 25th Anniversary promotion: Danuta Mieloch, owner of Rescue Spa at 1601 Walnut Street, has generously offered a $100 gift card to the first 25 donors who make a gift of $250 or more to CCDF between now and May 31, 2016. Join us by making a gift today.


Kickboxing at City Hall? Yoga on the Albert M. Greenfield Lawn? Yes! Spring Training is at Dilworth Park, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through May 26. From cardio kickboxing to yoga, from running to Zumba- there's a variety of free programs conducted by experts in the field of sports and personal fitness. The programs are made possible by the generous support of the Rothman Institute and Jefferson Health. Schedule and details: DilworthPark.org

Now Through July 17
Sister Act

Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut Street

May 19
Moby - Porcelain: A Memoir

Free Library of Philadelphia
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street

May 19, 26, June 2
Pairings On the Parkway
Sister Cities Park
18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

May 25
Philadelphia Sinfonia Festival Concert

Kimmel Center
Broad and Spruce Streets

Opens May 26
Barbara Paganin: Memoria Aperta

Philadelphia Art Alliance
251 South 18th Street

June 1
The Rock School for Dance Education

Merriam Theater
250 South Broad Street

June 4, 5
Prison Food Weekend:
Nutraloaf from Around the U.S.

Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Avenue

Get More Info


Shop, Dine and Save Four-Legged Lives
On May 18, businesses and animal lovers across Philadelphia will come together for a daylong fundraiser in support of PAWS’ lifesaving efforts. Restaurants, shops, and more will donate 10% of proceeds to bring Philadelphia closer to becoming a no-kill shelter city for vulnerable animals. Visit the website for a complete list of participants.
Philly Loves PAWS, Various locations, PhillyLovesPaws.org

No, it's Hedley
Join the incomparable Mel Brooks at the Academy of Music on May 21 for an exclusive, inside look at his storied career, and the making of the legendary and groundbreaking movie Blazing Saddles. This outrageous masterpiece, considered one of the top comedy films of all time, will be presented on the big screen, followed by a live conversation and audience Q&A with Mel Brooks himself.
Academy of Music, 240 South Broad Street, 215.893.1999, KimmelCenter.org

38th Annual Society Hill Open House & Garden Tour

On May 22, 1-5pm, take a delightful, self-guided walking tour of ten private homes and gardens in historic Society Hill. The houses’ architectural and interior styles range from the 18th and 19th Century to contemporary. All proceeds benefit the Society Hill Civic Association, sponsor of the tour. Also, open house tour ticket holders may enjoy a 15% discount for dinner after the tour at four area restaurants. Advance ticket purchase is suggested. To purchase a ticket, or to get more information, please call 215.629.1288, or email mattdejulio@aol.com. Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Group rates for five or more are available. Complimentary light refreshments and rest rooms will be available. Comfortable shoes recommended.
Society Hill Open House & Garden Tour, Various locations, 215.629.1288, SocietyHillCivic.org

Gershman Y Art Crawl - Washington Square

Join Gershman Y Executive Director Maxine Gaiber on May 22 for a spectacular art crawl of private artist homes, studios and art galleries. From 1-5pm, visit the home and studio of artist David Slovic; photographer Judy Gelles’ studio; the studio of John Wind; and the Seraphin Gallery to tour the works of Philip Adams. You'll travel on foot to each stop and will be climbing stairs, so wear comfortable walking shoes. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Cost: $75 each. Proceeds benefit the Gershman Y gallery program. For more information, call 215.446.3026.
Gershman Y Art Crawl, Various locations, 215.545.4400, GershmanY.org

Explore America's History all Summer
The Once Upon A Nation 2016 season kicks off on Memorial Day weekend! All summer long, Once Upon A Nation brings American history alive through Independence After Hours and Tippler's Tours, storytelling benches, historical reenactments and much more. For a complete list of programs, locations and schedules, visit their website.
Once Upon A Nation, Various locations, 215.629.4026, HistoricPhiladelphia.org/once-upon-a-nation/

Take Transit
Philadelphia's great transit system and pedestrian-friendly streets make car-free travel, shopping and dining easy in Center City! Get information on routes, fares, schedules and more, at SEPTA.org or RidePATCO.org.

Brought to you by the Center City District
and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation
Public Ledger Building
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