UPCOMING WHCA EVENTS
10Tue., 8/2 at 6pm
Zoning Committee Meeting
@ the Enterprise Center (4548 Market Street)
Fri., 8/12 at 8pm
Free Summer Movie Night
Lea School Yard (47th Street btwn Locust & Spruce)
Sat. 9/10 from 8am-3pm
Walnut Hill Community Festival and Flea Market (48th Street between Walnut & Spruce - the street will be closed to traffic)
More details to come
Zoning Committee Meeting - Tue. 8/2/2016 - 6pm at 4548 Market St (Enterprise Center)
Get creative with Mural Arts!
On Friday, July 29, join in and paint a project designed by Eric Okdeh in conjunction with participants in workshops at the Kirkbride Center. The mural describes the process of acknowledging, accepting, and overcoming the hardships and struggles that occur in all our lives, ending in the warm embrace of community. We're also happy to welcome various community health and wellness organizations who will be tabling and sharing resources with attendees.
This event is free and open to the public of all ages.
Friday, July 29
Kirkbride Center Lawn
111 North 49th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139
Join us at The Next Community Meeting
The Walnut Hill Community Meeting has changed this month to Tuesday, June 21st at The Enterprise Center. The meeting will be from 6:00-7:30pm.
Come hear about:
Free Financial Counseling
Building Wealth and Health Network
Affordable High Speed Internet from Comcast
Walnut Hill's Movie Night - July 15th
Walnut Hill Community and Festival Day- September 10th
COMMUNITY WORKSHOP - FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT
Do you want to improve your financial IQ but you're not sure where to start? Are you interested in free financial counseling, a matched savings account, or reduced-rate internet service? Join us on Tuesday, June 21 at 6 PM at The Enterprise Center for a community meeting and workshop on financial empowerment!
Guest speakers from Clarifi, Drexel, and Comcast will share information about resources available to help you save money, improve your financial literacy, and make smart financial decisions. Click here for more details or contact NAC Manager Jesse Blitzsteinwith questions.
WEST PHILLY JAZZ EVENTS
Summer is here and that means heat, humidity, and lots of outdoor jazz music in West Philly! Jazz series and events in West Philadelphia this summer include:
Friday Night Jazz in Cedar Park, hosted by Cedar Park Neighbors, everyFriday evening in June and July from 6 PM - 8 PM.
West Philadelphia Jazz Heritage Series at Malcolm X Park, hosted by the Friends of
Malcolm X Park and Councilwoman Blackwell, every other Thursday evening through September 15, starting at 7 PM.
Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival at Saunders Park, hosted by People's Emergency Center, on July 16 from 12 PM - 7 PM.
Click here for more info on dates and performers.
EVENTS & RESOURCES
Health Fair on 52nd St
Community Solutions CDC is hosting a community health and wellness fair on 52nd Street at the Urban Art Gallery on Saturday, June 18 from 10 AM - 2 PM. Come out to 262 S 52nd Street to check out an impressive list of resource providers that Community Solutions CDC has lined up, as well as live music and activities for kids!
Kids Health & Fitness Series
CHOP, Friends of Malcolm X Park and other partners will be hosting free physical fitness programming for families with children ages 6-12 at Malcolm X Park! The health and fitness series at the park starts July 11 and will run every Monday evening from 5:30 PM - 7 PM throughAugust 29. For more information email MLXPsummerhealth@gmail.com.
Philly311 is your non-emergency hotline for all city service needs and information requests. If you need help locating a city service or addressing issues such as trash dumping, abandoned vehicles, or overgrown vacant lots in your neighborhood, you can call 3-1-1, visit Philly311 online, or download the 311 app! With the app you can submit requests live on your smart phone as you encounter issues in your community, include pictures, and then track the outcomes of those requests.
Gain Financial Empowerment! Join Us For This Meeting
Community Supported Agriculture
CONGRATULATIONS to our newly elected WHCA Officers who will serve from June 2015 thru June 2017
President - Horace Paterson, First Vice President - Margaret Livingston, Second Vice President - Amin Anthony Harris, Treasurer - Nadine Livingston, Financial Secretary - Andrea Maxwell, Secretary - Louise Martin, Assistant Secretary - Delores Fisher
Come out to Henry C. Lea School this Thursday for the Philadelphia Literacy Fair. Learn about exciting summer and after-school programs that promote reading and writing.
Walnut Hill Neighborhood Plan Meeting 5/4
Come out to the next Walnut Hill Community Meeting on February 26 at the Enterprise Center to take part in a discussion and brainstorming session to work on the new Neighborhood Plan our community!
Public Safety Services Campus Update Meeting - POSTPONED due to Severe Cold Weather on Thursday evening. New meeting date is TBD.
There will be another update meeting regarding the Public Safety Services Campus, home to the new Police Headquarters, Public Health Laboratories, and the Medical Examiner's Office and Morgue, on February 19 at the Enterprise Center.
WHCA Zoning Meeting - Tuesday 6/7 at 6pm
WHCA Zoning Meeting - Tuesday 6/7 at 6pm at the Enterprise Center 4848 Market St. Property owner is requesting zoning variance to convert property at 4930 Walnut St from Single-family Dwelling to Multi-family (3-family dwelling).
Summer Reading Games Program
Summer Reading Games program for kids starts soon
Rep. James R. Roebuck is sponsoring a Summer Reading Games program, a great way to encourage our children to continue reading throughout the summer months. During the program, children must commit to reading one hour each day, beginning Monday, June 27 through Friday, Aug. 5.
Children in grades K-8 are eligible to participate. They will receive recognition for the weeks and hours they read.
To qualify for recognition, here's how to register: Please call or stop by 4712 Baltimore Ave., 215-724-2227 or download the registration form by clicking here.
Crime Update Alert
In the past two weeks, there have been three reported gunpoint robberies in the area of 44th and Chestnut. The 18th Police District released an alert about the incidents and believe two of them may be related.
Police are asking the public to forward any information about these crimes or the suspect to Detective Kathryn Gordon at Southwest Detective Division, Special Investigations Unit. She can be reached by phone (215.476.1131) or email (Kathryn.Gordon@phila.gov).
In two recent robberies, business owners attempted to pursue the suspect out of their establishments, leading to the suspects drawing their weapon and in one case firing. We strongly advise against attempting to confront armed suspects.
University City District is increasing Ambassador patrols, and the police are also organizing an increased presence in the area.
If you need a walking escort, please remember to call 215-387-3942 between 10am-3am, seven days a week. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Alan Garry, UCD's Director, Public Safety, at firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMUNITY ZONING MEETING
West Philly Foods CSA
The Dirt Factory is a community composting facility open to West Philadelphia residents 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 Walnut Hill 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 facilities, where community members can learn more about composting at home, and gardening using compost.
The Dirt Factory during 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@example.com to arrange pickup. Also contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in obtaining finished compost from The Dirt Factory.
See more, including a list of compostable materials at: http://www.universitycity.org/dirt-factory#sthash.NwcbFwpW.dpu
Car Giveaway Program for Low-Income Families
This is an opportunity that may be of interest to people you know in West Philadelphia. The nonprofit organization Vehicles for Change provides refurbished used cars at discounted cost to low-income individuals and families who could benefit from car access. They are doing a car giveaway event in Philadelphia on June 11, and accepting applications for cars through the end of this week, Friday, May 13.
Please see the attached instructions for more detailed information, and feel free to pass along to anyone you know who might be interested in this opportunity. I would advise that anyone who is interested look very closely at the instructions and application to ensure that they can meet the guidelines and provide all the information requested. I have also included additional details below.
***Please send completed applications attached below to Greer Mellon (email@example.com) as soon as they are ready for review. We will review applications and make car matches on a first-come first-served basis. The preliminary deadline for completed applications is Friday, May 13. ***
Here is some additional information about the program:
· The final price participants will pay for their cars is $1,100. The cars are all high-quality used cars, that are typically valued between $2,000 to $5,000 dollars.
· We are able to guarantee a loan (at a 7.99% annual interest rate) for anyone who needs it. The Sandy Spring loan document in the application is what we use to set up loan paperwork.
· We also ask that individuals have approximately $500 in savings to cover the cost of insurance, tags, and titling.
· We typically hold an orientation for car recipients a week before the car award event. We will be in touch with more information when the schedule is finalized.
· Recipients will need to pick up their cars in person on June 11 at an award ceremony at a Mazda dealership in Philadelphia. Recipients will need to provide their own transportation to the event, and can drive their car home.
Annual prom safety and gown giveaway this Friday & Saturday
Join us on Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. at the Greater Bibleway Temple 1461 N. 52nd St. in Philadelphia for my Safety Pledge Prom Fashion Show and Giveaway.
I am so proud to again host my annual Prom Gown and Suit Giveaway. In addition to formal wear and accessories, teens will hear how to keep themselves safe on prom night and every night.
My staff will be on hand to provide information on a variety of state programs.
Students attending the giveaway will be able to learn about prom night safety.
Underage drinking laws will be discussed, including the state’s zero-tolerance rule, which considers an underage driver intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content as low as 0.02.
We will have information on Pennsylvania’s Good Samaritan law. Learn how you can report somebody in danger of suffering serious injury or death from alcohol.
Take care of yourself and each other! Call this toll-free hotline, 1-888-Under-21, to report underage drinking.
I know our youth face peer pressures, which seem to grow on prom night. I hope we can provide them with the information they need to protect themselves and make smart decisions. I want the students to have a night of glamour and, while they are picking out their outfits, have a chance to learn the importance of treating their dates, as well as themselves, with respect.
I am still collecting prom gowns, suits, tuxedoes and accessories donations for this event.
If you would like to donate any of the prom-related items for this event or for more information on the event, please contact my constituent service office at 215-879-6615.
Please contact my office if you have any questions.
-Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown
Join our workshop (4029 Market St) on Monday, May 9th from 6-8 pm. We're discussing the proposed soda tax and its potential impact on our community from economic, public health, and policy standpoints. We’ll be learning together over dinner and then hearing from a panel of experts, including: Cheryl Bettigole, Division Director for Chronic Disease Prevention with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health; Dwayne Wharton, Director of External Affairs with The Food Trust; Otis Hackney, Philadelphia's Chief Education Officer; and Marc Stier, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. We’d love for you to join us! You can reserve a ticket here.
Eats for Equity Fundraiser
Join us for Eats for Equity
May 12, 2016 | 5pm – 8pm
Now featuring a live demo from Chopped champion Chef Timothy Witcher.
Visit eatsforequity2016.eventbrite.com to get your tickets today!!
Baby Shower for new and expectant Mothers 4/23/2016
NEIGHBORHOOD PUBLIC SAFETY MEETING - Thur 4/13/2016 @ 6pm
PHILLY SPRING CLEANUP DAY - Sat. April 16th 9am-noon
Come join us on this Saturday 4/16 to help cleanup our neighborhood. It will be 66 degrees and sunny on Saturday! Meet at 9am at 47th & Sansom Streets.
Per the city, the cleanup has been postponed until next weekend due to weather.
Due to the forecasted inclement weather, the Streets Department has made the decision to postpone the 9th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup until SATURDAY, APRIL 16. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and with the safety of all residents and sanitation crews at the forefront.
That being said, please hold on to your supplies, rally more neighbors, family and friends and on Saturday, April 16 – let's all get together and pick it up, Philly!
Get a FREE Street Tree Planted Outside Your House
Sign up for a free street tree by May 2nd to be eligible for the fall 2016 planting! All Philadelphia residents can request a street tree outside their home as part of the city's Plant One Million program. Help preserve Walnut Hill's tree heritage. New street trees are smaller and not destructive to sidewalks. Read about the benefits of trees here and take a look at the different approved species on the TreePhilly website. Download and print the form below, then fill it out and deliver it to the UC Green office.
Construction Worker needed at 4700 Walnut St.
Job Description: The general contractor of the old West Philadelphia High School has requested that its subcontractors give hiring preference to individuals from Walnut Hill.
Available positions will be in general labor. Typically, the day to day responsibilities include physically demanding tasks such as site cleanup, moving building materials, and assisting different trades in the areas of carpentry, plumbing, electrical and HVAC.
‐Experience in construction (2 years preferred)
‐Able to work in a physically demanding environment
‐Commitment to high quality work
‐OSHA 10 certification (preferred)
‐Two references, sent to the contact below
For more information, please contact the number and email address below:
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org Phone – 347‐282‐5500
PHILLY SPRING CLEANUP DAY - Sat. April 5th 9am-noon
WHCA is organizing the cleanup for our neighborhood from 9am-noon. Meet at Walnut Hill playground at 47th & Sansom. SIGN UP HERE: http://www.walnuthillca.org/springcleanup
Zoning meeting regarding 4727 - 4729 Walnut St
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Free Tax Prep Services at The Enterprise Center
WPSI is Now Recruiting West Philadelphians for training and job opportunities as a Landscape Technician with Green City Works
Participants of this program will enjoy:
Successful candidates will:
Apply today! The application deadline is February 26, 2016.
Apply online here, or print and mail/fax the program application to WPSI.
January Walnut Hill Community Meeting CANCELLED
Our January Monthly General meeting originally scheduled for Thursday 1/28/2016 is CANCELLED for this month due to hazardous sidewalk and road conditions. The next meeting will be on Thursday February 25, 2016 @ 6pm at the Enterprise Center.
Walnut Hill Holiday Extravaganza - Mon., 12/21 from 2:30-4:30 pm
Seasons Greetings neighbors! Come join us at the Walnut Hill Holiday Extravaganza at the Max Paul Park (Market St btwn 45th & 46th Sts) on Monday 12/21. We can also use your help in our coat drive for our community- if you have any gently used coats that you're willing to give away to needing members of our community, please contact us (email@example.com) and message us here on Facebook.
DECEMBER COMMUNITY MEETING - Tue., 12/8/2015 6-8pm
IMPORTANT COMMUNITY MEETING - Wed., 11/11/2015 6-8pm
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