psaa_poster_f_smallTICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR THE UPCOMING 4TH ANNUAL ART AUCTION AT THEATRE EXILE!
We have nearly 30 South Philly artists participating with an incredible range of work. Please come out for an evening of culture and take home a beautiful new piece of art.
The event will feature live music, great food from local restaurants, beer and wine.
Buy your ticket in advance here and save $5!
We look forward to seeing you there on Friday, March 20 from 7 to 10 pm at Theatre Exile! More information is available at passyunksquare.org/art.

The March General Meeting is this Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 pm at Annunciation BVM Church Hall (S. 10th & Dickinson). Guest speakers Michele Gambino and Thomas Gilbertson will present an update on the 9th Street & Washington Avenue Business Improvement District, and a representative from the Philadelphia Museum of Art will also present information about the Inside/Out program – working with PSCA and our neighboring civic association, East Passyunk Crossing, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be placing several reproductions from its collection on display in outdoor sites around our neighborhood this summer from May 15-August 9. Come hear more about this program and installation sites we’re working on.

Passyunk Gardens End of Winter Meet and Greet - March 11, 6:30 pm at Devil’s Den

We’re getting ready to start planting in Passyunk Gardens! So it’s time to say hello to our old “perennial” friends and meet some new ones.  If you’re interested in helping out at Passyunk Gardens this is a great way to find out more about how we manage things. Everyone is welcome! If you can’t make it but would still like to get involved email us at beautification@passyunk.org
Passyunk Pruning - March 29, 10 am - 12 pm, meet at Passyunk Gardens
Calling all Passyunk Square Tree Tenders (and aspiring ones!) We’re planning our first pruning event of the year and we need your help. Pruning is important maintenance that keeps trees healthy and looking beautiful. If you’re already a seasoned pruner, we need you on our team. If you’re looking to learn how to prune, we’re happy to show you how.
We’ll be pruning one or two blocks of trees in the neighborhood at a location to be determined. If your block could use some moderate tree pruning –  work that doesn’t require a ladder – let us know.
Email us at beautification@passyunk.org for more information or to RSVP.

Stormwater Management Planters - Soak It Up! Adoption Programstormwater management garden

PSCA is working with the Philadelphia Water Department this year to ensure that stormwater management installations in our neighborhood – the planters and rain garden at Columbus Square Park, the planter outside the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, the tree trench on 12th Street between Dickinson and Tasker, and the tree trench on 10th Street between Wilder and Reed – are as beautiful as they are effective in keeping our water clean.

Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help! If you are interested in being trained to monitor stormwater sites, please email beautification@passyunk.org. Being a monitor is as easy as submitting an online form each week to report on the condition of these gardens. You can also read more about PWD’s innovative Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative at their website.

South Philly Language Exchange Program
Do you want to learn some Spanish? Would you like to meet Spanish-speaking neighbors and help them to learn English, while supporting a local Mexican restaurant and building community in Passyunk Square? Join your neighbors at one of the upcoming South Philly Language Exchange Open Table events, at 7 pm on March 12 at Fiesta Acapulco (1122 S. 9th St) and April 23 at Tamalex (1163 S. 7th St). We generally meet one Thursday evening each month at a local restaurant to socialize and chat. This event is open to everyone and is informal and fun. If you come, you can order food or not, and you will be made to feel welcome!

ESL Classes
ESL classes for Level 0 and Level 1 are underway on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Columbus Square Rec Center. Watch for information on our Facebook page and passyunksquare.org for future sessions.

The Zoning Committee is busy this month!  

 We have 1 informational discussion and 6 zoning cases for our March 10 meeting.  They are:
  • Informational discussion: A presentation from the team behind the new Triangle Tavern, who will tell us about their reopening plans and outdoor seating concept.
  • 1151 S. 7th Street – Application for the legalization of a duplex
  • 1210 S. 13th Street – informational presentation for single family construction
  • 1331 S. Juniper – Second presentation for mixed use proposal
  • 827 Wharton Street – Second information presentation for mixed use development
  • 1225 Annin Street – Application for multi-family residential use
  • 1018 Ellsworth street – application to legalize multi-family use
The Zoning Committee is also pleased to announce that the PSCA Board recently adopted new zoning guidelines that govern the composition of our zoning committee and conduct of our meetings.  The new guidelines are posted at passyunk.org/zoning.
The Zoning Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 10, at 7 pm at Annunciation BVM Church Hall (10th & Dickinson). Email zoning@passyunk.org with any questions regarding the Zoning Committee.

CREED notice 2015_1Scenes for the movie “Creed” are filming in our neighborhood next week with the permission of the Philadelphia Film Office and the Philadelphia Police. Affected streets have received flyers, but we want to make sure everyone is aware of the upcoming parking restrictions.

The detailed parking restrictions are listed on the flyer linked here. The No Parking times will go into effect on Monday, February 16 at 6 pm and continue until Thursday, February 19 at 11 pm.

In recognition of this inconvenience, if you cannot find on-street parking elsewhere in the area, the film company has made arrangements for the lot on the northeast corner of Broad and Washington to be available. The entrance is on Washington Avenue just east of Broad Street. The lot is only available for use during the No Parking times stated above. After 11 pm on Thursday, February 19, the lot will be closed.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Locations Department at 267-507-9087. Thank you for your cooperation.

La Hoja Informativa más reciente de la PSCA ahora está disponible en español. Haz clic aquí. The most recent PSCA Newsletter is now available in Spanish. Click here.

2013 Pop Up Garden Broad StreetDon’t miss the General Meeting this Tuesday, February 3 at 6:30 pm – this time we will meet at St. Maron Church Hall (1013 Ellsworth Street). Join us to hear from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) about a proposed pop-up garden in our neighborhood to run in the warmer months of 2015. Since 2011, each year PHS has created a unique public garden space on an underutilized lot. The projects were each custom designed to highlight the transformative power of horticulture and bring attention to the surrounding neighborhood. Hear about the vision for this temporary use of a space in our neighborhood and sites under consideration – including the lot at 9th and Wharton.

Photo of 2013 Pop Up Garden on Broad Street – courtesy of PHS

Run for the PSCA Board of Directors!

The election for the Passyunk Square Board of Directors will be held at the Passyunk Square Civic Association General Membership meeting on May 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm. At the April 7, 2015 General Membership Meeting, the Election Committee will present a slate of nominees who will be on the ballot for the May election. YOU can be on that ballot.

Click on this link for more details and for the online candidate information form that must be submitted by 11:59 pm on March 1. Questions? Nominating Committee Chair Dan Pohlig will be at our February General Meeting.
Suggest a Nominee for the Board!

Do you know someone who would be a great fit for the Passyunk Square Civic Association Board of Directors? Nominate this neighborhood hero using the form at this link! Submissions are due by 11:59 pm on February 15, 2015.

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