language exchange eventDo 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?

If so, then join us on Thursday, August 28 at 7 pm at Plaza Garibaldi Mexican Restaurant (935 Washington Ave.) for our monthly South Philly Language Exchange Open Language Table event. 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!

language exchange event¿Quiere aprender un poco de inglés?

¿Le gustaría conocer a sus vecinos que hablan inglés y ayudarlos a que aprendan un poco de español, al mismo tiempo apoyando un restaurante mexicano local y ayudando a integrar las comunidades hispano y anglohablantes?

Si dijo que sí, por favor acompáñenos el jueves, 28 de agosto en el restaurante Plaza Garibaldi (935 Washington Ave.) para participar en el South Philly Language Exchange Program.  Este evento está abierto a todos, y es informal y divertido.  Si viene, puede pedir comida si desea, y será calurosamente bienvenido.

On the agenda for the September 2 General Membership Meeting will be discussion and voting on a number of amendments to the Passyunk Square Civic Association bylaws, which have been in place since 2012. Most of these changes reflect clarifications on the election, make-up and service of the association’s Board of Directors and came about from our experience with this past spring’s board elections.

Please take the time to review the new bylaws, which are available HERE (pdf). An overview of the changes is HERE (pdf).

The bylaws are a living document and we are always looking for ways to improve them so that the civic association can remain true to its values of transparency and trust, and best serve the community of Passyunk Square. As per the current bylaws we are making proposed changes available to the membership at least 15 days prior to the vote.

The vote on September 2 will be a voice vote of everyone assembled for the meeting. As always, we encourage you to attend so that you can participate in this exercise of civic association governance and learn more about what the civic association is working on and other neighborhood news. If you have any questions prior to the meeting, or if you would like a more detailed analysis of all of the changes to the bylaws, please email contact@passyunk.org.

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.

Music in the Park at Gold Star Park
On August 13 at 7 pm, the final “Music in the Park” of summer 2014 will feature the jazz, R&B, and funk sounds of The Madison Project.  For more information on Gold Star summer events, visit the Gold Star Park Facebook page.

Gold Star Park Kids @ Play
On Saturday, August 16, from 9:30 am – 11 am, Gold Star Park will once again host “Kids @ Play,” a playgroup offered on the third Saturday of every month through September, in conjunction with the Friends of Kirkbride, South Philly Food Co-op, and Friends of Gold Star Park. Toys, a group activity, and healthy snacks are provided.

Capitolo Playground Advisory Council
The next Capitolo Advisory Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 10 at 7 pm – all are welcome!  Meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of every month. For upcoming summer events at Capitolo, visit the Capitolo Playground Facebook page.

Columbus Square Fundraiser
Save the date! The Columbus Square Park Fundraising Committee is planning a rooftop fundraising event at Wharton Lofts on Friday, September 12 from 6 pm – 8 pm. Food and drink donations are being solicited from local businesses. Learn how you can get engaged! Plan to attend this fun event to see the park’s renovation plans and hear the latest on fundraising progress.  To purchase tickets contact columbussquarepark@gmail.com. Suggested donation: $25.

Please join us in collecting supplies for our neighborhood schools from August 23 through September 6! Drop off any supply donations at Acme (1400 E. Passyunk Avenue) or the firehouse (1357 S. 12th Street).

Copy paper is especially needed, along with other suggested items:

  • book bags
  • #2 pencils
  • pencil sharpeners
  • erasers
  • pens
  • crayons
  • glue sticks
  • boxes of tissues
  • broad-tip markers
  • scissors
  • pencil cases
  • spiral-bound or marble notebooks
  • pocket folders
  • hand sanitizers/disinfecting wipes
  • rulers
  • calculators
  • construction paper
  • colored paper
  • paper towels
  • Band-Aids

Thanks in advance!

Pruning Club
Join us for the next meet up with the PSCA pruning club! Sunday August 17 at 10 am, meet at Passyunk Gardens.  We’ll be working with certified arborist Joe Schiavo on one of the blocks in our neighborhood. Our last session was a great success and we learned a lot of great tips! (Check out some photos on Facebook here)!  And save the date for our fall sessions: 9/21 and 10/5!

Tree Tenders
We encourage all tree enthusiasts to also consider taking the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Advanced Tree Tenders program as well. The series will feature eight 2-hour classes, each focused on a specific topic, on one Wednesday evening per month from September through April. Students can attend live sessions in Center City Philadelphia, view real-time webcasts of the classes, or if that timing does not work out, see the archived versions at a later time. Tuition for the entire 8-part series is $50 and includes class materials. Register at www.pennhort.net/treetenders.

Passyunk Gardens is still going strong!  Open hours are Thursday 10-12 and Sundays 4-6. Come by at Wharton & Passyunk and see what’s growing!

For more information on tree events, ongoing work at Passyunk Gardens, or other projects to beautify the neighborhood, email us at beautification@passyunk.org, or visit our web page.

Home Tour tickets now on sale!

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Home Tour, Saturday October 11, 2014! Advance tickets are $20 and day-of tickets will be $25. Advertisers and additional homes are also still being accepted – for information, visit passyunksquare.org/hometour or email hometour@passyunk.org!


The Home Tour, one of PSCA’s most important annual fundraisers, is a self-guided ticketed event showcasing homes throughout the neighborhood. The tour features homes in all stages of renovation, and provides a chance to compare contractors, get ideas, and meet neighbors. The Home Tour will also be featured in the citywide 2014 DesignPhiladelphia Festival.

ESL Classes

The fourth session of ESL classes (Level 0 and Level 1) will begin the week of September 8.  A registration session will be held at the Columbus Square Recreation Center on Thursday, September 4 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

South Philly Language Exchange Program

Americorps VISTA and the PSCA have partnered to offer monthly language exchange sessions at rotating neighborhood Mexican restaurants. The goal of this program is to bring together two populations that might not otherwise have contact, for networking, friendship and community building. This is a low-pressure, loosely organized program in which participants can choose to order food or not. Whether you know a lot of Spanish, or almost none, all are welcome! Watch Facebook and Twitter for the next locations and dates!

Newsletter Translation

The monthly PSCA Newsletter continues to be translated into Spanish and posted to the website monthly. Chinese translation of the newsletter will begin in the fall, pending the award of a recently submitted Activities Grant.

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