Newsletter and Trash & Recycling and Volunteers04 Aug 2015 12:30 pm
We have two events coming up for Trash & Recycling enthusiasts:
Trash and Recycling Committee meeting: 6:30 pm, Thursday, August 20 August 27 at the Pop-up Garden (9th and Wharton). The agenda will include the push to get local retail businesses to help out by putting trash cans outside during business hours, and planning for an October 10 recycling event (paper shredding, e-waste, and hopefully hazardous waste collection – more to come on this!).
Monthly Cleanup: Saturday, August 29 at Gold Star Park and 6th & 7th streets. Watch for details on Twitter and Facebook.
*This post has been edited to add meeting time and date change.

Newsletter and Volunteers04 Aug 2015 11:45 am

We at Passyunk Square Civic Association are looking for volunteers to canvass our neighborhood in order to meet residents, let them know who we are and get neighbors involved in our activities.

The canvassing will occur on Saturday, September 19. We will meet at the Capitolo Playground building, on 9th Street below Federal Street, at 10:00 AM. We anticipate that the canvassing should end by around 2:00 PM.

If you are interested in helping for one day or know of anyone else who may be, please RSVP on this form to Christine Knapp or Jeff Brown at outreach@passyunk.org.

Newsletter and Town Watch and Volunteers04 Aug 2015 11:30 am

Passyunk Square Civic Association is rejuvenating our Neighborhood Ambassador Program (NAP). The NAP is our outreach to homeowners and residents in our neighborhood. Its goals include making neighbors aware of PSCA’s existence and engaging as many of you as possible in our activities.

We are interested in having a Neighborhood Ambassador for each of the many blocks in our community but we need volunteers to do so. We urge you to become involved to help keep our neighborhood safe and clean as well as a great place to live, work and raise your family.

If you or any of your neighbors is interested in becoming a Neighborhood Ambassador, please contact Jeff Brown at outreach@passyunk.org. Thank you.

Columbus Square and Event and Home Tour and Newsletter and Town Watch and Volunteers04 Aug 2015 11:00 am

We hope you will join us tonight at 7:00 pm for our National Night Out neighborhood walk! Details posted here. If you can’t make it to the walk, you can still participate by leaving your front and back exterior house lights on, and sitting outside to greet neighbors!

Columbus Square Park is now on Twitter! Follow Columbus Square Park at @mycolumbussq to stay on top of all the happenings in the Square.

We are seeking homes for the October 17 Home Tour! Preliminary details available here. To volunteer your home for this annual fundraising event or to request more information, email hometour@passyunk.org.

Volunteers are also always welcome at Passyunk Gardens! Open hours are Sundays, 4-6pm. Did you know that this season we have been able to donate over 40 pounds of tomatoes, not to mention zucchinis, peppers, eggplants and herbs, to community organizations like the Doe Fund and United Communities?

And don’t forget, PSCA monthly general meetings will resume for the year next month, on September 1! Check out the calendar for more events.

Event and Newsletter and Volunteers09 Jul 2015 04:15 pm

Would you like to help keep our neighborhood safe?  Would you like to get other neighbors involved in doing so also?  Then join us as we participate in a walk through our neighborhood on National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4.  National Night Out is an annual community building campaign that promotes community-police partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer and better place to live.

We at Passyunk Square Civic Association need volunteers to join us and walk together through our neighborhood on the evening of August 4, talking to neighbors and distributing information regarding safety and PSCA as well.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jeff Brown at jeffbrown39@verizon.net.

Communication and Newsletter and Volunteers09 Jul 2015 12:12 pm

Volunteer Opportunity! Passyunk Square Civic Association is looking for a dedicated volunteer(s) to help out with communications. This commitment would include:

  • updating and maintaining the passyunksquare.org website
  • updating the events calendar
  • maintaining the Facebook page
  • planning and sending the monthly email newsletter
  • submitting a monthly summary of communication activities to the board of directors

If you are creative, good with words, organized, and enthusiastic about the neighborhood, this could be a great opportunity for you! Experience with Mailchimp, WordPress, Facebook pages, and Google Analytics would be helpful but is not required. If interested in helping with any or all of these tasks, please email contact@passyunk.org!

Beautification and Capitolo and Event and Newsletter and Volunteers01 Jun 2015 11:47 am
Volunteer at Passyunk Gardens!
The garden is in full swing and a reminder to neighbors that we open to all and always need help! With the help of PHS’s City Harvest program and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Penn State Extension Master Gardener’s program, we run the garden as a demonstration garden and grow a wide variety of edible plants. Produce is donated to local partner and shared with volunteers and visitor! Right now we’ve got kale, collards, garlic and other greens finishing up and tomatoes and peppers just taking off. We’re preparing for another try at hay bale gardening and getting ready to tie up the hops.
Sundays from 4-6 are our open hours and we need volunteers to greet visitors and show them around during these times, bring a snack to share, play some music or otherwise help make these open hours a fun time. Volunteers can also take a week out of their summer and agree to spot water the garden as needed. We have an irrigation system for most of the beds, but potted plants need to be watered by hand if it doesn’t rain.
Finally, we’re always looking for new ideas for events, gardening projects and workshops. Get in touch if you’d like to do something fun in the garden!To get involved, stop by Sundays 4-6 or email beautification@passyunk.org. More information is also available on our website, or like the garden Facebook page and follow us on twitter/instagram @passyunkgardens


“Don’t Trash on Me” sidewalk art event with Keep Philadelphia Beautiful and Fleisher’s ColorWheels – June 10, 4-6, Capitolo Playground

Help promote litter prevention! Through a generous grant from Keep Philadelphia Beautiful we’ll be working with some local after school programs and Fleisher Art Memorial’s ColorWheels program to create sidewalk art encouraging passers by to use the Big Belly trash and recycling receptacles near Pat’s and Geno’s.  Lil’ Pop Shop will be on hand with some free popsicles during the event and the artwork will stay on display into the summer. If you’re not already part of a nearby after school program and you’d like to bring your child to participate, email us at beautification@passyunk.org.


Passeggiata and Inside Out

East Passyunk Business Improvement District is promoting Wednesday evenings as the night for “Passeggiata” – an Italian evening summer stroll on East Passyunk Avenue with discounts and special offers. It’s perfect opportunity to visit all the outdoor reproductions of works from the Philadelphia Museum of Art that are up in our neighborhood! Download a map of the Inside Out sites on our website and take a stroll around the neighborhood! On Wednesday June 3, PSCA and East Passyunk Crossing Civic will be out at the Fountain with maps to give out as well – so stop by and say hello!

Soak it Up! Adoption Program
PSCA continues its partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) 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.
We have a great team working on this but can always use more help! Volunteers to help us monitor these sites and receive training about how the sites function and how the neighborhood can report problems and give feedback to PWD.  Email beautification@passyunk.org for more information about joining our team. You can also read more about PWD’s innovative Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative at their website.

Cleanup and Event and Newsletter and Trash & Recycling and Volunteers07 Apr 2015 12:17 pm

PSCA Spring Clean up!_3.262015Get a jump start on spring cleaning with these upcoming events:ShreddingEventFlyer_Final_2015v2

Kick things off with the Trash & Recycling Committee at a Happy Hour this Thursday, April 9, at 6pm at Garage. Then on Saturday, April 11 join your neighbors to clean up your block during the citywide Philly Spring Cleanup from 9am-2pm – come out to Passyunk Gardens (at Passyunk & Wharton) to borrow cleaning supplies for your block! And don’t forget to bring your old paperwork to the Shredding Event at Capitolo Park, also on April 11 from 10am to noon, for safe, secure, and eco-friendly disposal!

For cleanup inspiration, look no further than Jamal, an ABM employee who does street cleaning for our neighborhood twice a week… thank you Jamal!


Beautification and Columbus Square and Newsletter and Trees and Volunteers07 Apr 2015 11:16 am
Calling all Tree Tenders! Tree Planting April 25
Capitolo Playground
8:45am – 1pm

Our spring tree planting is scheduled for Saturday April 25 and we need your help!  We’re looking for volunteers in general but we’re also looking for 3-4 tree tenders to be group leaders at the event. We could also use help picking up the trees on Friday April 24 and setting up for the event on Saturday morning. If you’re available to help with any of these special tasks email beautification@passyunk.org!

Even if you’re not a tree tender, the tree planting is a fun day out in the neighborhood and no prior experience is required. Breakfast snacks provided and post-planting happy hour details to come!  Join us if you can!

Passyunk Gardens open days begin Sunday April 26

We had a great first work day this past weekend and by the end of the month should have a quite a few things starting to come up!  Join us on April 26 for our first open day! We’ll be open every Sunday after that for the rest of the season.

This year we’ll be working with the Philadelphia Master Gardeners to help answer all of your gardening questions during open hours! Feel free to bring plants and specialized requests. If we can’t answer them immediately, we’ll take them back to the Master Gardeners’ network to get them answered! And speaking of the Master Gardeners, their annual plant sale is earlier in the day on the 26th, so consider stopping by there as well: April 26th 11-2:30 at the PA Hort Center in Fairmount Park.

We’re always looking for new volunteers to help out in the garden, so like our Facebook page and email us at beautification@passyunk.org to get on our Google group.

Soak it Up! Adoption Program
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.

Now that Spring has come we’d love to show more volunteers how to monitor these sites! If you’re interested in joining this team of volunteers please email beautification@passyunk.org for more information. You can also read more about PWD’s innovative Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative at their website.

And save these dates in May for other beautification projects:

May 5: Tree applications due for fall planting. Details and application form here.
May 16: Yard Tree giveaway. Details here including free tree delivery courtesy of ZipCar!

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