Message from Fundraising Chair Ilene Wilder

2015 is shaping up to be another great year in the Passyunk Square Civic Association. With the annual Art Auction in March, and the Plant Sale, Home Tour, and other great events already lined up, not to mention the ongoing beautification efforts and neighborhood cleanups, we are geared for another fun and productive year.

Your participation, whether donating your time or money, is critical to our success.  If you haven’t made a donation yet during our annual appeal drive, good news - you still can! Thank you for supporting the Passyunk Square Civic Association. Together We Make a Difference!

Read the Annual Appeal letter here, or visit to donate using the PayPal button on the right side of the page.

The holidays are coming to an end – wondering what to do with your Christmas tree? Don’t just toss it out – Treecycle it!

The Passyunk Square Civic Association, Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, Newbold Neighbors Association, and East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and Town Watch have partnered to host a tree-chipping event to dispose of your live Christmas trees. Drop off your undecorated Christmas tree at Columbus Square Park at the corner of 13th and Reed streets on Saturday, January 10, 2015, between 10 am and 4 pm.

A $5 donation is requested to help pay for the chipping. By chipping the trees ourselves, we will get to keep the mulch for use in our parks!

By request from the community, the event is being held after January 6, “Little Christmas,” so hang on to your tree til then if you can!

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.

HolidayPartyInvitationIt’s Party Time! Instead of our normal monthly General Meeting, thisTuesday, December 2, we will meet at PSCA sponsor Garage (1231 E. Passyunk Ave.) for a holiday party and potluck! The party starts at 6:30 - see details on the invitation (click here to view) and on Facebook. Come out to Garage, enjoy some delicious food, and catch up with neighbors and friends as we celebrate another year in the best neighborhood ever!

Food will be provided, but if you would like to bring a special dish to share, email Hope to see you there!

languageexchangeiconSouth 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? If so, stay tuned on our Facebook page and for details on our next Language Exchange event! 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!

UPDATE: This month’s Language Exchange will take place at 7 pm on Thursday, December 18 at Taqueria La Veracruzana Restaurant (908 Washington Ave).

stormwatergardenSoak It Up! Adoption Program – Volunteers Needed!

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. We’re looking for extra volunteers to help us monitor these sites. Being a monitor is as easy as submitting an online form each week to report on the condition of these sites. If you are interested in helping out, please email for more information. You can also read more about PWD’s innovative Green Cities, Clean Waters initiative at their website.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend the South Philly District Plan meeting on Thursday, December 4, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm, at South Philadelphia High School (2101 S Broad Street). More information is available at

The Zoning Committee’s next meeting is on Tuesday, December 9, 7pm at Annunciation BVM Church Hall (10th & Dickinson). There are two cases for consideration this month:

  • 1109 Gerritt:  Permit for partial demolition and erection of rear addition to existing single family home.
  • 1225 E. Passyunk:  Permit for the legalization of an illuminated sign on Geno’s catering facility.

Email with any questions regarding the Zoning Committee.

TreeSaleFlyerThis Saturday, December 6, come out to PSCA sponsor Urban Jungle (1526 E. Passyunk Ave.) for the 3rd Annual Tree and Wreath Event! From noon to 4 pm, a portion of purchases will benefit the Passyunk Square Civic Association, so you can shop local, choose the perfect Christmas tree, and support the PSCA all at the same time! Urban Jungle will have live trees, gorgeous wreaths, and other lovely fresh greenery to transform your home for the holidays.

Bring the whole family – festive face painting is offered from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, and from 2 pm to 4 pm enjoy the seasonal sounds of the PSCA Carolers, plus a visit from Santa himself! Don’t miss it!

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