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  • 10 Aug 2020 10:08 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Philadelphia Flower Show is moving to a new location next year, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the show’s organizer, announced Thursday in an email to members. The location is yet to be determined, but PHS is looking at early summer of 2021, instead of its usual early March schedule.

  • 09 Aug 2020 10:09 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

  • 09 Aug 2020 12:00 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Philadelphia Film Society has selected a diverse lineup of titles to show – there's something for everyone

  • 07 Aug 2020 1:13 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Streets Department also launched a new initiative entitled: "Curb Your Waste" that offers tips for residents to manage their waste that will help reduce trash and litter, decrease delays and protect sanitation workers. To learn more about the status of trash and recycling collections status and tips to reduce waste log onto 

  • 07 Aug 2020 11:57 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Mural Arts Philadelphia and our partners at Rush Arts Philadelphia, HAHA Magazine, and are excited to announce the 20 esteemed artists selected to participate in our first annual Philadelphia Fellowship for Black Artists.

    These artists demonstrate immense promise in their craft and we look forward to seeing their work flourish! You can view their work and learn more about the Fellowship on our website and at @muralarts.

    We launched this endeavor to create space for and serve as a reliable resource to the Black artist community in Philadelphia. As a leading arts organization, we recognize our responsibility to fund, foster and elevate the important work of Black artists. Mural Arts is committed to offering iterations of this Fellowship on an annual basis, and look forward to opening applications again in Spring 2021. Stay tuned!

    Learn more about the 2020 Cohort!

  • 07 Aug 2020 11:41 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)
    It's here!  Shari Botwin is on this week's episode of Let's Keep It Real. We chatted about so many great things, but most importantly this takeaway: when you take care of yourself, the world benefits. Find out how:

    Remember to give them a rating on Apple Podcasts and share this episode with someone who you think would enjoy it. 

    Listen HERE.

  • 07 Aug 2020 10:50 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As the summer ends and we begin gearing up for the start of the school year, the City is focused on a key goal: ensuring that all K-12 public school students have what they need to learn remotely this fall and beyond.

  • 06 Aug 2020 1:41 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

     The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has released an interim plan to address the racial inequities posed by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The plan was developed by a diverse group of stakeholders representing the City, health care institutions, academic centers, and nonprofits. It is divided into eight areas of concern:

    • Access to COVID-19 Testing,
    • Surveillance Data
    • Community Outreach
    • Chronic Health Conditions
    • Protecting Essential Workers 
    • Community Spread
    • Spread in Congregate Settings
    • Case Investigation and Contact Tracing

    Each section acknowledges existing disparities in the community, highlights what the City and Health Department are currently doing to address those disparities, and plans for further addressing them. Read the full plan below.

    Coronavirus Interim Racial Equity Plan

  • 06 Aug 2020 12:14 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    You'll need to cart your own trash there. But drop-offs are free, and public hours were recently expanded. You can now swing by daily, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you want to avoid crowds,  go before 8 a.m. or after 5 p.m., but even if there's a line when you arrive, the process is typically quick. Expect to spend five to ten minutes moving through the drop-off process.

    Philadelphia's Sanitation Convenience Center drop-off process

    Visits to the Sanitation Convenience Center are outdoors. You must wear a mask, and you must show proof that you're a city resident. The centers are gated. When you arrive, you'll need to show a valid ID (or a piece of mail with your city address on it) to an attendant. The attendant will then direct you on where to go depending on what kind of trash you're hauling. The centers are organized into sections for different categories of trash, including regular household trash; recycling; electronics; appliances; bulk items like furniture; yard waste; and tires.

    What's accepted

    You're allowed to drop off regular household items once a day and oversized items once a week.

  • 06 Aug 2020 11:41 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Enrollment for PHLpreK is open! The City is offering free, quality pre-K at over 130 locations throughout Philadelphia this year

    You can sign up by contacting a participating provider.

    There are two ways to find a PHLpreK provider near you:

    1. Call 844-PHL-PREK for assistance finding a provider
    2. Visit for a full list and map of providers

    PHLpreK requirements:

    • Your child must be 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2020
    • Your family must live in Philadelphia
    • There are no income or employment requirements
    PHLpreK and COVID-19:

    Please note that all providers must follow new safety and cleaning protocols, in compliance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. These include:

    • Mask requirements
    • Social distancing and limited class sizes
    • New cleaning protocols.
      The safety of PHLpreK students, families, and staff is our top priority. Learn more about our COVID-19 safety plan at
    Learn more and enroll your child below!
    PHLpreK Enrollment

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CCRA publishes the Center City Quarterly to provide information on Center City people and events from the point of local residents.  You'll be guaranteed to learn something interesting about your neighborhood in every issue!

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