Archive | October, 2017

Cooking classes at Jezabel’s, Atiya Ola’s moves and more West Philly restaurant news

October 31, 2017

We have compiled some exciting news and updates from local restaurants and coffee shops.

Renata’s Kitchen Now Offers Catering

Renata’s Kitchen

Renata’s Kitchen has been serving brunch and dinner at 46th and Baltimore since Fall 2015, and this fall, the popular restaurant has released a new, “organized” catering menu. The restaurant has done some catering in the past, but the new menu serves the purpose of bringing this additional service to the front, especially around the holiday time.

“… our catering menu is just the start, we’re happy to accommodate special requests, or themed parties,” writes Renata’s co-owner Katie Aiq. “We did an order recently for a client specializing in Chilean food – possibly my favorite day at work ever. Don’t be shy, even if you’ve never seen us do anything like it before, we can probably work something out.”  Continue Reading

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New mixed-use building proposal at 40th and Market to be presented at upcoming Spruce Hill Zoning meeting

October 27, 2017

The next Spruce Hill Community Association Zoning Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 30. Residents are invited to learn more about two proposed constructions in the area – at 4125 Chestnut and 4000 Market Streets.

Rendering of one version of the proposed building at 4125 Chestnut Street.

A 130-unit, six-story residential building, which is a “by right” development, will replace the “Wash N Lube” car wash at 4125 Chestnut St. The project was presented to the Spruce Hill community last month at the previous zoning committee meeting. “By right” means that the project is not required to go before the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA). However, it will go before the Committee on Design Review (CDR) at the Philadelphia Planning Commission. The CDR requires that the applicant meet with the designated convening RCO for the site – Spruce Hill Community Association.   Continue Reading

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Urban Mill Creek Farm seeks donations to fill budget shortfall

October 26, 2017

Mill Creek Farm has been providing affordable produce to Mill Creek residents for the past ten years. Now, it faces a budgets shortfall that it hopes to fill in the next few weeks.

A web post by the farm explained that the shortfall had been created in part by a continued effort to employ local residents in key roles at the farm.

“We are challenging oppressive power dynamics and designing ones that put those most affected in leadership positions,” the statement reads. “Planning these changes created a short-fall in our finances and we need your help finish[ing] out the rest of the season.”

The farm hopes to raise $5,000, and an anonymous donor has promised to match funds up to that amount, meaning the farm could raise $10,000 in total.

Mill Creek Farm was created after the organization was granted 1.5 acres of vacant land along the former Mill Creek. The farm now grows vegetables, fruits, and herbs and then sells them to the public twice a week, including at the 52nd & Haverford farmers market. In addition, it educates the surrounding community about environmental and civic issues.

You can donate on the campaign’s web site.

Eduard Saakashvili

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On 47th Street, you’re invited to a hidden musical sandbox

October 26, 2017

Photo by Andrew Ford

Every Monday night in the Suzuki Piano Studio on South 47th Street, David Ford tries to create a hivemind.

As his “Sonic Sandbox” begins, a circle of half a dozen or so people start to make whatever noise comes to mind; gradually, a haphazard ensemble of instruments comes in, and some structure appears. People copy each other. By the end of it, it’s hard to tell who’s copying who, and that’s exactly the point.

“It’s like being a kid again, I guess,” said Ford, who founded Sonic Sandbox.  Continue Reading

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Registration open for Fall TreePhilly yard tree giveaways; plus how to get a free street tree

October 23, 2017

There are only six days remaining for property owners to sign up for the Fall yard tree giveaways by TreePhilly, a program of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation department. Registration is open through October 29th, and a variety of species are available, from large shade trees to small flowering trees. Fruit trees are also available. Each property owner, a private residence or a business, can sign up to obtain and plant up to two free trees in a yard or lawn on their property.

Here’s how you can sign up: Go to and register to pick up your free yard tree at one of four special giveaway events across the city in November. One of these events will be held in West Philadelphia – at Cobbs Creek Environmental Center, 700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy, on Nov. 12. After registering you can choose up to two tree species. Registration is strongly encouraged, but walk-ins will be welcomed during each event while supplies last. Participants will also receive a tree planting and care demonstration provided by tree experts, free mulch, and educational materials.  Continue Reading

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Need urgent care? myDoc University City open to visitors (Sponsored)

October 20, 2017

myDoc Urgent Care provides both urgent care and primary care services for patients ranging from toddlers (18 months) to adults. The clinic opened its doors to visitors less than a year ago at 3717 Chestnut St. With onsite xRay, lab testing, and prescription medication, the clinic treats all routine illness and injuries.

What Is Urgent Care?

Before you find yourself sitting for hours in a hospital emergency room and end up with expensive medical bills, here are some things you should know when you or a family member need immediate medical care. You should first contact your primary care physician (PCP), who is your gateway to finding the most appropriate type of care. If your doctor is not available, or if you can’t meet with your doctor when you need medical care, you may choose to visit an urgent care center.  Continue Reading

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