Space available for Spring’s Clark Park Youth Soccer

March 19, 2012

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There is space available in the spring Clark Park Youth Soccer Program. Kathleen Turner, the program coordinator, has sent us this information:

“Clark Park Youth Soccer still has space at all age levels — 5 to 11 — for more kids. We’d be very happy to have more girls to balance out the teams, so if there are any future Abby Wambachs or Alex Morgans out there, sign them up!

You can still download registration forms, but please do not mail them! Walk-in registration to fill the remaining slots on all teams will take place Saturday, March 24 beginning at 10 a.m., at Rosenberger Hall (43rd Street near the basketball court).”

For more information about the soccer program, including the Spring schedule and fees, visit:

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Two more West Philly Girl Scout cookie tables this week

February 13, 2012

If you didn’t get a chance to buy girl scout cookies during their January – early February sale, there will be two more cookie tables set up this week, so come by and stock up!

Wednesday, Feb. 15 – 39th and Locust Walk, 3:00-6:00 p.m. (weather permitting)
Saturday, Feb. 18 – Clark Park “B” (43rd & Chester), 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (weather permitting)

For more information or to order cookies, contact Amy Kwasnicki (Brownie Troop 93273) at: kwaszilla [at]

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Mentors needed for Walnut West Chess Cadets

February 10, 2012

Volunteer Staff assist players during recent mini-tournament at the Blackwell Regional library.

The Walnut West Chess Cadets are in need of volunteer staff to assist in conducting a weekly class and acting as mentors to our young student players. You do not need to be a “Master” chess player, but knowledge of the game would be very helpful.

Kids range from 1st to about 8th grade in age. The club is going into its fourth year and has experienced rapid growth and recognition at the city-wide tournaments where we compete during the school year. It is a very rewarding experience for the right person. The club meets on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the library, 201 S. 40th Street.

You can contact Joe Clarke, 215-626-7332 or philly.joe.c [at] or Ms. Susan Ben at the Walnut West Library, 215-685-7671.

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Author Monica Carnesi to present ‘Little Dog Lost’ at Blackwell Library

February 10, 2012

If you’re looking for something to do with your little ones tomorrow, stop by the Lucien E. Blackwell Library (52nd & Sansom) for the “Little Dog Lost” storytime with local author and illustrator Monica Carnesi. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Children’s Department.

Little Dog Lost is a picture book about the true story of Baltic, a dog who was lost on an ice floe in the Baltic Sea. As a special treat, Dandie and Gus, the library’s very own Certified Therapy Dogs (who are local West Philly residents), will be attending this storytime. Dandie & Gus visit the library once a month, and this month Gus (pictured) is also celebrating his birthday!

Books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information about the author and “Little Dog Lost,” go here.

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‘West Philly Grows Again’ Kids Consignment sale is this Saturday

January 24, 2012

Reminder: The “West Philly Grows Again” kids consignment sale will be held this Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Nursery School (3916 Locust Walk). The sale will feature high-quality children’s and maternity clothing, toys, gear, and books. There will also be a raffle and prizes. See the flyer below for more information. All proceeds raised from this sale will go to support the nursery school programs and scholarships.

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Girl Scout cookie sale begins today

January 19, 2012

As many neighbors have been wondering, we are happy to report that Girl Scout cookie sales in West Philly started today. Everyone is welcome to place their order for cookie delivery, or stop by one of the cookie tables in the neighborhood.

There are currently over 3,000 boxes of cookies available, and they all need to be sold out. Proceeds from the sales will help get the girls traveling all over the city, and outside of it, for a wide range of adventures. Money will also go to support the local girl scouts’ service project – an earthworm & ladybug release in Clark Park to improve the ecology of West Philly.

Cookies are still only $3.50 a box!

Here’s more details on the cookie table locations and dates.

Fri Jan. 20 – Eastern Mountain Sports, 34th and Chestnut, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Tue Jan. 24 – 30th Street El Stop (inside the stop at 30th & Market – not 30th Street Station), 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Thu Jan. 26 – 30th Street El Stop (inside the stop at 30th & Market – not 30th Street Station), 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Sat Jan. 28 – Clark Park “B” Park, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (weather permitting)
Wed Feb. 1 – 39th and Locust Walk, 3:30-7:00 p.m. (weather permitting)
Fri Feb. 3 – Eastern Mountain Sports, 34th and Chestnut, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Wed Feb. 8 – 39th and Locust Walk, 3:30-7:00 p.m. (weather permitting)

For more information or to order cookies please contact Amy Kwasnicki at:

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