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Civic Life / Neighborhood resources

This is a continually updated list of non-profit and civic resources.  If you know of any that need mentioning or updating, give us a shout at editor [at] westphillylocal.com.

Civics 101

Neighborhood organizations
Spruce Hill Community Association
Walnut Hill Community Association
Cedar Park Neighbors
Powelton Village Civic Association
Garden Court Community Association

Elected officials
Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell (City Council District 3)
Congressman Chaka Fattah
State representative James R. Roebuck Jr.

Assorted non-profits

ACHIEVEability
West Philly Tool Library
The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation
Calvary Center for Culture and Community
Books Through Bars
Center for Literacy
Lancaster Avenue Autonomous Space (LAVA)
People’s Emergency Center
Youth Service, Inc
Keep Philadelphia Beautiful
University City District
West Philadelphia Alliance for Children

Food

Mariposa Food Coop
Mill Creek Farm
The Food Trust
Farm to Philly
Food in Jars
Table Matters
Philly Stake
Philly Rooted

Clark Park Farmers Market
Where: 43rd St. & Baltimore Ave.
When: Thursday, 3pm-7pm (in season); Saturday, 10am-2pm (year round)

University Square Farmers Market
Where: 36th at Walnut Street
When: Wednesday, 10am-2pm (in season)

Drexel Farmers Market
Where: In front of McAlister Hall at 33rd and Chestnut streets
When: Tuesdays, 11AM-3PM (2010 dates are April 20-November 23)

Lancaster Ave. Farmers Market
Where: East of 38th St. at Powelton and Lancaster Aves.
When: Saturday 10 am – 3 pm (year round)

Radian Farmers Market
Where: 3925 Walnut St.
When: Fridays, Noon – 2 pm (June-July)

Gardening/Landscaping

Community Gardens
University City Garden Club
UCGreen
West Philadelphia Landscape Project
Bartram’s Garden
Mill Creek Farm

Chester Avenue Community Garden
4713-15 Chester Avenue
Jessica Ardis, (215) 500-5735, radiantyogawellness@gmail.com
Number of plots: 25 – 30
Number of gardeners: 25
Waiting list: yes
Length of wait: (usually short)
Has fruit trees and a central lawn; plots are in the back
Supported by Neighborhood Gardening Association

Gardens @ Cedar Park
49th & Baltimore Avenue
Maureen Tate, 215-726-8664,
tatemch@aol.com
Volunteers needed to maintain garden beds in community park!

Garden Court Community Garden
47th and Spruce Streets; includes tennis courts
Nancy Geryk 215-472-3347, s.geryk@verizon.net
Number of plots: 21
Number of gardeners: 21 (maximum)
Waiting list: yes
Length of wait: 1-2 years
All gardeners are expected to participate in two workdays per year

Gray’s Ferry Garden
47th and Gray’s Ferry Ave. (south of bridge)
Terri Mushovic, NGA 215-988-8797
Number of plots: 25
Number of gardeners: 10
Waiting list: no
Length of wait: plots available!
Water use fee, workday help expected
Vegetable, flowers, fruit trees.
Supported by Neighborhood Gardening Association
Looking for energetic new gardeners!

Holly Street Neighbors Community Garden
321-323 North Holly Street (between 41st& 42nd Sts., Powelton Ave. & Baring St.)
Sheila Henry, 215-387-0507
Winnie Harris (215)382-0579, winnieharris2003@yahoo.com
Number of plots: 14
Number of gardeners: 10
Waiting list: None – Plots Available!
Water $5 monthly
4 Workdays required per season
Looking for energetic new gardeners!!!
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Martin Community Garden
41st & Chester Avenue
Lauren Leatherbarrow, (215) 386-3905, openn@earthlink.net
Number of plots: 10
Number of gardeners: 10 maximum
Waiting list: no
Length of wait: next season
Water use fee $10/year per plot; workday help expected.

Sloan Street Community Garden
326 N. Sloan Street (between 39th and 40th & between Powelton and Baring)
Carolyn Smith, (215) 387-5852 , smith330@aol.com
Vegetable/Flower Garden Plots: 4 feet x 8 feet or 4′x4′ half plot
Common areas with both vegetable and flowers for sharing or growing food for community
Number of plots: 19
Number of gardeners/garden supporters: 24
$10/plot, $5/half plot. Water is $2/month. Help with common areas.
Waiting list: new gardeners welcome!
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St. Bernard Community Garden
1000 S. Bernard Street
Tonya Histand, 215-668-3073, tonyahistand@verizon.net
Number of plots: 22
Number of gardeners: 52
Waiting list: yes
Length of wait: 2-3 years

Summer/Winter Community Garden of Powelton Village
Summer & N. 33rd Streets
Joe Revlock, (215) 387-0341, joseph.revlock@verizon.net
Number of plots: 37
Number of gardeners: 60+
Waiting list: no
Length of wait: plots available!

University City Garden Club Garden
44th and Locust Streets
http://www.home.earthlink.net/~ucgc/
Lauren Leatherbarrow (215) 386-3905, openn@earthlink.net
No vegetable plots, this is a flower garden.
Twilight gardening from 6-9pm on Fridays during growing season.
Volunteers welcomed!

Warrington Community Garden
4700 Warrington Avenue
Steve Payne, 215-724-8131, steve@vortexhouse.org
Number of plots: over 60
Number of gardeners: over 60

Waiting list: yes
Length of wait: at least two years
Supported by Neighborhood Gardening Association
www.ngalandtrust.org/
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West Powelton Concerned Community Council Garden
4027-4029 Powelton Avenue
Phyllis Hinnant 215-387-8951
Number of plots: 14
Number of gardeners: 6
Waiting list: no
Length of wait: plots available!
4 Workdays Required Per Season
Looking for Energetic New Gardeners!

Arts and Cultural Organizations

University City Arts League
Curio Theatre Company
West Philadelphia Orchestra
Community Education Center
Institute of Contemporary Art
Spriral Q Puppet Theater
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology
The Rotunda
40th Street AIR
Danger Danger Gallery
Ellen Powell Tiberno Memorial Museum
Mandell Theater at Drexel University
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Philadanco
Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale
Philadelphia Folklore Project
Play On, Philly!
Shakespeare in Clark Park
Keepers of the Culture
Junction Dance Theatre
Group Motion Dance Company
The Paul Robeson House
World Cafe Live

Religious/spiritual

Beulah Baptist Church
Calvary United Methodist Church
Hickman Temple AME Church (50th and Baltimore)
Kol Tzedek
Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Parish
St. Agatha-St. James Catholic Church
Masjid Al-Jamia (43rd and Walnut Streets)
The Association of Islamic Charitable Projects
West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship
West Philadelphia Seventh Day Adventist Church
Vineyard Community Church

Health/Wellness

West Philly YMCA
Studio 34 Yoga
The Thrive Fitness and Wellness
Zumba Fitness
Dr. Wyatt’s University Herbs
West Philly Lactation

Schools/Libraries

High schools
Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School
West Philadelphia Catholic High School
West Philadelphia High School
University City High School

Elementary schools
Alain Locke School
Alexander Wilson School
Henry C. Lea Elementary School
Penn Alexander
Penn Alexander Home School
Samuel B. Huey School
Samuel Powel Elementary School
Powel Home and School Association
Spruce Hill Christian School

Pre-schools/early childhood
Children’s Community School
The West Philadelphia Cooperative School

Libraries
Walnut Street West branch of the Free Library
Kingsessing branch of the Free Library
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library

Education reform

West Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Schools

Media

Scribe Video Center
University City Review
Westside Weekly
WPEB • community low-power fm station.
WXPN • public radio
Philadelphia Independent Media Center
Prometheus Radio Project

Transportation

Bike network (City-sponsored organization)
Neighborhood Bike Works
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
SEPTA Route Maps/Trip Planner

Parks

Barkan Park
Bartram’s Garden
Clark Park
Malcolm X Park
Saunders Park
The Woodlands Historic Mansion and Cemetery

Kids

West Philadelphia Alliance for Children
All Around this World

Pets

Project M.E.O.W.
City Kitties
Chester Avenue Dog Park
Red Paw Emergency Relief Team

Recreation

West Philly Runners
Class of 1923 (Penn ice rink)
Youth Soccer at Clark Park





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