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Harvest Festival, JB Jawn concert this Sunday at Bartram’s Garden

Posted on 13 October 2017 by WestPhillyLocal.com

Bartram’s Garden is hosting a double feature on Sunday, Oct. 15. The annual Harvest Festival will take place at the Farm from 12 – 3 p.m. The festival’s program is packed with fun for the whole family: there will be hayrides, cider pressing, cooking and canning workshops, games of chance and skill, yoga, boating, and much more! All events are free. The event schedule can be found here.

Bartram’s Garden is also hosting a free outdoor concert, John Bartram Jawn, as part of the Harvest Fest, featuring musicians and performers with deep connections to Southwest Philadelphia, including Freeway, Recohavoc, and more. The concert is from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Free shuttle bus rides will be provided to and from Bartram’s Garden for Southwest Philly residents. Click here for more information and shuttle times.

Bartram’s Garden is located at 54th and Lindbergh Blvd. and is accessible by Trolley Route 36. You can also bike to the Garden. There’s a free parking lot with bike racks.

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Halloween Family Fun Day, HollyWoodlands and more Fall events at The Woodlands (updated)

Posted on 13 October 2017 by WestPhillyLocal.com

UPDATE (Oct. 13, 2017): The HollyWoodlands Double Feature: Ghostbusters and Poltergeist event has been postponed until Saturday, Oct. 21.

It may not feel like fall yet due to unseasonably warm weather, but The Woodlands Cemetery and Mansion is kicking off their Fall events program this week. This year, the program includes Halloween Family Fun Day, a scary movie night, and special Halloween tours. Also, the annual fundraiser for the cemetery, The Woodlands Gobble Wobble 5K, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11. More information about some of this month’s events is below.

HollyWoodlands Double Feature: Ghostbusters and Poltergeist

Saturday, Oct. 14 Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

HollyWoodlands is back for a Double Feature evening on Saturday, Oct. 21. Enjoy the original Ghostbusters, and then stick around for the Halloween classic, Poltergeist! BYO chair or blanket, and bundle up for a perfect Fall evening. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., film starts at 7 p.m. BYO s’mores supplies for the firepits or buy them at the event. Suggested donation: $10 (to help pay for the movie equipment). Free for members of The Woodlands.  Continue Reading

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Get free tickets to Soul Farm Community Festival this Saturday (Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 15)

Posted on 13 October 2017 by WestPhillyLocal.com

Everyone is invited to a free, 7-hour long community festival, Soul Farm, this Saturday (Oct. 14) to celebrate “the rich arts, culture, and community along Lancaster Avenue and throughout West Philadelphia.” The festival is a closing celebration of LoLa 38, a creative placemaking collaboration that has been encouraging civic conversation through art installations and community gatherings throughout the year.

Thanks to LoLa 38, two Lower Lancaster Avenue properties undergoing transformation – the former United Bank building and the site of the former University City High School building – were adorned with art pieces created by local artists from May to September.

The festival will take place from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 225 N. 38th St. (LAZ Parking Lot) and will feature local food, art, and music and dance performances.  Continue Reading

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Community walk on Saturday to bring awareness to domestic violence

Posted on 12 October 2017 by WestPhillyLocal.com

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A community walk will take place in West Philadelphia to bring attention to the issue and provide resources to community members who need help. The Walk for Domestic Violence Awareness is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. It will start at New Birthing Worship Center, 5949 Spruce St., and end at Malcolm X Park, 52nd and Pine streets. State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown will co-host and participate in the walk.

“Far too often do we see on the news about victims being attacked by their spouse and even killed,” Brown said in a statement. “Enough is enough, and I’m calling on the community to join me in rising above these hateful acts of violence.”  Continue Reading

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‘Just Salad’ coming to 3700 block of Spruce

Posted on 12 October 2017 by WestPhillyLocal.com

A new casual, healthy dining option is coming soon to the 3700 block of Spruce Street. A “fast casual” restaurant, Just Salad, has signed a lease for 3728 Spruce Street, a 1,600 square feet of space on a popular retail block, according to a recent announcement by Penn Facilities & Real Estate Services. Renovations to the space are currently underway, and the restaurant is expected to open in early 2018.

The new restaurant will offer seasonal salads, wraps, grain bowls, and smoothies and will include a seating area with a couple dozen chairs and café tables, a bar counter, a pickup station, and a tea station.  Continue Reading

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University City’s Jamie Gauthier takes charge at Fairmount Park Conservancy

Posted on 11 October 2017 by Eduard Saakashvili

                   Jamie Gauthier

Jamie Gauthier, a Garden Court resident, has been named the executive director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy. The organization made the decision on September 13 and announced it on October 9. She had been acting director for several months.

She first joined the Conservancy, a nonprofit that promotes and improves Philadelphia’s parks in conjunction with the city, in January 2017. Prior to that, she had directed Philadelphia’s Sustainable Business Network (SBN), which she described as a kind of chamber of commerce for socially conscious businesses. While at SBN, she became drawn to “Rebuild,” City Hall’s $500 million program to revitalize neighborhoods. That eventually compelled her to leave SBN and join the Conservancy.

“Rebuild is the biggest neighborhood-centered initiative I can recall, so I had to be involved in it,” she said. “So that’s why I ended up leaving SBN, so that I could help the Conservancy connect to Rebuild in some way.”  Continue Reading

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