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Date: 12/15/2008
Title: 21 Items (12-15-08) sponsored by American Male Salons

Missed last week, so here is a rare Monday edition.

Reindeer Romp is Thursday night.  This is an annual event that has moved from Old City to the Art Museum.  Should be a good turn out and is always a fun night.  $10 entry goes to charity and gets you a pair of antlers.  Come out as it should be a fun event.  http://www.upcomingevents.com/events/philadelphia/fairmount-area/reindeer-romp.asp
This event on the heals of Saturday’s Running of the Santas at McFaddens (Winterfest) which had thousands of Santas in a festive mood.

For those thinking about New Years, the Constitution Center has already sold out of nearly 2000 tickets but there are still limited tickets left for the Crystal Tea Room and on the water for the fireworks. http://www.nyephilly.com

Hair O’ the Dog (HOD) has been announced for January 17th at the Bellevue.  This is always one of the most fun nights of the year.  http://www.hairothedog.com/.

Tonight is a big Eagles game as we incredibly still have a good chance of making the playoffs if we can win our three remaining games.  Think about the $8 million the city is owed by the team as you cheer them on this evening: http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/Eagles_to_Libraries_Drop_Dead.html

Last edition, I mentioned the early morning texting and many people responded that it is inappropriate.   New question this week: Is it ok to ask people to take off their shoes when walking in to your home?  Not talking about a rainy day but simply having guests remove their shoes at all times. 

Also I mentioned that the Spectrum is shutting down after the Neil Young show (which I attended on Friday).  Apparently, they are staying open for the Kixx soccer games and will then be closing in March 2009.

Big shout out to Temple U hoops.  Big win over a top 10 team this weekend.  Would be nice to see Temple get back to a top 25 team each year: http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recap?gid=200812130577

This is a great article about the jails in Philadelphia and the problem we have: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CE7DA1E38F936A2575BC0A966958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all.

As always, if you are thinking of buying or selling a home in PA/NJ/DE, to please let me know.  Besides me, I have a great network of real estate professionals that can help you buy/sell your home. BTW, if you have parents over 65 in Pennsylvania, make sure you read #11. - Mark


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Be sure to come out for the 11th Annual Reindeer Romp in Fairmount on Thursday, December 18th 2008. $10 and a canned good gets you antlers and great drink specials while you ROMP around Fairmount for the Season's Favorite Bar Crawl to Support Philabundance. DRINK SPECIALS including $3 Sam Adams Beers and $4 Finlandia Vodka Drinks. Sample some great new Finlandia flavors on your way from bar to bar from the Finlandia Girls! Hang out with hundreds of new and old friends. Get there early, stay late. DO NOT MISS OUT!
http://www.upcomingevents.com/events/philadelphia/fairmount-area/reindeer-romp.asp - link with more information



Join us for one of our favorite parties of the year at The Chevra’s “One Crazy Night Party” on the first night of Chanukah.

Date: Sunday, December 21st 2008
Time: 7p-11p
Location: Helium Comedy Club- 2031 Sansom St.

Menorah lighting ceremony dedicated to the victims and survivors of the recent Mumbai tragedy.
Featuring live music, cocktails and food

Tickets: $10 Advance $20 Door
RSVP by calling 1-800-742-2228 or go to www.discoveryproduction.com and type "chevra"



3 course for $33 through 12/30/08



Call for volunteers:   Temple will host the 14th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service on Jan. 19. Temple will be sponsoring several service projects at the event and is asking for volunteers from across the university community. Information on the service projects is available online. For additional information, or to register to participate, contact Andrea Swan at 215-204-7409 or aswan@temple.eduhttp://www.temple.edu/newsroom/2008_2009/12/stories/mlkday_2008.htm



A) Amsterdam shut down: http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/12/06/amsterdam.cafes.brothels.close.ap/index.html

B) Chris Matthews a Philly resident and next Senator? :: http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20081205_Clout__MSNBC_s_Matthews_house-hunting_in_Philly.html?referrer=facebook


6) Christmas Village in Philadelphia on Dilworth Plaza near City Hall.



7) Theatre Horizon presents "American Songbook: an evening of music"

Spend the holiday season with Theatre Horizon!  This evening of music celebrates the work of George Gershwin, Harold Arlen and Jerome Kern, classic American composers who penned such songs as Over the Rainbow, The Way You Look Tonight, and Someone to Watch Over Me.  Toast the New Year and enjoy refreshments at a reception following the 9:30pm performance on December 31st.

LOCATION: Centre Theatre, 208 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA 19401
AGES: 12 and up

TICKET PRICES: $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, $18 for students and children

$35/$32/$28 for Special New Year’s Eve 9:30pm performance

BY: With songs by George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, and Jerome Kern

December 28th, 2pm
December 29th, 8pm
December 30th, 2pm and 8pm
December 31st, 7pm
December 31st, 9:30pm * special New Year’s Eve event held afterwards at the theatre



A) The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. - Winston Churchill

B) The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand in times of challenge and controversy. - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.






Thursday, February 12: Flyers vs. Senators, 7pm
Wednesday, February 25: Flyers vs. Kings, 7pm
Thursday, March 12: Flyers vs. Capitals, 7pm

The tickets are in Section 108, Row 25 (behind the net the Flyers shoot into twice).  The cost for the 2 tix + parking pass is $180.  (Face value is $207.)
Email GasperG@wyeth.com if interested.

Join for only $20.09.  Email Jason for more info: jason.newcomer@town-sports.com or call (215) 568-9555



Deadline nears for property tax, rent rebates

The deadline to apply for rebates of up to $650 from Pennsylvania’s expanded Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is December 31. More than a half-million seniors received rebates this year, but approximately 128,000 more people qualify but have not applied. The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers 50 and older, and people with disablities18 and older. The 2006 expansion of the program increased the income limit from $15,000 to $35,000 for homeowners. Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA1000) and information are available at www.PaPropertyTaxRelief.com. Residents may also call1-888-222-9190 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents requesting forms by mail must call or submit Web site requests by December 22.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer; 12/3/08


12) Christmas Lights Recycling Program

Recycle your incandescent Christmas lights by sending them to:

11235 West Bernardo Court, Suite 102
San Diego, CA   92127

In the box, just include the light strings, nothing else, especially packing peanuts.  We'll take care of the rest.



A) this is the new SNL 'dick in a box' :: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pXfHLUlZf4 (which DEFINATELY could use some discretion when opening!)
still looking for the original dick in a box? :: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgXvR97Wk6g

B) Video for the Ladies: http://bewareofthedoghouse.com/video.aspx


14) LAST CALL: CATSKILLS SKIING :: Triple Play and Winter Cards

Two of Windham Mountain's most popular products are back by popular demand!

The Triple Play Card gets you three non-holiday visits to Windham for just $99. Considering it's been a couple of decades since the $33 daily lift ticket at a big mountain, that's quite a deal.

This direct-to-lift card is fully transferable and may be used to ski or ride at Windham Mountain any three days during the 2008-2009 winter season except the following holidays: December 26, 2008 - January 2, 2009; January 17-19, 2008; February 14-20, 2008.

The Winter Card offers two days of skiing or riding at Windham and two days on the slopes at nearby Hunter Mountain, all for just $129. At just $32.25 per day of skiing, that's an equally great value. Check out what the Catskills have to offer - you won't be disappointed!

The Winter Card is valid through the end of the Winter 2008-09 season at both resorts, except peak holiday periods (Dec. 26-Jan. 4, Jan. 17-19 and Feb. 14-22). Unused visits may not be carried over into future seasons. Please treat the card as cash. If it is lost or stolen, it cannot be replaced.

Don't delay: both of these great values are only available through December 24.


15) Pileggi Boutique

The recently renovated boutique now owned by Andrea Chila is full of great holiday fashion and accessories from designers like Barron Duquette, Kooba, Single, J Brand, Alexis Bitttar, and many more.  Select items are 50-70% off.  All coats, bags and Diane Von Furstenberg items are 50% off.  All other clothing, jewelry and belts are 30%.  Pileggi Boutique, 715 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19106, 215-922-3526. Open Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri 10am-7pm, Thurs 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm and Sun 11am-4pm. 



Large 1 bedroom loft with updated kitchen and bathroom. The loft is a real room also, not just a ladder leading to a mattress space. LARGE, PRIVATE, SOUTH FACING DECK off of the main room. Nothing is above the deck so you get direct sunlight until about 4:30PM in the summer. The deck is worth the rent on this apartment.

I'm moving to DC on January 10th and I'm looking for someone to take over my lease. Your lease would start on January 15th and run through August, at which you can re-new the lease if you want. In the past he has raised my rent $25 each year. Utilities are cheap, gas and electric only, and I usually pay around $40/month for those. The neighborhood is fantastic, I'm right on the 33 bus route and 6 blocks to the Spring Garden stop on the Broad Street line. About 6 blocks to the Art Museum and the Fairmount strip.

Craigslist ad: http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/sub/951974384.html "



Let's escape the dismal economic climate and take a trip back in time, to an era when department stores reigned and the stock market was a sure thing. What better place to learn about this happy, if naive, period of American culture than at John Wanamaker's. Now Macy's, the store is still home of The Christmas Light Show and rumor has it, The Magical Christmas Tree has returned this year. So "meet us at the eagle" and catch the light show, learn about the heyday of the American department store, and then relax for a drink with friends. Who better to take us on this journey than urbanist Paul Steinke, General Manager of Reading Terminal Market!

Date: Tuesday, December 16th

Let's escape the dismal economic climate and take a trip back in time, to an era when department stores reigned and the stock market was a sure thing. What better place to learn about this happy, if naive, period of American culture than at John Wanamaker's?
Now Macy's, the store is still home of The Christmas Light Show and Magical Christmas Tree. Philadelphia urbanist, Paul Steinke, General Manager of The Reading Terminal Market, will take us on our history tour. And if we're good little boys and girls, Julie Andrews will tell us a few seasonal stories as well.
Afterwards, we're bucking Prohibition and heading down Market Street to the first International Modernist skyscraper, the PSFS Building, for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at SoleFood. This posh setting at the corner of 12th and Market is a great place to celebrate the peak of Urbanism and discuss great jazz with friends.
The tour and reception are free to attend. YIP is providing hors d'oeuvres and we'll buy the first five people to show up in either flapper-wear or a three-piece suit a round of drinks. Costumes optional, of course.
Tuesday, December 16th
Macy's at the Wanamaker Building - 13th and Market - 5:55PM
The eagle statue is in the center of the first floor of Macy's. Meet us under the arch behind the eagle before 6:00PM to catch the 6:00PM Light Show, followed by our history tour.
SoleFood at the PSFS Building - 12th and Market - 7:00-9:00PM
Let us know if you can make it: yipsocial@gmail.com



Register Today for "Running on Empty: Make a Little Go a Long Way"
Every dollar counts in business. Learn from entrepreneurs and business owners as they discuss strategies and share personal experiences on how to survive and thrive during challenging economic times.
Innovation Philadelphia invites you to attend Running on Empty: Make a Little Go a Long Way on December 17, 2008, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the PNC Center (1600 Market Street, Philadelphia) in the Center Hall.
The cost to attend is $25, which includes light appetizers and a cash bar. Pre-registration is required to attend. Register today at www.innovationphiladelphia.com.


19) YA PAC

Holidays from Young America PAC.  To celebrate the Season, we would like to invite you to a special Young America Happy Hour. We could think of no better place for this event than Devil's Alley.  We hope you can make it to celebrate the conclusion of an historic year in American politics and fun times with YA.
Holiday Happy Hour
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Devil's Alley
1907 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia



2008 Holiday Happy Hour/Toys for Tots 
Host: Bill Super, Dale Kachelries, Tim Cunniff
Location: Urban Saloon (Party Room), 2120 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
When:   Friday, December 19, 6:00PM
Hi All:
Our Annual Holiday Happy Hour/Toys for Tots will be held Friday, December 19th from 6-10pm at Urban Saloon (party room).  As usual, guests are encouraged to donate an unwrapped toy for the underpriviledged.  Happy Holidays!



A) Oasis in Camden, Friday, December 19th



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