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Date: 2/27/2009
Title: 17 Items (2-27-09) sponsored by American Male Salons

Anyone want to play spring soccer?  Games are on Saturdays.  League is co-ed.  Email me if interested.

This week, I jumped up to Killington for a few days.  Was able to time the storm and we had about 18 inches of snow to play in.  I posted some videos from the trip on my Facebook page.  And for those that want to hit the Killington weekend in March, check out item #17 below.  Also attended the wine event by www.UpcomingEvents.com last night which had a nice turn out of more than 100 people.  They are having some more wine events coming up which I will make sure to let you know about.

A little late notice but MTV is coming to Raven Lounge tomorrow (Sat, 2/28) at 10AM to casting for an upcoming Real World. Bring a photo with you if you go.

For those looking for live music on Saturday nights, Fieldhouse has a cover band every Saturday.  http://www.fieldhousephilly.com/
Warning though: Domestic draught beers are $5 for a pint, which I think is a bit expensive.

And lastly, I included some Real Estate info below about foreclosures and incentives for city employees.  Email me if you have any questions about either of them.  - Mark


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1) McPatty's Fest 2009

Saturday, March 14, 2009
Doors Open At Noon
$3 Coors Lights & Coors Banquets
$5 Red Bull & Vodka

5 Bands...Plus Authentic Irish Entertainment
Steamroller Picnic, Octane, Lauralea & Tripp Fabulous, Chorduroy, Goodman Fiske




Looking for a roommate. I own a rehabbed rowhome in the Graduate Hospital neighboorhood. House was fully rehabbed in 2006 and has all modern amenities including alarm system. Very nice, quiet block with many rehabbed homes. Street parking always available around the house. Walking distance to University City, Center City, Rittenhouse.
The available room is the largest bedroom in the house with two closets.
Looking for roommate to move in anytime but must move in by March 15th.
Rent is $700 a month and a split of the utilities (cable, electric, gas, water).
I am a 32-year old male, sales professional. Will consider male and female roommates.
22nd at Montrose.  steven_j_smith@yahoo.com

B) Roommate Wanted - Manayunk.  Huge 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom house on Umbria Street in Manayunk.  Looking for a fun, friendly, professional male or female to rent the second floor master bedroom.  Central air/heat, cable and wireless internet, big backyard, free municipal parking lot across the street, canal trails across the street, 3 minute walk to R6, and less than a 5 minute walk to Main Street.  Very reasonable rent and only 1/3 share of utilities.  If interested, please contact waynerdudley@gmail.com

C) ROXBOROUGH/MANAYUNK: Roommate wanted to share 1200 sq ft, 2BR apartment at Henry on the Park complex in Roxborough, near Manayunk & Plymouth Meeting.  I’m a female professional working in Center City , seeking a responsible roommate – available for immediate occupancy!  Huge balcony with sliding glass doors, free off-street parking, POOL, full-size W/D & dishwasher (new), Comcast On-Demand & internet, lots of storage, pet-friendly.   Available BR is 10’x12’ with a large window and 2 large closets.  $600/mo. rent + half of the utilities (approx. $100/mo.) and a security deposit.  Photos available upon request.  E-mail Heather at heather.riebeling@gmail.com if you’re interested!



Jim Koch (owner and founder of Sam Adams) will be coming to town for one night during Philly Beer Week.
We're having a Beer Dinner at the Fieldhouse where we're releasing 3 new beers that we're adding to the Sam Adams line up.  In addition to these beers, we will be serving Sam Adams Utopias which is the the strongest beer in the world.
This will be a great event, and I hope to see some of you there.  The dinner is being held Wednesday, March 11. 
Information to get tickets is below --


Philadelphia revitalizes employer-assisted housing program

Philadelphia is launching a revamped employer-assisted housing program in an attempt to kick-start sluggish home sales and entice more people who work in the city to live in it. A byproduct of the program’s dual goals would be increasing the city’s overall population, which continues to decline annually but not as fast as it used to. Called “Home Buy Now,” the program could give prospective home buyers up to $17,500 toward purchasing a new house in the city, which — combined with some savings — could mean the difference between going to the closing table or not. While the city started an employer-assisted housing program a little over a year ago, it wasn’t being aggressively promoted and its scope was limited. The city’s Commerce Department has restructured the program, allocated $1.5 million toward it and will officially re-launch it in March. One of the key differences in the new program is the involvement of a contingency of 20 residential developers with projects in Philadelphia with new homes that aren’t selling.  Source: Philadelphia Business Journal; 2/13/09



Cashman & Associates invites you to grab your girlfriends for a Girls’ Day Out shopping extravaganza!  Look for bargains from top Philadelphia, South Jersey and Main Line retailers all under one roof!  Featured shops include Arcadia Boutique, Automatic Satisfaction, Avon Optical, Bernie Robbins Fine Jewelers, Bo Concept, Breathe Spa, Denise Fike Designs, Elizabeth Maar Boutique, Hope Chest, J. Kharma Boutique, Jack & Jill Boutique, Julie’s Bottega, Katye K Boutique, Pants, Per Lei Boutique, Pileggi Boutique, Scarlet Alley, Skirt, South Moon Under, State of Grace, The Velvet Lily, and many more!!

Guys are welcome too – Girls’ Day Out features select men’s styles, as well as gifts, homeware and children’s items.  Enjoy a complimentary chair massage by On the Spot Wellness and enter to win luxe spa, beauty, restaurant, entertainment and shopping giveaways from Giovanni & Pileggi, Table 31, the Sixers and more!

Admission is free – save your money for shopping!  Cash and checks are preferred; some retailers will accept credit cards.  Please bring a gently used accessory or an unopened beauty product to benefit Career Wardrobe.

The Loews, 1200 Market Street, Millennium Ballroom Level 2
Saturday, February 28, 2009
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Don’t let the economy get you down! The best shopping of Philadelphia, South Jersey and the Main Line in one location! Find reduced prices on stylish pieces to wear now and great discounts on spring collections before they hit stores!

Feel good by helping a local woman look her best at her next interview.  The Career Wardrobe is the nation’s largest community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting women in their transition to work by providing professional attire, networking and career skills training.
Please RSVP to Cashman & Associates, 215.627.1082 ext.1 or www.cashmanandassociates.com



Italian Happy Hour at Spasso

Wednesday, March 04, 2009 in Philadelphia at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Spasso Italian Grill, 34 South Front Street Philadelphia Philadelphia PA

Times are tough, the economy stalls, and we could all use a good drink. Let’s get together and celebrate Happy Hour- the Italian way.

Eurocircle member, Cosetta Ottaviano invites you to Italian Happy Hour, for an evening of fine Italian wine, delicious Italian hors d’oeuvres and as always, good Eurocircle company.

We’ll get together at Spasso Italian Grill, where our hostess has arranged for drink specials for all Eurocircle members, complimentary finger foods, lively Italian music, as well as an optional 10% discount for those who wish to stay for dinner after the happy hour.

So join us after work on March 4th, bring a friend or a co-worker and let’s have a good time, the Italian way. Please register for this event on this page so that we can let Spasso know how many of us to expect.

Tickets are $10 in advance via Paypal to: payinphilly@eurocircle.com or $20 after Feb 25 or at the door. Contact Sherry if you need to pay by check.




MARCH 4th, 2009
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

at the TROCADERO, 1003 Arch Street, PHILADELPHIA, PA

all proceeds support the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association
RSVP TO: kenwong.cig@gmail.com

The Philadelphia Dragon Boat Team invites you to enjoy an evening of fun, food and drink featuring Kelly Ray & Leslie Mitchell of Dance Art and Tango Productions
Salsa Dancing Fun & instruction
Door Prizes, Wine, Beer, Refreshments, Food
Catch up with old friends. Make new friends. Jewelry vendors and more
“Dress so you shine”

The Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association is a 501C-3.  All donations are tax deductible.



A) Fellas -- Wash Your Hands for a Little Nookie: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/health/tips_info/Fellas_--_Wash_Your_Hands_for_a_Little_Nookie_Philadelphia.html

B) More Evidence Links Alcohol, Cancer in Women: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,499826,00.html


9) Phila.-area foreclosure filings fall

Philadelphia-area foreclosure filings declined 5 percent in January from December and by 10 percent from January 2008, according to data released Thursday by RealtyTrac.  Nationally, filings declined 10 percent in January from December but increased by almost 18 percent from January 2008.  The Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metro area was 125th out of 202 areas nationwide in terms of its foreclosure rate. One out of every 1,098 homes in the area were in some stage of foreclosure, compared to one out of 466 nationwide.




Happy Nights
If Happy Hour isn’t enough, then let Table 31 provide you with a Happy Night.

Chef Chris Scarduzio has created the $9 Happy Nights Bar Menu (include house-made pastas & pizzas, Table 31 sliders, mussels, and more) which features Table 31’s signature Italian Steakhouse cuisine.

A Special Drink Menu enhances the night with…
$7 Happy Nights Martinis
$5 Sommelier Wine Selections
$3 Draft and Bottled Beers

Enjoy these and many more delicious and fulfilling specials ALL NIGHT LONG Monday through Saturday after 5PM.
Table 31 is located at the Comcast Center on 1701 JFK Boulevard –  215.567.7111 – www.table-31.com


Email Jason for 2009 membership deals jason.newcomer@town-sports.com



A) Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

B) Progress always involves risks. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first. - Frederick B. Wilcox


12) 76ers :: LADIES PACKAGE

The Philadelphia 76ers recently introduced a new Ladies Night Out ticket package. Priced between $50 and $75, the package includes two game tickets, two chicken salads, two glasses of wine, two 76ers t-shirts, and two gift cards to a salon/spa.





14) Le Bec-Fin Features a $35 Pre-fixe Menu  

If you're looking for a great meal at a great price then head over to Le Bec-Fin, Monday through Thursday, 5:30-6:30pm for you early birds AND then again from 9-10pm for the night owls. They will be offering a 3 course pre-fixe menu for $35/person exclusive of tax, gratuity, and alcohol. Selections are from the regular ala carte menu.

Le Bec-Fin and Le Bar Lyonnais are now opened for lunch Monday through Saturday 11:30am - 2:30pm.  You can dine on Wild Mushroom Risotto, Crab Gallette Sandwich, Salad Lyonnais, or try the Express Lunch for only $15.23. This includes a Choice of Soup du Jour or Field Greens Salad followed by Chef Perrier's Burger Lyonnais which is a grilled prime burger served on a brioche bun with caramelized onion puree, cherry tomato confiture, and pomme frites. What a great way to treat yourself during the day!

After work, enjoy their laid back happy hour at Le Bar Lyonnais, Mon thru Fri from 5-7pm with complimentary hors d'œuvres and selected $5.00 drinks. What more can you ask from an award winning restaurant? For more information or to make reservations please call 215-567-1000 or visit  www.lebecfin.com. 1523 Walnut Street.


15) The 5th Annual "Great Irish Stew Cook-Off"

Thursday, March 5th, 2009 from 6 PM to 9 PM at Finnegan's Wake at 3rd & Spring Garden
Sts. Donation of $5.00 at the door, which gets you some of the BEST Irish
Stew in Philadelphia, live Irish music, and a cash bar.

The Cook-Off is judged in two categories; Professional - Restaurants, and Amateur - Individuals / AOH - LAOH Divisions. Last year's winners were Ida
Mae's Bruncherie (Fishtown) in the Professional category and AOH Division 87's own Dan Hazley in the Amateur class.

This annual event raises money to support the annual Hibernian Hunger Project Cook-In, which has in the last six years, prepared, packaged and
delivered over 90,000 individual meals to organizations like Aid For Friends, the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center ,
the St. Francis Inn and St. John's Hospice to name a few. All of these organizations help to feed the elderly, homeless and less fortunate. So
come out and kick off the Season of the Irish with great food and fun, while helping a great charity.

On Saturday, April 4th the Philadelphia County AOH and LAOH will again be preparing and packaging meals at Aid for Friends. This event will begin at
9:00 a.m. until we finish at the Aid For Friends Building which is located at 12271 Townsend Rd, in Northeast Philly.

Aid-for-Friends normally struggles to get through the summer with enough meals to feed all 2,200 shut-ins. While volunteer cooks often go away on
vacation during this time, the Hibernians from Philadelphia are ready to lend a hand. The "Cook-In" is the main annual event of the Philadelphia
Hibernian Hunger Project. The Philadelphia AOH - LAOH Hibernian Hunger Project cook-in has prepared, package and delivered individual meals to
Aid-for Friends since 2000.



Starts March 6th



Hit the Killington slopes with us! Last year, over 100 people embarked on one of the most fun weekends of the year. Bus it up to Killington for skiing/boarding, hot tubs, pools, and more. Includes R/T transportation, lift pass, 2 nights in condos just 200 yards from the slopes, and MORE! Ski by day and party by night with other PhillyTrips.com travelers.


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