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Date: 12/18/2009
Title: 15 items (12-18-09) sponsored by www.NYEphilly.com

Finally seems that winter has arrived.  I have not gotten in my first ski turns yet but I think I will next week.  Anyone want to take a road trip to the Catskills early next week?

This week was fun.  Holiday parties, Reindeer Romp , attended my first Army/Navy game and the Temple upset of Nova.   But then I had to deal with an interesting set of events.  Last week I shared some photos of a house I am rehabbing.  Well….I discovered an old burial ground: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20091215_Philadelphia__City_of_forgotten_burial_grounds.html

Sunday night is a good jam band (Greyboy Allstars) at World Café Live if you are available on Sunday night.  you can hear some of their music at: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=greyboy+allstars&sourceid=navclient-ff&rlz=1B3WZPB_enUS331US331&ie=UTF-8&aq=0&oq=greyboy+all

Real estate talk: Mortgage Rates up But Still Below 5 Percent for a 30 year fixed.   And Philly did well with our home values according to Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/2009/12/03/cities-overpriced-sales-lifestyle-real-estate-miami-florida-homes_chart.html?partner=yahoore  As always, I ask that you talk to me if thinking of buying or selling a home. - Mark

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A) 2 Center City bike lanes may become permanent: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20091211_2_Center_City_bike_lanes_may_become_permanent.html

B) Will satellite TV finally get CSN? :: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/technology/20091216_FCC_seeks_to_close__quot_terrestrial_loophole_quot_.html

C) 2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest Lineup Announced: http://encore.celebrityaccess.com/index.php?encoreId=226&articleId=33394

D) Ganja Goes Gourmet: http://media-coloradoski.com/CurrentNews/50FreeThings/

E) Split verdict in NJ medical marijuana case: http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/state/new_jersey/20091217_ap_splitverdictinnjmedicalmarijuanacase.html

F) We are not a happpy state: http://www.livescience.com/culture/091217-happy-state-list.html



$20.00 4-Hour Open Bar: "Mara and the Merry-Makers"
December 20th
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Paddy Whacks Pub
2nd & South Streets, Philadelphia, PA

Celebrate and give thanks for Love of Country, Love of City – with your counterparts!  You are cordially invited to join  the Philly YR's in our 2009 Christmas Party where Members and non-members are both welcome! This event is free to attend and Republicans and Conservatives of all ages are encouraged to attend. This is a family-friendly event and restaurant, so bring your children. There is an open bar option: $20.00 per guest if we have fifty attendees. Restaurant management indicated a little more per person with a smaller crowd, but not much. Please help spread the good word! Open Bar Option includes: Draft Beer, Wine and Soda/Hot Roast Beef and Meatball Sandwiches and Potato and Macaroni Salads. Of course, the 1PM Eagles game will be on the TVs. Several 2010 Candidates will be in attendance. Please use this important opportunity to get to know your candidates one on one.
To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below or email mtoukatly@yahoo.com:



Ring in 2010 at the hottest spot on the river - OCTO!
Octo will be under a huge heated tent with 1/4 of the deck uncovered to watch the firwork show at the Ben Franklin Bridge
We are running busses from Conshy, Manayunk and center city!
$80 includes :
Top shelf open bar 9-2 (includes Red Bull!)
Light hor'dourves
Free Champagne at midnight
The BEST view of the fireworks!
Hats, horns and party favors!
Dress to impress!
For more info or to purchase tickets and get bus reservations email Kellybeene1@aol.com



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6) Phlower Power Window Decorating Contest

The 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show is looking for entrants for its 15th Annual Phlower Power Window Decorating Contest. “Passport to the World,” to be held February 28 through March 7 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, will take visitors on an exotic journey to dozens of destinations around the globe. For more information and to download an entry form for the contest, please visit the Attractions Page at www.theflowershow.com or contact Laura Hoover at lhoover@pennhort.org. The form can be found here:   www.theflowershow.com/Attractions/windows.html. All businesses earn two Flower Show tickets just for competing. Proceeds of the Flower Show go to Philadelphia Green, PHS's acclaimed program and the nation's largest comprehensive community greening program that serves as a model for cities across the U.S.Flower Show Week generates an economic impact of $35 million for the City of Philadelphia.


7) Now Open: Drinker's West

3900 Chestnut Street, 215-397-4693
“Drinker's West, in the former O'Hara's Fish House. Open for a week, this cavernous 4 Corners space is probably the most beautiful out of all of the Philly boozy conglomerate's locations — soaring ceilings, wide-open booth and stool seating, lots of dark wood, neat vintage-lookin' tiled floors, bars on both the ground level and the 100-head mezzanine.” –Philadelphia City Paper



Join us as we ring in 2010 at Mission Grill presented by TheHipEvent LLC! :)
Includes: Bottle Service, Top Shelf Premium Open Bar 8 PM to 2 AM, Grand Buffet, Champagne Toast @ Midnight, Private Seating, Music, Dancing and TONS OF FUN!
VIP Bottle Service: $150.  General Admission: $125
Group discount available as low as $90 per person if you contact jennifer@thehipevent.com for details.
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Eating Royally
National Constitution Center, Independence Mall, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Mon - 12/21  
Speaker/Panel and Special Event
Open from 11:00am until 1:30pm
Price of Event is $75.
www. constitutioncenter.org/ncc_calen_Landing.aspx?code=3394

Princess Diana's personal chef, Darren McGrady, will be preparing guests a three course brunch with some of Diana and the royal family's favorite diches. McGrady will share stories about his experience working for Lady Di and will be answering questions and signing copies of his cookbook Eating Royally. Guests will also have access to Diana: A Celebration. Reservations are required and must be made by Dec 16 (call 215-409-6700).



A) Spin the Dreidel Party on xmas eve (100% of the door goes to charity).
Only one week away from one of the best party nights of the year. Everyone who signs up early at:  http://www.facebook.com/l/201c3;www.phillyjewcrew.eventbrite.com
will get a REDUCED COVER of just $10 (it will be $20 at the door).  We have worked out arrangements so that no one will have to wait in line and will have the fourth floor open for everyone to feel like a VIP.  Drink specials for everyone too!
Come join us and help make a difference since 100% of the door and at least 10% of your bar tab will go to Alex's Lemonade Stand to find a cure for pediatric cancer and to CCFA (Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America).

B) The Moo Shu Jew Show
Presented by The Gershman Y
It's Christmas.  What's a Jew to do? 
Come to an all-star comedy show and a Chinese meal at Joy Tsin Lau Restaurant, 1026 Race Street in Chinatown
Thursday, December 24- 6pm Dinner/Show
$62 advance/$70 at door
Friday, December 25 - Noon Lunch/Show
$45 advance/$50 at door
Hosted by the funniest yenta we know, Cory Kahaney, and starring:
Greg Rogell - The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Brad Zimmerman - My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy
Michelle Balan - Last Comic Standing
This event sold out last year - buy your tickets today at www.gershmanY.org or call 215-545-4400

C) The Eleventh Annual "TO LIFE" Party
Thursday, December 24, 2009
At Cuba Libre Rum Bar and Restaurant
9PM-2:00AM (Recess Lounge after party until 3:30am)
For the ELEVENTH year Andrew Spivack, Adam Solomon, and Jennifer Birch are hosting Philly's premiere Christmas Eve Party on Thursday, December 24th!!
Once again we will be taking over two of the hottest locations in Olde City, Philadelphia: 32 Degrees Luxe Lounge and Cuba Libre Rum Bar and Restaurant. On special occasions just like this the owners open the doors between the two places so you can walk freely between the two spots.
Making a return appearance will be DJ YAN in 32 spinning Vocal House and Club music in 32 Degrees, and we will have DJ KHAL Hip-Hop, Mash-up and Top 40 inside Cuba Libre.
Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $30.00 at the door
If a 40 and over event is more your speed ....more info coming soon for 3rd Annual L'Chiam Party.
Last year over 800 people came out to celebrate.
For more information and Advance tickets go to http://www.pulseofphilly.com or http://tolifeparty11-Zwick.eventbrite.com
VIP tables available at 215-260-2326.
Don't miss the event that everyone will be talking about.
Advance tickets end at 12pm 12/24/09

Christmas Eve! Free Kosher Chinese Buffet
Thursday - 12/24/2009
@ Theatre of Living Arts (TLA)
8:00pm | All Ages | $35 adv / $38 dos  
Few artists make an impact as complete as the one Matisyahu made with his Top 40 hit “King Without a Crown”: Here was a true original, the song announced—a Hasidic Jewish musician from New York City singing reggae songs about his religious devotion. Fans responded to this one-of-a-kind voice, too, driving Youth, Matisyahu’s Grammy-nominated 2006 studio disc, to the top spot more ...


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Monday, December 21:
Golden Globe nominee Inglorious Basterds plays at the Troc as part of Movie Mondays.



A) Volunteer at the 15th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service
The 15th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service will be taking place on January 18, 2010. You can pick from a number of projects to get involved with across the Philadelphia region. http://www.mlkdayofservice.org/volunteerlog.aspx to create a volunteer profile to access the number of volunteer opportunities that day.
There will also be a Civic Engagement Expo held at Girard College (2101 S. College Ave.) on January 18 from 9am to 12pm. This is a great way to learn about some of the many nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia and how you can get involved. For any information about the Martin Luther King Day of Service or the Civic Engagement Expo, please visit www.mlkdayofservice.org or call 215.665.2475.

B) Volunteer at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival
Presented by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, the 2010 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival is approaching. Volunteers are needed to help with Sakura Sunday on April 19 to help with money collection, crowd control, and providing information to visitors. If you’re interested in volunteering on Sakura Sunday or would like to get involved on another day of the festival, please contact Aaron Dilliplane at 215.790.3810 or at adilliplane@greaterphilachamber.com.

C) Volunteer with Campaign for Working Families
Campaign for Working Families offers families a number of opportunities, including free tax services, credit counseling and financial education. The organization will be looking for volunteers for the upcoming tax season to help with completing tax forms, organizing paperwork, greeting customers, filling out benefit applications and other administrative tasks.
No experience is necessary and Campaign for Working Families will provide training. http://www.phillyfreetaxes.org/getinvolved/whyvolunteer.asp


A new American vegetarian fare restaurant comes to Philadelphia! Thoreau Vegetarian Grill will be opening its doors on January 22nd at 1033 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia; in the up-and coming- Loft district just outside of Northern Liberties. Mike Jackson, owner of the well known, much acclaimed Blue Sage Restaurant in Southampton, PA, will be the chef owner bringing his favorite vegetarian recipes and menu items to his new spot. The restaurant will be open Tuesday thru Thursday from 4:30pm-10:00pm and from 4:30-11:00pm on Friday and Saturday evenings. Outside seating will be available, weather permitting and Chef Jackson will have his own vegetable and herb garden right outside his kitchen door. Lunch will follow soon and the liquor license is pending. In the meantime bring your own bottle and enjoy all that this intimate 35-seat restaurant has to offer.

14) Beer Tasting Event
Grab your beer loving friends and family and head to World Cafe Live on Sunday, December 27th from 1:00-4:00pm to sample stouts, porters, and winter seasonals from breweries including St. Fullien, Bells, Dogfish Head, Sly Fox, Harpoon, Michelob, Victory, Flying Fish, and many more! A palate-pleasing spread of finger foods is included, and live entertainment will make it a hoppin' party. All participants will bring home their complimentary 6 oz. World Cafe Live logo pilsner glass provided for your sampling pleasure! Tickets cost $40 per person (Ages 21 and over only) and $15 for Designated Driver tickets which will be available at the door on the day of the event. Tickets are limited so call today to buy your ticket 215-222-1400 or visit www.worldcafelive.com.






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