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Date: 12/24/2009
Title: 18 Items (12-24-09) sponsored by the 11th Annual To Life Party

Anyone have a contact for me at Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA)?

Has my first few mountain days of the season in this week.  Hit Hunter (http://www.huntermtn.com/) and Windham (http://www.windhammountain.com).  Was surprised by the amount of terrain they have open.  I think by this weekend, both mountains will be near 100% open.  And for those thinking a bus trip to Lake Placid would be fun in January: www.PhillyTrips.com

Hope you enjoyed your snow weekend.  I bar crawled with friends in town and then attended the Eagles on Sunday.  I am now 2-2 at Eagles games this season.  Hoping to get to the Broncos this weekend. 

I wanted to share something that I enjoy each week.  If you like the mob stories, then check out http://www.philly.com/philly/video/VideoArchive.html?vgenre=Mob%20Scene.  I actually watched 10 episodes the other day.

And lastly, my buddy Dennis has sold nearly 3000 tickets to his NYE parties but he has a few hundred left.  If looking for a formal affair: www.NYEPhilly.com - Mark

SPONSOR : 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)

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://tolifeparty11-Zwick.eventbrite.com

SPONSOR : The Eleventh Annual "TO LIFE" Party


Para-Olympian Chris Waddell, paralyzed from the waist-down, recently summitted 19,340-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro in a custom-made, four-wheel handcycle: http://www.skinet.com/ski/mountain-life/2009/12/A-Revolutionary-Climb?cmpid=enews122109



Click here for more information or to register online
Black Tie Bowling- the most unique and most FUN black tie event in the area! This fabulous event brings a new twist to the term “Black Tie Event”… Each team of 8-10 chooses their own charity to support so you are bowling for a cause that YOU pick…and the prizes are huge!
609-634-6219 - info@blacktiebowlingphilly.com



The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) will produce not one but two fireworks shows this New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2009.  In addition to the traditional show at Midnight, there will now be an earlier show at 6:00 PM now promising twice the fireworks, twice the fun!  Both shows will be choreographed to unique soundtracks and launched from barges in the middle of the Delaware River with clear views from both Philadelphia and Camden. 


4) Boxing Day Beer Festival

Sure, you know the real meaning of Christmas (getting shitfaced on eggnog and swapping dirty jokes with Grandma), but what about Boxing Day? In the mid 19th century, wealthy Brits would live it up and exchange presents with each other on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and established the 26th as a day to give gifts their servants, the lower classes and the homeless. The Memphis Taproom will continue to celebrate the spirit of the day this year when they open their doors early (8 a.m.!), roll out the winter beers—Sly Fox Christmas, St. Bernardus Christmas, Port Older Viscosity, Lost Abbey Angel’s Share, Victory Old Horizontal and a few English cask ales, among others—and give you a dollar off each brew for bringing in a gently used winter coat, blanket or three cans (Nourishing stuff, by the way. No lard or chipotles.) of food for distribution to families in need. Matt Soniak
8am. Pay as you go. Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland St. 215.425.4460. memphistaproom.com


5) Acoustic Wednesdays: PUBLIC HOUSE

Join us for Happy Hour every Wednesday from 5-7pm with LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC!

$2 Coors Light & Blue Moon
$3 Select Wines
$4 Absolut Cocktails
$5 Select Appetizers



Midnight Masquerade: Young Friends Winter Gala
"Unveiling Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris"

Saturday, February 20 at 8:00pm
Philadelphia Museum of Art

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below: http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=359107850393&mid=195e2fdG2b9613eeG4893113G7


7) Philadelphia quietly makes plans to offer tax amnesty

In an effort to collect some of the nearly $1 billion in delinquent taxes owed, Philadelphia will likely offer an amnesty next spring. The city has tried to keep details of the planned amnesty quiet, knowing that it will discourage taxpayers from settling their accounts before the amnesty. The amnesty would begin May 3 and last 45 days. Taxpayers would be forgiven half of their interest and the entire penalty on their back taxes. The city hopes to net up to $30 million through the amnesty program. Taxes covered by the amnesty include property, wage, business privilege, school district and others. In 1986, a tax amnesty brought in $25 million, nearly four times what was expected. Source: Philadelphia Inquirer; 12/09






Happy Tails of Philly, LLC



Please consider adopting-a-family this holiday season.  There are a number of families in Delaware County who could use a little help. 
To learn more, contact us today at 215-564-4544 or volunteer@gpcares.com.
Each year, Greater Philadelphia Cares partners with non-profit agencies throughout the region to identify families who can use help during the holidays. The Adopt-A-Family program finds families in need and matches them with caring individuals or groups.  
We need your help to ensure that no family is forgotten. Your kindness will bring smiles to the faces of children and adults who otherwise would not have had a reason to celebrate the season.
To adopt a family, complete this form as soon as possible and fax to 215-564-4543 or email to volunteer@gpcares.com.
For more information, please call Greater Philadelphia Cares at 215-564-4544.
Thank you for your help!


Why wait for a ball to drop? Start improving your life today.
You’re ready now. Join for $20.10 and get the rest of 2009 free!* The sooner you join, the sooner you’ll start to enjoy the many benefits of working out, including less stress and anxiety, more stamina and confidence. The list goes on and on – unlike our offer which ends this month. No resolution required, but we can help you commit to one.

SPONSOR: PHILADELPHIA SPORTS CLUBS (http://www.mysportsclubs.com/regions/PSC.htm?WT.ac=Header_Image_PSC_Region)


two bed, two bath/ washer/dryer in unit/ hardwood floors/stainless kitchen/ granite kitchen/ private security system/ access to rear and side lots for recreational activity- grilling, gardening, or even parking (ample street parking).  First, last and security, co signers ok, pets ok with additional two months deposit (dogs up to 20 pounds).
1328 N. 6th Street. Next to Mennonite Church and across street from school.  Quiet block.  One and a half blocks north of Girard.  Email zwick@markzwick.com for more info.


12) Speed Dating with Steve and JoAnn Ward from VH1's Tough Love

Don't spend Valentine's Day alone...meet the man or woman of your dreams! 
2/13 at Dusk Night Club in Atlantic City
The dating starts at 4! 
for tickets email kimwpt@gmail.com
then follow it up with A Crash Course in Love with Steve and JoAnn Ward
on 2/14 at Harrah's In Atlantic City.  Learn what to do and what not to do when dating,
or in a relationship.   For tickets email kimwpt@gmail.com
Make 2010 the year of your NEW love life!! 


Charity:Water is wonderful organization focused on providing clean water to people in developing nations.  A donation as low as $20 can provide clean water to one person for 20 years!
We’ve seen firsthand the effects of lack of clean water.  And today alone 4,500 children will die due to lack of access to clean water - that's over 1 million children a year.  More than all wars combined.
We also have a personal campaign running to help fund the building of a well. One well can provide clean drinking water to an entire village: http://mycharitywater.org/dropinbucket.  As an added incentive, the person who donates the most will receive a brand new 8 gig iPod Touch, so if you donate, please make sure to include your name. Any questions can be emailed to: smgal1025@yahoo.com



A) New cell-phone lot opens at airport: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20091219_New_cell-phone_lot_opens_at_airport.html

B) Experts: NY dog is 1st in nation with swine flu: http://www.philly.com/philly/living/pets/20091222_ap_expertsnydogis1stinnationwithswineflu.html



A) The Roots, 12/26, Atlantic City
B) WXPN Welcomes THE WORD(John Medeski, Robert Randolph & Mem. of North Mississippi Allstars) Wednesday - 12/30/2009, Theatre of Living Arts (TLA)


16) 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.


17) European Holiday Wine Dinner!
World Cafe Live & Joe Brandolo are hosting a fabulous wine celebration on Tuesday, December 29th starting at 7:00pm.There will be a selection of European holiday wines to complement new Executive Chef Mike Breslin's tasting menu selections. A slideshow presentation of holiday traditions will be enjoyed by various cultures throughout Europe. The following tasting menu will be served:
Austria: Roasted onion & zucchini pumpernickel tart
Italy: Arugula & spinach with mandarin oranges, almonds, shaved Asiago and an orange cranberry vinaigrette
Spain: Mussels & shrimp over imported saffron rice
France: Duck breast over macerated berries & micro greens
Belgium: Flourless Chocolate Cake
The price of the wine and food tasting will be $50 which includes wine, food, tax, and gratuity. Check www.worldcafelive.com for the wines that will be served!


18) The Society of Progressive Drinkers (SoPD)

December Meeting will be WEDNESDAY, December 30th at 7:00pm, at the Black Sheep in Center City.

First off - a Wednesday meeting?  I know.  How crazy and different.  The Calendar Gods made sure that two of the many important December holidays fall on Thursdays this year, and we'd obviously be insane to compete with the 195th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Ghent.  So instead you'll get to kick off your New Year's 24 hours early at the brilliant Black Sheep (which after all this time I don't need to say much about).  Please stop by for some end-of-year, 'twixt-holiday Friendship and Good Times.

Starting at 7:00pm
The Black Sheep
247 S 17th St.



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