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Date: 12/31/2009
Title: 16 Items (12-31-09) sponsored by LUCKY STRIKES LANES

Happy new year.  For those who control their partying tonight, plan to make tomorrow a party day.  You can drink out on Broad Street openly for the Mummers.  And bars in the area like McGillans get packed all day.  And there is of course Two Street (2nd and Washington) that turns in to a mini Bourbon Street for the day/night.  With it being a Friday night, it could be extra fun.  http://www.phillymummers.com/

And speaking of bourbon Street, New Orleans Jazzfest has announced its artists:  http://www.nojazzfest.com/.  And speaking of travel, has the snow got you thinking about some skiing or snowboarding?  Come join us in Vail and Lake Placid: www.PhillyTrips.com

Last week I mentioned the mob reviews on Philly.com.  This week I have to mention MTV’s Jersey Shore.  You can catch the past episodes on their website.  Well worth the time to watch them.

Just noticed the NCAA final (Bama/Texas) is January 7th.  Remember when the big games were actually played on New Years day?

My nephew just told me about this site.  Watch live TV: http://www.atdhe.net/

And as always, I appreciate those of you that have come to be for advice on their real estate purchases and sales.  I hope more of you will come to me in 2010. - Mark


Laugh at your friend's gutter ball or rock your own. Stay out of the gutter or don't. Eat, drink, and knock down pins

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1) Greater Philadelphia Film Office Celebrates

Philadelphia was definitely the place to be in 2009. The Greater Philadelphia Film Office officially announced that a total of eleven major movies and TV series chose to film in the city of brotherly love in 2009. Productions such as the hilarious It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Cold Case, Law Abiding Citizen, Redemption, Teach, and more, were all filmed during this past year, creating approximately 2,000 jobs and generating close to a half a billion dollars.  During filming, talented stars such as Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, and more all enjoyed the uniqueness that is Philadelphia. We can’t forget to accredit native Philadelphians, such as Kevin Bacon, Maria Bellow, and M. Night Shyamalan, for the note-worthy projects they have accomplished in 2009. We are sure that 2010 will be another fabulous year for the city that so many of us call home.
For more information on The Greater Philadelphia Film Office, click here: http://www.film.org/film/index.cfm


2) Technology Networking Happy Hour

Wednesday, January 6th, 2009
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Public House
Mix and mingle with professionals in the field of Technology.

One complimentary drink plus happy hour drink specials.

No cost to attend.

Public House is located at 1801 Arch (between Arch and Cherry on 18th) in Center City Philadelphia. Sponsored by Hair O' The Dog, Silver Marketing Group, and Phlare Magazine.

Click here to RSVP.http://www.centercityphiladelphia.com/technology.htm

3) Philagrafika 2010

January 29- April 11
This international festival focuses on the vital role of the printed image in contemporary art. The core of the exhibition, The Graphic Unconscious, will be shown in five venues across the city, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and will feature two artists, the Japanese artist Tabaimo and the Colombian artist Óscar Muñoz who expand their knowledge of printmaking into other mediums. http://www.philagrafika2010.org/


4) Broadway in PHILLY

January – June
Many popular Broadway hits are returning to the stages of Philadelphia. The Academy of Music hosts the ridiculously successful Wicked (Jan. 6-24) and The Lion King (Mar. 23-Apr. 24) while the Merriam Theatre houses Annie (Feb. 26-28) and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Feb. 9-14).



Eagles fans at our best: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2isksLw0jW8



A) John Welsh Elementary School on Martin Luther King Day
Help us make John Welsh Elementary School beautiful on Martin Luther King Day!
Greater Philadelphia Cares will be honoring the legacy and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King by coordinating an incredible project in Philadelphia.  Join with us on Monday, January 18th, 2010 as we gather to revitalize the John Welsh Elementary School.  We need over 150 volunteers to help us paint doors, hallways, stairwells, bathrooms - even the lobby. 
There will be two "shifts" - 9:00 to 12:30, and 12:30 to 3:30.  You are welcome to join us for one or both!  Please call 215-564-4544 or email us at volunteer@gpcares.com for more information. Please include your name, telephone number, email address and your choice of shift (feel free to volunteer all day).

B) Neighbors In Action on on Martin Luther King Day
Monday, January 18, 10:00am-2:00pm
(100 volunteers needed; North Philadelphia)
Join a group of conscientious community members to fight urban blight! Greater Philadelphia Cares volunteers work alongside residents to beautify the neighborhood and do gardening projects across the city. This is a great opportunity to volunteer with others as well as a good chance to come on your own and make new friends!
Call 215-564-4544 to get more information and to sign up.






Theatre Horizon presents HOLIDAY SHOW, a musical Jazz musical with hits from the swing dance and jazz age performed by a cast of 6 and full jazz quartet. Starring actors from the Walnut Street Theatre and Arden Theatre.
Remaining shows:
12/31 @ 6:30pm **Special New Year's Eve show!!**
1/2 @ 2pm & 8pm
1/3 @ 2pm
(610) 283-2230 www.theatrehorizon.org
Tickets: $18 to $28
at Theatre Horizon at 208 DeKalb Street, Norristown on "Arts Hill" Norristown's new avenue of the arts, where theatre and music are taking over abandoned warehouses in the only arts-oriented downtown in the suburbs.
Free street parking, or take the Septa R6 line right to our doorstep!  Get off at "Norristown Transport Center" stop.



A) Art Museum to charge premium for Picasso show: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20091224_Art_Museum_to_charge_premium_for_Picasso_show.html

B) Wine kiosks to be added at 100 Pa. supermarkets: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20091223_ap_winekioskstobeaddedat100pasupermarkets.html

C) Number of murders lowest since 2002 in Phila.: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20091230_Number_of_murders_lowest_since_2002_in_Phila_.html

D) Pa. Turnpike tolls go up this weekend: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20091230_Pa__Turnpike_tolls_go_up_this_weekend.html

E) Camden murders down 40% in 2009, leading N.J. decline: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20091230_Camden_murders_down_40__in_2009__leading_N_J__decline.html



One-Year Anniversary Party
It takes either ironclad balls or some magical beer for a bar to set up shop in the worst economic climate since the Great Depression. For Local 44, it took both. While it may not have the most original ambience or the most exciting walls, the novelty of a sanitary, a specialty beer bar in a neighborhood of cruddy college watering holes has proven to be the perfect brew. Nathan, a server at the University City spot since its inception, hasn’t seen a huge hit from the recession. The excellent beer selection—on any given night, drinkers may follow up a Downingtown pilsner with a pale ale from Buggenhout, Belgium, or even a gluten-free option—at great prices has drawn a steady crowd of locals, Penn students and hipsters overindulging in loud conversation and Quizzo. A year after opening, Local 44 is thanking its customers with a night of free grub and rare drafts that, along with some supernaturally strong gonads, it’s been concealing in the basement. Gerald Johnson
4pm. Local 44, 4333 Spruce St. 215.222.BEER. www.local44beerbar.com


$0 to join and no dues until February 1.
Still need motivation? You’re right on time for the launch of commit 2010, our on-going effort designed to help you sustain a program of regular exercise. Through energizing clinics, engaging events and educational tips you ’ll get all the help you need to enjoy the life-long benefits of being fit. First tip: If your goal is weight loss, don ’t rely on just diet and cardio. For better results mix in strength training.

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11) Shen Yun Performing Arts

Sat., Jan. 2
What Riverdance did for Irish step-dancing in the ’90s, Shen Yun does for classical Chinese dance and music today. Based in New York, the performing arts company has been traveling around the world since 2006 with vibrant showcases for hundreds of dancers and musicians. Dedicated to revitalizing artistic forms thought suppressed by decades of Communist rule, Shen Yun is a colorful, dramatic tour through thousands of years of Chinese culture. The performance includes elements of classical and folk dance, as well as narrative presentations recounting Chinese history and legend. There will also be towering scenic projections, elegant period costumery and a massive live orchestra comprised of both Western and Chinese instruments. Chinese New Year doesn’t hit until mid-February, but Shen Yun isn’t a bad way to go out like an ox and in like a tiger. The Philly performances conclude Sunday with a matinee at 2 p.m. Paul F. Montgomery
7:30pm. $35-$129. Academy of Music, Broad and Locust sts. 215.893.1999. www.academyofmusic.org


12) SAVE THE DATE : Morris Animal Refuge Happy Hour

Come have a drink and help support the efforts of the Morris Animal Refuge to help save homeless animals in Philadelphia.

Date: Jan 21st.
Place: Mission Grill
Open Bar 6-7
7-10pm $3 beers, $4 wines, $5 margaritas, $5 sangrias, $5 mixed drinks.



A) The noblest question in the world is: What Good may I do in it? - Benjamin Franklin

B) The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself. - Ursula K. Le Guin

C) Never stop until your good becomes better, and your better becomes the best. - frank zappa

D) Too much virtue can be criminal. - Jean Racine


Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer (ALSF) will host the Fourth Annual Lemon Ball, presented by Volvo Cars with support from CIGNA, on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 7pm at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street. The Lemon Ball is an evening of cocktails, dinner, raffles provided by Govberg Jewelers, silent and live auctions and entertainment bringing together supporters of childhood cancer causes. In addition to the evening’s festivities, ALSF, with the support of MIKE AND IKE® Brand Candies, will welcome a performance by Grammy nominated recording artist, Jordin Sparks. Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). www.TheLemonBall.com  

15) WMMR Day Off at the Slopes

Friday, January 8th - Jack Frost Mountain in the Poconos - join WMMR for Day Off on the Slopes, presented by Coors Light. Skip work and
ski. Act quickly, supplies limited.  Get your lift tix for just $9.33 - WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!




Jen Maher invited you to the event "PSU THON @ FIELD HOUSE: 2nd Annual!"...

Event: PSU THON @ FIELD HOUSE: 2nd Annual"FTK"
What: Fundraiser
Start Time: Saturday, January 9 at 7:00am
Where: Field House

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below: http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=187379864422&mid=17e80eaG2b9613eeG455ead3G7


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