A dreary Saturday afternoon edition.
In need of a few things....first is reasonably priced labor for construction projects I am working on. Many of our projects are not moving along as quickly as I would like them. If you know anyone that could help out as a worker/foreman, please let me know.
I also need a lawyer that speaks Spanish for my cleaning woman. If you know of one, please send them my way.
Wanted to thank many of you who berated me with bday wishes. Really was somewhat overwhelming. Bday weekend included two more Phillies games (along with another two during the week) and an interesting DJ experience at the Naval Yard. Did you know there were 3,000+ people at the Naval Yard last weekend? That is 3k each night of two sold out events. The Day Glow tour came through. The site has some videos or head to Youtube. It was actually a cool event and something Philly could use more of (IMO) - even though it was an 18+ event.
Going to get a little political.....I read that there is a PA state senator that wants people on food stamps to be drug free in order to get their monthly stipend. Here is the article. Going one step further, how aboue we do not allow people to use their food stamp money on unhealthy foods. Good idea or bad? Personally, I would be all for it but it seems many people disagree. Open to hearing your thoughts.
As always, I am available if anyone wants to talk real estate. Never too busy to be of assistance.....broke ground last week on my first new construction up at Temple. Want to guess how much a foundation costs to be dug/poured in Philly? $20,000 is the answer. This is what it looks like.
Happy Easter - Mark
SPONSOR Preakness Horse Race Bus Trip - All Day Concert & Festival!
Pimlico Race Track - Baltimore, MD
Saturday, May 21st, 2011 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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SPONSOR Preakness Horse Race Bus Trip - All Day Concert & Festival!
1) AVALON HOUSES NEEDED
A friend and I are looking for two full shares in an Avalon shore house. Ideally we're ideally looking for a house with people who like to have fun, but not a crazy party house. Let me know if you need more info. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of any openings. Thanks.
2) Public House Celebrates 6 Years
Thursday,April 28th: http://www.publichousephilly.com/evite/
3) TONIGHT :: PASSOVER PARTY :: 5TH ANNUAL UNLEAVENED PARTY
SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2011
MISSION GRILL, 1835 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
9:00 PM - 2:00AM
For the second year we will be hosting Philly's ONLY Passover Friendly Event -- UNLEAVENED PARTY-- at Mission Grill
The party begins at 9:00 PM and will run until 2:00 AM
Oh by the way ... it's Jenn Birch's last weekend in the U.S.A so come out and help her celebrate before she heads off to Israel!
Tickets are only $10.00 in Advance and $15.00 at Door
*** A Free Drink with paid admission **
*** POTATO VODKA Drink Specials ALL NIGHT for those observing***
*** $5 Wines & $6 Call Drinks/Sangria/Margaritas for those not***
Mission Grill's Executive Chef will also be making some great Passover Friendly Appetizers for the evening
The DJ will mixing up the city's best mash-ups, 80's 90's and Top 40 hits
Save $5.00 when you buy your tickets in advance.
CLICK HERE TO BUY TIX
4) EASTER PARADE
A) Marijuana Carbon Footprint: Indoor Pot Production Uses 1 Percent Of U.S. Electricity, Study Says
6) FREE Comedy / Quiz Night
More challenging than last month
April 27 - Wednesday @ 8PM
215.496.9001 //// http://www.heliumcomedy.com/philadelphia/index.php
7) PHILLY TECH WEEK
With a City Council resolution, April 25-30 is officially Philly Tech Week. This will be the inaugural week-long, open-calendar of more than 45 events celebrating technology and innovation across Philadelphia and its various industries and communities. Officially headquartered at WHYY in Old City, the events, most of which are free, are also happening across the city.
Here are a few highlighted events that we recommend:
- SWITCH PHILLY: Switch Philly is a ticketed tech startup demo event, during which five Philadelphia-area companies give seven-minute demos to investors, community members and others. APRIL 26 6-7:30PM @ Wharton Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut Street, University City | $10 with reservation at SwitchPhilly.com (Half off with 'YIP' coupon code) | RSVP HERE
- SCHOOL 2.0: Please join us at the Science Leadership Academy to learn about our vision for the future of education. APRIL 27 3PM-4PM @ Science Leadership Academy, 55 North 22nd Street, Center City | FREE with reservation | RSVP HERE
- PHILLY PROGRESSIVE THINKERS FORUM: Please join the Philly Thinkers Forum and Technically Philly for a special Philly Tech Week event. In April, our monthly forum will focus on the future of technology and innovation in Philadelphia, as well as the laws and regulations that make or could make Philly a high-tech leader. APRIL 28 12:30 - 1:30 @ Ballard Spahr, 1735 Market St. | FREE | RSVP HERE
- SIGNATURE EVENT : To celebrate the first ever Philly Tech Week, come out to WHYY for a gala event, where technology community leaders will be honored, notable regional leaders will speak to the importance of innovation and, yes, there will be an open bar. APRIL 29 6:30-10PM @ WHYY, 6th and Race streets, Old City | $20 with reservation (open bar, limited appetizers) | RSVP HER
8) Philadelphia City Council Primary Debate Series
The 2011 elections offer the greatest opportunity for change in Philadelphia's City Council in many years. A good result depends on the voters being well-informed. To that end, the dates and venues of the most comprehensive set of public forums ever to be held in Philadelphia were announced.
Committee of 70 is hosting forums that will feature the 12 seriously-contested Council seats up for election in the May 17 Primary. (There are 17 Council seats in total.) Virtually all of the 42 candidates in these races have confirmed their participation in the forums.
All forums begin at 7:00pm; dates and venues (subject to change) are listed here.
9) VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Let's practice how to skip rope like this:
10) Scotty G Fitness Boot Camp
Tuesday,Thursday 6:30-7:15pm and Saturday 10-10:45am (15 sessions)
P90x-style, full-body workouts for all levels
Meets behind the Art Museum at Waterworks parking lot
Visit www.scottygfitness.com for more details, or call Scott at 267 325 3340
11) POCONO RENTAL
Beautiful Pocono vacation rental home located in the Hideout, a four-star resort community in the Lake region of the Pocono Mountains. Our home offers serenity, privacy, gated access, and a myriad of activities and attractions. The spacious layout and many amenities of this Pocono Mountain vacation rental house make it the perfect location for your next getaway in the mountains. Enjoy swimming, fishing, or simply lounging around by one of our six lakes, or play a few rounds of golf on our private course.
This spacious Pocono Mountains vacation home boasts two spacious bedrooms plus a large loft with scenic views of
the Poconos foliage. Our home offers a fully equipped eat-in country kitchen, and a living room with a fireplace and
skylight. From the kitchen you can go out to the deck, where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful Pocono
Mountains foliage. Take a short walk to the Main lodge where you will find tennis courts, swimming pools, the Lake
Beach, and Tiki bar. http://www.rentalsinthepoconos.com/detail.asp?id=603
12) The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia
will offer the first annual Walpurgis Night Ghost Tour at Grumblethorpe on April 30, 2011, spinning tales of ghostly vigils, supernatural encounters, and an immortal blood stain in the colonial-era summer house in Germantown, Philadelphia.
The Walpurgis Night Ghost Tour will be held at 8:00 pm on Saturday, April 30, 2011, with additional tour times added as needed. The 90 minute tour will offer a behind-the-scenes look into Grumblethorpe's haunted history with a candlelight tour and ghost hunt.
"Walpurgis Night, or Witches' Night Out, is a halfway-to-Halloween celebration of old tradition where the shadowy realm of ghosts and spirits is revealed. It's the perfect night to explore firsthand the hauntings at Grumblethorpe with ghost stories and an investigation," said Eileen Reeser, long-time tour guide for the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia.
Complete information and tickets for the Walpurgis Night Ghost Tour are available online at:
www.ghosttour.com or by calling (215) 413-1997.
Tickets are $25 per person.
Reservations are required.
13) RADNOR HUNT
DAY AT THE RACES
Don your most fashionable spring hat and head to the premiere racing event of the season, the Radnor Hunt Races. Celebrating its 81st anniversary this year, the annual event benefits the Brandywine Conservancy’s Environmental Management Center and—as always—will be well-attended by Philly most familiar faces.
There’s nothing like the excitement and anticipation that build around each race, or the feeling of thunderous momentum as each horse quickly flashes by. The event will feature some of nation’s top jockeys and horses as they hurdle over timber fences and gallop through brush in pursuit of the coveted top spot and prize purses totaling over $160,000.
Either keep your eye on the prize, or spread out a picnic to enjoy with the other attendees—the Radnor Races is a surefire sign that summer’s riding in soon. 826 Providence Road, Malvern; for more information please click here. –M.M
14) Closing Reception of "Rawhide"
Saturday, April 30th 6:00pm-9:00pm
"They’re young but also experienced, and their work is still emerging—developing and changing. Maybe that’s why the exhibit is titled “Rawhide”: it’s a transformative, shifting material that can adopt a variety of shapes and textures, the exhibitors say."
"In bringing together the exhibit, Beck says, Antonia Cianfrani hoped to bring something to the James Oliver Gallery that was a bit off the beaten path. Expect mixed media, printmaking, and sculpture. Like Beck, Cianfrani has also been experimenting with a changing style. Her new work, she says, is a lighter, more fun version of the highly detailed work that has been her focus. Miriam Singer will display works on paper that she compares to maps and cityscapes. Among the other artists are Brooklyn’s Owen Rundquist, who takes an interest in the occult; Jim Gentry of Los Angeles, whose work joins together the materials of a sewing machine and a typewriter;Grimaldi Baez of Providence, whose pieces are based on narrative; and Dave Olsen, also of Providence, whose work studies the role of objects in communication." -Matt Cantor, Citypaper
Last chance to see this eclectic group show, don't miss out! Above text from article: Citypaper's FIRST LOOK: "Rawhide" @ James Oliver Gallery
15) CHARITY FOCUS (from Liz E)
I'd like to personally invite you to this year's big Spells Writing Lab fundraiser, an evening with best-selling crime fiction author (and attorney) Lisa Scottoline.
Spells Writing Lab is a nonprofit that has been doing some great work tutoring students in North Philly and getting kids from all over Philly excited about writing. As you may know, I've been volunteering a lot of my time as the programming director at Spells. I've seen each of my students grow in positive ways this year, and the mother of two of my students recently told me it's the best thing that ever happened to her daughters. You can visit our website, http://phillyspells.org, for more information about the organization.
All tickets to this event include a presigned copy of Lisa Scottoline's latest book, which you can also get personalized after the event. We will also be holding a silent auction during the event. http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=0ff98c7c2809d83643fb7dbe0&id=148771252a&e=25cef3b235
16) Are you Philadelphia's next M. Night Shyamalan?
In partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Campus Philly invites students interested in exploring Philadelphia's film industry to participate in the Campus Philly Crawl: Film and Media. On Thursday, April 28, 2011, Old City-based film and media companies will open their doors to students for group tours and an opportunity to network with regional leaders in the industry.
Participating companies include:
Church Street Studios, LLC
Future Media Concepts - Philadelphia
Heery Casting, Inc.
PhillyCAM - Philadelphia Communiy Access Media
Power Plant Productions, L.P.
Shooters Post & Transfer
Following the site visits, students will regroup at Indy Hall, where we will host a panel discussion of freelancers from the film industry and will provide additional time for networking.
Learn more and register!
17) PHILLY PROGESSIVE DRINKERS
You're invited: The Policy and Politics of Technology - April 28
Technology and Innovation Policy in Philly
Thursday, April 28, 2011 from 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (ET)
Ballard Spahr, 1735 Market St. , Philadelphia, PA 19103
18) PIFA Street Fair
Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts :: April 30
South Broad Street, Chestnut to Lombard
19) 2011 Party in the Garden
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
6:00 - 9:00 pm
at the Azalea Garden in Fairmount Park
between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boathouse Row
Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres / Garden Party Attire
Visit www.pennhort.net/partyinthegarden to purchase tickets online or call 215-988-8805
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society cordially invites you to our 2011 Party in the Garden. This year's event will be held in the Azalea Garden, one of Philadelphia's signature landscapes. We hope you are able to join us! Proceeds benefit PHS's work in enhancing public landscapes throughout Philadelphia.
The Party in the Garden will feature live music, fun family programs and even a few surprises! Please click here for more information on the 2011 Party in the Garden.
20) Join Me on the Ale & Arts Adventure
Philadelphia Mural Arts Program + World Cafe Live + Yard's Brewery = the Ale & Arts Adventure!
Guides will provide colorful anecdotes about Philly's fabulous murals, and a stop at Yard's Brewery includes a tour providing a history of Yard's and the brewing process. Taste Yard's five distinct, delicious Philadelphia brews. My friend's at Mural Arts just turned me on to this tour and I can't wait to attend next Thursday, April 28th (if you can't make it, not to worry, it's offered several times each month). Buy your tickets online at www.muralarts.org.
21) EFGP April 26th 2011 Meeting, "Cleantech - The Next Generation"
April 26th, 2011
St. Joseph's University , Haub School of Business, Teletorium , 54th & City Ave, Philadelphia
5:30-6:30 Registration & Networking
Moderator: Patrick R. Gillard, Partner, Business and Finance Department, Ballard Spahr LLP
Michael A. Saltzberg, Global Business Director for BioSpecialties in DuPont Applied BioSciences
Jeff Bladen, Chief Commercial Officer, Mark Group USA
Barry W. Yerger, Jr., Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Mid-Atlantic Renewable Partners
William S. Brennan, Principal and Portfolio Manager, Summit Global Management
John Hanger, Special Counsel, Eckert Seamans
Please Note: NO ONE will be admitted after 6:30 p.m. unless they are on the registration list.
22) Le Virtu's Unveiling Celebration of Outdoor Space with Seasonal Beer Samplings
An airy Alfresco Dining & Event Area Opens with a Celebration on Thursday, May 5th from 6-10pm. (This is an outdoor event; Rain Date is Thursday, May 12th).
The ALL INCLUSIVE CELEBRATION, which costs $40 PER PERSON IN ADVANCE or $45 PER PERSON AT THE DOOR, will take place from 6 to 10 pm, and will include A WIDE ASSORTMENT OF ABRUZZESE SPECIALTIES, including a WHOLE SUCKLING PIG, EIGHT TAP BEERS and TWELVE BOTTLE/CAN BEERS from RENOWED CRAFT BREWERIES, and ARTISINAL ABRUZZE WINES from DREADNOUGHT WINES.
Beers are courtesy of ADAMSTOWN'S STOUDT'S BREWERY, PHEONIXVILLE'S SLY FOX BREWERY, EASTON'S WEYERBACHER AND COOPERSTOWN, NEW YORK'S OMMEGANG BREWERY.
In addition to the roasted suckling pig, Le Virtu’s staff will butler selections from Chef Joe Cicala’s Campo menu: Arrosticini (lamb skewers); Salsiccie nostrane (housemade sausages); Spiedini di gamberi e calamari (shrimp and calamari skewers); Bistecca (marinated flank steak); Pancetta (marinated pork belly); Verdure Grigliate (grilled seasonal vegetables); Olive all'ascolana (fried olives stuffed with braised pork); Arancini (fried rice balls filled with beef and pea ragu); Pizza fritta: fried savory dough; Panini di porchetta (roast pork finger sandwiches); Bruschette miste (grilled rustic bread with housemade toppings, including duck liver mousse, pancetta, mushrooms, tomatoes).
PURCHASE TICKETS BY CLICKING - http://www.campolaunch.eventbrite.com/
23) SNOOP DOG IN ALLENTOWN
4/27: Snoop Dogg
24) PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY HAPPY HOUR - OPEN BAR
April 27th, 6-8PM : RSVP: http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/events/Happy-Hour-Club-at-XChange-Bar--Grille-.html