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Date: 12/9/2011
Title: 22 Items (12-9-11) sponsored by the 13th Annual 'To Life Party' - Christmas Eve in Philly

I am in need of a Quick Books person/bookkeeper.  10-20 hours a week able to pay about $10-15 per hour.  Does anyone know someone they recommend?

I am staying local this weekend.  Passed up on heading to Killington with PhillyTrips - they just did not have enough open to get me motivated for the trip.  We do have another Vermonth trip to Mt. Snow though later in the year when the conditions will be better plus a trip to Utah and Whistler coming up this season.  Another option was to head to Miami for the Eagles this weekend but just being around them upsets me at this point. 

For those in the restaurant industry or are concerned on how city council effects businesses, this is an interesing interview with restaurateur Marc Vetri. And while I am complaining about city politics, here is an editorial about why we should not be teating business in Philly as a privilege.

For those who do not have to work early on Tuesdays, consider heading to mur.mur at the Borgota.  Was down Monday night and they pack the place.

For those thinking about refinancing or buying a place:    The 30-year fixed dipped to 3.99 percent, and at 3.27 percent, the 15-year fixed averaged just slightly above its all-time low of 3.26 percent on October 6, 2011. Full Story: http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20111209_rates.htm.  Please always talk to me about your real estate needs - been doing it for my income full time for almost seven years now - Mark

SPONSOR: 13th Annual 'To Life Party' - Christmas Eve in Philly

13th Annual ‘To Life Party’ At Public House and Mission Grill PHILADELPHIA’S LONGEST RUNNING CHRISTMAS EVE EVENT DJ Yan spinning House and Dance beats at Mission Grill Double Down DJs Jason Weiss and Josh Schreiber spinning Top 40 Dance at Public House. In honor of our 13th Year (Bar-Mitzvah) we will be giving out 600 grab bags graciously donated by SUGARHOUSE CASINO to our attendees. The Grab Bags have a value of over $250.00 and contain coupons, gift cards, and other items from places such as:  Sugarhouse Casino Public House Mission Grill Field House City Tap House Xochiti Varsity Fitness Rodan & Fields Dermatologists American Male gym passes from Philly Sports Club and The Sporting Club and many other cool places  *Drink specials from 8:00 PM - 10:00PM* Last year over 700 people came to celebrate don’t be left without a ticket! Portion of the Proceeds will be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand ** ALL RAFFLES WILL BENEFIT ALEX’S LEMONADE STAND** ** $1.00 FROM ALL ALEX’S LEMONADE DRINKS WILL BE DONATED TO THE CHARITY **

SPONSOR: 13th Annual 'To Life Party' - Christmas Eve in Philly


 Want to be part of the fun next season? Get in line now by placing a deposit to be on the Season Ticket Waitlist.

2)  Iron Mixologist Competition
Iron Mixologist Competition! 10 contestants will be challenged to design and create innovative cocktails with our special SECRET INGREDIENTS, judged by a panel of local “celebrity” experts. Bartenders will “stir-up” the competition with Cruzan Rum flavors to compete for the title of: PW's Iron Mixologist! The event is held on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at Tashans! 777 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia PA, 19147. Noiminate your favorite bartender here: PW's Iron Mixologist....

A) The long battle to reclassify marijuana

B)Fact: Women Make Men Stupid

C) Megabus beats its $1 fares with free offer

D) 76ers cutting some online ticket purchase fees

E) Camden again second-most dangerous city

F) Will Spring Garden get the green light?

4) Valanni Saturday & Sunday Brunch

What could be better than $25 all you can drink Mimosas and Bloody Marys? Absolutely nothing. You must get to Valanni for brunch as soon as possible...and while you are waiting for Saturday to get here check out their brunch menu here

1229 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA, 215.790.9494, www.valanni.com



 SugarHouse Casino announces their continued sponsorship of fireworks at 6pm and midnight.

6) Latkepalooza

Sunday, Dec. 11, 2-4 p.m.
Hamilton Hall (320 S. Broad St.), University of the Arts
$15 for adults, $5 for kids

The eighth annual edition of this Hanukkah foodie tradition features gourmet latkes from some of the city's best restaurants, like Bar Ferdinand, Delicatessen, Estia, Sabrina's Cafe, Talula's Garden and Federal Donuts. Live music from The West Philly Orchestra, kids programming and a holiday bazaar make it a can't miss holiday treat.

7) Hidden City Philadelphia Presents Unsilent Night

Wed., Dec. 14, 6-7:30 (Unsilent Night) and 7:30-10 (Old Philadelphia Holiday Party)
Unsilent Night at Ethical Society (1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia); Holiday Party at Orpheus Club (254 S. Van Pelt St., Philadelphia)
Unsilent Night walk is free; Holiday party is $30 for Hidden City members and $40 for non-members

Billed as "a new & old Philadelphia holiday tradition," the folks behind Hidden City hook you up with Phil Kline  for a magical, seasonal soundscape created by a procession of boombox-toting carolers (bring your own boombox) on a walk from the Ethical Society to the historic Orpheus Club (254 S. Van Pelt St.), where plum pudding and Wassail Punch, Stilton Cheese, Madeira wine and other fare will be had.

8) South Street Bridge UPDATE

The South Street Bridge celebrated its first birthday in November and it just keeps getting better.

The bridge will glow in time for the holidays with the installation of its much-anticipated lighting scheme. Programmable LED lighting will illuminate the four observation towers – themselves newly complete – by Dec. 23, reports David Perri at the Streets Department.  Trees have been planted adjacent to the bridge on Schuylkill Avenue (courtesy of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia), the bike paths are freshly painted bright green and decorative banners will fly by mid-month.   Construction bids are being reviewed for a ramp and new boardwalk (made actually of concrete) that will link the bridge to an extended Schuylkill River trail. That project, according to the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, is on the fast track for completion in 2013.

9)Network After Work at Mad River

Join Network After Work on Wednesday December 14th on the first floor of Mad River (126 Chestnut St.) from 6-9pm. Network After Work hosts a monthly event in Philadelphia for professionals off all industries and career levels. Events provide an atmosphere conducive to business and social networking allowing guests to expand their professional network with some of Philadelphia's top professionals. Upon entering the event guests are provided with a name tag color coded by industry that allows for easy navigation. Complimentary sponsored cocktails and appetizers are provided for the first hour of the event.

To RSVP please visit: http://philadelphia.networkafterwork.com

Admission Includes:

  1. Name Tags Color-Coded by Industry
  2. Complimentary Sponsored Cocktails from 6-7pm
  3. Complimentary Light appetizers from 6-7pm

Admission: $10 with pre-pay / $15 with RSVP at the door / $20 without RSVP

Join us for our last event of 2011 on Wednesday Dec. 14th at Mad River (126 Chestnut St.) in Old City from 6-9pm.  Our last event at Public House was attended by over 150 professionals and we are expecting this event to be even larger. To view photos from Pubic House click on the link in the right column.   

To RSVP please visit: http://philadelphia.networkafterwork.com

We look forward to Networking with you on the 14th!


Please come out Thursday January, 12th from 6:00pm-7:30pm for game night at Hayes Manor Retirement Residence as volunteers will spend time with some wonderful seniors, playing games and doing various activities. A good time will be had by all! To sign up please contact,  Norman Green, #215-236-5777.   (6-7 volunteers needed)

11) Punk Rock Flea Market: Holiday

Wanna find an old Al Green LP for your dad? Some handmade crystal earrings for your mom? A vintage concert T for you brother? Whatever gift you want to give (barring an overpriced iPad or J-Lo branded Fiat), the Punk Rock Flea Market will be your one-stop shop. Like Etsy come to life, the bi-annual flea market brings together the city’s indie artist and designers to sell their creations and vintage finds for an afternoon. Seller’s range from screenprinters selling their works, random neighborhood ladies selling off old furniture, and small boutiques (like South Philly’s Sweet Jane Vintage) setting up their small stations. In addition to the 300 sellers in the main dome, check out the records fair happening across the street in the Starlight Ballroom. And R5 Productions will be selling the wonderful 10 show pass, which grants you access to 10 R5 shows in a given year. Don’t forget to pick up something for yourself. -D.W.

10am-5pm. $3. 461 N. Ninth St. r5productions.com


Saturday, December 10th. 5:00pm: Tip Off. 

13)  http://www.runningofthesantas.com/newsletter/


14)  http://www.valleyforgebeerfest.com/



Brugal, the #1 Rum in the Caribbean, will host a "Holiday 'Caribbean Style' Bash" celebrating the Season and the close of another successful year in Philadelphia. This year's party will be held on Tuesday, December 13th at 9pm at King's Oak located in the Piazza in Northern Liberties.

Clients and fans of Brugal will be in attendance to celebrate the Holiday Season. Guests will enjoy a Complimentary One Hour Brugal Open Bar from 9-10pm, along with a sampling of a Brugal Signature Cocktail and a Brugal Signature Dish.

Entertainment will be provided by DJ Brian Barker. Lots of food and drink specials will be provided by King's Oak. Other Brugal-Inspired happenings will take place throughout the evening.  Doors Open at 9pm, but stay and party with us till 2am!

This "Holiday 'Caribbean Style' Bash" is a GUESTLIST ONLY event. Kindly RSVP to rsvp@jessicascottllc.com guarantee your space at this exciting Holiday event.

16) Connectors

Full Event Details & Discounted Parking Info: http://www.upcomingevents.com/event/9244/

Connectors in December is a special Christmas event. We are holding a silent auction, the proceeds of which will benefit an organization called Manna Worldwide, which provides food and shelter to thousands of children around the world every day! Event tickets are $10/online & $15/at the door. Auction tickets are available online and at the event: an ‘arm-span’ of tickets for $15/online & $20/at the event.



Winter Networking Party

Join your peers for an evening of great networking and enjoyment 

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011


~Complimentary hors d'oeuvres~

~Cash Bar~


 Register Here!  http://www.efgp.ticketleap.com

19) Coldplay To Launch North American Tour

20)  Raven Society 6th Annual Holiday Fête

Wednesday, December 14
6 p.m. Parkway Central Library

Enjoy an open bar, great music, and tasty hors d'oeuvres. For more information, or to verify the status of your membership, please contact Kayleigh MacPherson at macphersonk@freelibrary.org or 215-567-7710.

Non-Raven $20 - buy tickets
Raven $10 - buy tickets


21) 2011 Annual Meeting


Campus Philly 2011 Annual Meeting

December 15, 2011

Please join us on Thursday, December 15, for our Annual Meeting featuring our very special guests, Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City of Philadelphia and Lee Fisher, President, CEOs for Cities.

Parking info: http://philapark.org/garages/Independence-mall/?phpMyAdmin=BuI-CgOZLMQiNrJqvxFjdxW34i8

22) Red, White and Warm Wine Tasting

Full Event Details: http://philadelphia.singlesevents.com/event/5276/

Mix and mingle with other wine enthusiasts! Meet at Pinot Boutique and enjoy 2 floors of premium local wines (including their unique Paintcan wines and special spiced warm wine) and fun wine accessories. A variety of cheeses will also be there to enjoy with your wines. Click on “”more info”” to check out the wines for tasting that night!









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