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Date: 3/29/2013
Title: 22 Items (3-29-13)

Missed last week's edition.  Went up to Killington, VT for 2 days of great skiing - timed the storm so we had 18" of new snow to play in over the two days.  Also was able to get to see some good music: Pink (photos) at Wells Fargo and New Orleans band Meter Men with Phish's Paige on keyboards at Union Transfer.  UT has a great history and is Philly's best indoor venue and second best overall in Philly behind the Mann.  Even capped off the live events at the Friday night NCAA session with a great game - seeing Georgetown getting upset.  Thanks to the tile insurance guys at Land Services for hosting - alcohol sales at the Wells were not allowed during the NCAA games but the rule does not count if you are in a suite!

Phillies sports.....can you believe the Phillies made less than a $1 million last year?  Anyone have extra opening day tickets?  I do not have mine lined up yet.  Saw this video about the status of Philly sports fans - a bit slow but worthwhile.

Also attended a very worthwhile nonprofit fundraiser last week - Urban Blazers.  Check them out...they are always looking for volunteers and $$$$.

Looking for a high end Quickbooks consultant to review my QB set up.  If you know anyone, please have them reach out to me.

Anyone else get a new health insurance invoice?  I read this article in the morning and then recived a new bill from Aetna telling me they are raising me from $350 a month tro $400.  Ouch.

As always, please consider talking to me if you are buying or selling a home.  My most recent client bought this beautiful new home downtown (Pennsport) with 3 car parking.  Would be happy to help you... - Mark

PS Last week I referenced an article but did not include the link by accident.  Here it is.



A) Philadelphia Among Cities with Highest Tax Burdens

B) Philadelphia sports statue to be unveiled

C) Phila. airport starting to upgrade its many bathrooms

D) Grass for Derek Jeter to play on.  (FOR YANKEE FANS)

E) New Gluten-Free Concessions Stand at Citizens Bank Park (section 136)

F) Discouraging an “Animal House atmosphere” in Old City

G) Parx Cycling Classic course announced

H) Pa. Among States Seen Likely to Legalize Marijuana

I) Pa. Beer industry worth nearly $9B

J) Eastern State Pen #6



3)   AT&T Back on My Feet 5-Miler   Saturday, March 30

4)  Green Day in Concert

Wednesday, April 3 ::  7:00pm
Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, PA

Tickets are still available! Visit the event's website for more details.

5) UPPN Mixer

Join the Urban Philly Professional Network "UPPN" as we welcome spring this Friday March 29th at our After Work Mixer partnered with Ketel One Vodka. This special event will be held inside the popular Sugar House Casino.  “The Refinery” located in the rear of Sugar House has a spacious bar, seating area and a beautiful waterfront view of the Camden waterfront.  If weather permits, you are welcome to enjoy the spacious waterview deck.  

We will also provide live music from 5pm – 9pm and a few free chips for recreation in the Casino after the networking and mingling ends.

The UPPN After Work Mixers provides an excellent opportunity to start building social and professional relationships. You could meet your next client, customer or partner at The UPPN 3rd Friday After Work Networking Mixer where you can interact with academics, attorneys, accountants, bankers, consultants, doctors, entrepreneurs, human resource specialists, politicos and more. Again, admission is FREE with an RSVP. Come early for drink and appetizer specials including an AMAZING $4 Ketel One cocktail special.

We look forward to reconnecting, enjoying quality people and music over Ketel One cocktails!   

Date: March 29, 2013
Time: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Price: FREE with RSVP @ http://3rdfridayatrefinery.eventbrite.com
Age: 23+

Venue: Sugar House Casino “The Refinery” // Located at 1001 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia PA 19125 (FREE PARKING)
Dress: Business/Business Casual/Spring Chic

6)   2nd Annual East Coast Beard and Mustache Championship
Saturday, March 30
6 p.m. doors; 5:30 p.m. registration
334 South St.

The Philadelphia Beard & Mustache Club  is hosting its East Coast Championship at the TLA. Competitive categories include Full Beard Freestyle, Styled Mustache and, for the ladies, Fake Beard Most Creative. To compete, arrive at The TLA at 5:30 p.m. (Note that the only fair-game styling aides are mustache wax and hairspray.) 

Buy tickets to hang out with the beardsmen, and guest judges Andrew W.K. and Liam Wilson from The Dillinger Escape Plan

Sponsors Tattooed Mom and Narragansett are curating an entire weekend of rad beard-friendly events. Get started Friday by meeting up at 4 p.m. for the "Cheesesteak Crawl" at Ray's Happy Birthday Bar (1200 E. Passyunk Ave.). Attendees will be hitting up Philadelphia's favorite meat-cheese-bread purveyors and local watering holes on the way to the Championship Pre-Party (7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom). RSVP here.

7) Weavers Way's Urban Farming Basics at Awbury Arboretum
Saturday, March 30
10:00 a.m. - noon
Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road
$10; 10 percent discount for Awbury Arboretum members

Visit Awbury Arboretum's agricultural village and work with Weaver's Way farmer Rick Rigutto to learn the "Basics of Urban Farming." Get ready for spring planting season with lessons in drip irrigation, row cover, soil maintenance and transplanting. 

Rick Rigutto has been living and farming in Southeastern Pennsylvania for the better part of ten years. He is the farm manager of Weavers Way's Mort Brooks Memorial Farm. This program is part of Awbury Arboretum's Hearth and Horticulture Series. To find out more about the series and register for the workshop, click here.


The Covenant House Young Professionals (CHYP) cordially invite you to join us for:


 Monte Carlo Night on North 3rd St

Friday, April 12

7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

1028 North 3rd Street



Come dressed in your cocktail attire for a fun night with professional casino tables, food and drinks, all to help the homeless youth of Philadelphia.


Tickets are limited - reserve yours now!     

$90 per couple now / $110 per couple after April 1

$50 per person now / $60 per person after April 1 

Tickets include open bar, hors d'oeuvres and $35 in chips per person

 Founded in 1999, Covenant House Pennsylvania, works to meet the complex needs of homeless, runaway and trafficked youth.  The Covenant House Young Professionals (CHYP) are a diverse group of young professionals in the Philadelphia area who care about the work of Covenant House Pennsylvania and want to make a difference in the lives of homeless youth


April 28, 2013 4:00pm - 8:00pm -  Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

After party admit with vip ticket…

We are having 25ish of philly finest restaurants providing food. Bevo’s are beer both local and international, wine and alcohol drinks from area mixologist

Fab raffle prizes and silent auction…..

Proceeds go to eliminating childhood hunger – 1 in 4 kids in Philly.

9) High heel race!

March 30th :: 504 South Street

10) Murder at the Philadelphia Art Museum
A curator has been murdered in the Art Museum, and it’s your job to find out why. Uncover a scandal as you work your way toward the truth. 2pm. $34.50-$39.50. Philadelphia Art Museum, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 877.946.4868. watsonadventures.com

12) 8th Annual Philly Zombie Crawl

Sunday, March 31

It’s that time of year again, folks. Time to spend more money than you’re comfortable disclosing—on liquid latex, gelatin, corn syrup, oatmeal or whatever you use—and spend more hours than you’re comfortable admitting to transform yourself into a zombie. It’s the Easter Philly Zombie Crawl, held in honor of history’s first recorded, uh, zombie, if you really think about it. The celebration of the undead takes place at the Theater of Living Arts and its surrounding areas at 6 p.m. They’ll even have on-hand artists to help you get your zombie face on, and prizes get awarded at 7:45 from the main stage.

There are five South Street Bars that’ll be participating, too, with drink specials and bar gimmicks. The TLA is promoting $5 Pabst Blue Ribbons and “Blood on the Rocks” mixed drinks, as well as hosting spin sessions from DJ Kiltboy and Dave Ghoul. Tattooed Mom has half-priced drafts from 5 to 7 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m., with a gaggle of “zombie punk and metal” to serve as a musical backdrop. Manny Brown’s has $2.75 Miller High Life and Lager pints, plus zombie movies on their TVs. Lickety Split’s offering $3 “Brain eater shots” and a “request-friendly DJ.” Copabanana’s got $5 nachos, $5 Buds, $5 Jameson shots and will be playing the Dawn of the Dead remake from 2004. The Legendary Dobbs has live music and mixed drink specials, too. And there’s an after-party at the about-to-shutter Fluid nightclub, which is free for zombies with TLA wristbands. / R.L.

6pm. $5. Theater of Living Arts, 334 South St. phillyzombiecrawl.com  

Starting at 5pm this Saturday 3/30, we're giving away tons of prizes every hour to celebrate our One Year Anniversary! Sign up to win at the "Enter To Win" kiosk inside XL; must be present to win. Enjoy a full day of sports including the Flyers at 1pm, Philly Baseball at 1:05pm, and the Sixers at 8pm. Free parking after 9pm 

14) Meet us at The Porch!  

On Wednesday, April 3, UCD kicks off spring programming at The Porch from 11:30am-2:30pm. Join us for gourmet food trucks (The Cow and the Curd, Cupcake Carnival, Lucky Old Souls and The Sunflower Truck Stop), XPN Philly Local Wednesdays and street performers. For a full list of April events visit ThePorchAt30th.com.

15) Sixers Thaddeus Young will have his 2nd Annual Young for Youth Dinner Party at Del Friscos 

March 31, 2013 from 6-7pm (cocktails, silent auction, etc) and 7-10pm (seated dinner).


16)  The Ultimate Networking Event Live 4th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
1901 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, 19103


17) Cinedelphia Film Festival


A) Maroon 5 at Wells Fargo Center : April 4th

B) Fleetwood Mac at Wells Fargo Center: April 6th

C) Morrissey at Tower Theatre April 6th

D) Bill Cosby at Keswick Theatre April 7th

19) Network After Work on April 4th

Join us on Thursday April 4th at Whisper from 6-9pm. Whisper will be our largest Philadelphia venue to date. We are expecting close to 300 guests to be in attendance. Make sure to RSVP early. 

whisper 1712 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA

20) AC Beerfest

April 5th

21) Mad Men & Medicine- the 2013 Mütter Ball :: April 6th


22)  Spruce Foundation  6th Annual Spruce Gala

When: Saturday, April 6th

Where: World Café Live

How: tickets here: http://tsf.ticketleap.com/spruce-foundation-2013-gala/

Why: to invest in future generations of Philadelphia!


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