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Date: 5/10/2013
Title: 32 Items (5-10-13) sponsored by PhillyTrips.com Preakness 2013

Great time to be a Philly sports fan.....spring hasn't been as much fun not having to watch the Flyers or 76ers in the playoffs.  But luckily we haev the Phillies who constantly make our hitting coach turned manager look so good: After 36 games, the Phillies have scored three runs or fewer in 20 of them. Not surprisingly, the Phils are 4-16 in those games.  The only good news is that the 4-12 Eagles have tickets available for 2013. Hopefully we can maintain some good spring weather to forget about our sports teams.

Last weekend, I  was away in Texas (Dallas/Austin) and then in New Orleans - great time as expected.  What was not expected was missing my flight out of New Orleans thanks to the highway (I-10) being shut down at 3AM thanks to a double shooting.  Fortuneatly, US Air actually took good care of us - putting us on the next direct flight back to PHL.  

For those thinking about taking the bus trip to the Preakness, don;t delay as I believe the first bus is nearly sold out and not sure there will be a second bus added this year.

This upcoming week is the Night Market (#22) in Fairmount - info below - a fun night of food/booze/entertainment.

My inspirational video of the week is a commencement speech that I thought we all could learn from - or use as a good reminder to ourselves.

And I will close with some information from the 'state of center city'.  The PDF is here.   Shows we really need to focus on job growth in Philly (by lowering taxes) instead of having so many Philly residents drive out to the burbs each day.  If anyone is interested in a triplex near 25th and Brown (Art Museum) as an investment property - please let me know.  One is coming to the market shortly - can send you the financials. - Mark



A) Art Star Craft Bazaar - FLEA MARKET  Penns Landing Great Plaza :: May 11-12

B) Jefferson Square Park Flea Market :: When: Saturday, May 11, 2013 9:00 am Washington Ave, and 3rd St., PA, United States Outdoor flea market this Saturday (Sunday, if rain) at Jefferson Square Park, south side of Washington Ave, at Third Street.   One of the largest outdoor . . . Read More

2) Eurocircle TastesWines of the Balkans @ JET, May 1

Thursday, May 16 2013 - 6:30 pm @ Jet Wine Bar
1525 South Street, Philadelphia

RSVP & Event Info (Members only, you must login with your email/password)

Join Jill Weber, the owner of our favorite wine bar JET, and producer of "The Wining Archaeologist", as we explore the wines of the Balkans. Often overlooked as a wine growing region, the Balkans are once again undergoing a revolution, but this time a much more congenial one. The region is in the spotlight again, as its wineries are gaining attention at International wine competitions and festivals.

Jill has selected wines of the Balkan Wine Project, whose mission is to introduce the US market to the Balkans "through a wine bottle". We will be tasting wines from the Milian Jelic winery in Serbia- the only winery growing the Morava grape. In addition, we will try Vranec from the Stobi Winery of Macedonia, and Malvazija from the Trapan Istrian winery in Croatia.

Afterward, we will gather upstairs in the wine bar, and enjoy beautiful weather and a few more drinks with our Eurocircle friends.

3) City Grant Program Subsidizes Security Cameras for Businesses :: Half the cost reimbursed

TheCity's Department of Commerce has a new program for every legal business in Philadelphia to install exterior cameras. Each business has a chance to get 50% reimbursement up to $3,000.  Get the guidelines and application from the NLNA's web site by clicking here

The digital camera security system must have the ability for remote login by the Philadelphia Police Department and be installed on the outside of your building.

Questions? Contact Samuel Kuang-hsien Chueh, Dept. of Commerce, 215-683-2014, 

You can also contact the NLNA's security camera vendor, Corey Nydick, 215-264-4234 or 
 for information about cameras and other technology issues.


A) Qatar Air to start direct flights to PHL

B) PA 2nd Largest Gambling Market in USA

C) Philly #7 in terms of happiness

D) John Mayer Playing Parkway Concert July 4th

E) CNN: Philly 6th best beer towns in the USA


Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies (MLB), will be transformed into an obstacle course for a Spartan Race on September 28. Spartan Race events are rigorous, timed obstacle course races. The course for the one-day race will be entirely within the ballpark, and will utilize both existing structures and installed elements. Phillies fans have been given a promotional code they can use to receive a discounted registration price if they sign up by June 1. Spartan Races are held in various locations including stadiums, ski resorts, and mountain locales. (http://tiny.cc/gwkkww) 


Tuesdays and Thursdays 
Through August 27
Collins Park Lunchtime Concerts

Center City District
John F. Collins Park ,  1707 Chestnut Street

7) Warship Olympia Tattoo Show

May 10- 12  :: Independence Seaport Museum

8)Shark Tank Expects 500 at Philly Audition (this Saturday)

9)  Center City Jazzfest 

May 10-11

10) Top Exhibits To Visit This Summer In Philadelphia

11) Join Us This Saturday for the Sister Cities Park International Festival!

Join us on May 11, from Noon-5pm, for a celebration of Philadelphia's 10 sister cities that span the globe from Africa and Asia to Europe and the Middle East. Enjoy an afternoon of dance, music, cooking demos, a wine garden, foreign language lessons and hands-on fun for adults and kids alike.
Sister Cities Park International Festival, Sister Cities Park, 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 

12) Cirque Du Soleil :: TOTEM IN PHILADELPHIA, PA

Opens on May 30, 2013

The Camden Waterfront

13)  FringeArts Presents Second Annual Jumpstart, May 13-14 at the Painted Bride Arts Center


14)  COMEDY:  Four Headliners For A Cause (MS) at Raven Lounge  :: May 14th

Center City Comedy LLC has put together a benefit comedy show to raise money for Team Raven Lounge and National MS Society at Helium Comedy Club. Team Raven Lounge will be riding in the MS150 city to shore bike ride. All proceeds will go to Team Raven Lounge and the National MS Society.

Four of the funniest comedians around lend their talents to a city wide fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis on Tuesday, May 14th, 8pm at Helium Comedy Club. Comedians Talent Harris (Def Jam, Host of Apollo), Mike Vecchione (Tonight Show), Greer Barnes (Chappelle Show, Comedy Central), Jermaine Fowler (MTV 2's Guy Code) and host Chris Cotton (Eric Andre Live Show) will share the stage, using their voices to fight for those afflicted with MS.

Take advantage of this opportunity to see five outstanding comedians for the price of one while supporting a worthy cause! A large portion of the proceeds will go to team Raven Lounge and the National MS Society. For more details on the show or how to donate, please visit the following links:

Purchase Tickets
Donate to this Fundraiser

Donate to MS  

15) MAY Susquehanna Bank Center Upcoming Show Calendar

Radio 104.5 6th Birthday Show ft. Phoenix 5.12.13 l 2:00 PM

Tim McGraw 5.17.13 l 7:00 PM

WMMRBQ ft. Soundgarden & Alice In Chains 5.18.13 1:00 PM

The Killers 5.19.13 l 8:00 PM 

16) Executive Networking Card Exchange on the Main Line

The Clothier Room - 630 Clothier Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096

You and your business guest are invited to attend ACT’s Executive Networking Card Exchange on the Main Line. Free admission with business card, about 3 mins from City Ave and Lancaster Ave. Complimentary Hors D’ouevres, complimentary non-alcoholic drinks (cash bar), free parking.

17) DAD VAIL REGATTA  :: May 10 and 11

18)  The 2013 Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Preview Party

Monday, May 13, 2013, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Rittenhouse Hotel, Grand Ballroom & Foyer, 210 West Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

19)  Entrpreneur Forum - Spring Networking Event Announced!

160 N Gulph Rd | King of Prussia, PA 19406

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

5:30 - 8:00PM

Come Join us for our popular networking event

Enjoy the tastes of Seasons 52

Network with the Best!

Register Here

20)  The Ultimate Networking Event Live at Top Dog - Cherry Hill

Real world networking is essential for you to build and create relationships. Having the skills to network effectively in today’s challenging business climate, is critical and could make the difference between thriving or losing to your competitors.At The Ultimate Networking Event you’ll meet CEO’s, Business Leaders and Decision makers from a variety of leading companies. You will learn and have opportunities to grow your business from some of the area’s top business networking professional’s.Why Should You Come to Ultimate Networking?We are all only one contact away from our greatest success in life. The funny thing is, we don&rsquot know who that is or where and when we will meet them. That being said, you want to be sure where and when to spend your time wisely in order to maximize your potential to meet that contact. When creating the event, the name had to tell it all and also become the result of the event. What better than The Ultimate Networking Event to meet the Ultimate...

21)  Lock and Key Singles Event

Join Lock and Key Events and Pre-Dating at our next Philly Lock and Key Event. It’s the interactive and FUN way to socialize, make new friends, meet your match....or just to have a great time! We are THE Lock And Key Events you’ve heard about! Grab a cocktail and get ready to Unlock Your Possibilities ™. Lock and Key Events transform a regular happy hour by adding the ULTIMATE ice breaker theme. It’s like no other party you have ever attended!!! With your lock or key, you now have a reason to talk to anyone and everyone you want! What a great way to unwind after a long work week...or kick off a night on the town!Admission only $22 (to PREPAY w/ promo code SE5) and INCLUDES 1 DRINK & FREE APPETIZERS !! Please RSVP now to ensure you get a lock or key! Check-in begins at 7:00 PM and the Party starts at 7:30 PM. Call Renee (484) 432-7202 for more info or to register by phone.

22)  Night Market Fairmount Avenue: May 16th 

23) VIP Outdoor Deck Launch Party

Join us as we celebrate the opening of The Deck at Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House for the Spring season! Just think of all those spring, summer, and fall days & nights sippin’ cocktails on the deck enjoying the company of good friends. Yeah, we know, butterflies.This amazing event includes:  Complimetary craft beer, house wine, and Sansom St Lemonade stations (7-9pm) Complimetary raw bar & shucking stations (7-9pm) Complimetary butlered menu samples (7-9pm) Happy Hour bar food menu before, during, and after the event and more!  This is an UpcomingEvents.com VIP event that is NOT TO MISS. VERY LIMITED RSVP SPOTS FOR THIS EVENT - SIGN UP ASAP TO ATTEND! Get there EARLY (check in starts at 6:30pm) and stay late - it is going to be a GREAT night and the weather should be great. This event is rain or shine, if there is a chance of rain, we will just move things inside. The Guestlist is limited and is first come, first serve. THIS EVENT WILL GO TO CAPACITY. Please do not wait to sign up or there is a good chance you will not be able to get it. Click the RSVP link below to get on the list. Be sure to tell your friends and co-workers too! SEE YOU THERE. We remind you to always enjoy yourself responsibly - do not drink and drive.



The Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia, joined by members of the 2012 Olympic US Rowing Team, will once again host the Stotesbury Cup Regatta on Friday and Saturday, May 17th and 18th, for the 87th annual regatta.

With more competitors than any other regatta in the region, Stotesbury is the oldest and largest scholastic rowing event in the world.  This year’s event will see over 5,600 student-athletes from 193 high schools in 140 cities competing on the Schuylkill River, where rowing first began in the United States in the early 19th century.

New this year, the Stotesbury Cup Regatta has partnered with CBS Radio and CBSPhilly.com to help promote the event throughout the region and invite area residents to the banks of the Schuylkill to enjoy a day at the river and be a part of this great Philadelphia tradition.  All CBS Radio stations will be promoting the event on air over the next weeks and provide live broadcasts on-site.  CBSPhilly.com will also host a micro-site at www.cbsphilly.com/stotesbury with everything fans may need to know about the event.

25)  the Annual Haitian Flag Day celebration gala at the African American Museum in Philadelphia on May 18th

This year’s theme—The First Black Republic: Maintaining a Legacy of Freedom

The Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia (HPP) will host their annual Haitian Flag Day charity gala on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:30pm, at the African American Museum in Philadelphia on 7th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia.
This year’s theme will be, The First Black Republic: Maintaining a Legacy of Freedom, which will highlight the dynamism of Haitian culture and use the legacy of freedom embodied by the Haitian Revolution to support human rights and justice-oriented work in the developing world. The evening program will include performances by local and international musical and visual artists illustrating the innovative artistry, history, and culture of Haiti. Also, the gala will feature a highly-anticipated presentation of special guests and prominent voices in the Haitian community as well as a proclamation and citation from Philadelphia city officials. Most importantly, 100% of the profits the event will go to the Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia Haiti Relief Fund.
Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy captivating artwork, music, poetry, as well as an update on the political & economic future, human rights, and a keynote speech of Haiti’s profound historical legacy on the world today. Authentic and delicious Haitian cuisine will be served by MJ Grill—the event’s caterer. HPP will facilitate networking opportunities during the evening and special social media features will be used during the presentations.  We will end the evening with a classical Kompas dance party.
Since 1803, the Haitian Flag has symbolized the resiliency of African descendant peoples and the epic slave revolt that gave birth to the first modern Black Republic, while providing a blueprint for revolution that was adopted by oppressed people of Color throughout the world.
Tickets to the gala are $25. If you have any questions, please contact Ivanley Noisette, the gala’s 2013 Press Coordinator at: 18mai@hpphilly.org.
About the Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia
The Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It was established in November 2008 to support Philadelphia's rapidly growing Haitian community, and other communities connected to the African Diaspora, through education, leadership, and economic development opportunities. Since its inception HPP has been instrumental in supporting social justice oriented organizations and initiatives, promoting intellectual and social discourse pertinent to Haiti and the African Diaspora and forging strategic partnerships in order to advance human rights for all.

26) Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

May 18    Walnut Street, between Broad and 19th

27) Preakness at the Piazza

28)  Celebrate the Second Annual Fun Family Event at Parkway Central!

Join us on May 18 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Parkway Central Library for A Storied Evening: the Second Annual Fun Family Event! Participants will enjoy a digital scavenger hunt geared towards children ages 6-10 throughout the library, with hidden clues themed around books by award-winning illustrator David Wiesner; arts and crafts let by the Fairmount & Queen Village Art Center for 4-10 year olds; and a casual dinner for the whole family.  For tickets and more information, CLICK HERE.

29) The 52nd Global Gala:  Treasures of Armenia

International House Philadelphia cordially invites you to celebrate the people, culture, art, and cuisine of Armenia, and to honor their contemporary cultural and business ties with the region.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

 6:30 pm: Cocktails & Silent Auction       7:30 pm: Formal Dinner    Entertainment | Dancing

Live Music by The Steve Vosbikian Ensemble   After party with DJ Serop    Black Tie Encouraged    Complimentary Valet Parking

    Please visit our Global Gala webpage for more information, including the dinner menu, discounted hotel accommodations, and our committee members, trustees, and corporate partners.

To view and bid on our silent auction items before May 18th, click here.

Tickets are $250 ($195 is tax deductible) and include a 9-course meal, open bar, wonderful entertainment, and valet parking. They are available online or by calling our box office (open Tuesday through Saturday from 1pm to 8pm) at 215-387-5125, menu option 2.

30)  Radnor Races

The 83rd annual Radnor Hunt Races will take place at Malvern's Radnor Hunt on Saturday, May 18th, 2013. Guests should show up early to set up their tailgate or picnic before the 1:30 p.m. post time. All proceeds will benefit the clean water and open space preservation programs of the Brandywine Conservancy, to which $4 million have already been donated to over the years.For more information visit radnorhuntraces.org or call 610-647-4233

31)  Yoga On The Steps

Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ The Philadelphia Museum of Art

The heart of Yoga on the Steps is a one-hour yoga class, designed for all skill levels and body types led by Jennifer Schelter, MFA, the founder of Yoga Unites®. The class also features Kirtan music by Yvette and her spirited band of musicians.

After the class, participants and supporters can enjoy refreshments and browse through a Healthy Living Expo featuring health and nutrition experts, event sponsors, yoga and fitness studios, vendors and information about local area nonprofits and service organizations.

32) Hidden City:  2013 Festival Opening Reception & Preview at the Water Works

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