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Apr 29, 2014 4 years ago

WXPN Free At Noon at The Porch on Friday, May 16

featuring Hamilton Leithauser / Chet Faker

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Apr 25, 2014 4 years ago

Master Gardeners Garden Day and Plant Sale in the Park

Join the Master Gardeners for a day of activity to include a Plant Sale of vegetables, annuals, perennials, and houseplants, Ask the Master Gardener Table, Tours of the Demonstration Gardens, Children and Adult Activity Stations, Orchard planting and sheet mulching day with POP, and more. Rain or Shine.

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Apr 23, 2014 4 years ago

PlanPhilly reports on UCD's progress with the 40th Street Trolley Portal

Butterflies and hummingbirds aren’t something most people expect to see in Philadelphia at the spot where four trolley lines intersect before submerging into the gaping mouth of a dark, cavernous tunnel. But those are the types of wildlife that University City District hopes to draw to the 40th Street Trolley Portal as part of its planned renovations.

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Apr 07, 2014 4 years ago

Philadelphia International Children’s Festival – April 30-May 4

The Philadelphia International Children’s Festival features an array of theatre, puppetry and live music performances. Plus, enjoy engaging and interactive activities in the outdoor FUN ZONE including crafts, face painting and jugglers. Tickets are $10-$12 and include access to the FUN ZONE! West Philly residents can get tickets for only $5!

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Mar 31, 2014 4 years ago

Spring Plantings at The Porch

Last week our crews added over 800 hyacinth, iris, muscari, and tulip "forced bulbs" along with 20 new Japanese pieris flowering shrubs and a fresh coat of licorice root mulch.

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Mar 11, 2014 4 years ago

Programming returns to The Porch on April 1

Programming returns to The Porch on April 1. Enjoy gourmet food trucks, live music, free fitness classes, art workshops and more!

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Mar 06, 2014 4 years ago

Pasión y Arte presents the 2014 Philadelphia Flamenco Festival

Philadelphia’s second bi-annual Flamenco Festival is happening now through March 16. The festival boasts a series of lectures, film screenings, master classes and performances by internationally acclaimed contemporary flamenco artists from Spain, Israel and Pastora Galván, and Rosario Toledo.

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Mar 05, 2014 4 years ago

Citizens Bank Foundation awards $50,000 grant for UCD's West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

On February 28th, Citizens Bank Foundation announced a $50,000 grant for University City District's West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI), an innovative job training program that connects West Philadelphia employers to unemployed West Philadelphians. The check presentation was made during a training session for the Drexel College of Medicine Certified Medical Assistant pipeline, a partnership between WPSI and the Drexel University College of Medicine. UCD was honored to be joined at the presentation by John Fry, President of Drexel University; Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, President and CEO of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware; and Henri Moore, Senior Vice President and Director of Public Affairs, Citizens Bank.

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Mar 04, 2014 4 years ago

Business is thriving in University City

2013 was another strong year for retail and restaurants in University City. Exciting new arrivals like Hip City Veg, Shake Shack, Rx The Farmacy, and The Fat Ham were among the 25 restaurants, cafes and bars opening in 2013. This continues a recent trend in the neighborhood as the number of places to eat and drink has been up by an incredible 17% over the last five years! New retail also had a good year, including exciting openings like Greene Street consignment and Plaza Artist Materials, with the number of new businesses up by 3% over the last five years.

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Feb 19, 2014 5 years ago

West Philadelphia Skills Initiative is now accepting applications from qualified 12th graders for the 2014 Summer Jobs Program

Each summer for the past 7 years, University City District has worked with high school students in our Summer Jobs Program. This program helps students access professional development, explore career pathways, build their work history, create mentoring connections to workplace professionals, and prepare for post-secondary education. A key learning objective is building awareness of the connection between education and success. For the first time, UCD is focusing on students who graduate in 2014 as a way to support these students in the first phase of their careers.

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