PhillyNow Calendar: Civic Events, April 8-12

pwcalendarIt’s a quiet week unless you’re really passionate one way or another about casinos. There will be two chances for casino input at the Pennsylvania convention center, beginning on Thursday and going into Friday. As usual, let me know if I missed anything by hitting up civics@philadelphiaweekly.com or tweeting me: @RandyLoBasso

Monday, April 8

Safety Meeting. The South of South Neighborhood Association will hold a meeting to plan the group’s activities and “improve safety throughout our community.”
6:30pm. SOSNA Office, 1901 Christian St. southofsouth.org

Committee Meeting. The Friends of Weccacoe Playground will hold a committee meeting.
7pm. Weccacoe Playground Building. 400 Catherine St.

Civic Association Meeting. The East Torresdale Civic Association will hold a general meeting.
7pm. Evangelical Free Church, Linden Ave. and Milnor St.

Book reading. Judy Wicks, founder of the White Dog Café in West Philly, one of the first restaurants to feature organic, local, humane food, will read from her new book. That book, Good Morning, Beautiful Business: The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local-Economy Pioneer, she says, explains what it takes to “do business differently.”
7:30pm. Free Library, Central Branch. 1901 Vine St.

Casino Zoning Meeting. The Fishtown Neighborhood Association will hold a zoning meeting to discuss the potential Wynn casino that’s set to take up 70 acres along the Delaware River.
6:30pm. First Presbyterian Church, 418 E. Girard Ave.

Tuesday, April 9

Lecture on Mass Incarceration. The Eastern State lecture series continues at Eastern State Penitentiary; this week about race and mass incarceration.
7pm. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave.

Zoning Committee Meeting. The Passyunk Square Civic Association will hold a zoning committee meeting.
7pm. John the Baptist Church, 1232 Tasker St.

History Workshop. A workshop on the history of Holmesburg in Northeast Philadelphia will be held, as it is every month before the Holmeburg Civic Association meeting.
6:30pm. Holmesburg Rec Center, Rhawn and Ditman Streets.

Civic Association Meeting. The Holmesburg Civic Association will hold a general meeting.
7:15pm. Holmesburg Rec Center, Rhawn and Ditman Streets.

Civic Association Meeting. The Somerton Civic Association will hold a general meeting.
Walker Lodge 306, 1290 Southampton Rd.

Wednesday, April 10

Zoning Meeting. The East Kensington Neighborhood Association will hold its monthly zoning meeting.
7:15pm. Circle of Hope Church, 2007 Frankford Ave. ekna.org

Addressing Gun Violence, Exploring Grass-Roots Solutions. Community, grass-roots and civic leaders will talk about gun violence, including CeaseFire and Heeding God’s Call.
6:30pm. Calvary Center for Community & Culture, 48th Street & Baltimore Avenue

Thursday, April 11

City Council. The Committee on Rules will hold a public hearing on amendments to the zoning and planning section of the Philadelphia Code.
12pm. City Hall, Room 400. 1 Penn Square. Phila.gov

Economic Development Meeting. The South of South Neighborhood Association will hold a meeting with its economic development team to figure out marketing the neighborhood and “activating vacant commercial spaces.”
7pm. SOSNA Office, 1901 Christian St. southofsouth.org

Casino Input Meeting. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board recently announced it would hold multiple hearings for residents to give input on a potential new casino in Philadelphia.
9am. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.

Civic Association Meeting. The Burlholme Civic Association will hold a general meeting.
7pm. Methodist Church of the Redeemer, Cottman and Lawndale Avenues

Book reading. Primatologist Frans de Waal traces the biological roots of humanity in his new book The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates. He will read from the book and hold and question-and-answer session.
7:30pm. Free Library, Central Branch. 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org

Scenic Philadelphia Event. Anti-urban blight group Scenic Philadelphia will host a fundraiser at the American Sardine Bar in Point Breeze to discuss recent activities.
7pm. $20. American Sardine Bar, 18th and Federal. scenic.org.

Friday, April 12

Casino Input Meeting. Public input meetings will continue at the Pennsylvania Convention Center regarding a new casino in Philadelphia.
9am. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.

City Council. The Committee on Public Safety will hold a public meeting “to investigate and hold public hearings reviewing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and its benefits to the criminal justice system, including the provision of adequate supervision of the offender while protecting the citizens of Philadelphia.”
10am. City Hall, Room 400. 1 Penn Square. Phila.gov

City Council. The Committee on Streets and Services will hear testimony relating to a number of projects going on in Mannayunk, including adding Pretzel Park as a Farmers Market location and constructing at-grade crossings of train tracks. We expect everyone to be on the edge of their seats for this one.
2pm. City Hall, Room 400. 1 Penn Square. phila.gov

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