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September 15, 2008

Farmer's Market 10th Anniversary Celebration on October 4th

On October 4, 2008, The Clark Park Farmers’ Market will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a festival and a free concert. The event will be held in Park A of Clark Park, and will run from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
The event will include music, special vendors and recognition of the many farmers, shoppers and community members who have been paramount in the success of the market’s 10 year run. The West Philadelphia Orchestra, Imhotep African Dance and Drum Ensemble and Happy Accident will all be featured at the “3rd Annual Farmers Rock Show” taking place throughout the course of the day. The event will also feature the acoustic music of Kenny & Jerry and Banjo Busker Steve, plus the University Arts League arts & craft table and some local live art performances.

“It’s been exciting to see the farmers’ market at Clark Park grow so much over the last 10 years. The neighborhood’s support for the market is so strong that it’s open year-round,” said Yael Lehmann, executive director of The Food Trust. “You can find farm fresh produce at great prices, and we even accept debit, credit cards and food stamp cards.”

The Clark Park Farmers’ Market began as a joint project between The Food Trust and the University City District. “At the time,” said Paul Steinke, who was president of the UCD in 1998, “the idea of a farmers’ market selling local, fresh food in a city park was a very new idea for Philadelphia.” The market opened in 1998 and, in doing so, came one step closer to their mission: to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food. To accomplish this mission, The Food Trust ensures that customers on the Food Stamp Program, single mothers on the WIC program and senior citizens on the state’s Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) can access the market’s fresh, local produce. All of The Food Trust’s markets accept food stamps and the FMNP vouchers that are delivered every year. The Food Trust supplements the market with nutrition education, offering the customers healthy recipes to take home along with the fresh and local ingredients from the market.

From its very beginning, the Clark Park market has had the support of the city and of the neighboring local businesses and organizations, including The Friends of Clark Park. It has become a weekly event in the lives of the neighbors, friends, families, chefs, artists and musicians in this West Philadelphia neighborhood. In its 10th year, the Clark Park Farmers’ Market is the second largest farmers’ market in Philadelphia and is now open year round every Saturday.

Come out on October 4th to celebrate the market’s 10th anniversary!

September 11, 2008

Festival of Hope on October 19: Lutheran Settlement House's Family Festival to Raise Awarenss of Domestic Violence

Sunday, October 19, 2008 1pm to 4pm

The Festival of Hope will feature a press conference, followed by performances by percussionists Marcy Francis and Jann Jeffries, courtesy of The Arts & Spirituality Center. Choirs from local churches will also perform. In addition, Ronald McDonald® will perform courtesy of Cheryl and Frank Franco, our local McDonald’s® owner/operators!

Adults, kids, and families will get to meet and greet with Chio from Wired 96.5 FM’s Chio in The Morning Show. Chio will be distributing giveaways, prizes, and much more, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. The Festival of Hope offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy, including carnival games, face paintings, moonbounce, massages, hand treatments, arts and crfats, community resources, outdoor yoga (for a donation of $5), raffles, food, and more!

For more information, please contact Suzette Belz at 215-426-8610 x 208.

September 8, 2008

Youth Soccer registration opens: Deadline is Sept. 15h

Browse to our Youth Soccer page to read the necessary information and download the necessary forms.

Farmer's Market 10th Anniversary Postponed to October 4th, due to Bad Weather

Jon Glyn of the Food Trust informs us that the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Farmer's Market, scheduled for September 10th, has been postponed to October 4th. We're expecting bad weather.

August 6, 2008

We certainly hope you managed to get out to the Bowl to see Shakespeare in Clark Park's production of As You Like It. For a quick refresher, here's a "sneak preview" video we just discovered.

And we've been working hard, too. We've finished creating the videos of the July 16th General Membership Meeting, where the Park A Revitalization Plan was presented to the neighborhood and discussed. We've also incorporated some of the images from the architects' presentation. You can view these videos online by clicking in the windows below.

Part 1: Introduction by Jonathan Snyder; Outline by Matt Grubel; Goals and Constraints by Lisa Haines

Part 2: Paths and the Plaza by Bryan Haines

Parts 3 and 4: Question and Answer Period

News: July 17

The General Membership Meeting on July 16 was well-attended for a summer meeting. We got a quick preview of Shakespeare in Clark Park's As You Like It, a discussion of a recycling proposal from the Boy Scouts, and architects Lisa and Brian Haines presented the current thinking on the Park A Revitalization Project. We've videotaped the meeting, and we'll have it up on Google Video in the next few weeks, so people who couldn't attend can see how the project's going.

For the near future, however, please keep two events in mind. The first is Shakespeare in Clark Park's As You Like It, which begins on July 30th. There's also the finale of the Spiral Q Parade Camp on August 1, and on September 6th, there will be a celebration for the Farmer's Market's 10th Anniversary.

New Videos of Clark Park

Every so often, we add some publically-accessible videos that showcase our park to our Video page. Today (July 8), we've added several, including a short documentary on urban Farmer's Markets, where two of our own-- FoCP President Frank Chance, billed as "market volunteer," and farmer Gina Humphreys-- get some face time.

Google Group for Clark Park Tot Lot

We recently discovered that some of the parents who use the Tot Lot have set up a Google Group. You can browse it or join it at http://groups.google.com/group/clarkparktotlot.

Spiral Q Parade Camp Coming to Clark Park

from Spiral Q Puppet Theater writes: "We are joining forces with University City Arts League this summer to present a summer camp. What is your favorite 6-12 year-old doing this July? Sign them up for Spiral Q's PARADE CAMP, An Animal Adventure! This summer camp will feature field trips to exciting destinations such as the Philadelphia Zoo and Clark Park! Sessions run July 7-August 1 at the UCity Arts League.

July 7-August 1, at UCAL
Spiral Q Puppet Theater and University City Arts League present "Parade Camp: an Animal Adventure". Sign up your favorite 6-12 year-old for a summer adventure that combines animals and art near Clark Park! Scholarships and discounts available.

Wednesday July 9, 6:30 PM at the Clark Park Dog Bowl
What does Peoplehood mean to you and your community? Join Spiral Q to dream up this year's big event.

Friday, August 1: Parade Camp Finale
Don't miss Spiral Q and UCAL's Parade Camp Finale Parade, which will step through Clark Park at 2PM on August 1.

Saturday, October 18th
Come to Clark Park for the ninth annual Peoplehood parade!

if you have any questions, check out Spiral Q's website at http://www.spiralq.org/.

Philadelphia Unites to Dedicate Basketball Court!

Mayor Michael Nutter cuts the ribbon on the Clark Park Basketball Court on June 14th.

Also in the photograph, l-r: Commissioner of Recreation Susan Slawson, State Senator Anthony Williams, Representative Jim Roebuck, Mayor Michael Nutter, Secretary of DCNR Mike DiBerardinis, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Joan M. Reilly of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, UCD Executive Director Lewis Wendell, and FoCP President Frank Chance. Also attending were representatives of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, University of the Sciences, the Office of Watersheds and other neighbors and community members.

Photo above by Brian Siano. More photos by Nicole Gaddis are available at Flickr.

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Until 2008

Melanie Bartlett
Erin Engelstad
Chris Leswing
Darryl Stovall
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Until 2009

Sharrieff Ali
Fran Byers
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Fran Byers
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Molly Roth
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Sharrieff Ali
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Farmers' Market

Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm May through Thanksgiving
Saturdays, 10 am to 1 pm all other Saturdays
Thursdays, 3 pm to 7 pm June through Thanksgiving

Meetings and Events

Saturday, August 30: Strand Family Party
2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Saturday, Sept 6: Uhuru Solidarity Flea Market
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday, Sept 13: Woodland Avenue Reunion
(Amplified Sound)
7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 17: FoCP Board Meeting
7 PM

Saturday, Sept 20: Music and Arts Festival
(Amplified Sound)
11:00 am to 8:00 pm

Saturday, Sept. 27: Youth Soccer Begins

Saturday, October 4: Bark in the Park

Saturday, October 4: Farmer's Market 10th Anniversary

Saturday, Oct 11: Uhuru Solidarity Flea Market
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday, October 15: FoCP General Membership Meeting

Saturday, Oct 18: Spiral Q Peoplehood Parade
Presented by the University City Arts League and the Spiral Q Puppet Theatre

Sunday, Oct. 19: Lutheran Settlement House's Festival of Hope
1pm to 4pm

Saturday, November 08: Veterans Day Commemoration
11 AM

Monday, November 17: FoCP Board Orientation, Board Meeting
5 PM

Monday, November 17: Tree Planting
9 AM

Wednesday, November 19: FoCP Board Meeting
7 PM

Wednesday, December 17: FoCP Board Meeting
7 PM

Flea Markets

In 2008, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement will be running a monthly Flea Market from April to October. The scheduled dates are: April 12, May 3, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 6, October 11,. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Rain dates are usually the day after.) For further information, phone 215-387-0919 or email .

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Department of Recreation Permits

To hold an event in Clark Park or comment about an event, call the Department of Recreation at 215-685-2697. Click here for Clark Park events guidelines.



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