Second Saturday Craft Show

Tomorrow's craft show at the Rotunda is the Holiday version of the one usually held on second Saturdays across from Cedar Park, April through October. This show will include over 30 artists from West Philly and beyond, including Corina Dross, Suzanne Francis, Manor House Creations, Ellie's Attic, Felt & Kept, Precious Meshes, Girlyfied Gear, Communitea, Mamoucha Soaps, Please Bike Thanks and Ooh La Jena, among many others. Handmade holiday gifts abound, like knitted accessories, jewelry, screenprinted apparel, ceramics, cards, artwork, toys, soaps, ornaments and much more. 11-4, 4014 Walnut St.

Cedar Park Neighbors Education Night, Nov 10th

Everywhere you go in Cedar Park these days, you see parents and caregivers pushing little ones in strollers.  The crowded and noisy new playground at Cedar Park testifies to the community’s dedication to our littlest neighbors as well as the growing number of small children.  To support families often overwhelmed by the number of choices and the lack of information, Cedar Park Neighbors is hosting a series of Education Nights.   Meet Parents and School Representatives

For the first of these events, we have invited pre-k schools and daycare centers located in and around Cedar Park to present their school to the community. The representatives from these programs have prepared a brief outline of their program along with a description of their philosophy of early childhood education.  We will also provide attendees with an information packet detailing the pre-k options in the community.   While making the choice about where to send your child to preschool remains daunting, we hope that this event will help make the decision less complicated by providing clear information about many of the early childhood education options here in Cedar Park.   Please join us for the first Education Night on November 10th at 7:30 PM. The event will be held in the upstairs lounge at Studio 34, located at 4522 Baltimore Avenue.

Early in 2010, we will be hosting a second Education Night when we hope to invite a number of local elementary school principals to describe their schools.  Stay tuned for more information!

Baltimore Avenue Conversation - CDC presentation of final recommendations

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Many residents, organizations and businesses came together in the spring for a series of workshops to begin to imagine a revitalized Baltimore Avenue from 49th St. – 52nd St. With a volunteer team from the Community Design Collaborative, we prioritized some ideas and reviewed preliminary design study recommendations for the area. Our ideas and feedback have now been incorporated into a final report that will be presented to the community.

Join us for a community presentation of the Baltimore Avenue Community Corridor Design Study:

Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 pm or Saturday, October 9 at 10:00 am at People’s Baptist Church 5039 Baltimore Avenue

(Note: The same presentation will be made at both sessions) The session will include a presentation on the final recommendations of the Community Design Collaborative, an opportunity for further discussion and feedback as well as consideration of next steps we might take to further some of our ideas.

For further information about the Baltimore Avenue Conversation please contact Cedar Park Neighbors at 267-531-4147;

September 2010 Newsletter is out

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A quick note about the Friday Night Jazz concerts

We have received a number of comments and concerns about the Friday Night Jazz Concerts - how folks wish it was longer, asking how to support it next year, etc. To answer those questions here's some background on the Jazz concert series. It was just as difficult for us to announce the last show as it was for you to hear it. This series is only possible thanks to the hard work, dedication, and yes, money from many different individuals and organizations both new and old to the neighborhood. This year’s series sponsors included: Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, Central City Toyota, Spruce Hill Community Association, Philadelphia Horticultural Society, University City District, Elena's Soul and Cedar Park Neighbors.

The Cedar Park Jazz series actually starts when the weather is still quite cold.  The volunteers with Cedar Park Neighbors begin soliciting donations, grants and other financial contributions from area businesses, government sources and individuals to make this Jazz Series possible. Once we have an idea how much money we will be able to raise, we set the schedule for the summer, book the talent and organize the publicity, logistics and everything that else goes into this series. This series of eight concerts takes more money than you may think to make happen and it ran exactly as long as we planned for and could afford - and all the funds earmarked for this series goes directly to the musical talent. Time spent organizing, fundraising and hosting these concerts is done for free by volunteers.

We are a small group of volunteers and work on a lengthy list of community projects including helping neighbors with zoning issues, safety needs and block improvement projects; organizing fairs, community education events, neighbor meet & greets,and block leader conferences; maintaining the park; collecting, assembling and distributing to charitable organizations; Holiday Food baskets for nearly 150 neighbors in need; fundraising for and awarding scholarships for student scholars in the neighborhood to help with college expenses; and other projects big and small to help our diverse neighborhood.

We would welcome you to join CPN, donate and/or volunteer for the Jazz Series (or any other neighborhood project that really speaks to you), and encourage friends neighbors and others that enjoy the Jazz Series to do the same. This is the best way to help extend the series and better Cedar Park for everyone.

Thanks again for your interest in the great things happening in Cedar Park.

- Cedar Park Neighbors

47th Street Triangle Dedication - 7/27

The following is a note from Joe McNulty of the UCD inviting neighbors to the dedication ceremony for the newly relandscaped traffic triangle at 47th and Baltimore. See you there._____________________________________________________

Hello Baltimore Ave! You may have noticed that the work on the 47th street triangle is complete. Well, we would like to have a small celebration to thank all of those who were involved in transforming the triangle at 47th and Baltimore on July 27 at 4:00 p.m.

We are very pleased with the outcome of the reconstruction of the triangle. Where there was once a broken concrete island that served as a loading zone for delivery trucks, there is now a much larger footprint, a landscaped area that covers most of the island, and new trees that will provide beautiful blooms in the spring. The enlarged triangle and pavers along the 47th Street edge provide safer crossings for pedestrians. We have received several accolades from nearby residents, including from one who said that it “gives the intersection and the buildings around its perimeter a totally different feel and really makes the neighborhood look a lot more inviting.”

One of the best outcomes of the triangle is the relationships it enabled us to build and strengthen with a variety of folks around the neighborhood and city. There are many people to credit for this collaborative effort, including residents, business owners, the Streets Department, UC Green, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. And the collaboration continues as nearby residents help with weeding and planting.

I hope you can make it next week. Jim Roebuck will be there, among others from the city, to celebrate this newest effort to make ours the greenest neighborhood in Philly! Best, Joe

Useful tips for downed trees

Useful recommendations from a Cedar Park block captain.

If you have trees or branches that are on power lines, please be sure you report them to PECO - 215-841-4141. The city will not touch them until the lines are removed.

If you have a tree or large branch in the front (sidewalk side) of your property that is down or damaged, odds are, the city already has it on their list but you can call 311 to make sure it is reported.

They are prioritizing all trees and branches that are blocking walkways, streets or otherwise dangling and dangerous. They are NOT allowed to touch any trees that are on live lines ­ it¹s a safety issue and also PECO¹s responsibility. Once they clear the priority trees, they will come back and get the other branches and trees laying in the non-walkway park areas as well as anything PECO left behind after clearing the wires.

If you have trees or branches down in the back yard, this is the homeowner's responsibility. Most likely, your homeowner's policy will cover the removal. If you would like a recommendation for a tree service, Corner's Landscaping has done a lot of work on the block and comes highly recommended from UC Green. They can be reached at: 215-742-7576

Cedar Park 2010 Garden Workshop series

Join us in Cedar Park, located 49th – 50th Street on Baltimore Avenue for our Garden Workshops. Bring a picnic to enjoy in the park while learning about garden topics applicable to our area. Workshops take place next to the Playground at the 50th Street end of the Park. (In the event of rain the workshop will be rescheduled)

Caring for Young Trees

Thursday, June 24, 6:30 pm

With Sue Pringle, Executive Director, UC Green

Join us as we learn to care for the many young trees that have been planted throughout our neighborhood. Learn how to plant and care for your own. Sue Pringle, of UC Green (; 215-573-4684) will review planting and care basics to ensure the health of our expanding urban tree canopy.

Pre-register by e-mail: or by calling 267-531-4147. In case of rain the workshop will be rescheduled.

Next in our series of workshops is Pruning Basics with the UC Green Pruning Club on July 19, Fabulous Fall Containers on August 19 and Putting the Garden to Bed, on Thursday, October 7.

June 2010 Newsletter is out

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Cedar Park Jazz Fridays Schedule


These cats will rock your world! Richard tucker has worked as a professional musician for over twenty years. He is first and foremost a guitarist, but can also play bass. He has a foundation in theory and also loves to play by ear. Featuring Special Guest Vocalist
 Suzanne Burgess.

Rich Tucker / Live @ Warmdaddy's 11/2007 Richard Tucker & The Universal Concept | MySpace Music Videos


Get Ready for the Ride! Webb Thomas is an accomplished drummer with a resume that extends back to his training at the Berklee Music School.  An extensive resume of recordings and features the fleet puts on a performance you don’t want to miss!

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Awarded Best of Philly® Party Band by Philadelphia Magazine, Heath’s musicians are Philadelphia’s finest—Grammy Award winners, nationally-honored soloists, full-time professionals, who have played with the greats of popular music and jazz.

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Tony “Stickman” Wyatt, Drums …Tony Wyatt has been a leader and educator for more than thirty years. He has established himself as one of the topdrummers in the tri-state region. Tony has played for Hank Mobley, James Moody, Bootsie Barnes, and a host of others!


These gentlemen are consummate professional musicians. Their high energy style and showmanship is known throughout the region. Their sound is rooted in the tradition of the great Philadelphia jazz organ/guitar combos.


To fix what ails you! The band will offer its blend of tasty “old school” jazz and blues, spiced with Cuban and Brazilian styles that often get listeners out of their chairs. The Jazz Docs will be joined by guests Richard Orr (multi-reeds/flute) and Stan Slotter (trumpet/flute) -- two of Philly's hottest frontline horn players.

All shows are 6-8pm Cedar Park, weather permitting.

Dr. Ketchup kicks off 2010 summer jazz series 5/28

West Philly locals Dr. Ketchup bring their brand of funk-jazz to Cedar Park Friday 5/28/2010, 6-8 pm. The concert as always is free and in the park, weather permitting. Dr. Ketchup then moves the party inside and across the street to Elena's Soul starting at 8:30.

This is the kick-off date of the 2010 Jazz in Cedar Park summer series, currently booked through July 9.

Tentative Concert Schedule-

    May 28th- Dr. Ketchup June 4th- Rich Tucker and the Universal Concept June 11th- Webb Thomas and the Soul Patrol June 18th- TBA June 25th- TBA July 2nd - The Budessa Brothers July 9th - The Jazz Doctors

More information about Dr. Ketchup available on the web, MySpace, and Facebook.

Somewhat blurry video of Dr. Ketchup kicking it below.

Dr Ketchup

Dr Ketchup | MySpace Music Videos

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