I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Upcoming Event: Love Your Park Week May 10-17

What: Love Your Park Week

Where: Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

When: May 10 -17    

Love Your Park Week is a celebration of Philadelphia Parks including:

Service Projects
Fun Events
Educational Programs
Family Activities

Saturday May 10, 2014 

I Love Your Park Week Kick Off Service Day taking place at more than 80 neighborhood parks throughout Philadelphia from 9-12

This year, volunteers will clean and green the Parkside Evans Recreation Center and celebrate the grand opening of the adjoining Philadelphia PumpTrack, the city’s first public pumptrack.  A
pumptrack is a small dirt course of bumps, jumps and berms, designed for BMX and mountain bikes, which one can navigate without pedaling by using weight shifts and gravity. The Parkside Evans Recreation Center and Philly Pumptrack are located at 53rd Street and Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia. At the Parkside Evans Recreation Center, volunteers will be clearing paths, prepping the tennis courts, mulching trees, and painting the building. At the Philadelphia Pumptrack, volunteers will finish plantings, clear invasive vegetation, plant trees, and mulch around plantings.  Breakfast will be served to volunteers. After cleaning and greening the park spaces, there will be a grand opening of the Philadelphia Pumptrack with a PumpJam party organized by the Friends of the Philly Pumptrack. This family-friendly party will feature some of Philadelphia’s best food trucks, vendors, and the opportunity for all to take inaugural rides on the pumptrack. A pumptrack is a fun biking course that teaches riders essential riding skills while building fitness, all in a low-risk environment. 9am – 4pm. 53rd & Parkside Avenue.
Other activites for Love Your Park Week include the following:

Saturday May 10

Historic Penn Treaty Park - Pie in the Sky Festival
Head to the park for some kite-flying and food trucks. The perfect spring day! 12pm – 6pm. 1341 N Delaware Ave. penntreatypark.org
Fitler Square - Spring Fair
Celebrate the 52nd Annual Spring Fair with flowers, books, raffles, white elephant gift exchanges, and plenty of games for the kids! 400 South Croskey St. 10am – 4pm. www.fitlersquare.org

Sunday, May 11th

Shofuso Japanese House and GardenMother’s Day Tea Ceremony:  
enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in a beautiful, authentic setting. $. 1pm. Lansdowne & Horticultural Drive, 19131.  www.shofuso.com 

Franklin Square - Mother's Day Fest
Bring Mom and Grandma to Franklin Square for a brunch buffet, flower craft activity, and tickets for the Parx Liberty Carousel and Philly Mini Golf! Tickets are $25 to attend. 11am – 1pm. 200 N. 6th St. historicphiladelphia.org/franklin-square  

Schuylkill Banks 
Mother’s Day Boat Tour to Bartram’s Garden. Walnut Street Dock, East side of the Schuylkill River beneath the Walnut Street Bridge. 19103.  $. 12pm, 1pm, 2pm. www.schuylkillbanks.org

Monday, May 12 
Malcolm X Memorial Park - Art in the Park: '
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation proudly present Art in the Park, a FREE arts and crafts traveling class. All ages are welcome! 4pm-6pm. 52nd and Pine St. www.philavisualarts.wix.com/camp

Tuesday, May 13th
A Community Vision for East and West Fairmount Park - Launch Event – 
PennPraxis and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement will unveil "A Community Vision and Action Plan for East and West Fairmount Park" in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, and the William Penn Foundation. Join stakeholders for the unveiling and a walking tour. 6pm at Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse in East Fairmount Park. design.upenn.edu/pennpraxis

Wednesday, May 14th
Louis I Kahn ParkKahn Park Summer Concert Series: 
Join the Friends of Kahn Park for the kickoff event in their Summer Concert Series. They will welcome the band Zydeco-a-Go Go to the park to thrill the crowd. 328 S. 11th St. www.kahnpark.org 

Smith Memorial Playground and PlayhouseParty in the Playground: 
Enjoy a playful cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres from popular food trucks, music, drinks, a silent auction, and the presentation of the 2014 Ida Newman Magic of Play Award to Alex Gilliam, founder of Public Workshop and The Building Heroes. Tickets available at smithplayground.org. 6pm – 8pm. 3500 Reservoir Drive, East Fairmount Park.

Thursday, May 15th

Yards Brewery -  PARKx: 
Have a beer with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and enjoy a night of thrilling stories and discussions on the Philadelphia park system by park users who have had especially interesting experiences. 8pm. Yards Brewery, 901 N. Delaware Ave. www.myphillypark.org  

Hawthorne Park - Jazz in the Park: Jazz-lovers rejoice! Hawthorne Park will again host the Jazz Bridge for FREE, live concerts with various jazz peformers this spring and summer. Concerts will take place every third Thursday of the month from May to August. 7pm – 9pm. 12th & Catharine Streets. www.hecphilly.org  

Friday, May 16th

Cedar Park - Picnic at Cedar Park
Bring dinner and your favorite snacks to a moonlit spring picnic in Cedar Park with neighbors! 6pm – 8pm. 4900 Baltimore Ave. 6pm – 8pm. www.cedarparkneighbors.org

Wissahickon Environmental Center - Edible Bugs DinnerCome hungry and learn about the delicious and sustainable practice of eating bugs.  $5 per person.  Registration required. 6pm. 300 Northwestern Ave, 19118.

Fairhill Square - Festival de Primavera (Spring Festival): 
Take in some fresh air at Fairhill Square’s spring celebration! There will be all sorts of games, activities, arts and crafts, and nature exploration for children of all ages! 4pm. Huntingdon & N Lawrence St. providencecentershcj.org
Saturday, May 17th

Clark Park - Party in the Park: 
 Join us for the 2nd annual party to celebrate LOVE Your Park Week! The event will feature live music, food trucks, games for young and old, raffle prizes, and a beer garden! 4pm – 8pm. 43rd Street & Baltimore Avenue. www.friendsofclarkpark.org

McPherson Square Park - McPherson Square Park Festival
 Come join the Friends of McPherson Park in a fun-filled day! There will be games, resource tables, snacks, and great music for the whole family! 11am – 3pm. 600 E. Clearfield St.

Marconi PlazaSpring LOVE Your Park Fest
Join the Friends of Marconi Plaza for a morning park cleanup followed by pony rides, face painting, pizza, and hot dogs. The American Cancer Society will also hold a Relay for Life event from 10am to 10pm. 10am – 3pm. Broad St. and Oregon Ave. friendsofmarconiplaza@gmail.com
Etting Park - Swap & Meet
Come join in a clothes swap and flea market! All are also encouraged to donate clothes to Dress for Success, an organization striving to aid disadvantaged women by providing professional wear and career counseling. 10am – 3pm. 3200 N. Marston St. 

Morris Park - Morris Park's 102nd Birthday Bash
Help the neighborhood celebrate the 102nd anniversary of Morris Park joining the Fairmount Park system!  There will be a fundraiser for the Friends of Morris Park with lots of fun activities, music, and more! 12pm – 4pm. North 68th St. facebook.com/morrisparkrestorationassociation

For more information  about Love Your Park Week  or to volunteer go to http://loveyourpark.org/.

For  questions about the LOVE Your Park Week Kickoff Service Day, contact Erin Engelstad, Park Stewardship Coordinator, at 215-988-9334 or via email at eengelstad@fairmountparkconservancy.org.

For more information about the new pumptrack go to http://www.phillypumptrack.org/.

Tune in Monday for another Talking Topic.