Kids Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:39:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Support Kearney Elementary School Paper Drive… Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:31:16 +0000

Donating paper is an easy and effective way
to help a public school, and it frees up the school’s limited budget
for other priorities. 

Kearny Friends is the community support group for our great K-8 school
at 6th & Fairmount, and they’re running their annual paper drive!

Donate online at 
or drop off letter-size paper directly at the NL Mailbox Store at 702 N 2nd St.

Thank You!!!


Orkney Park Benefit Brunch At Standard Tap – Sat, Sept 23 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:43:20 +0000 11am- 3pm at  901 n 2nd st, Phila, Pa 19123

Friends of Orkney Park LLC has partnered with our generous friends at the Standard Tap to host a fundraising brunch. 20% of all food sales will benefit ongoing initiatives for Orkney Park!

Your going out for Brunch anyway, avoid the wait at that other place! Instead, meet your friends at Standard Tap!


​Don’t miss the fun! ​We’ll all be there, ​​and the food
is delcious!

To get involved, please contact us:
Sara Hirschler, Tony Hochstetler, Donald Phillips
Janet Finegar,  Liz Long-Reed, Leslie Kaufman
Danielle Scheffey, Lisa Solis,
267.250.5084 (Donald)

Puppet Making and Performances in the Park through September… Fri, 01 Sep 2017 15:54:58 +0000
Company Aiello is offering workshops in puppet-making from recycled materials. Things we would otherwise throw away every day are given new life as whimsical characters. Participants are provided newspaper, tape, and an assortment of other found objects with which to build their own bizarre figures.
This event is fun for the whole family. We’ll bring the materials, you bring your imaginations!

Workshops — Sundays, September 3rd, 10th, and 17th from 10:30-12:30

Performances — Weds, Thurs, and Fri, Sept 20th, 21st, and 22nd at 6pm

All events are pay what you can.
Note: There are some picnic tables at the park, but participants may want to bring a blanket or chair to sit, just in case.
Follow the event on Facebook

About Puppet Theater/Teatro d’Immaginazione

Angelo Aiello, an inventive puppeteer, storyteller, director, and teacher of creative theater, began his journey as a burattinaio in the commedia dell’arte tradition in 2001. He has participated in festivals both in Italy and abroad (France, Belgium, Austria, Israel, Poland). In 2007, he participated in “La ci darem la mano”, a show dedicated to Mozart’s Don Giovanni, under the direction of Roberto De Simone. In September of 2013, he was selected to participate in the World Puppet Carnival’s International Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he performed his original work “Spazzolino and the Rubbish City”.
Traditional Burattini Scenes:
Drawing from the traditional repertoire of glove puppet theater (Pulcinella, Fagiolino, Punch, etc.) and using the history of commedia dell’arte as a canvas, old stories are reimagined in a contemporary light. Out of this theatrical tradition, Angelo has created an original character named Spazzolino. He’s a rascal and prankster who can’t help but save the day, a wooden-headed hero to the people who embodies a mischievous joie di vivre. He wants only two things: a mountain of beans to eat and justice for everyone. With a good heart and a good fork, he can get himself out of (almost) any situation.


Music Monkey Jungle – New Schedule: WEDNESDAYS & Thursdays at the Community Center – Starting back up on Sept 6 Mon, 29 Aug 2016 05:00:35 +0000 Babies! Toddlers! Little Monkeys!
Monkey Jungle

Music Monkey Jungle – 10:00 to 10:30am

Wednesdays — The Music Monkey Jungle Sing Along is a 30 minute high energy, interactive, rockin’ good time for little music monkeys. Children and adults will sing, dance, laugh, play, move, imagine and create through the presentation of original MMJ songs, dances and games. We’ll focus on melody, unison, range, dynamics, tempo, call & response through the use of mini maracas and wrist ribbons. You and your little music monkey(s) are bound to have a rockin’ good time. The Sing Along is drop-in only, $10 per child at the door and babies under 6 months are free.
Thursdays —The Music Monkey Jungle Jam is a 30 minute interactive performance for music monkeys who love to rock, roll, move, groove, bounce, bop and jam. Children and adults will have a rockin’ good time through the presentation of Music Monkey Jungle original songs, dances and games, with the added greatness of drums and mini maracas. The MMJ Jam is best suited for children between the ages of 5 months to 5 years.
$10 per child
Whether we’re performing Music Monkey Jungle Drummers or The Music Monkey Jungle Sing Along, we know you’ll have a rockin’ good time! To know exactly what’s performed, please visit our Facebook page.
The Music Monkey Jungle Member Card is available for purchase at The Children’s Boutique, Momo’s Treehouse or Primp & Play and will be accepted in all 6 MMJ performance locations.
$85 for 10 performances, no expiration and a Music Monkey Jungle CD.
For more information, please call Lori at 732.687.8134
or write to

We Kids Rock Returns Thu, Sept 14 at the Community Center Tue, 08 Aug 2017 02:11:21 +0000 Fall Classes Thursdays
Sept. 21-Nov. 16

Free Demo on Thurs. Sept. 14

3-5yr Guitar Class at 4:45-5:15pm
$165.00 for 8 weeks
(stay and do the Family Class
for half price)

Birth-5yr Family Class 5:30-6:10pm
$125.00 for one child, 210.00 for two
(15.00 discount if signed up
by Aug. 21)

Registration includes a cd, siblings under 8 months are free.

Sign up online or call 610-490-0695


Roadmap for reducing litter & waste by up to 90% over the next 15 years… Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:53:59 +0000 A Litter Free City Starts With You.

From the Mayor…

When I took office, I pledged my commitment to make Philadelphia a more beautiful place to live, work, and visit. The plan you hold outlines specific strategies to achieve that goal by ensuring that every neighborhood has litter-free parks, streets, waterways, and public places.

Why Zero Waste? Each year Philadelphia disposes of nearly 1.5 million tons of residential and commercial waste – one ton for every resident. As a city, we spend tens of millions of dollars each year cleaning up short dumping and litter. Although we collectively recycle almost 40 percent of combined residential and commercial waste, we have much work to do to compete with the sustainable cities of the 21st century. If we are to become a greener, more beautiful city, we must dispose of less trash, recycle and reuse more, and embrace new approaches to keeping our shared spaces clean.

The Zero Waste and Litter Executive Order commits Philadelphia to the progressive sustainability goal of Zero Waste by 2035. In doing so, we join other major U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, and Atlanta, to name just a few. The Order also promotes the use of data-driven practices and rigorous research to identify the most effective ways to tackle these challenges.

But to get there, it will take teamwork. The Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet will coordinate across City departments, partner public agencies, and community and private sector stakeholders to collectively address the litter problem. I hope this report will energize concerned residents like you to join in this effort.

Because Zero starts with One – You.

Read more here…

Schedule of Family Fun at Penn Treaty Park… Tue, 23 May 2017 15:10:41 +0000 Check out these events happening all summer long at Penn Treaty Park…


Ongoing – Rec Center Events Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:00:43 +0000
rec-center-kidsNorthern Liberties Rec Center
321 Fairmount Street 19123
Free Improv and many other activities are happening at our neighborhood recreation center at 321 Fairmount Ave. Numerous great activities for kids and adults.
Check out their Facebook page for the latest
NLArts Gala Dinner in the Park – Thur, Aug 31 – Get Tickets Now! Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:21:46 +0000 The culmination of this year’s Dinner Party themed
NLArts Camp aims to bring together families
to meet and break bread.

All are welcome!

Save The Date
Thursday, August 31

6:00 to 8:00pm

$40 Per Family
Get Tickets Now!

(dinner service starts at 6:30pm)

A Dinner Party event inspired by Judy Chicago

NLArts turned 10 this year, and we want to celebrate in a huge way!
Join us August 31st for a community dinner at Liberty Lands.

Your ticket will include photobooth, a full dinner, drinks, and dessert!

Campers will work hard this August to make individual plates, napkins, and silverwear.
NLArts campers will perform and help throughout the night!
Make new friends, look at some art, and maybe even take some home!

$40 per family Get your tickets here!
All proceeds will go to NLArts campers and programming!

Schedule of Events

5:30 to 6:00 Check in, have a drink and view our auction!

6:00 – Performance

6:30 – Dinner

7:00 to 8:30 Tutorials by Humane Society, Photobooth, Drinks, and Auction!

7:30 – Dessert

8:30 – Closing Remarks



Shakespeare Comes to Liberty Lands! Wed, 14 Jun 2017 21:00:57 +0000 A Midsummer Night’s Dream
June 15 – July 1
Admission is Free!
6/15 thru 6/18 at 6:30pm
6/22 thru 6/24 at 6:30pm
6/25 at 3:00pm
6/29 thru 7/1 at 6:30pm
Run Time is 90 minutes
For more information follow us on Facebook – The Word Players
NLArts Summer Camp Registration – Closed Wed, 08 Mar 2017 18:09:11 +0000 NLArts, our neighborhood’s own amazing children’s summer arts camp, is open for registration for its 10th Anniversary season!

Based in the NLNA’s Community Center at 3rd & Fairmount, NLArts offers wonderful programming during the “gap weeks” of Aug 14 – Sep 1, when other camps shut down but school hasn’t started.

Full info and registration instructions at the NLArts web site,

Contact with any questions.



Orkney Park Summer Solstice Fundraiser – Wed, June 21 Sat, 17 Jun 2017 17:37:08 +0000 Help rescue
Northern Liberties’
last unsecured
green space!
6pm at 871 Orkney Street
(Enter at the Lawrence Street Playground next to 852 N Lawrence Street)
Rain Date: June 28th
Join us for a lovely evening with neighbors and friends in support
of the Orkney Park Project and to celebrate the first day of summer!
Enjoy live music, delicious refreshments and appetizers generously donated
and sponsored by local restaurants, bars and businesses
RSVP not required but appreciated: email
or check in via our Facebook Page for the event.
$20-40 suggested donation.
Kids and dogs attend for free.
Additional donations are very welcome!
Get your tickets in advance here:
All proceeds benefit Friends of Orkney Park Inc,
a 501(c)(3) dedicated to preserving this last wilderness
of Northern Liberties.

Thanks in advance to:
North Bowl and Oron Daskal
Saint Benjamin Brewing Company
Urban Village Brewing Company
Callahan Ward Companies
ACME Markets
Little Baby’s Ice Cream
Majestic Wine & Spirits USA, LLC.
Vinedrea Wines
N. 3rd Restaurant
The Blind Pig
Moore Brothers Wine Company
Spuntino of Philly
Standard Tap
The Kettle Black

… and more generous businesses being added!
About the Orkney Park Project:
Orkney Park is Northern Liberties’ last true wilderness! The project consists of community members coming together with the common goal of preserving this neighborhood gem. Orkney Park is a wild life habitat, a bird sanctuary, a nature preserve, a gathering place for friends and family, and so much more!
Follow us on Instagram: @orkneyparkproject
NLNA Plant Sale – Sat, May 6 (rain or shine) Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:19:04 +0000 From 9am to 2pm

NOTE: The venue HAS changed back to the Community Center at 3rd and Fairmount.

Flowers, Veggies, and Herbs, oh my!

Plant Sale 3

Fill your flower boxes and re-stock your herbs. Pick out your favorite tomatoes. Annual, Perennial, Sun and Shade Plants. We’ve got them all!


Volunteer for a shift by signing up HERE!

The Annual Plant Sale is Saturday May 6, with prep on Thursday and Friday – May 4th and 5th.

Who wants to play with plants this year? Volunteer to hang out with neighbors while putting together this annual event (that started with a couple of beach chairs and plants on Spring Garden Street!).

Here are the shifts:

May 4th – Thursday 9am to 3pm
Plant Delivery • Organize plants for display • Label plants • Water plants
9am — 11am
11am — 2pm
2pm — 4pm

May 5th – Friday 10am to 2pm
Finalize displays • Finish pricing • Water plants
10am — Noon
Noon — 2pm

May 6th – Saturday  — 7:00am start time
Set-up — Move plants to the street
7am — 9am

9am — 11pm
11am — 2pm

Floor — Welcome Customers • Offer Plant Trays • Explain Pricing • Tidy Yard • Keep Displays Tidy • Water Plants
9am — 11pm
11pm —2pm

Clean up
We aim to be out by 4pm at the latest!
Breakdown tables • clean tables • return tables to Community Center • move & water plants
2pm — 4pm

Click HERE to volunteer for a shift!

Email if you are interested…

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NLArts Faculty 10th Anniversary Art Exhibit – Fri, May 5 Wed, 03 May 2017 16:51:38 +0000

Join NLArts in celebrating their awesome teaching artists!

10th Anniversary Faculty Exhibition
Opening Reception

Friday May 5, 2017 5-7 PM

Two locations:
Northern Liberties Community Center & 700 N. Third Street and
Higher Grounds Coffee 631 North Third Street (Philly 19123)

May 5, 2017 from 5 to 7pm

13 Artists!

Pat Aluiso,Lily Brown, Rae Burns, Claudia Bokulich, Max Budnick, Mathew Carrieri,
Briget Folick, Jared Gruenwald, Mike Storm, Katrina Mansfield, Mackenzie McAlpin,
Natasha Mell-Taylor, and Steve Teare.

NLArts: Sculpting Magical Miniature Animal Worlds – Second Friday April 14th Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:30:14 +0000

6:00 to 8:30pm
NoLibs Community Center
700 North 3rd Street

$25 Per Child (w/ sibling discounts)
Pizza and Snacks Included

Artist Mackenzie McAlpin
is going to take you on an
exploration of magical
miniature sculpture. 

We will fire these while at the workshop and add tiny touches
when they have cooled.

Create your pet, your favorite animal or a mythical beast, and the tiny world they live in!

And, Egg Decorating and Egg Blowing!

Get here on time!!

Register by emailing with the subject line: Miniature Sculpture! 

Space is Limited!

Here’s a link to the artist:

Winterfest 2017 at North Bowl – Sun, Feb 12 Sun, 08 Jan 2017 23:02:43 +0000 Beat that cabin fever
with a family day out!

Join neighbors at this annual event, hosted by North Bowl.

Tickets include bowling, food, wine, beer,
and soda.
Plus Fabulous Raffles
for Some Pretty Cool stuff!
Buy Discount Advance Tickets below!
Adults $15 (Advance Ticket Form Below)
Adults $20 (at the door)
Seniors $10
Kids $10 (13 to 17 year olds)
Free for kids under 12

All proceeds benefit NLNA

Online ticketing is now closed.

NLArts Benefit Brunch hosted by Standard Tap – Sat, Feb 25 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:38:46 +0000

The Standard Tap will donate %25 from your brunch bill to NLArts
on Saturday, Feb 25 from 11am to 1pm

Three ways to lock in this donation…

1) Call (215) 238-0630 and mention NLArts when you make a reservation.

2) Print out this LINK and show it to your server (no reservation necessary)

3) Show your server this LINK on your phone (no reservation necessary)

That’s it! Bon Appetit and Thank You!

2017 TreeCycling Schedule – Starts Sun, Jan 1 / Ends Sun, Jan 15 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:33:04 +0000 treecycling-2Christmas TreeCycling from January 1 through 15 at Orianna Hill Park!

Sunday, Jan 1 — Naked, De-tinsled, De-balled Christmas Trees will be accepted for drop-off in the picnic area of Orianna Hill Park at Poplar & Orianna Streets.

Folks can drop off at any time.

Saturday, Jan 7 — Trees will be chipped at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm! Bring the kids!

During chipping hours, we could use people to take donations and pull trees to the chipper. To volunteer email

Also, due to chipping noise and tree-prunning, the Dog Park will be closed that day.

Jan 8 to 15 — Trees will continue to be accepted for drop-off
at Orianna Hill Park picnic area.

Please make a donation to Orianna Hill Park or Liberty Lands
 to help fund these efforts!

Thanks for your help in reusing our trees!
Friends of Orianna Hill Park


Kearny Friends Meeting – Weds, Feb 1 Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:33:04 +0000 Kearny Friends is the great community support group for our neighborhood K-8 Kearney Elementary public school at 6th & Fairmount.

Find out how you can help improve our neighborhood by supporting the school,  tomorrow, Feb 1, 6pm, at the Northern Liberties Community Center (3rd & Fairmount).

And check out their Facebook page too!

Kwanzaa Celebration – Fri, Dec 30 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 18:21:40 +0000

Kwanzaa — A Celebration of Harvest & Community

Join NLArts to learn about the history and
significance of this non-religious holiday
celebrated around the world!

Friday, December 30 from 6:30-8:30

Northern Liberties Community Center (700 N. 3rd Street)

$15 per person / $25 for families

Live entertainment, light appetizers and beverages will be served along with snacks, drinks and craftsfor the kids!

Tickets available at the door

Email Tia Hall at

Dineth Allen at