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Raise a Glass, Raise Some Questions (and Don't Forget to Vote!)

Reiki on the Hill

Friday, April 4, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Reiki Master and Intuitive Kezia Lechner is at Weavers Way Next Door, 8426 Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill, with complimentary 10-minute seated Reiki sessions.

This Saturday, Get Out & Clean Something!

Saturday, April 5, is the seventh annual official Philly Spring Cleanup. Looking for a project? We have a few favorites:

Philly Cleanup Day at Henry School, 9 a.m.-noon
Weavers Way members get work credit! Meet at the school at Greene Street and Carpenter Lane. For info or to RSVP, email outreach@weaversway.coop or cwhenrypta@gmail.com.

Philly Cleanup Day at Germantown Town Hall, 9 a.m.-noon
Weavers Way members get work credit on this one, too! Meet at Germantown Avenue and Rittenhouse Street. 
For info or to RSVP, contact outreach@weaversway.coop.

Philly Spring Cleanup with Awbury Arboretum and the Chew & Belfield Neighbors Club, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Gloves and equipment provided, food donations welcome. Meet at the Francis Cope House, 1 Awbury Road, off Chew Avenue near Washington Lane.

Ned Wolf Park Cleanup Day, starting at 9 a.m.
McCallum and Ellet streets. Info: emsfernstels@msn.com.

Volunteer Day at Ft. Washington State Park, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
OK, it's NOT in Philly, but we bet you walk your dog there! Meet near the observation deck and register at the back of parking lot #5 in the Militia Hill area. All you need is gloves. Call the park office at 215-591-5250 for more info.

Sample Alaffia Across the Way

Sunday April 6
11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join Julia from Alaffia at Across the Way in Mt. Airy, 610 Carpenter Lane, for a demo of handmade, fair-trade-certified face and body-care products from one of our favorite suppliers. 

Come Hungry for the Rotary Chili Cookoff

Sunday, April 6, noon-3 p.m.
Try some of Northwest Philly’s finest chilis! Weavers Way will be representing with some fine vegetarian fare. Taste (all you can eat for $10) and vote for your faves. The heat goes down at the Lutheran Theological Seminary's Brossman Center, 7301 Germantown Ave. Info and advance tickets: www.chestnuthillrotary.org.

Local Monday

Local Monday

April 8, 4-7 p.m.
Donna Levitsky will be sampling her delicious Shellbark Hollow Farm goat cheese from Chester County at the Mt. Airy store. Can’t be bleet with some fresh baguette! (And a nice riesling if you're so inclined.) 

GMO Film Screening


Tuesday, April 8, 6 p.m.
Pennypack Farm's Sustainability Film Series at the Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., features a screening of "GMO OMG," a new film that asks how GMOs affect our children. The event begins with a Sustainability Expo in the lobby, and a panel discussion follows the movie. Info and advance tickets: www.ambler theater.org/pennypack.

Date Change! Health & Wellness Committee

Tuesday, April 8,  6:30 p.m.
Join this highly diverse group of health practitioners and gurus of good-living to brainstorm about bettering your body. Community Room, 555 Carpenter Lane (adjacent to the Mt. Airy store). Info: outreach@weaversway.coop.

Philadelphia University
Kanbar Performance Space and Patio

Wednesday, April 9, 7-9 p.m.
Enjoy a lively discussion about sustainable food systems, composting and community gardens featuring Weavers Way Compost Tsar Scott Blunk, Morgan Berman of Milkcrate and Janell Smith Fair Foods/White Dog Café.

Thursday, April 10, noon-3 p.m.
There will be lots of interesting stuff to do, see and taste at the Sustainability Forum Exhibition: Tie-dye station, FAME Thrift Shop, organic smoothies, cupcakes, yoga/Zumba, a cooking show, composting station and Weavers Way Farmers Market. 

Put Down the Shovel and Listen Up

Saturday, April 12, 10-11:30 a.m.
Back pain doesn’t have to be a fact of life. In this workshop — just in time for gardening season —  learn about the Alexander Technique, which can help you let go of habits of tension and stress that contribute to back, shoulder, or neck pain. Joseph Arnold, a professional violinist, is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique who discovered the root causes his chronic back pain he used to experience while playing violin. RSVP: outreach@ weaversway.coop. Community Room, 555 Carpenter Lane (adjacent to the Mt. Airy store).

Stroehman’s Walk+Run Against Hunger

Saturday, April 12, 7 a.m.
The Weavers Way Food Justice Committee is taking part in the 5K on Martin Luther King Drive, a fundraiser for more than 100 food pantries, soup kitchens and hunger-relief agencies in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Team WWFJ is walking for SHARE. For info and to join up: outreach@weaversway.coop.

Get Cultivated at Philly Farm Fest

Sunday, April 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fair Food and PASA host more than 120 vendors to the Convention Center for the third annual celebration of local deliciousness. Weavers Way Farms and other area co-ops will have a booth, so stop by and sample some Philly Fresh Pickles! For more info and to get advance tickets, visit phillyfarmfest.org

Help Wanted: Phila. Cooperative Alliance

The Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance looking for a full-time executive director to provide day-to-day leadership for PACA including strategic management and organizational leadership, financial supervision and fundraising, membership recruitment, project development and promotion/outreach. PACA's mission is to grow the cooperative economy by supporting cooperatives with education, research, public policy and technical assistance. Applications are due April 18. View the full job description at ncba.coop/coop-jobs/search-careers/55-ncba-clusa-openings/460-executive-director.

Apply for a Free Street Tree with WMAN

The West Mt. Airy Neighbors Streetscapes Committee is again participating in the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Tree Tender Bare Root Street Tree Planting Program. Trees are free of charge and will be planted by trained volunteers November 2014. For more information and to get an application, contact Carol Graeber at 215-901-7654 or cegraeber7215@gmail.com. Applications are due to the Streetscapes Committee by April 25.

Mo' Daylight, Mo' Skyspace

With the coming of spring, the James Turrell Skyspace at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is resuming sunrise openings (every Thursday morning) and adding more evening sessions. Start times correspond with sunrise and sunset. Find exact times and register to attend at chestnuthillskyspace.org/visit/rsvp.

Friday, April 18, 6-9 p.m., and Saturday, April 19, 3-6 p.m.
Spring for Art — a salon of works by renowned artist Robert Blunk — benefits Weavers Way Community Programs. A limited edition portfolio of eight prints, "Stops Along the Way, Excerpts from His Visual Journals, 1948-2013," will be available for purchase, or you may bid now on "Stonington Elements II," an original gouache. The salon takes place at the home of Rob Kulathinal 12 E. Sedgwick St. Info: www.weaversway.coop/SpringForArt.

Head for the Center on the Hill

The Center on the Hill at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave., provides a variety of programs to enrich the lives of older adults. April events include "play" workshops "to reinvigorate the child in you" (April 7 and 14), the monthly lunchtime gathering, this month featuring WHYY's  Derrick Pitts and Dave Heller talking "Skytalk" (April 10) and a "Medicare 101" presentation (April 22). Learn more about the Center on the Hill and get a complete list of programs at www.chestnuthillpres.org/center-on-the-hill.