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E-Waste is Back at NLNA Community Center!

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Got E-Waste? Gather up your old electronics, printers, computers, etc. and bring them to the NLNA Community Center on the NW corner of 3rd & Fairmount on Saturday, October 5th from 10 am - 1 pm.  The NLNA suggests a small donation to defray the cost of disposal, which will also go towards more Clean and Green efforts in Northern Liberties. No TVs or large appliances such as refrigerators and ovens.

Questions?  Interested in helping out on the day?
Contact Rick Angeli, [email protected]


Second Saturdays in Port Richmond: Food Trucks x Cecily Tynan!

Hey, local news junkies and street food artists! Never thought you'd be hanging out with meteorologist Cecily Tynan surrounded by food trucks? Um, think again. Second Saturdays in Port Richmond is gearing up to be extra awesome this Saturday, September 14th, with an appearance from WPVI-TV/6ABC's own Cecily Tynan, raffles at wellness center, the Breathing Room, and confirmed food vendors the Tot Cart, Bonjour Creperie, and Gigi's Caribbean Soul Food.

Let's just hope the weather is good... ha ha (sorry, we had to!).



Philadelphia Yogis Unite!


Thought Philly was all about the Phils, Eagles, and Sixers? Apparently, yoga, though not a competitive sport, is drawing another kind of crowd in Philly. At yesterday's  yoga block party, Wanderlust Festival, the Piazza and Northern Liberties welcomed yogis from all over the city. This sea of dedicated, Lululemon-clad Philadelphians may not be as notorious as our sports fans, but get used to them: Philly yogis sure know how to have a good time. There were side planks (lots of 'em), chaturangas, fresh juice samples, the city's best instructors and DJs, frozen goodies from Lil' Pop Shop, and lots of fun demos between the practices.

As fellow yogis (we like to unroll our mats at Amrita Yoga and Sculpere), we're all for more OMs in the city of Brotherly Love. Our practices give us mental clarity and help us to rehab old injuries, and we find that it's great for overall fitness.  It was amazing to see how the community has grown and to watch everyone flow through the poses in unison.  See you next time, Wanderlust, and Namaste Northern Liberties!


Calling All Yogis! Got Wanderlust? Save it for NEXT Weekend

It may be over a week away, but you'll want to register for your Wanderlust Philadelphia class with your favorite instructor well in advance - we have a feeling this thing is going to be packed! Wanderlust is a yoga festival that is very well-known in the namaste circle for bringing a yoga block party of sorts to cities throughout the U.S.  There will be practices scheduled throughout the day with Simon Park, Alex Holmes, and others, as well as DJs Gregg Nyce and Mr. Sonny James providing tunes,  and plenty of vendors and entertainment to keep things balanced off the mat.

The best part? It's free! Sign up for the September 7th event here:

Check out the line-up with some of the best instructors in (and out of) town:





Our Must-See Weekend Pick? Philly Naked Bike Ride!

philly-naked-bicycle-ride-765x1024Every year, we happen to catch the Philly Naked Bike Ride as it passes through our neighborhood and we've even caught a few photos in the past.  The Bare-As-You-Dare biking event hits the streets this Sunday, August 25, promoting positive body image and cycling enthusiasm.

The event welcomes riders of all types, so if you want to join the brave souls on wheels, sign up for a meeting place and time here.  Happy streaking!


Second Saturdays in Port Richmond

Live in Port Richmond and looking for some weekend afternoon fun? Or curious about the neighborhood? Check out Second Saturday , a street festival/open house that's proof that Philly's food truck trend has officially caught on in all parts of the city. This weekend's event will feature many beloved area vendors (we love you Port Richmond Books!) and mom-and-pop style businesses including a visit from some of Philly's hottest food trucks like the Tot Cart (yes, really!), as well as Trophy Bikes and Philadelphia Brewing Co. Bikes, beer, tots, a classic car show, and Polish goodies from Krakus Market? Sounds like a winning Saturday to us!

Richmond Street will be closed to thru traffic between Allegheny Avenue and E Clearfield Street. Attendees are encouraged not to drive but to bicycle, walk, or take SEPTA’s 15 or 25 bus routes.



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Save the Date: 2nd Street Festival in Northern Liberties on August 4th

2SF SaveDate PC frnt FNL OutlnsSave the date! Our favorite festival of the year to celebrate the Northern Liberties community is back at it next Sunday, August 4th. This year's 2nd Street Festival promises plenty of local music on four stages, food, beer gardens, childrens programs, workshops, and green initiatives set up along 2nd Street from Green to Germantown Streets.

What's new this year? The event is free as always, but there will be a "Friends of 2nd Street" ticket option that includes open bar access with food, a meet-and-greet with headlining artists, a special VIP viewing tent, a 2nd Street Goody Bag, and more.

Tickets are on-sale via Philadelphia Folksong Society’s website and on the 2nd Street Festival Facebook page. All proceeds benefit PFS and The Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association who help make the Festival possible.

For more information on 2ND STREET FESTIVAL or to purchase your VIP “Friend of 2nd Street” ticket, visit or call 1-800-556-FOLK. Twitter @2ndStreetFestival

Check out the line-up!

The Low Anthem
Denison Witmer
The Bailey Hounds
Brad Hinton Band
Angela Shiek
On the Water
Kala Jojo
Laser Background
Sierra Hurtt
Ensemble Novo
Banned Books
Blayer Pointdujour & the Rockers Galore
Uptown Tone
The Outside Eyes
Jams with John Fuhr and Friends
Philly School of Rock
Weird Hot


4th of July in Philly!

Independence day conceptHappy Birthday, America! Spending the 4th of July in Philly is the way to go and there are so many ways to celebrate this weekend, it can be a little bit overwhelming. So whether it's fireworks that rock your world, or you prefer something low-key on your yoga mat, we've rounded up some activities by neighborhood to make it easy-breezy.

Whatever you do, have fun, be safe, and Happy 4th from the Somers Team!

To start, there will be fireworks, and who doesn't love that? Here's a handy fireworks map from Visit Philly that shows when and where to get your fireworks action, from Penn Treaty Park and Sugarhouse Casino in Fishtown all the way to South Philly's best viewing spots. The fireworks kick off tonight with Wawa Welcome America's Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert at Penn's Landing.

Here's the forecast for the weekend. Let's hope for the best!

Now, for a few alternatives.

Old City: History buffs and hoagie lovers should head to the All-American Celebration on the Mall and Wawa Hoagie Day. And don't miss the annual Independence Day Parade from 5th & Chestnut to Front & Market Streets.

Northern Liberties/Fishtown: Escape the Center City and Old City crowds for the 4th of July Jam at the Piazza with headliners the Roots. Or kick back with some brews at Yards Country & 'Cue Celebration for beer, food truck grub, live music, and brewery tours.

Center City/Art Museum: How about some yoga followed by beer? Join Maha Yoga's Jake for Brewmaha, a fun class that ends with beer tasting from Dock Street Brewery on the 3rd. Something more traditional? It's an all day Party on the Parkway on the 4th.



Coloratura: A Celebration of Art & Music in Kensington


Looking for something interesting to tune into this weekend in Philly? Read on.

The Papermill Community of Artists present COLORATURA, a group celebration of art and music for an art and music extravaganza at the Papermill Gallery this Saturday, June 29th that will run for one night only from 7pm-midnight. The Papermill is located at 2825 Ormes Street in Kensington.

So what exactly are you in for? From the press release:

This unique exhibit includes over forty artists, five bands, and two live painters. Among these are artists are Eric Kennedy, Louise O'Rourke, Daria Souvorova, Marie Elcin, Joanna Mroczek, Marie Tosto, Eric Remer, J'Nell Jordan and Greg Slade (Washington, DC), among many others.  The night will come alive with a live soundtrack from musical acts Walter Foley and Friends, Sunset Recorder, The Dirty Soap Blues Band, Truant Minds, and Sweet Briar Rose.

Coloratura is defined in the Webster Dictionary as "singing with florid ornamentation", stemming from the Italian word meaning "to color".  The intended definition seemed a perfect marriage of expressive, colorful works of visual art and melodic musical ensembles, carefully selected and arranged to fit the diverse nature of the theme

Go check it out!


Flea Market & Music Fest at Liberty Lands Park this Weekend

NLMF13-1PosterHead over to Liberty Lands Flea Market & Music Fest on Saturday, June 8th for a good time that will last all day. It all starts at 9am, with the semi-annual flea market in the park, with music starting later in the afternoon. Show up early for some treasures, then come back for the tunes. Bottomless beer will be on sale for $20 a cup. Contact Kathy Vissar to reserve a flea market space for a small fee: [email protected] To volunteer for set-up or clean-up, contact Janet Finegar at [email protected]

Check out the lineup!

The Lineup

4:30-5:00 The Gallerists

5:15-5:45 The Parsnip Revolt

6:00-6:30 Medea

6:45-7:15 56 Men

7:30-8:00 ERX

8:15-8:45 The Really Cooks

9:00-9:30 Chalk and the Beige Americans

9:45-10:15 Astronaut Your Planet

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