EPX and a few other South Philly civics are joining forces to sponsor a neighborhood Christmas Tree-recycling event on Saturday, January 5th. You can bring your tree (stripped of its lovely decorations & ornaments) to Columbus Square Park (13th & Reed) from 10am – 4pm where it will be turned into wood chips that will be used in public parks & gardens. The cost is only $5 and this earth-friendly act will surely get you onto Santa’s Nice list for 2013!

While the City will pick up trees that are left on the curb on your regular trash night, these trees will not be recycled and will be instead sent to the landfill with other garbage. If you are unable to attend our local Tree recycling event at Columbus Square Park, you may also bring your tree for recycling to the Streets Department’s Citizen Drop-Off Center at 3033 S. 63rd Street from January 7-12 from 8 am – 6 pm, Monday through Saturday. For more info, visit www.phila.gov/streets/ChristmasTrees.html or call 3-1-1.

In honor of the holiday season, QOTA will be collecting gift cards to grocery, toy and pharmacy stores. Any amount is appreciated and they will be distributed to local needy families through EPX’s “Holiday Giving” program.

Join QOTA on Tuesday December 18th from 6-9 p.m. at Birra 1700 East Passyunk Avenue. Birra has quickly earned a spot as an Avenue favorite for serving up what might just be some of the best pizza on this side of the Atlantic. Complimentary lite fare and drink specials will be served.

Hope to see you there!

Super Sized Second Saturday
December 8, noon-10pm
The Avenue is taking Second Saturday up a notch for the holiday season with specials and events for all, including Our Holiday Second Saturday is the biggest of the year! In addition to great sales, free refreshments and special events at our retail shops, we will have lots of family-friendly events and entertainment throughout the day.

**11am-1pm: Pet Photos with Santa at Alphabet Garden, 1631 EPA

**11am-3pm: Toys for Tots Drive at Alphabet Garden

**11am-6pm: Crafty Balboa Holiday Craft Show with Nice Things Handmade and NRS Boutique at Neumann Goretti HS, 1736 S 10th Street

**12-4pm: Shopping Spree raffle & rrefreshments at 1904 EPA

**1-3pm: Joe King’s Strolling Christmas Trio along the Ave

**1-3pm: Photos with Santa at Alphabet Garden

**1-6pm: Travelling Wares Hurricane Sandy Benefit at Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar, 1200 EPA

**3-4pm: Hot Chocolate with Santa at Black N Brew, 1523 EPA

**6-10pm: Nice Things Handmade’s Annual Ornament Show, 1731 EPA

For details and a full list of events and specials, please visit our Facebook Event Page.

A full listing of the events and promotions can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/events/190185931069446/

CRAFTY BALBOA HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW: Saturday December 8th from11am to 6pm!
SS Neumann Goretti High School (1736 South Tenth Street)
Nicole Rae Styer Boutique and Nice Things…Handmade team up with Crafty Balboa to present 60+ artists and crafters for all your handmade holiday shopping. The first 50 shoppers in the door receive limited edition Girls Can Tell totes filled with special items from our vendors! Be sure to have your photo taken at the Photobot 3000 photobooth. For more info + updates visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/372948106123252/?fref=ts