Summer Music Series
Jul
23
5:00 pm17:00

Summer Music Series

  • GRAYS FERRY TRIANGLE

Come out and enjoy music by our special kids band, tbd, with food by tbd food truck - all in the best triangular public space in Philadelphia. This event is sponsored by FoCA (Friends of Chester Arthur).

Happy Hour Playdate
Aug
18
12:00 pm12:00

Happy Hour Playdate

  • JULIAN ABELE PARK

Join FoCA for a “Happy Hour” playdate at Julien Abele. BYO picnic and let FoCA bring the fun for the kids. 

Arthur Schoolyard Block Party
Sep
16
2:00 pm14:00

Arthur Schoolyard Block Party

  • Chester Arthur Elementary

FoCA and CA's HSA will partner to host a back to school "block party" on the Schoolyard. There will be a basketball tournament as well as other activities for littles with help from Playworks!!! Food trucks and treats will be offered in the parking lot area. 


First Jobs Club
Jun
15
5:00 pm17:00

First Jobs Club

  • Chester Arthur Library

Help Arthur students get their very first job! Arthur will hold a community mixer on June 15th from3:30- 5pm at the Arthur School library. You'll get to chat with students about your career and give them some feedback on their resume. If interested, contact club leader Gina Cappelletti atgcapp@gse.upenn.edu

4th Annual FoCA Night Out
Mar
18
7:00 pm19:00

4th Annual FoCA Night Out

  • Trinity Center for Urban Life

Friends of Chester Arthur’s Night Out is a chance for parents, teachers and community members to gather, socialize and support local Philadelphia public education. Proceeds from a silent auction will benefit FoCA and Chester Arthur School.
 

FoCA Men's Night Out
Feb
2
7:30 pm19:30

FoCA Men's Night Out

  • Sidecar Bar

Calling all fathers, grandfathers, uncles, male guardians! Join Chester Arthur's very own Teacher Leader, Mr. Hunter, for a drink and evening off at Sidecar Bar (2201 Christian St.) from7:30-9:30 p.m. Bar snacks provided by FoCA!

MLK Day of Service
Jan
16
10:00 am10:00

MLK Day of Service

After such a successful outdoor cleanup of the Marian Anderson Rec Center, it would be amazing to see another great turnout for an indoor clean up! The wonderful Friends of Chester Arthur have signed on as a partner for this clean up and will be helping to provide volunteers and other needs.

Please join us at 10am on Monday, January 16, for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. We will be tackling things like common use rooms, bathrooms, and hallways. Cleaning supplies will be provided, as well as pizza for lunch. Children are very much welcome. 

We also expect to be accepting delivery of our Read by 4th Book Nook provided by the program and the Free Library of Philadelphia. This is an exciting new addition to the rec center and more info will be provided.

There will also be a coordinated effort to make Get Well Cards for the patients of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. A table and art supplies will be set up and monitored by a parent and a grandparent or two, and any children (or adults) can work on their art to cheer up the children at this hospital.

We will also arrange a tour of the new baseball facilities with Coach Steve if you haven't seen them yet. 

As with the last volunteer effort, this is a great way to get to know the center, what it offers, its potential, and your neighbors.

Thank you!!

PEP Bowl Parent Night Out
Nov
11
8:00 pm20:00

PEP Bowl Parent Night Out

  • PEP Bowl

Join fellow Little FoCA Parents for a fun (adults only) night at PepBowl! 

November 11th from 8pm - 10pm. Registration Closes November 1st - so hurry and lock your spot in now. We have reserved the entire alley - pending registration. 

Costs: $16 to bowl all night. Not into bowling...that is cool too! No cost to tag along. 

BYOF&B - Thats right...Food, Beer & Wine welcome. Bring snacks to share and beverages of your choice!

Any excess proceeds beyond venue rental costs will be donated to FoCA. 

REGISTER HERE

 

Southwest Center City 5k
Oct
29
8:00 am08:00

Southwest Center City 5k

  • Julian Abele Park

Come run, cheer or just bring the kids to enjoy all the fun things FoCA has organized in the Fan Zone! We will have crafts and games to keep the kids busy. We will also have a cheer station with posters and markers to make fun signs to encourage those running. Kids 6 and under can be part of the race too by running in the Spooky Sprint. 

REGISTER HERE

FoCA Meetup at the Igloo
Sep
16
5:00 pm17:00

FoCA Meetup at the Igloo

  • The Igloo

Come stop by Igloo for a treat and they will donate 25% of their proceeds to FoCA. They'll be playing their regularly scheduled children's movie at 5:30 p.m. 
 

Neighborhood Families Meetup
Aug
19
5:30 pm17:30

Neighborhood Families Meetup

  • Julian Abele Park

Come meet your neighbors after work at Julian Abele. We'll bring chalk and bubbles, you BYO picnic dinner and whatever other toys your kid(s) would like to play with!
Members of FoCA and current Arthur parents will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about your neighborhood school. For more information or to share the event with friends, click here.

Arthur Schoolyard Groundbreaking
Jun
15
10:00 pm22:00

Arthur Schoolyard Groundbreaking

  • Chester A. Arthur

Come hear about The Arthur Schoolyard, an innovative project that will center on creating an active inquiry-driven learning space for Arthur students and a space where both students and members of the larger community can gather and engage in structured and unstructured play and feel more connected with our neighborhood school. Construction will begin in late June and run through October 2016. 

Spring Cleanup Day at Chester Arthur Schoolyard
May
7
9:00 am09:00

Spring Cleanup Day at Chester Arthur Schoolyard

No need to bring anything other than yourself. We will have tools, as needed, for everyone to use. We'll be weeding, planting new flowers and trees, cleaning up trash and undertaking an exciting curb appeal project!

December Open House
Dec
3
9:00 am09:00

December Open House

  • Chester A. Arthur Elementary

Meet the staff, tour the school and learn more about why Chester Arthur is such a special school community. Open houses will be held the first Thursday of every month.

November Open House
Nov
5
9:00 am09:00

November Open House

  • Chester A. Arthur Elementary

Meet the staff, tour the school and learn more about why Chester Arthur is such a special school community. Open houses will be held the first Thursday of every month.

October Open House
Oct
1
9:00 am09:00

October Open House

  • Chester A. Arthur Elementary School

Meet the staff, tour the school and learn more about why Chester Arthur is such a special school community. Open houses will be held the first Thursday of every month.

Kindergarten Playdate at the Arthur Schoolyard
Sep
12
2:00 pm14:00

Kindergarten Playdate at the Arthur Schoolyard

FoCA has hosted two kindergarten playdates over the summer for the upcoming kindergarten class of 2015. Students and their families were able to meet each other and families of students who just graduated from kindergarten at Arthur so that they could share their experiences. Everyone is very excited about the upcoming school year and can’t wait to become a part of the Arthur school family.

FoCA Night Out 2015
Apr
25
7:00 pm19:00

FoCA Night Out 2015

  • The Rock School

Friends of Chester Arthur’s Night Out is a chance for parents, teachers and community members to gather, socialize and support local Philadelphia public education. Proceeds from a silent auction will benefit FoCA and the Playworks Program at Chester Arthur School.

 

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Halloween Block Party
Oct
31
4:00 pm16:00

Halloween Block Party

Boo! Friday October 31st, the 2000 block of St. Albans is hosting their annual kids under 5 Halloween block party 4-7pm. Older siblings welcomed! Its a fun safe place for little ones to roam freely in their costumes on halloween night. Meet lots of young families in the neighborhood. Its a great time. Bring your basket of candy and your beverage of choice. Hope to see you all there!!!

Grant Writing Workshop
Jun
22
1:00 pm13:00

Grant Writing Workshop

For everyone interested (those who responded to me and who haven't yet), I have some details regarding our Grant Writing Workshop.

When: June 22 from 1-3pm
Where: SOSNA Office (1901 Christian Street)
What to bring: A laptop, if possible. We have created a google document with materials everyone will need to access to being to work on grant opportunities

The meeting should take approximately 2 hours. We will start with a quick overview of some funding needs, and some recent funding we've received, including going over past applications. Then we will get into the details of how to prepare a grant application.

If you are able to make it, please let me know so that we know how many to prepare for.

50/50 Block Party
Jun
21
3:00 pm15:00

50/50 Block Party

We're having a block party! FoCA and SOSNA are partnering on a half savory- food trucks, half sweet-local desserts from neighborhood restaurants and home bakers, block party. Come check out the kids activities, enjoy some beer, take your chance on a giant 50/50 raffle, meet teachers and staff from Chester Arthur, hang out with your neighbors and more! All proceeds go to benefit FoCA and SOSNA

FoCA Night Out
Mar
29
8:00 pm20:00

FoCA Night Out

Save the date and line up your babysitter for FoCA’s first grown-ups only fundraising event! Tickets are limited and go on sale now, so don’t miss out on this great event. Your ticket includes two hours of open bar, a silent auction and more! Cost is $35 in advance and $45 at the door, and all proceeds go to benefit STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education at Chester Arthur.