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POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014, 12:39 PM

Twenty restaurants and food trucks competed in the South Street Headhouse District’s third annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off, held Saturday under the Shambles at 2nd and Pine Streets. General admission was free for music, crafts, and entertainment, but tasting the dogs and drinks required a ticket.

Judges Marc Summers, Danya Henninger, Carly Szkaradnik, and Philly.com's Michael Klein judged the professional chefs' hot dogs.

Hot Diggity’s Keith Garabedian, Drew Lazor, Josh Middleton, Audra Neff, and Julia West assessed the amateur chefs, which featured a "Philadelphia" theme this year. Lilly Vamberi, the winner of that competition, will have her creation featured for a month on the menu at Hot Diggity.

POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014, 11:00 AM
This past week, photographer Tim Blackwell made stops at "Dust & Grooves: Official Book Release Party (Philadelphia)" feat. DJs Rich Medina, Skeme Richards, King Britt, Aaron Levinson, Junior and book signing with author/photographer Eilon Paz at Johnny Brenda's on Monday, "Verbal Assault: Phantom Hand Pop-up Gallery" featuring various artists of the Phantom Hand art collective in Brewerytown on Friday, and "Friends and Fam" with Matthew Law featuring special guest DJ Lil' Dave of the Illvibe Collective at Kung Fu Necktie on Saturday.
POSTED: Monday, July 14, 2014, 4:45 PM

The Chestnut Hill Business District hosted its inaugural Dog Days of Summer festival on Sunday, July 13, 2014 along Germantown Ave.

Pets and their friends strolled the avenue, enjoyed lunch and participated in fun activities including kids activities like Pin The Tail on the Puppy, face painting, arts & crafts, and fortune telling with pet paws. Several restaurants had "Yappy Hours" with special food and drinks for the pooches. There were also a number of local animal rescues involved in the festival, including PAWS, Philadoptables, Finding Shelter, Blind Dog Rescue, New Leash on Life, PACT and Brenda’s Cat Rescue.

POSTED: Monday, July 14, 2014, 4:31 PM

Yelp's 10th anniversary bash was held at the Shops at Liberty Place on Friday, July 11.

Nearly 600 Yelpers and their friends came out to the annual event, which is meant to show appreciation to the site’s loyal reviewers. The event was free to attend, and they raised $1,200 to benefit Variety the Children's Charity with a silent auction and raffle ticket sales. Guests enjoyed food and spirits from the 24 food and beverage sponsors there, and danced to the tunes of a DJ. There was also photobooth by Photobot 3000 and a delicious red velvet Federal Donuts Yelp birthday cake which was devoured at before the night was over.

POSTED: Monday, July 14, 2014, 11:29 AM
This week, Tim Blackwell stopped by "Summer Classiq" at Marathon Grill Patio Bar, Autism Awareness Night at The Fire and "Second Sundae" at Silk City Bar and Lounge.
POSTED: Monday, July 7, 2014, 10:41 AM
This week, Tim Blackwell went to Thursdays at Silk City, and The Bounce at The Barbary.
POSTED: Monday, June 30, 2014, 2:01 PM
This week, Tim Blackwell made a stop at MIGHTY #toca at Silk City Bar and Lounge, Philly Loves MJ at Johnny Brenda's and opening weekend of the Spruce Street Harbor Park at Penn's Landing.
POSTED: Monday, June 30, 2014, 1:32 PM

The national Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk for suicide prevention kicked off Saturday night with nearly 3,000 walkers from around the US and as far away as South Africa. The evening started off with an opening ceremony where Brian Yeh spoke about his mother, who took her life in 2009.

Then, former Bachelorette contestant Craig Robinson told the story of fellow former contestant Gia Allemande, who he memorialized through the walk. Robinson also introduced Allemande's mother Donna, brother Dylan, and fiance Ryan Anderson (NBA) to the attendees. 

There was an emotional "Bead Ceremony" where loved ones paid tribute to those they lost with colorful beads which represented whether their loss was a spouse, parent, friend, or if they themselves were struggling with suicide. The walk then kicked off and wound its way through 17 miles of scenic Philadelphia returning to the Art Museum, where walkers were greeted by a path of luminary lights—each created by a walker in honor of their loved one.

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