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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.

POSTED: Friday, June 27, 2014, 1:54 PM

I just found my new hangout this summer.

The new Spruce Street Harbor Park, which was created by the Delaware River Waterfront Corp., which officially opens to the public today.

The new pop-up waterfront park features hammocks, floating barges with gardens, a bar, a restaurant and lots of seating alongside the Delaware River. There's a mist walk, fountains, and a boardwalk where you can play bocce and shuffle board for a nominal fee. There are also plenty of game boards to be played, life-sized chess, Jenga pieces and a bean bag toss. I love the shipping containers which contain the game rooms where there are skeeball machines, a Ms Pac Man, air hockey and other shore favorites. 

POSTED: Monday, June 23, 2014, 11:59 AM
This past week, photographer Tim Blackwell made stops at "SIPS / Marathon Patio Happy Hour" with DJ Royale featuring Sonny James at Marathon Grill on Wednesday, "Friends and Fam" with Matthew Law featuring DJ Sega at Kung Fu Necktie on Saturday and "Sundae Block Party #195" with Everyday, DEL, Lee Jones & Francisco Collazo at Wall St. International on Sunday.
POSTED: Friday, June 20, 2014, 2:11 PM

Thursday evening, the very well dressed and philanthropic residents and supporters of Rittenhouse Square celebrated their annual ball. This year was the especially exciting as the organization reach its goal of 1 million dollars to restore, rejuvenate and maintain the popular park. Chairs of the gala were Janice Birenbaum and Nina Stanley. A delicious dinner by Starr Catering was served in a room beautifully decorated by Evantine Design. Across the street from the main party, the Young Friends of Rittenhouse gathered in the ballroom of the Rittenhouse Hotel for a cocktail party. The lower-priced ticket went to raise funds to restore the park's rose garden. Later in the nimageight, folks headed across the street to the square for dessert and dancing to the tunes of the Eddie Bruce Orchestra. After parties were held at Rouge and D'Angelos, located nearby.

POSTED: Monday, June 16, 2014, 1:55 PM
This past week, photographer Tim Blackwell made stops at Duke and Winston, Silk City Bar and Lounge and The Piazza at Schmidts. 
POSTED: Monday, June 16, 2014, 12:43 PM

The AL DÍA News Media: World Cup Party! Brasil 2014 was an afternoon of soccer viewing on Friday, June 13, 2014 at The Hub Commerce Square.

The party kicked off with Netherlands beating Spain 5 - 1 and ended with Chile winning 3 - 1 on the big screens located throughout the new business center and event space. The guests enjoyed a nice food spread from Starr Catering and an open bar featuring Caipirinha's from Leblon Cachaça (a Brazilian favorite), Yards beer, Moletto Prosecco, Dad's Hat Rye, and other spirits to keep the party lively.

All of the proceeds benefited the AL DÍA Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization supporting scholarships for students of journalism and promoting excellence in multimedia and multicultural journalism.

POSTED: Monday, June 16, 2014, 11:56 AM

The 15th installment of InLiquid’s signature fine art sale, Art for the Cash Poor, kicked off on Friday, June 13, 2014 with a preview party hosted at the Crane Arts building.

There were works from over 50 local artists selling items like photography, accessories, paintings, pottery, and much more. My favorite item was the Polydactyl catnip products that looked like they were wrapped in condiment packets. There was a delicious buffet by Birchtree Catering and Sweet Box. El Dorado Rum, Tito's Handmade Vodka and Philadelphia Brewing Company provided the drinks while guests had the first look at the merchandise, which would continue to be offered to the public during the weekend.

POSTED: Friday, June 13, 2014, 3:41 PM

University City Dining Days will celebrate its tenth anniversary this summer with the return of its popular “3 courses, 3 prices,” promotion Thursday, July 17 through Sunday, July 27.

On Thursday night, University District hosted "Taste of University City Dining Days" at The Porch at 30th Street Station. 12 of the restaurants participating in the annual weeklong event served some of the dishes that will be featured on their special menus. Skinny Girl wine and Yards Brewery were there with delicious beverages and guests were entertained by a three-piece band playing classic tunes. When it wasn't raining, guests ventured out from the tent and enjoyed a free game of miniature golf at The Porch.

The 26 participating restaurants will offer a pre-fixe three-course dinner special for $15, $25 or $35. Some of the eateries will be offering lunch. To see the complete list of 26 restaurants head on over to ucdiningdays.com and to preview the menus

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