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Along the Manayunk Canal

Event Archives 2008

Saturday, October 25th, 9:30 am-12:00 pm
2nd Annual Trunks for the 'Yunk Tree Planting Party
(Canal View Park- Intersection of Main and Connaroe Streets)
Friends of the Manayunk Canal and The Schuylkill Project
Trunks for the 'Yunk

Help us beautify a stretch of the Towpath along the Canal by taking part in our 2nd annual native tree planting party- Trunks for the ‘Yunk. Refreshments and snacks provided as a thank you to our volunteers as well as a free exclusive new Schuylkill River t-shirt. Additionally, the Manayunk Brewery has invited all our volunteers to celebrate afterward at the Brewery with free food and drink specials!! Don't miss this chance to help out & hang out!


Sunday, June 1st, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
American Rivers National Clean Up
(Lock Street Parking Lot of Main Street)
The Schuylkill Project
American Rivers

Since 1991, American Rivers has sponsored an annual event, National River Cleanup. Last year over 95,000 volunteers joined together to remove 600 tons of trash from waterways in 50 states. 

The Philadelphia Canoe Club, Fairmount Park and the Schuylkill Project are partnering to bring this cleanup event to the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.  By land and water, join in the effort to clean up the Schuylkill River at East Falls and Manayunk on Saturday, June 1 from 9am to 12 noon. Volunteers will meet at three locations: the Philadelphia Canoe Club located on Ridge Avenue at the Wissahickon Creek and Schuylkill River, East Falls at the parking lot under the Twin Bridges between Ridge Avenue and Kelly Drive and Manayunk at the Lock Street parking lot. Volunteers must bring their own gloves.

To volunteer for the cleanup, visit www.americanriver.org/goto/schuylkill. For details or questions please contact Gwen Cohen of the Schuylkill Project at gcohen@manayunk.org.


Saturday, May 17th, 9:30am-12:00 pm
Philadelphia Cares for Fairmount Park Day - Clean Up & Restoration Work
(Meet at Venice Island Rec. Center, Cotton Street & the Canal)
Friends of the Manayunk Canal
Philadelphia Cares Day Clean Up

Join Friends of the Manayunk Canal at Venice Island Rec. Center to participate in a City wide Fairmount Park clean up day! We will pick up trash as well as work on invasive species removal at our native tree planting site. Don't miss it!

Sunday, April 27th, 10:00am-12:00pm 
Historic & Environmental Walking Tour
Expert Guide: Sally Willig, Ph.D.
Meet at Bucks County Coffee
Friends of the Manayunk Canal

Historic & Environmental Walk

Join us for a walking tour of the Manayunk Canal Towpath with our expert guide, Sally Willig, Ph.D. Learn about how the natural environmental along the Manayunk Canal helped to shape the history of Manayunk as well as find out about current issues and initiatives impacting the future of the Canal, including recent development proposals, dredging plans and the proposed demolition of the Pump House. Meet at Bucks County for a free coffee and join us for a walk on the Manayunk Canal Towpath to the Flat Rock Dam.  Also, the exclusive new Schuylkill River t-shirts will be available for a donation of $24, so don't forget to pick yours up!


Saturday, April 12th, 2008  12:00 pm 
Second Saturday Spring Fling Children's Scavenger Hunt 
Friends of the Manayunk Canal
(Meet at Canal View Park for start of Scavenger Hunt)

Join Friends of the Manayunk Canal on Main Street at Canal View Park for a fun spring inspired children's scavenger hunt along the Towpath!  Additionally, don't miss forget to stop by and visit our tent to learn more about the other great events Friends of the Manayunk Canal has coming up!  Can't make it to the scavenger hunt?  No big deal.  As the featured charity, you'll be supported a great cause by just coming down to Main Street and enjoy the music, shopping and food!

Wednesday, April 16th, 6:30pm-8:00 pm
Rain Barrel Workshop at Glenside Weldon Elementary School
(423 N. Easton Rd., Glenside, PA)
Rainbarrel photoPhiladelphia Water Department and Tookany, Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership

Saturday, April 5th, 2008  9:00 am 
Philly Spring Clean Up
Friends of the Manayunk Canal & The Schuylkill Project
(Meet at Canal View Park)
Join Friends of the Manayunk Canal on Main Street at Canal View Park to participate in a City wide clean up day! The citywide clean up is a kick off to Mayor Nutter’s commitment to vibrant and livable neighborhoods. Don't miss it!

Saturday, March 1st, with field trips to be held Sunday, March 2nd, 2008
Schuylkill Watershed Congress at Montgomery County Community College- West Campus, Pottstown
Delaware River Keeper and sponsored by Friends of the Manayunk Canal

Delaware Riverkeeper logo

The Schuylkill Watershed Congress is a gathering of watershed citizens interested in understanding, protecting and restoring their local streams. The event features a diverse program with concurrent and poster sessions covering a broad range of watershed topics.

For 2008, the Keynote Speaker will be John K. Jackson, Senior Research Scientist, at the Stroud Water Research Center. His presentation is titled, "Is a Cold Water Fishery by any other name still as clean a stream? A look at Pennsylvania's complex system for labeling streams and what these labels mean for a stream's biodiversity, management, and protection."

For more information about the Schuylkill Watershed Congress, contact chari@delawareriverkeeper.org


Thursday, January 31st, 6:00pm-8:00 pm
Imagine Philadelphia Planning Meeting
(Roxborough Memorial Hospital, Wolcoff Auditorium, 5800 Ridge Avenue)
Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Join the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and share your vision for Philadelphia, as they begin to prepare the City's first Comprehensive Plan in over 40 years. 

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008 6:00pm-7:30 pm
Hands-On Energy Saving Workshop at Venice Island Recreation Center
(Cotton Street and the Manayunk Canal)
Friends of the Manayunk Canal & Energy Coordinating Agency 

Energy Coordinating Agency logo

Join Friends of the Manayunk Canal and a special guest expert from the Energy Coordinating Agency on Wednesday, Jan. 9th at 6:00pm at the Venice Island Recreation Center (which is on Cotton Street and the Manayunk Canal) for an upcoming hands-on energy workshop!  This FREE hands-on energy saving workshop is open to all local residents interested in learning how to make their homes warmer, more comfortable, more efficient and save money at the same time. 

The workshops are “hands-on” and focus on how save energy by:
· Caulking air leakage sites
· Using expanding foam insulation
· Installing rope caulk, plastic storm windows, weather-stripping, V-seal and other basic weatherization materials
· Switching to compact fluorescent lamps (cfls)