‘Housesitters’ wanted for May 19th QV house tour

From the neighborhood association, contact info below:

This is a call for volunteers to be ‘housesitters’ for the QVNA annual Open House Tour, on Saturday, May 19th, from Noon to 4 p.m.. As a housesitter, you are assigned a two-hour shift with other volunteers at one of the houses on the tour. During the other two hours, you get to take the tour for free.

It’s fun and it’s a great way to meet other Queen Village residents and of course, see some fanastic homes. Sign up with a friend and we’ll assign you to the same house and the same time slot.

Email Carla Puppin at info@qvna.org or call 215 339-0975 to volunteer.

speaking of bikes and art … free public art bike tours coming up

Gotta help the Bike Coalition promote their awesome upcoming ride:

Looking for an excuse for a nice Fairmount Park bike ride with your family? Take a guided tour of the park’s public art!

We are teaming up with the Fairmount Park Art Association to host two days of guided Public Art Bike Tours in Fairmount Park.

Originally posted on their blog. There are two dates, April 14th and April 29th. So make one of them!

4 mile registration
10 mile registration 

blighted bikes and creative solutions

Around Queen Village, there’re quite a few ‘dead’ bikes taking up good parking space. I’ll have to look up the protocol for getting them removed … I doubt this red one with a flat is seeing much action.

While I’d obviously like to see them removed, I have to love this yarn bombing from South Street:

Dine My Darling [Vegan] Catering Coming to Philly

I had the opportunity to try some of Diana Harman’s wares (from her new catering business, Dine My Darling) — and I’ll say I was impressed. In a city already falling in love with Miss Rachel’s Pantry (who has been seen teaching a sellout class at COOK), I think it’s wonderful to see another vegan catering business spring up.

The pictures don’t do it nearly enough justice, but imagine a light, spring salad featuring coconut ‘bacon’ with lemon dressing, and a curried tempeh wrap (my tastings of choice). Wonderful.

Menu for the samples available:

Meet Diana on Facebook, Twitter, or look out for her website (coming soon)!

Dig Yoga, coming to Queen Village, among those distancing from Anusara Yoga

Dig Yoga, coming to Queen Village at 412 Monroe St, is listed among a number of teachers and studios distancing themselves from Anusara, Inc. amidst a scandal and shakeup in that branch of the yoga world.

Yoga … scandal?

Some weeks ago, John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga, was outed for sexual misconduct, financial irresponsibility, drug use, and sexual misuse of power. Read a timeline of the scandal or check out the article on HuffPo.

Dig Yoga

Up until this scandal, Dig Yoga has been associated with the Anusara brand, and even still has mentions of Anusara affiliations in all of their teacher bios. However, Dig Yoga has joined the Yoga Coalition (mentioning the to-open Philadelphia location), described as “… a group of yoga teachers who have recently distanced themselves from John Friend and Anusara, Inc.”

One wonders how the flux of the Anusara community will impact the way the upcoming location brands itself.