Brace yourself for major winds today. Winds will be 20 to 30mph, with gusts up to 50 mph. The suburbs have already experienced some related power outages, so keep an eye on SEPTA alerts for weather delays. The high today will be around 41 and there's no rain in sight this week. Temps will even crack 60 on Sunday, when there are at least three protests happening.
Here's something that gets lost in the will-they-or-won't-they conversation Philadelphia is perpetually having about young parents and public school: There's not always a spot for the ones who choose to stay. Meredith Elementary is one of the city's best public schools. But instead of forming an overnight line at Fifth and Fitzwater this year, as Philly.com reports, wannabe kindergarten parents will be at the mercy of a lottery. It's a sensitive subject that's creating trickle-down conversations about gentrification, school choice and even building expansions.
Homegirls Potato Chips are back in Philly. The Philadelphia-distributed snacks were first introduced in the ‘90s as the female counterpart to Chumpies “Homeboys” chips. Homegirls chips had a BBQ tang — hence their nickname, “Sweeties.” The brand fell out of favor, though, and for the past decade, while you could find Chumpies in the odd grocery if you looked hard enough, Homegirls chips had been MIA. Until now.
Young Advocates of Philly is hosting a happy hour party for "Galentine's Day." Even if you think that portmanteau has no place on this planet, know that $1 from all drinks will be donated to Planned Parenthood and there will be discussion of how to support the women's health org in the future. (Act fast, a concurrent event at Strangelove's has already sold out.)
Where: Smokin' Betty's at 116 S. 11th St. 19107
When: February 13, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: $5
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At cask strength, pulled from one of dozens upon dozens of charred oak barrels, Dad’s Hat Rye is around 120 proof, aka 50 percent stronger than your standard bottled liquor. Even when it’s made from grain pulled from the same 2,000-lb. bag of Pennsylvania rye, blended in an 80/20 ratio with the same batch of malt, fermented in the same 2,000-gallon tank and distilled through the column still on the exact same run, once it’s had 8½ months of aging in wood, booze from each barrel tastes surprisingly distinct. We helped Dad's Hat make a new, super strong blend. Check out what went into creating the rye you'll soon be able to buy in stores.
Billy Penn is 2 years old (2-and-a-half, actually)! We have lots to celebrate. Like our growing Philly team, expansion to Pittsburgh and a new office. More importantly, the 350-plus people we've now honored on our monthly Who's Next lists. So come meet some of those wonderful, young Philly leaders, bowl your heart out, and fill up on beer, wine and food. The Billy Penn Bash is April 26 and you're invited.