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tennis racket

By Avery Shackleford
Special to Philly Living

Has watching the Australian Open got you itching to pick up a tennis racket? In the midst of freezing February temperatures, heading outside to play a few sets is probably the last thing you want to do. But practicing your backhand doesn’t have to involve braving a blizzard -- Philadelphia has several fantastic indoor tennis facilities in neighborhoods throughout the city. Check out the facility in your Philly neighborhood and hit the courts this month.

Bala Cynwyd
The Aquatic and Fitness Center (Public)
601 Righters Ferry Road
(610) 664-3242 

AFC Fitness complex at Bala Cynwyd is home to the High Performance Tennis Academy, which boasts eight indoor courts available to the public. Schedule court

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Now Available:
Philly Living Quarterly Market Report for Q4 2014

A comprehensive guide to sales and statistics for the 4th quarter of 2014.

  • Average Home Sale Price
  • Highest Home Sale Price
  • Average Days on Market
  • Number of Homes Sold
  • Analysis of Year over Year Fluctuations
  • Market Forecast for Q1 2015

Use this comprehensive report to help decide whether to sell or reinvest in your home or investment property.

Areas covered in this report:

  • Center City
  • Rittenhouse
  • Queen Village/Bella Vista
  • Grad Hospital/Fitler Square
  • Northern Liberties/Fishtown
  • Art Museum/Fairmount
  • University City
  • Manayunk/Roxborough/East Falls
  • Chestnut Hill/Mt. Airy

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Former Ironworkers Union boss Joseph Dougherty goes to court today on racketeering charges after an investigation triggered by vandalism on a Chestnut Hill Quaker meetinghouse construction project; The hotel that's set to replace it is in a state of suspended animation, but fans are already hanging the black crepe around Little Pete's while continuing to hold out hope it might survive in some form; while it will not be as a casino, it appears the shuttered Atlantic Club may be poised for a rebirth now that a buyer has been found for it; and since the Philly Living team sold it (congratulations to all involved in closing this deal), we couldn't let this sale notice go unremarked:

Feds: Ironworkers boss turned union into '700-man army to do his bidding'

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Another big-league developer runs into complaints that his proposed game-changing project is too tall for its community; Can't find your way around Northwest Philly? Mt. Airy USA would like to fix that; there's lots of interest in developing Southport, but not as a freestanding marine terminal, at least not yet; and cities are discovering the power of crowdfunding as a way to raise public awareness of and support for parks and other neighborhood amenities:

Residents worry One Ardmore Place's 8 stories are out of character with surrounding buildings (Main Line Times)
$1.1 million state grant aims to better connect Northwest Philly (Plan Philly)
16 companies vie for vacant Navy Yard site (The Philadelphia Inquirer|Philly.com)
Crowdfunded Parks Are Coming

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Wizards and muggles of all ages can learn how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts in workshops held as part of Chestnut Hill's annual Harry Potter Weekend.

For two magical days - Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18 - Chestnut Hill College will be transformed into Hogwarts and Germantown Avenue becomes Diagon Alley, the hub of the magical world of J.K. Rowling's boy wizard, Harry Potter.

That's because this weekend is the annual Harry Potter Festival Weekend in Chestnut Hill. The two-day festival features serious fun for young and old as well as a serious academic conference on Potter.

The conference, at Chestnut Hill College on Friday, is the warmup act for the weekend's events. The free Harry Potter Conference from 3 to 5 p.m. features

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Midtown, Germantown, all over town, outdoor celebrations of fall fill this weekend. The Midtown Village Fall Festival packs 'em in, but the Revolutionary Germantown Festival packs a real historical punch.

You know it's fall when pumpkin starts turning up in everything from donuts to coffee to beer - and when outdoor festivals sprout like weeds. We depart from our usual one-event-a-day format this week to highlight this weekend's best fall festivals.

The Big One: The biggest of this weekend's bashes is the ninth annual Midtown Village Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 4. This event, originally launched to showcase the distinctive shops and restaurants in Midtown Village's heart - the 100 block of South 13th Street - gets bigger each year as more

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Pat Croce, disappointed with the lack of takers to date, opts to dispose of his Villanova estate the fast way; The bad news: Dwindling sales lead the owner of a main-street mainstay in Chestnut Hill to pull the plug. The good news: As a licensed real estate broker, he's optimistic he can fill the space and others like it along Germantown Avenue with restaurants and boutiques; David Lynch, in town to promote his retrospective at PAFA, says he is meeting with the person who coined the term "Eraserhood" to describe the Callowhill Loft District. Sure about that, David?; and a pioneering Philly street photographer takes us back to the days when "University City" wasn't even part of the planners' lexicon yet:

Pat Croce's Villanova Estate to Go to Auction

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Weekend Winners, Memorial Day Edition: May 23-26

Garden Railway photo b y Judy Miller/a This summer, animals and plants share center stage at the Morris Arboretum's Garden Railway. See if you can guess which animals live in which houses at Saturday's grand opening.[/caption] Friday, May 23 A magical evening of music and art: Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, artist Isaiah Zagar's found-objects masterwork, is fascinating any time of day, but at twilight, it takes on an even more mystical hue. It's also the setting for the monthly "Twilight in the Gardens" party, an entertaining and educational experience that combines music and art. This month, BYOBB (bring your own booze and blanket; wine will be available for purchase if you forget), hear The Late Ancients perform a blend of traditional…
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Lunchtime Quick Hits

Frank Gehry's design for the expanded Philadelphia Museum of Art makes it bigger only on the inside - with a few notable exceptions, including carving a hole in the "Rocky steps"; PhillyDeals takes a look at the Philly money man who's helping Golden Gate Capital take the floundering Red Lobster restaurant chain off Darden's hands; A Pennsporter remixes Moyamensing Avenue, turning it from a parking lot to a boulevard; and Chestnut Hill residents say they won't allow ads on city buildings in their neighborhood without a fight: Changing Skyline: Gehry's master plan for the Art Museum emerges (The Philadelphia Inquirer|Philly.com) PhillyDeals: Schorsch is key player in Red Lobster deal (The Philadelphia Inquirer|Philly.com) Moyamensing…
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Lunchtime Quick Hits

One of Philly's 10 FastFWD companies wants to turn vacant land into instant community assets by thinking inside the box; A plan to turn Fishtown's Penn Treaty Park into a Delaware riverfront destination run into a buzzsaw of opposition from residents worried about the removal of six old growth sycamores planted at the park's birth in 1893; Another New Yorker falls in love with Philly, and shows it by buying up its neighborhood shopping centers; and Mental Floss' tour of city neighborhoods stops in Philly to explain how a bunch of those 'hoods got their names. See you at "the place where we go to drink"? SHIFT_DESIGN: FastFWD company makes pop-up buildings for vacant lots (Technical.ly|Philly) A Matter of Modern Recreation vs.…
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