33 posts categorized "Weekends"


The Ultimate Guide to Summer in Philadelphia

So, as you can probably tell by now, I have a niche for finding out the ins and outs of what's going on in the City of Brotherly Love. You'd be surprised, just like myself, on how much is always going on. Whether it's summer or winter, you can always expect some sort of festival, farmer's market, or celebration going on. So, why not experience what this great city has to offer? We're at an age where we're finally gaining our independence, making new friends, and learning to navigate our way through the city without having to ask anyone. We're also at a school where we might not have all the free time to check out the sights and happenings going on, all the time. But luckily, the majority of you will be coming here for 5 to 6 years, so you can spread it all out! 

So, here I am, presenting you with The Ultimate Guide to Summer In Philadelphia by Uwishunu. "Uwishunu is the official tourism blog of Philadelphia, but it definitely is not just for visitors. It’s for Philadelphians who want to know more about everything new and exciting happening in the city and the surrounding region (so you can say that I pay this site a visit every now and then). There’s something for everyone, no matter who you are or where you live. From South Philly and Center City to West Philly and Northern Liberties, if it’s happening in Philadelphia (or the Countryside) and it’s fun, we’re going to be telling you about it here." 

Check out the link that I posted to find out daily updates on what Philadelphia in the summer has to offer! I would say it only takes 5 minutes of your time, but you might start marking your calendar down for a few must-sees this summer! Enjoy!


Wawa Welcome America

If you happen to be a new student visiting during orientation or you're finishing up the first session of summer classes, don't rush home! Independence day is right around the corner, and why not celebrate it in the city where our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence? And I'm not talking just some fireworks being set off on the 4th of July, but if fireworks is your thing, Yahoo rated Philadelphia as one to the top 10 best places to view fireworks on the 4th of July (Best July Fourth Fireworks). 

I'm talking about a week long celebration that Wawa sponsers! From June 25th to July 4th, Wawa Welcome America consists of a ton of events. First, being a week long outdoor movie marathon. Each day of the week includes a different movie, all the way from Ferris Bueller's Day Off to the classic Rocky. Second, we can't forget the Taste of Philadelphia where top restaurants and famous food trucks come on by and give you a taste of what Philadelphia has to offer. For those of your with a sweet tooth, there is Super Scooper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Ceram Festival! And last but not least, spectacular fireworks and a live performance from The Roots. So, why not take advantage of the city that you're going to school in, because this is just a little piece of what it has to offer! 

For more information: Wawa Welcome America


Jump Right Into Something New!

And when I mean jump into something new, I literally mean it! This summer is my last summer until it will be full of classes, rotations, and then eventually...the real world. So, I'm going to steal Nike's slogan for this blog, and say "Just do it!" 

I'll give an example. I returned back to campus to tie a flew loose ends in the semester, and stopped by the ARC just before I head home. I'm pretty friendly with one of the supervisors at the ARC, and we always chat before or after my workout. I happened to spot a mudrun pamphlet on the desk and ask her about it. I always wanted to do one, but never thought that I could actually complete it or couldn't find anyone who would be willing to do one with me. But, it just so happened that she had a team set up and they are always looking for more people. So, at the spur of the moment, I figured, why not? With people I knew, with a few weeks to train, and for a good cause, I thought this was the perfect opportunity! So, I signed up then and there.

The run is called MuckRuckus MS Philly and it's a 5 mile mudrun benefiting the National MS Society. In order to participate, each individual must raise $100 dollars for the foundation. With a few more dollars to go, and the event rapidly approaching, the more excited I am to write this down in my book as a very big accomplishment. A few of my coworkers and friends have their doubts, but I'm here to prove to myself and them that I can do it...which includes running in a 5 mile course in the mud with obstacles in between. The more I think about it, I have to admit, the more thoughts of bugs, injuries, and tons of mud weighing me down, but I try to tell myself not to think like that. So, my recommendation is to just do something that you couldn't imagine yourself doing! Why not now? It may not be your last summer, but maybe you should pretend it is and see what you get yourself into!

p.s. If you have the time, take a few minutes and check out my page!

Annette's 1st MuckRuckus


Ongoings at USciences

Lately, there have been so many events and activities going on that I’ve been losing track!  Just this past Thursday was the official revealing and induction of our new president, Dr. Helen Giles-Gee.  There was a huge ceremony held in the STC described as “standing room only!”  Here, you will find the whole story, complete with photos and video.  This was pretty much a one-of-a-kind event—even Mayor Michael Nutter had a few words to share.  Check it out!

That night, there was a free concert!  Yes, free!  Who knew they could transform the Bobby Morgan Arena into a concert-worthy space?  The set-up was amazing!  Photo-0273Thanks to our Student Government, any USciences student could attend this concert.  The group featured was Timeflies, a unique hip-hop/pop duo.  It was pretty cool!  We’re hoping they’ll come back again for Student Appreciation Day.

Yesterday, also in the STC, there was another Friends of USciences Spring Craft Show.  Being a jewerly-making fanatic, I had my eyes peeled for beads and other jewelry findings.  I found a couple of treasures, but besides jewelry, there was a variety of other items from skirts and scarves to food.  The Friends of USciences sell their wares in the winter as well.  It's a lot of fun to see what they have to offer.  I love supporting handmade.

Additionally, to start the past week off well, USciences hosted a trip to Longwood Gardens on Sunday.  It was such a beautiful day for viewing flowers and other greenery both indoors and out.  We even got to experience Longwood’s Orchid Extravaganza.  Inside of their Conservatory, there must have been tens of thousands of colorful flowers of all types.  There was even a judging contest for the best looking orchids.  Photo-0272Pictured is a flower that caught my eye; unfortunately I didn’t catch the name!  Longwood Gardens is beautiful year-round, but I recommend going in the early summer months, as that is usually when the fountain gardens are in working condition.  Tomorrow is the last day for the Orchid Extravaganza.

And how could I forget!  The International Society sponsored So You Think You Got Talent? on the 15th, a talent show showcasing the many talents of USciences students and organizations.  There was such a great turnout for the event.  International Society sold tickets throughout the week and put this money toward a donation to World Vision.  The competition got pretty fierce, but in the end the USciences dance group, Inertia, snagged a first prize of $200 to go toward their organization.

Finally, I've got to mention how beautiful the weather was on Friday.  What a great way to end the week.  There's nothing like sitting on a partly shaded bench in the Quad and looking up and all around to see blooming Cherry Blossom trees (not to mention being surrounded by bees and getting petals in my hair, but besides that…).  Well, I am officially in flip-flop mode and I’ve retired my boots for the season.  I hope the weather gets nice like that again soon.  Keep your eyes and ears open for some more fun events, especially those of the USciences Misher Festival.  Mark your calendars!



10 Weeks, 10 Miles, No Problem

It's another year, another semester, and another May is rapidly approaching. Every year, Blue Cross holds their annual 10-mile race, known as the Broad Street Run. It is the largest race of its length in America. The race is run the first Sunday of every May. It raises money for the American Cancer Society, so why not get fit and make a donation at the same time? This year, 30,000 spots were claimed in just 5 hours since registration opened! To give you something to compare this to, it took about 4 days for the race to reach this capacity last year. So, if you weren't the lucky few to snag a token spot this year, the organization is also holding a lottery for the lucky 2,500 runners to get a second chance to participating in the race. But for those of you that did, here is 10 week training regimen by Runners World to prep forthose 10 miles you'll kick butt in!

Here's a preview of what the first 3 weeks are like


Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 3 mi @ 70% MHR
Wednesday: Cross-train
Thursday: 4 mi w/ 2 mi @ LT pace
Friday: Cross-train
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 6 mi w/ 4 mi @ 60% MHR
Total: 13 mi

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 4 mi @ 70% MHR
Wednesday: Cross-train
Thursday: 5 mi w/ 3 mi @ LT pace
Friday: Cross-train
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 6 mi w/ 4 mi @ 60% MHR
Total: 15 mi

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 4 mi @ 70% MHR
Wednesday: Cross-train
Thursday: 5 mi w/ 3 mi @ LT pace
Friday: Cross-train
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: 8 mi w/ 6 mi @ 60% MHR
Total: 17 mi

So, stop sitting and start moving! 



The Upcoming Honors Colloquium

Having danced classical ballet for so many years of my life, it was hard to contain my excitement when I heard that Pennsylvania Ballet’s Riolama Lorenzo will be visiting USciences. What an opportunity for her and students both! Classical ballet has such a diverse perception in the public eye that there couldn’t be any better chance to let students in on such an unfamiliar world. And how do we let her into ours? Well, Riolama has walked in our shoes once before; she earned her degree in Health Science right here at USciences. Do you remember when you took General Chemistry, Intellectual Heritage, or even Sociology?  She does, too!  She will be featured at this year’s Honors Colloquium on April 5.  Come on out and explore ballet with Ms. Lorenzo as your guide.

Finally, speaking of Honors, if you are interested in becoming a member of the Honors Program, apply now. (According to the deadline there's only a few hours left to do so!) Click here to read all about the Honors Program and its benefits to you.

This weekend, the Pennsylvania Ballet is performing their final three showings of "Pushing Boundaries" for this season. I am just dying to see one of the performances!  You should try to go, too.  Click here for details!


Good Eats Around Philly

After going out for dinner with some friends to Sangkee Noodle House last semester, I have wanted to make it a priority to try out different and unique restaurants around the city.  Just last week, the group of us decided to take advantage of the much-anticipated Center City Restaurant Week.  We all agreed to test out The Melting Pot and see what all the hype was about.

Making a reservation, however, wasn’t easy!  Restaurant Week in Philadelphia is extremely popular.  You really can’t beat a three or four-course meal for just $35 per person.  Though the Restaurant Week lunch and dinner menus may be limited compared to the regular menus, dining out during this foodie event is such a deal that it shouldn’t be missed.

There are generally two ways to make a reservation:  Online (opentable.com) or by phone.  I was making a reservation for The Melting Pot just a day before we wished to dine there, and according to opentable.com, there were no tables available until the second week of February!  Upon calling the restaurant, though, there was fortunately an opening for the night we wanted.  The Melting Pot was very easy to get to; we just took the trolley right from campus to Center City (it stops at 13th and Market Streets) and the restaurant was just a block away.

Center City's Restaurant Week ran from January 22nd to the 27th but continues tomorrow (the 28th) until February 3rd.  Take this opportunity and experience it all, from the casual aura of Buddakan to the fine environment of The Prime Rib.  Go to opentable.com to see a full listing of participating restaurants.

The group of us might hit another restaurant, Guacamole Mex-Grill, next week.  I hear so much about this new place that I’ve been dying to try it…and it’s not far from campus at all!  Just a block or so from the heart of campus sits a seemingly hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant.  I can’t wait to try it out.  Read an awesome review of Guacamole here.


Student Savings

Each week, I receive an email from Philly Fun Guide with a list of special events in Philadelphia that are at reduced prices.  On their website, you can easily sign up for these great offers, called "Funsavers."  See a play, go on a tour, attend a concert, and even visit Eastern State Penitentiary at ridiculously low costs.

There is also another email offerend by Philly Fun Guide, which is exactly the same as Funsavers but also includes coupons for additional events in the Penn community.  If you click here, you can sign up for the appropriately-named "Pennsavers" email.  Both Funsavers and Pennsavers are completely free and are available to anyone.

Wait, there's more!  Campusphilly.org also contains a listing of discounts for students in Philadelphia.  Try out a new restaurant, get your nails done, or stop in a few local boutique shops.  It seems like most of these promos never end...literally!  Take a look for yourself.


Take A 26.2 Mile Tour of Philadelphia

Philadelphia could not have picked another perfect weekend to hold the 2011 Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend. With a weekend full of families, friends, and some of the warmest fall weather we've had thus far, there was no excuse to keep you inside. The Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend not only offers you the chance to run in the marathon (if that's your thing), but also to check out what it have to offer (if you're the sit back and relax type of person).

For the 4th year in a row, Philadelphia Marathon's Health + Fitness Expo was held right in the heart of downtown Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Expo featured more than 80 vendors showcasing the latest in running apparel, shoes and accessories, distributing product samples, and offering tips on health and fitness. The Expo, which is free and open to the public, is THE place to see the latest innovations in running, fitness and nutrition, attend informative seminars, and get your last-minute questions answered about the course and race-day activities!

If you'd rather just hang back and spend the day outside, you could stop by the many designated cheering sections throughout the 26.2 miles of the race, and watch thousands of runners triumph those torturous miles. You could even check out what kind of music they use to help them persevere the distance by going on the Philadelphia Marathon's website and look under Run To It Playlists. With a ton of activities that the Philadelphia Marathon offers, and a chance to see what the other runners are listening to, maybe you'll muster up the courage to run in one yourself! 



What I do to de-stress.

De-stressing.  It's something all USciences students need to do at some point.  Sometimes there's just way too much work and all you need is just an hour or so to get away and refresh.  How do you de-stress?  Do you talk to your friends?  Maybe you listen to music, or maybe you do absolutely nothing!  No matter how you relax, it is beneficial to occasionally spend some time away from school-related things.  As for myself, I have a few non-traditional ways to chill out:

I bead jewelry.  Yep, when I've had it up-to-here with a IMG_4655malfunctioning printer or just spent three grueling hours on my seminar presentation, I bead.  It is a very relaxing pasttime where there is no rush and where there are no rules.  I usually keep a compartment-box with all the supplies I need in one of my desk drawers at school.  I'm always working on something new.  Pictured is a close-up of a bracelet I made a few years ago. 

I go for a bike ride.  In contrast to most of my friends, I get the most school work done at home.  I go home on weekends and usually go for a bike ride in the evenings.  I like seeing all the animals come out and enjoy watching the sunlight flow through the trees as it sets.  It's very relaxing.

I look for the cupcake truck.  Have you ever seen it?  On campus, you may have seen a white truck with rainbow sprinkles driving up and down Woodland Ave.  If we're lucky, it parks!  I've gotten a few cupcakes from the cupcake truck (it's actually callled Buttercream) and they are delicious.  Keep your eyes peeled.

I shop at Urban Outfitters.  My roommate and I make it a tradition to get to Urban Outfitters on Penn's campus at the turn of the season to check out all the new items.  It's a lot of fun to see their unique clothing, knick-knacks, and books.  Usually, just walking there is half the fun.  We were actually just there, and I ended up buying one of these cute keychains to add to my collection.

I dance.  I truly haven't danced "for real" since high school.  However, if you look closely, you'll find that USciences has a few opportunities to get back in the groove.  On Tuesdays at 8pm, Paolo teaches an awesome hip-hop class at the ARC.  On Thursdays at 8pm, Natalie teaches a great modern technique class also at the ARC.  In addition, USciences has an exchange program with UArts, where students can earn credits for taking courses in music and dance (or anything else).  Desperately need Humanities credits?  Take a class at UArts...and de-stress at the same time!

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