_ Say it fast three times: Center City Sips. Center City Sips. Center City Sips. Did you get it right? Reward yourself with a $4 cocktail, $2 beer or $3 glass of wine every Wednesday through Aug. 31 at participating bars and restaurants. Half-price appetizers, too, and some places offer a 15 percent dinner discount after 7 p.m. Find out more at www.centercityphila.org/life/Sips.phpa. Twitter follow @CCDSips.
_ Speaking of drinks, how about the Raise a Drink for Tomorrow fundraiser from 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center (640 Water Works Drive) for the clean-water charity A Drink for Tomorrow, which helps impoverished communities worldwide get safe water. Tix are $40. On tap will be local beers, mojito martinis and 24 WineMasters wines from around the world. www.adrinkfortomorrow.org.
_ Vendors, rev your street carts. Philadelphia's Vendy Awards debut from 3-7 p.m. July 9 at the Piazza at Schmidt's. The grill-to-grill cook-off is a New York tradition. Ours will benefit the Food Trust, a nonprofit that strives to make healthy food available to all. Nominations for vendors are being accepted and tickets ($45 early-bird) can be found at http://streetvendor.org/vendys/philly.
_ Capital Grille (1338 Chestnut St., 215-545-9588) was voted a "Best Power Lunch Spot" in Philadelphia by the Zagat Survey, which selected the best restaurants for power lunches in 19 major cities for USA Today. Atmosphere, cost and seamless, nondisruptive service were among the criteria. The restaurant serves lunch from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays and is open nightly for dinner.
_ LaRose Catering & Social Club (5531 Germantown Ave., 215-844-5818) has the Tony Williams Jazz Quartet on Mondays, line dancing on Wednesdays and a jazz jam with Rob Henderson on Sundays. Here's something else to put on the calendar: the new Friday Night Fish Fry. Just $10 - and it includes dessert.
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