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New Leaf Club to Open Next Week

Two musical performances are scheduled next week.

The is set to celebrate its opening July 12 with a show from the band Runaway Youth. 

“Everybody is so excited,” said Rosemont resident Mary Nixon Hiltbrand, who co-founded the club at 1225 Montrose Avenue. “We’ve seen such enthusiasm from young people. They’ve said there’s such a need for a community center for them.”

The café is scheduled to open July 9, and the Le Bus samples have been delicious, Hiltbrand said.

Runaway Youth, a folk rock alternative band, will play a show on Thursday, July 12. The band consists of members Ned Dana, Alan Burgmayer, Kyle Henson and Chris Paterno, and debuted a 14-track self-entitled album in 2011.

Ellie Perez, a Radnor High School graduate, will be playing a show that Saturday, July 14, along with other musicians.

On July 22, young musicians will teach Goddard School students to play classical music, with proceeds benefiting Maestro The Lion.

Yoga and meditation classes will begin at the end of July, Nixon said. 

An outside mural graces the side of the building, which used to house a Smith & Hawken store that closed in 2009. The mural depicts kids coming out of a desert into an oasis, and is intended to be symbolic of the club’s mission. Peter Smith, who also painted Medley Music and , is completing the work, Hiltbrand said.

Currently, Smith’s and Hiltbrand’s artwork is displayed in the larger room in the club, which Nixon expects will soon be replaced by student artwork.

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