3/14/2013 11:06 A.M. ET
Phillies Paint the Town Red Week returns with lots of fan events!
Red Phanatic leads the Phillies fun, March 23-30, to celebrate the start of the season
By / MLB.com
With Opening Week just around the corner, the Phillies are getting ready to Paint the Town Red! From March 23 - March 30, the Red Phanatic will once again appear at daily events filled with lots of Phillies fun to celebrate the upcoming baseball season.
Fans on Twitter are encouraged to report their Red Phanatic sightings by following @phillies and using the hashtag #RedPhanatic.
Full event details are available at www.phillies.com/paintthetownred.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23
Phillies Charities 5K, 9:00 a.m., starts/ends on Phillies Drive, Citizens Bank Park
Cheer on 5,000+ runners taking part in the third annual sold-out Phillies Charities 5K!
- Be on the lookout for the Red Phanatic, who will lead off the race and be chased by 5,000 runners. Plus, lots of fun surprises to keep runners motivated along the way!
- Special guests include Phillies Alumnus Tommy Greene, Phillies Ballgirls, Phoebe Phanatic, and broadcaster Jim Jackson, who will emcee the event. Comcast SportsNet will also be onsite distributing Phillies beads and cheercards (while supplies last).
- Following the race, head over to McFadden's Ballpark for the Official Post-Race Party and celebrate with great food and drink specials, live music and more!
- For a course map and other details, please visit www.phillies.com/5k.
SUNDAY, MARCH 24
Phillies "Pup Rally", 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Schuylkill River Park, Taney & Pine Streets, just west of 26th Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
It's Fido's turn to show his Phillies spirit at this family-friendly event held in partnership with the Pennsylvania SPCA and Friends of Schuylkill River Park!
- Fans are asked to dress their dogs in their Phillies finest with the best-dressed dogs being awarded special prizes following a pup parade.
- Cats and dogs will be available to adopt on site.
- Blankets, toys and monetary donations to the Pennsylvania SPCA will also be accepted on site.
- Event hosted in conjunction with Comcast SportsNet, who will be distributing Phillies beads and cheercards (while supplies last), and 98.1 WOGL. WOGL's Valerie Knight and Comcast SportsNet's Amy Fadool will also be taking part in the festivities.
- Special appearances by the Red Phanatic and Phillies Ballgirls. Free Phillies Modell's Sporting Goods Opening Day Rally Towels will also be distributed (while supplies last).
MONDAY, MARCH 25
Phillies College Trolley Tour, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- Local colleges should be on the lookout for the Phillies College Trolley Tour, which will be making its way across campuses to help spread the excitement about the upcoming Phillies season! Follow @phillies to learn where and when the trolley will stop!
- Along the way there will be Red Phanatic sightings, Phillies Ballgirls, and lots of free fun on board - thanks to Comcast SportsNet and other special guests.
TUESDAY, MARCH 26
Phanatic Dance Party, 11:00 a.m. - noon, Please Touch Museum
Think you have what it takes to dance with the Red Phanatic? Here's your chance to find out - as fans are invited to wear their Phillies red and get into the groove for the upcoming season.
- This unique dance party - that only the Phanatic could host - features lots of special guests, including the Phillies Ballgirls, broadcasters Larry Andersen and Scott Franzke, and 98.1 WOGL.
- Kids who are participating in the Phanatic Dance Party and wear Phillies gear to the museum that day will receive free admission to the museum up until noon. Must mention the Phanatic Dance Party to receive free admission. (Adults are $16 per person).
- Fans in attendance will also receive Phillies Modell's Sporting Goods Opening Day rally towels and Comcast SportsNet Phillies cheercards (while supplies last).
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27
Phillies to Join The Trust for Public Land Community Celebration, Noon - 12:30 p.m., Conestoga Recreation Center at 53rd & Media Streets, West Philadelphia
Join the Phillies at Conestoga Playground as they celebrate The Trust for Public Land's initiative to create green schoolyards and recreation centers in Philadelphia.
- A ceremonial "first pitch" will take place at Conestoga's baseball field, where fans are invited to hear about plans to renovate the site into a state-of-the-art green play space.
- Following the announcement, kids will be invited to take part in phun activities with the Red Phanatic, Phillies Ballgirls and broadcasters Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen.
- Special guests include Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation; Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President, The Trust for Public Land; and Michael Stiles, Senior Vice President, Administration and Operations, Philadelphia Phillies.
THURSDAY, MARCH 28
Phillies Lunch Break, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Comcast Center and The Markets & Shops at Comcast Center
- Take a much-needed lunch break and head over to Comcast Center and The Markets & Shops at Comcast Center, where the Phillies-Blue Jays game will be live on the big screen starting at 1:00 p.m.
- Special guests include the Red Phanatic, Phillies broadcasters Larry Andersen and Scott Franzke, and Phillies Ballgirls.
- Fans in attendance will also receive Phillies Modell's Sporting Goods Opening Day rally towels and Comcast SportsNet Phillies beads and cheercards (while supplies last).
Center City to Represent the "P"!
- Center City is turning red in honor of the Phillies return to Philadelphia that evening! Be on the lookout for a red Boathouse Row, as well as a giant Phillies "P" on the 29-story Cira Centre Building (2929 Arch Street), courtesy of Brandywine Realty Trust.
- Also, the PECO building (2301 Market Street) will have a unique "Welcome Home Phillies" message displayed for all to see.
ON-DECK WITH THE PHILLIES, FRIDAY, MARCH 29 & SATURDAY, MARCH 30
Plenty of Surprises and Prizes at On-Deck Series, Citizens Bank Park
The Phillies On-Deck Series features a spring training-like atmosphere filled with plenty of prizes and surprises! Both games against the Toronto Blue Jays include unique player and alumni interactions with fans, merchandise specials, entertainment, and more! Tickets are still available at www.phillies.com or by calling 215-463-1000. Game times are:
- Friday, March 29, 7:05 p.m.
On Deck with the Phillies Reception, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Citizens Bank Park
Hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, this afternoon reception features the entire Phillies ball club, great food and drink, and insight into the 2013 baseball season from Phillies executives. The event also includes a question-and-answer session with various Phillies players, autograph stations and a complimentary ticket for that evening's exhibition game. For tickets or more information, visit phillies.com.
- Saturday, March 30, 1:05 p.m., xpedx 2013 Schedule Magnet for all fans
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