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Join the fight against hunger this Tuesday by sorting and packing donated food items at Philabundance’s Hunger Relief Center. Hosted with the Philadelphia Shambhala Center, this is an opportunity for volunteers to spend an afternoon giving back to the community to make sure that anyone at risk of hunger or food insecurity can have access to emergency food and services. Plus, while you’re giving back, take the chance to meet like-minded individuals and become part of a community that looks out for its fellow citizens. Tuesday, August 15, 6 – 8:30 p.m., free, 3616 S Galloway Street.
Don’t let the momentum on climate change action die with marches and rallies. Continue the conversation on the scientific issues most important to Philly with a Community Think Tank hosted by the Philadelphia March for Science. The march that took place in May drew over 20,000 in support of facts and empirical evidence. Add your ideas, voice your concerns, and plan actionable steps at Tuesday’s Think Tank. Seats are limited, so be sure to register in advance. Tuesday, August 15, 6 – 8 p.m., free, Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Photo: PHS Pop Up Gardens
The Philadelphia Water Department and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) usually hold their water conservation workshops in libraries around town. This time, they’re doing it in the great (beer-filled) outdoors—at PHS’s uCity pop up garden. Learn how to use green tools like garden planters, rain barrels and permeable pavers to manage stormwater, and walk away with the ability to make your own outdoor space a little greener, and a little more beautiful. Cheers to that! Tuesday, August 15, 6 – 8 p.m., free, uCity Pop Up Garden, 36th and Filbert Streets.
Get in one final late summer stroll this Thursday at Stroll the Street’s Back to School Night in Manayunk. Walk Main Street to learn about local schools and after-school programs, and then take in a screening of summertime classic, The Sandlot. Plus, get other kids ready for the school year by bringing extra notebooks and pens for a school supply drive. With food trucks and $5 cocktails, there’s something for every age at this event. Thursday, August 17, 5 – 9 p.m., free, 4312 Main Street.
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Answer the call for social change this weekend at “Kinks, Locks & Twists”, a three-day conference for environmental and reproductive justice. Produced by New Voices for Reproductive Justice, “Kinks, Locks & Twists” aims to advance a social movement to inspire black women and women of color in nearly every aspect of life, with workshops, skill shares, plenaries, DIY activities, and health and wellness tutorials. The event kicks off with the Black Hair Institute, a celebration and discussion of the rich history of black hair—hence “kinks, locks & twists”. Plus, the Black Hair Institute is totally free. Conference speakers include Penn Law professor and author of Killing the Black Body, Dorothy Roberts, among many others. Check out the conference schedule for a programming guide and information on event times and locations. Over three days, there’s sure to be something here for you. Thursday, August 17 – Saturday, August 19, tickets for the three-day conference start at $40, Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street.
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Celebrate, learn and engage with Caribbean culture this Sunday at the Philadelphia Caribbean Festival. This annual event introduces the food, music, and history of various Caribbean islands to Penn’s Landing, and celebrates the contributions people of the Caribbean have made in Philadelphia, the United States, and the rest of the world. The festival is family-friendly, with Caribbean vendors, arts and crafts, music and maypole dancing. And, of course, a diverse array of Caribbean cuisine. All proceeds from the festival go towards charitable undertakings, such as awarding scholarships to Caribbean and Caribbean/American students, relief for hurricane victims, and bereavement support in the Caribbean/American community. Sunday, August 20, 12 – 8 p.m., free, Penn’s Landing.