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Do Something: Catch the Eclipse

View the solar eclipse and learn about astronomy in the process. Plus, talk homelessness, clean up the river, and more ways to be an awesome citizen this week.

Every Monday we round up a handful of fun ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email tips here. And find more evergreen ways to get engaged in our handy Do Something guides.

Catch the Eclipse

Take the afternoon off this Monday to celebrate the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 at The Franklin Institute. You don’t have to be in the part of the country stretching from Oregon to South Carolina that will experience a total solar eclipse —with a certified solar viewer, you can watch the eclipse reach up to 80 percent coverage right here in Philly at 2:44 p.m. Come to the Franklin Institute at noon for eclipse-related programming, including talks about astronomy and the opportunity to make your own safe solar viewer. You don’t want to be the only one in the office Tuesday who missed out on this remarkable event. Monday, August 21, 12 p.m., free, The Franklin Institute.

Talk Homelessness and Solutions

Have you ever passed a homeless person on the street and felt like there was nothing you could do or say to help? Come out for an open community dialogue about homelessness and panhandling Tuesday night, and talk about how we can change that. Hosted by the South Street Headhouse District, this conversation will be a chance to talk with city officials, police and community members about how to take care of our fellow Philadelphians. Tuesday, August 22, 6 – 8 p.m., free, Head House Square, 2nd St. and E. Pine St.

Kick Off the New School Year with PhilaSoup

Get a head start on the upcoming school year with PhilaSoup’s Annual Kick Off party this Thursday at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. PhilaSoup is a group that aims to bring together different members of the Philadelphia education community to plan and fund projects to benefit students. The organization hosts regular dinners where each participant brings $15, and educators bring their ideas for their projects. Participants then vote on the idea to win the money. Help PhilaSoup get off to a good start this year at their kick off fundraiser. With raffle prizes, an auction, and food and drinks, there’s no reason not to spend your Thursday night at the Magic Gardens. Thursday, August 24, 6 – 9 p.m., $15, Philadelphia Magic Gardens, 1020 South St.

Reach for the Sky

Help Philly kids reach for the sky this Saturday at A.T.T.R.A.C.T. Philly’s Annual Community Day. A.T.T.R.A.C.T. Philly is a non-profit organization aimed at providing the city’s youth with education resources as well as no-cost cultural, health and outreach activities. At this year’s community day, entitled “The Sky is the Limit”, help raise awareness of mental health issues, just by showing up. The event is free, and will offer food, raffles, entertainment, carnival games, and school supply giveaways. Saturday, August 26, 1 p.m., free, Penrose Recreation, 1101 W Susquehanna Ave.

Clean Up the River

Spend some time giving back to the environment this Saturday, and help clean up the Delaware River Basin. Join the River Ambassadors at Independence Seaport Museum for a day of service, helping to pick up debris to make the river a cleaner place for “fish, fowl and fun”. Trust us—there’s no better way to get your weekend started than taking an hour or two to help take care of your surroundings. Saturday, August 26, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., free, Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S Columbus Blvd.

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