Every Monday we round up a handful of ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better and have fun doing it. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email us tips! Then, discover more evergreen ways to get engaged in our handy Do Something guide.
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The Philadelphia Water Department’s “Green City, Clean Waters” initiative to reduce stormwater pollution is in full swing with a new project — a green space coming to the concrete heavy Guerin Recreation Center at 16th and Jackson St. According to the “Green City, Clean Waters” website, “any impermeable surface that’s currently funneling stormwater into our sewers and waterways is fair game for greening.” Specifically, they’re using specially designed “green” tools to filter and store water through natural processes, the PWD is working to promote cost effective solutions to both beautify the area and reduce pollution. Monday, October 30, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., Free, 2201 S. 16th Street.
What better way to spend Halloween than exploring The Franklin Institute during their haunting science after hours? Wear your costume and check out featured programming like “The Science of Seance” that will take visitors back in time to the Victorian era when scientific discoveries were happening every day, but it was otherworldly connections to spirits that really enticed dwellers of that period. But make sure to take heed of this note from the Franklin Institute: “No photographs please, the spirits prefer the dark.” Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., $20, The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street.
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On the first Wednesday of every month, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia holds a Supporter Socials event that highlights different initiatives and plans to enhance inclusive transportation across the city. This month, Jennifer Barr, SEPTA’s senior long range planner, will discuss the Cycle-Transit Plan that was released in April 2015. The plan was created to encourage a safer environment for Philadelphia’s rapidly growing bicycle culture. The blueprint focuses specifically on “bikes to transit, bikes at transit, and bikes on transit.” Join members of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia for snacks, beverages and conversation about a more bike friendly Philly. Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., Free, 1500 Walnut Street, Suite 1107.
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Celebrate life and honor the dead this year with Juntos, Fleisher Art Memorial, and the Calaca Flaca committee during this year’s Day of the Dead. The altar will be dedicated to family members who have passed and will honor those who have died in detention centers due to poor medical care. The event will have food, music, face painting and art workshops. Members of the organizations will share information about how Philadelphians can get involved in local community resistance. Thursday, November 2, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Free, 600 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor, Unit 18UA.
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Some 500 students, environmental activists and business leaders will join together for a weekend long conversation around sustainability and ways individuals can collaborate on campuses and beyond to achieve a more environmentally friendly space. To kick off Students For Zero Waste ‘17, Kate Bailey of Eco-Cycle will discuss zero waste solutions in local communities. The event is hosted by PLAN: The Post-Landfill Action Network, an organization that educates and inspires students to work toward a zero waste future. See the full schedule of events here. And get your tickets here. Friday & Saturday, November 3-4, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., $20 – $40, Temple University Performing Arts Center, 1837 North Broad Street
In cultures across the world, art is used as a way to connect with others, discuss historical events, and delve deeper into the topics and issues in today’s society. This Sunday, join collaborators from Philadelphia Assembled as they highlight works focusing on the fiber and textile medium. During an informal discussion, visitors and artists will join Betty Leacraft to talk about how artistic expression is used as a means to disseminate information. Sunday, November 5, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Free, Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue.