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 stay engaged in our handy Do Something guide.
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As part of the 10-day Philly Loves Bowie Week, on what would have been David Bowie’s 71st birthday, Federal Donuts is offering a glitter-specked, dark-chocolate glazed “Stardust” doughnut available at all four of their locations. Each one is $2.75, with proceeds going to the Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. If you want to pay more homage to the iconic, gender-bending “Space Oddity” singer, hit up the Trocadero for a $3 screening of Labyrinth at 8 pm. Ground control to Major Yum! Monday, January 8, 7 am – 3 pm, $2.75 per donut, Federal Donut locations.
Last November, Philly’s political leaders and members of the School Reform Commission voted to end the SRC amid demands from activists and education advocates across the city. After the vote was taken, those in the room cheered and chanted, “The people, united, will never be defeated,” and celebrated the vote to put the power back in a local Board of Education after almost 20 years. But now, the conversation is shifting to “What’s next” for Philly schools? The Philadelphia Home and School Council is ready to come up with some answers. Join them for a panel discussion titled, “Where do we go from here and how do we grow after the disbandment of the SRC?” Tuesday, January 9, 10 am-11:30 pm, Free, 440 N Broad St.
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Legacy of Hope, a nonprofit with a mission to support cancer research and ensure that any family fighting the disease doesn’t lose their home or go hungry, is raising funds to turn the heat and hot water back on for a Philadelphia family whose mother just passed away after battling cancer since 2011. Legacy of Hope will need to raise $3,000 to pay the Philadelphia Gas Works bill. Come to Urban Saloon on Wednesday for a fundraiser that will donate all proceeds to the family in need. You’ll be joined by supporters running from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to the event in order to raise awareness of care disparities among cancer patients in Philadelphia. Come support this worthy cause, enjoy drinks, food and a chance in a raffle for two autographed Flyers jerseys. You can also donate online, here. Wednesday, January 10, 6:30 pm, Free, Urban Saloon, 2120 Fairmount Ave.
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Attention South Philly! This is your chance to see who’s running to representative your neighborhood in 2018’s state house race: Former WHYY reporter Elizabeth Fiedler, attorney and former City Council candidate Tom Wyatt, criminal defense attorney Billy Ciancaglini and retired police detective Nick DiDonato. Meet the candidates, and grab some Southwestern grub at this informal gathering at Adobe Cafe. Bring questions, support for these hopeful leaders and your will to challenge the political status quo. Thursday, January 11, 7 pm-9 pm, Free, Adobe Cafe, 1919 E Passyunk Ave.
And, don’t forget to make sure you’re registered to vote.
Philly’s MLK Day of Service is the largest day of national service in the country. Each year, people from all over join together for a weekend of remembrance and civic engagement as they honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join Repair The World: Philadelphia, a group of change makers based around the nation working to spark action through volunteering, as they celebrate the weekend by hosting a variety of opportunities to get involved in your community. Friday, join Act Now for Racial Justice for an MLK Shabbat dinner and discussion on the enduring racism in America—and what we can do to fight it. Friday, January 12, 7 pm – 9 pm, suggested $5 donation, Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street.
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According to the United Nations Human Rights Council, a free and open internet is a human right. But with the repeal of Net Neutrality, Internet Service Providers (think AT&T, Comcast, Verizon) may now be able to slow down or block content based on profit, political opinion or other impulses. Think Americans should retain easy access to the web? Then let your voice be heard at the weekend’s March for Net Neutrality. Saturday, January 13, 1 pm – 4 pm, Free, starts at Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 JFK Blvd.
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Do you know a child who got something this Christmas they don’t need? Give them something really special: teach them how to give. Ahimsa House will be hosting a free Children’s Warm Clothing & Goods Extravaganza. To donate gently used items—such as warm clothes and baby items—contact Heather Renee at 215-605-8956 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you know a child in need, drop by and fill a bag with some warm clothing. Sunday, January 14, 12:30 pm – 5 pm, Free, 5007 Cedar Ave.