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This week, kick off Pride Month, use art to heal, check out VegFest, and more!

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.

Pop Up in a Pop Up Garden

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The weekend’s not over until the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society says it’s over. Join them tonight and all this week for Philly Loves Beer Week by finding a pop up garden near you. Every year PHS pulls together empty lots and abandoned land and recreates the space into lush environments perfect for socializing and digging into some happy hour deals. Check out the full list of pop up gardens to find one near you and see what upcoming events are happening here. Monday, June 4, 5 pm-10 pm, Free to Attend

Learn About the Intersection Between Art and Trauma

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Join Art-Reach, an art advocacy organization, as they partner with BuildABridge International for their Cultural Accessibility Forum & Exchange (CAFE) session. The event will introduce skills through music and art and help those affected by trauma develop resilience by learning the importance of self-care and other strategies. This event is open to everyone and attendees get to create a trauma informed art lesson plan. Registration is required. Tuesday, June 5, 10 am-12 pm, Free, Art-Reach, 1501 Cherry St.

Learn to Teach With SEL

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Calling all teachers, parents, and education enthusiasts. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum is a learning curriculum that helps build up different social skills in children and teenagers in schools. Mastery Charter Schools wants to teach you how to apply the curriculum to your classroom. Join them at this professional development training for the 2018-19 school year, where you’ll learn through a social justice perspective. Click here to register. Wednesday, June 6, 4:30 pm-6:30 pm, Free, Mastery Charter Schools, 5700 Wayne Ave.

Be Loud, Be Proud!

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It’s officially Pride month! To kick things off, the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs will host a city flag raising ceremony with Mayor Jim Kenney and the members of City Council, and a block party. You can enjoy food trucks, local Philly DJs, and live performances from Philadelphia poet laureate Raquel Salas Rivera, Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus and others. In addition, there will be HIV testing, voter registration, and legal expungement services. Click here to register and get more information. Thursday, June 7, 5 pm-8 pm, Free, Philadelphia City Hall, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd. 

Teach Kids to Read

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Are you over 50? Do you have a high school diploma or a GED? Join the AARP Foundation Experience Corps Philadelphia. This organization is part of the AARP Foundation and helps individuals over 50 find ways to volunteer in their communities by teaching young children how to read and mentor them from kindergarten through third grade. Attend the next information session to learn more about volunteering requirements and locations. Friday, June 8, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Free, AARP Experience Corps Philadelphia, 1709 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

Get Down With Your Veggies

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Load up that plate with leafy greens, pass the broccoli, and ask for seconds on vegan desserts during this year’s Philly VegFest, the return of the all day fair celebrating all that is veggie living. Join vegheads from across the city to indulge in vegan, plant based and whole food lifestyles; hear from medical experts and vegan aficionados; and shop from sustainable and plant-based vendors. Saturday, June 9, 11 am-4 pm, Free, Bainbridge Green, 300 Bainbridge St.

Celebrate Odunde

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Philly’s annual and largest street festival in the U.S. is back again, celebrating its 43rd year. The Odunde Festival, which originates from the Yoruba word “Odunde,” meaning “Happy New Year,” first took to the street in 1975. It was created by Lois Fernandez, who kicked off the first festival here in Philly after seeing similar ones happening all around Africa. This year, the festival will span 12 blocks in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood and be packed with live entertainment on two stages, an authentic African market, and food vendors ranging from African to Caribbean and all the soul food you could want in between. Sunday, June 10, 10 am-8 pm, Free, Graduate Hospital, 23rd and South St.

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