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Do Something: Get Outside

The holidays are dwindling, the new year is on its way, so The Citizen is here to help get those New Year's resolutions started. This week, give blood, support suicide prevention, enjoy the winter wonderland, 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.

Give A Little Sweetness

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Over the past several years emergency medical personnel have seen an uptick in emergency calls. As firefighters, EMTs, police, and others work to provide care and attention to those in need across the city, Shaare Shamayim will host their 3rd Annual Holiday Cookie Project. On December 25th, join volunteers as they deliver cookies throughout Philadelphia to our local emergency workers. Monday, December 25, 10 am, Free, Shaare Shamyim, 9768 Verree Rd.

Ride For The Holidays

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Can’t make it home for the holidays? Don’t celebrate? Join Taco Tuesday Ride PHL for a special Chrismahanukwanzakah late night bike ride from the Rocky Steps to Tattooed Mom. Join your fellow Philadelphians and reflect on the year while looking ahead to the work that needs to be done in 2018. Find inspiration along the route and end the trip in the best way…with tacos! Tuesday, December 26, 8 pm-12 am, Free, Rocky Steps, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Create A Positive Affirmation Board

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Focusing on positive thoughts can help set the right mindset for a new year. For trans and gender nonconforming individuals this can prove to be a difficult task, especially when 75 percent of transgender youth feel unsafe at school and struggle to feel comfortable being themselves in environments that aren’t welcoming. That’s why The Trans Equity Project, formerly known as TIP, is hosting weekly drop-ins that focus on creating safe spaces for trans and gender nonconforming individuals who are seeking resources and/or support. This Wednesday, The Trans Equity Project will focus on Positive Affirmations by creating affirmation boards that help individuals set intentions and promote healthy lifestyles. Note: This event is only open to trans and gender nonconforming individuals. Wednesday, December 27, 5 pm-8 pm, Free, GALAEI, 149 W. Susquehanna Ave.

Listen To Good Music For A Good Cause

Join KOJI, No Thank You, and more at Everybody Hits Philadelphia, the only indoor automatic batting cage facility plus music venue, as they kick off their 2nd annual holiday benefit. This year, the event will benefit The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. According to AFSP, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and nearly 50,000 suicides happen in the US each year. On Thursday, join Philadelphians to support suicide prevention and listen to some great music. Thursday, December 28, 7:30 pm-10:30 pm, $10 at the door, Everybody Hits Philadelphia, 529 W Girard Ave.

Give Blood To Those In Need

What Dr. Charles Drew started in 1940 by  the American Red Cross now supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and, according to the American Red Cross, every two seconds a person in the U.S. needs some. This year, help someone by donating your blood at the Nazareth Hospital Blood Drive this Friday. Once you schedule a donation you’ll be entered into a raffle and given a free American Red Cross long sleeve t-shirt. Friday, December 29, 7 am-5 pm, Free, Nazareth Hospital’s Marian Hall.

Bundle Up And Play In Nature

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Join the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education for an afternoon of nature play. You and your family can enjoy the outdoors during an unstructured hike and playtime with a Schuylkill Center educator and CHOP pediatrician to learn more about the outdoors and its importance for a healthy lifestyle. This program is part of NaturePHL, a new health initiative in collaboration with CHOP that enables CHOP pediatricians to offer nature prescriptions. Saturday, December 30, 2 pm-3:30 pm, Free, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road.

Celebrate Watch Night With Jazz And Family

Watch Night, also known sometimes as Freedom’s Eve, is a religious service within African American churches that celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation, which was enacted on January 1, 1863. This year’s celebration, hosted by the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, will focus on the violence and injustices seen over the past year with their event Watch Night for Racial Justice — An Evening of Jazz at the Cathedral. The event will have performances by leading jazz musicians and is also a fundraiser for POWER, an interfaith movement that organizes to empower others. Sunday, December 31, 4 pm-10 pm, Suggested Donation, POWER, 1429 N 11th St

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