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Do Something: Shop with a Conscience

This week, enjoy civic engagement by consciously shopping, making cocktails and spending a day in a park.

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.

Bike for Better Biking

Tired of the potholes or crumbling sidewalks on your block? Wish your community was more bike-friendly? If so, join the Bicycle Coalition, an organization leading a movement to make bicycling a safe and fun way to travel in Philadelphia, as they rally at City Hall in support of a proposed Vision Zero maintenance staff. As part of Mayor Jim Kenney’s latest budget proposal, the Vision Zero maintenance staff encompasses a 13-person staff whose jobs are to maintain street infrastructure throughout Philadelphia. Help make this proposal a reality! Monday, April 16, 9:30 am-4 pm, Free, Philadelphia City Hall, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd. 

Set Your Civic Engagement Goals

The first step in civic engagement is to set a goal: Many want to get involved, but not all know where to start. If you’re the latter, join SERVE Philadelphia for their CEA Learning Series to set that initial goal. The CEA Learning Series is a series of classes designed to introduce Philadelphians to the principles of community organizing. There are several classes in this series, but this class will help engaged citizens set a realistic goal and make a plan to achieve it. Tuesday, April 17, 5 pm-6 pm, Free, Philadelphia Municipal Services Building, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd. 

Make (and Drink) Cocktails for Bartenders

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Calling all bartenders and cocktail-enthusiasts: Econo, the multi-city educational program for bar professionals is coming to Philadelphia. During the day, free classes for bartending professionals will be offered to take your career to the next level; and at night, friends and guests are welcomed to a community celebration. But Econo offers more than bar training; they also spark a discussion of issues that are troubling in the bar industry, such as mental and physical health, sobriety and sexual assault prevention. The event is free, however, a $5 donation is recommended for Econo’s partner charity, Core, a nationally-recognized community of support for all food and beverage service families in need of care. Wednesday, April 18, 10 am-11 pm, Free, Pharmacy, 1300 S 18th St. 

Support Your Local Nonprofits

Philly Ad Club, a nonprofit community of 2,500 professionals in advertising, marketing and media communications, is hosting a Give Back Breakfast, in which students and professionals can offer their skills to local nonprofits. The idea is to offer experience to students, while helping local nonprofits reach their marketing goals. Nonprofits, such as ALS Hope Foundation, Rotary Club Philadelphia, Simon’s Fund and others will be at the breakfast to discuss objectives and promotional strategies. A light fare and coffee and tea will be provided! Thursday, April 19, 8 am-10:30 am, Free, 6abc, 4100 City Ave. 

Celebrate Fashion, Shop with a Conscience

The people of Cebu, in the Philippines, have been forced to live in a cemetery due to impoverished conditions. But one Philadelphia company is fighting this injustice through fashion. Join Paratodo, a contemporary fashion company in Philadelphia with an emphasis on humanitarianism, for a release party of its Global Relief collection at Elixir. Paratodo will donate 25 percent of its profits from this collection to Project Kuya, a doTERRA initiative to provide hygiene kits, school supplies and food for families in Cebu. Friday, April 20, 8 pm-11 pm, Free, Elixir Coffee, 2017 S Sydenham St.

Get Outside and Celebrate Vendor Village

Over the last few years, organizations such as SEAMAAC and Friends of Mifflin Square Park have been working to renovate Mifflin Square Park and the surrounding South Philly communities. The opening of Vendor Village in the park is part of that initiative. This kick-off of Vendor Village is part of the Grow Philly Health Fair, and will offer free yoga classes, cooking demonstrations, soccer games, a farmer’s market and a food truck, all within Mifflin Square Park. So come show support for this project and enjoy a day among a diverse and fun community. Saturday, April 21, 11 am-3 pm, Free, Mifflin Square Park, 6th and Ritner Streets.

Plant a Tree

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Celebrate Earth Day by planting a tree. Not sure where to find a tree? Perfect, because the Holmesburg Civic Association, a nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life in Philadelphia, will be giving out trees to plant in your yard. The event will be held at the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged to assure that you will be getting a tree, which  will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Sunday, April 22, 11 am-2 pm, Free, Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, 8046 Frankford Ave.

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