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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This Memorial Day, there’s another opportunity for you to remember and celebrate our fallen soldiers and veterans…on a ship! Join Independence Seaport Museum, The Chapel of Four Chaplains and Arlington National Cemetery, as they host their special Memorial Day ceremony on a National Landmark Ship called Cruiser Olympia. This ceremony will celebrate and honor fallen soldiers and tell the history of the Cruiser Olympia. Distinguished officers from the U.S. Coast Guard will be in attendance and active and retired military are allowed on ships at the Independence Seaport Museum free of charge till 12 pm. Monday, May 28, 10 am-11 am, Free, Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S Columbus Blvd.
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Looking for a way to combine your love for books and social justice? Repair The World Philadelphia has got you covered. In partnership with Philly Fight, the group is hosting a social justice book club to discuss the book When We Rise: My Life in the Movement by Cleve Jones. The book tells the story of the LGBTQ+ movement through the memoirs of actor Cleve Jones and doubles as inspiration for a forthcoming ABC television mini-series. Pizza and snacks will be provided. Tuesday, May 29, 7 pm-8:30 pm, Free, 4029 Market St.
Do you have a creative solution to one of Philadelphia’s challenges? Do you have a challenge in need of a solution? We’ll give you the mic for 3 minutes to pitch your idea to The Citizen’s community of doers, disruptors, and members. Last month, we heard ideas around litter, food recovery, minority access and criminal justice. This month, who knows? Let the change makers of Philly hear your thoughts and ideas for a better city and you might just end the night with the start of a collaboration or brand new perspective. Not bad for a Wednesday night. Join us for a happy hour to share your ideas—or join us to meet the people who have them. Brought to you in partnership with Young Involved Philadelphia, Economy League, Philly Startup Leaders, Venture for America and Civic Series. Wednesday, May 30, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm, Free, Royal Boucherie, 52 S 2nd St.
Do you believe in ending cash bail? How about getting youth out of adult jails? A number of young people in Philadelphia believe these issues are important and they’re standing up to fight for it. You can join them! Pennsylvania Student Power Network is a group of students and young people in Pennsylvania who fight for their future by standing up for what they believe in. This week, they’re hosting a conversation about mass incarceration. The evening will also have a number of musical performances and free food. Thursday, May 31, 4 pm-6 pm, Free, Clark Park, 4500 Chester Ave.
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First Fridays are for shopping local art and handmade goods—at North Bowl at least. Join them and invest in local, Philadelphia made art and handmade goods like apparel, ceramics and flowers, paintings, illustrations, and journals—all by different artists and vendors from Philadelphia. The event will also feature a live jazz performance by Dahi Divine, and an outdoor beer garden to mark the start of Philly Beer Week. For more information on the artists, vendors and products at the event, click here. Friday, June 1, 6 pm-9 pm, Pay As You Go, North Bowl, 909 N 2nd St.
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Join Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s office for a unique fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House. First, buy a shirt—with proceeds going to the nonprofit that provides housing to families of children who are hospitalized. Then, customize your tee with tie-dye, paint or drawing. Finally, take a picture with your shirt and write a message on the back. Repeat—or just buy a shirt to decorate later. Saturday, June 2, 11 am-3 pm, Register here, Boston Market, 3901 Chestnut St.
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The Barnes Foundation, in partnership with Target, is hosting its first-ever block party called Barnes on the Block, a free all-day party with food trucks, drinks from a beer garden, and music from DJ Rich Medina. If that’s not enough, head inside the building for a free viewing of the Barnes Collection and Let’s Connect Philly, a collection of artwork of over 300 artists in Philadelphia. You can also join Olek, a Brooklyn-based crochet artist, as she, her team, and other Philadelphia residents crochet her next mural, in her public art project, Love Across the USA, in partnership with Mural Arts Philadelphia. Sunday, June 3, 4 pm-8 pm, Free, The Barnes Foundation, 20th and Callowhill.