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Do Something: Tidy Up Your Park

This week, celebrate the rich roots of spoken word, clean up your local park, learn about Brazilian activist Marielle Franco, 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.

Clean Your Local Park

Kick off Love Your Park Week, a coordinated effort that involves over 100 parks across Philadelphia to beautify and clean the city’s green spaces! This event is held each May and offers 9 days of fun and engaging volunteer opportunities! Last year, over 2,500 eco-minded Philadelphians joined in to pick up litter, tend to gardens, water trees, and more. Bonus: It’s family friendly! Sign up to volunteer hereMonday, May 14,  9 am, Free, Fairmount Park Conversancy, 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Suite 1670

Remember Marielle Franco

In March 2018, Afro-Brazilian human rights activist, feminist, and politician Marielle Franco was assassinated after leaving an event for young black women in Rio de Janeiro. Marielle was a critic of police brutality and the criminalization of poor Black and Brown communities in her city. She promoted gender and racial equity fiercely. Her death led to mass protests all over the country, a testament of her legacy. Join Sharrelle Barber, assistant research professor at Drexel, and the Drexel Urban Health Collaborative, in a conversation about Marielle Franco’s work and the intersectional anti racist struggles in Brazil, the United States, and globally. There will also be refreshments. Tuesday, May 15,  4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Free, Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University, Nesbitt Hall 3215 Market St. 

Celebrate Spoken Word

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Philadelphia’s ex-Poet Laureate put together a cosmic festival to explore the “sacred roots and interstellar potential of spoken word practices.” Stellar Mass III: Earth puts together an amalgam of poets, musicians, filmmakers, and more to honor the practice of spoken word, which is described as spellbinding, futuristic, and time traveling by Wisher. Some of the artists will include Ursula Rucker, V. Shayne Frederick, Madison McFerrin, and film shorts by Renee Cox, Will Haughery, and Hris Harzinski. Wednesday, May 16, 6 pm to 8:30 pm, $10, Fels Planetarium, 222 North 20th St. 

Learn About One Of America's Most Iconic Families

Explore American history from the perspective of one of the most iconic American political families. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. a clinical professor and supervising attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law will be speaking with Tamala Edwards, anchor for 6ABC Action News morning edition, about his latest book. American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family is an intimate exploration of his turbulent childhood, his public and private pain, and the defining moments that shaped him. Thursday, May 17, 7:30 pm to 9 pm, $15, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

Chat with the new Philly Board of Ed

Mayor Kenney appointed nine members to the Philadelphia Board of Education in April. In July, these board members will oversee the School District of Philadelphia. Come make your voice heard in this community listening session, and share your opinion on the challenges and opportunities of Philadelphia students. There will be an opening plenary, followed by small group discussions and a closing activity. Childcare and homework help will be provided for young children in attendance, and light refreshments will be available. Friday, May 18, 6 pm to 8 pm, Free, Coleman Regional Library, 68 W. Chelten Ave.

Take On The Eagles Autism Challenge

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children in the U.S. have autism, with boys much more likely to be diagnosed than girls, with the neurodiversity movement leading to an uptick in diagnoses over the past two decades. This Saturday, the Eagles are hosting a 5K walk and cycling routes up to 50 miles in order to further increase awareness. Join the 2600 plus participants who have already registered to come out for this worthwhile cause. Saturday, May 19, 7 am to 2 pm, Free, Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way.

Strike A Tree Pose for Breast Cancer

This all-levels, large-group experience combines yoga, music, a Healthy Living Expo and personal stories to inspire and support those in our community who are affected by breast cancer. The event will be on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and hosted by Jennifer Schelter and Yvette Pecoraro. Sunday, May 20, 7:30 am to 12:30 pm, $30, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

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