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Photo: Mural Arts Philadelphia
Civic engagement has never been just about voting. Get inspired by the ways others are attempting to make a difference in their cities by joining Mural Arts Philadelphia and the Community Design Collaborative this Tuesday evening to see muraLAB’s current artist-in-residence Amanda Lovelee. Lovelee comes from St. Paul, Minnesota, and her work attempts to communicate between the city’s government and its residents, with the goal of making the city better for everyone. Get a look inside her work and learn more about the intersection of public art and urban change. Tuesday, July 11, 6 – 8 p.m., free, Center / Architecture & Design, 1218 Arch Street.
Photo: Delaware Valley Legacy Fund
Start off your week with some margaritas, tacos, and guac – and all for a good cause. Our Night Out Philly is a monthly social networking event, with a portion of proceeds going towards a different LGBTQ-serving organizations. This Tuesday, feel good about your happy hour indulgences, knowing they’ll be supporting The Attic Youth Center, an organization that provides programming and support for young members of the LGBTQ community. Tuesday, July 11, 6 – 9 p.m., Mission Taqueria, 1516 Sansom Street.
Photo: The Philadelphia Citizen
Looking for a chance to meet some of the local leaders who are disrupting the status quo? Join The Citizen for our Member Happy Hour this Thursday to mingle with the disruptors we’ve featured on the site. Our disruptors are people shaking up social impact from every angle—whether it’s government, for-profit, non-profit or activism. The happy hour will also be a chance for disruptors to bring their mentors, giving you a look inside how they got started making a difference in Philadelphia—and how you can, too. Become a member of the Citizen to meet the disruptors and their mentors, and of course, share a beer or two. Thursday, July 13, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., free, Industrious, 230 S. Broad Street.
Help make Philadelphia a little more green this Thursday, starting with the Spring Garden Street Greenway (SGSG). Join the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) to explore the reimagined greenway on Spring Garden Street, followed by a cruise along the Delaware River and an open beer bar featuring Yards Brewery Ales. The SGSG aims to link the Schuylkill River Trail to the Delaware River Trail with a 2.2 mile-long green boulevard, as well as welcoming some natural beauty in the urban landscape. The plan features a median bike trail, stormwater management, and pedestrian improvements. What better way to learn about the potential impacts of this project, than to take a ride along the area of the proposed bike path, and take in the sights of the Delaware River with food and drink? Thursday, July 13, 5 – 9:30 p.m., free, Eakins Oval, Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Photo: Civic Direct
If you’re still fretting over the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Accords, and wondering what you can do to address climate change—aren’t we all?—grab a beer with U.S. Senator Bob Casey this Thursday night to talk solutions. PennEnvironment is hosting Climate on Tap, a night of beer and conversation with Senator Casey to discuss what comes next in the fight against climate change. If you’ve been looking for a chance to speak directly into a lawmaker’s ear about what concerns you, this is your chance. There’s limited space, so RSVP now. Thursday, July 13, 7 – 9:30 p.m., free, Evil Genius Beer Company, 1727 N. Front Street.
They say laughter is the best medicine—and with the possible repeal of ObamaCare, it might become the only medicine—so spend your Friday night laughing your troubles away at Trump’s America: A Comedy Show. Hosted at Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse, and featuring a slate of local performers, including The Citizen’s own Jordan Kauwling, this show will be one you don’t want to miss. Friday, July 14, 8:30 p.m., Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse, $5.
Looking for an excuse to head to greener pastures, er, West Philly? Start with a free concert this Saturday at the Clark Park Music and Arts Festival. This one-day festival is a chance to get a little closer to the West Philadelphia community with live music featuring local bands, pop-ups from local arts and craft vendors, and an opportunity to learn about West Philly non profits and the variety of issues they’re working on in the community. Plus, don’t forget to bring the kids along for face painting and local food trucks. Saturday, July 15, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., free, Clark Park.