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Do Something: Find Common Ground

Explore urban forestry, raise money for education, go all Lebowski on cancer, and more ways to be an awesome citizen this week.

Every Monday we round up a handful of fun ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email tips here. And find more evergreen ways to get engaged in our handy Do Something guides.

Kick Cancer, Dude

The dude, he does not abide the cancer. In fact, the Dude Hates Cancer, from now until September 23. The sixth annual cancer-fighting season of fun kicks off on Tuesday, with a special Big Lebowski-themed Quizzo at BarLy’s in Center City. Five dollars to fight blood cancer gets you entree to the event, and to the drink specials—including $5 White Russians. The fundraising ends with a bowling tournament (what else?) on September 23 at South Bowl. Tuesday, June 27, 6-9:30 p.m., free, BarLy, 101 N. 11th Street.

 

 

Get On Your High Horse

Photo: Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club

North Philadelphia’s Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club is one of those Philly secrets that almost seems unreal: A horse tending and riding association that works with children in a neighborhood known more for abandoned lots than healthy stables. Algerian artist Mohamed Bourouissa immersed himself in the Strawberry Mansion community and collaborated with the riders to stage Horse Day, outfitting the horses and riders with extravagant costumes before they participated in a riding competition. The resulting photographs, videos, drawings and sculptures will be on display at The Barnes Foundation this summer, starting with Friday’s opening party. Friday, June 30, 6 – 9 p.m., $25 (free for college students), The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Grab Some Food Truck Fridays

Photo: Philabundance

Ah, the pleasure of a truck-cooked meal on a hot summer day. But from which to choose? It’s simple: Join Philabundance for Food Truck Fridays, with a different farm-to-table food truck every Friday. This week, feast on one of Farm Truck Philly’s signature gourmet dishes, like crab toast or corn cake. All proceeds go towards Philabundance’s efforts to fight food insecurity in Philadelphia. Friday, June 30, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 3616 S. Galloway Street.

Leave Your Footprint

Education matters, whether it’s pre-K or college. And Future Footprints—a concert to raise money for students of all ages—wants to support them all.  Hosted by Art Music N’ Concert at The Pike banquet hall, Future Footprints on Saturday will feature live performances from local artists, fashion, food, and giveaways. Proceeds will go to It’s a Small World Daycare and University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Circle of Hope foundation, which helps parents and college students pay for tuition. Saturday, July 1, 7 – 10 p.m., $20, The Pike, 510 West Pike Street.

Find Common Ground

The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Philadelphia Assembled exhibit flips the idea of art on its head—rather than a piece hanging on a wall or on a pedestal, it explores the idea of the city as art itself. As part of that exploration, the Fair Amount Food Forest hosts “Finding Common Ground: Envisioning Collaborative Care for the Planet, People and Fair Share,” a day-long program that will be a chance for Philadelphia communities to envision solutions for sustainable land management and self-reliance in the city. The event includes food, education and entertainment. Sunday, July 2nd, 1 – 5 p.m., free, Historic Strawberry Mansion.

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