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Do Something: Go Downward Dog

Do some vinyasas with your new adopted dog. Plus, learn about voter disenfranchisement, discuss healthcare solutions, 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.

Drink, mingle, and help others

If you’ve been taking advantage of countless happy hours at Philly’s outdoor beer gardens this summer, consider turning this week’s into a charitable event by donating your beverage funds to a good cause. This Tuesday, join the Golden Slipper Club for a happy hour at Independence Beer Garden to benefit their Human Needs and Services Program (HUNAS). Golden Slipper coordinates all sorts of philanthropic efforts throughout the city—from a summer camp for children, to college scholarship funds for young leaders in the city, to support and programming for senior citizens. Their HUNAS program provides vital services and products, such as air conditioners for the elderly and ill, or special shoes and leg braces for the physically challenged. Registration for non-members of the Golden Slipper Club is free and includes two free drink tickets, making the choice to donate to HUNAS at the event a no-brainer. Tuesday, July 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., free for non-members, $20 for members, Independence Beer Garden.

Breathe Fresh Air

Have you ever wondered about the chemistry of the air all around you? (Maybe you are now.) Join The Franklin Institute for “The Air Around Us,” a conversation about the chemistry of air, and what its history can tell us today about our changing climate, the future of Earth, and the universe beyond. New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean and The Franklin Institute’s chief bioscientist Dr. Jayatri Das, will lead the discussion. You don’t have to be a qualified chemist to learn from this talk, just be sure to register in advance. Tuesday, July 18, 6:30 – 8 p.m., free. The Franklin Institute.

Learn about healthcare...for all

Sick of hearing about the problem of the broken American healthcare system? You’re not alone. Join HealthCare4ALLPA for a screening of Now Is The Time: Healthcare for Everybody, to start learning about solutions. This documentary looks at healthcare workers and activists fighting for a Medicare-for-all system across the country. After the film, former Health Commissioner of Philadelphia Dr. Walter Tsou will host a discussion on local activist efforts, and answer your questions about how single payer systems work. Don’t miss this chance to learn more about the for-all approach to healthcare repair. Thursday, July 20, 6 – 9 p.m., free, Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St.

Drink up for voting

If you’re someone who believes that voting is a civic responsibility, you may want some answers about why some Philadelphians just don’t turn out to vote. This Thursday, join the Committee of Seventy and the ACLU of Pennsylvania for a Civics on Tap discussion on how Philly does (and doesn’t) vote. Maybe you’re curious about how to keep midterm voter turnout high, or maybe you’re invested in reversing the systematic disenfranchisement of vulnerable citizens. After a night of conversation with your neighbors and guest speakers (and a healthy dose of delicious food and booze), we’re confident you’ll walk away with at least one idea of how to make Philadelphia better, starting at the polls. Thursday, July 20, 6:30 – 8 p.m., free, National Mechanics, 22 S 3rd St.

Go Downward, Dog

Photo: PAWS

There’s only one thing that can make a morning savasana more blissful than it already is, and that’s puppies. Join the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) for a benefit and adoption event this Sunday where you can get in your vinyasas, and help give abandoned dogs a good home. Come to the free yoga class and make a donation to PAWS, or, if you’ve been looking for a chance to add a new four-legged member to your family, take this opportunity to adopt from Philadelphia’s largest no-kill shelter. And if yoga isn’t your thing, come for the puppies, and stay for brunch and a Tito’s Bloody Mary bar at 1100 Social after class. Sunday, July 23rd, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., free, 1100 Social, 1100 Pattison Ave.

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