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.
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At a time when some Americans are choosing to ignore the horrors and dangers of Nazism, the best thing to do may be to remind ourselves of the past. Join The German Society of Pennsylvania Monday night for a screening of “And Along Come Tourists.” The 2007 German film depicts a young man’s encounter with a concentration camp survivor while volunteering at Auschwitz with Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP), a volunteer organization that aims to grapple with the legacy of Nazism and the Holocaust. The film is based on the personal story of writer/director Robert Thalheim, and his service with ARSP. Stick around for refreshments and snacks, as well as a meet-and-greet with current ARSP volunteers here in the U.S. Make sure to RSVP in advance. Monday, August 28, 7:30 – 10 p.m., free, 611 Spring Garden St.
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Spend one more cocktail hour outdoors before summer ends, and help kids prepare for their financial lives while you’re at it. Join The BanksGiving Company for their Labor Day Weekend happy hour Thursday night, and support their mission to make Philadelphia’s minority youth financially literate. With a $35 ticket, you can help provide education in accounting, budgeting, student loans, investment options, and banking for all Philly students (not just those who can afford it). Plus, the price of admission buys you access to an open bar and The Drake’s stunning rooftop view. Thursday, August 31, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., $35, Penthouse at The Drake, 1512 Spruce St.
Help raise awareness of Philadelphia’s opioid epidemic at the March in Black this Thursday, on International Overdose Awareness Day. An estimated 70,000 Philadelphians are affected by the opioid epidemic, and the problem won’t be fixed by keeping their struggle hidden in the shadows. Guest speakers will be featured at stops along the march’s route. Show solidarity by wearing black, and give your Thursday evening over to the effort to break the cycle of addiction and loss in your city. Thursday, August 31, 6 – 9 p.m., begins at the York-Dauphin stop off the Market Frankford Line.
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Get a jump start on your kids’ after school programming this year with Esteem Girls Inc.’s Mad Science Party and Open House, an opportunity to register for programs like after school STEM, Science Saturdays, and tutoring in math and science. Esteem Girls provides opportunities for learning in STEM specifically for minority girls in grades 3 to 8 from under-resourced communities in the Philadelphia area. The Mad Science Party will be a chance for you to learn about what programs might be right for your child, grab a smoothie from Jamba Juice, and then sign your daughter up to engage her STEM curiosities in the coming school year. Friday, September 1, 1 – 5 p.m., $50, 5501 Germantown Ave.
Photo: YallaPunk Festival
Celebrate your fellow Philadelphians of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) descent at the first annual YallaPunk Festival. This three-day event includes everything from discussions of social issues affecting Middle Eastern and North African people, including talks on feminism, queerness, and representation in the media, as well as a celebration of the creative accomplishments of people of MENA descent. At its heart, YallaPunk will be a gathering for Arab and Persian American fans of punk rock, and will feature 10 bands from across the country throughout the weekend. Check out the schedule for more details on event times and locations. Friday, September 1 – Sunday, September 3, $40 for the weekend or $15 for a day pass, Johnny Brenda’s 1201 Frankford Ave.