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Do Something: Help Hydrate The Homeless

Deliver water bottles to Philadelphia's homeless population. Plus, support public art, engage with Iraqi refugees, 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.

Do Shakespeare in Clark Park

You don’t have to go to Central Park to take in some Shakespeare this summer. Spend an evening supporting public art in Philadelphia, with Clark Park’s production of Coriolanus. If the Bard doesn’t usually hold your attention, come out for this production, which features an all-female cast of warrior women, led by Barrymore Award winner Charlotte Northeast as General Coriolanus. Plus, with a chorus of 50 Philadelphians as the citizens of Rome, you might just see one of your neighbors doing battle in tights. Wednesday July 26 – Sunday July 30, 7 p.m., free, Clark Park.

Namaste Outside

Photo: Roots2Rise

There’s no better time and place to get in touch with your inner yogi than a warm summer night in one of Philadelphia’s public parks. This Thursday, get your exercise in with a bit of social activism by supporting Roots2Rise, an organization that provides affordable access to yoga and mindfulness classes all over the city, and especially in communities that need it most, like The Center for Grieving Children, or the CHOP Homeless Health Initiative. Roots2Rise hosts an outdoor class every Thursday night this summer, and this week, come to Lemon Hill for a few vinyasas, followed by a few brews from Philadelphia’s traveling beer garden, Parks on Tap. The suggested contribution for class is $10, but all donations are welcome, and all contributions go towards providing Roots2Rise programming in Philadelphia Parks and Rec. facilities. Thursday, July 27th, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.,$10 suggested contribution, Lemon Hill.

Orchestrate Arts Education

Photo: Project 440

When education funding is cut, music and arts programs are often the first to go. Support music in Philadelphia’s public schools with Project 440, an organization that provides access to music coaching and mentoring by industry leaders, guidance for applying to college music programs, and opportunities to engage with their communities by creating and presenting interactive performances. Join Project 440 in kicking off their new programs with wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres. Plus, get a peek at the work they do, with a performance by Jazz Jemz, an ensemble of Project 440 students from Central and Rush High Schools. Don’t forget to register in advance. Thursday, July 27, 6 – 8 p.m., free, WeWork 1900 Market Street.

Help Hydrate The Homeless

We’re getting into the hottest days of summer, and while that might mean pool and beach days for some of us, for others it means unbearable thirst. Hit the streets with DonCARES of Philadelphia, to deliver water bottles to homeless people this Saturday, and do your part to make sure that no one goes without water on a scorching summer day. DonCARES is an organization of college students of color from Philadelphia, who engage with the city through community service, education workshops, and more. Small donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of water and portable filters, but volunteering your time is just as good. Saturday, July 29, free, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Philadelphia City Hall.

Be Anything But Silent

Engage with public art and the Iraqi refugee community to kick off Radio Silence with its inaugural live show at Independence Hall this Saturday. Artist Michael Rakowitz conceived of Radio Silence as a hybrid documentary, variety show, and radio play to cover the Iraqi diaspora over ten episodes. The Mural Arts project interweaves recordings of Iraqi refugees and Iraq War veterans, all sharing the culture, narrative, and experiences of pre- and post-war Iraq. Listen to refugees’ stories about daily life, music and food, and then get a taste yourself with food from Amasi Restaurant, and live music from a traditional tahkt ensemble. Saturday, July 29, 6 – 9 p.m., free, Independence Hall.

Rock Out, Kid-Style

Rock out with the next generation this weekend at Girls Rock Philly’s Youth Summer Rock Camp Showcase. Girls Rock Philly is a music organization for girls, women, and trans and gender non-conforming people, in an effort to build community around music. Their summer rock camp for kids 9 through 12 concludes with a showcase of new bands and original songs. Support kids’ artistic learning and collaboration this Sunday, and you never know—you might just witness the debut of the next great rockstar. Sunday, July 30, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., free for youth under 18, $8 – $15 for adults, The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.

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