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Do Something: Provide Relief for Refugees

Assemble refugee relief kits for families in need across the world. Plus, explore vegan Philadelphia, rally for climate 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.

Beat The Heat At City Hall

There’s no easier time to care about climate change than in the hottest stretch of summer. Join PennEnvironment at City Hall this Tuesday for a rally to “Beat the Heat”, and raise your voice for climate action. Under an administration that’s forcefully ignorant of climate change, there’s not much time to waste in demanding real climate solutions. And in case you need a little incentive to get outside in the blistering heat, there’s dessert sweeten the deal. Come for the free ice cream, stay for a habitable planet. Tuesday, August 8, 12 – 1 p.m., free, Philadelphia City Hall.

Talk Philly's Political Future

If you’re discouraged by the state of politics today—in Philadelphia and elsewhere—maybe it’s time to look towards the future. This Thursday, a panel of local experts discusses the future of the Philadelphia political scene. Hosted by the Committee of Seventy and Philadelphia 3.0, the panel features former Obama deputy field director Mara Kunin, Philly GOP board member Dan Pearson, Representative Jared Solomon (PA House District 202), and Greenlight Fund Executive Director Omar Woodard. Moderated by WHYY’s Dave Davies, this discussion will be a chance to look at the future from both sides of the aisle. Thursday, August 10, 6 – 7:30 p.m., $5, Free Library of Philadelphia’s Montgomery Auditorium, 1901 Vine St.

Fill Backpacks, Drink Beer

With back to school season just around the corner, it’s time to start filling backpacks with books, pencils, and everything else students need to succeed. Join the Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section and the Young Lawyer Division for a happy hour school supply drive and fundraiser for Turning Points for Children, a non-profit committed to providing social and health services to children and families in need. Come armed with school supply donations, and come early—the first 70 people to arrive will receive a free drink ticket. Thursday, August 10, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Smokin Betty’s, 116 S. 11th St.

Provide Relief for Refugees

Photo: Mennonite Central Committee

Think you’re too far away to help families affected by war and disaster in far-off countries like Syria, Jordan or Iraq? Think again. Join Circle of Hope and the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) this Saturday in assembling relief kits to be sent to refugees in Syria, Jordan, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Lebanon, Ukraine and Serbia. Check out the types of supplies MCC is asking for, including different types of toiletries and first aid items. Bring the whole family and enjoy a potluck afterwards. Saturday, August 12, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1125 S Broad St.

Taste Vegan Philadelphia

Photo: Philly S.E.E.D. Fest

Calling all vegans! Join Home Brewed Events and Eat Your PHL for the Second Annual S.E.E.D. Fest—Philadelphia’s signature vegan craft food and beer festival. Whether you’re a dedicated vegan or you’re looking to taste the lifestyle for the first time, this is your chance to indulge in Sustainable Everyday Edibles and Drinkables—in other words, eat delicious, local vegan food without any of the guilt. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Humane League of Philadelphia. With food and beer from local restaurants and breweries, other vegan goods from a vendor marketplace, and live music entertainment, S.E.E.D. Fest is an event that even carnivores won’t want to miss. Sunday, August 13, 2 – 6 p.m., $50 general admission, Sugarhouse Casino, 1001 N Delaware Ave.

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