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Do Something: Bike on Car-Free Streets

This week, dine with your pup, rally for clean air, rally for cancer survivors, and more!

Every Monday we round up a handful of ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better and have fun doing it. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email us tips. Now get out and do something!

Drink and Dine With Your Dog

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Has your dog been hounding you for a night out? Here’s your chance tonight at Morgan’s Pier who will be hosting their monthly Yappy Hour from 4 pm to 8 pm where patrons are encouraged to bring their dog along for drinks and dinner right on the Delaware River. Teaming up with Tito’s Homemade Vodka, Morgan’s Pier will be supplementing the evening by donating all proceeds to Pennsylvania SPCA, allowing you to participate in their mission to manage and end animal cruelty throughout Pennsylvania while enjoying a night out by the water with your canine companion, grunt work aside. Give to the dogs without having to work like a dog tonight at Morgan’s Pier! Monday, August 6, 4 pm-8 pm, Donation, Morgan’s Pier, 221 N Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Keep the Gears Moving Toward Safer Cycling

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This Tuesday night at Love City Brewing Company, head over to A Pint for Pablo and show solidarity with the friends and family of Philadelphia cyclist and activist, Pablo Avendano, who was killed by an SUV while making a bicycle delivery for Caviar. As the most biked city with over one million residents in the United States, Philadelphia saw pedestrians and cyclists make up almost half of all traffic deaths in the city. From 5pm to close, Love City Brewing Company will be donating a portion of all sales to Pablo’s family and the Bicycle Coalition’s safety initiatives. Come out for some drinks to support the facilitation of a safer cycling environment needed to propel sustainable transportation in Philadelphia. Tuesday, August 7, 5 pm, Free, Love City Brewing Company, 1023 Hamilton St.

Rally for Clean Air

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Play an active role in the widespread movement towards clean energy by joining Sunrise Movement Philadelphia at their Rally for Clean Air in Philly. Demonstrators will be meeting at City Hall at 5pm to demand Mayor Kenney call for a halt on the building of the SEPTA gas plant in Nicetown. In lieu of President Trump’s deregulating and opposition to many green initiatives, Mayor Kenney announced a plan to keep Philadelphia on a path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This Wednesday afternoon, hold him accountable for his pledge for a greener city. Wednesday, August 8, 12 pm-3 pm, Free, City Hall, 1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

Run for Cancer Survivors

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This Thursday, join Fishtown Beer Runners who will be running to Philadelphia Brewing Company for their final Mayor’s Cup fundraiser for the American Cancer Society DetermiNation. You can begin the run from your choice of four different starting locations with varying distances of 0.64 miles, 3.8 miles, 5.2 miles, and 7.78 miles, making this event accessible to runners of a relatively wide range of experience. As an organization, American Cancer Society DetermiNation has raised $3.8 billion since it was founded in 1946, contributing to their mission to prevent, treat, and find cures for all types of cancer. They also work with lawmakers to allocate more funding to cancer research. Run towards cancer, not from it, this Thursday night and reward yourself with some locally brewed beer. Even if you cannot make the event, you can still donate to the cause here. Thursday, August 9, 7 pm-12 am, Donation, Palmer Park, Frankford Avenue & East Palmer St.

Go Behind the Scenes of Philly Activism

Explore the lives of organizers, cultural workers, and movement builders in the Philadelphia area by attending a free viewing of Zein Nakhoda’s Grounded While Walls Fall at Slought. From the perspective of a post-revolutionary anarchist, the film addresses the question, “What keeps you grounded in your work for social change?” displaying a side of these community leaders that is normally hidden from the public eye. The screening will be from 7 pm to 9 pm and then followed by a public discussion with editor and director, Zein Nakhoda. Friday, August 10, 7 pm-9:30 pm, Free with RSVP, Slought, 4017 Walnut St.

Bike Free Streets

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk, run, or ride a bike in Center City without the overwhelming presence of cars? Here’s your chance with Free Philly Streets this Saturday from 8am to 1pm between City Hall and Erie Avenue on North Broad Street. Enjoy any length of the four-mile stretch reserved for cyclists and pedestrians as a means of promoting cleaner and healthier alternatives to driving. This event only takes place once a year, so don’t miss this rare opportunity! Saturday, August 11, 8 am-1 pm, Free, North Broad St. between City Hall and Erie Ave.

Help the Homeless

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This Sunday, the Philadelphia Homelessness Coalition will be hosting the Community Summer FunFest at Smith Playground to raise money for their programs to relieve hunger and homelessness in Philadelphia. From 5 pm to 9 pm, the carnival will be suited with games and prizes, live entertainment, a fashion show, a team obstacle course, street magic, face painters, clowns, and karaoke, making this a guaranteed good time. The Philadelphia Homelessness Coalition is comprised of organizations with a common mission to provide resources and sustenance to the homeless and underserved members of the community in need of help. These organizations do everything from giving out care-packages, to helping homeless families transition to independent living, to aiding victims of abuse and crime. Get your ticket by donating here and come out on Sunday for a fun festival with the family, while simultaneously working towards assisting underprivileged members of our community. Sunday, August 12, 5 pm-9 pm, $1-2, Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr.

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