Do Something: Celebrate the Green Life

This week, learn about the origins of the #MeToo movement, boogie down for a cause, go green, and more!

Do Something: Celebrate the Green Life

This week, learn about the origins of the #MeToo movement, boogie down for a cause, go green, 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!

Get Your Hands Dirty

Dig into the dirt and learn about where your carrots grow and how food justice plays a role in your community. Join Philly Farm Crew, a joint program of Jewish Farm School and Repair the World, for a day of urban farming and meeting fellow volunteers. Philly Farm Crew focuses on engaging the community and inviting Philadelphians to join in learning about experiential food justice within the city. The group gathers volunteers at different farms throughout Philly to do their part, but join the crew today at Sankofa Farm at Bartram’s Garden. Monday, August 13, 2 pm-4 pm, Free, Bartram’s Garden, 54th St. and Lindberg Blvd.

Hear About The Origins of #MeToo

The #MeToo movement has changed how we view sexual harassment and ways in which we respond to it. But the original story behind the movement didn’t come from a celebrity; instead, it was a grassroots effort initially launched by Philadelphian Tarana Burke, who has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to supporting sexual assault victims. Join the conversation with Burke this Tuesday as she shares her experiences in her career and her work with the #MeToo Movement at the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. Tuesday, August 14, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm, Suzanne Roberts Theater, 480 S Broad St.

Learn About The Silences of War...

Warrior Writers, in partnership with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, is hosting a series of discussions called The Art of Reintegration: Veterans and the Silences of War, in Philadelphia this Wednesday. Veterans and non-veterans, trained on the topic of reintegration, will be initiating conversations with fellow veterans, their friends, family, and anyone else interested in learning about the reintegration process. Topics include: pain and suffering, both physically and mentally in veterans; anti-war activism in history; and the idea of heroism. This program hopes to engage veterans in a meaningful discussion about their pasts and create a more healthy veteran community in the city of Philadelphia. Wednesday, August 15, 5:30 pm, Free, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St.

...And Celebrate Philly's Green Warriors

Join Green Philly Blog in celebrating Philadelphia’s green leaders and heroes during SustainPHL 2018. This year, SustainPHL celebrates nominees in categories like “Activist of the Year,” “Neighborhood Champion,” and “Impact Business Leader,” just to name a few. Don’t miss the chance to connect with green leaders from across the city and see what they’re doing to make a more sustainable Philadelphia. Thursday, August,16, 7 pm-10 pm, See Ticket Prices Here, WHYY, 150 6th St.

Boogie Down to Lift Women Up

Connect with your inner Donna Summer for a cause this weekend. Join DJ Wassup Gina, DJ Lady Problems and DJ Haram and groove the night away under the disco ball to benefit Women Organized Against Rape. The Philly nonprofit works to “eliminate all forms of sexual violence through specialized treatment services, comprehensive prevention education programs and advocacy for the rights of victims of sexual assault.” This organization has grown since its inception in 1971 from a small team of volunteers to a fully staffed organization assisting women of all backgrounds across Philadelphia. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the non profit. Friday, August 17, 10 pm, $5, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

Dine and Donate

Photo: via Pixabay

New Eden CDC, a child therapy organization, is teaming up with Applebee’s Grill and Bar to fundraise for their 6th Annual Back to School drive. For the past six years, New Eden CDC has been collecting donations and school supplies for children and families who may have trouble affording basic back to school necessities. Join this organization on Saturday, August 18, at Applebee’s Grill and Bar in the Andorra Shopping Center, for all you can eat pancakes and sausage between 8 am and 11 am. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to New Eden CDC. The org will also be collecting donations of either cash, toys or school supplies and hopes to be able to serve 500 children this year. Saturday, August 18, 8 am-11 am, $7 Adult $5 Child, Applebee’s Grill and Bar, 701 Cathedral Rd.

Experience a Piece of the Caribbean in Philly

The islands are coming to you! This Sunday is dedicated to a day full of island culture with the sounds of reggae, vendors selling authentic Caribbean fashions and art, savory Caribbean food, and island dancing. The Caribbean Festival is wholesome fun for the whole family and is part of the PECO Multicultural Series, a series of festivals meant to bring different cultures together in celebration of their roots in the city of Philadelphia. Sunday, August 19, 12 pm- 8 pm, Free, Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S Columbus Boulevard

Photo via The People's Garden at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), USDA photo by Lance Cheung (CC BY-ND 2.0) Flickr

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