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! Then, discover more evergreen ways to stay engaged in our handy Do Something guide.
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Put on your best suit, up your knowledge on all things sazerac and head to the Hotel Palomar Ballroom for a cocktail competition and charitable fundraiser presented by Bluebird Distilling and Square. Join Henry A. Davidsen: Master Tailors & Image Consultants and Executive Chef Bobby Surdam for appetizers, spirits, and good causes as they raise money from ticket sales to benefit Career Wardrobe, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit providing professional clothing to unemployed or low income men. The organization works to support people who have been recently laid-off, are recovering substance abusers, and veterans. The Suits & Sazeracs event will be the closing ceremony of Henry A Davidsen’s third annual Salt Drive, a month-long collection of gently-worn suit items donated to the Career Wardrobe. Be a part of their goal to provide 5,000 clothing items to Philadelphians by May 7. Monday, May 7, 6 pm-9 pm, Hotel Palomar Ballroom, 117 S. 17th St. 25th Fl
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The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund, which launched last year, raised $60,000 in one week to bail mothers out of jail in time for Mother’s Day. The successful community led efforts were just the start of a movement to put an end to cash bail in Philadelphia and assist imprisoned community members who can’t afford bail. This year, and with Mother’s Day around the corner, they’re working to raise $75,000 to bail out as many black mothers and caregivers to reunite with their families. The Bail Fund will be partnering with People Paper’s Co-op to help raise money and awareness around the issue of cash bail. ”Mama Bail Out Day” will also help raise money to bail out community members throughout the year and have bailed out 46 people since last year. The first round of bailouts will begin May 8 at the Criminal Justice Center and will welcome women as they are released from Riverside Correctional Facility. Then, on May 10, organizers will celebrate Women in Re-Entry day with a press conference, march, art show, and welcome home dinner. Donate here or email [email protected] to find out ways to volunteer. Tuesday, May 8, 9 am-12 pm, Criminal Justice Center, 1301 Filbert St.
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Join Intercultural Journeys and the Leeway Foundation every second Wednesday now through September for their 12X12 program. A simple formula including 12 minutes of performance by a prominent artist, 12 minutes discussing their practice, 12 minutes to ask questions, 12 minute break, and start again. This Wednesday, dive into the work of Elba Hevia y Vaca, a feminist flamenco classical dancer, who “challenges the male-centric, hyper-sexualized narrative of flamenco.” Hevia y Vaca founded Pasion y Arte in 2000, an organization that uses highly-stylized traditional Spanish flamenco dance as a vessel to empower women. Her seven works have received grants and fellowships, and Hevia y Vaca received the 2008 Art and Change Grant, and the Window of Opportunity Grant in 2004 from the Leeway Foundation. Wednesday, May 9, 7 pm-9:30 pm, $12 or pay-what-you-can ($1 min), Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, 3401 Filbert St.
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Join ACLU of Pennsylvania and World Cafe Live on the dance floor for their second annual “United We Dance” benefit for the ACLU. Brazilian funk band, Philly Bloco and Suzy Woods on vinyl will lure party goers to the dance floor and encourage a celebration of democracy and local civic engagement. Food, drinks, and a silent auction will all be part of the night and a portion of ticket sales and proceeds from the silent auction will go to the ACLU of Pennsylvania. Thursday, May 10, 8 pm, $15 ADV-$20 DOS, World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.
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Join #RISE Youth Summit for an empowering day of advocacy and positive change for 150 youth leaders across Philadelphia. The day will host special guest speakers and workshops on advanced advocacy content like social media, policy and storytelling. Through the Advocacy Institute youth are organizing and mobilizing to take on some of the world’s toughest issues and the #RISE Youth Summit will work to help them reach their goals. First on the list? Taking down Big Tobacco by working toward tobacco control and prevention. If you know a teen between the ages of 13-18 looking to cut their teeth on social advocacy, this is the summit for them. Friday, May 11, 9 am-4 pm, Free, WHYY, 150 N. 6th St.
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Grab a book and find a treehouse to cozy up in for a few hours because Tree House Books is hosting Philadelphia Literacy Day on May 12. The annual Literacy Day brings awareness to literacy across the city and celebrates the work Philly has accomplished to increase readers in every neighborhood, school, and home. There will be food and entertainment, literacy activities including poetry walls, story time, and craft tables so participants can express why reading is best! Visitors can also browse The Book Market, a large-scale flea market, where readers and thinkers can join in on a book swap and choose from a selection of gently used books. In case you didn’t get, BOOKS RULE! Saturday, May 12, 11 am-3 pm, Free, Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr.