Do Something: Mourn Eagle-less Super Bowl…With Puppies

This week, shop to support survivors, learn about public spaces, walk with Hamilton, and have more fun doing good in Philly

Do Something: Mourn Eagle-less Super Bowl…With Puppies

This week, shop to support survivors, learn about public spaces, walk with Hamilton, and have more fun doing good in Philly

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!

Be a Trans Ally

Trans men and women are the constant targets of discrimination, something that takes a toll on their health and wellness. Join University of California post-doctoral fellow Ayden Scheim, PhD, at Drexel University where he will discuss his research into trans issues and give tips on how the general public can be allies to transgender folks. Monday, January 28, 1 pm-2 pm, Free, Nesbitt Hall, Room 132, Drexel University

Build Shared Public Spaces

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Conversations about “shared prosperity” ordinarily center around poverty, job creation, and social welfare—important, but also abstract concepts for many of us. But there’s one area we can all relate to: Public spaces—like parks—open to any and all to enjoy and thrive in. This is the impetus behind the national conversation on “Reimagining the Civic Commons,” a look at how cities can utilize vacant land, public areas and real estate investment to raise value for everyone. On the heels of a new Reimagining Civic Commons toolkit, 5th Square is hosting a discussion about how to fund such public spaces in Philly, with Carol Colletta, of the national Kresge Foundation; Joshua Vincent of Urban Tools Consulting, for a local  tax and real estate perspective; and real life practitioners, Kevin Dow, Executive Director of The Rail Park, and Jen Mahar of Fairmount Park Conservancy. Tuesday, January 29, 6 pm-8 pm, Free, Pipeline Philly, 30 South 15th Street, 15th floor

Retrace Hamilton's Steps in Philly

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He’s not just the main character of a hit musical: He’s one of Philly’s (and the country’s) most important figureheads. Follow the famous Founding Father through the journey offered at the Museum of The American Revolution during their much talked about “Hamilton Was Here” exhibit. It follows the life, times and achievements of Alexander Hamilton and how his impact is felt today. Take part in the interactive exhibit and found and maintain your own country like Hamilton did. Brush up on your Philly Hamiltonian history. Wednesday, January 30, 1 pm-5 pm on Weekdays and 10 am-5 pm on Weekends, $18-$25, Museum of The American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd. Street

Learn T’ai Chi

In anticipation of the Chinese New Year, start your new year with t’ai chi, an ancient Chinese martial art that balances yoga and meditation. Join the Free Library of Philadelphia in a t’ai chi session to take the edge off of your busy schedule so you can go into the next week refreshed and ready for what life throws your way. Wear comfortable clothes you can stretch in. Thursday, January 31, 2 pm-3 pm, Free with Registration, Free Library of Philadelphia- Fumo Family Branch, 2437 S. Broad Street

Jazz Out for MLK

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination has led to a major resurgence in talks of his impact on our country and the world. That legacy extends to art. On Friday, join a group of jazz musicians and spoken word poets in University City to celebrate Dr. King’s enduring legacy to our larger culture. Acts include Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, Jeremiah “Cunga Man King” Thompson and Glenn Bryan. There will also be local vendors, a cash bar. Friday, February 1, 6 pm-9 pm, Free with Registration, Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel, 3549 Chestnut Street

Shop to Support Survivors

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Who doesn’t love a good flea market? Especially when entry ticket proceeds are all going towards Women Organized Against Rape(WOAR), Philadelphia’s only full service crisis rape center. Join 60+ female and femme-identifying vendors and artists and support their work—while supporting an organization that supports all Philly women. Saturday, February 2, 10 am-6 pm, $3 tickets, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street 

Watch the Super Bowl..or Just The Pups

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What’s some consolation for an Eagles-less Super Bowl Sunday? Puppy Bowl Sunday! Come support Morris Animal Refuge at Devil’s Den to watch fiersome play between pups on the screen while adoptable puppies romp around. Get your picture taken with the MVPs(Most Valuable Pups) and enjoy food and drink available on site. 10 percent of hot dog sales will benefit Morris Animal Refuge. You can choose from dressed up dogs options such as “Bark Mi” and “Siberian Husky.” Who knows? You might meet your next best friend. Sunday, February 3, 3 pm, Free, Devil’s Den Philadelphia, 1148 S 11th Street 

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