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Do Something: Garden in the Cemetery

This week, drink for animals, find out what the cost of being a girl is, dig up dirt in a cemetery, and more

Do Something: Garden in the Cemetery

This week, drink for animals, find out what the cost of being a girl is, dig up dirt in a cemetery, 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!

Learn about the high cost of being a girl

Every day, people are making strides toward closing the gender wage gap, but every day, all around the world, women still face discrimination and still the gap persists. We often think of the wage gap in simplistic terms: women earn 77 cents for every man’s dollar, but the pay gap is much more complex than that. Join author Yasemin Besen-Cassino as she discusses her new book, The Cost of Being a Girl. Her book focuses on how early work experiences lead to later gender inequalities in the market, and takes an intersectional perspective, focusing on race, gender and class differences. Besen-Cassino’s research is supported by the W.E. Upjohn Institute and has been praised by London School of Economics Review and was featured in the Washington Post, the Guardian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Monday, October 15 at 2 pm, Free, Temple University, Paley Library, 1210 W. Berks St.

Beer Up for the Election

Photo: via Bar Hygge

The midterm elections are almost here! Presidential elections always have the highest turnout, but the midterm elections are just as important. If you are a newly registered voter, if you have recently moved to a new neighborhood, or if you have general questions about voting, Bar Hygge is the place to go. On Tuesday, Bar Hygge will be holding a nonpartisan meetup about voter engagement. Local volunteers from The Spring Garden Civic Association will be on hand to answer questions and offer important information. There will be opportunities to find out where to vote, discover who your representatives are and even to join the Spring Garden Civic Association. As if it couldn’t get better than just voting, if you come back on November 6th with your “I Voted” sticker, you will receive a discount on a beer of your choice. Tuesday, October 16, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Free, 1720 Fairmount Ave.

Trick or Treat for Science

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Halloween is the perfect holiday to celebrate things that slither, crawl and fly. At The Academy of Natural Sciences, creatures that might scare us (bugs, snakes and dinosaurs) are celebrated all year long. Because of this, The Academy of Natural Sciences is the perfect place to trick-or-treat. At the exhibits Outside In, Butterflies!, Xtreme Bugs andThe Big Dig, visitors will receive a treat to take home and see Halloween-themed specimens from the collections. And visitors who wear a costume will get $2 off museum admission. Trick-or-treating runs until October 28th. Any kids who want to maximize their candy supply should stop by. Wednesday, October 17 – Sunday, October 28th, 10 am-5 pm, $19.95 tickets for adults (age 13 and above), $15.95 tickets for children (ages 12 – 2), children 2 and under free, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Imbibe for Animals

Get the best views of the city and support animals in need during the Pyramid Club Yappy Hour. The Morris Animal Refuge is dedicated to helping the homeless, abandoned and unwanted pets in the Philly region and you can be a part of helping change the life of an animal in need. A $20 ticket includes entrance, appetizers and drink specials with all proceeds benefiting the shelter. Business casual dress code is required (the cats demanded it). Thursday, October 18, 6 pm-8 pm, $20, Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St.

Play without Boundaries

While the sound of a busy playground filled with kids yelling, playing games of tag and tripping over untied shoelaces is exciting for some, for others, it can cause a sense of unease and nervousness. The Please Touch Museum has been working to create spaces that accommodate all children, no matter their differences or disabilities. Join them for their Play Without Boundaries event series where they offer an adapted space for kids with autism, learning differences, and kids in need of other sensory or communication needs. The event is free but does require registration. Friday, October 19, 5 pm-7 pm, Free with registration, Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic 

Garden in a Cemetery

Yes, you read that right. Join the Penn Outdoors Club for a morning of gardening in the Woodlands cemetery. In honor of Green Week (and maybe Halloween?) students and admirers of the Woodlands cemetery are invited to pitch in and help maintain this over 170 year old cemetery that has become a beloved landmark in University City for runners, organizations, craft fairs, and, of course, the dead. Fill out this form to get involved. Saturday, October 20, 10 am-12 pm, Free, The Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Ave.

Pop Up in Pink

Walk two miles this Sunday for the 1st annual pop up pink parade for breast cancer awareness. Start the day with a continental breakfast and pep rally to get energized, then stay for the balloon release and start walking with fellow survivors and supporters. Participants are invited to shop along the way at the Vision Venue Shop, with a percentage of the funds going to Traci’s BIO (Beautiful Inside & Out), a cancer awareness organization in Philly. Check in here for more info. Sunday, October 21, 9 am- 6 pm, Free, The Pop Up Store @ The Vision Venue, 410 South St.

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