Do Something: Gather ‘Round the Dinner Table

This week in Philly you can become a better transgender ally, dance consensually, find community in an Immigrant's Kitchen and more

Do Something: Gather ‘Round the Dinner Table

This week in Philly you can become a better transgender ally, dance consensually, find community in an Immigrant's Kitchen 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!

Follow an Unlikely Journey with Julián Castro

Whether it was mom or teacher or someone you saw on the street, we all have our inspirations. People who have guided us through the stages of life and helped us along our journey. For Julián Castro, former San Antonio mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during President Obama’s second term, it was his activist mother and twin brother, Joaquín, who guided him to Stanford then Harvard Law School, and ultimately the political scene. Castro helped make the San Antonio economy thrive, and may be looking ahead to a 2020 presidential run. Hear more about Castro’s “unlikely journey” when he discusses his new book, An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up From My American Dream, at the Free Library. Monday, October 22, $15, 12 pm, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

Fly into a Conversation About Bird Conservation

Did you know, 360 million to one billion birds collide with windows in the U.S. every year? That makes bird window collisions one of the most imperative bird conservation issues right now. This Tuesday, you can be part of the solution by joining Keith Russell, program manager for Urban Conservation for Audubon Pennsylvania and research associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, as he gives a talk about his work preventing bird collisions. Valley Talks are free for Friends of the Wissahickon members. Wine and cheese provided. Tuesday, October 23, 6 pm- 8 pm, $10 for non members, Valley Green Inn, Valley Green Road at Wissahickon

Cut Coupons, Not So Extremely

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Join the Office of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown for a hands on workshop as part of the Brown Bag Lunch Series to learn how to get into “Not So Extreme” couponing for the holidays. Sometimes shows like Extreme Couponing can be intimidating and shoppers may leave Target feeling defeated if they don’t save $7,000 and stockpile enough Charmin Ultra Soft toilet paper to last the next 6 years. But, consumers can take baby steps toward important budgeting strategies and maybe walk out of stores with a few extra bucks in their pockets. Refreshments provided. Wednesday, October 24, 11:30 am- 1 pm, Free, City Hall, City Council Caucus Room (401)

Dance Ecstatically, Consensually

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No creepy grinding here! Join Philadelphians for a substance-free, come-as-you-are, consent-based dance party at the Trinity Center for Urban Life. Get down in this “sacred space” and leave the conversation at the door to allow the dancing to fully shine. This is a time for participants to emerge themselves in the music and create a culture of inclusion and trust through movement. Everybody and all bodies are welcome in this supportive community. Thursday, October 25, 7:30 pm-10:30 pm, $20 at the door, $15 online in advance, Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St. 

Become a Better Transgender Ally/Advocate

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Being an ally is important. But sometimes it can be difficult to know the right thing to do and when to do it. That’s why the Transgender Training Institute will be in Philly all weekend helping participants learn the skills  necessary to be an active ally and advocate in the transgender community. Over the weekend you’ll up your knowledge on transgender and non binary issues and learn how to effectively support friends and loved ones. Sliding scale options available. Friday-Sunday, October 26-28, All Day, Ticket Prices Here, The Cedar Works, 4919 Pentridge St. 

Celebrate the Dead

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Something about Halloween and definitely scary—these are the common misconceptions around Día de los Muertos that are far from the truth. Originating in Mexico, the day of the dead is a celebratory time to honor the deceased through color, music, dance and food. Vibrant alters are created for loved ones who’ve passed and traditional food like pan de muerto are shared among families and friends. Today, you can join in the festivities at Penn Museum for an all day and all night celebration. Dress up, enjoy the entertainment and celebrate the dead! Saturday, October 27, 1 pm-8 pm, Admission of Penn Museum, Penn Museum, 3260 South St. 

Find Community in Shreshth Khilani's Kitchen

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Breathe in the generations of women who have prepared the same dough, stirred the same stew and laughed heartily at the same nothing conversations we share around the dinner table today. That’s the kind of experience local theatre artist Shreshth Khilani wants you to have during Immigrant Kitchen. The eight person performance takes place in Khilani’s home in West Philly where they’ll use the recipes of their grandmothers to create community and afterward the audience is invited to join them in baking bread. The performance is funded mostly by the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant and will run through December. Sunday, October 28, 6 pm, Free, Registration Required, Shreshth Khilani’s Kitchen, West Philly

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