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!
As part of the Free Library’s New American series, attend an ESL Conversation Group meeting at Charles Santore Library in South Philly. This group is a great way to practice speaking everyday English and meeting other immigrants in the Philly area. All are welcomed to the discussion, regardless of English-speaking proficiency. Do not live in the area? Ask your local librarian about New American events near you. July 8, 1 pm, Free, Charles Santore Library, 932 South 7th Street (7th & Carpenter Sts.)
Join The Spiral Bookcase in Manayunk for a conversation with Jacob Tobia, LGBTQ activists and author of Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story. Through revisiting their childhood and calling out the stereotypes that each of us have faced, Jacob invites us to rethink what we know about gender and offers a bold blueprint for a healed world–one free from gender-based trauma and bursting with trans-inclusive feminism. Tuesday, July 9, 8 pm-10 pm, Free, The Spiral Bookcase, 112 Cotton St.
If your toddler has a love for animals or science, join The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for this week’s Tiny Tot Explorers event. The event series allows young children between the ages of 2-5 years old to join their favorite adult to explore nature through songs, games, hands-on-fun and museum adventures. Snack will be provided. You may register for a single session or an entire series. Each child must be accompanied by an adult; session size is limited to only 10 adult/child pairs, so register today! Wednesday, July 10, 11 am-12 pm, $20 per child pair per session with $10 per each additional child per session, register here, The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
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Head on down to Washington Square West and celebrate song, music and you at the William Way LGBT Center. Hear some of your favorite artists from the Tri-state area and learn more about Philly’s Jazz scene. This week’s event will feature Mx Dena Underwood along with Bert Harris on bass and Karen Smith on congas. As with every jazz festivity at the center, there will be an open mic. Admission is $10 and light refreshments will be served. Thursday, July 11, 7 pm-9 pm, $10, William Way LGBT Center, 1315 Spruce St.
Philadelphia’s iconic Magic Gardens will illuminate a colorful display this summer! Philadelphia-based artist Justin Tyner, who uses salvaged and repurposed glass to create beautiful stained glass works that showcase the effects of light, will have his work displayed at the Magic Gardens for nearly two months. The works will officially be on display this Friday in a pay-what-you-wish opening reception. Friday, July 12, 2019, 6 pm – 9 pm, pay what you wish, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street.
The Mutter Museum is hosting a series of wellness workshops this summer. On Sunday, the museum will be hosting a yoga session in the blissful and beautiful Benjamin Rush Medicinal Plant Garden. After working up a sweat, attendees can explore the Mutter’s unique collection of human specimens and medical objects. Participants should remember to bring a mat and water with them for the event. Registration is required. Members are eligible to receive a discount to workshop and museum collections. Sunday, July 14, 10 am-11 am, $4 – $21, register here, The Mütter Museum, 19 S. 22nd St.