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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Spring is finally here and it’s time to send the kids outside to play. Why not do that and encourage them to read? Mifflin Square Park will host its annual Read-A-Thon where kids can play, read and take home free books. Would you like to volunteer to read at the event? Or just help out with books and keeping kids organized? Send an email of interest to [email protected]. Monday, April 30, 3:30 pm-5:30 pm, Free, Mifflin Square Park, 6th & Ritner streets
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May 1st is International Workers’ Day, AKA May Day, when workers around the world stand up to fight for their rights. In Philly, The Liberation Project is holding a rally at City Hall against the prison-industrial complex, low teacher salaries, community displacement and the proposed Temple stadium in North Philadelphia. Interested in attending? You’re encouraged to wear red bandanas to the rally. Click here for more information about the rally and other events taking place that day. Tuesday, May 1, 10 am, Free, City Hall, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd.
Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is an organization dedicated to addressing the needs of girls ages 6 to 18 by equipping and providing them with education and resources, through research-based programs. Join them for their 2018 Strong, Smart and Bold Breakfast, an annual fundraising and networking event, where they recognize and award influential women in Philadelphia. This year, those women include Emily Bittenbender, managing partner of Bittenbender Construction, LP; Simi Hoque, associate professor of architectural engineering at Drexel University; and Monica Malpass, 6abc Action News anchor. The event will include breakfast, a presentation by the young women at Girls inc., and the awards ceremony. For more information about how to get tickets to the event, contact [email protected] or call (215) 735-7775. Wednesday, May 2, 8 am-10 am, Free, Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, 1501 Cherry St.
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Come for the local chefs, live cooking demonstrations, diverse cultural cuisines, games and live music. Stay to learn more about and support local minority-owned food businesses, at The Enterprise Center’s annual Eats for Equity Event. The fundraiser helps to support the Center of Culinary Enterprises, which works with underserved communities, in West Philadelphia and beyond, to help entrepreneurs get the tools they need to succeed. Family- and foodie-friendly. Reserve tickets here. Thursday, May 3, $75, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm, Center for Culinary Enterprises, 310 S 48th St.
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Do you appreciate art? Do you see art as a form of activism? Then this art show is for you! The Outrage, which sells apparel featuring slogans of protest and empowerment, will host a First Friday art show in its Old City store, featuring Art by Blur, a Philadelphia based street artist and poet who uses her work to tell stories and empower people. The Outrage, which donates money from every item sold, has a lofty goal for its Philly and DC shops: To raise $1 million for organizations that fight inequality like Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter and She Should Run. You can support their efforts by purchasing items in the store, or online. Friday, May 4, 6 pm-9 pm, Free, Old City location, 321 Arch St.
Si, amigos. It’s that time of the year again! Join Consulmex Filadelfia and Mexican Cultural Center Philadelphia for a block party on Independence Mall this weekend. For the first three hours of the event, kids are encouraged to play educational games and win prizes. Can’t make it to the party? Need more information about it? No worries! The list of events run for a whole week and you can click here for more information about Mexican Week 2018 and details about the block party. Saturday, May 5, 12 pm-10 pm Free, Mexican Cultural Center, 111 S Independence Mall.
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In the United States, 36 percent of women describe their births as traumatic. March For Moms and Improving Birth, organizations of health professionals and stakeholders, advocate for improving the wellbeing of mothers in the U.S and provide tools and resources to improve birth. You can join their efforts! Kicking off Maternal Health Care Awareness Week, March For Moms, will host a national rally in Washington D.C. and here in Philly. Join a concurrent march hosted by Improving Birth, and rally against fatal maternal issues in the U.S. Sunday May 6, 10 am-1 pm, Free, Clark Park, 4300 Baltimore Ave.