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!
The year was 1903 and Philly had just become home to the first ever High Pressure Fire System. Water pumped through independent mains and fire hydrants throughout Philly and could launch a two inch stream 230 feet vertically in an instant. Today, the plugs all connect back to one centralized location on Columbus Blvd. at Race St. which is now home to FringeArts Headquarters. Now throughout the summer, join the team at FringeArts for a full tour of the historic building, see how it’s been revamped for art and theater, and enjoy a happy hour before the tour. Monday, May 13, 5:30 pm, Free, FringeArts, 140 N Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Photo: PMBL Facebook
Come together for Jamaican craft cocktails, music and dancing, and, of course, all things basketball to support Philadelphia Mans Basketball League (PMBL) 7th Annual Breds Treasure Beach Jamaican Youth Basketball Camp. Proceeds from the Friends of the PMBL Extravaganza will serve over 1,500 campers this summer during the Treasure Beach Basketball Camp in Jamaica. Campers will receive transportation to and from the camp, new sneakers, shorts and jerseys, three meals a day, and more. Tuesday, May 14, 6 pm, Register Here, La Peg, 140 N. Columbus Blvd.
In collaboration with the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund, women from The People’s Paper Co-Op are teaming up for the 3rd annual Women in Reentry Day to raise awareness around ending cash bail, bailing out black mothers and caregivers and discussing criminal justice in Philadelphia. You can join the day of during a rally at city hall, see the art exhibition, join the parade or donate here. Tuesday, May 14, 1:30 pm-5 pm, Free, City Hall, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Photo: PennEnvironment Facebook
Take a peek at a fossil fuel free house right in the center of Philadelphia and see what a sustainable home looks like inside and out. Environmental activist and business entrepreneur Judy Wicks will be opening her home in collaboration with PennEnvironment and discussing the ways in which she turned her house into a 100 percent carbon-free space. While planting a tree out front or getting a free rain barrel may be more in the reach of many residents of Philadelphia, join the tour, enjoy gin and tonics mixed by Wicks personally and talk sustainability with neighbors and friends. Wednesday, May 15, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm, Register Here, Hosted by PennEnvironment, 1429 Walnut St.
Photo: Philly Farm Crew
Spend your Thursday with goats and the folks behind Philly Farm Crew and Philly Goat Project where participants can learn about urban goats, trail maintenance and farm work. The Philly Goat Project offers animal-assisted therapy, goat yoga and community wellness for Philadelphians with the intent to spark interest in environmentalism, humane treatment of animals and agriculture in urban environments. Hosted by Jewish Farm School and Repair the World Philadelphia, enjoy time in the outdoors and get to know some goats! Carpool available. Thursday, May 16, 4 pm-7 pm, Free, Philly Goat Project, 6336, Ardleigh St.
Photo: FrogWatch Facebook
Bring the family for a night of outdoor adventure and frog watching fun at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. But wait! It’s more than just a fun, froggy night—it’s also an opportunity to become a citizen scientist and help the Philadelphia Zoo monitor for frogs on the Refuge as part of FrogWatch, a national initiative to document spring frogs. Learn from resident biologists and zoo experts during this free event. Friday, May 17, 8 pm-10 pm, Free, Register Here, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd.
Tune up the wheels, grab your helmet and hop on your bicycle for Bike to Work and Wherever Day 2019. Forget about just biking to work and think of all the possibilities just two wheels can provide. On Friday morning, the Bicycle Coalition will be hosting Energizer Stations at The Rail Park and Penn Museum. Stop by on your way to work or wherever for snacks, coffee and more. Then, join Neighborhood Bike Works in the evening for a happy hour and bike maintenance session! Friday, May 17, All Day, Free, Register Here, Throughout Philly
Join United by Blue—a B Corps clothing and lifestyle company that removes a pound of trash from oceans and waterways for every product sold—for their 10th anniversary clean up at Bartram’s Garden along the riverbanks of the Schuylkill River. Opt to clean up by foot or in fashion forward waders and get ready to degunkify the waterways and recreation areas of Philly. Stick around for post clean up snacks and giveaways, and leave Philly looking a bit cleaner than when you got there. Saturday, May 18, 10 am-1 pm, Free, Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Photo: Reach & Raise Facebeook
Take advantage of your Sunday Funday by joining Living Beyond Breast Cancer for their early morning Reach & Raise 2019 event. Meet at the Philadelphia Art Museum steps for an all inclusive yoga class with live music to boot. You can help support Living Beyond Breast Cancer by registering as a team, an individual or simply donating to the many programs and resources the organization provides to those living through breast cancer. Sunday, May 19, 7:30 am-12:30 pm, Registration Details Here, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway