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!
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Now that the midterms are over, what does it all mean for U.S foreign policy? On Monday, the Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania will host former Congressman Charlie Dent, a Perry World House visiting fellow and current senior policy advisor at DLA Piper, and Jon Tamari, the national political writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, to discuss the future of U.S. foreign policy and the world order. Monday November 19, 4:00pm-5:30pm., Free, Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk
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Studies have shown that the LGBTQ+ community is disproportionately affected by narcotic abuse. That’s why this Tuesday, the Penn LGBT Center is hosting a training session to show members of the LGBTQ+ community how to recognize and prevent an overdose using the counter-overdose drug Naloxone. The event is jointly run by the SOL Collective, a harm reduction collective based in Philadelphia, and RHD Morris Home, the only residential drug and alcohol treatment program in the country specifically serving the transgender community. Tuesday, November 20, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Free, Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.
It’s Thanksgiving eve, but it is not too late to donate non-perishable food items for the big day. Yards Brewing Co. and Philabundance have teamed up in the Care for a Can food drive, where people can bring food items to drop off points all over the city. From 5pm to 8pm on the 21st, BAR on Sansom Street and Garage Passyunk are some of the last drop off points for food items. Make sure to check out the list of “high-priority” food items before you buy anything. Wednesday, November 21, 5:00pm-8:00pm., Free, BAR, 1309 Sansom Street; Garage Passyunk, 1231 E Passyunk Ave
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Turkey day is here, and for the 18th year in a row, Operation Turkey is working hard to ensure the homeless and less fortunate receive a warm meal. The organization provides over 75,000 meals across the nation, and the Philadelphia effort, hosted by the ITAVFoundation, is looking for volunteers to help prepare, package and deliver platters to the homeless and the less fortunate. Thursday, November 22, Free, See SIGN-UP information
Many might not know that November is Gratitude Month and in the spirit of gratitude, Splashlab Arts is hosting an art workshop for Philadelphians to create art for senior citizens who are feeling lonely or isolated. Create a card, paint a picture or simply write a letter. When you are done, you can hand deliver your works or art to senior citizens throughout the community. Friday, November 23, 1:00pm., Free, SplashLab Arts, 3510 Scotts Lane
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D.O.P.E or Doing Our Part Eclectically will be serving meals to the homeless following Thanksgiving. Volunteers need to meet at the Thomas Paine Plaza at 8:00. If you are unable to volunteer, they are still looking for food items like turkey, pasta, hot cocoa, soup, and water. Saturday, November 24, 2018. 8:00pm-10:00 p., FREE, Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Looking to burn off of those Thanksgiving calories? Combine exercise with support for youth development by joining Roots Philly Yoga teacher Katie Azzara for a vinyasa yoga benefit class. All of the proceeds will go toward Philadelphia non-profit Philly Girls in Motion, which empowers girls through sports and fitness to help promote personal growth. Sunday, November 25, 6:00pm-7:15pm, Open Donation, Roots Philly Yoga 466 North 10th St.