Do Something: Grow Your Flower Knowledge

This week, support Quidditch, grow flowers, have a beer and hang out in a cemetery!

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!

Have you ever seen the rain?

CCR aside, now you have the chance to collect the rain, not just see it. On Monday, July 29, the Whitman Neighborhood Library in southeast Philly is holding a Rain Check workshop. Managed and hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, this event will tell you how to get a free rain barrel from the Philadelphia Water Department, as well as offerings of reduced pricing for downspout planters, rain gardens, depaving, and permeable pavers. Register to attend at or call PHS Information Services: 215-988-1698Help keep our watersheds clean and your neighborhoods beautiful! Monday, July 29, 6:00 pm, free, Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Avenue (2nd St. & Snyder Ave)

Flower power

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Do you believe in the healing power of nature, or just have an interest in botany? On Tuesday, July 30, Urbanstead will be running a workshop on learning to harness the power of everyday culinary herbs, hosted at the PHS Pop Up Garden in uCity Square. You’ll learn about the purported medicinal properties of common herbs you can grow at home and how to make a tincture (bio/chemical extract in an alcohol solution). All proceeds go to Urbanstead’s support of youth and community development in Philadelphia. Tuesday, July 30, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, $25, PHS Pop Up Garden, uCity Square, 60 North 36th Street

You’re a 39-year-old, Harry

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If you’ve been paying any attention to pop culture in the past 20 years, you’ve probably noticed the fantasy wizarding world of Harry Potter. The titular character was (fictionally) born on July 31, 1980, and University City’s City Tap is celebrating with a movie marathon, costume contest, raffle, and specialty menu items based on the franchise. Donations for drink specials even go to benefit Drexel University’s Quidditch Club, a fictional sport played in the series. Wednesday, July 31, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, City Tap University City, 3925 Walnut St, Floor 2

Training more than just a green thumb

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Now’s the time for you to learn plant identification to help your travels through Philadelphia’s dense urban jungle. Hosted by Greensgrow Farms with the scientifically-minded, this event will be a group learning event about the naming, taxonomy, and morphology of a select few flowering plants. If you’re interested in nurturing the budding botanist sprouting inside yourself, email [email protected] to share your interest. Thursday, August 1, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E Cumberland St

Gorgas Park? More like Gorgeous Park

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Parks on Tap is over halfway through their summer lineup, but still going strong! This week, they’re in the gorgeous Gorgas Park in Roxborough. If you’re a regular Do Something reader, you should know the Parks on Tap brand by now: food, drinks, non-alcoholic drinks, relaxing furniture, and quality outdoor time. Enjoy summer in the city while you still can! Wednesday, July 31 – Sunday, August 4, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Gorgas Park, 6300 Ridge Avenue

Arts & Crafts in the Summer-tery

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Christmas in July is over. How about Halloween in August? On August 1, Darksome will be hosting a spooky arts and crafts market in Mount Moriah Cemetery in southwest Philly. The cemetery was abandoned in 2011 and the grounds are cared for by the non-profit Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery, which will be receiving all the admission donations (suggested $5) to continue their upkeep and restoration work. Multiple food trucks will be providing food, and dozens of vendors will be presenting and selling all things weird, strange, spooky and scary! Thursday, August 1, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, free, Mount Moriah Cemetery, 6201 Kingsessing Ave (south/Philadelphia side, not the north/Yeadon side)

11th Anniversary 2nd Street Festival!

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Taking up over six blocks of Northern Liberties for one day only, the 2nd Street Festival is returning for its 11th year in production. Boasting over 150 vendors and over a dozen corporate and local sponsors, this free celebration will be providing crafts, food, beer gardens, multiple music stages, and even kids programs. Centered on Fairmount and Green Streets, this free all-day event will be sure to bring and keep your attention! Sunday, August 4, all day, free, Northern Liberties (Fairmount St & Green St)

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