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!
With Christmas right around the corner, the Philadelphia Film Society and Philabundance are teaming up for a charity screening of Frank Capra’s Christmas classic “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Tickets for this event are free, though a suggested donation of a non-perishable food item from Philabundance’s wish list is encouraged. All of the proceeds will help Philabundance feed over 90,000 people weekly. Monday, December 17, FREE (with donation), Philadelphia Film Society, 1412 Chestnut Street
The Franklin Institute is back for it’s monthly installation of Science After Hours. This month, ahead of the holiday season, the Institute is hosting “Holiday Bizarre” where they will be conducting scientific workshops with a holiday twist. Activities will include ornament making, winter solstice stellar observation, screen-printing, craft making, and more. Must to be 21 years or older to participate. Tuesday, December 18, $20 for Non-Members, $15 for Members, The Franklin Institute
Tens of thousands of children are incarcerated in youth prisons every day across the country. While juvenile prisons market themselves as “rehabilitation,” all too often juvenile inmates are subjected to prolonged hours of solitary confinement, shackles, chemical sprays, and other abusive practices. Many are unaware that our youth are subjected to these hard conditions, which is why the Juveniles for Justice, an advocacy program at Juvenile Law Center, have created Broken Bridges, a publication that specifically highlights the experiences of incarcerated youth. This Wednesday, the South Philadelphia branch of the Free Library will host the launch party for the publications. It will be an opportunity to hear first-hand some former juveniles experiences in detention and placement, highlighting abusive practices and means of reform. Wednesday, December 19, 5 pm-7 pm, FREE, South Philadelphia Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1700 S. Broad Street
The eve of the first day of winter, Philadelphian’s will gather at Thomas Paine Plaza to remember the hundreds of homeless and formerly homeless Philadelphians who died in 2018 and to call for an end to homelessness that has plagued the city. The event will include words from local leaders, eulogies and stories of remembrance, and performances by local artists. The event will culminate in a candlelit reading of the names of those who have died. Thursday, December 20, 5 pm-6 pm, FREE, Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd
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Four poets, four causes, and hundreds of dollars on the line. On Friday, The Philly Pigeon, a local collective of poets, are running a “charity slam” poetry competition. Hosted by Green Soul, a restaurant for “healthy Soul Food,” four poets representing four local organizations will perform to raise money for their causes. Poet Afaq Mahmoud will perform on behalf of Galaei, a queer latinx social justice organization. Kirwyn Sutherland will represent the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund, which helps those who can’t make bail get home to their families and works to end the unjust cash bail system; Miriam Harris will speak for the The Attic Youth Center which provides services for LGBTQ young people; and lastly, Marques Wright-Lee will perform on behalf of ITAVFoundation which provides school supplies for students in Philadelphia. Fortunately, it isn’t winner takes all. The winner will walk away with $200 for their respective charity and the runners-up will each have $100. Thursday, December 21, 8:30pm-11:30pm, $10 for General Admission, $15 for “Generous,” Green Soul, 1410 Mount Vernon Street
Every month, Philadelphia Printworks holds a “monthly misprint sale” where all of the proceeds go to a charity of choice. This month, Printworks is raising money for The Synergy Project Philadelphia, a street outreach program by the Valley Youth House (VYH) which is designed to help runaway, homeless, nomadic and street youth, age 21 and under, in Bucks County, Philadelphia, Allentown, and Dauphin County. Ten percent of all Printwork sales at the event will be donated to Synergy. In addition, since winter is right around the corner, there will also be a clothing drive. The Synergy Project is requesting warm clothes and coats for the winter in particular. Saturday, December 22, 12 pm-5 pm, DONATE, Philadelphia Printworks, 1901 S. 9th St.
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For its sixth year, local nonprofit Kitchen Cred will be cooking with the kids at the Youth Emergency Service this Christmas Eve. The event will be with teens in the shelter who have recently been removed from their homes by the Department of Human Services. The holiday season is particularly trying for these recently displaced kids, and Kitchen Cred is looking for volunteers to help preparation, cooking, spending time with the kids, and other necessary tasks. Sunday, December 23, FREE, Youth Emergency Services, 1526 Fairmount Ave