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Do Something: Honor MLK, Give to Your Community

This week, celebrate at one last holiday party to support women, honor MLK Jr. by volunteering, learn to brew sustainably, and more!

Do Something: Honor MLK, Give to Your Community

This week, celebrate at one last holiday party to support women, honor MLK Jr. by volunteering, learn to brew sustainably, and more!

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!

Give Back This MLK Day

Honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on Monday by giving back to your community through the MLK Day of Service, hosted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance). The family festival event will offer a number of community service activities at the museum and any art you create will be collected by MANNA and delivered, along with food, to the people they serve every day. Admission to the museum will be Pay What You Wish, but consider giving a larger donation to support the PMA. Art is one of the most accessible mediums for spreading kindness and understanding to those who need it the most. Monday, January 21, 10 am-5 pm, Pay What You Wish, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

Celebrate Kensington

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In an attempt to combat stereotypes about Kensington and honor their community, 14 neighborhood residents have put together Through Our Eyes, a photo exhibition depicting what it’s like to live in a place often defined and characterized by people who don’t live there. What does Kensington look like to you? What does Kensington mean to you? Equipped with disposable cameras, the photographers have answered these questions over a series of workshops at their local Free Library branch. Join them for the gallery launch and celebrate their home. Tuesday, January 22, 4 pm-6 pm, Free, McPherson Square Branch, 601 E Indiana Ave 

Learn to Live More Sustainably

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“Sustainability” is a popular buzzword in the media. You’ve definitely heard about it from your neighbor who composts her vegetable scraps, or your friend who bikes to work. But what does it mean? Join Green Philly to learn about the concept, as well as ways you can live more sustainably in your everyday life. Topics discussed will include sustainable brewing practices, vertical gardening and wind and solar energy. Each topic will be pared down and discussed in about five minutes, making it easy to take in. The point of the event is to give you the advice and information you need to put any of these sustainable concepts into practice. Who knows, you may even be a certified sustainability expert afterwards! Wednesday, January 23rd, 7 pm-9 pm, Tickets $15 per person, United By Blue, 205 Race Street

Go to One. Final. (Bra)liday. Party

Get to Bob and Barbara’s for the final holiday get-down of 2018. Say goodbye to the year once and for all and donate to I Support The Girls, a local organization that collects bras, tampons, maxi pads, and more to distribute to Philly’s homeless women in need of items that can be hard to come by. Bring a donation as an “entry fee” and enjoy a couple rounds of drinks on the house along with local food! The hosts for the evening, SOSNA (South of South Neighborhood Association), will also be announcing their Volunteer of the Year Award. Thursday, January 24, 7 pm-9 pm, Free, Bob and Barbara’s, 1509 South St. 

"Werk It!"

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On Friday nights, the Philadelphia Museum of Art stays open late for the adults out there, with cocktails, live music and in-depth examinations of gallery art. This Friday, the museum will be focusing on the art of the catwalk and the underground subculture of LGBTQ balls. The event, Werk It!, will be sponsored by The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Friday, January 25, 5 pm-8:45 pm, Tickets $18 for adults and seniors, $14 for students with ID, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

Take Your Tastebuds on a Tour

It’s hard to believe that the Reading Terminal Market has been around since 1892. It seems both modern and timeless. If you want to learn more about the history of the market, and view it in a new way, join the Taste of Philadelphia: Market Tours, which happen every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 am. The tour will cover the history behind cheesesteaks, hoagies, pretzels and Hershey’s kisses. You won’t be able to complete the tour without buying one of those famous foods. Saturday, January 26, 10 am-11:15 am, Tickets $16.95 for adults and $9.95 for children ages 7 to 11, leaves from the Market Welcome Center at 12th and Filbert streets.

Celebrate Chinese New Year

Photo: Free Library

Chinese New Year lands on February 5th this year. Get an early start on the celebration at the Free Library of Philadelphia. As part of Sundays on Stage programming, Dance China New York will be performing Chinese folk art pieces, including excerpts from Beijing Opera and Chinese ribbon dance. Sundays on Stage events are cultural programs featuring live performances by many different artists and entertainers. The family-friendly programs celebrate diversity through art, song, and dance. Sunday, January 27, Doors open at 1:30 pm, event begins at 2:00 pm, Free, Seating on a first-come, first-served basis, Montgomery Auditorium, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street

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