Do Something: Keep the Delaware Beautiful

This week, clean up the Delaware River, write letters for prison reform, protect our parks, do yoga at the ICA, learn about climate change, and more!

Do Something: Keep the Delaware Beautiful

This week, clean up the Delaware River, write letters for prison reform, protect our parks, do yoga at the ICA, learn about climate change, 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!

Learn Smarter Eating Habits

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Every Monday evening in July, the Fumo Family Library branch of the Free Library has held a different event devoted to educating Philadelphia citizens about healthy eating. The events ranged from understanding sugar and fat intake to budgeting a healthy diet. Tonight’s event will look at how those afflicted with chronic diseases can help alleviate their suffering through the food they eat. Can’t make it this week? There’s one more event this summer next Monday about plant-based milks. Monday, July 23, 6 pm-7 pm, Free, Fumo Family Library Branch, 2437 S Broad Street

Keep the Delaware Beautiful

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Join a smattering of local businesses and organizations for an evening of environmental volunteering. United by Blue, Riverfront North Partnership, Philadelphia Water Department, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, The Green Program, ReAnimator Coffee, and Little Baby’s Ice Cream are all teaming up to remove trash from the Delaware at Frankford Boat Launch—one of three public boat launch sites in the city. A popular location for fishing, biking and other types of outdoor recreation, it’s also an ecosystem at risk from man-made debris entering the river from tributaries. United by Blue will provide all cleaning supplies and there will be free Little Baby’s Ice Cream for volunteers when the day is done. Tuesday, July 24, 5 pm-7 pm, Free, Frankford Boat Launch, 5646 Tacony Street

Dive Deep into Climate Change

Why does climate change remain such a deeply divisive topic? What influences public perception of its effects? How will that perception change going forward? These are the questions Yale research scientists Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz and host Dr. Rachel Valletta look to discuss at The Franklin Institute this week. Their conversation promises a deep look into the cultural and psychological processes behind what it means to confront global environmental catastrophe. Wednesday, July 25, 6 pm-7:30 pm, Free, The Franklin Institute 222 North 20th Street

Foster Solidarity Through Poetry

Supported by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s “Farm for the City” outside of City Hall, We (Too) Are Philly is a summer poetry festival. Organized by Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera along with poets Ashley Davis, Kirwyn Sutherland, and Raena Shirali, the festival features a lineup of poets of color who will look at how nationalist rhetoric and calls for exclusive citizenship serve as stumbling blocks for solidarity. The organizers and poets share similar histories of forming shared creative spaces and fighting white supremacy. Thursday, July 26, 6 pm-9 pm, Free, Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

Ground Yourself at the ICA

The programming at the Institute of Contemporary Art looks to expand beyond just the realm of art. Beginning last summer, the museum has held regular mindfulness sessions aimed at helping the wider community gain tools to become more aware. These sessions might help participants develop healthier minds, reduce stress, and improve compassion (among other benefits). Friday’s session, led by instructor Kate Johnson, will consist of gentle stretching, movement, and breathing exercises before a twenty-minute period of guided meditation. After, there will be a discussion of the practice and a few minutes to plan out the rest of the day. As are all events at the ICA, Mindfulness is open to everyone (though space is limited), and no prior experience is needed. Friday, July 27, 12 pm, Free, Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S 36th Street

Write Letters for Prison Reform

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Decarcerate PA, a coalition of organizations and individuals looking to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania and the harm that incarceration does to communities, has a lot of letters to answer. Because of its wide reach and advocacy, the coalition receives hundreds of letters each month from prisoners across Pennsylvania who request information, submit to the Decarcerate PA newsletter, and look to help organize. This Saturday, you can help Decarcerate answer those letters. Saturday, July 28, 1 pm-4 pm, Free, William Way LGBT Center, 1315 Spruce Street

Drink for our Parks

Though heading to a beer garden might seem like an unlikely way to give back to the community, Parks on Tap allows you to do just that. A partnership between Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and FCM Hospitality, Parks on Tap travels to a different Philadelphia park each week and sells craft beer, cocktails, and food to park goers. A portion of all proceeds goes directly back to support each park. This week, those proceeds will directly benefit Friends of Pastorius Park. Check their calendar to see where the pop-up will be each week for the rest of the summer. Sunday, July 29, 12 pm-10 pm, Pastorius Park

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