Do Something: Kick Butt

The week, dance for Philly's parks, learn through nature, pet a pup or two, and learn how to effectively kick butt. Keep reading for more!

Do Something: Kick Butt

The week, dance for Philly's parks, learn through nature, pet a pup or two, and learn how to effectively kick butt. Keep reading for 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!

Start A Commotion

Public spaces take shape in many ways. A park with a red slide and swings in Kensington, a community-run garden full of romaine lettuce and tomatoes in West Philly, a revitalized basketball court in Point Breeze or maybe a project yet to be imagined. With the Make The World Better Foundation, launched by former Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin, that’s the realm in which they operate. The unimagined. Working to inspire communities throughout Philly to revitalize and rebuild public spaces for all to use and enjoy, the foundation works to ignite civic engagement across the city. Tonight, they’ll be doing the same along with City Fitness Commotion to support Philly parks. Grab a ticket and dance to the sounds of three local DJs all from Central High School and headliner Mike Taylor who has played alongside Diplo and LCD Soundsystem and is making his way back to Philly after five years. All proceeds go directly to the Make The World Better Foundation. Monday, August 27, 7 pm-10 pm, $10, POWER, 1429 N 11th St.

Don’t Try This at Home

Experimenting is best done at night. At the very least, it’s certainly more fun. Join the Franklin Institute for its “Science After Hours” and tonight’s theme of “Don’t Try This at Home.” During these monthly 21+ events, Philadelphians get a rare view of the Franklin along with demonstrations, experiments, and opportunities to explore hands-on exhibits. Participants are invited to support their local museums and get a special view of science, the Franklin way. Tuesday, August 28, 7 pm- 10 pm, $20, The Franklin Institute, 222 N 20th St.

Relax Among the Art

With school revving up and summer winding down take the time to reflect and find your inner calm. Join Loving Soul Yoga outside the Art Museum for an hour of donation-based yoga. Loving Soul is a Philadelphia-based mobile yoga organization working to make yoga accessible while increasing representation within the yoga world. Wednesday, August 29, 6 pm-7 pm, Free, Grass b/w the Plug and Pyramids Behind Art Museum, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

Pet a Pup at Puppapalooza

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Every year, approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters nationwide, according to the ASPCA. The Pennsylvania SPCA will be hosting a Phillies-themed event to support those animals during their Puppapalooza this Thursday. PSPCA works to provide care and support for neglected animals and will be searching for safe forever homes during their Puppapalooze at the Pier. Join celebrity bartenders Aaron Nola, Nick Williams, Andrew Knapp and more, along with an appearance from the Phillies Phanatic and the Ballgirls. Enjoy VIP cocktails, raffles and a silent auction all in support of animal welfare. Thursday, August 30, 6 pm-9 pm, $40 General Admission, Morgan’s Pier, 221 N Christopher Columbus Blvd.

Rock Out Inclusively

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In its second year, YalllaPunk, a music festival and conference, is back in support of Middle Eastern and North African populations. Last year, the event drew audiences from around the country and highlighted the creativity of the MENA community. Now, YallaPunk will work to do the same by hosting comedians, poets, musicians, workshops and more for a weekend-long dive into an intersectional and inclusive space free from sexism, islamophobia, transphobia, homophobia, and bigotry. Friday, August 31, Price Ranges, Johnny Brenda’s & Crane Arts Building, 1201 Frankford Ave. & 1400 N American St., respectively

Learn Naturally

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Take friends and family to the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania for a day of learning and growing outdoors. See what’s happening on the grounds from birding to the gardens and everything in between. Enjoy the fall weather slowly coming in and take advantage of this programming every first Saturday of the month through October. Saturday, September 1, 11 am-3 pm, See Site for Prices, Far End of the Oak Allée,  Morris Arboretum of University of Pennsylvania, 100 E Northwestern Ave.  

Defend Yourself and Your Sisters

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In 2013, Warrior Sisters was launched with the mission to empower women by giving them the skills they need to defend themselves. Through open dialogues about consent, respect and community, Warrior Sisters gives participants the power to take charge of their bodies and their response to violence. Join the non profit organization for their first free self defense training. The two-hour workshop will go over introductions, techniques, how to set boundaries and claim spaces. All participants are welcome regardless of economic status. Sunday, September 2, 12 pm-2 pm, Stay Fly Muai Thai, 515 Spring Garden St.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy Bowcock)

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