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!
Didn’t get to volunteer this Martin Luther King Jr. Day? The Independence Seaport Museum has you covered with a rain check for President’s Day. Get out with the community to clean up litter on Columbus Boulevard. After, use the free admission pass you earned to tour the waterfront museum to learn more about the history and creatures of the Delaware River. Register HERE before arriving. Monday, February 18 from 1 pm-3 pm, FREE, Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Explore Philly’s history of LGBTQ+ activism through the lens of David Lebe. His exhibit at the Perelman Building features photos from anti-war marches in the 1970’s, the gay March in Washington, and photos from his experience living with AIDS. Along with capturing history, Lebe’s photos utilize artistic photography practices like light-writing and hand-colored prints. Now until May 5, FREE with Philadelphia Museum of Art admission, The Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave.
Philly goes green for every Eagles game, but is behind when it comes to green practices like clean energy and recycling. Head to Green Philly’s climate report panel to learn how climate change is affecting Pennsylvania. Enjoy drinks and snacks included with your ticket, and soak in some info from Franklin Institute Environmental Scientist Rachel Valletta, PennEnvironment’s Flora Cardoni and author and activist Judy Wicks. The panel will discuss what’s going on now and what we can do to fix it. Tuesday, February 19, 6 pm-8 pm, $15 per ticket, WeWork, 1900 Market St., Floor 8
Photo: The Free Library
The Free Library is hosting programs through the month of February that celebrate Black History Month. On any given day, adults can attend book discussions like ones for Sing, Unburied, Sing, the One Book One Philadelphia pick for 2019, where free copies will be distributed. Younger patrons can make crafts that teach about Black history, like building African headdresses or attend story times that teach African mythology. Now through February 28, FREE, Philadelphia Free Library locations.
Have you been reminiscing about the days you played in the band? Get involved by volunteering at Rock to the Future, an organization that provides free music education to low-income Philly kids. Rock to the Future is looking for people who can teach music, tutor 6th to 12th graders on homework, and become mentors for students in their program. Volunteering times are flexible, but an interest and committee meetings take place throughout the month. Committee meeting on Thursday, February 21, 6:30 pm to 8pm, FREE, Rock to the Future offices, 2644 Coral St.
Did you know African American slaves would create quilts and pass them on through the Underground Railroad to share messages with each other? Join educator Sharon Tindall at the Awbury Arboretum as she decodes these messages and demonstrates how cotton was used by enslaved people to create thread, sew quilts, and tell stories. Tindall hopes to inspire others to carry on the tradition during her Black History Month presentation. Saturday, February 23, 10 am to 12 pm, Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Rd.
The Eastern State Penitentiary has a dark history of isolation and labor that is often overlooked. Take a free tour of the former prison and learn about its origins and the labor system in prisons throughout the country. This program will also weave in discussions from Sing, Unburied, Sing, the One Book One Philadelphia pick for 2019 that follows a family incarcerated in a labor prison. After the tour, take a walk through the exhibit “Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration.” Saturday, February 23, 11 am-1 pm, FREE, Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave.