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! Then, discover more evergreen ways to stay engaged in our handy Do Something guide.
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Under the current Presidential administration, a number of policies are being made that are viewed as a threat to the immigrant population in the country today. Immigrants and advocates are subsequently making their voices heard. Join VietLead, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, and several other immigrant-focused organizations as they march for a clean path to citizenship and against local and federal policies that divide families through deportation. The Aquinas Center at 1700 Fernon Street host an hour of sign making the day before from 7-8 p.m. to prepare for the event. Monday, March 5, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Free, Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd
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FDR Park, also known as Philadelphia’s Hidden Gem, is one of the most serene parks in Philadelphia and its lakes are home to striking birds and aquatic life like the American coot and the double-crested cormorant. Grab a garbage bag and a pair of gloves and join Friends of FDR, together with Philadelphia Water Department, United By Blue, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and Honeygrow, to clean up the the lakes that have accumulated trash and pollution that can potentially cause harm to the wildlife in the area. Tuesday, March 6, 4 pm-6 pm, Free, Friends of FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Ave.
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Connect with your inner nerd for a night and join Nerd Nite as they collaborate for a special event with One Book One Philadelphia. The evening will be a lively discussion about the themes in One Book One Philadelphia’s current read, Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson and will touch on topics about memory, public health and community. Attendance is $5 and that includes happy hour specials during the show. A range of other interesting topics will also be discussed including air and soil quality in urban communities by officials from Community Outreach and Engagement Core, UPenn, and discussions around youth homelessness by Josh Ducoff from Covenant House Philadelphia. Wednesday, March 7, 7:30 pm-10:30 pm, $5 Cover, Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave.
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We’ve seen what can happen when kids step up and use their voices to create change in their communities and around the world. Now, we want to see what youth have to say right here in Philadelphia. This Thursday, join Repair the World: Philadelphia as they host an education and activism event. This event will give a platform to young people in Philadelphia with a panel of students from YouthBuild, UrbEd, Youth Volunteer Corps. They will be speaking about their experiences in the Philadelphia school system and and the work being done in their respective organizations. Thursday, March 8, Free, 5:30 pm-7 pm, YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School, 1231 N Broad St., 5th Floor
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In light of Women’s History Month, it’s important to preserve women’s history by telling their stories through different means and forms of art. You can celebrate women’s history by coming out to watch the play Las Mujeres, by Erlina Ortizby, produced by Power Street Theater company in collaboration with West Kensington Ministry. Las Mujeres, directed by Tamanya Garza, is a modern adaptation of the feminist play “Top Girls” by Carol Churchill. Las Mujeres means “The Women”, and the play shows the struggles and challenges of Latina womyn in a patriarchal society. Can’t make it on the 9th? No worries! Click here for a full list of times and dates. Friday, March 9, Free, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm, West Kensington Ministry, 2140 N Hancock St.
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Help promote healthy produce eating habits, bring awareness to food deserts, and help make fruits and vegetables more accessible by attending the BYOB (Bring your own bag) event at North Philly Peace Park this Saturday. The BYOB Free Produce team will be handing out produce purchased wholesale and from a local distributor. Join in the action day of or donate now to help support the cause. Saturday, March 10, 9 am-12 pm, Free, North Philly Peace Park, 2223 W Jefferson St.
Positive Mental Attitude or PMA, is a term coined by Philadelphian Joe Cox and encourages people to reconnect with some age old sayings. “Pay it forward,” “do unto others” and the like are behind his intentions and this Sunday Cox and the team at PMA Bike Ride will be hosting a pizza making party to help raise money for the upcoming PMA ride. Every first and last Saturday of the month, PMA Bike Ride will cruise around the city handing out pizza to those experiencing homelessness with the hope of raising awareness and giving to others in need. Join the pizza party this Sunday at Rosa’s Fresh Pizza to learn more! Sunday, March 11, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, $15, Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, 25 S. 11th St.