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Do Something: Read With Drag Queens

This week, support libraries, learn about water and sustainability, juggling, 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!

Honor Black History

To mark the 400th year since Africans were forced into slavery and brought to the British Colonies, Hugh Taft-Morales will host a book discussion of Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America by Lerone Bennett Jr. This tells the story of black history from its origins in western Africa all the way to the complexities of living black in today’s society. Hosted by the Philadelphia Ethical Society, the event will encourage participants to find the most recent edition of the book and join the discussion by literally being “on the same page.” Monday, January 7, 7 pm-9 pm, Free, Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 South Rittenhouse Square

Dive into water issues

It seems like every week, the Trump government announces that it will scale back yet another environmental regulation. But what does that actually look like in practice? What will happen to our water sources if the federal government keeps rolling back regulations? On Tuesday, the Academy of Natural Sciences will host a discussion on the Waters of the United States Rule, which is currently in the Trump administration’s crosshairs. Join the  conversation to find out what that means for the local Delaware River, which provides water to over 15 million people. Speakers will include the Academy’s Biogeomchemistry Section Leader Dr. Marie Kurtz and Watershed Ecology Section Leader Dr. Stefanie Kroll, and PennFuture Staff Attorney Abby Jones. Tuesday, January 8, 5:30 pm-6:30 pm, Free, The Academy of the Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.  

Save a life

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Philadelphia had an estimated 55,000 intravenous drug users and an estimated 1,200 overdose deaths in 2017. This is occurring in the context of a massive drug epidemic hitting the U.S.—overdose deaths have risen almost 100 percent in the past decade. On Wednesday, the Free Library will host a series of trainings to teach people how to identify overdoses and how to administer Narcan. Want to find a training near your library branch? Email [email protected] Wednesday, January 9, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm, Free, Welsh Road Library, 9233 Roosevelt Blvd.

Experience art about the earth

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LandLab Artist Residents Dance Exchange, Kate Farquhar and Jan Mun spent a residency at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, exploring issues of ecological restoration. Now, they are presenting works they created during their study at the Center for Emerging Artists. At the opening event, each artist will present their findings, talk about the evolution of their ideas, the data collected and the artistic process. Ideas ranged from exploring the relationship between land and water, sculpture that asks questions like “Can green infrastructure become a meeting place for humans and other organisms?” and a passion for mushrooms. Visit the final product this Thursday to hear and see more. Thursday, January 10, 5 pm-7 pm, Free, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, 237 S 18thSt., 3A

Celebrate Black LGBTQ artists

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Black Trans Futuristic: An Exhibition highlights the brilliance and passion of the Black transgender community here in Philadelphia. Presented as the opening event for the QT Noir Arts Festival, a program of Till Arts Project, the  event showcases the experiences of non-binary, and gender non-conforming artists in a celebration open to all at William Way LGBT Community Center. Friday, January 11, 6 pm-9 pm, Free, William Way LGBT Community Center, 1315 Spruce St.

Read with drag queens, support libraries

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Philadelphia, like cities and towns across the country, are seeing a sharp decline in available library hours or even closures. Which is a shame: From after school programming, jobs training, author readings and community events, libraries help people and places grow. That’s why Drag Queen Story Time—stories read by drag queens—will visit Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, to help raise funds for the Fumo Family Library Branch. Hear stories about love, diversity and acceptance while raising money for a good cause. You can RSVP to [email protected]for more. Saturday, January 12, 11:30 am-2 pm, Free, Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar, 254 S. 12thSt.  

Juggle for sustainability

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Join Sustainable Circus, “an environmentally twisted collection of eco-motivated education, science and creativity” that moves away from the Barnum & Bailey’s of the past. Learn about your carbon footprint, the benefits of nature and how to juggle on Sunday with members of Sustainable Circus. Join one or both workshops for the day and learn about the earth and how to juggle on it. Sunday, January 13, 12 pm-3:30 pm, $20-$30, Philadelphia Spin Coalition

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