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!
Meditation can reduce stress, improve concentration, encourage a healthy lifestyle, and more. It can give participants a new sense of self awareness and open the mind to positive thinking—something we can all benefit from. Today, you can join others at the Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens for a special combo of meditation and local art. Sit among the shimmering mosaic landscape during a guided meditation session from health educator Sandi Herman. All levels are invited to join the hour of meditation, wind down, observe and relax while supporting one of Philadelphia’s treasures. Monday, August 20, 6 pm-7 pm, $10, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St.
Every year, about 42.5 million Americans suffer from some form of mental illness, but the average population isn’t trained on how to provide the best help to those in need. Today, the American Red Cross will hold a free workshop on adult mental health. This program teaches participants how to support someone who is experiencing a behavioral health problem. MHFA is promoting this workshop to assist people in learning skills when it comes to identifying, understanding and responding to symptoms of behavioral health challenges and crisis. Tuesday, August 21, Free, 8:30 am-5 pm, American Red Cross, 2221 Chestnut St 4th Fl Board Room
PhilaSoup is a Philadelphia based non-profit organization committed to supporting classroom teachers and students from all over the city. Join them for appetizers, drinks and a silent auction, which will all help give teachers the chance to win up to $800 for a classroom project. The attendees will have the opportunity to vote on three teachers after hearing their pitches for a potential project. The winner will receive 50 percent of the funds made during the fundraiser. The second place pitch will receive 30 percent, and the third place will receive 20 percent. Help build a supportive school community this year. Wednesday, August 22, $15-$25, 6 pm-9 pm, Maas Building, 1325 North Randolph St.
More than 1.6 million people in Pennsylvania suffer from food insecurity and an estimated 42 million people are affected by food insecurity across the country, according to the USDA. Be a part of fighting hunger by joining Evil Genius Beer Company for its Charity Night to support Share, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping community members out of food insecurity and providing ongoing support to low income individuals. For every beer purchased, $1 will go toward programs at Share. Enjoy the end of summer in the Evil Genius beer garden, bring your pup, and support Philadelphians in need. Thursday August 23, 6 pm-8 pm, Pay As You Go, Evil Genius Beer Company, 1727 N Front St.
Hop on your bike and join Liv Cycling ambassador Kate Holden and a local Philly tour guide for a trip around the city to view our rich urban art landscape. Liv Cycling is the first biking company dedicated exclusively to women and has ambassadors from across the country. The trip will highlight murals and other art viewable from a bike and encourages long time residents and recent transplants to join in and appreciate the City of Brotherly Love from a new perspective. Friday August 24, 7 pm-9 pm, Free, Philadelphia Bikesmith, 1822 Spring Garden St.
Philly is well known for its eclectic food. From pretzels to cheesesteaks to hoagies and more, Philadelphians love to brag about the food that makes Philly, Philly. Join community members and neighbors to learn more about how these staples came to be. Get to historic Reading Terminal to find out where the Breyer’s ice cream logo came from, why Milton Hershey came up with the idea for Hershey’s kisses and why pretzel’s twist during this Philly food tour. Saturday, August 25, 10 am-11:20am, $9.95-16.95, Reading Terminal, 51 N 12th St
The Philly 10k race is here this weekend and will take runners across scenic South Philly and Center City, while passing 13th Street and East Passyunk and the historic Italian market. It also goes through all the street were most have walked, shopped, and celebrated the Eagles Super Bowl. This event includes race entry, a cold PBC beer, Soft Diadora Race Shirt and a finisher’s keepsake. Also included is Shake Shack and Federal Donuts special Philly 10k Custard. This event is put together through a group of Philadelphia citizens who have been celebrating Philly’s unique diversity and history since 2014. The organization also sends a portion of profits to non profits throughout the city. Sunday, August 26, 7:30 am, Cost of Registration, 8th and South Streets