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Do Something: Shoot For The Moon

Get scintillating life advice from a former astronaut, learn about how cities function as an ecosystem, and hear from a former female veteran this week.

Do Something: Shoot For The Moon

Get scintillating life advice from a former astronaut, learn about how cities function as an ecosystem, and hear from a former female veteran this week.

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 get engaged in our handy Do Something guide.

Discover How Urban Ecology And Social Activism Mix

As part of a Philadelphia Area Creative Collaborates (PACC) project, Haverford College will host a field-based workshop at Bartram’s Garden highlighting urban ecosystem justice and the science of cities. The workshop looks at the idea that cities function as ecosystems whose ecology affects inhabitants. It will also bring up questions of how we view and interact with urban ecosystems that are largely dominated by top-down planning and government perspectives rather than the lived experience of residents. Scott Kellogg, educational director of Radix Ecological Sustainability Center in Albany, NY, will ask the question: “What would it mean to merge the concept of urban ecology with a social justice analysis?” The first 20 attendees will receive a free copy of “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide” by Scott Kellogg and Stacy Pettigrew. A roundtrip bus will be provided for free from Haverford to Bartram’s Garden. Monday, November 6, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., free, Bartram’s Garden, 54th St. & Lindbergh Blvd.

Support Young People Impacted By Trauma

Trauma can impact how a child’s brain develops, affecting their health, education, and social skills. Forty-seven percent of children in Pennsylvania have experienced some kind of trauma, making this a widespread issue. In this two-hour workshop, learn how to deliver trauma-informed care while working or volunteering with young people. The workshop will go over how to identify behaviors associated with unresolved trauma, the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs), how toxic stress can affect brain development, and share resources for further work in the field. Tuesday, November 7, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., free, School of Social Policy & Practice, 3701 Locust Walk.

Give Back to Female Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown wants to recognize and celebrate the brave women who have served our country and call Philadelphia their home. Women make up the fastest growing population of veterans, yet they face a different set of obstacles and needs. Acknowledge their sacrifices by donating non-perishable goods and feminine hygiene products to a worthy cause. Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., WeWork Suite 200, 1430 Walnut St.

Learn What “Populism” Means For Our Democracy

The word “populism” is increasingly used in the news, especially in political coverage. But what does it actually mean? What do Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Marine Le Pen and Latin American populists have in common? And how does that relate to our democracy, or the rise of the “alt-right”? Jan-Werner Mueller, a leading political scientist, will explain the concept of populism and the weaknesses it reveals in our society. He will also talk about ways politicians and citizens can address the problems and dangers of populism. Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., free, Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South St.

Talk Stars With Former NASA Astronaut

In 1998, Dr. Garrett Reisman joined NASA as a mission specialist. Since then, he’s flown two Space Shuttle missions, logging over three months in space and over 21 hours of extravehicular activity in three spacewalks. Now, he serves as the director of space operations at SpaceX and will be answering questions and sharing life advice during Wharton Council’s Business Of Life Lecture series.  (Also, be sure to follow Reisman on twitter at @astro_g_dogg, for no other reason than to see that handle pop up on your newsfeed.) Thursday, November 9, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., free, Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 8th Floor, 3730 Walnut St. 

Get Your Glow On

The Invisible Vegan, a 90-minute independent documentary, delves into the eating habits of our society, specifically the African American community and explores the unhealthy dietary patterns often found within it. Director Jasmine Leyva shares that over the past three years, coronary heart disease and diabetes have become a more widespread problem and has affected African Americans in particular. Join GetFreshDaily and PHLAssembled for a night of hip hop, vegan cocktails, plant based foods and an exclusive screening of The Invisible Vegan. Sponsored by Jefferson Health, The Glow Up will bring together health conscious people and encourage others to try a new wellness journey. Friday, November 10, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., free (suggested $50donation), The Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave.

Fight Racism Through Art And Advocacy

Join Philadelphia-based artist Sara Zia Ebrahimi Hughes for a panel discussion about the struggles surrounding Islamophobia as it becomes more and more complex and central within our society. The panel will focus on two new books by Erik Love and Neda Maghbouleh and will highlight the fight against hate and exclusion faced by Middle Eastern and Muslim communities in the U.S. To kick off the night, conversation about how everyday people can use the power of art, advocacy and analysis to stand up to Islamophobia and racism. Saturday, November 11, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., free, Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St.

Welcome A New Mural To Philly

A new mural in West Philly is the latest project of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture and Mural Arts Philadelphia. The ongoing (DIS)PLACED project features a series of narratives, visual art, poetry, and music that explores the theme of “(dis)placement, community representation through art, and more.” Tunisian-French artist eL Seed, who will be the artist for the new West Philly mural and blogger Conrad Benner of Streets Dept, will speak to these ideas during the event. Sunday, November 12, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., free, Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk.

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