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.
Roots2Rise, a Philly-based yoga organization that offers low-cost yoga for good causes, is offering a class on the deck of the Lutheran Settlement House, to support the social services organization’s programs for senior citizens. Krysta Genovese Jones will lead attendees through an all-levels flow class, with proceeds going to expand programming and accessibility at the center. Bring your own mat and come strike your best warrior pose. Monday, July 9 through September 3, 6 pm-7 pm, $10, Lutheran Settlement House, 1340 Frankford Ave.
Grab a beer with Philadelphia’s Water Department and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in an outdoor workshop about conserving rainwater. When you sign up, you’ll get a free rain barrel or a discounted green tool. Enjoy a craft brew and tasty snacks while learning about ways in which you can make your home greener and more eco-friendly. Bonus: Going to this event will make you eligible to access other projects and workshops through the PWD’s Rain Check, which works to beautify Philadelphia, make the city greener, and reduce pollution via a cost-sharing and tool-sharing program. Tuesday, July 10, 6 pm-7 pm, Free, PHS Pop-Up Garden South Street, 1436 South St.
Jewish service and youth organization Repair the World works to mobilize the community to make a difference by urging people to get involved and volunteer across the city. This Wednesday, they’ll be hosting a Closet Pop Up shop for vulnerable Philadelphians who are in need of clothing. The items in stock will be free of charge. Repair the World is looking for volunteer sales associates to set up the shop, help customers and clean up at the end of the day. If you can’t make it on the 11th, check out their website for more opportunities. Wednesday, July 11, Free, 9 am-1 pm, 4865 Market St.
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The African American Museum of Philadelphia and The Philly Pigeon will open the door to creativity during their open mic night, which will explore identity, blackness, community and how poetry can be used to “disrupt fixed representations of the self.” Poet, writer and teaching artist Kai Davis; writer and poet, Enoch the Poet; and self-described “Philly based daughter, with grandmother tendencies,” activist, artist and educator, Afaq Mahmoud, will all be performing, but attendees are encouraged to come up on stage and present their own work as well. Thursday, July 12, 7:30 pm, Tickets $7 Advance, $10 General Admission, Free for AAMP Members, African American Museum, 701 Arch St.
Photo: Neighborhood Time Exchange
Mosaic artist Ellen Tiberio, is an artist in residence of Neighborhood Time Exchange, which provides artists with studio space and more in exchange for the enrichment of their local community through art. Here, she’s spent the last twelve weeks working with an intergenerational mosaic workshop. Every Thursday, a group of West Philadelphia youth and seniors banded together to create a mosaic embodying the changes they would like to see in their neighborhood. Join Tiberino and her class in the mosaic’s unveiling, which honors the legacies and traditions of the artist’s students and their communities. Friday, July 13, 7 pm-9 pm, Free, Neighborhood Time Exchange, 4017 Lancaster Ave.
The folks who live at the Schmidt Commons apartments are coming together to raise money for Philly Kicking Cancer, an organization that fundraises for cancer patients via kickball games. This week, they are hosting their first ever Cornhole tournament. Expect: fast-paced bean bag throwing, a 2 hour open bar, and a community with a giving spirit. The event is open to all Philadelphians looking to do good and get competitive over cornhole. Saturday, July 14, 1:00 pm, $30, The Piazza at Schmidt Commons, 1001 N 2nd St.
Channels and PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) have joined forces to bring you the best of both worlds: boozy, musical performances and support for the homeless and abandoned dogs of our city. Come for the food and drinks, stay for the adorable, adoptable canines that will be roaming around the venue. Who knows? You might meet your next four-legged best friend. PAWS is a non-profit dedicated to finding homes for Philadelphia’s homeless dogs and cats, helping to reduce by nearly 40 percent the animals who have entered city shelters since 2006. See here for the performance lineup. Sunday, July 15, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm, $30, Channels, 1042 Pine St.