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!
Photo: Free Library of Philadelphia
Fear not, Philadelphians without a gym membership—the Free Library has you covered. That’s right—the library. Adults and teens are welcome to a monthly event where you can exercise to some of the Frankford Library’s large collection of instructional fitness videos. Be sure to get there early though; there may be limited space. Monday, March 4, 5:30 pm, Free, Frankford Library, 4634 Frankford Ave.
Are you an expert on Philadelphia, wine, or food? Or do you just really like wine? In either case, this is the event for you: Panorama, a staple of Old City, is hosting its first ever trivia night, to test your knowledge of Philly history and more—with a complimentary glass of wine from the Italian restaurant’s legendary collection. Cheers! Monday, March 5, 6:30 pm-8 pm, $10 per person, Panorama, 14 North Front St.
Of course you know all about Philly’s upcoming primary on May 21st. But what happens in Harrisburg also matters. That’s why Indivisible Philadelphia, a grassroots volunteer movement dedicated to resisting corruption in government and boosting voter turnout, is rousing the troops to get Pittsburgh area voters to the polls for a special state election on April 2. The group is hosting a coffee klatch at High Point Cafe on Wednesday, for Philadelphians to send postcards to fellow Pennsylvanians across the state, reminding them to vote. Coffee and all materials for the postcards will be provided; you bring the conversation. Wednesday, March 6, 11 am-1 pm, Free, High Point Cafe, 1925 Fairmount Ave.
A true “hero of liberty” is empathetic, respectful and responsible for others in their community. That’s part of the message of the National Liberty Museum, and the impetus for its monthly family GiveBack workshops. This Saturday, the museum is hosting a kid-friendly coloring session to benefit two organizations: Color A Smile, which sends encouraging pictures and notes to seniors and troops overseas; and Cradle To Crayons, which provides clothing and school supplies to children in need, along with notes. Donations of new items for the children—like shoes, backpacks and coats—are also welcome and will be accepted at the event. Saturday, March 9, 10:30 am-12 pm, $25 for family of four, National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St.
There’s nothing like some cold outdoors work to remind you that spring is on its way. And the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philly Parks & Recreation could use your help! Harmful and invasive plants are threatening a small fragile ecosystem in the woods near Olney, and they’ve reached out to the people of Philly to volunteer to help remove them. Snacks, coffee, and all the supplies you’ll need will be provided. Saturday, March 9, 10am-12pm, Free, Fisher Park, 571 W Spencer St.
The St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association of Philadelphia carries on its tradition of throwing the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade that began in 1771. The parade will feature marching bands, dance performances, and Irish groups from all around the Delaware Valley. This year’s theme—fittingly—is “St. Patrick, Unite Us!” Come out and celebrate with some of the proud Irish of Philadelphia! Sunday, March 10, 12 pm-3 pm, Free, begins at Independence Call, 520 Chestnut St.
The Kimmel Center is giving you the chance to relive a popular childhood pastime through some of the most amazing new technology. After it was a hit at last year’s PIFA Street Fair, the Kimmel is showing off its new virtual reality swingset installation, a fully immersive VR machine designed to transport you through all kinds of 3D landscapes. All are welcome and admission is free. Sunday, March 10, 12 pm-9 pm, Free (with suggested $5 donation), Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, 300 S Broad St.