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Do Something: Take Er Easy with The Dude

Grab your bathrobe and bar crawl with The Dude Hates Cancer. Plus: Visit Philadelphia's Magic Gardens for free, fly your rainbow flag, and more ways to be an awesome citizen this week.

Do Something: Take Er Easy with The Dude

Grab your bathrobe and bar crawl with The Dude Hates Cancer. Plus: Visit Philadelphia's Magic Gardens for free, fly your rainbow flag, and more ways to be an awesome citizen this week.

Every Monday we round up a handful of fun ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email tips here

Rally for safer streets

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The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia wants safer streets for bikers and everyone, so they’re road-tripping out to Harrisburg to make it so. Members of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia will be rallying for the passage of four bills— one in the House, three in the Senate—to make the streets safer, including a bill to extend the red light camera program, a photo enforcement program on Roosevelt Blvd, and giving police the power to use a radar system to catch drivers for speed. (Pennsylvania is the only state where this isn’t legal.) Wednesday, June 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., free (registration required here)

Work to end poverty in Philly

Want to learn more about, and about how to end, poverty in Philadelphia? Young Involved Philadelphia is hosting a panel on Thursday to discuss how Philly ended up with the highest poverty rate of any big American city, and what sorts of ideas are out there to change that. Panelists include councilwoman Helen Gym, The Food Trust’s Dwayne Wharton, StateImpact PA‘s Katie Colaneri, and Cynthia Figueroa of Congreso de Latinos Unidos, and will be moderated by Nyron Crawford of Temple University and BeHeard Philly. Thursday, June 9, 8 p.m.-8 p.m., free (RSVP here) Independence Visitor Center, 1 N Independence Mall West

Channel your inner 'The Dude'

Let’s face it, man: There aren’t many chances in life to bar hop in a bathrobe (at least not without looking like a crazy person). So take advantage. This Saturday, East Passyunk Avenue hosts The Dude Takes Er Easy Bar Crawl, a Lebowski-themed fundraiser benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A $10 donation to the Philly version of the national The Dude Hates Cancer gets you your own “The Dude” sunglasses and drink specials at the two bars on the crawl, Lucky 13 and Stogie Joe’s. (White Russian, anyone?) Bathrobes are, like, strongly encouraged. Saturday, June 11, 3 p.m.-5 p.m, Stogie Joe’s; 5 p.m.-7 pm, Lucky 13, $10 donation and RSVP on Facebook.

Show your pride

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Let your rainbow flag fly on Sunday at Philadelphia’s Pride Day 2016, expected to attract over 25,000 people at the region’s largest gay festival. The annual—um, colorful—parade starts at 11:30 a.m. at 13th and Locust, and ends at Penn’s Landing, for a festival with hundreds of vendors and entertainment throughout the day. The $15 entry fee goes to paying the entertainers and for Outfest in October. Sunday, June 12, 11:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., $15 cover charge ($10 if you pay ahead), Penn’s Landing, 101 S Columbus Boulevard

Experience the Magic

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Isaiah Zagar’s mosaic extravaganza, is thanking longtime supporters and welcoming newcomers with its first Philly Free Week, June 5th to 10th. Visit PMG for free with a valid Philadelphia school ID, driver’s license or a letter verifying you’re a Philadelphian. Free admission includes access to the outdoor labryinth, the Dear Julia exhibition and daily gallery talks. Discounts are also offered on PMG’s website (discount code: PHREE) for Philadelphia visitors. June 5-10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street

Downward Dog for kids

BRIDGE combines yoga and creative writing to empower Philadelphia school students to express themselves, discover their inner voice and outer community, and communicate with the world around them. The new organization piloted a program in a group of elementary school students this spring, and found that a brace of yoga and writing was enough to alter their daily interactions. Now they want to expand BRIDGE to other schools and other kids. To do so, they’re having the first in a series of hip-hop yoga classes on Thursday, with DJ Sylo spinning his favorite beats. Juices and healthy treats will follow the 60-minute flow class. Register ahead to guarantee a spot. Thursday, June 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $15 (or $40 for the series), James Oliver Gallery, 723 Chestnut Street.

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