Every Monday we round up a handful of ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better and have some fun doing it. Got ideas for upcoming events? Email us tips. Now get out and do something!
Is your blood A negative or B positive? Perhaps the rarer O negative or AB positive? No matter your blood type, donating blood can save the life of a car accident victim, someone fighting cancer or any number of other ailments. This Monday, Penn American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at Houston Hall on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Right now, there’s a critical need for blood and by making just one donation, participants can save up to three lives. Visit redcrossblood.org and enter code “UPennRedCross” to schedule your appointment. All participants will receive a complimentary Red Cross T-shirt. Monday, November 5, 10 am-4 pm, Free, Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania, 3417 Spruce Street
TODAY’S THE DAY! Hopefully you’ve done the work leading up to prepare yourself for the election. Remember, just 18 percent of Pennsylvanians made their way to the polls for the primaries—let’s do better. Check out our election guide below and get out to your polling place!
Photo: Photo via Carve 4 Cancer
Help put an end to blood cancer this Wednesday by attending the Philadelphia premiere of Far Out. Presented by REI, and created by Teton Gravity Research, the film follows an athlete as they embark on a journey to one of the most remote and unexplored mountain ranges on the planet: the Albanian Alps. Each ticket sold will benefit Carve 4 Cancer, a nonprofit combating blood cancer through action sports events and awareness campaigns. For more information about volunteering at the event, click here. Wednesday, November 7, 7 pm–10 pm, $20, Lightbox Film Center 3701 Chestnut Street
In August, The Philadelphia Insectarium was robbed and $40,000 worth of insect specimens were stolen and damaged. Now, Atlas Obscura Society Philadelphia and Tattooed Mom are hosting a benefit to raise money and support the Insectarium. Come for drinks and stay for an in depth discussion with Dr. John Cambridge, entomologist and the creator & CEO of the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, insect viewings, and raffle. Take a closer look at the crawlers climbing about our city and support the work of Philly’s very own Insectarium. Thursday, November 8, 7 pm-10 pm, Free, Tattooed Mom, 530 South Street
Photo: On the Table
There is perhaps no better way to come together in conversation than over a meal. Harnessing the power of breaking bread, The Philadelphia Foundation and the The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation are hosting another iteration of On The Table Philly. The event invites residents of the Philadelphia area to gather in small groups across the region to share a meal and discuss the opportunities and issues they find important. Last year, approximately 2000 people attended over 300 conversations highlighting common concerns in local schools, poverty, and social equity, among others. Sign-up and put what you care about on the table. Thursday, November 8, Location Details Provided Upon Registration
The Holocaust is a tragedy that has marred generations. Often, testimony on it is associated with the oldest among us, but this Friday Penn Hillel and Kelly Writers House are giving voice to younger generations. The event, titled “Kristallnacht: 80 Years Later,” will invite elders to listen to young people as they tackle questions about the responsibility of carrying history. The event is funded by The Wexler Family Endowed Fund for Programs in Jewish Life and Culture. Friday, November 9, 12 pm- 1:30 pm, Free, Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk
Photo: Love Your Park
Autumn is upon us. Green shifts to earthy reds and oranges, the trees shed their leaves, and the temperature starts to cool. So, in anticipation for winter, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Park and Recreation, and the Park Friends Network, are hosting their annual Love Your Park Fall Service Day. Join thousands of other volunteers as they plant trees, collect leaves for compost, and clean up litter. The effort extends to dozen of parks across the city, so make sure to find the park clean-up closest to you. Saturday, November 10, Free, Various Hours, Various Parks, Sign Up Here
Join more than 3,000 Philadelphians for the annual Lemon Run this Sunday. Hosted by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, this cancer-busting run starts at Memorial Hall and loops through beautiful Fairmount Park over the course of 3.1 miles. However, if you are unable to make it you can still makes donations to fundraise for an individual runner, team, or business. If you are participating, make sure to wear yellow or gold for childhood cancer awareness. Sunday, November 11, 8 am-11 am, Registration Prices Here, Memorial Hall, 4231 Avenue of the Republic