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Do Something: Dine for a Difference

This week, have brunch with your dog, laugh at an open mic night and eat all the food and ice cream you want for a good cause.

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.

Run with Shelter Dogs

Finally, an evening run you can look forward to: On Monday, ACCT Philly, the no-kill animal shelter that saved nearly 18,000 pets in 2016, is teaming up with The Monster Milers for a 2-mile run with shelter dogs from ACCT. Try to keep up with your new running partner, and afterward, meet with an ACCT Philly volunteer to learn more about how you can help homeless animals. Who knows? You may even go home with a new best friend. Monday, May 21, 6:15 pm-7:45 pm, Free ACCT Philly, 111 W Hunting Park Ave.

Take a Global Food Tour

Join Nationalities Service Center, Philadelphia’s leading immigrant and refugee service organization, for a celebration of global cuisine––all while raising awareness for the diverse communities that brought such vibrant food to our city. Global Tastes is one of NSC’s most important events, with awards being presented to individuals who are dedicated to immigrant and refugee families. This year, Sozi Pedro Tualnte, a fellow and lecturer of law at The University of Pennsylvania, and Stacy Wayn Sarno, the director of community engagement and refugee hiring initiatives at WebLinc, will be recognized. Tuesday, May 22, VIP 6 pm-7 pm, General Event, 7 pm-10 pm, Free, WHYY, 150 N. 6th St.

Help End Childhood Hunger

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One in six kids in America will go hungry this year, but you can help change that statistic. Join No Kid Hungry, an organization fighting to end childhood hunger, and a few of Philadelphia’s most-accomplished chefs for an unforgettable culinary experience. Chefs Nick Elmi, Daniel Eddy, Jesse Ito, John Patterson, Greg Vernick and Townsend Wentz will prepare a meal, while the price of admission will also grant a night of unlimited drinks. Proceeds from this event will support hungry children both in Philadelphia and nationwide. Wednesday, May 23, 6 pm-8 pm, $150, PHS Pop Up Garden, 1438 South St.

Buy Philly-Grown Produce

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Summer is on its way, which means that farm stands can once again make grocery shopping an enjoyable event. On Thursday, the Norris Square Community Alliance and the Norris Square Neighborhood Project will open up a weekly farm stand in Norris Square. Each year, youth and community members in the area work to grow and harvest over 850 pounds of sustainably grown produce, such as fruits and vegetables; you can even find medicinal herbs there. Each purchase goes right back to the urban gardens that, not only supply such produce, but also beautify the area, adding a touch of green to otherwise concrete neighborhoods. Thursday, May 24, 1 pm-3 pm, Free, Norris Square, 174 Diamond St.

Laugh Out Loud For a Cause

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Civic engagement doesn’t have to be arduous. Join Cave: A Comedy Open Mic for a night of laughs, with all proceeds going to the Philadelphia chapter of Red Nose Day, a nationwide effort to end child poverty. Popular comedians, such as Chris O’Connor from Team Coco, Dan Vetrano, Chip Chantry and others will take the mic, but space is limited, so the show will sell out. Reserve your spot now by Venmoing 5 dollars and your name to @CaveOpenMic. Friday, May 25, 8 pm-10 pm, $5, Cave: A Comedy Open Mic, 1527 Fountain St.

Eat Ice Cream All Day

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Is there really anything better than unlimited ice cream? Come to the Old Pine Community Center on Saturday and, for just 6 dollars, eat nothing but ice cream breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All proceeds from the event will go to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, which works to support families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. This may be the only time you don’t feel guilty about eating a lot of ice cream. Saturday, May 26, 10 am-6 pm, $6, Old Pine Community Center, 401 Lombard St.

Skip Bae, brunch with your dog instead

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What’s better than brunch? Easy: brunch with your dog. Throughout the summer, Square 1682 will be hosting, what they call, BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog) brunches on Saturdays and Sundays, with one dollar from every purchase going to Pennsylvania Society for the Cruelty of Animals. Not only will there be a selection of cocktails for dog owners, but Square 1682 has also prepared a brunch menu for dogs. Sunday, May 27, 8 am-2:30 pm, Square 1682 Restaurant, 121 S 17th St.

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