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Do Something: Go Ahead, Stare

Eye Contact Philly gives you permission to stare at strangers in Rittenhouse Square. Plus: brunch for Bainbridge Green, drink for cycling and more ways to be a cooler citizen this week

Do Something: Go Ahead, Stare

Eye Contact Philly gives you permission to stare at strangers in Rittenhouse Square. Plus: brunch for Bainbridge Green, drink for cycling and more ways to be a cooler 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.

Work on Your Eye Contact

The people-watching will be intense this Saturday morning in Rittenhouse Square. An event called Eye Contact Philly invites folks to plop down on the grass and stare at each other for minutes on end, thus perfecting their eye contact skills. The exercise is part of a global Eye Contact Experiment that seeks to reconnect communities through good old fashioned face-to-face contact, something that’s been lost in this age of so many doodads and gadgets. Those interested in participating should bring something to sit on and a sign reading “Where has human connection gone? Share 1 minute to find out.” Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut streets.

Celebrate Cycling With the Sudsy Stuff

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (BCBG) revs up its annual “Bikes and Beers” ride for 2016, offering an additional 30-mile ride instead of just a single 15-miler. Bikers begin their journey at Yards Brewing Company in Northern Liberties before snaking through Center City, Fairmount and West Philadelphia. You’ll stop along the way for lunch and eventually end up back at Yards for two free pints and live music. Money raised benefits BCBG’s mission to make Philly an even more bike-friendly city. Their work includes pushing legislation through City Hall for more bike lanes and safer streets. Sunday, October 16, 9 a.m. start for 30-mile ride, 10:30 a.m. for 15-miler, $20-$45, Yards Brewing Company, 901 N. Delaware Avenue. 

Brunch to Make Bainbridge Green

An infantry of restaurants from Queen Village and beyond are bringing their grub to the street Sunday in support of Bainbridge Green, a community-driven project that seeks to transform the mammoth concrete median at Bainbridge from Third to Fifth streets into a lush and more user-friendly community space. Besides a landscaping overhaul, the plan envisions enhanced lighting, improved seating areas and maybe even a sculpture and food garden. Sunday’s Bainbridge Green Brunch Fest raises money for their undertaking with a delicious spread of food and coffee from spots like Ela, Hungry Pigeon, The Good King Tavern and Little Bird Bakery. Sunday, October 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bainbridge Green, 350 Bainbridge Street.

Take the #LeafMeatBehind Challenge

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MyMilkCrate, the local-made app that rewards users for doing good in their communities, challenges locals to take part in their #LeafMeatBehind campaign. Taking place all October, the challenge encourages people to choose one day out of the week to go vegan or vegetarian. The concept stems from the nationwide Meatless Mondays initiative, which says going meat free for only one day “lessens your environmental impact by about the same amount as taking your car off the road for 320 miles.” MyMilkCrate app users can earn MilkCrate for Communities points, which we explain here (or in that little “read more” box below). Any day of the week you choose, all October long, pay as you go, home or your local vegetarian restaurant.

Take Your Family to This Bartram's Jawn

As part of Mural Arts Philadelphia and Bartram’s Garden’s collaborative Southwest Roots project, which aims to introduce nearby residents to the cultural and natural benefits of having Bartram’s Garden in their backyards, the organizations host the very-Philly-sounding John Bartram Jawn Concert and Arts Festival. The day is family-friendly and features food, lots of activities and, for mom and dad, live music all day long. The concert lineup includes hip-hop, R&B and soul bands that hail from or identify with Southwest Philadelphia. The festival is part of MAP’s October-long Mural Arts Month celebration. To see what else is happening this week and throughout the month, go here. Sunday, October 16, 4-6 p.m., free, Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard.

Header photo by Segal Studios via Facebook

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