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Sit-ins and marches are great and all, but they don’t sound near as fun as a “sing-in.” That’s exactly what POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild) is doing Monday afternoon to bring awareness to the Fair Funding for Public Education bill that goes before the PA Supreme Court on Tuesday. Show up at Dilworth Park from 2-6 p.m. to lend your voice to the cause. You’ll be joined by a host of choirs, bands and drill teams in the area, as well as the seven City Councilmembers co-sponsoring the event: Helen Gym, Jannie Blackwell, Derek Green, Bobby Henon, Maria Quiñones-Sanchez, Blondell Reynolds Brown and Alan Domb. Monday, September 12, 2-6 p.m., free, Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street.
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Join reps from Philadelphia Water Department at South Street’s PHS Pop Up Garden to learn more about the City’s innovative Green City, Clean Waters initiative. The centerpiece of the gathering is a “The Science & Art of Water” presentation that details what the city has achieved with green infrastructure since the plan was created in 2011. The discussion also details Philly Water’s 20-year plan for the project. On a less-formal note, guests can browse a complementary art exhibition and enjoy Baxter’s Best, a special beer concocted by Saint Benjamin Brewing Company that highlights source water protection. Wednesday, September 14, 5-10 p.m., PHS Pop Up Garden, South Street, 15th and South streets.
Photo: Lutheran Settlement House
Members of Lutheran Settlement House’s Men Can initiative gather at La Colombe in Fishtown for drinks and discussion about upcoming events. Stop by to learn more about the campaign’s citywide initiative to encourage more Philadelphia men to speak out against domestic violence. The famous La Colombe Different Drum rum drink, beer and draft lattes will be passed around as members chat about the work they’re doing and plan for next month’s MEN CAN Rally and Award Ceremony at Board Game Art Park (which you should totally put on your calendar). Thursday, September 15, 5-7 p.m., La Colombe Fishtown, 1335 Frankford Avenue.
Photo: Sabina Louise Pierce
Stray cats is a big problem in Philadelphia—like 178,000 big. To help put a dent in that number, Yards Brewing Company hosts the 2016 Drink Beer, Save Cats fundraiser to raise cash for and awareness around City Kitties, a nonprofit, no-kill, volunteer-run cat rescue in Philadelphia. The party goes down at the Yards brewery in Fishtown, where your ticket gets you all the beer you can stomach and tickets for a gift basket raffle. The event has been pretty popular in the past, so if it sells out, consider donating the money you would have spent on a ticket to City Kitties and crack open a cold one at home. A homeless feline will thank you. Friday, September 16, 7-11 p.m., Yards Brewing Company, 901 North Delaware Avenue.
Peace Day Philly may not happen until September 21, but organizers are getting a jumpstart on the activities Sunday with a slew of peaceful to-dos. From 10 a.m. to noon, follow the sounds of a drum circle to Independence Mall for an outdoor yoga session and the subsequent potluck picnic,”Feast for Peace.” An open dialogue session on “welcoming each other across diverse cultures and faiths” takes place at the Ethical Society from 2-4 p.m. Later, head back to the Ethical Society for “We Grow Where We Are,” a poignant exhibition of photos and paintings and a discussion about a group of Syrian refugees working to “plant the seeds of education” in their new Lebanese homeland. Sunday, September 18, various times, more info at peacedayphilly.org.