Do Something: Celebrate Eco Living

Greenfest returns to Headhouse Square. Plus: Discuss the role of women in the 2016 election, run in Germantown and more ways to be an awesome citizen this week.

Do Something: Celebrate Eco Living

Greenfest returns to Headhouse Square. Plus: Discuss the role of women in the 2016 election, run in Germantown 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.

Learn how to help women and families succeed

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The roles of women and working families have been hot button topics in the 2016 election, especially with Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination for president. CNN’s political commentator Maria Cardona will moderate a girl-power packed panel exploring what it will take for real-life progress for women and their families, with leaders from EMILY’s List, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Service Employees International Union. The event will kick off with remarks from American Federation of Teacher’s Randi Weingarten and Democratic congressional nominee Katie McGinty. Tuesday, September 6, 11 a.m., free with RSVP (call 202-413-2375), The Franklin Institute Laureates Conference Center, 222 North 20th Street. 


InterAct Theatre Company’s most recent act was turning a moribund ballroom in the fabulous Center City Drake Building into dual performance spaces. What’s next for the 27-year-old theater troupe with a civic-minded mission? Join InterAct, along with its resident partners PlayPenn, Simpatico Theatre Project, Azuka Theatre and Inis Nua Theatre for a sneak peek at the new Drake space, and the upcoming season. Attendees will receive discounts to upcoming InterAct shows and free food and drink from Waffles & Wedges, Bluecoat American Dry Gin, Rita’s Water Ice and Insomnia Cookies to name a few. Enjoy a visit from the #FLPBookBike, a bicycle-powered mobile library and nearby business 12th Street Gym. Thursday, September 8, 5-7 p.m., free, The Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street.

Get Ready to Vote

Photo: Streets Dept

As anyone within the vicinity of, well, anything should know: We have a Presidential election coming up in November. But that does not mean they are prepared to vote. That’s why Streets Dept, Conrad Benner’s popular photoblog, and South Street watering hole Tattooed Mom are teaming up this Friday to kick off #YesWeVote, a monthlong voter registration drive. Friday’s event will combine two of Benner’s favorite things: Art and voting. On hand, will be works for sale from some of Philly’s most popular street artists, including Ryan Psota, Nero, Amberella and Ephemeroh. And, you’ll have the opportunity to register, or update your registration, in advance of October 11, the last day to sign up to vote. As Benner notes: “You officially have no excuses.”



In the last six years, more than 300 new restrictions on abortion have become law across the country, something most folks don’t realize unless it has directly affected them. Abortion rights advocates and their supporters want to change that. This Saturday, pro-choice groups in more than 30 cities across the country are hosting All Access, a series of concerts and conversations about the state of abortion access in America—and ways to ensure women have the healthcare they need. Philly’s free concert will feature performances by Rye Rye, Tunde Olaniran, Rocky Rivera, Joie Kathos, Pinkwash, as well as DJ Diamond Kuts, DJ NiiLO and DJ Kash. Saturday, September 10, 6 p.m., free with tickets, all-ages, Electric Factory, 421 North 7th Street .

'Fundrace' for Germantown

Lace up your sneakers this weekend for the 2nd annual Run Germantown 5k and get in a little fundraising with your morning run. All proceeds from the “fundracer”—including any you secure from sponsors—will be split among three Germantown nonprofits, True Way Youth Empowerment Foundation, The One Less Foundation and the Historic Johnson House that together work to strengthen their community. Not really excited by the words “early morning run?” Stop by whenever you awake for family activities like an introduction to blood pressure, session on “functional fitness,” hula hoop contest and double dutch contests for adults and children. Saturday, September 10, 8 a.m., $35 for ages 12 and up, $20 for under 12, Greene and Armat streets.


Photo: Greenfest

It’s not easy being green—but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Clean Air Council ‘s 11th annual Greenfest Philly in Headhouse Square, will feature over 150 vendors and exhibitors working in the field of sustainable living—the largest environmental festival in the Philadelphia area. Need a ride there? Join Kidical Mass and GoPhillyGo in a family-friendly mass bike ride to the festival to start it off right: emissions-free. Greenfest will offer group bike rides throughout the day, free adult and kids’ yoga and a 25-foot rock wall, and expects 20,000 people to celebrate being green. Sunday, September 11, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., free, Headhouse Square, Second and Lombard streets.

Header photo courtesy of Clean Air Council

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