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Do Something: Rock Out at Kidchella

The annual Woodstock for tots returns to Fairmount Park. Plus: Join a North Philly art project, celebrate at the Juneteenth Festival and more ways to be an awesome citizen this week.

Do Something: Rock Out at Kidchella

The annual Woodstock for tots returns to Fairmount Park. Plus: Join a North Philly art project, celebrate at the Juneteenth Festival 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.

Lend a Hand to Chosen 300

Chosen 300 Ministries is working with Global Citizen 365, the local organization in charge of leading the largest Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in the U.S., to host a service day in the middle of June. The initiative encourages people from all walks of life to get involved with one of Chosen 300 Ministries’ 1,800 community projects. The hope is that it not only gets people on the ground doing good across the city, but exposes folks to people from different ethnic backgrounds, religious denominations, and social and economic classes. Wednesday, June 15, 5:30 p.m., registration required (send in application here).

Show and Tell for Adults

Show & Tell may typically be though of as a kids activity, but who says adults shouldn’t be able to get in on the fun? Penn’s Village, a nonprofit serving aging central Philadelphians, asks adults to come out with a treasured story and object, no matter the topic, and share with their neighbors. Show up to learn about your fellow citizens over wine, cheese and some good old-fashioned storytelling. Thursday, June 16, $5, Community Room of the Society Hill Towers, 285 St. James Place.

Rock out at Kidchella 2016

Little teapot, no more: Smith Memorial Playground’s third annual Kichella kids music festival is bigger than ever with three dates throughout the summer—the first of which happens this week. WXPN’s Kathy O’Connell emcees the family-friendly fest with a diverse lineup of performances including every kind of music from “kindie” and folk to jazz and electronic. Families are invited to show up for a pre-show picnic as a way to engage and jam with other families across Philly. A variety of food trucks will line up around the Playground. If you can’t make this one, two more Kidchella concerts happen this summer, on July 15 and August 19. Friday, June 17, 6-7:30 p.m., $5, East Fairmount Park, 500 Reservoir Drive.

Celebrate Juneteenth

The Juneteenth Festival, an event commemorating the anniversary of the passage of the 13th amendment, returns to Germantown. An entire block shuts down in the neighborhood for the free community gathering that promises exhibits, family-friendly activities, performances and other activities paying homage to the anti-slavery and abolitionist movements that emancipated slaves in America. Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free, 6300 Block of Germantown Avenue.

Go Back to the Future in North Philly

Black Quantum Futurism and The AfroFuturist Affair celebrate the opening of their Community Futures Lab at an all-ages reception on Saturday. The idea behind the lab is to document the past, present and future of North Philly’s Sharswood/Blumberg. Over the next year, organizers will work to collect artifacts and oral histories from residents, display artworks by local artists, and host workshops and think tank meetings to get community members involved. Stop by Saturday to get a sneak peek, while enjoying light refreshments and entertainment in the form of readings and a konjo sound performance by Sirius JuJu. Can’t make it? You can still lend your support. Email [email protected] for more details. Saturday, June 18, 5-7 p.m., Community Futures Lab, 2204 Ridge Ave.

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