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Photo: Lutheran Settlement House
MEN CAN, an ardent local initiative that seeks to engage men in ending domestic violence, has had a solid year of outreach. Their projects have included everything from happy hours to barbershop talks to a colorful SEPTA ad campaign that aims to squash out family violence through education and good old fashioned community-building. They celebrate their accomplishments this Wednesday with a rally in Center City. Join them for a lunchtime session of rabble-rousing boasting live music, spoken word, fiery speeches and, because a man can’t do all that on an empty stomach, free food courtesy of Frankford Hall and Federal Donuts. October 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Board Game Art Park next to the Municipal Services Building, 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
Norris Square Neighborhood Project is an intrepid group of citizens of all ages working to build a stronger community through a set of core principles: youth education, community leadership, cultivating green spaces, the arts, and the celebration of Latino culture. They gather at Tattooed Mom this week for a Community Roots Happy Hour, giving you the chance to have a drink with members of NSNP and support their endeavors. Twenty percent of bar and restaurant sales benefit the group’s arts, culture and gardening work. The night’s activities include live street art painting by local muralist Calo (aka Carlos Lopez Rosa), silkscreening courtesy of GALATIANS and a chance to score raffle prizes from Philadelphia Union, Greensgrow Farms and the National Museum of American Jewish History. Thursday, October 6, 6-9 p.m., Tattooed Mom, 530 South Street.
Photo: Girls Rock Philly
Girls Rock Philly has been rocking out for 10 years, and they’re celebrating the milestone anniversary with a gala and fundraiser Saturday night. We’ve gushed over GRP before, but if you’re not hip to their mission, the group uses music to not only make sure our future will be full of Beyoncés, Adeles and Mary J. Bliges, but to empower local girls to be the amazing young women they were born to be. You can see some of that burgeoning talent at the gala this weekend. Students new and old will perform for guests in a room that also promises food, an open bar, an arts and crafts section, and a photo booth so you can mark the occasion with a snapshot. Saturday, October 8, 6-10 p.m., $25, The Icebox, 1400 N. American Street.
Girls On The Run, a local nonprofit that uses running to teach girls how to be A-plus citizens, joins forces with Balance Chestnut Hill for a multi-purpose field day event for girls ages 6 to 15. Thirty volunteer coaches will be on hand to lead runners on a fitness circuit that, along with physical challenges like circuit training, running and relay races, includes confidence- and courage-building activities. Following the practice, girls join back up with their parents for a pep rally featuring an appearance by Mo’Ne Davis, who, in 2014, had us all throwing up ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? emojis when she became the first girl to score a win and pitch a shutout in Little League World Series history. To register and see the full day’s schedule, go here. Saturday, October 9, 9:30 a.m., Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 500 W. Willow Grove Avenue.
National Coming Out Day (NCOD) falls on October 11, but Philadelphia is celebrating all weekend long. There are myriad ways to take part this year, including the nation’s largest NCOD event in the world, OutFest, which brings thousands of revelers to the Gayborhood for an event so well-attended that it rivals our Pride festival in June. On Saturday afternoon, the Philly Trans* March begins at Thomas Paine Plaza at 3 p.m. Themed “We Rise Up,” the procession commemorates the achievements and struggles of the transgender community, and remembers those we’ve lost to trans-targeted violence throughout the past year. Later that night, slip into something snazzy for the Indigo Ball at the Sofitel. The soiree raises money for the William Way LGBT Community Center, and features a formal dinner, presentations by local LGBT leaders and dancing at the end of the night. Click all the event names for more information. Happy coming out!