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Do Something: Open More Streets

Attend a fundraiser at the Rail Park to make open streets a monthly affair in Philly. Plus: Learn how to plant and care for trees and more ways to be an engaged citizen this week.

Do Something: Open More Streets

Attend a fundraiser at the Rail Park to make open streets a monthly affair in Philly. Plus: Learn how to plant and care for trees and more ways to be an engaged 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.

TREE PLANTING 101

Philadelphia Horticultural Society (PHS) offers a free session on best practices for caring for urban trees in your neighborhood. This hands-on workshop provides tips like how deep to plant a tree, how much water the seedling actually needs and even the good, the bad and the ugly of mulch. Get the full tree-tending 101 class Monday to learn more about how to keep your neighborhood’s greenery healthy. Monday, August 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free, PHS Pop-Up Garden South Street, 15th and South Streets.

25 YEARS OF UKRAINIAN INDEPENDENCE

2016 marks the 25th year of independence for Ukraine. To celebrate, The Ukrainian Federation of America hosts a flag raising ceremony at City Hall with local electeds like Mayor Kenney, who will accept bread and salt from the Ukrainian ambassador. There will also be an art exhibition, entitled “With LOVE from UKRAINE,” on display on the 2nd floor of City Hall through August 30th, and peep the PECO Tower on August 23-25 for a special birthday message from the City of Brotherly Love. Wednesday, August 24, 12:45-3:30 p.m., free, City Hall.

CELEBRATE OPEN STREET HISTORY

When Pope Francis was here last fall, Philadelphia got a taste of what life would be like if our streets were car-free—and boy did we like it. Ever since then, Open Streets PHL has been on a mission to bring regular open streets events to the city. Their first event happens September 24th, when seven miles of Philly streets will be blocked to traffic along South Street and MLK Drive. But that’s only a start. To ensure we get events like this at least once a month, the organization hosts a fundraiser Thursday night at the PHS Pop-Up Garden at Viaduct Rail Park. The point is not only to raise funds, but grow a strong, organized group of advocates to push the Open Streets initiative through Philly government. Thursday, August 25, 6-8 p.m., $25, PHS Pop-Up Garden at Viaduct Rail Park, 500 N 10th Street.

SET UP FOR SUCCESS

Coinciding with back-to-school season, Attract Philly holds its annual “The Sky is the Limit” event that aims to motivate and empower young leaders. The hoopla gives students a chance to get in some last-minute fun with carnival games and other activities while meeting with local businesses dedicated to promoting the importance of education. Added perk: Students who are registered to attend the event will receive free school supplies. Saturday, August 27, 1-5 p.m., free, Penrose Recreation, 1101 W. Susquehanna Avenue.

TOUR A NEIGHBORHOOD

Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods and your chance to explore the Fishtown and Northern Liberties ‘hoods begins at The Timberland Trailhead this week. Your ticket purchase buys you a booklet of coupons, a free lunch at three local lunch spots, and a map of the areas. Find a new favorite bar or a new friend while touring around two of Philly’s hippest neighborhoods. Sunday, August 28, 12-5 p.m., $25, The Timberland Trailhead, 1001 N. 2nd Street.

Header photo: Rob Cardillo for Pennsylvaania Horticultural Society

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