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For most of us, the thought of running for office hasn’t even crossed our minds. But if you’re tired of the status quo, what better way to flip the system on its head than to throw your hat—along with all the issues that are most important to you—in the ring? Organizations like Run for America are cropping up, encouraging millennials to run for office in their cities. The emphasis isn’t necessarily on winning, but nabbing a platform that allows you to discuss and highlight innovative policy and community issues that often go unseen in a regular election cycle. If doing such a thing is something you’ve considered, join Young Involved Philly (YIP) Monday night for “Born to Run: A Beginner’s Guide to Running for Office (Or Just Raging Against the System).” The event brings together local movers and shakers on the political scene to discuss things like getting a campaign up and running, grassroots funding and the realities of being in office. This is one of the first gatherings in YIP’s nine-day State of Young Philly event series all about boosting civic engagement and connecting folks who are passionate about bettering their city. You can find the full list of events here. Monday, November 14, 6-8:30 p.m., Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St.
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Recycled Artists In Residence (RAIR) is pulling out the tattered party flags for its fall Trash Bash, an evening to benefit the organization’s mission to challenge our perception of trash culture through art projects and special event programming. The night includes a silent auction featuring art projects—some of which were crafted out of garbage—by local artists like Billy and Steven Dufala, Drew Leshko and Sarah Gamble. Whatever you snag, it’ll be sure to make an excellent conversation piece in your home. On top of that you’ve got DJ-spun tunes, spirit tastings, an open bar and light fare to enjoy with some of the city’s most engaged art types. Wednesday, November 16, 7-10 p.m., $75-$5,000, Icebox at Crane Arts, 1400 N. American Street.
The long, ugly campaign season is finally over, and now we’re all holding our breath to see what kinds of changes we’re in for now that the GOP basically controls everything. PennFuture’s Post-Election Forum Thursday night should provide some insight into what’s in store, at least as it concerns Pennsylvania’s environmental challenges. The group has culled speakers like U.S. Senator Bob Casey, State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky and a handful of national environmental leaders to discuss the future of Pennsylvania’s environmental concerns—from natural gas drilling and drinking water pollution to generating funding for environmental protection. The event is free to the public and can be RSVP’d to here. Thursday, November 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m., free, WHYY, 150 N. Sixth Street.
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There’s a brand new exhibition at Urban Art Gallery, the ambitious art space we told you about in April that’s bridging the gap between a West Philly neighborhood in need of change and the art world of Center City. The show, “The Intro,” features works in a variety of mediums by local artist Andrew Daniels, who says his process utilizes his experience with poverty, family, social issues and culture to reveal how the streets of Philly played a role in his life as a person and artist. In an artist statement, he shares that, “My goal as an artist is to motivate, inspire and be a positive role model to urban communities around the world.” Now through November, open Wednesdays 5-8 p.m. or by appointment by calling 215-919-2424, free, Urban Art Gallery, 262 S. 52nd Street.
Now through Martin Luther King Jr. Day, William M. Meredith School is accepting shoe donations that will benefit its school-wide STEM programming and equipment needs. Here’s how the drive, Shoes for Good, works: The school earns money based on the weight of donated shoes, which will be purchased by non-profit organization Funds2Orgs and subsequently donated to impoverished folks in developling nations in Central America and Africa. More on their work here.) With money in hand Meredith will have more means to boost its STEM programming and purchase advanced learning tools like smart boards and 3D printers for student use. Meredith aims to collect 25 pairs of kicks per student. They’ll accept most anything—as long as its gently worn—sneakers to boots to sandals in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes. You’re bound to have a couple extra pairs lying around. Might as well put them to good use by benefitting two worthy causes in one. For more information, contact [email protected] Now through January 16, William M. Meredith School, 725 S. Fifth Street.