Every Monday we round up a host of fun ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email tips here.
Dine Out, Save Lives
It’s Dining Out for Life time in Philadelphia. For one night only, nearly 200 restaurants in the area will donate 33 percent of that night’s earnings to HIV/AIDS service organization ActionAIDS. Participating restaurants include biggies Fork, Bud & Marilyn’s, and Noord, and more low-key spots like Cheu Noodle Bar, Franky Bradley’s and Han Dynasty. (See the full list here.) Also for the month of April, ActionAIDS is teaming up with Yards Brewing Company. Participating eateries will donate up to $1 of each pint of Yards beer sold. Good causes! Excuses to eat and drink yourself silly! This has win-win written all over it. Thursday, April 14, various locations.
Hack It Out With Other Ladies
LadyHacks, Philly’s only no-boys-allowed hackathon brings together ladies of all skill levels to brainstorm technologies that will solve the city’s problems. The event claims to follow the civic hackathon model, “with a goal of working on projects for the social good rather than hosting a competition for a commercial product.” So bring all your ideas, particularly those that fit this year’s theme of “Health, Wellness, and Self-Care.” Check out this list of previous years’ projects to get your thinker going. April 15-16, Azavea, 900 Spring Garden Street, 5th Floor.
Spiff Up for The Spruce Foundation
Leave the black ties and cumberbunds at home for this decidedly unstuffy gala that benefits local nonprofit The Spruce Foundation, which provides funding and consultation to charities serving underserved youth in Philadelphia. One-hundred percent of tickets sales benefits their mission, which targets programs in the fields of education, arts, LGBTQ and health and wellness. The evening includes live music, an open bar, and dinner. Friday, April 15, 8 p.m.-midnight, $75, Arts Ballroom, 1324 Locust Street.
Dance Your Face Off for W/N W/N
If gala-ing isn’t your style but you still feel like dancing for a good cause, head to the Ruba Club on Friday night for the Get Lucid! Activist Dance Party. Proceeds from the sure-to-be-sweaty romp benefit the excellent W/N W/N coffee shop, which we wrote about last June. It’s the democratically run, all-purpose co-op in the Eraserhood staunchly devoted to ethical, sustainable business practices. Seven local DJs will keep the vibe going at the dance party, but there will also interactive art exhibits to browse courtesy of NTEL, and even a few spoken word performances. Friday, April 15, $12, Ruba Club, 416 Green Street.
Increase Access to Better Schools
Fed up parents of local school-aged children took the initiative to create Educational Opportunities for Families (EOF)’s Parent Congress, with the theme “No More Waiting for Quality Schools.” The gathering invites folks from public, charter and private schools in the region to “discuss solutions to the challenges that prevent many low-income families from having access to quality schools.” Attendees can expect keynote addresses, workshops and the chance to meet with representatives from the School District of Philadelphia. Register here. Saturday, April 16, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Universal Audenried Charter High School, 32nd and Tasker streets.
Walk to End Sexual Assault
Have you done your part to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month this year? Join Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR) for their 11th annual Take It All Back Community Walk and Speak Out. The walk is 1.5 miles long, starting at Dilworth Park. You’ll finish up at Independence Visitor Center at the Speak Out event, where survivors and advocates will talk about sexual violence and rally the crowd to fight back. Money raised at the walk will benefit WOAR’s efforts to do just that. Saturday, April 16, 10:30 a.m. (walk), 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Speak Out), various locations.
Chow Down for Fishtown
The Fishtown Neighbors Association is throwing its sixth annual chili cookoff to benefit its mission to make a better Fishtown through community initiatives. Try a variety of chili recipes from residents and local businesses, or whip up some of your own to share. Dessert will be provided by Rita’s Water Ice, and local band You Do You will bring the tunes. Saturday, April 16, 12:30-4 p.m., $10-$25, The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 West Allen Street.
Watch a Trashy Movie
There are a lot of movies-under-the-stars events in Philly, but we bet you’ve never been to one quite like this. Imagine, bringing your lawn chair or blanket to plop down before a screen that’s situated next to … wait for it … a gigantic garbage heap! Recycled Artist in Residence (RAIR), a group committed to expanding people’s notions about what constitutes art, invites folks to take in a movie alongside their exhibition (the aforementioned pile of trash) that’s located inside construction and demolition waste recycling company Revolution Recovery. For this very first of a series of events, called “Live at the Dump,” RAIR will screen adorable Disney animated flick Wall-E. The movie starts after sundown (around 8 p.m.) but come early to get a tour of the site and take part in some activities like a photo booth and live T-shirt printing. Sunday, April 17, 6:30-10 p.m., $5-$10, RAIR, 7333 Milnor Street.
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