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Our local public transit system is in trouble. SEPTA is losing riders at an astonishing rate; state legislators are threatening to cut funds to the agency; its miles of routes still don’t necessarily provide easy access to residents’ jobs. It may have to rethink its whole network. That’s where you come in. Let SEPTA know what you think about its service, and what you think it needs, at a discussion on Rethinking Transit at the Free Library. Philadelphia Media Network is hosting a public conversation about SEPTA with a panel of experts including Tabitha Decker; director of New York City TransitCenter; Erik Johanson, director of Business Information for SEPTA; Philadelphia native Marcus McKnight, who has worked in customer service for SEPTA; and others. Moderated by Jason Laughlin, transportation reporter for the Inquirer. Monday, October 2nd, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., free, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street.
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Gerrymandering, redistricting, gridlocked government: Terms that come around every four years that make eyebrows furrow and heads hurt. We know gerrymandering is bad for democracy. But what we may not think about much is how it is also bad for American business. That’s what Fair Districts PA will explore in a panel this week, with activist Katherine Gehl, former President & CEO of Gehl Foods; Carol Kuniholm, executive director of Fair Districts PA; Committee of Seventy President David Thornburgh; and Craig Ey, Editor in Chief of the Philadelphia Business Journal. Tickets available here. Tuesday, October 3rd, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., free for Pyramid Club members, $20 for non-members, The Pyramid Club, 1735 Market Street.
Being one of the oldest cities in America, it’s in Philadelphia’s best interest to showcase our beautiful history (also known as bragging). Truthfully, though, we’ve not always done the best job keeping up with our historic districts, buildings and neighborhoods. Mayor Kenney’s Historic Preservation Task Force is, well, tasked with changing that—and it needs all of our help. The group’s meetings are all public, alternating between neighborhoods and Center City, and the city has invited residents to help shape the discussion, and to find out how to get involved in their own communities. This week, the Task Force meets in Old City, at the Independence Visitors Center. Come join forces and help Philadelphia return to his historic glory. Tuesday, October 3rd, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., free but seats are limited, so reserve your spot. Independence Visitor Center, 559 Market Street.
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The leaves are turning, the pigskins are spiraling, the pumpkins and scarecrows are out. Fall is in full swing, which means it’s time again for the Subaru Fall Festival at the undisputed national leader in urban farming, Greensgrow Farms. Once the location of a small steel plant, Greensgrow is now a vital gardening hub in Kensington, as well as an example of urban farming practices both locally and around the country. The farmers also throw a great family-friendly party, which this year will include appearances by the Phillie Phanatic, and the Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts Drumline. Saturday, October 7th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., free, Greensgrow Farms 2501 E Cumberland Street.
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Approximately 1 in 4 kids in the United States says they’ve been bullied at some point in their lives. The KnowBullying Coalition of Philadelphia wants to bring that number to zero, by—among other things—defining and identifying bullying, creating kid-friendly policies and making people aware of how to stop it from happening. The Coalition is hosting its first Community Day this weekend in Germantown, with family-friendly entertainment, workshops and speakers, all geared towards ending bullying once and for all. Saturday, October 7th, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free, First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6023 Germantown Avenue.