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.
DINE LIKE THE DNC
There’s a lot of preparation that goes into hosting the Democratic National Convention, not the least of which is what visitors will be eating. One person can’t be sustained for four days on cheesesteaks alone, so WHYY and The Food Trust is hosting a tasting with local political leaders to get insight into what restaurants they’ll be recommending. Attendees include Mayor Jim Kenney, former Governor Ed Rendell, among other politicians. Tuesday, July 12, 6:30-8 p.m., $25, WHYY Studios, 150 North 6th Street.
TASTE THE MAGIC
Photo: Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Join Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens for their third installment of “Garden Sips,” a way to mingle with your neighbors and fellow Philadelphians over wine and beer. This casual and alternative happy hour series gives you the chance to tour the Magic Garden, listen to live music and take part in one-off crafting sessions hosted by local artists. This time around, learn how to make voodoo dolls and zentangle designs. Wednesday, July 13, 5-8 p.m., $20, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street.
CELEBRATE POLITICAL ACTION
Photo: 5th Square
Philadelphia urbanist political action committee 5th Square hosts a fundraiser this week to raise money for future endeavors while also commemorating some of the success they’ve had over the past year. Among their notable achievements: The pressure they put on City Council for a citywide protected bike lane plan. Celebrate the change they’ve made and meet other Philly urbanists while you’re at it. Each ticket includes one drink and snacks. Wednesday, July 13, 6-8 p.m., Front Street Cafe, 1253 North Front Street.
RIBBON-CUTTING AT THE OVAL
Photo: The Oval
The Eakins Oval returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this week, turning an otherwise unsightly asphalt jungle into a vibrant community gathering space all summer long. Regular Oval favorites return this year, including the beer garden and a slew of activities planned each week, like live music, movie nights and lots of family-friendly play time on the giant mural that makes up the Oval’s floor. Join your fellow citizens in the ribbon-cutting ceremony this week, then return as often as you’d like to take advantage of this local summertime favorite. Friday, July 15, 12 p.m., 24th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
CLEAN FOR A CAUSE
Sometimes being a good citizen means getting elbow deep in dirt, so roll up your sleeves, throw on some gloves and help Morris Home in southwest Philadelphia do some belated spring cleaning. The local drug and alcohol treatment center serving the transgender community needs help with painting, general sprucing and yard work to create a better environment for their guests. You’ll be rewarded with a warm-fuzzy feeling. Saturday, July 16, 1-6 p.m., Morris Home, 5037 Woodland Avenue.