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Professional contacts and new friends make the civic world go round. Carpenter Green, a South of South Neighborhood Association group working to create green space on land in the neighborhood, is helping to form those vital connections at a networking happy hour this week at Tria Fitler Square. Enjoy wine, cheese and beer while discussing ways to support community parks in the area. Tuesday, August 9, 6-8 p.m., free, Tria Fitler Square, 2227 Pine Street.
Photo: Adnan Syed
Without family friend Rabia Chaudry believing in his friend’s innocence, Adnan Syed’s story of wrongful conviction may never have been told through viral podcast Serial. On the heels of the news about Syed’s retrial that may free him from prison, Chaudry joins WHYY and the Pennsylvania Innocence Project to share excerpts from her new book, Adnan’s Story, and join in a conversation about how Syed’s experience connects to the lives of Pennsylvanians serving lengthy sentences for crimes they didn’t commit. Your ticket purchase includes a drink and light snacks. Wednesday, August 10, 6:30- 8 p.m., $15, WHYY, 150 North 6th Street.
Photo: Awbury Arboretum
Kids from the Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) have been working hard, growing and tending produce at Awbury Arboretum—all the while learning about environmental sustainability and the benefits of youth entrepreneurship. This week, they debut the fruits of their labor at Mt. Airy Farmers Market, where their crops will be for sale to the public. Stop by, pick up something seasonal and give these lads and lasses a confidence boost to continue with their entrepreneurial endeavors. Thursday, August 11, 2-5 p.m., Mt. Airy Farmers’ Market, Carpenter Lane and Greene Street.
Men of Frederick Douglass Mastery (MFDM), an initiative by Mastery’s PTA, is holding a conversation on a really tricky subject: How can students keep a positive view of law enforcement while still holding cultural pride in their communities? MFDM hosts a discussion on the recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile to unravel how MFDM can create the atmosphere needed to balance the two crucial topics for kids’ development. Thursday, August 11, 6-7:30 p.m., Frederick Douglass Mastery Charter School, 2118 West Norris Street.
The Philadelphia Quartett Club holds a Police Officer Appreciation Day to thank officers for keeping Philadelphians safe (and unarrested) during the DNC. The day will be full of swimming, entertainment and competitive shuffleboard, with all active police officers given a full complimentary day by the PQC. Sunday, August 14, noon-11 p.m., $5 (unless you’re a police officer), The PQC, 1075 Southampton Road.