Do Something: Help Chris Long Score Literacy for Kids

This week, start looking ahead to 2019 by organizing around racial justice, enjoying a drink while helping schools, and supporting The Eagles' Chris Long's effort to get kids reading

Do Something: Help Chris Long Score Literacy for Kids

This week, start looking ahead to 2019 by organizing around racial justice, enjoying a drink while helping schools, and supporting The Eagles' Chris Long's effort to get kids reading

Every Monday we round up a handful of ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better and have fun doing it. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email us tips. Now get out and do something!

Eat, Drink, Be Merry—And Give Back to Schools

This Christmas Eve, raise your glass to the places giving children opportunities to grow, learn, and play. Every Monday Sidecar Bar & Grille will take 10 percent of the money raised from brews and snacks and donate it to a local school. This week’s donation will benefit Chester A. Arthur School whose mission is to foster “a welcoming community of learners that engages academically talented students.” This year, help give the gift of learning and support our schools. Want more info? See our schools guide below. Monday, December 24, 4 pm, Sidecar Bar & Grille, 2201 Christian St. This is a recurring event.

Meditate Your Way Into The New Year

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Roll into 2019 with a sense of mindfulness and a stress free attitude. Meditation has been proven to help lower stress levels, decrease anxiety, and help manage depression. In addition, practicing mindfulness and meditation can offer a great understanding of self, allowing for more positive relationships with others. This Tuesday, try out a free session with Sahaja Yoga in Center City and learn how to handle whatever life throws at you in 2019. Best part? The only things you need to bring are “An open heart & a pure desire to know our inner potential and get connected to your Self!” Tuesday, December 25, 6 pm-7 pm, Free, Sahaja Yoga, New College Building, 245 N. 15th St. This is a recurring event.

Celebrate Kwanzaa on Boathouse Row

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Kick off the Kwanzaa celebrations by bringing friends and family to Boathouse Row this Wednesday to see the lights, enjoy live entertainment, hear from city officials and enjoy the start of the week long holiday. A celebration of African-American culture, Kwanzaa is derived from the Swahili phrase “matunda la kwanza” meaning “fresh fruits” or “first fruits,” and used as a way to welcome in the new year. Wednesday, December 26, 5:30 pm, Free, Boathouse Row, Martin Luther King Jr., Drive

Practice art for Mind, Body, and Soul

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For children and adults alike, art can have the power to change behaviors, reduce stress, help encourage creativity and even improve self worth. Join Siloam Wellness every Thursday through mid-January for a morning art therapy session. Each week a new instructor will teach a new skill—unlock your creative potential and gain some peace of mind. Thursday, December 27, 10 am, Free, Siloam Wellness, 1133 Spring Garden St. This is a recurring event.

Score a Touchdown for Children’s Literacy

Eagles tight end, Chris Long, knows the value of children’s literacy, and specifically the value of reading proficiency in the 4th grade to help promote a successful academic future. This year, Long went the extra yard and has committed to donating a full quarter of his 2018 salary to bringing free books, literacy resources, and volunteer mentoring to underserved children across the city. Lulumon Athletica will be supporting these efforts by accepting books appropriate for ages 2-10 at their Walnut St. location through Jan 1. So hurry in and drop off your books ASAP. Friday, December 28, Store Hours, Free, Lulumon Athletica, 1720 Walnut St.

Speak Out Against Women in Mass Incarceration

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According to The Sentencing Project, incarcerated women often have significant histories of physical and sexual abuse, high rates of HIV and substance abuse problems. And black women are twice as likely as white women to be incarcerated. To close out 2018, Repair the World Philadelphia and Reclaim Philadelphia will join forces for Our Voice Our Movement: A MLC Fundraiser. Enjoy an evening with activists and artists, as well as performances by Blak Rapp M.A.D.U.S.A. and art by the People’s Paper Co-Op. Help support unjustly incarcerated Philadelphian women and work toward liberation. Saturday, December 29, 7 pm-11 pm, Free, Repair the World: Philadelphia, 4029 Market St.

Ring in the New Year for Racial Justice

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Countdown to the new year with sounds of jazz and the determination to create a more racially just society in 2019. Join Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral for a family friendly evening carrying on the New Year’s Eve 1862 tradition of “Watch Night” which began in black churches throughout the nation as they awaited the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The event will also be a fundraiser for POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild) with opportunities to discuss racial justice initiative in the new year. Sunday, December 31, 3 pm-6 pm, Free, Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 23 S. 38th St.

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