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.
Have Sip With YIP
Young Involved Philadelphia is taking advantage of rooftop bar season with a getting-to-know-you happy hour at Stratus Lounge Tuesday night. It’s open to members and those looking to get involved with the organization that strives to increase civic engagement among young Philadelphians through a variety of activities throughout the year. Your $10 ticket gets you your first drink free, and unlimited quality networking with some of Philly’s most impassioned young go-getters. Tuesday, May 31, 5-7 p.m., $10, Stratus Rooftop Lounge, 433 Chestnut Street.
Rediscover Your Neighborhood
Local historic preservation advocacy group Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia has started its summer Philly neighborhood tours, which now include Wednesday excursions through September. There are 20 neighborhood tour options available, many offering history buffs a fascinating look at our local ‘hoods through the ages. The Jewish Immigrant tour on June 19th, for instance, tells the story of Eastern European Jews who settled along South Street in the late 19th century. This week, they’re embarking on a walk through Old City, Queen Village and the Littlest Streets East of Broad. Go here for the full summer schedule and description of tours. And don’t be frightened away by the word “tour.” This is no Duck Boat-like expedition. Annie Bennett, a rep for PAGP tells us “most of our tour goers are locals wishing to learn more about their neighborhoods rather than tourists.” June 1-September, various times and locations, $15.
Go Aboard the Moshulu for Kids
Supporters of the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (CCTC) hit the Delaware this week for their 15th annual Cruise for Kids on the Moshulu. Dreamed up by the Friends of CCTC, the event brings live music, food, drinks and games to the beloved nautical treasure to benefit the organization’s work to provide behavioral health services to youth in the area who experience learning and behavioral challenges, have been victims of abuse or neglect, or have witnessed extreme violence. Friday, June 3, 6-11 p.m., $65-$125, Moshulu, 401 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard.
Help Connor Barwin Build a Park
Follow the sweet sounds of Alabama singer-songwriter Waxahatchee to Northern Liberties Friday night for an evening of tunes and charity at Union Transfer. Eagles linebacker, devoted do-gooder and Citizen contributor Connor Barwin hosts a concert to benefit his Make the World Better Foundation (MWBF), which works to cultivate safe, public spaces for youth in underserved neighborhoods around the city. Besides Waxahatchee, another female-fronted act, Philly indie-folk rockers Hop Along, will take the stage. Spring for the $200 or $300 VIP tickets to get access to a pre-show barbecue, where you can meet the bands, Barwin and some of his fellow Eagles. Money raised will benefit a local park initiative that Barwin will name the night of the show. Previous MWBF projects include Ralph Brooks Park and Smith Playground. Friday, June 3, 7:30 p.m., $5-$300, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street.
Take a Gals-Only Art Tour
Hey, lady bikers. Get to know the city’s public art scene without ever leaving your bike seat. Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and Women Bike PHL lead folks on an 8-mile loop along Kelly Drive and Martin Luther King Boulevard, taking bikers past prominent works of art comprising the Association for Public Art’s Museum Without Walls Public Art Bike Tours. The tour on Saturday, June 4, is open to women-identified, transgender, and gender-nonconforming folks only. It begins at Iroquois Park and finishes up at the steps of the Art Museum. Tours are recommended for experienced urban bikers. A helmet is mandatory, and it’s suggested that you bring a bottle of water. Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m.-noon, free (registration required here), Iroquois Park, 24th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Porch Hop in West Philly
West Philly turns into one big neighborhood soundtrack Saturday afternoon during the West Philly Porchfest. It sounds like an excellent day of community-building: The free rambling concert invites locals to essentially turn their porches into live music venues, hosting bands on their stoop and passersby who may want to stop in for a listen. Stroll through the ‘hood to discover some new favorites, and get to know some of your neighbors over a cold beer and local tunes. Whether you want to be a host, or you’re a band wanting to put on a show, you can go here to get all the details on how to sign up. Check the event Facebook page for a map of performances. Saturday, June 4, free, noon-6 p.m., West Philly.
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