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Where to find COVID tests in Philly ahead of holiday gatherings

The 2022 winter holiday season is well underway, and quite unfortunately, COVID has not gone away.

  • If you’ll be around friends and family who are older or immunocompromised — or just want to be extra safe — the Health Department recommends testing before a party or gathering.

You can request free at-home rapid test kits from the federal government, but they might not arrive in time. Happily, Asha Prihar has several ways to get them right here in Philadelphia.

Several types of rapid COVID tests are available for free in Philadelphia Credit: Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

How to shop your values in Philadelphia

‘Tis the season for commerce, but that doesn’t mean you need to shelve your values. Dollars can be more powerful than bullhorns.

  • Your purchases can be a form of activism, supporting the causes and communities you value, fueling local economies, and supporting independent makers.

How to do it? BP contributor Andrea Szyper has a guide to some B corps, sustainable fashion, fair trade, and maker-to-market vendors in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Independents Boutique in Old City Credit: Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

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Nothing public for Mayor JFK today. Yesterday his social accounts noted the start of the Festival of Lights, with Boathouse Row lit up for Hanukkah.


? Want to help wrap gifts for people in need? Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association’s Operation Santa is looking for volunteers. (6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21)

?️Celebrate Hanukkah with cocktails and bites at YJP Philadelphia’s happy hour at the RiverRink, featuring a latke bar, sufganiyot, a menorah lighting, and plenty of l’chaims. Tickets start at $25. (5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21)

? Extra incentive to take the kids to the Museum of Illusions in Old City over winter break: there’s a special teacher-created holiday scavenger hunt. Tickets are $23 adults, $18 kids. (now through Dec. 31)

? The Weitzman’s annual “Being _____ at Christmas” is for anyone who’s not planning festivities around the tree. Expect live music, dance, crafts for all ages, games, and movies. Admission is $15 for adults, $20 for kids. (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 25)