Joining a nationwide push to end lunch shaming, Pa. Rep. Donna Bullock has sponsored a bill that would clamp down on school policies that range from making kids behind on their meal payments wear special tags to straight up taking their food away. Bullock thinks the issue could be ameliorated if more districts took advantage of a federal program that makes lunch free for all students. Well, we did the research, and it turns out nearly 150 eligible Pennsylvania school agencies do not participate.
Ready to take advantage of these gorgeous sunny days? Pack a lunch and head to one of the city's picnic-perfect green spaces. From neighborhood parks to central squares and riverfront piers to riverside trails, here are 35 great places to have a picnic in Philadelphia this summer.
Somewhere deep in South Philly, a man who just wants to eat some nachos might still be circling the streets for a parking spot. We bring you his story, the sight of bike getting a "tow" sign, the PPA's attempt to bring back its parking app and more in this edition of The Week in Philly Parking.
- Homebrew Class at El Camino Real: A week of beer have you itching to make your own? Join Philly Home Brew for a quick-start session on how. 2 to 4 p.m., 1040 N. 2nd St.
- Beer Share at London Grill: Break out your best bottles and bring them to a beer swap with a whole roasted hog and live acoustic music. 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., 2301 Fairmount Ave.
- TTUD at Fergie’s Pub: The acronym for this traditional PBW finale stands for “That Totally Unnecessary Drink” — and it is that, but it’s also hella fun. 7 to 11 p.m., 1214 Sansom St.
- Check out more of today's events here, and we'll see you next year!
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On the Calendar
Delve into the conspiracies and fables that surround the death of one of the world's greatest classical composers with music historian Robert Greenberg. Light refreshments provided.
Where: College of Physicians at 19 S. 22nd St. 19103
When: June 12, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: $10 or $5 for students
Music Over Matter is a diverse group of Philly women who gather with drums and other hand instruments to create songs full of soulful beats, rhythms and vocals. Expect colorful apparel, great tunes and calls for audience participation.
Where: The Porch at 30th at 30th & Market streets
When: June 13, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
How much: Free
The Stripes and Stars Festival, aka the celebration of the joint birthday of the US flag and the US Army, is a big deal in Philadelphia. The Historic District will be buzzing all day with a slew of events, from a raising of the original 13-star flag at the Betsy Ross house to a skydiving show on Independence Mall. There's also a chance to explore the historic Christ Church burial ground with special scavenger hunts.
Where: Historic Philadelphia
When: June 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: Some events are free, some are $1 to $5
To launch a weekly Thursday night summer happy hour promotion — think Sips but with actual good food and drinks — Old City District is throwing a street fest with live music. Look for half-price apps, $4 beers and $5 cocktails.
Where: Second Street at Market to Chestnut
When: June 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Literary folks will be familiar with this annual "holiday," which honors author James Joyce and his masterwork Ulysses. Things start at the Rosenbach Museum with readings and art at a pop-up beer garden, then continue to Fergie's Pub and McGillin's Olde Ale House, which will both offer deals on Irish food and drink.
Where: Rosenbach Museum at 2008 Delancy St. 19103
When: June 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go