The City of Philadelphia is trying to find cash to renovate some of its public spaces, but one group of neighbors is taking matters into their own hands. Graduate Hospital residents are working to raise thousands of dollars to make improvements by this summer to the public pool at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center at 17th and Catharine, and a GoFundMe page set up Thursday has already eclipsed $7,000 raised. Here's what they plan to do with the money.
On Friday night, there was a camel on the 3400 block of Clearfield. And three tons of sand, plus a Lamborghini, a Range Rover and a Rolls Royce. The occasion? Saudia Shuler's $25,000 prom send-off party for her son. Before you start hating, check out the backstory. Because this send-off was more than just a party. It was the crowning culmination of a promise that Shuler — who's still battling cancer — made to herself on her deathbed.
Everyone has their late-night Twitter escapades, even parking scion Lew Blum, apparently, who went on a spree tweeting media accounts about how his towing signs are free. Plus, the PPA actually ticketed someone for parking on the Broad Street median — but it was well deserved. These highlights and more from The Week in Philly Parking.
- Ninja Cowboy Bear at Evil Genius: This scavenger hunt will send you walking through bars all around the brewery’s new Front Street taproom. 12 to 7 p.m., 1727 N. Front St.
- PAWS Benefit at Garage Passyunk: $1 for the chance to send your favorite brewer into the dunk tank. Proceeds to PAWS, plus deals on Yards. 2 to 4 p.m., 1231 E. Passyunk Ave.
- Cinder House Rules at Cinder: It’s not exactly beer, but close enough — the PA Cider Guild is hosting a PBW event with seven local producers. 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., 1500 Locust St.
- Check out more of today's events and the lineup for the rest of the week here.
Presented in partnership with Philly Loves Beer
On the Calendar
More than 50 local bars are participating in this annual celebration of the classic gin-vermouth-Campari aperitif, by offering specials and riffs on the cocktail and pledging to donate a portion of proceeds from each one sold to charity. As usual, the promotion takes place during Philly Beer Week, which is great if you're looking to switch things up and drink something other than brew.
Where: Bars across Philly
When: June 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to June 11, 2017 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
"The House on Coco Road" is a portrait of Fannie Haughton, an activist and teacher who moves her children from California in 1983 to participate in Grenada’s Afro-centric Socialist Revolution — only to find her family in harm’s way of a U.S. military invasion. Watch the movie and then talk with director Damani Baker.
Where: Lightbox Film Center at 3701 Chestnut St. 19104
When: June 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $10
Join ethnobotanist Hayden Stebbins for a walk through forest and field (yes, those exist in Philly) to learn about common plants and mushrooms and how to identify the edible kinds. After your harvest, you'll bring them back to the kitchen, where they'll be made into a meal of hummus, pesto, salad and more.
Where: Weavers Way Mercantile at 542 Carpenter Ln. 19119
When: June 7, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
How much: Sliding scale; $35 suggested donation
Join the Franklin's chief astronomer, Derrick Pitts, for a hands-on evening exploring the galaxy. You'll start with a planetarium show, then head to the roof (where there's a cash bar) to gaze through powerful telescopes. Act fast, tickets sell out quickly.
Where: The Franklin Institute at 271 N. 21st St. 19103
When: June 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $10
If you happen to be near the southeast tip of the city during lunchtime on Friday this summer, consider swinging down by the Philabundance main office and food warehouse. A different Philly food truck will be vending each week, starting with 2streetsammies — Tot Cart, Farm Truck, Oink n' Moo and Foolish Waffles are also enlisted — and all proceeds go to the hunger nonprofit.
Where: Philabundance at 3616 S. Galloway St.
When: June 9, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go