You don't have to have first responder or health services experience to minimize the impact of Philly's opioid crisis. And if you've been waiting for the right opportunity, one's knocking right now. Weekly cleanups under the El start TODAY as part of a coordinated effort by community leaders and city government to help the neighborhoods most impacted by addiction. Throw on some shoes, head over to Kensington Avenue and be ready to help safely dispose of needles. Can't make it today? Try a different week.
The Sixers beat the Miami Heat 119-95 last night in a preseason game that didn't much matter, except for the Twitter fuel it offered star center and master social media troll Joel Embiid. A battle of taunts with Heat center Hassan Whiteside — which began just minutes into the game, after Embiid drew three quick fouls and then gestured to the Miami bench to jokingly suggest Whiteside be taken out — followed the big men off court. On Twitter, Whiteside dinged Embiid about his 1 of 7 shooting that evening and 31 games played over the past three seasons. Embiid jabbed back in winning fashion, telling the Heat player "team success" was more important than stats and posting a victory Instagram tagged with the location "Whiteside" and captioned by the explanation "My location is EXTREMELY ASS." The Process is fun at last.
Patrick Haney, an artist who started tattooing in Philly 15 years ago, says he's the one who started the semi-regular flash sales that pop up around town every Friday the 13th. But Haney didn't take part in yesterday's blitz — and says he never will again. Why the bad blood? Basically, he thinks the gimmick cheapens the craft. “It was cool and special when it was a one-shop thing,” he said, “but when everybody does it, it just kind of loses all meaning.”
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Head to the southern tip of the city today as the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society to catch a ton of cute dogs dressed in their Halloween best. There's a 1.5-mile "strut" led by a troupe of Mummers, a dog talent contest, a pet agility course and live music. Food trucks will be on site. Tickets include a bandanna and tote bag. Walk kicks off at 11 a.m.
Where: The Navy Yard at 4747 S. Broad St. 19112
When: October 14, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: $25
Gaul & Co. Malt House is celebrating a year of holding it down in Port Richmond, and festivities run throughout the weekend. Saturday there's a DJ from 3-7 and live music from 9-11. Sunday flips the schedule, with live music from 1-4 and a DJ from 6-10. Both days, you can submit your guess of how many signature Wit or Witowski kielbasa cheesesteaks the shop sold in its first 365 days — closest wins $500 cash money.
Where: Gaul & Co. Malt House at 3133 Gaul St. 19134
When: October 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to October 15, 2017 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Neo soul phenom Raheem DeVaughn will headline the first Soul Farm Community Festival, the crowning event of the LoLa 38 placemaking partnership between West Philly organizations the People’s Emergency Center (PEC), the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and Wexford Science + Technology. In addition to five hours of live musical performances, there's a flea market, food and drink, dance, roller skating, mini golf, video games and face painting. Free event, online registration required.
Where: LAZ Parking at 225 N. 38th St. 19104
When: October 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free with registration
Taproom on 19th co-owner Michael Strauss knows how seriously South Philly folks take their Sunday gravy, which is why every October he hosts a contest pitting cooks against another in a battle for red sauce supremacy. Stop by the Girard Estates tavern and you can taste free samples from 30 competitors as a panel of judges (including Billy Penn's Danya Henninger) decides which meatball mix is champion.
Where: Taproom on 19th at 2400 S. 19th St. 19145
When: October 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free meatballs and gravy, pay-as-you-go drinks
Philly Outdoor Bachata & Salsa and DJ Kevin Ngo are hosting their second annual dance party on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Things kick off with a beginner lesson at 5 p.m., then continue with a group performance that'll be captured on video and in photos for posterity (and for social media bragging rights).
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art at 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19130
When: October 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free