Newsletter for Tuesday, April 28
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
An incredibly picturesque sunset on Lancaster Ave; photo via @miltonlindsay on Instagram.
HOW TO HELP DURING THE POPE’S VISIT: 10,000 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
All eyes will be on Philly from Sept. 22-27, which had better be in your calendar already. That’s the date for the World Meeting of Families, and the attendant visit of Pope Francis. There’s been a ton of preparation so far for the event, which is likely to draw something on the order of a million visitors to the city and the surrounding areas. And the officials throwing this party need something: You. “We need you to assist visitors with directions, to welcome them at the Philadelphia International Airport and at 30th Street Station,” said Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families, per the Daily News. “We need tweeters and we need people on Instagram to capture this and be our digital diplomats for this entire experience.” You can sign up right here.
PHILLY’S SUMMER JOBS CHALLENGE: $3.5M STILL NEEDED
Ten thousand jobs for city youth by the start of the summer: That’s what Mayor Michael Nutter asked local businesses, nonprofits and philanthropic organizations to create when he announced the city’s 2015 Summer Jobs Challenge on Feb. 23. The weather’s getting warmer and kids are looking for some extra summer cash, but there’s been little talk of the program’s success rate since the announcement.
TO DO: GET MEDIEVAL AT THE SCIENCE FESTIVAL
WHAT: Speakers explain alchemy — “Give a toast to the alchemists, who promised that their philosopher’s stone could transmute lead into gold, heal a multitude of diseases, and provide an exceptionally long, youthful life.”
WHERE: Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street
WHEN: 6:30 PM
HOW MUCH: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
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RUNNING WITH PHILLY’S STORIED MURALS
You’ve seen them through the windows of the car, or maybe the El. But Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program — began as an answer to the city’s graffiti problem — looks a lot different on foot. There’s even a handy walking tour on the Mural Arts site, complete with a podcast. But is an audio tour really necessary, considering anyone can see these murals any time? Billy Penn put the tour to the test.
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO RIDE AN INDEGO BIKE AT THE PUMPTRACK
Think about words you’ve heard used to describe Philadelphia’s new fleet of public bike share bikes: Stable, easy to ride, heavy, comfortable, wide handlebars, big baskets. Not exactly the adjectives used to describe bikes often used at the city’s new Pumptrack, where the region’s X-Games aspirants work to perfect their backflips and gap jumps. Well, we took a Bike Share bike to the Pumptrack.