Newsletter for Saturday, June 18
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Spotted in Philly: R2-D2 on a DeLorean — best movie prop mashup or best movie prop mashup? (Instagram via @cruicej)
POLICE ARREST LANCASTER COUPLE AND BUCKS COUNTY MAN LIVING WITH ‘GIFTED’ DAUGHTERS
A formerly Amish couple apparently ‘gifted’ their daughters to a Bucks County man discovered living with 12 young girls on Friday, the eldest of whom — an 18-year-old — he’d fathered two children with. A neighbor’s anonymous tip led police to the house; all three adults were arrested and are being held on $1 million bail.
SODA TAX RECAP: THE NATIONAL IMPACT; WHO VOTED FOR IT AND WHY
City Council this week approved a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks and diet beverages — here’s how each councilperson voted and why — making Philly the first major U.S. city to do so, and the ramifications will echo far and wide. Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg says it’s not a matter of if other cities will follow Philadelphia’s lead — it’s a matter of when and how quickly.
THIS PHILLY LAWMAKER WANTS PA LIQUOR STORES TO SELL WEED
Want to buy a dime bag at the state store? State Rep. Jordan Harris’ new marijuana legalization would make that possible. He knows he faces an uphill battle in the GOP-dominated Pa. legislature, but “now that medical marijuana is done, now that wine will be in our grocery stores, I think now is the time to ratchet up the conversation.”
ON THE CALENDAR
Summer weather means this Rittenhouse spot is once again welcoming pooches to its outdoor tables. Buy a "doggy dish" for Fido and $1 goes to Morris Animal Refuge
Where: Square 1682 at 121 S. 17th St. 19103
When: June 18, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
For the third annual Community Gardens Day, dozens of green spaces around the city will welcome visitors with tours, demos and planting advice.
Where: Community gardens at locations all over Philly
When: June 18, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Stephen Starr and chef Douglas Rodriguez are hosting a quinceañera party at their Center City Cuban with free snacks, coconut daiquiris and a DJ spinning Latin-inspired music.
Where: Alma de Cuba at 1623 Walnut St. 19103
When: June 18, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. to June 19, 2016 at 1:00 a.m.
How much: Free / pay-as-you-go drinks
Maybe dad needs a new coffee table, or maybe he just wants to browse. He'll get a $10 gift card and discounted rates all day, while DJ Sean Smoove spins tunes.
Where: Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles at 832 N. Broad St. 19130
When: June 19, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go; free refreshments
Whether or not you're toasting pops, this Fishtown cookout from chef Damon Menapace is a steal, with an all-you-can-eat sandwich carving station plus sides and $4 brews.
Where: Kensington Quarters at 1310 Frankford Ave. 19125
When: June 19, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
How much: $25