In the current political climate, activist rallies have become a regular thing in Philly. But if a new bill circulating in Harrisburg passes, protesters could soon be forced to pay police overtime costs and other fees associated with the gatherings. The GOP-backed bill would make it easier for local governments to seek restitution from convicted protesters for those costs. Here's what it means for Philly and why activists — including Democratic nominee for DA Larry Krasner — are horrified by this potential "suppression" of their rights.
Philly’s always been a destination for class trips and American Revolution buffs. But over the past couple of decades, it’s evolved into a serious hot spot for travelers of all kinds. In our September edition of Who’s Next, we’ll be highlighting the young people who help keep the momentum going. Maybe they’re a concierge who excels at pointing out-of-towners in the right direction. An illustrator who creates cool guide maps to the city. A key staffer at one of the area’s various tourism boards. Or an Old City tour guide who has the spiel down pat — and doesn’t even include too much spurious info along the way. Submit nominations by Sept. 15.
Billy Penn has been highlighting some of Philadelphia’s recreation centers in a recurring series. Next up is Vare, one of the city’s oldest rec centers, which has become a hub for the Grays Ferry neighborhood. Like many others in the city, Vare has a long list of programs, but basketball and gymnastics are the biggest draws. Here’s a look at what makes Vare so important to the community.
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What creatures come out to crawl when the city goes to sleep? No, we're not talking club-going Gen-Zers from Jersey. This walking tour will be filled with bats, night-singing insects, nighthawks, flying squirrels and other critters who emerge when the sun goes down. Content is geared towards adults, but kids are also welcome.
Where: Wissahickon Environmental Center at 300 W. Northwestern Ave. 19128
When: August 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free with registration
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Going to the Philly Geek Awards Saturday? If you are (and you should!) we're hosting the event's inaugural cosplay contest. The award show is a black-tie affair — unless you come dressed as your favorite character from the comics, graphic novels, anime, TV or movies. The only rule is to be creative. Don't think you can impress by just painting on a fake goatee and wearing sunglasses to say you're Tony Stark. You'll need to build your own Iron Man suit if you want to win. Here's how to get involved.
New programming at Lillian Marrero Library in Fairhill will center around immigrants' need and childhood literacy. The Logan branch will get a reading garden and study rooms. Tacony library-goers will find new small business resources. These and other Philly public libraries are long overdue for overhauls. They were built in the early 1900s, making them high on the list of city facilities not only in need of repairs, but of major modernization efforts to help serve their communities. Check out the process.