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Taste the best hot chocolate in Philly

After 26 years working with cacao, Sazon restaurant co-owner and Philly native Robert Campbell has earned the nickname “The Chocolate Alchemist.” At this demo, he’ll talk about the ways you can use cacao and chocolate as a vehicle for flavor, nutrition and energy — yes, the stuff is actually good for you. Expect tastes from his line of single-origin bars, pours of tasty-but-healthy hot chocolate, and a recipe for how to recreate the drink at home.

Where: Independence LIVE! at 1919 Market St., 2nd Floor, 19103

When: January 23, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

How much: $10


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Trump book author comes to the Free Library

Next up in the library's excellent Author Events series is journalist Michael Wolff. The author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House will speak on stage in conversation with Penn prof and WHYY political columnist Dick Polman. Arrive early, seats are first come, first serve. Book signing follows the talk.

Where: Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St., 19103

When: January 16, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

How much: Free


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A night of salsa to help Puerto Rican restaurant workers

This NoLibs jazz and beer bar is hosting "Salsa Nocturna," a fundraiser to benefit the families of Vintage Syndicate restaurant group employees who live in Puerto Rico and were affected by the devastating hurricanes of last fall. Expect live Latin jazz, DJ sets and a special menu that includes ceviche and empanadas.

Where: Heritage at 914 N. Second St., 19123

When: January 14, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. to January 15, 2018 at 12:00 a.m.

How much: $5 requested donation at the door


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This South Philly video store has survived 3 years

When Dan Creskoff opened a shop offering actual physical movie rentals, people thought he was crazy. But the combination of nostalgia, fun screenings and good coffee and snacks has made his spot a success. He's celebrating his third anniversary with a party. Expect live music and other fun.

Where: CineMug at 1607 S. Broad St., 19148

When: January 13, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How much: Free


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Celebrate MLK Jr. and John Henry through jazz

The museum's Great Stair Hall will welcome members of the Philadelphia Jazz Project for a performance inspired by the illustrations of Jerry Pinkney. It will celebrate John Henry and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through blues, hymns, work songs and ragtime.

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art at 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy., 19130

When: January 14, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How much: Included with admission (adults $20, youths $14, kids under 12 free)


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Heads up: It’s Center City Restaurant Week

From Jan. 14-26, more than 100 Center City restaurants will offer prix-fixe deals at dinner and lunch. Restaurant Week is alternately adored (by people who see it as an excuse to dine out) and decried — by regulars who abhor the "touristy" crowd, and by workers who bemoan the extra crush and lack of good tips. Which side you fall on is up to you.

Where: Various Center City restaurants

When: January 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to January 26, 2018 at 11:00 p.m.

How much: $35 dinners; $20 lunches


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Toast to Frankenstein’s 200th anniversary

Two centuries ago, Mary Shelley unleashed a tale of terror that has managed to remain a popular touchstone for 200 years. To celebrate the anniversary of this horror classic, The Rosenbach is featuring a special cocktail from Quaker City Mercantile, along with light refreshments and themed activities throughout the night.

Where: The Rosenbach at 2008 Delancey Pl., 19103

When: January 12, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How much: $30 ($15 for members)


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Philly School District and PHA job fair

The School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Housing Authority are hosting a job fair at this West Poplar community center. Anyone interested in a position in instructional support, climate, food services, transportation, facilities or maintenance should attend to get information and apply.

Where: John F. Street Community Center at 1100 Poplar St., 19123

When: January 11, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

How much: Free


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Second Annual Philly Loves Bowie Memorial

Now through Jan. 14, it's Philly Loves Bowie Week, and venues all over the city are offering specials and hosting events in the Starman's honor. Bowie superfan Patti Brett, owner of Doobies Bar, was instrumental in organizing the week. During this event, she'll give out sidewalk chalk and invite people to tag her facade and sidewalk with tributes to Ziggy Stardust. 21+ to enter, but all ages welcome to draw outside.

Where: Doobies Bar at 2201 Lombard St., 19146

When: January 10, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. to January 11, 2018 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: Free


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Network with other Philly women leaders

The Professional Women's Roundtable was founded in 2002 to provide networking and leadership opportunities to Philly women in business. This happy hour might not be at the hippest venue, but it's central. The bonus is you don't have to pay too much attention to the wine and beer and snacks included with the $5 admission. Just concentrate on getting to know the folks in the room.

Where: Hard Rock Cafe at 1113 Market St., 19107

When: January 9, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

How much: $5


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Be the first to find out who is Philly’s next Poet Laureate

This edition of the Free Library's "Monday Poets" series will include a special announcement: the identity of the 2018-2019 Philadelphia Poet Laureate. The newly named artist will read some works, along with spoken word from current Youth Poet Laureate Husnaa Hashim, a 17 year old from West Philly.

Where: Parkway Central Library, Rm 108 at 1901 Vine St., 19103

When: January 8, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

How much: Free


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Learn how Mr. Miyagi healed the Karate Kid

Reiki is Japanese Buddhist stress reduction and healing technique that involves "laying on hands" to soothe and calm the body. (You might have seen it used by Mr. Miyagi in the '80s classic The Karate Kid.) This class is a free introduction to the technique. Attendees will leave with coupons for discounts on future classes. (Rescheduled from Jan. 7.)

Where: Learn Reiki Philadelphia at 251 N. 2nd St., 19106

When: January 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

How much: Free


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Give pizza to the homeless in West Philly and South Philly

Every first Sunday since 2016, the loose coalition of do-gooders under the name "PMA Bike Ride" has been gathering to buy pizza at local shops and hand it out to people on the street. This weekend is no different — and you don't need a bike to participate. West Philly folks should meet at Rosa's at 1 p.m.; the South Philly spin starts at 4 p.m. at Cacia's.

Where: 1 p.m. Rosa's; 4 p.m. Cacia's at 16 S. 40th St. / 1526 W. Ritner St.

When: January 7, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. to January 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

How much: The cost of a pizza


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Malcolm Jenkins will make your coffee & you can pay what you want

To celebrate the official grand opening of its 1818 Market location, Saxbys is serving up pay-what-you-wish coffee — with help from celebrity baristas. Philadelphia Eagle Malcolm Jenkins, FOX29 host Mike Jerrick FOX 29 of FOX 29Councilwoman Cherelle L. Parker, Beneficial Bank CEO Gerry Cuddy and AgileCat CEO Peter Madden will be making drinks at set times throughout the day. Pay what you want, and Saxbys will match it at 100 percent for a fund that supports Community College of Philadelphia students.

Where: Saxbys at 1818 Market St. 19103

When: January 8, 2018 at 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

How much: Pay what you want


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Ice skating lessons kick off at the RiverRink

If a lack of skills has kept you from the city's ice rinks, here's a chance to brush up on skating basics. A six-week course starts Sunday at the RiverRinkBe there every Sunday morning for the next month and a half, and soon you won't need to hold onto the wall.

Where: RiverRink at 101 S. Columbus Blvd. 19106

When: January 14, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. to February 25, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

How much: $125