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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 from 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 from 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 from 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


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Watch Saturday morning cartoons and eat cereal

PhilaMOCA kicks off a monthly series: Saturday morning cartons and sugary cereal. Swing by (doors open at 11:30) for 100 minutes of nostalgia. Anything that aired between the 1960s-1990s is fair game including popular favorites, short-lived gems, and forgotten oddities. And yes, the commercials of your childhood are included.

Where: PhilaMOCA at 531 N. 12th St. 19123

When: January 13, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

How much: $5


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Just $10 to take the family for a winter swim

Every first Friday, Fitness Alive Swim Academy hosts an unstructured Family Swim Night, where you can bring the kids and splash around or connect with instructors to assess skill level before you sign up for classes. BYO towels, a lock for a locker, and goggles if you want them.

Where: Fitness Works at 714 Reed St., 19147

When: January 5, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How much: $10 per family


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Show off your keyboard skills at Synth Night

The Secret Synth Society Philadelphia has an intimidating sounding name, but if you've always wanted to share your love of noodling around on keyboards, this group is for you. Newcomers are welcome at the monthly meetings, where members show off and share gear, jam, network and have fun. No skill requirements to join.

Where: BridgeSet Sound at 710 South St., 19147

When: January 2, 2018 from 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

How much: Free


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Alternative Mummers Parade and fest in Kensington

After the strut down Broad, a couple progressive Mummers troupes (the Rabble Rousers and the Lobsters) are taking the party back to the neighborhood. A march through Kensington and down Frankford Avenue will culminate in a party outside Philadelphia Brewing Co. and the Lost Bar. Expect outdoor hot cider and cake, and more fun inside. Processions starts at 1 p.m., fest at 4 p.m.

Where: Philadelphia Brewing Co. at 2440 Frankford Ave., 19125

When: January 1, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How much: Free


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Remember Heath Ledger with a showing of ‘A Knight’s Tale’

This January will mark a decade since actor Heath Ledger took his own life. The Philadelphia Film Society pays tribute with a showing of one of his early hits, Brian Helgeland's 2001 comedy "A Knight's Tale." If you know it well, even better, because there's a themed Quizzo before the movie, with prizes given out as the credits roll.

Where: Prince Black Box at 1412 Chestnut St., 19102

When: January 4, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

How much: $13; seniors $12


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51st annual Kwanzaa Celebration in West Philly

The Kwanzaa Cooperative, The National Association of Kawaida Organizations and the Black Writers Museum host their annual celebration of the winter holiday with a candle lighting ceremony, a kids area, live entertainment, market vendors and speakers. This year's talks will be led by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and Dr. Segun Shabaka.

Where: West Philadelphia High School at 4901 Chestnut St., 19139

When: December 30, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

How much: $7; kids & seniors $5


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Local charcuterie + local spirits on East Passyunk

Bacon impresario Ari Miller of 1732 Meats produces a whole line of charcuterie nowadays, and he'll be sampling all the cured meat at Manatawny's South Philly outpost. Expect recommendations of whiskey, gin, vodka and rum cocktails to go with the salumi.

Where: Mantawny Still Works at 1603 E. Passyunk Ave., 19148

When: December 30, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

How much: Free meat, drinks PAYG


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Revisit Washington’s Crossing, indoors

The big Christmas Day re-enactment of George Washington actually crossing the Delaware River was called off due to high winds, but if you (or the little ones) want to experience the moment, you can do it indoors. The Independence National Historic Park's Ranger Program is putting on a half-hour show with film and discussion at 3 p.m. both Sat and Sun.

Where: Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the U.S. at 420 Chestnut St., 19106

When: December 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. to December 31, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.

How much: Free


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Acoustic live show at Rustic Music

This Wash West musical instrument store is hosting its first-ever live show. Neo-folk/rock artist Dan Montgomery will play, accompanied in the second set by Gus Cordovox on accordion and drums. Montgomery promises to play his season-appropriate classic, "I Hate New Year's Eve."

Where: Rustic Music at 259 S. 10th St., 19107

When: December 28, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

How much: Free


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Fur Ball happy hour supports rescue animals

Morris Animal Rescue is hosting a series of happy hours to help with the costs of the org's big gala benefit (the Fur Ball). Expect discounts on beer (brewed on-site), cocktails and snacks — all proceeds go to the cause.

Where: Philadelphia Brewing Co. at 2440 Frankford Ave., 19125

When: December 27, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go