ACT LOCALLY: GRID'S Round-up of local events and newsy bits

Sunday, March 27, 6pm

Whole Foods for the Whole Family: keep your family healthy by filling your refrigerator with foods that you’ll be able to find at your local co-op. Join Marie Winters as she discusses the benefits and medicinal properties of everyday fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins. Find out how eating seasonally helps to keep the body naturally healthy and learn different ways to use first spring fruits and vegetables to improve your health and wellbeing. This event will teach you about gentle detoxing using food and juice, and immune support for the whole family. Hosted by Philly Community Wellness at 1241 Carpenter Street. RSVP by emailing

Sunday, March 27, 11:45am-1:30pm

Let’s have lunch with city leaders! Join Center City Proprietors Association members and friends to become familiar with Philadelphia’s business, civic, political and cultural leaders. Featuring University of Pennsylvania’s president, Dr.Amy Gutmann. The luncheon includes an appetizer, entrée, dessert and coffee. Reservations and pre-payment are required: $40 for members, $50 for non-members. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance. No-shows will be billed. This event will take place at Capital Grille, 1338 Chestnut Street.

More events after the jump!

Monday, March 28, 11am-6pm

The Clean Technology Resource Center (CTRC) hosts its Clean Technology Forum for users and providers of clean technology. CTRC’s staff, along with clean tech start-up business owners and experts in the industry, will discuss topics such as challenges facing clean tech start-ups, how to execute clean technology in small businesses, commercialization difficulties, and how to obtain financing. This forum will conclude with a networking reception and a clean-tech focused business exhibition. Held at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Harrisburg, PA. Fee: $55 (includes lunch.) 

Tuesday, March 29, 6pm-7:30pm

The University of the Arts: FREE Lecture. Matt Owens is the founding partner of the design collective Athletics and the studio VolumeOne. He was trained as a graphic designer; with experience in both  print and digital media, and has paired the two to work for clients such as Forbes magazine, Nick at Nite, and Zoo York Skateboards.

Thursday, March 31, 4pm-7:30pm

The 3rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Cleantech Investment Forum is an event you won’t want to miss out on. If you are interested in clean technology investment and opportunity, then you should attend to learn more. Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic's mission is, “to connect, support, and grow clean and alternative energy technology business opportunities in the mid-Atlantic region.” This event will be held at The Academy of Natural Sciences (1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.)

Friday, April 1 – Saturday, April 2

PennDesign's in the Terrain of Water Symposium will focus on how to find creative solutions to the myriad of water-related issues that influence politic, dynamics, and fears. This symposium will be organized around a series of dialogues, exhibits, workshops and talks, including contemporary thinkers who go beyond addressing water merely as a design opportunity or an environmental challenge. Conversations and presentations will be within three themes:

  1. design ACTIVISM / ADVOCACY in the Terrain of Water
  2. design STRUCTURE / INFRASTRUCTURE in the Terrain of Water
  3. design IMAGING / IMAGINING in the Terrain of Water

This event will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, Meyerson Hall, Upper and Lower Galleries.