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

Courtesy of Tom's ShoesSaturday, April 2, 9am – 1pm

Come out and join the Urban Blazers, a non-profit organization, as they clean up Mander Playground (East Fairmount Park) in hopes of making it a safer, more attractive place for people in the community. The park is located on 33rd and Diamond Streets. For more information, please contact:

Saturday, April 2, 9am – 2pm

It’s that time again! Philly’s 4th Annual Spring Cleanup is here once again. Help “Keep Up the Sweep Up” by participating in this annual spring cleaning event to help put an end to litter and illegal dumping. Last year, 230 projects took place across the city but, this year, Mayor Nutter wants to top that to make our city as beautiful as it can be. For more information,

Sunday, April 3, 10am – 2pm

Roll up your sleeves and register now to volunteer at the Awbury Arboretum, where you’ll join other participants to beautify the historic green space in the heart of urban Philadelphia by planting vegetables, removing invasive plants and maintaining trails so neighbors and visitors alike may continue to be transported from city street to country retreat. This event will take place rain or shine. The $12 registration cost is a transportation fee. If you do NOT need transportation to the event, please contact Rashmi Mathur at 215-814-5234 or for a complimentary registration.

Sunday, April 3, 1pm – 2:30pm

Dock Street Brewery and Restaurant will host a 75-minute, all-levels yoga session with Justicia Friese followed by a tutored beer tasting with Dock Street’s Rosemarie Certo in the brewery. The cost is $25 which includes both the yoga session and beer tasting. Purchase tickets through PayPal at Keep in mind that there is limited availability, so please make sure to get your tickets well in advance. Tickets are $25 until March 27th and $35 after.

Tuesday, April 5 ALL DAY!

Tom’s Shoes encourages everyone to go “One Day Without Shoes” in order to raise awareness about the millions of people who are at risk in underdeveloped countries for diseases like, podoconiosis, caused by walking barefoot on volcanic soil. Last year, over 250,000 people went barefoot. This year, don’t miss out on this opportunity to help raise awareness!

Wednesday, April 6, 6pm – 8pm

The Standard Tap in Northern Liberties hosts its monthly “Green Drinks” social networking event that helps green communities come together. Bring your friends and family for a chance to spend a night networking all that is green. This is a monthly event. Local refreshments will be served. For more information,