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

An image from the "From Whence we Came" art show opening tomorrow night7/8 Art show for Ocean Opens

 Local artist Ryann Casey will open his art exhibition, "From Whence we Came," tonight. Featuring 40 artists advocating for the protection and preservation of the world’s oceans.  This show will continue throughout July and into August. All proceeds will benefit the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Oceans

Fri., July 8, 7-9p.m., Benna’s Café 1236 S. Eighth St., more information here

7/8 Friday Night Lights

Natural Lands Trust and WXPN are hosting an evening under the stars. Once the sun sets, astronomers will focus their telescopes on faraway planets and stars and let you take a peek.  The Chesmont Astronomical Society will work in partnership with the Great Valley Nature Center to bring guests live music, an array of desserts, complimentary drinks, star/planet gazing and owl petting/spotting. 

Fri., July 8, 8 -11p.m., ChesLen Preserve, 1199 Cannery Road, Coatesville. More information here

7/9 Urban Meadow Workshop

Bartram’s Garden and the Natural Lands Trust are hosting an educational program focused on organizing and enhancing the native meadows within an urban environment.  This program will focus on diverse flora and fauna in native meadows, the benefits of wildlife, and issues of meadow management.

Sat., July 9, 9a.m.-12p.m., Bartram’s Garden: 54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd. more information here

More weekend happenings after the jump!

7/9 Veggies and Yoga on the Farm

Emerald Street Urban Farm is hosting a mid-day yoga session.  Practice your downward dog amongst sprouting veggies, and then purchase some at the weekls farmstand. BYOM -- bring you own mat.

Sat., July 9, 12-1p.m., Emerald Street Urban Farm at Emerald and Dauphin Sts., more information here

7/9 House & Home at VIX Emporium

Philadelphian and artist Suzanne Francis will present her hometown-inspired paintings and hand-carved linoleum block prints at VIX Emporium.  Light refreshments will be served and guests will get the chance to see the artist at work!

Sat., July 9, 6-9p.m., VIX Emporium, 5009 Balitmore Ave., more information here

7/10 Giving Grill to benefit Willistown Conservation Trust

Whole Foods Market is spending the day grilling for Willistown Conservation Trust, a non-profit that works to preserve the natural beauty of Willistown, PA.  All proceeds from hamburgers, veggie burgers, hotdogs, chips and soda sold at the Whole Foods Giving Grill will go to the trust.

Sun., July 10, 11a.m.-4p.m., Whole Foods Market, 821 Lancaster Ave. in Devon, more information here

7/10 American Cancer Society Bike-A-Thon

Tread over cancer with the American Cancer Society at its 99th Annual Bike-A-Thon to benefit cancer research programs and services.  The bike-a-thon offers three different courses (short, medium, long) ranging from 16-100 miles and participants can ride individually or with a team.  

Sun., July 10, 8:30a.m.,1626 Locust St., more information here