Did You Know Philly Has Its Own World Cup?

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In Philadelphia, sports unify people across all cultures and demographics. The Philadelphia International Unity Cup, presented by Goya, is no exception. The tournament has been uniting the city’s neighborhoods and celebrating its diverse immigrant communities through soccer for the past three years. This year, the Unity Cup had a record 52 teams representing countries from around the world compete in the tournament, which kicked off in August and runs through October. Continue reading “Did You Know Philly Has Its Own World Cup?”

Think Summer! Become a Philly Lifeguard

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Spring semester is zipping by, and before you know it, summer will be here! Philadelphia Parks & Recreation wants to remind you that the city has got plenty of summer job options for you—400+ jobs, to be more specific. Lifeguards work at 70 outdoor pools across Philadelphia, earning $13.65 per hour while they do so.

But who’s a typical Parks & Rec lifeguard? There’s no one profile that fits the bill, but a sizeable portion of the lifeguard force is composed of high school and college students, many of whom return year after year for the leadership opportunities, decent salary, and chance to enjoy the summer sunshine. Take, for example, Kyree Westbrooks.

Kyree is a Parks & Rec lifeguard who has worked with us for seven years, beginning when he was in high school. He is currently an education major at the Community College of Philadelphia. Kyree likes the lifeguard job over the typical summer job young people get because of the good pay and the seriousness of the job.

“I get a lot of satisfaction from teaching young people from ages 6 to 16 how to swim in just a few weeks in the summer,” said Kyree. “I also appreciate that I am responsible for protecting the lives of hundreds of people each summer.”

Kyree became a lifeguard after being encouraged by Marty Jackson, a staffer at Ziehler Playground in the Olney section of the city. Kyree was a mainstay at the pool, and Marty figured that he might make a good lifeguard. Although Kyree was a good swimmer because of his many visits to Ziehler pool, he did not initially pass the first lifeguard screening test, but he did not give up. He took advantage of our remedial lifeguard classes, which enhanced his swimming technique and helped him build his endurance, and was able to pass the screening easily on his second attempt.

“I always recommend the lifeguard jobs to my friends since they always inquire about my high-paying summer job,” said Kyree. “I tell them, ‘Don’t sweat it if you are not a strong swimmer, the Parks & Rec staff is always willing to help potential lifeguards become stronger swimmers.’”

Join Kyree on the pool deck as a lifeguard this summer. Lifeguard screenings are taking place now, so it’s not too early to get swimming. Learn more at www.phila.gov/lifeguards.

Hello, 2018! We’re Getting Fit, Giving Back and Planning Our Cheat Day

Exercise your body and mind! Here’s Where to Get Fit in Philly Without Going Broke and where to test your pop culture knowledge at these themed trivia nights.

Lend a helping hand on Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 15. The 23rd Annual Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service has a long list of community volunteer opportunities.

Take a break from your clean eating resolution for one day. Come on, it’s just one! CCD Restaurant Week is happening January 14-26 at 50+ local spots. Three-course lunch, $20. Three-course dinner, $35. This is a popular deal so make your reservations now.

A Snowy Bowie Skate on Saturday, January 13 and Open Arts College Night: Skate Night on Wednesday, January 31both happening at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest.

Start the New Year off right by finding, advocating, and teaching others to discover their voice! Campus Philly and Temple University will be hosting the Inclusive Leadership Conference on Feb. 3 for ALL Philadelphia-area college students. Register here.

Looking for more? Our calendar is a great resource for planning your Philadelphia adventure!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go This Weekend in Philly!

The best way to explore Philadelphia? Walking! Lace up your sneakers and head out to  Philly Free Streets, this Saturday from 8AM-1PM. Enjoy “three-and-a-half miles of car-free, free-activity-filled roads for pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists to explore from Philadelphia’s Historic District all the way to the El Centro de Oro neighborhood in North Philly.”

On your walk, try to spot some of the Monument Lab installations scattered throughout the city.  Maybe your Free Streets stroll will take you South to the South Street Pumpkinfest or  East Passyunk’s Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday.

If you want to go down a less traveled path this weekend,  walk along Kelly Drive to catch the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta or ride up to Fairmount Park’s Shofuso Japanese House and Garden for Yokai Family Weekend!

If it’s not a walk around the city, consider planning a mini road trip. Hop on a train, jump in your car (or Zipcar) to explore one of the “22 small towns near Philly you need to visit right now!

 

Flea Markets, Festivals, Free Movies + More!

Grown up you doesn’t have to share your summer vacation with your entire class, but your friends will want to catch up! If you want some cool things to report back to your reunited crew, check out our August picks.

The Oval+  is hosting free activities during Wellness Wednesdays, D.J. Dance Party Thursdays, Food and Flicks Friday and Game Day Saturdays until August 20.

The traveling beer garden, Parks on Tap, has planted itself in Aviator Park (21+) until August 13.

Photo opps await at Blue Cross RiverRink SummerFest! Your selfie backdrops include a Ferris Wheel, the Ben Franklin Bridge and more.

Enjoy free live music while chilling in a hammock at Spruce Street Harbor Park.

Movies in Clark Park happen every Friday until September 1. E.T., Singin’ in the RainHidden Figures and Moana are in the August lineup.

Every local food truck imaginable will be at Night Market: Roxborough on Thursday, August 10.

Watch La La Land at an awesome outdoor venue with the Orchestra playing along with it. It’s happening on Thursday, August 17 at The Mann.

Find more fun things to do in our events calendar and Neighborhood page on. As always, share your adventures with us by tagging @campusphilly.


P.S. A shameless plug about an awesome event. Start your new school year off right with the best five hours in Philly at CollegeFest on Saturday, September 9! You get free admission to local museums + much more. Mark your calendar, share with your friends and see you there!

Hey You, Take a Hike!

What immediately comes to mind when you think of Philly? We bet it’s not the nearby trails you can hike or bike on or weekend street closures for pedestrian activities. Yeah, we have all that! That’s why we’re going to give you a different, greener view of the area surrounding Philadelphia.

Weekends on Kelly Drive
From April through October, MLK Drive, which runs through Fairmount Park, is closed off to cars every Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. so that runners, cyclists and pedestrians can use the lanes freely. Read more here.


Field Guide: 8 Hikes Near Philadelphia With Waterfalls and Gorgeous Views
As a Northeastern PA native, I am partial to Ricketts Glen State Park! Who doesn’t love a good waterfall? This summer,  I am definitely checking out the other 7 spots.


Under-the-Radar Bike Trails Around Philly
Katie Monroe, founder of the Facebook group Women Bike PHL, spills on her favorite less-crowded bike trails around town.


The top three hiking destinations within 10 miles of Philly
On a nice weekend, you’ll probably find some of Campus Philly’s staff hiking or biking along the Wissahickon.


Free Saturday Public Boating at Bartram’s Garden 
Every Saturday from 11am–3pm (in season), the public can explore the Schuylkill River by rowboat or kayak from the Bartram’s Garden Community Boathouse. Our 2017 season runs from April 22 to October 28.

Whatever path you choose to drive down, we want to know about it! Share your adventures on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag @CampusPhilly.

 

 

Philly To-Do: Take a Hike!

What immediately comes to mind when you think of Philly? We bet it’s not the nearby trails you can hike or bike on or weekend street closures for pedestrian activities. Yeah, we have all that! That’s why we’re going to give you a different, greener view of the area surrounding Philadelphia.

And lucky for you, getting there will be a breeze! Zipcar is offering students $10 of driving credit (1 hour of driving) by using promo code: CampusPhillySpring  (Expires 5/15/17) and will be valid for 2 weeks after redemption. Not a Zipcar member yet? Join now and cash in on that driving credit!

Weekends on Kelly Drive
From April through October, MLK Drive, which runs through Fairmount Park, is closed off to cars every Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. so that runners, cyclists and pedestrians can use the lanes freely. Read more here.


Field Guide: 8 Hikes Near Philadelphia With Waterfalls and Gorgeous Views
As a Northeastern PA native, I am partial to Ricketts Glen State Park! Who doesn’t love a good waterfall? This summer,  I am definitely checking out the other 7 spots.


Under-the-Radar Bike Trails Around Philly
Katie Monroe, founder of the Facebook group Women Bike PHL, spills on her favorite less-crowded bike trails around town.


The top three hiking destinations within 10 miles of Philly
On a nice weekend, you’ll probably find some of Campus Philly’s staff hiking or biking along the Wissahickon.


Free Saturday Public Boating at Bartram’s Garden 
Every Saturday from 11am–3pm (in season), the public can explore the Schuylkill River by rowboat or kayak from the Bartram’s Garden Community Boathouse. Our 2017 season runs from April 22 to October 28.


In addition to giving you something, Zipcar is giving back! They currently have a wrapped vehicle with United By Blue – each hour the vehicle is reserved a $1 will be donated back to them. Now that’s a nice ride!

Whatever path you choose to drive down, we want to know about it! Share your road trip adventures on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag @CampusPhilly #ZipTrip.

 

 

Philly To-Do: The Weekend!

And the weekend is here! We’ve all made it through this busy week and now it’s time to unwind and enjoy the spring happenings in Philadelphia. Check ’em out below.

Science After Hours: Prom | Friday, April 21 |  7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Franklin Institute, 271 N. 21st St.
Kick off the Philadelphia Science Festival with a prom! Part of The Franklin Institute’s popular Science After Hours event series, join us for the ultimate scientific soiree, where the punch will be spiked and the science will shine brightly like a sequined gown. This event is 21+.

Flea Market on Broad | Saturday, April 22 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Broad Street (between Snyder Ave. and Jackson St.)
The sidewalk of Broad Street, between Snyder Ave. and Jackson St., will be taken over by 55-plus vendors selling various knickknacks.

Record Store Day 2017 | Saturday, April 22 | All day  | Citywide
Record collectors, this is the most important day to support your local record store! Check out: 
Creep Records, Repo Records, Long In The Tooth and Philadelphia Record Exchange.

Clover Market | Saturday, April 22 | 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills 

Find unique jewelry, interesting antiques, artwork, home décor, handmade goods and other one-of-a-kind knickknacks. In addition, there will be food, drink and live music!

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier | Saturday & Sunday | 9:30 a.m.
Race St & N. Columbus Blvd

Get in your morning stretch in right under the Ben Franklin Bridge. The waterfront view will not disappoint!

Waffles & Wedges’ Second Birthday Block Party | Sunday, April 23 | 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
1511 Pine St.
The celebration will be full of freebies, including samples from Bassetts Ice Cream, Blue Mountain Winery and Mood Lounge Bar. Be on the lookout for raffles and giveaways, too. As for the signature loaded waffles from Waffles & Wedges, mini “Party Crasher” waffles will be $2 each (limit of two per person) from the Waffles food truck. The Liege waffle is topped with vanilla icing and rainbow jimmies.

Philly Field Trip: Sunday Funday

Sundays usually consist of one thing for me—homework. However, this past Sunday I was feeling adventurous, so I switched up my routine. I  decided to take full advantage of the perfect weather, so I spent most the day jumping from one thing to another.

My running buddy!

I kicked off my morning with a volunteer orientation at an animal rescue in Northern Liberties, Saved Me Adoption Center. I’ve been missing my family’s pups more than anything and I thought this would help. Once I arrived, I let them know I was a runner, and I was paired with the perfect running partner– a dog who loved to sprint! We ventured around Northern Liberties and Fishtown, and I got to know the neighborhood.  I had an afternoon Phillies game to catch, so I was only able to spend time with one dog. I am itching to go back and run with my furry friends!

So back to campus I went. I grabbed whatever red I owned and flew out the door to Citizens Bank Park. My friend and I  took our seats in the nosebleeds, but we quickly realized my friend’s relative was at the game and had two tickets for us to join her in the suite. Score! On our way to our upgraded seats, we grabbed Chickie’s & Pete’s crab fries. A snack in hand + a great view= us having a ball– pun intended!– at our FIRST Phillies game.

After the game, we needed a post-game pick me up so we headed to Fairmount‘s OCF Coffee House. Refueled, we headed to our last stop of the day– dinner and  grocery shopping at the mega Whole Foods at 2101 Hamilton St.

Whew! I got tired just recapping my busy Sunday. As the school year starts winding down, and the final papers and studying start piling up, it’s important to get out and enjoy the fantastic city we live in!

Philly To-Do: Movie Monday, Free Italian Ice + More!

Catch a movie, grab a free Rita’s Italian Ice, race a SEPTA bus, apply to internships from the comfort of your bed (or wherever you have internet access) and much more!

Movie Mondays @ The Trocadero | 21+ event
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
When: Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., Philadelphia 19107
Details: 21+ event.  Doors open at 6:30, film starts at 8, arrive before 7pm and enjoy a free beer. $3 gets you in and goes towards a snack or drink at the bar.


Start Spring Off Right—with FREE Italian Ice!
Every year Rita’s celebrates the first day of spring by giving away free Italian Ice! 
When:
Monday, March 20 from 12-9 p.m.
Where: Rita’s Italian Ice 


RaceTheBus 3.0
Race the SEPTA Route 21 Bus at Rush Hour Through Center City
When: Wednesday, March 22nd, 5:30 PM (prepare and line up), 5:41 PM Start
Where: Starting at 40th and Chestnut, we’ll race the 5:41 p.m. bus for 3.1 miles going east through Center City Philadelphia. The race will end at 2nd and Chestnut.


Ask Debora(h) Squared Facebook Live Event
Campus Philly’s going LIVE on Campus Philly’s Facebook to let you know what it takes to launch in Philly. Learn interview tips, what employers want to see and how to stand out as an intern from an established CEO and a recent grad. Have a question? Submit it to Brynn at brynn@campusphilly.org by Monday, March 20 at 5 p.m.

When: Tuesday, March 21 starting at 12:30 p.m.
Where: facebook.com/campusphilly 


Young Involved Philadelphia Idea Forum
Get involved with YIP by learning more about  their plans for the year, and helping them brainstorm events in line with YIP’s 2017 goals. During meetings, share bright ideas and get up close and personal with the behind the scenes work that makes YIP programming happen.

When: Wednesday, March 22 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia 19107


Game Changers: Women Making Games

Kat Webster from Bioware, Lauren Brown from EA Games, Harley Dwortz from Rooster Teeth Productions and Melissa Soest from BioWare will discuss their creative process, careers and how they are affecting change in the industry. The panel will be followed by Q&A with the audience and a reception with the panelists.

When:
Thursday, March 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Moore College of Art & Design20th and the Pkwy, Philadelphia 19103


Online Job + Internship Week
Throughout the week hundreds of employers will be logging on to find candidates like you to join and grow with their team. With tools provided by Campus Philly leading up to the event, you’ll be prepared to start planning your summer in Philadelphia.

When: Monday, March 27 – Friday, March 31
Where: Anywhere you have internet access!


Launch Anywhere During Online Job + Internship Week! from Campus Philly on Vimeo.