KYW To-Do List: West Philly porch art, digital drag brunch, and more things to do from a distance this weekend

Beau, a five-month-old giraffe at the Philadelphia Zoo Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pa.
Photo credit © Joe Lamberti/Courier Post/USA TODAY
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)Remember when things were always open, and we didn’t have to look forward to massive reopenings? Yeah, me neither. 
On the bright side, things are finally reopening, as we enter the “green” phase in southeastern Pennsylvania. You can reserve your zoo tickets now, eat at restaurants at half capacity, or walk around West Philly porches for a socially-distant, unique art show.

Plus, this weekend kicks off Fourth of July pre-celebrations, ahead of Wawa Welcome America’s virtual show next week, featuring Cynthia Erivo and Jason Derulo.

Take a trip to the zoo. Elmwood Park Zoo reopens this weekend, and the Philadelphia Zoo will make tickets available Friday for its reopening on July 9. Be sure to reserve your tickets⁠ — there are advance openings for members⁠ — online, as capacity will be limited.

On Saturday, join the West Philly Porch Art Show for socially-distant and family-friendly original works of visual art and installations, all from artists’ porches in West Philadelphia. 

The West Philadelphia Community Art Alliance is hosting this event from 2 to 6 p.m. and provided a map for ease of use.

Want to begin running? Ron Hunter, the head track coach at Academy Park High School and the Delco Stallions, suggests getting a support system in place. He said you should move at baby steps, and of course, listen to your body.

The Pennsylvania SPCA is holding an ‘In-Purrson” adoption event this weekend at Philadelphia Brewing Company. Fifty people will get $50 off cat adoptions, thanks to the North Shore Animal League and Swiffer on Saturday and Sunday. 

More activities are reopening in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Counties in southeastern Pennsylvania have moved into the “green” phase, while Philly enters a more reserved version until next week. Businesses and restaurants can open at 50% occupancy, and masks are still mandated.

However, Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh emphasized that “COVID-19 is not over.” Exercise caution, she said, and continue to maintain a social distance while outdoors and in public.

 

ONLINE ACTIVITIES 

Wawa Welcome America begins its July Fourth celebration Sunday, with more than 50 free — and virtual — events to partake in, like online tours of 19 museums, cultural institutions and attractions. The festivities will end with an all-star concert featuring the multitalented, highly awarded artists Cynthia Erivo and Jason Derulo. 

Philly-based gaming company Nerd Street Gamers partnered with Butler University to give kids a full summer camp experience through esports, with popular games like “Fortnite,” “League of Legends” and “Overwatch.” The summer program, called Camp Localhost, was created as a direct response to the coronavirus pandemic. Kids from all across the country can partake in the online summer camp, and registration is open.

On Saturday at noon, join Lady Lola LaRu for a digital drag brunch and cooking tutorial. Celebrate Pride Month this weekend by learning how to cook a yummy mushroom and leek frittata with an arugula salad. Registration is free.

Notably, Philadelphia played a central role in the struggle to end slavery, even as the city itself was sharply and fiercely divided on the issue. On Sunday at 1 p.m., join a discussion — “To Set Them Free: Abolitionism and Laurel Hill” — to hear the tales of African-American struggles and courage, as we remember those who fought for the civil rights of the Emancipation Proclamation. 

Reserve your tickets in advance, which range between $5 and $10 for students, seniors and members.