January 20-24: MLK Day of Service | Eric Bunge | In With The Old | Big Green Block | GIS careers

HELP: MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 20. Citywide. Pitch in to help your community – there are hundreds of opportunities and thousands of volunteers needed for projects like painting in schools and recreation centers, helping homeless populations, tending parks and gardens, and cleaning up neighborhoods. Find places to volunteer across the city by registering at mlkdayofservice.org.


Wednesday, January 22, 6:30-8pm. PennDesign, Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street. Architect Eric Bunge, co-founding principal of New York based nARCHITECTS, will be at Penn to discuss his work – from his winning entry to Mayor Bloomberg’s micro housing design competition to public space work like the Forest Pavilion in Taiwan. Free.

MIX: In With The Old

Thursday, January 23, 6-9pm. FringeArts, 140 North Columbus Boulevard. Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance is back with its first event of 2014. Come see the new FringeArts space, a converted pumphouse, and mingle with other young (and young at heart) folks who are interested in the city’s rich past. Free, register online.

TALK: NKCDC’s Big Green Block

Friday, January 24, Noon-1pm. Temple University, Paley Library, Room 21. Join New Kensington CDC’s Deputy Director Shanta Schachter to discuss the collaborative Big Green Block project (above) – an effort to partner with the Office of Sustainability, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and the Water Department to focus on stormwater improvements, greening, and education efforts in a 20 acre block area. Free.

LEARN: Geospatial Technology and Careers in GIS

Friday, January 24, 12:30-1:30pm. PennDesign, Meyerson Hall, G12, 210 South 34th Street. Join Brian Smith, Director of Commercial Solutions, and Adam Conner, Sr. Applications Developer at GeoDecisions for a lunchtime talk about the state of GeoSpatial industry and an overview of how technologies are evolving. Lunch will be provided. Free, space is limited; registration required

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