PhillyNow Calendar: This Week in Civic Events, Feb. 25-March 1

Good morning, PW readers! Here’s what’s going on this weekend if you’re of the civic-minded. Lots of good readings, community meetings and Council sessions to check out this week. Remember to email civics@philadelphiaweekly.com if you want your event listed.

Monday, February 25

Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe Center Groundbreaking Ceremony. Mayor Nutter and others will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony of a new Philly Fringe building at Race Street and Columbus Blvd.—across from the Race Street Pier. 10am. 140 N. Columbus Blvd. livearts-fringe.org

City Council. The Committee on Global Opportunities and Creative/Innovative Economy will hold a public meeting to discuss spurring “economic development in Philadelphia by increasing overseas investments, incubating technology and innovation, encouraging creativity, and attracting and retaining the workforce to create good-paying, family-sustaining jobs with benefits and improve the quality of life for all residents of Philadelphia.” 10am. City Council; City Hall Room 400. 1 Penn Square. Phila.gov

Credit Union opening. A new Federal Credit Union will open at 1500 Spring Garden Street and an event to celebrate this will take place at the opening. 11am. 1500 Spring Garden St.

Zoning Meeting. The Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association will hold a zoning meeting to discuss several residential building proposals. 6:30pm. Northern Liberties Community Center. 3rd and Fairmount.

Tuesday, February 26

Spare Room Tycoon: Business Skills for Successful Self-Employment. James Chan, an independent business consultant and PhD, is the author of Spare Room Tycoon, about starting, surviving and growing your own business. He’ll he reading from his book and sharing his expertise on opening a home-based business at the Free Library. 6:30pm. Central Library. 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org

South of South Neighborhood Association Happy Hour. SOSNA is having a social for neighbors to meet one another. 5pm. Sidecar Bar and Grill. 2201 Christian St. southofsouth.org.

State Rep. Brian Sims Town Hall. Rep. Brian Sims will told a town hall meeting to discuss issues like LGBT rights, gun legislation, unemployment and taxes. 6pm. Community College of Philadelphia; Bonnell Auditorium. 1700 Spring Garden St.

Wednesday, February 27

Lower Moyamensing Fundraiser Night. LOMO will be holding a fundraiser at Stogie Joe’s for $25 and proceeds with benefit their neighborhood. The cover price includes low-priced drinks and food, like a $10 bucket of Miller Light. 6pm. Stogie Joe’s Tavern. 1801 E. Passyunk Ave. lomophilly.org.

City Council. The Committee on Global Opportunities & Creative/Innovative Economy is scheduled to meet again on Wednesday and the action to spur job growth and such will be considered by City Council. 1pm. City Council. City Hall; Room 400. 1 Penn Square. Phila.gov.

Phila 2035 Meeting. The final public meting for the Central District plan—one of 18 district plans that will make recommendations for zoning changes, “city-owned land and facilities and public investments,” will be held. 5pm. City Hall. Conversation Hall; 2nd Floor. 1 Penn Square. Phila2035.org.

Newbold Public Zoning Meeting. The Newbold Neighborhood Association will meet to discuss new zoning applications. 6:30pm. Reed Street Apartments. 16th and Reed. Newboldneighbors.org.

Thursday, February 28

Police District Meeting. 17th Police District PSA 1 Meeting. PSA 1 covers Federal Street to Washington Ave. Broad to the Schuylkill. 6pm. SOSNA Office. 1901 Christian St.

Berkowitz Lecture in Women’s Studies: Melissa Harris-Perry. A scholar on race, gender, diversity and women’s issues, Melissa Harris Perry will give a lecture regarding these issues. 5:30pm. UPenn. 3451 Walnut St. sas.upenn.edu.

Peter Edelman: So, Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America. Anti-poverty advocate and Georgetown University law professor Peter Edelman will speak at the Free Library will speak with WHYY executive director of news and civic dialogue. 7:30pm. Central Library. 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org.

Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association. NLNA will hold a general meeting to discuss issues brought to the floor be locals. 7pm. Northern Liberties Community Center. 3rd and Fairmount.

Friday, March 1

Pennsylvania Progress Summit. Left-leaning group Keystone Progress is hosting their annual Progress Summit—a gathering of state and national progressive politicians and activists to speak on what’s next for the Democrat party and liberals. This takes place in Harrisburg. Your Philadelphia Weekly will be blogging from it. 4pm. Hilton Harrisburg. 1 N. Second St., Harrisburg. Keystoneprogress.pnstate.org.

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