Now that Thanksgiving is over, we’re officially in the holiday season here in Philadelphia!

In between all the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to miss the news.

So, #PhillyMayorThisWeek recaps five moments from the past seven days you might’ve missed.

1. The holiday season officially started at the #PhillyHolidayFest tree lighting.

You can view a full list of festival events — including light shows, happy hours, free museum days, and other timely happenings — online.

 2. Philadelphia Mural Arts received a $200,000 grant this week to fund programming that brings public art in communities affected by crime and incarceration.

The program fits into the City’s ongoing criminal justice reform efforts; there’s a work release arts program for those on probation, too.

3. This week, the Mayor celebrated #GivingTuesday by encouraging Philadelphians to give directly to public school classrooms and projects using the new FUNDamentals donor platform.

Principals pick the projects available for funding, and donors can find a school or project they’re interested in and make one-time or recurring donations as well as see the project’s progress.

This year on Giving Tuesday give directly to your neighborhood school. A new site called Philly FUNDamentals lets you…

Posted by Mayor Jim Kenney on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

4. The Mayor attended a forum on youth homelessness, a collaborative event at City Hall where people shared their stories and worked together to talk about solutions.

There is also help available for Philadelphians experiencing homelessness through the Office of Homeless Services.

Mayor Kenney delivers remarks addressing youth homelessness at this forum that brings together City officials, nonprofit leaders, and homeless young adults.
Mayor Kenney speaks at the forum on youth homelessness at City Hall in 2017. (Photo by Samantha Madera.)

5. Mayor Kenney visited local CEO Todd Carmichael at La Colombe’s coffee roasting facility in Port Richmond.

A local company that pays its workers a living wage, La Colombe showed the Mayor its roasting facilities to help promote the #PhillyDelivers campaign focusing on Philadelphia as a national hub of innovation, talent, and livability.

Mayor Kenney holds a handful of coffee beans as he looks into a large metal machine. There are big industrial pipes in the background, and Todd Carmichael is wearing a La Colombe hat as he points at the machine they're both standing in front of.
Mayor Kenney holds coffee beans as La Colombe founder and CEO Todd Carmichael leads a tour around the Port Richmond roasting facility. (Photo by Albert Lee.)