5 Things You Can Do: August 13-16

From a Drive & Drag at Solider Field to getting outside and running for a good cause, here are five things that you can actually do this weekend.

Please take care and help our community fight COVID-19 — maintain at least a 6 feet distance from others, wear a mask and wash your hands properly and frequently when going out.

Join In: The World’s Largest Kindness Event


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The world could use some more kindness right now, and the Crayon Collection has the perfect opportunity. This weekend, they are setting a second Guinness World Record for “The Most Handwritten Notes Uploaded to Instagram in One Hour” by writing notes of kindness to send to people all over the country. Special guests include Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Oliver Jeffers, illustrator of the best-selling book series The Day the Crayons Quit as well as Joe Whale, aka “The Doodle Boy.”  Drew Daywalt, author of The Day the Crayons Quit, will also do a special reading of his best-selling children’s book at the end of the event. RSVP for free here.

Run: My Block My Hood My City Virtual 5K


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Want to run for a good cause? Until August 16th, you can run or walk a 5K with My Block My Hood My City Neighborhood. This year’s 5K will take participants on a journey through Chicago’s many amazing neighborhoods, and you will receive a race tee and medal to show off afterwards. When registering, you can select one of ten groups to run with and a neighborhood will be randomly assigned to your group. This Virtual 5k can be run anytime through Sunday, August 16th. Register here.

Go: Drive and Drag at Solider Field


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Do you miss live shows? From the safety of your car, you can tune in to your FM radio and watch “RuPaul’s Drag Race” queens perform in a drive-in theater at Solider Field, complete with a concert-style stage and jumbotron LED screens. The Drive ‘N Drag will feature recent winners Jaida Essence Hall and Yvie Oddly, and will run twice each night at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Get your tickets here.

Give Back: Share Our Spare Summer Diaper Drive


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Do your duty — and help Share Our Spare collect 100,000 diapers this summer! The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for many families, and the donation of diapers will help many struggling with this essential item. Until August 20th, you can help by donating funds to purchase diapers via their GoFundMe or Venmo, or purchasing from Share Our Spare’s Amazon Registry.

Create: Offshore & Maison Du Prince Host Bubbles & Blossoms Flower Arrangement Classes


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On August 16th, you can create a beautiful flower arrangement at Navy Pier’s open air rooftop. Offshore has partnered with Ramsey J Prince from Maison Du Prince to host an exclusive Bubbles & Blossoms flower arrangement class at 11:30 a.m., where participants will be walked through a one-hour class that includes tips and tricks from industry expert Ramsey as he helps you recreate the perfect flower arrangement. Tickets are $100 each, and include two complimentary glasses of bubbles, and flowers to use during the class and to take home. Tickets can be purchased here.

How to help:

Many are finding that helping others is an effective way to help combat feelings of powerlessness in the face of COVID-19. Here are some deserving nonprofits, including food pantries, that need your support.

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Macaire DouglasMacaire Douglas lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and two sons. She proudly supports Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to prevent the illegal abandonment of newborns nationwide. Since its inception in 2000, more than 3,600 newborns have been safely surrendered and adopted into loving homes.