Here are a few of this week's especially nerdy, plannerly events. Enjoy!
Monday, October 7. 6 pm. The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Science and environment writer Emma Marris, author of Rambunctious Garden, will give a talk about the relationship between nature and city dwellers. Marris argues that as humans change every aspect of the earth, the strategies for saving nature must change as well.
Tuesday, October 8. 6:30pm - 8:30pm. First Round Capital, 4040 Locust Street. The sources of data around us are endless - open government data, FOIA request results and even just walking around the neighborhood. Join Hacks/Hackers and the Online News Association on Tuesday to learn three ways to make that data useful - to tell a story or create a cool visualization.
Wednesday, October 9. 7:30pm. Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave. As part of the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities' (MOTU) fifth anniversary celebrations, MOTU will take part in Philadelphia Nerd Nite, a monthly event held in more than 60 cities. Over drinks, several people give 18-21 minute "fun-yet-informative" presentations on any number of topics - anything from math feuds to the science of the Simpsons.
Wednesday, October 9. 5:30pm - 9pm. PHS Headquarters, 100 N. 20th Street, 5th Floor. The Pennsylvania Horticulture Society is offering its nine-hour PHS Tree Tenders training course in three sessions. The course teaches residents how to restore and care for the local tree population. Each session is hands-on and covers tree biology, urban stresses on trees, tree identification, tree planting, community organizing, tree pruning and root care. Pre-registration is required and available online at www.pennhort.net/treetenders. Cost: $25.