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A shelter just for LGBTQ people is opening in North Philly

When the Ark of Safety opens in North Philadelphia later this month, it’ll be the city’s first shelter designed specifically for LGBTQ people.

  • Founder Tatyana Woodward partnered with a church and two community health orgs to create the 12-bed shelter offering wraparound services to queer and trans people experiencing homelessness.

Woodward dedicated herself to the project, Michaela Winberg reports, because she knows personally how much it would have helped her, decades ago.

Tatyana Woodard tests space to hang art at Ark of Safety, a new North Philly shelter for LGBTQ people Credit: Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Made in America sweeps through Philly this weekend

Jay Z’s annual Labor Day weekend music festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary, with 50k fans expected on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

The two-day concert features lots of local talent. Beatrice Forman has a guide to all the Philly artists performing at Made in America this year.

Philly highway signs above crowds partying at Made in America on the Ben Franklin Parkway Credit: JESSE FAATZ / Roc Nation

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This the seventh year of Mayor Kenney’s PHLpreK program, which provides free pre-K at more than 180 centers across the city. To celebrate, he joins educators and officials at Wonderspring Powelton Village Center in West Philly (10 a.m.)


? Catch Labor Day weekend fireworks over the Delaware River at Spruce Street Harbor Park or the Race Street Pier. (8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3)

? Say farewell to summer and hello to Oktoberfest season at the Cannstatter Volksfest Verein’s 150th annual Labor Day weekend festival, with music, games, food, and lots to drink. (Saturday to Monday, Sept. 3-5)

? Cast rods over the side of the Schuylkill Banks at the Philly Fun Fishing Fest, with free gear available to borrow and catch-and-release competitions — no license required. (7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10)