Searching for a worthy cause to get involved in? This week, Paris is bustling with meaningful events for you to give back to the community… plus celebrate the immigrant experience in France and make your garden grow!
Get in the Solidarity Spirit
This weekend, the city is organizing its first Paris Capital(e) Solidaire event to shine a spotlight on its neighborhood associations and a multitude of volunteer opportunities. Attend one of the open houses in your arrondissement, take part in an inter-generational hike or play a game of babyfoot with professionals, volunteers, and elected officials as you learn more about the important role these local non-profits play in the life of Parisians. Who knows? You may sign up as a volunteer before the end of the day!
Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
Did you remember that this month is Octobre Rose, 30 days dedicated to increasing awareness about breast cancer? One of the most important events is the Village Rose, which takes over the Place de la République on October 18. Numerous activities and stands will be organized to inform the public about prevention, treatment, and life after cancer. The event culminates in a family-friendly cancer walk to show support for the cause. So put on some comfy shoes and think pink!
When: Wednesday, October 18, 12pm – 7pm
Where: Place de la République, 75011 Paris
SOS Helpline Needs Your Help
One of the most valuable lifelines for “expats” in Paris for the past 30 years needs our support. SOS HELP is a telephone hotline manned by volunteers to take calls from persons in distress, struggling to adapt without a network of family and friends in France.
So come stock your bookshelves, eat some fabulous homemade treats, and help Paris’ English-language emotional support line at the SOS Help book sale. Books and DVDs are priced at only 2€, so shop to your heart’s content and meet others Anglophones while supporting the trained volunteers who are there for you whenever you need to talk through your concerns, troubles or loneliness. A meaningful and easy to give back to the community.
When: Sunday, October 15, 12pm – 4pm
Where: Orrick Law Offices, 31 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75016 Paris
Master the Botanic Arts
Every gardener knows autumn is the time for planting, so give your green space a technicolor boost at the Chantilly Flower Show, just north of Paris. The event brings together 200 exhibitors on the majestic grounds of the Domaine de Chantilly to show off a colorful palette of horticultural diversity. Learn the secrets of succulents, discover the world of permaculture, or shop for decorative objects and furniture to fully enjoy your garden or balcony. The rich program includes conferences, signings, special events, workshops and advice from green thumbs from all over the world.
When: Oct 13 – 15, 2017, 10am – 6pm
Where: Domaine de Chantilly, rue du Connétable, 60500 Chantilly
Expats: Discover your ethnic roots in France!
The Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration is pulling out the stops for its 10th anniversary weekend. Tracing the immigrant experience in France since the 19th century, the museum’s fascinating and surprising collection is at the crossroads of history, memory, ethnology, and art. And for two days, it’s entirely free and open to the public with a program of lectures, concerts, performances and even a soirée clubbing to inform and entertain in a fabulous art deco building. If you’ve never visited the museum – a must see!
As a bonus, visit the Tropical Museum, also housed in the renovated Palais de la Porte Dorée, to encounter more remnants of France’s colonial past: hundreds of species of exotic marine animals. Raï music and crocodiles, what more could you ask?
When: Oct 14 – 15, 2017, 10am-7pm
Where: Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293 avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris