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Meals on Wheels Delaware developed the Gas Cards for Caring Hearts program after volunteer drivers began reducing their weekly hours due to escalating gas prices. The volunteers cover 132 daily routes across the state, a total of 2,125 miles each day, which comprises a crucial aspect of the meal-delivery program's success. Volunteers not only provide seniors with a healthy meal—they offer companionship and help the seniors remain independent. Gas cards fund fuel costs so that drivers can continue to perform these vital services.

100 W 10th St
Wilmington,
DE
US

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training is a charity athletic-training program that helps individuals prepare for endurance events while fundraising for blood-cancer research. Use this Groupon to train for any of the following events with Delaware Chapter: Nike Women's Marathon, a race to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, on October 16 in San Francisco, or Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon and Half Marathon on November 5 in Savannah, Georgia.

100 W 10th St
Wilmington,
DE
US

New York Bagel Café & Deli bakes fresh New York–style bagels smothered in Philadelphia cream cheese, and lunchtime sandwiches packed with Boar’s Head deli meats. The menu’s numerous sandwiches arrive on bagels, inside wraps, or between the UN sanctioned borders of eight different types of bread with classic fixings including the chicken salad layered in lettuce and tomato, served with a pickle and choice of side. The turkey club fills its bready pouch with turkey, american cheese, and bacon, and the grilled-chicken pesto features grilled chicken breast loaded with fresh mozzarella, roasted red pepper, and pesto. A rotating schedule of soups accompanies sandwiches, delivering scintillating scents from draughts such as Maryland crab and italian wedding. Patrons can take provisions home with a dozen assorted bagels such as cinnamon raisin, blueberry, and the all-encompassing everything.

1810 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills,
PA
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Culinary craftsmen at Fingers, Wings and Other Things grease ravenous fingers with hand-battered chicken tenderloins and zesty buffalo wings gracefully dunked into more than 12 homemade dipping sauces. The vibrant menu entices eyeteeth with handheld munchies such as fried pickles, mac 'n' cheese wedges, or buffalo shrimp glazed in mild, spicy, or extra-spicy sauce hot enough to garner a centerfold spread in Condiment Monthly. Guests can count their chickens before they're devoured with a basket of 10 fingers or 20 wings bedecked in a choice of savory sauces, including three types of barbecue, horseradish mayo, and honey mustard. A selection of seafood and chicken entrees heads up the main event with tasty picks such as the beer-battered fish 'n' chips platter or the grilled shrimp and chicken skewers, which unite meaty morsels more conveniently than a mailbox full of pork chops.

107 E 4th Ave
Conshohocken,
PA
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Sensory overload doesn’t begin to describe Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. A seemingly boundless compilation of colors, textures, and shapes, the labyrinthine mosaic creation spans 3,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. The masterpiece originated in the brain of Isaiah Zagar, a Philadelphia native who grew up in New York. During his third year of art school, he stumbled upon Clarence Schmidt’s folk-art-inspired installations—assemblages of found objects and recycled materials—and the young artist’s view of the art world changed. “I didn't know that I was looking at art,” Zagar reflects in his mission statement. Self-admittedly, Zagar has been somewhat “copying” Schmidt’s dynamic, free-flowing style ever since.

The years after art school brought Zagar an onslaught of new opportunities. He spent time as an artist in China and India, joined the Peace Corps with his wife Julia, settled in Peru for three years, and even tried his hand at ceramics in Wisconsin. In the ‘60s, he and Julia returned to his birthplace—specifically, the waning South Street neighborhood. Isaiah quickly leapt into action, renovating dilapidated buildings and often adding mosaics to formerly barren walls. Eventually, Isaiah’s imagination outgrew their projects, and in 1994 he began constructing a new piece in a vacant lot near his studio—the project would become Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens.

Isaiah spent 14 precious years, which he should have applied to Y2K preparations, scooping out tunnels, erecting multitiered walls, and splashing the entire space in colorful tile. The finished product stretches across half a block of South Street; the outside enclosure shimmering with vibrant tiles, the inside housing folk art, colored glass bottles, and countless sparkling mirrors. Now a nonprofit organization, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens invites visitors to enjoy its visual candy with guided or self-guided tours.

1020 South St
Philadelphia,
PA
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Philadelphia’s history fills the pages of textbooks across the world. William Penn, Benjamin Franklin, and the Liberty Bell fill the indexes. But these texts do little to educate people on and preserve the physical history of Philadelphia, specifically its buildings.

Enter the nonprofit Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. Its volunteer team of tour guides leads architectural walking tours past downtown Philadelphia’s landmarks, buildings, and cityscapes, and its staff coordinates an array of events each month, which have previously included graveyard tours, concerts, and archaeological digs. Proceeds from these activities, along with various grants, are then used to preserve the Philadelphia region’s historical buildings, subsequently preserving its historical communities and the story of the city's influential past.

1616 Walnut St
Philadelphia,
PA
US