NEIGHBORHOODS: Bucks County Designer House opens; Art Blooms at Cheltenham Center for the Arts

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The student-run Internet radio station at Montgomery County Commuity College will host a “Montco Radio WeeCanned” event this month to wrap up a non-perishable food drive that benefits Manna on Main Street, Lansdale, according to a press release.

: MCCC Communications student and Montco Radio Station Manager Paige Murray promotes the canned food drive for Manna On Main Street. Photo courtesy of MCCC

: MCCC Communications student and Montco Radio Station Manager Paige Murray promotes the canned food drive for Manna On Main Street.
Photo courtesy of MCCC

On Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., the community is invited bring donations to the Montco Radio Studio, which is located on the first floor at the Advanced Technology Center at MCCC’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike,  Whitpain.  Guests will have a unique opportunity to meet the DJs and see them in action behind the scenes in Montco Radio’s state-of-the-art studio. Those who can’t make it to campus can listen to a special live broadcast throughout the event online at montcoradio.com.

Designer style
The 2014 Bucks County Designer House is the 245-year-old Serendipity Farm, 131 Pine Mill Circle, Doylestown. Sponsored by the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown to benefit Doylestown Hospital and the mission of the VIA, it opens to the

A second floor sitting area kin the Bucks County Designer House. Tuesday, April 21, 2014. Photo by Geoff Patton

A second floor sitting area kin the Bucks County Designer House. Tuesday, April 21, 2014. Photo by Geoff Patton

public April 27-May 31 (closed Memorial Day) and hours will be 10 a.m. to  4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and  Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Special events include a fashion show May 8-9, Mother’s Day champagne brunch May 11, a chance to meet the designers May 15, and a Doylestown Hospital Community Health Fair May 17. Children 10 and older are welcome. House tour tickets are $25, $20 for seniors 62+. Call (215) 345-2191 or visit www.buckscountydesignerhouse.org.

Let’s dance

Bryn Mawr College presents its Spring Dance Concert  at 7:30 p.m.Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr College. Admission is free and a reception follows. For  directions and more information, check here.

Art in Bloom

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Art in Bloom promotional poster.
Photo submitted by Cheltenham Center for the Arts

Cheltenham Center for the Arts presents “Art in Bloom” on Saturday, April 26. The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m.  and showcases the work of area florists as they interpret the work of the center’s  71st annual painting awards show. Tickets are just $25 in advance and members and $35 at the door. Proceeds from Art in Bloom help benefit Cheltenham Center for the Arts educational outreach programs. The center is at 439 Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham. A wine and beer reception is planned. For information, visit Cheltenham Center for the Arts  or call (215) 379-4660.

Family time

The North Penn YMCA will be hosting Healthy Kids Day, all weekend long. It joins more than 1,900 Ys across the country are taking part in the celebration, meant to kick start physical activity and learning throughout the summer – a critical out-of-school time for kids, according to  information provided.  The free event for kids and families is open to everyone in the community. Healthy Kids Day will take place at both the Lansdale Area Family YMCA and the Indian Valley Family YMCA on Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27..  There will be a variety of activities throughout the weekend for all ages to enjoy, including family swims, free classes and programs and an open house on Saturday morning.  The open house will feature a variety of vendors and kids activities. Visit www.northpennymca.org for details. On Sunday morning, children ages 7 to 14 of all abilities can compete in the Y’s 10th Annual Youth Triathlon at the Indian Valley Branch. Registration is required for the event. For more information and to pre-register, participants should visit www.piranha-sports.com.  Click on the “Indian Valley Family Y Youth Triathlon.”

For the kids
Pushcart Players presents “Happily Ever After – A Cinderella Tale” April 30 to May 3 at Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville  Performance times are 10 a.m.  Wednesday through Friday and 1 p.m.  Saturday. “Happily Ever After” is a musical about Cinderella, a young woman whose kindness changes her dreary circumstances into remarkable fortune. A less-than-perfect stepfamily, magical  transformations, a missing slipper and a search by a prince for his true love illuminate the triumphant story, according to information provided.  Tickets for “Happily Ever After – A Cinderella Tale” are $10 and can be ordered by calling (215) 257-5808 or  visit  www.st94.com.
Special day
On Sunday, April 27, Sesame Place will open exclusively for Variety – The Children’s Charity and Autism Speaks as part of Autism Awareness Month, offering children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families for a fun-filled day at the park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to a press release. This spring is the first time Autism Speaks will participate in this event at Sesame Place and together with Variety – The Children’s Charity members, guests will be able to experience all of the one-of-a-kind attractions available at the park.
As part of this special day, Variety and Autism Speaks members will be given complimentary admission for the day after registering for the event through VarietyPhila.org/events or http://sesameplace.com/en/langhorne/events/variety-day.
Block party and more
Get ready for Dancing Down the Line from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 2 during First Friday events on the Main Line. The Cricket Avenue Block Party features dancing classrooms with Philly Allstars Ballroom from 6 to 6:30 p.m., First Position Dance Arts from 7 to 7:50 and much more. For more information, check www.FirstFridayMainLine.com.
Theater and improv
*North Penn High School Theatre’s production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” takes the stage at North Penn High School auditorium, 1340 Valley Forge Road, Towamencin. Performances are 7:30 p.m. May 1-3 and 2 p.m. May 4. Tickets are $10,  $5 for students. A free show for Gold Card members is at 1 p.m. April 30. Visit http://nptheater.ticketleap.com/beautybeast.
*A middle-aged couple whose children have left the nest discover that they are to be parents once more in “Never Too Late” May 1-17 at Playcrafters, 2011 Store Road, Skippack. Tickets are $17. For show times call (610) 584-4005 or go to www.playcrafters.org.
*Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, concludes its 15th anniversary season with the musical “Man of La Mancha” April 29-May 25. Tickets range from $28- $39, with discounts are available for students, groups and seniors 65+.  Visit www.act2.org or call (215) 654-0200.
*“And a Child Shall Lead,” the true story of artistic young people coming of age in Czechoslovakia under Nazi persecution, is presented at 7 p.m. May 1-3 at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School’s Clemens Theater, off Detwiler Road, Towamencin. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. See www.dockhs.org or call the school office at (215) 362-2675. These performances will be accompanied by an art show featuring the works of Dock students and artist members of Peaceful Living’s “Creative Gifts” program.
* Inspired by the original “Star Trek” series, Philly Improv Theater’s “Millennium Quest: Warp Jawn” is presented through May 3 on stage at the Adrienne theater, 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia. For a full schedule of performances, check out www.phillyimprovtheater.com.
*“8 Stops,” a comedy about “the grief of endless compassion,” is in the Kimmel Center’s SEI Innovation Studio at 8 p.m. April 25-26 and 2 p.m. April 27. The Kimmel Center is at 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $10. Call (215) 893-1999 or go to www.kimmelcenter.org.
Celebrate arts
*The 2014 Norristown Arts Festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3 on Main and DeKalb streets. A highlight will be performances by the top three Montco Idol finalists. Email info@norristownartshill.org or call (484) 961-0884.
*The first annual Downtown Glenside Arts Festival happens noon to 6 p.m. April 26 in downtown Glenside (around Easton Road and Glenside Avenue), Cheltenham Township, and more. The festival will include crafts, food, entertainment and a wine festival.
Montco movies
Before Hollywood became the center of the movie-making world, there was Betzwood in Montgomery County. The 25th annual Betzwood Film Festival revisits archival silent films, including footage of a 1914 train crash done specifically for a movie, at 8 p.m. May 3 in Montgomery County Community College’s Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Tickets are $12,  $8 for children under 12. Visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call (215) 641-6518 for tickets.
Back to the trail
A half-mile segment of the Schuylkill River Trail in Norristown, between Ford and Ross streets, that was closed on Jan. 27 will be open the weekends of April 26-27 and May 3-4, and then permanently open on May 10, according to a press release from Montgomery County. For updates, see www.montcopa.org/index.aspx?nid=1360.
Time warp
It’s a World War II encampment weekend 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3 and noon to 4 p.m. May 4 on the grounds of Graeme Park, 859 County Line Road, Horsham. Reenactors will be camping out and staging a battle between American and German troops on the property. A large-event tent will be transformed into a venue for U.S.O.-style entertainment including ‘The Ultimate Abbott and Costello Tribute Show,” Society Music Makers Swing Band, and a concert of patriotic music. Additional attractions include weapons demonstrations; a period vehicle display; American, German, British and Polish camps; World War II veterans and a luminary ceremony and gun salute to honor their service. Admission is $10, $15 for a weekend pass, $5 for youths 13-17, free to veterans and children 12 and under. Family rates are also available. Call (215) 343-0965 or visit www.graemepark.org.
Outside time
*Discover Lansdale presents First Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. May 2 in the borough’s Railroad Plaza, Wood Street and Susquehanna Avenue. Entertainment includes Where’s Pete, Just Jay, inflatables, games and activities, the Family Corner and a “Mini HeartChase” event. See www.discoverlansdale.org.
*First Fridays begin for the season in Skippack 5 to 9 p.m. May 2. Eat, dine, shop, stroll and enjoy music, art and other activities in Skippack Village on Route 73. Call (610) 584-0124 for more information.
Also, the village’s Spring Wine Fest is set for 1 to 6 p.m. May 3, with wine, food and live music. Contact Tara at (610) 584-1155 or www.winetober.com.
*State Rep. Bob Godshall and the Franconia Park& Recreation Commission will be sponsoring the 23rd annual Youth Fishing Derby 9 to 11:30 a.m. May 3 in Branchwood Park, off of Camp Road. All youths up to age 12 are invited to  join the fishing contest for prizes.
* Elmwood Park Zoo’s Party For the Planet 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 will feature an Earth Expo, where local “green” vendors will be displaying and sampling their environmentally-friendly products and services. Located at 1661 harding Blvd., Norristown, admission is $14, $12 for students, $10 for children 3-12 and seniors 65+. Call (610) 277-3825, ext. 222.
*Hatfield’s Earth Day event is set for 8 a.m. to noon April 26. Assist with community service projects and/or recycle. The Hatfield Township Public Works Complex, 2590 Unionville Road, will be the site to bring yard waste and cardboard, tires, air conditioners, refrigerators, small appliances, automotive batteries, metal pots and pans, propane/barbecue gas bottles, and paper to be shredded. PSC Environemntal Services, 2869 Sandstone Drive, is where residents can bring household hazardous materials. Call (215) 855-0900.
*St. Francis of Assisi Church at Marhsall and Buttonwood streets, Norristown, holds its 24th annual Carnival April 29-May 3. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. weeknights and 1 to 10 p.m. Saturdays. Highlights include food, children’s games, carnival rides and more. Ride specials are in effect for $20 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Call (610) 272-0402 or check out www.jtmonline.com/goodtime.
*McCoole’s Arts and Events, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown holds its annual Beer Festival April 26. Choose from noon to 4 p.m. or 5 to 9 p.m. sessions to enjoy unlimited sampling of more than 80 beers, live music, food, craft vendors, beer pong and beer trivia for prizes. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door (if available). For designated drivers, tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
McCoole’s sponsors a Whiskey, Wine & Home Brew Festival 3 to 7 p.m. May 3 at the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce, 21 N. Main St., Quakertown. Enjoy unlimited samples of premium whiskeys, wines and home brewed beer. There will be live music, food and craft vendors. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Designated driver tickets are $10.
There both events, will be a complimentary shuttle and discounted rooms at the nearby Best Western. For the latest on either event, go to www.mccoolesbeerfest.com.
*Want to get in the Guinness Book of World Records? “The World’s Largest Bar Crawl” involves more than 100 locations in Northern Liberties, South Street, Old City, Rittenhouse, University City, South Philly, Center City East/West, Mid-Town Village and Fairmount. It begins at noon May 3. Keep in mind that in order to be counted as being part of the record, you will need to visit 10 different locations in a span of no more than eight hours. Tickets are $10, $25 for VIP tickets. Visit www.thecrawl.com for more information, including shuttle service.  Tweet @TheCrawlPhilly during your crawl.
A portion of the proceeds benefits “Young Variety, The Children’s Charity” and the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5.
*Boyertown hard cider-maker Frecon’s Cidery debuts “Wassail” (an old English custom involving singing and drinking to awaken the cider apple trees, scare away evil spirits and toast the health of the trees for a good harvest) noon to 5 p.m. May 3 at Frecon Farms, 231 Powder Mill Hollow Road, Boyertown, and will feature music by The Manatawny Creek Ramblers, Mason Porter, and La Overtoner. Sample apple hard ciders The Crabby Granny, The Early Man and The Hogshead, which are all gluten-free. Designated drivers and those under 21 will be able to enjoy sweet cider. Offering food pairings will be Hillbilly BBQ, Vernalicious and WildeFire Trading Authentic Wood Fired Pizza. Tickets are $30 and include an 8-ounce hard cider with a food pairing. Designated driver/under 21 tickets are $15. Go to www.freconswassail.com.
Saga continues
See “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” rated PG-13, for free at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Lansdale Public Library, 301 Vine St., Lansdale.

Down to a science
A “Science Carnival on the Parkway” is one of the highlights of the 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival, running April 25-May 3 at various locations. Get the complete schedule at www.philasciencefestival.org, www.facebook.com/PhilaScienceFest or or on Twitter @PhilaSciFest.
On April 26, Mount Hope Estate, Route 72, Cornwall, will welcome Volkswagen enthusiasts 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a day of food, friends and VWs with Volksfest 2014. The more than 300 Volkswagen vehicles will range from air-cooled to water-cooled and original condition to highly modified, all competing for show awards. More than 75 vendors will be selling new and used parts, memorabilia, T-shirts and more. Cost is $1 per carload for spectators, $5 per car for show field (includes driver and passengers), $20 for each vendor space. Call (717) 599-6753 or email havocprez@gmail.com or hsburks@hotmail.com. Visit www.gti16v.com or www.parenfaire.com/volksfest/index.html.
Life and breath
The American Lung Association of Pennsylvania will host its second annual Lehigh Valley Fight For Air 5K Run and Walk May 4 at Rodale Fitness Park, Mosser Road, Trexlertown. Event check-in and registration begins at 8 a.m. with the race at 9:30. This year’s event will also include a children’s fun run, for children ages 10 and under, that starts at 9:15 a.m. Registration is $30. Contact Diane at (610) 253-5060 or dleuthardt@lunginfo.org, or visit www.lunginfo.org/lvwalkrun.
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Pulse of the planet
The Lansdale Public Library, in partnership with other community-based organizations, sponsors the 23rd annual International Spring Festival 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26 at North Penn High School, 1340 Valley Forge Road, Towamencin. The festival is free of charge and celebrates the region’s diversity through the culinary, visual and the performing arts. The festival also hosts country heritage displays, souvenirs, arts and crafts. Children can enjoy ethnic costumes, rides, and hand and face painting. Stop by for a free health screening as well. Email director@lansdalelibrary.org or visit www.internationalspringfestival.com.
Taste buffet
Main Line Restaurant Week is April 21-27. Participating restaurants across the Main Line and Philadelphia’s western suburbs will offer special, prix fixe menus showcasing their chefs’ greatest dishes. Menus will feature discounted lunches (under $20) as well as three-course dinners priced at $20, $30 or $40 per person. For the complete list of restaurants, see www.mainlinerestaurantweek.com. Also visit www.facebook.com/mainlinerestaurantweek and follow @AMLRestaurantWk on Twitter.

Dance in the spotlight

Dance, jazz, choir, orchestra and the presentation of an original composition—Montgomery County Community College’s upcoming spring performances feature many dedicated students with an expansive range of talents. The community is invited to see these shows starting with the Dance Ensemble Spring Concert on Friday, April 18, and then the students’ Performing Arts Showcase performances on April 21, 23 and 24 in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain.

Performing Arts Showcases feature dance, choir, jazz and orchestra performances. Photo by Matt Carlin.

Performing Arts Showcases feature dance, choir, jazz and orchestra performances. Photo by Matt Carlin.

The Dance Ensemble Spring Concert and the Performing Arts Showcase performances are free of charge and open to the public, but tickets are required. To order the free tickets, visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call the box office at 215-641-6518 or 215-619-7390

Art show
The 20th annual North Penn Art Alliance Art Show returns 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 24-25 and 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 26 to Elm Terrace Gardens, 660 N. Broad St., Lansdale.  The show will be held in the Dorothy Morris Room and Garden Club room. Categories to be judged include watercolor/gouche/tempera, oil/acrylic, graphic art, three-dimensional art, photography, “other media” and Junior Artist. The Artists’ Reception is set for 6:30 p.m. that Friday, followed by the Awards Ceremony at 7:30. Raffle drawings will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday the 25th.  Call (215) 393-9110 or email info@northpennarts.org.
Music to see
*Pearl S. Buck International’s Cultural Center at 520 Dublin Road, Hilltown, will be filled with the sounds of the Bucks County Women’s Chorus  at 7 p.m. April 25. Admission is $10 and includes a wine and cheese reception.  Tickets can be purchased at the PSBI Gift Shop and online at www.pearlsbuck.org/community-events.
*At 2 p.m. April 26, the Old York Road Symphony presents a Family Concert at Abington Junior High School, 2056 Susquehanna Road, Abington. The program includes  “Peter and the Wolf,” narrated by Howard Baxter with dancers from the Wissahickon Dance Academy;  the “William Tell Overture” and “Golliwogg’s Cakewalk.” A pre-concert “Instrumental Petting Zoo”  provides an opportunity to “meet” some of the instruments up close, in the lobby. Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors, $5 for  students. Call (215) 782-1718 or visit www.oldyorkroadsymphony.org.
*A new all-day Bluegrass Festival happens noon to 7 p.m. April 26 at Wyebrook Farm, 150 Wyebrook Road, Honey Brook. Live music will be performed on the lawn between the pond and The Cafe at Wyebrook Farm. Jesse McReynolds headlines the bill, which also includes Dave Klein and Mountain Folk, Travis Wetzel Trio and Frog Holler Bluegrass Band. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available (BYOB) and there will be interactive hayride tours.  Admission is $35 in advance, $40 at the gate, free to children under 12. Call (610) 942-7481 or visit www.songwritersconspiracy.com. Follow the farm on Twitter @WyebrookFarm and Instagram @WyebrookFarm.
*The St. John’s Artist Series at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 500 W. Main St., Lansdale, features the church’s Chancel Choir and Friends performing “Song of the Shulamite” at 4 p.m. April 27.
Breakfast date
Blue Bell Rotary holds a Pancake Breakfast 8 to 11:30 a.m. April 27 at The Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park, 205 W. Skippack Pike, Whitpain. Proceeds support the Second Alarmers Rescue Squad. Tickets are $8, $5 for children 10 and under.  Contact (610) 724-3935 or jmesserschmidt@bristolre.com.
Let’s ride
Partnership TMA’s second annual Pedaling on the Parkway starts at 9 a.m. April 26, rain or shine, for a family-friendly bike ride on the Route 202 Parkway. There will be a 15-mile option for more experienced riders as well as a family-friendly six-mile loop.  The ride starts and ends at the Park and Ride  at the intersection of Routes 202 and 309. Registration fees are $10 for children 10 and under, $20 for ages 11 and over and $50 for a family of four.  All adult riders will receive a T-shirt; children will receive a wristband.  Tickets can be purchased at (215) 699-2733 or info@ptma-mc.org.
Live soundtrack
Not So Silent Cinema, a Philly/NYC-based group that performs live original scores to classic silent films debuts a new flamenco-tango-salsa-mariachi-jazz score to the original Zorro film, 1920’s “The Mark of Zorro,” at 8 p.m. April 24 at Sellersville Theater 1894, 24 W. Temple Ave., Sellersville. Tickets are $15 and $25.  See www.st94.com or www.notsosilentcinema.com.

Future art stars
Montgomery County Community College’s 47th annual Art Students’ Exhibition April 9-25 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. More than 85 students will be displaying works in ceramics, sculpture, oil painting, watercolor, drawings, photography, digital arts and mixed media. An artists’ reception will be held 5 to 7 p.m. April 9, with an awards ceremony at 6. The exhibition and reception are free of charge and open to the public. The Fine Arts Center Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, till 4:30 p.m. Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Parking is available in the lot off of Route 202. For more information, contact Gallery Director Holly Cairns at (215) 619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu.

Curtain call
*DCP Theatre, 795 Ridge Road, Salford Township, presents the comedy “Goodbye, Charlie” April 11-26. Performances April 11-20 are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, with opening weekend director’s wine receptions April 11 and 12.  Closing weekend performances are 8 p.m. April 24-26. Tickets are $15, $13 for seniors and students. Call (215) 234-0966 or visit www.dcptheatre.com
*Town And Country Players Theater, 4158 York Road, Buckingham, presents a musical version of “The Scarlet Pimpernel” April 4-19. For tickets and more information, call (215) 348-7566.
*Lantern Theater Company at St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th and Ludlow streets, Philadelphia, closes their 20th anniversary season with “The Train Driver” April 10–May 4. Tickets range from $20–$38 and are available at www.lanterntheater.org or by calling (215) 829-0395.
Easter fun
◆ Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown, holds an Easter Bunny Brunch and Egg Hunt April  19-20. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet and photos with the Easter Bunny. Tickets are $30 per person, $25 for members, free to children under 3. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Egg hunts will take place at 11:45 a.m. for the first seating and 1:45 p.m. for the second seating. Call Guest Services at (610) 277-3825, ext. 222.

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