By BRIAN BINGAMAN
*Haverford Spring Fest, a free live music and arts festival, happens noon to 7 p.m. May 18 at Brookline Boulevard and Darby Road, Havertown. Entertainers include Blackthorn, Jeffrey Gaines, Christine Havrilla, Cruiser and more. For the children, there’s mazes, obstacle courses, bounce houses, and activities organized by local groups and organizations. Vendor booths will feature food, treats and items for sale. There will also be local crafters and artisans. Check out www.haverfordspringfest.com.
*Towamencin Township Community Day is noon to 4 p.m. May 17 in Fischer’s Park, 2225 Bustard Road. Highlights include live music, a food court, inflatables, face painting and balloon animals, free petting zoo/pony rides, games and more. New this year will be an Environmental Education Section. Pets are welcome and the event is rain or shine.
*Penn View Christian School invites you to their 53rd annual Country Fair and Auction with Chicken Barbecue, to be held 4 to 9 p.m. May 16 and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 on their campus at 420 Godshall Road, Franconia Township. Friday activities include a mobile zip line, pony rides a Kids’ Auction and a Twilight Auction. Saturday-only highlights include a country style breakfast, “Mascot Mania,” including appearances by Red Robin and the Reading Fightin’ Phils’ Screwball, and a helicopter candy drop. Additional highlights all weekend include games, inflatables, face painting and food. On-site handicapped parking and free shuttle bus service is available from Franconia Mennonite Church on Route 113. Visit www.pennview.org or call (215) 723-1196.
*May 17 is opening day for the Lansdale Farmers Market in the Century Plaza parking lot at Main Street and Railroad Avenue, Lansdale. Browse produce, baked goods, meats, cheeses, seafood and more 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 1. Check out www.lansdalefarmersmarket.org.
*The Collegeville Farmers Market is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 22 in the DaVinci’s Pub and the Power House parking lots, 217 E. Main St., Collegeville. To receive the market’s newsletter, with weekly information on vendors and all the market’s upcoming offerings and events, sign up at www.collegevillefarmersmarket.org.
*Elmwood Park Zoo’s Season Kick-off Carnival is underway with rides, games and food through May 11 in the zoo’s parking lot, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. The zoo also hosts a Mothers Day Brunch May 10 and 11, with seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days. Tickets are $30, $25 for zoo members, $20 for mothers and children under 12. Check (610) 277-3825 (dial ext. 222 for the Mothers Day Brunch) or www.elmwoodparkzoo.org.
*The Skippack Spring Fest offers a craft show with family entertainment, food, crafts and more 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10-11 near the Victorian Carriage Shops, 4039 Skippack Pike, Skippack.
*Indian Valley Public Library’s Second Fridays series presents a free concert with Celtic harpist Darcy Fair at 7:30 p.m. May 9. The library is at 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.
*DCP Theatre’s “The Outlet” series presents “An Evening of Music Featuring Victoria Henry and David Williams” at 7 p.m. May 10. Donations will be accepted. The theater is at 795 Ridge Road, Salford Township . Call (215) 234-0966 or see www.dcptheatre.com.
*The Heidelberg University Concert Choir from Tiffin, Ohio, will present a “British Invasion” concert at 7 p.m. May 15 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 500 W. Main St., Lansdale. A free-will offering will be taken to support the choir’s travel expenses. Call (215) 855-5489.
*North Penn Community Education’s Cultural Cinema Series presents a HD performance of Jacques Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann,” sung in French with English subtitles, at 6 p.m. May 9 in the North Penn High School Auditorium, 1340 S. Valley Forge Road, Towamencin. Admission is $5, $3 for students.
Taste of Tuscany
Chef and author Maria Liberati appears at the Montgomery County Community College Culinary Arts Institute at 1400 Forty Foot Road, Towamencin, from 5 to 8 p.m. May 10. “Cooking Authentic Tuscan Style” includes a five-course Tuscan meal, a copy of Liberati’s book, “The Art of the Tuscan Meal,” and a cooking lesson. The cost is $179, and reservations are required by calling (215) 641-6486.
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Ever thought about raising chickens, or have questions about keeping a personal flock? Visit the Peter Wentz Farmstead in Worcester between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 10 to learn more about the many aspects of raising chickens, from the 18th century to today. The historic farm site is at 2030 Shearer Road. Call (610) 584-5104.
Past to present
A free cemetery tour of the Lower Skippack Mennonite Church graveyard will be held at 1 p.m. May 10. Information will focus on the local history of the Mennonites, the church and celebrated schoolmaster Christopher Dock, who is buried in the cemetery. Karin Stocking from the W.S. Hancock Society will lead the tour and present stories about old-time funeral procedures and about individuals buried there. The activity is sponsored by the Skippack Historical Society and Lower Skippack Mennonite Church. All are welcome. Call (610) 584-1166 for more information.
A Spring Swing Fling to benefit North Wales Parks and Recreation is held 7 to 10 p.m. May 10 at Brau Haus, Walnut and Main streets, North Wales. The music will be by the Society of Music Makers Swing Band. Tickets are $25, $40 per couple, and include light fare, beer, wine and soda. Call (215) 699-4424.
◆ The Downingtown Main Street Association presents “The Search for the Blob” Family Bike Ride, starting at 8 a.m. May 10. The ride departs from the Victory Brewing Co. parking lot and takes riders through the borough park system trails, returning to the brewery for breakfast and a showing of the 1958 movie “The Blob.” Visit www.downingtownmainstreet.com or call (484) 593-0935.
◆ Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Willowdale Steeplechase on May 11. This family-friendly event is held at the Willowdale Steeplechase grounds at routes 82 and 926 in Kennett Square. Highlights include an antique and unique car display, Jack Russell races and pony races. First race is at 1:30 p.m. Last races ends at approximately 4:30 p.m. Gates close at 6. Buy a general admission ticket for $25 in advance, $30 on race day, free for children 12 and under. Host a tailgate party at your reserved space. Prices range from $175-$450 per space and include four tickets. Go to www.willowdalesteeplechase.org.
◆ An Antique Car Show & Flea Market happens 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 at Linvilla Orchards, 598 Linvill Road, Media. Linvilla expects to welcome up to 300 cars, trucks, motorcycles and emergency vehicles. Participants can get into the spirit of the day, dressing up in period costumes. The men wear dusters, hats, gloves and boots, and the women carry parasols and sometimes wear fur coats. The event is free of charge. For Flea Market information or registration, call (610) 534-2918 or (610) 583-2578. For Car Show information or registration call (610) 454-880. Visit www.linvilla.com.
◆ On May 18 the Delaware County Council presents “Horses, Hounds & History,” a Rose Tree Hunt Club Festival celebrating the club’s 105 years at Rose Tree Park in Media. The day will be filled with fox hunt reenactments, hands-on history presentations, an exhibit tent, pony rides, a scavenger hunt and vintage carriage rides. Visit www.brandywinecountry.org or call (610) 565-3679.
■ The Manayunk Craft Beer and Irish Whiskey Festival happens 1 to 5 p.m. May 17 at Kildare’s Irish Pub, 4417 Main St., Manayunk. Enjoy unlimited samples of more than 40 craft beers and more than 10 Irish whiskeys, along with music and food, for $30, $15 for designated drivers. VIP tickets are $40. This event has been known to sell out, so call (215) 482-7242 or visit www.kildaresbeerfest.com to check availability.
■ Sly Fox Brewing Co.’s Pottstown brewery and tasting room at 331 Circle of Progress Drive presents “Taps, Tunes & Trucks” 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 17. Pair food from six different food trucks with more than 18 Sly Fox beers on tap. Also, be among the first to try Sly Fox’s Grisette Working Class Ale. Call (484) 524-8210 or see www.slyfoxbeer.com. Also check out www.foxtrot5k.com for details on the brewer’s 5K race to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, also being held May 17.
■ Beginning at 1 p.m. May 17, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 30 E. State St., Media, will host their 14th annual Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers Festival, showcasing offerings from 17 regional breweries, as well as other Iron Hill locations, with proceeds donated to the Media Youth Center. The event will be held rain or shine, with live music all day. Food will be available from Iron Hill on a pay-as-you-go basis. Tickets are $45, $50 at the door, $5 for designated drivers. Visit www.ironhillbrewery.com or call (610) 627-9000.
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