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Penn Foundation Autumn Event: Eva Pilgrim of “Action News” emcees the Autumn Event fundraiser for the Penn Foundation with singer and author Judy Collins at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Calvary Church, 820 Route 113, Hilltown. Besides Collins’ storied music career, she’s written the books “Sanity and Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival & Strength” and the memoir “Sweet Judy Blue Eyes.” A silent auction begins at 5:30. Tickets are $20 or four for $60. Visit www.pennfoundation.org or call (267) 404-5937.

First Friday

First Friday Lansdale: The Mighty Manatees and Upsides are the featured musical entertainment 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3. Also check out games and activities for all ages at Railroad Plaza, Wood Street and Susquehanna Avenue in Lansdale Borough.

First Friday Skippack: The final First Friday of 2014 is 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3 in Skippack Village along Route 73. Look for musicians, artists and family entertainment on the sidewalks and porches, and in the shops and restaurants.

Alpaca America

National Alpaca Farm Days: Check www.nationalalpacafarmdays.com for the Alpaca farmer nearest you that’s holding a free open house Sept. 27-28.

Art to admire

Scenes of the Schuylkill:  Montgomery County Community College’s Fine Arts Gallery in North Hall on the West Campus, 16 High St., Pottstown, presents the annual Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Art Show through Oct. 16, featuring 82 original works that celebrate the Schuylkill River region. The show is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays. Call (484) 945-0200 or (215) 619-7349 or visit www.schuylkillriver.org/Detail.aspx?id=1546.

Jam Gallery: Through Nov. 2, the Fall Exhibition features work by Melanie Fisher, Lynnette Shelley, Wendy Edsall-Kerwin, Karen Kieser, Jerzy Almi Tufman, Sofya Mirvis, Thomas Del Porte, Mary Kane, Monique Kendikian Sarkessian, Will Ursprung, Carla Lombardi, Charles Branigan, Diane Levenson, Jennifer Domal, Lisa Lynn and Doug Mott. Jam Gallery is at 321 E. King St., Malvern. Check the hours at (484) 328-3509 or www.jamgallerymalvern.com.

Daylesford Abbey Art Show: Ninety juried artists will exhibit at the 42nd annual Daylesford Abbey Art Show noon to 4 p.m. daily Oct. 4-12 at Daylesford Abbey, 220 S. Valley Road, Paoli. Admission is free and an opening reception will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3.  For more information call (610) 647-2530, ext. 150 or email artshow@daylesford.org To RSVP to the opening reception, call (610) 647-2530, ext. 133.

Taste sensations

Ya Gotta Try This: Fare from Cuba Libre, Palladino’s, Ms. Goody Cupcake, Bridget Foy’s, SliCE, Noord, Nick’s Roast Beef, Chhaya Cafe and others will be part of the “Ya Gotta Try This” Tasting Party 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Independence Visitor Center, Sixth and Market streets, Philadelphia. Tickets are $50. Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/ya-gotta-try-this-tasting-party-with-mike-jerrick-tickets-12780710449.

Blooming day

Bucks Beautiful Kitchen and Garden Tour:  Seven homes and gardens in Doylestown Borough and Doylestown and Buckingham townships will be open to the public, rain or shine, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 for the 20th annual Bucks Beautiful Kitchen and Garden Tour. During the self-guided tour, the Penn State Master Gardeners of Bucks County will be available to answer horticultural questions at each property and provide information on the inspiration behind the planning and style of the gardens. Another highlight will be vintage collectible cars parked at each location. Tickets are $35. Go to www.bucksbeautiful.org.

High tea, fashion

Pennypacker Mills: “Victorian Tea — The Fashion Show” runs 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 27, with fashions of the early 1900s and all the accessories.  Enjoy a Victorian afternoon tea and desserts prepared by the Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College. Pennypacker Mills is at 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township. Pre-registration is $40 per person.  Call (610) 287-9349.

On stage

Centre Theater: Youth performers of the Centre Theater, 208 DeKelb St., Norristown, present the revue “The Centre on Broadway” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26-27 and Oct. 3, 2 p.m. Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, and  2 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors 60+ and children 12 and under. Call (610) 279-1013.

Act II Playhouse: Peggy King and the All-Star Jazz Trio perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Act II, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, Tickets are $20. Call (215) 654-0200.

Lyric Fest: Before Pandora and YouTube there was … the living room. In the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, living rooms all over Vienna were the places to be for song and musical gatherings of all kinds. A down to earth “Vienna — City of Song” concert of art songs by Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Strauss, Mahler and more. It also features commentary and a question-and-answer period.  Check it out at 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at The Academy of Vocal Arts, 1900 Spruce St., Philadelphia, or 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in Bryn Mawr College’s Goodhart Hall. Visit www.lyricfest.org.

Bryn Mawr College: It’s a Shakespeare 450th birthday party with a Bard’s Birthday Bash, featuring the ensemble Piffaro, at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Thomas Great Hall, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr.  Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors, $10 for students, $5 for children under 12. Subscribe to the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series for $90, $75 for seniors. Call (610) 526-5210.

Opera Philadelphia: “The Barber of Seville” opens Opera Philadelphia’s 40th Anniversary Season Sept. 26-Oct. 5 at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia. There will also be a free HD broadcast of a performance on a giant screen at Independence National Historical Park on Sept. 27. For tickets and performances, call (215) 893-1018 or visit www.operaphila.org. For tickets to the free broadcast, see www.operaonthemall.org.

Get in free

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day: Sept. 27 is the day to take advantage of free museum admission for two at sites all over the region. See www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.

Fall favorites

Apple Butter Frolic: Like a trip 150 years back in time, the annual Apple Butter Frolic shows how the Pennsylvania Germans that settled the area, and their neighbors, lived. It’s held 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4, rain or shine, on the grounds of the Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Franconia Township. Highlights include pancake and apple sausage breakfast served 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. (cost is $8, $4 for children 8 and under), an apple foods tent, folk craft demonstrations, children’s activities, horse and wagon rides, farming demonstrations, sheep herding, a silent auction, an apple baking contest and more. Admission is $8, $2 for children 6-12 (no pets allowed). Park  at Indian Valley Middle School, 130 Maple Ave., Lower Salford, and take the shuttle (handicap parking will be available at the site).

Asher’s Fall Festival: The Asher’s Chocolates Franconia location holds its 17th annual Fall Fest  11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at 80 Wambold Road. Admission is free  and attractions include live music from The Manatees, Asher’s mascot Twist, face-painting clowns, magician Dick Gustafson, moon bounces, a calliope, games, raffles and free hot dogs and beverages.

Rhoads Garden Fall Festival: The Upper Gwynedd nursery at 570 Dekalb Pike is marking its 75th anniversary with a fall festival 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27-28. Special attractions include  musical entertainment, children’s games and crafts, a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, refreshments, raffles, giveaways, a Scarecrow Contest, a Flower Design Contest, a food drive for Philabundance and more. Click on the 75th anniversary brochure at www.rhoadsgarden.com.

Morris Arboretum Fall Festival: The Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, holds its annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4-5. Make scarecrows, paint a pumpkin, or taste local apple varieties from Weavers Way Co-op.  Also, help the Colonial Legos User Group build a large reproduction of Morris the Merrie Little Owl.  Some activities have an additional fee. Check the website for details at www.morrisarboretum.org.

Harvest Fest: Elmwood Park Zoo’s annual Harvest Fest, begins Sept. 28 and continues noon to 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 9. Enjoy games, crafts, food specials, rides, hay bale and corn mazes, animal interactions, bison feeding and more. Also, build your own scarecrow to be entered into EPZ Scarecrow Contest. The zoo is at 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown and admission is $14, $10 for seniors and children 3-12, $12 for students. Contact Guest Services at (610) 277-3825, ext. 222.

Community days

Souderton Art Jam: This free arts festival returns 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 27 to Souderton Community Park, Wile Avenue and Reliance Road, Souderton. Enjoy live music, family fun, “100 Thousand Poets for Change” and wine and beer tasting. Tickets for the Tasting Tent are $25, $35 at the gate. See www.facebook.com/SoudertonArtJam and http://artjamtix.stmainst.org.
SeptemberFest: The West Rockhill Township Park & Recreation Committee has planned a day of free rides and entertainment at the 19th annual SeptemberFest noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 in James Memorial Park. A link to the event flier is at www.westrockhilltownship.org.

Pulled Pork and Apple Bake: Church of the Holy Spirit, Barndt Road at Sumneytown Pike, Upper Salford, holds a Pulled Pork and Apple Bake event with a car and truck cruise-in 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27. Food tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children under 12. For car and truck reservations, email cohs.events@yahoo.com. Proceeds benefit Interfaith Hospitality Network.

Kidz Fall Fun Fest: Children and their families are invited to Family Worship Center’s free Kidz Fall Fun Fest 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 28 in the gym at 1000 Troxel Road, Towamencin. Enjoy carnival games, candy, prizes, hot dogs, cookie decorating, face painting, craft and more. Parents can walk around the gym with their kids or enjoy free coffee and other refreshments in the café outside of the gym. Door prizes will also be available. Call (215) 361-2431, ext. 220 for more information.

Chinatown: Interactive artwork, family-friendly art activities, music and dance performances, tofu-makers, a neighborhood exhibition and a communal meal all celebrate Philadelphia’s  “Chinatown North,” as the Asian Arts Initiative’s Annual Pearl Street Block Party gets underway 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 27. The event, which is free and open to the public, builds on the designs for the 1200 block of Pearl Street, between 12th and 13th streets. Access the site via the Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St. For more information, call (215) 557-4055 or visit www.asianartsinitiative.org.

Film highlights

Grand Theater Silent Film Series: The East Greenville movie theater’s recently expanded 1923 Marr & Colton theater organ will be played by John V. Baratta  during a screening of the 1927 film “Metropolis” at 3 p.m. Sept. 28. Tickets are $10 ($25 for all three in the series). The Grand Theater is at 252 Main St., East Greenville. Call (215) 679-4300 or visit www.TheGrandTheater.org.

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival: The Gershman Y announces a three-day “Pre-Fest” Sept. 27-29, in Center City and the suburbs, leading up to the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival in November.  Tickets are $7 or $18 for a three-film pass. For complete details, go to www.pjff.org or call (215) 545-4400.

Behind the headlines

Lively Fall Speaker Series: Rydal Park, 1515 The Fairway, Abington, offers a chance to interact with Philadelphia media figures throughout October.  WIP radio’s Glen Macnow begins the series at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 1. The series is free and open to the public on a limited, reserved-seat basis. To RSVP, call (877) 933-6699.

Anatomical safari

Franklin Institute:  “Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out,” a collection of more than 100 plastinated specimens, from goats to giraffes and octopi to ostriches, will be at the Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, from Oct. 4-April 12. Opening Sept. 27 is “‘Sesame Street’ Presents: The Body.” The admission rates are a little higher to visit these special exhibit, so check www.fi.edu for tickets and hours.

Historical flashback

Washington Encampment: Skippack Historical Society commemorates the 1777 encampment of the Continental Army in Skippack 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at the IndenHofen Farmstead, Route 73 and Evansburg Road. Revolutionary reenactors will set up camp, drill and fire muskets and enlist recruits. Talk with people doing colonial cooking, making apple butter and quilting, participate in “one-room school” and visit George Washington, Betsy Ross and various displays of colonial artifacts.

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