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Jazz house concerts come to a home near you

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WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN 
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Musical adventures
Jazz Near You: Based in Towamencin, the websites All About Jazz and Jazz Near You are creating a network of affiliates around the world to host jazz house concerts. The first will feature The Jōst Project, and will be held Oct. 24 at the home of the sites’ founder, Michael Ricci. Tickets are $15 a person (BYOB) and can be purchased by visiting http://bit.ly/1qTV4qk. Once the ticket is purchased, the concert site address will be shared.  For more check out the blog TALK ABOUT THE PASSION
Montgomery County Community College: The Lively Arts series presents Grammy Award-winning singer Kathy Mattea, performing songs from her eclectic catalog of country/pop hits and newer Appalachian music at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Tickets are $38. Visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call (215) 641-6518.
Pennsylvania Philharmonic: Pianist Simone Dinnerstein will be the featured soloist of the orchestra’s inaugural season during a “Fascinatin’ Rhythms: Gershwin, Ravel, Copland & More” program at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Pottstown Performing Arts Center, 750 N. Washington St., Pottstown. Visit www.paphilharmonic.org.
Bucks County Choral Society: The program “My Soul, There is a Country — Sacred Poetry in Song” is presented at 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Route 413 and Cold Spring Creamery Road, Buckingham Township. For tickets, call (800) 838-3006 or go to www.buckschoral.org.
Amici Opera Company: Verdi’s “Giovanna D’Arco” is staged at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in the chapel at Dock Woods Community, Dock Woods Drive, Towamencin. Tickets are $20. Call (215) 224-0257.
Art highlight
Gray Gallery: “Urban Panels” will be shown as part of a two-person “Parallax” exhibition of works by Alex Losett and Gary Reed Oct. 26-Nov. 22. The gallery is at 222 W. Harvey St., Philadelphia. The opening reception is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 26.
Good taste
Hoppy Halloween Beer Fest: Bristol brewer Broken Goblet, 1500 Grundys Lane, hosts this new event 4 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25, with costume contests, food trucks, live music, Halloween-themed games and beers from more than eight local brewers. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the gate, $5 for designated drivers. Email info@brokengoblet.com for information.
Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce: Area restaurants and wineries will be presenting their specialties at the Tastings event 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Indian Valley Country Club, 650 Bergey Road, Franconia Township. A portion of the proceeds benefits Meals on Wheels. Tickets are $30 and available in advance by calling (215) 723-9472.
Harvest Kitchen Tour: This Chestnut Hill event takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1. Six area chefs will cook in the kitchens of six Chestnut Hill homes. Tickets to tour the six Harvest Kitchens are $35 in advance, $40 on the day of the event; special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more. Call (215) 248-0180 or email the.chce@verizon.net.
Great outdoors
SAVE Night Hike: Join Souderton Area High School and Captain Planet for a fall family night 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 at the SEEC Center at West Broad Elementary School, 342 W. Broad St., Franconia Township. This year’s night hike includes carnival games, a moon bounce, themed crafts and a candle-lit hike.
Green Lane Park: A Bucks-Mont Astronomical Association “Star Watch” program starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the park’s Red Trail Parking Lot, 2005 Knight Road, Marlborough Township. The program is dependent upon clear skies, so before heading out call (215) 579-9973 or check www.bma2.org for confirmation.
Norristown Farm Park: Pre-registration is required for the following programs at (610) 270-0215. “Potpourri of Pods,” a program for ages 8 and up, at the park, Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton. Meet in parking lot No. 5 at 1 p.m. Oct. 26. Join the park naturalist in a search for interesting wildflower pods, grasses, rose hips and bittersweet to use in dried flower arrangements and fall décor for your home. Learn to identify plants when they are past the blooming stage. Bring garden gloves, clippers and a basket or tall bucket for gathering.
At 4 p.m. Nov. 2, it’s a “White-tailed Deer” program for ages 7 and up. Explore the park with a ranger in search of signs that deer leave behind. Sturdy footwear is recommended.
TV show taping
Genealogy Roadshow: The public is invited to attend the recording of an episode of PBS’ “Genealogy Roadshow” 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1330 Locust St., Philadelphia and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Franklin Institute, 271 N. 21st St., Philadelphia. Be advised that lines will start forming at 8 both days. For parking information and more details, go to www.whyy.org/genealogy.
Art of film
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival: Held Nov. 1-16, this year’s PJFF will take place at several venues and feature a profile of an iconic figure in the women’s rights movement, anti-Semitism in France, Jewish involvement in the March on Washington, and the genesis of the Israeli Air Force, among other themes. Tickets start at $12, with student and senior discounts available. Get the complete lineup at (215) 545-4400 or www.pjff.org.
Family Art Festival
Main Line Art Center: The “Art of Giving Thanks” Family Art Festival takes place 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at Main Line Art Center, 746 Panmure Road, Haverford, and features art projects, family-friendly entertainment, artist demos and more. Suggested donation is $20 per family or $5 per person. Visit www.mainlineart.org or call (610) 525-0272.
All apples
Peddler’s Village: The 41st annual Apple Festival is celebrated 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 1-2, with entertainment, children’s crafts, artisans and apples prepared in multiple ways. Get the complete schedule of the free event at www.peddlersvillage.com. The village is near Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska.
Get active
Montgomery County Community College: The 2014 Mustang 5K Run Strides for Student Athletes and Fitness Walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 1 on MCCC’s Central Campus at 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Check-in starts at 7:30 and proceeds benefit the Mustang Fund, which provides additional financial support for student athletes. In honor of the college’s 50th anniversary, there will be ‘60s music and games. After the race, enjoy trivia, giveaways and prizes, including “trophies” for the best costume. Come dressed to represent your favorite time in the ‘60s. Entry fees are $25, $15 for students, $5 for children 12 and younger. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place overall male and female winners. Awards will also be presented to the top runners in several categories, including male/female age groups. Visit www.mustangsathletics.com or contact Bruce at (215) 641-6519 or bbach@mc3.edu.
Canine caper
Calling All Dogs: This new, family-friendly dog walk, which benefits the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, is set for 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 25 in Wilson Farm Park, 500 Lee Road, Wayne. There will be agility dog demonstrations, plus games and prizes and an appearance by dog show television analyst David Frei. The one-mile walk looping around the park will be followed by activities and entertainment, including a DJ and appearances by the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House therapy dogs and the National Dog Show Therapy Dog Ambassador Team. Games and prizes will include a top dog trick contest as well as costume and beauty contests. Participants can register in advance at www.nationaldogshowcharities.org for $20 per person or $35 per family (two or more). Day-of registration costs $25 per person or $40 per family. Information is also available by calling What A Good Dog at (610) 296-9243.

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