STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Lansdale Mardi Gras: “Childhood Memories” is the theme for the 64th annual parade Nov. 22. It begins at West Main Street and Mitchell Avenue, Lansdale, traveling east on Main to Park Drive. It will feature bands, marching units, fire trucks and more.
Battle of the bots
First Lego League competition: The Lansdale Catholic High School Robotics Team is holding its 17th annual “FLL World Class — Tune Up in PA” Nov. 22, 2014 at the school, Seventh Street and Lansdale Avenue, Lansdale. Spectators are welcome from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to check out this little league of robotics for children 9-14. For more, go to www.usfirst.org and click on FLL.
Peace Valley Nature Center: Take a free walk to look for wild turkeys, and signs of wild turkeys, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Nov. 22. The center’s entrance is off New Galena Road, New Britain. Call (215) 345-7860.
Upper Schuylkill Valley Park: At 10 a.m. Nov. 21, children 3-7 can learn about the turkeys’ habitat, diet, and the “special display” that the male performs. A craft to make and take home will be included. Pre-registration of $4 is required by calling (610) 948-5170. The park is on Route 113 near Royersford.
Montgomery County Community College: A free community night in the Observatory and Observation Deck is held 8 to 10 p.m. Nov. 17. The Observatory is on the third floor of the college’s Advanced Technology Center, 1313 Morris Road, Whitpain. Call the observatory hotline at (215) 641-6460, an hour before each event for information about cancelation due to weather conditions.
Towamencin Turkey Trot: Nov. 14 is the last day to register for this 5K walk/run, held Nov. 22 in Fischer’s Park, off Bustard Road. Top male and female runners will win a turkey! All runners will receive a free long sleeved tech shirt. Medals will be given to the top three runners in each age category. Pets and strollers are welcome. Cost is $25. There will be a free children’s 10 and under Fun Run at 8 a.m. Register online at www.active.com or visit www.towamencin.org.
Philadelphia Marathon: Events include a Health and Fitness Expo Nov. 21-22, The Rothman Institute 8K at 7 a.m. Nov. 22, a Kids Fun Run at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 22, and the Philadelphia Marathon and Half-Marathon Nov. 23. Complete information is at www.philadelphiamarathon.com.
Best of show
National Dog Show: The Kennel Club of Philadelphia National Dog Show features more than 1,500 dogs from 175 breeds, plus diving dogs, agility dogs, family fun and all things canine 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 15 and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence. Tickets are $14, $7 for children 4-12. Get all the details at www.nds.nationaldogshow.com.
11th Hour Theatre Company: The tables get turned on three Marines whooping it up before deployment to Vietnam in the musical “Dogfight”at 8 p.m. Nov. 22, and 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $18 and $25. Call (267) 987-9865 or visit www.11thhourtheatrecompany.org.
People’s Light & Theatre Company: See “Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon: A Musical Panto” Nov. 19-Jan. 11 at the theater, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern. For show times and tickets, see www.peopleslight.org.
Bristol Riverside Theatre: Neil Simon’s coming-of-age dramedy “Lost in Yonkers” continues through Nov. 30. Performances run Tuesdays through Sundays through November. Tickets start at $31, with discounts for students, groups and military personnel. Visit www.brtstage.org or call (215) 785-0100. Bristol Riverside Theatre is at 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol.
Institute of Dance Artistry: The institute’s 10th benefit dance concert, featuring professional companies from the Philadelphia dance community as well as its student repertory companies, is helping out the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Featuring hip-hop, jazz, tap, modern and contemporary dance, the concert is held at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Science Center at Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Tickets are $20. There’s also an after-party set for 5:30 p.m. at the institute’s Fort Washington location. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Call (215) 628-0600 or visit www.instituteofdanceartistry.com.
Merriam Theater: Radio host and producer Ira Glass recreates his public radio program “This American Life” at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $30-$65. Call (215) 893-1999 or visit www.kimmelcenter.org.
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion: Sample and see the preparation of Victorian era dishes 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the historic site, 200 W. Tulpehocken St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $25. Call (215) 438-1861.
Elvis and Neil: Real Diamond and Bob Lougheed & The Memphis Mafia perform the music of Neil Diamond and Elvis Presley, respectively, at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Archbishop Carrol High School, 211 Mastonford Road, Wayne. Tickets are $30. See http://realdiamond.brownpapertickets.com.
Gwynedd Mercy University: The Hickory Brass performs a free concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Julia Ball Auditorium. The university is off of Sumneytown Pike, Lower Gwynedd.
Indian Valley Public Library: Alternative bluegrass group Kelly Planer and the Perks perform a free Second Friday concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the library 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.
Lyric Fest: The family concert “Much Ado About Shakespeare” features opera, classical and popular song, with a newly commissioned work by Lyric Fest’s first composer in residence, Kile Smith. Check it out at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at Main Line Reform Temple, 410 Montgomery Ave., Wynnwood. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $5 for children. Visit http://lyricfest.org/tickets.
Montgomery County Community College: Jazz/pop singer, pianist and two-time Grammy Award-winner Diane Schuur performs as part of the college’s Lively Arts series at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Tickets are $38.
Also, Papo Vazquez’s Mighty Pirates Troubadours mix up a cocktail Latin jazz at 8 p.m. Nov. 22.
For tickets and information, call (215) 641- 6518.
Opera Night: Enjoy a night of food and music at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at Caruso’s Brick Oven Trattoria, 424 N. Main St., Souderton. Professional singers Toni Marie Palmertree and Mark Moliterno will performing some of opera’s greatest hits, including selections from “La Boheme,” “The Barber of Seville” and “Carmen.” The cost is $45 per person or $40 for seniors 65 and over, and includes a choice of three entrees, appetizer, beverage and dessert. Reservations must be made in advance by contacting Church of the Holy Spirit at (215) 234-8020, ext. 6 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lenape Chamber Ensemble: A Baroque Fest program, with guest musicians Mary Rowell and Alberto Parrini, is performed at 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at Delaware Valley College’s Life Sciences Auditorium, off of New Britain Road, Doylestown. Tickets are $15 and $18. Call (610) 294-9361.
Haverford College: Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture presents the U.S. premiere of Lebanese singer/composer/oud player Marcel Khalife’s “Chants of the East” for choir, orchestra and Arabic takht ensemble at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 in Roberts Hall, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford. The performance features soloist Abeer Nehme, Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble, Keystone State Boychoir, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Singers of Haverford and Bryn Mawr College under the direction of Conductor Thomas Lloyd. Tickets are $20. See www.albustanseeds.org.
The Choristers: “The Animals A-Comin’ … Choral Music about Animals” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale. Tickets are $20, $25 at the door; $15 for seniors, $20 at the door; $5 for students, $10 at the door; free to children under high school age. Visit www.thechoristers.org or email email@example.com.
Cabaret at Curtis: Tonia Tecce sings “A Cockeyed Optimist: Why We Believe the Songs of Richard Rodgers” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 and 24 at the Curtis Institute of Music’s Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust St., Philadelphia. Tickets at $25. Call (610) 527-6899.
Celebrate Art: The Artists Circle, a group of professional artists, presents “Celebrate Art!” 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Fellowship Hall at Paoli Presbyterian Church, 225 S. Valley Road, Paoli. Check out www.theartistscircle.net or www.facebook.com/theartistscircle.