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A roundup of pre-Thanksgiving fun

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
bbingaman@thereporteronline.com
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Happy Thanksgiving
Philadelphia parade: The city’s Thanksgiving Day Parade runs 8:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 27. Stepping off from 20th and Market Streets, the route runs along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. It will be broadcast on 6-ABC.
Table of Plenty: Reservations are required by Nov. 25 for the annual community Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 27 at Zion Mennonite Church, 149 Cherry Lane, Souderton. Appetizers will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by dinner at noon. The meal is open to anyone who does not have someone else with whom to share the holiday, and also to people in need. Take-out meals will be available and transportation will be provided as needed. Volunteers are needed to help assist with meal. Call (215) 723-3592.
Let’s play
Montgomery Mall: The opening of a seascape-themed Children’s Play Area in the Sears Court is set for 10 a.m. Nov. 22, with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Santa. Attractions will include interactive play elements, age-specific zones, stroller parking and charging stations. The festive ribbon cutting event will feature free, children-friendly activities including complimentary breakfast fare from Wegmans, a balloon twister and face painters. Stop by the Kidgits Registration Table, where tickets will be available for the mall’s upcoming Breakfast with Santa event (one-year Kidgits memberships are $5). The mall is at Routes 309 and 202, Montgomery Township.
Rocking weekend
All Things That Rock Fest: Buy, sell, trade and appraisals for rock ‘n’ roll collectibles, and get a chance to meet original Kiss drummer Peter Criss, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees (who will also be performing), Artimus Pyle of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ed Kowalczyk of Live, Denny Laine of Wings and The Moody Blues and more. It’s held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 28-29 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence.
Ship’s story
Battleship New Jersey: Docked along the Camden, N.J. waterfront, the USS New Jersey was the only active battleship in the world during 1968-69. A new exhibit, titled “A Dreadnaught in Vietnam,” highlights what it did during that time. Check it out as part of the Battleship New Jersey’s “Fire Power” tour Saturdays and Sundays through December, plus Nov. 28 and the entire week of Dec. 26–31. Tours begin at 9:30 a.m., with the last tour of the day departing at 3 p.m. Call (866) 877-6262 or visit www.battleshipnewjersey.org.
Into the cold
Blue Cross RiverRink: From Nov. 28-March 1 the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest features a regulation-sized rink with public skating sessions, season-long special events, a winter garden and forest made of shipping containers, revamped dining options and a bar in The Lodge, two retail locations and more. Enter from the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing parking lot from Walnut or Market streets, Philadelphia. Check out the hours and prices at www.delawareriverwaterfront.com.
Pre-historic
Academy of Natural Sciences: During “Dinosaur Days” Nov. 28–30, celebrate dinosaurs and their closest living relatives — birds — with a weekend of family activities. The museum is at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Admission is $15; $13 for children 3-12, seniors, college students and military personnel; free for members and children under 3. Call (215) 299-1000 or check www.ansp.org for hours.
Holiday kick-off
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. The North Penn S-Gaugers will demonstrate a model train layout from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lansdale Public Library, 301 Vine St.
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 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.
Terrific turkeys
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.
Extra mile
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.

A scene from Montgomery County Community College Drama Club and Theatre Arts program's “The Glass Menagerie.” Photo by Matt Carlin.

A scene from Montgomery County Community College Drama Club and Theatre Arts program’s “The Glass Menagerie.” Photo by Matt Carlin.

On stage
Montgomery County Community College: MCCC’s Drama Club and Theatre Arts program presents “The Glass Menagerie” at 12:30 and 8 p.m. Nov. 21, 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 22, and 2 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Science Center 107 Blackbox Theatre, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and seniors. Visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call (215) 641-6518.
Ursinus College: The college’s Dance Company presents its fall concert, “Duality,” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21-22 in the Lenfest Theater in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville. Tickets are $5. Visit www.ursinus.edu/tickets or call (610) 409-3030.
Philadelphia Theatre Company: Set in rural Ireland, Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40 and dealing with a land feud, their cantankerous parents and their romantic feelings. “Outside Mullingar” runs Nov. 28-Dec. 28 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard streets, Philadelphia. Performances run Tuesdays through Sundays. Tickets starting at $25 are available by calling (215) 985-0420 or visiting www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org.
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.
Merriam Theater: Discovery’s “MythBusters,” Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, bring their “Behind the Myths” tour to Philadelphia at 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 22. Tickets are $49 and $69. The Merriam Theater is at 250 S. Broad St. Call (215) 893-1999 or go to www.kimmelcenter.org.
Musical exploration
Montgomery County Community College: Papo Vazquez’s Mighty Pirates Troubadours mix up a cocktail of Latin jazz at 8 p.m. Nov. 22, as part of the college’s Lively Arts series, in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. For tickets and information, call (215) 641-6518.
Lenape Chamber Ensemble: The ensemble welcomes nine musicians from New York to play a children’s baroque “Concert in the Round” for ages 4-12 at 10 a.m. Nov. 22 at Delaware Valley College’s Life Sciences Auditorium, off of New Britain Road, Doylestown. Tickets are $2 for children $2, free for parents.
A Baroque Fest program, with guest musicians Mary Rowell and Alberto Parrini, is performed at 3 p.m. Nov. 23 Tickets are $15 and $18.
Call (610) 294-9361.
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 info@thechoristers.org.
Ursinus College: The college’s String Ensemble will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Bomberger Auditorium. 601 E. Main St., Collegeville. Call (610) 409-3329 for more information.
Area artists
Philadelphia Embroiderer’s Guild: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 21-22, Historic Yellow Springs in Chester Springs, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America, will host an exhibit and sale of the needlework of local teacher, needle artist and late PAC EGA member Jane McVey Campbell. Consisting of needlepoint, cross stitch, crewel and quilting, as well as several quirky sweatshirts, this collection will be offered for exhibit and sale to the community. Admission is $10. Site docents will be available to provide tours. Historic Yellow Springs is at 1685 Art School Road.
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.

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