STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Narberth Dickens Festival: Downtown Narberth, Haverford Avenue and Forrest Avenue transform into 1840s London noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 7. The event includes period street vendors and food, caroling, musicians, costumed performers, puppet shows, dance performances, ice sculpting, carriage rides and more. Kids join in the free scavenger hunt to search for Ebenezer Scrooge and other costumed Dickens characters.
Sellersville Winterfest: Santa’s arrival at the borough’s firehouse, 2 N. Main St., starts the festivities at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2, which includes a tree lighting, music, the Sellersville Museum’s Christmas Tree Forest exhibit and more. There will be trolley service across town.
North Wales: The borough’s Tree Lighting is set for 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at the North Penn Fire Company. It will feature a bell choir from St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, crafts, a reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” an appearance by Santa and more.
Lansdale: The Lansdale Business Association Tree Display is on view at 810 W. Main St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 28-29. The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 5, which also includes the opening of the Santa House and a screening of “How the Grinch Sole Christmas” at the Lansdale Public Library. Lansdale Historical Society’s “Holidays at the Homestead” event will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at 137 Jenkins Ave. The outdoor Merry TubaChristmas Concert returns at 1:15 p.m. Dec. 7 in Railroad Plaza. If the weather is bad, it moves indoors to St. John’s United Church of Christ at Main Street and Richardson Avenue. Also, place your reservations for the free “Winter and the Holidays in Old-Time Lansdale” at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 29 in the Wissahickon Park building, East Main Street and Lakeview Drive. Call (215) 855-1872.
Lower Providence: The Community Tree Lighting is scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 at the township complex, 100 Parklane Drive. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by fire truck, followed by the lighting of a 50-foot tree. Visit the Winter Wonderland featuring holiday music, pictures with Santa, refreshments, performances by the Arcola Intermediate School Select Chorus, Ringing Hills Chapter of the Sweet Adelines, and the Methacton Community Theater. Bring a donation for a food, coats and hat drive.
Souderton: Dec. 6 means both the Generations 5K Reindeer Run and Walk, and the Souderton Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting. The 5K is set to start at 8 a.m. Visit www.pretzelcitysports.com/onlineform1.php?id=290. The parade steps off at 11 a.m. Visit www.parade.stmainst.org. The Tree Lighting will be held in the hollow on Main Street 6 to 8 p.m., with Santa photos, music, crafts and more.
Grand View Hospital: At 7 p.m. Dec. 3, the 31st annual festival of lights dedication ceremony in the hospital’s main lobby will feature prelude music by His Grace Notes Flute Choir and holiday music by the Pennridge High School Chamber Choir, a reading of the names of loved ones being honored, lighting of the trees in and around the hospital campus, and refreshments. The hospital is at 700 Lawn Ave., West Rockhill. The lights will be switched on throughout the holiday season.
Elmwood Park Zoo: A Christmas Tree Lighting is held 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 near the outdoor ice skating rink in the lower parking lot, and will feature games, crafts, concessions, carolers from local schools and photo opportunities with Santa and his reindeer. Admission is free. The zoo is at 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. Contact guest services at (610) 277-3825, ext. 222.
Run for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity 5K: Presented by Quakertown Rotary Club and Quakertown United Methodist Church, the race takes place Nov. 29. After the 5K there will be raffles, prizes and a pizza, wings and soup buffet for the participants. To learn more or to register, visit www.quakertownrotary.org.
Chemical Heritage Foundation: Join the opening celebration of the new exhibit “Books of Secrets: Writing and Reading Alchemy” 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the CHF, 315 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. The exhibit places actual books used by alchemists alongside historical artworks portraying their use. Curators James Voelkel and Amanda Shields will give brief introductions to the exhibit at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. Admission is free. Check out www.chemheritage.org/visit/events/public-events/2014-12-05-ff.aspx.
All Things That Rock Fest: Buy, sell, trade and get 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.
Classic Rock Art Show and Sale: The 102.9 ‘MGK Classic Rock Art Show & Sale will be open Dec. 5–24 at the Montgomery Mall on the lower level next to Sears, Routes 309 and 202 Montgomery Township. It features artwork created by rock stars, famous rock photographs, album artwork, gold records, concert posters, animation art and more. “Yellow Submarine” animator Ron Campbell is scheduled to make appear Dec. 12-14. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
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.
Discover the Dinosaurs: Forty moving replica dinosaurs and a “Discover the Dinosaurs” exhibit comes to the Allentown Fairgrounds noon to 9 p.m. Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 29 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 30. The fairgrounds are at 302 N. 17th St., Allentown. For tickets and information, call (651) 766-2800 or visit www.discoverthedinosaurs.com.
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.
Augustus Lutheran Church: Family Stages presents “The Snow Queen” at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and 10 a.m. Dec. 8 at the church, 717 W. Main St., Trappe. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, free to children under 3. Call (215) 886-9341, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.familystages.org.
Bryn Mawr College: Choreographer/dancer Camille A. Brown presents two works at the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 in McPherson Auditorium in Goodhart Hall. Brown addresses the politics of pleasure and contemporary notions of beauty for black women in her newest work, “Black Girl,” plus highlights from the recent Bessie Award-winner “Mr. TOL E. RAncE,” which looks at what black performers have had to tolerate from the past to the present. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors, $10 for students, $5 for children under 12. Visit www.brynmawr.edu/arts/series.html or call (610) 526-5210. The college is at 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr.
Lantern Theater Company: “The Quirks of Quarks: Richard Feynman’s Legacy,” a post-show discussion, follows the performances of the play “QED” on Nov. 30. Cast members will be joined by physicist Kenneth William Ford for a discussion delving into Nobel Prize-winner Feynman’s discoveries and his impact on the world of science. “QED” continues through Dec. 14 at St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th and Ludlow streets, Philadelphia. Tickets range from $22-$39 and are available at www.lanterntheater.org or by calling (215) 829-0395. Discounts are available for seniors 65+, groups of 10 or more and U.S. military personnel. $10 student rush tickets are available 10 minutes before curtain with valid ID; cash only.
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.
Montgomery County Community College: The Fall Performing Arts Showcase of student music and dance performances happens at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Dec. 3 (a 10th anniversary celebration of the MCCC Choir), in the Science Center Theater, Dekalb Pike and Morris Road, Whitpain. Admission is free.
Tiferet Bet Israel: Fiction writer Nomi Eve will be the special guest of a Yemeni culture program and book signing 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 at TBI, 1920 Skippack Pike, Whitpain. The morning will feature a free brunch and temporary Henna House tattoos. To reserve a seat, contact Hilary at (610) 275-8797.
Curry and Cliveden?
Cliveden tour: A retro-style party featuring Cliveden’s kitchens, cocktails, Indian cuisine and revelry is held 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the historic site, 6401 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. Tours will explore the Kitchen Dependency cooking hearth and bake oven and the 1959 kitchen. Tickets are $45 and include appetizers and behind the scenes tours of Cliveden’s kitchens. Visit www.cliveden.org.
Fashion show fundraiser
University of the Arts: Philadelphia music impresario Kenneth Gamble, and his wife, Faatimah, sponsor “An Evening of Style and Grace,” a fashion show fundraiser to benefit the “Universal Pearls of Wisdom” and “From Boys to Men” character building and social etiquette programs 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at the University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. The models will be donning fashions from Main Line designer Frank Agostino and Philadelphia retailer Boyd’s. Call (215) 732-6518, ext. 121, visit www.universalfashionshow.org, like facebook.com/universalphiladelphia or follow www.twitter.com/universalphila.