WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Ambler Restaurant Week is set for Jan. 12 through 19. Restaurants will be offering specials and prix-fix menus, according to information at http://amblermainstreet.org. For updated information about participating restaurants and menus, check their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ambler.main.street.
Souderton: Logan Model Railroad Club holds a free open house noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 10-11 and 17-18 at the Souderton Train Station, 2 W. Broad St., Souderton.
Dublin: Keystone N-Trak’s open house layout will be running 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 10-11, 17-18 and 31 and Feb. 1. The site is at the TEC Center, 123 N. Main St., Suite 216. Enter from the rear door.
Phoenixville: Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club, 400 S. Main St., Phoenixville, invites you to an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 10-11 and 17-18. Also, Royersford Modular Model Railroaders will runs their layout noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 17-19 at the Phoenixville YMCA, 400 E. Pothouse Road.
Elkins Park: Chelten Hills Model Railroad Club has free HO gauge open houses scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 17-18 (snow dates Jan. 24-25) at 8000 Old York Road (Route 611).
Newtown Square: Check out a Saint Alban’s Railroad Fellowship open house 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 10-11 at Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3625 Chapel Road.
Richboro: Abington Lines Model Railroad Club holds an open house noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 10-11 at 2066 Second Street Pike in Richboro.
Peddler’s Village: Bavaria meets Bucks County with “A Bavarian Celebration.” The feasting starts with a wild game dinner at Earl’s Bucks County Jan. 15. The event continues at the Cock ‘n’ Bull Restaurant with German old world cuisine and traditional beers Jan. 16-17, then a German Sunday Brunch on Jan. 18. Stay overnight at the Golden Plough Inn and receive a $50 food and beverage credit and a German gift bag with German soft pretzels, artisan mustards and a bottle of wine. For online reservations, visit www.goldenploughinn.com/offers or call (215) 794-4004. For restaurant reservations, call Earl’s Bucks County at (215) 794-4020 or the Cock ‘n’ Bull at (215) 794-4000. The village is at Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. For more information, visit www.peddlersvillage.com.
Penn Museum: Children 6-12, and their parents or chaperones, are invited to “40 Winks with the Sphinx” from 5:30 p.m. Jan. 16 to 9 a.m. Jan. 17 at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South St., Philadelphia. The sleepover event’s activities include hands-on games, crafts, a flashlight expedition through the galleries and more. Reservations are $50. Go to www.penn.museum/40winks.
Lantern Theater Company: “Doubt: A Parable” runs Jan. 15-Feb. 15 at St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th and Ludlow streets, Philadelphia. Tickets range from $22–$39, with discounts for seniors 65+, groups of 10 or more and U.S. military personnel. For performance times, go to www.lanterntheater.org or call (215) 829-0395.
Sands Bethlehem: Alfonso Ribeiro will be part of the “Dancing with the Stars: Live!” Tour at 4 and 8 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Sands Events Center, 77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem. Tickets range from $35-$75. Call (610) 297-7400 or check www.sandseventcenter.com.
Village Players of Hatboro: A nosy neighbor that barges in unannounced, annoying family members arriving for the holidays and two bumbling crooks hiding out after robbing a local store are among the characters in the family comedy “In-Laws, Outlaws and Other People.” Opening at 8 p.m. Jan. 9, the show runs three weekends in January, including 2 p.m. Sunday matinees Jan. 11 and 18. The theater is at 401 Jefferson Ave., Hatboro. Tickets are $15. Call (215) 675-6774 or visit www.thevillageplayers.com.
World Cafe Live: Philadelphia’s “belly dance spectacular,” Animus, performs at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at WCL, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $12. Call (215) 222-1400 or see www.worldcafelive.com.
Amici Opera Company: A fully staged production of Donizetti’s “Viva la Mamma” is presented at 3 p.m. Jan. 10 at Redeemer United Methodist Church, 1128 Cottman Ave. (at Lawndale), Philadelphia. Also, catch Verdi’s “La Battaglia di Legnano” at 3 p.m. Jan. 18 or 4 p.m. Jan. 24. Tickets are $20. Call (215) 224-0257 for more information. A dinner opera presentation of “Carmen,” which requires reservations, is performed Jan. 14 at Franco’s High Note Cafe, 1549 S. 13th St. (corner of 13th & Tasker), Philadelphia. Cost is $44.95 and you should arrive by 6:15 p.m. Call (215) 755-8903. “Carmen” will also be performed at 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at Redeemer UMC.
Act II Playhouse: It’s a Stand-up Comedy Weekend, with Matt McCusker and Ed McGonigal at 8 p.m., Anthony Acquaviva and Mike Eagan at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 and a “blue” show at 9 p.m. Jan. 10 with Mike Rainey, Patrick Graves, Tim Butterly and Terrence O’Brien. Tickets are $20, $10 for the late show. The theater is at 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Visit www.act2.org.
World Cafe Live: Lafayette Hill native Ken Waldman, “Alaska’s Fiddling Poet,” performs as part of the Peanut Butter and Jams series at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 17, with a program of fiddle tunes, poetry and Alaska-set stories. Tickets are $10. World Cafe Live is at 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Call (215) 222-1400 or visit www.worldcafelive.com.
Organ recital series: Held at noon Tuesdays in January at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 125 N. Main St., North Wales, the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents free concerts with Wesley Parrott, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, on Jan. 13; Young Shim, a graduate of the University of Seoul in Korea, on Jan. 20; and David Furniss, Music Director of St. John’s United Church of Christ, on Jan. 27. A reception follows each performance. Learn more at www.uccnorthwales.org or (215) 368-2884.
Light of Day WinterFest: This benefit for fighting Parkinson’s disease is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at Big Shots Bar and Grill, 835 Route 130 south, Burlington, N.J. Sirius XM’s Michael Tearson emcees a bill with John Easdale of the band Dramarama, Joe D’Urso & Stone Caravan, StoneBaby, The Peace Creeps, Soraia, and Nytrous. Tickets are $10 in advance, $14 at the door. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/946073 or www.hebemusic.com.
Pennsylvania Farm Show: The 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show runs Jan. 10-17, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits in the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, North Cameron and Maclay streets, Harrisburg. New attractions this year include the unveiling of a high-tech Pennsylvania Hardwoods Council WoodMobile, lumberjack and “lumberjill” demonstrations, Family Ag-Olympics, a cooking demonstration by Aaron McCargo Jr. of “The Next Food Network Star,” Farm Show Detectives Learning Stations, a Pennsylvania Cheese Competition, an expanded Food Court in the Main Hall, new family living exhibitions, more animal competitions and more. There’s a $10 parking fee and the best time to arrive is generally between 9 a.m. and noon. Get a complete schedule at www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center: The Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo is set for 4 to 9 p.m. Jan. 9, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 10, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11 in Hall A. Highlights include educational demonstrations and seminars, hands-on-opportunities, pet adoptions and exhibits. Admission is $12, $5 for children 4-12, free for children Friday night and free to all children 3 and under. Visit http://horseandpetexpo.com/greater-philadelphia.
The Valley Forge Slot Car Show is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 10 in Hall E. Admission is $5, free to children under 10. Go to www.valleyforgeslotcarshow.com.
Allentown Fairgrounds: The Lehigh Valley RV and Campgrounds Show will have you thinking spring 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 9 and 10, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11. From pop-up campers to class A motor homes, there will be plenty of advice, plus information on more than 100 campgrounds along the east coast. Admission is $6, free to children under 12. The fairgrounds are at 302 N. 17th St., Allentown. Email email@example.com for more information.
New Year, new art
Academy of Natural Sciences: Contemplate nature through mandalas with the exhibit “Caryn Babaian: Nature in Chalk” Jan. 17-May 31 in the Art of Science Gallery. Babaian is a Bucks County Community College biology professor that uses circular compositions to reference traditional Hindu and Buddhist mandalas, spiritual and ritual symbols that represent the universe in those religions. Located at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, till 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $15.95; $13.95 for children 3-12, seniors, students and military personnel.
Also, “One Last Shot of Chocolate,” a beer and chocolate tasting in conjunction with “Chocolate: The Exhibition,” is held 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 15. A beer expert will suggest pairings and chefs from 12th Street Catering will impart tips on cooking and baking with different varieties of chocolate and cocoa. Tickets are $35 for this 21 or older event.
Call (215) 299-1000 or visit www.ansp.org.
Philadelphia Museum of Art: “Represent: 200 Years of African-American Art” opens Jan. 10 and continues through April 5. It features works by artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence and Carrie Mae Weems, showcasing a range of subjects, styles, media and traditions. Explore the evolving ways in which African-American artists have expressed personal, political and racial identity, from fine and decorative arts made in the 1800s by free and enslaved individuals, to early 20th century modernism by William Henry Johnson and Elizabeth Catlett, to abstract paintings and sculpture from the ‘60s through the ‘80s. The Art Museum is at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, till 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Admission is $20, $18 for seniors 65+, $14 for students and youths 13-18, free to children 12 and under, museum members and to all the first Sunday of the month and after 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Visit www.philamuseum.org or call (215) 763-8100.
Elvis at Elmwood
Elmwood Park Zoo: It’s “An Evening with Elvis” birthday bash at 6 p.m. Jan. 10, with a live performance by “The King” and an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner and cash bar (You have to be at least 21 to attend). Tickets are $45.95. Purchase your tickets in advance by calling (610) 277-3825, ext. 222. The zoo is at 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown.
Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival: This year’s festival, held on both sides of the river, runs Jan. 17-25 with a Fire & Ice Ball, a parade, a chili cook-off, children’s activities, concerts, ice sculptures, music (John Oates is the headliner perfomer), shopping, food and more. Many events are free. Call (215) 862-5067 or visit www.winterfestival.net for the complete schedule in both New Hope and Lambertville, N.J.
Adventure Aquarium: Sure, you know about T-rex and velociraptor, but what about the also-large dinosaurs that lived in the ocean, like ichthyosaurus, tylosaurus and liopleurodon? Opening Jan. 16 is “Dinosaurs of the Deep,” where you can learn more about these animals with a 5,000-square-foot experience that will bring you face-to-face with more than 20 life-size replicas of monsters of the deep, ancient fossils, interactive activities and more. It runs through July 5 and the aquarium is at 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, N.J. Admission is $25.95, $18.95 for children 2-12. Call (856) 365-3300 or go to www.adventureaquarium.com.