STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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First Friday Skippack: Skippack Village’s First Friday series of free live entertainment, art exhibits and more gets underway 5 to 9 p.m. May 1. Call (484) 997-8001.
South Street Spring Festival: Eat, drink, shop and enjoy a German Maifest and three stages of music along eight blocks of Philadelphia’s South Street, plus a lawn party on Headhouse Plaza, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 2. It’s all free. Check out www.southstreet.com.
First Friday Lansdale: It’s a Cinco De Mayo theme in downtown Lansdale 6 to 9 p.m. May 1. The entertainment includes music by Wild Flower and Vox Tonic.
Citizens Bank Park: The Philadelphia Takes Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis steps off at 4:15 p.m. May 3. Sign up at http://online.ccfa.org/site/TR/TakeSteps/Chapter-PhiladelphiaDelawareValley?pg=entry&fr_id=4814 or contact Carly at email@example.com or (646) 306-0729. The ballpark is off of South Broad Street, Philadelphia.
Broad Street Run: May 3 is the Blue Cross Broad Street Run. Starting at 8 a.m., it’s a 10-mile course, starting at the Central High School Athletic Field at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue, Philadelphia. It goes through different neighborhoods along Broad Street and finishes inside the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Get more details for runners and spectators at www.broadstreetrun.com.
Sesame Place: The “Sesame Street” theme park celebrates its 35th birthday with special festivities during opening day May 2. Guests who visit the park during the 2015 season will enjoy three new rides and an interactive birthday parade. The park will also be running special contests and birthday promotions throughout the season. New attractions include birthday décor and the renovated Elmo’s Eatery restaurant. The park is at 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne. Check out more at www.sesameplace.com.
Pennypacker Mills: Honey bees are just starting to get active. From 10 to 11 a.m. May 2, join an interactive discussion for adults in the classroom building, 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township. Beekeeping equipment will be on display and there will be a question and answer period. Refreshments will be served and admission is free. Call (610) 287-9349.
Have a taste
Meals on Wheels benefit: Support the Montco SAAC Meals on Wheels program by attending a brunch 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 2 at Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center, Morris Road, Whitpain. In addition to raising funds to feed more homebound seniors in the Ambler, eastern Montgomery County and Norristown regions, the special guest will be author and canning teacher Marisa McClellan and a silent auction. Tickets are $40. Visit www.montcosaac.com/events.
Breakfast for Second Alarmers: Rotary Club of Blue Bell offers an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast to benefit the Second Alarmers Rescue Squad 8 to 11:30 a.m. May 3 at the Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park, 205 Skippack Pike, Whitpain. It includes photos with Elmo and a display of rescue and equipment. Cost is $8, $5 for children 3-10. You’re asked to bring one or more items of canned food or children’s clothing for the Rotary Club to distribute to local charities.
Free Comic Book Day: Choose from 50 different titles available free from participating stores on May 2. According to www.freecomicbookday.com, New Wave Comics & Collectibles in Skippack, Comics & More at the Plymouth Meeting Mall, Cyborg One in Doylestown, Brave New Worlds on West Moreland Road in Willow Grove, Uncanny! in the King of Prussia Plaza, and Showcase Comics in Bryn Mawr will be part of it.
Graeme Park: Check out a World War II weekend starting at 9:30 a.m. May 2 and 3 on the grounds of the colonial era historic site at 859 County Line Road, Horsham. Reenactors will have living history displays and camps representing the European Theater, and stage battles between American and German troops on the property. The large event tent will be transformed into a venue for U.S.O.-style entertainment including “The Ultimate Abbott and Costello Tribute Show,” the West Chester Swing Kings, swing dance lessons and a concert of patriotic music. Additionally there will be weapons demonstrations, period vehicles (military and non-military), a luminary ceremony and gun salute to honor the vets and more. Admission is $12, $5 for youths 13-17, free for veterans and children 12 and under, $30 for a household of two adults and accompanying children. Call (215) 343-0965 or see www.graemepark.org.
Philadelphia Center for Architecture: A “Philadelphia Neon Signage: 1932 to Today” tour is held 3 to 5 p.m. May 2. Tickets are $25, $10 for children under 12. Meet at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St., Philadelphia. Get tickets at www.philadelphiacfa.org.
Peter Wentz Farmstead: What happened at the Wentz house after the sun went down during the 18th century, with no TV or internet. They didn’t just go to bed, did they? Check out a “Night Life” tour at 7:30 p.m. May 1. Guided lantern-lit tours will be offered at set times, and preregistration is required by calling (610) 584-5104. A $2 donation per person is suggested. The Peter Wentz Farmstead is at 2030 Shearer Road, Worcester.
Take your pick
Peddler’s Village: May is National Strawberry Month and Peddler’s Village’s 37th annual Strawberry Festival runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 2-3. Admission is free and the festival is held rain or shine. Taste strawberries from chocolate-dipped, smoothies and fritters to shortcakes, pastries and pies. There’s also strawberry pie eating contests, craft vendors, live musical entertainment and children’s crafts. The village is at Route 263 and Street Road, Lahaska. Visit www.peddlersvillage.com or call (215) 794-4000.
Tin Angel: Shlomit & RebbeSoul seeks to make ancient music from Yemen rock at 7:30 p.m. May 3 with their “Seal of Solomon” show. For tickets, call (215) 928-0978. The Tin Angel is at Serrano restaurant, 20 S. Second St., Philadelphia.
Chester County Concert Band: The band’s “Spring Metamorphosis” concert starts at 2:30 p.m. May 3 at J.R. Fugett Middle School, Paoli Pike and Ellis Lane, West Chester. Tickets are $10, $7 for seniors and students, free to children under 12. Call (484) 639-9118 or visit www.cccband.org.
St. Luke’s United Church of Christ: Trio Amaranth, a newly-formed music group based in Philadelphia, will perform at 3 p.m. May 3 at the church, 125 N. Main St., North Wales. Azer Damirov, violin, and Gretchen Hull, piano, are musical arts Ph.D. students at Temple University. Julia Morelli, cello, is finishing her masters degree in music performance at Temple, as well. Music of Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Cassado will be performed. There will be a free-will offering and a reception follows.
Zwingli United Church of Christ: A free concert featuring jazz guitarist Pete Smyser and Friends starts at 2 p.m. May 3 at the church, 350 Wile Avenue, Souderton. Contact the church office at (215) 723-1186 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dog and dinos
DeBella Dog Walk: Named for WMGK morning voice John DeBella, this “doggie date” is held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3 in Green Lane Park, 2144 Snyder Road, Marlborough Township. Bring your dog and learn about 20 dog rescue groups and shelters, pick up canine health information, meet the Abington Police K9 unit, and take part in musical hoops (musical chairs for dogs), doggie tick-tack-toe and other games and contests. Photo opportunities include taking their pooch’s photo inside the “Dogs Playing Poker” painting and The Beatles “Abbey Road” album cover (George Harrison will be holding a dog leash). There will be caricature artists drawing pictures of the two-legged and four-legged. There will also be three food vendors on site. Go to www.wmgk.com and enter keyword “dog.”
Academy of Natural Sciences: So what is a dog is thinking when it runs around in circles chasing its tail? Or how about when it gives you that guilty look? Animal behaviorist and author Alexandra Horowitz gives an illustrated talk, with a book signing of “Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know,” at 3 p.m. May 3 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Also, a “Jurassic Park” Movie Marathon and Dinosaur Dance Party happens May 9. Admission is $15.95, $13.95 for children 3-12. Call (215) 299-1000 or visit www.ansp.org.
Art Museum: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, will host the 17th annual Every Family Party 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 2, with live entertainment, food and art-making activities for kids of all ages. Reserve tickets by calling (800) 235-SHOW.