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Indian Valley Public Library: Indian Valley Beer Fest 2015 is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 25, rain or shine, on the library grounds, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford. Sample up to 50 local and craft beers and enjoy live music, a 50/50 raffle and a Home Brewers Competition. Food will be available for purchase food from Jesse’s Barbecue, and Empanada Mama & Love Hot Dog Co. Early Bird tickets are still available through July 19, and are $35. VIP Tickets — which get you early admission at 4 p.m., catered fare by Cura Hospitality and one-off and limited specialty beers not available to other attendees — are $65. General admission tickets are $40 and designated drivers are $10 (includes $5 food voucher and one soda). Call (215) 723-9109 or visit www.indianvalleybeerfest.com.
Flavors of film
New Hope Film Festival: The festival returns July 24-Aug. 2, with screenings of a variety of independent films at the New Hope Arts Center, 2 Stockton Ave., and the Stephen J. Buck Memorial Theater, 180 W. Bridge St., both in New Hope. Get a look at the festival program online at www.newhopefilmfestival.com or visit www.facebook.com/newhopefilmfestival.
Style and entertainment
King of Prussia Mall: The mall teams up with online fashion resource Refinery29 for a music festival-inspired Style Festival event 1 to 6 p.m. July 25. Things to look for in the Nordstrom Court are the “Sound Stage” with electronic music band Austra and DJs ASTR and JillyHendrix; the “Style Stage,” which somehow combines indie boutiques, national brands and summer’s trends, such as “Jean Scene” and “Fringed Benefits;” and the “Beauty Stage” with pop-up beauty bars giving shoppers music festival-inspired hair trends. Also, check out the range of metallic, jewelry-inspired temporary tattoos at the pop-up tattoo parlor, courtesy of Flash Tattoo. The “DIY Stage” offers opportunities to personalize custom band-inspired tour tees — a keepsake souvenir from the experience. The mall is at 160 N. Gulph Road, Upper Merion. On social media, use the hashtags #R29StyleFestival and #FoundAtSimon. For updates, visit www.simon.com/stylefestival or King of Prussia Mall’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.
Evans-Mumbower Mill: It’s an ice cream social with tours of the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Authority’s 19th century water-powered grist mill at Swedesford and Township Line roads, Upper Gwynedd. Check it out 1 to 4 p.m. July 19. Cost is $5, $3 for children.
Bergey Mill: The Lower Salford Township Historical Society hosts an ice cream social from 6 to 8 p.m. July 19 at the farmstead site on Bergey Mill Road. The historical society will also have a “Then and Now” display.
Pennypacker Mills: Victorian teas were a way for women to entertain close friends or relatives. To be invited to a tea party signified that you were part of the host and hostess’ inner circle. This elegant pastime is celebrated 4 to 7 p.m. July 26 on the mansion porch, 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township. A three-course luncheon will be prepared by the Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College and served by Pennypacker Mills living historians. Musician Matthew Dodd will entertain with “Songs and Stories of the American Road.” The fee is $40 per person. Preregistration and prepayment are required by calling (610) 287-9349.
Whites Road Park: Lansdale Borough Parks and Recreation presents Play in the Park, as Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company performs Shakespeare’s revenge-to-forgiveness tale, “The Tempest,” at 7:30 p.m. July 23. Admission is free; bring your own seating. The park is at 400 Whites Road.
DCP Theatre: The hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American are the focus of the musical “Working,” running July 17-Aug. 1 at 795 Ridge Road, Salford Township. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays and July 30-Aug. 1 at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be opening weekend director’s wine receptions July 17 and 18 and a patron appreciation on July 30. Tickets are available for $15, $13 for seniors and students. Call (215) 234-0966 or visit www.dcptheatre.com.
Act II Playhouse: The Summer Flings series continues with “Just Wingin’ It.” Members of area improv comedy troupes, such as ComedySportz, will perform games and skits based on audience suggestions. Show times are 8 p.m. July 17, 5 and 8 p.m. July 18, and 2 and 5 p.m. July 19. Tickets are $25 for the Friday show, $30 for Saturday and Sunday shows. There are discounts available for seniors, subscribers and students. Go to www.act2.org or call (215) 654-0200. Act II is at 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler.
Methacton Community Theater: MCT presents “Shrek: The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. July 17, 23 and 24, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 18 and 25 at Perkiomen Valley Middle School East, 100 Kagey Road, Perkiomen Township. Tickets are $16, $13 for children and seniors. Go to www.methactoncommunitytheater.org or call (610) 489-6449.
Theater with a View: Four non-actors enrolled in a summer acting class unexpectedly reveal their secret hopes, quiet heartbreaks and fumbles toward happiness in the play “Circle Mirror Transformation,” a site-specific production that will open July 23 for an eight-performance run outdoors at Sycamore Hill, the home of Veronica Covalesky and Nick Leasure, at 481 Ebelhare Road, Pottstown. “Circle Mirror Transformation” will run Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with an additional Saturday performance at 2 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $25 for audience members, and seating is limited. Visit www.theaterwithaview.com, email email@example.com or call (888) 604-6563.
Ursinus College: Facetime Theatre’s Summer Stage program presents, “Children of Eden,” a musical based on the Book of Genesis about parents, children and faith. The cast is comprised of students from fourth-grade through college. Show times are 7 p.m. July 17 and 2 p.m. July 18. Performed in the college’s Lenfest Theatre, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville, tickets are $10 and $11, $13 at the box office starting 30 minutes before curtain.
Playcrafters: “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody” is an homage to mysteries and screwball comedies, running at 8 p.m. July 17-18 and 23-25, 3 p.m. July 19 at the theater at 2011 Store Road, Skippack. Tickets are $17. Call (610) 584-4005 or see www.playcrafters.org.
Kimmel Center: Philadelphia Dance Projects will present explore the relationship between science fiction, disco, astrophysics and the black American experience in “Discotropic” at 7:30 p.m. July 18 in the SEI Innovation Studio, Broad and Spruce streets, Philadelphia. This inside look at the rehearsal process of the work includes an opportunity for the audience to participate in the making of the work, followed by a conversation with choreographer Niv Acosta. Tickets are $10 and available at www.kimmelcenter.org or (215) 893-1999.
Delaware Valley University: The Lenape Chamber Ensemble presents a concert program at 8 p.m. July 18 in the university’s Life Sciences Building Auditorium. Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors and students. Delaware Valley University is off of New Britain Road, Doylestown. Call (610) 294-9361 or visit www.lenapechamberensemble.org.
Historic Bethlehem: The 23rd annual Blueberry Festival, held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 18 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 19, is highlighted by live entertainment by This Way to the Egress, George King Jr. and Friends, Jack Murray, Craig Thatcher & Nike Van Wyk, She Said Sunday, Dave Fry, The Billy Bauer Duo and more. The full entertainment schedule for the Blueberry Festival is available by visiting the Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites website at www.historicbethlehem.org. The festival site is the Burnside Plantation, 1461 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. It also includes crafters; blueberry confections; food vendors; beer, wine and mead; colonial demonstrations; pony rides; a blueberry pie-eating contest and blueberry cooking contests. Free parking is available in the Martin Tower lot. Tickets for the festival are $20 for the adult tasting tent, $8 for adult general admission, $4 for children 4-12.
University Lutheran Church: Crossroads Music presents “Joe Hill Roadshow” in tribute to the 20th century labor activist and songwriter at 7:30 p.m. July 25. The bill includes Magpie, Charlie King, and George Mann. Tickets range from $10-$30. The church is at 3637 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Check out www.crossroadsconcerrts.org.
Wells Fargo Center: Shania Twain’s “Rock This Country” tour comes to town at 7:30 p.m. July 22 at the arena at 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Gavin DeGraw opens and tickets range from $46.50-$147. See more at www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com.
Best of Main Line: The Best of the Main Line and Western Suburbs Party is held 6 to 9 p.m. July 23 at Drexelbrook, 4700 Drexelbrook Drive, Drexel Hill. Tickets are available in advance only and are $55, $65 for VIP tickets. Go to www.mainlinetoday.com.
American Swedish Historical Museum: Philly lagers, ales, stouts and other beers are paired with a spread of Swedish meatballs, cheeses and sausages at “SmorgasBeer’d” 5 to 8 p.m. July 18. The museum is at 1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia. Advance tickets are $25. Call (215) 389-1776 or visit www.americanswedish.org.
Clean and Green
Lansdale Public Library: The annual Clean and Green Extravaganza offers book signings with authors John Waffles and Kirsten Sale, electronics recycling, a costume jewelry sale, a used book sale, a car wash, document shredding and more from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 18 at the library, 301 Vine St., Lansdale.
The Rosenbach: The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, is offering Hands-On Tours for visitors allowing you access to rare and important items that are not usually on view to the public. At 3 p.m. July 17, Charles Dickens is in the spotlight. “Melville & The Sea” is scheduled for 3 p.m. July 19, at 3 p.m. July 24 catch “James Joyce & Irish Authors,” and a “Love Letters” tour will be at 4 p.m. July 26. Advance registration is recommended by calling (215)732-1600, ext. 100 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is $15, $13 for seniors 65+, $10 for students.
New Hope Automobile Show Road Rally: Cruise Bucks County to raise funds for New Hope Automobile Show Education Scholarships and the Fox Chase Cancer Center at 10 a.m. July 26 from New Hope-Solebury High School, 182 W. Bridge St., New Hope. Cost is $25 per car. Registration is not required, but those who would like to lock in their participation can email their contact information to email@example.com. Classic and current models are welcome. The New Hope Automobile Show will be held Aug. 8-9. For more information, call (215) 862-5665 or visit www.newhopeautoshow.com.