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WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Travel show, billiard expo and much more on tap

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WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Out of town
Pennsylvania Convention Center: The third annual Philadelphia Travel & Adventure Show offers live cooking demonstrations, cultural entertainment, in show-only travel deals and opportunities to meet travel experts from around the world to help you personalize and book your next trip 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 26. Among the seminar topics will be packing, travel technology, maximizing credit card reward points and what to do if disaster strikes while traveling. Tickets at visit www.travelshows.com/shows/philadelphia are $11, $18 for both days, $15 at the door, or $22 for both days. Children 16 and under are free and on-site tickets can be purchased with cash only. Spring things
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center: Check out the Southern Pennsylvania Orchid Society Show and Sale noon to 6 p.m. March 24, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 25 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 26. Highlights include exhibits, vendors, tours and more. See www.sepos.org/home.html. The expo center is at 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence.
Peter Becker Community: Peter Becker Community’s 2017 Flower Show, “It’s About Time,” will explore themes of science fiction and nostalgia 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 24 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 26. There will be floral displays, gardening ideas, a scavenger hunt, a crafts show, homemade quilts, a spring marketplace, garden trains, children’s activities and more. Activities will be in the Campus Center at 800 Maple Ave., Franconia Township, and Maplewood Estates at 815 Maplewood Drive. Call (215) 256-9501.
Victorian Boutique Telford: The seasonal boutique in a private residence at 53 N. Main St. Telford, opens March 25-April 9, running 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. There is a $1 entry fee for the first visit. After the first visit, all additional visits are welcomed without the entry fee.
Still growing
Greensgrow Farm: The urban farm’s 20th anniversary celebration in Kensington and West Philly on March 25 and 26. This non-profit’s mission has been to provide access to fresh produce for all, especially low-income communities; and cultivate social entrepreneurship and community greening. Check it out 4 to 6:30 p.m. March 25 at 2501 E. Cumberland St., Philadelphia and from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 26 at 5123 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia. Admission is free. For more information, visit greensgrow.org.
Creative minds
Morris Arboretum: A Grand Opening Celebration 1 to 3 p.m. April 1 features the debut of “Morris Arboretum in Motion: The Kinetic Sculptures of Lyman Whitaker.” Meet Whitaker and watch him create a sculpture, which will be donated to a local non-profit organization. This exhibit of more than 50 sculptures will be featured in the garden through Oct. 9. It marks the 20th year of the Garden Railway. Model trains will be in motion around an outdoor quarter-mile track, surrounded by miniature plantings and replicas of Philadelphia landmarks and other buildings with a whimsical theme. The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is at 100 East Northwestern Ave. in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. Admission is $17, $15 for seniors 65+, $9 for youths 3-17, students and active and retired military. For more information, visit www.morrisarboretum.org.
Meadowood Senior Living: The seventh Juried Art Show will feature paintings by contemporary artist/illustrator Melanie Fisher and other talented local artists at 3205 Skippack Pike, Worcester. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 and 1 to 4 p.m. April 2, with an opening reception and award ceremony 6 to 8 p.m. March 31. For more information, call (610) 584-1000.
Wayne Art Center: “Young at Art” and “Teen Works” celebrates the creativity of young artists from March 25-April 29 at 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, till 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Science at the movies
Colonial Theatre: The theater on Bridge Street in Phoenixville presents Science on Screen, a national film initiative, on March 28. “Run Lola Run” will be paired with a talk on chaos theory with Dr. Casey Schwarz, an assistant professor of physics at Ursinus College. Schwarz’s 20-minute “Chaos Theory: Butterflies and Drug Lords” will start at 7:30 and the film will begin immediately after the talk, with time for a Q&A. To purchase tickets, go to https://thecolonialtheatre.com/programs/sosrun-lola-run or call (610) 917-1228. Cost is $9, $7 for students and seniors, $5 for theater members and children under 13.
Women’s History Month
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion: A live performance of one of Louisa May Alcott’s Civil War nursing stories is interpreted by Christina Higgins at 7 p.m. March 24-25 and 2 p.m. March 26 in the house parlor, 200 W. Tulpehocken St., Philadelphia. Preceding the Saturday and Sunday performances, Dr. Patricia D’Antonio, Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Barbara Bates Center for Nursing, gives an account of nursing practices in the 19th century. Before Friday’s play, the mansion’s Creative Director, Josh Hitchens, talks about Alcott’s “Hospital Sketches” and Civil War era nursing practices. Reservations are $30. Call (215) 438-1861.
Pool sharks
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center: The Super Billiard Expo includes an Amateur Players Championship series and professional competition. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 30-April 1 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 2. The expo center is at 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence. Learn more at www.superbilliardsexpo.com.
High rollin’
St. Helena Catholic Church: At 7 p.m. March 25 it’s the annual Vegas at Variety event to benefit Variety the Children’s Charity. It will be held at the Empress Room at St. Helena’s, 1489 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Play blackjack, poker, craps or roulette for the chance to win prize baskets. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door. All guests receive $25 in gaming chips upon arrival. The minimum bet at the tables is $5 and the maximum bet is $500. If you’ve never played casino games, there will be professional dealers to help you learn the games. In addition to the casino games there will be a silent auction, beer tasting and a photo booth. For tickets go to https://support.varietyphila.org/vegas_at_variety_2017.
Bring the beat back
Santander Performing Arts Center: Catch international percussion sensation “Stomp” at 7:30 p.m. March 24 at 136 N. Sixth St., Reading. Tickets range from $35.50-$125. Go to www.santander-arena.com or call (610) 898-7299.
Slow food
Pottsgrove Manor: An open hearth cooking demonstration, “We Breakfast Deliciously,” is held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 25 to revisit the 18th century first meal of the day. A $2 donation is suggested. The historic site is at 100 W. King St., Pottstown. Call (610) 326-4014.
Great escape
Fort Mifflin on the Delaware: From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25, Fort Mifflin becomes the German stalag Fort Schlamm Insel (Fort Mud Island) on the banks of the River Warter in Posen, Prussia (Poland). Come see the Allied prisoners continue their war behind bars as they plan daring escapes and covertly disrupt the German war machine. Find out if you have what it takes to make a “great escape” with opportunities to assist the Allied soldiers in their escape preparations and activities. In real life, Fort Mifflin, Fort Mifflin and Hog Island roads, Philadelphia, was pressed into service during World War II as a site for anti-aircraft batteries defending the nearby Naval Ammunition Depot and League Island Navy Yard. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors, $6 for veterans and students under 12. Visit www.fortmifflin.us.
Train-ing day
North Penn Commons: The North Penn S Gaugers present a train show in the lobby of 606 E. Main St., Lansdale, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 24 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25. Admission is free.
In concert
SteelStacks: The Blast Furnace Blues Festival offers live music 7 to 11:30 p.m. March 24, 12:30 to 10 p.m. March 25 and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 26. Headliners include Ana Popovic, Magic Dick and Shun Nug, Jimmy Thackery and the Craig Thatcher Band. Ticket prices vary. Check it out at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Call (610) 332-1300 or visit www.steelstacks.org.
Ardmore Music Hall: March 30 brings a concert saluting the late Butch Trucks, founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. The 8 p.m. show’s lineup features Grahame Lesh (son of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh) and his band Midnight North and extended members of the ABB family, including past and present members of Trucks’ Freight Train Band and Les Brers, The Gregg Allman Band, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Dickey Betts Band and more. The venue is at 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Visit www.ardmoremusic.com.
Trinity Presbyterian Church: The Spotlight Concert Series continues at 7 p.m. March 25 with an in-the-round featuring Craig Bickhardt, Thom Schuyler and Jack Sundrud. The concert is free, but a free-will offering of $20 per person is recommended. The church is at 640 Berwyn Ave., Berwyn. See https://goo.gl/P3sppo.
Underground Arts: The School of Rock AllStars, a half-dozen School of Rock student bands, School of Rock instructors, David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket and other friends will perform March 25 in a concert to benefit the School of Rock’s charitable fund, “Let Them Rock,” which provides young, aspiring musicians with performance-based music education scholarships. Show time is at 6:30 p.m. at Underground Arts is at 1200 Callowhill St., Philadelphia. The performances will include a tribute to King Crimson and Asia’s John Wetton, who died in January. Tickets are on sale now at www.letthemrock.org/boxoffice.
World Café Live: The seventh annual “Rockin’ Docs for Diabetes Cure” benefit concert and fundraising event will feature the rock bands Chicago 9 Tribute Band, Runnin’ Late, RD Sting and Rightback — each containing doctors from the Philadelphia area. The festivities get underway at 7:30 p.m. April 1 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia. A custom electric guitar from MA Custom Guitars will be raffled off. Tickets are $30. Visit www.worldcafelive.com.
Zellerbach Theatre: “Sin & Redemption” illuminates the connection between blues and gospel. It’s a double bill with guitarist and vocalist Lurrie Bell and The Campbell Brothers at 8 p.m. March 24 at 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $25-$55. The SF Jazz Collective performs original compositions and a tribute to Miles Davis at 7 p.m. April 2. Tickets range from $40-$55. Go to www.pennpresents.org or call (215) 898-3900.
Haverford College: At 3 p.m. March 26 the Concert Artist Series at Haverford presents Quartetto Di Venezia, performing new music by Kendall Kennison, Robert Maggio, Roger Zahab and Curt Cacioppo. The concert will be held in Roberts Hall’s Marshall Auditorium, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for students, $5 for youths 7-17. Call (610) 896-1011 or visit www.haverford.edu/music/concerts-events.
Act II Playhouse: Larry McKenna and the Girls of Summer present “Great Girl Songs: Old to New” at 8 p.m. March 26 at 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets are $20 and are available at www.act2.org or (215) 654-0200.
Life’s funny
Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center: It’s interactive improv comedy with Better Than Bacon at 8 p.m. March 24 in the Univest Room. Ticket are $15. The center is at 226 N. High St., West Chester. Call (610) 356-ARTS.
Almost cherry blossom time
Shofuso: The Fairmount Park landmark at Horticultural and Lansdowne drives, Philadelphia, opens for the season April 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $10, $5 for seniors, students and children 3-17, free to active duty military and children under 3. For more information, visit www.japanesehouse.org.
Also, prepare for the Cherry Blossom Festival’s sushi making contest with sushi making classes 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 1-5 at The HeadHouse Craft Beer Café, 122 Lombard St., Philadelphia. Cost is $60 per person. Contact (215) 922-2515 or visit www.headhousephilly.com.

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