WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Enjoy local festivals, Earth Day activities

Admire works similar to this one by John Parker outdoors on the campus of the University of the Arts.
Admire works similar to this one by John Parker outdoors on the campus of the University of the Arts. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Beyond Black Panther

African-American Museum in Philadelphia: “Black Pulp!” features small-run magazines, novels, posters, comic books, and traditional and experimental fine art prints from 1912-2016 through April 29. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. The museum is at 701 Arch St., Philadelphia. Admission is $14, $10 for seniors, students and youths 4-12. Call (215) 574-0380 or visit www.aampmuseum.org.

Stroll or sprint over

Memorial Park, Pottstown: A Bark For Life event for the American Cancer Society happens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 in the park at 75 W. King St. Visit http://main.acsevents.org or contact Rebecca at (717) 397-3745 or rebecca.theriaque@cancer.org.

Franklin Field: The Penn Relays is held over the course of April 26-28, as top high school, collegiate, masters and even Olympic athletes take to Franklin Field for events like the 4 × 400 meters relay, javelin, pole vault, 100-meter dash, mile runs, sprints and more. Find more information at www.thepennrelays.com.

Americans celebrating heritage

North Penn High School: The 27th annual International Spring Festival celebrates the region’s ethnic diversity with food, music, entertainment, a health fair and children’s activities from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21 at the school at 1340 Valley Forge Road, Towamencin. Admission is free. Go to www.internationalspringfestival.com.


Sacred arts

Glencairn Museum: April 22 is the day of the museum’s Sacred Arts Festival, running noon to 5 p.m. It’s also the opening day for a exhibition of 20 paintings and drawings by late Bryn Athyn artist Nishan Yardumian. The museum is at 1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn. Get more information at (267) 502-2600 or www.glencairnmuseum.org.

Land of Legos

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center: Creations made entirely of Lego bricks will draw a crowd at Brick Fest Live 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 21 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22. Attractions include a glow-in-the dark gallery, a speedway, mini golf, a video game arena and an interactive Guinness World Record-sized mystery floor mosaic. The center is at 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence. Call (484) 754-EXPO or browse the events at www.phillyexpocenter.com.

On stage

Act II Playhouse: It’s the premiere of the interactive adventure “Zuzz the Alien Needs Your Help!” Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays April 21-29 at 56. E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets range from $10-$18. Visit www.act2.org or call (215) 654-0200.

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center: Theatreworks USA presents a musical celebrating the “Junie B. Jones” children’s books at 7 p.m. April 20 at 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill. Tickets range from $10-$12. Visit www.udpac.org or call (610) 622-1189.

Here comes spring

Daniel Boone Homestead: On Sheep and Fiber Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21 follow the steps necessary to process wool in the 18th century, from shearing to weaving. In addition to wool processing, you will also learn about flax and hemp fibers and how they were processed and used in the 18th century. In addition, several other 18th century demonstrations will be occurring throughout the site including blacksmithing, baking and sawing planks with a water-powered sawmill. Men’s and women’s garb of the 18th century will also be discussed. Horse-drawn wagon rides will provide transportation around the historic area. A food vendor will be on site for lunch and snacks. The historic site is at 400 Daniel Boone Road, Birdsboro. Admission is $7, $4 for children 5-15. Call (610) 582-4900 or see www.danielboonehomestead.org.

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy: Cheer on two-person teams that will be racing a five-mile trail run and paddling more than two miles in canoes during the Lenape Survival Challenge, which starts at 9 a.m. April 21. There will also be a Lenape Solo Challenge. The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy is at 1 W. Skippack Pike, Perkiomen Township. Learn more at www.perkiomenwatershed.org/lenape-survival-challenge.

In concert

Pennridge High School: The North Pennsmen Barbershop Chorus Spring Show, “Teach the World to Sing,” is presented at 7:30 p.m. April 20 and 2 p.m. April 21, and will feature a performance by the Liberty Belles Chorus. The school is at 1228 N. Fifth St., Perkasie. Advance tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and students. Tickets at the door are $18, $15 for seniors and students. Children 12 and under are free. Call (215) 393-1940 or see www.northpennsmen.org.

SouthSide Arts & Music Festival: A singer/songwriter playing amid the pottery of Color Me Mine, and the alt-country sounds of Acoustic Kitty Project at the Comfort Suites are part of the diverse music experiences SSAMF attendees can enjoy for free. Ticketed concerts include 2018 Grammy winners The Infamous Stringdusters, indie rockers Delta Rae, singer/songwriter Dar Williams and Talking Heads Tribute “Start Making Sense,” all performing at five south Bethlehem music and arts venues. The total number of musical acts at this year’s festival will be more than 30 in all, with live music taking place in 10 different venues April 20-21. For complete details on the festival, visit www.steelstacks.org.

Happy Earth Day

Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library: Children in grads K-6 can “Make Recycled Earth Day Crafts” out of old CDs, magazines, plastic bottles and more at 2 p.m. April 21 at the library at 1001 Powell St., Norristown. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

National Constitution Center: As part of the center’s Earth Day celebration, visitors can learn about green pioneers like President Teddy Roosevelt and First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson from noon to 5 p.m. April 22. Programming on the center’s front lawn will include a gardening activity, 18th century games and more. Activities are free with general admission of $14.50, $13 for seniors 65+ and students, $11 for youths 6-18 and veterans. The Constitution Center is at 525 Arch St., Philadelphia.

Historical perspective

Selma Mansion: The Norristown Preservation Society living history event originally scheduled for April 7 at the historic Selma Mansion at 301 West Airy St., Norristown, has been rescheduled to 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28. “The Ladies of Selma II” tells the stories about the women who lived in Selma Mansion. View historical women’s clothing, learn the forgotten political histories of pockets and pot holders, make fresh butter, sample recipes from history and more. Admission is free.

Art adventures

Philadelphia Navy Yard: The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show runs 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 20-21 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22 at South 11th Street and Kitty Hawk Avenue, Philadelphia. Admission is $20. Call (215) 763-8100 or visit www.philadelphiaantiquesandartshow.com.

Greater Norristown Art League: An art and photography show and sale presented by Tom Lebish and Larry Meyers is held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28 and noon to 5 p.m. April 29 at 800 W. Germantown Pike, East Norriton.

University of the Arts: An outdoor sculpture installation by Glenside artist John Parker can be seen through May. Parker created The Painted Garden Inc., where he designs, fabricates and installs iron garden structures, including trellises, pergolas and gates. Parker has been creating outdoor sculpture since 1975, and his work is in the collections of Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, Ohio and Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, Md. The university us at 320 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.

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