Special Events

Philadelphia

AACM - Great Black Music: Henry Threadgill's Zooid

Saxophonist Threadgill & his ensemble perform. He'll be discussing his craft w/music writer Francis Davis before the show. Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St.

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. $25; $60 festival pass. 6/5. 8 pm.

American Sailing Tours Daily, 90-min. Delaware River tours on Chinese junk-rigged schooner. An informative History Sail, musical Tropical Sail or romantic Sunset Sail. Pier 24, 401 N. Columbus Blvd. www.americansailingtours.com. $35-$45.

American Sublime: Marilyn Nonken, Pianist - Triadic Memories First major Philadelphia festival celebrating the music of composer Morton Feldman. Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad St.; 215-627-6747. www.americansublime.org. $10-$20. 6/4. 8 pm.

House Tours 19th-century home of the Rosenbach brothers. Ongoing. Rosenbach Museum & Library, 2008-10 Delancey Pl.; 215-732-1600. Included in admission.

Irish American Festival Part of the Peco multicultural series. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386. www.finnigans.com. 6/5. Noon-8 pm.

LingFest GreeneHouse Studios is being held in conjunction with Phila Flea Market, with proceeds going to Girls Rock Philly. Jefferson Square Park, 3d & 4th Sts. on Washington Ave. 6/4. 10 am-5 pm.

Night Skies in the Observatory Hosted by chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute, Derrick Pitts, the Joel N. Bloom Observatory is open late to the public and offers 5 telescopes for you to view objects in the sky. The evening includes a Fels Planetarium show and a lecture or presentation (appropriate for all ages) on an astronomical or space science topic. Fels Planetarium, 222 N. 20th St. $5.

Philly Beer Week: 'The Wire' Quizzo With Johnny Goodtimes Trivia game based on the TV show. Pub on Passyunk East, 1501 E. Passyunk Ave. www.phillybeerweek.org. 6/5. 9 pm.

Rodin Museum Public Tours This building is home to one of the largest Rodin collections in the world. Franklin Parkway at 22d St.; 215-763-8100. Included in admission.

Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party at the Piazza First Saturday of the month through October. The Piazza at Schmidts, N. Second St. www.radio1045.com.

See Philly in a PHLASH Center City's purple trolley stops at 27 major Philly historic attractions & cultural institutions. Center City, Vine St. www.phillyphlash.com. $2.

Social Change Writers Networking Group Writers in various genres will meet to discuss their writing. The Philadelphia Building - Leeway Foundation, 1315 Walnut St; Preregistration required. 6/9. 5:30-7 pm.

Sunday Morning Meditation Give your week the boost it needs by kicking it off with a relaxing and energizing meditation. Amitayus Kadampa Buddhist Center, 814 Chestnut St. $10.

Pennsylvania suburbs

Friday Night Fireworks

Over the Delaware River, every Fri. through August. Downtown New Hope, Main St.,

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Greater Philadelphia Tour de Cure Cycle to help raise funds benefiting a cure for diabetes. Temple University Ambler, 580 Meetinghouse Rd., Ambler; Registration required: 610-828-5003 Ext. 4629. main.diabetes.org/site/TR?fr_id=7562&pg=entry. $50. 6/5. 7 am-1 pm.

Hawaiian Night Singer-songwriter Kimberlee Dunbar. Also prizes, giveaways & a 'Best Dressed Hawaiian Contest.' Karen's Place at Doylestown Mennonite Church, 590 N. Broad St., Doylestown. 6/4. 7-10:30 pm.

Italian American Heritage Festival Features Italian authors' book signings, best hoagie contest, Grandmom Mary's Sweet Table Contest, bocce tournament & more. Rose Tree Park, Rose Tree Rd., Media; 610-891-4663. 6/5. Noon-6 pm.

Morning Club: Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels Bringing favorite critters for children to see firsthand. Willow Grove Park, 2500 Moreland Rd., Willow Grove; 215-657-6000. 6/7. 10:30-11:30 am.

Narbark Dog Parade Dog lovers from miles around will dress their dogs in the funniest, or finest, costumes. Downtown Narberth, Haverford Ave., narberthonline.com. 6/3. 6-8 pm.

Night Market Philadelphia Featuring 30-plus food carts & restaurants serving ethnic & regional American street eats. Rain date 6/16. University City District, 3940 Chestnut St., Norristown. www.nightmarketphilly.org. 6/9. 6-10 pm.

Spring Book Sale An estimated 25,000 books will be for sale. Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne. Closes 6/5.

Strawberry Festival Variety of activities & strawberry treats. Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media; 610-874-4678. 6/4. 9 am-6 pm.

New Jersey

Atlantic City, Playground of the Nation

Displaying artifacts, costumes, posters, photographs, postcards, souvenirs & Miss America memorabilia. Ongoing. Atlantic City Historical Museum, Garden Pier, Atlantic City; 609-347-5839.

Dawn till Dusk: Farm Life in Moorestown Historical Society of Moorestown at Smith-Cadbury Mansion, 12 High St., Moorestown.

Holy Angels Parish Carnival Rides, games, music, food, beer garden & more. St. Matthew's School, 1210 Hessian Ave., Westville. www.facebook.com/HolyAngelsCarnival. Closes 6/4.

New Jersey Surf Museum Exhibit on the history of surfing in NJ. Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main St., Tuckerton; 609-296-8868. Included in admission.

NJ Elks State Parade North Wildwood presents parade starting at 25th & Atlantic Avenue and proceeding south on Atlantic to Andrews Avenue. 6/4. Noon.

Patriot Pirates - Tales of Plunder & Privateers of Coastal NJ Exhibit based on the Revolutionary War Privateers of the Jersey Shore. Ongoing. Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main St., Tuckerton; Registration required: 609-296-8868 Ext 100. Included in admission.

Paws to Read Kids can practice reading aloud to a certified therapy dog. Atlantic City Free Public Library, One N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City; 609-345-2269.

Seanet: It's for the Birds Walk the beach with the staff while helping monitor local shorebird populations. Jenkinson's Aquarium, 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant; 732-899-1659.

Tours of Lucy the Elephant Lucy is an architectural folly that dates to the Victorian Era. 9200 Atlantic Ave., Margate City. Included in admission.

Delaware

Bingo

Mon. Banquet Hall Aetna Fire Hall, 400 Ogletown R, Newark.

Close Encounters of the Wild Kind Weekly programs on animals & themes. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington. Included in admission.

Delaware's Prehistoric Sea Life Exhibit. Iron Hill Museum, 1355 Old Baltimore Pike, Christiana. Included in admission.

Glowing Rock Room Display of minerals that glow under ultraviolet light. Iron Hill Museum, 1355 Old Baltimore Pike, Christiana. Included in admission.

Iron Mining See unmelted iron, learn about process. Iron Hill Museum, 1355 Old Baltimore Pike, Christiana. Included in admission.

Keeper Watching Program on the zoo's conservation efforts. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington. Included in admission.

Playwrights, Production & Performance: American Theater in the 20th Century Books, scripts, photos, set designs & similar items from the American theater scene. University of Delaware, 114 College Sq, Newark; 302-831-6589. Closes 6/8.

Please Touch Wall Touch a variety of materials. Iron Hill Museum, 1355 Old Baltimore Pike, Christiana. Included in admission.

Poetry Slams: Where Artistic Verbal Creations Compete Exhibit on the history of poetry slamming. Includes work by slam poets. University of Delaware, 114 College Sq, Newark; 302-831-6589. Closes 6/10.

Simple Machines Exhibit on the six key components found in most complicated machinery. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hammock Rd., Dover; 302-739-3277. Donations accepted.

The Lenni Lenape Exhibit on their lives. Iron Hill Museum, 1355 Old Baltimore Pike, Christiana. Included in admission.

Tours of Nemours Mansion Tour the country estate of the late industrialist/philanthropist Alfred I. duPont. Nemours Mansion & Gardens, 1600 Rockland Rd., Wilmington; Reservations recommended. $15.

WSTW's Family Fun Night Exhibits, games, crafts & live animal presentations. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington. $1. 6/9. 6-8 pm.

Kid's Stuff

Children's events

1, 2, 3 and the Seas: World Oceans Day 2011

Celebrate the sea. Jenkinson's Aquarium, 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant; 732-899-1659. Included in admission. 6/4. 10 am-5 pm.

Baby Bounce Stories, songs & movement activities for babies & very young toddlers. Atlantic City Free Public Library, One N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City; 609-345-2269.

Baby Days Babies & caregivers will sing, read stories & do finger plays. Registration required. Roslyn Branch Library, 2412 Avondale Ave., Abington.

Beach Bop Day designed for our youngest scouts. 'Beach Bop' follows the same model of Beach Jam, with an added splash of fun. Morey's Piers & Raging Waters, 25th St. and the Boardwalk, Wildwood; 609-522-3900. Included in admission. 6/4. Noon-11 pm.

Bouncy Booktime Children's Story Hour Different story each week. Lambertville Free Public Library, 6 Lilly St., Lambertville; 609-397-0275.

Can-Do Playground Integrated playground where both children with disabilities & enabled children can play together. Alapocas Run State Park and Blue Ball Barn, 1914 W Park Dr., Wilmington. www.candoplayground.org.

Children's Storytime Staff members read new stories weekly. Barnes & Noble Market Fair, 3535 Rte. 1, Princeton.

Comic Drawing After School Program Youth art program led by Marvel DC Comic illustrator Joe Del Beato. Atlantic City Free Public Library, One N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City; 609-345-2269. Closes 6/30.

Creative Craft Wednesdays Weekly craft program for kids. Supplies provided. Atlantic City Free Public Library, One N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City; 609-345-2269. Closes 6/29.

Cuentos y Canciones Early education program entirely in Spanish for children under 5. Lambertville Free Public Library, 6 Lilly St., Lambertville; 609-397-0275.

Family Time: Clockmaking Family Workshop Learn to make a wall or mantel clock from a recycled CD. Main Line Art Center, 746 Panmure Rd., Haverford; 610-525-0272. $40; $25 members. 6/4. 1-3 pm.

Go-Kart Speedway Playland's Castaway Cove, 936 Boardwalk, Ocean City; 609-399-9090. $6.

Just Mom and Me: Down the Shore Children will explore the Jersey Shore & make a craft. Moorestown Mall, 400 Rt-38, Moorestown. 6/9. 11 am.

Kidiscovery Wednesdays Preschool program w/hands-on science activity, storytime, music & more. Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology, 3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass, Allentown; 484-664-1002. Included in admission.

KidsinCenterCity.com Saturday Playdate With Sprout An afternoon of kid-friendly arts and crafts. Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd. 6/4. 11:30-1:30 pm.

Louie Guitarist & educator whose energetic music makes him popular with kids & parents. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.louiemusic.com. 6/4. 11 am.

Milk & Cookies Variety hour for local performers who specialize in family entertainment. MilkBoy Coffee, 2 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; 610-645-5269. $5.

Nature Explorers Club: Turtles Are Round & Trees Are Tall Nature & science-themed stories, games & activities. Brandywine Creek State Park, 41 Adams Dam Rd., Greenville; 302-577-3534. Regular admission plus $5. 6/9. 1:30-2:15 pm.

Peanut Butter & Jams Welcomes Alastair Moock Singer/songwriter performs songs from first children's album, 'A Cow Says Moock.' World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400. $11; $8 children 1-12; free under 1. 6/4. 11:30 am.

Preschool Rhyme Time Stories, songs, fingerplays & simple crafts. Atlantic City Free Public Library, One N. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City; 609-345-2269.

Saturday Morning Pajama Party Kids can wear their PJs to the Shop to receive a free breakfast entree. A paying adult must accompany. The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood.

Story Time at the Zoo Monthly program of animal-themed stories. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington. Included in admission. Closes 6/30.

Summer Family Studio Visitors can work on art projects themed to museum's exhibitions. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-763-8100. Included in admission.

Terrific Toddlers: Nature's Goofy Shapes Nature & science-themed stories, games & activities. Brandywine Creek State Park, 41 Adams Dam Rd., Greenville; 302-577-3534. Regular admission plus $5. 6/9. 9:30-10:15 am.

The 17th Annual Education Extravaganza Learning becomes a "day at the beach" when students in grades 3 through 12 enjoy a day of hands-on learning and interactive participation utilizing the beach and amusements. Morey's Piers & Raging Waters, 25th St. and the Boardwalk, Wildwood; 609-522-3900. Included in admission. Closes 6/3.

The Children's Reading Hollow & Discovery Den Children's playspace & reading nook. Briar Bush Nature Center, 1212 Edgehill Rd., Abington. $1.

Youth Carving Club Decoy carving/painting class for youth. Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main St., Tuckerton; 609-296-8868.

Youth Lounge Creative workshops & open art studio. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219-23 Vine St.; 215-557-0455. Donations accepted. Closes 6/11.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

3 Riverside Dr., Camden; 856-365-8733.

. Going Green in the Garden Festival for Schools. $9. 6/3. $6; $5 ages 3-11; free 2 & under. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

The Crayola Factory 30 Centre Square, Easton; 610-515-8000. www.crayola.com/factory/. Crayola Crayon Manufacturing. Crayola Marker Manufacturing. Crayola Chronology.

Delaware Children's Museum 110 S. Poplar St., Wilmington; 302-654-2340. www.delawarechildrensmuseum.org. Stratosphere. The Power of Me. ECOconnect. Bank on It. Training Wheels. Structures. Daily 9 am-4:30 pm.

Garden State Discovery Museum 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233. www.discoverymuseum.com. Down the Shore. Fleet Backstage Theater. Arts & Imagination. Inky's Newsroom. Best Friends on Main Street. Recycled Rhythm Shack. The Discovery Diner. The Rock Climbing Wall. News & Weather. Storybook Castle. Little Discoveries. $10.95; $9.95 seniors; free under 1. May-Sept.: Daily 9:30 am-5:30 pm.