Don't stay home alone

Professional and Business Singles Network is inviting singles to meet new friends at 8 p.m. Friday in the Penn Oaks Golf Club's William Penn Ballroom. DJs will play Top 40 dance music from the '60s through today for singles 50 and older. This is a chance to socialize in dressy attire including jackets and ties for men and no jeans or sneakers on anyone. There is a cash bar at the club, 150 Penn Oaks Dr., West Chester. Tickets: $15. Information: 610-805-5827 or




It's not too late

The Macy's "Believe" campaign encourages believers of all ages to write a letter to Santa Claus through Saturday. For each stamped and addressed letter to Santa at the North Pole dropped into a Macy's Santa Mail letterbox, the retailer will donate $1 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, matching contributions up to $1 million. The letters can be dropped at any local Macy's store where there are Believe Stations. These include a "Believe Meter" and letter-writing station, a red letterbox, and a new component and app that let you take a photo on your smartphone with animated characters from the special

Yes, Virginia

and upload/print them as cards.

Friday-Dec. 31

Take time for a classic

With music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Boys Choir, it is hard to go wrong with this weekend pick. George Balanchine's

The Nutcracker

has been presented by Pennsylvania Ballet for 43 years. It is the tale of a girl, her gift, and her dream. You can even have tea with a sugar plum fairy. The show is at the Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. Tickets are $20 to $140. Information: 215-893-1999,




Can't scrape them off

At "Barnacles & Bullets," a program of Independence National Historical Park, visitors can experience life as an 18th-century soldier and sailor through replica artifacts accurate to the period. The free show is presented at 1 and 4 p.m. for 15 minutes at the New Hall Military Museum, 320 Chestnut St. Information: 215-965-2305,



Mixing it all up

The African American Museum in Philadelphia is hosting "Mixing Metaphors: The Aesthetic, the Social and the Political in African American Art," an exhibition composed of more than 90 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and mixed-media works by 36 artists. "Mixing Metaphors" asks the viewer to think of ways in which art and storytelling illustrate experiences. The exhibition is presented as a part of Bank of America's Art in Our Communities program. It is included in regular admission to the museum, 701 Arch St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: 215-574-0380.