Family Fun

The Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society will perform "Monkey King" and the "Sword Fight in the Dark," a.k.a. "At the Crossroads Inn," during a family day Saturday at St. Luke's United Church of Christ (200 W. Main St.) in Trappe. The event from 3 to 6 p.m. is sponsored by Chinese for Families, a Chinese language and culture school located in West Chester and King of Prussia. The event also will highlight Chinese dance, music, and storytelling, with crafts, vendors, a parade and food. Information: 610-716-1854, or go to


Play in Cape May

This could be the perfect spring weekend for a drive to Cape May, and while there, check out the Spring Arts and Crafts Festival. The fest is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cape May Convention Hall (Beach Drive at Stockton Place), where craftspeople and artisans will offer handmade floral arrangements, garden decorations and much more. Admission is $1 for adults and free for children under 12. For information about tours, festivals and special events, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275- 4278, or go to




It doesn't get any better

Great food and music are promised Saturday and Sunday as the 9th Street Italian Market Festival celebrates the sounds of Philly's legendary music producer Kenny Gamble. Culinary demonstrations, artisans and others will participate in this free event planned for families. Activities are scheduled 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the market area in South Philadelphia. Go to

for a complete schedule.


Say it with power

"Wordfest: Multicultural Poetry Slam/Music Jam" for young adults recovering their mental health is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Robin's Bookstore (108 S. 13th St.). This is a contest for poets who can "spin a rhyme at the drop of a dime" or "rap that makes fingers snap," organizers say. "Wordfest" is a free spoken-word extravaganza for young adults ages 18 to 35 living with psychiatric conditions. All participants receive a prize. The requirements? A three-minute limit per artist, clean language, and preregistration. Registration and information: 215-586-5955 or 215-844-1257.