American Songs

Music lovers will have two chances to take in the spring choral concert being performed by The Pennsylvania Academy of Performing Arts in Chester County tomorrow and Saturday nights. The concert will feature patriotic songs by American composers, such as the

America the Beautiful

,

Zion's Wall

,

The Promise of Living

and, of course, the

National Anthem

. For more information, visit

or email

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.

Date:

Tomorrow and Saturday.

Time:

7:30 p.m.

Location:

Tomorrow at Downingtown United Methodist Church, 751 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown and Saturday at The Black Box Theatre, West Pikeland Township Municipal Building, 1645 Art School Rd., Chester Springs.

Fee:

$10 for adults; $8 for seniors, students and all military personnel.

Craft fair in Phoenixville

Mom's House and Phoenixville Senior Center will sponsor a craft fair and a flea market with open Saturday house to learn more about Mom's House, an organization that assists single parents facing unplanned pregnancy with child care and support services to further their educations, find employment options and avoid welfare. Both organizations will benefit from the sale of handmade items made by local crafters, new and used books, videos, toys, furniture, plants and food. There will also be face-painting and activities for children. Call Mom's House at 610-935-7711 or the Senior Center at 610-935-1515.

Date:

Saturday.

Time:

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location:

Phoenixville Senior Center, 153 Church St., Phoenixville (and at Mom's House across the street).

Fee:

Free admission to the sale.

Views from mothers

Modeled after the "Hot Topics" segment of ABC's

The View

, local mothers will gather Wednesday night to discuss headline news and current events affecting today's mothers. In the same fashion the show's co-hosts lightheartedly debate timely topics, participants will be encouraged to become involved in the lively discussion that will offer a variety of intelligent and insightful perspectives. Visit

» READ MORE: www.mothersandmore.org

.

Date:

Wednesday.

Time:

7:30 p.m.

Location:

Upper Main Line YMCA, 1416 Berwyn-Paoli Rd., Berwyn.

Fee:

Free.

Party for a Purpose

CDG, aka the Cirque Design Group,will host a fund-raising event on June 7, featuring a special concert by Grammy-nominated pianist David Lanz. The party will also include an elegant dinner and celebrity auction of items autographed and donated by such stars as Alicia Keys, the Goo Goo Dolls, Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLauchlan, Dido, Jamie Lee Curtis, Donny Deutsch and Chelsea Handler. The event will benefit Keep a Child Alive, an organization with a mission to bring attention to the pandemic of AIDS affecting Africa's children by proving life-saving medication, support and orphan care. David Lanz will stick around for a meet and greet after the concert. Call 610-247-2298 or visit

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.

Date: June 7.

Time: 6 to 10 p.m.

Location: Coatesville Country Club, 143 Reservoir Rd., Coatesville.

Fee: $60.

Has Pennsylvania reformed?

After the November 2006 election that replaced 55 incumbent state legislators, voters expected reform. Great Valley Citizens Forum presents speakers Tim Potts of Democracy Rising PA and seven-term State Rep. Carole Rubley on the topic Wednesday. Great Valley High School social studies instructor Russ Bellevance will moderate the discussion. Call 610-933-9766.

Date:

Wednesday.

Time:

7:30 p.m.

Location:

Tredyffrin Township Municipal Building, 11 Duportail Rd., Berwyn.

Fee:

Free (donations will be accepted to offset costs).