Opening for fun

Memorial Day weekend is the official opening of the Summer Arts Series in the South Street Headhouse District and the second annual Street Performer Series. Beginning Saturday and continuing through Labor Day weekend, performers will be on South Street from noon to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. In the Fourth Friday series, street performers Kate and Bina (Maurer), a teenage rock duo, will perform at 5 p.m. Friday followed by the Reggae Band Uprising at 6 at Headhouse Square for a neighborhood Summer Arts Series launch party. More than 24 businesses will offer specials and discounts Friday and also on June 25, July 23 and Aug. 27. Information:




Read, honor, and celebrate

Art Sanctuary will offer its 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award to poet Nikki Giovanni at 6 tonight at the National Landmark, Church of the Advocate, 1801 W. Diamond St. Tickets are $20 to $40 and include tributes by Sonia Sanchez and the Roots and a performance by jazz guitarist Monette Sudler-Honesty. The North Philadelphia-based sanctuary also will present the 26th annual Celebration of Black Writing Festival from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Temple University Campus Ritter Hall Annex, Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Most discussions and panel sessions will be free. Information:




Mama mia!

The 31st annual Collingswood May Fair, Mamapalooza, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Haddon Avenue and East Stiles Avenue, Collingswood. The free festival, sponsored by Target, offers seven hours of musical acts and a "kids' zone." The music lineup features bands and singer-songwriters, all of whom are mothers. Donations of new and gently used baby clothes and blankets will be accepted. Rain date is Sunday. The event is part of the Motherhood Foundation, a motherhood movement and nonprofit that empowers women, mothers and families through the arts, education, and other outreach. Information:

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We remember

This weekend, the National Constitution Center will pay tribute to men and women who have given their lives in our nation's service. Visitors can participate in a 20-minute, interactive program, "Memorials: How a Nation Remembers." Guests will learn the history and significance of monuments across the country, including Little Bighorn, the U.S.S. Arizona, and the Lincoln Memorial. The program, one of several events, will be offered at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The center's special activities are free with museum admission. The National Constitution Center is at 525 Arch St. on Philadelphia's Independence Mall. Information: 215-409-6700 or

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Break out the boat

Visitors to the Delaware River on Sunday can get a chance to party Portuguese style and learn about safe boating practices. Delaware River Day is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Penn's Landing, produced by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. The event encourages conscientious and safe boating practices and promotes waterway preservation along the Delaware River. The free Portuguese Heritage Festival will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday on the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street. It will feature music, food, and activities. Information: 215-922-2386 or