Arts & Things to Do

Special Events

Armed Forces Day Ceremony

Commemorative ceremony. Battleship New Jersey Museum, 62 Battleship Pl., Camden; 866-877-6262.

. Included with tour purchase. 5/20.

Armed Services Freedom Ride Set Scenic ride & performance by the Police Drill Team at Fort Dix Driver Training Area. Reg. required: 856-742-9184. Barb's Harley Davidson, 926 Black Horse Pike, West Collingswood Heights; 856-456-4141. www.harleydavidsoncc.com. $30 includes pin & lunch. 5/20 10 am.

Carl LaBove Rascals Comedy Club, 2349 Rte. 70 East, Cherry Hill; 856-662-9200. www.rascalscomedyclub.com. $10. 5/20 7 pm.

*FREE* Crafts & Fine Art Festival Work in a variety of media on display & available for purchase: wood, glass, clay, fiber & more. Centre Street, Centre St., Merchantville; 856-662-2474. 5/20 10 am-5 pm.

*FREE* Eva Etzioni-Halevy: The Garden of Ruth Israeli professor discusses her book. Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 Kings Hwy. N., Cherry Hill; 856-667-0300. www.cherryhill.lib.nj.us. 5/30 7:30 pm.

Fit & Fun Festival Festival showcaess easy & fun ideas for a healthy lifestyle. Camden Children's Garden, 3 Riverside Dr., Camden; 856-365-8733. www.camdenchildrensgarden.org. Included in admission. 5/26 11 am-4 pm.

Haddonfield Japan Exchange Benefit Dinner & Auction Dinner & auction benefitting a Japan/Haddonfield student exchange program. Fuji Japanese Restaurant, 116 E. Kings Hwy., Haddonfield; 856-354-8200. www.fujirestaurant.com. $33. 5/23 7 pm.

Jump Start Summer Summer-themed activities: dig for seashells, fish for prizes, make summertime crafts. Garden State Discovery Museum, 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233. www.discoverymuseum.com. Included in admission. 5/26-5/28 9:30 am-5:30 pm.

*FREE* Memorial Day Services Ceremony honoring American who have fallen in service. Haddonfield Memorial High School, 401 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield; 856-429-3960. www.haddonfield.k12.nj.us/hmhs. 5/28 11 am.

*FREE* Memorial Day Tribute Honor heroes past & present at this annual Memorial Day Tribute. Cherry Hill Municipal Building, 820 Mercer St., Cherry Hill; 856-488-7878. www.cherryhill-nj.com. 5/28 11 am.

Memorial Day Wreath Ceremony Memorial Day tribute. Battleship New Jersey Museum, 62 Battleship Pl., Camden; 866-877-6262. www.battleshipnewjersey.org. Included with tour purchase. 5/28 12:15 pm.

Monster-Mania Con Horror movie conference. Appearances by Matthew Lillard, Tyler Mane, Steve Dash & many more. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2349 W. Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill; 856-665-6666. $20; $35 weekend pass. 5/20 noon.

New Jersey's 2007 Hunterdon HorseXpo Products & services, demonstrations & seminars, food & fun for the horse enthusiast to the professional. Hunterdon County's South County Park, Route 179, Ringoes; 908-782-1158. $5 per vehicle. 5/20 9 am.

Richard Jordan: The Preacher & the Pattern Includes a trip to Richard Jordan's one-time homestead & burial place. Camden County Historical Society, 1900 Park Blvd., Camden; 856-964-3333. www.cchsnj.com. $5. 5/20 1 pm.

*FREE* Spring Family Festival Croft Farm Arts Center, 100 Borton's Mill Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-488-7868. 5/21 noon-4 pm.

Step Up To The Mic Bernard Collins hosts this poetry reading event. Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center, Second & Cooper Sts., Camden; 856-964-8300. www.waltwhitmancenter.org. $5. 5/22 8 pm.

Trips

Camden County Historical Society

1900 Park Blvd., Camden; 856-964-3333.

. Richard Jordan: The Preacher & the Pattern - Includes a trip to Richard Jordan's one-time homestead & burial place. $5. 5/20. 1900 Park Blvd., Camden; 856-964-3333.

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Collingswood AARP 500 S. Park Dr., Westmont; 856-854-1596. www.aarp.org. King Tut in Phila: Tut, Tastes & Tour - This Philadelphia tour is designed for locals. $159. 6/21. Eat Your Way Through France & Switzerland - Enjoy a culinary, wine tasting & European River Cruise to France & Switzerland. 7/15-7/29. Amish Adventure - Enjoy a show, dinner with an Amish family & a tour of Lancaster County. $149. 9/29. Holiday Decorations Tour - See the 'Radio City Christmas Spectacular' & many other holiday sights on this trip to New York City. 12/6. Christmas as You Like It - Enjoy Christmas markets & family fun in New York City. 12/15.

Congregation M'Kor Shalom 850 Evesham Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-4220. www.mkorshalom.org. New York City Trip - Visit the historic Central Synagogue & the Jewish Museum. $55. 6/14.

Glassboro Senior Citizens Center 17 Academy St. N., Glassboro; 856-881-8504. Catch Me If You Can Trip - Lunch & theatrical performance. $48. 5/24. Washington, DC Trip - Hillwood Museum, lunch at Mansion Cafe & Smithsonian museums &/or monuments. $62. 5/31. The Crossings Premium Outlets Trip - Outlet shopping trip. $3. 6/5. Broadway's Best Trip - Lunch, shopping & theatrical production. $69. 6/21. Trip to the King Tut Exhibit - Lunch & King Tut exhibition viewing. $52. 8/9. San Francisco, Reno & Lake Tahoe Trip - Sightseeing, shopping, shows & tours. $1550 double occupancy. 11/12-11/19.

Kennedy Memorial Hospital - Washington Township University Medical Center 435 Hurffville-Cross Keys Rd., Turnersville; 856-582-2500. www.kennedyhealth.org. Atlantic City Cruise. $47. 5/22. Trip to Sight & Sound Theatre to See "In the Beginning". $109. 6/19. Trip to See "Dancing Queen" at Claridge. $48. 6/21. Trip to See the "Lawrence Welk Show". $74. 7/28. Contact Ann at 856-629-7264 to reserve your place.

Rowan University 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro; 856-256-4000. www.rowan.edu. Chestnut Branch Trip. 6/16. Call 856-845-7075 for more information.

Voorhees Middle School 1000 Holly Oak Dr., Voorhees; 856-795-2025. www.voorhees.k12.nj.us. NYC Trip: Mary Poppins. $150. 11/10.

Art Exhibits

Crepe & Ribbon

116 Kings Hwy. East, Haddonfield; 856-428-3111.

. Toni Parisi Exhibit - Watercolor portraits, landscapes & oil paintings. Closes 5/31.

Markeim Art Center Lincoln Ave., Haddonfield; 856-429-8585. www.markeimartcenter.org. Building Bridges/Building Lives. This exhibit features artwork sponsored by UrbanPromise, an urban ministry in Camden. Closes 5/25. Tue.-Fri. 10 am-3 pm.

Palmyra Cove Nature Park 1300 Rte. 73 N., Palmyra; 856-829-1900. www.palmyracove.org. Kathy Shumway-Tunney: Our Natural Heritage - Paintings & drawings. Closes 5/30. Daily dawn to dusk.

Perkins Center for the Arts 395 Kings Hwy., Moorestown; 856-235-6488. www.perkinscenter.org. Watercolor Exhibition - Juried by well-known watercolorist, Nessa Grainger. Closes 5/20.

Repenning Fine Arts 35 E. Kings Hwy., Audubon; 856-310-2340. www.repenningfinearts.com. Student Art Show. Opens 5/21 - Works by over 150 artists. Opening reception 5/20. Closes 5/25.

Rutgers University - Camden Center for the Arts 311 N. Fifth St., Camden; 856-225-2700. rcca.camden.rutgers.edu. Rutgers-Camden Alumni Artists. Closes 5/25. Student Thesis Exhibition. Closes 5/25.

In Concert

*FREE*

Deja Vu

Red Hot & Blue, Route 70, Cherry Hill; 856-665-7427.

. 5/24 6 pm.

Evanescence Tweeter Center at the Waterfront, One Harbour Blvd., Camden; 856-365-1300. www.tweetercenter.com/philadelphia. $49.50. 5/20 1 pm.

Gwen Stefani Tweeter Center at the Waterfront, One Harbour Blvd., Camden; 856-365-1300. www.tweetercenter.com/philadelphia. $25-$69.50. 5/24 7:30 pm.

*FREE* Joann Ellis Coffee Works Roastery & Cafe, 910 Berlin Rd., Voorhees; 856-784-5282. www.coffee-works.com. 5/25 8-11 pm.

Open Mic Night A showcase of talent. Every Tue. Coffee Works Roastery & Cafe, 910 Berlin Rd., Voorhees; 856-784-5282. www.coffee-works.com. $3 minimum. Sign-up: 7:15 pm, show: 7:30-10 pm.

Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale St. Rose of Lima, 300 Kings Highway, Haddon Heights; 856-547-0564. www.strosenj.com. $35-$45. 5/20 3 pm.

*FREE* Trio Nova Coffee Works Roastery & Cafe, 910 Berlin Rd., Voorhees; 856-784-5282. www.coffee-works.com. 5/26 8-11 pm.

Theater

Dames at Sea

A songwriter saves the show & the hometown girls find both stardom & love. Closes 6/2. Ritz Theatre, 915 Whitehorse Pike, Haddon Township; 856-858-5230.

. $17-$25.

The Shoemaker & the Elves Opens 5/31 - Children's play based on a Grimm tale. Ritz Theatre, 915 Whitehorse Pike, Haddon Township; 856-858-5230. www.ritztheatreco.org. $7.

Dance

Burlington County Single Parents Society Social & Dance

Free refreshments & dance lessons offered on the 2nd & 4th Thu. 856-829-3506. Stardust Ballroom, Rte. 73, Pennsauken; 856-663-6376.

. $10.

Friday Night Dance Party Dance party broadcast live on 106.1 with music by DJ Robbie Rob. Coastline, 1240 Brace Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-795-1773. www.coastlinerestaurantbar.com. $5. Every Fri. 9 pm-3 am.

Friendly Singles 50 Plus Every Fri. 8 pm. (Open dance 3rd. Fri.) Berlin VFW, 34 Chestnut Ave., Berlin; 856-767-9728. $8.

Latin Dance Party Salsa dance party & lessons. 2nd & 4th Sat. 9 pm. Stardust Ballroom, Rte. 73, Pennsauken; 856-663-6376. www.time2dance.com/stardust. $12. 5/26 9 pm-3 am.

*FREE* Monday Night Dance Party Dance party with free buffet. Coastline, 1240 Brace Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-795-1773. www.coastlinerestaurantbar.com. Every Mon. 5 pm.

Saturday Dance Party Fortuna's Universal Dance Studio, 41 S. Crescent Blvd., Collingswood; 856-869-0010. dwp.bigplanet.com/unidancesport. $10-$15. 5/26 7:30 pm.

Saturday Night Dance Party Popular night for Bachelorette parties. Coastline, 1240 Brace Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-795-1773. www.coastlinerestaurantbar.com. $5 cover after 9 pm.

West Coast Swing Dance Lessons Weekly beginner & intermediate classes. Drop-ins welcome. Atrium Dance Studio, 4721 N. Crescent Blvd., Pennsauken; 856-661-9166. www.atriumdance.com. $10. Call for days & times.

West Coast Swing Party Swing & country dancing. Atrium Dance Studio, 4721 N. Crescent Blvd., Pennsauken; 856-661-9166. www.atriumdance.com. $5. Wed. 8:45-11:30 pm.

Nature & Outdoors

Camden Children's Garden

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

. Butterfly house, maze, treehouse & more. $5; $3 ages under 11; free for children under 3. Daily 10 am-5 pm.

*FREE* Howell Living History Farm 70 Wooden's La., Lambertville; 609-737-3299. www.howellfarm.org. Hatchery Program - Children's educational program & parental volunteer effort. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. noon-4 pm.

Rancocas Nature Center 794 Rancocas Rd., Mount Holly; 609-261-2495. www.njaudubon.org/centers/Rancocas. Children's Nature Series: Little Sprouts. $8; $5 adult/child pair. Wed. 10-11 am.

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge 4 Sawmill Rd., Medford; 856-983-3329. www.cedarrun.org. Elizabeth Woodford Pine Barrens Education Center - Hosts hands-on exhibits & programs. Ongoing. Open House - 50 year anniversary celebration. Dedication of bridge, animal visits & more. 5/20 2-4 pm. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. 1-4 pm.

Museums & Attractions

Adventure Aquarium

1 Aquarium Dr., Camden; 866-451-2782.

. Aquarium Adventures: Sea Life Up-Close, Sea Turtles Up-Close, Seals Up-Close, Sharks Up-Close, Secrets of Africa, Swim With the Sharks - Call for times & prices. The Creature Lab - Exhibit featuring unique, creepy sea creatures. Meet-a-Creature - Hands-on animal exhibit. Penguin Island - Live penguin exhibit. West African River Experience - Featuring the Aquarium's hippos, Button & Genny, porcupines & over 20 species of African birds in free-flight aviary. 4D Flight Simulator Ride. $17.95; $14.95 children 2-11; free for children under 2. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm.

Garden State Discovery Museum 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233. www.discoverymuseum.com. Arts & Imagination - Children's crafts area. Best Friends on Main Street - Pet care exhibit. The Discovery Diner - Miniature diner replica. Inky's Newsroom - Kids can pretend to work on a newspaper. $9.95; $8.95 seniors; free for children under 1. Daily 9:30 am-5:30 pm.

New Jersey State Museum 205 W. State St., Trenton; 609-292-6464. www.state.nj.us/state/museum. Annual Super Science Weekend - Science, nature, technology, demonstrations, live animals, astronomy & more. Donations accepted. 5/20. Tue.-Sat. 9 am-4:45 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.

Kids & Teens

Cherry Hill Public Library

1100 Kings Hwy. N., Cherry Hill; 856-667-0300.

. Greater Cherry Hill Kids' Chess Tournament - Children's chess competition for fun & prizes. Call Dan at 856-287-2393 for more information. $15 advance; $20 day of event. 5/20 1-5 pm.

Croft Farm Arts Center 100 Borton's Mill Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-488-7868. Spring Family Festival. 5/21 noon-4 pm.

Katz Jewish Community Center 1301 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-4444. www.katzjcc.org. KidsLand 2007 - Rides, games, crafts, entertainment, costumed characters, demonstrations & more. $5. 5/20 11 am-4 pm.

Historic Homes & Museums

Batsto Village

4110 Nesco Rd., Hammonton; 609-561-0024.

. Batsto Quilt Festival - Demonstrations, live quilting bee, children's program, quilt appraisal & flag ceremony by BSA Venturing Crew 49.

Battleship New Jersey Museum 62 Battleship Pl., Camden; 866-877-6262. www.battleshipnewjersey.org. 4D Flight Simulator Ride. Firepower Tour. Guided & Self-Guided Tours Available. Experience what life was like aboard our nation's most decorated battleship. Stars Over New Jersey - Historical exhibit. Ongoing. $15-$19; $10.50-$13 veterans, seniors, ages 6-11; free active military in uniform, ages 5 & under. Daily 9 am-5 pm.

Kuser Farm Mansion 390 Newkirk Ave., Hamilton; 609-890-3630. www.hamiltonnj.com. Period rooms include "Theatre in the Dining Room," with its once state-of-the-art 18-foot curved Cinema-Scope screen. Free. Sat.-Sun. 11 am-3 pm.

William Trent House Museum 15 Market St., Trenton; 609-989-3027. www.williamtrenthouse.org. Colonial Kids - Participatory activities for children. Fri-Sat 1-3:30 pm. Reservations suggested. Open House - Historic house museum built by William Trent in 1719. 5/6 1-4 pm. $3; $2 seniors & children. Daily 12:30 pm-4 pm.

Historical Societies

Camden County Historical Society

1900 Park Blvd., Camden; 856-964-3333.

. Pattern Brick Houses of Western New Jersey - Historical architecture presentation. 5/6 1 pm. Join Bob Thompson to see some fine local examples of surviving pattern brick houses. 5/20. Richard Jordan: The Preacher & the Pattern - Includes a trip to Richard Jordan's one-time homestead & burial place. 5/20.

Gloucester County Historical Society Museum 58 N. Broad St., Woodbury; 856-848-8531. Silhouettes & Olde Lace - Cut-paper silhouettes & antique lace. Closes 6/29.

Greenfield Hall 343 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield; 856-429-7375. www.historicalsocietyofhaddonfield.org/greenfield.htm. Historical Society of Haddonfield - These regular meetings feature programs about local history.