Special Events

Philadelphia

2007 Rock the Arts Luncheon

Business & arts leaders who "rock" the arts with their dedication, leadership & creativity will be honored. Registration: 215-790-3620. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; 215-418-4700.

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$50-$125. 5/10 11:30 am.

The 3rd Annual Light Up the River Event Philadelphia City Sail celebrates 17 years of serving Philadelphia's youth. 215-413-0451, www.ticketleap.com. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd. 5/10 6-9 pm.

*FREE* Celebrate Africa! Festival Celebration of African culture. Parade, drum & dance workshops & African marketplace. African American Museum, 701 Arch St.; 215-574-0380. www.aampmuseum.org. 5/5 11 am-6 pm.

Reni Ministries Mothers' Day Celebration Motherhood will be celebrated as selected model mothers from various walks of life will receive a National Motherhood Award. 215-620-6986, www.renimusic.com. Best Inn Hotel, 2015 Penrose Ave. 5/5 1-4 pm.

Pennsylvania suburbs

Annual May Fair

Entertainment, crafts, flea market, games, food & more. Lansdowne Friends School, 110 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne; 610-623-2458.

. 5/5 10 am-3 pm.

Chabad of the Main Line Family Carnival Fun for the whole family featuring a kosher BBQ, moon bounce, obstacle course, carnival games & contests, tennis lessons, prices & more. General Wayne Park, Maplewood Ave. & Revere Rd., Merion Park; 610-645-6220. www.lowermerion.org. $10; $5 children 2-12. 5/6 4:30 pm.

Haverford Township Historical Society Heritage Festival Historical tours, demonstrations & games of the Colonial era, art displays & more. Powder Mill Valley Park, Karakung Drive, Havertown; 610-446-1000. 5/6 11 am-5 pm.

*FREE* Historic Boileau Farm Festival Day Includes a border collie sheep roundup, Colonial-style cooking, a Colonial quill writing hands-on demonstration, goat milking, live music & more. Nathaniel Boileau Park, 2668 Byberry Rd., Hatboro; 215-659-3100. www.uppermoreland.org/parks. 5/5 11 am-3 pm.

Majestic Midways Carnival Broomall Fire Company sponsors this carnival event featuring rides, games, face painting & more. CHI Institute, 1991 Sproul Rd. Ste. 42, Broomall; 610-353-7630. www.chitraining.com. 5/4 6-11 pm. 5/5 3-11 pm. 5/6 noon-6 pm.

Mamapalooza: Rockin' the Park Music, food & family fun honoring mothers in the arts. Lingle Park, Union Deposit Rd., Harrisburg; 717-233-8275. 5/5 2-6 pm.

Roadwinders Poker Run & Bike Show Motorcycle ride & show & poker tournament benefitting the Sunshine Foundation. Bromley Motorcycle, 635 Somers Ave., Trevose; 215-357-1534. www.bromleys.com. Donation suggested: $10. 5/5 noon.

Sheep & Wool Day Shearing demonstrations, music & dance; hayride tours; kids actvities & more. Rain or shine. Springton Manor Farm, 860 Springton Road, Glenmoore; 610-942-2450. www.chesco.org/ccparks. Free; $5 parking per car. 5/5 10 am-4 pm.

Silent/Live Auction & Cocktail Party Montgomery County Cultural Center, 208 DeKalb St., Norristown; 610-279-1013. www.artscc.org. $7.50. 5/10 7:30-10:30 pm.

Victorian Lansdowne Walking Tour Self-guided walking tour. Includes refreshments. Downtown Lansdowne, Lansdowne & Baltimore Ave., Lansdowne; . www.lansdowneborough.com. $30 advance; $35 day of tour. 5/5 1-5 pm.

Walk & Run for Paws Run/walk & festival to benefit Chester County SPCA. Myrick Conservation Center, 1760 Unionville-Wawaset Rd., West Chester; 610-793-1090. $15, $8 children advance; $20, $10 children day of event. 5/6 9 am.

New Jersey

17th Annual Donor Luncheon

Lunch & presentation by Jewish radio personality Barry Reisman. Olde York Country Club, 228 Old York Rd., Columbus; 609-298-3322.

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. 5/8 noon.

*FREE* Annual Spring Flower Show & Program Presented by the Horticultural Society of South Jersey. Refreshments served. 856-428-5975. Cherry Hill Municipal Building, 820 Mercer St., Cherry Hill; 856-488-7878. www.cherryhill-nj.com. 5/8 7:30 pm.

*FREE* Annual Spring Sale & Auction Rummage sale for charity featuring music, food & fun for the family. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Rd., Princeton; 609-924-1604. www.uuprinceton.org. 5/5 9 am-1 pm.

*FREE* Fun Fest Live music, games, rides, crafts & more. Burlington County College, 601 Pemberton-Browns Mills Rd., Pemberton; 609-894-9311. www.bcc.edu. 5/6 noon-4 pm.

*FREE* Outdoor Living & Garden Show Latest products & services available for gardening & enjoying the outdoors. Rain or shine. 888-315-8009 x1. Swedesboro Auction House, Locke Ave., Swedesboro; 856-467-0313. 5/5 9 am-4 pm.

Pitman Environmental Commission: Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration Music, nature-related activities for children, birdfeeder giveaways, free tree seedlings, earth friendly exhibits & more. 856-582-4802, 856-589-0881. Ballard Park, Broadway & Pitman Aves., Pitman; 856-589-4665. 5/5 10 am-2 pm.

A Taste of Victorian Tea During your tour, enjoy tea, sandwiches & desserts. Historic Smithville Park, Smithville Rd., Eastampton; 609-265-5068. $3-$5. 5/6 noon-2 pm.

Delaware

*FREE*

Old Dover Days

Celebrate Dover's colonial heritage at this annual festival, featuring crafts demonstrations, delicious food, costumed reenactments, parades & more. Downtown Dover, Downtown, Dover; 302-734-1736.

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Kids' Stuff

Children's performances

Yosi & The Superdads

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400;

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. $10; $7 children 1-12; free for children under 1. 5/5 11:30 am.

Children's Events

2nd Annual Dog Walk & Kid's Fair

Dog contests with prizes, dog tricks, pet photographer, pet oil painting artist, doggie bags & more. 215-860-4626,

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. Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley; 215-860-4626,

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. $25 per family; $15; $5 each additional dog. 5/6 1-4 pm.

*FREE* Audubon Fledglings Bird-themed children's activities. Reg. required. Historic Smithville Park, Smithville Rd., Eastampton; Registration required: 609-265-5068. 5/9 10-11:30 am.

Children's Day: A Festival From Japan Crafts, drawing programs & a dance performance. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-763-8100. www.philamuseum.org. Included in admission. 5/6 10:30 am-2:30 pm.

*FREE* Children's Festival Music, theatre, puppet shows, children's activities. 609-748-6160. Rain date 5/6. Towne of Historic Smithville, 1 N. New York Rd., Smithville; 609-748-7160. historicsmithvillenj.com. 5/5 noon-4 pm.

*FREE* Cinco de Mayo Coloring contest. O'Doodles, 8335 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-7405. www.odoodles.com. 5/5 noon-4 pm.

International Children's Festival Family fun including theatre, dance performances, music & more. Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.; 215-898-6701. www.pennpresents.org. Included with performance ticket: $12, $10 children first show; $9, $7 children subsequent shows. 5/4-5/5 10:45 am.

Kids Crew Workshop: Acting Shakespeare Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-8900. www.ardentheatre.org. $25. 5/5 1-3 pm.

Little Tikes Stroll Outdoor nature session for infants & toddlers. University of Pennsylvania - Morris Arboretum, 100 Northwestern Ave.; 215-247-5777. www.morrisarboretum.org. $36. 5/8 10-11 am.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

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

. Ongoing: Butterfly house, maze, treehouse & more. Volunteers Needed for Camden Children's Garden - 2nd & 4th Sat. 11 am-4 pm. $5; $3 ages 3-11; free for children 2 & under. Daily 10 am-5 pm.

Garden State Discovery Museum 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233. www.discoverymuseum.com. Hands-on children's museum with 10 exhibit areas & workshops. Ongoing: Arts & Imagination - Children's crafts area; Best Friends on Main Street - Pet care exhibit; Bubble Trouble - The science of bubbles featuring interactive activities & displays; Down the Shore - Life in Southern New Jersey; Egyptian Pyramid - Ancient Egypt themed exhibit; Fleet Backstage Theater - Stage area where children can make their own productions; Inky's Newsroom - Kids can pretend to work on a newspaper; Nature Center - Animal & nature-themed costumes, puppets & displays as well as a live turtle & snake; Recycled Rhythm Shack - Exhibit on creatively recycling household items; Vet & Pet - Kids can learn about biology & pet care or pretend to be a vet. $9.95; $8.95 seniors; free for children under 1. Daily 9:30 am-5:30 pm.

Insectarium 8046 Frankford Ave.; 215-335-9500. www.insectarium.com. Ongoing: Arachnid Alley - Exhibit about spiders; Cockroach Kitchen - Live cockroach exhibit; Insect Museum - Thousands of mounted & live specimens, interactive exhibits; Working Beehive - Live bee exhibit. $6; free for children under 2. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

The Please Touch Museum 210 N. 21st St.; 215-963-0667. www.pleasetouchmuseum.org. The Kid's Construct - Ongoing. $9.95. Daily 9 am-4:30 pm.

Literary Calendar

Book signings & readings

Barnes & Noble

301 Main St., Exton; 610-524-0103.

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. Carole Hamburger:

The Star Pupil

. 5/5 1 pm.

Big Blue Marble Bookstore 551 Carpenter Ln.; 215-844-1870. www.bigbluemarblebooks.com. Irene Zabytko: The Sky Unwashed. 5/6 2 pm.

Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Branch 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322. www.library.phila.gov. Natalie Angier: The Canon. 5/8 7 pm. Chuck Palahniuk: RANT. 5/10 8 pm. Elmore Leonard: Up in Honey's Room. 5/10 7 pm.

Giovanni's Room 345 S. 12th St.; 215-923-2960. www.giovannisroom.com. Kevin Sessums: Mississippi Sissy - Discussion & book signing. 5/9 5:30 pm.

Harleysville Books LLC 674 Main St., Harleysville; 215-256-9311. www.harleysvillebooks.com. Larry Kane: Lennon Revealed. 5/5 11 am.

Poetry & lectures

Act II Playhouse

56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; 215-654-0200.

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Read Between the Lines: Jeffrey Sweet - Playwright Jeffrey Sweet discusses his work. 5/7 7:30 pm.

Arden Theatre Company 40 N. 2nd St.; 215-922-8900. www.ardentheatre.org. Arden Salon: An Evening With Playwright Bruce Graham - Insights on his process, war stories from his work on both coasts & a bawdy joke or two along the way. $25-$80; $10 students. 5/7 6-7:30 pm.

Bartram's Garden 54th St.; 215-729-5281. www.bartramsgarden.org. Linnaeus 300 Panel Discussion & Garden Walk - Panel discussion on Carolus Linnaeus followed by tour. 5/5 1:30-3 pm.

Bucks County Community College 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown; 215-968-8000. www.bucks.edu. Patricia Goodrich: Passion for Poetry Workshop - 2005 Bucks County Poet Laureate, Patricia Goodrich, hosts this poetry workshop. Registration required: 215-968-8229. 5/6 2-4 pm.

Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington; 302-571-9590. www.delart.org. Meet the Artist - Lecture by artist Luis Cruz Azaceta. $15; $5 students. 5/4 7 pm. Director's Lecture Series: Edward Hopper - Discussion of the artist's life & work. $10. 5/5 9 am. 5/8 10:30 am.

Kingston Firehouse 8 Heathcote Brook Rd., Kingston; . Bald Eagle Recovery in New Jersey - Presented by Larry Niles, Chief Biologist for Conserve Wildlife Foundation. 5/10 7:30 pm.

Library Company of Burlington 23 W. Union St., Burlington; 609-386-1273. www.burlco.lib.nj.us/libraries/burlington. South Jersey Ghost Research Presentation - Multi-media presentation on ghost research in the vicinity. 5/10 7-8:30 pm.

The Library Company of Philadelphia 1314 Locust St.; 215-546-3181. www.librarycompany.org. Philadelphia Food: Past, Present & Future - Enjoy a lively discussion about "Philadelphia cuisine.". 5/7 5:30-7:30 pm.

Manayunk Art Center 419 Green La.; 215-482-3363. www.manayunkartcenter.org. Troubadour John Amen: Poetry Program - Poetry readings & songs. Donation suggested: $4. 5/6 3-5:30 pm.

MilkBoy Coffee 2 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; 610-645-5269. www.milkboycoffee.com. Open Mic - Musicians, poets & spoken word artists share their works with the crowd. 5/8 7-10 pm.