Special Events

Philadelphia

*FREE*

1st Annual Saladworks Celebrity Chef Competition

Chefs from Amada, City Tavern & Capital Grille will compete. The Rotunda at the Shops at Liberty Place. The Shops at Liberty Place, 16th & Chestnut Sts.; 215-851-9055.

. 5/17 noon-2 pm.

Mother's Day Dinner Call 215-332-0121 for more information. Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, 9130 Academy Rd.; 215-855-3367. www.cvvphilly.com. 5/13 6 pm.

Mother's Day Jazz Brunch Ortlieb's Jazzhaus, 847 N. Third St.; 215-922-1035. www.ortliebsjazzhaus.com. 5/13 11 am-3 pm.

The New Rule of Fashion Men's & women's fashions. 610-931-4783, 215-471-8826. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; 215-418-4700. www.paconvention.com. $25 advance. 5/11 8-10 pm.

*FREE* The Odyssey: An Epic Night of Film & Readings Celebrate the release of Pocket Myths #4, 'The Odyssey.'. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.; 215-573-3234. foundationarts.org. 5/13 6:30 pm.

Philly to New Orleans Jazz, funk, jam benefit show. Proceeds help send local artists & musicians to volunteer with Hands on New Orleans. Ortlieb's Jazzhaus, 847 N. Third St.; 215-922-1035. www.ortliebsjazzhaus.com. 5/17.

Plant & Flower Sale Flower & plant fundraising sale. Programs Employing People, 1200 S. Broad St.; 215-389-4006. www.pepservices.org. 5/11 10 am-7 pm. 5/12 9 am-3 pm.

Spring Plant Sale Fox Chase Farm, 8500 Pine Rd.; 215-728-7900. www.foxchasefarm.org. $3. 5/12 9 am-3 pm.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Annual breast cancer fundraising race. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-763-8100. www.philamuseum.org. $15-$35; free for spectators. 5/13 8:15 am.

When You Gonna Learn? Hunger awareness event & fundraiser. Dinner, music, dance, slideshow, art. Reservations: dyer95@hotmail.com. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.; 215-573-3234. foundationarts.org. $10 dinner; $6 party. Party 9 pm-11 pm. 5/12 7:30 pm.

Women of Courage Awards ceremony & dinner to honor women of inspiration. Reservations required: 215-426-8610 ext. 208. Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing, 201 S. Columbus Blvd.; 215-928-1234. $100. 5/16 6 pm.

Pennsylvania suburbs

1st Annual Tony's Place Car Show

The Northeast Muscle Car Club of Philadelphia, PA. 215-331-2324. Rain date 5/19. Tony's Place Bar & Grill, 1297 Greeley Ave., Ivyland; 215-675-7275. $15. 5/12 9 am-3 pm.

Go Dana! Family Fun Night Enjoy refreshments, swimming, activities, games, contests & more. Registration required. Newtown Athletic Club, 209 Penns Trail, Newtown; Registration requred: 215-968-0600, ext. 12. www.newtownathletic.com. $40 per family. 5/11 7-10 pm.

Israeli Independence Day Enjoy food, games, music, dancing & entertainment. Reservations required. Ohev Shalom, 944 Second Street Pike, Richboro; 215-322-9595. Minimal charge for some activities. 5/15 2-5 pm.

Lu Lu Shrine Circus & Carnival Circus acts, rides, games & giveaways. Lu Lu Shrine Center, 5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting; 610-828-9050. www.lulushriners.org. $13, $5 children advance; $15, $5 children day of show. 5/16-5/18 7 pm.

*FREE* Phoenixville Celtic Street Fair Food, vendors, displays & live music. Bridge Street, Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-933-8801. 5/12 10 am-6:30 pm.

New Jersey

*FREE*

2007 Open House & Air Expo

Precision flying, vintage miltary aircraft & more. Contact 609-754-1919. McGuire Air Force Base, Defense Access Road, Wrightstown; 609-724-4111. public.mcguire.amc.af.mil. 5/12-5/13 9 am-5:30 pm.

*FREE* Burlington Birding Bonanza Discover & appreciate the diversity of avian life. Reg. required. Historic Smithville Park, Smithville Rd., Eastampton; 609-265-5068. 5/12 1 am-12:30 pm.

Camp Jam in the Pines Music festival with overnight camping. Tony Trischka, Sharon Katz, Robert Hazard & more. Paradise Lake Campgrounds, 500 Paradise Dr., Hammonton; 609-561-7095. $40-$45, $20-$25 teens advance; $50-$55, $30-$35 teens day of event. 5/11 6 pm-midnight. 5/12 1 pm-midnight.

*FREE* Family Fun Night Crafts, stories, face painting & refreshments. Franklin Township Library & Community Center, 1584 Coles Mill Rd., Franklinville; 856-694-2833. www.franklintownship.com/library/index.stm. 5/14 6:30-7:30 pm.

*FREE* Fantasy Tea & Arts Festival Spring-themed outdoor art fair. Live music, stories & children's activities. Mill Race Village, Mill Race Village Arts & Preservation, Inc., Mount Holly; 609-267-8600. www.millracevillage.com. 5/12 11 am-5 pm.

Mother's Day Tea Tea party for women & girls. West Deptford Free Public Library, 420 Crown Point Rd., Thorofare; 856-845-5593. www.westdeptford.lib.nj.us. $7 per adult & child; $3 additional child under 12; $5 additional child over 13. 5/12 1-2 pm.

Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus: 137th Edition Sovereign Bank Arena, 550 S. Broad St., Trenton; 609-656-3200. www.sovereignbankarena.com. $10-$75. 5/16 7 pm. 5/17-5/18 10:30 am & 7 pm.

Wild Food & Ecology Tour With "Wildman" Steve Brill Wild foods walk with renowned naturalist. Palmyra Cove Nature Park, 1300 Rte. 73 N., Palmyra; 856-829-1900. www.palmyracove.org. $12. 5/12 1:30 pm.

Kids' Stuff

Children's performances

Gustafer Yellowgold's Wide Wild World

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

. $10; $3 children. 5/12 11:30 am.

Children's Events

Looney Tunes: The Best of Daffy Duck & Porky Pig

Children's activities followed by cartoon screening. Chase Center on the Riverfront, 800 S. Madison St., Wilmington; 302-425-3929.

. $5; $3 children. 5/12 9:30 am.

*FREE* Mother's Day Event Make your mom one of the nicest cards she's ever seen. O'Doodles, 8335 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-7405. www.odoodles.com. 5/12 noon-3 pm.

Teddy Bear Picnic Teddy bear themed party. Songs, stories, craft activities. Garden State Discovery Museum, 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233. www.discoverymuseum.com. Included in admission. 5/13 1-3 pm.

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. Arts & crafts, stories, theater, interactive exhibits, hands-on activities & more. Call for Nominations: 12th Annual Great Friend to Kids Awards - Please download the nomination form, fill out, & return the completed application to the museum by June 29th. Call the museum for more information. $9.95; free for members & children under 1. Daily 9 am-4:30 pm.

Literary Calendar

Book signings & readings

Barnes & Noble

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

. Yvonne Stephens:

Amazing 7 Minute Meals

5/11 4 pm. William Brunner:

Spring City & Royersford

5/12 2 pm. John Dobbyn:

Neon Dragon

5/15 7:30 pm.

Barnes & Noble - Willow Grove, PA 102 Park Ave., Willow Grove; 215-659-1001. www.barnesandnoble.com. Pasquale Varallo: Poems for a Beautiful Woman. 5/12 6 pm.

Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Branch 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322. www.library.phila.gov. Paul Davies: Cosmic Jackpot 5/11 noon. Eric Burns: The Smoke of the Gods - A Social History 5/14 7 pm. James Crace: Pesthouse 5/15 7 pm. Bernard Gotfryd: The Intimate Eye 5/17 7 pm.

Germantown Jewish Centre 400 W. Ellet Street; 215-844-1507. www.germantownjewishcentre.org. Alan Morinis: Everyday Holiness. 5/15 7:30 pm.

Giovanni's Room 345 S. 12th St.; 215-923-2960. www.giovannisroom.com. Samuel R. Delany: Dark Reflections 5/15 5:30-7 pm.

Media-Upper Providence Library (Media-UP) 1 E. Front St., Media; 610-566-1918. www.medialibrary.org. Rich Wescott - Baseball author will sign books. 5/15 7-8:30 pm.

Robin's Bookstore 108 S. 13th St.; 215-735-9600. www.robinsbookstore.com. Hill Harper: Letters to a Young Brother. 5/11 5 pm. Mike Palecek: The American Dream 5/14 6 pm. Ilona Meagher: Moving A Nation to Care 5/16 6 pm.

Poetry & lectures

Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church

625 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-525-2821.

. Walter Isaacson: Einstein & Creativity in America - Part of Community Forums Distinguished Series. 5/14 7:30 pm.

Congregations of Shaare Shamayim 9768 Verree Rd.; 215-677-1600. Dr. Moylan Mills: The State of Movies & Theater Today - Dr. Moylan Mills is a well known movie & theater critic. Reservations required: 215-676-4918. 5/14 8 pm.

D'Ignazio's Towne House 117 Veterans Sq., Media; 610-566-6141. www.townehouse.com. Delaware County Presss Club Luncheon - Brian P. Tierney, Speaker - Mr. Tierney is a publisher with 'The Philadelphia Inqiurer.' $15 with reservations; $18 members & walk-ins. 5/16 11:45 am.

Devon Preparatory School 363 N. Valley Forge Rd., Devon; 610-688-7337. www.devonprep.com. History Talk & Reenactment: Captain Paul Sanborn - Costumed history talk presented by The Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust. Call 610-644-6759 to register. $15; free for children 7-12. 5/17 7:30 pm.

Doylestown Hospital 595 State St., Doylestown; 215-345-2200. www.dh.org. Tea at Two: Aging & Changing - Jan Wormington, Occupational Therapist will lead the discussion. Call 215-345-2695 to register. 5/17 2-3 pm.

Main Line Art Center Old Buck Rd. & Lancaster Ave., Haverford; 610-525-0272. www.mainlineart.org. Marianne Mitchell: Being an Artist/Being a Woman - Informal group discussion on how to achieve the balance of artistic needs & family/life demands. 5/17 12:30-2 pm.

Mennonite Heritage Center 565 Yoder Rd., Harleysville; 215-256-3020. www.mhep.org. The Pennsylvania Dutch & Their Barns - Lecture on Pennsylvania Dutch history. Donation suggested: $5. 5/15 7:30 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. 5/15 7-10 pm.

New Covenant Church of Philadelphia 7500 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-7500. www.newcovenantchurch.org. National Foster Care Month - Thomas Brooks: A Wealth of Family - Learn about the process of being a foster parent. Reservations required: 215-247-8843. $15. 5/17 7-9 pm.

Penn State University - Abington 1600 Woodland Rd., Abington; 215-881-7300. www.abington.psu.edu. Moylan Mills: Summer Arts Roundup - Discuss the summer's hottest films, as well as the latest Broadway & Philadelphia theater shows. 215-881-7634. 5/15 7:30 pm.

Steel City Coffeehouse 203 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-933-4043. www.steelcitycoffeehouse.com. LIV-LIVE (Suicide Prevention Fundraising Event) - Acoustic music & poetry readings. 100% of proceeds go to the Chester County Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force. 610-594-9740. $5. 5/14 7-9:30 pm.

The University of Pennsylvania - Kelly Writer's House 3805 Locust Walk; 215-573-9748. www.writing.upenn.edu/wh. A Celebration of Young Alumni Fiction Writers - Program honoring three recent alumni who've gotten fiction published. 5/12 4 pm. George Economou: Piers Plowman - UPenn professor reads from his translation of a poem. 5/17 12:30 pm.