Special Events

Philadelphia

2008 Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony

Honoring recipient Haki Madhubuti. Part of the 2008 Celebration of Black Writing Festival. Church of the Advocate, 1801 West Diamond St.; 215-232-4485.

» READ MORE: www.artsanctuary.org

. $20. 5/23 7:30 pm.

*FREE*

Celebration of Black Writing Festival

Writing workshops, panels w/guest authors (Walter Mosley, Denise Turney, Omar Tyree & more), children's area & more. 215-232-4485.

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. Church of the Advocate, 1801 West Diamond St.; 5/23 noon. Cecil B. Moore Ave.; 5/24 11 am-7 pm. Temple University, 1801 N. Broad St.; 5/24 noon-6:30 pm.

Ghosts of Philadelphia Family Hunt

Explore Independence Hall in search of clues. Independence Hall, Chestnut St.; 877-946-4868.

» READ MORE: www.WatsonAdventures.com

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$17. 5/24 4-6 pm.

*FREE*

Schuylkill Banks Navy Appreciation Days

Boat tours & demonstrations by Navy Seals & SWCC. Schuylkill Banks, Market St.; 215-222-6030.

» READ MORE: www.schuylkillbanks.org

. 5/26 noon-7 pm. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386.

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. 5/27 11 am-5:30 pm. 5/28 11 am-5 pm.

Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour

One part history, two parts haunt. Visit more than 20 scary sites to hear Philly folklore. Advance reservations recommended. Closes 11/30. Tour meets at COSI Restaurant, 325 Chestnut St.; 215-525-1776.

» READ MORE: www.spiritsof76.com

. $17.50; $12.50 children. 5/23-24 7:30 pm. 5/29 7:30 pm.

Pennsylvania suburbs

Community Fair

Middletown Community Foundation. Held at Levitz Parking Lot, 1661 East Lincoln Hwy. (across from Reedman-Toll), Langhorne; 215-901-8421.

. 5/28-5/29 6-10 pm.

*FREE*

Decoration Day

Sponsored by W.S. Hancock Society. Historic Montgomery Cemetery, 1 Hantranft Ave., Norristown; 610-630-0912.

» READ MORE: www.wshancocksociety.org

. 5/26 11 am.

Devon Horse Show & County Fair

Benefit for the Bryn Mawr Hospital. Devon Horse Grounds, Dorset & Valley Forge Rds., Devon; 610-688-2554;

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» READ MORE: www.devonhorseshow.net

. $7; $5 seniors; $3 children under 12; $50 11-day pass. 5/23-5/24 8 am. 5/25 1 pm. 5/26-5/29 8 am.

Hatboro Fun Festival

Carnival rides & games, entertainment, food & more. Downtown Hatboro, York Rd., Hatboro; 215-956-9540,

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» READ MORE: www.hatboro-pa.com

. $2; $1 students; free for children 12 & under. 5/26 2-11 pm. 5/27-5/29 6-10 pm.

Lansdowne Memorial 5K Race

Race through Central Business District & historic areas of Lansdowne. Memorial Day Parade to follow. Downtown Lansdowne, Lansdowne & Baltimore Ave., Lansdowne; 484-461-7001. lansdownesfuture.org/5krace. $20-$55 registration fee. 5/26 8:30 am.

*FREE*

National Senior Health & Fitness Day

Treadmill walking, exercise classes, seminars, games, health screenings & more. Daniel J. Detwiler Phoenixville YMCA, 400 E. East Pothouse Rd., Phoenixville; 610-933-5861.

» READ MORE: www.paymca.org

. 5/28 9 am-5 pm.

*FREE*

St. Philip Neri Annual Parish Carnival

Games, rides, food, card games, live music, garage sale & more. St. Philip Neri Church, 1325 Klinerd Rd., Pennsburg; 215-679-9275.

» READ MORE: www.spnparish.org

. 5/28-5/29 6-10 pm.

*FREE*

Sunday at Meadowbrook Farm: Easy Outdoor Color Combinations

Meadowbrook Farm & Penn State Abington host this gardening program. Meadowbrook Farm, 1633 Washington Lane, Meadowbrook; 215-887-5900.

» READ MORE: www.meadowbrookfarm.org

. 5/25 1 pm.

*FREE*

Warminster Township Memorial Day Ceremony & Parade

Starts at Township Building, ends at VFW Post 6493. Warminster Township Building, 401 Gibson Ave., Warminster; 215-443-5414.

. 5/26 10 am-1 pm.

New Jersey

*FREE*

7th Annual South Jersey Sports Extravaganza & Wellness Expo

Health screenings, demonstrations, natural products & more. Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel, 2 Miss America Way, Atlantic City; 609-344-3535.

» READ MORE: www.southjerseyexpo.com

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5/23 10 am-5 pm. 5/24 10 am-7 pm.

Classic Corvette Club Show: Spring Into Summer

Features over 175 makes & models. The Promenade at Sagemore, Rte. 73, Sagemore Dr., Marlton; 856-985-3846.

» READ MORE: www.thepromenadenj.com

. $20 entry per car. 5/25 8:30-11 am.

*FREE*

Franklin Township Memorial Day Parade & Service

Starts at Franklinville Fire House & ends at VFW. VFW Post 2071, 2179 Delsea Dr., Franklinville; 856-694-9878. 5/26 9 am.

*FREE*

Lions Strawberry Fair

Live entertainment, games, rides, food, farm animals, antique car show & more. Oceanport Lions Club, Port au Peck Ave., Oceanport; 732-222-3537. 5/23-5/25.

*FREE*

Memorial Day Ceremony

Patriotic music, special speakers, military re-enactors, military air fly-over & barbecue luncheon. All Veterans Park, Hurffville-Cross Keys Rd., Sewell; . 5/26 1 pm.

*FREE*

Memorial Day Ceremony

Town Hall Field, E. Main St., Columbus; 609-298-4174. 5/25 2 pm.

*FREE*

National Senior Health & Fitness Day

Health screenings, tours, info on community services & more. Ocean County YMCA, 1088 West Whitty Rd., Toms River; 732-341-9622.

» READ MORE: www.ocymca.org

. 5/28 9 am-1 pm.

Wildwoods International Kite Festival

World-renowned kite builders & competitors, kite-making workshops & exhibits, children's activities & more. Wildwoods Convention Center, 5401 Boardwalk, Wildwood; 609-729-9000.

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. Free for spectators. 5/23 9-11 pm. 5/24-5/26 9 am-5 pm.

Delaware

WSTW's Family Fun Night

Appearances by WSTW radio celebrities, music, games, crafts & more. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington; 302-571-7747.

» READ MORE: www.wstw.com

. $1; free for children under 3. 5/29 6-8 pm.

Kids' Stuff

Children's performances

Miss Amy & Her Big Kids Band

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

» READ MORE: www.missamykids.com

. $10; $7 children 1-12; free for children under 1. 5/24 11:30 am.

Children's events

*FREE*

Family Fun Night

Prize drawings & balloon entertainers. Coastline, 1240 Brace Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-795-1773.

. 5/29 6-8 pm.

Hummingbird Express Rides

Miniature passenger train taking riders through the park & loop around the new Butterfly Garden & Hummingbird Habitat. Cape May County Park Zoo, Garden State Parkway Exit 11, Cape May; 609-465-5271.

» READ MORE: www.capemaycountyzoo.org

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Donation suggested: $2. 5/23-9/6 10 am-4:45 pm.

*FREE*

Juan-in-a-Million Music Jam

Open music jam. Garage Community & Youth Center, 115 South Union St., Kennett Square; 610-444-6464.

. 5/26 7-9 pm.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

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

. Butterfly house, maze, treehouse & more. Fit & Fun Festival - Showcases easy & fun ideas for a healthy lifestyle. Crafts, entertainment, planting activity & educational activities. 5/24 noon-4 pm. $6; $4 ages 3-11; free for children 2 & under Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

Garden State Discovery Museum

2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-1233.

» READ MORE: www.discoverymuseum.com

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Hands-on children's museum featuring an activity wonderland for infants through age 10. $9.95; $8.95 seniors; free for children under 1. Daily 9:30 am-5:30 pm thru 10/1.

Insectarium

8046 Frankford Ave.; 215-335-9500.

» READ MORE: www.insectarium.com

. Arachnid Alley, Cockroach Kitchen, Working Beehive & more. $7; free for children under 2. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Kix & Giggles Children's Playground

9356 Old Bustleton Ave.; 215-677-4140.

» READ MORE: www.kixandgiggles.com

. Attractions include a wrap-around gym, a rock wall, soft-play section for babies & toddlers, an outside seating area & more. Mondays 10 am-3 pm are reserved for children with special needs & their families. See website for more info. $6.95. Tue.-Thu. 10 am-8 pm; Fri.-Sat. 10 am-9 pm; Sun. 10 am-8 pm.

The Please Touch Museum

210 N. 21st St.; 215-963-0667.

. Arts & crafts, stories, theater, interactive exhibits, hands-on activities & more. $10.95; free for children under 1. Daily 9 am-4:30 pm.

Sesame Place

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne; 215-752-7070.

» READ MORE: www.sesameplace.com

. Memorial Day Fireworks. 5/25 9 pm. $47.50; $42.50 seniors; free for children under 2. Open daily thru 9/1.

*FREE*

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse

Intersection of 33rd & Oxford Sts. in E. Fairmount Park; 215-765-4325.

» READ MORE: www.smithplayhouse.org

. Three-story "play mansion" for children 0-5 yrs. old & huge outdoor play park for children 0-10 featuring the Giant Wooden Slide, the giant net climber, the Apollo spinner climber, the Biggo Duo swing & much more. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm. Children must be accompanied by adult.

Literary Calendar

Book signings & readings

Barnes & Noble - Rittenhouse Square

1805 Walnut St.; 215-665-0716.

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. Donald Scott, Sr.:

Camp William Penn

. 5/28 7 pm. Bernard Harvard & Mark Sylvester:

Walnut Street Theatre

. 5/28 7 pm.

Borders Books & Music

1 S. Broad St.; 215-568-7400. Don Russell:

Joe Sixpack's Philly Beer Guide

. 5/29 noon.

Free Library of Philadelphia

1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322.

» READ MORE: www.library.phila.gov

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James Frey:

Bright Shiny Morning

. 5/27 7 pm. Leif Enger:

So Brave, Young & Handsome

. 5/29 7 pm. Richard A. Clarke:

Your Government Failed You

. 5/29 noon.

Lansdowne Friends School

110 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne; 610-623-2458.

. Rick Foster:

Choosing Brilliant Health

. 5/27 7-8 pm.

Poetry & lectures

Da Vinci Art Alliance

704 Catharine St.; 215-829-0466.

. Justin DeForest: Transman Crossing - Compilation of poems, self-dialogues & observations from DeForest's journals when he was questioning his gender identity. Part of the Trans-Gression Arts Festival. Donations accepted. 5/24-5/25 4 pm.

Franklin Township Library & Community Center

1584 Coles Mill Rd., Franklinville; 856-694-2833.

. Attracting Butterflies/Hummingbirds to Your Garden Naturally. Reg. req. by 5/28. 5/29 7 pm.

Harvest Book Outlet

9 E. State St., Media; 610-566-3191.

» READ MORE: www.harvestbooks.com

. Poets & Prophets: Joyce Meyers - Reading by lawyer/poet Meyers followed by open reading. Donation suggested: $2. 5/27 7 pm.