Special Events

Philadelphia

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2008 LGBT Pride Parade & Festival

Parade begins at 13th & Locust Sts. Main stage entertainment, dance area, family zone, pet zone, health area & more. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386.

. 6/8 noon-6 pm.

Commerce Bank Philadelphia International Championship & Liberty Classic

Competition w/over 300 professional cyclists. Family fun ride, children's activities, time trials, exhibits & more. Center City District, 1700 Market St.; 610-676-0390 x104.

. $0-$60. 6/6-6/8.

Daddy UniverseCity

Provides education to help fathers/father-figures realize how important their role is to their children & family & the community. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; 215-418-4700.

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Family Fun Fair

Hosted by the Young Children's Center for the Arts. Moonbounce, face painting, arts & crafts, games, a mime, parachute play, book fair, flea market, Ernie & Neal concert & more. Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church, Columbus Blvd. & Christian St.; 215-389-1513.

. $5; $15 includes concert tickets; fair adm. & moonbounce. 6/8 noon-4:30 pm.

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Feel Great Fitness Series

Walnut Plaza, Columbus Blvd. at Walnut St., adjacent to Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. 215-922-2386 (2FUN),

. 6/8 9-11 am.

Magic, The Gathering: Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Championships

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; 215-418-4700.

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Doors 9 am. 6/7 10 am.

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St. Anthony DiPadova Society: Annual Feast Day Celebration

Italian food, entertainment & activites. Solemn mass. St. Barnabas Church, 6300 Buist Ave.; 215-726-1119. stbarnabascc.com. 6/8 10 am.

Pennsylvania suburbs

Front Yard Barbeque & Open House

Lansdowne Baptist Church, 17 E. LaCrosse Ave., Lansdowne; 610-626-0637. lansdownebaptist.com. $5 per plate; $15 per family. 6/7 11 am-2 pm.

Gulph Church Strawberry Festival

Games, crafts, face painting, food, baked goods & more. Gulph United Church of Christ, 100 Matsonford Rd., Gulph Mills; 610-525-6593. home.earthlink.net/~gulphucc/index.html. 6/7 10 am-3 pm.

Ice Cream Social

Sundae-making, raffles, displays & children's games. Sponsored by the Heritage Society of Penndel. Penndel Borough Hall, 300 Bellevue Ave., Penndel; 215-752-3281. $1 per sundae. 6/8 4-7 pm.

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Journeys Backyard Barbeque Tour

Interactive event featuring alternative sports, music festival, thousands of dollars in cash & prizes & more. King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia; 610-265-5727.

. 6/7 noon.

June Fete Village Fair

Benefit event featuring rides, entertainment, crafts, horse show & more. Abington Memorial Hospital, 1200 Old York Rd., Abington; 215-222-5244.

. $3; free for children 5 & under. 6/6 4-11 pm. 6/7 10 am-11 pm. 6/8 noon-6 pm.

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Lansdale Day

Featuring food, entertainment, a community marketplace, arts, antiques & crafts. Downtown Lansdale, Main St., Lansdale; 215-699-8117.

. 6/7 10 am-4 pm.

Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse Sale

Valley Forge Convention Center, 1160 First Ave., King of Prussia; 610-878-8748.

. 6/11 5 am-8 pm. 6/12-6/13 7 am-8 pm.

Play & Learn Annual Night

Nature shows, pony rides, arts & crafts activities & more. Proceeds benefit Granny Scholarship Fund. Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown; Kim Moore, 215-643-4142.

. $8; $5 children & seniors. 6/6 5:30-8:30 pm.

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Polish Food Festival

Polish food, dancing, crafts & games. St. Mary's Church, 150 W. Elm St., Conshohocken; 610-828-0260. 6/8 noon-6:30 pm.

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Starwatch With the Bucks-Mont Astronomical Association

Astronomical observation & tips. Covered Bridge Park, 45 Keeley Avenue, Doylestown; 215-579-9973. bma2.org. 6/10 9:30 pm.

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Strawberry Festival

Live music, children's games, contests, costumed characters, strawberry treats & more. Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media; 610-874-4678.

. 6/7 9 am-5 pm.

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Super Sunday

Children's entertainment, amusement rides, antique cars, crafts, music, food & fun for the whole family. Downtown West Chester, Gay St., West Chester; 610-436-9010.

. 6/8 11 am-5 pm.

New Jersey

Annual Strawberry Festival

Homemade cakes, ice cream, strawberries, hayrides, Bob's Bandits Community Band, local musicians, face painting, games & more. Rain or shine. First Presbyterian Church, 101 Bridgeboro Rd., Moorestown; 856-235-1688.

. $5; $3 children under 12. 6/6 6-9 pm.

Batanga Beach Break

On the beach adjacent to the convention center. Sports tournaments, parties, performances by favorite Latino artists. Closes 6/15. Wildwood Beach & Boardwalk, 17th to 53rd Sts., Wildwood; 888-833-5754.

. $29. 6/12.

Celtic Festival

Bagpipers, dance workshops, children's activities, heritage workshops, clan demonstrations, Celtic music performances & more. Cold Spring Village, 720 Rte. 9, Cape May; 609-898-2300.

. Included in admission. 6/7-6/8 10 am-4:30 pm.

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Miss Artisan Pageant

Artisans select the young lady who will represent the organization. Entertainment. The Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn & the Boardwalk, Ocean City; 609-525-9291.

. 6/7 7 pm.

World Ocean Day

Dive demonstrations, arts & crafts, face painting, storytime & other activities. Jenkinson's Aquarium, 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach; 732-899-1659.

. Included in admission. 6/7 10 am-5 pm.

Kids' Stuff

Children's performances

Bubble do Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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

. $8-$13; free for children under 1. 6/7 11:30 am.

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Peanut Butter & Jammin'

JFK Park, 220 Fairfield Rd., Plymouth Meeting; 610-277-4312. 6/11 7-8 pm.

Children's events

Bugs & Things That Eat Them

Children's program about animals that eat bugs. Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown; Registration required.

. $14. 6/9 12:30-1:20 pm.

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Family Fun Night

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

. 6/12 6-8 pm.

School's Out! Kids' Triathlon

Simmons Elementary School, 411 Babylon Rd, Horsham; 215-956-2929.

. $25-$30 registration fee. 6/8 8 am-noon.

Zoo Toddlers: Swim Like a Tadpole, Hop Like a Frog

Children's program about amphibians. Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington; Registration required.

. $8. 6/7 10-10:45 am.

Children's museums & attractions

Camden Children's Garden

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

. Butterfly house, maze, treehouse & more. $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.

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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.

. Arachnid Alley, Cockroach Kitchen, Working Beehive & more. Good Bug, Bad Bug - Find out which insects help people & which ones harm. Closes 6/30. $7; free for children under 2. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Kix & Giggles Children's Playground

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

. Attractions include a wrap-around gym, a rock wall, soft-play section for babies & toddlers & 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.

. Christy Carlson Romano - Voice of 'Kim Possible' & star of 'Even Stevens.' 6/7-6/8 12:30 & 3:30 pm. $47.50; $42.50 seniors; free for children under 2. Open daily thru 9/1.

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Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse

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

. 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.

. Lawrence Weinstein:

Grammar for the Soul

. 6/10 7 pm.

The Liar's Club

- Local authors Jonathan Maberry, L.A. Banks, DH Dublin, Gregory Frost & Kelly Simmons will read from their latest works. 6/12 7 pm.

Free Library of Philadelphia

1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322.

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Andre Dubus III:

The Garden of Last Days

. 6/10 7 pm. Chris Roerden:

Don't Sabotage Your Submission

. 6/11 7 pm. Ian Frazier:

Lamentations of the Father

- Author Frazier promotes his humorous essay collection. 6/12 7 pm.

Poetry & lectures

Free Library of Philadelphia

1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322.

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Lewis Black: Me of Little Faith - Renowned comedian who can be seen on the Daily Show. $12. 6/8 6 pm. Artists for Animals: The Unhuggables - Stories teaching empathy & respect for local wildlife. 6/8 2-3 pm. Ahmed Rashid - Accomplished Pakistani journalist discusses his book. 6/9 7 pm.

Keswick Theatre

291 Keswick Ave., Glenside; 215-572-7650.

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Jeffrey Zaslow: The Last Lecture - Author shares insights. $12.10. 6/8 6 pm.

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Virtua Memorial Hospital

175 Madison Ave., Mount Holly; 888-847-8823.

. Annual Healthy Living Seminar Series - Burlington County Advisory Council on Women & Virtua Health host free seminars for women. 6/11 7 pm.