Special Events

Philadelphia

*FREE*

Badges of Honor 5K Run & Family Festival

Benefit event for Badges of Honor Fund. Philadelphia Sports Complex, 3300 S. 7th St.;

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. $27.50 registration fee for 5K run. 6/6 8:30 am.

*FREE* Best Fest Annual outdoor independent music festival & community event. Clark Park, Baltimore Ave. & 43d St.; 215-387-0919. www.myspace.com/bestfest. 6/6 1-8 pm.

*FREE* Celebration of Hope Symposium for people with cancer & their loved ones in recognition of National Cancer Survivors' Day. TWCP's Suzanne Morgan Center, Chamounix Dr. in W. Fairmount Park; 215-879-7733. www.twcp.org. 6/5.

*FREE* Fab Rat & Animal Friends Festival Family-friendly event featuring live entertainment, food & crafts for sale. Showcases domestic companion rats & adoptable animals. South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, 1430 E Passyunk Ave.; www.ratchickratrescue.com. 6/6 noon-4 pm.

*FREE* Farm to Table Day Fox Chase Farm hosts this event to help educate the community about their food supply. Fox Chase Farm, 8500 Pine Rd.; 215-728-7900. www.foxchasefarm.org. 6/6 11 am-4 pm.

*FREE* The Hybrid Book Fair Features over 100 artists, toolmakers & vendors displaying artisan books, prints & more for sale. Gershman Y, Broad & Pine Sts.; 215-446-3033. www.hybridbook.org. 6/5-6/6 1-6 pm.

Independence Dragon Boat Regatta Amateur dragon boat racing along the Schuylkill. Fairmount Park, Germantown & Northwestern Aves.; 215-685-0274. www.phillydragonboat.com. www.independencedragonboat.com. Free; $5 parking fee. 6/6 8 am-5 pm.

*FREE* Irish Festival Traditional Irish music & dance, food, children's entertainment & more. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386. www.pennslandingcorp.com. 6/7 noon-8 pm.

Strawberry Festival Strawberry desserts & beverages, live music, DJ entertainment, art show, tours of church & more. Rain or shine. Old First Reformed United Church of Christ, 153 N. 4th St.; 215-922-4566. www.oldfirstucc.org. Donations accepted. 6/5 5-9 pm.

*FREE* Tibet Fest Benefit brunch, vendors selling Tibetan/Indian/Nepalese goods & candlelighting/prayer flag ceremony. Clark Park, Baltimore Ave. & 43d St.; 267-241-7606. www.clarkpark.info. 6/7 10 am-4 pm.

Pennsylvania suburbs

Celebrate Martha Washington's Birthday

Open-hearth cooking demonstrations & a chance to meet Mrs. Washington. Peter Wentz Farmstead, 2100 Shearer Rd., Worcester; 610-584-5104.

. Donations accepted. 6/6 10 am-3 pm.

*FREE* Heritage Festival Features historical reenactors, live music & entertainment, artisans & crafters, antique cars, children's activities & more. Near Nitre Hall between Lakeshore Ave. & Manoa Rd., Haverford Township. www.haverfordhistoricalsociety.org. 6/7 11 am-4 pm.

Jollyview Jam Strawberry Festival Features live music, puppeteer, face painting, pony rides, strawberry shortcake, hayrides, food & more. Prout's Jollyview Farm, 1560 Memorial Hwy., Pottstown; 610-291-2369. www.proutsjollyviewfarm.com. $5 parking. 6/6 3-11 pm.

Living History Sunday Costumed characters & historical information. Graeme Park, 859 County Line Rd., Horsham; 215-343-0965. www.ushistory.org/graeme/index.htm. $6; $3 children 6-17. 6/7 noon-4 pm.

*FREE* MOMs Club of Norriton Safety Awareness Event Car seat safety checks, self-defense talk, moon bounce & goodie bags. In partnership w/Safe Kids Coalition & Mont. County Health Dept. RSVP: 215-407-1900 or christine360@msn.com. www.geocities.com/momsclubofnorriton. 6/5 10 am.

Moo-vement Raffle 3d annual event featuring cow pasture-themed raffle, music, face painting & more. Chester Springs Creamery, Rte. 113, Chester Springs; 610-363-8500. www.papa-international.org. $5 per raffle entry. 6/6 1-3 pm.

*FREE* NarBark Dog Parade Dog costume parade, pet photographer, pet vendors with free samples, live music, outdoor dining & more. Downtown Narberth, Haverford Ave., Narberth; 610-747-0518. www.narberthborough.com. 6/5 6-8 pm.

Newtown Square Colonial Heritage Day Tours, colonial reenactors, artists, children's activities & the Sandy Flash Dash 5K run/walk. Downtown Newtown Square, Rt. 252 & Goshen Rd., Newtown Square; www.historicnewtownsquare.org. $5. 6/6 9 am-4 pm.

*FREE* Patriot's Day A full Saturday of activities to celebrate American patriots from the Revolutionary War to today. Summerseat, Hillcrest Ave., Morrisville; 215-295-7339. 6/6 10 am-3 pm.

Paws on the Patio Brunch The brunch is a benefit for the Canine Partners for Life organization. Four Dogs Tavern, 13000 W. Strasburg Rd., West Chester; 610-692-4367. $30. 6/7 10 am-1 pm.

Running of the Monk Features a great race through local neighborhoods, tasty food, live music & fun for the whole family. KOC/Netherwood Park, 18 Baltimore Pike, Springfield; RSVP: www.runthemonk.com. $20 advance; $25 day of event; $5 Mini Run; free for spectators. Registration 5:30 pm. 6/5 7 pm.

*FREE* Strawberry Festival Strawberry treats, hayrides, face painting, costumed characters, children's entertainment & more. Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media; 610-874-4678. www.linvilla.com. 6/6 9 am-6 pm.

*FREE* Summerfest 5K/3K run/walk, children's theater, face painting, crafts, ice cream, concert with Glenn Ferracone & more. Historic Yellow Springs, 1685 Art School Rd., Chester Springs; 610-827-7414. www.yellowsprings.org. Race registration: $20; $5 children. 6/7 8:30 am-5:30 pm.

*FREE* Woof, Wag n' Walk People & pooches are invited to enjoy a mile-long tour of the Cemetery. Benefits Montgomery County SPCA. West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 215 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd; 610-664-1591. www.westlaurelhill.com. 6/6 10 am-noon.

New Jersey

Anniversary Arts Party

Celebration of the founding of Grounds for Sculpture. Contests, workshops, crafts, music & more. Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton; 609-586-0616.

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Included in paid park admission. 6/6 11 am-4 pm.

Bonnie Brae Scottish Festival Features bagpipes, drums, Highland dancers, sheep dogs, British sports cars, show dogs, reenactors & more. Bonnie Brae Education Facility, 3415 Valley Rd., Liberty Corner. $12; $3 children. 6/6 9 am-5:30 pm.

*FREE* Cadbury Summer Tea Scrumptious teas, delectable deserts, music, door prize & pleasant conversations. Tours available. Cadbury at Cherry Hill, 2150 Rte. 38, Cherry Hill; 800-422-3287, 856-667-4550. 6/10 2-4 pm.

Family Service's 12th Annual Spring Into Summer Backyard BBQ with food, games, rides, entertainment & more. Stillpond Farm, 301 Tom Brown Rd., Moorestown; 609-267-5928. $75; $25 children over 12; free for children under 12. 6/6 2-6 pm.

Moonlight Walk & Astronomy Night Refreshing 3-5-mile walk around Whitesbog. Weather permitting, the group will join Willingboro Astronomy Club for telescope viewings. Historic Whitesbog Village, 120-34 Whitesbog Rd., Browns Mills; 609-893-4646. Meet at the General Store. www.whitesbog.org. $5. 6/6 7 pm.

*FREE* Moorestown Day The Moorestown Business Association presents this event featuring food, entertainment & fun for all. Moorestown Main Street, Moorestown; 856-235-9176. www.moorestown.com/mba. 6/6 9 am-3 pm.

*FREE* Sharrott Winery's Spring Festival Live music, hot air balloon rides, face painters & pony rides for the children, local food, crafts & more. Sharrott Winery, 370 S. Egg Harbor Rd., Blue Anchor; 609-567-9463. www.sharrottwinery.com. $10 for wine tasting. 6/6-6/7 noon-5 pm.

Strawberry Festival Features food, hayrides, music & fun for the family. First Presbyterian Church, 101 Bridgeboro Rd., Moorestown; 856-235-1688. www.fpcmoorestown.org. 6/5 6-9 pm.

*FREE* Vineland Family Soap Box Derby Downtown Vineland, Landis Ave., Vineland; 856-794-8653. www.mainstreetvineland.org. 6/6 1-6 pm.

Delaware

*FREE*

Black Music Month Celebration

Hear recorded sounds of jazz greats played on vintage Victor Talking Machines & learn about artists of the early 1900s. Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover; 302-739-4266. history.delaware.gov.

6/6 11 am-3 pm.

Evening Walk See wildlife, nesting birds & wildflowers at some of the area's most beautiful places. Coverdale Farm, 543 Way Rd., Greenville; 302-239-2334. www.delawarenaturesociety.org. $60. 6/11 6-7:30 pm.

*FREE* First Saturdays in the First State Features guided tours of Legislative Hall & special programs at various park sites. First State Heritage Park, 152 S. State St., Dover; 302-739-9194. www.destateparks.com/heritagepark. 6/6 9 am-4:30 pm.

Mill Machines & Scavenger Hunt Explore a historic grist mill during a family-friendly guided scavenger hunt. Cooch-Dayett Mills, 904 Old Baltimore Pike, Newark; 302-239-2334. www.delawarenaturesociety.org. $10; $7 children. 6/6 2-5 pm.

Sports Card, Comic Book, NASCAR & Collectible Show Presented by A2Z Promotions. Aetna Fire Hall, 400 Ogletown Rd., Newark; 302-559-7962. www.a2zshows1.com. $2; free for children under 12. 6/7 10 am-3 pm.

Kids' Stuff

Children's performances

Kids Rock for Kids

Teen rock bands perform. Proceeds benefit children's medical charities in the vicinity. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400;

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. $13. 6/7 1 pm.

Rocknoceros Washington trio write fun, original songs for kids of all ages. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.; 215-222-1400; http://tickets.worldcafelive.com. www.rocknoceros.com. $10; $7 children 1-12. 6/6 11:30 am.

Children's events

Colonial Kids' Quest

Search for clues to solve the mystery of a missing copy of the Declaration of Independence. Independence Living History Center, 115 S. 3d St.; RSVP: 215-629-4026.

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. $16. 6/6 11 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. www.discoverymuseum.com. Hands-on children's museum featuring an activity wonderland for infants through age 10. The Art of Sand & Dinosaurs - Presentation by T-Rex the Turtle. 6/6 9:30 am-2:30 pm. Special Arts - Traveling exhibit featuring art by special-needs students. Closes 7/3. $9.95; $8.95 seniors; free for children under 1. Sun.-Fri. 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Sat. 9:30 am-8:30 pm.

Insectarium 8046 Frankford Ave.; 215-335-9500. www.insectarium.com. Thousands of mounted & live specimens, interactive exhibits, movie room, children's activities & 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. 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 Web site for more info. $6.95. Tue.-Thu. 10 am-8 pm; Fri.-Sat. 10 am-9 pm; Sun. 10 am-8 pm.

Please Touch Museum Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic; 215-581-3181. www.pleasetouchmuseum.org. Hands-on museum featuring 6 interactive exhibit zones: Roadside Attractions, Flight Fantasy, City Capers, Wonderland, River Adventures & Centennial Exploration. Walnut Street Theatre for Kids: The Berenstain Bears Family Matters, Junk Food Edition - Based on the children's book by Stan & Jan Berenstain. Closes 6/8. ABC Games - Features more than a dozen fun-filled fitness activities. Closes 6/28. Please Touch Playhouse: Eat Like a Pirate - Captain Cook & his crew sail to the Great Food Pyramids in search of good nutrition. Closes 6/28. $15; free for children under 1. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 11 am-5 pm.

Sesame Place 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne; 215-752-7070. www.sesameplace.com. Pet Weekend - Meet Gina the veterinarian from 'Sesame Street' & catch The Raggs Band in concert. 6/6-6/7 noon. $50.95; $45.95 seniors; free for children under 2. Fri.-Thu. 10 am.

*FREE* Smith The Kids Play Place in the Park Above Kelly Dr. near the intersection of 33d & Oxford Sts. in E. Fairmount Park; 215-765-4325. www.smithplayhouse.org. 6-acre playground for children 10 & under featuring one-of-a-kind equipment including the Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide. 3-story "play mansion" for children 5 & under. Children must be accompanied by adult. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.

Literary Calendar

Book signings & readings

Barnes & Noble-Rittenhouse Square

1805 Walnut St.; 215-665-0716.

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. Fran Zimniuch:

Crooked: A History of Cheating in Sports

. 6/10 5:30-7:30 pm.

Belmont Hills Public Library 120 Mary Watersford Rd., Bala Cynwyd; 610-664-8427. www.lmls.org/belmonthills.html. Judith Kristen: My Name Is Henley: My Life & Times as a Rescued Dog. 6/6 1 pm.

Borders Books & Music 1 Airport Sq., North Wales; 215-412-2655. www.borders.com. Judi Fennell: In Over Her Head. 6/6 1-4 pm.

Borders Books & Music 1565 Main St., Warrington; 215-491-8653. www.borders.com. Eric Wight: Frankie Pickle & the Closet of Doom. 6/7 2 pm.

Free Library of Philadelphia 1901 Vine St.; 215-686-5322. www.library.phila.gov. Seth: George Sprott (1894-1975)/Adrian Tomine: Shortcomings & A Drifting Life. 6/9 7:30 pm. Connie Briscoe: Sisters & Husbands. 6/11 7:30 pm.

Katz JCC 1301 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-424-4444. www.jfedsnj.org. Ariel Sabar: My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq. $10 advance; $12 day of event. 6/10 7:30 pm.

Willingboro Public Library 220 Willingboro Pkwy., Willingboro; 609-877-6668. www.willingboro.org. Dennis Rizzo: Parallel Communities. 6/10 7 pm.

World Affairs Council of Philadelphia 1 S. Broad St.; 215-561-4700. www.wacphila.org. Reza Aslan: How to Win a Cosmic War. 6/11 6:15 pm.

Poetry & lectures

Drexel University

3141 Chestnut St.; 215-895-2787.

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. We Have It in Our Power to Begin the World Over Again - Panel discussion on the life & writings of Thomas Paine. 6/8 6 pm.

Essene Market & Cafe 719 S. 4th St.; 215-922-1145. www.essenemarket.com. Dr. Todd A. Hoover: Homeopathic Medicine Demystified. 6/10 7 pm.

Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum & Library 4278 Griscom St.; 215-289-6484. garmuslib.org. The Civil War Navy - Talk by Bob Hanrahan of the Naval History Institute, memorial plaque dedication & reception. 6/7 1:30 pm.

Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel 8339 Old York Rd., Elkins Park; 215-887-8700. www.kenesethisrael.org. Chris Satullo: Changing Newspapers. 6/11 1:30 pm.

Wissahickon Valley Public Library 650 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell; 215-643-1320. www.wvpl.org. Local Food Forum - Discussion on how buying local can help the environment. 6/11 6:30-8:30 pm.