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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Back-to-school special features a history lesson

Got this from the National Constitution Center. If you have not been there, here's your chance to get in for less $$. As an added bonus, you can get the kids (and yourself) to experience a history lesson before they go back to school.


Now through Sept. 30

Philadelphia, – Back-to-school means new teachers, new friends…and new reasons to visit the National Constitution Center! Now through Sept. 30 the center invites visitors to buy one ticket and get one FREE (of equal or lesser value), to celebrate the end of summer and the start of the new school season.

With this special offer, visitors can clean out the summer cobwebs and freshen up on American history through the center’s core exhibition, "The Story of We the People," which tells the story of the U.S. Constitution through more than 100 interactive, multimedia features; the award-winning theater show “Freedom Rising;” and Signers’ Hall, which contains 42 life-size bronze statues of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. In addition, visitors can enjoy Labor Day weekend activities from September 4-6; a Constitution Day celebration on September 17; the civic photography exhibition, Being “We the People,”: Afghanistan, America and the Minority Imprint, which is on display through September 26; and the world debut Art of the American Soldier exhibition, which opens on September 24.

Admission to the Center is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors ages 65 and over, and $8 for children ages 4-12. Active military personnel and children ages 3 and under are free. This offer does not apply to groups. For ticket information, call 215.409.6700 or visit

The National Constitution Center, located at 525 Arch St. on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the ideas and values it represents. The Center serves as a museum, an education center, and a forum for debate on constitutional issues. The museum dramatically tells the story of the Constitution from Revolutionary times to the present through more than 100 interactive, multimedia exhibits, film, photographs, text, sculpture and artifacts, and features a powerful, award-winning theatrical performance, “Freedom Rising.” The Center also houses the Annenberg Center for Education and Outreach, which serves as the hub for national constitutional education. Also, as a nonpartisan forum for constitutional discourse, the Center presents – without endorsement – programs that contain diverse viewpoints on a broad range of issues. For more information, call 215.409.6700 or visit

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Great news for gardeners with questions

Just got this from the Scott Aboretum.
Sounds like a good thing...

Get the “Scott Scoop on Gardening” this Fall

Fall 2010 – This fall on Saturdays during the months of September and October get the “Scott Scoop on Gardening” in the Wister Center from 10 am to 2 pm. Visit the Scott Arboretum’s Wister Center to have your gardening questions answered, learn what is blooming in the Arboretum right now, and discover gardens and great plants you never know were here.

In response to community requests, Scott Arboretum is happy to offer this service to our weekend visitors. Volunteers will help visitors get the most out of their Arboretum experience, provide answers to their gardening questions, and introduce them to some of the most inspiring places at the Scott Arboretum.

The Scott Arboretum is an educational garden of ideas and suggestions. Covering more than 300 acres of the Swarthmore College campus and exhibiting over 4,000 different kinds of plants, the Arboretum displays some of the best trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals for use in the Delaware Valley. Established in 1929 as a living memorial to Arthur Hoyt Scott, the Arboretum is open to the public year-round, free of charge, from dawn to dusk. Adam Levine in the November/December 2002 issue of Garden Design Magazine described the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College as “the most beautiful campus in America.” Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please call the Arboretum Offices at 610- 328-8025.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Have an idea for a scarecrow?

It is still summer, but we can think about fall and fall related fun.
Here's one you can start working on right away, the deadline is next week.

Peddler's Village invites scarecrowcreators of all ages to enter the 32nd Annual Scarecrow Competition and Display.
The deadline to submit entry forms is Friday, Sept, 3.
Participants may enter submissions in six scarecrow categories for morethan $5,000 in cash and prizes. The colorful scarecrow creations will beon display in Peddler's Village from Monday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 24.
Register for one or more of the following categories:
* Quite the Character Scarecrow: Open the world of possibilitiesas you create a scarecrow interpretation of your favorite televisioncharacter-human, animal or animated!
* Traditional/Whirligig Scarecrow: Pay homage to the scarecrowsthat have been "scaring crows' from the farmers' fields and gardens forcenturies. You may choose to add parts that move or make noise when thewind gusts to make it a true whirligig-either way your scarecrow has itswork cut out for it here in the Village.
* The Keystone Krow: Create the person, place or thing-past,present or future that says "Pennsylvania" to you! Or, perhaps you'llchoose to focus on a Bucks County themed crow! PA possibilities areendless!
* An Extraordinary Contemporary Scarecrow: Think out of the boxon this one-not necessarily a "Scarecrow"-more like a cutting edgecreation for the garden. You are only limited by your imagination!
* Kids Only! Scarecrow: Kids 12 and under can enter and should dothe majority of creation themselves in a category that gives kids theopportunity to compete with their peers.
* Group Scarecrow: Make your scarecrow a group project-school,church, office, club, scout troop, neighborhood, etc.
Put on yourcreative thinking caps and conjure up a winner!.Contestants must register to enter the competition no later than Friday, Sept. 3 and plan to install their scarecrows for outdoor publicdisplay in the Village on Sunday, Sept. 5, noon to 2 p.m.
Entry forms with the official competition rules and regulations are availableat the Peddler's Village Hospitality Center in the lobby of the Cock 'nBull Restaurant, by phone at (215) 794-4000, or by visiting
The public votes for their favorites through September 24. Ballots areavailable in all shops and ballot boxes will be located in GiggleberryFair and the Cock 'n Bull Restaurant. Winners will be announced andposted on the Peddler's Village website by Saturday, Oct. 2.
Prizeswill be mailed the week of Oct. 25.
More information is available on thePeddler's Village website at or at (215) 794-4000.

Artists: Call for entries !!!

Here's a note for area artists.
Received this regarding the Phillip's Mill annual juired show.

Registration/Entry Forms for artists wishing to submit work to the 81st Annual Juried Art Exhibition at Phillips’ Mill are now available.

Artists living within a 25 mile radius of Phillips’ Mill are invited to submit their works for a juried acceptance into this prestigious annual art show which began in 1929. Each year over 400 artists respond to this invitation and approximately 200 works are finally accepted. Eligible work must be by a living artist, completed within the last 5 years and never before exhibited at the Phillips’ Mill Art Show. More details regarding eligibility and mediums of art accepted are included in the registration form.

Interested artists should mark their calendars with the following important dates. Registration and receiving of art work will take place at the Mill on Friday, September 10 2:00PM – 7:00PM and on Saturday, September 11 11:00AM – 4:00PM. Submitted works will be juried on Sunday, September 12. The Art Exhibit will be open to the public from Saturday, September 25 to Saturday, October 30. Phillips’ Mill is located
1 ½ miles north of New Hope on River Road, Route 32.

To receive a form, artists may go on line to and download a form or they may call the Mill at 215-862-0582 leaving their name, address and phone number and one will be mailed.

Here's your chance .. you could be in on TV

Do you have what it takes to win in "The Price is Right"?

Here's your possible chance.

Got this press release from CBS3:
Come on down! You could be the next lucky contestant to win big on The Price is Right. CBS 3 is hosting a market-wide search is being held on Thursday, Aug. 26 from 2 to 6 p.m. for the chance to become a contestant on The Price Is Right. Auditions will take place at Resorts Casino Hotel, 1133 Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Two local winners will be flown to Los Angeles to see the show, where one of the two will earn a bidder’s spot on Contestants Row to join host Drew Carey for a chance to spin “The Big Wheel.” U.S. legal residents 18 and over are invited to come down to Resorts Casino Hotel with a completed application and eligibility form. Application forms and additional details are available on

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Here's a freebie for you!

Got this from the Allentown Art Museum ... hope you can get out and check it out.

Allentown Art Museum to offer FREE General and Special Admission THIS Sunday, Aug. 15
Offer is in celebration of partnership with Indian American Association of the Lehigh Valley (IAALV), which will hold an India Day Parade and cultural program that day in downtown Allentown and in the Arts Park

Allentown — The Allentown Art Museum will offer FREE GENERAL and SPECIAL ADMISSION on Sunday, Aug. 15 in celebration of the partnership between the museum and the Indian American Association of the Lehigh Valley. The museum will be open on Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m.

Join the Indian American Association of the Lehigh Valley (IAALV) for an India Day Parade, which celebrates India's Independence Day. The flag raising will begin at 11 a.m. at Allentown City Hall, followed by the parade at 11:30 a.m. and topped off with the cultural program at 1 p.m. in the Allentown Arts Park. Free admission and parking. For more information – visit Attendees can enjoy dancing, food, music and more!

Also, as part of the day's celebration, be sure to stop in to the Allentown Art Museum for FREE GENERAL AND SPECIAL ADMISSION this day only and visit our special exhibition, "Myths, Religion & Ritual: Indian Art from the Koblenzer Collection." Jacquie Atkins, chief curator, will present a gallery talk at 3:30 p.m.

“Myths, Religion & Ritual: Indian Art from the Koblenzer Collection” includes major three-dimensional works from the sixth to early 20th centuries. The collection, which was a recent gift to the Allentown Art Museum from Drs. Peter and Caroline Koblenzer of Philadelphia, is on view until September 5, 2010.

The sculptures, which include over two dozen major works in wood, bronze and stone, will appreciably augment the museum’s present Indian collection, expanding both its stylistic and artistic range and its interpretive value. Part of the works that comprise the Koblenzer collection have been presented to the museum as lifetime gifts and the remaining pieces are promised estate gifts.

The Koblenzer collection, in conjunction with the pieces already in the museum’s collection, offer an exceptional opportunity to better present the art heritage of South Asia to visitors. The works represent iconic sacred representations of the major religions of the region—Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism—that would be housed in temples and other places of worship as well as works created for use in festivals and public processions. Also included in the Koblenzer collection is a small but important selection of Indian tribal sculpture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

These works, among the promised gifts of the Koblenzers, represent folk images and beliefs, a little recognized but important genre that is not presently represented within the museum’s holdings. These tribal pieces are radically different from the more classical sculptures typically associated with the region and represent a more magical look at religion and religious beliefs.
PICTURED ABOVE: Maker unknown, South India, Andhra Pradesh. “Bhairava,” about 18th-19th century, polychrome wood. Gift of Peter J. and Caroline S. Koblenzer, 2009.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Donate a backpack, help the United Way

The North Penn United Way has started collecting school supplies to fill backpacks for the Stuff the Bus initiative. Stuff the Bus is an annual drive that will equip more than a thousand elementary aged students in need in the North Penn and Souderton Area School Districts for the coming school year.
They will be collecting backpacks on Friday (Aug. 6) during Lansdale's First Friday.
They will be near the Kugel Ball in Railroad Plaza, Main Street, Lansdale.
You can help by donating a NEW backpack filled with the following supplies:
· Glue stick
· Box or two of tissues
· Small pencil/supply box or pouch
· Colored pencils and/or crayons
· 3 ring binder
· Folders
· Pack of pencils and erasersAssignment/agenda book

IF you cannot make it on Friday, you can still donate .... here's how

You can also donate a gift card from a retailer that sell school supplies OR make a donation that will be used to buy the needed school supplies. Checks should be made payable to North Penn United Way, PO Box 99, Hatfield, PA 19440 and please be sure to note “Stuff the Bus” in the memo section. Each stuffed backpack costs approximately $25.
All donations should be dropped off or mailed to North Penn United Way or any of the designated drop-off locations by Friday, Aug. 13.
Following is a list of drop-off locations:
· Any Univest branch in Montgomery County
· National Penn Bank - Lansdale or Souderton branch
· Harleysville Savings Bank - Harleysville, Hilltown, or Hatfield branch
· Beneficial Bank - Kulpsville, Montgomeryville, and Springhouse branch
· Indian Valley Family YMCA