March arrived with a torrent of charity events and is exiting the same way. A few special occasions during the last 5 days of the month are highlighted below. Events may be subject to change, so check with event producers for updates.
Now – Sun, Mar. 27: This is the last week to see Patience to Raise the Sun: Art Quilts from Haiti & their Power to Change Women’s Lives on exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. A collection of 22 original art quilts come alive with the vibrant colors of the island, village proverbs, the bible, and everyday life. It represents the continuing collaboration between PeaceQuilts, a nonprofit American humanitarian organization, Bennington Museum, and women’s economic cooperatives in Haiti. This is more than an exhibit; the quilts represent the livelihood of women who survived the earthquake in Haiti. For info: visit www.aampmuseum.org or call 215.574.0380.
Now – Mon, Mar. 28: These are the last days of the Secrets of the Silk Road exhibit before it returns to China. Currently showing are 125 artifacts of gold, silk, and more from 700 to 3,800 year old and a larger story about the mysterious Eurasian findings in the northwestern regions of the ancient Silk Road. This east/west trade route from China began about 2,000 years ago, but artifacts and DNA discoveries in the northwest point to Eurasian societies. Explore the secrets these artifacts unearthed at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street on the University of Pennsylvania campus in West Philadelphia. General admission is $22.50 per person, $18.50 per senior, $16.50 per student or child between ages 6-17. Group discounts are available. For info: visit www.penn.museum or call 215.898.4000 or call 215.746.8183 for group tours.
Now – Thurs, March 31: The National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street on Independence Mall in Philadelphia celebrates Women’s History Month with special programming for the exhibit “Spies, Traitors & Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America” about “Women in Espionage” in the grand lobby from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday – Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.; “Women of the Day Story Corner” at 12 p.m., Monday – Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday; 20-minute interactive “Philadelphia Girl Power” show at 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Sunday; “Giant Board Game” in the grand hall lobby tests visitors’ knowledge of women’s history (times vary); and Women of Power show for school groups requires advanced bookings. The exhibit “From the Absence of Many to the Presence of All…The Unfinished Business of Women’s Equality” will close Wednesday, March 30. For info: visit www.constitutioncenter.org or call 215.409.6700 and to book school group call 215.409.6800.
Now – Thurs, March 31: Applications are being accepted for the Hiliary H. Holloway, Esquire Scholarship Award program to aid promising, college bound minority male students in public high school & charter schools of Philadelphia. A total of four $2,000 scholarships will be awarded this year. The Ramon Gregory Scholarship for $1,000 will also derive from the Holloway pool of applicants. For info: visit the Kappa Alpha Psi Philadelphia Alumni Chapter Fraternity website at www.phillykappas.org or call 215.924.6263.
Sun, Mar. 27: NJ Foundation of Leadership, Education, and Arts Development, Inc. presents “Steppin’ Into the World of HBCU’s” Fashion Show & Luncheon from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, 2349 West Marlton Pike (Rt. 70 E) in Cherry Hill, NJ. NJ LEAD, Inc. enriches academic and personal growth of pre/k – grade 12 students, offers scholarships to high school students who will attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities, makes continuing education scholarships available to students, and makes senior citizens activities available. Admission is $55. For info: Call 856.889.6775 or visit www.njfleadinc.com.
Sun, Mar. 27: The premiere of 2 “Voices of Domestic Violence: Music and Monologues” performances by Hollywood star Sheryl Lee Ralph and cast now scheduled at 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street in Old City Philadelphia. Proceeds from the production benefit the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Admission is $25 per person. For more info and to purchase tickets online visit http://voicesofdomesticviolence.eventbrite.com or call 267.779.5329 or 267.221.7255.
Mon, Mar. 28 and Wed, Mar. 30: Silver Sneakers Range of Motion Fitness Classes in the 2nd floor community room at the Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center, 1503 Lansdowne Avenue in Darby, PA. starting at 12 p.m. For info: Call 610.237.2607 or visit www.mercyhealth.org/fitzgerald/ for more programs.
Mon, Mar. 28: Come out to the Union Trust Philadelphia Steakhouse to support The Boys & Girls Club of Camden County. Reserved seating for the fabulous 4-course dinner begins at 5 p.m. at 717 Chestnut Street in Center City Philadelphia. Tickets cost $100 each. For info and reservations: contact Paula at 856.966.9700 ext. 233 or email@example.com or visit http://bandgccc.org/.
Tues, Mar. 29: Greater Philadelphia Asian Social Services (GPASS) invites the public to free Mortgage Assistance Workshops from about 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Losing your home? Are you behind in mortgage payments? Have you received an Act 91 notice? GPASS want to help save your home from foreclosure! The venue is GPASS located at 4943 No. 5th Street in North Philadelphia. For info: call 215.456.1662.
Tues, Mar. 29: Lenten Discussion on How to Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado. The discussion takes place in Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, 1500 Lansdowne Avenue in Darby, PA at 12 p.m. For info: Call 610.237.4738 or visit www.mercyhealth.org/fitzgerald/ for more programs.
Tues, Mar. 29: Quit Smoking Comforably – Smoking Cessation Class continues 5:30 p.m. at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital Community Outreach Center, 5322 Cedar Avenue. This is a 6-week session for the public that meets every Tuesday through April 9. For info: call 215.748.9600 or visit www.mercyhealth.org/philadelphia.
Tues, Mar. 29: The Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society presents “Milestone 2011: The Unconventional Road to Success” featuring KYW News Reporter Karin Phillips moderating a distinguished panelist of women. Business women sharing their knowledge are Sr. VP of Public Affairs and Government Relations Pamela Browner-White of the Philadelphia Eagles, Planning Editor and Producer Berlinda Garnett of Fox 29, Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships Desiree Peterkin-Bell of the City of Philadelphia, and President Sara Lomax-Reese of WURD Radio. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments and the discussion follows at 6 p.m. in PECO Energy Hall, 2301 Market Street in Center City Philadelphia. Admission is free for PBPRS members and $20 for non-members. Note: 10% of the event proceeds benefit Dress for Success Philadelphia. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. For info: visit www.pbprs.com.
Tues, Mar. 29 – Sun, Apr. 3: PHILADANCO premieres new choreography in New York City. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Sunday, and 8:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with 2:00 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. The place to enjoy the show is the Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. Tickets start at $10 each. To purchase, tickets call JoyceCharge at 212.242.0800. For tickets and info: visit www.joyce.org.
Wed, Mar. 30: 9th Annual “Strong, Smart & Bold” Breakfast benefits Girls Inc. Those three words drive the organization’s daily mission to give girls the tools they need to succeed in life. Girls Inc. has served Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey for 50 years. Doors open for the breakfast at
7:30 a.m. at the Terrace Ballroom in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street in Center City Philadelphia. Twelve sponsor-a-girl tickets remain at $60 each. For info: visit http://girlsincpa-nj.givezooks.com or call 215.735.7775.
Wed, Mar. 30: Join Vision 2020 and the National Constitution Center for a celebration of women’s past, present and future. The program runs from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. The rally at 12:30 p.m. in the F.M. Kirby Auditorium is the place to learn about Vision 2020’s campaign for equality and how to join the mission. Visit Vision 2020’s exhibit in the center, “From the Absence of Many to the Presence of All…The Unfinished Business of Women’s Equity” before it closes on Thursday. Sign the Declaration of Equality to show support for making this issue a national priority. For info: contact Emily Wing at 215.991.8325 or email@example.com.
Wed, Mar. 30: Annual Alvin Holm Lecture: Calder Loth, “Palladio and America” presented at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia at 219 So. 6th Street on the east side of Washington Square in Center City Philadelphia at 5:30 p.m.. Palladio had an immeasurable impact on this nation’s architecture. Calder Loth, senior architectural historian of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources shares his insight into the Palladio effect. Admission for non-members is $10 per person. For info: visit http://philaathenaeum.org/index.html or call 215.925.2688.
Thurs, Mar. 31: WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) Workshop held in the rooms D & E on the lobby floor of the Medical Science Building at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, 1500 Lansdowne Avenue in Darby, PA from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. For info: call 610.237.7340 or visit www.mercyhealth.org/fitzgerald/ for more programs.
Thurs, Mar. 31: MANNA’s Nourish Award 2011 celebrates three remarkable honorees who are improving health by nourishing the body, mind, body and spirit of the community. Awards will be presented to Assoc. Professor Dr. Mariana Chilton of Drexel University, PA State Rep. Dwight Evans, and Partnership Comprehensive Care Practice of Drexel University. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and followed at 6:00 p.m. by the presentation, scrumptious cuisine, and tempting auction in the Loews Hotel, 1200 Market Street in Center City Philadelphia. Tickets are $250 per person, $2,500 for 10-ticket Patron sponsor, and $5,000 for 20-ticket Host sponsor. For info visit: www.mannapa.org or call 215.496.2662 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thurs, Mar. 31: Beauty in Bloom: Warm up to Fresh Spring Trends and support Kyle’s Treehouse. Shopping, makeup, fashion, fabulous décor, cocktails, and music, all, present for your enjoyment from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, 415 West Willow Grove Avenue in Philadelphia. Admission is $10 per person, which includes one complimentary drink, light hors d’oeuvres, and a gift bag. RSVP to Renee@patroneevents.com or visit www.patroneevents.com/events/ or call 484.431.3086.
Long term events
Now – March, Wednesdays and Thursdays: Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Kids 4 Fitness Classes at Mercy Eastwick Wellness Center, 2821 Island Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. Classes run from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. For info: call 610.764.8505 or visit http://www.mercyhealth.org/fitzgerald/.
Now – Tues, Apr. 3: Post-Mao Dreaming: Chinese Contemporary Art exhibits 30 prints, drawings, photographs, and paintings of the post-Cultural Revolution era in China following Mao Zedong’s death in the Arthur Ross Gallery located in the Fisher Fine Arts Library, 220 So. 34th Street in West Philadelphia on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Group tours are offered in Chinese and English. For info: visit http://www.upenn.edu/ARG/ or call 215.898.2083.
Sunday afternoons, Now – May 22: Asian Arts Initiative presents “Introduction to Theater Production” in its center at 1219 Vine Street in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. This is the time tech geeks, photographers, videographers, technical theatre ninjas can make the magic of theater come alive. Download a registration form here. For info: submit inquiries to email@example.com or visit http://asianartsinitiative.org/ or call 215. 557.0455.
Now – May: 3rd Annual Pound for Pound Challenge partners with NBC’s The Biggest Loser, General Mills, and Subway to benefit Philabundance, which fights hunger. This nationwide challenges gives people the opportunity to pledge to lose weight or maintain their weight and for every pound pledged 11 cents will be donated to Feeding America up to $1,040,000 (8 million pounds). Organizations in the service region of the pledgees will receive the donation. Philabundance is the receiving charity in the Delaware Valley region. For info: visit www.philabundance.org or register at www.pfpchallenge.com.
Fridays & Saturdays, now – June 11: Drop into the Youth Lounge at the Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Fridays and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays. You will find creative workshops, b-boy and b-girl practice, and an open studio to make art and new friends. No prior experience is necessary. Refreshments are provided. The program is free and donations are gladly accepted. For info: visit www.asianartsinitiative.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.557.0455.
Now – Mon, July 11: The popular exhibit, “Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania” was extended by the Penn Museum and the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania. Step into the land of the Lenapes when their numbers stood in the thousands and they fulfilled the prophecy of harmony with nature and all that lives. Learn about the elements of the 2nd and 3rd prophecies that dwindled their numbers and sent those who remained in Pennsylvania into hiding. Be a part of the 4th prophecy bringing the Lenape culture out of secrecy and demonstrating its harmony with today’s healthy lifestyles and environmental conservation. Guided tours at 1:30 p.m. in the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, on the University of Pennsylvania campus in West Philadelphia are recommended for better cultural understanding. Of particular interest are Carol Kuhn’s tours. She provided some of the exhibit artifacts and shares her Lenape and German background on Wednesdays. The exhibit is free with general admission. For info: visit www.penn.museum or call 215.898.4000.
Fridays & Saturdays, now – June 11: Youth Arts Workshops, coordinated by the Asian Arts Initiative, continue after school at Taggart Elementary and South Philadelphia High Schools. For more info: contact Toni@asianartsintiative.org or 215.557.0455 ext. 222.