Northeast Times

Star’s Summer Calendar Series

Star is now of­fer­ing a week-by-week list of city­wide sum­mer events in ad­di­tion to our reg­u­lar cal­en­dar!

Wed­nes­day, June 27

Beat the heat by stop­ping by the—thank­fully air con­di­tioned—Please Touch Mu­seum. Vis­it the River Ad­ven­tures ex­hib­it to race sail boats in wa­ter cur­rents and play with bubbles!

In the mu­seum’s Please Taste Caf&ea­cute;, en­joy an Itali­an ice from the newly opened Rita’s to stay even cool­er!

The mu­seum is loc­ated in Fair­mount Park at 4231 Av­en­ue of the Re­pub­lic. Tick­ets are $15 for chil­dren and adults, and free for chil­dren un­der the age of one. Vis­it www.pleasetouch­mu­seum.org for more info.  ••

Thursday, June 28

To cel­eb­rate Ju­ly 4 early, you won’t want to miss the Na­tion­al Con­sti­tu­tion Cen­ter’s In­de­pend­ence Day party, held on the cen­ter’s out­door ter­race. Tick­ets cost $35 for non-mem­bers and $30 for mem­bers. From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., party­go­ers at the cen­ter, at 525 Arch St., will en­joy all-Amer­ic­an fare, drinks, and live mu­sic­al per­form­ances. ••

Fri­day, June 29

At Penn’s Land­ing, (301 S. Colum­bus Blvd.) from 5 to 9 p.m., Wawa Wel­come Amer­ica! presents the Taste of Phil­adelphia event.

Guests will en­joy free ad­mis­sion, samples from Phil­adelphia’s most not­able res­taur­ants, pop­u­lar food truck fare and live mu­sic. ••

Sat­urday, June 30

From noon un­til 2 p.m., join Greens­grow Farms (2501 E. Cum­ber­land St.) for a ter­rari­um work­shop—cre­ate and main­tain your own mini oas­is! Every­one will cre­ate and take home their very own starter ter­rari­um.

Re­gis­tra­tion fee of $30 in­cludes a small glass globe ves­sel, soil, char­coal and stones. Plants are not in­cluded but will be avail­able for pur­chase. For more in­form­a­tion or to re­gister, vis­it www.greens­grow.org or email nurs­ery@greens­grow.org. ••

Sunday, Ju­ly 1

As part of the events lead­ing up to Ju­ly 4, there will be an “all you can eat” ice cream fest­iv­al in the Wal­nut West park­ing lot at Colum­bus Blvd. and Wal­nut Street, from noon un­til 5 p.m.

Guests are in­vited to en­joy an ice cream buf­fet be­ne­fit­ing the Joshua Ka­han Fund, which fights to cure pe­di­at­ric can­cer. A $7 dona­tion is re­quired to enter. ••

Monday, Ju­ly 2

Be­fore see­ing any fire­works, take in a dif­fer­ent type of il­lu­min­ated art. Or­gan­ized by Phil­adelphia’s own neon artist Len Dav­id­son, “Neon Art: Folk, Found and Fine,” held through Ju­ly 27 at the Phil­adelphia Cen­ter for Ar­chi­tec­ture, at 1218 Arch St., fea­tures art­work cre­ated us­ing the fun and funky tech­no­logy of neon light­ing.

The ex­hib­it is free to at­tend, and open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Many pieces will be for sale. ••

Tues­day, Ju­ly 3

Join the city’s Mur­al Arts Pro­gram at The In­de­pend­ence Vis­it­or’s Cen­ter, 1 N. In­de­pend­ence Mall West from 2 to  5 p.m. to par­ti­cip­ate in Mur­al Arts Paint Day.

The event will of­fer par­ti­cipants the op­por­tun­ity to grab a paint­brush and paint a por­tion of the “The Roots Mur­al Pro­ject” as part of the City of Phil­adelphia Mur­al Arts pro­gram. The mur­al will be dis­played on In­de­pend­ence Lawn for the spe­cial Paint Day, and the fin­ished pro­ject will then be ded­ic­ated as part of a block party dur­ing Mur­al Arts month in Oc­to­ber 2012.••

Wed­nes­day, Ju­ly 4

Star is pub­lished on Tues­day, Ju­ly 3 in­stead of Wed­nes­day, Ju­ly 4 next week. Check in the Ju­ly 3 is­sue for a spe­cial cal­en­dar of all the ways to cel­eb­rate In­de­pend­ence Day around the city! ••

You can reach at star@bsmphilly.com.

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