The Woody Plant Conference was created to prompt conversation about woody plants in the local landscapes among nursery and garden center personnel, landscape designers, horticulturists and gardeners. Speakers this year include Sir Peter Crane, Rick Crowder, Paula Shrewsbury, Joseph Rothleutner and Todd Forrest.
The 10th annual Jazz on the Ave music festival will stretch along five blocks on Cecil B. Moore Avenue. The festival will provide attendees with free health and wellness screenings and HIV/AIDS testing. Activities include clay sculpting, a moon bounce, face painting, mechanical bull riding, vendors, food and live entertainment.
Learn the basics of using rennet to turn milk into cheese in a mozzarella-making demonstration, then stretch fresh curd into your own fresh mozzarella. Wrap up class with a cheese tasting and instructor-led comparison between fresh mozzarella and aged cheeses.
Come listen as this advanced group of North Ridge Music School students perform a repertoire of jazz and Latin music. The band performed for the 2016 Inaugural Ball for Philadelphia Mayor James Kenny and soloed the 2015 Philadelphia Citizenship Award Ceremony honoring Ralph Roberts and Kenny Gamble.
Free with Admission, $0-$17
Join East Passyunk Crossing and Passyunk Square Civic Associations for a bike tree tour with tree expert Peter Verrecchia. Participants will meet at Capitolo Playground and start by exploring a few trees on foot, then hop on their bikes or grab an IndeGo at Capitolo. Meet up afterward at Triangle Tavern to swap tree stories.
Independent black cinema is honored through 40 films from five continents in a celebration that Ebony magazine has named “the black Sundance.”
The theme for the festival’s fifth year is “migration,” an examination of the African diaspora through emerging and established filmmakers.
COST: General admission $12; students and seniors $8; members $6 WHERE: Various venues in University City
Singer-songwriter Geoff Hansplant returns to the Morris Arboretum for a show blending original material with classics from country blues greats such as the Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Blake, Blind Willie McTell and Jesse Fuller.
Free with admission, $0-$17
Come dance to romantic Puerto Rican boleros, feisty Cuban sones and other music from Latin America and the Caribbean. The museum galleries will be open for touring during intermission.
Hands-on workshop teaching techniques for propagating different plants. Take home cuttings using plant material from the Barnes Arboretum living collections. Registration will be taken by Barnes staff at 215-278-7200.
This workshop has been canceled.
Members $81; nonmembers $90 (materials included)
Are you a hot sauce fan? Do you have the Scoville rating of different peppers memorized? Do your friends gift you hot sauce for birthdays, holidays and as post-vacation gifts? If so, this event is for you. Viery Ricketts-Thomas will guide you through making different hot sauces with different kinds of peppers, from mild to hot. You’ll have the chance to taste how different peppers affect the taste and heat of the sauce, so get ready to sweat.
Register at: www.pennhort.net/popupgardens
On the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, join thousands of clean energy advocates from around the world who will gather and demand a more hopeful future for our planet. Hundreds of local, regional and national organizations will join together in downtown Philadelphia. If your organization would like to join the march, or if you want to add your individual voice, keep up to date on protest meeting times and locations by visiting the organizing website.
This new festival includes learning stations to hear about life in the water, and creative uses for water in art projects. Food trucks at the event include the Meat Wagon, Oink and Moo, and Weckerly’s Ice Cream.
Free with admission: adults $11, seniors $9, kids $7
Join Bicycle Coalition staff and members for a Saturday afternoon ride along the Schuylkill River Trail from Locust Street to the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Registration is now open.
Free for members; $35 for nonmembers
Apiarist Dan Borkoski from the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County will examine the busy, buzzy world of honeybees, and attendees will get a close-up look at a hive during routine inspection to gain practical beekeeping knowledge.
$5 for members; $10 for nonmembers
GMO Free NJ hosts a screening of this 2005 documentary exploring rural America, tradition, art and free expression. gmofreenj.com
Chanticleer Garden Head of Facilities Ed Hincken will instruct the public on how Chanticleer staff maintains water features, researches and constructs new buildings, and implements green design. This event will include a discussion about the garden’s sustainable design features.
$20 for members; $30 for nonmembers
Join Food and Wellness Educator Lauren Nixon for a demonstration that will help you to place real, plant-powered food at the forefront of your mealtime. Participants will utilize local, seasonal fruit to create inspired sweet treats in under 15 minutes.
Free with admission, $0-$17
The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is helping educators explore the use of water in the city through tours of a wastewater treatment plant and the Fairmount Water Works. The event will include a discussion on Philadelphia Water’s Understanding the Urban Watershed curriculum and related materials.
In this hands-on class, watch side-by-side demonstrations of making ricotta two ways, then create a savory lasagna lunch with a sweet ricotta dessert using the cheese made in class. Then, ask questions over lunch during a tasting of Cherry Grove Farm treats.
An aerial dance performance of swinging, swimming, swiveling and suspension from Fairmount Park’s historic Strawberry Mansion Bridge above the Schuylkill River. This show can be viewed from the banks of the Schuylkill for free, or viewers can rent a canoe or kayak and watch from the water.
Free; $35 for a canoe or kayak rental