ACT LOCALLY: GRID'S Round-up of local events and newsy bits

5/24: Handlebar Happy Hour

This evening head on over to Johnny Brendas, between Frankford and Girard, for cheap drinks and bicycle chat, sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (BCGP). Experts in the field of cycling will be on hand to give you information about upcoming projects, bike laws and other fun biking tidbits. Speakers in attendance include: Charles Carmalt, the Pedestrian & Bicycle Coordinator for the City of Philadelphia; Stuart Leon, The Bike Lawyer and Diana Owens, the Assistant Director of Education for the BCGP.

4 p.m.-6 p.m. Happy Hour, 1201 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, 215-739-9684, for a drink menu click here

 5/25: Fore! The Planet

Ever wanted to mix the fun loving game of mini-golf with environmental education? The Academy of Natural Sciences is a putt in front of you and from now through September 25 you can take part in their Fore! The Planet exhibit. Fore! The Planet is an interactive exhibit that pairs environmental issues with the fun of miniature golf. Get info about evolution, dinosaur extinction, pollution, food chains and a “hole” lot more!

10 a.m. - 4:30 a.m. The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, 215- 299-1047, for more information click here 

5/25: Market Tours

Tomorrow, educate yourself and learn the story behind the vibrant and delish Reading Terminal Market.  This 75 minute food-writer led walking tour will give you the story behind cheesesteaks, hoagies, pretzels and more Philadelphia food favorites.  The 114-year history of the Reading Terminal Market is mighty intriguing, so clear your Wednesday morning and get a true taste of Philadelphia.

10 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday- Reservations required. Tour leaves from the Market information desk at 12th and Filbert. Cost is $15.95 for adults and $8.95 for children ages 7 to 11. Call 215-545-8007×3 for more information click here

5/26: Cosmic Café

Join Cosmic Catering, a company dedicated to using locally made and grown products, to celebrate their latest venture -- Cosmic Cafe at Lloyd Hall. Head down to Boathouse Row around lunchtime to celebrate their newest venue and be there to see Mayor Nutter cut the ribbon! Please RSVP by calling Kim Miller at 267-574-3135 or email

Cosmic Cafe at Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive, Philadelphia

5/26: Pennypack Farm Appreciation Dinner

This celebratory event will honor Bob Pierson, Founder of Farm-to-City and Jocelyn Crosby, Pennypack Farm Volunteer of the Year. Celebrate their achievements by coming out to enjoy a cocktail hour, seasonal dinner highlighting the farm’s bounty, and locally produced beer and wine.

5:30 – 9:30 p.m., $50, Spring Mill Manor, 171 Jacksonville Rd., Ivyland, for more information click here