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POSTED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 3:00 AM
The Bellmawr branch of the Camden County Library system hosts an all-day game session. (iStock Photo)

This is living.

For gamers: A wide selection of games, from board to video games, will be available for free play at the Bellmawr Branch of the Camden County Library System from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

For a historical afternoon: Before the kids go back to school, let them learn a thing or two at Pennypacker Mills during this free, two-hour hands-on history lesson about life in the 1900s. Get to the Schwenksville, Pa. park by 1 p.m. (And if you miss it, don’t worry—there are two more sessions held at the same time and place tomorrow and Friday.)

POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 3:37 PM
Last year's Antique and Vintage Market (courtesy of Phila Flea Market)

If you are a fan of shows like "Antiques Roadshow" and "Storage Wars," then you know the thrill of a good treasure hunt. On Saturday, Aug. 23, you will not want to miss the  2nd Annual Antique & Vintage Market at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Center City. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 40 vendors will be selling antique and vintage pieces ranging from furniture to collectibles. You never know what you might uncover. This is the only indoor event of Phila Flea Market’s outdoor season, so no matter what the weather outside you will be in air-conditioned comfort.

Vendors will include:

American Antique Jewelry Co.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 3:21 PM
Learn about how the brain is always changing at the Franklin Institute (photo courtesy of Colin M. Lenton)

Good old Benjamin Franklin is recognized as one of the Founding Fathers of our nation. But aside from being a part of our nation’s foundation, he was also an inventor, writer, and scientist. With the Franklin Institute located next to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, city visitors and residents can check out this massive building dedicated totally to science. Tip your hat to the whiz kids as you look at these current and permanent exhibits.  

On June 14, the Franklin Institute opened its newest permanent exhibition, Your Brain, located on the second floor. Visitors can get an in-depth look at all things brainy as they travel through this exhibit that features an interactive neural network that is triggered by your footsteps. Follow a visual pathway of your brain, test your noggin with illusions, and see why your brain is always changing.

Their current exhibit 101 Inventions That Changed the World runs through Monday, Sept. 1, and visitors can travel back in time and discover how inventions such as Velcro changed the world and why it is used in many clothing items and space suits. After you build up your inspiration during this exhibit, use your smarts to create the next great item that will revolutionize modern life.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 2:17 PM
Purchase unique items at these shopping events. (iStock photo)

It’s that time of year again: Back-to-school season. Whether you’re still hitting the books or are fully immersed in the 9-to-5 lifestyle, these next few weeks are the perfect time to shop. You might not be able to resist the promise of a unique style find.

Let’s get some shoes. Let’s get some super-discounted shoes. Bus Stop Boutique in Queen Village is holding a four-day mini warehouse sale with discounts up to 75 percent off from Thursday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 24 during store hours, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.  

Continuing with accessories, the Bernie Robbins flagship store in Somers Point, N.J. is pairing shoppers with jewelry experts on Friday, Aug. 22 and Saturday, Aug. 23. Find out which stones will work best with your fall wardrobe from noon until 7 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 3:00 AM
"The Four Seasons Restaurant," a piece by director Romeo Castellucci is a Presented Fringe Festival performance. Learn about the director's artistic repertoire tonight. (Photo by Christophe Raynaud de Lage via Canary Promo)

When was the last time you could party with your dog and make sauerkraut in the same day?  

For an outdoor show: Making ballet attainable to boardwalkers, the Atlantic City Ballet takes to Kennedy Plaza on the Atlantic City Boardwalk at 5 p.m. to show off seldom-seen moves in fresh air — for free.

For socialite pups: All dogs go to the bar. Well, at least that’s true at this “yappy hour” at Loews Philadelphia Hotel where dogs can feast on the hotel’s dog cuisine and take part in a best-dressed dog contest. Two-legged attendees can sip on cocktails and munch on appetizers. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Center City hotel.

POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 2:32 PM
Laurel Hill was lit up for last year's Soul Crawl held in October. (Photo Credit: Mark Aksoy via Facebook)

Cemeteries have always been a place of mourning where you go to remember and grieve for your loved ones. They are usually a solemn place where you carefully walk around the tombstones trying not to disturb the dead. The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, however, believe that cemeteries are as much for the living as for the dead and that by bringing the past to life we celebrate life as much as we honor the dead. From 5K runs to picnics, they show that despite our grief, life must always go on. There will be no tiptoeing in this grave site. Laughter, music, and all types of fun are encouraged.

Founded in 1836 and considered a National Historic Landmark, East Falls' Laurel Hill Cemetery is the resting place to many important historic figures, and some of them were known for their handsome visages and built physiques as well. In the tour, Hotties of Laurel Hill: Dead, Gone & Extremely Handsome, on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m., you can hear stories about heartthrobs of bygone eras including Civil War soldiers and Victorian inventors.

If you prefer visiting cemeteries in the daylight hours, at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, you can get a colorful overview of the cemetery’s history during  Laurel Hill: The Hot Spots & Storied Plots. Learn more about the important role it plays in history and in the local community.

POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 2:06 PM
The Spirit of Philadelphia holds a number of cruises throughout the remainder of the summer. (Photo via Devine and Partners)

Sometimes things on land just fall a bit … flat. That’s why we’re hitting the high seas, so to speak, for the remainder of the summer. I hope you’ve got your sea legs; it’s time to kick it like high-class cruisers. Swim trunks and flippy-floppies not required.

Summer happy hours in Atlantic City are best spent oceanside. Every evening at 6 p.m. until Sunday, Sept. 14, see the marinas and back bays of Atlantic City while sipping on your favorite beverages. You’ll set sail from the Historic Gardner’s Basin.

The next two Wednesdays, Aug. 20 and Aug. 27, sip on selected wines on a one-hour cruise departing from Dravo Dock in Wilmington, Del. Take your pick from one of the three sail times each night: 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 10:57 AM
Dining area with the Ben Franklin Bridge in background at Morgan's Pier. ( DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer )

From shaking up drinks to fashion and food, this week’s food events are certainly ones to pay attention to. Satisfy your taste buds with these five food events.

Taste the flavor of the Pacific on Thursday, Aug. 21 as Morgan’s Pier and Chef David Gilberg host a Luau buffet featuring the original menu and a special selection of whole roasted pigs in a vanilla rum sauce, chicken satays, and other tropical-flavored bites and special cocktails from 6 p.m. through 10 p.m. The event is $20.

Calling all fashion-eat-stas: Stilettos meet cuisine as Top Chef winner Nick Elmi and other local chefs from the area cook up some special plates at Front and Palmer streets for the first ever Cooking Up Couture event on Friday, Aug. 22. Starting at 7 p.m. through 10 p.m., guests can taste local dishes and quench their thirst on cocktails while enjoying everything flashy this year in fashion. Tickets start at $75 and proceeds go towards Philabundance.

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