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POSTED: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 12:58 PM
The Comcast Center is one of the sights seen on The Great 12-Hour Tour. ( RON TARVER / Staff Photographer )

Got a whole chunk of time to kill on Saturday? Good.

Strap on your walking shoes and hit the town with the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides for The Great 12-Hour Tour on Saturday, Sept. 27, hitting tons of major museums, venues, tourist spots and neighborhood favorites.

Don’t be daunted by the length of this free tour — everything runs on a hop on-hop off basis, so join the group at any point (though it’s recommended you register for which portions you’ll be attending).

POSTED: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 10:52 AM
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Recording artist Jillian Banks performs at the 3.1 Phillip Lim NYC Flagship Store Opening on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant (Getty Images for Philip Lim)

Picks for the first week of fall!

Thursday, September 25: The Rentals

The Rentals are cool because they’re the closest thing we have to Weezer these days — other than the real Weezer, who have become embarrassingly bad. The indie project of Matt Sharp, Weezer bassist for two, near-perfect records (that would be Weezer, a.k.a. The Blue Record, and Pinkerton), Sharp formed The Rentals in 1994 and never looked back, releasing two quirky records of throwback-style garage pop before disappearing into oblivion in the early aughts (save a smattering of under-the-radar EPs). He later reformed the band and earlier this year released their third record, Lost in Alphaville, which sees them maturing into a big, anthemic force. He also revamped the lineup to include Lucius singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, Ozma singer/guitarist Ryen Slegr, and Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney — which sounds crazy on paper and is even crazier live. (Sadly Carney won’t appear on tour though). Throughout the years, the band has amassed a huge cult following and this Thursday will journey to Union Transfer. Stream single “Thought of Sound” now to get pumped.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 3:00 AM
Learn the basics of canning and food preservation tonight at Bartram's Garden. (iStock Photo)

Half way through the week already!

For a garden workshop: After summer’s bountiful harvest, don’t let the surplus of produce go to waste. Bartram’s Garden (54th St. and Lindbergh Blvd.) teaches you the basics of canning and food preservation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight. Update: This event has been cancelled.

For scandal and Shakespeare: Sexual identity and relationships expressed in Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets are explored in this 6 p.m. talk at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch (1901 Vine St.).

POSTED: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 4:32 PM
With a guiding hand from mother Melissa, Avery Vadnais navigates the fountains on Thursday at the newly opened Dilworth Park. One-third of the park is unfinished, due to be completed by Thanksgiving. (Jessica Griffin/Staff Photographer)

The long: The once-sketchy west side of City Hall was never a place where you'd want to hear, "Take my pants off." Alas, on the warm day my 2 1/2-year-old visited the redesigned space - featuring a block's worth of randomly gushing 4-foot fountains - he couldn't help himself. He had to run through the water. Pants were in his way.

The short: Without big trees or plantings, it's still more plaza than park.

The fountains: Spout for at least another month, according to Center City District. Mid-November, they become an ice-skating rink.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 3:18 PM
Enjoy the outdoors during the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education's Day-off camp series (photo courtesy of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education)

School is back in session, great for the parents, but not so much for the children. With class keeping the kids indoors (for the most part) and darkness at 5 p.m. slowly approaching, there’s really no time to get the children outdoors for activities besides weekends. This September through mid-November, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (8480 Hagy’s Mill Road) is offering interactive outdoor camping events through their upcoming series — Day-Off Camp. Have your children put down those dolls and video-game controllers on their precious days off and play outside with nature during these fun events.

Starting on Thursday, Sept. 25 the Day-Off Camp series begins its first event, a Hawk Mountain Field Trip,  where kids will discover the season’s first migration of bald eagles, hawks, and falcons in the sky. Binoculars are provided, but hiking shoes are recommended for this adventure.

Get experimental on Friday, Sept. 26 as kids can become mad scientists throughout the day and create the entertaining and kids-friendly experiment, Oobleck. After the quirky creation, kids will take their experiments and shoot them into the sky with custom-made rockets.  

POSTED: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 11:52 AM
"The Barber of Seville" opens on Sept. 26 at the Academy of Music. Catch it for free at Independence National Historical Park on Sept. 27. (Photo by Michael Spewak courtesy of Opera Philadelphia)

Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!

To celebrate the opening of Opera Philadelphia’s 2014-2015 season, the 40th anniversary at that, a free, outdoor live-broadcast presentation of Rossini’s iconic “The Barber of Seville” will hit the giant HD screen at Independence National Historical Park (Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th Streets) on Saturday, Sept. 27.

The Barber of Seville” plays at the Academy of Music (Broad and Locust Streets) at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, but if you’d rather skip the confines of a theater, register for your free tickets now.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 9:48 AM
It's officially fall. That means pumpkin picking, hayrides and more. (iStock Photo)

Happy fall! We made it through the heat and humidity of summer and now it’s time to take in the sights (nothing better than leaves changing colors) and sounds (of Halloween terror?) of autumn. These events should get you warmed up.

After last weekend’s scarecrow festival at Peddler’s Village (Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska), you’re likely in the mood for some more festive bodies of hay. Play a part in determining who takes home the title in a number of categories (which would be Peddler's Village: We are everything but ordinary, Traditional/Whirligig, Extraordinary Contemporary, KidsOnly!, Quite The Character, and Group Crow) for their Scarecrow Competition and Display, running now until Sunday, Oct. 26. Peddler’s Village is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

We didn’t start the fire. But someone in Manayunk did. Celebrate the start of the season with a community bonfire at Canal View Park (4430 Main St.) where 12 lit pontoons will float down the canal at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26. Throw your “wishing sticks” into the flames, check out some live animals, and see dance performances.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 3:00 AM
Cozy up and catch an outdoor movie screening in Dilworth Park tonight. (Photo via Facebook)

The seasons may be changing, but the fun never does.

For local greenery: It’s officially fall, time to spruce up your backyard. Plants native to our area are for sale at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve (1635 River Rd., New Hope) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today — from their garden to yours.

For open-air fashion: 21 South Street Headhouse District boutiques and salons will show men’s and women’s styles on the runway at Historic Headhouse Square (2nd and Pine Sts.) for Fashion Under the Shambles, starting at 6 p.m. Reality TV fan? “America’s Next Top Model” finalist Cory Wade Hindorff will serve as master of ceremonies.

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