The Jake Dareff Legacy Run: A 5K Run for a Great Cause on October 20th

A 5K race for a great cause, The Jake Dareff Legacy Run commemorates the life of Jake Dareff. Just three years old when he passed away from a rare form of leukemia, Jake showed lots of determination, care, and love in his all-too-brief life. Jake's friends and family have kept his memory alive with an annual 5K run. Throughout its 18 years, The Jake Dareff Legacy Run has shared Jake's story with members of the community and offered consolation and support to families battling cancer.

Interested in participating in the 18th annual Jake Dareff Legacy Run? This year's run will take place on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 in Jamison, Pennsylvania in Central Bucks County, not far from Doylestown and just outside Philadelphia. Click here to learn more about The Jake Dareff Legacy Run, including info on how to register.

The Jake Dareff Legacy Run
October 20, 2012
Jamison, PA

2012 Bug Fest: August 11 and 12 at Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences

Fans of creepy crawlies and other creatures will be thrilled by the 2012 iteration of Bug Fest, a fun Philadelphia event hosted annually at the city's Academy of Natural Sciences Museum. The fifth annual Bug Fest takes place this year on Saturday August 11th and Sunday August 12th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bug Fest promises attendees the chance to go on a bug walk, see unique and interesting bugs from the museums collection, and even taste a bug or two — artfully prepared, of course! Bug fans can also meet real entomologists, and learn about butterflies, moths, and other bugs from around the world. It's a fun event for kids of all ages, and a great reason to visit the Academy of Natural Sciences, an interesting museum located right on Philadelphia's parkway.

Bug Fest
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Franklin Square’s 6th Birthday Celebration

On Tuesday, July 31, Franklin Square turns 6.

Historic Philadelphia is throwing a party to celebrate the special day. From noon-3 p.m., join Franklin Square for a free afternoon of fun activities for the whole family.

Enjoy a slice of birthday cake or make your own birthday hat. Ben Franklin will also be at the party for a sing-a-long celebration.

Bonus: If you wish Franklin Square a happy birthday on their Facebook or Twitter (using the handle @franklinsqr), you get a free ride on the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel. Just show your post via phone or print-out at the ticket window.

Franklin Square’s 6th Birthday Celebration
When: Tuesday, July 31, noon-3 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 6th and Race Streets
Cost: Free
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P.M. at Penn Museum Summer Nights: Art & Music, Beginning July 11th

Every Wednesday night throughout the summer, the Penn Museum becomes one of the city’s most-loved live music venues. The P.M at Penn Museum concert series brings a huge variety of musical acts to the Stoner Courtyard, and even better, admission to the concert also lets you in to the museum. The concerts draw a very diverse crowd to the Museum, from young hipsters sampling world music to families with kids. It’s a great, friendly experience that really shows how strong the bonds of community are in the City of Brotherly Love. If you get peckish, you can get a drink or some food from the Pepper Mill Café. Concerts move inside in the event of rain, but usually attendees get pretty lucky. This year’s slate of bands includes zydeco, Turkish folk, klezmer, world fusion, and even some troupes that defy definition. No matter when you go, you’re sure to have a good time.

Click here to learn more about the P.M. at Penn Museum concert series.

BlobFest in Phoenixville (July 13-15)

The quaint little town of Phoenixville was, in the 1950s, the set for one of the greatest, goofiest horror movies of all time – The Blob. If you’re not familiar with it, it tells the story of an amorphous alien who crashes to Earth in a meteor and proceeds to engulf everything it can. It’s a classic of the genre, and every year since 2000, Phoenixville’s Colonial Theatre has hosted an annual celebration of the movie. BlobFest features a wide range of activities, the most famous of which include the re-enactment of the movie’s theater scene where a throng of moviegoers flee the Blob, as well as screenings of the movie paired with other corny horrors from the same time period, a rowdy street fair and more. Live music and hilarious diversions like the Fire Extinguisher Parade just put the cherry on top. Even if you’re not a big horror fan, this is very much worth dropping by Phoenixville to see. Click here to learn more about BlobFest.

CitySolve Urban Race (July 7): Run Your Brain

Most city races don’t require a lot of thinking – you start in one place, finish in another, and the route’s usually pretty clear. CitySolve is something completely different. Working in teams of 2-4 people, racers scour city streets following clever and witty clues from point to point. You need both brains and brawn to succeed here, but if you’re not a runner you can get around by public transportation. You’re not allowed to bring anything that would give you a speed edge like a skateboard, though. Each race typically takes between three and five hours, but the fastest solvers can get it done in two. Even better, winners get a $300 cash prize. There are also prizes given for funky costumes, family teams and more. Past races have taken place all over the country, and the fascinating historical landscape of Philadelphia will lend itself perfectly to the event. Tickets are $55 per person but there are discounts available. Click here to learn more about the CitySolve Urban Race!

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Color Me Rad 5K, June 17

Color Me Rad is a unique and exciting twist on a standard 5K road race that has been touring the country and is finally ready to make a stop in the City of Brotherly Love. The gimmick behind Color Me Rad is simple: runners show up in a white T-shirt and by the end of the race they’re covered in a rainbow of vibrant hues, courtesy of spectators throwing handfuls of non-toxic, brightly-colored cornstarch at them as they run. Sure, it’s silly and messy, but it’s also a ton of fun. At the finish line, a huge celebration tends to break out as sweaty, colorful runners drink, dance, and enjoy each other’s company, laughing at all the hues. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit a local charity as well – in this case, Special Olympics Philadelphia. Pre-registration is required, and races tend to fill up fast, so don’t wait until the last minute. Click here to visit Color Me Rad's website for more information.

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