WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Phoenixville’s Kevin Fulmer performs during St. Catrick’s Day benefit event; some restaurants extend DineKOP

Kevin Fulmer of Phoenixville performs at the St. Catrick’s Day benefit at Playcrafters March 17.
Kevin Fulmer of Phoenixville performs at the St. Catrick’s Day benefit at Playcrafters March 17. SUBMITTED PHOTO
James Altobelli plays hunter, soldier and poet Finn McCool in a production by Family Stages.
James Altobelli plays hunter, soldier and poet Finn McCool in a production by Family Stages. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Good tastes

DineKOP Restaurant Week: Twenty-eight restaurants will be participating in the fourth DineKOP Restaurant Week through March 11, offering special three-course prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus. However, seventeen of the participating restaurants have extended the offer through March 12.

Lunch menus are priced at $10, $15 or $20 and dinner menus are priced at $20, $30 or $40. A portion of the proceeds is donated to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia King of Prussia Specialty Care & Surgery Center. New this year, DineKOP introduces KOP Shops for CHOP, a charitable day of shopping on March 10. For a full list of participating retailers and fast-casual restaurants, visit www.kopshops.com. For menus and full list of restaurants, visit www.dinekop.com.

Theatrical fun

Santander Performing Arts Center: “Menopause: The Musical” takes the stage at 3 p.m. March 11 at 700 Penn St., Reading. Tickets range from $29.50-$59.50. Go to www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000. Also, visit www.menopausethemusical.com.

Antiques and art

Church Farm School: The Chester County Antiques & Arts Show is held March 9-11 at the school at 1001 E. Lincoln Highway, Exton. March 9 is the Preview Party, with the main show running 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 10 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 11. Admission is $15, free to children 10 and under. For tickets to the Preview Party, see http://www.chestercohistorical.org.

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Here comes spring

Peter Becker Community: “Legendary Gardens” is the theme of the 35th annual Peter Becker Flower Show 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 15-16 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 17. PBC is at 900 Maple Ave., Lower Salford. Call (215) 256-9501 or see www.peterbeckercommunity.com.

Norristown Farm Park: Since the northern migration of waterfowl has begun, on March 13 the park’s wetland areas, creeks and the pond will be the focus of a free morning bird walk led by park staff. Bring binoculars if you have them. This free program is open for all ages. Pre-registration is required by calling (610) 270-0215 or emailing khakun@montcopa.org. Meet in parking lot No. 3 The park is at Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton.

Throwback fun

Llanerch Country Club: Kelly Music For Life kicks off its 2018 season with a “Martini Lounge Dance” for adults 21+ 7 to 10 p.m. March 10 at the country club at West Chester Pike and Manoa Road, Havertown. Performing will be the 11-piece band Connie Pelesh with UpFront. Take part in the silent auction fundraiser filled with collectables and autographed treasures, including items from the Eagles, Phillies, Villanova, Penn State and more, memorabilia from music and entertainment legends, as well as experiences and nights out. The evening features a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and more. Tickets are $60 each, $55 per person up to four, and $50 each for groups of five or more. Visit https://kellymusic.ticketleap.com/martini-lounge-dance. Dress to impress.

In concert

Delaware Valley University: On March 11 the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Jennifer Montone will perform the Richard Strauss “Horn Concerto No. 1” with Youth Orchestra of Bucks County’s Symphony Orchestra at 4 p.m. at the university’s Life Sciences Auditorium, 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown. Advance ticket purchase is required at www.yobc.org. Cost is $15, $10 for seniors and students.

Delaware Art Museum: Classical ensemble Eighth Blackbird presents a concert at 8 p.m. March 10 at 8 p.m. at the museum at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, Del. Visit www.delart.org.

Church of the Holy Spirit: A concert will be presented by Seth Trumbore on piano, Keoni Bolding on violin and Aidan Bolding on cello at 7 p.m. March 10 at the church at 2871 Barndt Road and Sumneytown Pike, Upper Salford. There will be a freewill offering and dessert reception following the concert. For more information call (215) 234-8020 or visit www.churchoftheholyspirit.us.

Gwynedd Friends Meeting: The Midnighters perform for the Gwynedd Friends Coffeehouse March 10 at Route 202 and Sumneytown Pike, Lower Gwynedd. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. A $5 suggested donation supports the musicians. Check out www.gwyneddmeeting.org/Coffeehouse.html.

Playcrafters Theater: The “St. Catrick’s Day” Stray Cat Blues Talent Jamboree features live music to help raise money for the Montgomery County-based non-profit cat rescue. It starts at 8 p.m. March 17 at Playcrafters 2011 Store Road, Skippack. Tickets are $38. Go to www.straycatblues.org or call (215) 631-1851.

St. Patrick’s fun

Ambler Theater: “The Legend of Finn McCool” is about a fanciful hero of Irish legend. Family Stages performs it at 10:30 a.m. March 14 and 11 a.m. March 17 at 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, free for children under 3. Call (215) 886-9341, email familystages@gmail.com or visit www.familystages.org.

Valley Forge Casino and Resort: On March 10 celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little early with an Irish Pub Murder Mystery Dinner. Costumes are encouraged for this audience participation event. Valley Forge Casino is at 1160 First Ave., Upper Merion. Tickets must be purchased in advance at (610) 277-0292 or www.murder-envy.com.

Norristown Farm Park: On March 11 musician Renee Arner will play some special music on the Celtic harp in honor of the St. Patty’s season. She will be accompanied by a guitarist. Learn about the history of the Celtic harp and what makes a tune Celtic. Meet in the Salt Wing of the barn, Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton. Suggested donation is $5 per person. This event is appropriate for ages 5 and up. Pre-registration is required by calling (610) 270-0215 or emailing rking2@montcopa.org.

Comedy tonight

ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks: At 8 p.m. March 9 the Musikfest Café welcomes comedian Ryan Hamilton. He’s one of “Rolling Stone’s” Five Comics to Watch, with appearances on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Conan,” “Last Comic Standing,” Comedy Central and Showtime. A clean comedian, Hamilton’s one-hour special, “Happy Face,” premiered on Netflix in August. Tickets range from $24-$29. The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks is at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Visit www.steelstacks.org.

Basketball-fueled entertainment

Norristown Area High School: The Norristown Area Education Foundation will host the Harlem Wizards’ “Trick Hoops & Alley Oops” at 6:30 p.m. March 16. There will be a basketball throwing contest at halftime, where a handful of raffle ticket holders will compete in shooting hoops for free Chick-fil-A food for a year. Those in uniform will automatically earn a raffle ticket, and then have the opportunity to purchase additional raffle tickets along with the rest of the crowd. Tickets are available at www.harlemwizards.com, the school district administration building, 402 N. Whitehall Road, West Norriton, and all district schools. Norristown Area High School is located at 1900 Eagle Drive, West Norriton.

Best of the Valley

Perkiomen Valley High School: At 6 p.m. March 17 adults 18+ can test their luck at winning any of more than 150 baskets filled with merchandise, tickets, gift cards and services, plus grand prizes, Best of Community baskets and 50/50s. There will be light dinner fare, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks; BYO. Cost is $20 and includes 25 raffle tickets, a bottle of water and a small snack. Grand prize tickets are included when tables are reserved for six or eight. “Exclusive” raffle and extra tickets will be awarded for those who donate $20 of healthy food. No walk-ins. Admission tickets are available at www.dailybreadcommunityfoodpantry.yapsody.com and (484) 552-8431.

Sleep with the crocs

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University: During “Night in the Museum: Crocs after Dark” March 17 you can experience the Academy of Natural Sciences after dark during an activity-filled sleepover. Appropriate for ages 6 and up, one adult is required per three children. Cost is $65. Visit www.ansp.org or call (215) 299-1060. The Academy of Natural Sciences is at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.

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