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Mt. Airy Day is tomorrow!

This annual celebration of our diverse and exciting community is always popular. Lots of kids’ activities, entertainment for all ages and tastes, vendors offering a variety of crafts and products, information tables staffed by area nonprofits, and food. There will be valet bike parking again this year, and pedicabs will be a new addition. The raffle this year features Mayor’s Box Phillies tickets as prizes! Looks like the weather will cooperate, too………..

On Saturday, May 14th, EMAN will hold its 3rd Annual Saturday Night DanceParty/Fundraiser. “Swing Into Spring” will feature an open wine/beer bar, crudités and cheeses, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. More notable — DOC GIBBS & Friends will be providing our live dance music! Doc is internationally renowned and we’re very excited to have him. There will also be harp music provided by Leah Wright.

A limited number of tickets remain. Call the EMAN Office (215-242-4170) or e-mail to info@eastmountairy.org if you’d like to reserve a spot.

May is Reading Olympics month. “Jeopardy”-type events will take place next week, from 8:30 AM till 12:30 PM at several area schools. Training will be provided the morning of the event. Refreshments (& t-shirts!) will be provided.

This friendly competition engages 4th through 8th graders in public, parochial, charter and independent schools, and motivates children to read independently.

For more info about remaining available slots, or to learn more about the program, e-mail tobstone@philareads.org

On Friday evening, May 13th from 6 till 9 PM, Allens Lane Art Center will host an opening reception for student work from Vision Thru Art, a sculpture class for blind and visually impaired artists. This event will also honor the program’s founder and teacher,Robert Fluhr, who has been leading this class for more than 3 decades. His students’ work has been shown nationally and honored many times. Bob and his wife Annette have been active volunteers at the Art Center for all that time, and are a big part of the heart and soul of the place. I’ve known them since the 1970’s, and my life has been greatly enriched by their presence in it. Details at http://www.allenslane.org/

Drew Becher, President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, will be the featured speaker at Weavers Way Coop’s general membership meeting on Sunday May 15th. The meeting starts with a “meet & eat” at 5:30, proceeding to the meeting and featured speaker at 6:15. This event will take place in Founders Hall, Room B-10, New Covenant Campus (7500 Germantown Ave.) More info at http://www.weaversway.coop/

Attention, theater lovers! Two local theater groups have productions currently on stage.

Quintessence Theatre Group presents The Importance of Being Earnest through May 22nd, at the Sedgwick. Call 1-877-238-5596 for reservations, or visithttp://www.quintessencetheatre.org/

Allens Lane Theater (at the Allens Lane Art Center) is featuring String of Pearls through May 21st, in their well-known dinner-theater environment. Go tohttp://www.allenslane.org/ for more info or reservations.

And, don’t forget — May 17th is Primary Election Day. Many candidates are vying for our votes for 8th Council District, Council-at-Large, judicial seats and other offices. VOTE! Be an active participant in the city’s present and future. Your opinion does matter. Mt. Airy is known for high voter turnout ….. we want to keep that going!

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