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Preview Groundhog Day with ‘Tinicum Tim’

Next week is Punxsutawney Phil's time to shine, but this weekend it's all about Tinicum Tim. Meet the Heinz's resident weather-soothing groundhog, and check out the other critters crawling around the refuge near the airport.  It's a morning of music, crafts, snacks, guided walks and lessons about how winter treats animals.  

Where: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., 19153

When: January 27, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Italian happy hour at the Divine Lorraine

Chef Joe Cicala and pastry chef Angela Ranalli (formerly of Le Virtu and Brigantessa) have struck out on their own with a private cooking and travel business. They're popping up on North Broad with a late "happy hour Italian style," featuring aperitivo and stuzzichini, (drinks and light bites) and discussion about future tours to Italy.

Where: The Divine Lorraine Hotel at 699 N. Broad St., 19103

When: January 26, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

How much: $40


Gay wedding cakes: The debate

One of the most-watched Supreme Court cases this term – Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission – involves free speech, religious liberty and equal rights. You probably know it as the question of whether a bakery can refuse to make wedding cakes for same sex marriages. Experts, including one of the attorneys representing the couple at the center of the case, will debate the topic.

Where: National Constitution Center at 525 Arch St., 19106

When: January 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

How much: $10


Hear a Holocaust survivor’s story at Penn

Peter Stern was born in Nuremberg, Germany in March 1936. His family was deported to a holding camp in Latvia, then later transferred to Ravensbruck concentration camp. Though Stern's father died, he and his mother and brother were eventually freed. He'll talk about the experience and how it affected him — and the world.

Where: Hillel Steinhardt Hall at 215 S. 39th St., 19104

When: January 24, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

How much: Free with RSVP


East Falls kids zone celebrates 2 years

Kids At Play is hosting a second anniversary party with special activities for the little ones. Expect a magic show, balloon animals, face painting, cupcakes and goodie bags, in addition to the regular jungle gym-ball pit-trampoline fun. Advance registration suggested.

Where: Kids At Play at 3502 Scotts Ln., Suite 711, 19129

When: January 21, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

How much: $3-$15


Donut party at The Clay Studio

Join Carol Ha, owner of Okie Dokie Donuts, at this NoLibs art studio for hands-on lessons about how to glaze her gluten-free, small-batch treats. Tickets include snacks along the way plus a unique ceramic dessert plate made on site.

Where: The Clay Studio at 137-139 N. 2nd St., 19106

When: January 21, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How much: $35 members; $40 nonmembers


Pregame with ‘Wing Things’ at Sidecar

You'd think it might be slumming for a sushi master to cook wings, but Royal Izakaya's Jesse Ito is all about crispy comfort. He'll collaborate with chef Brian Lofink at the Grad Hospital tavern on a special recipe for Japanese karaage-style wings, fried up crisp and served with soy-chile vinegar sauce. Available one day only.

Where: Sidecar Bar & Grille at 2201 Christian St., 19146

When: January 21, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

How much: Pay as you go


Philadelphia Sinfonia concert to benefit Puerto Rico

Acclaimed youth orchestra Philadelphia Sinfonia is donating a third of all ticket sales from the first concert of the year to the ongoing hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. The program includes a Weber clarinet concerto and Beethoven's famous Symphony No. 5.

Where: Temple Performing Arts Center at 1837 N. Broad St., 19122

When: January 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

How much: $15


This bean-to-bar drinking chocolate is an aphrodisiac

Sazon restaurant co-owner and Philly native Robert Campbell has been creating bean-to-bar chocolate. He'll demonstrate how, and talk about the ways you can use cacao and chocolate as a vehicle for flavor, nutrition and energy. Expect tastes from his line of single-origin bars, pours of drinking chocolate, and lots of cacao knowledge

Where: Independence LIVE! at 1919 Market St., 2nd Floor, 19103

When: January 23, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

How much: $10


Yolanda Wisher’s rent party at the Rosenbach

The January theme of this monthly rent party is Black Girl Magic. Led by former Philly Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher, the evening will include sets by Youth Poet Laureate Husnaa Hashim and other spoken word and music performers. Advance registration recommended.

Where: The Rosenbach at 2008 Delancy Pl., 19103

When: January 18, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

How much: $25


Trump book author comes to the Free Library

Next up in the library's excellent Author Events series is journalist Michael Wolff. The author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House will speak on stage in conversation with Penn prof and WHYY political columnist Dick Polman. Arrive early, seats are first come, first serve. Book signing follows the talk.

Where: Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St., 19103

When: January 16, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

How much: Free


A night of salsa to help Puerto Rican restaurant workers

This NoLibs jazz and beer bar is hosting "Salsa Nocturna," a fundraiser to benefit the families of Vintage Syndicate restaurant group employees who live in Puerto Rico and were affected by the devastating hurricanes of last fall. Expect live Latin jazz, DJ sets and a special menu that includes ceviche and empanadas.

Where: Heritage at 914 N. Second St., 19123

When: January 14, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. to January 15, 2018 at 12:00 a.m.

How much: $5 requested donation at the door


This South Philly video store has survived 3 years

When Dan Creskoff opened a shop offering actual physical movie rentals, people thought he was crazy. But the combination of nostalgia, fun screenings and good coffee and snacks has made his spot a success. He's celebrating his third anniversary with a party. Expect live music and other fun.

Where: CineMug at 1607 S. Broad St., 19148

When: January 13, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Celebrate MLK Jr. and John Henry through jazz

The museum's Great Stair Hall will welcome members of the Philadelphia Jazz Project for a performance inspired by the illustrations of Jerry Pinkney. It will celebrate John Henry and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through blues, hymns, work songs and ragtime.

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art at 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy., 19130

When: January 14, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How much: Included with admission (adults $20, youths $14, kids under 12 free)


Heads up: It’s Center City Restaurant Week

From Jan. 14-26, more than 100 Center City restaurants will offer prix-fixe deals at dinner and lunch. Restaurant Week is alternately adored (by people who see it as an excuse to dine out) and decried — by regulars who abhor the "touristy" crowd, and by workers who bemoan the extra crush and lack of good tips. Which side you fall on is up to you.

Where: Various Center City restaurants

When: January 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. to January 26, 2018 at 11:00 p.m.

How much: $35 dinners; $20 lunches


Toast to Frankenstein’s 200th anniversary

Two centuries ago, Mary Shelley unleashed a tale of terror that has managed to remain a popular touchstone for 200 years. To celebrate the anniversary of this horror classic, The Rosenbach is featuring a special cocktail from Quaker City Mercantile, along with light refreshments and themed activities throughout the night.

Where: The Rosenbach at 2008 Delancey Pl., 19103

When: January 12, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

How much: $30 ($15 for members)


Philly School District and PHA job fair

The School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Housing Authority are hosting a job fair at this West Poplar community center. Anyone interested in a position in instructional support, climate, food services, transportation, facilities or maintenance should attend to get information and apply.

Where: John F. Street Community Center at 1100 Poplar St., 19123

When: January 11, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Second Annual Philly Loves Bowie Memorial

Now through Jan. 14, it's Philly Loves Bowie Week, and venues all over the city are offering specials and hosting events in the Starman's honor. Bowie superfan Patti Brett, owner of Doobies Bar, was instrumental in organizing the week. During this event, she'll give out sidewalk chalk and invite people to tag her facade and sidewalk with tributes to Ziggy Stardust. 21+ to enter, but all ages welcome to draw outside.

Where: Doobies Bar at 2201 Lombard St., 19146

When: January 10, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. to January 11, 2018 at 2:00 a.m.

How much: Free


Network with other Philly women leaders

The Professional Women's Roundtable was founded in 2002 to provide networking and leadership opportunities to Philly women in business. This happy hour might not be at the hippest venue, but it's central. The bonus is you don't have to pay too much attention to the wine and beer and snacks included with the $5 admission. Just concentrate on getting to know the folks in the room.

Where: Hard Rock Cafe at 1113 Market St., 19107

When: January 9, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

How much: $5