‘Thousand Dollar Dinner’ will be digested in Yardley

Local author Becky Libourel Diamond will discuss and sign copies of her new book, “The Thousand Dollar Dinner,” the tale of an unusual 19th century “Top Chef” competition, at the Yardley-Makefield Library, 1080 Edgewood Road, Yardley, on Saturday, May 7th, at 2:00pm.

The first part of this culinary challenge was held at Delmonico’s famous New York City restaurant, but Ms. Diamond’s book focuses on the extravagant feast held in Philadelphia and prepared by Chef James Parkinson.

The 12-hour, 17-course feast was dubbed by Philadelphia newspapers as the “Thousand Dollar Dinner” because it reputedly cost the Philadelphians $1,000 (approximately $32,000 in today’s dollars) to prepare.

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Pennsbury Community Band to perform free concert May 5th

The Pennsbury Community Band will perform a free concert on Thursday, May 5th at 7:30pm, that will demonstrate how motion and dance can be expressed in music.

The show will take place at Pennsbury High School East Auditorium, 705 Hood Boulevard, Fairless Hills, and will include a piece composed for a baby elephant by Stravinsky, “Molly on the Shore” by Grainger, “Suite of Old American Dance” by Robert Russell Bennett, as well as the music of Ron Nelson and Dana Wilson.

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Mercer County Community College gearing up for summer camp season

Planning is under way for Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) summer camp season, which runs from June 20th through August 19th. “A Treasure of Fun” is the theme of MCCC’s popular programs for children ages six to 17.

Families have many opportunities to select a program that fits their child’s interest. In their two, four-week sessions, campers create a personalized schedule of classes selected from more than 60 options including the arts, sciences, recreation, computer and academic.

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Free McCaffrey’s nutrition event is April 21st

Calcium is not only important for bone health, but some studies show calcium along with vitamin D may help protect against cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Since our bodies do not produce calcium, we need to get this important mineral from other sources. Unfortunately, many of us do not get the recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D from our usual intake.

Join Jill Kwasny, MS, RD on Thursday, April 21st at 10:00am, in the Yardley Mccaffrey’s Food Market to learn about many other calcium sources, other than dairy products: “Calcium, Vitamin D and Your Health.”

Find out if you are consuming the recommended amount of calcium each day. Explore fun ways to incorporate more calcium in your diet. They will be upstairs in the bistro area.

Come prepared to sample a delicious, calcium-rich dish! Please RSVP to Jill at mccaffreys/events, nutritionist@mccaffreys.com or 215-750-7713.

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Healthy Kids 5K Fun Walk in Yardley

Andrew and Tim Ponento, senior and sophomore at Pennsbury High School, in association with Yardley Borough, will host the Healthy Kids 5K Fun Walk on Saturday, April 23rd, at 9:00am, from Buttonwood Park in Yardley to South Main Street and East Afton Avenue, and on to the canal towpath. Then it loops back around and ends at Buttonwood Park. Maps will be given out at the event.

The brothers have been interested in their physical health since middle school. They have been committed to staying active, athletic, and strong in order to better themselves. However, they realize that not everyone is able, willing, or even aware enough to better themselves physically.

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Celebrate spring and Earth Day at Five Mile Woods

Celebrate Spring and Earth Day with a visit to Five Mile Woods on Sunday, April 24th from noon to 3:00pm. Located in Lower Makefield Township at 1305 Big Oak Road (intersection of Big Oak and Oxford Valley Roads, near Kohl’s Shopping Center), the preserve is a 300-acre wooded natural area filled with diverse plant and animal life.

Knowledgeable guides will offer tours of the Woods featuring the signs of spring from blooming wildflowers to calling wood frogs. Naturalist John Heilferty will be on hand to show visitors frogs, salamanders and turtles that live in tanks in Woods Headquarters as well as other biofacts that have been found in the Woods.

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BCPAC presents Matthew Parrish’s Tenor Summit

In a growing tradition of bringing you jazz excellence and excitement, local jazz acoustic bassist Matthew Parrish and Bucks County Performing Arts Center (BCPAC) have managed to get three stellar tenor saxophone players to the Yardley Community Centre stage (64 S. Main Street, Yardley) on Saturday, April 16th, at 7:30pm.

The interplay of tenor sax jazz greats Larry McKenna, Houston Person, and Tim Warfield will make this a once-in-a-lifetime summit. Round it out with Matthew’s bass skills, McClenty Hunter on drums, and Bruce Barth on piano and everyone from those new to jazz to the seasoned listeners will experience an unforgettable night.

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MWA’s Annual Designer Bag & Basket Bingo is April 15th

Makefield Women’s Association (MWA) will hold their Spring Fundraiser Designer Bag & Basket Bingo on Friday, April 15th, at the Fairless Hills Elks Lodge, 835 W. Bridge Street, Morrisville. Due to the overwhelming success of their 2015 sellout bingo event, they are going bigger for 2016 with a larger venue, more raffles, and a special luxury raffle.

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Rotary running regional ‘Road Rally’

The Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club will hold its “Bucks Historic Road Rally” on Saturday, April 16th. This is a fun-filled afternoon for participants and their guests as you travel the roads of Bucks County in search of destination clues, discover historic sites, and qualify for prizes (and recognition)!

Proceeds from this event support literacy projects and scholarships for children and youth in the Morrisville and Pennsbury school districts.

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Artists of Yardley Art Camp

There are now even more choices for your child at AOY Summer Art Camp.  New classes have been  added to our Summer Art Camp lineup and each one is designed to bring out the best of your child’s creativity!  Many of our loyal art campers who are older than 12. Look for exciting camps for ages 10 to 16.

We are delighted introduce Elaine Morales as a new instructor who is offering an all-day, 5-day Workshop on Stop Motion Production in Week 2.  In this intensive workshop for ages 13-16, students will make all the props and characters and film their own movie.

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