WHYY Events

About WHYY Events

Each year, WHYY hosts over 80 events connecting you to the best that public media and the region have to offer, including meet-and-greet opportunities with your favorite public media personalities like Ira Glass, Terry Gross, Jim Lehrer and yes, Cookie Monster; film screenings; political and policy forums; concerts; PBS Kids character parties; and much, much more.

WHYY members have access to special Member-only events and opportunities, and receive free or discounted admission to all other WHYY events. Also, with the WHYY Member Card, WHYY members receive 2-for-1 admission and other great discounts at a wide variety of the region's museums; cultural, educational and family-friendly organizations; performing arts and theater venues; and more! Visit WHYY's Member Card Partner Page for the full list.

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Courses at WHYY's Public Media Commons

The Public Media Commons is a physical embodiment of WHYY's commitment to community engagement. It serves as a hub of media literacy for the Philadelphia area, a gathering place for educators, a hands-on learning environment for students and a venue for performers and lecturers. Select a course below for more information and to register, or view the current course catalog (PDF).

Summer Camps

Y201 -- Young Journalists Summer Camp 2013

Y202 -- WHYY Film Academy 2013

Adult Learning Courses

C101 -- Intro to Shooting Video

C102 -- Intro to Video Editing

C202 -- Beginning Documentary Production

C203 -- Audio Storytelling

C204 -- Editing with Final Cut Pro

C301 -- Intermediate Documentary Production

  • Course registration coming soon

C401 -- Advanced Documentary Seminar

  • Course registration coming soon

C105 -- Stories of Mom and Dad

C104 -- Tell Your Story

  • This experience is offered by appointment only. For more information and to make an appointment to tell your story, call 215-351-3318.

Courses for Educators

E201 -- Teaching Documentary Production

  • Course registration coming soon

E202 -- Teaching News Literacy

  • Course registration coming soon

E301 -- Teaching Multimedia Journalism

  • Course registration coming soon

Youth Afterschool Courses

Y101 -- Documentary Workshop

  • Course registration coming soon

Y102 -- Studio Production

  • Course registration coming soon

Y102 -- Radio Production

  • Course registration coming soon

Arts Shuffle

WHYY's Arts Shuffle highlights what's going on in your area with a weekly selection of regional arts and culture opportunities. Plus, an in-depth listing in the NewsWorks entertainment gude. See what's new »

Events with You Bet Your Garden's host, Mike McGrath

Mark your calendars! Here's where Mike will be appearing this year:

Sunday, October 18: Fredericksburg Fall Home & Craft Show

Expo & Conference Center; Fredericksburg, VA
Mike's times and topics to be announced soon.
Show details: http://www.fredericksburgfallhomeshow.com/

And already booked for 2016!

April 9: Lancaster PA Master Gardeners

Lancaster, PA

Details to come

Mike McGrath at TEDx

Mike McGrath covered everything you need to know about composting at the TEDxPhoenixville event in October 2012. Find his talk helpful? Be sure to mark your calendars to catch Mike at other fun & informative gardening events, listed below!

October 8: Heritage Farm at Methodist Services Celebrates the 3rd Annual Heritage Farm Fare at Belmont Mansion

4300 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131

On Thursday, October 8th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Heritage Farm Fare will raise funds to help fulfill our farm's mission: to support healthy eating, physical activity, community engagement and a connection to the natural world. This year, from 4:30 to 6:00pm, Heritage Farm Fare will be offering a limited ticketing VIP tour of the farm prior to the event. Tickets for the VIP hour are $100 and include admission to the main event. Enjoy a specially prepared farm tasting with Alex Garfinkel Catering and Get Real, Get Raw while learning about the farm and our programs.

Tickets for this event can be purchased by visiting Heritage Farm's website: http://www.heritagefarmphiladelphia.org/events.

October 10: Meadowbrook Hosts a Day of Plant Sales, Family Fun

PHS Meadowbrook Farm, located at 1633 Washington Lane in Abington Township, PA

How much fun can you have with a pumpkin? Take your pick of pleasing gourds, enter the carving contest, take a brush to their smooth canvas, or launch little orbs far into the sky at the PHS Meadowbrook Farm Fall Open House on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The seasonal celebration will feature a fantastic fall plant sale, a range of family activities, refreshments, music, expert gardening tips, and self-guided tours of the beautiful estate house and gardens. The garden center will offer a rainbow of mums, violas and pansies, ornamental kales, cabbages and cool-weather vegetables, and an assortment of specialty pumpkins. Shoppers will save 15 percent on mums and fall annuals, 25 percent on perennials, and 35 percent on trees and shrubs.

For more information about Meadowbrook Farm and the Fall Open House, call 215.887.5900, or visit www.meadowbrookfarm.org.

October 16: PHeaSt

Navy Yard, South Philadelphia

Hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the fourth annual PHeaSt brings together renowned chefs and urban growers for a special party to benefit the PHS City Harvest program, which provides locally grown food for families in need and helps build healthy communities. The event has been a sell-out each year, as hundreds of Philly-area foodies come to sample new seasonal dishes by the culinary and gardening teams.

Tickets for this event can be purchased at: https://www.pennhort.net/pheast?erid=6571542&trid=48a8f4ec-ade8-4370-84bd-20dfec82d56c.

October 17: Small Trees for Residential Landscapes

Morris Arboretum, 100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Today's home landscapes are often smaller and busy lifestyles mean less time for property maintenance. Join Morris Arboretum horticulturist Louise Clarke as she discusses small trees suited for residential properties- those that typically grow less than forty feet tall. We will consider trees that bloom from spring to summer, including natives and non-native varieties. Learn about placement, light and moisture requirements, soil conditions, planting techniques, and other pertinent cultural tips to help you make the best choice for your property. The class will consist of a lecture and a walk through the Arboretum's living collection to see small tree specimens. Dress for the weather.

Tickets for this event can be purchased by visiting Morris Arboretum's website: https://online.morrisarboretum.org/classes.

October 23 - 24: Soul Crawl: Haunted History Halloween Tours

Laurel Hill Cemetery; 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19132

Behold the return of Laurel Hill Cemetery's annual Halloween flashlight tours of yore. No longer featuring the actors, the program will return to its roots as extended nighttime walking tours of the cemetery, focusing on its rich history, and covering its enchanting art and landscape. Tours will last approximately two hours, and will be followed by complimentary cookies and cider aside blazing fire pits. Bring your own flashlights. Two evenings of the Soul Crawl: Haunted History Halloween Tours are scheduled at Laurel Hill: Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 at 7:00 pm. Visit www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org for more information.

October 24: Green Roof Tour

Scott Arboretum Gardens

Learn about the inner workings, benefits, and beauty of green roofs while exploring the three we have at the Arboretum. Please note the level of difficulty on these tours is higher than others we offer; a brisk walk and several steps are required to reach the final roof. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted on the roofs. The tour will begin at the Scott Arboretum offices and is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the tour will be canceled. For more information, please call the Scott Arboretum offices at 610-328-8025 or visit www.scottarboretum.org.

October 30: True Tales from the Tombs: Mischief Night by Firelight

Laurel Hill Cemetery; 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19132

This Mischief Night, performers will regale you with true tales from Laurel Hill Cemetery's historic tombs. From the desecrated grave of a prestigious doctor; to the woman who is buried in two places, True Tales from the Tombs will feature stories of the Cemetery's most provocative and memorable permanent residents, as they return from the dead to tell their stories. Featuring The Not Ready for After-Life Players as storytellers of these otherworldly tales, the candlelit tours will depart every half-hour through the stones and mausoleums of Laurel Hill. Afterwards, slow your slow heart rate with hot cider and cookies. Bring your own flashlights. Visit www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org for more information.

October 31: Fall Color Tour

Scott Arboretum Gardens

Experience the magical colors of Mother Nature as the season turns. Learn about great fall plants and plant combinations to bring this color display into your garden. This tour is geared for gardeners from beginners to experts. The tour will begin at the Scott Arboretum offices and is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the tour will be canceled. For more information, please call the Scott Arboretum offices at 610-328-8025 or visit www.scottarboretum.org.

October 31: Fall Family Day: Halloween Picnic and Parade

Laurel Hill Cemetery; 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19132

Spend an autumn afternoon exploring the many wonders and mysteries of Laurel Hill Cemetery while celebrating Halloween! Fall Fun for the Family at Laurel Hill will thrill and chill both the young and old! The cemetery's primary location overlooking the Schuylkill River will offer visitors majestic views of the colorful fall foliage and vibrant landscape along Kelly Drive. Activities will include arts and crafts, a pumpkin patch, Halloween games and goodies, and festive readings by the Storybook Fairy. Feast on treats by SpOt Burger, a local Philadelphia food truck, or bring your own picnic. Attendees are advised to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and children are encouraged to show off their Halloween costumes! This program is recommended for families with children ages 4-12. Visit www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org for more information.

Morris Arboretum's Scarecrow Design Contest

Morris Arboretum is calling all scarecrows for its annual Scarecrow Design Contest. This year participants may create a scarecrow for the theme: Famous Art & Artists. Sign-up by Thursday, September 24 to ensure your place in the contest! Entry fee is $30, with a $5 discount for those who register by Friday, September 11. Scarecrow frames, straw, burlap and twine are all provided. Details and downloadable contest entry forms are available online at www.bit.ly/MAcrows .

Master Gardener Program Announces New Classes for 2015-2016

Middlesex County EARTH Center in Davidson Mill Pond Park, located at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick, NJ

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is offering both daytime and evening sessions for this program. Orientation (attendance is optional) will be on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. for the evening class and Friday, Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m. for the Friday morning class. The program officially starts on Sept. 17 and 18. The class is open to all New Jersey residents.

The Master Gardeners are community volunteers trained in earth-friendly gardening and environmental principles. Lecture classes meet once per week for 3 hours from mid-September through mid-April. These classes will incorporate some outdoor time in a County park.

The hands-on garden classes meet weekly from April through mid-September (every other week in summer). During these sessions, new students will create and care for demonstration vegetable and herb gardens.

Topics covered in the program include: sound gardening techniques; composting; creative methods of conserving resources, and horticulture therapy. The program also requires participants to volunteer some hours of service towards Extension projects, activities and events throughout the year.

Those interested in joining the program can call the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262 for more information or visit www.co.middlesex.nj.us and search Master Gardeners.

February 3 - 6: Farming in a Changing Climate

Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA.

The Farming for the Future Conference is the largest sustainable agriculture conference in the East, bringing together an audience of over 2,000 farmers, processors, consumers, students, environmentalists and business and community leaders annually. This year's choices of theme and keynote speakers, Richard Alley and Laura Lengnick, reflect the increasing impact of climate change on our agricultural systems and the need to seek out techniques and strategies to mitigate and adapt to its effects.

Registration is required to attend. Pre-registration will open in November 2015 and close on January 25, 2016. For more information please call (814) 349-9856 or visit pasafarming.org/conference.