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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.

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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

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E202 -- Teaching News Literacy

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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

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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


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 4 & 5: Mike McGrath at Leesburg Home Expo

Douglass Community Center, 405 East Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176

Mike will give talks on fall lawn care, garlic planting, leaf rustling, compost making and more— Saturday Oct. 4 at 11 am and 2 pm; and Sunday Oct. 5 at 12 noon! More info: www.midatlanticexpos.com


October 10: FOOD DAY 2014 - It's Time to Eat Real in Cape May County

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 355 Court House - South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

Event features Mike McGrath, host of the nationally syndicated Public Radio show, You Bet Your Garden. Plus cooking demonstrations from local chefs, a farmers market with locally grown produce, food vendors, and community partners. A day of real food. 11:00 am - 3:00 pm


November 19: Empty Bowl Dinner

Lutheran Theological Seminary on Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia

Details coming soon!





Gardening events in the Delaware Valley


Become a PHS Tree Tender

Various

PHS Tree Tenders program offers hands-on tree care training for residents of the five-county Philadelphia region. Two courses are available in October. Delaware County: Thursdays, October 2, 9, and 16, 6 to 9 p.m.; Philadelphia: Wednesdays, October 8, 15, and 22, 5:45 to 9 p.m. See more details and register »


Growing Minds – Morris Arboretum's Children's Classes Continues with Fall Courses

Morris Arboretum, 100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Morris Arboretum's Growing Minds program, classes specifically geared to younger visitors and their families, continues this fall with exciting new courses and seasonal favorites. Catch the fall before it leaves with a nature related course for your child – a vibrant start to the new season! Each week in "Nature Sleuths," children 5-7 years old will explore the great outdoors with a particular topic of focus. One week kids may use binoculars to find migrating birds and the next week children may follow the progress of the leaves' changing fall colors. A take-home art project completes this class offered three remaining Sundays, October 5, 12, & 19 from 10:30-11:30am. Sign-up your older child, ages 8-12 for the after school course, "Kids Click! Portrait and Still Life Nature Photography." This class will focus first on the basics of portrait photography, working with different lighting situations and learning to capture their subject surrounded by nature. In the second half of the series, kids will compose a still life in nature from gathered materials. Scheduled on four consecutive Thursdays from 4-5:30pm beginning October 9. "Seeds to Sprouts, Autumn Adventures!" returns this fall with outdoor explorations designed to introduce toddlers, ages 2-4 years old, and their caregivers to the wonders of the natural world. This popular series includes a guided garden walk and a craft to take home. The second, six-week series begins Monday, October 20 from 10-11:30am. All Growing Minds classes will meet rain or shine with indoor facilities available for inclement weather. For more information about each class or to register online, visit morrisarboretum.org.


October 4: CINEMA IN THE CEMETERY: THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

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

Sit back and relax with a drink, a date or some friends on this autumnal movie night under the stars. After the sun sets, the grainy joys of the film experience will be brought to audiences amid the historic tombs of Laurel Hill Cemetery. This season's feature film will be comedy horror classic, The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), starring Jonathan Haze and a cameo appearance by a young Jack Nicholson. Bring your own blankets or beach chairs, picnics, and/or beverages. The screening will take place on Saturday, October 4 at 8:00pm (with a pre-scheduled rain date of Saturday, October 25 at 8:00pm). Gates open at 7pm. Ticket holders can check in at Laurel Hill Cemetery's Gatehouse entrance, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot directly across the street from the Gatehouse. The cost is $10/person general admission. Purchasing advance tickets is suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.


October 5: GROOVIN' IN THE GRAVEYARD: KIDS' CONCERT and FAMILY FUN

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

Enjoy a family friendly concert by "Ratboy Jr." outdoors amid the crisp autumn air, bright blue skies and brilliant fall foliage that abounds in Laurel Hill Cemetery! Children are encouraged to come dressed in Halloween costumes, and to show them off during the performance. Round out the day with art activities and our pumpkin patch. This program is recommended for families with children ages 4-12. Light snacks and Halloween goodies will be available. BYO blankets, beach chairs and picnics! The program will take place on Sunday, October 5, beginning promptly at 1:00pm and concluding at 3:00pm. Visitors may enter via Laurel Hill Cemetery's Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. The cost is $5/person general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door, in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.


October 8: American Canopy - Trees, Forest, and the Making of a Nation

Wister Center, 500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081

Join fellow garden enthusiasts and book lovers as they discuss books about plants, nature, and the environment. "Nature's Narratives" is a book discussion group sponsored by the Scott Arboretum where readers come together to discuss a book once a month and share in the reading experience. Eric Rutkow's "deeply fascinating" (The Boston Globe) work, American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation, shows how trees were essential to the early years of the republic and indivisible from the country's rise as both an empire and a civilization. Among American Canopy's many captivating stories: the Liberty Trees, where colonists gathered to plot rebellion against the British; Henry David Thoreau's famous retreat into the woods; the creation of New York City's Central Park; the great fire of 1871 that killed a thousand people in the lumber town of Wisconsin; the fevered attempts to save the American chestnut and the American elm from extinction; and the controversy over spotted owls and the old-growth forests they inhabited. The discussions are free and open to the public and will take place in the Wister Center. Participants will need to read each month's selection prior to the discussion. One copy of each book is available for members to check out of the Scott Arboretum Horticultural Library. For more information, call 610-328-8025 or visit www.scottarboretum.org. Wednesday, October 8, 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Free and open to the public.


October 9: OVER MY DEAD BODY: MURDER MYSTERY IN THE CEMETERY

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

This Halloween season, the tombs of historic Laurel Hill Cemetery become a stage with an interactive theatre performance. The Candlelight Murders, inspired by real stories from the Cemetery's history; has been written and produced by Philadelphia playwright, Loretta Vasile. In it, the untimely death of an heiress leads to her family gathering at Laurel Hill Cemetery to have her memorial and hunt for her missing will, but an unexpected guest brings evidence that her death was far from natural. Whodunit? Audiences will have a chance to don their detective caps and search for clues on the cemetery grounds. Before the end of the show, they can submit their best guess about the criminal's identity. Was it a greedy family member, desperate for an inheritance? A mysterious guest who showed up uninvited to the memorial? Or the black sheep of the family, angry after years of being shunned? The final scene will reveal the answer and things are not always what they seem. One performance of The Candlelight Murders is scheduled at Laurel Hill Cemetery: Thursday, October 9 at 7:00pm (with a prescheduled rain date of Friday, October 10 at 7:00pm). The cost for the show is $35/person general admission and includes wine, beer and refreshments. Advanced Reservations are requested and seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased by phone, (215) 228-8200 or online. Upon arrival, check in at Laurel Hill Cemetery's Gatehouse entrance, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19132. Free parking is located in the lot directly across the street from the Gatehouse. Want more? Join the Mechanical Theater for "Masque of Poe" an evening of some of Poe's most thrilling poems and stories. Each room of the hauntingly love Powel house will serve as an intimate setting for one of Poe's dark tales including "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Black Cat" and more!


October 11: Apple Cider Tour & Tasting

Bartram's Garden, 54th St. & Lindbergh Blvd., Phila. PA 19143

Enjoy a taste of fall at one of Philly's most scenic public gardens! Learn about the history of cider making at Bartram's Garden in this family-friendly program and try your hand at making cider from fresh apples on our old-fashioned press. Savor the fruits of your labor and explore the garden in all its autumn splendor. Tasting runs from 1-2:30 p.m. Tickets are free for Bartram's Garden members and children under the age of 2; $15 for adults; $12 seniors & students. Preregistration requested but not required. Visit bartramsgarden.org for more details.


October 11: 6th ANNUAL REST IN PEACE 5K RUN

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

Trick or treat…move your feet! Kick off your Halloween season in the right way. Organized by East Falls Fitness and the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery with the help of Presenting Sponsor, East River Bank, the Rest in Peace 5K Run is the only Halloween costume run and after-party in a Cemetery at night in the region. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a 501c3 nonprofit that works to preserve and promote the historical character of Laurel Hill Cemetery through educational programs and public outreach. Unique and challenging, the run winds through the headstones in Laurel Hill Cemetery, a beautiful National Historic Landmark, located in the East Falls neighborhood. Participants and spectators alike are encouraged to attend in Halloween attire. Runners can register as individuals or as teams. For more information or to register, visit www.rip5k.org.


October 12: SINNERS, SCANDALS and SUICIDES

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

Laurel Hill has its brave military heroes like George Gordon Meade, its uplifting reformers like Sarah Josepha Hale, and selfless philanthropists like Robert Carson. But what about the less than pure spirits?... The South Philly gangster who got whacked when he tried to infiltrate the Schuylkill County numbers racket? The Civil War hero who made his fortune from white lightning and who, because of his many illicit affairs, was referred to by the local press as "a slayer of innocence and a robber of chastity"? The chemical heiress who lost her money in an infamous Broadway bomb starring the producer's talentless girlfriend? The noted artist who committed suicide during the Depression when his priceless book and art collections were sold at auction for a few thousand dollars? The final resting places of these troubled souls will be among the many stops on our walking tour of Laurel Hill's scandalous, sinful and sordid side. The tour will take place on Sunday, October 12 at 1:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery's Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. The cost is $12/person; or $10/students and seniors. Reservations are suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door, in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.


October 17 & 18: SOUL CRAWL: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN HISTORY 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 17 and Saturday, October 18 at 7:00pm. The cost for Soul Crawl is $20/person general admission. Purchasing tickets in advance is suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone (215)228-8200 or online. Upon arrival, register at Laurel Hill Cemetery's Gatehouse entrance, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19132. Free parking is located in the lot directly across the street from the Gatehouse.


October 18: Backyard Composting

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

Now is the time to learn how to reduce waste and improve soil, right in your own backyard through this free composting seminar. Class starts at 10 a.m. and runs about 2 hours. Please call the Middlesex County Office of Solid Waste Management at 732-745-4170 or e-mail solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us to register for the free workshops. Workshop attendees may also pick up pre-purchased compost bins at the workshops. Call the Solid Waste Office before the workshop for a list of available compost bins.


October 18 & 19: Pumpkin Days Celebration

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063

Celebrate the season with our traditional autumn festival. These fun-filled family days are full of activities, live entertainment, delicious food and, of course, pumpkins! Pick out your prized pumpkin, assemble a scarecrow to take home, jump in the moon bounce or race through an inflatable obstacle course, make crafts, play games and see Tyler's glorious fall colors on a hay wagon tour. Member admission: $4 adults, $2 children ages 3-15. Non-member admission: $11 adults, $7 children ages 3-15. Kids under 3 are free. Event runs 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


October 19: FROM DEUTSCHLAND TO DEADLAND: HISTORIC GERMANS OF LAUREL HILL

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

Since its founding in 1682, German immigrants have played an important role in the development of Philadelphia. Our Oktoberfest tour will include visits to the final resting places of prominent Germans, including military heroes, brewers, industrialists, politicians and nobility. Attendees will learn about German culture and history, concluding with a 'bier' tasting of German style beers. Visitors may even learn to speak a little "deutsh". The tour and tasting will take place on Sunday, October 19 at 1:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery's Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. The cost is $20/person general admission. Reservations are suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door, in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.


October 19: The Worlds Greatest Farmer Showdown

Longview Center for Agriculture, 3215 Stump Hall Road, Collegeville, PA

The Showdown is a celebration of the folks that work so hard to bring us the local bounty of the season. Think lumberjack festival-meets-farmer's market! Watch local farm teams vie for big prizes and compete in contests such as the Pumpkin Shot Put, Wheel Barrow obstacle Course, and farmer led harvesting competition! The showdown will begin at 11:00 a.m. after the farm teams enjoy a hearty breakfast. Patrons are encouraged to get here early and enjoy the all day festivities which include an amateur chili cook-off, live music by The Wiskeyhickon Boys and specialty craft beer and locally inspired food from Victory Brewing Company. The day will be filled with great farm based activities for adults and children alike, including kids showdown games, Lost Arts workshops and Alpacas join in the fun thanks to our friends at Little Lost Creek Alpaca Farm. So come out and enjoy the day and support local vendors! Entrance fee is $5 per person or $10 per car load, all proceeds will go towards Greener Partners mission.


October 20: Herbs

Saint Katherine Drexel Mission Center, 1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA

"Herbs" will be the featured program at the monthly meeting of the Trevose Horticultural Society on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7:00PM. The subject of lore, legend and superstition, herbs have played a major role in world culture for their many and diverse uses. In a PowerPoint presentation, guest speaker Jenny Rose Carey will feature an arm-chair tour of her extensive herb garden planted on her 4.5 acre property, Northview, in Ambler, PA. Carey will also discuss the best herbs for culinary and medicinal purposes as well as methods to successfully grow and maintain your own collection. All meetings are open to the public; a donation of $3 is requested from non-members. For further information, please contact 856/866-9163.


October 24: MONTHLY FOURTH FRIDAY TOUR SERIES: HOT SPOTS and STORIED PLOTS

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

In life and in death, we all have stories to tell. Join Laurel Hill Cemetery for an informative overview of Laurel Hill's long and colorful history, which will include many of the marble masterpieces, stunning views and legendary stories that afford the cemetery its WOW factor. This is the perfect tour for first-time visitors to Laurel Hill, and anyone else who enjoys beautiful art, scenic nature and fascinating history. "Hot Spots and Storied Plots" will be presented monthly as part of Laurel Hill Cemetery's Fourth Friday tour series, which take place on the fourth Friday of every month at 10:00am. October's walking tour will take place on Friday, October 24 at 10:00am, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery's Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. The cost is $8/person general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.


October 24: 10th ANNUAL GRAVEDIGGERS' BALL

Crystal Tea Room, Center City Philadelphia

The Gravediggers' Ball is the annual fundraiser of the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to preserve, interpret and promote the site for which it exists. 2014 marks the 10TH ANNIVERSARY of the Ball! Since its establishment in 1836, Laurel Hill Cemetery has been maintained as a free and fully accessible educational, environmental and recreational resource for both nearby communities and faraway visitors. It has served equally as a place of enjoyment for the living and one of peaceful rest for the dead for over 175 years. All proceeds from the Gravediggers' Ball directly support the ongoing public accessibility, preservation and interpretation of historic Laurel Hill Cemetery. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.gravediggersball.org.


October 26: Apple Cider Tour & Tasting

Bartram's Garden, 54th St. & Lindbergh Blvd., Phila. PA 19143

Enjoy a taste of fall at one of Philly's most scenic public gardens! Learn about the history of cider making at Bartram's Garden in this family-friendly program and try your hand at making cider from fresh apples on our old-fashioned press. Savor the fruits of your labor and explore the garden in all its autumn splendor. Tasting runs from 1-2:30 p.m. Tickets are free for Bartram's Garden members and children under the age of 2; $15 for adults; $12 seniors & students. Preregistration requested but not required. Visit bartramsgarden.org for more details.


October 26: Growing Peonies from Seed

Gillespie Room, Wister Center, Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA 19081

Peonies are usually propagated by division of the roots, but peonies can be grown from seed too. Come listen to Bob Johnson of Bend, Oregon as he gives the details of this process. Bob's grandmothers were both avid gardeners and during his childhood his paternal grandmother explained to him how the process of pollination produced seeds. He kept his hybridizing interest through college and currently works in partnership with Adelman Peony Gardens, where two-year old advanced generation seedlings from his efforts in Bend are grown to blooming size in their nursery fields. Immediately following the meeting will be a reception and auction/sale of peonies with members of the Mid-Atlantic Peony Society. This event is free and open to the public.


October 29: Vermi-Composting Workshop

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

Now is the time to learn how to reduce waste and improve soil, right in your own backyard through this free composting seminar. Class starts at 6:30 p.m. and runs about 2 hours. Please call the Middlesex County Office of Solid Waste Management at 732-745-4170 or e-mail solidwaste@co.middlesex.nj.us to register for the free workshops. Workshop attendees may also pick up pre-purchased compost bins at the workshops. Call the Solid Waste Office before the workshop for a list of available compost bins.


October 30: GHOST TALES and GOOSEBUMPS: LOCAL LEGENDS BY FIRELIGHT

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

Every town has its tales—ghost stories that send chills down your spine and make goose bumps spring up on your skin. This Mischief Night, Laurel Hill Cemetery is host to the region's classic ghost tales and creepy legends. Featuring The Not Ready for After-Life players as storytellers of these otherworldly tales, tours will depart every half hour through the stones and mausoleums of Laurel Hill. By candlelight, firelight, and lantern, storytellers will regale you with tales sure to set your bones shivering. Afterwards, slow your slow heart rate with hot cider and cookies. Enjoy an appropriately Victorian macabre introduction by Sussurus Din, author of Gloomy Presentiments of Things to Come and You Think Us Mad, Don't You?. Bring your own flashlights. One evening of Ghost Tales and Goosebumps is scheduled at Laurel Hill: Thursday, October 30 at 7:00pm. Tours will depart every half-hour, with the final tour departing at 9:30pm. The cost for Ghost Tales and Goosebumps is $20/person general admission. Advance reservations are requested for groups. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone (215) 228-8200, or online.