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

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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

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Youth Afterschool Courses

Y101 -- Documentary Workshop

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Y102 -- Studio Production

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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

Gardening events in the Delaware Valley

Now - September 27: Share the Harvest

Various locations

Share the Harvest encourages home gardeners to grow extra fruits and vegetables or collect any surplus produce from their harvest and donate to Philabundance to fight hunger in the Delaware Valley. Beginning June 28th through September 27th, 2014, Philabundance will accept produce donations on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 10 locations throughout the Delaware Valley (see list of drop-off sites on page two). Each week the produce collected from local gardeners at the 10 sites will go to nearby food pantries in that community. Philabundance needs volunteers for each Saturday to greet gardeners and deliver the donated produce from the garden center to the food pantry. Volunteering for the Share the Harvest is an opportunity for friends and family to spend time together on Saturday mornings while helping their neighbors in need. For those interested in volunteering or would like more information visit www.philabundance.org, or email volunteer@philabundance.org.

September 15: Trevose Horticultural Society presents "Begonias"

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

Guest Speaker, Tony Ashton of Trevose, will discuss proven methods to successfully grow and maintain beautiful begonias for year around enjoyment. Beginning with the history and various species of begonias, his demonstration will include propagation and general cultivation techniques, soil requirements, terrarium plantings and sources for buying begonias. A variety of begonias from Ashton's collection will be on display. A begonia collector for over 30 years, Ashton is a member of the American National Begonia Society and is active in the local Delaware Valley Branch of the American Begonia Society. All meetings are open to the public; a donation of $3 is requested from non-members. For further information, please contact 856/866-9163.

September 19: Park(ing) Day

Various locations in Philadelphia

On Friday, September 19, the international event known as Park(ing) Day will be celebrated in Philadelphia for the seventh consecutive year. Dozens of interactive parks will appear on city streets as artists, activists, planners, local businesses, and average citizens take over metered parking spots in an effort to promote green and pedestrian-friendly urban spaces. Contained within 170 square feet, the small size and temporary nature of the parks sets them apart from the ordinary, while the creative use of space by the designers is sure to delight. In past years, these parks have included landscaped meeting areas, cafés, makeshift mini golf courses, and inventive public art displays. Park(ing) Day was founded by Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, in 2005 to raise awareness of the need for more urban open space. Philadelphia celebrated Park(ing) Day for the first time in 2008 with over 25 installations for relaxing, cycling, creating art, education, and socializing. This year's event is sponsored by the Philadelphia Center for Architecture with AIA Philadelphia and organized by Zimmerman Architecture and Planning Studio, in partnership with DVRPC. For more information, visit parkingday.org. To sign up to host your own parking space, and to gather ideas from photos of former participants' installations, visit www.parkingdayphila.org. To access a printable Google Map of all the parks signed up so far, visit http://www.parkingdayphila.org/interactivemap. Park(ing) Day can also be found on Facebook and Twitter @parkingdayphila. Use the #ParkingDayPHL hashtag to see photos of team parks during the event. Join us at the Park(ing) Day Party! Visitors of and volunteers from the 2014 Park(ing) Day Philadelphia parklets are encouraged to head over to the Philadelphia Center for Architecture after 5pm for a reception with food and drink in honor of all the impressively creative park designers. More information is available at philadelphiacfa.ticketleap.com.

September 20: PHS Fall Festival Featuring the Franklin Flea

The Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA

Get the fall season started in style at the PHS Fall Festival on the parade grounds of the Navy Yard. Enjoy great shopping, tasty eats from local food trucks, Yards beer garden, harvest competitions, and fun activities for the kids from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year, the festival welcomes the Franklin Flea, an outdoor market with more than 50 vendors offering vintage goods, handmade items, and gourmet foods. The Fall Festival also features autumn deals on plants, fall decor and gardening supplies at the PHS marketplace, plus organic, local produce at the PHS City Harvest farmers market. Become a PHS member at the Fall Festival and receive a free plant in the Plant Dividend Tent. Sign up at the PHS Membership tent. PHS members receive a range of exclusive benefits at the event including a free plant and a 10% shopping discount at the PHS store and select marketplace vendors. PHS members also receive free tickets to the 2015 Flower Show and many other year-round benefits. The Fall Festival is a free event with free parking. The Navy Yard is located at the south end of Broad Street and is easily accessible from I-95 (exit 17, Broad Street). For more information visit the PHS Fall Festival web page.

September 21: 2014 Garlic in the Garden Festival & Cook-Off

Temple Ambler Food Crops Garden, 580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler, PA 19002

Garlic cook-off competition, gift basket raffle, 50/50 cash raffle, food donation collection, cooking, cultivation and medicinal garden tips, games for kids, and more. Free admission with garlic cook-off entry, $5 off admission with perishable/non-perishable donation. $10 standard admission. 3 - 6 p.m.

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 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 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.