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:

September 5, 1 p.m.: Lecture: The Second Season: Garlic, pansies salad greens and more!

Lee Highway Nursery
7159 Burke Lane Warrenton, VA 201860
Details: www.leehighwaynursery.com


September 11, 6 - 8 p.m.: Food Day Farm to Table Event

Spring City Public Library (Chester County)
245 Broad Street, Spring City, PA 19475
610-948-4130
Check facebook.com/springcitypubliclibrary for updates and events!


Wednesday, September 16, 7 to 9 p.m.: Lecture: Fall Gardening; The Second Season--Garlic, lawns, Spring bulbs and more!

Horsham Township Library
435 Babylon Road; Horsham, PA 19044-1224
Tel: (215) 443-2609, ext. 205
Library info: http://www.horshamlibrary.org/index.html
Event info: http://www.horshamlibrary.org/2015_09_16_MikeMcGrath.pdf


Saturday October 3 at 11 a.m.: An Afternoon with Mike McGrath

Greene County Fairgrounds Recreation Center
Xenia, Ohio (Dayton/Yellow Springs/Antioch area)
A WYSO event!
Event Info: http://wyso.org/afternoon-mike-mcgrath


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!



Gardening events in the Delaware Valley


September 2: Free Guided Tour at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College

Scott Arboretum Offices

See how the plants of the 2015 Scott Arboretum Plant Sale (September 11 to 13) look in the garden. Take a tour to see how to train clematis and interplant perennials and woodies for a successful garden. 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.


September 11 - 12: Bowers Chile Pepper Food Festival

Bill DeLong Memorial Park in Bowers, PA

James Weaver of Meadow View Farm began planting peppers on his farm in 1994 for himself and his friend Chris Markey. This led to the "Hot Pepper Field Day" for locals to come and pick their own. Since that time, the festival has grown to provide good music and spicy food. Musical entertainment will be provided both days by Acoustic Road Show which showcases local musicians.

Otherwise, It's all about chile peppers, featuring some of the tastiest and most interesting chile pepper inspired dishes anywhere, from sauces to smoked stuffed jalapenos with crab and cream cheese. On Saturday the Jalapeno Pepper Eating Contest begins at 4:00PM. As always, the horse drawn wagons will be providing transport between the festival and the farm, donations always appreciated.

A donation of $2.00 per person is requested. Parking is free in the park. Family friendly. No Pets and No Alcohol Permitted! More info at www.pepperfestival.com


September 12 - 13: The Scott Arboretum's Plant Sale

Cunningham Field on the Swarthmore College campus

Mark your calendar for The Scott Arboretum's biennial plant sale! Cover your garden with the colorful continual summer blooms of Clematis. The 2015 Scott Arboretum Plant Sale will feature new-to-the-US-market clematis. In addition to flowering continuously throughout the summer, these selections are smaller in size making them ideal for small gardens, containers, and weaving among annuals, perennials, or shrubs.

Beyond the ornamental vines, shoppers can find a great selection ferns, hydrangeas, edible ornamentals, perennials, and woodies all selected by Scott Associates and Arboretum staff based on their experiences growing and enjoying them at the Scott Arboretum and in their own gardens. The 2015 plant sale will be held on the Cunningham Field on the Swarthmore College campus (near Route 320 on College Avenue). Free admission and parking is available. VISA and MasterCard will be accepted. This sale will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact the Scott Arboretum offices at 610-328-8025.


September 18 - 20: PHS Harvest Fest at the PHS Pop Up Gardens

PHS Pop Up Gardens, located at 15th & South Streets and 9th & Wharton Streets, Philadelphia

Kids Activities, Live Music, Garden Competitions, Food and Drink. Seasonal fun will take place each day in both gardens. The full schedule of events in the gardens is updated regularly at PHSonline.org.


September 30: 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 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 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.


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.