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

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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!

November 19: Empty Bowl Dinner

Lutheran Theological Seminary on Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia

Mike once again has the honor of hosting the annual Empty Bowl benefit dinner for the homeless, this year to be held (for the second time!) at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Chestnut Hill PA. Coordinated by the Northwest Philly Interfaith Hospitality Network ("The shelter that's not like a shelter"), this year's event takes place on Wednesday evening November 19th. You'll get to pick your own hand made bowl out of a room filled with literally hundreds of beautiful bowls donated by local artisans and/or schoolchildren. Then you get to eat all the soup you want from a delectable variety (like Hot & Sour, Chicken Noodle, Butternut Squash, Italian Wedding, etc., etc.) donated by area restaurants—great bread, too! You get to eat your fill and then take home your bowl--all while helping homeless families. Such a mitzvah! Three seatings; for details, call: (215) 247-4663 - www.philashelter.org

Gardening events in the Delaware Valley


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: 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.


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.


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.

December 8 - 11: NOFA Organic Land Care Course

Philadelphia, PA

A 30-hour organic land care accreditations course for land care professionals, designers and environmental educators begins December 8 at PHS. This class provides a well-rounded curriculum for understanding organic land care principles, practices, design and maintenance. Presented in partnership with the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), the curriculum is based on NOFA's Standards for Organic Land Care, which extends the vision and practices of organic agriculture to the care of landscapes where we live our daily lives. Upon passing the accreditation exam at the end of the course, students become an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP), which is a marketable credential offering many benefits. For additional information and to register, click here. Members of PHS, the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN), Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association (PLNA) and other partners (check registration page) receive a 10% discount on the full registration fees. A 10% discount is also available to groups of three or more registered by the same business or organization.