Learn about Israeli culture as Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., celebrates Tu Bi'Shevat, the Jewish New Year for Trees, Sunday. The event, offered as part of Longwood's Discovery Days, which gives visitors insights into other cultures, includes klezmer concerts, Israeli dance workshops, lectures and family programs on trees and Mediterranean plants.
Margaret Presley, an environmental and Jewish educator from the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, will discuss the history of Tu Bi'Shevat and its present-day significance, at lectures at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the visitor center auditorium.
At 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., RAK-DAN Israeli Dancing leads two dance workshops, and then at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. the Philadelphia-based group Klingon Klez performs a klezmer concert with Jewish party music, jazz, funk, Dixieland and modern sounds.
The Jewish New Year for Trees event takes place Sunday at Longwood Gardens, U.S. Route 1, Kennett Square, Pa. Admission is $12; $6 ages 16-20; $2 ages 6-15; free for ages under 6. Tickets for the dance workshop and concert are an additional $3. Call 610-388-1000 or visit www.longwoodgardens .org for more information.
Life of Churchill
An exhibit examining the life and political career of British statesman Sir Winston Churchill is at the Library of Congress today through June 26. Churchill and the Great Republic has more than 200 items and artifacts, including an 1883 report card for 9-year-old Churchill, a letter written in 1706 by Churchill's ancestor the Duke of Marlborough, notes passed from Churchill to Averell Harriman as they flew to the 1942 Churchill-Stalin conference in Moscow, and a 1942 globe that was sent as a Christmas present to both Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt by U.S. Army Chief of Staff George Marshall to help in war-planning.
"Churchill and the Great Republic" runs today through June 26 at the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Free admission. Call 202-707-5000 or visit www.loc.gov/exhibits.
Four inventive babes
With smart lyrics, inventive melodies and sweet harmonies, Four Bitchin' Babes really didn't need a clever name. But they've got one.
The four-woman group performs live tonight at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick. Singer-songwriters Sally Fingerett, Debi Smith, Camille West and Suzzy Roche will play humorous folk, blues, jazz and country-tinged songs about love, family and life's little moments. The group's latest CD is Some Assembly Required.
Four Bitchin' Babes perform at 7:30 p.m. today at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Tickets are $15, $25 and $30. Call 301-228-2828 or visit www.weinbergcenter.org.