Local Dragon Boat Team Will Race to Fight Pancreatic Cancer This Weekend

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Less than a week after Christine Edmonds and her family received the devastating news that her husband, Kevin, had pancreatic cancer, they were on a beach in the Virgin Islands. This is how Kevin was—the type to opt to live life rather than wait for it to end—and it’s why he became the inspiration for A Love for Life, the Philadelphia-based nonprofit that raises funds for pancreatic cancer research. It founded by Christine in December 2012 following her husband’s death.

Kevin’s diagnosis wasn’t Christine’s first experience with this ruthless form of cancer. The year before, she watched as her sister-in-law battled the very same disease, eventually losing a seemingly rigged fight.

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Wide Open Spaces: Where to Work Out Without the Crowds

The best thing about August? Vacations. The worst thing about August in Philly? All the tourists who vacation here.

If you’ve attempted to run, bike, rollerblade or whatever in Center City lately, you’ve no doubt spent a good portion of your time dodging mobs. Because that’s no fun at all, here are four off-the-beaten-path ways to break a sweat away from the crowds.

For a run that’ll actually clear your head …
Try: The trails at Tyler State Park
Stick to the gloriously wide (and shaded!) paved path, take a detour on the wooded, hilly trails, or mix and match your miles in this beautiful state park in Newtown. Bonus: You can take a dip in the Neshaminy Creek mid-run to cool off.

For a super-relaxing yoga sesh …
Try: Yoga in the Vineyard at Penns Woods Winery
What pairs perfectly with a glass of chardonnay? Yoga. Next weekend, on the 25th, Delco-based instructor Merry-Lita Bliss will host a yoga-class-cum-wine-tasting at this Chadds Ford winery. $35.

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To Do: Free Mini-Golf at The Porch


The Porch at 30th Street Station is bringing back it’s popular mini-golf course for the entire month of July. The best part? It’s completely free. All you’ll need is a valid ID to trade in for a ball and club (you’ll get it back at the end) to get putting. To placate the less golf-inclined, board games will also be on tap. More info here.

FREE, Daily through July 31st from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., The Porch at 30th Street Station, 2955 Market Street, Philadelphia.

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To Do: Moonlight Kayak Tours on the Schuylkill

How’s this for a Saturday date-night idea: nighttime kayaking on the Schuylkill. Take notes, boys.

Professionally guided kayak tours are back this summer, with a twist. This late-night outing includes half an hour of instruction and one hour on the water between the Walnut Street Dock and Fairmount Water Works. Kayaks come in individual or tandem, if you want to get close to that special someone.  For more info, click here.

Upcoming dates: July 13th, August 24th and September 21st, all starting at 8 p.m.

$50 per person, Walnut Street Dock, East side of Schuylkill River beneath Walnut Street Bridge, Philadelphia

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To Do: Get Fit with Your Kids at Wawa’s Welcome America Festival

Schooool’s out for summer! If you have kids, this could be a less joyous anthem than intended, since it means you’re stuck at home with them allll day. Here’s a way to keep them occupied.

Wawa is planning a little something to help keep kids smart and fit this summer at its Welcome America festival next week. They’re doing a free and fun series called Go 4th & Learn, which includes interactive and educational programs on a range of topics—from history to farming—to get kids engaged.

Next Wednesday, the topic du jour is fitness. The program will include Zumba so you can dance with your kids, martial arts, and a 6.5-acre playground with a giant wooden slide. Mayor Nutter and former Eagles’ defensive tackle Hollis Thomas will also stop by to read to the kids. Learn more here.

FREE, July 3rd from 10 a.m. to noon, Smith Memorial Playground in East Fairmount Park, 3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia.

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To Do: Great American Backyard Campout on the Schuylkill

Okay, so just because we Philadelphians live in a city doesn’t mean we can’t go camping in our own backyard. This weekend, the Schuyllkill Center for Environmental Education in Roxborough is hosting the Great American Backyard Campout, a family-friendly campout under the stars. And it has all the fixins: You’ll cook outdoors, learn camp skills, fish, hike and build campfires.

You’ll check in between 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturday and check out at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday; Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast are included. On Sunday, there’s also a special clinic about camping gear. Bring your own tent if you have one and if not, you can rent one for an extra fee. Register by calling 215-482-7300, extension 110.

$35, June 22nd through 23rd, Schuyllkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia.

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To Do: Outdoor Nighttime Yoga in Yardley

If you didn’t get the first memo (or the second one), outdoor yoga is the way to go this summer.

This Saturday, Bucks County yoga studio the Prancing Peacock will take advantage of Mother Nature by offering a moonlit outdoor yoga class. Snacks around a bonfire will be provided afterwards. I feel more zen just thinking about it. To pre-register, click here. (Click the Workshops tab.)

$30, 9 to 10:30 p.m., the Prancing Peacock, 524 Stony Hill Road, Yardley.

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To Do: Free Yoga for the Summer Solstice in Conshohocken

Believe it or not, the first official day of summer hasn’t happened yet! So why not ring in the steamiest season by completing 108 sun salutations to live music with Sol Yoga at Sutcliffe Park in Conshy? For background, 108 is a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga that connects the sun and earth and symbolizes sacred places in the body. Get ready to bring on the Chaturanga push-ups and downward-facing dogs!

The free summer SOLstice event will take place outdoors on Friday, June 21st, at 6 p.m. and is estimated to take 1½ to 2 hours. The back-up venue for a rainy solstice is the Fellowship House of Conshohocken. More info on the Summer SOLstice event is here. For more free yoga this summer, check out our roundup here.

FREE, June 21st at 6 p.m., Sutcliffe Park, Colwell Lane, Conshohocken.

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To Do: Dirty Girl Mud Run in the Poconos

If you’ve done more 5K road races than you can count and are looking for more of a challenge, here’s an idea: the Dirty Girl Mud Run, a 5K obstacle course full of water pits, tunnels and slides covered in mud. This made-for-women event, which is making multiple stops across the U.S. this summer, will be in our area on June 22nd. If you want to know more about the course, the site is pretty extensive and even has a map of what the race will look like.

Although the ticket will cost you one whole Benjamin—which, yes, is admittedly steep—you do get swag, like a t-shirt and charm. More importantly, they claim, you’ll have “the time of your life.” Register here.

$100, June 22nd from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 211 North Meckesville Rd, Albrightsville.

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