Mark Your Calendar: Canning, Cycling, and a Labor Day Escape

The health & fitness events on our radar this week

Eating Local: Preserving the Best of Summer
September 4th, 1:00 PM

Learn how to save your favorite summertime treats in jars so you can enjoy them all year long. The menu will consist of fresh fig and lemon preserves, hot pepper vinegar, roasted tomato sauce, and Texas-style pickled okra.

Sur La Table, 690 West Dekalbe Pike, Suite 2068, King of Prussia; $69 per person; For more information, call 484-612-0046 or e-mail

Urban Escapes Summer Camp
September 3rd – September 6th
Grab your yoga mat and head for the hills this Labor Day weekend with Urban Escapes Philadelphia on a three-day retreat to the Kittatinny Mountains.  Your retreat will be packed with guided hikes, yoga sessions, campfire parties, pick-up  games, and 500 acres of serene relaxation. Afterwards, cool off with a dip in the private mountainside lake, then kick back and relax with a family-style dinner.

Philadelphia Urban Escapes, 911 Pine Street, Suite 1F; Price includes three days/nights accommodations, nine meals, beer and wine at dinner, all activities. Trip, $339; Round-trip transportation (optional), $99; For more information, call 215-486-6322 or e-mail

34th Annual Brandywine Bike Tour
September 5th, 7:30 AM

Scale the rolling, hilly terrain of the Brandywine River Valley as much or as little as you’d like. All riders begin with a 26-mile route. Too tired to continue? Relax by renting a canoe and paddling down the scenic Brandywine River. If you’re not ready to throw in the towel just yet, continue on with the 50-mile route. Stop at 65 miles, or if you really want to test your endurance, go for the 100-mile route, where you’ll trek alongside the Brandywine River for more than 20 miles.

Pocopson Elementary School, 1105 Pocopson Road, West Chester; Pre-registration by August 30th, $25; Day of ride, $30; Register online here. — Alyssa Brindisi