WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: From Harry Potter to Medieval times ... you won’t have to travel far for lots of fun |Oct 19, 2017

Harry Potter magic Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival: A variety of Harry Potter events are set for the evening of Oct. 20, and all day Oct. 21, at various locations. Find the full schedule of performances and activities, and a festival map at www.

FOOD: These loaded potatoes pack a healthy punch |Oct 18, 2017

Piled high with toppings, stuffed potatoes qualify as classic comfort food. But with a few easy changes, chefs transform them into nutritional powerhouses. And so can you.

Elysian Camerata makes a second home in Ambler |Oct 18, 2017

True music lovers will brave any obstacle to hear a favorite piece — except, perhaps, the Schuylkill River.

New family-friendly ‘The Glow’ drawing crowds to Fairmount Park |Oct 18, 2017

The concert season at the Mann Center is done; so what’s all that light coming from West Fairmount Park in Philadelphia?

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Only the Brave’ a mostly winning tribute to Granite Mountain Hotshots |Oct 18, 2017

Josh Brolin’s character in “Only the Brave,” Eric Marsh, has a recurring dream about a charging bear made of fire.

Phoenixville Police search for driver in hit-and-run |Oct 18, 2017

PHOENXVILLE >> Phoenixville Police are asking for the public’s help with identifying the driver of a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian.

Man charged in fatal Phoenixville shooting to face trial for murder |Oct 18, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> The man accused of shooting and killing 20-year-old Joshua Mitchell in Phoenixville last month will stand trial for murder.

MUSIC SCENE: Benefit show turns into ‘Music for Everyone’ in Phoenixville |Oct 17, 2017

Orion Communities believes every person deserves shelter, food, clothing, transportation and access to health care.

‘Final Journey’ for Johnny Clegg. Career retrospective of upbeat Afropop comes to Keswick Theatre in Glenside |Oct 17, 2017

“Just bring your dancing shoes,” said world music superstar Johnny Clegg from a hotel room in Quebec.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Cooler temperatures demand a ragout |Oct 17, 2017

Peppery Sausage Ragout INGREDIENTS

Beach Fossils sonically expand. Band to incorporate new sounds into live set at Philly concert |Oct 17, 2017

The breezy jangle of Beach Fossils is back.

Perkiomen Valley School District sets Oct. 23 public meeting for referendum on $2M artificial turf plan |Oct 16, 2017

In addition to choosing four school board members in the Nov. 7 General Election, voters in the Perkiomen Valley School District will face another choice — a $2 million choice.

CONCERT PREVIEW: J. Geils Band’s ‘Magic Dick,’ guitarist Shun Ng playing mix of R&B, rock, jazz. Duo plays at the Sellersville |Oct 16, 2017

They were born about 45 years apart, yet blues harp master Richard “Magic Dick” Salwitz and singer/guitarist Shun Ng (pronounced shoon-ing) seem to be musical soul mates.

DINING REVIEW: Spring House Tavern still satisfies after 298 years |Oct 16, 2017

According to Bean’s History of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (where would I be without the Internet?), in October of 1804, Alexander Wilson, a distinguished ornithologist, and two companions on a journey from Philadelphia to Niagara Falls stayed overnight at the Spring House Hotel and Tavern in Lower Gwynedd Township, Eastern Montgomery County.

Outdoors: A crowded week for October hunters |Oct 15, 2017

This marks an eventful week in the great out-of-doors for Pennsylvania’s fraternity of hunters as our increasingly crowded outdoors calendar swings into mid-October. Let’s take a look at the veritable cornucopia of outdoors options that kicked in Saturday, Oct.

EAT & DRINK: New restaurant in King of Prussia, new menus at Suburban Restaurant in Exton and much more |Oct 13, 2017

First, the new: Founding Farmers (of Washington D.C. fame) opens Nov. 1 at the King of Prussia Town Center. It’s the restaurant group’s sixth location, but first outside the capital region.

Teens invited to enter video contest to combat opioid epidemic |Oct 13, 2017

Collegeville >> State Sen. John Rafferty, R-44th Dist., recently announced that his office will be participating in a Senate contest aimed at teen drug and alcohol prevention and awareness. The initiative, known as the “Talk to Your Senator” Video Contest, encourages middle and high school age teens to make a video aimed at “peer prevention.

CONCERT: Max Weinberg returns to his rock and roll roots; performs at World Café Live |Oct 12, 2017

Celebrating more than four decades as the driving beat behind Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, drummer Max Weinberg is paying homage to the music that served as his musical inspiration.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Nancy McGuigan |Oct 12, 2017

Nancy McGuigan’s smile lights up the world, as do her genuine grace and insight.

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS: Wolf Parade, Stone Foxes and Kaleo among next week’s best music bets |Oct 12, 2017

Welcome to “Seven in Seven,’ where each Friday we take a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.

Limerick Police ask for public’s help in receiving K-9 grant |Oct 12, 2017

LIMERICK >> Limerick Police were recently nominated for a K-9 grant and with some help from the public, they could receive up to $5,000.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Area garden destination, Chanticleer, is a treat |Oct 12, 2017

If you’re looking for a garden destination while there are still some warm-ish fall days to enjoy, I can’t recommend a better place than Chanticleer. Located in Wayne, PA, the garden occupies thirty-five of the forty-seven acres of the former estate of Adolph Rosengarten Jr.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Taming the spice level on a unique lamb dish |Oct 11, 2017

Oh the spiciness of Mongolian Lamb is what keeps the shepherds from overheating in the summertime. Honestly! Those wanderers in Eastern Asia of old knew how to cook with spices, that is.

Engage with the artists during Delaware County Studio Tour |Oct 11, 2017

Did you know there are 59 artists in Delaware County?

Chester County advances Landscapes3 process |Oct 11, 2017

West Chester >> Chester County is continuing to advance development of Landscapes3, its next long-range comprehensive plan. As part of this process, county commissioners unveiled a video series about the plan, the Planning Commission released an analysis of the public survey results, and the Landscapes3 Steering Committee began to conduct meetings.

598 homes to be built in West Goshen |Oct 11, 2017

WEST GOSHEN >> A development project to construct 598 homes at the 433-acre Jerrehian property is shovel ready.

Drilling fluid spilled for third time in same area in East Goshen |Oct 11, 2017

EAST GOSHEN >> While performing horizontal directional drilling, Sunoco Pipeline has spilled drilling fluid three times since Saturday at nearly the same site.

A new Wentz takes over at Chester County’s Quadratec |Oct 11, 2017

WEST GOSHEN >> A popular online Jeep aftermarket parts and accessories business has a new leader – but one familiar to the company’s employees.

King of Prussia Mall partners with Komen Foundation |Oct 11, 2017

UPPER MERION>>Patti Gahagan loves to occasionally meet friends for lunch at King of Prussia Mall, but by her own admission, she doesn’t do a lot of shopping when she’s there.

Route 422 closure scheduled for tonight postponed |Oct 11, 2017

POTTSTOWN >> PennDOT announced that the Route 422 closure scheduled for Wednesday night has been postponed.

FOOD: Step aside pumpkin spice, maple pecan flavor is here |Oct 11, 2017

Is pumpkin spice passé? This fall, follow a certain coffee shop’s lead and make the most of maple pecan… in lattes and so much more.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Chris Botti staying focused on his musical craft; performs as part of Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest |Oct 11, 2017

Trumpeter Chris Botti has successfully blended jazz and pop since 1995, winning a Grammy and selling more than 4 million albums.

MOVIE REVIEW: Horror-comedy ‘Happy Death Day’ reasonably kills it with ‘Groundhog Day’ formula |Oct 11, 2017

What if you could relive the worst birthday of your life again and again?

Phoenixville Police respond to 106 calls over four days |Oct 11, 2017

Phoenixville Police reported a total of 106 calls for service between Oct. 5 and Oct. 8. Officers referred to the following notable instances on the department’s Facebook page:

Dream Factory to hold Fall Gala in Phoenixville |Oct 11, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> Disney World isn’t the only place where dreams come true.

Storm brings down trees and power lines in West Whiteland |Oct 10, 2017

WEST WHITELAND >> A home in the 100 block of Whitford Road was evacuated Monday morning after the power line running up the side of the building went up in flames during the morning rainstorm.

3-vehicle crash reported on Route 724 in North Coventry |Oct 10, 2017

NORTH COVENTRY >> One person was taken to the Trauma Center at Reading Hospital in West Reading after this three-car crash on rain-soaked Route 724 near Catfish Lane Monday morning.

Texas men facing trial this week for Norristown shooting, beating |Oct 10, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Two Texas men accused of playing roles in the shooting and assault of a Norristown man they mistakenly believed sold them fake drugs will face a jury when their trial gets under way this week in Montgomery County Court.

Phoenixville veteran honored for service at Iwo Jima |Oct 10, 2017

PHOENIXVILLE >> “I told him, ‘I love you and you always were my hero,’ and he started to cry.”

MINECRAFT FANS: Build Battles, VR, a costume contest, YouTubers and more at Minefaire. Event is held at the Philadelphia Expo Center |Oct 10, 2017

If you’re a superfan of Minecraft, you’ve got to be there.

THEATER REVIEW: Arden Theatre stages a ‘Cabaret’ for our time |Oct 10, 2017

“Meine damen und herren, willkommen!” The smirking, slinky Emcee purrs the familiar greeting from center stage and the audience is back at the Kit Kat Klub in 1929 Berlin. Once again, as spot lights whirl and a chorus line in various stages of undress marches forward, “es ist zeit für ‘Kabarett!’”

Film on Liberian supergroup by Lower Merion woman premieres in Philly |Oct 10, 2017

Some of Liberia’s most famous singers, entertainers and activists are now living in Philadelphia and singing as part of the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change.

Friends Folk Club in Oxford to present Tish Hinojosa, Mason Porter, Charlie Zahm |Oct 10, 2017

Mary Louise Bove explained why the century-old Oxford Friends Meeting has the acoustics that it does.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Russell Mitman |Oct 10, 2017

His full title is the Rev. Dr. J. Russell Mitman — but to his parishioners he is just “Pastor.” He came to Parkside United Church of Christ in Phoenixville, PA in 2011 to fill in until a new minister was found for the church.

AT THE TABLE WITH: Richard Devaney |Oct 10, 2017

If you don’t recognize the name, he is also known as “Gump”; he is a popular icon in Phoenixville.

North Coventry Police charge woman with retail theft from Kohl’s |Oct 10, 2017

NORTH COVENTRY >> Police have charged a woman after they say she tried to leave Kohl’s Department Store without paying for cosmetics.

North Coventry Police: Man used brother’s ID during traffic stop |Oct 10, 2017

NORTH COVENTRY >> Police have charged a man after he allegedly provided police with his brother’s information during a traffic stop.

CONCERT PREVIEW: Last call for oddball, irreverent singing group The Bobs |Oct 10, 2017

Since the early ‘80s, they’ve been like a demented cross between Manhattan Transfer and Monty Python, or Robin Williams and Bobby McFerrin.

Limerick Unit 2 shut down for planned maintenance |Oct 9, 2017

@MercBiz on Twitter LIMERICK >> Operators shut down the Unit 2 nuclear generator at the Limerick Generating Station Monday morning to perform planned maintenance, according to an announcement from Exelon Nuclear.

CONCERT PICKS: Bruno Mars, Third Eye Blind, Paramore among this week’s best bets. |Oct 6, 2017

Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday we take a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.