Around Town April 1

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center will have extended visitor hours beginning Friday, April 9. The museum is slated to open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 5 p.m., working toward operating its regular schedule per the Pennsylvania State and Chester County Covid-19 mandates. Additionally, AHMEC now accepts bookings for Covid-compliant birthday parties, group tours, and special events. Contact AHMEC at 610-436-9600 or see the website for more information. The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is at 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester.

The Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) is offering the evidence-based Healthy Steps program virtually for those 60 and older. This program helps reduce fall risk by helping participants address fears while educating and equipping them with the right tools to make a difference in their lives. Research has found that adults who completed the Healthy Steps workshop lower their risk of a fall significantly by 15 percent. The program will be held virtually on Zoom 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, and Thursday, April 8. All program costs, including the Healthy Steps workbook, are covered by COSA, so the program is free, but class size is limited. Registration is mandatory. To register, contact Ellen Williams at williamse@co.delaware.pa.us or by calling 610-499-1937.

Wildflower Weekend at Mt. Cuba begins April 23.

Celebrate early spring ephemerals at Mt. Cuba Center’s Wildflower Weekend on April 23, 24, and 25. Each day features a variety of family-friendly outdoor programming like family yoga and story-time, live music, food trucks, guided tours, and a native plant sale. This event is rain or shine. Join us to honor these beautiful and iconic blooms at the peak of their glory. For your safety and to ensure social distancing, timed tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-17. Children under 6 are free. Mt. Cuba Center members enjoy free admission to Wildflower Weekend but must reserve timed-entry tickets in advance. This event may sell out so please register early. Go here for more information and tickets.

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine is hosting its first-ever virtual 5K from Saturday, April 24 through Saturday, May 1. All are invited to register individually or as a team. Each participant chooses the time and place to run or walk the 5K during the week of April 24-May 1. It can be on a treadmill, at their local Y, on a neighborhood street, a trail, or anywhere they choose and submits their walk/run time online. During the week, finishers will be entered to win raffle prizes daily. You do not need to be a member of the YMCA to participate. All are welcome. Those who register by Sunday, April 4, will receive early bird pricing of $28/runner and are guaranteed a special commemorative Run for Good t-shirt. Registration increases to $35/runner on April 5 and commemorative shirts are then only available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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