Alex Scott, just 8 years old, changed the world for the better before losing her battle with cancer in 2004. Her legend lives on through her creation, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which has raised millions in support of pediatric cancer research. Join Alex’s parents, Liz and Jay Scott, for the annual Lemon Ball, a glitzy “yellow tie” charity affair featuring silent auctions, cocktails and dinner, all in support of one brave girl’s dream. Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, (610) 609-3034, AlexsLemonade.org, $250
1/20: Freedom Fighters
Every year, Camden County residents nominate their neighbors to receive the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Medal, based upon acts and community service emulating the civil rights leader. This year’s recipients will be honored the week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, held on Jan. 16 this year. The night will feature an opening reception, followed by dinner and, of course, the medal presentation. Jan. 20, 5:30 p.m. at the Camden County Boathouse, 7050 N. Park Drive, Pennsauken, (856) 216-8217, CCParks.com, $25
1/28: Chilly, Chili
Historic Mount Holly reignites its annual Fire and Ice Festival once again. Head downtown to check out the amazing ice carvers in action, as they compete to take the annual ice-master award, then warm up with the Relief Fire House’s Chili Contest, featuring a public tasting for all to enjoy. From hot to cold, this beloved festival has everything you could want in a winter’s day out. Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Downtown Mount Holly, FireAndIceFestival.com, free
The Perkins Center is celebrating local art with “Photography 31.” This juried exhibition features selected photographs from the area by some of South Jersey’s best photographers. Though the exhibit runs through March, an opening reception on Jan. 29 will include a meet-and-greet with exhibited and award-winning artists. Winners will have their work offered to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to be on display to thousands. Jan. 29, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Perkins Center for the Arts, 395 Kings Highway, Moorestown, (856) 235-6488, free
1/31: Local Flavor
Back by popular demand, the annual Taste of Mount Laurel returns to satisfy hungry visitors. Put an extra notch on your belt before sampling signature dishes from more than two dozen excellent local restaurants, then enter to win giveaways from the eateries on display. Jan. 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Mount Laurel Community Center, 100 Mount Laurel Road, Mount Laurel, (856) 234-0001 ext. 269, MountLaurel.com, free
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 10 (January, 2012).
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