The acclaimed Philadelphia Dance Company will showcase its modern dance moves and discuss dance techniques and the group's history tomorrow, and will give a performance Saturday. Philadanco, as the company is known, has toured nationally and internationally for 34 years, performing pieces that incorporate ballet, jazz, African and tap moves. Dancers will present a lecture and demonstration at 10 a.m. and noon tomorrow and will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for Friday's shows are $7 for 10 a.m. and $4 for noon; tickets for Saturday's program are $18 to $20; students, $10. The company will appear at the Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly. 301-277-1710.


National Colonial Farm's Children's Day, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, will give youngsters and their families a chance to step back in time. Visitors can observe a blacksmith at work, sheep-shearing, oxen and 18th-century varieties of herbs and plants on the farmstead. They can also can participate in activities such as dressing in period costumes, making candles, spinning wool, embroidering, churning butter and playing traditional 18th-century games. The event will go on rain or shine in Piscataway Park, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. Admission is $2 per child, 50 cents per adult. 301-283-2113.


Drummer and teacher Jim Donovan of Rusted Root, a grass-roots rock band known for its percussive beats, will conduct a workshop in Mount Rainier on Wednesday. No background in drumming is needed to take part in the "Interactive Drumming Experience," which will include learning about rhythms from around the world and enhancing creativity and listening skills. The workshop runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at Joe's Movement Emporium, 3802 34th St. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door; students, $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance registration is required. 301-699-1819.