The Weekend Guide

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Varga Bar Calendar Debut Party
What: Meet the pinup models, snack on free apps, and pick up a few calendars ($20 each), since a portion of proceeds benefits the Liberty USO.
Why: You’ll appreciate the unskanky, retro-inspired shots of curvy gals just as much as your beau does.
Wed., 9 p.m.
Varga Bar, 941 Spruce St. (215-627-5200). Admission is free.

Become a Borrower

What: Take ordinary household items and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful’s Phoebe Coles will show you how to turn them into totes and other unexpected treasures.
Why: Ornaments crafted from CDs add just the right amount of shine to the tree.
When: Sun., 1-3 p.m.
Where: Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. Second St. (215-922-1122). For more info, e-mail bkerr@ardentheatre.org. Participation is free.

Kevin O’Brien Collection
What: The local textile designer, who created fabrics for the likes of Donna Karan and Zac Posen, sets up shop with one-of-a-kind scarves, bedding, and throws at 30 percent off (reg. $98-$575).
Why: Velvet pillows spruce up your ratty couch in seconds.
When: Thru Jan. 3. Meet the artist, Fri., 5-8 p.m. Hours, Tues.-Thurs., Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum Store, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. (215-684-7960).

Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids
What: It’s that time of year when kiddos (and those at heart) dream of shiny new balance bikes, mind-bending puzzles, and sparkling shoes.
Why: They still believe.
When: Before all the good stuff is gone.
Where: Online at dailycandy.com.

Repeal Day
at The Franklin
What: Commemorate the end of Prohibition with libations like Hunter’s Moon (amontillado sherry, Scotch, apple juice, and egg white) and Evil Woman Swizzle (Nardini Amaro, bitters, lemon juice, and red wine) from the new fall menu.
Why: A fizzy champagne cocktail special ($8) is the perfect way to celebrate your right to get tanked.
When: Sun., 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., 112 S. 18th St. (267-467-3277).

Photo: Celeste Giuliano / Courtesy of Varga Bar

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