Wednesday, July 19, 2017

How N-Town is Wasting Our Tax $ Now

At the end of last week, Norristown Municipality posted photos of Riverfront Park on their Facebook page with the caption, “Despite the gloomy weather, Norristown Public Works and Pennsylvania American Water are hard at work trimming trees and clearing out debris to give everyone a more beautiful view of Norristown's riverfront!” 48 people hit the Like or even the Love icon. What’s not to love, right?

Me? I thought “uh-oh” and went down to Riverfront this week to check it out.

What their photos didn’t show you was the mud they left behind. They essentially ripped out 90% or more of the vegetation along the riverbank—trees, undergrowth, you name it—and left mud and debris in their wake. Sure, everyone can see the river from any point in the parking lot now, but if you want shade for your picnic on these hot days, forget it. If you want to enjoy nature without looking at ugly mud and debris, you’ll have to head for Valley Forge.

Still, the inconvenience of picnickers is only a tiny part of the problem. The real disaster here is that most of the riparian buffer zone was destroyed. What’s a riparian buffer zone? It’s native vegetation that grows along a riverbank and has 4 important environmental functions:

1. Keeping the bank from eroding
2. Slowing flood waters
3. Absorbing pollution in stormwater runoff, to keep the river cleaner
4. Providing habitat (food and shelter) for fish and wildlife

If we get one or two heavy thunderstorms this week, some of that mud will disappear, right into the river. The next time we get a week of rain, a lot of what’s left of the riverbank could disappear. The dirt around the roots of the few trees they left will erode away and those trees will fall into the river. The riverbank will go bye-bye, then the parking lot will start to crack and wash away. I heard the PA American Water Company intends to plant grass seed. That won’t work. Residential grass doesn’t have roots deep enough or strong enough for a riverbank. 

A good strong flood could speed up the erosion process. Remember a few years ago, when a flood lifted the Dragon Boat’s trailer and washed it down to the Dekalb bridge? A flood like that now would do a lot more damage to Riverfront Park—destroy the parking lot, gouge out the hill behind it, even undermine the Schuylkill River Trail—because now we have very few trees and undergrowth to slow down flood waters. If Riverfront Park is inundated, the river could actually move inland permanently, then threaten Crawford Park and everything downstream.

Pollution? We already have elevated levels of nitrates in our river. We get our drinking water from there, folks. We ought to be trying to widen and strengthen the riparian buffer instead of destroying it.

A week and a half ago I went on the Audubon Center’s bird walk at Riverfront. We saw little birds in the trees all along the riverbank and heard frogs in the water. All those birds were gone yesterday, and I didn’t hear any frogs. If you’re one of the people who like to fish at Riverfront, the fish populations will probably decrease in the coming year because of lack of habitat.

I don’t know who at Municipal Hall had this brilliant idea to destroy an entire eco-system and put at risk one of our most unique parks, and the area all around it, and possibly even our water supply. The person ought to be fired.

A"before" picture of the riverbank
What will it take to fix the problem properly? Honestly, I’m not sure it CAN be fixed. An eco-system is a complex thing that takes decades, at least, to evolve. Planting native plants all along the bank would help. Widening the riparian zone would help, even if it’s only by 10 or 15 feet. Things that won’t help: grass or more concrete or asphalt. Whatever the solution, it’ll cost more tax money. Something they wouldn’t need to spend if they’d left well enough alone.

But frankly, I can’t see anyone at Municipal Hall publicly acknowledging their mistake. Or understanding that they made one in the first place.

Ironically, the Municipality just changed their Facebook cover to a pre-disaster area photo of Riverfront Park.

You can read more about riparian buffer zones on a PDF at the USDA's website at this link.

Friday, July 14, 2017

FREE Flea Market, Movies, Music, etc.

Things to do in town all day long on Saturday. Get out and enjoy the nice weather.

Friday, July 14, 8-9 pm at Simmons Park (328 E Oak). Prayer Vigil held by Norristown Town Watch to remember the lives lost in recent events in the community. All welcome.

Saturday, 9-3 pm at Selma Mansion (1301 W Airy). Flea Market. FREE admission for shoppers. Attic treasures, crafts, professional vendors, games. toys, food, drink. Rain or shine. There are still outside vendor spaces left for $10. Bring your own table or dropcloth. Pay when you arrive. First come, first choice of spaces.

Saturday, 10:30 am-12:30 pm at Centre Theater. Kids Movie Club. This month: "A Night At The Museum." FREE event for children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. To reserve, email centretheater@gmail.com

Saturday, 6:30-10:30 pm at Coffee Talk (507 W Marshall), Open Mic with Teri Camilari.

Saturday, 7-9 pm at the Elmwood Park Band Shell. Free Gospel Concert.

Saturday, 7-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Main and Green). Dueling guitars of "Pat's Run" performs. They're going to have a food truck from Havertown serving Mexican food in the afternoon. Really, Five Saints? You think you need to bring Mexican food in from out of town? You couldn't just partner with one of Norristown's dozens of Mexican eateries and support a local business?

Sunday, 11 am-3 pm at Crawford Park (342 W Main). Community Art Project during the 5 on 5.

Sunday, 7 pm at the Elmwood Park Bandshell, Summer Concert Series presents Monkeephiles (music of the Monkees). Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Concession stand will be open.

Monday, 1 pm at the Norristown Library (Powell and Swede) Community Room. Monday Movie Mania. This week is "Finding Dory." FREE and family-friendly.

Tuesday, 6:30 pm at Municipal Hall. Council Workshop meeting.

Thursday, 11 am-2:30 pm on East Main in front of the Courthouse. Norristown Farmers Market. Every Thursday through Oct 26. Variety of fruits and vegetables, farm fresh, and annual flowers.

Thursday, 7 pm at the Elmwood Park Bandshell, Summer Concert Series presents International Night with Norristown's own Verdi Band. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Concession stand will be open.

Next Saturday, July 22, 7-10 pm at Elmwood Park. Redemption 1010, a new church in Norristown, invites the community for a night of games, food and a movie. Free event. For more info jetpac1010@gmail.com

CADCOM is looking for vendors for their Community Day on August 5 (raindate Aug 12) at 340 E Oak St. $15 for business, FREE for non-profits. If you're interested, contact Heather Lewis at 610-277-6363 x166 or email hlewis@cadcom.org.

The deadline for the CADCOM Community Day Basketball Tournament is July 31. The tournament takes place Aug 5 from noon to 4 pm at Oak Street Park. Open to kids grades 4-12 and adults. For information, email Adrienne Aiken, Aaiken@cadcom.org.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Nature, Music, Graphic Arts, History and More this Week

We must be all partied out from the 4th because this weekend seems quiet. But head down to the river Saturday for a FREE program by the Audubon Center. I heard a rumor there might be other activities at Riverfront Park, too.

Saturday, July 8, noon-2 pm at Riverfront Park. Birding With Binoculars, a FREE program presented by the John James Audubon Center. Observe wildlife right on the Schuylkill River. Explore local waterfowl and learn how birds survive in their habitats by finding food, water, shelter, and space. Participants get a pair of binoculars to use during the program. Great for kids and families.


Saturday, 8-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Main and Green). Ken Pierson performs.


Sunday, 7 pm at the Elmwood Park Bandshell, Summer Concert Series presents Skitty Show (a little bit of everything). Bring a chair or blanket to sit on (though you're going to want to get up and dance). Concession stand will be open.


Tuesday, 1-2 pm at Norristown Library. Meet local graphic novelist Matt Phelan, who'll explain how to write and publish a graphic novel. All are welcome to attend, but especially teens.  Free.

Tuesday, 5:30-7 pm at the Historical Society (1654 Dekalb St.). Cruising Montgomery and Berks Counties. Cruising was a favorite activity on Friday and Saturday nights during the 1950's to show off your ride and your girl, impress your friends, or maybe get the attention of that special girl. Then stop at the drive-in for a soft drink or snack and check out everyone else. Come find out what you missed in this FREE program. For more information contact the Historical Society of Montgomery County at 610-272-0297;
contact@hsmcpa.org

Tuesday, 7 pm at Municipal Hall. Planning Commission meeting.

Thursday, 11 am-2:30 pm on East Main in front of the Courthouse. Norristown Farmers Market. Every Thursday through Oct 26. Variety of fruits and vegetables, farm fresh.

Next Saturday, July 15, 10:30 am-12:30 pm at Centre Theater. Kids Movie Club. This month: "A Night At The Museum." Free event for children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. To reserve, email centretheater@gmail.com

Next Saturday, 9-3 pm at Selma Mansion (1301 W Airy). Flea Market. FREE admission for shoppers. Attic treasures, crafts, professional vendors, games. toys, food, drink. Rain or shine.

Next Saturday, 6:30-10:30 pm at Coffee Talk (507 W Marshall), Open Mic with Teri Camilari.

Also next Saturday, 7-9 pm at the Elmwood Park Band Shell. Free Gospel Concert.

CADCOM is looking for vendors for their Community Day on August 5 (raindate Aug 12) at 340 E Oak St. $15 for business, FREE for non-profits. If you're interested, contact Heather Lewis at 610-277-6363 x166 or email hlewis@cadcom.org.

The deadline for the CADCOM Community Day Basketball Tournament is July 31. The tournament takes place Aug 5 from noon to 4 pm at Oak Street Park. Open to kids grades 4-12 and adults. For information, email Adrienne Aiken, Aaiken@cadcom.org


Friday, June 30, 2017

Independence Holiday Festivities (and the rest of the week's events)

Theater and music this weekend, then activities for the July 4 holiday begin on Monday night.

Friday, June 30, 7:30 pm, Theatre Horizon (410 Dekalb) presents a concert reading of "Zanna Don't (A Musical Fairy Tale)". Pay what you decide.

Saturday, 8-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Main and Green). Jazz-180 performs.

Sunday, 1-4 pm at Coffee Talk (507 W Marshall). Open Mic.

Sunday, 2-5 pm at Elmwood Park Zoo, residents who live within Norristown's boundaries who present valid photo ID may enter the zoo free of charge.

Sunday, 7 pm at the Elmwood Park Bandshell, Summer Concert Series presents Diamond Reno (with the music of Neil Diamond). Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Concession stand will be open.

Monday, 6-8 pm at Norristown Library (Powell and Swede). Robo Code: Hands-on learning using iPad apps and our robots, Dash and Dot. Kids will learn to code through fun projects and puzzles. Class size limited to 18. For kids entering grades 3-6.

Monday, 7 pm  at Christ United Church of Christ, W Marshall and Noble Sts (parking lot). Annual Independence Eve Concert. FREE Peace Concert. Come enjoy the music of the Song Sheets (Plus), including folk songs, early American, multi-cultural, inspirational and patriotic selections. Bring a chair. Park on the surrounding streets. Hotdogs, snacks and homemade goodies available. Donations accepted to benefit the church's youth programs. In the event of rain, the concert will be inside the church.

Tuesday, July 4th Festivites:
10 am - Parade beginning at Dekalb and Airy Sts. The route will proceed west on Airy, right onto Astor, left onto W Marshall, right onto Stanbridge, right onto Sterigere, and end at the bottom of the hill in Elmwood Park.
11:30 am - Rest of the day in Elmwood Park, concerts begin with a performance by Old School.
1 pm - Kids' crafts, rides, food trucks, and a beer garden.
6 pm - Wildflower performs
9 pm - Fireworks.
Wednesday, 1:30 pm (also Thursday) at Norristown Library. Leap Into Science, family science exploration by the Franklin Institute. For kids 4-7 and their parents/grandparents.

Wednesday, 6:30-9 pm at Municipal Hall (conference room). The NPD will host a Neighborhood Watch training class. Topics covered include crime reporting, active violence, and a Q&A session. Contact Gina Davies at 610-270-0490 or email gdavies@norristown.org

Wednesday, 7:30 pm at Municipal Hall. Council meeting.

Thursday, 11 am-2:30 pm on East Main in front of the Courthouse. Norristown Farmers Market. Every Thursday through Oct 26. Variety of fruits and vegetables, farm fresh.

Next Saturday, July 8, noon-2 pm at Riverfront Park (1 Haws Ave). Birding With Binoculars, a FREE program presented by the John James Audubon Center. Observe wildlife right on the Schuylkill River. Explore local waterfowl and learn how birds survive in their habitats by finding food, water, shelter, and space. Participants get a pair of binoculars to use during the program. Great for kids and families.

CADCOM is looking for vendors for their Community Day on August 5 (raindate Aug 12) at 340 E Oak St. $15 for business, FREE for non-profits. If you're interested, contact Heather Lewis at 610-277-6363 x166 or email hlewis@cadcom.org.

Have a happy and safe Independence Day.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Theater, Concerts, Sports, and More

After the rains today and tomorrow morning, the weekend is supposed to be nice. And oddly enough, most of this week's events in town are on Tuesday and Thursday.

Friday, June 23, 8 pm at Centre Theater (208 Dekalb). This is the LAST weekend for the King of Prussia Players production of "Chicago." $25 adults, $15 children under 13 and seniors over 64. Last shows on Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets and info at www.kofpplayers.com  Also August Moon is offering 10% discount to all ticket holders before or after the shows.
Saturday, 8:30 am-2:30 pm at Norristown Youth Eagles Field (1001 Sterigere). Youth Eagles Football Camp presented by Norristown Men of Excellence and the Youth Eagles. For all children ages 5-14. Parent MUST register child.

Saturday, 10 am-1 pm. Phoenix Martial Arts Center (401 W Elm, 2nd floor) presents "Your Health & Wellness Matters." Learn about the benefits of Tai Chi. Learn why it's important to read labels not just for what you put in your body but what you put on your body. Relax & de-stress with a chair massage.
Joe Kenney

Saturday, 8-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Main and Green). The Joe Kenney Jazz Trio performs.

Sunday, 7 pm at the Elmwood Park Bandshell, Summer Concert Series presents the Sofa Kings. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on (though you're going to want to get up and dance). Concession stand will be open.

Tuesday, 1:30-3 pm at Norristown Library. 3-day Mini-Theater Workshop for children 9-12. Participants will get the opportunity to explore character development, scene study and monologues through group activities and theatre games.  Limit 10 students. Registration is required. Call or stop by the Children’s Dept. to sign up starting June 1st. 610-278-5100 x205.

Tuesday, 2-4 pm at Norristown Library Community Room. Make a Micro-Garden workshop for TEENS. Plant, plan, and care for a container garden to enjoy all summer. Personalize a planting pot and fill it with herbs, flowers, and decorations of your choice! All supplies provided. You’ll go home with a micro-garden to enjoy for yourself or to give to friends and family. Register online at this link or call Asha Verma, 610-278-5100, x 0 or email averma@mclinc.org

Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 pm at Five Saints Distilling. The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business Card Exchange. Bring plenty of business cards.

Tuesday, 7 pm at Municipal Hall. Zoning Board hearing. Agenda is at this link.

Thursday, 11 am-2:30 pm on East Main in front of the Courthouse. Norristown Farmers Market. Every Thursday through Oct 26. Variety of fruits and vegetables, farm fresh.

Thursday, 6:30-8 pm at Norristown PAL, 340 Harding Blvd. Racial Justice Dialogue. Indivisible PA BuxMont asks a "diverse representation from the African American, Latino, Asian and other minority communities (impacted by the Trump agenda and direction)" to join their Civil Rights Team facilitators, Dr. Adirene Hobdy and AnishaRobinson Keeys for a dialogue about race and social justice in Montgomery County.

Thursday, 7:30 pm, Theatre Horizon (410 Dekalb) presents a concert reading of "Zanna Don't (A Musical Fairy Tale)". Pay what you decide. Second performance on Friday, 7:30 pm.

Thursday, 8-10 pm at Centre Theater, 208 DeKalb. Poetry Open Mic Night. Blak Kanvus and Team All Business hosts. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $10.

CADCOM is looking for vendors for their Community Day on August 5 (raindate Aug 12) at 340 E Oak St. $15 for business, FREE for non-profits. If you're interested, contact Heather Lewis at 610-277-6363 x166 or email hlewis@cadcom.org.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Kids' Activities (now that school's out) and Grownup Stuff, too

I don't know about the rest of you, but I could use a break this weekend from the all-day throbbing of helicopters over the courthouse. Ten different events are happening in Norristown on Saturday alone. At least one of them is bound match your interests.

Friday, June 16, 8 pm at Centre Theater (208 Dekalb), the King of Prussia Players production of "Chicago" opens. $25 adults, $15 children under 13 and seniors over 64. The show will run weekends, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, through June 25. Tickets and info at www.kofpplayers.com. Also August Moon is offering 10% discount to all ticket holders before or after the shows.

Saturday, the Summer Reading Program for kids 12 and under begins at the Norristown Library. Win prizes. For every 2 hours you read, you get a free book (maximum 10 per child) and are entered in a drawing for a bicycle or a $50 Barnes and Noble gift certificate. Sign up at the library. First 100 to sign up get a free T-shirt. The program runs June 17-August 19.

Saturday, 10 am-2 pm at the George Washington Carver Center (Jacoby and Arch), ACLAMO presents healthy Family Day. Fun activities for the whole family plus information on living a healthy life. Info at 610-277-2570.

Saturday, 10:30 am-12:30 pm at Centre Theater. Kids Movie Club. This month: Daddy Day Care. Free event for children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. To reserve, email centretheater@gmail.com

Saturday, 11 am-1 pm at Riverfront Park. Introduction to Dragon boating for Breat Cancer Survivors. Come learn why dragon boating is good for you. RSVP info@dragonboatclub.org.

Saturday, noon-3 pm at Greater Norristown PAL (340 Harding Blvd). Norristown Youth Rally. Games, Face Painting, Live Music, Free Food. Dozens of area organizations.

Saturday, 12:30-2 pm at the Historical Society (1654 Dekalb). FREE program: "Slim The Lineman" presented by J. Michael Morrison. The story of Leslie W. Morrison and his journey north from his family home in South Carolina to work for the Philadelphia Electric Company as a foreman in charge of building the high-tension line through the Great Valley and King of Prussia from the Conowingo Dam to Bridgeport. For info, call 610-272-0297.

Saturday, 4:30 pm at Coffee Talk (507 W Marshall). Art Show and Reception for Christine Cornell, a courtroom artist for over 30 years (including the Cosby Trial).

Saturday, 5-9 pm at George Washington Carver Center. The Healing Hearts Foundation presents The Knockout Against Violence Showcase. Special guest speakers include Murad Muhammad and Weatta Fraizer-Collins, daughter of Joe Frazier. Proceeds will go to upcoming community improvement project. Tickets are $10.
Saturday, 6-10 pm at Diva's Kitchen (9 W Main). Lip Sync Battle. Games, Prizes, 50/50 and All You Can Eat Buffet for $20/person.

Saturday, 7-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Main and Green). Brian Horoho performs.

Sunday, 7 pm at the Elmwood Park Bandshell, Summer Concert Series presents Elvis impersonator Dean Garlofolo. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Concession stand will be open.

Starting Monday and running through August 11, students K-12 who are in need of breakfast and/or lunch can get meals FREE at the Montgomery County Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC-1101 Arch). Monday-Friday, breakfast 8:30-9:30 am, lunch 12:30-1:30 pm. For info, call 610-279-9700.

Tuesday, 6:30 pm at Municipal Hall. Council Workshop.

Wednesday, 6-11 pm at Selma Mansion (1301 W Airy). The Norristown Preservation Society hosts guest speaker Jason Love, retired Royal Marine, 0Vatican-trained demonologist and internationally renowned ghost hunter. One night only. $35. All proceeds go toward the restoration and upkeep of Selma Mansion.

Wednesday, 8 pm at Five Saints Distilling. Quizzo (trivia game).

Thursday, 11 am-2:30 pm on East Main in front of the Courthouse. Norristown Farmers Market. Every Thursday through Oct 26. Variety of fruits and vegetables, farm fresh.

Thursday, 6 pm at the Norristown Library. Science Tellers. For children 4 and up. Science, storytelling, pirates. What's not to like? (See flyer above)

Next Saturday, June 24, 8:30 am-2:30 pm at Norristown Youth Eagles Field (1001 Sterigere). Youth Eagles Football Camp presented by Norristown Men of Excellence and the Youth Eagles. For all children ages 5-14. Parent MUST register child.

CADCOM is looking for vendors for their Community Day on August 5 (rain date Aug 12) at 340 E Oak St. $15 for business, FREE for non-profits. If you're interested, contact Heather Lewis at 610-277-6363 x166 or email hlewis@cadcom.org.

Friday, June 9, 2017

N-Town Heats Up (with Theater, Music, Food, Reading, etc.)

Summer weather will FINALLY arrive this weekend and N-Town has plenty of events indoor and outdoor, that you can enjoy.

Friday, June 9, 7 pm at Stewart Middle School (1315 W Marshall). Stewart's Got Talent ~ Free talent show. Raffles, cash prizes, and refreshments available. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Friday, 8 pm at Centre Theater (208 Dekalb), the King of Prussia Players production of "Chicago" opens. $25 adults, $15 children under 13 and seniors over 64. The show will run weekends, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, through June 25. Tickets and info at www.kofpplayers.com  Also August Moon is offering 10% discount to all ticket holders before or after the shows.

Saturday, 10 am-2 pm at the parking lot at Dekalb and Airy. Community/ Police Meet and Greet. K9s, law enforcement equipment, food and much more. Meet the PA State Police and Norristown Police. For the whole family.
Saturday, noon-4 pm at the Carver Center (249 Jacoby). Carver Car Wash Fundraiser. For a $10 dollar donation get your car clean and help the Carver keep the kids swimming.
Saturday, 7:30 pm at Coffee Talk (507 W Marshall). Open Stage hosted by songwriter performer Jim Moore.
Saturday (no time given) at Diva's Kitchen (9 W Main). Mystery Dinner, "Lovers and Friends," by SlimTheWriter Productions. $20 includes dinner and raffles. BYOB. Stop by for tickets. Info at 484-674-7967.

Saturday, noon-7 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Main and Green) announces the opening of their Firehouse Kitchen, with Firehouse Memphis BBQ Ribs, Apple Cider Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Cornbread, Memphis Style BBQ Sauce on the side. Also at Five Saints that night from 8-11 pm, "Brick" performs.
Sunday, noon at Christ United Church of Christ (W Marshall and Noble). Little Free Library dedication. Little Free Libraries are small cabinets of books accessible to pedestrians who are asked to "Take a Book, Leave a Book," to encourage literacy in the neighborhood. This will be Norristown's 1st LFL.

Sunday, 7 pm at the Elmwood Park Bandshell, Summer Concert Series presents Beach Bumz (music of the Beach Boys). Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Concession stand will be open.

Monday, 6 pm at the Norristown Library. the Norristown Citizens Athletic Alliance open discussion on the findings presented to the NASD school board in May. For info, email NorristownCAA@gmail.com

Monday, 6:30 pm at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (2 W Lafayette). Embracing the Consequences. FREE Program on Substance Abuse: Treatment vs. Punishment. For 13 and over. Register at this link.

Tuesday, 2-3:30 pm at the Norristown Library. Great Books Group. Get out of the heat wave and join a discussion of this month’s classic, “Fahrenheit 451” Ray Bradbury. Contact Shirley Miller 610-272-4179 for info.

Tuesday, 7 pm at Municipal Hall. Planning Commission Hearing. This is the Final Plan Review for 1529 Dekalb (Tennis Club development-34 townhouses on a tiny piece of land).

Thursday, 11 am-2:30 pm on East Main in front of the Courthouse. Norristown Farmers Market. Every Thursday through Oct 26. Variety of fruits and vegetables, farm fresh.

Thursday, 7 pm at the Elmwood Park Bandshell, Summer Concert Series presents their 2nd International Night concert with Mexican Mariachi Pedro. Bring a chair or blanket.

Thursday, 7 pm at CADCOM (113 E Main). Film "Daddy Don't Go" presented by the Fatherhood Empowerment Center for Father's Day. RSVP kbone@cadcom.org

Next Saturday, June 17, 11 am-1 pm at Riverfront Park. Introduction to Dragon boating for Breast Cancer Survivors. Come learn why dragon boating is good for you. RSVP info@dragonboatclub.org.

Next Saturday, noon-3 pm at Greater Norristown PAL (340 Harding Blvd). Norristown Youth Rally. Games, Face Painting, Live Music, Free Food. Dozens of area organizations.

Next Saturday, 12:30-2 pm at the Historical Society (1654 Dekalb). FREE program: "Slim The Lineman" presented by J. Michael Morrison. The story of Leslie W. Morrison and his journey north from his family home in South Carolina to work for the Philadelphia Electric Company as a foreman in charge of building the high-tension line through the Great Valley and King of Prussia from the Conowingo Dam to Bridgeport. For info, call 610-272-0297.

Next Saturday, the Summer Reading Program for kids 12 and under begins at the Norristown Library. Win prizes. For every 2 hours you read, you get a free book (maximum 10 per child) and are entered in a drawing for a bicycle or a $50 Barnes and Noble gift certificate. Sign up at the library. First 100 to sign up get a free T-shirt. The program runs June 17-August 19.

Also next Saturday, 6-10 pm at Diva's (9 W. Main), Lip Sync Battle. Prizes, Games, All You Can Eat Buffet. $20 per person. Stop by for information.

Starting Monday June 19 and running through August 11, students K-12 who are in need of breakfast and/or lunch can get meals FREE at the Montgomery County Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC-1101 Arch). Monday-Friday, breakfast 8:30-9:30 am, lunch 12:30-1:30 pm. For info, call 610-279-9700.