Friday, June 15, 2018

Flea Market, Juneteenth, Concerts

Finally, a sunny weekend! Enjoy the Flea Market and Juneteenth downtown. And we may actually have a concert in the park on Sunday at last.


Saturday, June 16, the Norristown Preservation Society is hosting their annual Flea Market at Selma Mansion. FREE admission for shoppers. For info, call or text Dee Kirkpatrick at 484-860-2533.

Saturday, all day starting at 9 am at Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Youth Services Department. Sign up for Summer Reading. Win prizes for reading. Pick up a summer reading log in the Children’s Department and keep track of the minutes you read. For every two hours you read or have been read to, you win a prize and a chance to win a bicycle or a $50 Barnes & Noble gift certificate. (Maximum 10 free books per child.) For children ages 0-12. For info, call 610-278-5100 x205.

Saturday, 10 am-4 pm, tours starting at Five Saints Distilling (129 E Main), Juneteenth Celebration. Hour-long walking tours of downtown Norristown. At each stop, actors will perform short segments from black history. Celebrate Emancipation Day with a dramatic exploration of the African-American journey to freedom. Tours begin every 20 minutes. (Note from Elena ~ this is one of the coolest, most unique events we do in Norristown. Don't miss it.)

Saturday 2-3:30 pm, Norristown Public Library Board Room. Saturday Book Club. The selection this month is "The Other Einstein," by Marie Benedict, a tale inspired by the first wife of Albert Einstein ~ female physics student at an elite late-nineteenth-century school in Zurich, where she falls in love with a charismatic fellow student who eclipses her contributions to his theory of relativity. Copies of the book are available at the Front Desk. We encourage registration. Stop by the Front Desk or call to register. Contact Asha Verma, 610-278-5100 x0,  averma@mclinc.org.


Saturday, 8-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Green and Main). Pat's Run performs. No cover.

Sunday, 7 pm at Elmwood Park Bandshell. Summer Concert Series continues. This week, Beach Bumz perform. FREE. Bring a lawn chair or something to sit on.

Monday, 8 am- 4:15 pm, Gotwals Elementary (Oak and Swede). Register your 1st-6th grade kids NOW for Science is Fun Camp which starts Monday and runs through July 27. Staffed by certified teachers, fun-filled learning activities, weekly field trips (The Franklin Institute, American Helicopter Museum, Academy of Natural Sciences, Elmwood Park Zoo, Adventure Aquarium). $358 Camp Fee includes field trips. Register at https://ymicfoundation.org/events.

Tuesday, 6-8 pm, Theatre Horizon, 401 DeKalb St. Summer Social / Juneteenth Celebration. Join the Norristown Chamber for a night of food, drink, networking. Even more, the Executive Board of the Chamber and Theatre Horizon will be making two special and exciting announcements. Chamber members are able to attend this event at the discounted price of $10 per person. Non-member ticket prices are $15. Food and admission are included in the ticket price, with drink vouchers accompanying your ticket. Not a member? Join for only $75 for the year and get free admission into the social.

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

Wednesday, 6 pm at Eisenhower School Library. Meet and Greet for the new superintendent, Christopher Dormer. All residents welcome.

Wednesday, Historical Society of Montco. This is the last day to RSVP for the opening night gala of the new "Made In Montgomery County" exhibit. The opening will take place June 27 from 6-9 pm. $30 per person. The evening will feature a variety of hors d'oeuvres and locally made beverages. To RSVP, call 610-272-0297 by June 20.

Thursday, 11 am-2:30 pm, in front of the Courthouse. The Norristown Farmers' Market. Stop by Thursdays through October 25.

Thursday, 6-7:30 pm, Norristown Library Community Room. Libraries Rock Live Performance. Kick off your Summer @MC-NPL with a blues' performance by local musicians Georgie Bonds and Brian McLean. Snacks will be served. For info, contact Asha Verma, 610-278-5100 x0, averma@mclinc.org.

Next Saturday, 8:30 am-2:30 pm at the Norristown Youth Eagles Field (on Stanbridge St across from Norfab's parking lot at 1320). FREE Football Clinic. Drills and Position Training. Guest Speaker, NAHS Head Coach, Joe "Rock" Milligan. All students must have a parent present. Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by the Norristown Men of Excellence. RSVP to Hakim Jones 484-429-9330.

Next Saturday, Noon-2 pm, outside the Norristown Library. Big Truck Day. Kick off our Summer Reading season by seeing and touching big trucks up close and personal. Firetruck, construction truck, police vehicle, and more. Also, a children’s book sale (cash only) and Dog Bites hot dog cart will be selling treats. For kids of all ages. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.



Friday, June 8, 2018

Free Programs, Free Concert, Free Crafts, Free Movie

Again, lots to do around town and most won't cost you a penny. Plus you can meet the new school superintendent this week or next.

Saturday, June 9, Social: 12:30 pm; Presentation: 1 pm, at the Historical Society of Montgomery County (1654 Dekalb). Making History Greater Series: Montgomery County Trolleys. Presenter Mike Szilagyi will speak about the 140 miles of trolley lines that once ran through Montgomery County. In the first half of the 20th century, a wide array of trolley cars rolled over Montgomery County’s rails, from quaint open streetcars rumbling through borough streets to sleek 80-mile-an-hour trolleys sailing across open fields in Upper Gwynedd and Hatfield Townships. The cars had zero emissions, and some lines were powered by renewable hydroelectric power. Books will be available for purchase and signing. FREE admission. For info, contact Barry Rauhouser at 610-272-0297 or contact@hsmcpa.org.

Saturday, 8-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Green and Main). Earle Nelson performs. No cover.

Sunday, 7 pm at Elmwood Park Bandshell. Summer Concert Series continues (assuming the rain lets up, AGAIN). This week, The Monkeephiles. FREE. Bring a lawn chair or something to sit on.

Tuesday, 9 am-5 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Youth Services Department. Father's Day Card Craft. Drop in to make a card for that special father in your life. For kids of all ages. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. For info call 610-278-5100 x205.

Tuesday, 6 pm at Norristown High Library and June 20, 6 pm at Eisenhower Library. Meet and Greet for the new superintendent, Christopher Dormer. All residents welcome.
 
Tuesday, the Planning Commission meeting has been cancelled for this month.
Wednesday, 1-3:30 pm, Montco-Norristown Public Library Board Room. Mary's Matinee. Free movie in the board room the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.  This showing: "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle." Drop in. For info, contact Mary Motta, 610-278-5100 x111 or mmotta@mclinc.org.


Thursday, 11 am-2:30 pm, in front of the Courthouse. The Norristown Farmers' Market has started up again. Stop by Thursdays through October 25.
Next Saturday, June 16, the Norristown Preservation Society will once again host their annual Flea Market at Selma Mansion. If you'd like to be a vendor, indoor spaces are limited and filling up, first come first serve. $20/space, 8×4 feet bring your own table. Outdoor spaces are 8×8 feet bring your own table, chair, and canopy if you want. $15/space. These are pick your own space when you arrive. Payments can be made through PayPal at SelmaMansionNorristown@Aol.com or by check or money order mailed to Norristown Preservation Society, PO Box 2097, Norristown, PA 19403. If mailing please include your contact info and if type of craft, product you vend, or if it is yard sale or flea market items. To check availability and for other info, call or text Dee Kirkpatrick at 484-860-2533.

Next Saturday, all day starting at 9 am at Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Youth Services Department. Sign up for Summer Reading. Win prizes for reading. Pick up a summer reading log in the Children’s Department and keep track of the minutes you read. For every two hours you read or have been read to, you win a prize and a chance to win a bicycle or a $50 Barnes & Noble gift certificate. (Maximum 10 free books per child.) For children ages 0-12. For info, call 610-278-5100 x205.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Activities for Another Rainy Week


I, for one, am getting tired of all this rain and overcast skies. But there are lots of indoor activities this week in N-town.

Saturday, 5-8 pm, Timshel Coffee (104 E Main). Partay! FREE. Lite refreshments. Fun activities. Come say hello to Norristown's new coffee shop.

Saturday, 7 pm at Coffee Talk Artists Co-op (507 W Marshall). Herman Bruning and Friends in concert.




Saturday, 8-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Green and Main). Peggy Geller performs. No cover.

Sunday, 10- noon, Elmwood Park Zoo. Montgomery County Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. Rain or shine. First 300 people get in FREE.  For info, call 610-292-5039.

Sunday 2-5 pm is also FREE admission day at Elmwood Park Zoo for Norristown residents with ID.

Sunday, 7 pm at Elmwood Park Bandshell. Summer Concert Series continues (assuming the rain lets up). This week, Flower Power performs. FREE. Bring a lawn chair or something to sit on.

Monday, Science in the Summer registration continues at the Norristown Library Website (http://www.scienceinthesummer.com/). Children entering grades 2 through 6 can sign up for this FREE, fun science enrichment program provided by The Franklin Institute. This year we explore the Science of Space. Through active, hands-on learning, students explore the sun’s energy, the phases of the moon, human survival in space, and how rockets overcome Earth’s gravity. Two-day session dates are July 11 and 12, or July 30 and 31. Sign up is online and requires an email address. Registration will continue through June. Info at 610-278-5100 x205.

Tuesday, 1-2 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Board Room. The Author Hour, featuring two successful authors: Sandra Cody, author of the Jennie Conners Mysteries, and Bob McCrillis, author of Puckerbush: Milestones on the Journey to Manhood, will share their inspirations and experiences in writing and publishing. A question and answer session will follow. Light refreshments will be provided. If you have dreamed of becoming an author or just want to meet one, don’t miss this opportunity! Please register by calling 610-278-5100, ext. 2 or email jhoey@mclinc.org.
 
Tuesday, 7 pm, Municipal Hall. Planning Commission.

Thursday, 5-8 pm at Elmwood Park Zoo. June Jazz@The Zoo, the annual fundraiser for Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library.  Tickets are $50/person and include drinks, hors d'oeuvres and live music and dancing with the N Town Band. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, contact the library at 610-278-5100 x140.

Next Saturday, June 9, Social: 12:30 pm; Presentation: 1 pm, at the Historical Society of Montgomery County (1654 Dekalb). Making History Greater Series: Montgomery County Trolleys. Presenter Mike Szilagyi will speak about the 140 miles of trolley lines that once ran through Montgomery County. In the first half of the 20th century, a wide array of trolley cars rolled over Montgomery County’s rails, from quaint open streetcars rumbling through borough streets to sleek 80-mile-an-hour trolleys sailing across open fields in Upper Gwynedd and Hatfield Townships. The cars had zero emissions, and some lines were powered by renewable hydroelectric power. Books will be available for purchase and signing. FREE admission. For info, contact Barry Rauhouser at 610-272-0297 or contact@hsmcpa.org.

On Tuesday, June 12, 9 am-7pm at the Montgomery County Human Services Bldg (Dekalb and Fornance), Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. Battle of the Badges is a friendly competition among first responders to see who can recruit the most blood donors from their communities. NPD, NFD, and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will be in competition. Sign up to help them out now at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=Norristown%20BoB. All donors will receive a free t-shirt.

On Saturday, June 16, the Norristown Preservation Society will once again host their annual Flea Market at Selma Mansion. If you'd like to be a vendor, indoor spaces are limited and filling up, first come first serve. $20/space, 8×4 feet bring your own table. Outdoor spaces are 8×8 feet bring your own table, chair, and canopy if you want. $15/space. These are pick your own space when you arrive. Payments can be made through PayPal at SelmaMansionNorristown@Aol.com or by check or money order mailed to Norristown Preservation Society, PO Box 2097, Norristown, PA 19403. If mailing please include your contact info and if type of craft, product you vend, or if it is yard sale or flea market items. To check availability and for other info, call or text Dee Kirkpatrick at 484-860-2533.


Friday, May 25, 2018

Memorial Day Events, Summer Camps, & Water Ice With A Cop

Have a great Memorial Day weekend! If you have kids ages 5-12, now's the time to register them for Community Arts Norristown's summer camp and/or, if your kids are in grades 2-6, sign them up for the Science in the Summer workshops at the library (see below for details on both).

Friday, May 25, 7:30 pm at Coffee Talk, 507 W Marshall. The XVI Annual Bob Dylan's Birthday Bash.

Friday, RSVP by today for next Friday's event (June 1), Noon-2 pm at the Einstein Medical Building, 1330 Powell, 5th Floor Atrium. Information about their new Healthy Women Program that provides FREE screenings for breast and cervical cancers. Lunch provided. RSVP to Brandi Chawaga, 484-622-7013 or chawagab@einstein.edu.

Saturday, 11 am-1 pm at Montgomery Cemetery (Hartranft and Jackson Sts). Memorial Day Observance by the Historical Society of Montgomery County. Wreath laying, speeches, military reenactors.

Saturday, 8-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Green and Main). Somewhat Civil performs. No cover.

Sunday, 7 pm at Elmwood Park Bandshell. Summer Concert Series continues. This week, Dean Garofolo, Elvis impersonator. FREE. Bring a lawn chair or something to sit on.

Monday, Science in the Summer registration continues at the Norristown Library Website (http://www.scienceinthesummer.com/). Children entering grades 2 through 6 can sign up for this FREE, fun science enrichment program provided by The Franklin Institute. This year we explore the Science of Space. Through active, hands-on learning, students explore the sun’s energy, the phases of the moon, human survival in space, and how rockets overcome Earth’s gravity. Two-day session dates are July 11 and 12, or July 30 and 31. Sign up is online and requires an email address. Registration will continue through June. Info at 610-278-5100 x205.

Tuesday at Community Arts Norristown (506 Haws Ave). Register your kids for Summer Camp by today (May 29) and receive 10% off. Camp begins June 18. Register at www.communityartsnorristown.org/summer-camp.

Tuesday, 4:30-6:30 pm, 600 block of Astor. Water Ice with a Cop, with the Norristown Police Department. Stop by for some free water ice and get to know your neighborhood cops.

Thursday, 10-11 am, Norristown Public Library (Swede and Powell). FREE Infant CPR training. Learn how to save your baby's life. Hosted by Montco Dept of Health and Human Services. To register, call Megan Anteparra at 610-278-5117 x6760
Next Saturday, 5-8 pm, Timshel Coffee (104 E Main). Partay! FREE. Lite refreshments. Fun activities. Come say hello to Norristown's new coffee shop.

Next Saturday, June 2, 7 pm at Coffee Talk Artists Co-op (507 W Marshall). Herman Bruning and Friends in concert.

On Saturday, June 16, the Norristown Preservation Society will once again host their annual Flea Market at Selma Mansion. If you'd like to be a vendor, indoor spaces are limited and filling up, first come first serve. $20/space, 8×4 feet bring your own table. Outdoor spaces are 8×8 feet bring your own table, chair, and canopy if you want. $15/space. These are pick your own space when you arrive. Payments can be made through PayPal at SelmaMansionNorristown@Aol.com or by check or money order mailed to Norristown Preservation Society, PO Box 2097, Norristown, PA 19403. If mailing please include your contact info and type of craft, product you vend, or if it is yard sale or flea market items. To check availability and for other info, call or text Dee Kirkpatrick at 484-860-2533.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Stuff To Do While Staying Dry

The monsoons are supposed to be over by Wednesday, but in the meantime, N-town has a lot of indoor activities for you and your family.

Friday, May 18, 5:45-8 pm at 1st Pres Church, Airy and Dekalb, Spring Game Night. Coco Movie Night. FREE.

Friday, 8 pm. Last weekend for "Peter and the Starcatcher" at Theatre Horizon (401 Dekalb). Other shows: Saturday at 3 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday at 3 pm. ALL shows are limited availability. Click on this link to see what tickets are left.

Saturday is the last day to pre-order compost bins and rain barrels at discounted prices through Montco PA Recycles (county recycling dept). Pickup will be Saturday, June 2, 9 am-noon, at Norristown Farm Park (2500 Upper Farm Road entrance, at the intersection of Germantown Pike and North Wales Road). Compost bin is $50 and rain barrel is $65. Order online at www.montgomerycompostersale.ecwid.com. (Note from Elena: I bought both. Compost bin is still going strong. Rain barrel cracked after 5 years of May-October use. Still, these are good prices for both these items.)

Saturday, 2-3:30 pm at Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Board Room (2nd floor), Saturday Book Club. Selection this month is "My Brilliant Friend," by Elena Ferante. Copies of the book are available at the Front Desk. Registration encouraged. Stop by the Front Desk or call to register. Contact Asha Verma 610-278-5100 x0, averma@mclinc.org.

Saturday, 6-9 pm at Diva's Kitchen (9 W Main). Karoke Night. $15 per person. Door Prizes.

Saturday, 7-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Green and Main). Jazz 180. No cover.

Sunday, 7 pm at Elmwood Park Bandshell. Summer Concert Series continues. This week, Old School (80's Hard Rock Band). FREE. Bring a lawn chair or something to sit on.

Monday, Science in the Summer registration continues at the Norristown Library Website (http://www.scienceinthesummer.com/). Children entering grades 2 through 6 can sign up for this FREE, fun science enrichment program provided by The Franklin Institute. This year we explore the Science of Space. Through active, hands-on learning, students explore the sun’s energy, the phases of the moon, human survival in space, and how rockets overcome Earth’s gravity. Two-day session dates are July 11 and 12 (dates per library website, not sure why the poster is different), or July 30 and 31. Sign up is online and requires an email address. Registration will continue through June. Info at 610-278-5100 x205.

Monday, 6:30-8 pm at the Historical Society of Montgomery County (1654 DeKalb). Making History Greater Series: “The Works of Benjamin and David Rittenhouse.” Social 6:30 pm; Presentation 7 pm. FREE and open to the public. For information 610-272-0297 or contact@hsmcpa.org or https://hsmcpa.org/.

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

Wednesday, 1-3:30 pm in Norristown Public Library Board Room. Free movie. "The Shape of Water." Drop in. For info, contact Mary Motta 610-278-5100 x111, mmotta@mclinc.org.

Wednesday, 5:30-7 pm, at Five Saints Distilling (Main and Green). Rotary Club and Dragon Boat Club are hosting a Happy Hour, open to the public. Come meet them and find out about their projects. Light finger food will be served.

Next Saturday, May 26, 11 am-1 pm at Montgomery Cemetery (Hartranft and Jackson Sts). Memorial Day Observance by the Historical Society of Montgomery County. Wreath laying, speeches, military reenactors.


Friday, May 11, 2018

Both Theaters Running Shows, Mother's Day Activities, and ELECTION DAY

Don't forget to VOTE on Tuesday. And Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there.

Friday, May 11, 6-9 pm at SAAC, 536 George St. Mirror Party. Self-wellness event for all ages. Food, music, entertainment. $15 per youth, $20 adults. Hosted by K.E.Y.S.N.A.Y. Info at 215-617-0068.

Friday, 8 pm, at Centre Theater (208 Dekalb), King of Prussia Players continues "Avenue Q." This weekend's shows are Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. The show will run weekends through May 19. Tickets at this link.
Friday, 8 pm. Peter and the Starcatcher continues at Theatre Horizon (401 Dekalb). Swashbuckling storytellers and musicians use handmade magic and effortless flights of fancy to upend the century-old story of how a brave young girl inspires an orphan boy to become the legendary Peter Pan. Other shows this week: Saturday at 3 and 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm, Thursday at 7:30 pm. All shows but Saturday's are limited availability. The show runs through May 20th. Click on this link for the schedule and tickets.

Saturday, 10 am-2 pm, parking lot at Dekalb and Airy. FREE shredding event. Place all documents to be shredded in paper bags. For info, 1-866-389-5654. (Question from Elena: where does one get paper bags these days?)

Saturday, 10 am-noon, New Life Internet Café, 19 W. Marshall. Photo ID clinic.
Saturday, 11 am-1 pm, Community Arts Norristown (506 Haws). Mother's Day Brunch: Family Workshop. Families that cook together have fun together. Learn to make a delicious brunch with chef Kristin Stitz. Please call 610-272-1545 for info and to register. $30, includes one child and one adult; additional children are $15 each.
Saturday, 7:30-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Green and Main). Slim & Guy and the Contusions. No cover.
Sunday, Noon-5 pm, Diva's Kitchen, 9 W Main. Mother's Day Brunch Buffet. $35. Reservations at 484-674-7967.

TUESDAY, MAY 15, 7 am-8 pm ~ PRIMARY ELECTION DAY ~ Find your polling location and other voter info at this link. VOTE ~ It's vital this year.

Tuesday, noon, on the Montgomery County- Norristown Library Website (http://www.scienceinthesummer.com/), Science in the Summer Registration begins! Children entering grades 2 through 6 can sign up for this FREE, fun science enrichment program provided by The Franklin Institute. This year we explore the Science of Space. Through active, hands-on learning, students explore the sun’s energy, the phases of the moon, human survival in space, and how rockets overcome Earth’s gravity. Two-day session dates are July 11 and 12, or July 30 and 31. Sign up is online and requires an email address. Registration will continue through June. Info at 610-278-5100 x205.

Wednesday, 6:30 pm, Municipal Hall. Council Workshop.

Thursday, 7 pm at Elmwood Park Bandshell. The Summer Concert Series kicks off with the Allen Reynolds Band. FREE. Bring a lawn chair or something to sit on.

Next Friday, May 18, 5:45-8 pm at 1st Pres Church, Airy and Dekalb, Spring Game Night. Coco Movie Night. FREE.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Rest of the Democrat Candidates

I'LL post 2 blogs entries today, one for GOP voters and another for Democrat voters (below). Remember, you can find voter info at https://www.montcopa.org/753/Voter-Services.

Except for the Committee candidates, the other Democratic candidates are running unopposed. If you want to see their names, look up your sample ballot at the link above.

Candidates for DEMOCRATIC STATE COMMITTEE

The committee defines itself as "the governing body of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party....responsible for directing and promoting the guiding principles and core values of the institution." Also, according to Wikipedia, a political party committee is an organization, officially affiliated with a political party and registered with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), which raises and spends money for political campaigning.

I'm not going to look up every one of these candidates, but below is how you'll see them on the ballot. Turea Hutson (School Board Director) and Dan Woodall (a labor union business manager) are from Norristown. Google the rest yourself. Pick people who seem to represent what you care about and who'll represent you and your family. You'll vote for no more than 16, up to 8 males and 8 females. You can, of course, vote for less than 16, and you can write in candidates.