Friday, January 18, 2019

MLK Weekend Activities and More

Hopefully the coming storm won't put too much of a damper on the MLK Day of Service activities and other events.

Saturday, 2-3:30 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Board Room. Saturday Book Club. This month the book they'll be discussing is either The Innocent Man, by John Grisham or A Piece of the World, by Christina Baker Kline (both are listed on the library calendar. Drop by the Front Desk or call 610-278-5100 x0 to find out which and register. Dr. Hal Halbert of Montgomery County Community College hosts.

Saturday, 7-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (129 E Main). Jazz 180 will perform. No cover.


Monday, 9 am-1:30 pm, Montco OIC, 1101 Arch. Join the Norristown Project for our annual MLK Day of Service activity at Montgomery County OIC. Each year we select a classroom at our facility to be painted. On January 21st, we will paint our community classroom and after-school classroom. This activity is limited to 40 volunteers, please RSVP to sashe@montcooic.org with the number of volunteers you will bring. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Monday, 9 am-Noon, Norristown Recreation Center. Looking for a great opportunity to tackle litter and beautify the community? Consider joining Keep Norristown Beautiful and Elmwood Park Zoo for our MLK Day of Service Clean-up Event. Register using this link.

Monday 9 am-8 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Youth Services Department. MLK Day of Service-Valentines for Veterans. Stop in to make a valentine for a soldier in the veteran’s hospital in Philadelphia. For kids of all ages. Drop in. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. For info contact 610-278-5100 x205.

Wednesday, 1-3:30 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Board Room. Mary's Matinee. FREE movie. This showing: "The Children Act." Rated R, 1 hour 45 mins. Drop in. For info, contact Mary Motta, 610-278-5100 x111, mmotta@mclinc.org.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Slow Start to the Year in N-Town

The event list this week is depressingly short. Winter doldrums in Norristown. But, there are still daily events at the library. Check their website: http://mnl.mclinc.org/events/.

Saturday, last day to register for FREE suicide prevention training hosted in partnership with the Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Taskforce, to take place on January 20th, 11 am-1 pm at Christ Chruch, UCC (Marshall and Noble). People who can be trained as Gatekeepers include: parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide. While this event is FREE, please RSVP by calling Christ Church at 610-275-3092 or emailing church@uccchristchurch.org as space is limited. Light refreshments will be provided.

Monday, 6 pm, Coffee Talk (507 W Marshall). Community meeting hosted by Norristown Citizens in Action. For info, call 610-209-3769.

Monday, 6-7:45 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library. Cookbook Club. Join the Cookbook Club to sample recipes from a new cookbook the second Monday of each month. Prepare a recipe of your choice from the month’s selection and bring it to the club to share. Stop by the Front Desk to browse this month’s selection (Please to the Table: the Russian Cookbook). Make a free copy of the recipe you select and sign up for the club. We strongly encourage registration. Drop by the Front Desk, call, or email us to register. The library will provide paper plates, utensils and water. Be prepared to take home any food of yours that is left over after the meeting. You must bring one dish of food in order to participate. For info, call Asha Verma, 610-278-5100 x0, or averma@mclinc.org.

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

Wednesday, Noon-3 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Community Room. Montco Community Support hosts a FREE CSP Potluck Games Day. Unfortunately, that's the only info I was able to obtain. No idea what this is or who to contact for more info.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Holiday Music and Library Programs


Posting the Diary a day early because this is a busy season and I may not get a chance tomorrow. Happy Holidays to everyone.

Friday, December 21, 2-3 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Youth Services Department. For kids in grades K-6. Come and create some festive holiday treats to eat or take home. Registration required. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Contact 610-278-5100 x205.

Friday, 7-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Green and Main). UGLY Sweater Contest. Multiple categories Multiple awards-Spirits, Distillery Ware & Gear.

Saturday, 7-10 pm, Coffee Talk (507 W Marshall). Herman and Friends Holiday Show.

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

Wednesday, 1-3 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Board Room. Mary's Matinee. Enjoy a free movie in our boardroom the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. This showing: "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again." Drop in. Info: Mary Motta 610-278-5100 x111, mmotta@mclinc.org.

Thursday, 2-3 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Youth Services Department. Penguin Palooza for kids 4 and up. Calling all penguin fans. Come explore the world of penguins with a craft and fun activities highlighting our black and white friends. Drop in. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Info: 610-278-5100 x205.

Next Friday, December 28, 11:30 am-12:30 pm. Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Youth Services Department. Noon Year's Eve Party. For kids 3 1/2 to 6 with caregiver. Come celebrate New Year’s Eve a little early. Crafts and books will enhance the countdown to 2019. Stay to play afterwards. Drop in. Info at 610-278-5100 x205.

Next Friday, Noon-5 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Community Room. Red Cross Blood Drive. One pint of blood can save three lives. Give blood, give life. Participants will receive a free long sleeve Red Cross t-shirt, while supplies last.

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Color Purple and FREE Concerts

Norristown.org (the Municipality) redesigned their website, so that may explain why there aren't too many event listings on it yet. The new calendar takes a little getting used to.

Friday, December 14, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library. Registration begins for the Library's computer classes, which begin on January 8. For info, call 610-278-5100 x141.

Friday, 8 pm, Theatre Horizon (401 Dekalb). The Color Purple. The show will close on Dec 23 (which is already sold out) so this week is your last chance. Other shows this week: Saturday 3 pm,  Thursday 7:30 pm, next Friday at 8 pm and next Saturday at 3 pm. Tickets and complete schedule at this link. Info at 610-283-2230 or email ticket@theatrehorizon.org.

Saturday, 7-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Green and Main). Santucci Trio performs jazz. No cover.

Tuesday, 6:30 pm, Municipal Hall (235 E Airy). Council meeting.

Wednesday, 5-9 pm, Norristown Area High School, 1900 Eagle Drive. Norristown High Community Gift Wrapping Service & Free Concert. Enjoy the school's orchestral concert, enjoy the bake sale (during intermission), have your purchases wrapped in Christmas, Hanukkah, or Birthday paper, and purchase a ticket to win an amazing holiday baskets. Proceeds go to the NAHS Music Department.

Next Friday, December 21, 7-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Green and Main). UGLY Sweater Contest. Multiple categories Multiple awards-Spirits, Distillery Ware & Gear.

Next Saturday, 7-10 pm, Coffee Talk (507 W Marshall). Herman and Friends Holiday Show.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Pearl Harbor, Color Purple, Art Exhibit and more

Friday, December 7, 2 pm. Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library. A Different Look at Pearl Harbor. Learn through a visual presentation the events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Michael Baron, professor at Temple University, also explores the commanders, tactics, intelligence, and blunders that precipitated America’s involvement in World War II. Contact Erin Corry, 610-278-5100 x0, erin.b.corry@gmail.com.

Friday, 8 pm, Theatre Horizon (401 Dekalb). The Color Purple. Other shows this week: Saturday 3 pm, Sunday 3 pm, Thursday, 7:30 pm. Tickets and complete schedule at this link. Info at 610-283-2230 or email ticket@theatrehorizon.org.

Saturday, 1-5 pm, Norristown Arts Building, 619 W Washington. Open Studio Tours & Reception for the Artists in the Annual Art Exhibition. Admission is FREE and Open to the Public.

Saturday, 8-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Green and Main). Jay and the Jury perform. No cover.

Monday, 6 pm, Municipal Hall, 235 E Airy. Municipal Council will hold a Special Meeting for the first reading of the proposed 2019 municipal budget/tax ordinance and will consider a motion to advertisement the proposed budget.

Monday, 6 pm, Timshel Coffee (104 E Main). Community Meeting hosted by Norristown Citizens in Action. Free food and drink. For more info, contact 610-209-3769. Or Facebook.com/norristowncitizensinaction.

Tuesday, 7 pm, Municipal Hall (235 E Airy). Planning Commission meeting.

Wednesday, 1-3:30 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Board Room. Mary's Matinee. Enjoy a free movie in our boardroom the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. This showing: "Three Identical Strangers." Drop in. For info, contact Mary Motta 610-278-5100 x111, mmotta@mclinc.org.

Thursday, 4-5 pm, Norristown Public Library. Teen Hot Chocolate Challenge. Teens can test flavors and vote for the best cocoa at this special event. Make and take your very own hot chocolate mix. Registration encouraged at the Front Desk.

Thursday, 6-8 pm, Municipal Hall (235 E Airy). Special Economic Development Meeting. Agenda: 1 West Main Project Update; 200 E Logan Land Development Proposal and Concept Plan; 410 Dekalb Land Development Proposal and Concept Plan; Riverfront Feasibility Planning Study Update; The How Group Concept plans for land development proposal.

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Color Purple and Holiday Crafts (both in 2 places) and More

Not much going on this week. Or, if there is, no one is publicizing their events in the usual places (Norristown.org, Nextdoor, Facebook, etc).

Friday, November 30, 8 pm, Theatre Horizon (401 Dekalb). The Color Purple. Other shows this week: Saturday at 3 pm and 8 pm, Thursday, 7:30 pm. Tickets and complete schedule at this link.  Info at 610-283-2230 or email ticket@theatrehorizon.org.

Sunday, 8 am-3 pm at Timshel Coffee (104 E Main). Holiday Card Crafting. All crafting materials supplied. Make your own card. $4. Timshel will even mail it for you.

Sunday, 6:30 pm, Coffee Talk (507 W Marshall). Purple, The Color of Love. Jam Session with the cast of Theatre Horizon's The Color Purple.

Tuesday, 2-3 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Youth Services Department. For kids in grades K-6. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Snow Much Fun at the Library. Stop by the children's department and make a hanging snowman snow globe to take home. Norristown area schools early dismissal day activity. Contact 610-278-5100 x205.

Tuesday, 7:30 pm, Municipal Hall (235 E Airy). Council meeting.

Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 pm, Historical Society of Montgomery County, 1654 DeKalb. Introduction to Using DNA Testing in Genealogy, presented by Sydney F. Cruice Dixon, member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has been actively researching family genealogies since 1995. Members $10; Nonmembers $20. For information or to reserve a seat: 610-272-0297. Contact Barry Rauhauser, 610-272-0297, contact@hsmcpa.org.

Next Friday, Dec 7, 2 pm. Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library. A Different Look at Pearl Harbor. Learn through a visual presentation the events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Michael Baron, professor at Temple University, also explores the commanders, tactics, intelligence, and blunders that precipitated America’s involvement in World War II. Contact Erin Corry, 610-278-5100 x0, erin.b.corry@gmail.com.

Next Saturday, Dec 8, 1-5 pm, Norristown Arts Building, 619 W Washington. Open Studio Tours & Reception for the Artists in the Annual Art Exhibition. Admission is FREE and Open to the Public.

Next Saturday, 8-11 pm, Five Saints. Jay and the Jury perform. No cover.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Holiday Shopping, Color Purple, and Norristown's 2019 Budget

Saturday, November 24, is Small Business Saturday. Please shop Norristown's small businesses Saturday and throughout the holiday season. Remember, we've got a lot of great food places in N-Town (restaurants, bakeries, a distillery, and specialty stores) for all your holiday catering and entertaining needs.

Saturday, 8 pm, Theatre Horizon (401 Dekalb). The Color Purple. Other shows this week: Sunday 3 pm, Thursday, 7:30 pm. Tickets and complete schedule at this link. Info at 610-283-2230 or email ticket@theatrehorizon.org.

Monday, 6-8 pm, Municipal Hall. 2019 Proposed Budget Workshop. Meeting of the Municipal Council regarding revenues for the 2019 Budget for the Municipality of Norristown. All interested residents may attend.

Tuesday, 6-11 am. Norristown Transportation Center. The SEPTA KEY truck will be at the Norristown Transportation Center on November 27th from 6 am to 11am. Customers will have the ability to purchase a KEY card as well as the ability to load and register existing KEY cards. Giveaways. Feel free to stop by and ask any SEPTA KEY or SEPTA related questions.

Tuesday, 11 am-noon. Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, Board Room. Finding Employment after 50. Explore new job opportunities as Ginny Neumer, former Job Developer and Career Counselor, presents a FREE program designed to put people 55+ back to work. Practical solutions for achieving gainful employment and answer questions about how to achieve that goal in a 1-hour interactive session. In addition, helpful handouts will be distributed. Registration is not required, but encouraged at the library's front desk. For info, contact Asha Verma 610-278-5100 x0.

Tuesday, 7 pm, Municipal Hall (235 E Airy). Zoning Board Hearing.

Wednesday, 1-3 pm and 6-7 pm, and Thursday 1-3 pm. Municipal Hall. 2019 Budget Hearings. 3 public hearings for individuals interested in providing comments/feedback on the proposed 2019 Municipal Budget.

Thursday, 6 pm, Municipal Hall. Municipal Council of Norristown will hold a Special Meeting to hear the Proposed Budget Presentation for the 2019 Fiscal Year. NO ACTION WILL TAKE PLACE DURING THE MEETING.