Friday, February 24, 2017

Theater, Art, Music and Taxes

A wide variety of events this week, from all kinds of arts to help with your taxes. Get out and enjoy the nice weather while it lasts.

Friday at 8 pm, "Grand Concourse" at Theatre Horizon. Last weekend. Performances at 8 pm Saturday and 2 pm Sunday. Go to this link for information and tickets.

Saturday, 10 am-noon at the New Life Internet Café, 19 W. Marshall. Photo ID Clinic, for photo IDs, birth certificates, Social Security cards, voter registration information or social services applications. Bring personal identification paperwork, such as your social security card, old photo ID or driver’s license, military ID, marriage or divorce certificates, passport, naturalization or citizenship certificate, or your birth certificate. You’ll also need proof of residence, such as a rental agreement, mortgage paperwork, utility bills, medical bills, W-2 forms, work ID, tax returns or bank statements.

Jazz 180
Saturday, 7-11 pm at Five Saints Distilling (Green and Main), Jazz Night with Jazz 180.

Monday, 9 am-1 pm at Norristown Library (Powell and Swede). AARP Tax-Aide Tax Preparation Assistance. Tax-Aide is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older. For info, contact: Asha Verma at averma@mclinc.org or call 610-278-5100 x0. For more information on the documents you will need to bring with you, visit the Tax Aide website at AARP.org/taxaide, or call the toll-free number at 888-227-7669.

Tuesday, 7 pm at Municipal Hall. Zoning Board Hearing.

Ongoing through April 29, The Historical Society of Montgomery County (1654 DeKalb) is running the exhibit: Norristown Remembered, The Art of Frank Batson. Norristown native Frank Batson’s paintings are inspired by his memories of Norristown and the surrounding area from the 1940’s, ‘50’s, and ‘60’s. Many of the buildings and places are long gone, but through his art, they are brought back to life. Exhibit is FREE and open to the public daily, Monday and Thursday 10 am-4:30 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 1-7:30 pm. Saturday hours vary. For info, contact 610-272-0297 or contact@hsmcpa.org. The Society is handicapped accessible.

On March 7, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, Guys For Good Fundraiser at Five Saints Distilling. Tours of the distillery, Happy Hour. $20.00 donation at the door. Silent auction and a 50/50. Donations for the silent auction are welcome (no instructions or contact info given, but try the police station). Proceeds to benefit the Norristown Police Foundation.

The Sewing Club of Ebenezer Methodist Church (234 E Spruce) is organizing a bus trip to the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC. The trip will be Saturday, April 22. $80 per person. If you're interested, call 484-674-5479.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Presidents' Day in N-Town and More




Many activities for kids and adults this Presidents' Day Weekend. Check out the Zoo and the Library, but also Valley Forge National Historical Park has FREE programs at the Visitor Center on Monday between 10 am and 2 pm for Washington's Birthday (with free birthday cake).

Friday, February 17, 2 pm at the Norristown Library (Powell and Swede). Spy Codes. Schools are off today so bring your kids to the library to learn about George Washington and Revolutionary spies. Decipher a code to find a hidden message, then make up coded messages of your own. Grades K-6. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday at 8 pm, "Grand Concourse" continues at Theatre Horizon. The play will run through Feb 26 (only 1 week and 3 days more). This week's other performances: 8 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday, and 7:30 Monday and Thursday. Go to this link for information and tickets.

Saturday, 7-11 pm at Five Saints Distilling (Green and Main). Rhodes Less Traveled will perform.

Monday, 1-2 pm at Elmwood Park Zoo. President's Day at EPZ. Ever wondered what animals have walked the halls of the White House? Learn all about the pets who have been President's best friend at our favorite annual "Presidential Pets" animal show in the Canopy Gardens Hall. FREE to attend with zoo admission. For more information, contact Guest Services at 610-277-3825 x222.

Mondays 5:30-7 pm starting this week at 1341 Sandy Hill Rd. "Understanding DAD -- An Awareness and Communication Program" for moms. Refreshments included. Contact Rev. Helen M.C. Jones at 610-275-7943 to register or learn more.

Latshaw Field by Frank Benson
Starting Tuesday, through April 29, The Historical Society of Montgomery County (1654 DeKalb) begins a new exhibit: Remembering Norristown: The Art of Frank Batson. Norristown native Frank Batson’s paintings are inspired by his memories of Norristown and the surrounding area from the 1940’s, ‘50’s, and ‘60’s. Many of the buildings and places are long gone, but through his art, they are brought back to life. Exhibit is FREE and open to the public daily, Monday and Thursday 10 am-4:30 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 1-7:30 pm. Saturday hours vary. For info, contact 610-272-0297 or contact@hsmcpa.org. The Society is handicapped accessible.

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

Wednesday, 6:30 pm at Alfredo's Restaurant. Norristown Riverfront Community meeting. This meeting will focus on plans for an Earth Day event on April 22 at Riverfront Park to include a cleanup of the park, plus activities and info for kids and adults. All volunteers will be welcomed.

Thursday, 10am-1 pm. Montco OIC will be running a second college tour to Kutztown University for High School juniors and seniors. $10 includes bus, lunch and the campus tour and information. Advance registration required. For information on how to apply, call 610-279-9700.

Next Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 am-noon at the New Life Internet Café, 19 W. Marshall. Photo ID Clinic, for photo IDs, birth certificates, Social Security cards, voter registration information or social services applications. Bring personal identification paperwork, such as your social security card, old photo ID or driver’s license, military ID, marriage or divorce certificates, passport, naturalization or citizenship certificate, or your birth certificate. You’ll also need proof of residence, such as a rental agreement, mortgage paperwork, utility bills, medical bills, W-2 forms, work ID, tax returns or bank statements.

The Sewing Club of Ebenezer Methodist Church (234 E Spruce) is organizing a bus trip to the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC. The trip will be Saturday, April 22. $80 per person. If you're interested, call 484-674-5479.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Events for the Coming Week

Looking for a place to take your sweetie for Valentine's Day? Remember, N-town has lots of great restaurants, with a diversity of cuisines to match every palette.

Friday, Feb 10 at 11 am at the Norristown Library. Adult Coloring Hour. 2nd Friday of each month.

Also Friday, 5:30-8 pm. Game Night for kids at First Presbyterian Church (Airy and Dekalb). Movie night (Pets)--bring your favorite pet. Also gym will be open for soccer and dodgeball. Arts and crafts for Valentine's Day. Free pizza and popcorn.

Also Friday, 6-7:30 pm at Eisenhower Middle School, last day to register for Track & Field. For ages K-8. Costs :$110. Practices will be Mondays at Norristown High and Wednesdays at East Norriton Middle School.

Friday at 8 pm, "Grand Concourse" continues at Theatre Horizon. The play will run through Feb 26. This week's other performances: 8 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday, and 7:30 Wednesday and Thursday. Go to this link for information and tickets.

Saturday, 5:30-9:30 pm at the Zoo. Parents can take the night off to celebrate Valentine's Day and give children their own evening of fun. Drop them off for an exclusive, after-hours tour of the zoo, animal bingo, Valentine's crafts, a live animal show, snacks, movie and pizza dinner. Zoo Members, $15.95/child and $7.95/additional sibling. Non-Members, $25.95/child and $15.95/additional sibling. Visit http://bit.ly/2hsZKJM to register. Space is limited. For more information about this event, or to make your reservation by phone, contact 610-277-3825 x222.

Also Saturday, 8-11 pm, Second Saturday jazz at August Moon. The Geri Oliver Quartet. Doors open at 7 pm.

Sunday, 5-7 pm, Five Saints Distilling, 129 E Main. Treat your Valentine and yourself to a 3 Course Meal of Meatballs, Surf & Turf, Cookie Brownies. Advance ticket purchase required $35 per person. For more info, call Butler Catering at 484-288-0982.

Monday at Montgomery County OIC (Arch and Basin), Job-Training Classes begin for Customer Service/Sales. Requirements: Montgomery County resident, 18 years of age/older, HS diploma or GED, meets income guidelines, clean background. For information, contact 610-279-9700 or www.montcooic.org

Tuesday, 2-3:30 pm, Norristown Public Library, 1001 Powell St. Great Books Group. This month's book is The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. The Great Books Group meets every second Tuesday of the month.  New members are welcome.  For more information, contact Shirley Miller at 610-272-4179.

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

Thursday, 10 am-2 pm and 6-7:30 pm at Greater Norristown PAL (340 Harding Blvd). Pennsylvania Regional College Fair. Email this link for info.

High School Juniors and Seniors, Montco OIC will be running a second college tour to Kutztown University on February 23, 10 am-1 pm. $10 includes transportation, lunch and the campus tour and information. Advance registration required.  For information on how to apply, call 610-279-9700.

The Sewing Club of Ebenezer Methodist Church (234 E Spruce) is organizing a bus trip to the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC. The trip will be Saturday, April 22. $80 per person. If you're interested, call 484-674-5479.


Friday, February 3, 2017

New Arrivals, Black History Month, Theater and More

The first Black History Month event is this week at PAL on Tuesday night, a new show opens at Theatre Horizon, and the Zoo welcomes a pair of new youngsters.

Friday, February 3, noon, Facebook live session from the Elmwood Park Zoo on their Facebook page to introduce the zoo's newest baby jaguars, born January 24th.

Also Friday at 8 pm, "Grand Concourse" opens at Theatre Horizon with a Pay-What-You-Can preview. The play will run through Feb 26. This week's other performances: 8 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday, 6:30 pm Tuesday (Norristown Night-residents free, while tickets last), and 7:30 Wednesday. Go to this link for information and tickets.

Sunday, 2-5 pm at Elmwood Park Zoo. FREE admission for all Norristown residents with ID.

Monday at Montgomery County OIC (Arch and Basin), Job-Training Classes begin TODAY for Certified Nursing Aide, and Feb 13 for Customer Service/Sales. Requirements: Montgomery County resident, 18 years of age/older, HS diploma or GED, meets income guidelines, clean background and reliable transportation for CNA. For information, contact 610-279-9700 or www.montcooic.org

Tuesday 6:30 pm at Greater Norristown PAL (340 Harding Blvd). A Panel Discussion on past achievements versus potential setbacks. Doors open at 6 pm. Call 610-278-8040 for info.

Tuesday, 7:30 pm at Municipal Hall. Council Meeting.


Either Wed (Feb 8) or Fri (Feb 10), 6 pm at the OIC (Flyer says Wed the 10th), Information session for the 4-day spring-break college tour. You must submit your application before then. Tour is April 11-14 ~ 9 campuses in MD, DC, NC, and VA. Luxury bus, 3-star hotel, meals, and more, and the National Museum of African American History & Culture. For information on how to apply for tour, call 610-279-9700.

Next Saturday, February 11, 5:30-9:30 pm at the Zoo. Parents can take the night off to celebrate Valentine's Day and give children their own evening of fun. Drop them off for an exclusive, after-hours tour of the zoo, animal bingo, Valentine's crafts, a live animal show, snacks, movie and pizza dinner. Zoo Members, $15.95/child and $7.95/additional sibling. Non-Members, $25.95/child and $15.95/additional sibling. Visit http://bit.ly/2hsZKJM to register. Space is limited. For more information about this event, or to make your reservation by phone, contact 610-277-3825 x222.

Also next Saturday, 8-11 pm, Second Saturday jazz at August Moon.

High School Juniors and Seniors, Montco OIC will be running a second college tour to Kutztown University on February 23, 10 am-1 pm. $10 includes bus, lunch and the campus tour and information. Advance registration required.  For information on how to apply, call 610-279-9700.

The Sewing Club of Ebenezer Methodist Church (234 E Spruce) is organizing a bus trip to the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC. The trip will be Saturday, April 22. $80 per person. If you're interested, call 484-674-5479.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Messy Church, Yoga, Chinese New Year and More

Only a few events this weekend, but they're good ones, for adults and kids alike. Also note, we have college tours coming up. The costs are extremely reasonable. If you have high school juniors or seniors in your family, take advantage. See below for information.

Friday, January 27, 10:30-noon at Norristown Public Library. $5 Yoga and Meditation Sessions. Enjoy beginner’s Hatha Yoga. Learn the basics of this ancient and popular practice. Instructors Sarah O’Brien and Roger Shaughnessy will teach the basic poses and alignments. No experience is needed; mats available. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. The class will conclude with a one-half hour meditation session. $5 is due to the Instructor at the beginning of each session. Call or drop by the Front Desk to register. 610-278-5100, x 0   averma@mclinc.org

Friday, 6-8 pm at Christ United Church of Christ (W Marshall and Noble). "Messy Church" for all kids and adults. Games, Food, Crafts, Storytelling. Enter on Noble or parking lot sides. More info? Call the church at 610-275-3092.

Saturday, noon-1:30 pm at the Elmwood Park Zoo. Celebrate Chinese New Year with EPZ and learn about the year of the rooster  in the Canopy Gardens Hall. Crafts, live animal greetings featuring "animals of the zodiac" and try on a Dragon Mask. Program is free to enjoy with zoo admission. For more information, contact Guest Services at 610-277-3825 x222.

Saturday, 7 pm at Coffee Talk, 507 W Marshall. Herman Bruning sings songs of peace, love and respecting Mother Earth. Donation $10.


 
Saturday, 7-11 pm at Five Saints Distillery (129 E Main). Danielle & Jennifer perform.

Next Friday, February 3 at 8 pm, "Grand Concourse" opens at Theatre Horizon. The play will run through Feb 26. Go to this link for information and tickets.

Job-Training Classes will begin at the Montgomery County OIC (Arch and Basin) on February 6 for Certified Nursing Aide and Feb 13 for Customer Service/Sales. Requirements: Montgomery County resident, 18 years of age/older, HS diploma or GED, meets income guidelines, clean background and reliable transportation for CNA. For information, contact 610-279-9700 or www.montcooic.org

High School Juniors and Seniors, Montco OIC will be running 2 college tour trips this semester. One to Kutztown University on February 23, 10 am-1 pm. $10 includes transport, lunch and the campus tour and information. Advance registration required. The other is a 4-day tour (April 11-14) of 9 campuses in MD, DC, NC, and VA. Luxury bus, 3-star hotel, meals, and the National Museum of African American History & Culture. Information session on February 10, 6 pm at the OIC. You must submit your application before then. For information on how to apply for either tour, call 610-279-9700.

The Sewing Club of Ebenezer Methodist Church (234 E Spruce) is organizing a bus trip to the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC. The trip will be Saturday, April 22. $80 per person. If you're interested, call 484-674-5479.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Events for the Coming Week

Just a few things this weekend. I recommend the Schuylkill River program at the Centre (and, hey, it's FREE). On the whole, Norristown's going to be quiet this week. Good time to get some books or movies from the library, stock up on your favorite snacks and kick back.

Friday, January 20, 5:30-7 pm at Centre Theater (208 Dekalb). "The Death and Rebirth of the Schuylkill River." FREE PROGRAM.  An evening of spirits and history, as the Schuylkill River Town Program presents a fact and fun-filled program about the Schuylkill River, from its role as lifeblood of the Industrial Revolution and the “workshop of the world”, to a fiery open sewer, and finally to its recent rebirth as 2014 River of the Year and home to bald eagle and shad. Learn the incredible story of how the river has shaped our community and the nation. Beforehand, sample products from Norristown’s Five Saints Distillery and Conshohocken Brewing Company.

Friday January 20 from 6-8 pm at the First Presbyterian Church gym (Airy and Dekalb) is Game Night 1 for 2017. Games, arts and crafts sports and, of course, NACHOOOOOOOs. Kids of all ages welcome.

Saturday, 6-9 pm at Elmwood Park Zoo, Canopy Garden Hall. Tiaras & Ties: Father-Daughter Date Night. Dance the night away as you share a special night together featuring snacks, games, music and photo opportunities. Father Daughter Member Pair: $20, Father Daughter Non-Member Pair: $25, Additional Daughters: $10 each. Register at this link.

Also Saturday, 8 pm at Centre Theater. "Delinquent Comedy" by Starving Artist Prevention. $15. 

Tuesday, Zoning Board Hearing is cancelled for this month.

Wednesday, 7 pm, HARB meeting, Municipal Hall.

Next Saturday, noon-1:30 pm at the Elmwood Park Zoo. Celebrate Chinese New Year with EPZ and learn about the year of the rooster  in the Canopy Gardens Hall. Crafts, live animal greetings featuring "animals of the zodiac" and try on a Dragon Mask. Program is free to enjoy with zoo admission. For more information, contact Guest Services at 610-277-3825 x222.


Job-Training Classes will begin at the Montgomery County OIC (Arch and Basin) on February 6 for Certified Nursing Aide and Feb 13 for Customer Service/Sales. Requirements: Montgomery County resident, 18 years of age/older, HS diploma or GED, meets income guidelines, clean background and reliable transportation for CNA. For information, contact 610-279-9700 or www.montcooic.org

The Sewing Club of Ebenezer Methodist Church (234 E Spruce) is organizing a bus trip to the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC. The trip will be Saturday, April 22. $80 per person. If you're interested, call 484-674-5479.

Friday, January 13, 2017

MLK Day Events and More

Enjoy programs for kids and adults on Martin Luther King Day at different venues around town, most of them absolutely FREE and staggered throughout the day so you can get to all. Then, at the end of the week, be a light for our community at Theatre Horizon, and learn about our river at Centre Theater.

Starting Saturday, January 14th at 10:45-11:15 am at First Presbyterian Church gym on Airy St., Norristown Recreation will host a 6 week Norristown Ninja Warrior Obstacle Training Course for ages 6-16. Practice agility, speed, jumping, strength, balance and other needed skills for 6 weeks. The last week, you will be challenged by a complete obstacle course to see if you are a real Norristown Ninja. Cost $25.

Saturday, 8-11 pm, August Moon, 300 E Main. This month's Second Saturday Jazz will feature the Dylan Taylor Quartet. Dine during the show. Jazz doors open at 7 pm. Sets on the hour.

Monday, 10 am-2 pm, GW Carver Community Center (Jacoby and Arch), MLK Day of Celebration. Arts, crafts and activities for children grades 1-12. History and entertainment. Everyone welcome. Cmmunity serve hours available if needed.

Monday, 1-4 pm, Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd. MLK Day at the Zoo. Admission will be free, though we do ask that you make a donation as you enter the zoo. We'll be hosting a live animal education program entitled "I Have a Dream" at 1 pm in the Canopy Gardens Hall. Elmwood Park Zoo salutes all of the volunteers who have contributed their time and services throughout the year.

Monday, 5-7 pm at Theist Temple Church (535 E. Marshall) MLK Day-NAACP Youth Chapter film screening of "Boycott."  In addition to the film, learn about NAACP membership. Bring snacks.  All ages welcome.

Tuesday, 5-6:30 pm, Municipal Hall, Lobby, Ready Montco and the GPS tracker for snow plows. Sign up event to get added to the email/text or phone notifications through this county system. The sign up will take less than 5 minutes. More information please call 610-270-0429.

Tuesday, 5-7:30 pm at Municipal Hall rear (police station). Open Office Hours with Chief Talbot and Captain Clowser. Do you want to express concerns or just chat? This is your chance to interact with Chief Talbot and Captain Clowser during open office hours.

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

Wednesday, 5:30-8:30 pm, at Norristown Library. Police COMPSTAT, a meeting that Chief Talbot and his leadership team use to discuss the crime strategy and their effectiveness in implementing the strategy. Open to the public.

Thursday, at 5:30 pm, in front of Theatre Horizon. "Be A Light." Everyone is welcome; bring any source of light (flashlight, candle, phone, etc.)  In each time zone across the country, people will gather at this time outside of theaters to create a "light" for dark times ahead, and to make and renew a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Next Friday, January 20, 5:30-7 pm at Centre Theater (208 Dekalb). "The Death and Rebirth of the Schuylkill River." FREE PROGRAM.  An evening of spirits and history, as the Schuylkill River Town Program presents a fact and fun-filled program about the Schuylkill River, from its role as lifeblood of the Industrial Revolution and the “workshop of the world”, to a fiery open sewer, and finally to its recent rebirth as 2014 River of the Year and home to bald eagle and shad. Learn the incredible story of how the river has shaped our community and the nation. Beforehand, sample products from Norristown’s Five Saints Distillery and Conshohocken Brewing Company.

Next Saturday, January 21, 6-9 pm at Elmwood Park Zoo, Canopy Garden Hall. Tiaras & Ties: Father-Daughter Date Night. Dance the night away as you share a special night together featuring snacks, games, music and photo opportunities. Father Daughter Member Pair: $20, Father Daughter Non-Member Pair: $25, Additional Daughters: $10. each Go to this link to register.

Also next Saturday, 8 pm at Centre Theater. "Delinquent Comedy" by Starving Artist Prevention. $15.

Job-Training Classes will begin at the Montgomery County OIC (Arch and Basin) on February 6 for Certified Nursing Aide and Feb 13 for Customer Service/Sales. Requirements: Montgomery County resident, 18 years of age/older, HS diploma or GED, meets income guidelines, clean background and reliable transportation for CNA. For information, contact 610-279-9700 or www.montcooic.org

The Sewing Club of Ebenezer Methodist Church (234 E Spruce) is organizing a bus trip to the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC. The trip will be Saturday, April 22. $80 per person. If you're interested, call 484-674-5479.