Friday, January 19, 2018

FREE Movies, Crafts, and Music

Friday, January 19, 11 am-1 pm, Norristown Library. Paper Embroidery Craft. Draw a fun design on paper and embellish it with needle and thread. Learn this craft and you'll be able to make your own handmade greeting cards, bookmarks, and more! We'll provide everything you need, but registration is a must. Call, email or drop by the Front Desk to register. Contact Cliff Hirst at 610-278-5100 x111 or  cliffhirstmnl@gmail.com.
Friday, 4-5 pm, Norristown Library (Powell and Swede), Childrens Reading Area, 2nd Floor. FREE Hatha Yoga Classes for adults will take place each Friday. Learn the basic poses and alignments of Hatha Yoga. No experience needed. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Library Volunteer Ash Aragam, a certified Yoga instructor, will conduct the sessions. Yoga mats are provided, but patrons are encouraged to bring their own if they have one. Contact 610-278-5100 x141  for info.

Friday, 5:45-8 pm. 1st Presbyterian Church, Airy and Dekalb. Free Movie Night: Despicable Me 3. FREE event for all kids, games in gym, arts and crafts and kids receive a snack. Sponsored by Norristown Rec.

Saturday, 2-3:30 pm, Norristown Library Board Room (2nd Floor). The Saturday Book Club will discuss "The Fortunes" by Peter Ho Davies. New members are always welcome. Dr. Harold Halbert will lead the discussion. We encourage registration. Stop by the Front Desk or call to register. Contact Asha Verma 610-278-5100 x0 or averma@mclinc.org.

Saturday, 5-9 pm, Five Saints Distillery (Main and Green). Build your own Mac N' Knife Bowl. From 7 pm to midnight, Jazz 180 will perform. No cover.

Tuesday, 3:30-5 pm, Norristown Library, Create Club. Make your very own paracord bracelet. You can also draw on your own time, do some origami, and more. Supplies provided. Preteens and teens (Ages 10 -18) only. Drop in. For info, contact Asha Verma 610-278-5100 x0 or averma@mclinc.org.

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

Wednesday, 1-3:30 pm, Norristown Library Board Room, Mary's Matinee. FREE movie on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. This week is  “Battle of the Sexes.” Drop in. For info, contact Mary Motta 610-278-5100 x111 or mmotta@mclinc.org.

Next Saturday, 6:30-10:30 pm, Coffee Talk (507 W Marshall). Winter Songwriters/Performers Event.


Friday, January 12, 2018

MLK Day of Service (sort of) and Other Events This Week

Not sure what's happening (or not happening) with N-town, but this is the first year there hasn't been a slew of service projects around town for Martin Luther King Day. The Fire Department will be doing a smoke alarm blitz on Green Street, the Library has an all day kids' activity, and there's an assembly at the high school. But I haven't seen any hands-on projects for adult volunteers like we usually have (cleaning, painting, working with food pantries, etc.).

Friday, January 12, today is the LAST DAY to register for the free Suicide Prevention Training Seminar to take place next Saturday at Christ UCC Church (Marshall and Noble). Details below under "Next Saturday."

Saturday, 8-midnight, Five Saints Distilling. Snow White and the Huntsman will perform. No cover.

Monday, 9 am to 6 pm, Norristown Library Children's Dept. MLK Day of Service. Valentines for Veterans. Stop by to make a valentine for a soldier in the veteran's hospital in Philadelphia. For kids in grade K-6. Drop in. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Contact 610-278-5100 x205.

Monday, 10 am-1 pm, NAHS cafeteria. Young Scholars Day. Speakers and performances. Breakout sessions.

Monday, 6-7:30 pm, Montgomery County OIC, 2nd Floor (1101 Arch). College Tour Information Session. First information session for the HBCU Spring Break College Tour. Preliminary itinerary, prices, colleges to be visited, and field questions. For information, call 610-279-9700.

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

Next Friday, 11 am-1 pm, Norristown Library. Paper Embroidery Craft. Draw a fun design on paper and embellish it with needle and thread. Learn this craft and you'll be able to make your own handmade greeting cards, bookmarks, and more! We'll provide everything you need, but registration is a must. Call, email or drop by the Front Desk to register. Contact Cliff Hirst at 610-278-5100 x111 or cliffhirstmnl@gmail.com.

Next Saturday, 11 am-1 pm, Christ UCC Church (Marshall and Noble). QPR Gatekeeper Training: A FREE suicide prevention training hosted in partnership with the Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Taskforce. 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. Please RSVP by January 12th by calling Christ Church at 610-275-3092 or emailing church@uccchristchurch.org. Space is limited. Light refreshments will be provided.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Got Cabin Fever? Too Bad

The most disturbing thing about Norristown lately is how little seems to be going on in any one week. Or, at least, how little that is going on is posted on the local calendars or social media. But I suspect that the older residents who usually organize things are dropping out of things and younger people aren't stepping up to take their places. If you have an upcoming event and you want people to come to it, please list it 2 weeks before on Nextdoor.com, Norristown.org, and/or The Norristown Project Calendar.

Here are this week's offerings:

Saturday, January 6, 8 pm, Centre Theater. Comedy Show: Phil Forrence and Friends. $10. Tickets at Forrence.brownpapertickets.com.

Sunday, 2-5 pm, Elmwood Park Zoo. FREE admission to Norristown Borough residents on the first Sunday of each month. Adults must show photo ID as proof of residency.

Wednesday, 1-3:30 pm, Norristown Public Library Board Room. Mary's Matinee. FREE movie the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. This week: "The Glass Castle." Drop in. Contact Mary Motta for info, 610-278-5100 x111 or mmotta@mclinc.org.

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

Monday, December 11, 2017

Hiatus

Norristown Diary is taking a hiatus until at least January 1. Maybe longer.

You're on your own N-town.



Friday, December 8, 2017

Free Holiday Crafts, Music, and a Movie

Not much listed on the calendars for this week. Time to get your shopping done and put up the decorations. Stay safe on the roads this season.

Saturday, 8 pm-midnight at Five Saints Distillery (E Main and Green Sts.). Jazz-180 will perform.

Sunday, 10:45 am at Christ Church, corner of W Marshall & Noble. Special music performance: Cantata "7 Joys of Christmas." Choir with special guest, Ellen Tepper, harpist. FREE (part of service). All welcome.

Tuesday, 2-3 pm, Norristown Public Library Youth Services Department. Gingerbread Fun: Create a scented sandpaper gingerbread ornament, and enjoy other holiday activities. For kids in grades K-6. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. For info, contact 610-278-5100 x205.

Tuesday, 3:30-5 pm at Norristown Library Community Room. Create Club for Teens. This month: origami gift ideas. Make your own origami gifts for family and friends. Teens can also draw on your own time, chill out with coloring, and more. We'll supply what you need. Each month, we have a different featured event. Drop in. For info, contact Asha Verma 610-278-5100 x0 or averma@mclinc.org.

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

Wednesday, 8 am-11 pm, Elmwood Park Zoo. Lt. Patty Simons Food Drive needs volunteers to help collect, sort, and box donated nonperishable goods for this years drive. Heated tents, food and a DJ will make the volunteer time enjoyable. Please come and help.

Wednesday, 1-3:30 pm at Norristown Library (Powell and Swede) Board Room. Mary's Matinee. This week is the movie "Maudie." Drop in. Contact for info Mary Motta 610-278-5100, x111, mmotta@mclinc.org.


Friday, December 1, 2017

FREE Art Show, Music, Craft Classes and More this week

Whether you like art, sports, music, the zoo, whatever . . . you'll find interesting events around town to pack into those dwindling daylight hours.

Friday (Dec 1) is the deadline to register for GN PAL's Family Holiday Carnival which will be next Friday Dec 8, 6:30-8 pm (for children 4-12 years old, and at least one parent or guardian). Games, crafts, music, photo with Santa, giveaways, prizes, food. Space is limited so you MUST call 484-808-4810 to register.

Saturday, 4:30-8:30 pm at Eisenhower Science and Technology Learning Academy, 1601 Markley. Marathon Sports presents Norristown Alumni Games hosted by Khalif Wyatt. Admission $5.

Saturday, 7 pm at Five Saints Distillery (E Main and Green Sts.). Danielle and Jennifer will perform.

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

Sunday, 1 pm-5 pm at Norristown Arts Building (619 W. Washington). 21st Annual Exhibition & Open Studios. Attend a reception for the artists, tour the studios. Live Music by Guitarist Charlie Martini. Refreshments. FREE event. More info at www.nabarts.com or contact 610-272-8484.

Sunday, 2-5 pm, Elmwood Park Zoo. FREE admission to Norristown Borough residents who present a valid photo ID.

Tuesday, 9:30-noon at the Montco Intermediate Unit (2 West Lafayette) Valley Forge Room. Screening and discussion of film "Resilience"--about the impact of childhood trauma.

Tuesday, 2-3:30 pm at Norristown Library in the Conference Room. Mystery Tuesdays Book Club. This month's book is “The Beekeeper's Apprentice," by Laurie R. King. Copies of the book are available at the Front Desk.  We encourage registration. Call Asha Verma at 610-278-5100, x0 or drop by the Front Desk to register. Monica D'Antonio of Montgomery County Community College hosts this group. The Mystery Tuesdays Book Club explores a new mystery on the first Tuesday of each month.

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

Wednesday, 1-3:30 pm at Norristown Library Learning Center on the second floor. Holiday Crafting with Pine Cones. Make charming holiday decorations and get into the holiday spirit using pine cones and other natural materials to make door ornaments, swags, and even bird feeders. All supplies provided. Registration is a must. Please call or drop by the Front Desk to register. SPACES ARE LIMITED. Contact Cliff Hirst, 610-278-5100, x0, cliffhirstmnl@gmail.com.

Thursday, 6-8 pm at Municipal Hall. The Budget Workshop that was on the schedule last week is on this week's schedule again, but still no explanation on Norristown.org of what this is about.

A reminder that December 11 is supposedly the last day for leaf collection in Norristown. I don't know about your neighborhood, but half our trees still have leaves on them here. But anyway, get out there and rake soon, or better yet, put the leaves on your garden beds or lawn, or in a compost bin. Better for the soil, plus beneficial insects like woolly bear caterpillars will have a place to stay (under the leaves) over the winter.

On Wednesday, December 13, the Lt. Patty Simons Food Drive will be gathering at Elmwood Park Zoo and they'll need volunteers anytime between 8 am-11 pm to help collect, sort, and box donated nonperishable goods for this years drive. Heated tents, food and a DJ will make the volunteer time enjoyable. Please come and help.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Shopping Season Begins (and other doings around town)

As you do your holiday shopping this year, please give Norristown's small businesses your patronage, not only on Small Business Saturday (tomorrow, the 25th), but throughout the season for your holiday food, spirits, gifts, party hair-dos, etc. Remember, spending your bucks within N-town's borders boosts our town's economy. Going to the mall doesn't. That goes for you small business owners, too. Help yourself by, in turn, spending some of your profits in Norristown.
Saturday, 9 pm-midnight at Five Saints Distillery (E Main and Green Sts.). Wes Johnson will perform.
Tuesday (and all Tuesdays in November), 6-7:45 pm, Norristown Library. Career Workshops. Local career coach Lynn Carroll will share her expertise and enthusiasm with you in this last workshop for job seekers at all skill levels and in all industries. This week Nail The Interview. Register at www.lynncareercoach.com/events.

Tuesday, 6 pm in Council Conference Room, Municipal Hall. Budget Workshop. No explanation on the website of what this entails. And interesting that it's the same night and almost the same time slot as the Riverfront Public Meeting. Clone yourself.

Tuesday, 6:30-8 pm in Council Chambers, Municipal Hall. Riverfront Redevelopment Public Meeting. First in a series of public meetings about the Riverfront Redevelopment Feasibility Study. The community’s input is critical to developing and implementing the vision for the redevelopment of Norristown’s riverfront area. (We have a beautiful riverfront. Don't let developers make it look like Conshy.) If you have any questions, please call the Norristown Department of Planning and Municipal Development at 610-270-0450.

Thursday, 6 pm at the Historical Society of Mont. County (1654 Dekalb). Historical Architecture. Presenter Barry Rauhuser will provide fundamental tools needed to start seeing your house in a new light. Introductory topics on historic architecture include formal and vernacular architecture, regional differences in house types (pre-1850), basic styles and construction techniques from 1700 to 1920, how to measure and draw a house, and how to look around at the landscape of houses in Montgomery County. $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Call 610-272-0297 to RSVP.
Next Friday, Dec 1, deadline for nominating a family for the Norristown Police Department's Seven Days Before Christmas. To nominate, go to this link. Monetary donations can be made by mailing your check to the Norristown Police Foundation, 235 E. Airy. Donations of toys and other gifts, and gift cards can be brought to the Police entrance in the rear of 235 E. Airy.

Also next Friday, the deadline to register for GN PAL's Family Holiday Carnival which will be Friday Dec 8, 6:30-8 pm (for children 4-12 years old, and at least one parent or guardian). Games, crafts, music, photo with Santa, giveaways, prizes, food. Call 484-808-4810 to register.

On Wednesday, December 13, the Lt. Patty Simons Food Drive will be gathering at Elmwood Park Zoo and they'll need volunteers anytime between 8 am-11 pm to help collect, sort, and box donated nonperishable goods for this years drive. Heated tents, food and a DJ will make the volunteer time enjoyable. Please come and help.