Friday, October 12, 2018

Beer at the Historical Society, Haunted House at Selma


Don't miss the best haunted house in the area at Historic Selma Mansion Saturday night or the presentation on beer brewing in Montgomery County at the Historical Society the same afternoon.

Saturday, October 13, 2 pm, at the Montco Historical Society (1654 Dekalb St). In conjunction with Made in Montgomery County Exhibit, Rich Wagner Presents: Brewing in Montgomery County: Past, Present, & Future. FREE. Social hour at 2 pm, presentation at 3 pm. Rich Wagner has researched the history of brewing and has self-published guidebooks and conducted tours throughout many parts of Pennsylvania. For more information: 610-272-0297; contact@hsmcpa.org or go to hsmcpa.org.

Saturday, 7-11 pm, Selma Mansion (1301 W Airy). Selma's House of Horrors. Tickets at door. Kids under 5 free; Kids 5-12, seniors 60+ and veterans $3; Adults $5; Active military, Norristown Police and Fire Departments free with ID. All proceeds benefit the preservation and restoration of Selma Mansion.

Monday, register as a vendor by today (Oct 15) for the "Pitching For Unity" softball game (Norristown Police Dept vs. Carver Center Staff and members) to take place Sunday, October 28, 11 am-5 pm, at Eisenhower Middle School. There will be food vendors, raffles and a live DJ. Register by calling Theresa at 267-979-7700. You can also donate to the event by calling Phyllis at 610-272-7480.

Monday, 6 pm, at Christian Network Outreach Church, 1001 Swede. Norristown Citizens in Action monthly meeting. For info, contact 215 285-8760.

Tuesday, 2-5 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Community Room. Marvel Movie Mania. Avengers assemble for the library’s showing of Avengers: Infinity War. This summer’s blockbuster just can’t be missed, though children younger than 12 must be accompanied by a caretaker. For info, contact Asha Verma, 610-278-5100 x 0 or averma@mclinc.org.

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

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

Next Friday, Oct 19, 6-9 pm, First Presbyterian Church (Dekalb and Airy). Norristown Recreation presents movie night.

Next Friday, 7-9 pm, Norristown Area High School, 1900 Eagle Drive (in the art rooms). Painting With a Purpose. The Art Teachers will teach you how to paint a masterpiece. For $35 you get a blank canvas, paint, brushes, and very easy instruction to create one of two designs. Refreshments included in the price. To register, click this link. For info, contact NHSPFC@GMAIL.COM.

Next Saturday, October 20, 10 am at Roosevelt School (changed from Oct 13). Native Plant Sale by the Audubon Society. Also at 10 am on Sunday, October 21.


Friday, October 5, 2018

Ghosts, Art, Music, and FREE Zoo

'Tis the season for ghost stories and haunted houses. This Saturday and next, Selma Mansion will be open for both. Plus, you'll find art at Timshel Coffee and music at Five Saints.

Friday, October 5, 6-8 pm, Timshel Coffee, 104 E Main. Art Show Open House for Greater Norristown Art League.(GNAL) Family, friends and public are welcome to come and join in the excitement. October 1-31st artwork from GNAL will be on display and for sale.

Saturday, 6-10 pm at Historic Selma Mansion (1301 W Airy). An Evening of Ghost Stories presented by Norristown Preservation Society. Tour the mansion, hear personal experiences. Light refreshments. $5 for adults (13 and up), $3 children (5-12). Tickets at the door. Street parking.

Saturday, 7-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Green and Main). Sons of Thunder performs. No cover.

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

Monday is Columbus Day, observed. Municipal Hall is closed.

Tuesday, 6:30-8 pm, Municipal Hall. Public meeting to discuss the Norristown State Hospital grounds. Questions, please contact Tracey Vernon at tracey@vernonlanduse.com.

Tuesday, 7 pm, Municipal Hall. Planning Commission hearing.

Wednesday, 1-3:30 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Board Room. Mary's Matinee. Enjoy a FREE movie the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. This showing: "Won’t You Be My Neighbor?" Drop in. For info, contact Mary Motta, 610-278-5100 x111, mmotta@mclinc.org.
Thursday, 11 am-2:30 pm, in front of the Courthouse. The Norristown Farmers' Market. Stop by Thursdays through October 25.

Next Saturday, October 13, 10 am at Roosevelt School. Native Plant Sale by the Audubon Society. Also at 10 am on Sunday, October 21.

Next Saturday, Oct 13, 2 pm, at the Montco Historical Society (1654 Dekalb St). In conjunction with Made in Montgomery County Exhibit, Rich Wagner Presents: Brewing in Montgomery County: Past, Present, & Future. FREE. Social hour at 2 pm, presentation at 3 pm. Rich Wagner has researched the history of brewing and has self-published guidebooks and conducted tours throughout many parts of Pennsylvania. For more information: 610-272-0297; contact@hsmcpa.org or go to hsmcpa.org.

Next Saturday, 7-11 pm, Selma Mansion (1301 W Airy). Selma's House of Horrors. Tickets at door. Kids under 5 free; Kids 5-12, seniors 60+ and veterans $3; Adults $5; Active military, Norristown Police and Fire Departments free with ID. All proceeds benefit the preservation and restoration of Selma Mansion.

Register as a vendor before October 15 for the "Pitching For Unity" softball game (Norristown Police Dept vs. Carver Center Staff and members) to take place Sunday, October 28, 11 am-5 pm, at Eisenhower Middle School. There will also be food vendors, raffles and a live DJ. Register by calling Theresa at 267-979-7700. You can also donate to the event by calling Phyllis at 610-272-7480.s

Friday, September 28, 2018

Ghost Hunting, Flu Shots, Theater, etc.

This week, don't forget to get your flu shot at the library on Tuesday. Or go to the drug store of your choice.

Saturday, September 29, 10 am-5 pm at Selma Mansion (1301 W Airy). National Ghost Hunting Day. Night event sold out. Day event still open. $10/person. Food and entertainment. Info at PASelmaMansion@aol.com.

Saturday, 9 am-5 pm at Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Youth Services Department. LAST DAY! Library Card Sign-Up Month. Kids in grades 0-12, if you don't have a card and sign up for one this month, you'll receive a free book and bookmark, plus be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Amazon gift card. New registrations only. For info, contact 610-278-5100 x205.

Saturday, 8 pm at Theatre Horizon. Staged reading of "The Laramie Project." Other performance on  Sunday at 3 pm (Friday, sold out). One weekend only. Tickets at this link.

Tuesday, Eisenhower Middle School Gym. Youth Basketball begins. 13-16 years old. Register before at Municipal Hall (M-F 8:30 am-4:30 pm).

Tuesday, 3:30-6:30 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Community Room. FREE FLU SHOTS for Montgomery County residents, by the Montgomery County Health Department. Put it on your calendar now (we already have flu cases in our area). If you are a Medicare beneficiary or have health insurance, please bring insurance cards. Be assured there will be no co-pay or cost to you. Accommodations for persons with disabilities will be available. For more information, visit www.montcopa.org/flu.

Tuesday, 6-8:30 pm at Montgomery County OIC (1101 Arch). Financial Empowerment Course. Tuesdays through November 8th. FREE and open to the public. Dinner and childcare provided. Learn about budgeting and other topics. Hosted by Habitat for Humanity, Montgomery County.

Tuesday, 7:30 pm, Municipal Hall. Council meeting.
Wednesday, 8-10 am, Coffee With A Cop at Dunkin Donuts, 151 West Main Street. This is a national endeavor designed to build relationships between the Police Department and the community it serves. There are no agendas, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and an opportunity to meet the officers that serve you! Please come out and meet with representatives of the Police Department, relax, and have a cup of coffee with them!

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

Next Friday, October 5, Timshel Coffee, 104 E Main. Art Show Open House for Greater Norristown Art League.(GNAL) Family, friends and public are welcome to come and join in the excitement. October 1-31st artwork from GNAL will be on display and for sale.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Register to Vote NOW

How To Register To Vote In Pennsylvania

Today is National Voter Registration Day. It’s also only 2 weeks until the October 9th deadline to be registered to vote in Pennsylvania in order to participate in the November 6th election.

For PA residents, if you’re a citizen (or become one up to 30 days before the election), a resident of PA and your voting district for 30 days before the election, and you’ll be 18 years of age on November 6th ~~ if you’re NOT registered to vote, go to this link and fill out the application.

If you’re a citizen and have no intention of voting, you probably ought to move out of the country.  However, if you DO show up, even if you haven’t voted in a while, election workers like me will treat you like the prodigal son (or daughter). No fatted calf, but we do give out “I Voted” stickers. Come early and we'll still be smiling.

If you’re not sure if you’re registered, or if you’ve moved and need to update your registration, go to this link.

See you at the polls in November.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Library Cards, Cemetery Tour, Talking to Your Kids About Drugs, and More


This week's events: 

Friday, September 21, 9 am-2 pm. PARK(ing) Day. That's all the info on the Municipal calendar for this event ~ no explanation, no location. I'm assuming it's downtown on Swede St like last year. What PARK(ing) Day really is ~ individuals and organizations can turn a parking spot into a private park for however long they want to feed the meter. It's held annually, globally, on the 3rd Friday of September to highlight the need for more public green space. Actually, if the county and Norristown want to do it right, they'd publicize it ahead of time and make it a friendly contest between organizations and businesses. 

Saturday, 9 am-5 pm at Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Youth Services Department. Library Card Sign-Up Month. Through Sept 30 (only one more week), kids in grades 0-12, if you don't have a card and sign up for one this month, you'll receive a free book and bookmark, plus be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Amazon gift card. New registrations only. For info, contact 610-278-5100 x205.

Saturday, Sept 22, 1-2 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library. Meet Local Author David Jackson Ambrose, whose first novel, State of the Nation, happens right here in Norristown. David will read an excerpt from the book, followed by a Q&A session. Raffle for a gift bag. Light refreshments included. Registration encouraged. Call 610-278-5100 x2, or drop by the Reference Desk to register. For info, contact Jennifer Hoey 610-278-5100 x2 or jhoey@mclinc.org.

Saturday, 5-6:30 pm, Montgomery Cemetery (1 Hartranft, Norristown). The Culture of Death, Twilight Walking Tour & Presentation by Barry Rauhauser, Historical Society of Montgomery County. Cost of $15 includes walking tour, refreshments and presentation (tour requires walking on uneven ground). For information or to reserve a ticket call 610-272-0297 or purchase on line at hsmcpa.org/events.

Sunday, 1-6 pm, St. Patrick's Parish Hall and parking lot (Dekalb between Chestnut and Oak). Annual Mexican Independence Day Festival. Music, dancing and lots of great food.

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

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

Wednesday, 4-6 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library. After School Movie Club for teens 12-18 years old.

Wednesday, 5:30 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library. Norristown Area School District presents "Have You Had The Conversation?" Talking to your kids about drug and alcohol abuse. Register to attend at norristownconversation.eventbite.com.

Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Community Room. Navigating the Medicare Maze. Learn how Medicare works, when it's best to sign up, and what plan choices to make. If you're already signed up, explore how and why you may benefit by making a switch this year. Medicare's Open Enrollment Period begins on October 15 and ends December 15, so now is the time to get ready. Your host, Dale Rubinkam, is a certified and experienced Medicare and Affordable Care Consultant. She works for you, not the insurance companies. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Call or drop by the Front Desk to register. Contact Asha Verma at 610-278-5100 x0 or averma@mclinc.org.

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

Next Friday, Sept 28, 8 pm at Theatre Horizon. Staged reading of "The Laramie Project." Other performances on Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. One weekend only. Tickets at this link. Special rates on Friday for ACCESS card holders.

Next Saturday, Sept 29, 10 am-5 pm at Selma Mansion (1301 W Airy). National Ghost Hunting Day. $10/person. Food and entertainment. Info at PASelmaMansion@aol.com.

On Tuesday, October 2, 3:30-6:30 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Community Room. FREE FLU SHOTS for Montgomery County residents, by the Montgomery County Health Department. Put it on your calendar now (we already have flu cases in our area). If you are a Medicare beneficiary or have health insurance, please bring insurance cards. Be assured there will be no co-pay or cost to you. Accommodations for persons with disabilities will be available. For more information, visit www.montcopa.org/flu.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Psychics, Living History, and Woodstock Comes To N-Town

We may finally see the sun this weekend. Lots to do Saturday around Norristown ~ check out the living history reenactors at the library ("Ned Hector" is amazing), the psychics at Selma Mansion, and the Woodstock tribute concert at Coffee Talk, among other activities.

Saturday, 10 am-4 pm, Annual Psychic Fair at Historic Selma Mansion (1301 W Airy). Join the Norristown Preservation Society for their 2nd annual Psychic Fair. A variety of talented readers, healers and workshops available. $5 admission at the door includes attendance to any and all of the workshops offered during the day. All readers, and healers are a separate charge for their services upon day of event. Also raffles of many goodies. All the proceeds from this event go to the Society for the upkeep of Selma Mansion.

Saturday, 12:30-2 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Community Room. Revisiting the Founding Era Day: Life on the Line, in Camp, & on the Home Front, presented by Members of the 6th Pa Regiment. With over 40 years of experience in “Living History” the 6th Pennsylvania is the standard in today’s reenacting community. This program is part of Revisiting the Founding Era, a three-year national initiative of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History presented in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. For info, contact the Reference Desk at 610-278-5100 x2 or email PKellyEvans@mclinc.org.

Saturday, 3:30-4:30 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Community Room. Revisiting the Founding Era: Ned Hector, Peter Kiteredge, and Other Blacks In Washington's Army. Presented by “Ned Hector”, Hero of the Battle of the Brandywine, as portrayed by Noah Lewis. Mr. Lewis uses humor and audience participation in his programs honoring the African Americans who served the American cause. He brings to life their struggles with prejudices from the highest levels of government, efforts to find acceptance, and sacrifices to secure freedom for American people. This program is part of Revisiting the Founding Era, a three-year national initiative of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History presented in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. For info, contact the Reference Desk at 610-278-5100 x2 or email PKellyEvans@mclinc.org.

Saturday, 7-10 pm, Coffee Talk (507 W Marshall). Remembering Woodstock, concert with Herman Bruning, Jim Ramsey, Paul Girard and more. Donations welcome.

Saturday, 9 am-5 pm at Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Youth Services Department. Library Card Sign-Up Month. Through Sept 30, kids in grades 0-12, if you don't have a card and sign up for one this month, you'll receive a free book and bookmark, plus be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Amazon gift card. New registrations only. For info, contact 610-278-5100 x205

Sunday, Noon at Christ United Church of Christ (Marshall and Noble). Community Barbecue.  All welcome. Food and Games. Kids activities.

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

Wednesday, 2-3 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Youth Services Department. Talk Like a Pirate Day. Children ages 5-12 can drop by for some pirate themed crafts and activities, and learn some pirate lingo. For children ages 5-12. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in. Norristown area schools day off activity. For info, call 610-278-5100 x205.

Wednesday and next Wednesday (26th), 6-8 pm, Municipal Hall. NPD presents Neighborhood Watch Training. FREE. You must attend both sessions. For info call 610-292-8283 or email mbishop@norristown.org.

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



Thursday, 4:30-6 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Community Room. Science of Sound. Caryn Lin transforms sound through the use of her five-string electric violin and a myriad of modern technology. Drop in. For info, contact Asha Verma, 610-278-5100 x0 or averma@mclinc.org.

Next Saturday, Sept 22, 1-2 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library. Meet Local Author David Jackson Ambrose, whose first novel, State of the Nation, happens right here in Norristown. David will read an excerpt from the book, followed by a Q&A session. Raffle for a gift bag. Light refreshments included. Registration encouraged. Call 610-278-5100 x2, or drop by the Reference Desk to register. For info, contact Jennifer Hoey 610-278-5100 x2 or jhoey@mclinc.org.

Next Saturday, 5-6:30 pm, Montgomery Cemetery (1 Hartranft, Norristown). The Culture of Death, Twilight Walking Tour & Presentation by Barry Rauhauser, Historical Society of Montgomery County. Cost of $15 includes walking tour, refreshments and presentation (tour requires walking on uneven ground). For information or to reserve a ticket call 610-272-0297 or purchase on line at hsmcpa.org/events.

Friday, September 7, 2018

The Arts Return to N-Town

The arts return this weekend with an Art Show reception, and Arts and Music Festival.

Friday, September 7, 6-8 pm at Timshel Coffee Shop (104 E Main). Art Show Reception. Artworks by the Greater Norristown Art League.

Saturday, 9 am-5 pm at Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Youth Services Department. Library Card Sign-Up Month. Through Sept 30, kids in grades 0-12, if you don't have a card and sign up for one this month, you'll receive a free book and bookmark, plus be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Amazon gift card. New registrations only. For info, contact 610-278-5100 x205




Saturday, 1-6 pm, Elmwood Park Bandshell. Arts and Music Festival. Live music, Food, Giveaways, Raffles, Vendors. (Hopefully the weather will cooperate.)

Saturday, 8-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Main and Green). Brian Quinn performs. No cover.
Monday, 6-7:45 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, Cookbook Club. New book club for cookbooks on the second Monday evening of each month. On the 10th, the selection is Christopher Kimball's "Milk Street: The New Home Cooking." Prepare one recipe of your choice from this cookbook (to serve 4-6 people) and bring it to the club to share. A copy of the book is available at the Front Desk. Drop by and make a free copy of your recipe and get ready to cook. We 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. You must register for the club, at the Front Desk, call, or email us. Contact Cliff Hirst at 610-278-5100 x0, or cliffhirstmnl@gmail.com.

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

Wednesday, 1-3:30 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Board Room, Mary's Matinee. FREE movie on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. This showing: "Game Night." Drop in. For info, contact Mary Motta at 610-278-5100 x111 or mmotta@mclinc.org.

Wednesday, 5-7 pm, Norristown Library. My Life Montco meeting. For youth aged 13-23 who have experience with mental health issues, substance abuse, foster care, other challenges. Speakers, entertainment, free food and other activities. FREE admission and dinner is provided.
Thursday, 11 am-2:30 pm, in front of the Courthouse. The Norristown Farmers' Market. Stop by Thursdays through October 25.

Next Saturday, 10 am-4 pm, Annual Psychic Fair at Historic Selma Mansion (1301 W Airy). Join the Norristown Preservation Society for their 2nd annual Psychic Fair. A variety of talented readers, healers and workshops available. $5 admission at the door includes attendance to any and all of the workshops offered during the day. All readers, and healers are a separate charge for their services upon day of event. Also raffles of many goodies. All the proceeds from this event go to the Society for the upkeep and restoration of Selma Mansion.

Next Saturday, 2-6 pm, Riverfront Park. Riverfront Festival. Kayaking, food, music. Sponsored by the Municipality and the Norristown Chamber of Commerce. The glitch is, no parking. They're suggesting you park at the Intermediate Center on Lafayette St. and walk on the Schuylkill River Trail more than a half mile west to the park. They say it only takes 10 minutes (at a very fast walk of 3.4 MPH). At a stroll, it will take closer to 20 minutes, after which you have to go down a long flight of steps and walk into the park. And of course, you'll have to climb those steps and re-do the half mile walk when you leave. I've asked twice about parking for disabled, elderly, people with small children, etc., and they've only said they're working on it. You could try parking closer, perhaps Grace Lutheran Church parking lot, which is half the distance, but it's still a pretty good hill down Haws Ave to the park. Riverfront Park will be closed that day to regular picnickers, fishing, and boaters.

Next Saturday, 7-10 pm, Coffee Talk (507 W Marshall). Remembering Woodstock, concert with Herman Bruning, Jim Ramsey, Paul Girard and more. Donations welcome.