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.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Winter Sports, Senior Fair and More

First, someone tell me what's up with the town calendar at Norristown.org. Hardly anything is listed on it, not even Municipal meetings like Council and Zoning. The one event that IS there--the ICN Senior Fair--is listed on the wrong days and as a repeating event, which it isn't (it's listed as the right day on the home page, but if you click through to the calendar, it's wrong). This gives visitors to the site the impression that our town drunk is in charge of updating the calendar. Not a good look for the town and not a positive way to start off the year. Can we fix it, please?

Thanks to Shae Ashe for keeping a dependable calendar of Norristown events on The Norristown Project site.

Saturday, January 7 at Noon, 1:30 pm and 3 pm. Tour Five Saints Distilling (Green and E Main). Tours are 1.25 hours and include the firehouse, distillery and a tasting. Tickets $10 per person.

Saturday, 8-10 pm, Five Saints Distilling. Peggy Kellar performs live.

Mondays from January 9 through Feb 27, 6:30 pm at Eisenhower Middle School, Norristown Recreation Winter Baseball Clinic for ages 4-7 and 8-12. Cost $25. Participants will attend an off-site hitting clinic at an indoor batting cage. For info, call call 610-270-0467.

Tuesday, 2-3:30 pm at the Norristown Library (Swede and Powell), Great Books Group. Come for an engaging book discussion. 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, Municipal Hall. Planning Commission meeting.

Wednesday, Indoor Soccer at Eisenhower Middle School. Ages 4-8 starts at 6:15 and 9-13 at 7 pm. Register at 610-270-0467.

Wednesday, 6:30 pm, the Norristown Riverfront Community will meet at Alfredo's Restaurant (Hamilton and W. Main). This month Carrie Barron from the Audubon Center at Mill Grove will be on hand to discuss the possibility of partnering with NRFC for some programs and projects starting in the spring. What would you like to see at Riverfront Park? Activities where kids can learn about the river and nature? A native plants garden? Bird walks? It's important that Norristown residents are involved in the process. Come Wed night and give your input. For info, contact Elena at missmaggieandpat@verizon.net

Thursday, 9-10:30 am, the ICN Senior Fair will take place at the Human Services Building, 1430 Dekalb. Representatives from various agencies will be on hand and there will be a presentation about Power of Attorney. For info, contact Vivian Schorle, 484-919-2614, icn@icnconnections.org

Next Saturday, January 14, 8-11 pm, August Moon, 300 E Main. Second Saturday Jazz features the Dylan Taylor Quartet. Dine in during the show to enjoy August Moon's Korean/Japanese cuisine and sushi. Jazz doors open at 7 pm. Sets on the hour.

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, December 23, 2016

Free Events for Kids

IF you're wondering what to do with your kids over winter break, here are some activities in Norristown.

Tuesday, December 27, 2 pm at the Norristown Library. Bead Fun for kids grades K-6. No registration needed. Drop in and make some fun bead creations.

Thursday, 2 pm at the Norristown Library, for kids grades 3-6. Sew Awesome. Sew a snowman stuffie.  Registration required (so they can have enough supplies on hand). Call 610-278-5100 x205 or stop by the Children’s Department to sign up. Class size is limited.

Next Friday, December 30, 10:30 am-12:30 pm at Elmwood Park Zoo. Zoo Year's Eve festivities in Canopy Gardens Hall. Games, arts and crafts, dancing, live animal program at 11 am. We'll toast the new year at noon. Free to attend with zoo admission. Please contact Guest Services at 610-277-3825 x222 for more information.

Also, this is the last week for the 2nd Annual PJ Drive of Vance Community Partners. Please drop of winter weight pajamas sized infant through toddler, school-age and teens at one of these locations before December 31: Vance Center, 212 Cherry St (Mondays and Wednesdays only); Municipality of Norristown (235 E Airy, main lobby, weekdays); Prothonotary Office in the Courthouse (weekdays); Centre Theater, 208 Dekalb. For info, contact Jill Adelman, 610-277-9125, x 307 or jadleman@vancecp.com.

Help out the Norristown Police Foundation (a non-profit that funds community outreach activities like Citizen's Police Academy and the NPD's charitable projects). Lawn signs are available for a minimum donation of $10 at the Police Department (235 E Airy, rear) or from Signarama at Logan Square. Let's help them raise funds and show our support by putting these signs up all over town.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and anything else you might be celebrating this week.


Friday, December 16, 2016

Santa Express and Other Happenings

Last week of events before Christmas.

Friday, December 16, 5:30-7:30 pm at Montgomery County OIC (Arch and Basin, 2nd floor). Toys for Tots Distribution Day.

Friday, 6-8 pm at First Presbyterian Church (Airy & Dekalb), "Christmas Around The World". Food, games, open gym, crafts, snacks, and Santa (arriving by fire truck this time). All pre-registered kids get a gift from Santa. To register, call 610-272-4961 or email fpileggi@norristown.org.

Saturday between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, Norristown Fire Department's Santa Express will cruise the streets delivering presents to kids. If you'd like Santa to stop at your Norristown residence, go to this link, and download the form NOW. Bring your gifts to Municipal Hall lobby (235 Airy) TODAY (Friday 12/16).

Saturday, 10 am to noon at the Library (Powell and Swede), Buying Town Back Real Estate Investing Seminar presented by Christopher Darden Real Estate and Norristown Men of Excellence.

Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, the last Brunch with Santa events at the Elmwood Park Zoo. EPZ Member Adult $25.95, EPZ Member Child (age 3 to 12) $14.95, Non-Member Adult $30.95, Non-Member Child $19.95, Baby (2 and under) $10.00. To purchase your tickets, please visit http://bit.ly/EPZBrunch

Sunday, 5-7 pm at Five Saints Distilling, 129 E Main St. Pop Up Restaurant from Butler Catering. 4 Course Meal. $25 per ticket advance purchase required. Call 484-288-0982.

Tuesday, 6:30 pm at Municipal Hall (235 E Airy), Council workshop meeting.  No agenda yet.
Vance Community Partners is running their 2nd Annual PJ Drive. Please drop of winter weight pajamas sized infant through toddler, school-age and teens at one of these locations before December 31: Vance Center, 212 Cherry St (Mondays and Wednesdays only); Municipality of Norristown (235 E Airy, main lobby, weekdays); Prothonotary Office in the Courthouse (weekdays); Centre Theater, 208 Dekalb. For info, contact Jill Adelman, 610-277-9125, x 307 or jadleman@vancecp.com.

38 kids will have a better Christmas because of donations to the N-town Police Foundation's "Seven Days Before Christmas" project. You can help the Foundation help our community by making a minimum $10 donation. You get a lawn sign for your pledge. Bring your donation to the Police Department (235 E Airy, rear) or Signarama at Logan Square. Let's help them raise funds and show our support by putting these signs up all over town.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Toys For Tots, Children's Events, Concerts, Etc.

We have holiday events for kids coming up around town, but also concerts at 2 venues downtown Saturday~August Moon and Five Saints. Do dinner at Diva's first~it's their 5th anniversary. Get out and celebrate the season in N-town.

Friday, December 9 and Monday, Dec 12 are the last days to bring a new, unwrapped toy
for Toys For Tots to Representative Matt Bradford's office at Logan Square (off of Markley Street) between 9 am and 5 pm.

Saturday, 10:30 am at the Norristown Library (Powell and Swede), LEGO+ . For children in grades K-12 (children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult). Create and build using a variety of great materials for the budding engineer: LEGO, K’Nex, Straws& Connectors, and more. No registration required.

Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm, Diva's Kitchen at 9 West Main will be celebrating their 5th year as a business. Raffles, giveaways, free food and music. Stop by and check out this great addition to our downtown restaurants.

Saturdays and Sundays through Dec 18, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, Brunch with Santa at the Elmwood Park Zoo. EPZ Member Adult $25.95, EPZ Member Child (age 3 to 12) $14.95, Non-Member Adult $30.95, Non-Member Child $19.95, Baby (2 and under) $10.00. To purchase your tickets, please visit http://bit.ly/EPZBrunch

Saturday, 7-11 pm, Five Saints Distillery (Green and Main), Rhodes Less Traveled performs. No cover charge.

Saturday, 8-11 pm, August Moon, 300 E Main St. Second Saturday Jazz. Come out for a festive night of classic jazz standards and tunes from the Great American Songbook as George Weldon and his dynamite crew put us in touch with the feel of the holiday season. Dine in during the show to enjoy August Moon's excellent Korean/Japanese cuisine and sushi. Jazz doors open at 7 pm.

Sunday, 1-5 pm at Norristown Arts Building, 619 W Washington St. Open Studios & Reception. More than 20 artists will display their works. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday and Thursday, 6-7 pm, at Mt. Zion Church (1312 Willow). FREE Yoga classes. Bring a mat or a towel. The instructor is Mike Butler. Class will continue every Tuesday and Thursday.

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

Next Friday, December 16, 5:30-7:30 pm at Montgomery County OIC (Arch and Basin). Toys for Tots Distribution Day. This is the last week for applications for families of Montgomery County. You may fill out an application by stopping by the office at 1101 Arch St, 2nd floor.

Also next Friday, 6-8 pm at First Presbyterian Church (Airy & Dekalb), "Christmas Around The World". Food, games, open gym, crafts, snacks, and Santa (arriving by fire truck this time). All pre-registered kids get a gift from Santa. To register, call 610-272-4961 or email fpileggi@norristown.org.

Next Saturday, December 17, The Norristown Fire Department's Santa Express will take cruise the streets delivering presents to kids. If you'd like Santa to stop at your Norristown residence, go to http://norristownfire.org/3rd-annual-santa-express/ and download the form. You can start dropping off gifts Monday, Dec 12.

Also next Saturday, 10 am to noon at the Library (Powell and Swede), Buying Town Back Real Estate Investing Seminar. Presented by Christopher Darden Real Estate and Norristown Men of Excellence.

You can show your support for the Norristown Police AND help out the Norristown Police Foundation (a non-profit that funds community outreach activities like Citizen's Police Academy and the NPD's charitable projects). Lawn signs are available for a minimum donation of $10 at the Police Department (235 E Airy, rear) or from Signarama at Logan Square. Let's help them raise funds and show our support by putting these signs up all over town.

Vance Community Partners is running their 2nd Annual PJ Drive. Please drop of winter weight pajamas sized infant through toddler, school-age and teens at one of these locations before December 31: Vance Center, 212 Cherry St (Mondays and Wednesdays only); Municipality of Norristown (235 E Airy, main lobby, weekdays); Prothonotary Office in the Courthouse (weekdays); Centre Theater, 208 Dekalb. For info, contact Jill Adelman, 610-277-9125, x 307 or jadleman@vancecp.com.



Friday, December 2, 2016

Winter Wonderland, Tree Lighting, and Other Events

Winter Wonderland at Riverfront Park
The Norristown Project moved their community calendar. Go to this link to view it in its new home. It's the best listing at a glance of events happening all around Norristown and it's very easy to add an event if you've got one coming up. Also, the Library has a whole slew of seasonal activities for adults and children this month. Go to http://mnl.mclinc.org/events/ to check them out (on the pull down menus, select "Main Library").

Friday, December 2, 5-7 pm at Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd. Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. FREE to attend. Santa, arts and crafts and more. The tree will officially be lit at 6:45 pm.

Friday, 7-10 pm at Five Saints Distilling, 129 E Main St.  Drinks on Luxor. The new Luxor Apartments will toast their upcoming grand opening next month. Bring your friends or anyone looking for an apartment for libations and karaoke.

Saturdays and Sundays through Dec 18, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, Brunch with Santa at the Elmwood Park Zoo. EPZ Member Adult $25.95, EPZ Member Child (age 3 to 12) $14.95, Non-Member Adult $30.95, Non-Member Child $19.95, Baby (2 and under) $10.00. To purchase your tickets, please visit http://bit.ly/EPZBrunch

Saturday, 6-9 pm at Riverfront Park (1 Haws Ave). Winter Wonderland at Riverfront. Come join the Dragon Boat Club of Norristown as we celebrate the Christmas season with Carols, Mr and Mrs Claus, and Norristown's High School Jazz Band.  FREE to everyone. Baked goods and hot beverages for purchase (benefits jazz band). Riverfront Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland with luminaria lights, balloon decorations and the smell of hot chocolate. Come sing some carols, enjoy the warmth of the community and greet Santa as he arrives by Dragon Boat. Lots of parking. Bring flashlights, glow sticks, anything you have to light up the night. For information, contact Robin Parker, rparker@dragonboatclub.org.
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Saturday, 8:15-11:30 pm, Centre Theater, 208 DeKalb St. Classical meets Rock N Roll Holiday Show. Kevin Durkin and his classical style along with Devon Anderson and her contemporary style for a Holiday Show to remember. Classical meets Rock N Roll will get you in the holiday spirit, and just to make sure, Five Saints Distilling will be in the house offering a special cocktail for the season. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show starts at 8:15 pm. For tickets, call 215-906-0919 or go to this link.

Sunday, 2-5 pm Norristown FREE day at Elmwood Park Zoo. Adults must show photo I.D. as proof of residency.

Monday, 6-7 pm at CADCOM, 113 E Main. Fathers' Rights in Child Custody. Join us for refreshments and this presentation highlighting the factors considered when awarding child custody and your rights as parent or grandparent. Please RSVP by calling 610-277-6363.

Tuesday and Thursday, 6-7 pm, at Mt. Zion Church (1312 Willow). FREE Yoga classes. Bring a mat or a towel. The instructor is Mike Butler. Class will continue every Tuesday and Thursday

Tuesday, 7-9 pm at Five Saints Distilling (Main and Green Sts), Painting With A Twist. Tickets are $35. Only 5 seats left. Go to this link for info and to reserve a seat.

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

Next Saturday, December 10, from 11 am to 7 pm, Diva's Kitchen at 9 West Main will be celebrating their 5th year as a business. Raffles, giveaways, free food and music. Stop by and check out this delicious addition to our downtown restaurants.

Montgomery County OIC will once again be partnering the local Toys for Tots Foundation to find families in need of toys for the holiday season. They are currently accepting applications for families of Montgomery County. You may fill out an application by stopping by their office at 1101 Arch St, 2nd floor. Toys will be distributed on Dec 16 between 5:30 and 7:30 pm.

Representative Matt Bradford will also be participating in Toys For Tots. If you'd like to donate, bring a new, unwrapped toy to his office at Logan Square (off of Markley Street) between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday before December 12.

Register your child NOW for the Norristown Recreation and First Presbyterian Sports Club "Christmas Around The World" which will take place Friday, Dec 16, 6-8 pm at First Presby Church (Airy and Dekalb). Food, games, open gym, crafts, snacks, and Santa (arriving by fire truck this time). All pre-registered kids get a gift from Santa. To register, call 610-272-4961 or email fpileggi@norristown.org.

Vance Community Partners is beginning their 2nd Annual PJ Drive. Please drop of winter weight pajamas sized infant through toddler, school-age and teens at one of these locations before December 31: Vance Center, 212 Cherry St (Mondays and Wednesdays only); Municipality of Norristown (235 E Airy, main lobby, weekdays); Prothonotary Office in the Courthouse (weekdays); Centre Theater, 208 Dekalb. For info, contact Jill Adelman, 610-277-9125, x 307 or jadleman@vancecp.com.

The Norristown Fire Department's Santa Express will take place Saturday, December 17. If you'd like Santa to stop at your house to deliver a present to your kids (Norristown residences), go to http://norristownfire.org/3rd-annual-santa-express/ and download the form. You can start dropping off gifts next Monday, Dec 12.

Show your support for the Norristown Police AND help out the Norristown Police Foundation (a non-profit that funds community outreach activities like Citizen's Police Academy and the NPD's charitable projects). Lawn signs are available for a minimum donation of $10 at the Police Department (235 E Airy, rear) or from Signarama at Logan Square. Let's help them raise funds and show our support by putting these signs up all over town.


Friday, November 25, 2016

Events and Advice to Open The Season

Before I get to the week's events, here are some tips for the season from the Norristown PD.

1. If you're expecting packages to be delivered to your house and your porch/doorstep is visible from the street, either try to be home when they're delivered or have a friend or neighbor take them in. Thieves ride around this season looking for packages they can easily snatch.

2. Also, don't put empty boxes for electronics, small appliances or other expensive items just sitting on top of your trash. You're telling thieves what you've got in your house. Break down the boxes and put them out of sight in your recycling bin.

3. Lastly, make sure ALL your house doors and easily accessible windows are LOCKED whether you're in your house or away. Also lock your car doors and don't leave packages visible in the front or back seats.

As for events, the norristown.org calendar had NOTHING on it this coming week, the Montco OIC calendar is down, and the only event on Nextdoor.com is the Dragon Boat's Winter Wonderland. If you've got holiday events coming up, make sure you put them on the norristown.org calendar and/or Nextdoor.com (a great place to publicize events), or send the info directly to me at missmaggieandpat@verizon.net if you want me to list them on my Friday Diary (I check Facebook, but don't always see the listings unless you tag me). For my Friday blog, the event MUST be open and of interest to the general public and take place within Norristown's borders.

Carolers at last year's Winter Wonderland
This Monday through Friday, November 28-Dec 2, 6 pm at 660 Washington St., volunteers will be helping to craft decorations and blow up balloons in preparation for the Winder Wonderland Festival at Riverfront Park on December 3. They need more volunteers. Everyone, young and old, is welcome. For info, contact Robin Parker, rparker@dragonboatclub.org.

Next Saturday, December 3, 6 pm at Riverfront Park (1 Haws Ave), Santa will once again come to Norristown by Dragon Boat. Come to the Dragon Boat Club's Winter Wonderland and Christmas Caroling celebration. Riverfront Park will be decked out for the occasion and luminaria will light your way to the festivities. Norristown's High School Jazz Band will provide music. FREE to everyone. For information, contact Robin Parker, rparker@dragonboatclub.org.

Register your child NOW for the Norristown Recreation and First Presbyterian Sports Club "Christmas Around The World" which will take place Friday, Dec 16, 6-8 pm at First Presby Church (Airy and Dekalb). Food, games, open gym, crafts, snacks, and Santa (arriving by fire truck this time). All pre-registered kids get a gift from Santa. To register, call 610-272-4961 or email fpileggi@norristown.org.

Vance Community Partners is beginning their 2nd Annual PJ Drive. Please drop off winter weight pajamas sized infant through toddler, school-age and teens at one of these locations before December 31: Vance Center, 212 Cherry St (Mondays and Wednesdays only); Municipality of Norristown (235 E Airy, main lobby, weekdays); Prothonotary Office in the Courthouse (weekdays); Centre Theater, 208 Dekalb. For info, contact Jill Adelman, 610-277-9125, x 307 or jadleman@vancecp.com.

The Norristown Fire Department's Santa Express will take place Saturday, December 17. If you'd like Santa to stop at your house to deliver a present to your kids (Norristown residences), go to http://norristownfire.org/3rd-annual-santa-express/ and download the form.