First, to ruin your appetite for Wednesday, there's a Council Meeting Tuesday. The 1202 Dekalb development is listed on the agenda. I'm thinking of bringing my video camera so I can film council members playing with their phones and not paying attention. If you want to read the rest of the agenda, click here.
All Wednesday evenings in October, from 5 to 7 pm, participating restaurants in Norristown will have a Sip & Dine happy hour. The event's facebook page says discounted drinks and appetizers, but the restaurants may be offering different deals. Diva's Kitchen, for instance, says they'll give you free appetizers and wine with the purchase of a meal. Here are the participating restaurants so far (the link will take you to their website or Facebook page):
Almaz Café (Ethiopean, American) - 22 W Main
August Moon (Korean, Japanese) - 300 E. Main
Banh Mi Bistro & Bar (Vietnamese) - 31 West Main
Cafe' Miro Spanish Grill - 10 W. Main
Casa Bonito International Cuisine (Mexican, Korean, Central American, American) - 801 Dekalb.
Diva’s Kitchen (Southern/Caribbean) - Johnson Hwy and Pine St
Jus’ Java -1601 Dekalb
Zachery’s BBQ (Southern comfort food) -1709 Markley
Then, on Thursday, you can line up for a free flu shot at the library (Powell & Swede). The clinic will run from 10 am to 1 pm and is run by the Montgomery County Health Department. Any resident of the county can go, but definitely recommended for school-aged children, anyone over 50, and those with health issues. If you can't make this clinic, you can find a list of other locations and dates, as well as more information at http://www.montcopa.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/1503
In the last week, a few Norristown residents (me included) have set up "neighborhoods" on Nextdoor.com, in an effort to improve communication of the sorts of events listed above and other borough news. It's kind of a social network, but just for residents of Norristown. It's much more private than Facebook (basically, each neighborhood gets its own private website). Neighbors can also use it to let each other know about missing pets, crimes in their area, closed streets, etc. If you're interested, go Nextdoor.com and type in your address (you'll be able to hide your house number). If your house is in a neighborhood that's already set up, just join. If not, you can set up your own neighborhood, up to 2000 houses. Right now, the West End has neighborhoods called Riverfront Park and Norristown Farm Park. About half the North End is a neighborhood called Elmwood Park. And over on the far East End is Cedar Commons. Join up and keep informed.