Friday, February 7, 2014

Hopefully this morning finds you all with electricity. I saw a completely dark block on Swede last night between Elm and Gotwals--street lights, stop light, everything out.  Please don't try to stay in cold homes without heat in this weather. I know we can't all afford hotels (assuming you can find an empty room), but neighbors, please help each other out, especially the elderly and kids. I saw a car stuck on the ice the other day, the driver using a shovel to try to free it. 2 of his neighbors--big healthy guys in 4-wheel drives--went by him without even stopping to ask if he needed help. All he needed was one person to push while he steered. Come on, Norristown, we're better than that.

Anyway, if anything, you can go to the many activities around town this weekend to warm up.

Tonight in the Norristown High School Gym at 7 pm, it's "White Out" Night for Unity at NAHS! All residents of the community are asked to attend the basketball game and wear a white shirt, to support our athletics program. They'd like tonight's game to be packed with current students, parents and teachers from schools throughout the district and, of course, alumni, showing that school spirit still exists in Norristown.

Also tonight at 7 pm at the Centre Theater, THE WIZ begins it's second weekend of performances. Tonight and tomorrow at 7 pm, Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets available at or call 610-279-1013.

Saturday morning at 8:30 am, "Munch With The Mammals" at Elmwood Park Zoo. Meet Nora, the most famous groundhog in Norristown, along with some of her furry friends. Guests will enjoy a light continental breakfast buffet among the company of animals from the zoo's education collection. After breakfast, guests will have an opportunity to meet the diet prep volunteer as she prepares breakfast for the animals. Other activities follow. Tickets are $18/adult and $9/child; $8/member adult and $4/member child. Reservations must be made in advance. Space is limited. Contact the Education department at 610-277-3825, ext 235 or 236.

On Sunday from 1 to 3 pm, also at the Zoo, you can celebrate the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics with Animal Olympics at the Zoo. Olympic-themed activities: Exercise seminar with Bubby the Bison, animal obstacle courses, "wild" challenges for kids.  For more information, contact Guest Services at 610-277-3825 ext 222.

Monday at 7 to 9 pm in Eisenhower auditorium will be a meeting to discuss the Norristown Area School District budget.

Also on Monday at 7 to 9 pm at the Centre Theater, Genesis Housing will hold a free "Understanding Credit" seminar. Obtain a free credit report from major credit bureaus with scores. Also, learn how to improve your credit score. Registration required at or call 610-275-4357.

Tuesday, 10 am to 3 pm, AARP Tax-Aide/Preparation workshop, free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older. For additional information, visit or call 610-278-5100, ext. 0.

Tuesday at 6 pm, Linda Christian is holding a 3rd District town hall meeting to discuss the future of Montgomery Hospital. A representative from Einstein-Montgomery will be present to answer questions and present plans. Meeting will take place in the community room of the Human Service Center at DeKalb and Fornance.

The Planning Commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday night at Municipal Hall at 7 pm. seems to be down this morning, so I can't confirm. I'll check for an agenda Monday.

The 2011 Black History Month Celebration 
Wednesday at 6 pm at Municipal Hall, the Norristown Black History Committee will present the 19th Annual Celebration of "Remembering Our Heritage" to celebrate Black History Month. Keynote Speaker, Dr.Irwin Wright, Professor, Bloomsburg University . For more info call Rev Helen M.C. Jones, 610-275-7943.

Thursday from 1:30 to 2:30 pm,  the Jazz Ensemble from Eisenhower School will present various instrumental and vocal musical selections in honor of Black History Month.

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