Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Dances, Music, and Birds

I think it goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway, that if you intend to go to any of these events this weekend, call ahead to make sure they haven't been cancelled because of the weather.

If you ARE stuck at home, you can join me in participating in scientific research. Each year Cornell University holds its Great Backyard Bird Count across America. If you are willing to set aside at least 15 minutes to look out your window this weekend, and you can can tell a sparrow from a starling (though if you click on the bird names, you can see photos to help you identify them), you can help record data for Norristown this weekend. Great activity for kids. Go to to get started.

Tonight from 6 to 9 pm, ACPPA (506 Haws Avenue in the rear of Grace Lutheran Church) is hosting a Valentine's Day Dance. Kids ages 5-10 are invited for an evening of dancing, karaoke, games, crafts, and treats. Only $6 per child ($5 for ACPPA members). Pre-registration a must, space is limited. Call 610-277-2270.

Older kids? No problem. From 7-10 pm, Generation Next Track Club is hosting a Valentine's Day Dance for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders at the Masonic Hall (427 E Basin St). Music by DJ Pooda. Tickets are $3.

Saturday evening, Christine Winchester and David C. Perry will present evening of original folk music in the peaceful setting of a private home in Norristown. Doors open at 7pm and show starts at 8pm. Free off-street parking. Refreshments. Weather dependent. RSVP by calling 610-239-8177 or email See links on their website for songs, videos and further description of their music

Also Saturday from 8-10 pm, a Valentine's Dance will be held at the George Washington Carver Center, East Jacoby Street. $10 per person, BYOB. For information call 610-272-7480 or

This next isn't in Norristown, but it's someplace I'll be on Monday--the President's Day celebration at Valley Forge Park, 10 am to 2 pm. This is FREE and a great place to bring your kids who are off from school and bored with the snow. Lots of activities and crafts, the chance to talk to and have your photo taken with General Washington (and wish him a Happy Birthday), and a free cupcake. I'll be in the Visitor Center from 11 am 'til 2 pm, singing 18th century songs with the Colonial Revelers.

Tuesday night, Council Meeting starting at 7:30 pm. I'll try to let you know the agenda next week, but the Town Calendar on the website seems to be malfunctioning. The home page entries are stuck on the 1st week of February.

In the meantime, stay safe on the roads and icy sidewalks. Happy Valentine's Day.

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