Friday, March 28, 2014

Norristown's Birthday Weekend!

Hey, no jokes about Norristown's age this weekend. 202 is still pretty young for a town (Paris is 2000 years old and no one says she's decrepit). Here's the list of the week's activities.

Today is the last day to register for the 6th Annual GNPAL and NMOE, 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, which will take place Saturday April 12. Registration $100/Team. All team members must be at least 18 yrs old. Contact Doug White at or call 484-284-0851 or 610-564-2763 .

Tonight from 6-9 pm & Saturday from 1-4 pm, First Baptist Church of Norristown (445 Burnside Ave) is hosting a Free Prom Dress Giveaway.

"Buried Child" continues at Centre Theater this weekend, tonight and Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm. $15-22. The show has been getting rave reviews. For tickets: or call 610-279-1013.

Saturday from 8-10 am, you're invited to an Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast to support Roosevelt Campus of the Norristown Area High School at  Applebee's, 2700 Dekalb Pike, East Norriton. $7 per person, $4.50 kids.

Still hungry? On Saturday, from 11 am to about 1:30 pm, the Norristown Business Association will conduct a Walking Taste Tour of 4 Norristown restaurants: Cafe Galileo (Columbian coffee and pastries), Casa Bonita (fish tacos, cheesesteaks, enchiladas, and Korean pepper chopped beef), Almaz Cafe (chicken stew, beef stew and sliders), and Banh Mi (appetizer, entree and dessert). $20. One would assume, if it rains, you can use your car instead of walk. Contact today for info.

Saturday from 1 to 4:30 pm, come out to Selma Mansion,  1301 W. Airy St, to celebrate  Norristown's Birthday. Costumed historical interpreters Maryann Buser, Mary Reynolds, and Elena Santangelo (yeah, me) will be on hand to tell you about Norristown's early days and famous residents, and Architect Doug Seiler will spill all he knows about Norristown's historic buildings. Listen carefully, because at around 3:30 pm, visitors can play a game of Norristown Jeopardy to test their knowledge (bragging rights for the next year). Norristown Area School students who show their ID get in FREE. Norristown residents with ID, Preservation Society members and veterans, $5. All other adults, $6. All other kids, $3. All kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Proceeds will go toward the restoration of Selma Mansion. Come see me in my petticoat.

Saturday night at 7pm, Comedian Matt Durkin will be featured at Caffe Galileo, Swede Street. For information, call 610-888-1980.

Council says we can all have Monday off to celebrate Norristown's actual birthday (202 years old)! Just kidding, but nothing is on either calendar that day. Relax and eat cake and ice cream.

On Tuesday, 10 am  to 3 pm, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will be available FREE to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older. Norristown Public Library, Powell and Swede. Not an April Fools joke--we're only 2 weeks from Tax Day on April 15th. For additional information, visit the library website or call 610-278-5100, Ext. 0 .

Tuesday night at 6 pm, GNPAL at 340 Harding Blvd will host "Taking It To The Next Level" -- a seminar on how to obtain a 501(c)3 non-profit classification for your organization. Organizations are encouraged to bring their event information to share, as well as any brochures, special projects and business cards. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Norristown Violence Prevention Initiative. For more info, please contact Viviann Schorle,, 610-630-2111 ext 257 .

From there, you can head over to Municipal Hall for the Council Meeting at 7:30 pm Tuesday night. No agenda yet. I'll share it next week.

As always, click on The Norristown Project Calendar link in the right hand column or check the Municipal Town Calendar for more events.

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