Friday, May 2, 2014

ARTS, FOOD, Open Mics, and a Carnival

The big event this weekend is the Arts Hill Festival, but pace yourselves. Lots of other activities happening around town, too. And don't forget, this is Restaurant Week!

Today is the deadline for "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" -- the International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, & Gender Violence. The Walk will take place on Saturday, May 10th at 9 am at the Farm Park (2500 Upper Farm Rd., West Norriton). Men: high heels will be provided the day of the walk at check-in. Ladies, bring your flats. To register for the walk go to this link. Send questions to

The Montgomery County Police Memorial Service will be held on Friday May 2nd starting at noon, commemorating law enforcement personnel who have been killed in the line of duty. The ceremony will take place at the Fallen Soldiers monument, located on the grounds of the Montgomery County Courthouse at the corner of Main and Swede streets. Main Street will be closed from about 10:30 am to 1:30 pm between DeKalb and Swede streets. Questions regarding the ceremony may be directed to LT Rich Clowser at .

Friday at 7 pm is Acoustic Open Mic Night at Jus' Java,  1601 Dekalb Street. This is a weekly event, hosted by Vanida Gail. For more details, email .

Saturday, of course, is the Norristown Arts Hill Festival, 10 am to 5 pm. I posted the full performance schedule and other info yesterday. Click here to see it.

Saturday night at 7 pm, Caffe Galileo (317 Swede) will host an Open Mic. No cover charge - lots of parking. As of now, they plan to continue it every Saturday.

Also Saturday, 7 to 11 pm, The Montgomery County OIC will host their Fantastic Voyage banquet at The Empress Room at St Helena's, 1489 Dekalb Pike; Blue Bell. Tickets $60 includes dinner, vendors and dancing to the sounds of Norristown's own Half Moon Band. For ticket information, contact Aariann Vaughn or Kathy Stewart at 610-279-9700. Or visit website for PayPal purchase

This Sunday (and the first Sunday of each month) Coffee Talk Artists Coop at 507 W. Marshall presents an Open Mic from 10 am to 1 pm.  Musicians, writers, poets and art lovers are welcome. $5 at the door.

Sunday is also First Sunday at Elmwood Park Zoo, meaning Norristown residents get in FREE starting at 2 pm.

Restaurant Week in Norristown begins on Monday and goes until Sunday the 11th, every night from 5 to 10 pm. Sponsored by the Norristown Business Association. For a list of participating restaurants, go to or see the NRW facebook page. For more info, email

Tuesday at 7:30 pm, Municipal Council Meeting. No agenda yet.

Thursday at 5 pm, Elmwood Park Zoo kicks off their new season with a full-blown CARNIVAL! Rides, games, food and fun right in the Zoo's parking lot. The carnival will be open from 5 to 10 pm each night through Sunday the 11th.

I have on my calendar that the next Family Feud night will be Friday, May 9th at Caffe Galileo (317 Swede) at 7 pm, though I haven't seen it listed on the community calendars or Facebook. Norristown Council are the reigning champions. Not sure who the next challenger will be. If I hear more information this week, I'll let you know.

As always, remember to check the calendar links in the right column for the rest of this weeks' activities.

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