Friday, June 20, 2014

Events for the Next Week

To everyone who posts event info on online calendars, and to anyone who shares or retweets event info on social media, PLEASE double check your information before you post. In the last few weeks, I've seen and in one case passed on, incorrect information. In several instances, starting times listed for events have differed from different sources. Today I noticed discrepancies between the town and OIC calendars. The good news is, we've all gotten MUCH better at disseminating info. We just have to check our facts, okay?

"The Fantasticks" continues at Centre Theater (208 Dekalb) tonight at 8 pm, Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Only 6 more performances. This is a great family musical and truly a Norristown community endeavor. Don't miss it. Tickets, $15-22, can be ordered at

WARNING FOR EVERYONE: Harding Blvd. will be closed for southbound traffic between Sterigere and Markley Streets on Saturday, June 21st from 11 am to 3 pm for the Greater Norristown PAL Youth Rally, according to the Municipal website. The sign on Harding Blvd implies that the whole road will be closed (it'll be a nightmare if that's true, with northbound Markley closed). Not sure which is correct. May be best to avoid the area unless you're going to the rally. 

Saturday from noon to 3 pm, is the PAL Youth Rally, the Greater Norristown Police Athletic League will hold their annual Youth Rally. Great opportunity to see what programs PAL has available to the youth of the Norristown Area and also to volunteer. Activities, games and free food.

Saturday from 1 to 4 pm, you can view a baseball game for free at Pennypacker Mills Historic Site, 5 Haldeman Road, Schwenksville: the Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia vs. the Harrisburg Keystones. Never heard of them? That's because they play vintage base ball, using rules from the year 1864, when no one wore baseball mitts, the bats were thick-handled and heavy, and there was no such thing as whacking one out of the yard for a home run. Out of the yard was still in play. Members of the Athletics will also show children how to play “Town Ball,” the precursor to modern-day baseball. Bring a chair or blanket on which to sit. I played 1864 ball at a living history event once and I'm posting a photo below to prove it. These vintage games are loads of fun and a great place to take a family of baseball fans. Pennypacker Mansion will also be open for free tours that day from 1 to 4 pm. It's a Montco historic site, so go see what your taxes are paying for.  For more information, please call 610-287-9349 or visit the website at

Sunday night at 7 pm, "Flower Power" will be onstage at the Bandshell at Elmwood Park playing 60s and 70s rock.  Food/drinks available at the snack stand. Any questions call 610-270-0467. (If the weather is iffy for any of the concerts, you can call the number for cancellation info.)

Monday Movies begin this week at the Norristown Library with a showing of "Frozen" at 1 pm, Monday afternoon in the community room. An adult MUST accompany children under 8. If you have any questions, call 610-278-5100 Ext 4. For a listing of the Monday Movie schedule go to 

Now that school's out, the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library has events for kids, and some for adults, EVERY DAY. Crafts, movies and more.  Go to their calendar at this link--the entries in red are all at the Norristown branch on Powell and Swede. The library is a great, free place to hang out when the weather's too hot, even if you just go in and read a magazine for an hour or so to cool off. Good for seniors.

Tuesday morning from 8:30-9:30, the Norristown Business Association will hold their monthly meeting at Casa Bonita (Dekalb and Oak, next to Thiftway). The NBA has been active this year in bringing town organizations together and helping to promote our businesses. Come to the meeting and see what the group is all about.

OPEN JOB FAIR, Tuesday from 10 am-3 pm, Greater Norristown PAL, Harding Blvd. If you are interested, you must have ID, be at least 17 years of age or older, arrive early and in professional clothes. Info, call 610-278-8040, ext 223 or see

Tuesday night at 7 pm is the monthly Zoning Board Hearing. The agenda is at 

Wednesday from 2 to 4 pm, Montgomery County OIC (Arch and Basin) will offer a FREE computer class on website management and coding. Participants will learn how to build a basic webpage and add codes to customize it to their preference. Class is limited to 8 students per session and will meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month, all other times by appointment. Call (610) 279-9700 to register.

Wednesday afternoon at 3 pm at Barton Partners (700 E Main, #301), the Norristown Schuylkill River Action Team will hold their monthly meeting. Even if you can't make the main meeting, the team is currently forming the following committees: Art On the Trail, Funding, Programming (which will develop river and trail related activities for kids, bikers, paddlers, etc.), and Marketing and Promotion (for outreach to the community). If you're interested in joining a committee, contact Lizzie Hessmiller at 267-479-6107, or Remember, developing the recreation use of the river can only help Norristown's economy in the long run.

Wednesday and Thursday, 5:45 pm, interest meeting and open tryouts for the Community Step Team at GNPAL, 340 Harding Blvd. For youth 13-19, male or female.  For more info call 610-278-8040 ext 223

Next Saturday, the 28th, Norristown Men of Excellence will host their 3rd Annual Free Football Clinic from 9 am-2 pm, Norristown Youth Eagles Field, 1001 Sterigere St. Kindergarten-12th grade. Registration begins at 8:30 am. Parents must be present. Lunch will be provided for all campers.

Also next Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm is the History Day Festival, hosted by the Norristown Preservation Society at Selma Mansion, 1301 W. Airy. Demonstrations of Civil War Medicine, spinning,  paranormal investigations, interactive folk dancing and period music, vendors with food and wares. More info next week..

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