Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Party, Election, and Other Events

Tonight most of you will probably be either escorting kids around for Trick or Treat, or waiting at your door for costumed kids to show up, but if you have no Halloween plans, think about seeing The Syringa Tree at 8 pm at Theatre Horizon instead. As I said in yesterday's Diary, the show has been Barrymore Recommended. Free tickets for Norristown residents -- call 610-283-2230. The play continues tomorrow at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 and 7:30 pm, Monday at 7:30 pm, a Wednesday matinee at 1:30 pm, next Friday at 8 pm, and the last shows will be Sunday, Nov 9 at 2 and 7:30 pm.

Saturday from 7 to 9:30 pm, 'Tween Halloween Party at ACPPA Community Art Center, 506 Haws Ave. Costume contest, food, karaoke, crafts,food, games, dancing, food, and more. Ages 9-13 years. Pre-registration required. $8 per child. Go to this link to register.

Sunday from 2 to 5 pm, this is the 2nd to the last Sunday Norristown residents will be able to get into Elmwood Park Zoo for FREE (December 7th is the last). Adults must show photo ID as proof of residency. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Also Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Historical Society of Montgomery County, 1654 Dekalb St, a free program - The Underground Railroad in Quilts by Cassandra Gunkel. Did African American slaves use quilts as signals to guide their way to freedom? Join the debate: History or folklore? For more info, call 610-272-0297 or email

Tuesday is Election Day. Get out and VOTE.

Because of election day, the monthly Council meeting will be a day later--Wednesday night at 7:30 pm at Municipal Hall. No agenda yet.

Call for volunteers: Next Saturday, Nov 8th from 10 am to 3 pm, The Norristown Preservation Society in partnership with The Norristown Project will be working at Selma Mansion. A sump trench needs to be dug to dry out the cellar, but they want to sort through the soil for artifacts as they dig. If you'd be willing to lend your strength to the digging or good eye to the sorting, please come. Volunteers are asked to wear warm clothes that can get dirty. Sturdy shoes. Bring a bag lunch. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Some gloves will be provided, but if you have your own work gloves, bring them. RSVP to Elena (yes, me) at

Norristown is preparing its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) FY 2015-2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan and FY 2015 Annual Action Plan. As part of the planning process, the Municipality is conducting a survey to identify residents' needs in the community and ideas on how the residents would like to see funds under the CDBG Program spent. Please take a few minutes and complete this confidential questionnaire to the best of your ability. If you are unsure of an answer, or the question does not apply to you, please feel free to skip that question. Thank you for your assistance in helping us identify residents' needs and fair housing issues in the Municipality. Take the survey at

Happy Halloween!

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