Friday, January 16, 2015

MLK Weekend and Beyond

It's the first holiday weekend of the year and we have plenty of activities. The weather forecast has improved for Monday, so get out and enjoy the MLK Day of Service.

Tonight and Saturday at 8 pm, "Redemption: a romantic comedy?" at the Centre Theatre.

Monday, start your day of service from 7-9 am with a kick-off breakfast at Greater Norristown PAL (340 Harding Blvd), then stick around PAL from 9-3 to help with painting, storing, moving, etc. They need your help and are willing to feed you for it (breakfast sponsored by Einstein). For information, call 610-278-8040.

Monday from 9 am to 3 pm, ACPPA will host creative activities for students who are off from school. Preregistration is required. Visit or call the office: (610) 277-2270.

Monday from 9 to 1 pm, Montgomery County OIC, 1101 Arch St. Join The Norristown Project and Montgomery County OIC for an indoor volunteer activity in honor of MLK Day of Service. Volunteers will assist with a office expansion project on the 2nd floor, as well as clearing out storage space in the basement. Majority of the work is light and should not take long but will have a huge impact. Please arrive as close to 9 am as possible. For questions, email

Monday from 10 am to 3 pm, Agape Church (376 E Moore St) will host a Community Health Fair. Free screenings. For information, call 610-279-9597 or email

Monday from 10 am to 4 pm, Elmwood Park Zoo is celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by offering FREE ADMISSION. They'll also be hosting a special animal show at 1 pm.

Tuesday at 6:30 pm in Municipal Hall, Council Committee Meeting. No agenda yet.

Also for Tuesday, there's a note on the town calendar that says "Kenya Delegation to visit Norristown." No other information. I wonder if the new calendar was supposed to come with a mind-reading app.

Wednesday at 8 pm at Centre Theater (208 Dekalb), Open Words Norristown. Poetry open mic. $5 if you pay in advance at . $10 at the door.

Thursdays, 6:30-7:15 pm, Christ United Church of Christ (W Marshall and Noble Sts) is looking for more volunteers for their bell choir. It's open to all members of the community who can commit to Thursday night rehearsals at 6:30 and about 4 Sunday morning service performances a year. You don't have to know about music, just be able to count. (I did bell ringing in their choir a while back and it was a lot of fun.) Anyone interested, please contact Melanie Eberhard at

Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm, the Municipality, in partnership with the Norristown Arts Council and Cabrini College, will present the movie “Forks Over Knives”--about learning the benefits of eating a more natural diet, followed by a Q&A session with Vincent DePaul the Gangster Vegan and Bruce A. Rogers, of the Center for Nutrition Studies. Free event. Food samples provided by Gangster Vegan and Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting. You can watch the film trailer at   (Personal note--I think a more appropriate venue for this would have been the library or a church or school. I don't mind the film or Mr. Rogers, per se, but I don't think Council ought to be promoting non-Norristown businesses  in Borough Hall when they never promote our own businesses there.)

Saturday the 24th, from 10 am to 1 pm, Gotwals School (Oak and Swede), Health Fair. Health screenings available. Tips on healthy eating and food demonstrations. Exercise workout, HIV testing, free giveaways and more.

Saturday the 24th, from 1 to 2:30 pm, ACPPA hosts "Keeping It Klassy" for girls ages 9-13. Please register by emailing

I've included a link to the Library Calendar in the column to the right, so check it out.

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