Friday, April 24, 2015

FOURTH FRIDAY Improved, Gardening, Gala, and More

This morning at 10 am,  Norristown Municipal Administrator Crandall Jones will hold another Facebook Chat at this link. Go to that page and wait for the Chat post to come up. You must sign onto Facebook to ask questions, but you should be able to read the questions and answers even if you're not signed in. I got late notice of this, so I apologize for not mentioning it sooner. Also, with Fourth Friday downtown starting at noon, I won't be able to participate.

Today from noon-2 pm, as part of FOURTH FRIDAY DOWNTOWN, food trucks and local restaurants will be on Swede Street in front of the Courthouse and in the Public Square at Swede and Main. (Miss Diva's Kitchen? They'll be there.) I'll be at the Norristown Business Association table, handing out restaurant directories and other information. Come downtown for lunch.

Here's the evening schedule for FOURTH FRIDAY tonight:
5-9 pm – Banh Mi Bar & Bistro (31 W. Main) – Vietnamese cuisine and live Asian music. No cover charge.
5:30-8 pm – Jazz on Cherry Street (216 Cherry) will present saxophonist Sam Peake and pianist Carlos Jones. Free live jazz concert begins at 6 pm. Mix and mingle atmosphere.
6-8 pm – Las Palmas Del Sur (10 W. Main) - Mexican cuisine and live music. No cover charge.
8-10 pm – Salsa on Cherry (216 Cherry, 2nd Floor)– Salsa lessons until 9 pm ($7 per person) followed by free dancing.
8-10 pm – Jus’ Java (317 Swede) - Live acoustic music. No cover. Gourmet coffee, tea and café food available. BYOB.

Remember, parking on the streets is free after 6 pm.

Also tonight at Greater Norristown PAL (Harding Blvd)--doors open at 6 pm -- A Community Kidz event for kids 7 to 14 until 9 pm. Boys and Girls welcome. Fun filled night with music, food, games and prizes.

Also tonight and Saturday at 8 pm, "In The Blood" continues at Theatre Horizon. Sunday's performance is sold out but there's another on Thursday at 7:30 pm. Tickets and info at this link

Saturday from 10 am to noon at Zachary's BBQ (1709 Markley St.) Feed The Burbs will present another gardening workshop as they plant the herb garden in front of the restaurant. $25 includes workshop and lunch, $35 includes all of the above plus a $50 coupon from Feed The Burbs toward help with your own garden. Sign up at

In support of SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH the following events will take place around ‪‎Norristown‬ on Saturday, April 25th. (I took this straight from the Municipality's Facebook page, so don't shoot the messenger for incomplete information. It was only posted 17 hours ago, so I had no time to find out more. I'm also wondering why so many of these events are scheduled at the exact same times.)

Pet Parade at Stewart Middle School (W Marshall and Selma) 10-11:30 am. (Not sure how that connects to sexual assault.)

"Voices of Men" at the Norristown Borough Hall, 10-11:30 am. Featuring a one-man performance by Ben Atherton-Zeman that addresses sexual assault and consent, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

Dating Violence Workshop at Norristown Hospitality Center 10-11:30 am.

Informational tabling events at Theatre Horizon and Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library 10-2 pm with free promotional giveaways.

Mini Carnival at Aclamo Family Centers on West Marshall Street 12-1:30 pm. Free event for the community, kid activities include a face painter, ice cream truck, music and more.

"Private Violence" screening at Norristown Municipal Hall 12-1:30 pm. A film that explores the simple but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman is her own home.

Peace of Mind Community Discussion,  11:30 am-12:30 pm. Montco OIC, 1101 Arch Street, 2nd Floor. Join us in increasing awareness about violence prevention. Community discussion on non-violence. Food and refreshments will be served. RSVP at 610-277-0932 ext. 233 or email at
Saturday at 3 pm at Greater Norristown PAL (340 Harding Blvd.)--"Take Control of Your Money", a youth financial seminar. Call 484-429-5885 or visit for more information!

Saturday night, from 7-10 pm, ACPPA will hold their annual benefit gala: An Evening on the Red Carpet, at Grace Lutheran Hall on Haws Avenue. $35 per person general admission or VIP admission at $45 per person which includes access to champagne bar, chair massages and VIP gift. Delicious catered food, an open bar, and great music throughout the entire evening’s affair. While you are enjoying yourself upstairs, there will be a complimentary separate party for the kids, ages 2-12 as well. For more information about the gala, please visit Tickets are available at, in ACPPA's office, or over the phone at 610-277-2270.

Tuesday at 7 pm, Zoning Board Hearing at Municipal Hall. Agenda at this link. I'll cover the properties on Monday's Diary.

CADCOM will hosting its second annual Community Day at Oak Street Park (corner of Oak and Arch) on Saturday June 27 from noon to 5 pm. They're looking for vendors for the event. Vendors need to provide their own tables and chairs. No electricity available. For-profit fee $15, non-profit, free, but you must register. If interested, contact Heather Lewis at 610-277-6363 x166 or They could also use donations. They do good work in Norristown. Think about it.

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