Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day, Fourth Friday, Calling All Landlords, and More

Today is FOURTH FRIDAY. Start your Memorial Day Weekend Downtown. Come to the Public Square for lunch between noon and 2 pm (food trucks and vendors--Diva's Kitchen will be on hand), then come after 5 pm to enjoy international cuisine, live music or Salsa Dancing on Cherry St. Free parking on the streets after 6 pm. No cover charges. The evening schedule is listed above.

Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm, the Historical Society of Montgomery County will hold a public Memorial Day Ceremony at Montgomery Cemetery, One Hartranft Ave. (turn onto Hartranft from West Main and follow it 3 blocks to the end). Opening remarks by County Commissioner Josh Shapiro. President of the Norristown Municipal Council Linda Christian will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Wreath laying will be conducted at several monuments and a Rose Petal Ceremony will take place at the Zook GAR Post site. All children are invited to take place in the Rose Petal Ceremony. Light refreshment will follow at the Gatehouse. Questions, call Karen Wolfe at 610-272-0297 or email

Allen Reynolds Band

Sunday from 7 to 9 pm -- The Summer Concert Series at the bandshell in Elmwood Park kicks off with the Allen Reynolds band. FREE concert. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Refreshments will be sold.

Monday from noon to 1 pm at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the Public Square (Main and Swede), the Hancock Society will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony and present their 2015 W.S. Hancock Award.

Tuesday at 8:30 am, the Norristown Business Association hosts their monthly breakfast meeting at the Stony Creek Office Center, Building #2, upstairs (enter by the side door). This month's speaker is from Citizens' Bank and the topic is banking services for businesses. CADCOM will also be featured. RSVP to

Tuesday at 7 pm in Municipal Hall, Zoning Board Hearing. The agenda is posted at this link

Wednesday at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit's Valley Forge Room (2 W Lafayette, 1st Floor), the New Horizons Collaborative will hold 2 sessions (9 am to noon and 1-4 pm) for Norristown Landords. Topics include the Revised Rental Application Process, What Triggers an Inspection, How to Avoid Citations, the ABCs of Zoning and more. Landlords will have an opportunity to voice their concerns as well. RSVP to 610-270-0470 or  (Note: I'll be curious to hear how many of our landlords actually attend. I would love to see this kind of thing be mandatory.)

Thursday at 5:30 pm at Camp Xtreme will hold an Open House at MontCo OIC (1101 Arch Street #2). Come learn about their full day, 8-week STEAM program. Parents may also complete registration paperwork as well as pay your deposit at the open house. For more information, call 610-279-9700. To learn more about our program, please visit

Thursday from 5-7:30 pm at the Norristown Public Library (Swede and Powell), Dr. Umar Johnson presents "Pennsylvania Black Parents Meeting: Know Your Rights." Information at 267-225-5238 or

Next Friday (May 29), the Kimberton Arts Alliance presents Le Jazz Hot, Jazz Vocal Series at Theatre Horizon (401 Dekalb). Featuring Alita Moses with the Kevin MacConnell Trio. Reception at 6:30 pm, concert at 8 pm. $45 per person includes wine, beer and hors-d'oeuvre. Tickets at the door or

Next Saturday (May 30th) is Free Community Shred Day from 9 am to 1 pm at Matt Bradford's Office, 1846 Markley. Bring your sensitive information for shredding and disposal in a secure, environmentally safe manner. More info call 610-270-1150.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

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