Friday, September 18, 2015

No Excuse to Stay Home Saturday

You'll take one look at the list below and say, "Ack! Everything's happening on Saturday this week." Almost true, but the times are accommodating enough that you can event hop pretty easily. Make a day of Norristown events. Four of them are even on the same street (Haws Avenue). I'm guessing more than one person arriving at Riverfest will have an All Saints' pie in their car trunk.

Friday, 9 am to 2 pm, Main Street in front of Courthouse, PARK(ing) Day. Check out the spaces created by the county planning office, the Municipality, the DEP and more. Find an empty space and create your own.

Friday,  10 am-12:30 pm, Catholic Social Services of Norristown (353 E Johnson Hwy), Baby Shower for pregnant women and mothers with babies under a year old. Information, food, raffles, gifts call Deborah, Doris or Judy at 610-279-7372 to RSVP.

Saturday, 7 am to 4 pm, Powell & Swede Sts. Habitat for Humanity's Rock The Block  According to the website, registration is required and the deadline was last Saturday, however, you can try contacting Nicole Pender at or 610-278-7710 ext. 114 to see if they still need more. More info at

Saturday 9 am before Riverfest at Riverfront Park (1 Haws Avenue), Community Cleanup of the park to help prepare for the festival. Volunteers welcome. This project is open to all ages. To RSVP, email or call 610-279-9700

Saturday starting at 10 am at Eisenhower Middle School, Convoy of Hope. Something FREE for the whole FAMILY (haircuts, lunch, entertainment, family portraits, groceries, health and job services and more, including free Pony Rides by Pony Tales.) If you'd like to volunteer, email

Saturday from 10 am-2 pm at All Saints Episcopal Church (535 Haws Ave), 4th Annual Pie Festival. Outdoor festival featuring lots of pie, bake sale, flea market (vendors wanted), kids’ games and activities. Proceeds benefit local food ministries and outreach. Only 2 blocks from Riverfest. Additional info, call 610-279-3990.

Saturday, 11 am-2 pm, Open House at ACPPA Community Arts Center (506 Haws Ave, behind Grace Lutheran). Stop by to see their new stuff (new ballet barres, mirrors and technology) plus learn about their upcoming programs for kids and adults. Refreshments, arts and crafts, a photo booth, and tuition discounts for everyone who stops by. First 25 families get goody bags.

Saturday, 11 am-dusk, Riverfest at Riverfront Park (1 Haws Ave). Free Pirate Dragon Boat rides, kids games, dedication of new benches fashioned by ACPPA Arts Center, food for purchase, Flower Ceremony at 2 pm (Mercury Rizing band begins sets immediately afterward), Cardboard Boat Races at 3 pm,. Wear your pirate gear and come ready to shiver your timbers. Anyone who wants to participate in the Flower Ceremony should arrive by 1:30 pm. (Email if you want to participate.)

Saturday, noon-7 pm, Main between Swede and Dekalb, Mexican Independence Day Festival. Music, dance, authentic Mexican cuisine and much more.

Sunday, 2:30-3:30 pm, Historical Society of Montgomery County (Dekalb and Roberts), Fragile Freedom: A Journey to the 19th Amendment. Using a combination of lecture, poems, and monologues about the women and men who fought for the 19th Amendment which secured women’s right to vote, playwright Christine Emmert takes a personal look at the fight for voting equality. Free, open to the public. More info, 610-272-0297,

Tuesday, 7 pm, Municipal Hall, Zoning Board Hearing.

Thursday, 4–6pm, Montgomery County OIC, 1101 Arch St #2, OIC's Fall Open House. Explore OIC's various programs that impact the community: Camp Xtreme, Before/After School Care, Xtreme Learning Center Daycare, Pre-Apprenticeship, GED & Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, Computer Skills Training.

As always, remember to check the websites of the Norristown library and Elmwood Park Zoo for more events.

Also, for organizations planning events, if you don't want to conflict too much with other events the same day, remember to list yours on the town calendar at EARLY and also to check the same calendar before setting your date in stone to see what else is scheduled that day.

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