Friday, October 23, 2015

Halloween, Election, Zoning and More

More Halloween events this week--haunted house, parties, etc. Plus election day isn't far off, so think about attending the candidates forum. Unfortunately it's on the same night as the Zoning Hearing, which has a full agenda. One of the items could create major traffic headaches if it's approved, and change the look of one of the major entrances to town. It probably WILL be approved if no one shows up.

Tonight, Friday, 8 pm-midnight at Selma Mansion (1301 W Airy): The Haunted Mansion Ghost Tours. Selma will be decked out for Halloween. Zombies and ghouls will lurk in its halls. Last year's tours were voted 2nd Best Family Event in Montgomery County (2nd only to Riverfest). But this isn't a normal haunted house tour. You'll also hear about Selma's rich history and the mansion's unique ghost stories. Tours run continuously. Come anytime in the time slot. Adults $5, children 5-12, veterans and seniors, $3. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the mansion.

Also Friday, 5-7 pm at Gotwals School, and every Friday from now on, Habitat for Humanity is hosting a FREE Kids' Club for kids of all ages. Activities include sports, arts & crafts, movies and more. Snacks provided. Contact 610-278-7710 x107 or for info.

Saturday from 7-9 pm, at ACPPA (506 Haws), Glow Party for tweens, teens and young adults, ages 10-22. Activities: Dancing, karaoke, neon soccer and more. FREE admission. Food and glow items available for purchase. RSVP at this link.

Monday, 5:30-7:30 pm at Montco OIC. Monday's FREE computer class topic will be "Learn To Blog/Publish Online."  New topics will be discussed each week featuring hands-on learning and instruction. Each class is limited to 16 attendees or you may bring your own laptop. Evening classes are held on Mondays and afternoon classes will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays. Wednesday and Friday's topic this week is "Social Media 101." To register for one or all classes, please call 610-279-9700 or email

Tuesday, 6 pm at Riverfront Park, Full Moon Wine and Cheese Paddle hosted by the Dragon Boat Club. Push off from the dock at 6:30 pm. Bring a bottle of wine or beverage and a snack to share. No intense paddling. Just paddle up river and sit, talk, laugh and look at the moon. RSVP

Tuesday at 7 pm, Carver Community Center (249 Jacoby). Candidates Forum. Remember, Election Day is November 3. Come out and meet the candidates.

Tuesday, 7 pm, Municipal Hall. Zoning Board Hearing. The full agenda is up at this link. Properties include 122 W Marshall (wants to create a duplex), 637 Markley (wants to create a vehicle storage lot on a piece of property about one third the minimum allowed size), 1009 Dekalb (wants to put in 4 parking spaces where 8.5 are needed), and 1882 Markley (Dunkin Donuts at Logan Square--sounds like they want to turn it into a gas station--they want to make the sidewalk narrower to allow for a canopy over gas pumps which would be almost twice the maximum size allowed, and a bunch of other requests for non-comforming development regarding signs (too large, too tall), etc. I hope Zoning says no to this one).

Wednesday from 9 am-5 pm at the Norristown Health Center, 1221 Powell. Free Rapid HIV Testing Day. Walk-Ins and appointments welcome. Contact  610-279-6095. Online appointments at

Wednesday morning, 9:30-10:30 am at Barton Partners, 700 E Main, Suite 301. All Norristown businesses, especially those within a few blocks of the Schuylkill River Trail, are invited to participate in a workshop hosted by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Learn how your business can take advantage of its proximity to the trail. The Schuylkill River Trail in Norristown averages nearly 1,000 cyclists per day, doubling to 2,000 per day on the weekends, and hundreds of walkers and runners use the Trail on a daily basis--all of them potential customers. This is a FREE event, open to all interested parties.

Thursday, 6:30-7:30 pm at the Norristown Library (Swede and Powell), gardening presentation on planting fall bulbs for spring blossoms, led by Master Gardener Betsy Nutt. For info, contact Asha Verma, 610-278-5100,

Next Saturday, Halloween, October 31, remember the 2 Trunk or Treat events for the kids--one at Roosevelt School parking lot coordinated by CADCOM, one at Calvary Baptist's parking lot on West Marshall, both 4-7 pm. CADCOM is seeking donation of candy, and volunteers. To help out, contact Heather Lewis at 610-277-6363 x166 or

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