Friday, October 2, 2015

Helping the Homeless and the Library With ART (and other stuff to do)

At this point it looks like Hurricane Joaquin may go out to sea. It'll still be a rainy weekend, but probably not a total washout. Lots of things to do in town, especially Sunday.

First, though,  the Norristown Police Department is helping out Ebenezer Methodist with their annual blanket drive for the homeless. You can drop off clean new blankets at the Police Department (in back of Municipal Hall, 235 E Airy) anytime before November 13. 
Tonight, Friday, 6:30 pm at Theatre Horizon. Elijah J. Thomas and "East Meets West." In this concert, European classical music and the Middle Eastern & Far Eastern sounds of Asia intermingle with American jazz. $15 at the door, and includes a BYOB pre-reception in the lobby starting at 6:30pm. Concert begins at 8 pm. For info, email

Saturday from 1-4 pm, at the Norristown Library (Powell and Swede) for students grade 4 and up— Wear old clothes and be ready to make history! You will be helping to paint a mural that will be permanently attached to the outside of the library.

Sunday, 10 am, Open Mic at Coffee Talk Artists' Coop, 507 W Marshall. $5 contribution. Writers, poets, musicians welcome. For karaoke, bring your CD.

Sunday 11 am-4 pm, Elmwood Park Zoo lower parking lot. Fire Smart, free program presented by the Norristown Fire Department. Activities include a fire safety house, extinguisher simulator, show and TOUCH FIRE truck, hose demonstrations, fire fighter dress-up, fingerprinting, and much more!

Sunday, noon to 4 pm at Elmwood Park, Beats for Bella Trike-A-Thon. For kids aged 3-10. Bring your own trike or bicycle--you'll be given a short course to race. Entry $15. Proceeds benefit CHOP. For more information, contact Danielle LaSorda at 484-213-4421, or go to the event's Facebook page.

Also, remember Sunday is FREE admission (2-5 pm) at Elmwood Park Zoo for Norristown residents. Must show proof of residency.

Monday is the deadline for voter registration if you want to vote in the November election. You can register online at this link or go downtown to One Montgomery Plaza.

Monday, 5:30 to 7 pm, Montgomery County OIC, 1101 Arch St #2. The OIC is offering FREE computer classes for the community this month. 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. To register for one or all classes, please call 610-279-9700 or email .

Tuesday from 10 am to 1 pm, Flu Shot Clinic at the Norristown Public Library (Powell and Swede). FREE flu shots for residents of the county. It's going to be a nasty strain this year, so make sure you and your family get flu shots. If you can't make this clinic, you can find a list of all county clinics this fall at this link

Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, 5:30-7:30 pm at ACPPA (506 Haws Avenue, behind Grace Lutheran Church), a group will be gathering to crochet plastic shopping bags into sleeping mats for the homeless. If you want to join in, they'll teach you how to crochet. They'll also take donations of plastic bags. Just drop them off anytime.

Tuesday, 7:30 pm at Municipal Hall, Municipal Council Meeting. No agenda yet.

Thursday, 9-10:30 am, Montgomery County Human Services, 1430 Dekalb St. Interagency Council of Norristown Membership Meeting. Speaker will be Michele Kristofco, Community Relations Specialist, who will speak about the laws related to reporting suspicions of child abuse and neglect. For more information, contact Viviann Schorle, 610-270-2902 or go to


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