Friday, April 22, 2016

Ghosts, Games, Earth Day, Exhibits, Etc.

 If you can't find something to do on Saturday in Norristown, check to make sure you're breathing.

Now through midnight Sunday, ACPPA is running their annual online auction fundraiser. They've got some pretty interesting items up. Check them out and bid at

Tonight, Friday, April 22, 6-9 pm at First Presbyterian Church (Airy and Dekalb). Spring Game Night. Game night for 6-14 year-olds. $10 to register.

Also tonight starting at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30), Family Bingo Night at Stewart Middle School Cafeteria. $15 per family includes bingo book of 12 games and one raffle ticket. Refreshments available for purchase.

Saturday, 11 am-5 pm at Selma Mansion, 1301 W Airy, the Norristown Preservation Society presents SELMA MANSION: Most Haunted. Special guest Jason Love, famous Scottish paranormalist and demonologist will lead investigations, talks, and discuss haunted objects. $10 at the door. Come for a hour or 2 or all day. All proceeds go toward the restoration of Selma Mansion. For information, call 610-597-3619. I'll be there at the ticket table. Stop by and say hello.

Saturday, 10 am-4 pm, Elmwood Park Zoo. Party for the Planet. Celebrate Earth Day at EPZ's annual event. Live entertainment and an Earth Expo with participating vendors showcasing their eco-friendly products and services. Free with zoo admission.

Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, the Historical Society (1654 Dekalb) will open a new exhibit entitled "Pairings: Photographs from the Collections of the Historical Society of Montgomery County." This will be pairs of photos that work in tandem to tell stories about the county. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Society is open Mondays and Thursdays from 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 pm to 8 pm, and on most Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. For information, call 610-272-0297.

Saturday, 11 am to 2 pm at Norristown Public Library (Powell and Swede). Learn about Social Security history, benefits, and how to make the best decisions for you.
Also Saturday, 1-5 pm at Riverfront Park (1 Haws Ave) -- Earth Day in Norristown. Join The Norristown Project for their annual Earth Day cleanup and beautification project in Norristown. This year's project is in partnership with SlyFox SRT Spreekend, Schuylkill River Heritage Area, ShirtCitizen, PennDOT and Keep PA Beautiful. Volunteers are needed to clean the park, river bank and bike trail. To RSVP, email

Sunday from 9 am - 2 pm at the Norristown Farm Park. 5K Run for S.A.A.M (Sexual Assault Awareness Month). Registration starts at 8:25 am. $25 per adult, children to 17, $15, groups of more than 5, $20 per person. Rain or shine.

Tuesday is ELECTION DAY. Polling places are open from 7 am-8 pm. This election is for registered Democrats and Republicans only. No independents. To find where to vote and the answers to other questions, go to this link. And thank the people who work inside the polls. They'll put in a 14 or 15-hour day on Tuesday, and, at least the folks I work with, do their best to make sure everyone gets a chance to vote who wants to, no matter who you are.

Wednesday, 5:30 pm, Hancock Fire Co, 820 W Airy. Public COMPSTAT meeting. Hear all that is going on in Norristown and the action steps the Police Department is taking to stay one step ahead.

Wednesday at 7 pm at Municipal Hall, Zoning Board Hearing (a day later than usual because of the election). The agenda can be found at this link.

Also Wednesday at 7 pm in Municipal Hall, the Historical Area Review Board (HARB) meeting. Since it was very obvious at the Council meeting that many of our borough employees, including our manager and new Codes manager and most of Council, have no idea what HARB does or how they do it, I list this here for anyone who'd like to sit in and educate themselves. I think I'll go too.

Thursday, 5 pm, at the Historical Society of Montgomery County (1654 Dekalb) Historian Milt Diggins will present "Stealing Freedom along the Mason-Dixon Line" about Thomas McCreary, the Notorious Slave Catcher from Maryland. McCreary lived in Cecil County, Maryland, the mid-point between Philadelphia, a refuge for freedom seekers, and Baltimore, a major slave market. Free and open to the public.

Next Saturday, April 30, 9 am-3 pm at Norristown High School, Montgomery County Household Hazardous Waste Collection. Enter from North Whitehall Road to 1900 Eagle Drive. Box up old household chemicals. This event will be held rain or shine.

Also next Saturday, 10 am-2 pm at Logan Square Center, 1846 Markley. AARP Pennsylvania Shred Event. Free shredding of sensitive documents. These events are free and open to the public, no registration is required.

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