Friday, June 23, 2017

Theater, Concerts, Sports, and More

After the rains today and tomorrow morning, the weekend is supposed to be nice. And oddly enough, most of this week's events in town are on Tuesday and Thursday.

Friday, June 23, 8 pm at Centre Theater (208 Dekalb). This is the LAST weekend for the King of Prussia Players production of "Chicago." $25 adults, $15 children under 13 and seniors over 64. Last shows on Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets and info at www.kofpplayers.com  Also August Moon is offering 10% discount to all ticket holders before or after the shows.
Saturday, 8:30 am-2:30 pm at Norristown Youth Eagles Field (1001 Sterigere). Youth Eagles Football Camp presented by Norristown Men of Excellence and the Youth Eagles. For all children ages 5-14. Parent MUST register child.

Saturday, 10 am-1 pm. Phoenix Martial Arts Center (401 W Elm, 2nd floor) presents "Your Health & Wellness Matters." Learn about the benefits of Tai Chi. Learn why it's important to read labels not just for what you put in your body but what you put on your body. Relax & de-stress with a chair massage.
Joe Kenney

Saturday, 8-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Main and Green). The Joe Kenney Jazz Trio performs.

Sunday, 7 pm at the Elmwood Park Bandshell, Summer Concert Series presents the Sofa Kings. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on (though you're going to want to get up and dance). Concession stand will be open.

Tuesday, 1:30-3 pm at Norristown Library. 3-day Mini-Theater Workshop for children 9-12. Participants will get the opportunity to explore character development, scene study and monologues through group activities and theatre games.  Limit 10 students. Registration is required. Call or stop by the Children’s Dept. to sign up starting June 1st. 610-278-5100 x205.

Tuesday, 2-4 pm at Norristown Library Community Room. Make a Micro-Garden workshop for TEENS. Plant, plan, and care for a container garden to enjoy all summer. Personalize a planting pot and fill it with herbs, flowers, and decorations of your choice! All supplies provided. You’ll go home with a micro-garden to enjoy for yourself or to give to friends and family. Register online at this link or call Asha Verma, 610-278-5100, x 0 or email averma@mclinc.org

Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 pm at Five Saints Distilling. The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business Card Exchange. Bring plenty of business cards.

Tuesday, 7 pm at Municipal Hall. Zoning Board hearing. Agenda is at this link.

Thursday, 11 am-2:30 pm on East Main in front of the Courthouse. Norristown Farmers Market. Every Thursday through Oct 26. Variety of fruits and vegetables, farm fresh.

Thursday, 6:30-8 pm at Norristown PAL, 340 Harding Blvd. Racial Justice Dialogue. Indivisible PA BuxMont asks a "diverse representation from the African American, Latino, Asian and other minority communities (impacted by the Trump agenda and direction)" to join their Civil Rights Team facilitators, Dr. Adirene Hobdy and AnishaRobinson Keeys for a dialogue about race and social justice in Montgomery County.

Thursday, 7:30 pm, Theatre Horizon (410 Dekalb) presents a concert reading of "Zanna Don't (A Musical Fairy Tale)". Pay what you decide. Second performance on Friday, 7:30 pm.

Thursday, 8-10 pm at Centre Theater, 208 DeKalb. Poetry Open Mic Night. Blak Kanvus and Team All Business hosts. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $10.

CADCOM is looking for vendors for their Community Day on August 5 (raindate Aug 12) at 340 E Oak St. $15 for business, FREE for non-profits. If you're interested, contact Heather Lewis at 610-277-6363 x166 or email hlewis@cadcom.org.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Kids' Activities (now that school's out) and Grownup Stuff, too

I don't know about the rest of you, but I could use a break this weekend from the all-day throbbing of helicopters over the courthouse. Ten different events are happening in Norristown on Saturday alone. At least one of them is bound match your interests.

Friday, June 16, 8 pm at Centre Theater (208 Dekalb), the King of Prussia Players production of "Chicago" opens. $25 adults, $15 children under 13 and seniors over 64. The show will run weekends, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, through June 25. Tickets and info at www.kofpplayers.com. Also August Moon is offering 10% discount to all ticket holders before or after the shows.

Saturday, the Summer Reading Program for kids 12 and under begins at the Norristown Library. Win prizes. For every 2 hours you read, you get a free book (maximum 10 per child) and are entered in a drawing for a bicycle or a $50 Barnes and Noble gift certificate. Sign up at the library. First 100 to sign up get a free T-shirt. The program runs June 17-August 19.

Saturday, 10 am-2 pm at the George Washington Carver Center (Jacoby and Arch), ACLAMO presents healthy Family Day. Fun activities for the whole family plus information on living a healthy life. Info at 610-277-2570.

Saturday, 10:30 am-12:30 pm at Centre Theater. Kids Movie Club. This month: Daddy Day Care. Free event for children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. To reserve, email centretheater@gmail.com

Saturday, 11 am-1 pm at Riverfront Park. Introduction to Dragon boating for Breat Cancer Survivors. Come learn why dragon boating is good for you. RSVP info@dragonboatclub.org.

Saturday, noon-3 pm at Greater Norristown PAL (340 Harding Blvd). Norristown Youth Rally. Games, Face Painting, Live Music, Free Food. Dozens of area organizations.

Saturday, 12:30-2 pm at the Historical Society (1654 Dekalb). FREE program: "Slim The Lineman" presented by J. Michael Morrison. The story of Leslie W. Morrison and his journey north from his family home in South Carolina to work for the Philadelphia Electric Company as a foreman in charge of building the high-tension line through the Great Valley and King of Prussia from the Conowingo Dam to Bridgeport. For info, call 610-272-0297.

Saturday, 4:30 pm at Coffee Talk (507 W Marshall). Art Show and Reception for Christine Cornell, a courtroom artist for over 30 years (including the Cosby Trial).

Saturday, 5-9 pm at George Washington Carver Center. The Healing Hearts Foundation presents The Knockout Against Violence Showcase. Special guest speakers include Murad Muhammad and Weatta Fraizer-Collins, daughter of Joe Frazier. Proceeds will go to upcoming community improvement project. Tickets are $10.
Saturday, 6-10 pm at Diva's Kitchen (9 W Main). Lip Sync Battle. Games, Prizes, 50/50 and All You Can Eat Buffet for $20/person.

Saturday, 7-11 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Main and Green). Brian Horoho performs.

Sunday, 7 pm at the Elmwood Park Bandshell, Summer Concert Series presents Elvis impersonator Dean Garlofolo. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Concession stand will be open.

Starting Monday and running through August 11, students K-12 who are in need of breakfast and/or lunch can get meals FREE at the Montgomery County Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC-1101 Arch). Monday-Friday, breakfast 8:30-9:30 am, lunch 12:30-1:30 pm. For info, call 610-279-9700.

Tuesday, 6:30 pm at Municipal Hall. Council Workshop.

Wednesday, 6-11 pm at Selma Mansion (1301 W Airy). The Norristown Preservation Society hosts guest speaker Jason Love, retired Royal Marine, 0Vatican-trained demonologist and internationally renowned ghost hunter. One night only. $35. All proceeds go toward the restoration and upkeep of Selma Mansion.

Wednesday, 8 pm at Five Saints Distilling. Quizzo (trivia game).

Thursday, 11 am-2:30 pm on East Main in front of the Courthouse. Norristown Farmers Market. Every Thursday through Oct 26. Variety of fruits and vegetables, farm fresh.

Thursday, 6 pm at the Norristown Library. Science Tellers. For children 4 and up. Science, storytelling, pirates. What's not to like? (See flyer above)

Next Saturday, June 24, 8:30 am-2:30 pm at Norristown Youth Eagles Field (1001 Sterigere). Youth Eagles Football Camp presented by Norristown Men of Excellence and the Youth Eagles. For all children ages 5-14. Parent MUST register child.

CADCOM is looking for vendors for their Community Day on August 5 (rain date Aug 12) at 340 E Oak St. $15 for business, FREE for non-profits. If you're interested, contact Heather Lewis at 610-277-6363 x166 or email hlewis@cadcom.org.

Friday, June 9, 2017

N-Town Heats Up (with Theater, Music, Food, Reading, etc.)

Summer weather will FINALLY arrive this weekend and N-Town has plenty of events indoor and outdoor, that you can enjoy.

Friday, June 9, 7 pm at Stewart Middle School (1315 W Marshall). Stewart's Got Talent ~ Free talent show. Raffles, cash prizes, and refreshments available. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Friday, 8 pm at Centre Theater (208 Dekalb), the King of Prussia Players production of "Chicago" opens. $25 adults, $15 children under 13 and seniors over 64. The show will run weekends, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, through June 25. Tickets and info at www.kofpplayers.com  Also August Moon is offering 10% discount to all ticket holders before or after the shows.

Saturday, 10 am-2 pm at the parking lot at Dekalb and Airy. Community/ Police Meet and Greet. K9s, law enforcement equipment, food and much more. Meet the PA State Police and Norristown Police. For the whole family.
Saturday, noon-4 pm at the Carver Center (249 Jacoby). Carver Car Wash Fundraiser. For a $10 dollar donation get your car clean and help the Carver keep the kids swimming.
Saturday, 7:30 pm at Coffee Talk (507 W Marshall). Open Stage hosted by songwriter performer Jim Moore.
Saturday (no time given) at Diva's Kitchen (9 W Main). Mystery Dinner, "Lovers and Friends," by SlimTheWriter Productions. $20 includes dinner and raffles. BYOB. Stop by for tickets. Info at 484-674-7967.

Saturday, noon-7 pm, Five Saints Distilling (Main and Green) announces the opening of their Firehouse Kitchen, with Firehouse Memphis BBQ Ribs, Apple Cider Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Cornbread, Memphis Style BBQ Sauce on the side. Also at Five Saints that night from 8-11 pm, "Brick" performs.
Sunday, noon at Christ United Church of Christ (W Marshall and Noble). Little Free Library dedication. Little Free Libraries are small cabinets of books accessible to pedestrians who are asked to "Take a Book, Leave a Book," to encourage literacy in the neighborhood. This will be Norristown's 1st LFL.

Sunday, 7 pm at the Elmwood Park Bandshell, Summer Concert Series presents Beach Bumz (music of the Beach Boys). Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Concession stand will be open.

Monday, 6 pm at the Norristown Library. the Norristown Citizens Athletic Alliance open discussion on the findings presented to the NASD school board in May. For info, email NorristownCAA@gmail.com

Monday, 6:30 pm at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (2 W Lafayette). Embracing the Consequences. FREE Program on Substance Abuse: Treatment vs. Punishment. For 13 and over. Register at this link.

Tuesday, 2-3:30 pm at the Norristown Library. Great Books Group. Get out of the heat wave and join a discussion of this month’s classic, “Fahrenheit 451” Ray Bradbury. Contact Shirley Miller 610-272-4179 for info.

Tuesday, 7 pm at Municipal Hall. Planning Commission Hearing. This is the Final Plan Review for 1529 Dekalb (Tennis Club development-34 townhouses on a tiny piece of land).

Thursday, 11 am-2:30 pm on East Main in front of the Courthouse. Norristown Farmers Market. Every Thursday through Oct 26. Variety of fruits and vegetables, farm fresh.

Thursday, 7 pm at the Elmwood Park Bandshell, Summer Concert Series presents their 2nd International Night concert with Mexican Mariachi Pedro. Bring a chair or blanket.

Thursday, 7 pm at CADCOM (113 E Main). Film "Daddy Don't Go" presented by the Fatherhood Empowerment Center for Father's Day. RSVP kbone@cadcom.org

Next Saturday, June 17, 11 am-1 pm at Riverfront Park. Introduction to Dragon boating for Breast Cancer Survivors. Come learn why dragon boating is good for you. RSVP info@dragonboatclub.org.

Next Saturday, noon-3 pm at Greater Norristown PAL (340 Harding Blvd). Norristown Youth Rally. Games, Face Painting, Live Music, Free Food. Dozens of area organizations.

Next Saturday, 12:30-2 pm at the Historical Society (1654 Dekalb). FREE program: "Slim The Lineman" presented by J. Michael Morrison. The story of Leslie W. Morrison and his journey north from his family home in South Carolina to work for the Philadelphia Electric Company as a foreman in charge of building the high-tension line through the Great Valley and King of Prussia from the Conowingo Dam to Bridgeport. For info, call 610-272-0297.

Next Saturday, the Summer Reading Program for kids 12 and under begins at the Norristown Library. Win prizes. For every 2 hours you read, you get a free book (maximum 10 per child) and are entered in a drawing for a bicycle or a $50 Barnes and Noble gift certificate. Sign up at the library. First 100 to sign up get a free T-shirt. The program runs June 17-August 19.

Also next Saturday, 6-10 pm at Diva's (9 W. Main), Lip Sync Battle. Prizes, Games, All You Can Eat Buffet. $20 per person. Stop by for information.

Starting Monday June 19 and running through August 11, students K-12 who are in need of breakfast and/or lunch can get meals FREE at the Montgomery County Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC-1101 Arch). Monday-Friday, breakfast 8:30-9:30 am, lunch 12:30-1:30 pm. For info, call 610-279-9700.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Drive-In Movie, Ghosts, Music, Art, and... Fresh Veggies

Get out and enjoy the weekend sun before the rains return.

Friday, June 2, 7:30 pm at Elmwood Park Zoo's bottom parking lot. If you missed the movie "Moana" at Centre Theatre last week, you can catch it at the Zoo's first drive-in movie of the season. $20 per car for non-members, $15 for members. Walk-in for $5/person.

Saturday, 9 am-6 pm at Selma Mansion (1301 W Airy). SelmaCon: The Rebirth. Paranormal Conference. Speakers and vendors from the paranormal field. Rain or shine, dress for the weather. Tickets are $10 for the day per person at the door. For information, please contact
battyaboutghosts@gmail.com

Saturday, 10 am-5 pm at Elmwood Park Zoo lower parking lot. Flea Market and Craft Fair. Free admission.

Saturday, noon to 2 pm, also at the Zoo. Sheep Shearing Day. Watch their woolly flock go from shaggy to shorn during live wool-processing demonstrations. Crafts, activities, weaving and spinning demonstrations. You must pay zoo admission to attend.

Saturday, 6:30-11 pm at Five Saints Distilling (Main and Green). Danielle and Jennifer perform.

Sunday, 2-5 pm at Norristown Arts Building, 619 W Washington St. Artist Reception for Sun Sook Kim, Philadelphia artist of colorful and bright paintings and drawings. She expresses the painful experiences of her childhood in an abusive family and her current battle with breast cancer. Reception is FREE and open to the public. The exhibition of her works will be on view until June 15. For info call 484-994-2392.

Sunday, 2-5 pm at Elmwood Park Zoo. Free zoo admission for Norristown residents. Must present valid photo ID.

Sunday, 4 pm at Centre Theatre (208 Dekalb). First Sunday: Classical Music in the County Seat. FREE concert.

Sunday, 7 pm at the Elmwood Park Bandshell, Summer Concert Series presents Wildflower performs. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Concession stand will be open.

Monday, 6-7:30 pm at Cherry Street Park. Community Meeting for Habitat for Humanity.

Tuesday, 7:30 pm at Municipal Hall. Council Meeting.

Thursday, 11 am-2:30 pm on East Main between Swede and DeKalb. The Norristown Farmers Market will begin. Every Thursday through Oct 26. Variety of fruits and vegetables, farm fresh.
Next Friday, June 9, 8 pm at Centre Theater (208 Dekalb), the King of Prussia Players production of "Chicago" opens. $25 adults, $15 children under 13 and seniors over 64. The show will run weekends, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, through June 25. Tickets and info at www.kofpplayers.com  Also August Moon is offering 10% discount to all ticket holders before or after the shows.

Next Saturday, 7:30 pm at Coffee Talk (507 W Marshall). Open Stage hosted by songwriter performer Jim Moore.


Also Next Saturday at Diva's Kitchen (9 W Main). Mystery Dinner, "Lovers and Friends," by SlimTheWriter Productions. $20 includes dinner and raffles. BYOB. Stop by for tickets. Info at 484-674-7967.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend and Beyond

Flea markets, yard sales and giveaways this weekend, plus the last chance to see "White" and don't forget that the summer concerts have begun at the band shell. But also, stop and remember what Memorial Day is about.

Friday, 8 pm at Theatre Horizon. Last weekend for "White." Performances are Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets and performance schedule at this link.

Saturday, 9 am-noon at 308 Stanbridge. Kids' Clothing Giveaway. Giving away gently used spring and summer clothing for kids birth to teenaged.
Saturday, 9 am-1 pm at Stewart Middle School. Parents/Faculty Club Flea Market. Vendors $15/space, $20/space with table.

Saturday, 10 am-1 pm, New Life Plaza Parking Lot (across from 530 Church St). Yard sale to benefit the homeless and those in poverty. Contact 610-277-1321 Ext. 109 or email outreach@hospitalitycenter.org for info.
Saturday, 11 am-1 pm at Montgomery Cemetery. Memorial Day observance by the Historical Society of Montgomery County. Wreath laying, speeches, historic reenactors. Meet at the gatehouse. Activities includes walking to gravesites.

Saturday, 6:30-11 pm at Five Saints Distilling (Main and Green). Joe Kenney Jazz Trio performs.

Sunday, 7 pm at the Elmwood Park Bandshell, Summer Concert Series presents AM Radio~hits from the 60s and 70s. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Concession stand will be open.

Thursday, 5-8 pm at Elmwood Park Zoo, June Jazz, a fundraiser to benefit the Montgomery County-Norristown Library's book budget. Featuring the NTown Band. Hors d'Oeurves, Drinks. $50 per person.
Next Friday, June 2, 7:30 pm at Elmwood Park Zoo's bottom parking lot. If you missed the movie "Moana" at Centre Theatre last week, you can catch it at the Zoo's first drive-in movie of the season. $20 per car for non-members, $15 for members. Walk-in for $5/person.

Next Saturday, 9 am-6 pm at Selma Mansion (1301 W Airy). SelmaCon: The Rebirth. Paranormal Conference. Speakers and vendors will be present from the paranormal field. Rain or shine, dress for the weather. Tickets are $10.00 for the day per person. For tickets and information, please contact
battyaboutghosts@gmail.com

Next Saturday, noon to 2 pm at Elmwood Park Zoo. Sheep Shearing Day. Watch their woolly flock go from shaggy to shorn during live wool-processing demonstrations. Crafts, activities, weaving and spinning demonstrations. Sheep Shearing Day is included with zoo admission.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Scads of Childrens' Events This Week (and a few things for adults, too)

Going to be a beautiful day Saturday. Take the kids to a free movie Saturday morning, then take them to the library for the open house in the afternoon. Also free.

Friday, May 19, 6-8 pm at First Presbyterian Church, Norristown Recreation invites all kids to The Picnic Games. Free admission. Hotdogs followed by games, then sno-cones at the end of the evening.

Friday, 8 pm at Theatre Horizon, "White" continues its run. This week's performances are Saturday at 4:30 pm and 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm and Thursday at 7:30 pm. The play's been held over until May 28. Tickets and performance schedule at this link.

Saturday, 10 am at Centre Theater. Kids Movie Club presents the movie "Moana." FREE.
Saturday from 1-3 pm at the Norristown Library (1001 Powell), the Friends of the Library will hold an Open House in the back of the library. The event is FREE and will include performances by Colonial Revelers at 1 pm, the Norristown School Jazz Band at 1:30 pm, and the Grupo de Danza Nuevo Mexico Dancers at 2:15 pm. Plus you can take a Hidden Library Tour (see parts of the library no one sees), enjoy refreshments and maybe win a door prize. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, 6:30-11 pm at Five Saints Distilling (Main and Green). A-Mak Folk Festival. 3 bands will perform.

Sunday, 10:45 am at Christ UCC Church (Marshall and Noble). The cantata "We Are Sailing" with the Chancel Choir and guest instrumentalists, during the regular worship service.
Sunday, 7 pm at the Elmwood Park Bandshell, Summer Concert Series presents the Allen Reynolds Band. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Concession stand will be open.

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

Wednesday, 6:30 pm at Riverfront Park. Monthly meeting of the Norristown Riverfront Community. Now that Earth Day is over, what will be the next project? Come help decide. If it's nice, meet at Riverfront down near the end of the parking lot on the river side, if it rains, meet at Alfredo's restaurant (Hamilton and W Main).

Next Saturday, May 27, 9 am-1 pm at Stewart Middle School. Parents/Faculty Club Flea Market. Vendors $15/space, $20/space with table.

Next Saturday, 10 am-1 pm, New Life Plaza Parking Lot (across from 530 Church St). Yard sale to benefit the homeless and those in poverty. Contact 610-277-1321 Ext. 109 or email outreach@hospitalitycenter.org for info.

Next Saturday, 11 am-1 pm at Montgomery Cemetery. Memorial Day observance by the Historical Society of Montgomery County.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Common Pleas Court Judge Candidates

Okay, last Diary before the election, so here are your Common Pleas Court Judge candidates. I wish I had time to summarize the candidates for Superior and Commonwealth Court for you, but you’ll have to do your own research on those. If it helps, the PA Bar Association evaluation of the candidates can be found at this link.

What is the Court of Common Pleas? That 's where you'll find criminal and civil trials at the courthouse. If you’re called for jury duty in Norristown, those trials are handled by these judges. They serve 10-year terms. Three candidates are running on BOTH Republican and Democratic ballots. You’ll choose two of them.

All three candidates are lawyers, of course.

Joseph P. Walsh from Montgomery Township (near Lansdale) was appointed as a Common Pleas Court Judge last September to fill a vacancy. He’s now running for a full term. He doesn’t list his party affiliation anywhere, but his and other Facebook pages list him as following several Republican committees and Pat Toomey, and endorsing Republican candidates.

Jeffrey Saltz from Lower Merion runs his own law firm in Center City Philadelphia. He has 30 years of courtroom experience, including in Montgomery County. He’s a Democrat and has served on several Democratic committees.

Wendy G. Rothstein of Plymouth is with the law firm of Fox, Rothschild, LLP and has been a respected trial attorney in Montgomery County. She’s a Democrat who was born in Norristown and spent her early school years here (full disclosure: we were classmates, neighbors and friends in elementary school, though I haven’t seen her in decades). Other Norristown connections: she’s a board member of the Elmwood Park Zoo, and also chaired the Liberty in the Law Program, facilitating visits of attorneys and judges to 6th grade classes in the Norristown Area School District. I endorse her. I think she’d do Norristown proud as a Common Pleas Judge.

As I’ve said before, you can see your sample ballot at this link. Choose Norristown from the list, then click on your district.

Please get out and vote. I talked to one woman yesterday who said she “had better things to do” than vote tomorrow. Really? Better for herself, maybe. Not better for our town. If you don’t vote, don’t complain about council or our schools.

I’ll be at Eisenhower behind the 3-3 district table tomorrow. If you vote there, stop by and say hello.