Friday, January 13, 2017

MLK Day Events and More

Enjoy programs for kids and adults on Martin Luther King Day at different venues around town, most of them absolutely FREE and staggered throughout the day so you can get to all. Then, at the end of the week, be a light for our community at Theatre Horizon, and learn about our river at Centre Theater.

Starting Saturday, January 14th at 10:45-11:15 am at First Presbyterian Church gym on Airy St., Norristown Recreation will host a 6 week Norristown Ninja Warrior Obstacle Training Course for ages 6-16. Practice agility, speed, jumping, strength, balance and other needed skills for 6 weeks. The last week, you will be challenged by a complete obstacle course to see if you are a real Norristown Ninja. Cost $25.

Saturday, 8-11 pm, August Moon, 300 E Main. This month's Second Saturday Jazz will feature the Dylan Taylor Quartet. Dine during the show. Jazz doors open at 7 pm. Sets on the hour.

Monday, 10 am-2 pm, GW Carver Community Center (Jacoby and Arch), MLK Day of Celebration. Arts, crafts and activities for children grades 1-12. History and entertainment. Everyone welcome. Cmmunity serve hours available if needed.

Monday, 1-4 pm, Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd. MLK Day at the Zoo. Admission will be free, though we do ask that you make a donation as you enter the zoo. We'll be hosting a live animal education program entitled "I Have a Dream" at 1 pm in the Canopy Gardens Hall. Elmwood Park Zoo salutes all of the volunteers who have contributed their time and services throughout the year.

Monday, 5-7 pm at Theist Temple Church (535 E. Marshall) MLK Day-NAACP Youth Chapter film screening of "Boycott."  In addition to the film, learn about NAACP membership. Bring snacks.  All ages welcome.

Tuesday, 5-6:30 pm, Municipal Hall, Lobby, Ready Montco and the GPS tracker for snow plows. Sign up event to get added to the email/text or phone notifications through this county system. The sign up will take less than 5 minutes. More information please call 610-270-0429.

Tuesday, 5-7:30 pm at Municipal Hall rear (police station). Open Office Hours with Chief Talbot and Captain Clowser. Do you want to express concerns or just chat? This is your chance to interact with Chief Talbot and Captain Clowser during open office hours.

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

Wednesday, 5:30-8:30 pm, at Norristown Library. Police COMPSTAT, a meeting that Chief Talbot and his leadership team use to discuss the crime strategy and their effectiveness in implementing the strategy. Open to the public.

Thursday, at 5:30 pm, in front of Theatre Horizon. "Be A Light." Everyone is welcome; bring any source of light (flashlight, candle, phone, etc.)  In each time zone across the country, people will gather at this time outside of theaters to create a "light" for dark times ahead, and to make and renew a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Next Friday, January 20, 5:30-7 pm at Centre Theater (208 Dekalb). "The Death and Rebirth of the Schuylkill River." FREE PROGRAM.  An evening of spirits and history, as the Schuylkill River Town Program presents a fact and fun-filled program about the Schuylkill River, from its role as lifeblood of the Industrial Revolution and the “workshop of the world”, to a fiery open sewer, and finally to its recent rebirth as 2014 River of the Year and home to bald eagle and shad. Learn the incredible story of how the river has shaped our community and the nation. Beforehand, sample products from Norristown’s Five Saints Distillery and Conshohocken Brewing Company.

Next Saturday, January 21, 6-9 pm at Elmwood Park Zoo, Canopy Garden Hall. Tiaras & Ties: Father-Daughter Date Night. Dance the night away as you share a special night together featuring snacks, games, music and photo opportunities. Father Daughter Member Pair: $20, Father Daughter Non-Member Pair: $25, Additional Daughters: $10. each Go to this link to register.

Also next Saturday, 8 pm at Centre Theater. "Delinquent Comedy" by Starving Artist Prevention. $15.

Job-Training Classes will begin at the Montgomery County OIC (Arch and Basin) on February 6 for Certified Nursing Aide and Feb 13 for Customer Service/Sales. Requirements: Montgomery County resident, 18 years of age/older, HS diploma or GED, meets income guidelines, clean background and reliable transportation for CNA. For information, contact 610-279-9700 or

The Sewing Club of Ebenezer Methodist Church (234 E Spruce) is organizing a bus trip to the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC. The trip will be Saturday, April 22. $80 per person. If you're interested, call 484-674-5479.

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