Friday, March 17, 2017

Music, Frogs, Art and Council

Hopefully, you've managed to free your car from the ice and can get out to enjoy this week's events. Remember, Spring begins Monday. Happy St. Patrick's Day. 

Saturday, 7-11 pm at Five Saints Distilling (Main and Green). Folk duo Pat's Run performs.

Sunday, 10:30 am-noon, at Elmwood Park Zoo. Frog Watch Training Session. FrogWatch USA is a citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that provides people an opportunity to learn about wetlands in their communities and report data on the calls of local frogs and toads. Come to a special training session to learn how to distinguish the calls of Norristown's native frog species and help Elmwood Park Zoo contribute valuable frog population data to a national database.

Monday, ACPPA's 8-week spring session begins. Art, music, and theater classes meet during the school week in the evenings and our preschool dance classes meet Saturday mornings.  Students participating in the spring 8-week session will also be invitied to display their work in the Spring Art Exhibition and/or perform in their Spring Concert in late May. To register, click on this link. For questions or assistance with class placement and registration, contact Stephanie, at or 610-277-2270.

Tuesday, 6-7:30 pm at the Norristown Library. Gallery Night Celebration. NASD District Art Show, featuring the art of talented Norristown students.

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

Wednesday, 1-3:30 pm at the Norristown Library Board Room. Mary's matinee. This week's free matinee is “Keeping up with the Joneses.” Comedy rated PG-13. 105 minutes. For info, contact Mary Motta 610-278-5100 x111 or

Wednesday, 6-7 pm at the Norristown Library Community Room. Container Gardens For Your Home. Learn how to plan, assemble and maintain container gardens that will brighten your outdoor spaces. Registration is encouraged but not required. Call or stop by the Front Desk to register. Contact Asha Verma 610-278-5100, x0

Ongoing through April 29, The Historical Society of Montgomery County (1654 DeKalb) is running the exhibit: Norristown Remembered, The Art of Frank Batson. Norristown native Frank Batson’s paintings are inspired by his memories of Norristown and the surrounding area from the 1940’s, ‘50’s, and ‘60’s. Many of the buildings and places are long gone, but through his art, they are brought back to life. Exhibit is FREE and open to the public daily, Monday and Thursday 10 am-4:30 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 1-7:30 pm. Saturday hours vary. For info, contact 610-272-0297 or The Society is handicapped accessible.

Next Saturday, March 25, 10 am-noon, at Dekalb Day School (1215 Dekalb). Elizabeth Luff, noted children's Creative Movement specialist, will lead a training workshop entitled "Singing And Dancing Together" aimed specifically at teachers of 3-5 year olds. Satisfies 2 hours of required Pa Keys training. Any teacher, however, is welcome. For more info feel free to call Elizabeth at 484-687-7880.

Also next Saturday, 8:30 pm at Centre Theater (208 Dekalb). Jared Bilski's Obituary, featuring Norristown-based comedian Jared Bilski. Doors open 7:30 pm. $20. Tickets at

Next Sunday, March 26, 9-11 am at Eli's Bakery (324 W Marshall). Coffee With A Cop returns! Stop by to meet our police officers and enjoy a free cup of coffee and goodies from Eli's Bakery.

Also next Sunday 3-5 pm at Centre Theatre. Schuylkill River Towns presents "Cast Away-Freshwater Fishing in the Schuylkill and Beyond." FREE seminar by Gerry Waterfield, an experienced fisherman and Fisheries scientist. More info, contact Peter at 267-939-8114 or go to this link.

Norristown Police Department's Citizen Police Academy begins April 19th. The 10-week program will expand citizens’ knowledge and understanding of the law and explore police procedures.  Approximately 25 hours of instruction, taught in two and a half hour segments. Topics: NPD policing strategy, dynamics of patrol, crime investigations, emergency communications and dispatch operations, as well as riding along with patrol. Participants will meet every Wednesday from 6:30p.m. to 9 pm. and they must attend 75 percent or more of the scheduled classes in order to be eligible to graduate and receive a certificate. Class size is limited to allow greater interaction between students and instructors. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply and be a resident of Norristown. Applications for the Norristown Citizen Police Academy can be picked up at the station located at 235 East Airy Street, Norristown, PA 19401 or can be requested via email Deadline for application submission: March 31, 2017. Any questions about the CPA can be directed to Community Affairs Liaison Gina Davies 610-270-0490.

Norristown Municipality is seeking proposals from qualified vendors to provide, operate and manage food and beverage concession operations and recreational activities (like kayak rentals) year-round at Riverfront Park. Go to this link if you're interested.

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