Monday, December 11, 2017


Norristown Diary is taking a hiatus until at least January 1. Maybe longer.

You're on your own N-town.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Free Holiday Crafts, Music, and a Movie

Not much listed on the calendars for this week. Time to get your shopping done and put up the decorations. Stay safe on the roads this season.

Saturday, 8 pm-midnight at Five Saints Distillery (E Main and Green Sts.). Jazz-180 will perform.

Sunday, 10:45 am at Christ Church, corner of W Marshall & Noble. Special music performance: Cantata "7 Joys of Christmas." Choir with special guest, Ellen Tepper, harpist. FREE (part of service). All welcome.

Tuesday, 2-3 pm, Norristown Public Library Youth Services Department. Gingerbread Fun: Create a scented sandpaper gingerbread ornament, and enjoy other holiday activities. For kids in grades K-6. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. For info, contact 610-278-5100 x205.

Tuesday, 3:30-5 pm at Norristown Library Community Room. Create Club for Teens. This month: origami gift ideas. Make your own origami gifts for family and friends. Teens can also draw on your own time, chill out with coloring, and more. We'll supply what you need. Each month, we have a different featured event. Drop in. For info, contact Asha Verma 610-278-5100 x0 or

Tuesday, 7 pm at Municipal Hall. Planning Commission Meeting.

Wednesday, 8 am-11 pm, Elmwood Park Zoo. Lt. Patty Simons Food Drive needs volunteers to help collect, sort, and box donated nonperishable goods for this years drive. Heated tents, food and a DJ will make the volunteer time enjoyable. Please come and help.

Wednesday, 1-3:30 pm at Norristown Library (Powell and Swede) Board Room. Mary's Matinee. This week is the movie "Maudie." Drop in. Contact for info Mary Motta 610-278-5100, x111,

Friday, December 1, 2017

FREE Art Show, Music, Craft Classes and More this week

Whether you like art, sports, music, the zoo, whatever . . . you'll find interesting events around town to pack into those dwindling daylight hours.

Friday (Dec 1) is the deadline to register for GN PAL's Family Holiday Carnival which will be next Friday Dec 8, 6:30-8 pm (for children 4-12 years old, and at least one parent or guardian). Games, crafts, music, photo with Santa, giveaways, prizes, food. Space is limited so you MUST call 484-808-4810 to register.

Saturday, 4:30-8:30 pm at Eisenhower Science and Technology Learning Academy, 1601 Markley. Marathon Sports presents Norristown Alumni Games hosted by Khalif Wyatt. Admission $5.

Saturday, 7 pm at Five Saints Distillery (E Main and Green Sts.). Danielle and Jennifer will perform.

Sunday, 1-4 pm at Coffee Talk (507 W Marshall). Open Mic.

Sunday, 1 pm-5 pm at Norristown Arts Building (619 W. Washington). 21st Annual Exhibition & Open Studios. Attend a reception for the artists, tour the studios. Live Music by Guitarist Charlie Martini. Refreshments. FREE event. More info at or contact 610-272-8484.

Sunday, 2-5 pm, Elmwood Park Zoo. FREE admission to Norristown Borough residents who present a valid photo ID.

Tuesday, 9:30-noon at the Montco Intermediate Unit (2 West Lafayette) Valley Forge Room. Screening and discussion of film "Resilience"--about the impact of childhood trauma.

Tuesday, 2-3:30 pm at Norristown Library in the Conference Room. Mystery Tuesdays Book Club. This month's book is “The Beekeeper's Apprentice," by Laurie R. King. Copies of the book are available at the Front Desk.  We encourage registration. Call Asha Verma at 610-278-5100, x0 or drop by the Front Desk to register. Monica D'Antonio of Montgomery County Community College hosts this group. The Mystery Tuesdays Book Club explores a new mystery on the first Tuesday of each month.

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

Wednesday, 1-3:30 pm at Norristown Library Learning Center on the second floor. Holiday Crafting with Pine Cones. Make charming holiday decorations and get into the holiday spirit using pine cones and other natural materials to make door ornaments, swags, and even bird feeders. All supplies provided. Registration is a must. Please call or drop by the Front Desk to register. SPACES ARE LIMITED. Contact Cliff Hirst, 610-278-5100, x0,

Thursday, 6-8 pm at Municipal Hall. The Budget Workshop that was on the schedule last week is on this week's schedule again, but still no explanation on of what this is about.

A reminder that December 11 is supposedly the last day for leaf collection in Norristown. I don't know about your neighborhood, but half our trees still have leaves on them here. But anyway, get out there and rake soon, or better yet, put the leaves on your garden beds or lawn, or in a compost bin. Better for the soil, plus beneficial insects like woolly bear caterpillars will have a place to stay (under the leaves) over the winter.

On Wednesday, December 13, the Lt. Patty Simons Food Drive will be gathering at Elmwood Park Zoo and they'll need volunteers anytime between 8 am-11 pm to help collect, sort, and box donated nonperishable goods for this years drive. Heated tents, food and a DJ will make the volunteer time enjoyable. Please come and help.