Monday, 19 November 2018
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BREAKING NEWS

Around Town calendar listings: Salute to Veterans; Christmas bazaars

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SPECIAL EVENT

AOH Annual Salute To Our Veterans

Sunday, November 11: The Ancient Order of Hibernians Notre Dame Division #1 in Swedesburg , Upper Merion Township will host its Annual Salute To Our Veterans on Veterans Day November 11th. This Veterans Day is special with the marking the end of World War 1, one hundred years ago. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11th, 1919 the first anniversary of World War 1. The name of the day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to honor all Veterans both the living and the dead. The AOH Veterans service will begin at 11 AM sharp in front of the AOH club house 342 Jefferson Street in Swedesburg. Guest speaker for this years event will be Iraq War Veteran Patrick Murphy. Patrick Murphy served in the 82nd Airborne and graduated from the Airborne and Air Assault courses. He served in two overseas combat deployments in Tuzla, Bosnia in 2002 and in Baghdad, Iraq in 2003 to 2004. From 2007 to 2011 Patrick served as the youngest U.S. congressman serving on several committees including the Armed Services, Select Intelligence and Appropriations committees during his time in Congress. At the age of 27, Captain Murphy was the youngest professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point and taught constitutional law and the law of war, eventually leading to the first ever Law of War military academy competition at the Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy. He is a graduate of King’s College Army ROTC Program and the Widener University Commonwealth School of Law where he currently serves as a Trustee. Everyone is invited to attend this Veterans Day Salute To Our Veterans to join the AOH in Honoring Our Veterans.

St. Patrick Christmas Bazaar

Friday, Nov. 9- Saturday, Nov. 10: The St. Patrick Church Christmas Bazaar will run Friday (5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) and Saturday (noon till 8 p.m.) in the church hall at 714 DeKalb Street, Norristown. The bazaar features delicious home baked items such as cakes, pies, cupcakes and candies; Attic Treasures; Jewelry; Tombola; Children and Teen Booth; Silent Auction; Baby Booth; Hand-crafterd Christmas Wreaths; Chance Baskets; Spirit Wheel and 55/50 raffles. Delicious homemade food will be provided by The Davis Family.

Bi-Monthly Bingo Night

Friday, Nov. 9: Open to the General Public — Nov 09, 2018, Cash Prizes & Refreshments, Doors Open at 6 PM at which time the food is available before the start of Play at 7 PM. Where: Norristown Cedar Club, 810 W. Germantown Pike, East Norriton, Call for information 610-631-1594. Plenty of parking with lights and pleasant accommodation. Come early, space is filling up with over 90 attending each bingo.

MEET THE FOXES

Friday, Nov. 9: Come to Upper Schuylkill Valley Park on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10 am to meet the park’s resident red foxes, Shyler and Little Grey. Visitors will learn interesting facts about these smart little creatures such as their habitat, diet, and much more. A craft to make and take home will be included with the program. This program is for children ages three to seven. There is a $4.00 per child suggested donation. Pre-registration is required. The registration deadline is November 7, 2018. Please call 610-948-5170 to pre-register. This event will be held weather-permitting, as all of the activities will be held outdoors.

Calhoun Athletic CO. to sponsor “Teach One Feed One” event

Saturday, Nov. 10: The Calhoun Athletic Company is sponsoring a 5K run/walk from noon to 3 p.m. at the Norristown Farm Park to benefit Teach One Feed One. To register or for more information please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Norristown/TeachOneFeedOne5K

VICTORIAN HOLIDAY

Saturday, Nov. 10: A Victorian Holiday at Selma Mansion, 1301 W. Airy Street, Norristown from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Help make decorations for the Christmas tree, listen to the Victorian Revelers, shop the vendors, purchase baked goods. Visit the Raffle Room and take a chance or two. Admission fee for this event is a donation of non-perishable items which will benefit the Patrician Society Food Bank. Helping local families in the community.

A Night with Frank Sinatra starring Tony Leodora

Saturday, Nov. 10: At the Norristown Maenner-Chor Club, 920 Haws Ave, Norristown. Tickets are $10 which includes dinner and the show. Dinner will be served at 6:00 with the show starting at 6:30 to 10 0 pm. The Norristown Maenner-Chor Club will be transformed into a night club for dinner and a show with the Sounds of Sinatra. Tony Leodora and sensational jazz saxophonist Frankie Ewing will present your favorites from the Great American Songbook throughout the evening. In addition to a heavy dose of Sinatra, there will be the best of Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole and more. An Italian dinner will accompany the musical show. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information please call the club at 610-272-9043.

FALL FASHION SHOW

Saturday, Nov. 10: At the The Community Club of Collegeville will hold its sixth annual Fall Fashion Show and luncheon on Saturday, November 10th at 11a.m. at Augustus Lutheran Church in Trappe. Fall Fashion Fling , sponsored by Chico’s fashions, will include a fall luncheon , Chinese Auction and door prizes. Tickets are $20, please call for more information and reservations. 610-489-2079

Swedesford Garden Club

Saturday, Nov. 10: The Swedesford Garden club meets on November 12th at 6:45 PM at the North Wales Area Library, 233 Swartley Street, North Wales, PA. Returning for another presentation about ancient Egypt is Steven Phillips, PhD., University of Pennsylvania. The topic this time is ‘Plant Food in Ancient Egypt and the Mediterranean World’. Steven presents fascinating historical facts and captivating stories of ancient lives. Guests are welcome, no charge.

Wissahickon Valley Historical Society

Monday, Nov. 12: The Wissahickon Valley Historical Society invites the public to a meeting on Monday, November 12 at 7:00 PM at the Blue Bell Library, 650 Skippack Pike in Blue Bell. The program will be A Walking Tour of the Cotswolds and Cornwall presented by Russ and Jean Bellavance.

RSVP’s Final Fall 2018 VEC Workshop

Tuesday, Nov. 13: Volunteer Executive Consultants (VEC), a program of RSVP holds a series of valuable workshops for nonprofits. The final fall workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon at RSVP, 901 East 8th Ave., Suite 200, King of Prussia, PA 19406. Starting with strategic plan development, continuing with learning about fundraising and then measuring success for nonprofit organizations, these three interactive workshops will provide sound help to nonprofit organizations. For more information contact Margaret Brenner margaretb@rsvpmc.org. (610) 834-1040 x135.

100+ Women Who Care in Montgomery County

Wednesday, Nov. 14: 100+ Women Who Care in Montgomery County is one of more than 350 similar groups located worldwide that focus on coordinating funding for local, community charitable organizations. We meet quarterly to hear three short presentations from local nonprofits. We hope you’ll join us and become a member of this incredibly powerful community group that will benefit countless lives here in Montgomery County. The next quarterly meeting is on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Baum, Smith & Clemens, 2060 Detwiler Road, Harleysville, PA. Questions please contact Jessica Batura at 215-368-5755. Visit https://100pluswomenwhocaremontcopa.com

UPPER MERION CAMERA CLUB

Wednesday, Nov. 14: From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Port Kennedy Presbyterian Church, 1084 Old Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406 Description – Photography Skills and Image Critique – Open to members Submit up to three images for critique by members; receive positive feedback on how to improve your photography. Please submit all images by 10:00 PM the day before. Visitors are always welcome at no charge.

ST. PAUL’s ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17: St. Paul’s annual Christmas Bazaar, sponsored by the Women’s Guild, will be held in the parish hall (Johnson Highway and Old Arch Road, East Norriton) will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Touted as the perfect way to start Christmas, the bazaar will feature raffle prizes to fine gifts, restaurants and stores; the Christmas cafe for great food; home baked goods and candy; holiday gift boutique and crafts; attic treasures; religious articles; kids’ games; cheer wheel; grocery wheel; chances for aholiday treasure and 50/50. And don’t miss breakfast with Santa on Saturday at 8 a.m.

Holy Spirit 25th Anniversary Concert Series

Friday, Nov. 16: The Holy Spirit 25th Anniversary Concert Series continues with a concert by baritone soloist Brian Ming Chu at 7 p.m. at the church at 2871 Barndt Road at the corner of Sumneytown Pike in Harleysville. Chu is a professor of voice at Muhlenberg College and has been a soloist with numerous ensembles on three continents. This fall he sang the role of Martin Luther in Ludwig Meinardus’ 1876 oratorio, Luther in Worms, with the Dresden Singakademie for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Chu did graduate studies at Peabody Conservatory of Music. A free will offering will be received and a dessert reception will follow. For more info, see the webpage at www.churchoftheholyspirit.us.

CRAFT FAIR

Saturday, Nov. 17: Craft Fair at Sanatoga Fire Company 2222 E High St Sanatoga PA Saturday November 17, 2018 9AM to 2PM. Crafts, baked goods, and home made soups. Lunch will be served.

ELVIS CONCERT

Sunday, Nov. 18: Elvis impersonator Mark Reno will hold a concert at the Norristown Cedar Club, 810 Germantown Pike at 1 p.m. Doors open at 12:30. Tickets are $20 a person for the show and light lunch can be purchased by calling 484-791-3800. Proceeds will benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Giving Thanks, a Native American Message

Monday, Nov. 19: At 1 p.m. This Thanksgiving-themed program for children will emphasize an appreciation for Mother Earth and all her inhabitants, both plants and animals, and the interconnections between living beings. Listen to a Native American story, learn how the Native Americans lived on the land, and make a craft to celebrate the season. Meet in the Salt Wing. This program is appropriate for children ages three and up accompanied by an adult. The cost is $5.00 per child. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register please call Norristown Farm Park (610) 270-0215 or email: rking2@montcopa.org

Audubon Bird Town Bird Walk

Tuesday, Nov. 20: From 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Join a fall bird walk led by members of the Wyncote Audubon Society. Expect to see some late fall migrant birds stopping over on their southward journey as well as resident species. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet in the parking lot on Moredon Road. This program is appropriate for adults and children ages 12 and up. Pre-registration is suggested. To pre-register please call Lorimer Park (215) 947-3477 or email: laltadonna@audubon.org Lorimer Park is located at 183 Moredon Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006.

Blood Drive in honor of Bobby Natalini Jr.

Wednesday, Nov. 21: Bobby Natalini Jr. was from East Norriton and attended Norristown Area High School. After being diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, Bobby received multiple blood transfusions. The blood he received from anonymous donors granted him more time with family and friends during his three year battle with the disease. Bobby passed away in 2002, just 2 months before his 18th birthday. For the past 15 years, the Natalini Family has been hosting a blood drive in honor of Bobby the day before Thanksgiving. Join us this year as we celebrate Bobby with the 16th Annual Blood drive in his honor at St. Titus Church, 3006 Keenwood Road, East Norriton, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Norristown Class of 1978 40Th Reunion

Saturday, Nov. 24: Norristown High School Class of 1978 will hold its 40th reunion at Westover Golf and Country Club from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Cost is $75 a person, and includes a buffet dinner and non-alchoholic beverages. Cash bar available. Tickets must be purchased before Nov. 5. For more information on purchasing tickets contact Beverly Bryan O’Donnell at Norristown1978@gmail.com

Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, Nov. 24: At St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 927 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown (corner of Grace St. & N. Franklin St.). From 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall. There will be 13 Professional Crafters selling Gift Ideas; doll clothing; Christmas ornaments; original jewelry; homemade dog treats; wooden items; etc. There will be plants; raffle baskets with the winners picked at 1:30 p.m. (no need to be present to win). Nice items on the “White Elephant Table”. The bazaar features delicious homemade baked goods such as cakes, pies, cupcakes and candies. There will be a variety of cookies, in our “Cookie Walk” where you can choose your selection and pay by the pound at $8. There will be breakfast sandwiches; beef bar-b-que; hot dogs; homemade soups to eat in or to take out. Mark your calendar to join us in Fellowship Hall on Saturday, Dec. 8th for “Breakfast with Santa” by donation from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bring your camera for photo opportunities.

UPPER MERION CAMERA CLUB

Wednesday, Nov. 28: From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Port Kennedy Presbyterian Church, 1084 Old Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406. Description: Regular Monthly Competition – Open to members only. Visitors are always welcome at no charge. Entries must be submitted by email. Submission deadline is 10 p.m. prior to the day of the competition.

DESIGNER BAG BINGO

Saturday, Dec. 1: The Norristown Maenner-Chor Club Ladies Auxiliary Presents DESIGNER BAG BINGO at the Norristown Maenner-Chor Club, 920 Haws Ave, Norristown, PA 19401. Doors Open at 12:00 noon. BINGO begins at 1 pm. Cost is $25 to play Regular BINGO. Specials Available 3 / $5.00 Jackpot BINGO: Cover All 3 / $5.00. Raffles and 50/50 will be available. Advanced Ticket Sales $25. At The Door $30. Beverages will be available for sale. NO outside alcohol! This is a NON-SMOKING event. For advanced ticket sales or for more information please call: Joy 610-476-1614 or Michelle 610-342-7161

SPECIAL OLYMPICS of MONTGOmery COUNTY fall tournaments

Dec. 2: County Bowling Touranment, Limerick Bowl, 653 W Ridge Pike, Limerick

Dec., 2018: Glenside Rotary Special Athletes Volleyball Tournament, Bryn Athyn Church School, 600 Tomlinson Road, Bryn Athyn

BINGO

EVERY WEDNESDAY: Presentation Bingo will be held EVERY Wednesday. Doors open at 5 p.m. with food available for purchase and the games begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for boards and $15 for paper. Please join us at Presentation of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1564 Allentown Road Lansdale. For more information please leave a message at 215-362-9599 and we will return the call from a cell phone number.

Literacy Council of Norristown

Are you looking for a meaningful volunteer experience, which will impact the lives of adult learners and their families? If so, LCN needs you! LCN matches adult volunteer tutors with other adults needing help with reading, writing, math, GED preparation or English as a Second Language (ESL). Volunteer tutors attend a 1.5 hour Orientation and 12-hour Tutor Training Workshop before being matched with a student. The pair is then expected to meet at a public place twice weekly for 1.5 hours per session for a minimum of six months or until the student goal is met. The next Orientation will be held from 1:00 to 2:30 PM on January 16, 2019. For more details call 610-292-8515 or visit our website: www.LcnLit.org.

FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS

First Sundays of the month: Free health screenings at St. Patrick Church hall, DeKalb and Chestnut streets, Norristown, from noon to 3. The faculty and students from St. Joseph’s University Institute for bioethics, the Sisters of Mercy Health Services and many others have been key players in helping our parish with this important outreach as we have expanded the services provided. Several of our own parishioners have been trained as health promoters and do the screening with the help of others. We are continuing to expand the range of services to include referrals to clinics. The goals of this effort are to increase medical knowledge and care, to save lives and to enable better use of hospital resources. The focus is on the underserved populations near us, but we welcome all parishioners to come see what’s happening and see if there may be a role for you. The next screening is scheduled for December 2.

WEST NORRITON TRIPS

Friday November 23rd 2018: “Christmas to Remember.” Leave at 8:45 am from Centennial Park to arrive at Bird in Hand Restaurant and Theatre, 11 am is the show followed by the buffet lunch. Return at 5 pm. Cost $80

Saturday December 8: Army & Navy game. Due to the unavailability of tickets the trip is canceled.

March 3rd to March 15th: Twelve-night Southern Caribbean cruise on RCL’s Anthem of the Seas. Price includes: 12 night cruise from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, balcony cabin, one day island tour, group cruise surprises, port taxes, shipboard gratuities for cabin and dining staff. Cost: $1,986 per person based on double occupancy. Trip insurance can be added. Visiting: San Juan, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis.

For more information, call Florence Bruno at 267-226-0873.

ONGOING

Thrift Shop

Wednesdays: The Church’s Thrift Shop at 211 S. Main Street, North Wales , benefits local charities. Hours are Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Browse our new Fall boutique line, attic treasures, books, music, housewares, jewelry, linen, vintage items, Halloween costumes and clothing for women and children. Surprise half price sales every week! Call 215-699-4604.

EDUCATION

Blue Bell School of Dance: 921 Penllyn-Blue Bell Pike, Blue Bell, hosts Argentine Tango Classes and a Milonga dance party every Friday evening. Lessons start at 8:30 p.m. followed by dancing at 9:30 p.m. Andrew Conway, master Argentine Tango dancer, instructor and performer and his partner Linda Chase will instruct. All levels welcome and no partner is needed. Refreshments will be served. Fee is $12 per person and includes lesson and dancing. Information: 215-634-1101 or www.amoretango.com.

KID’S MOVIE CLUB

Third Saturdays of the month: The Centre Theater will launch the new Kid’s Movie Club on the first floor in a newly renovated space that holds 40 movie-goers. On the third Saturday of every month beginning at 10:30 a.m. children of all ages are invited to the theater to see a special selection free of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The Centre Theater is located at 208 DeKalb St. in Norristown. There is free parking on the street and a parking garage less than a hundred yards away from the theater. Movies are free and you can bring your own snacks. Water and juice will be available for purchase. For more information and to reserve your seats please send an email to centretheater@gmail.com.

NEW BEGINNINGS

First Wednesday of each month : NEW BEGINNINGS is an organization formed to afford anyone,who is widowed, the opportunity to associate with people from similar circumstances, in a supportive environment through activities, events and friendship. Meetings are usually held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Helena’s Parish, 1489 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell on the first Wednesday of each month,except March, June, July and August. If you have any questions, please contact Betty Fiorani at 610-650-9133.

LITERACY COUNCIL

TUTORING: Are you an adult needing help with reading, writing, math, GED preparation or English language skills? The Literacy Council of Norristown offers instruction at little or no cost. For details, call 610-292-8515 or visit our website: www.LcnLit.org.

Montgomery County Norristown Public Library

Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library, 1001 Powell St., Norristown, PA 19401. Contact: 610-278-5100.

Baby Lap Rap

Wednesdays: 10:30 am – Simple stories, new and traditional songs, shaker eggs and rhythm sticks for your baby and you! Flannelboard rhymes and props will help your child learn and play with Mother Goose rhymes. Ages 0-24 months with a caregiver. Drop in.

Toddler Tickle Tales

Thursdays: 10:30 am – Stories, songs, rhymes, and activities for young preschoolers, followed by toys and playgroup time. Ages 2 to 3 with a caregiver. Drop in. No session on March 29.

Twilight Tales

Thursdays: 7:00 pm – Family storytime! Our activities will be a mixture of fun and learning with stories, songs and an occasional craft and parachute play. For ages 0-7 with a caregiver. Drop in.

Conshohocken Free Library

A Branch of Montgomery County-Norristown Library 301 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA 19428; 610-825-1656.

Babies @ Library: Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. Interactive storytime-1 / 2 hour. Playtime / chat time 1 / 2 hour. Please call the library to register-610-825-1656.

Preschool Parachute / Story: Thurs. at 10:15, 6 week sessions. Alternate between parachute and story time during the one-hour program. Please call the library to register-610-825-1656.

LEGO Club: Tuesdays after school 3:45-4:30 p.m. Ages 5-10 Collaborate and Create!


Lower Providence Community Library

Lower Providence Community Library: 50 Parklane Drive, Eagleville (610-666-6640)

Storytime Programs: Mondays and Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m., ages infant through 2 years; 11:15 a.m. ages older 2 through 3 years; Thursdays: 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., ages 4 years and up; Saturdays: 10:30 a.m., ages infant through 3 years; 11:15 a.m., ages 4 and up.

Deer Resistant Gardening: The Lower Providence Community Library will host a workshop on deer resistant gardening March 21 at 6:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, and registration is requested. To register, email bloewengart@mclinc.org, call 610-666-6640 ext. 25 or stop by the library circulation desk.

Path to Peace

Every Friday: A new, weekly Al-Anon group, Path to Peace, for families and friends of alcoholics meets at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 2871 Barndt Road at Sumneytown Pike, Upper Salford every Friday at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Judy, jemorice@gmail.com; or call the church at 215-234-8020.

NARANON FAMILY GROUP

Sundays at 7 p.m.: Nar-Anon Family Groups are primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you. We have traveled that unhappy road too, and found the answer with serenity and peace of mind. When you come into the family group, you are no longer alone, but among true friends who understand your problem as few others could. We respect your anonymity as we know you will respect ours. We hope to give you the assurance that no situation is too difficult. The meeting is from 7-8 p.m. at Eagleville Hospital, 100 Eagleville Road, Eagleville, Pa. The conference Center entrance is to the first entrance coming from Ridge Pike. Drive straight to the back and park in the lot. At the top of the circle, are the double doors to the entrance. Walk down the hall to room 215 on the left.

NAACP Monthly Meeting

Fourth Tuesdays: Norristown NAACP monthly general membership meeting at Mount Zion AME Church, 1312 Willow St., Norristown. Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

ASCENSION THRIFT SHOP

Wed. and Sat.: 1700 W. Main St., West Norriton. Thrift shop open every Wed. and Sat. from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Clothing for the entire family, slightly used to unused, shoes, winter coats, gloves, hats. Household items ― lamps, dishes, kids toys, unused puzzles, tools, model airplanes, model antique cars, baskets, seasonal items. Clean hb books, pb books, china, glass, small appliances. Much to see. New items arriving daily. Clean, slightly used, undamaged items and donations accepted during shop hours.

Second Time Around Shop

Wednesdays: The Second Time Around Shop, of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 535 Haws Ave., Norristown. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Wed. Come and see our wonderful selection of new and gently used clothing for the entire family, as well as sheets, blankets, hats, coats, shoes, and purses. The shop also has housewares, books, collectables, jewelry, puzzles, toys and small electronic items for sale and all at prices that cannot be beat. We accept donations from the community of gently used and new items. Phone 610-279-3990 Email: allsaints535@yahoo.com.

ZUMBA

Tuesdays: Zumba Fitness offers Zumba dance/fitness classes at Academy of Dance and Music/BBAD Studio located at 1524 DeKalb Pike in Blue Bell (behind Sherwin Williams). Classes are offered three times a week: Tuesdays at 6 p.m., Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. For a free trial pass for your first class, email us at info@danceandmusic.biz or call 610-277-2557. For more info, visit our site at www.academyofdanceandmusic.org.

Huntington’s Disease support group

First Saturdays: The Huntington’s Disease Society of America invites caregivers, family, friends and those who are living with HD, as well as those who are at risk for HD to attend monthly support groups. Share your thoughts/feelings and get advice in a non-judgmental environment with other HD community members. Gain valuable community resource referrals from HDSA’s regional social worker/group leader. The Plymouth Meeting group meets on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon in the Mercy Urgent Care center located directly next to Boscov’s at the Plymouth Meeting Mall (500 W. Germantown Pike). Contact the groups leader at khimebaugh@hdsa.org for additional information and upcoming guest speakers/activities. Visithdsa.org for additional HD information and resources.

RECOVERY GROUP MEETINGS

Mondays: Fairview Village Church hosts addiction support/recovery group meetings. Men’s A to Z is a Biblical support/recovery group that is open to men 18 years and over. Women’s Christian 12 Step support/recovery group is open to all women 18 years and over. Parents of Addicted Adult Children is a Christ-centered support group for parents who struggle with addicted adult children. We meet on Monday evenings at 6:45 p.m. at 3044 West Germantown Pike, Eagleville. You are welcome to join at any time. For more information, please call Pastor Rieger at 610-539-3333 ext. 249.

Second Saturday Workshops

Second Saturday: For recently divorced or widowed women hosted by the Women’s Independence Network meets the second Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Montgomery Community College, Parkhouse Hall, Room 118, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. This workshop will empower and educate women going through this major life change. Registration is $45 and pre-registration is required by 3 p.m. the Friday before. For more information and how to register, go to www.allaboutwin.com or call 855-200-iWIN.


MEETINGS & LECTURES

Homeopathic Study Group of Central Montgomery County: The Homeopathic Study Group of Central Montgomery County holds a free lecture series the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Plymouth Meeting Friends School, 2150 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting. The group welcomes anyone interested in learning more about the fascinating way in which homeopathy can be used to assist in managing health issues. For more information, contact Odette Ruggieri at 215-582-4493 or odettemr@aol.com or Lois Trave at 215-870-7232 or loisptrave@comcast.net.

Parenting Group: Join other parents looking for natural ways to improve the health for themselves and their children. This is a Pathways Connect group so we will be discussing articles listed in the Pathways Connect magazine offered by the Int’s Chiropractic Ped Association. Join us to learn more and meet other like-minded parents. The meetings takes place once a month on a Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. Space is limited, so please RSVP at mbodychiropractic@gmail.com or by calling 267-462-4911.www.mbodychiropractic.com.

LeTip Of Blue Bell: Weekly meetings every Thursday at 7 a.m. at Manufacturers’ Country Club in Dresher. LeTip of Blue Bell is an active and successful business networking group founded under the principles of LeTip International Inc. LeTip of Blue Bell’s mission is to provide meaningful and successful business leads. LeTip of Blue Bell members pride ourselves on holding all of our members to exacting standards of competence and service. Quite simply, we are the best of the best. Our members, all of whom are accomplished and respected in their given areas of business, work together to build each others businesses and increase the bottom line. Members introduce one another to new clients and customers who need a specific service and are expecting a call from a LeTip member who can provide that service. The chapter serves as your sales force, bringing new business to you! No more cold calling, just warm leads. To learn more, visit www.letipbluebell.com.

Sixty Plus or Minus Seniors Club: Meets the second Thursday of each month at 12:15 p.m. Retirees are invited to become part of the 60 Plus or Minus Seniors Club at Christ’s Lutheran Church, 700 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Oreland. Good food, delicious desserts and friendly people make for a pleasant time. For information, call Christ’s Lutheran Church at 215-886-4612.

The Montco Senior Concert Choir: Meets every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the United Church of Christ, West Marshall and Noble streets, Norristown. Anyone interested in signing and bringing the joy of music to others is welcome. You must be 55 years or older. If interested, call John Bender at 610-279-1579.

The Wentz’s United Church of Christ Companions group: Meets the first Thursday of every month at noon for lunch and companionship. Please contact the church for details at 610-584-4855.

BNI Ambler Chapter: Meets every Thursday at Talamore Country Club for a networking meeting and would like to extend the invitation. Meetings are from 7-8:30 a.m. The only cost to attend is the cost of your meal. For information or a reservation to attend, please call Steve Skolnick at 215-285-7337, or visit www.BNIDVR.com and click on the menu item “Find a Chapter.”

COMMUNITY

Plant Ambler: A community beautification effort staffed entirely by volunteers and supported by donations, is seeking volunteers. Volunteers have been providing displays such as spring pansies, fall mums and winter greens throughout the borough since 1973. The experienced volunteers share knowledge about gardening with any “green” newcomers. Volunteer time is flexible and ongoing according to your schedule. If you would like to help keep Ambler an attractive place to live and work by donating your time or by making a donation, call 215-219-6553. You can also send donations directly to Plant Ambler and mail to Borough of Ambler, 131 Rosemary Ave., Ambler, PA 19002.

HEALTH

Zumba: Zumba Fitness offers Zumba dance/fitness classes at Academy of Dance and Music/BBAD Studio located at 1524 DeKalb Pike in Blue Bell (behind Sherwin Williams). Classes are offered three times a week: Tuesdays at 6 p.m., Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. For a free trial pass for your first class, email us at info@danceandmusic.biz or call 610-277-2557. For more info, visit our site at www.academyofdanceandmusic.org.

TaiJi: The Montessori School will offer beginners classes in TaiJi and Qigong Tuesdays 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tai Chi will help you develop better balance, more flexibility and coordination. Your breath will become deeper and more even. You’ll learn how to find and release your body’s tensions. Your everyday movements will become more efficient and you will feel better and have more energy to face the day. The school is located at 1710 Jarrettown Road, Dresher. To register or for more information, call 215-572-9189.

Health education: Chestnut Hill Health Systems presents the following Health Education Programs: Golden Yoga: A Breathing, Stretching and Relaxation Class Fridays, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Lea Auditorium, Chestnut Hill Hospital, 8835 Germantown Ave. Registration for four classes at a time required. Golden Yoga is Classical Yoga, adapted by the SKY Foundation, to accommodate those who have difficulty getting up and down from the floor. The program includes postures, breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques, all performed while sitting in a chair and standing. Registration required. Call 215-247-3029. Cost: $20 for 4 classes per month.

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group: Fourth Wednesday of the month, 7-8 p.m. Williams Conference Room, Chestnut Hill Hospital, 8835 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. Join us for a monthly get-together where we’ll share information for those interested in weight loss surgery, learn from guest speakers discussing current news on issues including lifestyle modification, nutrition and exercise and provide ongoing support for those who have completed surgery. Registration required. Call 215-753-2000.

Breast Cancer Networking Group: Fourth Tuesday of the month 5:30 to 7 p.m. Williams Conference Room, Chestnut Hill Hospital, 8835 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. A free, confidential support group for women living with a diagnosis of breast cancer designed to provide a forum for sharing information, feelings and concerns associated with breast cancer. Facilitated by Tish Wakefield, LCSW, oncology Social Worker. Registration required. To register or for more information, call 215-248-8047.

New Moms Support Groups: Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. to noon; contact Jeanine O’Rourke, MSW or 2:30 to 4 p.m.; contact Susan Schack, Ph.D Volunteer Conference Room, Chestnut Hill Hospital, 8835 Germantown Ave. The Center for Postpartum Depression at Chestnut Hill Hospital is pleased to offer two new support groups to support new moms. Both groups will be run by experienced mental health professionals who really “get it” when it comes to new motherhood and juggling relationships, extended family, work/family balance and self-care. If you are experiencing “new mom challenges” that often heighten anxiety and involve hormonally driven depression, join us for an informative and supportive forum to connect with other moms. Infants are welcome. $30 per session (flexible based on need). Registration is required. Call Dr. Schack, 646-265-2484, or Ms. o’Rourke, 215-206-2931.

Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group: Third Thursday of the month 8-9 a.m. Williams Conference Room, Chestnut Hill Hospital, 8835 Germantown Ave. A networking group for men diagnosed with prostate cancer designed to provide education, support and encouragement. Spouses and partners welcome. Harry M. Baer, MD, Chief, Urology Division, will host “Ask the Doctor.” Registration required. Call 215-248-8325.

PUPS (People Understanding Parkinson’s): Meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Find peace in a self-help group for those adjusting to a new diagnosis or dealing with early stages of Parkinson’s Disease. Group meets at the community center at the Giant Supermarket, 315 York Rd., Willow Grove. For more information, or to RSVP, call Lorna R. Glassman at 215-542-2931.Holy Redeemer HomeCare and Hospice seeks compassionate and emotionally mature volunteers to provide support to local hospice patients and their families in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Volunteers may also assist with pet therapy and administrative work within the hospice department and are requested to have daytime availability. Hospice patient care volunteers visit with patients in their homes or nursing facilities once a week for two to three hours. They provide emotional support and companionship to patients and family members, assist with errands or provide respite for caregivers. Bereavement volunteers support the families of hospice patients following the loss of a loved one, while administrative volunteers assist with typing, mailings and/or filing. Hospice care workers provide a great service to families and loved ones of hospice patients. Many volunteers also report a great deal of personal satisfaction as a result of their services. Patient care and bereavement volunteers complete an application and attend an 18-hour volunteer training program that covers the medical, psychological and spiritual aspects of hospice volunteering. Day and evening training programs are offered. To sign up for volunteer opportunities in Pennsylvania, contact Holy Redeemer Volunteer Coordinator Jean Francis at 215-698-3737 or email jfrancis@holyredeemer.com.

Support

Huntington’s Disease support group: The Huntington’s Disease Society of America invites caregivers, family, friends and those who are living with HD, as well as those who are at risk for HD to attend monthly support groups. Share your thoughts/feelings and get advice in a non-judgmental environment with other HD community members. Gain valuable community resource referrals from HDSA’s regional social worker/group leader. The Plymouth Meeting group meets on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon in the Mercy Urgent Care center located directly next to Boscov’s at the Plymouth Meeting Mall (500 W. Germantown Pike). Contact the groups leader at khimebaugh@hdsa.org for additional information and upcoming guest speakers/activities. Visithdsa.org for additional HD information and resources.

Recovery group meetings: Fairview Village Church hosts addiction support/recovery group meetings. Men’s A to Z is a Biblical support/recovery group that is open to men 18 years and over. Women’s Christian 12 Step support/recovery group is open to all women 18 years and over. Parents of Addicted Adult Children is a Christ-centered support group for parents who struggle with addicted adult children. We meet on Monday evenings at 6:45 p.m. at 3044 West Germantown Pike, Eagleville. You are welcome to join at any time. For more information, please call Pastor Rieger at 610-539-3333 ext. 249.
Second Saturday Workshops: For recently divorced or widowed women hosted by the Women’s Independence Network meets the second Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Montgomey Community College, Parkhouse Hall, Room 118, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. This workshop will empower and educate women going through this major life change. Registration is $45 and pre-registration is required by 3 p.m. the Friday before. For more information and how to register, go to www.allaboutwin.com or call 855-200-iWIN.
Elkins Park Area CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder): Meets the first Tuesday of every month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Einstein at Elkins Park Hospital in Elkins Park. For information on CHADD or ADHD, please see our website www.chadd.net/249 or call Claire Noyes at: 215-779-6656.
Support group: Parents of children on the Autism Spectrum are invited to join a support group on the second Friday of each month, 7 p.m. at Plains Mennonite Church, 50 W. Orvilla Road, Hatfield. The group gathers to give and receive emotional and practical support as well as to exchange information, share stories and be more effectively equipped with skills and insights to parent children on the Autism Spectrum. Catherine Schadler, M.Ed., shares her knowledge and expertise around topics chosen by the group. Pastor Dawn Ranck gives overall leadership, coordinating the group and facilitating the conversation. More information at www.plainsmennonitechurch.org or by calling 215-362-7640.

Meals on Wheels: The North Penn Visiting Nurse Association’s Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers to pack or deliver meals to the elderly and infirmed. Meals are packed and delivered mornings, Monday through Friday. You can volunteer for as many days per week or month as you would like. Packaging meals requires approximately 2-1/2 hours of your time each day and involves making sandwiches, packaging food into individual serving containers and packing coolers with the meals. Delivering meals requires approximately 1-1/2 hours of your time each day and involves loading coolers into your car and delivering a route of approximately 10 to 15 stops. The Meals on Wheels program is also in need of emergency, winter-weather volunteers to pack and deliver meals in bad weather. North Penn VNA is located at 51 Medical Campus Drive in Lansdale and delivers meals in the Lansdale, North Wales and Blue Bell areas. For more information or to volunteer, please call Bridget, North Penn VNA Meals on Wheels coordinator at 215-855-8296.

Counseling: Center for Loss and Bereavement, 3847 Skippack Pike, Skippack (610-222-4110) www.bereavementcenter.org offers professional counseling for individuals, couples, children and families dealing with issues of loss and bereavement. Six-week adult support groups: Newly forming young adult grief support group – every other Wednesday, 7 to 8:15 p.m. (free of charge); Monthly loss of child support – second Mondays, 7-8:15 p.m.; Six-week young loss of spouse/partner – Thursdays, 10 to 11:15 a.m.; other groups scheduled as interest is shown for suicide loss support, adult loss of parent, motherless daughters, adult loss of sibling, coping with chronic illness and disability and men’s loss of spouse. Bereavement program: Nello’s Corner Family Bereavement program offers peer grief support groups for ages 4 through teen and their caregivers – Every other Tuesday or Wednesday (free of charge) Local chapter of Parents of Murdered Children also meets at the Center. Registration required. Call for further information.

Caregiver support group: The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Kehillah of old York Road is sponsoring a free Caregiver Support Group for individuals who care for an elderly person with cognitive and/or physical impairments. The group meets at SarahCare Adult Day Care Center, 101 Washington Lane, Suite G-6, Jenkintown, Pa., on the first Wednesday of each month. Patty Rich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, of The Counseling for Caregivers Program of the Abramson Center for Jewish Life, leads the sessions, which are held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. All are welcome. Respite care is available during meetings to facilitate attendance. on-site free parking is available. Light refreshments are provided. For more information call Lynne Balaban, 215-884-3944.

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE): Seeks local host families for boys and girls from a variety of countries around the world. These students are 15 to 18 years of age, and are coming to this area for the upcoming high school year or semester. These personable and academically select exchange students have good English, are bright, curious and anxious to learn about the USA by living as part of your family, attending high school and sharing their own culture and language with you. The exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year or semester. Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to bear his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. The students are well screened and qualified by ASSE. Families may select the youngster of their choice from extensive student applications, family photos and biographical essays. To become a host family or find out more about ASSE and its programs, please call Sue 732-251-1517 or 1-800-677-2773. or visit us at www.asse.com. There are hundreds of students to choose from, so call – and begin the process of selecting your new son or daughter today.

Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley: The organization’s mission is to provide a meeting place where people with cancer and their families and friends can join others to build social and emotional support as a supplement to medical care. Free of charge and nonprofit, Gilda’s Club offers support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in a comfortable, home-like setting. Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley is located in Warminster at 200 Kirk Road. Their phone number is 215-441-3290 or visit on the Internet at www.gildasclubdelval.org. For more information, call Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley at 215-441-3290, or visit their Web site at www.gildasclubdelval.org.

Volunteers sought: The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania is seeking volunteers to become voices of power through its stroke prevention program. For information on volunteer opportunities call 215-575-5200.

Senior volunteers needed: The Foster Grandparent Program of Montgomery County is in need of dedicated senior volunteers to enhance the lives of children throughout Montgomery County. Volunteer Foster Grandparents must be 55 years of age or older and be willing to work a minimum of 15 hours per week. Volunteers receive a small tax-free stipend, free transportation, paid training and an annual physical exam. For information on the Foster Grandparent Program, call 610-630-0201.

Overeaters Anonymous: Overeaters Anonymous is a 12- step group for anyone struggling with food issues of any kind. It meets Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. in the Health Education room in the Becoming Center, part of the Artman Home in Ambler, 250 North Bethlehem Pike. For information call 267-259-4815.

Fibromyalgia support group: The Northeast Chapter Fibromyalgia Support Groups of Montgomery County and Philadelphia has three individual support groups that meet various times throughout the month in both areas. The next meeting will be the Beginners’ Support Group, which is held every fourth Monday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. The Family Support Group is held every second Thursday of the month from 12-2 p.m., and the Fibromyalgia “Connections” Support Group of Montgomery County is held the third Saturday of the month from 1-3 p.m. For further information and locations, call 215-884-1504 or 215-393-3493.
Family support groups: NAMI Pennsylvania of Montgomery County sponsors monthly family support groups at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Main Street and Richardson Avenue, Lansdale, the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. and at the Montgomery County Human Services Center, 1430 DeKalb Pike, Norristown, the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.

Volunteers sought: Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Program (PATF) has interesting and rewarding volunteer positions available in their King of Prussia office. PATF helps people obtain funding for hearing aids, ramps, wheelchairs and other assistive technology. To learn more about the positions and volunteer training, call Jamie at 888-744-1938. www.patf.us.

Support groups: Friends Hospital holds the following support groups: Monday — AA Speaker Meeting from 7:30-8:30 p.m. weekly and Depression Group from 9-11 a.m. weekly. Wednesday — Cocaine Anonymous from 7:30-9 p.m. weekly and It Still Works from 6-7:15 p.m. weekly. Thursday — Depression Group 9-11 a.m. weekly; Depression and Bipolar Support Group from 6:30-8:15 p.m. weekly (first Thursday from 5:30-8:15 p.m.); Narcotics Anonymous from 5:30-7 p.m. weekly and Al-Anon from 7:30-8:30 p.m. weekly. Friday — Cocaine Anonymous from 7:30-9 p.m. weekly and Gamblers Anonymous from 8-9:30 p.m. weekly. Saturday — Narcotics Anonymous from 7-8 p.m. weekly. Sunday — Incest Survivors from 9-10:30 a.m. weekly; ACoA from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. weekly; AA Women’s Meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekly; NAmI Family to Family Support Group from 1-2:30 p.m. monthly, second Sunday; NAmI General Meeting from 2-4 p.m. monthly, second Sunday.The New Beginnings Club, a non-denominational social group for all widows and widowers, will be forming to provide social, athletic and travel opportunities to foster fellowship. Meetings will be held every fourth Monday at 7 p.m. at St. John of the Cross Hall, Meeting Room, 2800 Woodland Rd., Roslyn. Any interested persons may call 215-885-7722.

Source: https://www.timesherald.com/news/around-town-calendar-listings-salute-to-veterans-christmas-bazaars/article_d31b6d7c-e2a5-11e8-9315-5f0fabfdc2e0.html

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