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Central Montgomery County community calendar: Week of Oct. 28

Event Submissions: To add an event to the community calendar, email event information to Calendar entries should be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the desired print date. Additions to the calendar are made on a space-available basis.

Special Events

Shabbat Dinner: The Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Or will present a Shabbat dinner and service Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at the synagogue, 239 E. Welsh Road, Maple Glen. The event will honor Arlene Slobodzian (Eagleville) as the sisterhood’s Woman of the Year and Abby Gilbert (Elkins Park) as its Woman of Valor. Following the dinner, keynote speaker Lisa Hostein will discuss the rise in anti-Semitism across the globe. The cost for dinner is $36 per person for Beth Or members and $40 per person for non-members. Email RSVP to

Dogs and Barks Tour: Morris Arboretum will offer its Dogs and Barks Tour, which showcases the dogwood tree and tree bark Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. This one-hour tour will explore the artistry of tree barks on many kinds of trees from all over the world. Visitors will compare and contrast the bark from beech, filbert, hickory, lace-bark pine and paperback maple to noticeably different barks on dogwoods. These tours will start from the Widener Visitor Center. Morris Arboretum is located at 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Chestnut Hill.

Wissahickon High School 30th Reunion: The Wissahickon High School Class of ’88 will be holding its 30-year reunion Oct. 27 at The Great American Pub in Conshohocken. For more details, contact

Brick-or-Treat Weekends: LegoLand Discovery Center Philadelphia will host its second annual Brick-or-Treat celebration every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting. Dressed in Halloween costumes, families can expect various fall activities, including building festive Lego creations, photo ops in the pumpkin patch display and a spooky scavenger hunt throughout the center. Tickets booked in advance guarantee entry. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit

Paper Chase: Horseways, a trail preservation equestrian organization in Montgomery County, will host its annual Paper Chase Oct. 28 at The Highlands Historical Society, 7001 Sheaff Lane, Fort Washington. This event is a timed trail ride from the historic grounds of The Highlands to Willow Lake Farm, Briar Hill Preserve, Camp Woods and Prophecy Creek. Riders are encouraged to team up with friends and wear costumes. The Paper Chase course will take two to 2½ hours to complete. Every rider will be required to sign a release. Registration will open at 8 a.m., and the first team will depart at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 per rider for members of Horseways and $30 per rider for non-members. For more information, visit

Springfield Township Parks and Recreation Department Programs: The Springfield Township Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting registrations for the following programs: Matt Paul Rookie Basketball (November to December): For boys and girls ages 5 to 9; registration ends Oct. 28. Youth Basketball League: For boys and girls ages 7 to 13; registration ends Nov. 4. Springfield Martial Arts (November to December): For boys and girls ages 7 to adult; registration ends Nov. 7. Matt Paul Rookie basketball (January to February): For boys and girls ages 5 to 9; registration ends Dec. 30. Magarity Tennis Clinic (January): For boys and girls ages 4 to 13; registration ends Dec. 30. Matt Paul Rookie Basketball (February to March): For boys and girls ages 5 to 9; registration ends Feb. 3, 2019.

Author Visit: The Upper Dublin and Wissahickon Valley public libraries will present Stephen Fried as he discusses his latest book, “Rush: Revolution, Madness and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father,” Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Upper Dublin Township Community Rooms, 801 Loch Alsh Ave., Fort Washington. Tickets cost $30 and include a hard copy of Fried’s book. An author question-and-answer session, a book signing and an additional book sale will follow the event. Tickets are available online at or on the library websites. For more information visit

Scarecrow Design Contest: Morris Arboretum is holding its 11th annual Scarecrow Design Contest. These scarecrows will be on display along Scarecrow Walk at the Oak Allée through Oct. 31. Visitors of all ages may vote for their favorite scarecrow to determine which will be the winners. Prizes will be awarded to the top five winning scarecrow designers, with $150 for the first-place winner. For more information, visit

History in Motion: The Springfield Township Historical Society will present its fifth annual History in Motion event Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ambler Theater, 103 E. Butler Pike, Ambler. Featured speaker Dr. David Contosta will share the story of how the Carson Valley School and Erdenheim Farm, once a single property, has been shaped and preserved over several centuries. Doors will open at 7 p.m. A complimentary wine tasting will be provided by Chaddsford Winery. Tickets cost $25 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Springfield Township Historical Society. To purchase tickets, visit or send a check payable to the Springfield Township Historical Society, P.O. 564, Flourtown, PA 19031. For more information, call the historical society at 215-233-4600.

Revolutionary War Re-enactment: Hope Lodge will host its 37th annual encampment re-enactment Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Revolutionary War skirmishes on the grounds are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Come and experience 18th century life. Re-enactors dressed in authentic American and British uniforms will march to the beat of fife and drum and demonstrate the military tactics used during Revolutionary War. After the skirmish, visit a Revolutionary encampment where women in colonial dress will demonstrate open hearth cooking and children can play colonial games. Textile and dyeing demonstrations, a papermaking activity presented by Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, games including a Children’s Muster Drill and scavenger hunt, plus experiments of Dr. Benjamin Franklin presented by Michael Kochan are planned for the day. There will also be a lecture and book signing by Mary Stockwell, author of “Unlikely General: ‘Mad’ Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America.” The Hope Lodge mansion will be open for tours. Admission charged. For more information, visit

Highland Hunt: The Highlands Historical Society will hold the 40th annual Highland Hunt Nov. 4 at The Highlands historic site in Fort Washington. The field of horses will leave the grounds of The Highlands at 10 a.m. to follow the pre-designed course through fields, woods and trails around Whitemarsh and the vicinity. At 11:30 a.m., the hunt returns to The Highlands, and guests may watch riders and horses take the last fence of the course. Breakfast will be served. Tickets are $30 for adult members of the Highlands Historical Society, $15 for member children and $35 for non-members. The hunt raises funds for the ongoing maintenance, restoration and preservation of the Highlands Mansion and historic grounds, as well as for the Highlands Historical Society’s educational activities and programs. Reservations are required. To make reservations, call 215-641-2687. For more information, visit

Visiting Artist: The Conshohocken Art League, 120 E. Fifth Ave., Conshohocken, will welcome visiting artist Mark Bockrath Nov. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. The public is invited to Bockrath’s free presentation of his landscapes and still life. Donations accepted. For more information, visit

Birds of Norristown Farm Park Slide Show: Special guest Ruth Pfeffer will visit the Farm Park with a slide show featuring birds that have been seen locally Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. in the Salt Wing at Norristown Farm Park, Barley Sheaf Dr.ive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton. Discover birds that you have probably never seen before as well as some of the common species. Learn about bird migration and the importance of habitat. This free educational program is appropriate for adults and children ages 7 and up. Preregistration is preferred. To preregister, call Norristown Farm Park at 610-270-0215 or email

Designer Bag Bingo: The Ladies of Helena Designer Bag Bingo will take place Nov. 4 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the St. Helena Social and Recreation Center at St. Helena Church, 1489 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Tickets are $25 for 14 games or $30 at the door. To purchase tickets, email Carolyn Dittrich at

An Afternoon of Jazz: The Mt. Airy Learning Tree will hold an afternoon of jazz featuring vocalists Shakera Jones and Michelle Lordi and accompanist/pianist Joseph Block Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 801 E .Willow Grove Ave., Wyndmoor. A $20 registration fee will support the scholarship fund of the Mt. Airy Learning Tree. To register, call 215-843-6333 or visit mtairylearningtree.

Lecture Series: Morris Arboretum’s Lecture Series will continue with The Living Legacy of George Nakashima presented by Mira Shizuko Nakashima, the prominent Solebury furniture designer and recent recipient of the Governor’s Award for the Arts from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Ambler Theatre, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. The cost for this lecture is $15 for arboretum and Ambler Theater members and $20 for non-members. Advanced registration and payment are required. Call 215-247-5777 ext. 125 or visit to make a reservation.

Art Exhibit: The Olitsky Gallery at Congregation Beth Or will present an exhibit featuring the Masorot Chapter of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework through Nov. 7 at Congregation Beth Or, 239 Welsh Road, Maple Glen. The exhibit features members’ original needlework with Judaic themes, such as holidays and lifecycle events. For information, contact Karen at 267-975-7555.

Art Exhibit: The Olitsky Gallery at Congregation Beth Or will present an exhibit featuring the art of Shimon Braun Nov. 9 through Dec. 11 at Congregation Beth Or, 239 Welsh Road, Maple Glen. The community is invited to the opening reception to meet the artist November 9, at 8:45 p.m., immediately following Shabbat services. Refreshments will be served. For information, contact Karen at 267-975-7555.

Veterans Day Ceremony: The Lower Gwynedd Veterans Day Committee will present the fifth annual Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 10 from 10:45 a.m. to noon at Veterans Park, located at the intersection of Bethlehem and Penllyn pikes in Spring House. The Taste of Lower Gwynedd reception will follow the ceremony, also held at Veterans Park.

Coffeehouse: Gwynedd Friends Coffeehouse will host bluegrass band Tookany Creek Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. at Gwynedd Friends Meeting, 1101 DeKalb Pike, Gwynedd. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., with the show starting at 8 p.m. A $7 donation is requested to support the musicians. Additional proceeds will go to charity. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Gwynedd Friends Coffeehouse is a not-for-profit outreach of Gwynedd Friends Meeting. The coffeehouse is wheelchair accessible. For further information, call 267-421-9394.

Sunday Forums on C.S. Lewis: St. Thomas’ Church Whitemarsh will present a lecture series on C.S. Lewis on Sundays at 11:15 a.m. in the MacColl Auditorium at St. Thomas’ Church Whitemarsh, Bethlehem Pike and Camp Hill Road, Fort Washington. There is no charge. Dr. James Como, co-founder of the New York C. S. Lewis Society, will speak on “C. S. Lewis and the Centrality of Hope” Nov. 11. Dr. Stewart Goetz, the Ross Frederick Wicks Distinguished Professor in Philosophy and Religion at Ursinus College, will speak on “C. S. Lewis on Happiness and the Meaning of Life” Dec. 2.

Independence Sinfonia Concer: The Independence Sinfonia will perform a concert Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. at the Theater in the Learning Center at Temple University’s Ambler Campus. The concert will feature Jennifer Montone, principal horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra, performing Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4. The program also will include Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 and Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and free for full-time students with ID. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, visit or call 215-915-0747.

MCCC Observatory Community Nights: Montgomery County Community College will hold community nights in its observatory and observation deck Nov. 14 from 8 to 10 p.m. on the third floor of the college’s Advanced Technology Center, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. The observatory features a 16-inch Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, and the observation deck contains additional telescopes for viewing. Community nights are free and open to the public. In the event the weather is not optimal for viewing the sky, a short presentation will be given on different astronomical topics. For more information, contact Kelly Spangler at

Art in the Storefront: The Art in the Storefront installation featuring the watercolor work of John Westcott will be on display at the storefront, 41 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, through Nov. 15. The storefront can be visited anytime as it is lit all evening, compliments of Denney Electric Supply. For additional information, contact Mark at No Bare Walls Framing Studio at 215-654-9106.

Roman Catholic High School Reunion: The Roman Catholic High School Class of 1973 will hold its 45-year class reunion Nov. 17 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Washington Fire Company No. 1 Social Hall, 36 W. Elm St., Conshohocken. For more information, contact Andy Sontag at or Rob Climaldi at

Chanukah Bazaar: Congregation Beth Or, 239 E. Welsh Road, Maple Glen will hold its annual Chanukah Bazaar Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 50 vendors will offer a selection of jewelry, clothes, crafts, sports memorabilia, toys, skincare products and more. Raffle prizes will be awarded in hourly drawings. Homemade latkes, kosher hotdogs and other treats will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Co-Chairs Sherry Spector at or Ricki Herman at or call the synagogue at 215-646-5806.

Holiday Shopping for a Cause: The Women’s Christian Fellowship of Central Schwenkfelder Church will sponsor Holiday Shopping for a Cause to benefit Women At Risk International, which rescues women and children from human traffickers in the U.S. and around the world, Nov. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Central Schwenkfelder Community Center, 2067 Steelman Road, Lansdale. All the items at the fundraiser will be made by women from Women At Risk International. Items in the sale will include blown glass ornaments, jewelry, cards, scarves, purses, toys and clothing.

Nonprofit Board Recruitment Networking Event: Nonprofits throughout the area will host a networking event Dec. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ambler Yards. Local nonprofit organization will be looking to meet people interested in becoming board members. This event is free and open to the public. Register at

Made in Montgomery County: The Historical Society of Montgomery County, 1654 DeKalb St., Norristown, will present the exhibit Made in Montgomery County through Feb. 1. This exhibit offers a sample of some of the many items produced in Montgomery County from its establishment in 1784 to the present day and tells the story of the makers and craftspeople who produced these goods. Admission to the exhibit is free.

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.

Volunteer Fair: Adults and teens will find volunteer opportunities to fit a variety of interests and abilities at the Volunteer Fair Nov. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from many organizations that depend on volunteers to help carry out their missions of service. The fair is free and open to the public.

Norristown Public Library

Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library: 1001 Powell St., Norristown (610-278-5100 ext. 205)

Mystery Tuesdays Book Club: First Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. Join us as we explore a new mystery title each month. This month’s book is available for check out at the Front Desk.

Mary’s Matinee: Second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. Enjoy a free showing of a new release movie.

Knitting & Fiber Craft Club: First Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. Bring a project to work on and share your love for all things fiber with a friendly group.

Free Library of Springfield Township

The Free Library of Springfield Township: 8900 Hawthorne lane, Wyndmoor; 215-836-5300;

Tail Waggin’ Tutors: Children in grades K to 6 can read aloud to a certified therapy dog to help build reading confidence. Find out available dates and times and sign up for a 10-minute time slot by calling the library.

Summer Reading: Kids and teens can earn prizes for reading during the summer. Stop by the library anytime for more information and to sign up.

Upper Dublin Public Library

Upper Dublin Public Library: 805 Loch Alsh Ave., Fort Washington; 215-628-8744;

1-on-1 Computer Tutoring by Appointment: One-hour tutoring session with a computer tutor volunteer on topic of your choice. Registration and $5 Friends donation required. Contact Kay at 215-628-8744 or

Creative Writers Meetup Group: Second Monday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Register at­Creative­Writers­Meetup­Group.

Weekly ESL Conversation Group: Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. or Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Interested in practicing your English in a safe and caring environment? Come to our conversation group and improve your skills. For more information, contact Kay Klocko at 215-628-8744 or

APPRISE Medicare Counseling: Wednesdays by appointment between 10 a.m. and noon. State-trained APPRISE Counselors will be available to help you through the Medicare process. Counselors provided by RSVP-MC.

Upper Dublin Knitters: Thursdays from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Have you ever wanted to learn how to knit in a supportive, relaxed environment? Love knitting and looking for some company? All are welcome to attend! Please bring your own supplies and we’ll provide the company and conversation.

Meet Your Legislator: Third Thursday of the month from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. State Rep. Thomas Murt.

Book Clubs: Check for exact dates. Book Bunch: First Monday of the month from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. History Book: First Tuesday of the month from 7 to 8 p.m. Bookworms: First Thursday of the month from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.

Reading Buddies: Thursdays through Nov. 1 from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Elementary schoolers read with a high school student to increase reading skills and confidence. For grades one to five; mentors should be in grades nine to 12. Online registration.

Magic — The Gathering MeetUp: Fridays through Dec. 28 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Seasoned and novice players welcome. Bring your own cards. For grades six to 10.

Halloween & Fall Crafts: Oct. 26 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Themed crafts for ages 4 to 12.

Author Visit: The Upper Dublin and Wissahickon Valley public libraries will present Stephen Fried as he discusses his latest book, “Rush: Revolution, Madness and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father,” Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Upper Dublin Township Community Rooms, 801 Loch Alsh Ave., Fort Washington. Tickets cost $30 and include a hard copy of Fried’s book. An author question-and-answer session, a book signing and an additional book sale will follow the event. Tickets are available online at or on the library websites. For more information visit

Not So Spooky Halloween Party: Oct. 30 and 31 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Stories, songs and treats. Wear a costume for a parade. For ages 0 to 5.

Navigating Medicare 2019: Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. Get tips and updates on 2019 Medicare from a Medicare APPRISE counselor.

Princess in Black Party: Nov. 5 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Crafts, activities and stories celebrating Shannon Hale’s Princess series. For ages 4 to 9.

A 1001 Nights — A Tale of Two Tale Collections: Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. Learn about the history of this famous literary work, presented by Dr. Roger Allen.

Middle School STEAM: Nov. 6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Candy chemistry. For grades six to eight. Registration required.

Creative Crafts: Nov. 7 and 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 7: Wire Bird Nest Necklace Nov. 28: Floral Embroidered Pins. For ages 15 and older. Registration required.

Middle School STEAM — LEGO EV3 Robots: Nov. 8 and 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. A two-day workshop to design, build and program robots. For grades six to eight. Registration required.

Wreck it Ralph Escape the Room: Nov. 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Use logic and video game knowledge to break out. For grades six to eight. Registration required.

LEGO Club: Nov. 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. Come and build with us. For ages 4 to 12.

Online Library Resources: Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. Zinio: free online magazines. Register online.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra Concert: Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. Enjoy a quartet performance.

Sensory Storytime: Nov. 17 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Interactive program to stimulate the senses. For children ages 3 to 8 with sensory integration challenges. Online registration required. For more info, contact Molly Kane at 215-628­8744 ext. 3153 or

Dressup Day: Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to noon. Come pretend with us Dressup items provided, or come in your own outfit. For ages 1 to 7.

Color and Craft: Nov. 17 from 1 to 2 p.m. Come color and craft. For all ages.

STEAM Saturday: Nov. 17 from 2 to 3 p.m. Hands­on tech experience with a different STEAM technology each month. For ages 4 and older. All elementary and preschool children must be chaperoned.

Playtime @ UDPL Kids Place: Nov. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Play with us at the UDPL. Blocks, dress up and lots of other toys. For ages 0 to 5.

Holiday Hours: The library will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.

Intro to 3D Printing: Nov. 23 from 10 to 11 a.m. 3D printing basics and design your own piece with the UDHS Robotics Team. For grades three to five. Registration begins Nov. 5.

William Jeanes Memorial Library

The William Jeanes Memorial Library: 4051 Joshua Road, Lafayette Hill. Visit or call 610-828-0441 for information and to register for programs.

Monday Matinee: Second Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. Join the library for a recently released DVD and hot popcorn. Movie titles will be announced the month prior to showing. Program courtesy of the Friends of the William Jeanes Memorial Library.

Middle School Book Club: Third Monday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Snacks included. Copies of the book (audiobooks, too) are on display in the teen section of the library. For the title of the book to be discussed next, contact Teen Librarian Sara at or call 610-828-0441 ext. 113. Refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the William Jeanes Memorial Library.

Anime Club: Fourth Monday of the month at 6 p.m. Bring your friends (and make new ones) as you discuss and watch some of your favorite anime with snacks, manga to check out and more. This program is for teens.

Sensory Storytime: Tuesdays at 10 a.m. This storytime is designed for children ages 3 and up and their families/caregivers and will be sensory friendly. All children ages 3 and up are welcome, including those with sensory integration disorders and autism spectrum disorders. There will be stories, music and sensory activities. Space is limited, and registration is required.

Babes & Books Storytime: Tuesdays at 11 and 11:30 a.m. Babies up to about 18 months and their caregivers are invited for a half-hour of songs, movement, stories and more. No registration is required. Siblings are welcome.

Gentle Yoga: Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a gentle form of yoga that includes yoga postures, breath work and relaxation techniques, all of which improves your strength, flexibility and circulation; relieves stress and manages pain; and instills a sense of calm and mental clarity. Please wear comfortable clothing.

Adult Open Game Play: Tuesdays from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Mah Jongg, Canasta, Bridge, Scrabble, etc. We will set up card tables and provide three Mah Jongg sets and some extra cards. Other board games from the library’s collection upstairs may also be brought down. Experienced players welcome.

Dropped Stitches: Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Experienced crafters are invited to join our group. Project assistance may be available from other attendees. All craftwork is welcome: knit, crochet, quilt, scrapbook, jewelry-making, etc. Please note that this is not an instructional class. No need to register.

Tales for Tots Storytime: Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. Three- and 4-year-olds are invited with a caregiver for stories, songs, finger plays and a craft with Miss Linda and her puppet, Lucy. No registration required. Younger and older siblings are welcome.

Mother Goose Storytime: Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. Mother Goose Storytime is for children about 18 to 36 months. Children and their caregivers will enjoy stories, rhymes, music and movement with Ms. Linda and her goose. No registration required. Older and younger siblings are welcome.

The Q Crew: Second Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. LGBTQ+ teens and allies are invited to join the Library’s Q Crew. Come discuss past and current topics, issues and events in a safe space, plus snacks and a craft. No registration is required. This program is for teens.

Book Club: Third Wednesday of the month at 3 p.m. and third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Join for a discussion of books of all kinds: both American and international, fiction and nonfiction, new and old. This group is open to everyone. No registration is required. The same book is read for both meeting times

Movie Matinee: Last Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. Adults are welcome to a movie and hot popcorn. Titles will be announced the month prior to screening. Program courtesy of the Friends of the William Jeanes Memorial Library.

Qi Gong with Ernest: Thursdays at 10 a.m. Qi Gong is a slow moving form of meditation for health and well-being through coordination of breath with upper and lower body movement. It may be performed sitting in a chair. First-time attendees receive a free class. Wear loose clothing. Cost: $10 per week, payable the first week of the month. A portion benefits the library. No registration is required. Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Career Networking Group: Fridays at 9:30 a.m. Are you unemployed or in transition? You are invited to attend a support/networking group meeting. We provide a supportive environment where members can get ideas, direction, support, solve problems, learn or improve skills and network to improve their job search and career. The group also provides a safe, caring environment to discuss the personal/emotional issues related to job search and career management. Those in transition, unemployed or under-employed are welcome to attend and bring friends. Registration is required, as space is limited. To register, visit or email

Murder Mystery Party: Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. For teens.

Build & Learn: Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. Drop in and explore some age-appropriate building activities. There will be a variety of building sets and materials out for your children to “play” with, for babies on up through preschoolers. For the big kids, there will be have LEGO, Magna-Tiles, KEVA planks, Jenga and more. No registration required.

Reading Roundup: Nov. 1, 8 and 15 at 4:15 p.m. Children ages 4 to 8 are matched with teen volunteers for 45 minutes of reading together. The younger buddies choose the books (from the library or brought from home) and either practice reading or enjoy being read to by their teen buddy. Participants should plan to attend all sessions. Register online or by calling 610-828-0441.

Just for Teens — What is Dating Violence?: Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Laurel House, the Norristown-based shelter for victims of domestic abuse, will lead a discussion for teens about healthy relationships. Attendees will learn how to help themselves and their friends, identify resources and distinguish the difference between healthy and non-healthy behaviors. This program is just for teens. Registration is encouraged but not required. Refreshments will be offered courtesy of the Friends of the William Jeanes Memorial Library.

Tai Chi for Health: Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 30 at 10 a.m. This session will include a tai chi/qigong warm up and cool down with concentration on loosening the joints, breathing and relaxation. Attendees will learn three different forms of tai chi: Sun, Yang and. This class is appropriate for beginners, those familiar to tai chi more advanced practitioners. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. As always, ask your doctor if it’s OK, and don’t wear any scents to class. For more information, contact Linda DeMedio at

Pumpkin Painting: Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. Come paint a pumpkin. All materials will be provided. This program is for teens.

Medicare Counseling Appointment: Nov. 7, 14 and 28 at 2 and 3 p.m. A trained volunteer with APPRISE, a program of the PA Department of Aging, will answer Medicare questions in 45-minute appointments. Any and all Medicare questions can be brought to an appointment. To register, call Adam at 610-828-0441 ext. 103.

Paws and Read: Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. School-age children are invited to come practice reading with Therapy Dogs International volunteer teams. The main objective of this program is to provide a relaxed and “dog-friendly” atmosphere, which allows students to practice the skill of reading. Space is limited, and registration is required. Participants will receive an email on the day of the program with the specific time slot their child will be given to read with a dog.

Leap into Literature: Nov. 7, 14 and 28 at 4:15 p.m. Join a weekly reading program that allows first- through third-graders to leap into literature. Explore fiction and nonfiction books with a dedicated volunteer, Linda Gardner Doll. As books are read, participants will expand their knowledge of literature through discussion and will then follow up by producing a take-home craft that will allow participants to experiment with different mediums. Space is limited, and registration is required.

Stranger Things Escape Room: Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. Teens will have one hour to work together to solve puzzles, clues and riddles before time runs out. This room will not be based on “Stranger Things trivia” but instead will be more like a “Stranger Things” experience. Registration is required; sign up for a time slot online. Dressing up in your best ’80s attire is not required but appreciated. This is a repeat of the Stranger Things Escape Room at the end of August. This program is for teens. Program courtesy of the Friends of the William Jeanes Memorial Library.

Dungeons & Dragons 101: Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. For all ages.

Memoir Writing Workshop: Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m.

Pajama Storytime: Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Put on your pajamas, and bring the whole family to this special evening storytime with Ms. Rachel for families with children through age 7. Bring pillows, blankets, loveys and stuffed friends if you’d like. No registration necessary.

Connecting Exceptional People Social: Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. Join the library as ColonialLUG hosts a fun-filled LEGO Games night. Registration in the program is required. Email Deborah Moore or call 610-828-0441 ext. 107 for more information. Bring a snack or dessert to share with the group.

Red Cross Blood Drive: Nov. 26 from 1 to 6 p.m. Become a blood donor at William Jeanes Memorial Library this holiday season. Appointments for this drive are available every 15 minutes. To schedule a time slot, contact Adam Gilbert-Cole at 610-828-0441 ext. 103 or, visit and search for William Jeanes Library or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

K-Pop and Cake Pops: Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. Come hang out with fellow K-Pop fans and listen to music and make some themed crafts. Also decorate some cake pops. This program is for teens. Program courtesy of the Friends of the William Jeanes Memorial Library.

Wissahickon Valley Public Library

Wissahickon Valley Public Library, Blue Bell branch: 650 Skippack Pike (Route 73) diagonally across from the Blue Bell Inn. 215-643-1320.

Yoga: Mondays at 1:30 p.m. With Kathy Tooley. Cost: $35 for eight weeks; $8 drop in.

Socrates Café: Mondays at 7 p.m. Discuss issues or ideas chosen by group vote.

Knitting: Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. All welcome to knit or watch and learn.

Mah Jong: Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

Chess Club: Wednesdays at 7 p.m. All are welcome. If a child is attending, a parent must stay. No need to sign up, just show up. Chess boards & chess pieces provided.

Movie Matinees: Tuesdays at 2 p.m.

Guitar Storytimes with Miss Michelle: Mondays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.
Baby Storytime: Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. For 6- to 18-month-old pre-walkers and caregivers. Simple books, finger plays and more with Miss Tegan.

Teen Advisory Board: Last Saturday of each month at 2 p.m. Teens plan programs for teens.

Free passes: The library circulates free passes to American Helicopter Museum, Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, Morris Arboretum, National Liberty Museum, Elmwood Park Zoo, Pearl S. Buck International Museum and Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. Come in and check out a pass, just like you check out a book.

Wissahickon Valley Public Library, Ambler Branch: 209 Race St., Ambler. 215-643-7775.

Your Family History/Genealogy: Call for appointment; 267-626-4437 or email Let Connie help you get started in your search.

Tutoring with Dr. Chang-Mateu: For middle school and high school children needing tutoring in math and science. Leave a message for Dr. Chang at the Ambler Library 215-643-7775. She will set up an appointment for tutoring in the library.

Miss Michelle’s Storytime: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.

Meetings & Lectures

The American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia: The American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia meets monthly September through June. For details, visit

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 or Lois Trave at 215-870-7232 or

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 or by calling

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

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 and click on the menu item “Find a Chapter.”


Vegetable Donations: The Oreland Community Garden is collecting fresh veggies from its garden to donate to Loaves and Fishes, a food pantry located at Jenkintown United Methodist Church. Anyone in the community who would like to donate their fresh veggies can drop them off on Wednesdays at the roadside farm stand located at Christ’s Lutheran Church 700 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Oreland. Oreland Community Garden is currently establishing a waiting list for gardeners. Anyone interested in gardening cane call the church office at 215-886-4612.

Outreach Office Hours: State Rep. Thomas Murt, R-152, will hold special outreach office hours in Huntingdon Valley and Upper Dublin. On the third Thursday of each month, Murt and a member of his staff will be at the Huntingdon Valley Library, 625 Red Lion Road in Huntingdon Valley, from 10 to 11 a.m. Also on the third Thursday of the month, Murt and a member of his staff will be at the Upper Dublin Public Library, 805 Loch Alsh Ave. in Fort Washington, from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.

Mobile Office Hours: A member of the staff of state Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-148, holds mobile office hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Senior Adult Activities Center (SAAC), 45 Forest Ave., Ambler. Constituents who need help with a state-related issue can visit during those hours and should bring along any paperwork relevant to the matter at hand. Anyone with questions can call the district office at 610-832-1679.

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.

James Turrell Skyspace: The James Turrell Skyspace at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is open to the public every Sunday evening. This Skyspace displays subtly evolving colored light washing a vaulted ceiling around a rectangular opening to the fading twilight sky directly over head. The program starts 10 minutes before sunset. Seating is limited. To reserve a place and find the start time for specific dates, check and search for Skyspace. The Skyspace is located at 20 E. Mermaid Lane in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. For comfortable viewing, guests are encouraged to bring yoga mats and cushions to lie on the floor or prop their heads up while sitting on the benches.


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 or call 610-277-2557. For more info, visit our site at

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: First Wednesday of the month, 5:30 to 6:30 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 is not required. Call 215-753-2060.

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

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