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Central Montgomery County community calendar: Week of Sept. 16

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.

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.

Used Book Sale: Fill a bag with used books, DVDs and CDs for all ages and a variety of interests at the $5-A-Bag Used Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Lower Providence Community Library Sept. 22 to Oct. 6 during regular library hours. Bags are provided. All proceeds will benefit the Lower Providence Community Library.

Pain Relief without Drugs or Surgery: The Lower Providence Community Library will host Pain Relief without Drugs or Surgery — The Integrated Positional Therapy Approach presented by Integrated Positional Therapist Heather Gustafson, RN, BSN, MBA, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. Integrated Positional Therapy (IPT) addresses neuromuscular pain at its root cause: muscle imbalance. Gustafson will give an overview of IPT, a mini demonstration and sampling of take home stretches for common types of pain: back, neck/shoulder, hip and knee and more. This program is free and open to the public. Registration requested. Eemail, call 610-666-6640 ext. 25 or stop by the library circulation desk.

Author Visit: The Lower Providence Community Library will host Darla DeMorrow, author of “Organizing Your Home with Sort and Succeed,” Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Do you have the urge to organize this fall? Learn how to declutter and organize your home and garage to make the most of your space. Learn the fibe steps to organizing any space, even if you hate to organize. Learn practical tips for dealing with not-so-practical clutter. DeMorrow is a certified professional organizer, decorator, speaker and owner of HeartWork Organizing LLC based in Wayne, PA. This program is free and open to the public. Registration requested. Email, call 610-666-6640 ext. 25 or stop by the library circulation desk.

The Life and Art of John James Audubon: Amanda Beisch, education coordinator at John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove will present The Life and Art of John James Audubon Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. This presentation will provide introduction to the artist/naturalist John James Audubon. Get a deeper understanding of how he became one of the best scientific artists of the time. There will be full-size Audubon prints, taxidermy, as well as early drawings on display. This program is free and open to the public. Registration requested by emailing, calling 610-666-6640 ext. 25 or stopping by the library circulation desk.

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.

Fabriholics: Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your sewing on the road and use our machines and tables. For ages 16-plus.

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.

French & German Language Classes: See for dates and times. For ages 18 and older.

Magic — The Gathering MeetUp: Fridays, Sept. 14 to Dec. 28, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Seasoned and novice players welcome. Bring your own cards. For grades six to 10.

Sensory Storytime: Sept. 15 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. For children 3 to 8 with sensory integration challenges. Interactive program to stimulate the senses. For more information, contact Molly Kane at 215-628­8744 ext. 3153 or Online registration.

Dress Up Day: Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to noon. Come pretend with us. Dress up items provided, or come in your own special outfit. For ages 1 to 7.

Color & Craft: Sept. 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. Come color and craft. For all ages.

STEAM Saturdays: Sept. 15 from 2 to 3 p.m. Hands­on tech experience with a different STEAM technology each month. For ages 4 and up. All elementary and preschool children must be chaperoned.

Create a Coat of Arms: Sept. 17 and 24 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Research your family tree and create your own family crest. For grades three to five. Online registration required.

Middle School STEAM: Sept. 19 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Towers, forts and pPhysics. For grades six to eight. Registration required

Teen Movie Parties: Sept. 19 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. See movies based on books. Snacks, too. For grades six to 12.

Intro to 3D Printing: Sept. 20 from 7 to 8 p.m. Learn 3D printing basics, and design your own small masterpiece. For grades six to 12.Limited space. Online registration.

Simple Sewing: Sept. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Turning a shirt collar. For ages 15 and up. Limited space. Online registration.

Intro to Buddhism: Sept. 26 to Oct. 24 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. A Penn State professor will introduce the principles, practices and traditions of Buddhism. Registration required.

Mental Health Awareness — Recognition & Resources: Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. An Upper Dublin police officer and a mental health professional will discuss mental health signs, symptoms, treatment options and resources.

Reading Buddies: Thursdays, Sept. 27 to 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.

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

Shaving Cream Twister : Sept. 14 at 4 p.m.

Friends Fall Book Sale 2018: Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sept. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Friends of the Library will host their Fall Book Sale in the Community Room.

Color a Smile: Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. Families are invited to the Color a Smile event. Color a Smile is a nonprofit organization with distributes cheerful drawings to senior citizens, troops overseas or anyone who needs a smile. Come in and color a drawing to put a smile on someone’s face. This program is perfect for the entire family. No registration is required.

Pajama Storytime: Sept. 19 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.

Career Networking Group – PM Edition: Sept. 20 and 27 at 5:15 p.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

Minutes with Misty the Dog: Sept. 21 at 11:30 p.m. Families are invited to come to the library to interact with Misty, a goldendoodle registered therapy dog. Children will play with her, groom her, learn some commands, give Misty a treat and more. No registration required.

Build & Learn: Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. Drop in and explore some age-appropriate building activities. The library will have a variety of building sets and materials out for children to use, for babies on up through preschoolers. For the big kids, there will be Lego, Magna-Tiles, KEVA planks, Jenga and more. No registration required.

How to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft: Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Family Movie: Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. Join for free popcorn and a movie. No registration necessary. Sponsored by the Friends of the William Jeanes Memorial Library. Rated PG.

Oreo Taste Test Challenge: Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.

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.”

Special Events

Art in the Storefront: The opening reception for Art in the Storefront will be held Sept. 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the storefront, 41 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Refreshments will be served, and the community is invited to attend. This Art in the Storefront installation featuring the watercolor work of John Westcott will be on display 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.

“Outside Mullingar”: The Stagecrafters, 8130 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill, will stage “Outside Mullingar” Sept. 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29. Performances onThursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $21 in advance or $25 at the door. Student and senior rates available at the door. For more information or tickets, call 215 247-9133.

Springfield Township Parks and Recreation Department Programs: The Springfield Township Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting registrations for the following programs: Magarity Tennis Clinic (October): For boys and girls ages 4 to 13; registration ends Sept. 14. Travel Basketball 2018-19: For boys and girls ages 9 to 14; registration ends Oct. 7. 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. 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.

Central Schwenkfelder Church Fair: Central Schwenkfelder Church, 2111 S. Valley Forge Road, Worcester, will hold an old-fashioned country fair with activities for the whole family Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. An annual event since 1951, the fair is held on historic farm property, which is adjacent to the church. Food will be available throughout the day. Lunch offerings will include pork barbeque and sausage sandwiches, corn-on-the-cob, corn fritters, chicken-corn soup, hoagies, hot dogs and hamburgers. Country fair specialties include homemade french fries, soft pretzels, funnel cakes and Freddy Hill ice cream. There will be all-day entertainment with festive music, including Central’s own Worship Team, a Christian praise band. The North Penn S Gaugers will display their model railway in the Community Center. The event will also include an antique and classic car show, tractor rides, face-painting and children’s games. A live auction will be held at noon. Entrance to the fairgrounds will be off of Valley Forge Road. For further information, call the church office at 610-584-4480 or visit

Pike Fest: Lower Gwynedd Township will hold its third annual Pike Fest Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Bethlehem Pike in Spring House. Pike Fest showcases and celebrates the Lower Gwynedd community and the businesses on Bethlehem Pike, many of which will offer Pike Fest specials and other promotions to entice eventgoers. Visit the Lower Gwynedd website for vendor updates, artisan and sponsorship applications and a full listing of participating sponsors, exhibitors and activities. Bethlehem Pike will be closed to vehicle traffic during the Fest, and event parking will be free at Gwynedd Mercy Academy Elementary and Wissahickon High School. For more information, contact Lower Gwynedd Township at 215-646-5302 or email

Bark in the Park: Join Norristown Farm Park ranger Jake Carlin and his dog for a stroll with your four-legged friend Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. Time will be spent letting the dogs get to know each other. Proper dog walking etiquette, signs of aggression and safety will be discussed. The walk will be about one hour. Bring water for your dog. Dogs must be leashed at all times. The walk is limited to 15 dogs and their owners. Meet in the office parking lot.This free program is appropriate for adults and children ages 8 and up. Preregistration is required by calling Norristown Farm Park at 610-270-0215 or emailing Norristown Farm Park is located at Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton.

Community Block Party: Brandywine Living at Dresher Estates, 1405 N. Limekiln Pike, Dresher, will host a community block party Sept. 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. during National Assisted Living Week to benefit the Kisses for Kyle Foundation. Highlights of the event will include food, music, face painting, balloon art, games and raffles. The event is open to the public and free to attend with the option to purchase raffle tickets to support Delaware Valley children and their families who are fighting cancer. Fr more information or to RSVP, call 215-591-4000. Online RSVP is available via eventbrite.

Candidate Forum: Foulkeways at Gwynedd and Alpha kappa Kalpha Sorority will host a candidate forum Sept. 15 at 9:30 a.m. in the Foulkeways at Gwynedd community center, 1120 Meetinghouse Road, Gwynedd.

Historical Society Open House: The Wissahickon Valley Historical Society invites the public to an open house Sept. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Franklinville School, a one-room schoolhouse built in 1858 located at 1701 Morris Road, Blue Bell. Children are welcome to come and write on slate boards, play period games and dress up in period clothes.

Grist Mill Demonstration Day: Morris Arboretum will host Grist Mill Demonstration Day Sept. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bloomfield Farm, across the street from garden’s main entrance, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. Attendees can watch 1-ton millstones grind corn kernels and observe 160-year-old machinery, including the tail gate, turbine vane controls and cob crusher, transport and sift the ground corn to produce meal. This event is free admission, but donations are appreciated. For more information, visit or call 215-247-5777.

Reading Group and Book Discussion: A “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” C. S. Lewis reading group and book discussion will be held Sept. 19 and 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Hutchinson Room of the Emily Norris Carey Learning Center at St. Thomas’ Whitemarsh Campus, Bethlehem Pike and Camp Hill Road, Fort Washington. No charge. For more information, visit

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. Lex McMillan, president emeritus at Albright College, will speak on “Meet C. S. Lewis” Sept. 16: and “Broadcast Talks” Sept. 23. The Rev. Dr. Patricia Lyons, Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C., will speak on “Unpacking C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” Oct. 14 and how “How C. S. Lewis is Relevant in Today’s World” Oct. 21. 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.

Garage Sale: Central Schwenkfelder Church, 111 S. Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, will hold a garage sale Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to noon. The sale will feature household items, books, children’s and adult clothing, toys, jewelry and furniture. For more information, call 610-584-4480.

Dogs and Barks Tour: Morris Arboretum will offer its Dogs and Barks Tour, which showcases the dogwood tree and tree bark, Sept. 22 and Oct. 13 and 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.

The Culture of Death Walking Tour: The Historical Society of Montgomery County will present a walking tour of the historic Montgomery Cemetery and a presentation that examines the changing cultural beliefs in America surrounding death and dying Sept. 22 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. This event includes a walking tour of the cemetery, followed by refreshments and a presentation in the Gatehouse that will examine how America’s attitudes towards death have changed since early European settlement. The Historical Society’s Executive Director Barry Rauhauser will illustrate how global patterns in culture affect the way we view aging and death and look at how some of America’s historical events helped to create a unique American view on death and dying. Montgomery Cemetery is located at the end of Hartranft Avenue, Norristown. Parking during the event will be made available inside the cemetery gates. Tickets for the event are $15 and include the walking tour, refreshments and presentation. Call 610-272-0297 to purchase tickets.

Upper Dublin High School Class of 1973 Reunion: The Upper Dublin High School Class of 1973 reunion will take place Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post building, 315 North St., Doylestown. Contact Seth Friedman at or 215-740-3503 for more information or to ask any questions.

Native American Day: Norristown Farm Park, Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton, will hold its annual Native American Day Sept. 23 (rain date: Sept. 30) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s celebration is geared for children and families. Blue Jay will return with lots of Native American crafts, games, animal pelts and other please touch items. Native American legends will be told by professional storyteller Darius Puff at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. This free program is appropriate for all ages. Preregistration is not required. For more information, call Norristown Farm Park at 610-270-0215 or email

Full Moon Hike: Join a park ranger on a full moon hike Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at Norristown Farm Park, Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton. This month’s full moon is called the “harvest moon.” This free program is appropriate for adults and children ages 8 and up. Preregistration is required by calling Norristown Farm Park at 610-270-0215 or emailing

Scarecrow Design Contest: Morris Arboretum is holding its 11th annual Scarecrow Design Contest. Participants will create a scarecrow for this year’s theme: A Moment in Time, a significant occasion in the designer’s life that he or she associates with a single, public figure. These scarecrows may be a sports or film star, an artist or musician, a book character, chef or politician. Participants should sign up by Wednesday, Sept. 26. Entry fee is $25 for members and $30 for non-members with a $5 discount for those who reuse their wood frame from a past year. Straw, burlap, twine and frames for those who need them, are all provided. These scarecrows will be on display along Scarecrow Walk at the Oak Allée from Saturday, Oct. 6, through Tuesday, 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

Animal Habitats: Children will learn about the home requirements of our local animals through games, stories and an animal habitat craft during the Children’s Nature Series’ Animal Habits program Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. at Norristown Farm Park, Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton. There will also be a walk with the park naturalist to find animal homes. Meet at the pavilions. This free, educational program is appropriate for children ages 3 and up with an adult. The cost is $5 per child. Preregistration is required by calling Norristown Farm Park at 610-270-0215 or emailing

Mattress Sale Fundraiser: The third annual mattress sale to benefit the Upper Dublin High School Marching Cardinals will be held Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the high school cafeteria, 800 Loch Alsh Ave., Fort Washington. The sale will include adjustable bed frames, luxury pillows, box springs and an array of mattresses, including latex and memory foam, along with a team of experts on hand to answer any questions. For more information, contact Dave Cox at or call 215-913-8762.

Family Fun Day and Car Show: Classic, antique, muscle cars, hot rods, custom trucks, modified and stock bikes will fill Valley Forge Marketplace’s parking lot, 600 S. Trooper Road, Norristown, during the Family Fun Day and Car Show Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date is Sept. 30. There will be children’s amusements, food, beverages and water ice. For additional information and a registration form to participate in the Car Show, call the West Norriton Township Police Association at 610-630-0977. Registration the day of the event opens at 9:30 a.m.

Whitpain Community Festival: The annual Whitpain Community Festival will take place Sept. 29 starting at noon at Montgomery County Community College, 340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell. At noon, the craft fair, children’s games, petting zoo and inflatable rides will start and be available until 4 p.m. The Phillie Phanatic will pop-in for a visit and photos from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. MCCC students will host their health expo with screenings and display tables of health care information throughout the afternoon. During the event, the Love, Hope & Strength Foundation will host a bone marrow information table, where visitors can learn about making bone marrow donations. Volunteers can have a cheek swab performed and complete the required paperwork to be added to the National Bone Marrow Registry. Starting at 1 p.m., there will be a community dance recital followed by performances by the award-winning husband and wife duo Two of a Kind at 2:15 and 3:15 p.m. Jacqueline Brooks will offer a Zumba class at 2:45 p.m. The food court will open at noon, and the P.J. Whelihan’s beer garden will open at 2 p.m.; both will be open throughout the evening’s musical performances. The School of Rock will kick off the evening entertainment at 4 p.m., followed by headliners The Craig Thatcher Band at 5:30 p.m. and CTO Tribeca at 7:30 p.m. The daylong festivities wrap up with a fireworks display at 8:15 p.m. Admission is free for the festival and musical performances. Donations are welcome and will be used to support scholarships for MCCC students. For more information, visit or

Plymouth Whitemarsh High School 50th Reunion: Plymouth Whitemarsh High School will host the 50th reunion for its Class of 1968 Saturday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Great American Pub in Conshohocken. For more information, email

Germantown High School 65th Reunion: The Germantown High School Class of 1953 will hold its 65th reunion Sept. 29 at noon at The Hill at Whitemarsh, 4000 Fox Hound Drive, Lafayette Hill. RSVP by calling 215-402-8500.

Camp-A-Thon for Syrian Refugees: Learn about Syrian refugees through storytelling, games and music during a camp-a-thon Sept. 29 and 30 at Gwynedd Friends Meeting, located at Route 202 and Sumneytown Pike in Gwynedd. Syrian refugee needs will be supported through $25 in family admission to the event and donations to help fund the UN Syrian refugee program. For more information and registration for the event, visit

Springfield Township Community Day Festival: The Springfield Township Community Day Festival will be held Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cisco Park. All food and activities are free. The 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Register on the morning of the race beginning at 7:45 a.m. Community Day activities will include music, food, drinks, crafts, games, information, fishing at Hillcrest Pond, face painting, inflatables, surprise guests, balloon twisting and visits from the Flourtown, Oreland and Wyndmoor fire companies.

Overdose Awareness Walk and Hope Expo: State Rep. Thomas Murt, R-152, will host an Overdose Awareness Walk and Hope Expo to draw attention to the growing crisis of drug addiction in the community Sept. 30. The walk will be from 2 to 3 p.m., with registration at 1 p.m. The walk will start at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 33 Conwell Drive, Maple Glen. The expo will run from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the church. The Hope Expo is being organized with Angels in Motion. It will feature representatives from state agencies, local addiction support organizations, drug addiction rehab clinics and recovery houses. It will also include information on insurance, treatments and harm reduction. For more information, call Murt’s office at 215-674-3755.

SPCA Benefit Golf Outing and Dinner: The Montgomery County SPCA will hold its ninth annual benefit golf outing and dinner Oct. 2 at Talamore County Club, 723 Talamore Drive, Ambler. The tee time for the four-person scramble golf event will be 1 p.m., with registration beginning at 11:30 a.m. The fee is $150, and that includes lunch, cart and dinner. Following the golfing, there will be a dinner and raffle to start at approximately 5:45 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $45. This annual event is held to raise money and awareness for the MCSPCA. Registration forms for the event can be picked up at any one of the MCSPCA’s three shelter locations or at

MCCC Lively Arts Series: Montgomery County Community’s Lively Arts Series will kick off its 2018-19 season Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. in MCCC’s Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. World-renowned jazz guitarist and performer John Pizzarelli will join forces with Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Catherine Russell in the program “Billy and Blue Eyes,” a tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra. For a complete listing of the season’s performances and to order tickets, visit or call the box office at 215-641-6518.

Run Wild 5K: RSVP will holdi ts 13th annual Run Wild 5K Run and 1-Mile Animal Safari Walk Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. This is a rain or shine event. The 5K features a USAT&F certified course ending in the zoo and chip timing. Proceeds will benefit RSVP’s children’s programs and zoo conservation. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Fees: adult $30; ages 7 to 19 $15; 6 and under free. Free admission to the zoo is included with registration. Those who register will receive a free T-shirt. There will be post-race refreshments and an awards ceremony. To register, visit For more information, visit or call Bill at 610-834-1040 ext. 132.

Working Dog Demonstration: The Highlands Mansion & Gardens, 7001 Sheaff Lane, Fort Washington, will host a working dog demonstration Oct. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. This program will give an understanding of the important jobs done by canines in today’s world. The Fly-Ball skills of local dogs will also be on display. The demonstration is family-friendly, but at the request of the working dog trainers, do not bring any dogs or other pets to the property during the demonstration. This event, focusing on working dogs, will show how dogs supported families at The Highlands historically, as well as the many new and diverse roles dogs are trained to take on today. Admission is by a $20 per car parking fee. For additional information, contact The Highlands at 215-641-2687, visit or email

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

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.

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

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.


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 will be served. Fee is $12 per person and includes lesson and dancing. Information: 215-634-1101 or


Overeaters Anonymous: Do you suspect food rules your life? Overeaters Anonymous may be your answer. This is not a diet club. OA is a fellowship of people recovering from compulsive overeating. OA offers mutual support and a helpful plan of action. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins. To find a meeting in your neighborhood, visit or

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 for additional information and upcoming guest speakers/activities. 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 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 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 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) 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 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 For more information, call Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley at 215-441-3290, or visit their Web site at

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.
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.


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