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Central Montgomery County community calendar: Week of Sept. 30

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.

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.

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 through Oct. 6 during regular library hours. Bags are provided. All proceeds will benefit the Lower Providence Community Library.

Project FeederWatch: The library will host Project FeederWatch Oct. 16 at 6:30 p m. Project FeederWatch is a 30-year joint collaboration between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada. It is a winter survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas and other locales in North America. ll you need to participate is a bird feeder, birdbath or plantings that attract birds. From early November to early April, participants can count birds as often as every week (for as little as 15 minutes each day for two consecutive days) but are not required to count every week. FeederWatchers then enter their bird count data on the Project FeederWatch website. Longtime program participants Vince Smith and Pat Nastase will provide an overview of the program. 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.

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.

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

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

“Outside Mullingar”: The Stagecrafters, 8130 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill, will stage “Outside Mullingar” Sept. 27, 28 and 29. Performances will be on Thursdays, 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.

National Public Lands Day Cleanup: In recognition of National Public Lands day, Friends of the Wissahickon will hold a cleanup effort Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Andorra Meadow. Volunteers will help with trail restoration, drainage improvements and tread stabilization. Volunteers should meet at the upper Andorra parking lot on Northwestern Avenue off Ridge Ave. Parking is limited, so consider parking near Northwestern Stables on the Chestnut Hill side and then walking up the road past the Wissahickon Environmental Center Tree House. The event is open to the public. Registration is recommended in case of cancellation. The event will be canceled in the event of heavy rain, thunder and lighting, high winds, etc. Visit FOW’s Facebook page for updates. Cancelations will be posted by 8 a.m. on the day of the event. For more information, contact FOW Volunteer Coordinator Shawn Green at

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.

Korean Harvest Festival: Morris Arboretum will celebrate traditional and modern Korean culture during its Korean harvest Festival Saturday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees can discover this Asian country’s way of life through music, dance, food sampling and garden tours that highlight Korea’s native plants. Experience Korean arts by entertainers from the Korean Traditional Music of Philadelphia and by two University of Pennsylvania student groups. Korean Traditional Music of Philadelphia will present drum and dance performances at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Penn DuRe, a traditional drum troupe of Penn students, will perform at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Penn Sori, an a capella singing group of Penn students, will perform at noon and 2 p.m. In between music sets, learn about plants that are native to Korea on a 45-minute tour of the 92-acre botanical collection. Led by Arboretum Guides, tours will begin at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Before and after the walking tour, sample complimentary Korean food favorites, such as kim chi and Asian pears, while supplies last. This event is made possible by a grant from the University of Pennsylvania’s Provost Interdisciplinary Arts Fund. This event is included with garden admission. Morris Arboretum is located at 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Chestnut Hill.

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

Brick-or-Treat Weekends: LegoLand Discovery Center Philadelphia will host its second annual Brick-or-Treat celebration every Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 29 to 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. On Oct. 6 and 7, guests can expect a meet and greet with an owl, snake and tarantula from Elmwood Park Zoo, and on Oct. 20 and 21, there will be a special appearance from the pirates of the Independence Seaport Museum. Rates vary based on time and day of entry. Guests entering the attraction must have at least one child (age 17 and under) in their party to visit the attraction. Tickets booked in advance guarantee entry. For more information or to purchase tickets online, 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

Black & White Gala: The Chestnut Hill Community Association will hold its annual Black & White Gala Saturday, Oct. 6, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Under the Tent, 8835 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill. Dance the night away with live music from the Rich Posmontier Ensemble while enjoying local beer, wine, spirits and hors d’oeuvres. Best masque and black tie preferred. Tickets: $95 per person, $90 for Chestnut Hill Community Association (CHCA) Members. The gala helps fund popular CHCA community events including the Pastorius Park Concerts and Movies Under the Stars. Attendees can also bring art supplies to support the Gala Jenks Academy of the Arts and Sciences. To purchase tickets, 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 from Saturday, Oct. 6, through Tuesday, Oct. 31. Visitors of all ages may vote for t