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. 215-6437775. Your Family History/genealogy: Call for appointment; 267-626-4437 or email Conniebriggs@comcast.net. 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
Homeopathic Study Group: The Homeopathic Study Group of Central Montgomery County Free Lecture Series is held 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Lois Trave at 215-870-7232 or loisptrave@ comcast. Parenting Group: Join other parents looking for natural ways to improve the health for themselves and their children. This is a Pathways Connect group so we will be discussing articles listed in the Pathways Connect magazine offered by the Int’s Chiropractic Ped Association. Join us to learn more and meet other like-minded parents. The meetings takes place once a month on a Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. Space is limited, so please RSVP at mbodychiropractic@gmail. com or by calling 267-462-4911. www.mbodychiropractic.com. Letip Of Blue Bell: Weekly meetings every Thursday at 7 a.m. at Manufacturers’ Country Club in Dresher. Letip of Blue Bell is an active and successful business networking group founded under the principles of Letip International Inc. Letip of Blue Bell’s mission is to provide meaningful and successful business leads. Letip of Blue Bell members pride ourselves on holding all of our members to exacting standards of competence and service. Quite simply, we are the best of the best. Our members, all of whom are accomplished and respected in their given areas of business, work together to build each others businesses and increase the bottom line. Members introduce one another to new clients and customers who need a specific service and are expecting a call from a Letip member who can provide that service. The chapter serves as your sales force, bringing new business to you! No more cold calling, just warm leads. To learn more, visit www. letipbluebell.com. Sixty Plus or Minus Seniors Club: Meets the second Thursday of each month at 12:15 p.m. Retirees are invited to become part of the 60 Plus or Minus Seniors Club at Christ’s Lutheran Church, 700 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Oreland. Good food, delicious desserts and friendly people make for a pleasant time. For information, call Christ’s Lutheran Church at 215-8864612. 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 610584-4855. BNI Ambler Chapter: Meets every Thursday at Talamore Country Club for a networking meeting and would like to extend the invitation. Meetings are from 7-8:30 a.m. The only cost to attend is the cost of your meal. For information or a reservation to attend, please call Steve Skolnick at 215-285-7337, or visit www.bnidvr.com and click on the menu item “Find a Chapter.”
Juried Art Exhibit: The Art Center at Ambler will host an Open Juried Art Exhibit where artists in our community will be invited to display their work in the fields of painting, ceramics and photography/ graphics April 28, 29 and 30 at the Art Center at Ambler, 45 Forest Ave., Ambler. Local quilting groups will also have their handiwork on display. The goal is to raise awareness of the new nonprofit art center and to engage the community in helping to make the new art center a success. The opening reception will be held April 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. Awards for the best entries in the fields of painting, ceramics and photography/graphics will be presented at the closing reception April 30. For more information, call the Art Center at Ambler at 215-6198863 or email email@example.com. MCCC Open Houses: Montgomery County Community College will hold open houses this spring, and students who attend will be eligible to win a scholarship for a three-credit course. The Central Campus, 340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, will host an open house April 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. The Central Campus open house will provide information about the college’s associate degree and certificate programs, an opportunity to meet faculty members, as well as information about the admissions process, paying for college, student success programs, academic support, transfer opportunities, the University Center and student organizations and clubs. To register, visit mc3.edu/springopenhouse or call 215-628-2969 for Central Campus. Arbor Day: The Springfield Township Shade Tree Commission will celebrate Arbor Day by conducting a tree planting workshop April 29 at the township’s open space area at 500 Hemlock Road, Flourtown. This year’s program will include a tree planting ceremony and short discussion about the proper care and maintenance of trees. Pre-register now by contacting the township receptionist at 215-836-7600 to receive a tree compliments of the Board of Commissioners of Springfield Township. The following trees are available in limited quantities: Swamp White Oak Quercus bicolor, Fringe Tree Chionanthus virginicus, Sweetbay Magnolia Magnolia virginia and Eastern Redbud Cersis canadensis. Trees are available to Springfield Township residents only, with preference given to those households who have not received a complimentary tree as part of a prior year Arbor Day celebration. Residents must be present in order to receive a tree. Be sure to bring a vehicle large enough to transport a 3- to 5-gallon tree. Forget Me Knot 5K: Foulkeways at Gwynedd 1120 Meetinghouse House Road, Gwynedd, will host its second annual Forget Me Knot 5K and 1-mile walk April 29 beginning at 9 a.m. The proceeds from this event will benefit residents in Montgomery County, as well as surrounding counties and Foulkeways residents, by bringing personalized music on ipods to those who may be caring for family members dealing with severe memory loss. All ages are welcome. Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children 16 years old and under. To register, visit foulkeways.org, call 215283-7339 or email Kimberlym@ Foulkeways.org. Space is limited to the first 300 registrants. Cheerleaders will line the running and walking route with cowbells, rain or shine. Arbor Day Family Day: Morris Arboretum will hold its Arbor Day Family Day April 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event, open to all visitors, is free with garden admission and also gives fourthand fifth-grade Girl Scouts the opportunity to earn their “Flowers” badge. For more information, call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org. Norristown Remembered — The Art of Frank Batson: The Historical Society of Montgomery County will hold a new exhibition in its gallery through April 29. “Norristown Remembered” will feature Frank Batson’s paintings of Norristown and the surrounding region. The exhibit is open during our normal hours of operation and is free and open to the public. The Historical Society is open Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 8 p.m. For Saturday hours, call 610-2720297. Drug Take Back Day: A Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held April 29 in Montgomery County. Unused and unneeded drugs can be disposed of at police departments throughout Montgomery County, including the Whitpain Police Department, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prescription tablets and capsules, over-the-counter tablets and capsules, liquid medications, inhalers and pet medications can be disposed of in the lobby of the police department. Intravenous medicines, injectable solutions and needles cannot be accepted. Wine Tasting: The Highlands Mansion & Gardens will hold a tasting of regional wines accompanied by especially selected cheeses and hors d’oeuvres April 29 from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Highlands on Sheaff Lane in Fort Washington. Sommelier Mike Conti will guide guests and to discuss the characteristics of each wine. Dress is business casual, and there will be valet parking. Admission is $75 per person and is by advance reservation. Proceeds from this event will support the restoration and maintenance of the Highlands Mansion. For reservations and additional information, visit highlandshsitorical.org or call 215-641-2687. Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard Spring Benefit: The Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard Spring Benefit will be held April 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 530 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Washington.there will be a cocktail hour, dinner, cash bar, raffle baskets, silent auction, 50⁄50 and entertainment. The guest speaker will be Steve Elliot, chairman of the Baden Powell District of the Cradle of Liberty. Cost: $70 per person. For more information, call 215-628-3002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Rotary Pancake Breakfast: The Blue Bell Rotary Club will hold a pancake breakfast April 30 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the Manor House at Prophesy Creek 205 W. Skippack Pike, Ambler. The event will feature carnivalthemed entertainment. Meet Elmo, face painters, magicians and clowns. All proceeds to benefit our township’s emergency response provider, Second Alarmers Rescue Squad. Tickets: $8 adults, $5 children (10 and under). Advance tickets available at the Whitpain Township Administration Building, 960 Wentz Road, Blue Bell, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 610-4205162 or email lisa.a.miller99@ gmail.com. Independence Sinfonia: The Independence Sinfonia, under the direction of guest conductor, Daniel Matsukawa, principal bassoon of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will perform a concert April 30 at 3 p.m. at Congregation Or Hadash, 190 Camp Hill Road, Fort Washington. The program will feature Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with soloist Juliette Kang, first associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Admission to the concert is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, free for children under the age of 12. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased at independence-sinfonia.org. For more information, call 215-8362240. May Day: Norristown Farm Park will celebrate May Day May 1 at 1 p.m. Celebrate the first day of May in the traditional way with a dance around the maypole. Explore flowers, birds, baby animals and other spring things with the park naturalist. Participants will also make a seasonal craft. This event is appropriate for children ages 3 and older accompanied by an adult and costs $5 per child. Pre-registration is required. To reserve your spot, call 610-2700215. Participants and staff will meet at the pavilions. Norristown Farm Park is located at Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike in East Norriton. A Conversation with Robert Whitaker: The Montgomery County Hearing Voices Network will hold A Conversation with Robert Whitaker: Challenging the Brain-illness Narrative – Shifting the Paradigm May 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) in the Science Center, Room 214, at Montgomery County Community College, 340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell. Whitaker is an American journalist and author who has won numerous awards as a journalist covering medicine and science, including the George Polk Award for Medical Writing and a National Association for Science Writers’ Award for best Magazine article. All are welcome. No registration necessary. Call Mary Fala at 484-681-9432 with any questions. Norristown Garden Club Spring Flower Show: The Norristown Garden Club will have a Spring Flower Show May 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Central Montco Technical High School. The show’s name is “Technically Speaking,” and the theme highlights the curriculum of the high school. The school’s landscape design class will be entering a design in the show. Another special feature will be an exhibit of Ikabana designs presented by the Sogetsu Bux-mont Study Group. There will be unique design entries by Norristown Garden Club members and horticulture entries from members and other schools. The show is free and open to the public. For more information, visit norristowngardenclub.org or call 610 630-6821. Comedy Show: The Wissahickon Fire Company, 245 Race St., Ambler, will hold a Cinco de Mayo Comedy Show May 5 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Jon Koppel, Shane Gillis, Chip Chantry and Jessica Reed. Cost: $20 per ticket. Night Life Program: Peter Wentz Farmstead, 2030 Shearer Road, Lansdale, will host an exploration of night life in an 18thcentury home May 5. Guided tours will be offered at set times throughout the evening, starting at 7:30 p.m. Preregistration is required for this special program. Call 610-584-5104 to reserve a spot today. For more information, call the Peter Wentz Farmstead at 610-584-5104 or visit montcopa.org/peterwentzfarmstead. Market Day: The Wissahickon Valley Historical Society will hold a Market Day May 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 1895 School located at 799 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell. The sale will include plants (hanging baskets, flowers, planters, vegetables and herbs), books, jewelry, old vinyls, small antiques, household items and baked goods. The sale will benefit the Franklinville School, the society’s one-room schoolhouse built in 1858. Ladies Tea and Vintage Fashion Show: Ambler Mennonite Church, 90 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave., Ambler, will host a Ladies Tea and Vintage Fashion Show May 6 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event will feature a presentation of “Fabulous Fashions of the 20th Century” featuring a slideshow of historic fashion and displays of clothing and accessories from all eras of the 20th century. Jessica Clair, local vintage clothing enthusiast with a behavioral science background, will discuss ways women’s fashions of the 20th century reflected larger changes in women’s roles throughout the century. Enjoy traditional tea time treats of dainty tea sandwiches, scones and cakes, fresh fruit salad and a fine selection of teas or pink lemonade for the young ladies. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Proceeds to benefit Inter-faith Housing Alliance of Ambler. To reserve your place, call 215-643-4876 or email email@example.com. Academy Chorale and Orchestra: The Academy Chorale and Orchestra will close its 20th anniversary season with a musical tribute to the “Pioneer Spirit of America” May 6 at 3 p.m. at the Upper Dublin High School Performing Arts Center, 800 Loch Alsh Ave., Fort Washington. Tickets are available at the door: adults $20; seniors $15; students $5; children under 12 free. Science of Flight: Morris Arboretum’s Discovery Series will continue May 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the Science of Flight at Seven Arches. Explore the science of aerodynamics by designing sleek paper airplanes that will glide high above the Seven Arches Bridge. Free with regular garden admission. For more information, visit morrisarboretum.org. Faerie Festival: The Highlands Mansion & Gardens, 7001 Sheaff Lane, Fort Washington, will hold a Faerie Festival May 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. Children age 3 to 9 and their families will be enchanted by the fairy-themed activities in the Sinkler Garden. Children may arrive ready to receive faerie wings and a dance wand, have the opportunity to enjoy a fairy story readings, followed by faerie-inspired music and dance. The afternoon’s activities will include building a faerie house, dressing a faerie doll and enjoying faerie refreshments. Admission is $10 for each child and $5 for each adult. Reservations required by May 2. Visit highlandshistorical. org/events-calendar or call The Highlands at 215-641-2687 for additional information. Birding by Ear: Learn to identify bird species by listening to their calls and songs during a program on birding by ear May 7 at 8 a.m. at Norristown Farm Park. Participants will search for warblers, vireos, flycatchers, thrushes, as well as common species on this bird walk that emphasizes hearing over seeing. This event is appropriate for adults and children ages 7 and older. This is a free event, but pre-registration is required. To reserve your spot, call 610-2700215. Meet in parking lot No. 2, and bring binoculars if you have them. Norristown Farm Park entrance: Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton. Wissahickon Valley Historical Society: The Wissahickon Valley Historical Society invites the public to a meeting May 8 at 7 p.m. at the Blue Bell branch of the Wissahickon Valley Public Library, 650 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell. The program will be Alexander Hamilton presented by Gene Pisasale, historian and author. Worcester Historical Society Open House: The Worcester Historical Society will hold its Spring Open House with a free presentation of Central Montgomery Quilts 1840-1940, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Farmers’ Union Hall at the corner of routes 73 and 363 (Skippack Pike and Valley Forge roads), Center Point. Donations are appreciated. For more information, visit worcesterhistorical.org. Introduction to Genealogy: The Historical Society of Montgomery County will host an Introduction to Genealogy workshop presented by genealogist Rose Brown at the Historical Society of Montgomery County. This four-week workshop, which will include basic research tips for tracing ancestry, will run on four consecutive Tuesdays, May 9 through May 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. Workshop seating is limited; pre-registration is required. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a non-refundable materials fee of $10 for society members and $40 for non-members. The Historical Society of Montgomery County, located at 1654 Dekalb St., Norristown, is handicapped accessible; limited off-street parking is available behind headquarters. To register or for more information, call the society at 610-272-0297 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. “The Addams Family”: The Dramateurs Inc. will open its 83rd season with “The Addams Family” through May 13 at The Barn Playhouse, 1700 Christopher Lane, Jeffersonville. Tickets for the Dramateurs’ production are $20, with a $2 discount for seniors (65 and over) and students. Reservations can be made by visiting barnplayhouse.org, by contacting the box office at 610-5392276 or visit the box office one hour prior to performance. A post-show discussion with cast and production staff will be held following the performance May 5. The Barn Playhouse is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available and free of charge. Ladies of Selma Mansion: The Norristown Preservation Society will present a special free living history event for Mother’s Day weekend May 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic Selma Mansion, 1301 West Airy St., Norristown. Meet the women who made Historic Selma Mansion a home from 1794 to 1980. Cindy Pierson will be on hand to demonstrate spinning and wool-craft. Living history guide and author K.B. Inglee will show how to operate a drop spindle, rushlight, quills and other historical objects. Learn how mothers used herbs to nurse their families back to health. Churn butter. Handle and try on historic clothing. Take a tour of the mansion to hear about the lives of the women who lived there. More activities for children and adults. This is an open house; come anytime during the event. Admission is free. Donations gratefully accepted for the restoration of Selma Mansion. Native Plant Sale: The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy will hold a native plant sale at the historic Peter Wentz Farmstead, 2030 Shearer Road, Lansdale, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Follow the signs to the main parking lot, and then walk to the sale location to buy regionally appropriate plants and also get some free expert advice on how to keep your garden healthy. After making your purchases, walk over to the historic area to learn about similar plants and their uses during the 1700s. The sale will provide buyers with expert advice, free native gardening information and a great variety of native vines, ferns, shrubs, trees, flowers and grasses for sale. The Farmstead will also have a make and take sachet project for those that venture into the historic area to learn more about the site and uses of plants in the past. For more information about this program and others, call the Peter Wentz Farmstead at 610-584-5104 or visit montcopa.org/peterwentzfarmstead. Luncheon and Fashion Show: The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation will hold a luncheon and dashion show May 13 at 11:30 a.m. at Green Valley Country Club, 201 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill. The EPC will present fashions by Berta Sawyer. Professional show by BOC Productions. Cost: $55 per adult guest, $30 for children 13 and under. For ticket sales or questions, contact the NHF Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter office at 484-445-4282. All proceeds from the event go to The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation.