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.”
Fort Washington Food Trucks & Tunes: Fort Washington Food Trucks & Tunes will be held May 26 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Camphill & Highland Athletic Complex, 1450 Highland Ave., Fort Washington. Musician Meghan Cary will perform during the event. There will be several lunch truck choices and beverages for purchase. The event is presented by Upper Dublin Township and supported by the Fort Washington Business Alliance. The event will be canceled if it rains. Memorial Day Observance: The Historical Society of Montgomery County will hold its annual Memorial Day Observance May 27 at 11 a.m. at Historic Montgomery Cemetery, 1 Hartranft Ave., Norristown. The ceremony will honor the service of soldiers and veterans interred at the cemetery, and wreaths will be laid at the monuments of several veterans. The observance will include appearances from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Color Guard as well as local Boy Scout troops and Civil War re-enactors. All members of the community are encouraged to attend the free ceremony, and light refreshments will be served at the Gatehouse following the program. For more information regarding the observance, email contact@hsmcpa. org or call 610-272-0297. Garden Railway: Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway will open for the summer season May 27. The Garden Railway, a miniature world with a quarter-mile train track running through it, is celebrating its 20th year, and its 2017 theme is “In Motion.” It will feature structures that incorporate movement in their construction such as a replica of the Morris water mill with a rotating wheel, a windmill with turning blades and an operating sensor activated train. There are several new renovations to the Garden Railway display and three new large structures installed to the permanent collection. To celebrate the opening, kids may take part in a craft activity May 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Garden Railway is open every day through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. For more information, visit morrisarboretum.org. Memorial Day Ceremony: The Daniel W. Dowling American Legion Post No. 769 and Boy Scout Troop 3 - will conduct a Memorial Day ceremony May 29 at 11 a.m. at Rose Valley Cemetery in Upper Dublin. The ceremony will include a procession of the colors by both the American Legion and the Boy Scouts, the playing of “Taps,” a gun salute by the American Legion and a few words of commemoration. Rose Valley Cemetery is located adjacent to the Upper Dublin Lutheran Church and Rose Hill Cemetery, about 200 yards from the intersection of Butler Pike and Susquehanna Road. Parking is available at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, while the ceremony is held in the section of the cemetery closest to Ambler, about 200 yards from the parking lot. Memorial Day Service: Central Schwenkfelder Church, 2111 Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, will hold its annual special Patriotic-memorial Day Sunday School program May 28 at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall to honor all the men and women who have served or are currently serving in our country’s Armed Forces. Community members are invited to wear a hat, a uniform or a symbol of the service for which they have served or are serving. Special music, speakers and a recognition of every service branch will be included in this tribute to those who have sacrificed much to protect and defend our great nation. A worship service will be held following the Patriotic Program at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. The public is also welcome to attend the annual all-church potluck picnic under the Anders Park pavilion behind the church around noon. Hot dogs will be grilling, and ice cream will be served for dessert. Bring a side dish to share. For additional information, call 610584-4480 or visit cscfamily.org. Stream Investigation: Join a freshwater stream investigation in search of aquatic wildlife at Norristown Farm Park, Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton, May 28 at 2 p.m. Collect and identify insects, fish and amphibians; all will be released unharmed. The diversity of aquatic insects will give an indication of the water quality. Wear sturdy water shoes or old sneakers. If able, please bring a net. This free program is suitable for adults and children 6 and older. Preregistration is required. Call 610-270-0215 to pre-register. Art Show: Wissahickon School District will hold its 30th annual Art Show May 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Blue Bell Elementary School, 801 Symphony Lane, Blue Bell. The community is invited to observe the artwork of students in grades K-12. Natural Procreative Technology: Friends of Fertilitycare will present a Napro Roadshow free lecture on restorative reproductive medicine for women’s health and fertility with Dr. Delia Larrauri May 31 at 7 p.m. at Holy Saviour Church, 407 E. Main St, Norristown. Attendees will learn about Natural Procreative Technology (Naprotechnology) and its many applications to women’s health. The evening will begin with the viewing of the film “Napro: A Quiet Revolution” followed by a presentation and Q&A. To register, go to the events tab of fertilitycarefriends. org or call 215 884 2922 and ask to speak with Barbara Rose. Moonlight and Roses: Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania will hold its annual fundraising gala, Moonlight and Roses, June 2 at 6 p.m. at the Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Chestnut Hill. The festivities will begin with cocktails in the Rose Garden followed by dinner and dancing under a clear-top tent. Funds raised through this year’s event will help to restore and maintain the arboretum. The gala will honor Patricia W. and Clarence Z. Wurts. Reservations are required, and space is limited. Register by calling 215-2475777 ext. 418. Guests at the benefactor and patron levels will be invited to attend a VIP reception preceding the event from 5:30 to 6 p.m and will receive premium parking. Irish Festival: The AOH Notre Dame Division will host its annual Irish Festival June 2, 3 and 4 at the St. Michael’s Picnic Grove, 203 Jacob St., Mont Clare. The festival will feature free parking, reasonably priced beverages and food and a lineup of entertainment. Ticket prices for the festival are $7 for Friday, $10 for Saturday and Sunday or $20 for the whole weekend. Children under the age of 12 are free. All proceeds from the festival go toward AOH Charities, and the festival is rain or shine. For more info on attending the festival or taking part as a vendor, call 610277-2738. New Crossfit Gym: Crossfit Kanna, a new crossfit gym at 300 Brookside Ave., Building 20, Ambler, will have its grand opening June 3. At the opening, the gym will collect donations for the Wissahickon Valley Boys & Girls Club. For more information, contact Chris Plentus at 267405-3451 or at email@example.com. Yard Sale and Bake Sale: Central Schwenkfelder Church, will hold a yard sale and bake sale June 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church parking lot, 2111 Valley Forge Road, Lansdale. Vendors can reserve their space by calling the church office at 610-584-4480. Cost: $10 per space for your car or 8-ooft table; additional $5, if you need a table to be provided. Fees will be returned if the sale is cancelled because of weather. A variety of baked goods will be sold during the event. Money from the bake sale will benefit Women’s Christian Fellowship. P.J. Lawn Memorial Blood Drive: The Lawn family and St. Genevieve parish partnered with the American Red Cross will host a community blood drive June 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Springfield Township High School’s gymnasium. The blood drive is in the honor of P.J. Lawn, a local resident who lost his life to leukemia in 2013 at the age of 19. Donations of all blood types are appreciated. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code PJ Lawn, or they can call Angie Lawn at 267312-1098. Yoga Classes: From 9 to 10:15 a.m. on four Saturdays, beginning June 3, join yoga instructor Jennifer Schelter for a yoga session in the garden at the Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia. You’ll learn the basics of yoga: breathing, mindfulness meditation, balance, strength, flexibility, core awareness and deep relaxation. All are welcome including beginners. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes. Refunds will only be given five business days before the first session of the course. No class, or attendee, substitutions are permitted. Chicken BAR-B-Q: Bethel Hill United Methodist Church, 2000 Bethel Road, Lansdale, will hold its annual Chicken BAR-B-Q from 3 to 7 p.m. June 3. Cost is $11 for adults, $5 for children under 10. Takeout will be available. There will also be a flea market. Call the church at 610-584-5936 for more information. Entertainment Night at Beth Or: The Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Or will host a Las Vegas-style evening experience June 3 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Beth Or, 239 Welsh Road, Maple Glen. The event will feature comedian, impressionist and musician Joey Vincent. There will be international cuisine prepared by Philadelphia’s Infinity Caterers, dancing and a lot of laughs. The event is open to the entire community at $50 per person. BYOB and bring your friends along to join in the fun. For additional information, call Lois Lambersky at 215-412-8687. Make checks payable to Congregation Beth Or Sisterhood, 239 Welsh Road, Maple Glen, PA 19002. Credit card payments may be made at bethor.org. Sample Fest: Mccaffrey’s Food Markets, 1301 W. Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, will hold “Sample Fest” June 3 and 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Five percent of total sales made for the entire weekend will be donated to the Centre Square Fire Company to put towards its goal of raising funds to build a new firehouse. The store has a weekend of fun-filled activities planned, including food tastings throughout the store in every department, beer tastings in the beer café, family entertainment, a raffle and a giveaway. Tony Bennett Tribute: Eddie Bruce is one of the few singers performing today who can channel, interpret and effectively project the music and the songs of Tony Bennett. Bruce, with the Tom Adams Trio, will celebrate the music of this musical legend at Ambler Act II Playhouse June 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available in advance via act2. org and/or 215-654-0300. Ambler Act II Playhouse is at 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Family Picnic: Adoptions From The Heart will host its 29th annual family picnic June 4 at Fort Washington State Park. This event will host more than 1,500 adoptive parents, birth parents and children to celebrate open adoption. Families who have adopted through AFTH, whether domestically or internationally, are invited to attend. The proceeds from this event will go toward the Expecting and Birth Parent Support Fund, which aids low-income women who are pregnant and placing a child for adoption or who have placed a child through our agency and are experiencing financial hardship. The picnic is rain or shine and will feature games, food, live music, raffles and crafts. Bret Stephen: Temple Sinai will host an evening with Bret Stephens, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 1401 N. Limekiln Pike, Dresher. The event will be a fundraiser for Temple Sinai and will include his talk and a question-and-answer session after, as well as an opportunity to meet Stephens and purchase his book, “America In Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder.” Tickets are available at tsinai. com. General admission for $36, reserved seating for $50 and patrons including a reception with Stephens prior to the talk for $150. For more information on the event, visit tsinai.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-643-6510. Nature Walk: Take a walk with the naturalist to look for hidden animals, including everything from insects to mammals, at Norristown Farm Park, Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton, June 5 at 1 p.m. Play a game, and make a camouflage craft. This program is suitable for adults and children 3 and older. There is a fee of $5 per child, and pre-registration is required. Call 610-270-0215 or email email@example.com to pre-register. Taxes in Retirement Educational Workshop: Thrive Financial Services will hold a Taxes in Retirement Educational Workshop June 8 and 14 at 7 p.m. at Wissahickon Public Library, 650 W. Skippack Pike, Blue Bell. This is a purely educational workshop, at which people can better understand the tax rules we live under, identify misconceptions about taxes in retirement, understand the tools and strategies available to retirees and how to avoid the political and stick to the actionable. Free to public. To register, contact James Kahle at James.kahle@ Thrivefinancialservices.com or 800-516-5861. Carnival: The Wyndmoor Hose Co. No. 1 will host a combined carnival, muster of antique fire apparatus and fireworks display June 13 tot 17 at the Orelandwyndmoor Little League Fields at Traymore and Gilbert avenues in Wyndmoor. The carnival will be held nightly at 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 2 p.m. until the fireworks show around 10 p.m. All are invited. For details or to learn more about the volunteer fire company, visit wyndmoorfireco. com. Fort Washington Rush Hour Run: The Fort Washington Rush Hour Run 5K or 5-mile race will take place June 14 at 6:30 p.m. starting at the Upper Dublin Township Building Parking Lot, 801 Loch Alsh Ave., Fort Washington. Cost: $30 to $45. Your race fee gets you chip timing, post-race dinner, one free beer (or non-alcoholic drink) and prizes for top finishers. All net proceeds will benefit Upper Dublin Parks and Recreation’s Summer Camp Scholarship Fund, which enables under-resourced children in Upper Dublin to attend summer camp. The race is organized by Upper Dublin Parks and Recreation and the Fort Washington Business Alliance. For information and to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 215-643-1600 or visit upperdublinrec.net. Whitpain Golf Classic: The Whitpain Golf Classic will be held June 26 at Blue Bell Country Club. Merrill Reese, the voice of the Philadelphia Eagles, is the event’s honorary chairperson. Other celebrities will play in the event. Playing spots are available for $150 per golfer. The outing will benefit the Whitpain Police Association, Centre Square Fire Company and the Stony Creek Day Camp Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit whitpainrec.com. Festival of Families: Sacred Heart Parish in Swedesburg will hold its Festival of Families July 29 and 30 in the old Sacred Heart School yard across from Sacred Heart Church, 120 Jefferson St. The festival will again have the big food lineup. The event will feature Where’s Pete and local Bridgeport group AM Radio. Children’s games will also be on the festival grounds. Class Reunion: The Wissahickon Class of 1977 will hold a 40th reunion weekend Oct. 6 to 8. The weekend will kick off Friday, Oct. 6, with the homecoming football game, Saturday night at PJS in Blue Bell and Sunday lunch catered by Pudge’s with teachers invited. Email Neil Trueblood at email@example.com or Betsy Wilson Fallen at betsyanne3@ gmail.com.
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. 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.
Bookmobile Schedule: May 30 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road, Plymouth; and May 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and May 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Willowbrook Apartments, 825 Willowbrook Drive, West Norriton. Blue Bell School of Dance: 921 Penllyn-blue Bell Pike, Blue Bell, hosts Argentine Tango Classes and a Milonga dance party every Friday evening. Lessons start at 8:30 p.m. followed by dancing at 9:30 p.m. Andrew Conway, master Argentine Tango dancer, instructor and performer and his partner Linda Chase will instruct. All levels welcome and no partner is needed. Refreshments will be served. Fee is $12 per person and includes lesson and dancing. Information: 215-634-1101 or www.amoretango.com.
For Kids & Families
Youth Sports: The Springfield Township Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting registrations for the following programs: Kidz Klubhouse Day Camp: For boys and girls ages 2 to 3. Registration ends June 4; Youth Recreation Summer Basketball: For boys and girls grades five to 10. Registration ends June 12; Martial Arts: For boys and girls ages 10 to adult. Registration ends June 12. Youth Summer Basketball League: The Springfield Township Parks and Recreation Department will hold a youth recreation summer basketball league for boys and girls in grades five to seven or grades eight to 10. Boys will play Mondays and Wednesdays; girls will play Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost: $75 resident; $85 nonresident. Players will be assigned to team. Coaches needed. Coaches meeting: May 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Springfield REC Center, 1200 E. Willow Grove Ave., Wyndmoor. Registration at springfieldmontco.org accepted until May 28 or until fill. Adult Summer Basketball League: The Oreland Summer Basketball League will run July and August in Connor James Mckelvie Park, Allison and Clement roads, Oreland. Games will be played Monday through Thursday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. League fees include at least eight games, referee and scorekeeper fees and 10 shirts. Cost: $750; registration must be done as a team. Registration deadline: June 1. Online registration at springfieldmontco.org.
Zumba: Zumba Fitness offers Zumba dance/fitness classes at Academy of Dance and Music/ BBAD Studio located at 1524 Dekalb Pike in Blue Bell (behind Sherwin Williams). Classes are offered three times a week: Tuesdays at 6 p.m., Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. For a free trial pass for your first class, email us at info@ danceandmusic.biz or call 610277-2557. For more info, visit our site at www.academyofdanceandmusic.org. Taiji: The Montessori School will offer beginners classes in Taiji and Qigong Tuesdays 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tai Chi will help you develop better balance, more flexibility and coordination. Your breath will become deeper and more even. You’ll learn how to find and release your body’s tensions. Your everyday movements will become more efficient and you will feel better and have more energy to face the day. The school is located at 1710 Jarrettown Road, Dresher. To register or for more information, call 215-572-9189. Health education: Chestnut Hill Health Systems presents the following Health Education Programs: Golden Yoga: A Breathing, Stretching and Relaxation Class Fridays, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Lea Auditorium, Chestnut Hill Hospital, 8835 Germantown Ave. Registration for four classes at a time required. Golden Yoga is Classical Yoga, adapted by the SKY Foundation, to accommodate those who have difficulty getting up and down from the floor. The program includes postures, breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques, all performed while sitting in a chair and standing. Registration required. Call 215-247-3029. Cost: $20 for 4 classes per month. Weight Loss Surgery Support Group: Fourth Wednesday of the month, 7-8 p.m. Williams Conference Room, Chestnut Hill Hospital, 8835 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. Join us for a monthly get-together where we’ll share information for those interested in weight loss surgery, learn from guest speakers discussing current news on issues including lifestyle modification, nutrition and exercise and provide ongoing support for those who have completed surgery. Registration required. Call 215753-2000. Breast Cancer Networking Group: Fourth Tuesday of the month 5:30 to 7 p.m. Williams Conference Room, Chestnut Hill Hospital, 8835 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. A free, confidential support group for women living with a diagnosis of breast cancer designed to provide a forum for sharing information, feelings and concerns associated with breast cancer. Facilitated by Tish Wakefield, LCSW, oncology Social Worker. Registration required. To register or for more information, call 215-248-8047. New Moms Support Groups: Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. to noon; contact Jeanine O’rourke, MSW or 2:30 to 4 p.m.; contact Susan Schack, PH.D Volunteer Conference Room, Chestnut Hill Hospital, 8835 Germantown Ave. The Center for Postpartum Depression at Chestnut Hill Hospital is pleased to offer two new support groups to support new moms. Both groups will be run by experienced mental health professionals who really “get it” when it comes to new motherhood and juggling relationships, extended family, work/family balance and self-care. If you are experiencing “new mom challenges” that often heighten anxiety and involve hormonally driven depression, join us for an informative and supportive forum to connect with other moms. Infants are welcome. $30 per session (flexible based on need). Registration is required. Call Dr. Schack, 646-265-2484, or Ms. o’rourke, 215-206-2931. Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group: Third Thursday of the month 8-9 a.m. Williams Conference Room, Chestnut Hill Hospital, 8835 Germantown Ave. A networking group for men diagnosed with prostate cancer designed to provide education, support and encouragement. Spouses and partners welcome. Harry M. Baer, MD, Chief, Urology Division, will host “Ask the Doctor.” Registration required. Call 215-248-8325. PUPS (People Understanding Parkinson’s): Meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Find peace in a self-help group for those adjusting to a new diagnosis or dealing with early stages of Parkinson’s Disease. Group meets at the community center at the Giant Supermarket, 315 York Road, Willow Grove. For more information, or to RSVP, call Lorna R. Glassman at 215-542-2931.Holy Redeemer Homecare and Hospice seeks compassionate and emotionally mature volunteers to provide support to local hospice patients and their families in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Volunteers may also assist with pet therapy and administrative work within the hospice department and are requested to have daytime availability. Hospice patient care volunteers visit with patients in their homes or nursing facilities once a week for two to three hours. They provide emotional support and companionship to patients and family members, assist with errands or provide respite for caregivers. Bereavement volunteers support the families of hospice patients following the loss of a loved one, while administrative volunteers assist with typing, mailings and/ or filing. Hospice care workers provide a great service to families and loved ones of hospice patients. Many volunteers also report a great deal of personal satisfaction as a result of their services. Patient care and bereavement volunteers complete an application and attend an 18-hour volunteer training program that covers the medical, psychological and spiritual aspects of hospice volunteering. Day and evening training programs are offered. To sign up for volunteer opportunities in Pennsylvania, contact Holy Redeemer Volunteer Coordinator Jean Francis at 215-698-3737 or email jfrancis@holyredeemer. com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and upcoming guest speakers/activities. Visithdsa. org for additional HD information and resources. Recovery group meetings: Fairview Village Church hosts addiction support/recovery group meetings. Men’s A to Z is a Biblical support/recovery group that is open to men 18 years and over. Women’s Christian 12 Step support/recovery group is open to all women 18 years and over. Parents of Addicted Adult Children is a Christ-centered support group for parents who struggle with addicted adult children. We meet on Monday evenings at 6:45 p.m. at 3044 West Germantown Pike, Eagleville. You are welcome to join at any time.