Central Montgomery County community calendar: Week of April 28 (2024)

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Special Events

Arbor Day Celebration: The Springfield Township Shade Tree Commission will celebrate Arbor Day April 27 at 9 a.m. at the Springfield Township Municipal Complex, 1510 Paper Mill Road, Wyndmoor. This year’s program will include a tree planting ceremony, a demonstration of proper tree planting techniques and a presentation from the Penn State Cooperative Extension about the spotted lantern fly. The township will donate trees to the first 30 residents who preregister to attend the event. Preregister by April 26 at 3 p.m. or until trees are exhausted by calling 215-836-7600.

Paper Shredding Event: State Rep. Joe Webster, D-150, will host a free paper shredding event April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at Ambler Savings Bank, 3009 W. Germantown Pike, Eagleville. Residents can bring up to three bags or boxes of paper containing personal information, such as canceled or unused checks, bank or credit card statements or tax records, to have them shredded on site. For more information, call Webster’s office at 484-200-8263.

Creek Cleanup: The Friends of the Wissahickon is seeking volunteers to help keep Wissahickon Valley Park clean and beautiful. Extra hands are needed to remove fallen branches and other tree debris, clear trash and recycling and conduct trail work and planting during upcoming FOW Volunteer Service Days. No experience is necessary. FOW will provide the instruction, tools and gloves. The annual Creek Cleanup will take place April 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join FOW and partners at the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association to help clean the Wissahickon Creek in the northernmost part of the park. Meet at Harper’s Meadow. After the cleanup, all volunteers are invited to the Talkin’ Trash Picnic. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fort Washington State Park. Super-Mega Volunteer Service Day, celebrating FOW’s 95th anniversary, will take place June 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with volunteer projects in 10 different locations. Service days are open to the public. Registration is recommended in case of cancellation in the event of heavy rain, thunder and lighting, high winds, etc. For more information and to register, visit fow.org/workinthepark.

Designer Bag Bingo: A designer bag bingo fundraiser to benefit the Community Ambulance Association of Ambler will take place April 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Community Ambulance Association of Ambler, 1414 E. Butler Pike, Ambler. Individual tickets cost $30 each. For more information, visit amblerambulance.org.

Flag Retirement Ceremony: Join local Boy Scout troops, volunteer firefighters and other community members as the Historical Society of Montgomery County holds its annual flag retirement ceremony April 27 at 7 p.m. on the grounds of Montgomery Cemetery, 1 Hartranft Ave., Norristown.

Looking at Ambler: The art exhibit Looking at Ambler, featuring artwork by Germantown Academy students, will be on display through April 28 at Cellini Studios and Gallery, 113 N. Poplar St., Ambler. For more information, visit cellinistudios.com.

Spotted Lanternfly Program: The Morris Arboretum will host a program of music and dance to raise awareness about the spotted lanternfly April 28 at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. The Relache Ensemble, in partnership with Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, will present a 25-minute multimedia program of music and dance celebrating the natural world and raising awareness about environmental issues impacting southeastern Pennsylvania. The performances will take place at the grassy area next to the Summer House below the Rose Garden. Included with garden admission.

Earth Week Project: Join a park ranger in an effort to free trees from vines and remove invasive plants from a section of Norristown Farm Park April 28 at 1 p.m. Some native species will be planted. Individuals, families, Scouts and other groups are welcome. Bring work gloves. Loppers, pruning tools and trowels are helpful if you have them. Learn to identify native and non-native plant species. Meet at the park office. This free program is appropriate for adults and children ages 9 and up. Preregistration is preferred by calling 610-270-0215 or emailing rking2@montcopa.org. Norristown Farm Park is located at Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton.

Sustainable Movie Series: The Pennypack Farm & Education Center will present the final film in its annual Sustainable Movie Series, “Eating Animals,” April 30, at Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Pike, Ambler. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with vendors; the film will start at 7:30 p.m. with a question-and-answer session to follow. Cost: $12; $10 for students and theater members. For more information, visit amblertheater.org or pennypackfarm.org.

Ridge Pike Improvement Project Public Meeting: The Montgomery County Planning Commission will hold a public meeting on the Ridge Pike Improvement Project April 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barren Hill Fire Hall, 647 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill. The Ridge Pike Improvement Project, which is divided into four sections, will involve major reconstruction of Ridge Pike between Norristown and Philadelphia. This public meeting will focus only on Section C, which is in the preliminary design phase and will extend between Harmon Road in Plymouth Township and Crescent Avenue in Whitemarsh Township. There will be a short presentation at 6:20 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to review the preliminary concept in more detail and share comments with the project team to help inform the final design going forward.

Norristown Garden Club Scholarship: The Norristown Garden Club is offering scholarships to residents of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania enrolled in full-time, horticulture-related programs. Non-residents will be considered if attending a full-time, horticulture-related program at an academic institution in the above Pennsylvania counties. Horticulture-related fields may include agriculture education, agronomy, botany, conservation, environmental concerns, floriculture, horticulture, land management, landscape architecture and plant pathology. To obtain an application, visit norristowngardenclub.org/ngc/index.php/scholarship-application. The deadline for applications is April 30.

Montgomery County Police Officers Memorial Fund Service: The Montgomery County Police Officers Memorial Fund will conduct its annual service in remembrance of those officers who have given their lives in the course of their duties throughout the history of Montgomery County May 3 from noon to approximately 12:45 p.m. at the monument on the southwest corner of the Montgomery County Courthouse plaza, Airy and Swede streets, Norristown.

Forget Me Knot 5K Run/Walk: Foulkeways at Gwynedd will hold its Forget Me Knot 5K Run/Walk or 1-Mile Walk May 4 from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the Foulkeways campus, 1120 Meetinghouse Road, Gwynedd. Proceeds will sport Foulkeways’ Music and Memory outreach and Opening Minds Through Art and SAIDO Learning programs.

Saturday Morning Live Tour: Morris Arboretum will host its Saturday Morning Live Tour Series May 4 at 11 a.m. Led by experienced guides, this tour will highlight a different feature of the garden on the first Saturday of each month May through December. The May tour, Dogs and Barks, will feature the dogwood species. Guests also will compare and contrast the artistry of barks on a variety of trees. The tour will begin at the Widener Visitor Center. No registration is required. Tour is included with garden admission. Morris Arboretum is locted at 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Chestnut Hill. For more information, visitmorrisarboretum.org.

Upper Dublin Tricentennial Parade: Upper Dublin Township will hold a parade to mark its tricentennial May 4 at 5 p.m. For more information, visit udt300.com.

Opera High Notes: The Academy Community Concerts Association will present a concert May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Dublin High School Performing Arts Center in Fort Washington. This concert will be a farewell concert for the association’s director, Michael Kemp. He will conduct opera excerpts by the music organization he founded 23 years ago. Highlights will include Wagner’s Tannhauser, Beethoven’s King Stephen, Verdi’s Nabucco and Aida, Bizet’s Carmen, Borodin’s Prince Igor and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. The public is invited to this farewell concert. Admission at the door: adults $20; seniors $15; students $5; children under 12 free.

Feline Spay Day: The Montgomery County SPCA will host a feline spay day May 4 at its location at 19 E. Ridge Pike, Conshohocken. The purpose of this program is to help alleviate feline over-population and prevent future health problems by offering an inexpensive day of spaying and neutering domestic felines. Advance appointments must be made as space is limited to 30 female cats and 30 male cats. Call 610-825-0111 to schedule the appointment. Rabies vaccination will be provided for the cat if it is not up to date. Each cat must be in a sturdy plastic pet taxi carrier with towels inside. The carrier must be clearly marked with the owner’s name, address and phone number and the sex of the animal. One cat per carrier. This program is for domestic cats only. The cost is $30. This must be paid at the time of dropoff, cash or check only. Limited to two cats per household. Limited to Montgomery County residents. For more information, call 610-825-0111.

Spring Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants: Join the park naturalist at Norristown Farm Park May 5 at 2 p.m. in a search for wild edible and medicinal plants. Learn about the history of their use, the nutritional value, how to prepare them for eating and what plants to stay away from. Meet in parking lot No. 3. This free program is appropriate for adults and children ages 12 and up. Preregistration is required by calling 610-270-0215 or emailing Ruth King at rking2@montcopa.org. Norristown Farm Park is located at Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton.

Independence Sinfonia Concert: The Independence Sinfonia, under the direction of Music Director Daniel Matsukawa, will perform a concert May 5 at 3 p.m. at the Arts Center at Germantown Academy, 340 Morris Road, Fort Washington. The concert will feature David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The program also will include Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and free for students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at independence-sinfonia.org. For more information, call 215-915-0747 or email wfullard@temple.edu.

Classical and Jazz Music Performance: Area performers Barbara Golden and Dawn Pratson will perform a classical and jazz music performance May 5 at 4 p.m. at St. Jude and the Nativity Episcopal Church, 203 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill. There will be a singalong at the end of the 90-minute performance. Refreshments will follow the performance. This free event is open to the public. For more information, contact the church at 610-941-6666.

Music in the Sanctuary: Tiferet Bet Israel Synagogue, 1920 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, will present its 2019 Music in the Sanctuary series. The series will kick off May 5 at 4 p.m. with Sung & Strung, a classical program featuring TBI Cantor Elizabeth Shammash, mezzo-soprano, and Allen Krantz, a frequent TBI guest performer, on guitar. The series will continue May 11 at 8 p.m. when TBI will host its third Music Cafe Live program. The evening will feature pop singer-songwriters Scot Sax and Bonnie Warren and Herding Cats, a four-member Americana roots rock band founded by Marc Bernstein, a TBI congregant. Tickets for Sung and Strung can be purchased at tbibluebell.org for $25 or at the door for $30. Admission includes a post-concert reception. Tickets for TBI Music Cafe Live can be purchased in advance for $15 and $20 at the door. Admission includes appetizers, beverages and dessert. For more information, call TBI at 610-275-8797.

Narcan Training and Kit Distribution: D.A.V.E. (Drug Addiction oVerdose Education Inc.) will provide a free Narcan training and kit distribution session May 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish, 259 Forest Ave., Ambler. Narcan restores breathing during an overdose from heroin or other opioids. Kits and trainings are free. Reservations are required, and signups are limited. To register, individuals should send their name to davewarriors73@gmail.com and indicate that they are interested in attending the Ambler training session. Once the event is full, individuals can join a waiting list for a future event or attend another event. For more information, visit facebook.com/drug.addiction.overdose.education.

Adopt a Tree Event: The Upper Dublin Shade Tree Commission will hold an Adopt a Tree Day May 11 from 8 to 9 a.m. in front of the Upper Dublin Township Building, 801 Loch Alsh Ave., Fort Washington. The container trees will range in height from 3 to 5 feet. One hundred-plus native trees will be given out for free (one tree per property) on a first-come, first-served basis to Upper Dublin residents, business operators and property owners who would like to adopt a tree for planting in Upper Dublin Township. Although the trees will be offered without charge, in order for the Shade Tree Commission to continue this program, donations are requested and greatly appreciated at the time of adoption. Cash or checks (payable to “Upper Dublin Township”) only. For more information, email shadetree.commission@upperdublin.net.

Boy Scout Troop 3 Open House: Ambler-based Boy Scout Troop 3 will host an open house May 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 708 S. Bethlehem Pike, Ambler. Youths age 11 to 17 can learning about the many adventures Scouting can offer, including hiking, camping, canoeing, friendship and service. Troop meetings are held every Monday at the church. All are welcome, and no experience is necessary. For more information, visit troop3ambler.com.

Wissahickon Valley Historical Society Program: The Wissahickon Valley Historical Society invites the public to a meeting on May 13 at 7 p.m. at the 1895 Schoolhouse, 799 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell. The program will be The Words of Abraham Lincoln: The Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address, presented by Russ Bellavance. He will lead a review of these documents that are so deeply a part of the American Experience.

Upper Dublin Medals Reception and Ceremony: The Upper Dublin Medals Planning Committee cordially invites you the public attend the 35th annual Upper Dublin Medals Reception and Ceremony May 15 at Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club, 511 Dreshertown Road, Fort Washington. A co*cktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. and the awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. The reception will feature music by the Sophisticated Strings of Upper Dublin High School, light fare and a cash bar. Complimentary valet parking service will be available. Reservations are $25/person in advance at udefoundation.org (preferred; registration deadline: May 10) and $30 at the door.

2019 Chestnut Hill Great Houses Tour: The Chestnut Hill Conservancy and the Chestnut Hill Community Association will present the 2019 Chestnut Hill Great Houses Tour May 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. Registration will takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, Chestnut Hill. Tour attendees will explore five Chestnut Hill homes, representing many different architectural styles. All of these homes have been adapted for contemporary living while embracing the community’s history and landscape. The hosts at each house will include not only the owners but also the architects, designers and contractors. Attendees will receive a map with home locations when they check in. Tickets are $40 for non-members, $35 for members of either the conservancy or community Association and $25 for members of both the conservancy and community association. For tickets, visit chestnuthillcommunity.ticketleap.com/2019-great-houses-tour or mail a check to Chestnut Hill Conservancy, 8708 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118.

Community Swim: The Wissahickon School District will offer free community swim times in the Wissahickon High School natatorium Wednesday nights from 8 to 9 p.m. through May 22. The lap swims are open to adults 21 and older who are residents of the school district. No noodles or recreational flotation devices are allowed. No registration is necessary. For more information, contact Kristina D’Amore at 215-619-8000 ext. 8090 or kdamore@wsdweb.org.

Bethany’s Walk and 5K Run: Bethany Christian Services, a family preservation and adoption nonprofit, will hold the Bethany’s Walk and 5K Run June 1 at Fort Washington State Park, 6248 Joshua Road, Fort Washington. The event will feature a one-mile walk, a chip-timed 5K run, kids’ fun runs, face painting, crafts, prizes and free food. Check-in and on-site registration will open at 7:45 a.m., with the 5K run kicking off at 8:30 a.m., and the 1-mile walk beginning shortly after. After these events, participants will be treated to complimentary refreshments, music and door prize drawings. The fun runs for kids will begin around 10:30 a.m. Proceeds will help support children who have experienced trauma and loss. Participants can register at BethanyTristateWalkRun.org. For more information, contact Bethany Christian Services’ Philadelphia office at 215-376-6130.

Springfield Township Parks and Recreation Department Programs: The Springfield Township Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting registrations for the following programs: Kidz Klubhouse Summer Camp: For boys and girls in kindergarten to fifth grade; registration ends June 3. Oreland Summer Basketball League: For boys and girls in grades five to 10; registration ends June 16. Pee Wee Soccer: For boys and girls ages 4 and 5; registration ends Aug. 4. Youth Soccer: For boys and girls ages 6 to 8; registration ends Aug. 4.

Flower Show: The Outdoor Gardeners group will present its Standard Flower Show, “The Magical Land of Oz,” June 7 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Cathedral Village Retirement Center, 600 E. Cathedral Road, Roxborough. The show is free and open to the public.

Yard and Bake Sale: Central Schwenkfelder Church, 2111 Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, will host its seventh annual yard and bake sale June 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For vendors to participate, a $10 fee for this event will provide a space large enough to park your car and set up an 8-foot table. For an additional $5, a table will be provided. Vendors/sellers will keep all profit. Baked goods will be available for sale. Since there is no rain date, money will be returned if the yard sale is canceled. For more information, contact the church office at 610-584-4480.?Charity Golf Classic: KeystoneCare will hold its ninth annual charity golf classic June 24 at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill. The day will start with lunch at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. A silent auction and reception will begin at 5 p.m. The Phillie Phanatic will be the honorary guest. Registration is open to all, and non-golfers can enjoy the day too with lunch or the reception. Registration can be completed at secure.perfectgolfevent.com/eventweb/5281/agenda.php.

Summer Fun at Eastern: Eastern Center for Arts and Technology will offer a three-week Summer Fun program for current students in grades six to nine June 24 to July 12 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Summer Fun 2019 programs include Art of Fashion, Auto Mechanics & Collision Repair, Computer Art and Digital Photography, Crime Scene Investigation, Drawing and Painting, Junior Chef, Junior Cosmetology, Pastry Boss, Video Game Programming and World of Construction. Students will get the opportunity to work with the latest technologies while having fun and learning new things. Parents and guardians of the students attending Summer Fun are invited July 12 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to see a variety of activities students worked on during Summer Fun. Some of the activities include photography and art exhibits, sample foods prepared by the students and construction projects. The cost is $250. Online registration is available at eastech.org/summerfun.

Tour to Sicily and Southern Italy: St. Helena Church in Blue Bell will offer a tour to Sicily and Southern Italy from Aug. 18 to Sept. 1. The price is $4,450 for double occupancy, and a single-room supplement is $890. The price covers air, breakfast and dinner each day, baggage handling, sightseeing excursions with local guides and more. The trip will visit Palermo, Monreale, Agrigento, Siracuse, Catania, Taormina, Mt. Etna, Matera, Alberobello, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii and Rome. For more information, call Theresa Smith at 215-646-7636 or email theresacsmith@verizon.net.

Roxborough High School 50th Reunion: The Roxborough High School Class of 1969 will hold its 50th reunion Sept. 28 at the 1912 Club (formerly Plymouth Country Club). Those class members who wish to attend should send their name (name at graduation and current name), mailing address, email address and phone number(s) to rhsreunion@aol.com and/or contact Bill Robinson at 610-279-5919.

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.

Local Author Event: The Lower Providence Community Library will host a local author event May 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. Discover seven authors from the area. Hear them read from their books and talk with them about their writing process. Books will be available for purchase. Authors taking part are Tina Cambria, Veronica Forand, Jacqueline Jayne, Miranda Montrose, Rachell Nichole, Susan Scott Shelley and Suzette Riddick. This program is free and open to the public. Registration requested by emailing bloewengart@mclinc.org, calling 610-666-6640 ext. 25 or stopping by the library circulation desk.

Using Fabulous Foliage Plants to Spice Up Your Containers: The Lower Providence Community Library will host a program on Using Fabulous Foliage Plants to Spice up Your Containers, presented by Master Gardener Karrie Hontz, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. This workshop will give attendees some new ideas on using plants that are known more for their lovely foliage than their flowers. Learn how to use low-maintenance foliage plants as a focal point in container gardens to ensure a season-long colorful display. This program is free and open to the public. Registration requested by emailing bloewengart@mclinc.org, 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)

Homework Helpers: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through June 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. College students are available to help elementary-age children with their homework. For kids in grades one to five. Drop in.

Pre-K Adventures: Tuesdays through May 14 at 10:30 a.m. Activities are aimed at developing skills for kindergarten, with stories, crafts, fun movement songs and hands-on activities. For children ages 31/2 to 5 and their caregivers. Drop in.

Stay and Play: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through May 16 at 11 a.m. Open play time in the Children’s Learning Center following storytime. Children can play with fun educational toys. For ages 0 to 5 with a caregiver. Drop in.

Baby Lap Rap: Wednesdays through May 15 at 10:30 a.m. Simple stories, new and traditional songs, rhymes, shaker eggs and rhythm sticks for your baby and you. For ages 0 to 24 months with a caregiver. Drop in.

Toddler Tales: Thursdays through May 16 at 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities for young preschoolers. For ages 2 to 3 with a caregiver. Drop in.

Twilight Tales: Thursdays through May 16 at 7 p.m. Family storytime. Activities will be a mixture of fun and learning with stories, songs and an occasional craft and parachute play. For ages 0 to 7 with a caregiver. Drop in.

LEGO PLUS: May 11 at 2 p.m. Imagine, create and build using a variety of building sets, including LEGO, K’Nex and Straws and Connectors. For kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in.

Bingo: May 14 at 2 p.m. Come play this popular game. Prizes will be awarded. For kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in.

Teddy Bear Picnic Storytime: May 30 at 10:30 a.m. Bring a teddy bear (or favorite stuffed toy) to this storytime. Attendees and their “stuffie” will hear a few stories, sing some songs and do a craft to take home. Recommended for ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. Drop in.

Science in the Summer: July 10 and 11 or July 22 and 23. Registration starts May 17 at noon. Children entering grades two through six can sign up for this free science enrichment program provided by The Franklin Institute. This year will explore the Science of Me. Through hands-on exploration, students will discover how food becomes the body’s fuel, where oxygen goes when it is breathed it, how the brain interprets the world and what role DNA plays in making people who they are. Visit scienceinthesummer.com to sign up.

Free Library of Springfield Township

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

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; www.udpl.org.

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 upperdublinlibrary@mclinc.org.

APPRISE Medicare Counseling: Mondays at 10 or 11 a.m. by appointment. State-trained APPRISE Counselors will be available to help you through the Medicare process. Counselors provided by RSVP-MC.

Creative Writers Meetup Group: Second Monday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Register at meetup.com/The-Creative-Writers-Meetup-Group.

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 kklocko@mclinc.org.

Fabri-holics: Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The library has sewing machines, rotary cutters and more. Bring a project, and sew with us! For ages 15 and older.

Book Clubs: Check udpl.org 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.

Creative Crafts – Book Art: May 1 from 7 to 8 p.m. Learn how to create art from books. For age 15 to adults.

A Visit from Mother Goose: May 6 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Celebrate Children’s Book Week with Mother Goose. For ages 3 to 5.

Into to 3D Printing: May 7 and 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. Learn the basics of 3D printing, and print your own piece. For grades six to 12. Register online.

Touch-A-Truck: May 10 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Explore Upper Dublin Public Works vehicles and equipment, as well as completing a craft For. ages 3 to 10.

LEGO Club: May 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. Build with us. For ages 4 to 12.

Origami & Coloring: May 15 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Drop in after school for some origami and coloring. The library will provide the supplies. For kindergarten through fifth grade.

Evening of Opera and American Song: May 17 at 7 p.m. Enjoy an interactive concert performance combining music, opera and the American Songbook featuring Opera North Inc. lyric coloratura soprano Iris Fairfax. For all ages.

Playtime@UDPL: May 20 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Come play with us. For ages 0 to 5.

Creative Crafts — Dragon Fly Pin: June 5 from 7 to 8 p.m. Registration begins May 6. For ages 15 to adult.

William Jeanes Memorial Library

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

Youth Advisory Board Meeting: First Monday of the month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The library’s youth advisory board is a group of teens in grades six to 12 who create, plan and host events at the library. Each month, it has anywhere from one to three events, including teen, children, and family programs. No invitation is required to become a member of the YAB; just stop by a meeting. The advisor for the YAB is Teen Librarian Sara Huff. If you have any questions, contact her at shuff@mclinc.org or call 610-828-0441,ext. 113. Refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the William Jeanes Memorial Library.

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 shuff@mclinc.org 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. Discuss and watch favorite anime. No registration required. 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 strength, flexibility and circulation; relieves stress; manages pain; and develops a sense of calm and mental clarity. Wear comfortable clothing. Cost: $35 for five classes ($7/class); $10 drop-in rate. A portion of the proceeds benefits the library. To register, email Kimberly Brock at kimbrock33@yahoo.com by May 3.

Adult Open Gameplay: Tuesdays from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Drop in for Mah Jongg, Canasta, Bridge, Scrabble, etc., play.

Dropped Stitches: Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Experienced crafters are invited to join this group. Project assistance may be available from other attendees. All craftwork is welcome: knit, crochet, quilt, scrapbook, jewelry-making, etc. This is not an instructional class. Drop in.

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.

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. 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. Wear loose clothing. Cost: $10 per week, payable the first week of the month; a portion benefits the library. First-time attendees receive a free class. No registration is required.

The Sleeping Mat Project: Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Help the homeless, work side by side with people of all ages and abilities and clean up the environment all at the same time. Join Integrate for Good’s Bev Weinberg as she teaches how to make plarn (plastic yarn) and weave it on a special loom into mats which will be given to homeless people through the efforts of Angels in Motion. No registration is necessary.

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 meetup.com/Career-Networking-Group-in-Montgomery-County-Meetup or email careercounselor1@comcast.net.

Tai Chi for Health: Fridays through May 3 from 10 to 11 a.m. Tai Chi is more than just a gentle, flowing and sometimes challenging form of exercise; it is a way to move through daily life both physically and mentally. This session will include a tai chi/qigong warm up and cool down with concentration on loosening the joints, breathing and relaxation. This class is appropriate for beginners, those familiar to tai chi and more advanced practitioners. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Don’t wear any scents to class. Check with your doctor before participating in any exercise program. Fee: $10 per class drop-in. A portion benefits the library. For more information about the class, contact Linda DeMedio at taichilcd@yahoo.com.

Friends of the Library Spring 2019 Book Sale: April 27 and 28 The Friends of the William Jeanes Memorial Library will host their spring book sale.

Paws and Read: May 1 at 6:30 p.m. School-age children are invited to come practice reading with Therapy Dogs International volunteer teams. The main objective of this program is to provide a relaxed and “dog-friendly” atmosphere, which allows students to practice the skill of reading. Some children have difficulties reading and, as a result, have developed self-esteem issues. By sitting down next to a dog and reading to the dog, all threats of being judged are put aside. The child relaxes, pats the attentive dog and focuses on the reading. At Paws and Read, children practice the skill of reading, build self-esteem and associate reading with something pleasant. Space is limited, and registration is required.

The Synagogues of Philadelphia: May 2 at 6:30 p.m. Visiting author Ira Poliakoff will present The Synagogues of Philadelphia.

The Reason for a Flower: May 4 at 10:30 a.m. Children in kindergarten through grade five are invited to discover “the reason for a flower.” Educators from the Tyler Arboretum teach about the parts of a flower and the life cycle of a plant through this hands-on and inquiry-based lesson. Students will learn how flowers attract different kinds of pollinators and perform an educational skit. Then students will dissect a real flower to look closely at all of the parts. After examining flowers up close, students will explore what comes next: the fruit and seed(s).

Five Easy Steps to Home Composting: May 6 at 1:30 p.m.

AP Chem Study Session: May 6 at 3:45 p.m. For teens.

“Letters to Aunt Hattie”: May 7 at 6:30 p.m. Beacon Theatre Productions will present “Letters to Aunt Hattie,” a one-woman show written and directed by Gigi McGraw about African-American abolitionist and first-generation suffragist Harriet Forten Purvis who, with her family, formed the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society, the first biracial women’s abolitionist group. She also hosted anti-slavery events at her home and ran an Underground Railroad station, then fought against segregation and for black enfranchisem*nt after emancipation. Register online or by contacting Adam at 610-828-0441 ext. 103 or acole@mclinc.org. Sponsored by the Friends of William Jeanes Memorial Library.

“The Role of Seeds in Society and Culture”: May 14 at 6 p.m. Longwood Gardens Community Read will present “The Role of Seeds in Society and Culture.”

Pajama Storytime: May 15 at 6:30 p.m. Put on your pajamas, and bring the whole family to this special evening storytime with Ms. Rachel. Bring pillows, blankets, loveys and stuffed friends if you’d like. For families with children through age 7. No registration necessary.

Helping Your Child Manage Their Emotions: May 22 at 6:30 p.m. From toddler tantrums to teen angst, in this parenting workshop led by Adrienne Bishop, a life coach for parents, learn how to help your child navigate dealing with negative emotions in a healthy way and how to react to your child’s feelings in a way that is supportive, peaceful and confident. In this class, learn tools to help your child process emotion in a healthy way so they can feel validated and learn the invaluable skill of dealing with pain and disappointment in life. Discover how to manage your own feelings surrounding your child’s challenging emotions so that you can show up as the calm, accepting, loving parent you want to be.

Veterans Speaker Series: May 23 at 6:30 p.m.

It Comes from Within: Living with Bipolar Illness: May 28 at 6:30 p.m. Visiting author Michael Solomon will presents It Comes from Within: Living with Bipolar Illness.

Family Movie Night: May 29 at 6 p.m. Join for free popcorn and “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” (PG, 1 hour 47 minutes). No registration necessary. Sponsored by the Friends of the William Jeanes Memorial Library.

Living the Zero Waste Life: May 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover: May 31 at 4 p.m.

GSK Science in the Summer: July 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to noon for children entering second and third grade and from 1 to 3 p.m. for children entering fourth through sixth grade. Online registration will begin May 17 at noon.

Red Cross Blood Drive: May 20 from 1 to 6 p.m. Appointments for this drive are available every 15 minutes. To schedule a time slot, contact Adam Gilbert-Cole at 610-828-0441 ext. 103 or acole@mclinc.org; visit redcrossblood.org and search for William Jeanes Library; or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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 Cafe: 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.

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 strength, flexibility and circulation; relieves stress; manages pain; and develops a sense of calm and mental clarity. Wear comfortable clothing. Cost: $35 for five classes ($7/class); $10 drop-in rate. A portion of the proceeds benefits the library. To register, email Kimberly Brock at kimbrock33@yahoo.com by May 3.

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 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

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

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 odettemr@aol.com or Lois Trave at 215-870-7232 or loisptrave@comcast.net.

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 215-886-4612.

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.

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 to 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.”


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 TicketLeap.com 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 info@danceandmusic.biz or call 610-277-2557. For more info, visit our site at www.academyofdanceandmusic.org.

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.

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 jfrancis@holyredeemer.com.

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.


Bereavement Support for Adults: Keystone Care presents Bereavement Support for Adults on the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Keystone House, 8765 Stenton Ave., Wyndmoor. You are welcome to participate no matter when you experienced a loss. Cost: free. To join, contact Christine Pugh at cpugh@keystonecare.com or 215-528-4300.

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 brandywineintergroup.org or oa.org.

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 khimebaugh@hdsa.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. 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 www.allaboutwin.com 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 www.chadd.net/249 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 www.plainsmennonitechurch.org 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) www.bereavementcenter.org 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 www.asse.com. 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 www.gildasclubdelval.org. For more information, call Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley at 215-441-3290, or visit their Web site at www.gildasclubdelval.org.

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.

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. www.patf.us.?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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