Art

Keystone State Decorative Painters: Meet 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month (except May and December) at Perkasie Fire Company, Fifth and Arch streets, Perkasie. Information: 215-258-2269.

Community Events

Open house: North Montco Technical Career Center is holding an Open House on Thursday, February 6, 2020, from 5:30-7:30 PM. Parents and students will have the opportunity to explore the 22 technical programs, speak with instructors and gain the knowledge to assist students in making an informed career choice. The snow date is February 20, 2020. North Montco Technical Career Center is located at 1265 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, PA. Visit nmtcc.org for more information.

The Quilt as Art: The Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, announces the exhibit “The Quilt as Art: Creating Movement and Depth” on display January 15 - March 14, 2020. The public is invited to the Artist’s reception with gallery talks on Sunday, January 19, 2:00 to 4 pm. The MHC is pleased to present this show of Rachel Derstine’s bold and imaginative quilted art. Previously of Schwenksville, now of Philadelphia, Rachel has done commissioned works for Salford Mennonite Church, Souderton Mennonite Homes, the Hershey Medical Center, and private collections. Her work has appeared, and received awards, in various solo and juried shows since 2011. Her combinations of color, design and texture are often stunning, sometimes subtle. Some pieces will be available for purchase. The Mennonite Heritage Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. Admission is by donation. For directions and information, see www.mhep.org or call 215-256-3020.

Snowflake square dance: Monday, January 20 7-9 pm, Singles welcome, or bring a partner, family or friends. Casual dress; no experience needed. Perky Promenaders Square Dance Club, Christ United Methodist Church, (Route 363), 1020 S. Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, PA. 610-584-3744, news@perkyprom.org or www.perkyprom.org.

Martin Luther King line dance: Jan. 20 7:30-9:45 pm, Singles welcome, or bring a partner, family or friends. Casual dress; no experience needed. Perky Promenaders Dance Club, Encore Experiences (Harleysville Senior Center), 312 Alumni Avenue, Harleysville, PA 19438. 610-584-3744, news@perkyprom.org or www.perkyprom.org.

Concert: The Outlet at DCP Theatre’s first offering of 2020 will be held at 8pm on Saturday, January 18, 2020 and will feature Fig for a Kiss. Fig for a Kiss is an acoustic, Irish folk band with a unique blend of Celtic and contemporary influences. There is no admission charge but donations will be gratefully accepted. DCP Theatre is located at 795 Ridge Road, Telford PA 18969. Reservations not needed

Organ recitals: St. Luke’s United Church of Christ and the North Wales Borough 125 N. Main Street (Sumneytown Pike) North Wales. The American Guild of Organists Tuesday At Noon Organ Recitals: Tuesday, January 21 -- Aaron Patterson Tuesday, January 28 -- Mark Bani. A Reception follows each recital. 215.368.2884 -- www.UCCnorthwales.org

Ecumenical Service: A New Path Hope and Healing service for persons in recovery or suffering substance abuse disorder, their families and friends, is offered by Kairos Communities the first Friday of the Month at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 69 W. Broad Street, Souderton. Light dinner at 7 pm, worship and conversation at 7:30. Contact Pastor Bob at bob@kairoscommunities.org or 267.702.4262 for information or visit https://kairoscommunities.org/newpath.

Free meal: Trinity United Church of Christ, 101 S. Main St., Telford, provides a free meal along with activities involving non-competitive fun games for families with children beginning at 6 p.m. every Wednesday.

Bingo: The Presentation of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1564 Allentown Road, Towamencin, holds Bingo every Wednesday. Doors open at 5 p.m.; games start at 7 p.m. Admission is $6. Information: 215-362-9599 or 215-368-3993.

Bingo: The Tylersport Volunteer Fire Company sponsors Bingo every Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. with a $1,000 jackpot every week. Information: 215-453-9666.

Bingo: Bingo games are held at 7 p.m. each Thursday at the Sellersville Fire Dept., 2 N. Main St. Doors open at 5 p.m. Food will not be available from the kitchen beginning at 5:30 p.m. Now featuring electronic bingo and guaranteed $500 jackpot each week. Information: 215-257-4028

Samuel Pierce branch of the Bucks County Free Library. Information: 491 Arthur Ave., Perkasie

Library Events

Yeti Storytime Saturday, January 18 10:30 AM Get ready for yetis! We'll share silly stories and snowy crafts featuring everyone's favorite mythical monster. Storytime best for ages 3 - 8. All ages welcome.

Michael Napolitano of Michael and the Rockness Monsters Monday, January 27 3:30 PM Get ready for an interactive, super galactic, funk inspired, rock-n-roll experience for families! Michael's musical performance is intelligent, fun, and full of humorous hooks and quirks as everyone embarks on a creative musical voyage together. All ages welcome – bring your whole family and rock out!

Yoga Storytime with Jess Tuesday, January 28 10:15 – 11:00 AM Join Jess from Shine Yoga Center at the Perkasie Library for a new yoga and storytime class! Bring water and wear comfortable, movement-friendly clothes. A yoga mat or a towel is recommended but not necessary. Best for children ages 4-6, all ages welcome.

January storytimes

*Baby Storytimes: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays 1/11 & 1/25 @ 9:30 am Friday, 1/17 @ 10:30 am With baby on your lap, share books, music, action rhymes and finger plays. 20-30 minutes. Best for ages Birth - 2.

*Toddler Storytime : Mondays, Wednesdays @ 10:30 am Wear comfortable clothes – get on your feet and make noise with your child. Sing songs, dance, rhyme, clap & share stories. 30 minutes. Best for ages 1 ½ - 3.

*Parachute Storytime: Mondays @ 11:30 AM Develop your child’s love of reading with books and rhymes, songs, dance, and movement with a parachute. Get on your feet and have fun with your child! All ages welcome.

*SENSORY STORYTIME: Mondays @ 1:30 PM These storytimes are 30-minute interactive sessions ideal for children on the autism spectrum, with sensory processing issues, or who feel overwhelmed by noises or crowds. After storytime, join us for 30 minutes of monitored social play including toys aimed at improving fine & gross motor skills. Registration is required as sessions are limited to 10 children and their families. Limited to Pre-school-aged children. Register at calendar.buckslib.org

*Pajama Storytime: Mondays @ 6:30 pm Develop your child’s love of reading with books and rhymes, songs, dance and more. 30 minutes. All ages welcome.

*Family Storytime: Tuesdays and Saturday 1/25 @ 10:30 am Wednesdays & Friday 1/17 @ 11:30 am Develop your child’s love of reading with books and rhymes, songs, dance and more. Get on your feet and have fun with your child. 30 minutes. All ages welcome.

*PreSchool Storytime: Tuesdays @ 11:30 am Explore fun books, participate in rhymes, early literacy activities, songs & movement. Wear comfortable clothes and expect to participate in quick-paced activities. 30 minutes. Best for ages 3 – 6.

Check out all BCFL branch events at: http://calendar.buckslib.org/

For Kids

Valentine Workshop for Kids: 10 am to 12 pm on Feb. 8.  Pennypacker Mills 5 Haldeman Road Schwenksville  Cost: $5/child  Website: https://www.montcopa.org/pennypackermills Spend a morning at the Mills making wonderful Victorian Valentines. Each child will make a 3-D Valentine card, a vertical heart decoration using lace doilies, ribbons and red hearts, a vintage inspired paper teacup with special tea bag, and a painted wood frame with the child's hand print and a special poem on the back.Refreshments included. Call to pre-register. No walk-ins. Snow date Sunday, February 9 at 1 pm. Ages 5+, accompanied by an adult; Fee: $5 per child, by pre-registration & payment. No walk-ins. Deadline Fri., Jan. 31. Call 610-287-9349 to check availability. Parking is FREE. The entrance is located BEFORE the mailbox...look for a large grey and maroon sign and enter. Drive through the first parking lot and up the hill. Park in the upper parking lot and walk to the small beige stucco building for this workshop.

Adopt-A-Sheep: Bucks County 4-H Sheep Club has an Adopt-A-Sheep program for kids who want to learn more about sheep but do not have the accommodations (barn and pasture) on their own property. This program allows sheep to be adopted from an existing Bucks County 4-H Sheep Club member. The sheep remain on the hosting farm, but the child making the adoption is expected to make regular visits to the farm to learn how to take care of and show sheep. Sheep Club meets the third Sunday of each month. Information: 215-345-3283.

Pioneer Clubs: Silverdale Brethren in Christ Church, 165 W. Main St. (Route 113), Silverdale, holds Pioneer Clubs 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday. The program, for children ages four through 12th grade, is an opportunity to learn about right and wrong in a fun and loving environment through skill-building activities in drama, home improvement, first aid, outdoor cooking, woodworking, and many other things. The clubs award badges for achievements. Information: 215-257-4272.

Children’s Club: A Children’s Club from 4 years old to fifth grade will be held the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 7 to 8 p.m at the Zion Mennonite Church, 149 Cherry Lane, Souderton. This is a great time for Bible stories, singing, games and snacks. No registration is required. Information: 215-723-3592.

Girls’ Friendly Society: The Girls’ Friendly Society, an organization for girls ages five and up, is meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at The Church of the Holy Spirit, Sumneytown Pike at Barndt Road, Upper Salford. Activities include Christian worship, crafts, community service projects, study and recreational activities. Information: 215-234-8020.

Story hours: The Indian Valley Public Library has Bedtime Story Hours every Wednesday at 7 p.m. for stories, songs and finger plays.

Children of the American Revolution: Girls and Boys from first to 12th grade are invited to join a chapter of the Children of the American Revolution. C.A.R. provides opportunities for a child to develop a love of, and a respect for, our country. The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution, founded in 1895, is the oldest patriotic organization for youths in our county. Membership is open to all children who are descendants of patriots of the American Revolution. Let your child see history come alive through the eyes of their Revolutionary War Ancestor. Monthly meetings and activities are being planned for all ages. For more information please contact Stephanie at SSeely00@comcast.net or Linn at DAR_news@verizon.net.

Health

Free Blood Pressure Check: Know your numbers! Stop by for a free check of your blood pressure the second Wednesday of every month from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the lobby at the Indian Valley Family YMCA, 890 Maple Ave., Harleysville.

Blood pressure checks: Blood Pressure Checks will be held the first Monday of every month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Generations of Indian Valley, 259 N. Second St., Souderton. It will be first come, first serve.

Blood pressure clinics: Blood Pressure Clinics, provided by North Penn VNA, are as follows: Encore Experiences at Harleysville, first Wednesday of every month, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Harleysville Rite Aide, first Wednesday of every month, 12:30 to 2 p.m.; The Peak Center, Lansdale, second Tuesday of every month, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; and Neshaminy Falls, North Wales, third Thursday of every month, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Information: 215-855-6191, 215-855-8296 ext. 117 or visit www.npvna.org/screenings.htm.

Glucose testing: Free Glucose Testing will be held the first Thursday of every month from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Generations of Indian Valley, 259 N. Second St., Souderton. To schedule an appointment, call 215-723-5841.

Nutrition program: WIC is a health and nutrition program for pregnant and breastfeeding women and for children. Eligible families will receive help in buying infant formula, milk, eggs, fruit juice and other basics. Information: 215-536-6500.

History

Mennonite history: Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, has a 300-Year History of Mennonite Life depicted through video, exhibits, artifacts and fraktur. Archives are available for genealogical study. The gift shop and museum are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: visit www.mhep.org.

West Rockhill Historical Society: Speakers for 2020: February 10 -- David Hughes a native plant Landscape Architect will be discussing The Importance of Hedgerows in Rural and Suburban Landscapes; March 9 -- Harry Anselmo, a Goshenhoppen historian’s topic is Local History of Bee Keeping. The time period is from the mid 19th century to about 1920 with emphasis on PA German influences; April 13 -- 700 handwritten deed books were neglected and falling apart in Bucks County Court House. Robin Robinson, Recorder of Deeds will talk about the Adopt-A-Book Program to restore these valuable documents. The oldest is from 1684. These books hold information about your property and its’ history; May 11 -- J. Thomas Brown author of The Land of Three Houses a historic fiction that takes us back in time to Sterner’s Mill in the Tohickon Valley now below the waters of Lake Nockamixon; June 8 -- Fred Diseroad and Charles Guenst will honor those brave veterans of West Rockhill who protected and served the nation and talk about the Veterans Memorial in James Park; July 13 -- Picnic; August 10 -- Jeff Marshall, Heritage Conservancy’s Sherlock “Homes” Old House Detective will show how to answer questions like “What changes were made to the house?” or “Which section is the oldest?” by using CSI-like evidence–based approach. You will never look at an old house in the same way after this presentation; September 14 -- Bruce Stocking, historian of the W. S. Hancock Society “From Rum to Revolution, The Publik House (Tavern)” the early days of the American Republic Life in and around these establishments played an important role in the local communities and the development of the United States; October 12-- Reverend Tom Kochenderfer – Musing of an Old Man: Pastor Muhlenberg Reflecting on His Life Join retired Pastor Kochenderfer as he brings Pastor Henry Muhlenberg to life in a serious yet amusing portrayal of the life (1711-1787) and colonial times of the first ordained Lutheran Minister sent to early Pennsylvania; November 9 -- Herb Kauffman returns with The Best of History’s Mysteries: a compilation of myths, legends and unusual events from the colonial era to WWII; December 14 Christmas Party.

Meetings

The Red Hattitude Gals of Perkasie: An official chapter of the Red Hat Society is open to new qualifying members 50 or younger for fun and friendship. Information: 215-257-4343 or e.malloy48@comcast.net.

The Riders in the Storm chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association: Meets the fourth Saturday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at O’Grady’s Restaurant on Route 113 in Hilltown. Breakfast and fellowship are followed by a ride, weather permitting. Information: http://cmaner5.org/PA/RIDERSINTHESTORM/default.aspx or 215-942-4810.

Winding Road Rider: A chapter of Women on Wheels meets and rides the third Saturday of the month year-round. Meeting time is 9:30 a.m. at Plumsteadville Grange, 5901 Easton Rd., Plumsteadville. Information: 215-443-7236, www.windingroadbikers.com or info@windingroadriders.com.

Socrates Café: A hour-and-a-half informal conversations about philosophical perspectives meets the first Sunday of each month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and the third Tuesday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford. Topics emerge from the interests of the participants. Information: 215-723-9109.

BNI Harleysville Networking Group: Meets every Tuesday at Henning’s, Harleysville, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Visitors are welcome. Information: Kurt Kaufhold at 215-720-8322. Web: www.harleysvillenetworkinggroup.com.

Indian Valley Kiwanis Club: Meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at noon at The Naceville Hotel, County Line and Ridge Road, West Rockhill. The meeting includes a luncheon, a speaker and socializing. Everyone is welcome. Information: 215-723-0565.

Harleysville Rotary Club: Meets Wednesdays at 7 a.m. at Henning’s Market on Sumneytown Pike. Information: 215-256-6933.

Souderton Lions Club: Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Henning’s Market at 290 Main St., Harleysville, PA 19438. For more information, call 215-723-9865.

The Indian Valley Christian Writers Fellowship: Meets the first and third Saturdays of the month at 10 a.m. at the Indian Valley Public Library, and is looking for new members. Information: 215-453-0415 or 215-723-4575.

Toastmasters: Do you have a fear of public speaking? Blue Bell Toastmasters Club can help. We meet from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday at the Marriott Courtyard, located on Route 202, directly across from the Montgomeryville Mall. Learn how to improve communication and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive environment. Guests are welcome. Admission fee: $5. For more info, visit www.bbtoast.org.

The LeTip Chapter of Gwynedd: Meets every Tuesday at 7:16 a.m. We meet at the Clubhouse Too Diner at the corner of Sumneytown Pike & Church Road in Lansdale. LeTip is a professional business lead exchange network. Please call and join us for a meeting. Call 215-779-0723

LeTip of Lansdale: A professional networking organization with the purpose of exchanging business leads. Attend one of our breakfast meetings to learn how LeTip will benefit your business. LeTip of Lansdale meets every Thursday from 7:01 to 8:31 a.m. at Franconi’s Restaurant, 1200 Welsh Road in North Wales. Please contact Elena Sickles at 610-222-4205 for more information about our chapter.

The Greater North Penn Regional Collaborative Board of Directors: Public meetings held the second Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the North Penn Visiting Nurse Association, 51 Medical Campus Drive, Lansdale. For more information, call Kathleen Fitzgerald at 215-855-8296.

The Firefighters Auxiliary of the Colmar Volunteer Fire Company: Interested participants can live in any town. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 8 p.m. at the firehall, 2700 Walnut Street, ColMarch For more information, call Carol at 215-361-9620.

The Lansdale Chapter of the American Association of University Women: Meets the third Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the North Penn High School District Educational Service Center, Church Road and Hancock Street, Lansdale. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, call 215-368-9665 or visit http://aauwlansdale.org.

PRO-ACT: A volunteer-based, grassroots organization that works to reduce the stigma of drug/alcohol addiction and to ensure the availability of treatment options, hosts informational sessions. Information: 1-800-221-6333.

Parenting

MOMS Club: The MOMS Club of Perkasie (Moms Offering Moms Support) is reaching out to moms who are home during the day in the Pennridge area. Activities include monthly meetings, playgroups, MOMS Night Out, weekly activities and service projects. Information: Denise at deesarge00@hotmail.com.

Parenting group: The program, My Toddler and Me, is an opportunity for parents and other caregivers of 2- and 3-year-olds to get out of the house and meet others. Each Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. or from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. come for story, craft and fun time together at Zion Mennonite Church, 149 Cherry Lane, Souderton. Information: 215-723-3592 or visit www.zionmennonite.org.

North Penn Nursing Mothers: A free support and education group for nursing women meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale, and the second Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Harleysville YMCA in Harleysville. Information: 215-513-1753 or visit www.geocities.com/northpennnm.

Car seat safety check: Keystone Motors and the Montgomery County Department of Health will hold a Free Car Seat Safety Check the fourth Thursday of each month at 685 Bethlehem Pike in Montgomeryville. Information: 610-278-5117 ext. 5119.

Seniors

Personal Care Workshop and Open House:  Peter Becker Community on January 22 at 1:30 – 2:30 – Are you puzzled about what's coming next with your loved one? This event may help in ways that will surprise you. Imagine spending time with Mom that is more about you and her than is about running her errands and helping her around the house. Join us and see how Personal Care at Peter Becker Community is as much about you is it is about Mom. Learn to recognize the signs that a loved one may need help. Be informed if and when the time comes that your loved one needs supportive services. Informal. Ask questions. Meet our team. www.PeterBeckerCommunity.com

Heart Strings (Dementia) Support Group: January 28 3:00 PM-04:30 PM  Peter Becker Community, a senior living community in Harleysville, PA is hosting the Heart Strings Support Group to help people with a loved one living with dementia. The program is free and open to Alzheimer’s/Dementia caregivers in the community. This program is approved by the Alzheimer’s Association. New participants are welcome to join the group at any time. Loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s are also welcome to attend as there activities for them going on simultaneously. The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month (with some exceptions for holidays) at 3pm in the Arbor Conference Center on the second floor at Maplewood Estates located on the Peter Becker Community campus. Meetings offer a blend of sharing, learning about coping techniques and guest speakers. If you are planning to attend or have questions, please contact Brooke Morita at 215-703-4008 for more information

Pennridge Community Center health classes: Aerobics classes are held 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Cost: $3 per class for members; $6 for non-members. T’ai chi fitness and health classes, for people of all ages, are held 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays and 10 to 11 a.m. . Evening classes are 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: Members: $30 for eight week session (walk-ins $5 per class); non-members: $55 for eight week session ($10 per class walk-in). Zumba classes are held 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. The dance aerobics combines Latin rhythms with easy-to-follow steps. Cost: Members: $30 for eight week session (walk-in $5 per class); non-members: $55 ($10 per class walk-in). Sessions are open to the public. Check in at the receptionist desk. Pennridge Community Center is located at routes 113 and 152 in Silverdale. Information: manager.pcsc@verizon.net, snugglebaby@comcast.net or 215-453-7027.

Encore Experiences in Harleysville: 312 Alumni Ave., Harleysville will offer the following programs. For more information, visit www.encoreexperiences.org or call 215-256-6900.

Diabetic shoe fitting: First Wednesday of each month; by appointment. Diabetics on Medicare may receive one pair of shoes and inserts per year. Your first visit includes an evaluation and foot measurement. When scheduling appointment, please verify insurance coverage. Bring your Medicare and supplemental insurance cards to appointment as well as the name and phone number of your primary care physician.

Help Yourself to Healthy Living: Second Thursday of each month at 12:30 p.m. Provided by Abington Health, a support group for anyone managing chronic health conditions. Prior registration is appreciated for preparation purposes.

Health Checks: First Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Provided by Abington Health, blood pressure and weight checks. Jane is here to answer any questions you may have.

Ballroom Dancing: Experienced: Thursdays 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Beginner: Thursdays 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Learn the Fox Trot, Cha Cha, Jitterbug and Waltz. Cost: $4.

Line Dancing: Thursdays 10:15 a.m. Cost: $2.

Stretch and Tone: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 9:45 a.m. Cost: $2.

Tai Chi: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:45 a.m. Cost: $3.

Walkaerobics: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 9 a.m. Cost: $2.

Zumba Gold: Tuesdays 1:30 p.m. Cost: $2.
Generations of Indian Valley: 259 N. Second St., Souderton. Flexercise Mondays and Fridays at 9 a.m. $1 per session; Low and Go Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:15 a.m. $1 per session; Sit/Stretch/Flex Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. $1 per session; Step Interval Wednesdays at 9 a.m. $1 per session; Tai Chi Mondays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. $3 per session; Hatha Yoga Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. $3 per session; Balanced Moves Wednesdays at 1 p.m. $1 per session; and Balletone Wednesdays at 4 p.m. $3 per session. Information: 215-723-5841 or visit www.generationsofiv.org.

Creative writing group: Meets at Generations of Indian Valley the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 1 p.m. Information: 215-723-5841.

Memoir group: The Memoirs Group of Generations of Indian Valley meets each Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. at 259 N. Second St., Souderton. Information: 215-723-5669.

Tai Chi for Seniors: Enhance your balance and strength with some tai chi exercises at Arbour Square with free tai chi classes every Friday at 10 a.m. at Arbour Square, 695 Main St. Harleysville Tai chi is an exercise that was originally developed for self-defense. It has since evolved into a form of exercise, used for stress reduction, balance and strength through gentle, flowing movements. Daryl Bryant, from Ho’s Academy of Tai Chi and Kung Fu, will lead this free, weekly tai chi class to help seniors remain healthy. This event is free and open to the public; however, RSVPs are appreciated. RSVP by calling 215-513-4250.


Art Class for Seniors: Enhance your artistic abilities with free art classes every second and fourth Friday of each month at 1 p.m. at Arbour Square, 691 Main St. Seniors, pick up a new hobby or enhance an existing one when you join the residents at Arbour Square for a Watercolor 101 class. This event is free and open to the public; however, RSVPs are appreciated. RSVP by calling 215-513-4250.

The PEAK Center: 606 E. Main St., Suite C, Lansdale, will offer the following programs. For more information, visit www.peakcenter.org or call 215-362-7432.

Glucose Testing: Quarterly (call for next date) from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. No charge. Offered by Bayada Nurses. Fasting is not required, but if you have breakfast, it is best to limit your sugar intake.

Abington Community Health Screenings: Second Tuesday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. No charge. Offered by Abington Health Services. See the nurse to discuss health concerns and have your blood pressure checked.

Fit for the Future I: Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m. Fit for the Future II: Tuesdays from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. and Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $4. Taught by Kim Zimmerman. Formerly named Healthy Steps in Motion, this program has a new name, but is the same great class! Routines include stretching, walking, flexibility & strength training. Join us to exercise with this friendly group.

Fitness Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. PEAK participants can use the fitness center room! If you are interested, you must be evaluated to use it by Kim Zimmerman. A PEAK Center employee will be on hand if you need anything. See Sandi at the Welcome Desk to set up time to be evaluated.

Line Dancing: Beginner: Thursdays from 12:30 to 1 p.m.; Experienced: Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Cost: $4 Instructed by John Long. John Long teaches all: from beginner to advanced, even those with multiple left feet! Beginner class participants are welcome to stay for experienced class at no additional charge.

Semi-Personal Trainer: Call or visit the Welcome Desk for appointment. Cost: $10 per individual participant. Kim Zimmerman offers one-hour-long semi-personal training sessions for up to three participants at a time. Sign up today for the individual attention you deserve.

Stretch the Pain Away: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 to 4 p.m. Stiff joints and achy muscles make getting through the day difficult – especially if that discomfort is compounded with neck and back pain. Keeping your neck and back flexible may help alleviate some of the pain that has been plaguing your life. The best way to limber up your muscles, tendons and ligaments is to stretch, but only if the stretches are performed correctly and consistently. Join this peer led group to stretch that pain away!

Growing Stronger: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Fee: $40 per six-week session. Call for next session date. Weight bearing exercise and low-impact strength training.

Tap Dancing: Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost: $4. This class is energetic and fast moving. Join John Long and our PEAK Tappers. Beginners are welcome to come the first half hour, stay to observe the “pros” or just jump in.

Total Body Toning: Wednesdays 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Peer-led program designed to increase flexibility and strength while reducing the fear of losing balance. Through the use of bands and leg weights, the exercises are modified to match your individual needs and abilities.

Wii Bowling: First and third Wednesdays of the month at 10 a.m. Experience the health and social benefits of this fun program. Standing or seated, no heavy ball or strange shoes.

Zumba Chair: Wednesdays from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Cost: $4. If you love Latin and Middle Eastern sounds, but the motion seems too risky, Zumba CHAIR is the exercise class for you.

Zumba Gold: Mondays from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Cost: $4. Enjoy this aerobic exercise class conducted to the sounds of the Caribbean with a bit of the Mediterranean thrown in. Take it at your own pace.

Tai Chi: Tuesdays from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Cost: $4. Tai Chi movements reinforce balance, coordination, flexibility, muscle relaxation, body awareness & mental concentration.

Yoga: Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Cost: $4. Instructed by Terri Kuenzer. Tough to get up and down? PEAK’s Yoga teacher is so FLEXIBLE, she can teach you to do Yoga from a chair. Seated, standing or lying down, you’ll love it.

Support

Family Education Program on Addiction: First three Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church of Deep Run, 16 Irish Meetinghouse Road, Perkasie. Do you have a loved one that abuses drugs or alcohol? Learn about addiction and how to combat it. Attend to understand the disease, impact on families and develop next steps. Call 1-800-221-6333 to register.

Group meetings: Support group meetings at Grand View Hospital, 700 Lawn Ave., Sellersville, include: Alcoholics Anonymous meets 7 p.m. Sundays in the GVH Community Education Center behind the main hospital. Postpartum Support, for those experiencing postpartum depression or adjustment difficulties, is done by consultation. Call 215-453-4594. Information: 215-453-4300.

Bariatric Support Group: Meets 5 to 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at GVH Sellersville Outpatient Center, 915 Lawn Avenue. Nutrition, exercise and behavioral specialists can help you stay on track to achieve the lifestyle changes needed for lasting success following bariatric surgery. You’ll have the added support of fellow bariatric patients just like you. Registration required. Information or to register: gvh.org/classes or 215-453-4300.

Afternoon All Losses: Grand View Health support group open to all who have lost someone special, no matter the time frame. Meets 1 to 2:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Jerusalem Lutheran Church on Ridge Road in West Rockhill. Information: 215-453-4398.

Women’s Brunch: Grand View Health support group open to women who have lost a spouse and are seeking support in a social setting. Meets 11 a.m. the second Friday of the month at O’Grady’s Restaurant on Route 113 in Hilltown. Information: 215-453-4398.

Breakfast Buddies: Grand View Health support group open to all who have had a loss and are seeking support in a social setting. Meets 9 a.m. the fourth Friday of the month at Franconia Heriage, Allentown Road and Route 113, Franconia. Information: 215-453-4398.

Healing Together: Support group open to all who have lost a loved one, no matter the time frame. Meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the GVH Sellersville Outpatient Center, 915 Lawn Avenue. Information: 215-453-4398.

Still Progressing: For widows and widowers looking for continued support after the second and third years of their loss. Meets 2:30 to 4 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at Grand View Hospital, 700 Lawn Avenue, Sellersville (West Rockhill Twp.). Information: 215-453-4398.

Family group: Bedminster Nar-Anon Family Group, a support group for family and friends with loved ones who struggle with addiction, meets 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday at Deep Run West Mennonite Church, 1008 Deep Run Road in Bedminster. Information: Bedminster.naranon@yahoo.com.

Grief support group: Penn Foundation has a Grief Support Groupfor parents who have lost a child to substance abuse. The group meets 6 p.m. Wednesday evenings in the library at Penn Foundation, 807 Lawn Ave. in West Rockhill. Use the Dayspring entrance. The group is free and no registration is required. Directions: www.pennfoundation.org/contact-us. Information: mmckenzie@pennfoundation.org or 267-404-5099.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Group meetings are held 8:30 p.m. Mondays at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Main & Church streets, Sellersville; noon Tuesdays at St. Paul’s UCC, 104 Green St., Sellersville; 8 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Luke’s Red Hill Church, Old Durham Road, Ottsville; 8 p.m. Thursdays at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Route 113 and Quarry Road, Dublin; 8 p.m. Fridays at United Church of Christ, 101 N. Main St., Trumbauersville; 2 p.m. Saturdays at Penn Foundation, 807 Lawn Ave., West Rockhill; and 7 p.m. Sundays in the Grand View Hospital cafeteria, 700 Lawn Ave., second floor, West Rockhill. Do you have a drinking problem? Call the Alcoholics Anonymous answering service at 215-721-3656 or write EPGSA, District 47, P.O. Box 133, Sellersville, PA 18960.

LifeRing Secular Recovery: Helps people struggle with alcohol and/or mood-altering drugs. The program uses peer support and feedback in a secular setting without the use of 12 steps. Meetings are at 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays at the Telford community building, 125 S. Hamilton St., Telford. Information: 215-264-1747 or www.liferingpa.com.

Overeaters Anonymous: Support groups meet at 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Penn Foundation, 807 Lawn Ave., West Rockhill. Information on the Monday group: 610-287-6297. Information on the Thursday group: 215-721-6217. An Overeaters Anonymous support group meets at 9 a.m. Saturdays at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Route 313 at Quarry Road, Dublin. Information: 215-538-7746 or 215-345-5885.

Caregiver support group: Family caregiver support group meetings sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter meet: From 7 to 9 p.m. the second Monday of the month and from 2 to 4 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at Rockhill Mennonite Community, 3250 State Rd., West Rockhill. From 7 to 9 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at Doylestown Hospital, 595 State St. From 4 to 5 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Phoebe Richland Health Care Center, 108 S. Main St., Richlandtown. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Pine Run Lakeview, 2425 Lower State Rd., Doylestown. Information: 800-272-3900.

Dementia support group: Hidden Meadows on the Ridge hosts a support group for caregivers and family members dealing with dementia and other debilitating conditions 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. Hidden Meadows is at 340 Farmers Lane, Sellersville. Information: 215-257-6701.

Alzheimer’s and dementia support group: Clare Bridge of Dublin, 160 Elephant Road, Dublin, hosts an Alzheimer’s and dementia support group 7 to 8 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month. Barbara Marte of Children of AgingParents (CAPS) is the facilitator. Information or directions: 215-249-1700.

Ecumenical service: A Faith and Light ecumenical service for people with developmental disabilities, their families and friends, is held the second Friday of the month at Perkasie Mennonite Church. Barbara Shisler is leader of the group, known as Circle of Hope. Information: 215-723-9326.

Parkinson’s Support Group: Join Arbour Square for a Parkinson’s Support Group and get the help you need in order to properly care for yourself or a family member. Arbour Square Independent Living of Harleysville invites the public to attend this free Parkinson’s Support Group the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. The Parkinson’s Support Group is free and open to those with Parkinson’s disease or their caregivers. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. RSVP by calling 215-513-4250.

Caregiver Support Group: The Birches at Arbour Square Personal Care & Memory Care will hold a free monthly caregiver support group meeting on the second Monday of each month at 2 p.m. The Birches at Arbour Square offers a support group to family members and caregivers on a monthly basis to provide participants an opportunity to discuss issues related to a family member experiencing natural cognitive and/or physical decline due to aging. Licensed clinical social worker Gary Kozick will facilitate the support group and has extensive experience in working with support groups. His years of clinical practice and administrative experience include working in home care, assisted living, personal care and skilled nursing facilities. He is the sole proprietor of Gary Kozick Elder Care Solutions LLC. The Caregiver Support Group is open to anyone in the community, including families who have residents living on our campus. This event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. Please RSVP by calling 215-541-3700.

MS Support Group: S’myelin Faces Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8: p.m. at Good Shepherd Outpatient Center, 4036 Bethlehem Pike, Telford, in the Staples shopping center. More info: Soudertongroup.ms@gmail.com.

Support Group: North Penn VNA will offer a Support Group for Chronic Illness the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. at Encore Experiences at Harleysville, 312 Alumni Ave. This group is for anyone managing a chronic health condition. There is no charge to attend. Information: 215-256-6900.

Recovery Program: Road to Freedom, a Biblically based 12-step recovery program dealing with life-controlling issues, meets each Monday night from 6:30-9 p.m. at Branch Creek Community Church, Sumneytown Pike, Harleysville. Childcare up to 12 years old is available. Information: 215-256-0100.


Divorce Support Group: DivorceCare, a support group dealing with divorce and separation, meets each Monday night from 6:30-9 p.m. at Branch Creek Community Church, Sumneytown Pike, Harleysville. Childcare up to 12 years old is available. Information: 215-256-0100.

Addiction Support Group: No Steps peer support group meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Telford community building, 125 S. Hamilton Street. The group is for those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Information: 215-264-1747.

Caregivers Support Group: The North Penn Visiting Nurse Association offers a Caregivers Support Group the second Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. at Generations of Indian Valley, 259 N. Second St., Souderton. Information: 215-855-8296.

Grief Support Group: Grief Share, a support group for those mourning the death of a loved one, will be offered Thursdays from 1-2:30 p.m. at Zion Mennonite Church, 149 Cherry Lane, Souderton. Information: 215-723-9111.

Health Support Group: A Help Yourself to Health Support Group will be held the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. at Encore Experiences at Harleysville Senior Center, 312 Alumni Ave. There is no charge to attend. Information: 215-256-6900.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Study open meetings are 7:30 p.m. Thursday evenings at Souderton Mennonite Church, 105 W. Chestnut St., Souderton. The entrance is on Wile Avenue.

Weight loss group: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) has started a new chapter at Sanctuary United Methodist Church, 1346 E. Prospect Ave., North Wales. We meet on Monday evenings with private weigh in’s starting at 6:30 followed by a meeting at 7 p.m. We are a growing chapter and welcome new members. You are welcome to come and sit in on a meeting for free to see if we could be the support group that you are looking for. If you decide to join, annual fees are only $28 and include the TOPS magazine mailed to your home bimonthly. Monthly dues are $4 and most often you are able to earn that back thru our weekly weight loss based contests.

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families Support Group: Meets Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Messiah, Route 202, Gwynedd. For more information, call Erin at 610-631-1014. Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter sponsors monthly family caregiver support group meetings at two locations. Pre-registration is not required. Information: 1-800-272-3900.

Dock Woods Community: Meets at 275 Dock Drive, Lansdale, third Thursday of the month, 3 to 5 p.m.

North Penn Visiting Nurse Association: Meets at 51 Medical Campus Drive, Board Room, Lansdale, first Thursday of the month, 7 to 9 p.m.

Caregiver support group: A new family caregiver support group will be offered the fourth Tuesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. at Clare Bridge of Montgomery, 1089 Horsham Road. Bereavement Counseling: Professional counseling for individuals, couples, children and families dealing with loss and bereavement. Contact Emily, Vincent, Clinical Director at 610-222-4110, ext. 103.

Griefshare: Bethany Bible Fellowship Church, 75 W. Broad St., Hatfield, will present Griefshare, a free special weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. If you have lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you have probably found that there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This group is sponsored by people who understand what you are experiencing and want to offer you comfort and encouragement during this difficult time. GriefShare is a nondenominational group and features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics.

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.

Infertility counseling: Home Town Counseling is now offering group therapy for couples and individuals affected by infertility. The group will meet two Wednesdays a month from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in Hatfield. For more information or directions, call 215-631-7166.

Support group: The Independent Adults with Neuro-Muscular Diseases (IAND) support group assists those with Parkinson’s disease, MS and all neuro-muscular disorders. It is a joint effort between North Penn VNA and Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) Broomal office. The group meets on the first Wednesday of every month at North Penn Visiting Nurse Association at 51 Medical Campus Drive in Lansdale at 7 p.m. For more information, please contact North Penn VNA at 215-855-7343.

NAMI support groups: NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) holds monthly support groups for family members and caregivers of persons with mental illness (i.e. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, OCD etc.) on the first Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Main St. and Richardson Ave., Lansdale. For more information call 215-886-0350.

Nar-Anon: Meets at 7:30 every Tuesday for support for families and friends of addicts at First Baptist Church, 700 N. Broad St., Lansdale.

New Beginnings: a non-denominational social group open to all widowed persons, holds meetings in the Parish Center of St. Stanislaus Church, 493 E. Main St., Lansdale. For more information, call Phyllis at 215-361-2951 or Marlene at 610-272-7324.

Support group: North Penn Visiting Nurse Association will host the Friends in Grief Support Group Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. The meetings will be held at 51 Medical Campus Drive, Lansdale. Registration is required. Call 215-855-8297 ext. 133. The program is free and offered by Hospice of North Penn VNA.

Chronic pain encouragement group: Peace Valley Church of Chalfont sponsors a Chronic Pain Encouragement Group, which meets monthly at Manna on Main Street in Lansdale. Information/Registration: 215-230-7300.

Parents of children on autism spectrum 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.

Self-help group: PUPS (People Understanding Parkinson’s) A self-help group for those adjusting to a new diagnosis or dealing with the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease. Meets fourth Tuesday of the month from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Abington Health Center, Schilling Campus, Willowwood Building, 2510 Maryland Road, Suite 251, Willow Grove. For more information or to RSVP, contact Lorna at 215-542-2931.

Mental health support group: St. John’s United Church of Christ, Main Street and Richardson Avenue, Lansdale, will host a mental health support group for family members and/or caregivers of mental ill persons the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call the Montgomery County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 215-886-0350 or email montconami@aol.com.

Support group: The North Penn Chapter of “To Live Again,” a non-denominational support group for widowed persons, holds meetings. For more information, call Lois at 215-412-5547.

Support groups: The Wellness Place, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale, hosts support groups. Information: 215-393-9105. A stress management program will be held Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Beginners T’ai chi will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Intermediate T’ai chi will be held from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays. A bereavement group, open to anyone who has lost a loved one to cancer, will be held Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A newcomers’ orientation for people affected by cancer will be held Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. A support group for people with cancer will be held Thursday from 10:15 a.m. to noon and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Yoga will be held Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. Pot luck lunch will be held Fridays from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Volunteers

Pennridge FISH: Pennridge FISH is in need of regular volunteers for Friday Philabundance deliveries. The hours are generally noon to 3 p.m. Tasks include unloading boxes from pallets, sorting food, stocking refrigerators, breaking down cardboard boxes and post-delivery clean up. Regular pantry volunteers are also needed. Information or to volunteer: pantry@pennridgefish.org or 215-257-7616.

Volunteers needed: Volunteers are needed to help make signs for Pennridge Community Center events such as the flea market, product demonstrations and Jewelry Only Artisans Craft Fair. A minimum of five double sided signs are needed for the events; nothing fancy, just informative. Stencils are used to pencil in letters that are then painted. Information: manager@pcsc@verizon.net, snugglebaby@comcast.net or 215-453-7027.

Seeing Eye Puppy Clubs: Bucks County 4-H was the first county in Pennsylvania to raise Seeing Eye puppies. The three county Seeing Eye Puppy Clubs, located in Perkasie, Southampton and Yardley, raise the largest number of puppies in Pennsylvania. The Seeing Eye has a continuous need for volunteers to raise future Seeing Eye dogs for about the first 16 months of their lives. Veterinary bills are paid and there is a monthly allowance to defray other puppy-raising costs. For more information about 4-H programs in Bucks County or about raising Seeing Eye puppies, call Nancy Stephenson at 215-345-3283.

Meals on Wheels: Generations of Indian Valley is looking for meals-on-wheels drivers for the North Penn/Lansdale and Souderton areas to deliver meals to homebound seniors in our community. Please contact Pat or Kim at 215-723-8555 for more information about this wonderful volunteer opportunity!

Hands Across the District: Volunteers are needed for Hands across the District, an organized districtwide volunteer program helping children and enhancing the education programs in the Souderton Area School District. Participants can help in a variety of ways, from tutoring to library help and serving as a classroom speaker. Information: 215-723-6061.

Friendship Volunteer Program: The Indian Creek Foundation’s Friendship Volunteer Program is looking for friendship volunteers to spend time with individuals with developmental disabilities. Interested people will be matched with clients according to shared interests and hobbies. Information: 267-203-1500.

Meals on Wheels: Pennridge Community Center is in need of volunteer drivers for delivery of lunch time meals to people who are unable to get out and about. You’ll get to meet and help many people. Information: www.PennridgeCenter.org, assistantmanager.pcsc@verizon.net, manager.pcsc@verizon.net or 215-453-7027

 

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