Event Submissions: To add an event to the community calendar, email event information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Calendar entries should be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the desired print date. Additions to the calendar are made on a space-available basis.
MCAP Wear Blue on the Steps: To commemorate National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project (MCAP) invites all of Montgomery County to wear blue, the color of prevention, and join together on the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse on East Airy Street in Norristown April 5 at 11:30 a.m. The 30-minute program for MCAP Wear Blue on the Steps will feature state and local dignitaries, MCAP Executive Director Mary Pugh, MCAP Board President Kate Imbesi, a group photo and giveaways. The Patriarch Foundation has pledged $100 to MCAP for every attendee of the event, for a total donation up to $10,000. For more information, contact MCAP Development Director Heather Evans at heather@MCAPkids.org or 610-279-1219 or visit MCAPkids.org/mcapwearblue.
Quilt Show and Sale: Homemaker’s Country Quilters will hold its quilt show and sale, Blooms of Spring, April 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 4-H Center, 1015 Bridge Road, Collegeville. The show will feature more than 150 quilts sewn by Homemaker’s Country Quilters members. The Recycle Room will sell fabric, sewing notions, books and magazines at reduced rates. Vendors also will have sewing patterns, fabric and many sewn items for sale. Cash or check only. The show will feature a display of Quilts of Honor Challenge Quilts. Members sewed these quilts to honor military, fire or police officers. In the Education Room, try your hand at hand quilting where instructions will be given around the quilt frame. Sandwiches and treats can bepurchased at the Quilter’s Café. Admission price is $7 with the proceeds to support the 4-H Center. For more information, visit homemakerscountryquilters.org.
Juried Art Show: Meadowood Senior Living in Worcester will hold its ninth juried art show April 5 to 7 featuring the work of painter Teresa DeSeve. The show is open to the public free of charge. The show will be on display April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m., April 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 7 from 1 to 4 p.m.
“Much Ado About Nothing”: The Stagecrafters, 8130 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill, will present “Much Ado About Nothing” April 5 to 20. See website for days and times. Tickets: $21 online, $25 at the door; students with valid ID $15, seniors $22. For more information, call 215-247-8881 or visit thestagecrafters.org.
Montgomery County Wellness Expo: Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, the Rotary Club of Blue Bell and Montgomery County Community College will host the 19th annual Montgomery County Wellness Expo April 6 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Health Sciences Center at Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. The community is invited to take part in health screenings, wellness activities, demonstrations and giveaways. A variety of free screenings will be provided by professionals from Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, the Montgomery County Office of Public Health, the Hepatitis B Foundation and Montgomery County Community College. Screenings include blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat, colon cancer consults, hearing and vision, pulmonary function and skin assessment. There also will be an opportunity for a fatty liver ultrasound screening, and participants must fast the morning of the screening. Refreshments will be provided during the expo. The expo also will host demonstrations provided by local professionals and specialists in the community. Community organizations and local businesses also will be on hand to provide health information. The first 100 participants who register to attend will receive a prize at the event. Participants also will have an opportunity to win one of three raffle prize. For more information and to register, visit mc3.edu/wellness.
Community Egg Hunt: Gwynedd Square Presbyterian Church, 837 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, will host a community egg hunt celebration April 6. Toddlers through age 10 are welcome to join in the fun of age-based egg hunts beginning at 10 a.m., followed by a celebration with a DJ, games, food and more. This is a free family event. For more information, visit gwyneddsquare.org.
Ambler Pub Crawl: The fourth annual Ambler Pub Crawl benefitting the Crohns and Colitis Foundation will take place April 6. Registration will begin at The Lucky Well, 111 E. Butler Ave., at noon. For a donation of $20, participants will receive discounted drinks at six Ambler restaurants: Bridget’s, KC’s Alley, Forest and Main, Gypsy Blu, From the Boot and The Lucky Well. The day will end at The Lucky Well at 4 p.m. with more fun and raffles. For more information, call Carol at 215-570-9570.
Pints for Preemies: TODAY is a Good Day, a local nonprofit providing personal and financial support for families with premature babies during their time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, will host its fourth annual Pints for Preemies fundraising event April 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Flourtown Country Club. Guests can enjoy tastings from local breweries and wineries, dinner, live music and a silent auction while supporting local families as they navigate the NICU journey and the work of Today is a Good Day. Tickets are available via todayisagoodday.org for $100 per person. The event is open to the public; must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, visit todayisagoodday.org.
Pack-A-Thon: Church of the Messiah, 1001 Dekalb Pike, Lower Gwynedd, will joins with the Rise Against Hunger organization to distribute food to help those in need during a pack-a-thon April 7 starting at 10:30 a.m. The goal is to pack 10,000 meals in two hours. The church is asking for anyone who wants to help or donate. If interested, visit messiahgwynedd.org or contact 215-699-9204.
Author Discussion: The Tiferet Bet Israel Men’s Club and Women’s League will host a presentation and discussion of Dr. Jacob Shammash’s newly published memoir, “From Bagdad to Boston and Beyond,” at a breakfast program April 7 at 10:30 a.m. in the TBI Courtyard, 1920 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell. Copies of the book are available at the TBI office for $15. An optional lox and bagel breakfast will be available for $5.
Autism Awareness Month Fashion Show Fundraiser: The Center at Hampton House will host its second annual fashion show and silentauction to highlight programs that deliver counseling, workshops and programming for persons with intellectual disabilities and Autism April 7 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Sunnybrook Golf Club, 398 Stenton Avenue, Plymouth Meeting. The theme this year surrounds butterflies. The Center at Hampton House is a Pennsylvania State Provider through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and offers individual and group pre-employment and job support services for high school transition students and individuals over the age of 21. Its programs strive to develop social, technological and vocational workplace ready skills as a springboard to confidence, employment and a fulfilling life. Tickets are available at thecenterathamptonhouse.org.
Art Exhibit: The Olitsky Gallery at Congregation Beth Or, 239 Welsh Road, Maple Glen, will present the work of Barry Simon and Priscilla Bohlen, two friends who paint together, through April 10. For more information, call Karen at 267-975-7555.
Springfield Township Parks and Recreation Department Programs: The Springfield Township Parks and Recreation Department is currently accepting registrations for the following programs: Yoga, Mindfulness, Relaxation (April to June): For men and women ages 18 to adult; registration ends April 10. 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.
“The Sound of Music”: Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic School will present “Getting to Know ... The Sound of Music” April 11, 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and April 14 at 2 p.m. in the St. Alphonsus Parish Center on the campus of Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic School, 29 Conwell Drive, Maple Glen. Tickets are on sale for $10 now or $12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased during school hours in the main office. For more information, visit olmrcs.com, or email email@example.com.
Lower Providence Optimist Club 100th Anniversary: The Lower Providence Optimist Club will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Optimist International with a fundraiser April 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. with all proceeds going to support the club’s backpack programs. The fundraiser will be a beef, beer and bowling event at Arnold’s Family Fun Center in Oaks. For more information, visit lpoptimistclub.com.
Japanese Cherry Blossom Days: Morris Arboretum will host its annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Days, in partnership with the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia, April 13 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature a variety of activities, all included with garden admission. The events are for both children and adults and will celebrate the art, culture and gardens inspired by the more than 35 varieties of cherry trees that grace the arboretum. For a detailed list of activities, visit morrisarboretum.org or call 215-247-577. Morris Arboretum is located at 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Chestnut Hill.
Gwynedd Friends Coffeehouse: Gwynedd Friends Coffeehouse will host RAVE ON April 13 at 8 p.m. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.Light refreshments will be for sale. $7 donation is requested to support the musicians. Additional proceeds will go to charity. Gwynedd Friends Coffeehouse is a not for profit outreach of Gwynedd Friends Meeting. Gwynedd Friends Coffeehouse is located at Gwynedd Friends Meeting, 1101 DeKalb Pike, Gwynedd4. A For more information, call 267-421-9394 or visit gwyneddmeeting.org/coffeehouse.
Wissahickon Valley Historical Society Museum Reopening: The Wissahickon Valley Historical Society invites the public to the grand reopening of our museum and library in the 1895 Whitpain Public School, 799 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. The event will feature music, games, refreshments and family fun.
Easter Week Services and Events: Central Schwenkfelder Church, 2111 S. Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, welcomes all to worship as it observes Easter and Holy Week. On Palm Sunday, April 14 at the 9 a.m. traditional service, the church will recognize Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem with music and a message by the Rev. Dr. David McKinley. At 10:35 a.m. during the contemporary worship service, there will be a special message, “Holy Week,” Mark’s gospel in lessons and music. On Holy Thursday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m., the church will hold a Tenebrae Communion service that will include readings and music about Christ’s passion. Good Friday, April 19, will include a noon prayer service featuring prayers and readings. The church will present the Passion Play, a dramatic presentation of Christ’s final week, on Good Friday, April 19, at 8 p.m. at Freddy Hill Farm, 1440 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale. Easter Sunday, April 21, will include an Easter dawn service at 7 a.m. outside in the front of the church (weather permitting). This will include special music by church members and a message, followed by a light continental breakfast. The 9 a.m. traditional service will include music by the Chancel Choir, Celebration Brass and Chancel Bells. The 10:35 a.m. contemporary worship service will feature contemporary praise music. For more information, call 610-584-4480 or visit cscfamily.org.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program: United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) and the Campaign for Working Families (CWF) will offer the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) Wednesday and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 133 W. Main St., Suite 2, Norristown . VITA provides assistance for taxes and helps residents make connections to other financial resources such as budgeting, credit counseling and financial literacy programs. Individuals and families earning $55,000 or less are eligible to receive free tax assistance through VITA. For eligibility requirements and a list of documents needed to file, visit unitedforimpact.org/vita or cwfphilly.org.
Capturing Your Family Stories: The Historical Society of Montgomery County will offer the course Capturing Your Family Stories: Oral History Interviews April 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the historical society, 1654 DeKalb St., Norristown. Executive Director Barry Rauhauser will offer some tips and tricks to recording interviews with relatives so that participants can ask questions and capture some of the stories of their family and others. The program is $15 for members of the Historical Society of Montgomery County and $20 for non-members. For reservations and more information, contact the historical society at 610-272-0297.
History in Motion: The Springfield Township Historical Society will present an encore presentation of its fifth History in Motion on Erdenheim Farm and Carson Valley: Country Estate to Fantasy Village April 18 at Commonwealth Chateau at Sugarloaf,9220 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dr. David Contosta, professor of history at Chestnut Hill College, will tell the story of how the unlikely pairing of Carson Valley School and Erdenheim Farm has been shaped and preserved over several centuries. All proceeds will benefit the Springfield Township Historical Society and its efforts to bring two urns that were once at Whitemarsh Hall home to Springfield Township from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Tickets are $25 per person. To purchase tickets, visit spring-fieldhistory.org or send a check payable to the Springfield Township Historical Society to the historical society at P.O. 564, Flourtown, PA 19031. Signup deadline is April 7. For more information, call the historical society at 215-233-4600.
Drive Electric Earth Day and ThriveFest: Weavers Way Ambler will participate in Drive Electric Earth Day, a national campaign to share information about electric vehicles, April 20 from 1 to 6 p.m. as part of the third annual ThriveFest, a weekend-long music festival over Earth Day weeken, where live original music will be featured during the day and evenings at Weavers Way and other venues in downtown Ambler. Drive Electric Earth Day will take place at Ambler Weavers Way and adjoining Ambler Beverage Exchange parking lots, 217 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. EV owners will showcase a variety of electric vehicles, offering “ride ‘n drives” and sharing their experiences of EV ownership. There will also be information booths with sustainability experts on hand to answer questions and government officials. For more information, visit driveelectricearthday.org/event.php?eventid=1652 and ThriveFest.US.
Somerset Properties Rush Hour Run: Somerset Properties Inc., the Fort Washington Business Alliance and the Upper Dublin Parks & Recreation Department will present the 2019 Somerset Properties Fort Washington Rush Hour Run, a 5K or 5-Miler, April 25 starting at 6 p.m. at the Upper Dublin Township Building. The race course will take participants, ages 8 and up, over the Rapp Run Dry Dam and onto the Camphill Road Trail, which borders the Fort Washington Office Park. The cost to participate in the race, with chip timing and other accoutrements, is $30 until April 10 and then $40 up and until race day. The race fee includes a post-race dinner; a free beer, water or other beverage; prizes; and cash for top finishers. Add $5 to the registration fee for an event T-shirt. The event will support UDP&R’s Summer Camp Scholarship Fund that gives under-resourced children the opportunity to attend summer camps with friends and neighbors. Register at RuntheDay.com.
Making Marathon — A History of Early Wyncote: The Historical Society of Montgomery County will present Making Marathon: A History of Early Wyncote as part of its Making History Greater Series April 25 from 7 to 8 p.m. Thomas Wieckowski will present this lecture following the development of Wyncote from William Penn’s green countryside through Gilded Age resort to the village for “the rest of us.” The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a social gathering and light refreshments. The presentation will last for about an hour with time for questions at the end. This program is free and open to the public.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 (pool closed April 17 for spring break). 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
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 3½ 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.
Comic Fest: April 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All children can begin a superhero journey by participating in some Super Activitiesincluding makinga super hero mask, creating a puppet, Lego play, reading to a therapy dog and a children’s program. For all ages. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
One Book, Every Young Child: April 9 to 11. At every children’s program this week, the library will share the book “Not a Box” by Antoinette Portis, and each family attending will receive a free copy to take home. Spanish edition is available.
Tape Games: April 11 at 2 p.m. Join the library for some fun games and activities made from tape. Crawl through the “laser maze” of tape. For children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in.
LEGO PLUS: April 13 at 2 p.m. Imagine, create and build using a variety of building sets, including LEGO, K’Nex and Straws and Connectors. For children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Remember the Titanic: April 15 at 2 p.m. Learn some fun facts about the Titanic; what it was like to be a passenger in first, second and third class; and do some ship-sinking experiments. For children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in.
Easter Storytime and Egg Hunt: April 16 at 10:30 a.m. Come for some Easter stories and fun, then go for an egg hunt in the library. For ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. Drop in.
Paper Egg Craft: April 17 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Decorate paper eggs with ribbon, crayons, markers and tissue paper. Drop in. For ages 4 and older.
Spring Seeds Craft: April 18 at 2 p.m. Make a seed head that will grow hair (grass). For children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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/TheCreativeWritersMeetupGroup.
Preschool Storytime: Tuesdays through April 23 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For ages 3 to 5.
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 email@example.com.
Toddler Storytime: Wednesdays through April 24 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. or Fridays through April 26 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. For ages 18 months to 3 years.
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.
Baby Storytime: Fridays through April 26 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. For ages birth to 18 months.
LEGO Club: April 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. For ages 4 to 12.
300 Books in One Day: April 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate National Library Week and Upper Dublin’s 300th anniversary by reading 300 books in one day. Drop in, and read picture books . For all ages.
Playtime@UDPL: April 15 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Come play with us. For ages 0 to 5.
Origami & Coloring: April 17 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.
Owls: April 17 at 1:30 p.m. Presented by the Philadelphia Metro Wildlife Center. Learn fun facts about Pennsylvania owls, and meet a special guest. For ages 4 to 12.
Holiday Hours: Closed April 21.
PreSchool STEAM: April 24 at 6:30 p.m. Celebrate Longwood Gardens Community Reads. For ages 3 to 5.
Creative Crafts — Book Art: May 1 from 7 to 8 p.m. Learn how to create art from books. For age 15 to adults.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecting Exceptional People Junior High Social: Second Friday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Students in grades six through nine who have special needs and abilities are invited to a new social series program full of fun/ Based on requests and modeled after the Connecting Exceptional People Socials for Young Adults, this event will feature Wii for dancing and games, snacks and craft projects. Participants will also able to play board games, draw or color or just enjoy each other’s company. Parents, guardians and/or caregivers are required to remain during the program. There will be quiet rooms available if a break is needed. Registration in the program is required. This is a joint-partnership program with Whitemarsh Township Parks and Recreation and is funded in part by a grant from the Autism Society of America, Greater Philadelphia Chapter. For more information and to register, email Deborah Moore at email@example.com or call 610-828-0441 ext. 107.
Paws and Read: April 3 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. Space is limited and registration is required. Participants will receive an email on the day of the program with the specific time slot.
Minutes with Misty the Dog: April 5 at 11:30 a.m. Families are invited to come to the library to interact with Misty, a golden doodle registered therapy dog. Children will play with her, groom her, learn some commands, give Misty a treat and more. No registration required.
Polish Papercutting (Wycinanki) Art Class: April 6 at 11:30 a.m. Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to join Ramalakshmi Lakshmanan for a Wycinanki art class. Wycinanki, intricate paper cutouts, has been a popular folk craft in Poland since the mid-19th century. In this workshop, kids will try simple Wycinanki designs with step-by-step instructions. Registration is required.
Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Tasting Fundraiser: April 6 at 5 p.m. Join the library for wine tastings, cheeses and desserts from local establishments, light music and raffles. Robert Peters, wine expert and Main Line School Night instructor, will be the special guest. All attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets: $45 per person. Purchase in person at the library (cash or check only) or at jeaneslibrary.org. No tickets will be sold at the door. Proceeds will benefit the library.
Peep Dioramas: April 8 at 5:30 p.m. Create a Peep diorama. The library will provide all the supplies. Registration is appreciated. This program is for teens.
Coffee with a Cop: April 9 at 10 a.m. Drop in for a chat with members of the Whitemarsh Township Police Department. Free. No registration required. Refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the William Jeanes Memorial Library.
Building Self-Esteem and Confidence in your Children: April 10 at 6:30 p.m. In this parenting workshop led by Adrienne Bishop, a life coach for parents, discover how parents can help increase their child’s self-esteem and confidence, giving them the best chance at reaching their full potential in life.
Prom Wear Drive Giveaway: April 11 and 12 from 5 to 8 p.m., April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 14 from 1 to 5 p.m. Teens can get an outfit for prom for free. The library will give away donations of new and gently used men’s and women’s formal wear, including dresses, shoes, jewelry, evening bags, tuxes and suits and ties.
Free Build: April 15 at 12:30 p.m. Drop in and explore some age-appropriate building activities. There will be Legos, Magna-Tiles, KEVA planks, Jenga and a variety of building sets and materials for children to play-learn with. No registration required!
DIY Crystal Geodes: April 16 at 2 p.m. Make crystal geodes with this science experiment. The geodes will have to sit overnight at the library. Registration is appreciated. This program is for teens.
Pajama Storytime: April 17 at 6:30 p.m. Put on pajamas and bring the whole family to this evening storytime with Ms. Rachel for families with children through age 7. Bring pillows, blankets, loveys and stuffed friends. No registration necessary.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament: April 18 from noon to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required to attend the tournament. This program is for teens.
Teen Movie Showing: April 17 at 1 p.m. Join a showing of “The Hate U Give” (PG-13). No registration necessary. This program is for teens.
The Reason for a Flower — Hands-On History Program: April 19 at 10:30 a.m. In partnership with the Longwood Gardens Community Read program, preschoolers are invited to join the Chester County Historical Society for a hands-on history program. It will begin by reading Ruth Keller’s “The Reason for a Flower” and then look at historic toys, clothing, quilts and food to discover what seeds helped to produce flowers. The program will finish with a historic craft.
Drop in: Paint Your Crystal Geodes: April 22 at 6 p.m. This event is for teens who attended the DIY Crystal Geodes event April 19. Pick them crystals and paint them. This is a drop-in program.
Family Movie Night: April 24 at 6 p.m. Join for free popcorn and a newly released family friendly movie. No registration necessary.
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.
Wissahickon Valley Public Library
Wissahickon Valley Public Library, Blue Bell branch: 650 Skippack Pike (Route 73) diagonally across from the Blue Bell Inn. 215-643-1320.
Yoga: Mondays at 1:30 p.m. With Kathy Tooley. Cost: $35 for eight weeks; $8 drop in.
Socrates Café: Mondays at 7 p.m. Discuss issues or ideas chosen by group vote.
Knitting: Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. All welcome to knit or watch and learn.
Mah Jong: Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
Chess Club: Wednesdays at 7 p.m. All are welcome. If a child is attending, a parent must stay. No need to sign up, just show up. Chess boards & chess pieces provided.
Movie Matinees: Tuesdays at 2 p.m.
Guitar Storytimes with Miss Michelle: Mondays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Baby Storytime: Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. For 6- to 18-month-old pre-walkers and caregivers. Simple books, finger plays and more with Miss Tegan.
Teen Advisory Board: Last Saturday of each month at 2 p.m. Teens plan programs for teens.
Free passes: The library circulates free passes to American Helicopter Museum, Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, Morris Arboretum, National Liberty Museum, Elmwood Park Zoo, Pearl S. Buck International Museum and Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. Come in and check out a pass, just like you check out a book.
Wissahickon Valley Public Library, Ambler Branch: 209 Race St., Ambler. 215-643-7775.
Your Family History/Genealogy: Call for appointment; 267-626-4437 or email 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Lois Trave at 215-870-7232 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and upcoming guest speakers/activities. Visithdsa.org for additional HD information and resources.
Recovery group meetings: Fairview Village Church hosts addiction support/recovery group meetings. Men’s A to Z is a Biblical support/recovery group that is open to men 18 years and over. Women’s Christian 12 Step support/recovery group is open to all women 18 years and over. Parents of Addicted Adult Children is a Christ-centered support group for parents who struggle with addicted adult children. We meet on Monday evenings at 6:45 p.m. at 3044 West Germantown Pike, Eagleville. You are welcome to join at any time. 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.