North Penn region calendar: Week of March 15

March 16, 2015 Posted by admin







Lansdale Public Library

What’s happening at the Lansdale Public Library: 301 Vine St., Lansdale. Information: 215-855-3228; inforequests@lansdalelibrary.org; or visit www.lansdalelibrary.org. The library is open: Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cribbage: Mondays at 1 p.m.

Latino Culture and Spanish Language Club: Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Come out to learn the language or if you speak Spanish already, to converse with others en Español.

Mexican Train Dominoes: Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

Montgomery County Hearing Voices Network: Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. Options for people who hear, see, or sense things that others don’t are limited only by assumptions based on misinformation and fear. The Montgomery County Hearing Voices Network works to spread knowledge, awareness, understanding, compassion and hope about the hearing voices experience.

Knitting/Crocheting Group: Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Beginners, novices, whoever — if you’re looking for a nice way to relax and socialize, our knitting club is for you. Bring a current project, or a skein of yarn and needles to start.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Group: Wednesdays at 1 p.m. This mutual-aid group helps people make changes to their wellness plans.

Miss Lisa’s Toddler Tales: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. A storytime tailored to toddlers!

Miss Lisa’s Family Storytime: Thursdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. For children ages 3 to 5. Parents and siblings are welcome. Continued…

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Miss Lisa’s Tiny Tots Storytime: Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Miss Lisa will present her storytime for infants and caregivers.

Stitch and Chat: Fridays at 1 p.m.

Behind the Screens — 3D Printing: Fridays at 4 p.m. Geared to students age 9 to 16, this class introduces additive manufacturing and computer-aided design using the library’s Makerbot Replicator z18 3D printer and tinkercad.com.

Friday Evening Movies: Showtime is 6 p.m. March 27: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” (PG-13, 123 minutes).Basics Computer Skills for Adults: March 24 at 4:30 p.m. Come learn the basics of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Space is limited; sign up at front desk.

MOMS Club: March 16 at 10:15 a.m.

Lansdale Camera Club: March 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Philadelphia Tea Party: March 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Friends of the Library: March 19 at 7 p.m.

Lansdale MS Optimists Support Group: March 19 at 7 p.m.

Game Night: March 24 at 7 p.m. Munchkin, Risk, Fluxx, Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Parcheesi, Scrabble, Monopoly, Bananagrams, Apples to Apples. Join us, bring a game or choose from one here. Come out and play! Continued…

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Amateur Radio License Exam: March 26 at 7 p.m.

North Wales Area Library

What’s happening at the North Wales Area Library: 233 S. Swartley St., North Wales. 215-699-5410; www.northwaleslibrary.org. The library is open Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Story Hour: All ages welcome every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. and Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Blood pressure screening: Third Thursday afternoon of each month, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Abington Health will offer free blood pressure screening. No appointment or fee.

eReader instruction: Get a new eReader/Smartphone? Library eBooks audiobooks for these devices are available for free through the library! Books are compatible with Nooks, Kindles, tablets, iPods, iPhones androids. Ask for an instruction sheet for your device, all you need is a current library card. Call for an appointment for extra help.

Tai Chi for Arthritis classes: This is a safe, easy-to-learn exercise class that increases vitality, mental clarity and calms the spirit. No experience or special equipment needed; wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Taught by a certified instructor. Tai Chi is a positive and fun experience for everyone — not just those with arthritis. Classes are Thursdays at 10 and 11:15 a.m. for newcomers and 5:45 p.m. The cost is $5 per session. Sign up now.

RSVP APPRISE: Second Tuesday of each month from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Medicare Counselors are trained by the State Health Insurance Assistance Program. All counseling is free confidential. Meetings can be individual or in groups. Theresa Lacianca will be counseling at NWAL. Call 610-834-1040 ext. 46 with questions or to schedule an appointment.

Computer tutoring: Would you like one-on-one help to better understand Windows, how to best manage your files, help with Microsoft Word or Excel, email, browsing the web, security questions or anything else specific on your PC? Get assistance by having someone sit with you and help you understand using your PC. Sign up now for one-on-one computer tutoring Indicate a few preferred dates and times plus the topics you would like help with. The fee is $10/hour, which will support the “Keep Us Alive, Help Us Thrive” Campaign.

Euchre: First Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. Play this partnership game using standard playing cards. Don’t know how to play, the group will help you learn. Continued…

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Mahjong Group: Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the main library.

Mexican Train Dominoes: Every Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Knitting Club: Every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the fireplace area.

Pinochle: Every Friday at noon.

Book Discussion: From 7 to 9 p.m. at the Library! Books are available $10 each.

Art Music

Pysanky Workshop: The Lansdale Department of Parks and Recreation will offer two workshops on “Pysanky” (Ukrainian Easter eggs). Learn how to create beautiful Easter eggs using the interesting custom of Pysanky. Eggs are hand decorated using an ancient wax resist process, which the Ukrainians have been using for centuries. The workshops will be held March 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. at the Parks Recreation Building located at 660 Lansdale Ave.. For additional information regarding registration and fees, call 215-361-8352 or visit the parks tecreation section of the borough’s website at www.lansdale.org.

Fine artists and crafters wanted: Fine artists and crafters interested in participating in the 27th annual Lansdale Festival of the Arts should contact the Lansdale Department of Parks and Recreation at 215-361-8352, jgrubb@lansdale.org or visit www.lansdale.org for prospectus and jury information. At the festival, you will find easy set-up and teardown, beautiful park setting and cash awards. This year, the festival will be held Aug. 29.

Craft night: A Monthly Craft Night is held the first Thursday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville. This event is free and no registration is required. Bring your project and a snack to share. In the event of inclement weather, call 215-256-3020 or visit www.mhep.org.

Church Events

Thrift shop: The Thrift Shop at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 211 S. Main St., North Wales, is open for business. Store hours are Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The shop is located at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 211 S. Main St., North Wales. Donations of small household items, books, linens and women’s and children’s clothing are accepted during store hours. All proceeds are donated to local charities.

Community

Restaurant open: The Restaurant and Bakery at North Montco Technical Career Center will be open to the public every Wednesday and Thursday during the school year. The restaurant will be open for breakfast from 8:45 to 10 a.m. and for lunch from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, call 215-368-1177 ext. 193. Visit www.nmtcc.org for the weekly restaurant menu and bakery specials.

Chorus seeks members: The North Pennsmen Barbershop Chorus is seeking new members. The membership includes men of all ages and walks of life, from high school age, to young adults, adults, to seniors. Contests and conventions are held in the spring and fall and attract between 600 and 2,000 singers at each event. The North Pennsmen also perform at many local community fairs, senior communities, sports events and churches. The North Pennsmen rehearse every Tuesday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Central Schwenkfelder Church, 211 Valley Forge Road, Worcester. For more information, please visit their site at www.northpennsmen.org or call them at 215-393-1940.

Bingo: The Knights of Columbus, Pius IX Council host 25 games of Bingo on the first and second Friday nights of each month. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the first game starting at 6:45 p.m. Game cards start at $9 per book for play all night. Las Vegas tickets, 50/50 and additional Jackpot Bingo games throughout the evening. Kitchen open with food for purchase. Knights of Columbus hall is located at 258 West 8th Street in Lansdale, on the corner of Eighth Street and Kenilworth Ave. Call 215-368-3044 or info@kofC4396.org for more information.

Donations sought: Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 533 Foundry Road, West Norriton, is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., selling furniture, lamps, lighting fixtures, paint, tile, flooring and much more. Donations are accepted at the ReStore until 15 minutes before closing. To schedule a pick-up for donated items, call 610-631-3149. Restore volunteers are also needed and training/orientation is provided.

Heartland Hospice: Heartland Hospice is looking for caring and dedicated people with an interest in serving terminally ill patients and their families in the greater Philadelphia area. Volunteer classes are available to fit each person’s schedule. Please call 610-941-6700 for more information.

Stiches of Love: Are you vision impaired or blind and would like to try your hand at knitting, crocheting, weaving, or other crafts? Come join us in our “Stitches of Love” program on the first and third Thursday of each month, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sessions are held at the Montgomery County Association for the Blind (MCAB), 212 N. Main St., third floor, North Wales. Volunteers are also welcome. For more information you may contact MCAB at 215-661-9800.

Volunteers sought: Holy Redeemer HomeCare and Hospice seeks compassionate and emotionally mature volunteers to provide support to local hospice patients and their families in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Volunteers may also assist with pet therapy and administrative work within the hospice department and are requested to have daytime availability. Hospice patient care volunteers visit with patients in their homes or nursing facilities once a week for two to three hours. They provide emotional support and companionship to patients and family members, assist with errands or provide respite for caregivers. Bereavement volunteers support the families of hospice patients following the loss of a loved one, while administrative volunteers assist with typing, mailings and/or filing. Hospice care workers provide a great service to families and loved ones of hospice patients. Many volunteers also report a great deal of personal satisfaction as a result of their services. Patient care and bereavement volunteers complete an application and attend an 18-hour volunteer training program that covers the medical, psychological and spiritual aspects of hospice volunteering. Day and evening training programs are offered. To sign up for volunteer opportunities in Pennsylvania, contact Holy Redeemer Volunteer Coordinator Jean Francis at 215-698-3737 or email jfrancis@holyredeemer.com.

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 90 minutes 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 215-855-6016.

Upper Gwynedd Fire Department programs: Upper Gwynedd Fire Department Cellphone Recycling Program — We are now accepting used cell phones. Please drop off your used cell phone at UG Fire house – 660 Garfield Ave, West Point, Tuesday night between 6 and 7 p.m. or during Hoagie sale – 2nd Saturday of every month. The Upper Gwynedd Fire Department is looking for volunteers — While it may surprise you to learn that fire protection is provided in Upper Gwynedd by 50 volunteers who receive no compensation at all, this is the norm, not the exception. Approximately 97 percent of the fire companies in the Commonwealth are volunteer. We are looking for firefighters, quick response medical personnel, junior firefighers, special fire police, and active members that can help at fundraisers and take care of administrative duties. To volunteer visit our website at www.ugfd.org or stop by any Tuesday night. The Upper Gwynedd Fire Department is always looking for cars to be donated to the fire department. If you have an old car that you are looking to sell or dispose of, why not donate it to the fire department? Your tax-deductible donation goes a long way and helps the first responders get valuable training. These vehicles are needed to keep up our training and skills in automobile extrication. You can even watch as the members turn your old car into scrap, all in the name of good training. All we need from you is your vehicle and title, and we take care of the rest. If your vehicle is older than 10 years, a title is not needed. A donation receipt will be provided to you. Call 267-228-5949 for more information.

Drama Dance

St. Patrick’s Day Square Dance for Beginners: March 16 at 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Singles welcome, or bring a partner, family or friends. Casual dress; no experience needed. Perky Promenaders Square Dance Club. Christ United Methodist Church, Valley Forge Road (Route 363), 1020 S. Valley Forge Road, Lansdale. 215-855-7130 or www.perkyprom.org.”

Line dancing: North Penn Lodge No. 1979 will host country line dancing on Tuesdays and swing dancing on Wednesdays at the North Penn ELKS, 2737 Trewingtown Road, ColMarch Beginners’ lessons start at 7 p.m. The cost is $8. For more information call Dave at 215-997-7688.

Dance classes: Dance classes at the PEAK Center, 1292 Allentown Road, Towamencin: Ballroom dance classes: Learn the basics of the fox trot, cha cha, jitterbug and waltz. Beginners ballroom: Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Intermediate ballroom: Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Beginners line dancing: Thursdays, 12:30-1 p.m. Line dancing: Thursdays, 1 p.m. Tap dancing: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Cost is $24 for six-week sessions. Call 215-362-7432 for information and registration. Instructor John Long has been teaching ballroom, tap and line dance at many venues including the PEAK Center for over 20 years.

Education

Bookmobile schedule: Water Tower Square, Horsham and North Wales roads, Montgomeryville, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 20 and noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. March 26; Ralph’s Corner, Routes 63 and 463, Hatfield, from 10: a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. March 21 and 1:30 to 4 p.m. March 27; Valley Stream Apartments, Cowpath Road and and Line Street, Hatfield, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 25; Estate of George S. Snyder Inc., Cowpath Road, Hatfield, from 12:30 to 3:45 p.m. March 26; and Hatfield Village Apartments, Maple Avenue, Hatfield, from 5 to 7 p.m. March 26.

For Kids Families

Awana Club: Calvary Baptist Church in Lansdale holds an Awana Club for boys and girls ages 3 up through the sixth grade each Wednesday night during the school year. Come join hundreds of other children each week as they participate in a small group time, a chapel time and a one-of-a-kind game time. Club runs from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Minimal cost involved. Please contact Pastor John at 215-368-4444 ext. 110) for more information.

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.

North Penn YMCA events: The North Penn YMCA, Lansdale Branch, 608 E. Main St., Lansdale, hosts events for children. Information: 215-368-1601. The North Penn YMCA will host a School’s Out Program, where children will be transported to the YMCA from area schools for before and after school care. Children will enjoy activities like swimming, art and music, fitness readiness, computer lab, special gym programs and the “Reading Nook.” Space is limited. For more information, call the number above, ext. 232.

Health

Flu shots: North Penn VNA reminds area residents that it is not too late to get your flu shot. North Penn Visiting Nurse Association still has flu (influenza) shots available. Shots are free for adults who use Medicare B as their primary health insurance. Medicare cards must be presented to receive the vaccine at no cost. All others will be charged $25, payable in cash or by check. A receipt will be provided so you may obtain reimbursement from your insurance company. Please call 215-855-6191 to schedule a time that is convenient for you to receive your flu shot.

Yoga: Experience your True Self through Sahaja Yoga Meditation: Free classes every Saturday 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Lansdale Parks and Recreation Building 660 Lansdale Ave. (at 7th Street), Lansdale, 19946 For more information: 215-361-7137 or info@synorthpenn.org.

Health programs: The PEAK Center, 1292 Allentown Road, Towamencin, offers health-related programs for adults 55 years of age and older: Zumba Gold Mondays from 1:15-2:15 p.m. $4 per session; Strong WoMen (for Women and Men) Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-10 a.m. $28/6 weeks; drop-in fee $5/class; Tai Chi Tuesdays from 10:15-11:15 a.m. $4 per session; Fitness Center Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. You must be evaluated by Kim Zimmerman. See Sandi at the Welcome Desk to set up a time; Fit for the Future 1 Tuesdays and Fridays from 9-10 a.m. No charge; Fit for the Future 11 Tuesdays from 12:45-1:45 p.m. and Fridays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. $4 per session; Total Body Toning Wednesdays from 10:15-11:15 a.m. No charge; Zumba Chair Wednesdays from 12:45-1:30 p.m. $4 per session; Yoga Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. $4 per session; and Line Dancing Thursdays from 12:30-1 p.m. (beginners) and 1-2 p.m. (experienced). $4 per session. Information: 215-362-7432. Acupressure and seated head, neck and shoulder massages are offered at The PEAK Center on a monthly basis. The cost for each treatment is $15 for 15 minutes and $25 for 30 minutes. Appointments can be made at The PEAK Center, 315 W. Main Street, Lansdale, 215-362-7432.

Arthritis Support Group: The Arthritis Support Group, sponsored by the NPVNA, meets 10:30-11:30 a.m. on the third Friday of each month at The PEAK Center, 315 W. Main Street, Lansdale. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact The PEAK Center at 215-362-7432.

Nutrition program: Farmers Market Nutrition Program — The PEAK Center, 315 W. Main St., Lansdale, will be a distribution site for Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons. Coupons are available to participants who are residents of Montgomery County, 60+ years of age, whose income does not exceed $20,036 or $26,955 for a couple. Coupons will be distributed 10-11 a.m. on Tuesdays, and 2-3 p.m. on Thursdays. Proof of age is required.

Glucose Clinic: Bayada Nurses sponsors free glucose testing on the fourth Tuesday of each month at The PEAK Center. Fasting is not required, but it is best to limit your breakfast intake. This is a free service offered to the community 9:30-10:30 a.m. For more information, contact The PEAK Center, 315 W. Main Street, Lansdale, telephone, 215-362-7432.TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Club Inc., a nonprofit weight loss support organization, has established a new chapter. Weekly meetings will be held at the North Penn and Indian Valley YMCAs Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and at the Lansdale branch Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to attend their first meeting free of charge. Membership is $28 per year plus nominal chapter fees. For more information on TOPS, visit www.tops.org.

Meetings Lectures

Breakfast News Network: 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. at Normandy Farm Hotel (1401 Morris Road, Blue Bell, PA 19422) $15 members, includes full buffet breakfast. Join us for a networking program at Normandy Farm Hotel every Thursday morning for breakfast, business news, informative speakers and plenty of networking. The cost includes a full breakfast buffet. Copies of the business cards will be made available to those who would like them.

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.

Single Volunteers of Bucks County: Meets every third Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at Andrews Hall (part of Doylestown Presbyterian Church), 125 Mechanic Street. Parking is located on Church Street. On all other Tuesdays, the group meets at the Churchville Nature Center on Churchville Lane. The group is for singles who want to make friends while helping their community through volunteering. For more information or directions, visit www.svbucks.org.

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: 215-489-6120 ext. 3 (Maura Farrell).

Support

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.

Common Bond: A support, fellowship group for widowed, divorced men and women over age 50 holds monthly discussion the first Sunday of the month in the library of St. John’s Lutheran Church, 505 N. York Road, Hatboro. Orientation for new members is at 2 p.m. Discussion from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. New members welcome. Reservations are necessary. For more information, call 215-675-3947 or 215-918-3376.

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.

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.

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.

Addiction education program: Each month PRO-ACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Achieving Community Together) hosts a Family Addiction Education Program to help individuals and family recognize and address an addiction problem in a spouse, parent, child or other loved one. Led by trained volunteers who have been in the same situation, these information and support programs begin the first week of each month and meet once a week for three consecutive weeks. Sessions meet on the first three Thursdays of the month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at North Penn Community Health Foundation in Colmar. Sessions are free and confidential — first names only. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 800-221-6333 weekdays 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. or visit www.proact.org and click the Family Education Program link.

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.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Souderton’s Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Study holds open meetings on Thursdays at the Souderton Mennonite Church, 105 W. Chestnut St., at 7:30 p.m.

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.

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Lansdale Public Library

What’s happening at the Lansdale Public Library: 301 Vine St., Lansdale. Information: 215-855-3228; inforequests@lansdalelibrary.org; or visit www.lansdalelibrary.org. The library is open: Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cribbage: Mondays at 1 p.m.

Latino Culture and Spanish Language Club: Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Come out to learn the language or if you speak Spanish already, to converse with others en Español.

Mexican Train Dominoes: Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

Montgomery County Hearing Voices Network: Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. Options for people who hear, see, or sense things that others don’t are limited only by assumptions based on misinformation and fear. The Montgomery County Hearing Voices Network works to spread knowledge, awareness, understanding, compassion and hope about the hearing voices experience.

Knitting/Crocheting Group: Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Beginners, novices, whoever — if you’re looking for a nice way to relax and socialize, our knitting club is for you. Bring a current project, or a skein of yarn and needles to start.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Group: Wednesdays at 1 p.m. This mutual-aid group helps people make changes to their wellness plans.

Miss Lisa’s Toddler Tales: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. A storytime tailored to toddlers!

Miss Lisa’s Family Storytime: Thursdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. For children ages 3 to 5. Parents and siblings are welcome.

Miss Lisa’s Tiny Tots Storytime: Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Miss Lisa will present her storytime for infants and caregivers.

Stitch and Chat: Fridays at 1 p.m.

Behind the Screens — 3D Printing: Fridays at 4 p.m. Geared to students age 9 to 16, this class introduces additive manufacturing and computer-aided design using the library’s Makerbot Replicator z18 3D printer and tinkercad.com.

Friday Evening Movies: Showtime is 6 p.m. March 27: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” (PG-13, 123 minutes).Basics Computer Skills for Adults: March 24 at 4:30 p.m. Come learn the basics of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Space is limited; sign up at front desk.

MOMS Club: March 16 at 10:15 a.m.

Lansdale Camera Club: March 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Philadelphia Tea Party: March 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Friends of the Library: March 19 at 7 p.m.

Lansdale MS Optimists Support Group: March 19 at 7 p.m.

Game Night: March 24 at 7 p.m. Munchkin, Risk, Fluxx, Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Parcheesi, Scrabble, Monopoly, Bananagrams, Apples to Apples. Join us, bring a game or choose from one here. Come out and play!

Amateur Radio License Exam: March 26 at 7 p.m.

North Wales Area Library

What’s happening at the North Wales Area Library: 233 S. Swartley St., North Wales. 215-699-5410; www.northwaleslibrary.org. The library is open Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Story Hour: All ages welcome every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. and Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Blood pressure screening: Third Thursday afternoon of each month, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Abington Health will offer free blood pressure screening. No appointment or fee.

eReader instruction: Get a new eReader/Smartphone? Library eBooks audiobooks for these devices are available for free through the library! Books are compatible with Nooks, Kindles, tablets, iPods, iPhones androids. Ask for an instruction sheet for your device, all you need is a current library card. Call for an appointment for extra help.

Tai Chi for Arthritis classes: This is a safe, easy-to-learn exercise class that increases vitality, mental clarity and calms the spirit. No experience or special equipment needed; wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Taught by a certified instructor. Tai Chi is a positive and fun experience for everyone — not just those with arthritis. Classes are Thursdays at 10 and 11:15 a.m. for newcomers and 5:45 p.m. The cost is $5 per session. Sign up now.

RSVP APPRISE: Second Tuesday of each month from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Medicare Counselors are trained by the State Health Insurance Assistance Program. All counseling is free confidential. Meetings can be individual or in groups. Theresa Lacianca will be counseling at NWAL. Call 610-834-1040 ext. 46 with questions or to schedule an appointment.

Computer tutoring: Would you like one-on-one help to better understand Windows, how to best manage your files, help with Microsoft Word or Excel, email, browsing the web, security questions or anything else specific on your PC? Get assistance by having someone sit with you and help you understand using your PC. Sign up now for one-on-one computer tutoring Indicate a few preferred dates and times plus the topics you would like help with. The fee is $10/hour, which will support the “Keep Us Alive, Help Us Thrive” Campaign.

Euchre: First Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. Play this partnership game using standard playing cards. Don’t know how to play, the group will help you learn.

Mahjong Group: Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the main library.

Mexican Train Dominoes: Every Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Knitting Club: Every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the fireplace area.

Pinochle: Every Friday at noon.

Book Discussion: From 7 to 9 p.m. at the Library! Books are available $10 each.

Art Music

Pysanky Workshop: The Lansdale Department of Parks and Recreation will offer two workshops on “Pysanky” (Ukrainian Easter eggs). Learn how to create beautiful Easter eggs using the interesting custom of Pysanky. Eggs are hand decorated using an ancient wax resist process, which the Ukrainians have been using for centuries. The workshops will be held March 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. at the Parks Recreation Building located at 660 Lansdale Ave.. For additional information regarding registration and fees, call 215-361-8352 or visit the parks tecreation section of the borough’s website at www.lansdale.org.

Fine artists and crafters wanted: Fine artists and crafters interested in participating in the 27th annual Lansdale Festival of the Arts should contact the Lansdale Department of Parks and Recreation at 215-361-8352, jgrubb@lansdale.org or visit www.lansdale.org for prospectus and jury information. At the festival, you will find easy set-up and teardown, beautiful park setting and cash awards. This year, the festival will be held Aug. 29.

Craft night: A Monthly Craft Night is held the first Thursday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville. This event is free and no registration is required. Bring your project and a snack to share. In the event of inclement weather, call 215-256-3020 or visit www.mhep.org.

Church Events

Thrift shop: The Thrift Shop at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 211 S. Main St., North Wales, is open for business. Store hours are Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The shop is located at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 211 S. Main St., North Wales. Donations of small household items, books, linens and women’s and children’s clothing are accepted during store hours. All proceeds are donated to local charities.

Community

Restaurant open: The Restaurant and Bakery at North Montco Technical Career Center will be open to the public every Wednesday and Thursday during the school year. The restaurant will be open for breakfast from 8:45 to 10 a.m. and for lunch from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, call 215-368-1177 ext. 193. Visit www.nmtcc.org for the weekly restaurant menu and bakery specials.

Chorus seeks members: The North Pennsmen Barbershop Chorus is seeking new members. The membership includes men of all ages and walks of life, from high school age, to young adults, adults, to seniors. Contests and conventions are held in the spring and fall and attract between 600 and 2,000 singers at each event. The North Pennsmen also perform at many local community fairs, senior communities, sports events and churches. The North Pennsmen rehearse every Tuesday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Central Schwenkfelder Church, 211 Valley Forge Road, Worcester. For more information, please visit their site at www.northpennsmen.org or call them at 215-393-1940.

Bingo: The Knights of Columbus, Pius IX Council host 25 games of Bingo on the first and second Friday nights of each month. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the first game starting at 6:45 p.m. Game cards start at $9 per book for play all night. Las Vegas tickets, 50/50 and additional Jackpot Bingo games throughout the evening. Kitchen open with food for purchase. Knights of Columbus hall is located at 258 West 8th Street in Lansdale, on the corner of Eighth Street and Kenilworth Ave. Call 215-368-3044 or info@kofC4396.org for more information.

Donations sought: Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 533 Foundry Road, West Norriton, is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., selling furniture, lamps, lighting fixtures, paint, tile, flooring and much more. Donations are accepted at the ReStore until 15 minutes before closing. To schedule a pick-up for donated items, call 610-631-3149. Restore volunteers are also needed and training/orientation is provided.

Heartland Hospice: Heartland Hospice is looking for caring and dedicated people with an interest in serving terminally ill patients and their families in the greater Philadelphia area. Volunteer classes are available to fit each person’s schedule. Please call 610-941-6700 for more information.

Stiches of Love: Are you vision impaired or blind and would like to try your hand at knitting, crocheting, weaving, or other crafts? Come join us in our “Stitches of Love” program on the first and third Thursday of each month, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sessions are held at the Montgomery County Association for the Blind (MCAB), 212 N. Main St., third floor, North Wales. Volunteers are also welcome. For more information you may contact MCAB at 215-661-9800.

Volunteers sought: Holy Redeemer HomeCare and Hospice seeks compassionate and emotionally mature volunteers to provide support to local hospice patients and their families in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Volunteers may also assist with pet therapy and administrative work within the hospice department and are requested to have daytime availability. Hospice patient care volunteers visit with patients in their homes or nursing facilities once a week for two to three hours. They provide emotional support and companionship to patients and family members, assist with errands or provide respite for caregivers. Bereavement volunteers support the families of hospice patients following the loss of a loved one, while administrative volunteers assist with typing, mailings and/or filing. Hospice care workers provide a great service to families and loved ones of hospice patients. Many volunteers also report a great deal of personal satisfaction as a result of their services. Patient care and bereavement volunteers complete an application and attend an 18-hour volunteer training program that covers the medical, psychological and spiritual aspects of hospice volunteering. Day and evening training programs are offered. To sign up for volunteer opportunities in Pennsylvania, contact Holy Redeemer Volunteer Coordinator Jean Francis at 215-698-3737 or email jfrancis@holyredeemer.com.

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 90 minutes 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 215-855-6016.

Upper Gwynedd Fire Department programs: Upper Gwynedd Fire Department Cellphone Recycling Program — We are now accepting used cell phones. Please drop off your used cell phone at UG Fire house – 660 Garfield Ave, West Point, Tuesday night between 6 and 7 p.m. or during Hoagie sale – 2nd Saturday of every month. The Upper Gwynedd Fire Department is looking for volunteers — While it may surprise you to learn that fire protection is provided in Upper Gwynedd by 50 volunteers who receive no compensation at all, this is the norm, not the exception. Approximately 97 percent of the fire companies in the Commonwealth are volunteer. We are looking for firefighters, quick response medical personnel, junior firefighers, special fire police, and active members that can help at fundraisers and take care of administrative duties. To volunteer visit our website at www.ugfd.org or stop by any Tuesday night. The Upper Gwynedd Fire Department is always looking for cars to be donated to the fire department. If you have an old car that you are looking to sell or dispose of, why not donate it to the fire department? Your tax-deductible donation goes a long way and helps the first responders get valuable training. These vehicles are needed to keep up our training and skills in automobile extrication. You can even watch as the members turn your old car into scrap, all in the name of good training. All we need from you is your vehicle and title, and we take care of the rest. If your vehicle is older than 10 years, a title is not needed. A donation receipt will be provided to you. Call 267-228-5949 for more information.

Drama Dance

St. Patrick’s Day Square Dance for Beginners: March 16 at 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Singles welcome, or bring a partner, family or friends. Casual dress; no experience needed. Perky Promenaders Square Dance Club. Christ United Methodist Church, Valley Forge Road (Route 363), 1020 S. Valley Forge Road, Lansdale. 215-855-7130 or www.perkyprom.org.”

Line dancing: North Penn Lodge No. 1979 will host country line dancing on Tuesdays and swing dancing on Wednesdays at the North Penn ELKS, 2737 Trewingtown Road, ColMarch Beginners’ lessons start at 7 p.m. The cost is $8. For more information call Dave at 215-997-7688.

Dance classes: Dance classes at the PEAK Center, 1292 Allentown Road, Towamencin: Ballroom dance classes: Learn the basics of the fox trot, cha cha, jitterbug and waltz. Beginners ballroom: Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Intermediate ballroom: Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Beginners line dancing: Thursdays, 12:30-1 p.m. Line dancing: Thursdays, 1 p.m. Tap dancing: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Cost is $24 for six-week sessions. Call 215-362-7432 for information and registration. Instructor John Long has been teaching ballroom, tap and line dance at many venues including the PEAK Center for over 20 years.

Education

Bookmobile schedule: Water Tower Square, Horsham and North Wales roads, Montgomeryville, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 20 and noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. March 26; Ralph’s Corner, Routes 63 and 463, Hatfield, from 10: a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. March 21 and 1:30 to 4 p.m. March 27; Valley Stream Apartments, Cowpath Road and and Line Street, Hatfield, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 25; Estate of George S. Snyder Inc., Cowpath Road, Hatfield, from 12:30 to 3:45 p.m. March 26; and Hatfield Village Apartments, Maple Avenue, Hatfield, from 5 to 7 p.m. March 26.

For Kids Families

Awana Club: Calvary Baptist Church in Lansdale holds an Awana Club for boys and girls ages 3 up through the sixth grade each Wednesday night during the school year. Come join hundreds of other children each week as they participate in a small group time, a chapel time and a one-of-a-kind game time. Club runs from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Minimal cost involved. Please contact Pastor John at 215-368-4444 ext. 110) for more information.

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.

North Penn YMCA events: The North Penn YMCA, Lansdale Branch, 608 E. Main St., Lansdale, hosts events for children. Information: 215-368-1601. The North Penn YMCA will host a School’s Out Program, where children will be transported to the YMCA from area schools for before and after school care. Children will enjoy activities like swimming, art and music, fitness readiness, computer lab, special gym programs and the “Reading Nook.” Space is limited. For more information, call the number above, ext. 232.

Health

Flu shots: North Penn VNA reminds area residents that it is not too late to get your flu shot. North Penn Visiting Nurse Association still has flu (influenza) shots available. Shots are free for adults who use Medicare B as their primary health insurance. Medicare cards must be presented to receive the vaccine at no cost. All others will be charged $25, payable in cash or by check. A receipt will be provided so you may obtain reimbursement from your insurance company. Please call 215-855-6191 to schedule a time that is convenient for you to receive your flu shot.

Yoga: Experience your True Self through Sahaja Yoga Meditation: Free classes every Saturday 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Lansdale Parks and Recreation Building 660 Lansdale Ave. (at 7th Street), Lansdale, 19946 For more information: 215-361-7137 or info@synorthpenn.org.

Health programs: The PEAK Center, 1292 Allentown Road, Towamencin, offers health-related programs for adults 55 years of age and older: Zumba Gold Mondays from 1:15-2:15 p.m. $4 per session; Strong WoMen (for Women and Men) Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-10 a.m. $28/6 weeks; drop-in fee $5/class; Tai Chi Tuesdays from 10:15-11:15 a.m. $4 per session; Fitness Center Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. You must be evaluated by Kim Zimmerman. See Sandi at the Welcome Desk to set up a time; Fit for the Future 1 Tuesdays and Fridays from 9-10 a.m. No charge; Fit for the Future 11 Tuesdays from 12:45-1:45 p.m. and Fridays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. $4 per session; Total Body Toning Wednesdays from 10:15-11:15 a.m. No charge; Zumba Chair Wednesdays from 12:45-1:30 p.m. $4 per session; Yoga Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. $4 per session; and Line Dancing Thursdays from 12:30-1 p.m. (beginners) and 1-2 p.m. (experienced). $4 per session. Information: 215-362-7432. Acupressure and seated head, neck and shoulder massages are offered at The PEAK Center on a monthly basis. The cost for each treatment is $15 for 15 minutes and $25 for 30 minutes. Appointments can be made at The PEAK Center, 315 W. Main Street, Lansdale, 215-362-7432.

Arthritis Support Group: The Arthritis Support Group, sponsored by the NPVNA, meets 10:30-11:30 a.m. on the third Friday of each month at The PEAK Center, 315 W. Main Street, Lansdale. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact The PEAK Center at 215-362-7432.

Nutrition program: Farmers Market Nutrition Program — The PEAK Center, 315 W. Main St., Lansdale, will be a distribution site for Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons. Coupons are available to participants who are residents of Montgomery County, 60+ years of age, whose income does not exceed $20,036 or $26,955 for a couple. Coupons will be distributed 10-11 a.m. on Tuesdays, and 2-3 p.m. on Thursdays. Proof of age is required.

Glucose Clinic: Bayada Nurses sponsors free glucose testing on the fourth Tuesday of each month at The PEAK Center. Fasting is not required, but it is best to limit your breakfast intake. This is a free service offered to the community 9:30-10:30 a.m. For more information, contact The PEAK Center, 315 W. Main Street, Lansdale, telephone, 215-362-7432.TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Club Inc., a nonprofit weight loss support organization, has established a new chapter. Weekly meetings will be held at the North Penn and Indian Valley YMCAs Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and at the Lansdale branch Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to attend their first meeting free of charge. Membership is $28 per year plus nominal chapter fees. For more information on TOPS, visit www.tops.org.

Meetings Lectures

Breakfast News Network: 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. at Normandy Farm Hotel (1401 Morris Road, Blue Bell, PA 19422) $15 members, includes full buffet breakfast. Join us for a networking program at Normandy Farm Hotel every Thursday morning for breakfast, business news, informative speakers and plenty of networking. The cost includes a full breakfast buffet. Copies of the business cards will be made available to those who would like them.

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.

Single Volunteers of Bucks County: Meets every third Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at Andrews Hall (part of Doylestown Presbyterian Church), 125 Mechanic Street. Parking is located on Church Street. On all other Tuesdays, the group meets at the Churchville Nature Center on Churchville Lane. The group is for singles who want to make friends while helping their community through volunteering. For more information or directions, visit www.svbucks.org.

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: 215-489-6120 ext. 3 (Maura Farrell).

Support

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.

Common Bond: A support, fellowship group for widowed, divorced men and women over age 50 holds monthly discussion the first Sunday of the month in the library of St. John’s Lutheran Church, 505 N. York Road, Hatboro. Orientation for new members is at 2 p.m. Discussion from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. New members welcome. Reservations are necessary. For more information, call 215-675-3947 or 215-918-3376.

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.

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.

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.

Addiction education program: Each month PRO-ACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Achieving Community Together) hosts a Family Addiction Education Program to help individuals and family recognize and address an addiction problem in a spouse, parent, child or other loved one. Led by trained volunteers who have been in the same situation, these information and support programs begin the first week of each month and meet once a week for three consecutive weeks. Sessions meet on the first three Thursdays of the month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at North Penn Community Health Foundation in Colmar. Sessions are free and confidential — first names only. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 800-221-6333 weekdays 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. or visit www.proact.org and click the Family Education Program link.

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.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Souderton’s Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book Step Study holds open meetings on Thursdays at the Souderton Mennonite Church, 105 W. Chestnut St., at 7:30 p.m.

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.

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