Song & Story Hour is back for the summer at The New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

Join the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad this summer for a brand new “Song & Story Hour” event, fit for all ages and reading levels!

Every Tuesday and Thursday, continuing through August 27th, children can ride this historic train in air-conditioned, first class accommodations, while singing and reading with storyteller Carol. Each child will receive a snack and juice fit for any Junior Engineer, while journeying through the Bucks County countryside where deer, hawk, and other wildlife are often spotted.

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Tyler Park Center for the Arts sponsoring Summer Art Camp

Summer Art Camp in beautiful Tyler State Park is offered for half and full days, with arts camps running from June 29th – August 21st.

These are week-long sessions of instruction building self-confidence, creativity and technique guided by talented professional artists: Pottery, Glass, Drawing, Painting, 3D Sculpture, Beading, Fiber Arts, Printmaking, Collage and Bookmaking.

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Historic Walking Tour in Newtown on June 19th

The Newtown Historic Association will hold a Historic Walking Tour of one of the historic areas of Newtown to be held on Friday, June 19th at 6:30pm, weather permitting.

The tour will begin at Chancellor Center, 30 N. Chancellor Street, Newtown, and will be lead by Jeffrey Marshall, President of the Heritage Conservancy. Mr. Marshall is the author of “Bucks County Barns” and numerous other books regarding Bucks County history. The tour will feature architecturally significant Newtown buildings in the Borough.

A “Good Will” donation of $5 is appreciated. Come and bring a friend and learn something about Newtown’s interesting buildings and history. For more info call 215-968-3914. No reservations are necessary.

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Newtown Arts Company presents ‘The Miracle Worker’

Newtown Arts Company’s 2015 season continues with William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker,” at the historic Newtown Theatre, 120 N. State Street, Newtown, on Thursday, June 11th at 7:30pm; Friday, June 12th, at 8:00pm; Saturday, June 13th, at 8:00pm; Sunday, June 14th, at 3:00pm; Tuesday, June 16th, at 7:30pm; and Wednesday, June 17th, at 7:30pm.

Tickets range from $17 to $20; students and groups of 10 or more receive a $2 discount.

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Artists of Yardley Host Art on the Farm

On Saturday, June 13th, 11:00am to 5:00pm, Artists of Yardley (AOY) will host Art on the Farm at Patterson Farm, 949 Mirror Lake Road, Yardley.

“This fun-filled afternoon is our way of giving back to the community to thank them for their support,” said event chair Lou Cipollini.

There will be live music, face painting, a magic act, Native American dancing and craft arts, kids contests, such as hula hoop, balloon toss plus with prizes galore.

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Lacrosse Festival to benefit Cullen Keffer Scholarship Fund

On Saturday, June 6th, beginning at 12:30pm, the Council Rock lacrosse community will host the inaugural Cullen Keffer Lacrosse Festival at Walt Snyder Stadium, Council Rock High School North.

Cullen was a freshman member of the Council Rock South lacrosse team in 2013-14.  Sadly, Cullen perished in an automobile accident on August 30th, 2014.

The festival will include free instructional clinics followed by exhibition games between current CR North and South students, as well as an alumni game under the lights.

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Local chorus presents annual spring fundraising concert

During its three years of existence, the Bucks County Women’s Chorus (BCWC), based in Holland, has already donated more than $3000 to local charities, adhering to its goal of enhancing the community not only with its music but with its dollars as well.

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USTA hosting free Family Fun Day

Spring is here, and for those at the United States Tennis Association (USTA) it means one thing – It’s time for some tennis. USTA Middle States is hosting its first-ever Free Family Fun Day on Sunday, May 17th at Central Park in Doylestown. Numerous sports activities, including tennis for all ages and abilities, will be featured at the park from 11:00am until 2:00pm. A special focus will be placed on families playing and staying active together. Cardio Tennis will run from 11:00 to 12:30. Those on hand for Family Fun Day will learn about local play opportunities and will get a chance to receive giveaways, experience games and earn a multitude of prizes. There will be various sports activities to enjoy on the courts and the grass fields of the park.

For more information on USTA Middle States, or for questions about the event, e-mail communications@ms.usta.com, or visit playtenniswithus.com.

Also join one of the other free family tennis and fitness events being held at:

Upper Bucks site:

Kulp Park Tennis Courts, 50 South Second Street, Perkasie, 18944

Tuesday, May 19, 6:30–7:30 pm

Central Bucks site:

New Hope Solebury High School tennis courts, 182 West Bridge Street, New Hope 18944

Saturday, May 16, 2:00–3:00 pm

Lower Bucks site:

Newtown Middle School, 116 Newtown-Richboro Road, Newtown, 18940

Saturday, May 16, 2:00–3:00 pm

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A sweet celebration!

On the first Saturday in May, A Woman’s Place (AWP) will mark two decades of its annual gala, the Chocolate Lovers’ Fantasy.

Co-chair Samantha Kraus notes that, “This event helps bring the issue of domestic violence to the forefront and provides much-needed funding for AWP to provide free services to victims of domestic violence as well as to the greater community.”

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Third Annual Mother’s Day 5K Race for Christina

by June Portnoy

Start your Mother’s Day by walking or running for a worthwhile cause at the Third Annual Mother’s Day 5K Race for Christina taking place at Tyler State Center for the Arts on Sunday, May 10th, beginning at 9:00am.

Catherine Logan is organizing this event for her younger sister, Christina, 24, who was diagnosed three years ago with Friedrich’s Ataxia (FA), a rare progressive, debilitating neuromuscular disease that affects one’s coordination and balance. There is currently no treatment or cure available.

Both Christina and Catherine were born and raised in Holland, where they attended Hillcrest Elementary School and Holland Middle School. Catherine graduated from Council Rock High School in Newtown, and Christina graduated five years later from Council Rock High School South. Their younger brother, Mathew, currently attends seventh grade at Holland Middle School.

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