Make plans with Northampton Parks & Rec

Limited openings are still available for Northampton Township Parks and Rec (NTPR) Signature camps, as well as a variety of weekly Specialty camps.

Cool off this summer at the Northampton Valley Swim Club. Monday through Friday memberships are still available! Fee includes special value member events. Swim team and youth swim lessons are also available.

Children, moms and grandparents, join Parks and Rec and the Northampton Library for an Enchanted Garden Tea Party on Saturday, May 7th, from 2:00 to 4:00pm. Stories, activities, fairy garden displays, crafts, food, refreshments and a sprinkle of fairy dust will make this a day to remember so register soon.

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Autism Cares Foundation holding Spring Gala & Auction

After eight years of reaching out to children, teens, and young adults with autism, the Autism Cares Foundation is now starting a new era in its programs and services. The Southampton-based group, that began as a result of the vision of Linda and Frank Kuepper to change their son Michael’s life, has grown into a formidable non-profit organization that has literally changed the lives of hundreds of local families.

Now, the group has become a certified licensed provider for adult services for all special needs at its Autism Cares Foundation Resource Center. The group is gearing up for its Seventh Annual Spring Gala & Auction on Saturday, May 7th, at the Spring Mill Manor in Ivyland.

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District Art Show coming to CR South

The Council Rock District Art Show will take place this year at Council Rock High School South, 2002 Rock way, Holland. Everyone is invited to the Grand Opening taking place on Thursday, May 12th from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

All 16 District art teachers will be present that evening, along with many participating students. The show is also open to the community on Friday, May 13th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, and Saturday, May 14th from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

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Buxmont Organic Gardening Club hosts ‘Beneficial Insects: Identifying Your Garden Helpers’

by Christine Wolkin

Most novice gardeners are quick to break out the pesticides in order to protect their budding garden, but did you know that there’s a cheaper and more organic way to battle and help control pest outbreaks?

On April 11th, Bucks County Master Gardener Kim Lawrence introduced the Buxmont Organic Gardening Club to the natural enemies of garden pests with her presentation, “Beneficial Insects: Identifying Your Garden Helpers” at the Churchville Nature Center. A member of the club herself, Kim spoke on the lifecycle of beneficial insects that are likely to occupy gardens in the Bucks County area and beyond.

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Upper South Parks & Rec holding Magical Tea Party

Upper Southampton Parks and Recreation will present a “Magical Tea Party, Returning to Never Land with Peter Pan” on Saturday, May 7th from 10:00am to noon at Tamanend Park, 1255 Second Street Pike, Southampton. Join them for tea and treats with delightful forest friends, magical crafts, hunting for Captain Hook’s buried treasure, games and prizes.

Tickets are $5 per person. Call 215-355-9781 for further information.

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Ohev Shalom celebrates 40 years in Bucks County

An idea that blossomed in 1976 among a group of local Jewish families to create a warm and welcoming Conservative synagogue has reached a landmark anniversary. Ohev Shalom of Bucks County, located in Richboro, is celebrating 40 years of supporting the spiritual, cultural, educational and social needs of its vibrant community.

The milestone achievement has provided the synagogue a unique opportunity to pay tribute to its past through a series of forward-thinking gifts, such as free membership for families with young children and free Hebrew School for kindergarten through third grade.

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Get a ‘natural high’ with Matt Bellace, Ph.D. on May 4th

Young people need to feel empowered in their schools and communities. It is not enough to ask them to stay away from drugs and alcohol, we need to show them there are positive things they can do for themselves and others.” Matt Bellace

On Wednesday, May 4th at 7:00pm, at Newtown Middle School, Matt Bellace, Ph.D. will lead a funny, age-appropriate discussion with parents and teens on the benefits of natural highs and how parents can support teens making healthy choices.

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Turn your blue light on!

A Blue Light Event is being hosted by Kids Can Make A Change and sponsored by Bulbrite in Northampton Township later this week, which offers residents a way to honor the officers who serve and protect us while remembering those who have died in the line of duty. Project Blue Light has grown steadily as a way of remembering our departed law enforcement officers across America.

The concept is simple. Blue light bulbs will be distributed Friday, April 29th, Saturday, April 30th, and Sunday, May 1st, and residents are asked to place these bulbs in their front porch light fixtures during the entire month of May as a way of showing their support.

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How dentists help you maintain healthy gums

submitted by Dr. Michael Spadafora, D.D.S., Bucks County Dental Design

The goal of good and ethical dentists should be to help their patients maintain healthy teeth for a lifetime. Because teeth are attached to the gums, it is necessary to maintain healthy gums in order to hold on to those teeth.

The dentist has many procedures and tools at his disposal to aid in achieving this goal. One of them, gum grafting, has proven to be very successful. Gum grafts are routinely performed by specialists (periodontists) and also general dentists who have taken advanced training. Several issues indicate that a gum graft may be in order.

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Low inventory and high demand of homes in Bucks County

submitted by Lynne Kelleher, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox Roach Realtors Newtown Office

The trend in our local Bucks County market of low inventory and high demand is continuing. The gap between ready, willing and able buyers and available homes to sell them is continuing to widen.

In many cases where homes are priced properly and in good condition, we’re consistently seeing multiple-offer situations, buyers paying above appraised value and/or asking price, and homes selling in less than 10 days in our local market.

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