Family Service’s Helpline volunteer answers call and saves a Life

A college student recently called the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK), and one of Family Service Association of Bucks County’s volunteer listeners answered the phone. The caller told the listener that he had been thinking about suicide for a while now and, just the night before, he had sat on a bridge contemplating whether or not to jump off.

The caller said he had contacted the student health center to make a therapy appointment, but the earliest appointment he could get was a few weeks away. With the student’s permission, Family Service’s volunteer listener called the student health center and informed the staff of the caller’s thoughts of suicide and experience on the bridge. The student health center took this very seriously and requested that the caller come in immediately.

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Try Zumba for FREE at Neshaminy Activity Center

ZUMBA instructor, Tara McFillin, will be offering a free trial Zumba class to new students on Tuesday, June 14th from 5:45pm to 6:45pm and Wednesday, June 15th from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.

Zumba fitness is perfect for all ages and all fitness levels. Come see what Zumba is all about, and party yourself into shape.

Zumba fitness offers a total body workout combining cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, flexibility, and increased energy levels.

Classes are held at the Neshaminy Activity Center, located at 1842 Brownsville Road, Trevose. For more information contact Tara directly at 267-265-9846 or visit her website at www.taram.zumba.com.

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On your mark, get set, read at the Northampton Library!

Pick up a Summer Reading Log – help get to the summer goal of 30,000 minutes reading!

Turtle Dance Music – all ages Monday, June 20th at 7:00pm (no registration).

Preschool Fitness with Lolly & Yoyo – preschool-first grade, begins Monday, June 20th at 2:30pm (registration begins June 4th).

Art Mobile Traveling Art Museum – Wednesday, June 22nd, various times depending on grade level (registration begins June 4th).

Art Mobile Open House – all ages, Thursday, June 23rd, from noon-9:00pm (no registration).

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Have a sizzlin’ summer with Northampton Rec

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

The Kids Fishing Derby is coming on Saturday, June 4th, at the Tyler State Park, 8:30am-noon. Contests, prizes and lots of fun for this license-free day for kids 16 years and younger. Pre-register early to receive discount pricing, and bring a fishing pole. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Many specialty camps and programs are being offered throughout the summer: Horseback Riding, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Multi Sport, Acting, Science, Ice Sports, Computer, a variety of SAT prep courses and Dog Obedience Training! Openings are limited.

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‘If you can’t see through it, don’t dive into it!’

Nearly three years ago, Council Rock South graduate, Lauren Shevchek, then only 19-years-old, suffered a severe spinal cord injury after diving into the dark, unlit waters of a black bottom pool.

A streamlined dive was second nature to the competitive swimmer, lifeguard and water polo player, yet ironically she became another victim to a preventable, life-altering injury. Paralyzed as a quadriplegic, from the chest down, she’s been given a 1% chance of ever walking again.

But paralysis robs one of much more than the inability to be ambulatory; some vital internal organs also suffer and cannot function on their own.

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‘Mad Hatter’s Chair-ity Auction’ at Center for the Arts

Step through the keyhole as Tyler Park Center for the Arts presents the “Mad Hatter’s Chair-ity Auction” Saturday, June 4th, from 7:00 to11:00pm. Inspired by “Alice in Wonderland,” this elegant yet unstuffy event celebrates the art of creative expression. Enjoy live music by The Little Red Rooster Blues Band while sampling delicious appetizers, wine, beer, tea, coffee and confections.

Silent and live auctions add to the evening’s excitement: bid on one-of-a-kind chairs decorated by local artists like Ty Hodanish, Diana Contine and Susan Roseman, as well as special offerings by beloved artists like Mira Nakashima, Jerry Bennett, Lisa Naples and so many others.

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Second Annual Cullen Keffer Lacrosse Festival is June 4th

On Saturday June 4th, beginning at 12:30pm, the Council Rock lacrosse community will host the Second Annual Cullen Keffer Lacrosse Festival at Walt Snyder Stadium, Council Rock North High School, 62 Swamp Road, Newtown.

Cullen was a freshman member of the Council Rock South lacrosse team in 2013-14. Sadly, he perished in an automobile accident prior to his sophomore year. A scholarship has been established at his high school in his honor for senior men’s lacrosse players who plan to attend college.

The festival on June 4th will raise funds for the scholarship, which will be awarded for the second time in June of this year. According to Cullen’s father, Joe Keffer, “The recipient of the scholarship shall be a player of remarkable character, both on and off the field, as Cullen was, and we believe that the festival will be an excellent way to honor that character.”

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“Bryn Athyn Bounty Farm Market” to be featured program Trevose Horticultural Society meeting

“Bryn Athyn Bounty Farm Market” will be the featured program at the monthly meeting of the Trevose Horticultural Society on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 7:00PM at the Bensalem Senior Center, 1850 Byberry Road, Bensalem, PA.

Head gardener for the Bryn Athyn Cathedral for 22 years, Danielle Odhner currently designs, installs, and maintains the ornamental gardens in the Bryn Athyn Historic district. Together with her husband, Erik, she is part of an educational farm foundation which is dedicated to provide programs that focus on outdoor, hands on farm and garden learning.

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Featured Artist at Northampton Library: Sandy Askey-Adams

by Lisa DeAngelis

Northampton Township artist Sandy Askey-Adams’ home is an intimate, cozy gallery, walls covered with her paintings from floor to ceiling. It’s just one of the ways that Sandy truly lives her art. A kind of deep and soulful serenity emanates from her landscapes in a way that invites the visitor to linger.

Sandy says, “It is really more than just painting a scene. It’s about stopping time and touching the spiritual. A painting is really a reflection of the artist’s soul speaking to the viewer’s soul.”

Sandy has been creating art ever since she was old enough to hold a brush – or a pastel, her favorite medium.  She calls her paintings Impressions of Nature.  They are about “seeing the beauty and mystery of nature and inviting the viewer to take a walk along with me through my paintings.”

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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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