Market Day coming October 1st

The Newtown Historic Association (NHA) will host its 40th Annual Market Day on Saturday, October 1st, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, on the streets in and around the heart of historic Newtown. The NHA’s headquarters, the Half Moon Inn at 105 Centre Avenue (Court Street and Centre Avenue), will be open for tours.

Market Day celebrates an old harvest tradition in Newtown when farmers brought their crops to town to sell and to enjoy a festive day of friendly contests that culminated with a horse race down State Street. Thanks to the NHA’s many sponsors this anniversary year, they are able to offer the community a fun-filled family day.

Market Day is expanding to State Street and will include non-profit organizations and local businesses. There are over 85 crafters, demonstrators and artists offering a wide variety of interesting crafts. Demonstrations will include: carpentry, blacksmithing, quilting, dressmaking, and gunsmithing.

In the historic Boone Garden, across from the Half Moon Inn, the Penn’s Wood Puppeteers will perform “Captain Crook and the Missing Treasure” at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Colonial candle dipping, a children’s participation event, will begin at noon in the Boone Garden. Scarecrow-making for children, will be held inside the Half Moon Inn from 10:30am to 3:30pm. A team of Belgian draft horses and wagon will provide horse drawn hayrides by the Newtown Library.

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Fabulous fall at the Northampton Library

High school students – take a practice SAT or ACT test for a $5 donation to the library. The test is administered by a renowned test book publisher with results emailed to the student. Tests are 10:00am-2:00pm.

SAT test is Saturday, September 17th. The ACT test is Saturday, October 15th. Registration is required.

“Mountains, Madness and Miracles: 4,000 Miles of Appalachian Trail Stories,” Wednesday, September 28th at 7:00pm. Join author Lauralee Bliss as she shares her journeys along the trail. Book will be available for purchase.

“College Planning and Application Management,” Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00pm. A former director of College and Career Center at North Penn High School, Spence Miller, shares his tips and strategies to survive the college application process. Parents and teens are urged to attend. No registration is necessary.

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Northampton Parks & Recreation celebrating 40 years

Northampton Parks and Recreation is celebrating 40 years of providing recreation programs to the community. Try a free class, meet staff and instructors or tour the Rec Center during Open House Week, September 12th-15th, located at 345 Newtown Richboro Road, Richboro. No matter the age, there is something for everyone.

Participants who take a class and register that day will receive 10% off the class! For a complete list of classes, days and times, visit the P&R web: northamptonrec.com.

The Fall Brochure has been mailed, now it is time to explore new classes, including resume writing and job search, Internet security, fitness training, barre-lates, along with flower arranging, dog obedience, golf/tennis lessons, art, sports and more.

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Chalfont ReStore to hold free community celebration

The Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County ReStore, located at 31 Oak Avenue, Suite 100, in Chalfont, invites the community to “The Store That Builds Homes!” celebration on Saturday, September 17th, from 9:00am to 5:00 p.m.

The ReStore is celebrating the milestone of raising over $200,000 in less than a year, which is more than enough to build a Habitat Home. This is the first time in the Chalfont ReStore’s seven-year history that this feat has been accomplished.

The community celebration features special guests, workshops, demos, door prizes, kids activities, sales and fun for the whole family. One of the featured guests will be Karen Wolfle, who will discuss repurposing and transforming furniture and describe how to bring items back to life.

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17th Annual Village Renaissance Faire coming Sept. 17th-18th

The 17th Annual Village Renaissance Faire comes to the Middletown Grange Fairgrounds, 576 Penns Park Road, Newtown, on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th, 11:00am to 6:00pm both days. The Faire creates an interactive world where attendees of all ages  take an entertaining, educational, and engaging stroll through the arts and history. Faire-goers encounter jousting knights, dangling aerialists, and flying birds of prey.

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Upcoming programs at the Northampton Library

Hip Chick Beth Allen returns to the library on Saturday, August 13th at 2:00pm, with “I’m Having a Heat Flash – Home Weatherization.” Beth’s easy DIY solutions weatherize your home for comfort and energy savings in summer or winter. Become familiar with caulking, weather-stripping, A/C and furnace care, and much more. No registration is necessary.

The library’s summer program series “Civics for Grownups” continues with session three, “My Free Speech is Better Than Your Free Speech: Civil Liberties Locally and Across the Country,” Thursday, August 18th at 7:00pm. Issues and questions surround the Bill of Rights. Learn how such controversies have been litigated in the courts in order to protect civil liberties. No registration is needed.

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Summer FUNdraisers to benefit Lauren Shevchek

Lauren’s Angels in partnership with HelpHopeLive will be hosting two fundraisers in July. Lauren suffered a severe spinal cord injury as a result of a diving accident in June 2013. The events will raise money to support Lauren’s unreimbursed medical expenses.

Come out and cheer for your hometown team at the Phillies Phundraiser on Sunday, July 17th. The Phillies will be playing the Mets at 1:35pm at Citizens Bank Park. Tickets are available at the discounted price of $20 (regular price is $34). Seating will be in the Pavilion (sections 201-205). Purchase tickets on line www.phillies.com/shevchek. Enter code SHEVCHEK for discount.

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Summer sizzles at the Northampton Library

The library has new summer hours – Monday through Thursday, 10:00am-9:00pm; Friday and Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm; closed Sunday. In the fall (the week of September 12th) the library’s hours will change again. The proposed hours are: Monday through Thursday, 10:00am-9:00pm.

The library will then be closed all day Friday and be open Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm, and Sunday, 1:00-5:00pm.

  • Saturday, July 9th at 2:00pm – Dave Deluca presents his Star Spangled Songbook. Celebrate America with the wonders of its music with this accomplished singer.
  • Tuesday, July 12th at 7:00pm – Meet bestselling author Beatriz Williams as she discusses her new novel “A Certain Age.” Full of glamour and twists, the book is set in the decadence of Jazz Age New York. For this free event, the library is partnering with the Newtown Bookshop and seating is limited.

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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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