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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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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