Yardley Borough’s Annual Recycling Day set for April 26th

Yardley Borough’s Annual Recycling Day, scheduled for Saturday, April 26th, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, provides local residents and businesses with the opportunity to do some early spring cleaning while protecting the environment.

This “rain or shine” event, co-sponsored by the Yardley Borough Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC) and the Yardley Business Association (YBA), takes place in Buttonwood Park, adjacent to the Yardley Town Center in the borough.

Entry to the event will be off of Main Street, between Firehouse Cycles and The Face and Body Spa. Volunteers will direct anyone with donations to drop off locations within Buttonwood Park.

E-Waste will be collecting electronics equipment. Recycling Day also offers the convenience of on-site shredding of paper, documents and CDs. Any “sensitive” documents will be shredded directly in front of the person and disposed of properly.

On the same day and in conjunction with the event, the Yardley Borough Police Department sponsors a prescription drug collection. All unused medications, current or expired, will be accepted at the Yardley Borough Police Station.

No sharps of any kind will be accepted.

Unacceptable Items Include:

  • Alkaline batteries
  • Antifreeze or used motor oil
  • Car batteries
  • Cardboard
  • Clothing
  • Hazardous waste or materials
  • Lead paint
  • Regular paint

For more information, call Marybeth at 267-597-9977. On Facebook, visit “Yardley Borough EAC” or e-mail yardleyboro_recycles@comcast.net.

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Celebrate Spring and Earth Day at Five Mile Woods

Celebrate Spring and Earth Day with a visit to Five Mile Woods on Sunday, April 27 from 12 noon to 3 p.m.  Located in Lower Makefield Township at 1305 Big Oak Road, the preserve is a 300-acre wooded natural area filled with diverse plant and animal life. Knowledgeable guides will offer tours of the Woods featuring the signs of spring from blooming wildflowers to calling wood frogs.  Naturalist John Heilferty will be on hand to show visitors frogs, salamanders and turtles that live in tanks in Woods Headquarters as well as other biofacts that have been found in the Woods.

Refreshments will be provided following tours. Tours are free, open to the public and appropriate for both adults and children. No reservations are necessary. Since some of the trails may be wet please wear appropriate shoes.

Five Mile Woods is located near the intersection of Big Oak and Oxford Valley Roads near the Kohl’s Shopping Center. The preserve is open every day from dawn until dusk. For more information, call 215-493-6652.

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Yardley-Makefield Library Friends hold Annual Bargain Book Sale

The Friends of the Yardley-Makefield Branch Library will hold its annual spring Bargain Book Sale at the library, 1080 Edgewood Road in Yardley, on the following dates and times: Friday, April 25th from 10:00am to 5:00pm; Saturday, April 26th from 9:00am to 4:00pm; and Monday, April 28th from 10:00am to 8:00pm. All items will be $.50 or $1; adult books, children’s hardcover books, music CD’s, DVD’s, books on tape, and puzzles and games will be $1. Children’s paperback books will be $.50; there will be some specially priced items as well.   Monday is Half Price Day.

The Friends are currently accepting donations for their book sales; there will also be an August Book Sale as well as a December Holiday Book Sale this year. Call the library if you are donating more than two boxes of books.  Moldy, water-damaged, or missing pages, as well as encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest condensed books, or textbooks older than 2-3 years, are not accepted for the book sales. All monies raised go to the Friends to support the Yardley-Makefield Branch Library.

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Combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals

submitted by McCaffrey’s Supermarkets

There is so much variety and creativity when it comes to food and meal planning, it is truly a misconception that eating healthy is restrictive, boring and tasteless. “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” is the theme for National Nutrition Month, which is celebrated in March each year.  This also is the topic of the next nutrition program at McCaffrey’s Supermarket in Yardley scheduled for Thursday, April 24th at 10:00am.

Consumer research indicates that taste tops nutrition as to why one food is purchased over another. With that said, we need to work on combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that meet the US dietary guidelines.  To help us achieve our goal, McCaffrey’s Executive Chef Eric Blackshire will be on hand to prepare a palate- pleasing dish that will contain fresh, whole ingredients. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy Chef Eric’s creation and ask questions regarding recipes and cooking techniques. Registered Dietitian Jill Kwasny will provide the latest information as to how to “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” With a few tweaks here and there, it is encouraging how some simple dietary changes can improve overall health and well-being.

McCaffrey’s Supermarket in Yardley is located in the Edgewood Village Shopping Center, 635 Heacock Road. The class meets in the upstairs bistro area.  Please RSVP to Jill Kwasny at Nutritionist@McCaffreys.com or leave a message at  215-750-7713.

 

Chick Pea Salad with Tomatoes

Enjoy this fresh and tasty recipe adapted from the American Heart Association all year long. For more  healthful recipes, visit heart.org/simplecooking. 

Ingredients

1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas (no added salt), drained and rinsed
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cucumber, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 bell pepper, seeds removed and chopped
¼ small red or yellow onion, sliced
½ cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or canola oil
½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar or lemon juice
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon sweet paprika

Preparation

  1. Add all the ingredients into a large bowl. 
  2. Stir to combine and serve.

Nutrition Information

168 calories, 4.5 g fat, .5 g saturated fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 48 mg sodium, 6 g fiber, 25 g carbohydrate, 7 g protein

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PHS Presents “Around The World in Seven Plays”

Pennsbury High School is proud to present its Spring drama, “Around the World in Seven Plays,” at Pennsbury High School West, 608 S. Olds Blvd. in Fairless Hills, on Thursday, April 10th at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, April 12th at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm.
 
The ensemble production will feature 28 student actors, two student directors, and a technical crew of 52 students. The play will be directed by retired Pennsbury teacher, Mary Kay Everett.  “I chose these short plays to allow for a greater number of kids to experience what it’s like to have a featured role in a production while learning how to be an ensemble player at the same time,” said Ms. Everett. “The multiple scene and costume changes will require a lot of technical know-how, as well.”
 
The audience is invited to travel around the world to explore forgotten myths and legends in seven fast-paced and humorous plays-within-the play. The tales span the continents, featuring such countries as Russia, Czechoslovakia, India, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, and the Americas.
 
Tickets are $7 and are available at the door.

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Landmark Towns of Bucks County & Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club present River Towns Road Ralley

Rev those engines, open the convertible and take a drive through the Landmark Towns of Bucks County on Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1-4 p.m. River Towns Road Rally participants will decipher a set of eight clues to secret destinations in the four towns of New Hope, Yardley, Morrisville and Bristol, drive to the locales for confirmation and conclude in Morrisville at historic Summerseat for a wine and cheese reception. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Please join us!  Registration is limited to 30 vehicles. Fees are $45 per vehicle; $60 after April 11, 2014. Meet at the Morrisville Presbyterian Church parking lot, 771 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Morrisville, PA 19067 between 1-2 p.m. for staggered starts.

Two secret destinations in each of the four Landmark Towns will be decipherable by clues given to each driver at the start of the Rally. Participants must drive to each destination, receive confirmation from a Road Rally volunteer at the site, and return to Morrisville when done to check in. Cash prizes will be awarded for First and Second Prizes, and Most Outstanding Vehicle. Winning cars will be those with the lowest combination of miles covered and minutes on the road. The Road Rally will be held rain or shine.

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Volunteers needed for Five Mile Woods

Learn about nature and enjoy the out-of-doors while helping to maintain a 300-acre nature preserve located in Lower Makefield Township. Five Mile Woods is looking for volunteers to help keep the Woods looking good. Join the Friends of Five Mile Woods on the second Saturday of each month to do a variety of jobs including pruning, litter pick-up, and trail lining and building projects.

Upcoming workdays are on the following Saturdays: April 12th, May 10th and June 14th. Workdays start at 9:00am and last until noon. Wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty.

Five Mile Woods is located at 1305 Big Oak Road near the Kohl’s Shopping Center. Meet at the Woods Headquarters Building. 

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’29 Days to Vitality’ at Khalsa Healing Arts Center

The Khalsa Healing Arts Center is happy to present “29 Days to Vitality” at 1 S. Main Street, Yardley, from April 12 to May 10th.

The program uses a combination of herbal formulas and dietary recommendations to stabilize blood sugar, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, increase energy, as well as weight loss. There are numerous benefits including better digestion and elimination, deeper sleep, decreased inflammation, decreased muscle tension, improved vision, decreased allergies, lowering of triglycerides, decreased back pain, rejuvenation of skin, decreased asthma, decreased ADHD, elimination of acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome and much more.

The 29 days includes group meetings, lectures, unlimited Kundalini yoga and meditation classes. Throughout the program you’ll be able to contact Dr. Khalsa with personal questions, and will receive a menu and recipe ideas, smoothie demonstrations and will have group support.

The cost of the full program is $390. Bring a friend and save $50 each. Call 215-321-0305 with any questions and for more info.

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LMT EAC holding tree care seminar

On Saturday, April 5th, the Lower Makefield Township Environmental Advisory Council will hold a three-hour seminar on planting and caring for trees. Called TREES 101, this free seminar, open to everyone and appropriate for municipal tree tenders as well as the general population, will be presented by the experts from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

The seminar will be held at the LMT Administration Building, 1100 Edgewood Road, in Lower Makefield Township. Doors will open at 8:00am, for refreshments and socializing, with the seminar running from 9:00am-noon.

For additional information, contact the EAC at jjtyardley@aol.com.    

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Mummies and Howlin’ Good Music at the Yardley-Makefield Branch Library

Friends of the Yardley-Makefield Library will sponsor two unique and entertaining programs in April at the library at 1080 Edgewood Road in Yardley. 

On Saturday, April 5th, at 2:00pm, Penn Museum educator Dr. Stephen Phillips will present an illustrated PowerPoint program that examines the pervasiveness of ancient Egyptian mummies in cinema and in popular culture. Many people do not realize that “mummy movies” actually span nearly 100-years of the history of cinema, and that in Victorian England mummies were the subjects of “high-society” mummy-unwrapping parties. This highly illustrated lecture traces the history of mummy movies and how they changed over time, right up to the present day, and the roles that ancient Egyptian mummies have played in Western civilization will be discussed.  This program is suitable for all age groups.

On Saturday, April 12th, at 2:00pm at the library, the Friends will sponsor Chuck Schaeffer’s Full Moon Howlin’ Songwriters In-The-Round, an all-ages program featuring original music from some of the best local singer songwriters in a close-up, intimate Nashville-style in-the-round. Country artist Chuck Schaeffer, with special guests Wiliamsboy and former Yardley resident Christian Roebling, will perform.

Seating for these programs is limited, and will be available on a first come, first served basis.  These free programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Yardley-Makefield Library, a dedicated group of residents who believe an excellent library is an essential community asset that reinforces lifelong learning and provides access to information for all. Check www.YMFriends.org for more upcoming programs and book sales.

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