Lower Makefield Township Farmers Market opens for 10th season

Come join Lower Makefield Township (LMT) Farmers Market for the opening day of their 10th season, beginning Thursday, May 26th, 3:30 to 6:30pm. They are located at the Veterans Park at the corner of Heacock and Edgewood Roads.

To start the season they will have the following available: produce, meat and chicken, eggs, baked goods, fermented foods, jams, mushrooms, dog treats, soaps, food trucks, plants, knife sharpening, plants and olive oils. They will be continuously working to add new vendors to their roster.

LMT Supervisors will be joining them for a “Meet and Greet” on opening day. For the first 100 families at the market on opening day, each family will have a chance to draw market bucks to be spent at the market. Prizes range from $1 to $10 and one grand prize of $20.

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The Yardley Farmers’ Market returns to Buttonwood Park

The Yardley Farmers’ Market is returning to Buttonwood Park.

“We are so excited to return to Buttonwood, and are proud to continue offering the finest produce, meats and other locally grown and sourced products to our community,” boasts Market Managers, Tammy Marshall and Sue Schneck.

The Market reopens on Saturday, May 7th and operates through October 1st, rain or shine.  Market hours are from 9:00am to 1:00pm each Saturday.

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ColorFun 5K Run/Walk set for May 22nd

by Rachel M. Romano

Take 1,000 pounds of colored cornstarch, 125 volunteers and 1,500 runners/walkers. Add crazy costumes, music, vendors and food. Mix it all together with smiles, and you have the recipe for the Second Annual ColorFun 5K Run/Walk set for Sunday, May 22nd at 8:00am at Williamson Park in Morrisville.

The event, organized by Morrisville’s Oakville Girl Scout Unit, is the group’s largest fundraiser for the Girl Scout Global Travel Program, which is sending 70 Girl Scouts and family members on a 15-day service learning trip to Europe this summer.

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Explore Delaware Canal lore on May 11th

Historian Carl LaVO will share the stories of three sites “Just Beyond the Canal’s Banks” at an illustrated presentation on Wednesday, May 11th at 7:30pm. The program will be held in the Old Library by Lake Afton, 46 W. Afton Avenue in Yardley. It is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Delaware Canal and the Yardley Historical Association.

The Delaware Canal is a 58.9-mile-long ribbon woven from fibers of nature and history. Its tales alone can fill volumes, but the Canal becomes so much more interesting when the stories of what happened beyond the waterway’s 60-foot-wide property lines are explored.

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‘Thousand Dollar Dinner’ will be digested in Yardley

Local author Becky Libourel Diamond will discuss and sign copies of her new book, “The Thousand Dollar Dinner,” the tale of an unusual 19th century “Top Chef” competition, at the Yardley-Makefield Library, 1080 Edgewood Road, Yardley, on Saturday, May 7th, at 2:00pm.

The first part of this culinary challenge was held at Delmonico’s famous New York City restaurant, but Ms. Diamond’s book focuses on the extravagant feast held in Philadelphia and prepared by Chef James Parkinson.

The 12-hour, 17-course feast was dubbed by Philadelphia newspapers as the “Thousand Dollar Dinner” because it reputedly cost the Philadelphians $1,000 (approximately $32,000 in today’s dollars) to prepare.

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Pennsbury Community Band to perform free concert May 5th

The Pennsbury Community Band will perform a free concert on Thursday, May 5th at 7:30pm, that will demonstrate how motion and dance can be expressed in music.

The show will take place at Pennsbury High School East Auditorium, 705 Hood Boulevard, Fairless Hills, and will include a piece composed for a baby elephant by Stravinsky, “Molly on the Shore” by Grainger, “Suite of Old American Dance” by Robert Russell Bennett, as well as the music of Ron Nelson and Dana Wilson.

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Mercer County Community College gearing up for summer camp season

Planning is under way for Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) summer camp season, which runs from June 20th through August 19th. “A Treasure of Fun” is the theme of MCCC’s popular programs for children ages six to 17.

Families have many opportunities to select a program that fits their child’s interest. In their two, four-week sessions, campers create a personalized schedule of classes selected from more than 60 options including the arts, sciences, recreation, computer and academic.

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Free McCaffrey’s nutrition event is April 21st

Calcium is not only important for bone health, but some studies show calcium along with vitamin D may help protect against cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Since our bodies do not produce calcium, we need to get this important mineral from other sources. Unfortunately, many of us do not get the recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D from our usual intake.

Join Jill Kwasny, MS, RD on Thursday, April 21st at 10:00am, in the Yardley Mccaffrey’s Food Market to learn about many other calcium sources, other than dairy products: “Calcium, Vitamin D and Your Health.”

Find out if you are consuming the recommended amount of calcium each day. Explore fun ways to incorporate more calcium in your diet. They will be upstairs in the bistro area.

Come prepared to sample a delicious, calcium-rich dish! Please RSVP to Jill at mccaffreys/events, nutritionist@mccaffreys.com or 215-750-7713.

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Healthy Kids 5K Fun Walk in Yardley

Andrew and Tim Ponento, senior and sophomore at Pennsbury High School, in association with Yardley Borough, will host the Healthy Kids 5K Fun Walk on Saturday, April 23rd, at 9:00am, from Buttonwood Park in Yardley to South Main Street and East Afton Avenue, and on to the canal towpath. Then it loops back around and ends at Buttonwood Park. Maps will be given out at the event.

The brothers have been interested in their physical health since middle school. They have been committed to staying active, athletic, and strong in order to better themselves. However, they realize that not everyone is able, willing, or even aware enough to better themselves physically.

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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 24th from noon to 3:00pm. Located in Lower Makefield Township at 1305 Big Oak Road (intersection of Big Oak and Oxford Valley Roads, near Kohl’s Shopping Center), 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.

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