April at the Northampton Library

After the grueling winter of 2014, rejuvenate this spring at the Northampton Library with programs and activities for all ages.  

Back by popular demand, Fred Miller’s Lecture-In-Song returns on Saturday, April 12th at 2:00pm. Dorothy Fields (1904-1974) was the first female songwriter inducted to the American Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, yet she is not a household name. However, we know her lyrics to the tunes of  “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” and “I’m in the Mood for Love.” Join Fred to explore her life, legacy, and contribution to American songwriting!

*Toddler Play Group – Friday, April 11th, 11:00am-noon, for ages 2-3½

Come and play with toys especially for toddlers. Meet new friends and enjoy fun social time. For moms, dads and grandparents and their toddlers. No registration required. 

*Book Bunch Book Group – Tuesday, April 15th, 4:30-5:15pm, grades 2 and 3 Book group for kids! Each month there will be a different book to read. Then on that third Tuesday, discuss the book with the librarian and other kids and have some snacks and lots of fun. Next discussion is reading “The Littles.” You must sign up at the library so you can pick up your book and start reading. Hurry! Registration required. 

*“For the Birds!” – Wednesday, April 16th, 7:00-8:00pm, grades K-3 

Spring is here and the birds are back! Join the Children’s Librarian to make crafts with our feathered friends in mind!

*Lego Club – Saturday, April 26th, noon-2:00pm Bring the family for a fun afternoon activity. Build with the library’s Legos and display your work in the library! Children under 10 years must be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary.

To register and for more info visit www.northamptontownshiplibrary.org or call 215-357-3050.


Spring into March at the Northampton Library

Come to the library for the following programs and create your own “March madness”!

*Attention all foodies – Julia Child (really actress and foodie Linda Kenyon) is coming to the library on Saturday, March 29th at 2:00pm. Linda gives an outstanding performance as the beloved American chef who taught a generation to experience the joys and excitement of French cooking! Learn about Julia’s interesting and adventurous life in France and how she revolutionized, via television, how Americans think about, cook, and eat food. Our kitchens would never be the same!  Save the date, no registration required.

*Coming soon to the Northampton Library – Freegal Movies and TV is a streaming video service subscribed to by the library. The service offers access to thousands of feature films and television episodes from major content providers. There is no software to download since the service is browser- or app-based. Each library cardholder can watch three different movies or television episode each week. Each selection has a 48-hour viewing period.  “Stay Tuned” for more details!

*Toddler Play Group – Friday, March 14th, 11:00am-noon, ages 2-3½; Come and play with toys especially for toddlers. Meet new friends and enjoy fun social time.  For moms, dads and grandparents and their toddlers. No registration required. 

*Baby Story Time – Wednesdays through March 19th, 11:00am. A lap-sit program with simple stories, finger plays, rhymes and songs. For ages 6-23 months   Registration required. 

*On My Own Preschool Story Time – Mondays, March 17th-April 14th, 2:30pm;  or Fridays, March 21st-April 18th, 10:30am. Stories, music and crafts! This is designed to allow preschoolers ages 3½ -5 to experience being on their own while parents are close by. Registration required. 

For info and to register, visit www.northamptontownshiplibrary.org or call 215-357-3050.


Northampton Parks & Rec happenings

Try your hand at Organic Gardening or Vine Dining, tickle the ivories with piano lessons, brush up on the latest Social Media classes or get fit with Body Sculpting or Ballet Barre classes. Visit northamptonrec.com and discover what P&R has to offer you.

The popular Bunny Hunt “Egg” Venture will be held on Saturday, April 12th, so register soon! Join in a magic show and find clues to hunt down Peter Rabbit. Lots of “eggs-tra” fun! No walk-ins. Details, fees and registration info is on the Web.

Take the challenge for the annual BucksFit 5K Run/1K Walk at the Municipal Park on Sunday, April 27th. All ages and abilities welcomed, along with elementary age children to register and represent their school to promote fitness and healthy life choices. There will be awards, trophies and more.

Think spring, think savings! Tickets are on sale now for $26 for the Philadelphia Flower Show, March 1st- 9th. P&R also offers savings for local ski resorts and discount Regal movie tickets offered Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:00pm at the P&R Admin Office, 55 Township Road.

Upcoming bus trips:

  • The Rockettes “Hearts and Lights Show” Radio City – Wednesday, April 16th;
  • The American Girl Place, NYC – Sunday, May 18th;
  • NYC on your own – choose April 16th or May 18th;
  • 9/11 Memorial and Statue of Liberty – Tuesday, June 17th.

Reserve your child’s spot now for all Day, CFM, Playground, Quest and Teen Summit Summer Camps. Camp registration has been ongoing for Township residents and will open to non-township residents on March 17th. Sign up for the best value in town and make you child smile this summer.

The Northampton Swim Club is your answer to beat the heat and cool off Monday-Friday this summer. Swim Club memberships, as well as swim lesson registration, are now being accepted. Don’t miss out on early pre-season discount prices through March 31st.

For additional information on these and the many other programs, refer to the spring brochure, visit northamptonrec.com or call the P&R office at 215-357-6800 ext. 249. Follow them on Facebook.


Lower Southampton Township Parks & Rec

Lower Southampton Township is preparing for another exciting, fun, and safe year in all of its parks. It maintains 10 community parks that provide both passive and active recreation. It also provides athletic fields to accommodate all sports and miles of walking paths for exercise for both you and your pets.

Registration is currently open for the Township’s winter/spring programs for all ages. It offers everything from young children’s programs to Zumba offered four nights a week at two different locations. This year it will have full day programs during the spring holiday break. The full day programs are from 8:00am-5:15pm and provide supervised, fun, all day activities. 

At the Dolphin Swim Club, the Township offers something fun for everyone! There is a large main pool including a waterslide, diving board, and a lap lane.  It also has a heated therapy pool with aquacise classes four days a week. For the young ones, it has a toddler pool. Don’t worry about packing snacks because a full service snack stand is available on site. 

Summer camps are back! The Township offers six different camps at four locations for children ages three and up. The Township provides an excellent summer camp experience at a very affordable price for both residents and non-residents of Lower Southampton Township. 

For more information on Lower Southampton Township Parks and Recreation, visit their website at LowerSouthamptonTownship.org under the Parks and Recreation tab. Also, check them out on Facebook at Facebook.com/LSParksandRec or on Twitter at Twitter.com/LSParksandRec for upcoming events.


Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce

The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce supports the community by advocating for and empowering businesses. Today, the Chamber includes over 150 member businesses in the Greater New Hope area. 

Historically, the Chamber’s primary activity has been to create events that attract tourists from throughout the Northeast to play, shop, eat, and stay in New Hope. Their largest event, the juried Outdoor New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival, features 200 gifted artists and artisans and brings an estimated 30,000 people to New Hope in late September. 

The Chamber helps sponsor Friday Night Fireworks on the Delaware from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The only regular fireworks show on the Delaware brings over 5,000 people to New Hope and Lambertville each summer weekend.

The Lambertville-New Hope WinterFest in late January begins with the Chamber’s own Fire & Ice Ball and includes a major musical concert, chili cook-off, and town-wide collection of ice carvings.

This year, they are initiating the New Hope Steampunk Fantasy Faire weekend in April with costumes, entertainment, contests, burlesque, film, train rides, tea, and absinthe.

Each Halloween, the Chamber sponsors a store-decorating contest and the madcap High Heel Race up (and down) Mechanic Street.

Each December, they kick off the holiday season the Sunday after Thanksgiving with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, led by dance and choral performances, Santa Claus, and a dazzling display of 30,000 lights on Ferry Street.

The Chamber hosts several Business Card Exchanges each year – a chance for members and interested businesses to mingle and network, and to learn about opportunities and benefits for businesses.  

Membership includes a presence on www.VisitNewHope.com, the Chamber’s online visitor guide, which receives well over a million unique visitors yearly. They will also work with your business to develop co-promotions and special packages that highlight your business in conjunction with the Chamber’s special events and activities.

For more information, call the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce at 215-862-9990, visit www.VisitNewHope.com, send an e-mail to info@newhopechamber.com.


Northampton Days

The 18th Annual Northampton Days Festival is scheduled for Sunday, September 7th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Council Rock’s Richboro Middle School, 98 Upper Holland Road in Richboro.

The celebration is held rain or shine and includes a parade, rides for kids, family games, a car show, food court, hayrides, vendor display tables, a blood drive and many other attractions. Free admission and no parking charge make this an easily accessible fun day for everyone. All net proceeds from the sale of tickets for rides, cost of food at the food court and other attractions go to financing the 2015 celebration.

The games are reasonably priced and are designed to make everyone a winner. There is a little bit of something for all ages from preschool to adults. Businesses, churches, local organizations and other interesting vendors selling creative items have display tables so it is an informational and fun gift buying day as well as well as an entertaining one.

The parade starts about noon at the intersection of Holland and Upper Holland roads and proceeds about a mile to the Richboro Middle School. Prizes will be awarded for creatively decorated bicycles and strollers that participate in the parade.

The talent show features local children and adults demonstrating the wealth of singing, dancing, acrobatic and other forms of talent here in Northampton Township.

The Northampton Days Committee is comprised of volunteers that work for months to get all the pieces together to provide a wonderful community event. There is always a need for extra volunteers to work on the day of the event and on the Committee, so feel free to contact Carol Dubas, the volunteer coordinator at cadubas@yahoo.com, to join in the fun. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and to give back to the Northampton community.

Many students from Council Rock High School volunteer to fulfill LINCS hours for community service for graduation requirements. Advertisement books are handed out at the event, which contain coupons that will save people money at the food court. For more information visit www.northamptondays.org or call 215-355-2158.


Be cool at the pool

Lower Makefield Township is now offering 2014 pool memberships at low rates. Enjoy four heated pools, three diving boards, plus a flume and speed slides. In addition, swim and dive teams, swim lessons, Mommy & Me sessions, water aerobics, swim camp and Aqua Zumba are available. You can also utilize their Wifi while there.

For more information contact the Lower Makefield Township Pool Office at 267-274-1105 or visit the Township website at www.lmt.org.


Newtown Township Parks and Recreation

The Newtown Township Parks and Recreation department provides the community with a variety of offerings including camps, workshops, special events, exercise classes, discount tickets, and more for children, families, and individuals. They are always looking to expand their program guide and welcome any suggestions!

They send their program guide to residents three times per year, but you can reference their website, NewtownFun.com, for updates, additional classes, and special events. Also, friend them on Facebook as another way to learn about what is going on around town.

Their popular summer camps are offered for children ages four through ninth grade. Registration is now open, so stop in or go online! Only a 25% deposit is required to hold your child’s spot in the camp of your choice. Weekly themes, special events and activities will keep your child engaged and happy. These camps offer great value and memories for a lifetime. Enjoy discounts for early bird registrations (info refers to six- and three-week day camps).

The Parks and Recreation Department’s special events are sure to be crowd pleasers. Their annual Tennis Ball Hunt will be held Sunday, March 30th at Robert’s Ridge Park and is only $5. Join them on Saturday, April 5th for the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge for 9-12 graders! And Touch a Truck is back. Come to the Public Works Building on Monday, April 14th during this free event for a chance to explore a variety of trucks and vehicles used to maintain Newtown. Remember to register at NewtownFun.com or call 215-968-2800 x239, and one of their friendly staff will be happy to help.

Love to cook? Want to learn? Take one of the Parks and Recreation Department’s fabulous cooking classes and stop by the Community Herb Garden, located at Clark Nature Center, to grab some free fresh herbs and recreate the meals at home. Want to try art? Learn finance? This department works with many instructors to bring new and interesting classes to this community. Your child can be introduced to Robotics with Legos®, Soccer for Tots, a taste of gymnastics, or even self-defense classes. Get involved with your community and take a class, or even teach one! Email recreation@twp.newtown.pa.us for more information.


Northampton Township Parks and Recreation

Northampton Township Parks & Recreation offers ongoing programs, camps, classes, discount tickets and special events for individuals of all ages and interests.

The Recreation Center, located at 345 Newtown-Richboro Road, is a hub for most classes and programs. This indoor facility houses a multi-purpose exercise area, dance room, art room, pre-school and classrooms. An all-sport court surface accommodates basketball, floor and roller hockey, soccer, volleyball, and aerobics. The facility is available for party room and gym rentals. Telephone number is 215-357-5396.

The Civic Center situated on Newtown-Richboro Road includes soccer, football, baseball and softball fields with lighted tennis and basketball courts behind the Recreation Center. Additional sports fields are located off St. Leonard and Stoney Ford Roads. League use of fields is by permit only through the P&R Board, which meets on the third Thursday of the month. The Banner program, where businesses can display banners on the field fences, benefits local sports teams and P&R field maintenance.

Northampton Municipal Park, located off of Hatboro and Bristol Roads, offers the Kenneth R. Wetzel Pavilion, baseball and softball fields, the Miracle League field for special needs, three soccer fields, four basketball courts, in-line hockey rink, sand volleyball courts, playground, amphitheater, over three miles of walking/ running trails, picnic pavilions and informational kiosks. The Butterfly Garden of Remembrance offers the community a place to reflect the memory of a loved one. Picnic pavilions, roller hockey court and basketball courts are available to rent.

During the summer months, the Township partners with Northampton Valley Country Club to provide a Monday through Friday Swim Club Membership at affordable prices. Amenities include a large main pool, baby pool, snack bar, tables and chairs, locker facilities and special member events. Swim lessons and swim team are also available.

For details on classes, summer camps, bus trips and more, visit the website, northamptonrec.com, where you can register online and keep current with the Park & Rec happenings. A quarterly brochure is mailed to Township residents. Cable Channels 22 or 24 also carry P&R updates. The P&R Administration office is located in the Township Building, 55 Township Road, Richboro, telephone 215-357-6800 ext. 249.


Northampton Township Senior Center

“Energize Your Life” at the Northampton Township Senior Center located at 165 Township Road in Richboro. There is a whole new world to explore and experience. At the age of 55 or better, you can improve your mind, strengthen your body and lift your spirits. 

Take a look at some of the activities the center has to offer:  aerobics, art studio, basic drawing, billiards, Bingo, bocce, book club, Bridge, Canasta, chair yoga, ceramics, darts, gentle yoga, golf, indoor shuffleboard, knitting & crocheting, line dance, mah jong, pinochle, Scrabble, seniorcise, Spanish class, stained glass, table tennis, watercolors, Wii bowling, wood carving, yoga and Zumba.  

The center always welcomes new members. For a membership fee of $20 per year, anyone age 55 or better can be a part of the “best bargain in town.”  

Why not hop on the bus and join the group for a day trip to the casino or area dinner theater? Everyone is welcome! Reservations are required for all trips. 

Throughout the year there are special events that are open to the community. On Friday, March 14th the center will be hosting their Annual St. Patrick’s Dinner. The dinner runs from 4:00 to 6:30pm, tickets are $12 each and include an outstanding ham and cabbage dinner, live entertainment and lots of fun for everyone! Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Senior Center.   

Then on Saturday, April 26th from 9:00am to 2:00pm the Senior Center will host a Spring Fling Shopping Event. There will be over 50 vendors on site selling beautiful handcrafted jewelry, scarves, totes, clothing, home décor, candles, baked goods and much more.  It’s a perfect time to shop for Mother’s Day, teacher’s gifts, and gifts for the grads and the special Dads! Admission is free!

For more information stop by the center or call 215-357-8199.