NBA hosting Annual Easter Egg Hunt

On Saturday, April 12th, at 9:00am sharp, the Newtown Business Association (NBA), representing over 200 businesses and retailers in Newtown, will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt at Pickering Manor Field in Newtown Borough. All are welcome to attend this traditional holiday activity celebrating the joy and fun of a good old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt for both children and adults. Member businesses of the NBA will be donating prizes for the event.

To participate, simply come with family and friends to Pickering Manor North Field, at the corner of Frost Street and Lincoln Avenue in Newtown Borough, at 9:00am. This lively event is over in less than one half-hour and will create memories for all. Don’t be late, as the hunt will start promptly at 9:00am. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to greet the children. For further information about this event, call Event Chair Jen Kline Clark at 215-962-3933 or check the NBA website at www.NewtownBA.org.

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Bucks Tennis Association ready to serve to you!

The non-profit Bucks County Tennis Association’s (BCTA) popular low-cost county wide outdoor community tennis programs swing into action this spring with the first of multiple outdoor seasons at public parks throughout Bucks County – affordable fun and fitness for family and friends of all ages and abilities. This year’s programs include BCTA’s signature five-week Learn, Practice & Play for ages four through 94-plus, Jr. Team Tennis for ages seven through 17, high school and middle school training programs, summer youth camps, and adult leagues. Registration deadline for Season 1 is April 8th. For program details and to register, log onto www.buckscountytennis.usta.com.

Programs run in Bensalem Township, Doylestown Borough, Doylestown (Camp Curiosity), Durham Township (Palisades Community School), Falls Township, Frosty Hollow (Levittown), Hilltown Township, Langhorne (Core Creek Park), Middletown Township, New Hope-Solebury High School (Community School of New Hope-Solebury), Newtown Township, Plumstead Township, Quakertown Borough, Warminster Township, and Warrington Township.

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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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The Library by Afton is buzzing with activity

The Old Library by Lake Afton is going to be abuzz with activity this year.

In February the interior of the building was spruced up. Cracks in the plaster walls were repaired, and the walls and trim work were repainted. This is no small undertaking given that the Library’s ceilings are so high. In the fall, it is hoped that the exterior of the building is repainted, a process that will involve removing many layers of paint on the old wood siding.

As you can imagine, these are expensive projects – approximately $32,500 in all, but the Yardley Historical Association is committed to doing the work properly. The Old Library is Yardley’s landmark and worth it. Consider investing in the Library’s future and make a generous contribution for building maintenance in addition to your membership donation this year.  

The spring and summer calendar is full of outstanding and varied events, and rounding out the use of the Old Library building is an increasing number of rentals. It’s become a popular place to meet and have parties, particularly wedding and baby showers. 

Mark your calendars for these upcoming April events and encourage your friends and neighbors to come out, too.

  • Sunday, April 6th, 3:00pm  – “New Evidence on the Case that Never Dies: The Lindbergh Kidnapping”

In 2004, Lloyd Gardner, a professor emeritus of history at Rutgers University, published a book about the 1932 kidnapping of the toddler son of the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh. The kidnapping/murder, which took place near Hopewell, NJ, is reputed to be the most publicized crime of the 20th century. Professor Gardner’s book was the first by a historian who worked with the voluminous files at the New Jersey State Police archives and previously untouched FBI files. It quickly became recognized as the standard work on the crime. Professor Gardner has continued his research and his updated his book with a new ending that proposes a dramatic theory about the reasons for the crime.  Come to this program presented by Professor Gardner, and find out all the details about this case that never dies. Co-sponsored by the Lower Makefield Historical Society, at the Yardley Community Centre, 64 South Main Street. Free of charge. 

  • Saturday, April 12th, 10:00am-noon – Meet the Bunny!

Hippity-hop on over to the Old Library after the Yardley Egg Hunt and play with the Bunny. Free photos, Easter treats, and fun!

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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.

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Langhorne film company to produce feature film in Hulmeville

by June Portnoy

Potent Media, an established film company in Langhorne, will begin production of its first family-friendly feature film, “The Sugar Skull Girls” this summer.

“This film is the first in a trilogy,” says Christian Grillo, Langhorne resident and Potent Media owner who will direct and edit all three films.

His wife, Carmela Hayslett, will play The Pale Witch, the main villain in the film, which will be shot in a vacant building in Hulmeville.

“We have shot the majority of our films in this location,” says Christian. “It has become our Hollywood studio.”

Both Christian and Carmela describe the film as a horror comedy that will appeal primarily to ‘tweens and young teens, but will entertain the entire family as well.

Christian compares it to such cult favorites as “Hocus Pocus” and “The Dark Crystal.”

“The Sugar Skull Girls” begins when a man named Demetrius hires a medium to conjure up his deceased granddaughter. However, the spell goes terribly wrong and instead, the medium accidentally brings back three neo-gothic sisters from a supernatural world called “The Shadow.” 

When The Pale Witch realizes the girls have vanished from her tyranny, she sends her pumpkin soldiers and other creatures out to collect them.

Potent Media has cast some well-known film stars in “The Sugar Skull Girls.”

Michael Berryman, who appeared in “My Science Project,” “Weird Science” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “The Hills Have Eyes,” will play the role of a bumbling henchman.

Lesley Easterbrook, a Hollywood icon known for her roles in all three “Police Academy” movies, as well as “Devil’s Rejects” and “The Afflicted,” will play the voodoo medium who conjures up the sisters from “The Shadow.”

John Amplas, known primarily for his work with George Romero in such horror flicks as “Martin” and “Day of the Dead,” will play the role of Demetrius.

Addy Miller, whose claim to fame is from “The Walking Dead,” will play Luna, the lead Sugar Girl sister.

According to Christian, the Sugar Skull Girls go through many life-changing events over the course of the three films. The underlying theme of each movie is to accept yourself for who you are without trying to fit in with the popular kids. Christian adds that there are many anti-bullying messages throughout these films.

Christian will use the old school techniques of puppetry, in addition to shooting models to provide realism. Thus far, he has built a model of a castle that will be used as one of the sets in his film. In addition, he plans to use the advanced visual effects of CGI (computerized-generated imagery).

Christian founded Potent Media in 2006. His original career was a music producer, but over time he began writing music for movies, which evolved into filmmaking.

Potent Media’s first three feature films included “Booley,” “Deer Crossing” and “Apocalypse Kiss,” all targeted to adults. They have been seen on Redbox, Netflix, Verizon Fios and Vudu.

So what motivated Christian to develop his fourth film for a completely different audience?

“I wanted to appeal to the mass market,” explains Christian, “and the most successful films out today are children’s movies.”

He already has some merchandising ideas related to his film that he believes will appeal to his younger audience.

Filming of the “Sugar Skull Girls” will begin June 22nd, and Christian anticipates that the shoot will take 13 days. He already has global distribution in place with Acort International. Christian needs $50,000 to complete his first film and has currently raised more than half from private investors and returns from his previous films. 

“If I raise enough money, I’ll shoot the first two films back to back,” Christian says, explaining that it is more cost-efficient to shoot two films at the same time.  In that case, the final film in the trilogy would be shot next summer.

Potent Media is asking for help raising the rest of the funds needed to complete its films. To contribute and receive various perks in exchange, visit the film company’s teaser trailer and fundraising campaign at

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-sugar-skull-girls/x/96270.

“The Sugar Skull Girls” will be completed by the end of this year.

PHOTO CAP: Carmela Hayslett as the Pale Witch in “The Sugar Skull Girls.”

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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.

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Seasonal passes now available for Dolphin Swim Club

Seasonal passes for families, individuals and seniors 60-years of age or above are now available for the Lower Southampton Township Dolphin Swim Club, located at 260 W. Bristol Road in Feasterville, it was recently announced by Matt Gilbert, Parks and Recreation Director for Lower Southampton Township.

Matt says that he is already gearing up for a terrific summer season for swimming enthusiasts of all ages. “Our large L-shaped pool, heated adult pool, and baby pool for youngsters up to five years of age will be in excellent condition and ready to go for the 2014 season.” All of the pools will be supervised and life-guarded. Parking is free at the Dolphin Swim Club.

“I’d like to invite all interested area residents to join us this season,” Matt states. “However, please do not wait too long to join because our space is limited.”

For residents of Lower Southampton Township, special rates for full season passes are available. For families, it’s $395, individuals cost $240 and seniors 60-years plus will be $149 prior to March 14th. It will cost an additional $20 per membership after that date. The Dolphin Swim Club will be open weekends from May 25th to June 15th, and then will swing into full operation seven days a week, 11:00am to 8:00pm, beginning on Saturday, June 21st. The season will end on Labor Day.

Daily admission for individuals will be $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Children under three years of age are free. A special twilight admission rate of $5 per person for both adults and children, who would like to swim Monday through Friday from 5:00 to 8:00pm will be in effect throughout the season.

For non-residents, full season passes will be $525 for families, $315 for individuals and $189 for seniors 60-years of age and above prior to March 14th and will be $20 per membership additional thereafter.

The Dolphin Swim Club is also available for other events, including birthdays and family celebrations.

The Dolphin Swim Club is owned and operated by Lower Southampton. Lower Southampton Township is headquartered at 1500 Desire Avenue in Feasterville. For season passes and information, call 215-357-7300, extension 340 or go online at www.lowersouthamptontownship.com.

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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.

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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.

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