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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Impact Thrift Stores

Impact Thrift Stores is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in business to positively impact local communities through their operations. They financially support and/or work cooperatively with a variety of locally based charities whose mission is to support children and families in crisis. Their support of these local non-profits enables their staff to spend more time doing what they do best – feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, and supporting children and families in need.

Impact Thrift Stores accept donations of gently used or new furniture, clothing, jewelry, tools, electronics, appliances, kitchen and decorative household items. They provide an economic benefit to the local community by selling quality merchandise at affordable prices and act as a “recycler” both literally and figuratively, by accepting donations of items that no longer fit your lifestyle and putting them back in service as well as recycling metals and soft goods.

They operate four large stores in Bucks and Montgomery Counties (Feasterville, Montgomeryville, Hatboro, and Norristown), which currently employ over 240 people. They also provide educational opportunities for high school and college students, and welcome teens and adults who have mandatory or volunteer community service obligations.

Their newest store, on 91 East Street Road at Bustleton Pike in Feasterville, is over 48,000 square feet of retail space, making it the largest non-profit thrift store on the East Coast! The stores are open from 9:00am to 8:00pm Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

You may drop off your merchandise donations at any one of the four locations from 8:30am to 7:00pm Monday through Saturday, or call 215-957-6131 to arrange free pick up of larger items. A tax-deductible receipt and 25% off thank you coupon will be provided upon request.

For more information, visit www.impactthrift.org, e-mail feasterville@impactthrift.org, or call the store’s phone number at 267- 699-2000.

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YWCA Bucks County

YWCA Bucks County is a nonprofit organization serving women, children, and families in the County since 1954. The YWCA offers a wide array of programs and services to support the underserved directly in their own neighborhoods. Community outreach focuses on three areas: Youth Services, Family Centers and Self-Sufficiency Programs.

YWCA Youth Services

YWCA educational and life skills programs for youth and teens are delivered in schools, YWCA Family Centers and community rooms. YWCA Kids Korner, after-school Early Academic Intervention Programs, YWCA Homework Zones, and summer camps enhance academic/social skills. YW-Teen programs encourage responsible behavior and educated decision-making. YWCA Prevention programs help young people build healthy self-concepts, learn how to resolve conflicts, and help prevent substance abuse, teen pregnancy and delinquent behavior.

YWCA Family Centers

YWCA Family Centers, located in low-income apartment complexes in Bucks County, provide social services and educational/life skills programs to residents right where they live. These programs include computer training, English as a Second Language, parenting and citizenship classes, and information/referrals to social services. Family Centers also assist residents in times of crisis or need through participation in the county-wide food pantry system and a variety of donations from local churches and volunteer groups.

YWCA Self-Sufficiency Programs

Low-income adults achieve self-sufficiency through programs like YWCA Employment Services, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment and a variety of services through the YWCA Women’s Empowerment Program. Financial Literacy classes and Job Search Skills (resume assistance, mock interviewing, networking, and county-wide job fairs) are delivered at multiple locations in Bucks County to empower women to better provide for their families and attain self-sufficiency.

Additional information about YWCA programs and services can be obtained at www.ywcabucks.org, or by calling 215-953-7793, ext. 114.

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Free Library of New Hope and Solebury

The Free Library of New Hope and Solebury is an independent non-profit community public library dedicated to delivering exceptional personal service to its community. The library has a history that spans more than 110 years and was the first free library in Bucks County. Despite its size, only 2,800 square feet, the library contains over 28,000 items and has a growing circulation of close to 70,000 a year.

In addition to books, sound books and DVDs, the library also offers a wide variety of digital resources, including downloadable audio and e-books, digital magazines, research databases and online courses. Kindles and museum passes are also available for borrowing with a valid Bucks County public library card.

The Library also offers a variety of programming for patrons of all ages free of charge, ranging from story times for children to digital instruction for adults.

Membership is free to all residents of New Hope and Solebury and to those within the Bucks County library system. Non-residents are also welcome to join for a small annual fee.

The Free Library of New Hope and Solebury offers its patrons reciprocal borrowing privileges within the Bucks County library system. Materials may be checked out from any library and returned to the New Hope-Solebury Library.

The Free Library of New Hope and Solebury is partially funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Solebury Township, and New Hope Borough. However, less than half of its operating income comes from these sources. The library relies heavily on special fundraising programs and on the generosity of its community to meet its operational budget.

The Free Library of New Hope and Solebury has three paid staff members, which are assisted by a team of volunteers. Additionally, an all-volunteer Board of Trustees oversees the library.

The library is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10:00am until 7:00pm, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00am until 5:00pm. The library closes for inclement weather whenever the local school district is also closed for that reason.

The community is invited to keep up with the latest programming news and acquisitions by visiting the library’s website at www.nhslibrary.org and “friending” it on Facebook.

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First Night Newtown

First Night Newtown is held on December 31st, New Year’s Eve of each year. It is an alcohol-free event geared toward families and celebrating the arts.

Newtown held its first First Night Newtown in 1999. Over the years it has evolved to its present location at Council Rock North High School, which features live music; arts and crafts for children; local food vendors; demonstrations by local dancers and martial arts students; family photos; a local Newtown Idol competition and much more! Local elementary students are asked to submit an essay on a particular topic, and the winners receive a cash reward and get to ride in the local Holiday Parade during New Year’s Eve.

At the end of the festivities, there is a fireworks display held at Newtown Middle School. Proceeds from First Night Newtown help support the Newtown Township’s D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program, as well as other community organizations.  This year’s theme will be “D.A.R.E. to Feel the Magic,” with an emphasis on magic and magicians as the focal point for entertainment. Proceeds will also be used to help families in need in the community. First Night Newtown will work with the Angel Tree Project to get gifts for families in need in the Council Rock community.

For more information or to be a volunteer, contact Paul Salvatore at salvatorepaul@hotmail.com or call him at 267-312-3527. Also visit its new website at www.newtownfirst.org.

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The MOMS Club® of Langhorne Area

The MOMS Club® is an international nonprofit organization with hundreds of chapters throughout the United States. They are MOMS Offering Moms Support and help mothers feel good about the decision to stay home with their children, giving them the opportunity to share activities with other mothers and their children.

It’s a fantastic way to meet new people for themselves and for their children! The MOMS Club® of Langhorne Area began in November 1998. Their members live in Langhorne, Oakford, Penndel, Trevose, Feasterville, Churchville, Ivyland and Holland, (zip codes 19047, 19053, 18966).

If you would like to find one of the sister chapters in your area, visit www.momsclub.org. The members of the club and their children meet throughout the month for a variety of local activities. They plan park play days, playgroups, special library activities and so much more.

Throughout the year, they perform service projects to help those in need in our community. A treat for many of the moms is the monthly MOMS Night Out and special interest groups, such as craft and book clubs.

In following one of the purposes of the organization, they also have a committee that organizes assistance and support for their members in times of need (such as illness, family emergencies, and birth of a new baby).

Each month a business meeting is held that is open to all members, current and prospective. 

If you would like more information about the organization, e-mail themomscluboflanghorne@hotmail.com, or visit their website, www.langhornemomsclub.com.

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Impact Thrift Stores

Impact Thrift Stores is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in business to positively impact local communities through their operations. They financially support and/or work cooperatively with a variety of locally based charities whose mission is to support children and families in crisis. Their support of these local non-profits enables their staff to spend more time doing what they do best – feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, and supporting children and families in need.

Impact Thrift Stores accept donations of gently used or new furniture, clothing, jewelry, tools, electronics, appliances, kitchen and decorative household items. They provide an economic benefit to the local community by selling quality merchandise at affordable prices and act as a “recycler” both literally and figuratively, by accepting donations of items that no longer fit your lifestyle and putting them back in service as well as recycling metals and soft goods.

They operate four large stores in Bucks and Montgomery Counties (Feasterville, Montgomeryville, Hatboro, and Norristown), which currently employ over 240 people. They also provide educational opportunities for high school and college students, and welcome teens and adults who have mandatory or volunteer community service obligations.

Their newest store, on 91 East Street Road at Bustleton Pike in Feasterville, is over 48,000 square feet of retail space, making it the largest non-profit thrift store on the East Coast! The stores are open from 9:00am to 8:00pm Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

You may drop off your merchandise donations at any one of the four locations from 8:30am to 7:00pm Monday through Saturday, or call 215-957-6131 to arrange free pick up of larger items. A tax-deductible receipt and 25% off thank you coupon will be provided upon request.

For more information, visit www.impactthrift.org, e-mail feasterville@impactthrift.org, or call the store’s phone number at 267- 699-2000.

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