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LIMERICK PA – Kids can dine with the most popular guy of the season, and help those less fortunate than themselves too, during a Breakfast With Santa event scheduled for Saturday (Dec. 4, 2010) from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the food court of the Philadelphia Premium Outlets, West Lightcap Road, Limerick PA.

Breakfast awaits at the outlets.

The meal and Santa-accompanied fun is being combined with a collection of Toys For Tots, the holiday gifts-for-children program conducted by the United States Marines. Donations of new unwrapped toys, books, and games will be accepted at the site, to be delivered by Marines during the holiday season to community children in need.

After he’s had his fill, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Santa can be found strolling the outlet center and greeting visitors there. Other Santa strolls, according to Keri A. Branch, Philadelphia Premium’s assistant general manager, are scheduled for Dec. 12 (Sunday) and Dec. 18 (Saturday), both from noon to 4 p.m.

The outlets will be echoing with music as well, Branch said. Like Santa, Victorian-dressed holiday carolers will roam the center to provide song, music and entertainment this Sunday (Dec. 5), next Saturday (Dec. 11), and Dec. 19 (Sunday), all from noon to 3 p.m.

For more information, call 610-495-9000.

SANATOGA PA – What has become an annual breakfast salute to U.S. Armed Forces veterans in the state’s 44th Senatorial District, which includes Lower Pottsgrove and Limerick PA townships and the borough of Pottstown, will be held Oct. 30 (2010; Saturday) from 8-10 a.m. in Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Rd., Sanatoga PA, Sen. John Rafferty has announced.

Rafferty, in a mailing to veterans and others from his 3770 Ridge Pike, Collegeville PA, district office, said the morning would consist of a free breakfast for veterans, and “a patriotic celebration” featuring a keynote speaker. All veterans who live in the district may attend, but advance registration is required.

Seating is limited. The registration deadline is Oct. 26. For more information or to register, call Rafferty’s office at 610-831-8830.

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Receiving a ready-to-heat meal, and a smile from those who deliver it, can mean a lot to the home-bound.

ROYERSFORD PA – Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to home-bound elderly and disabled individuals in the Royersford and Lower Perkiomen Valley areas for the Montgomery County Family Services’ Meals on Wheels program, agency spokeswoman Karen Konnick reported Monday (Oct. 11, 2010).

Meals on Wheels provides two meals, a hot lunch and a cold supper to refrigerate, to an average of 160 recipients across the western portion of the county. Despite the program’s size, Konnick said, a volunteer’s time commitment is usually small.

Many volunteers drive only once a week, on a weekday for about an hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. from Gethsemane Tabernacle of Hope Church, 425 Walnut St., Royersford PA; or at 11:15 a.m. from Perkiomen Valley Brethren in Christ Church, 46 Trappe Rd., Collegeville PA. Others volunteer less frequently as substitute drivers, and they’re needed too.

Volunteer drivers must have a valid driver’s license, insurance and their own reliable vehicle.  Training is provided.

For more information or to volunteer, call Alicia Adams at 610-326-1610 Ext. 228.

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You'll know if that salad's really healthy ... or not.

NORRISTOWN PA – “Dining with Diabetes,” an educational program for adults with diabetes and their families, will be held on consecutive Mondays beginning Nov. 1 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Montgomery County Human Services Building, 1429 Dekalb Street, Norristown PA, and continue through Nov. 22, Penn State Cooperative Extension announced Thursday (Oct. 7, 2010).

Diabetes is a very serious and costly disease, but research has shown that those who learn to manage their blood glucose (sugar) levels, eat healthy, and exercise regularly can lower their risk of complications and lead a healthier and more productive life.

Participants will learn how to prepare meals that are healthy, simple, and taste good. Recipes will be demonstrated and those in attendance can help prepare and taste each one. They’ll also learn about nutrition, meal planning, and exercise, as well as how to understand common, diabetes-related medical tests. Recipes and handouts will be distributed.

Advance registration is required due to space limitations. A small fee will be charged. Fr more information, or to make a reservation before Oct. 15, call (610) 489-4315.

The program is jointly sponsored by the county Cooperative Extension office in Creamery PA, and by the county Wellness Committee.

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CREAMERY PA – Registrations are still being accepted for “A Morning in the Garden with Master Gardeners,” a one-day series of nine classes being taught in three one-hour sessions by master gardeners from Penn State Extension of Montgomery County on Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Cooperative Extension Office on Route 113 in Creamery PA, about a mile south of Skippack.

Participants can enroll for classes in any or all of three sessions:

  • Backyard Habitat, Seed Starting, or Gardening for Planet Earth, at 9 a.m.;
  • Using Natives to Attract Birds and Wildlife, Composting, or Ground Covers, 10 a.m.; and
  • Putting the Garden to Bed, Using Your Harvested Herbs, or Butterfly Identification, 11 a.m.

Advance registration is required. Costs vary depending on the number of sessions desired. For more information or to receive a brochure, call 610-489-4315.

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PHOENIXVILLE PA – The day-long annual Community Day sponsored Saturday (Oct. 2, 2010) by the Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville at the borough’s Reeves Park was another success, attracting hundreds of people to enjoy ready-to-go chicken barbecue dinners grilled and packaged by club members (above), and lots of bargains offered by vendors and area organizations whose booths lined the park’s asphalt paths (below).

A young and energetic rock band (below) named “Never Look Back,” consisting of Phoenixville area musicians, were among those providing entertainment to visitors. “They’re loud,” one woman complained, but high school youths who filled benches positioned in front of the park stage didn’t seem to mind. The group played songs their peers were sure to enjoy but also performed a throw-back tune or two, including the late 1960s standard “Different Drum,” made popular by Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Ponys.

And if the aroma of chicken weren’t enough to make them hungry, guests could choose to dine on hot dogs, hamburgers or other sandwiches as well (above).

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Free crafts for kids were among the many activities sponsored by area businesses and Limerick (PA) Township during the annual Community Day held Saturday (Sept. 25, 2010) in Limerick Community Park.

LIMERICK PA – Bright sun, moderate temperatures and the inviting greenery of nature’s beauty created a perfect backdrop for the thousands of visitors Saturday (Sept. 25, 2010) who thronged Limerick Community Park, Swamp Pike and Zieglerville Road, to enjoy the township’s annual Community Day activities.

Birds chirping, musicians playing, singers crooning, children laughing, and the hubbub of people talking in voices soft and loud all combined to create an exciting symphony of sound for the event. The day was part government showcase, part business expo, part food court, and – according to many of those in attendance – wholly delightful.

Representatives of the Limerick Fire Company and others that serve the area were on hand, along with apparatus they proudly displayed to the public.

“Isn’t terrific to have all these people here?, township Parks and Recreation Director Karen Hegedus rhetorically asked as she hurried as fast as she could go – one of her legs was in a brace – across the grounds. “Great turnout,” agreed Jim Phillips, business development officer for Limerick-based Victory Bank.

The bank was one of dozens of vendors who competed for shade beneath the park shelter and nearby free-standing tents, as a bright sun shone across the lightly clouded sky overhead. A huge American flag flew above the proceedings, suspended from the arm of a giant crane. Guests cruised the vendor aisles as they might at any trade or home show, stopping to talk with smiling business owners and pick up a free trinket or two.

The folks behind the Edible Arrangements booth offered one of the fastest-moving give-aways to passers-by: chocolate-dipped fresh strawberries.

Re-stocking brochures and handouts being taken by visitors was almost a full-time job at the display table for Bright Beginnings Day Care.

Beyond the canopy of the park shelter, Victory Bank employees manned a coin-toss game. They were happy to show you how it's played, too.

Over at Exelon's booth, company employees entertained children while talking to their parents about license renewal for the Limerick Generating Station.

Was it food you wanted? Community Day provided plenty, including stuff to satisfy the sweet tooth. Baked goods and other treats were being sold by members of the girls tennis team at Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford.

Four-legged friends found time to enjoy the park too (and create some mischief).

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