Happy New Year, Montgomery County! After a hectic holiday season full of sweet temptations, it’s time to launch into the New Year with our very best intentions and more importantly, a plan to achieve them. There are tons of resources available at your fingertips in Montgomery County that will help you meet your 2017 New Year’s Resolutions.

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Eat Right

Check in with our Montgomery County Farmer’s Markets below:

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Stay tuned for Spring opening!

The market will be held on Sundays through October from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the corner of East Hector and Lee Streets in the corporate parking lot.

The market will focus on vegetables, fruit and other food items produced within 150 miles of Conshohocken. Ben Bergman of Greener Pastures will be leading the effort to secure vendors and manage the market. Greener Pastures also manages markets in Ambler and Northeast Philadelphia. MoreThanTheCurve.com’s role is to make sure you show up!Ben reports that there has been a great response from potential vendors and thus far he has secured the following for the market:
  • Two vegetable and fruit farmers
  • Beef, chicken and fresh water fish
  • Mushrooms
  • A winery
  • And more!

Additional vendors will be announced over the next couple of weeks.

Zerns Farmer’s Market 

Zerns Farmer’s market has been on the scene since 1922 when a few roadside stands sprang up in the backyard of the Zern family in Gilbertsville. Over the years. “The Sale” as it is fondly called by locals, has become known as the best spot to purchase fresh produce and thousands of other items. Known as the World’s Largest Dutch Treat, Zerns is still going strong after 91 years with more than 190 merchants under one roof, and people unique as their wares.Vendors and customers come from near and far, other countries and other states.

From plants to pants, socks to signage, antiques, tools and miscellaneous bric-a-brac…

An adventurous shopper can find anything from an old spittoon to an antique gift frame from friendly country folk. Sample Pennsylvania Dutch treats like funnel cake, corn relish, shoofly pie, chow-chow, and of course, homemade ice cream! There’s fresh produce, baked goods, meats, seafood, poultry, plants, yard sculptures, new and vintage clothing, coins, stamps, toys, spices, hardware, new and used books, beautiful junk, hidden treasures, memories and maybe a forgotten piece of the past.

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  • Saturday 10am to 10pm
  • Sunday 11am to 5pm

More Info
1100 East Philadelphia Avenue
Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania 19525
Become A Fan On FB: Zerns Farmers Market
Website: http://www.zerns.com/

Lansdale Farmers Market 

Mark your calendars Montco! The Lansdale Farmers’ Market – the Happening List Winner in “Farmer’s Markets” in 2014, 2015, 2016 – is set to open on May 21st! Bring your family and neighbors out to sample the market’s locally grown produce, fresh baked breads, pastries and other handcrafted items.

  • Every Saturday 9am – 1pm
  • May 21st – November 5th
    9:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Rain or Shine!

More Info

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Hillcrest Shopping Center
664 E. Main Street
Lansdale, PA 19446

Become a Fan: Lansdale Farmers Market
Website: http://www.lansdalefarmersmarket.org/

Ardmore Farmers’ Market 

At the airy Ardmore Farmers Market of Suburban Square, flowers, wheat grass and brilliant bromeliads join the best meat, sweets and produce of Lancaster County. Pick up a workday lunch or prep your dinner party, and check out the rich, rosy gleam of seared sliced tuna, smell the heat of the fresh peppers, or discover the feathery spikes of the rambutan (the lychee’s exotic cousin). Comb the ranks of gourmet cheese, and ask the attentive merchants for a taste.

Farmers Market Hours (Mall)

  • Monday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00am – 7:00pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00am – 7:00pm
  • Thursday: 8:00am – 7:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am – 7:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sunday: 8:00am – 4:00pm

More Information
120 Coulter Avenue
Ardmore, Pennsylvania 19003
Follow On FB: Ardmore Farmers Market
Website: http://www.suburbansquare.com/

Ambler Farmers’ Market 

The ever popular Ambler Farmers market is making it’s return to Butler Pike on May 7th! Residents will be treated to an impressive array of locally grown foods that include fresh produce and fish right from the Jersey shore. You can find more information on who will be contributing this year including where the farmers are from and what goods they’ll be bringing each week.

As always, besides offering the finest in farm fresh produce and locally produced artisanal goods, the Ambler Farmers’ Market will feature a weekly musician and programming to fill your minds as well as your bellies.

More Info
Corner of Butler and Maple Avenue
Ambler, Pennsylvania 19002
Facebook: Ambler Farmers’ Market
Website: http://amblerfarmersmarket.wordpress.com

Upper Merion Farmers’ Market

Did You Know? The Upper Merion Farmers Market:

  • Is a producer-only market
  • Requires no taxpayer funding from Upper Merion Township
  • Operates entirely from its market fees, merchandise sales, and donations
  • Brings shopping dollars and tax revenue into the township
  • Only accepts vendors from within a 100-mile radius of King of Prussia

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If that wasn’t enough to warrant the support of our locals, the Upper Merion Farmers’ Market was also a Finalist in this years Happening List 2015, making it one of the BEST markets in our county as voted by you!

More Information
175 West Valley Forge Road
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406
*Hours: The Market will be open every other Saturday in April from 10am-12pm, and every Saturday from 9am-1pm from May through November 2016′
Follow On FB: Upper Merion Farmers’ Market
Website: http://www.uppermerionfarmersmarket.org/

Hatboro Farmers’ Market

The Hatboro Residents Association is pleased to announce that the 2016 Hatboro Farmers’ Market is starting this May through October! All residents are invited to attend this weekly event that will feature local produce, products and the best of what Montgomery County has to offer. The Market will be held every Hatboro 1Friday this year from 6pm until dusk on the property of the Hatboro Baptist Church and in the center of town on York Road. It’s the perfect opportunity to shop local while supporting the small businesses of Montgomery County. There will also be lots of activities and music for residents of all ages to enjoy!

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Facebook: Hatboro Farmers’ Market
Website: http://www.hatbororesidents.com/#!farmers-market/c8k2

Get in Shape

Lose Weight With Dr. Luciano’s Medical Weight Loss Program

882 Jacksonville Rd, Ivyland, PA 18974
(215) 957-1100
http://www.healthysolutionsdr.com/

Board Certified in Family & Obesity Medicine, Dr. Luciano is the areas’ expert when it comes to Physician’s Weight Loss. His guidance and expertise has helped the Bucks County Ultimate Makeover winner lose over 25 lbs in two months! Choose from an all inclusive weight loss program which includes a complete Medical exam, Metabolic & Body Composition Test, B12 shots, Metabolic Boosting injections, Vitamins, Supplements, and Medication if indicated or the HCG diet. Anyone is a candidate. From men or women who have that last 10 lbs that they can not seem to lose or those who need to lose more.

As a liposuction alternative without any downtime, Dr. Luciano also offers Coolsculpting which eliminates 25% of of stubborn fat from the the abdomen, love handles, thighs, bra fat, men’s chest, and even the double chin! Schedule your consultation by calling (267) 388-0300.

Interested in attending one of our Weight Loss or Non-Surgical Fat Reduction Seminar’s? Join Dr. Luciano on January 12th at 1 pm or 7 pm at their Horsham location or on January 26th at our Ivyland office at 6 pm. RSVP by calling (267) 388-0300.

Aerobic Rhythmics

Locations throughout Bucks and Montgomery Counties
www.aerobicrhythmics.com
610-489-3180
[email protected]

Keeping fit isn’t always easy, especially in today’s hectic world.  That’s where Aerobic Rhythmics comes in. Jean Rosenzweig, owner, is a Pennsylvania native who has resided in Collegeville for the past 43 years.

Aerobic Rhythmics offers a range of one-hour fitness classes at 22 strategically located venues in Montgomery and Bucks County. Currently, the classes on rotation include Aeroflex, yoga, Zumba, and AquaSize, and Jean is confident that everyone will be able to find something that works for them within the fitness offerings.

Aerobic Rhythmics recently was recognized as one of the best “Group Exercise” locations in Montco Happening’s 2016 Happening List. They also won the 2016 Spectrum Award for service excellence. As Jean says, Aerobic Rhythmics prides themselves on offering a “fun, friendly, and helpful” atmosphere for people of all ages, skill levels, and fitness goals.

Classes run five days a week, and clients can sign up on Aerobic Rhythmics’s website. They are currently offering a one-week unlimited free trial. So grab a friend, pick a class, find a convenient location and have fun! For more information, visit www.aerobicrhythmics.com or follow them on Facebook.

Bair Knuckle Strength

400 Commerce Dr, Fort Washington, PA 19034
http://bairknucklestrength.com/

The ONLY Fitness Program in Montgomery County, PA that meets you where you’re at, so you can: get out of pain, avoid injuries and slow down the aging process!

Bair Knuckle Strength offers an authentic, genuine and individualized approach to your well-being. We’re the only program that teaches you how to move without pain and lift weights safely, all personalized to your fitness level, while being in a friendly, supportive community.

They provide group classes, semi-private training, online coaching, instructor development and more to the residents of Fort Washington, PA near Blue Bell, PA, Dresher, PA, Lower Gwynedd, PA, Ambler, PA, Springhouse and surrounding Montgomery County.

Barre3 – Doylestown & Newtown

Village at Newtown, 2875 S Eagle Rd, Newtown, PA 18940
(215) 860-1625 | [email protected]
http://barre3.com/studio-locations/newtown

1721 S Easton Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901
267-483-8625 | [email protected]
http://barre3.com/studio-locations/doylestown

Barre3 mixes athleticism, grace, and the latest innovations designed to balance the body. Inspired by ballet barre, yoga, and Pilates, our instructors guide you through a specific sequence of movements that tone and lengthen all major muscle groups, rev your heart rate, and strengthen your body.* Our signature approach to teaching gives clients a rewarding endorphin high and a deep muscle burn—without pain in areas of the body prone to injury.

*Results may vary.

At barre3, we know exercise alone is not the only solution for a strong, healthy body.

There are the 3 pillars of the barre3 approach: Exercise, nourish, connect. It’s not just about how hard you work out or the numbers on the scale. It’s about nourishing your body and making connections in order to lead a balanced and happier life. By focusing on whole-body health, we empower you to feel your best from the inside out.

This January, join us for B3 ALL IN. Take 5 barre3 classes a week and eat real whole foods, the kind that satisfy you and never deprive. This program is about getting you to the results you want: a centered mind, a worked body, and amplified energy.

 

Volunteer More

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RSVP of Montgomery County:
Since 1973, RSVP has been the region’s leading volunteer placement agency for adults. Fill out this form to let RSVP match you up with local volunteer opportunities.

Montgomery County Division of Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites:
The Montgomery County Division of Parks, Trails and Historic Sites welcomes individuals and groups to share their interests and talents at all of our parks, trails, and historic sites by volunteering. Projects can be short- or long-term and in most cases, they can be flexible with the hours and frequency of when you help. Volunteer projects on the countywide trail system can include invasive plant removal, new native plantings, and cleanup along the trails, particularly after storms. Projects are available for groups or individuals.

Montgomery County SPCA
Apply to assist with the Montgomery County SPCA or adopt your own pet!

Women’s Center of Montgomery County
The Women’s Center of Montgomery County is one of the only volunteered-powered domestic violence programs in the region. The Women’s Center requires that each active volunteer contribute at least 52 hours of service per year and participate in at least 8 hours of in-service training on domestic violence and related issues. Apply here.

Run a Race

March 25, 2017
KSM Water Walk 5k
Bryn Mawr Racing Co. • Philadelphia, PA
Running [5K], Walking

June 10, 2017
The Super Run 5K- Philadelphia, PA 2017
Superfly Running Inc • Philadelphia, PA

March 4, 2017
Sacred Heart Shamrock Shuffle 5k and Family Fun Walk
Bryn Mawr Racing Co. • Havertown, PA

August 5, 2017
8th Annual Fox CHASE AWAY CANCER 5k & 1.5 mile walk
HCM Foundation • Jenkintown, PA

March 11, 2017
Conshy Classic 5k
Bryn Mawr Racing Co. • Conshohocken, PA

June 25,  2017
Herb Kahl Memorial Scholarship 5K
Herb Kahl Memorial Scholarship • Warrington, PA

September 9, 2017
Wounded Hero 5K/September 11th One Mile Remembrance Walk
OPERATION WARD 57 • Warminster, PA

Sunday, October 1, 2017
Ethan’s Heart Journey 5k Run and 1 mile Fun Run/Walk…
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Running : 5K Run


Improve Your Finances

Use these helpful tools to improve your bank account’s health in 2015!

  • Mint: This personal finance management site helps you track and categorize transactions easily and automatically- from setting goals for retirement to paying down debt to creating your budgets.  All of these elements are laid out in easy-to-read graphics and pie and bar charts for easy tracking.
  • BudgetPulse: For the security-conscious, this budgeting tool doesn’t require users to surrender their banking account information for tracking, and lets users manually enter or import their banking data from computer files.
  • BudgetTracker: An online budgeting tool specializing in tracking transactions. The results from the tracking are shown on your calendar and in graphs on the site.
  • Buxfer: Track loans and IOUs from friends and family as well as providing group budgeting – a handy tool for vacations and college budgeting.
  • moneyStrands: moneyStrands analyzes your spending habits, and generates budgets based on that behavior. It also will create personalized financial tips for each user.

 

Spend More Time With Your Family

Don’t wait until the next holiday season to prioritize spending time with your family! Here are some fun places for family time in Montgomery County, PA:

Mr. B’s Coffeehouse in Souderton, PA

Mr. B’s Coffeehouse is a hidden gem in the middle of Montgomery County. Inside Mr. B’s Coffeehouse is their ‘PlayZone’, which is open to the community and is free of charge!  Children up to age 10 can play, climb, and slide to their heart’s content.  Socks are required and can be purchased at the counter if necessary. We’ve taken Aubrey there before and she absolutely loved it. We’ll probably go back this weekend. Mr. B’s coffeehouse is located at Calvary Church on 820 Route 113 in Souderton, PA. Their hours are:

  • Sunday: 8am – 6pm
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday – Saturday: 9am – 6pm

Arnold’s Family Fun Center in Oaks, PA

Are you looking for a little more excitement? Arnold’s Family Fun Center in Oaks, PA has exactly what you’re looking for… fun for kids of all ages! Arnold’s has over 144,000 square feet of action-packed indoor activities and adventure! Go-karts, rides, arcade games, laser tag, bounce, bowling, mini golf, delicious food, and great prizes… You might even want to mention Arnold’s to your brother or sister as they might want to have your niece’s or nephew’s next birthday party there!

Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, PA

The zoo first opened in 1924, when a private landowner donated a small piece of property and a handful of White Tailed Deer to the Borough of Norristown.  The first huge operation that went into action was the expansion of the park that was completed in 2002, and the park size doubled from its original 8-acre size. From 1999-2002, the Elmwood Park Zoo added more offices and shops to help regulate the business flow. The most popular spot at the EPZ is their interactive playground that was made in 2001. A year later, they included more common canines and rare weasels, specifically the endangered species known as the black-footed ferrets.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Oaks, PA

It’s the anti-couch potato cure! This chain of indoor trampoline parks feature freestyle bouncing, dodgeball, fitness programs & more.

Check in with the Happening List “Family Fun” event winners in 2015 and vote for your favorite event in 2016. Plus, scroll through the entire “Kids” section with categories like “Children’s Entertainment” and “Play Centers”.

 

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