Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume was a seminal book for me growing up in the seventies. I read the book after my mother died in 1976 during the fall of fourth grade. I remember reading parts of it with my besties, gathered around the book like it was a found treasure. In a way it was for me.
I, like Margaret, grappled with religion and reading this book helped me deal with my feelings about God, religion, and adolescent anxieties. I related to Margaret’s journey to understand herself.
July Blume became an important person in my life after reading that first book. My father was not very open to discuss things like puberty, reproduction, boys, and sex. Blume’s book Tiger Eyes tackles the subjects of losing a parent, not feeling understood by the adults around you, and PTSD.
Over those few years of early adolescence Blume's books parented me in ways my father was incapable of, and her books showed me I wasn't the only person in the world who felt different. At that tender age we all feel different in some way and Judy showed us we were not alone.
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Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday so get out to a local bookshop and show your support for the authors you love!
Indie Bookstore Day & Main Point Books Turns 10!
Saturday, April 29
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Main Point Books, Wayne
Celebrate Indie Bookstore Day and Main Point Books’ tenth anniversary and newly expanded lower level. Author appearances all day, giveaways, cake, a special visit from the Lorax and more! Details
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Allergy Season Help
It’s that time of year again when everything is covered in pollen no matter how often you wash your hands or your car. Coupled with the lack of rain recently we are headed for a rough allergy season. Thankfully the wisdom of nature provided us with some great help to alleviate the many effects of allergies. One of my all-time favorites is the flavonoid Quercetin which is nature’s version of Benadryl without the drowsiness. You may also remember quercetin for its inclusion in many of the Covid-19 nutrient blends as it also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions.
Some other helpers which make quercetin work even better when used in combination include Stinging Nettle and the pineapple extract, Bromelain. They also have anti- inflammatory and respiratory support actions. Some of us may also remember Stinging nettle as a child when we played in the woods and got the “7-minute itch”! Nature also gave us bees and from them comes raw honey and bee pollen, both of which are effective in reducing allergy symptoms especially when sourced from local beehives.
With allergy symptoms affecting that many more adults and children each year, remember to embrace the power of nature’s offerings.
Michael Briggs, PharmD, CNC, ICCT serves as COO of Lionville Natural Pharmacy and has been published in The Professional Guide to Complementary & Alternative Therapies, Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Older Adults. The Nursing Drug Handbook Series, and Pharmacotherapy.
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WEEKEND TOP 5!
April 29 10:00 AM - 6:00 PMMt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Rd, Hockessin, DE Food Truck: Bucky’s BBQ and The Wandering Chef
Experience a magnificent display of native spring blooms at the peak of their glory; enjoy three days of live music, gardening activities, outdoor family programming, and more. A variety of food selections and native plants will be available for purchase, while supplies last. Details
Wheels of Wayne Car Show
Sunday, April 30
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
North Wayne & West Avenues, Wayne
Cruise on over to the 9th Annual Car Show in Downtown Wayne! Antique, modern, classic, and custom cars, trucks, and motorcycles, live entertainment, food, prizes, and more for the whole family!
Block Party for CHOP
Sunday, April 30
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
King of Prussia Town Center
Celebrate another successful King of Prussia Restaurant Week and KOP Shops for CHOP with a jam-packed day of family fun! Inflatables, kids’ crafts, face painting, live music, free samples, giveaways and more. Details
Food Truck Frenzy
Saturday April 29
Food trucks, beer garden, entertainment and more!
The Whiskey Trail 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
The Ultimates 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
A WHOLE LOT OF LULU
Saturday, April 29th
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Main Street, Phoenixville
Vintage, Handmade, Junk & Funk Market. Vendors selling vintage and handmade clothes, art, jewelry, junk, stuff, this and that.
DJs spinning vinyl. Details
Beat The Summer Slide. Get Math Help and Enjoy Summer Success Instead!
When summer comes, the knowledge your child worked hard for all school year is in danger of slipping away. This is especially true for math: On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of math learning over the summer. This summer learning loss can have long-lasting effects, including lower test scores and self-confidence, and a lower chance of success in high school and college.
What does this mean for my child?
Taking a long summer break from math makes it difficult for your child to pick up where they left off. By getting math help to avoid summer learning loss, your child will be ready to learn new material instead of falling behind when a new school year begins.
Up to 6 weeks in the fall can be lost relearning last year’s content. How to achieve summer success
At Mathnasium we are changing lives through math! We will help build their confidence in math and beyond. Learning centers in Paoli, West Chester and Glen Mills
TIS THE SEASON FOR BIG LEAGUE FUN
Reading Fightin Phils
The Reading Fightin Phils are the Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. You can catch a game at Reading’s FirstEnergy Stadium. Schedule
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Watch them play at Allentown’s Coca-Cola Park. Schedule
Jersey Shore Blueclaws
The Blueclaws, formerly known as the Lakewood Blue Claws, are the High-A affiliate of the Phillies. They play their games at ShoreTown Ballpark in Lakewood, New Jersey. Schedule
Wilmington Blue Rocks
The Blue Rocks are the High-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, and play at the Daniel S. Frawley Stadium. Schedule
Part of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, a partner to Major League Baseball the Barnstormers play at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster. Schedule
An annual tradition celebrating three (plus one) Baroque superstars, Albinoni, Bach, and Corelli—the Baroque ABC—where the “A” this season also includes Charles Avison. The program features the Maestro, both as conductor and soloist on the Bösendorfer Grand Piano, plus exhilarating single and double concertos for oboe and violin, all with Maestro’s “live notes.”
Celebrating Spring at the Annual Potters Guild Spring Sale
May 5 – 7
Community Arts Center
414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford
The Potters Guild's annual spring sale offering handcrafted functional and decorative pottery opens in the Duke Gallery at Community Arts Center with a preview party, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5th, $5 admission. Party attendees get first dibs on the original pottery made by professional guild members. Refreshments will be served along with complimentary wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Details
Surfin' USA Spring Festival in Malvern
Saturday, May 6
Noon - 6:00 PM
King Street, Malvern
Hang ten, and feel the vibrations! Live entertainment, food + beverage, shopping, kids activities, a vintage car show and more! Do not miss the BIG WAVE FUN at this community-wide free event!
TO YOUR HEALTH
Main Line NAMI Workshop: Suggestions for Improving Communication with Your Loved One
Sunday, April 30
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Virtual via Zoom
Learn how to improve communication with a loved one or friend who may be dealing with the various challenges of a mental health condition. This workshop will include several presentations, followed by opportunities to work in small groups to practice skills that can contribute to better communication, and to share personal experiences. Details
Superhero Wellness Fair
Sunday, May 7
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Rose Tree Park, Media
Fun, food, local vendors, providers, mental health screenings, kids Superhero Certification Program, obstacle courses, educational games, and more! FREE. Details
2nd Annual STOGA Girls Lax 5K & 1 Mile Walk
Sunday, May 7, 9:00 AM
Wilson Farm Park, Wayne
Run or Walk to help raise money for the Peter Kienzle Fund which directly benefits civilian and veteran recipients in the Fighting Back Scholarship Program. Based in Malvern, this program assists individuals recovering from life-changing illnesses or injuries, with the funds needed to participate in a rehabilitative exercise program. Details
The 50th Annual Yellow Springs Art Show opens to the public on Saturday, April 29 at 10 am. The galleries in the Lincoln building will be open daily from 10 am - 4 pm through Sunday, May 14. With 226 artists, the juried show has some of the most impressive works of art exhibited in the area. Over 4,000 works of original art are showcased including 2-D and 3-D works with a wide range of media and pricing.
Admission is free to the public, and reservations are not required. Artwork is on display in all the first and second floor galleries, and our well-known “minis” will again be found in their 2nd floor mini’s gallery. Artists’ portfolio pieces of unframed originals and prints will also be on both floors. You can also visit the show online, the virtual gallery opens at 10 am on Saturday, April 29.
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Join us Saturday, April 29, 11am-3pm for sensory-friendly activities for children and adults with disabilities and their families.
Free lunch. Outdoor activities.
Basket raffle and more!
This Mother's Day (May 14) weekend, make plans to celebrate with a movie at the Colonial Theatre and dining and shopping in the heart of Phoenixville's walkable downtown.
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MID-CENTURY MODERN & DESIGN
In-Person Preview April 24th-26th at our Doylestown location.
Auction: April 27th at 10:00 AM only at alderferauction.com
Lots of dining updates to dish this month, including Blue Elephant’s long-awaited debut in Wayne and lobster rolls and fries in Paoli. Work it off by booking a court at the new Bounce Pickleball in Malvern.
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