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Hi Neighbor!

One morning last week, my husband and I were slugging coffee while my oldest daughter, Caroline, piled cinnamon sugar onto buttered toast.  She was telling us about the fitness tests in gym class and mentioned that she scored one second on the Flexed Arm Hang.  

Her father said, “What?  One second!” and then chuckle-snorted... loud enough for us to hear, repeatedly.  

I stared: “I cannot believe you’re laughing at your daughter.”  

And Caroline said, “You sound like the dad in Back to the Future.”

Now, I could immediately tuck that early morning incident into the “Bad Parenting File,” the file that’s pretty thick by now, after twelve years of consistent contributions.  But, I’ll tell you, upon reflection, I’ve got to admit there are certain aspects of the exchange that I like.  It felt old-school, the opposite of helicopter parenting.  Potentially scarring, perhaps, but look at the way Caroline fought back, like a fencer, brushing away the attacker’s blade with her weapon of choice—an 80’s movie reference.

It was called the Bent Arm Hang in my era.  I remember my classmate Tracy, thin and sinewy, hanging for days.  I might have brought her a sandwich.  She’s probably still there.  But I, I was not a strong Bent Arm Hanger.  Upper body strength is just another gift I failed to pass on to my daughter.

It’s becoming more apparent, though, that along the way, Caroline has picked up a sense of humor.  We can only do what we can do as parents.  Then we hang on and hope for the best.

Enjoy!
Katie L 

"ALTERNATIVE" FITNESS FUN

Curling
You saw it on the Olympics and wanted to try.
Now is your chance!
buckscountycurlingclub.org

Axe Throwing
Competitive axe throwing is a well-known Canadian past time that’s becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Simply put, it’s like playing a game of darts, except with axes!  
burythehatchet.com

Pickleball
An exciting sport with elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong.
radnor.com

Ballroom Dancing 
Mainline Ballroom is a one-of-a-kind ballroom and studio in the Philadelphia region offering the best in dance instruction and one of the largest and most beautiful spaces available.
themainlineballroom.com

Cornhole
The Philadelphia Cornhole League hosts multiple leagues and tournaments throughout the year.  Test your skills against the best players from all over the Philadelphia and extended area. 
philadelphiacornholeleague.com

Bocce Ball
Join a summer league:
In West Chester
In Philadelphia
Play at a restaurant
Or in your own backyard! 

Philadelphia Sports Leagues in the Burbs
PSL activities includes: Basketball, Bowling, Broomball, Cornhole, Dodgeball, Field Hockey, Floor Hockey, Football, Golf, Handball, Kickball, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball. We also have tons of group fitness options which include our infamous Sweat Crawls and Glow Yoga!
Philadelphia Sports Leagues provides high quality recreational sports leagues, tournaments and social events for more than 50,000 adults all over the Philadelphia area. 
KOPMAINLINE


Beaucerons are a rare breed, French herding dogs. They’re athletic, intelligent, and closely bonded with their handlers - all traits that describe Anne.

Her elegant coat has rich toffee-color markings and her eyes are very expressive. She weighs about 40 lbs. Anne's initially timid and once she gets to know you, she'll reveal her sweet, affectionate personality. She loves belly rubs and snuggling on the couch. She's playful and a great walking companion. Her welcome-home happy dance shows sweet Annie has a ton of love to share with her forever person. Could that be you?  

Fill out an easy application from Main Line Animal Rescue and meet beautiful Anne.
APRIL SHOWERS ... MAY FLOWERS

Annual Plant Sale 
Saturday & Sunday, May 5th & 6th 
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (both days)    
Tyler Arboretum 
515 Painter Rd., Media

Plants for sale include showy annuals for containers, herbs, edibles, flowering shrubs, trees, unusual vines and more. This year’s featured plant collection is viburnums, a diverse family of gorgeous, fragrant plants that offer multi-season interest. Individual, 30-minute garden design consultations will be offered again this year. 
Details


Chanticleer Early Opening
Saturday, May 5th
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Chanticleer Early Openings in 2018
Chanticleer Garden
786 Church Rd., Wayne

The garden will open at 8:00 AM on May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th, August 4th, September 1st, October 6th, and November 3rd during the 2018 season.
This is a popular time for birders and photographers to visit.
chanticleergarden.org

Shipley 44th Annual Secret Gardens Tour
Wednesday, May 16th
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The Shipley School
814 Yarrow St., Bryn Mawr

Eight amazing gardens located throughout the heart of the Main Line including, Villanova, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Gladwyne. The tour features gardens both old and new, some professionally maintained and others lovingly cultivated by their owners. Delight in landscapes that range from an approximately one-acre property containing unique specimens of conifers to a forty-acre land trust estate. Enjoy beautiful water features, sculptures, rose gardens, and fruit orchards on an elegant Gladwyne estate. Another property contains a beautiful pool and potting shed area that was the inspiration for the surrounding garden. Make sure not to miss the property that has been lovingly cultivated by a Pennsylvania Horticultural Society member. There are so many more stunning garden surprises to experience! This is truly a day when you can savor the beauty of spring while visiting unique local gardens. Please join us for a very memorable day!
Details
PHILLY HAPPENINGS

The Third Annual #RISE Youth Summit
Friday, May 11th
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
WHYY Studios
Independence Mall West
150 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia

The #RealTalkTobacco #RISE Youth Summit is a convening of 150 youth leaders from around the Philadelphia and Southeastern PA area who are currently engaged in or are passionate about public health advocacy work including tobacco control and prevention. The annual youth summit features special guest speakers conducting workshops on advanced advocacy content including: Social Media, Policy, Storytelling, Tobacco and Advocacy 101 (Youth Empowerment).
Details

2nd Annual Philadelphia Literacy Day
Saturday, May 12th
11:00 AM
Smith Memorial Playground
3500 E Reservoir Dr., Philadelphia
Kimmel Center
300 S Broad St., Philadelphia

The festivities will kick off with a family event at Smith Memorial Playground (from 11am – 3pm); we also hold a satellite event at the Kimmel Center on the Avenue of the Arts. This family event will include: Food & Entertainment, Literacy Activities and The Book Market. This large-scale flea market-like book-swap will be open for all to browse and choose from a selection of new and gently-used free books to keep. Attendees can also donate their gently used books at the swap, or at any of the book donation boxes all around the event. 
Details

HoagieNation Music Fest
Saturday, May 26th
Doors open to the public at 3:00 PM
Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, on the Delaware River Waterfront, corner of Columbus Blvd & Spring Garden Street

HoagieNation is a music festival curated & headlined by Philadelphia’s own Daryl Hall & John Oates. It’s a celebration of food, music, culture & fun!  Live on Stage: Train, Fitz and the Tantrums, Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers, and More!
hoagienation.com

BENEFITS & GALAS GALORE

My Family, Me & MCC Children’s Brunch
Saturday, May 5th
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Radnor Valley Country Club
555 Sproul Rd, Villanova

This family-friendly carnival themed event features a fun filled morning with a full brunch, arts & crafts, games, photo booth and entertainment.
All proceeds from the brunch benefit MCC’s services for families. MCC provides community-based outreach, health education and family support programs that help pregnant and parenting women and their young children gain access to critical health and human services.
Details

Maxie’s Hot Chocolate House
Sunday, May 6th
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Radnor Middle School

A musical kid-led concert with ALL ticket and chocolate refreshment sales will go directly to LiveConnections -- a Philadelphia nonprofit in residence at World Café Live that brings experiential music education to underserved youth and people with disabilities.
$8 per Advance Ticket
$10 at the Door
Tickets Here

Richie Ashburn Golf Classic
Monday, May 14th
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
White Manor Country Club
831 Providence Road, Malvern

Rich “Whitey” Ashburn was one of the most beloved sports figures in Philadelphia’s History.  For more than 30 years, The Philadelphia Phillies have been a proud sponsor of the Richie Ashburn Golf Classic, benefiting the Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts of America.  All proceeds raised during the auction directly support educational and innovative Scouting Programs to nearly 16,500 young people throughout the Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.
Details

10th Annual Baubles for Breastcancer.org
Thursday, May 3rd
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
The Carriage House
35 Harrison Drive, Newtown Square 

Grab your girlfriends and come out for a night filled with fabulous shopping, sips and delicious snacks. $35 in advance;  $45 at the door.
Details 
Cinco De Meow
Saturday, May 5th
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Providence Animal Center
555 Sandy Bank Rd., Media

To celebrate Cinco de Maya in a fluffy and furry way, kids create a cat and dog pin and take home an adopted (stuffed) puppy. Proceeds benefit the animal center. Event is held in the Real Life Room behind the adoption building.
Details

7th Annual Kentucky Derby Party, Benefitting Surrey Services for Seniors
Saturday, May 5th
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Paramour at The Wayne Hotel
139 East Lancaster Ave., Wayne

All ticket sales benefit Surrey Services for Seniors
Enjoy an array of Derby inspired hors d'oeuvres, mint juleps, specialty reserved wines and sweets while you watch the race events live in the lobby lounge and out on the veranda. Tickets are $50 per person. Dress code: High fashion Derby attire. Prizes for best men's and women's Derby outfits.
Details and Tickets
HELP YOURSELF

Downsizing!  You Can Do This
Thursday, May 3rd
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Barn at Valley Forge Flowers
503 West Lancaster Avenue, 
Wayne
Tickets: $20

Join friends and neighbors for an evening of learning about all the techniques of downsizing. Hear from experts in the field.
To RSVP 


Exploring Practices: A Day of Mindfulness and Meditation
Saturday, May 5th
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Main Line Unitarian Church
816 South Valley Forge Road, Devon

Lelia Calder will lead a meditation retreat designed to explore a variety of mindfulness and meditation practices. The day will include traditional silent meditation, chanting, and movement for participants at all levels. $20 suggested donation/$10 lunch (optional)
mluc.org

Mother’s Day Empowerment Workshop
Sunday, May 6th
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Purenergy Studio
21 Plank Ave, Paoli

Without Mothers, we become extinct. To honor you and your hard work during this month, we are hosting our First Annual Mother's Day Workshop. Protecting your children has been and will remain Mission #1. Our mission is to help you add a few tricks to your repertoire. This workshop will help "Mama Bear sharpen her teeth." Bring in your child (or children) to learn various techniques to protect them against potential child abduction, and assault scenarios. Your children will also learn how to protect and help you.
In 3 hours you will learn some basic skills as well as delve into 3rd party protection specific training in both large and small groups.
Details

Sort and Succeed
Tuesday, May 8th
7:00 PM – Sort and Succeed
Tredyffrin Public Library

Do you feel overwhelmed by your stuff? Professional Organizer, Darla DeMorrow has a "master plan" to succeed in decluttering and organizing your home. Darla has a new book - Sort and Succeed - which offers five simple steps to launch you on your way to getting organized and living clutter-free. Join us to learn her pathway to getting organized and staying that way. Purging your stuff doesn't have to be painful and can be truly freeing and life changing.
Register

MUSIC, ARTS, FESTIVALS & FAIRS

Greater West Chester Chamber Gallery Walk
Friday, May 4th
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Through downtown West Chester

Enjoy the work of local, national and international artists featuring styles from traditional to contemporary and everything in between. Exhibits will include paintings in watercolor, acrylic and oil as well as sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics, textiles and more.
Details

May Day Festival - A Celebration of the Arts!
Sunday, May 6th
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Everhart Park
W. Union & S. Brandywine Ave., West Chester

More than 50 artisans to Everhart Park to display their hand-crafted wares. There will be live artisan demonstrations,  and high-quality arts and crafts for purchase.  The family-friendly event will also include a moon bounce and some children’s rides.
Live performances to include West Chester Studio for Performing Arts, The Magnificent Juggler Randy Lyons, Silly Joe, and the West Chester Dance Works.  Pennsylvania Theater Institute at West Chester University will be hosting a craft in the gazebo throughout the festival.  
Details

Phoenixville Food Festival
Saturday, May 5th
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Downtown Phoenixville

Free admission, free parking and 20 food trucks! Leave time to visit the unique shops, boutiques and restaurants!
phoenixvillefoodfestival.com

Radnor Hunt Pony Club Jumper Show & Country Fair
Saturday, May 5th
All Day
Radnor Hunt
810 Providence Road, Malvern

Come watch up close as kids and adults compete!  Stroll among the horses and riders!  Enjoy fun, delicious food! Shop for Mother's Day gifts from our selection of vendors! Kids can do face painting and crafts and learn all about horses!  
radnorhuntpc.org

Camerata Philadelphia
Saturday, May 5th
3:00 PM
Tredyffrin Public Library
582 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford

Join us for this performance by Director Steve Framil accompanied by an array of internationally renowned concert and chamber musicians.  This professional ensemble is committed to music appreciation for all ages.  Antonín Dvořák String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96 ("The American"); Stanley Grill Dreaming of a Better World; Antonín Dvořák Piano Quintet No. 2 in A, Op. 8.

Details
BONFIRES & BANDS

Valley Forge Park Campfires
Every Saturday in May
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Valley Forge National Historical Park
1500 N. Outerline Drive, King of Prussia

This May campfire programs are returning to Valley Forge! Come out and join a park ranger for an evening around the campfire for stories about Valley Forge and the American Revolution.
Bring a blanket, flashlight, a jacket and pocket-full of questions for a fireside conversation at Conway's Brigade, located between Gulph Road and PA Route 23/Valley Forge Road.
Details

Bands and Bonfire at Thornbury Farm
Saturday, May 5th
2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
1256 Thornbury Road, WestChester

Enjoy the heritage of a 309-year-old historic farm - growing organic produce. Right in the gardens, watch many great local bands. Enjoy Paradox wine, Hoods BBQ,  Natalie's Fine foods, Bog Turtle Brewery, and many great crafters. Enjoy the campfire, yard games and an afternoon on the farm.
Details

 Fusion Academy Malvern is a revolutionary private middle & high school where positive relationships & one-to-one classes unlock academic potential.

Fusion Academy
Show your Mom some love and hire Party Host Helpers to help with your celebration!

PHH gift certificates available.
RCA at Devon provides the highest quality addiction treatment including medical detoxification, inpatient and outpatient treatment services - right in your neighborhood.

Visit our gift shop for unique
garden tools, decor and gift items and our farm market offering
locally grown produce.

The Garden Shoppe
All new indoor laser tag arena that plays like a video game!
Kids and adults will love it!

Use promo code MainLine 
for a discount.
 
strykeforcelasertag.com

Guided by faculty who are experts in girls’ education, Baldwin offers an experiential learning environment within a supportive and encouraging community.

baldwinschool.org
Since 1970 Benchmark School has been a leader in preparing bright children who learn differently to be self-advocates who take charge of their own learning and meet with success in public and independent high schools, college and beyond.

BenchmarkSchool.org

Discover a charming town where friendly faces meet wholesome fun. 

Eagleview Town Center is famous for fun free events and Restaurant Row.

Stop by for a visit!
Eagleview Town Center Events
Madeline Miller
Q&A; and Book Signing
Circe
Currently #1 on the
bestseller list!

May 17th
7:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn, Exton

This event benefits The Chester County Library
Celebration of music and arts. Tribute bands - Music of Elton John, Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Allman Brothers.

Beer gardens, Fun Zone, Food.

HaverfordSpringFest.com
 
Welcome spring season with a visit to Malvern Blooms on May 6th from 11 AM - 4 PM, hosted by the Malvern Business and Professional Association.

malvern-festivals.com

MainLine Neighbors
Advertising Sales Representative

* Advertising Sales experience highly preferred
* Ability to work from your home office
* Generous commission-based position


Advertising Sales Reps are responsible for introducing MainLine Neighbors' digital advertising solutions to local business owners and professionals.

• Responsible for developing new business relationships via in-person, email, and telephone contacts
• Strong relationship building skills and entrepreneurial drive is a must!
• Must have excellent presentation and communication skills, the ability to organize, plan, report effectively, and master all aspects of our advertising solutions
• Must be computer literate

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