I wanna be an Air Borne Ranger…
April 27, 2012, 7:39 AM
Filed under: Fun on a budget, Life style

Well maybe not an airborne ranger but the opportunity to be a Park Ranger can be real, at least for a day.

Valley Forge National Historical Park, Route 23, Upper Merion, will celebrate National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This special celebration gives kids, ages 6 to 12 the opportunity to interact with park rangers, play games related to park resources, and explore models and demonstrations.

 A variety of family-friendly activities and demonstrations will take place throughout the park.   Included will be muster roll, beginning every hour, 10 1 p.m.. when the troops will drill with wooden muskets according to the training procedures of Baron Von Steuben.  Junior Rangers also will: discover the geology and archaeology of Valley Forge, hear stories of survival and struggle in the winter of 1777-8, watch as rangers in colorful continental army uniforms demonstrate how to fire a flintlock smoothbore musket, learn about the Hut City construction at Muhlenberg’s Brigade, visit Washington’s Headquarters, explore the terrain that protected Washington’s army, learn about the park’s best-known inhabitants-deer, investigate the Valley Creek watershed, and create a story or poem or drawing about their park experience.

Participants will receive their official Junior Ranger Day Patch during a graduation ceremony at the Visitor Center at 2:15 p.m. The Junior Ranger program introduces children their National Parks and provides hands-on, in-depth information about the resources that their parks protect.  A Web Ranger activity page is available on the National Park Service’s website for children who aren’t able to visit a park.   Throughout the year, children use the Junior Ranger program and booklet to learn about both historic and natural resources. Booklets are available in the Visitor Center and on the park’s website at The program is so popular that it sparked a two week-long summer camp that will be offered in partnership with the Franklin Institute this summer.

Visitors start at the Visitor Center where they will receive information about the day and maps to the activity stations.   This event is weather dependant and will be rescheduled if necessary to Saturday May 5.

Other Happenings this weekend:

Spring yard sale sponsored by Volunteers in Action takes place 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Saturday at Norristown State Hospital, Building No. 53, Stanbridge and Sterigere streets, Norristown. Follow sale signs from Gates 1 and 4. Books, toys, household goods, toys, small furniture, clothing, holiday items, baked goods, lunch and more. Proceeds benefit the patients.

  •   Flea market to benefit Spay and Save will be held today and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church, 1921 W. Main St. Information: 610-539-0180.
  •   Bingo hosted by Norristown Cedar Club will be held at the Tall Cedars Building beginning at 7 p.m. (second and fourth Fridays of each month except May, November and December). Smoke free. Information: 610-631-1594.

 ORGANIZATIONS Deaf and Hard of Hearing games night and ice cream social will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Community Center at Blue Barn near Branch Creek Community Church, 100 S. Main St., Harleysville. Bring a favorite topping and drink to share and bring a favorite game. Information: 215-721-7121.

  •   Dance California dance group meets Fridays (except first Friday of the month) for buffet dinner at 6:45 p.m., beginners’ lesson at 7:30 p.m., intermediate lesson at 8:15 p.m. and dance party from 9 to midnight at Church on the Mall, Plymouth Meeting Mall. Cost: $12. Information: 610-558-4556.
  • Third Annual GNAL Art Trail sponsored by Greater Norristown Art League will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. The art-loving public is invited to visit the open studios of 11 local artists and may purchase original works of art in a variety of media. Free, self-guided and self-paced tour; no reservations necessary. A brochure with artists’ information and map is available online at or at the GNAL building, 800 W. Germantown Pike, East Norriton, before and during the event. Information: 610-539-3393.
  • World Tai Chi & Qigong Day hosted by Pear Garden School of Tai Chi, Perkiomenville, is held from 9 to 11 a.m. at Hickory Park, New Hanover Township.  World Tai & Qigong Day is a global health and healing event. All are welcome to sample a Tai Chi Class or watch demos of the Tai Chi, Sword and Fan forms. Information: contact Charles Brynan at or visit  To view World Tai Chi Day activities, go to Free.
  • United Singles hosts a dance from 8 p.m. to midnight at Forrest Lodge VFW, 2118 Old Bethlehem Pike, Sellersville (215-257-9480). DJ Johhny K. Dance and light buffet, $10. Information: Frank Fulmer, 610-845-7624.
  •   Peppermint Dance Club meets for ballroom dancing Saturdays and Thursdays at Church on the Mall, Plymouth Meeting Mall, Germantown Pike. Beginners lessons are 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.; intermediate lessons, 8:30 to 9 p.m.; dance party, 9 to midnight. Light refreshments. Singles welcome. Admission: $12 includes lesson. Information: 610-558-4556 or
  • Bucks County Symphony, choral society and AVA soloists featured in concert.  The Bucks County Symphony Orchestra will stage its spring concert — the final event of its 59th season and featuring the Bucks County Choral Society and soloists from the Academy of Vocal Arts — at 8 p.m. Saturday at Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown.  The program, which is celebrating music director-conductor Gary S. Fagin’s 10th anniversary, includes two works by Ludwig van Beethoven: The Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124, and Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125.The latter, considered by many to be the greatest piece of music ever written, also was the first symphony by a major composer to include voices — the final movement’s well-known “Ode to Joy.”

View and Brew:  Sellersville Theater  24 West Temple Ave, Sellersville PA 215-257-5808 Free showing of Titanic Monday 7:30pm May 2nd.  Not in 3D but still a nice date night.  If you have cash refreshments can be purchased in the lobby.


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