Girl Scout Councils merge and expand resources

Girl Scouts of Freedom Valley, the Girl Scouts Great Valley Council, and Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania have merged to form Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania.

The new council will have expanded resources to serve more girls and volunteers.

Headquartered in Miquon, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania will have service centers in Valley Forge, Allentown, and other locations throughout Bucks, Berks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton and Philadelphia Counties.

The nine-county council will serve more than 50,000 girls and 17,000 volunteers. It will be overseen by 130 full-time employees and governed by a 30-member board of directors.

For more information, visit www.gsep.org.

Golf event will raise money for Alzheimer's care

The Philmont Country Club will host the William J. McKeown Jr. Golf Classic "Fore" Alzheimer's tomorrow.

Organized by the McKeown family, the event has raised more than $1.5 million over the last 15 years to support Alzheimer's care, said Joe McKeown, son of William McKeown and the event organizer.

The event also will benefit the Jaron Taaffe Memorial Fund, which raises money for Big Brother/Big Sister programs. Taaffe, husband of William McKeown's granddaughter Kelly, died suddenly in January.

There is room for 240 golfers on the two 18-hole golf courses at Philmont. Registration and breakfast buffet will start at 9:30 a.m., with a shotgun tee-off beginning at 11. Lunch and beverages will be served all day on the course. The event will be followed by a silent auction, cocktail party, dinner and live auction starting at 4:15 p.m.

Tickets are $150 for the dinner/auction/cocktail party, and registration levels range from $275 to $7,500 for individual golfers. The club is at 301 Tomlinson Rd., Huntingdon Valley. To register, visit www.mckeowngolfclassic.com or call 215-669-7999.

Montco summer concert series to begin in June

Norristown Farm Park will play host to the Montgomery County Commissioners and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's summer Concert in the Park series.

Beginning in June, the series will include eight musical concerts ranging from Big Band music to rock and jazz.

The free concerts will start at 6 p.m. Saturdays and last until 7:30 p.m. at the outdoor picnic pavilions, weather permitting. Residents will be permitted to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets.

For more information, call 610-270-0215.

Schedule

June 2: The Martin Family Band

June 9: Christine Havrilla Duo

June 23: Al Raymond Combo

July 7: Barbone Street Jazz Band

July 14: Mike Beck & the Men of Leisure

Aug. 4: Dean Garofolo

Aug. 18: Russ Rentler

Aug. 25: Don McAvoy & the Great Whatever

Cheltenham in Bloom showcases Elkins Park

Cheltenham Township's Cheltenham in Bloom program, a Main Street event that showcases the Elkins Park East and West commercial districts, will begin June 3. It will be held in conjunction with the township's Arts in the Park program.

Taking a cue from the township's twin town of Cheltenham, England, businesses in the districts are encouraged to compete for prizes awarded for best hanging baskets, window boxes, ornamental plant containers, and other floral arrangements. The Elkins Park Rotary will judge the competition.

Businesses near High School Park will offer sidewalk sales and special discounts to shoppers as part of Arts in the Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 3. High School Park is at High School Road and Montgomery Avenue, Elkins Park. Call 215-887-6200, Ext. 113 for more details.

- Matt Sandy