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Nov. 8th:  HHEF: Mawi Asgedom "Inspiration and Respect"
Nov. 13th: B2B Networking Luncheon
Nov. 23rd: 48th ANNUAL HATBORO HOLIDAY PARADE - "Magic of Toyland"

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Location: Hatboro Business District
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Rain or shine.
Cost: Free

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving, First Friday Hatboro is holding a Food Drive

Happy the Hatter, the Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce's mascot, get a start on collecting food for the First Friday Hatboro food drive Nov. 7 from 6-9 p.m. in downtown Hatboro. In the month in which the bounty of the Harvest is celebrated, First Friday Hatboro will sponsor a food drive from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 in downtown Hatboro, donating the goods collected to two church food pantries in the borough.

First Friday Hatboro, a celebration of the arts held the first Friday of each month in the borough's business district, is asking visitors to town the night of Nov. 7 to bring nonperishable goods to a central collection booth at McMackin Tire, York Road and Moreland Ave. Anyone bringing canned or packaged goods or paper products will be entered into a drawing for holiday gift bags filled with coupons, prizes and gift certificates from Hatboro merchants.

Presented by the Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce, First Friday is hosted by the merchants in downtown Hatboro who offer art, entertainment and activities in their establishments. Gold First Friday flags displayed outside business establishments - located along York Road and its side streets from just below Horsham Road at the south end of town to Summit Avenue at the north - signal free entertainment or an activity.

The First Friday Hatboro Committee is organizing the food drive to boost the inventory at food pantries at St. John's Lutheran Church, 505 N. York Road and Lehman Memorial United Methodist Church, 300 S. York Road, which have noted an increase in the number of families seeking food.

"In the past three month, there has been a big increase in the need for food, said St. John's Office Manager Kathy Teeter, who noted useful items are pancake mix, hot and cold cereals, syrup, canned soups, stews and pasta meals, juice and toilet paper. "Families are really struggling right now," she said. "We used to have, maybe, five families a month; now we have six families a week."

Beverly Lawless, office manager at Lehman, also has noticed an increase in need. The incidence of families seeking food used to be about twice a month, she said, "now it's weekly." The church tries to provide bags of whole meals for a week at a time and donates any extra food to the Frankford Group Ministries in Philadelphia. She said helpful donations are nonperishable breakfast food, protein sources like canned fish or meats, pasta and sauce, soups, vegetables and fruit.

Those bringing items to McMackin's between 7 and 8:30 p.m. will get to meet the FM-Radio B101 "Bee" who will be on site for music and give-aways from the radio station.

Music will be just one of the attractions of First Friday Hatboro, held rain or shine. For a list of activities and participating merchants, visit

For additional information, contact the Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce at 215-956-9540 or

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"Inspiration and Respect"

Hatboro-Horsham High School, 899 Horsham Rd. Horsham, PA 19044
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Adults $10; Students Free

After reading "Of Beetles & Angels," students, community will get to hear author Mawi Asgedom in HHEF presentation

After reading "Of Beetles & Angels: A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard," Hatboro-Horsham High School students and teachers - and members of the community - can hear the author's personal account Nov. 18 in a presentation sponsored by the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation.

Mawi Asgedom, who fled civil war in Ethiopia and survived a Sudanese refugee camp, will speak about "Inspiration and Respect" at 7:30 p.m. at Hatboro-Horsham High School. Tickets are $10; free for students. Asgedom's book was selected for the high school's inaugural "One Book, One School" summer reading program and the foundation provided copies to about 1,800 students and 175 teachers. HHEF also gave copies of the book to both the Horsham Township and Hatboro Union libraries for community members to borrow. Several area book clubs joined the ranks of readers.

The book is Asgedom's account of his journey from Ethiopia to a Chicago suburb where his family struggled on welfare. He overcame language barriers, racial prejudice and financial hardship to realize his dream of a full scholarship to Harvard University.

Prior to Asgedom's evening talk, students in grades nine and 10, and in grades 11 and 12 will meet with the author in separate sessions. The goal of the program was for students and staff to share a reading experience, said Ed Doran, chairman of the high school's English Department.

After learning the Philadelphia School District used the same book and program, Doran started the ball rolling for Hatboro-Horsham School District approval and HHEF's support. The foundation purchased about 2,000 copies of the book and is funding Asgedom's appearance.

In addition to his bestselling memoir, Asgedom has written four books used by schools across the country. He also has spoken to thousands of students and teachers. He is the founder of Mental Karate, a training organization that challenges youth to create their own inspiring journeys.

Tickets may be reserved through the foundation's Web site,, or by calling HHEF at 215-420-5261.

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Location: Old Mill Inn, York & Horsham Rds, Hatboro, 19040
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm.
Cost: $15. Call 215-956-9540 for reservations.

Open to both chamber members and non-members, the business-to-business luncheon provides an open forum for networking, plus an opportunity for those attending to introduce themselves and their businesses to the group.

Cost of the luncheon is $15 for chamber members, $17 for non-members. Guests will have several menu options. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling the chamber office at 215-956-9540 or sending an e-mail to Checks should be made payable to the Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce.

Information & Reservations: 215-956-9540 or

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York Road, starting at Summit Avenue and ending at Crooked Billet Rd.
Time: 2 p.m. Rain or Shine.
Admission: Free.

Santa & Mrs Santa arrive in 2007
Magic of Toyland is this year's theme.
Spectators are asked to bring items
for the Toys for Tots campaign.

The 48th annual Hatboro Holiday Parade will focus on children when the "Magic of Toyland" comes to downtown Hatboro Nov. 23.

Presented by the Greater Hatboro Chamber of Commerce, the two-hour extravaganza will kick-off about 1:45 p.m. with pre-parade entertainment provided by the Dixie Derbys' Square Dance Club, the Timoney Irish Dancers, Mummer Lee Ford, and Citizens Against Greyhound Racing.

Traditionally drawing more than 50,000 spectators, the parade will begin at 2 p.m., traveling along York Road from Newington Drive in Upper Moreland Township at the south end of the borough, to Summit Avenue at the north.

Serving as grand marshal will be Diane Heitzenrater, a technology teacher at Keith Valley Middle School who was one of 12 teachers qualifying for the final round of the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Teacher of the Year, presented last month in Harrisburg. As a finalist, she now is part of the National Teacher of the Year Class of 2009 and will have an opportunity over the next several years to work with the Department of Education, regional universities and the Governor's School.

As part of the Toys for Tots campaign, the Philadelphia Mini Cooper Club and the U.S. Marine Corps. will partner during the parade to collect new, unwrapped toys from spectators along the route.

Spectators will have plenty to see. With more than 100 entries and between 4,000 and 5,000 participants, the event includes dozens of entertainment groups, from school and string bands to pipe and drum units, dance groups, cheerleaders and clowns. Also participating are fire and rescue units, car clubs, community organizations, youth sports teams, animal rescue units and more.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the end of the parade, in a carriage drawn by Belgian horses.

Floats will be judged during the parade as they pass a reviewing stand in front of Miller & Cornell Insurance, 112 S. York Road. Plaques will be awarded to the top three entries in three divisions: Youth, Commercial and Noncommercial.

The parade is made possible by the efforts of some 50 volunteers, led by Parade Committee Chairman Timothy Schultz of Hatboro.

Major sponsor of the parade is Hatboro Federal Savings. Also supporting the event is Gallagher Bros., Inc., Hatboro.

Area residents who are unable to attend the parade can catch their favorite marching band or see Santa arrive tuning into their local government cable stations. VT3, Venture Scouts from Hatboro Troop 3, will film the parade for rebroadcast.

For Information:
Contact the Chamber office at 215- 956-9540 or e-mail

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