What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Phoenixville Area Soccer Club to Honor Its Founder, Alex Gojkovich, With Field Dedication on October 24th

Phoenixville Area Soccer Club (PASC) will unveil a memorial dedicating its field complex in Charlestown Park to its club founder and longtime coach, Alex Gojkovich, Sr. The ceremony will take place at PASC's fields at 12:30 PM on Saturday, October 24. The fields are located at Beulah Heights St & Southwest Ave, Phoenixville, PA 19460.

Current and former PASC players, coaches, and club members – and everyone in the local soccer and sports' community – are invited to attend and honor Mr. Gojkovich and share remembrances of the man once called "Mr. Soccer of Phoenixville."

Gojkovich, an immigrant from Yugoslavia, had a storied history with the beautiful game. His club soccer career in his native Yugoslavia was halted when he went to serve in World War II. After spending time in a POW labor camp in Germany, Gojkovich went on to stay in West Germany and play professionally for Club Bayern in Munich.

Ultimately, Gojkovich preferred playing soccer for fun rather than money. In 1952, he landed in the United States, as he did not want to return to Communist Yugoslavia. A search for work brought him to Phoenixville Steel, where he found employment and a place to raise his family. What he didn't find was his favorite sport, so he set out to bring soccer to the area.

In 1964, Phoenixville Marian Youth Club started a soccer program, which Alex joined as a coach, placing his 8-year old son, Alex, Jr., on a team. Seeking wider opportunities for local soccer players, Gojkovich led the charge to form Phoenixville Area Soccer Club, which fielded its first teams in the Inter County League in 1969.

In 1971, PASC was using the Northern Chester County Technical School's (now TCHS) fields, and in 1982, work began on the current PASC fields on the grounds of Valley Forge Christian College (now University of Valley Forge).

"In reality, this is a re-dedication of these fields to Mr. Gojkovich," says Andre Calilhanna, current board president of PASC. "In 1982, as they were breaking ground for our current complex, the fields were named for Alex – he was already legendary in the area for his contributions to youth soccer."

Indeed, Alex Gojkovich received recognition with a "Service to Youth" award by Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association (EPYSA) and a service award from the YMCA. Alex was considered for placement in the Phoenixville Area High School Hall of Fame for his role in bringing soccer to the high school in 1979. Mr. Gojkovich died on February 6, 2014.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

9th Annual PACS Empty Bowls Event To Be Held November 6th

Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) will host its 9th Annual Empty Bowls hunger awareness event and fundraiser on Friday, November 6 from 4:30 to 8:30 at Technical College High School (formerly CAT-Pickering).

Come join us for a simple meal of soup and bread as we acknowledge hunger in our midst and raise awareness and funds to feed our neighbors and make a difference in our community.

Tickets are $20 and include a pottery bowl for you to keep. Please visit their event page for more information and to order tickets.

Community Yard Sale to Benefit National Kidney Foundation

This Saturday, October 10th, Madison Westridge Gardens, 970 Township Line Road, is hosting a community yard sale from 8:30-4. The yard sale will have over 25 residents participating and they will be grilling hot dogs starting at 10:00am to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation.

For more information, please contact Melanie at 610-935-9122 or by email at pmwestridge@maglp.com.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Local Business Spolight: Gray Magic Wands

Gray Magic Wands is an online business run by Phoenixville resident Lane O'Neill. They specialize in hand crafted wooden wands inspired by Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and more. Lane talks a little about his business:

I'm a native Eastern PA resident who has lived in and loved Phoenixville for 10 years with my wife and daughter. I've been a tinkering, novice woodworker since High School, but recently got the urge again, specifically, Lathe turning. There's something Zen like in watching a log turn into unique, fantastic shapes, so that's what I decided to focus on, the Fantastic.

I love the way children can pick up a stick and have their imaginations take them on a journey. I want to give them a better stick. Magic Wands can turn a boy or girl into a wizard or witch. And add panache to a Halloween or convention, costume. I make varied one-of-kind styles and custom pieces. I also turn wooden Star Wars light sabers and Dr. Who sonic screwdrivers. I decided to open a web shop to spread new designs.

With Halloween just around the corner, this is a great time to get something for your little wizard, witch or warlock. Find the Gray Magic store on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/GrayMagic or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GrayMagicWands.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Sugar Free Allstars Coming to Colonial in August

On Tuesday, August 4th, the Sugar Free Allstars will be playing the Colonial Theatre. Sugar Free Allstars are a Family Funk super duo from Oklahoma City. Chris “Boom!” Wiser and Rob “Dr. Rock” Martin joined forces in 2001 and quickly gained a following with a high-energy live show that has been described as a hip-shaking, head-bopping, southern-based explosion of fun for all ages. Sugar Free Allstars are among the ‘Top 12 Family Music Artists in America’ according to Time magazine. They’ve had two #1 songs on SiriusXM radio’s ‘Kids Place Live,’ and in 2012 were featured on a Grammy Award-winning album.

The show begins at 10:30 and tickets are $6.50 (free for children under 3).

For more information, including links to some of their videos and tickets, visit http://thecolonialtheatre.com/programs/sugar-free-allstars/.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Help local Laura Prell Feed 108 Families

Laura Prell has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help feed 108 families a real meal. Laura is working with the St. Peter's Church Food Bank and estimates it costs $20 to provide a family a real meal and is thus hoping to raise $2160. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. From the campaign page:

The idea of feeding 108 families a real meal with real food started a long time ago, but last year, I was reminded of this idea, when I was putting my food away after coming home from food shopping. Not everything would fit in my fridge and I was annoyed. Then I felt like someone smacked me in the face... I have too much food and it won't fit in my fridge... I am so blessed that I have never known hunger a day in my life. I knew I wanted to do something that showed how grateful I am for that. My husband and I, have always donated to food banks at the holidays, but we wanted to do more, make it more of a monthly reminder of how good we have it. We started buying $25.00 worth of extra groceries at our local wholesale club. Each time we went, it felt really good to see the food stack up in our entry way, but then I finally got around to dropping it off at our local food pantry in town. They were so grateful they invited me in for a tour of the pantry. I asked if there were things they needed? The director said, that coffee and tea are things people really love, but don't get a lot of...that stopped me in my tracks, as a new mom I can't imagine not being about to have a cup of coffee or tea in the morning. They also need simple things like flour and baking power. They also never get chicken breast or fresh veggies and fruits.

Read the full story at gofundme.com/xfyk65w and make a donation today!

Schuylkill Canal Association Gears up for 32nd Canal Day

This Sunday, June 28th, the Schuylkill Canal Association will be hosting its 32nd Canal Day.

For the last 32 years people have been gathering on the last Sunday in June to support and celebrate Schuylkill Canal Park, with Canal Day. This year the Schuylkill Canal Association has added a Beer Garden that will be serving Sly Fox beer at the St. Michael’s Pavilion. Also new this year is a Civil War Camp Reenactment with tours and stories of the great conflict.

While adults will be able to enjoy a cold beer on a summer’s day, kids will remain the main focus. Fishing poles will be available for children 12 years old and under who want to participate in the Kid’s Fishing Derby between 9:30-10:00. Popular rides such as the Orbitron and the Bungee Bounce will be back again this year along with Kid’s Crafts, Games, Face Painting and Story Tellers. Kids are also welcome to help the Locktender open Lock 60 and listen to the lively narrative of the Locktender.

The Schuylkill Trail Run will start the first competition of the day. The trail run will cover five miles that includes ravines and plateaus and ends with a flat section along the river. Many have described the course as the most scenic and demanding run in Montgomery County. Registration begins at 8:00 AM at St. Michael’s Park; the run starts at 9 AM at Lock 60.