What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Kimberton Area Lions Club hosting KidSight next Wednesday

On Wednesday May 13, 2015, in conjunction with the Dogwood Festival, the Kimberton Area Lions Club will be hosting KidSight, a Lions' vision screening program for pre-school children. The screening will take place between the hours of 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Parkside United Church of Christ on the corner of Main Street and Third Avenue in Phoenixville, across from the Dogwood Festival location (Reeves Park) and will be conducted by trained specialists. This is a free service provided by the Kimberton Area Lions Club.

What is KidSight? KidSight is an initial screening program for eye problems in preschool children. If a screening reveals a potential issue, the child should be referred to an appropriate eye care professional. Children are screened for lazy eye and possible depth perception conditions.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Yumi Kendall & Friends benefit concert - 8 pm, Friday, May 8

Yumi Kendall, Assistant Principal Cellist of The Philadelphia Orchestra, will give a Benefit Concert for the Lyre Association of North America on Friday, May 8, 2015, 8 pm, at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, located at 1601 Pughtown Road in Phoenixville, PA.

Pianist Sheila P. Johns and The East Coast Lyre Ensemble will accompany Yumi on several selections, including two pieces arranged by Veronika Roemer for lyre ensemble and cello – Saint-Saens' The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals and the Rachmaninoff Vocalise. The lyrists, who are coming together from seven states to support the fundraiser, will also offer a special piece written for the modern lyre.

The Lyre Association is raising funds to support the Sixth International Lyre Conference, to be held this summer in Detroit, Michigan. A primary goal of the conference, entitled “The Lyre as Instrument For Peace,” is to build community and help develop capacities for meaningful interaction, giving ear toward understanding and reconciliation in the world.

The Lyre Association of North America (LANA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1982. It is an association of dedicated musicians who yearn to share the gift of the lyre with ever widening circles.

For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Lyre Association of North America, contact lyrists@gmail.com, or go to www.LyreAssociation.org.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

TimeBanksUSA Founder To Speak In Phoenixville

“Challenging the Money Monoculture” will be the theme of a talk by Dr. Edgar S. Cahn, the beloved founder of the internationally acclaimed system of “Time Banking,” when he and his wife Dr. Christine Gray appear at the Annual Meeting of the Phoenixville Area Time Bank (PATB), Sunday, May 3, starting at 7 p.m. at St Peter's Episcopal Church, 121 Church St, Phoenixville, PA. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available starting at 6:30 pm.

Dr. Cahn, Chairman of the Board and CEO of TimeBanksUSA, is an author and leading innovator in the fields of public interest law, social welfare, racial and juvenile justice and alternative economies. He began his work during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, where he made his mark in the development of AmeriCorps/ VISTA and legislation for the “War on Poverty.” He currently serves as Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia School of Law.

Dr. Cahn’s book No More Throwaway People explains the concept of Time Banking, in which community members “bank” the time they have committed to helping others in exchange for services they need. Time Banking was first implemented in the District of Columbia as a way of delivering services to the needy while empowering them with opportunities to assist others.

Dr. Gray, who was CEO of TimeBanksUSA from 2009 to 2012, serves on the organization’s board of directors. With her husband, Edgar, Christine has taught courses and workshops on Co-Production, Time Banking, and systems change at the community, professional, and graduate school level. She is a key developer of TimeBanks USA training and support materials. She secured her doctoral degree in political science at UCLA, in 2011.

Besides the inspiration that Edgar and Christine are sure to evoke, the evening’s program will include the presentation of the PATB Slate of Officers, distribution of the Annual Report, an opportunity for members to give feedback to PATB leaders, and a drawing for door prizes.

For details about the May 3 event or to find out more about local and national Time Banking, visit www.patb.timebanks.org or call 610-608-9281.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Open Letter: Suggestions on ways to improve traffic during the Dam constuction project

Reader Dan E. recently wrote in with an idea on how to ease congestion on Valley Rd/White Horse. We would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. And if any of you have an in w/ PennDot or the borough, please send them this link to see if they can weigh in.

Over to Dan:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Rapps Dam Bridge Update

From eastpikeland.org:

Rapps Dam Bridge UPDATE (as of 4/21/15)

PennDOT has awarded a contract for repair of the Rapps Dam Covered Bridge, which has been closed since April 29, 2014. The contractor has been authorized to begin purchasing materials and the construction work will begin on May 26, 2015. The contractor has been given 6 weeks to complete the project. Check back here for periodic updates.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Phoenixville Area Soccer Club Announces New Director of Coaching and Travel Soccer Tryouts

Phoenixville Area Soccer Club (PASC) is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Pryor to its staff of coaches in the role of Director of Coaching. Michael brings enthusiasm and experience to the position, and begins his tenure overseeing Fall Travel tryouts next week.

"It's my responsibility to ensure that each player's development is our top priority," says Pryor. "One of my favorite parts of coaching is watching players develop a love for the game that is everlasting. I feel that the memories made and the relationships formed are as important as the soccer skills learned."

Pryor's coaching credentials include his role as Academy Director at Total Soccer, Asst Coach at Wilkes University, and Head Coach at Wyoming Area High School, in addition to coaching locally. His playing experience includes club ball at Wyoming Valley Soccer Club (1998-2005), high school soccer at
Coughlin High School (2002-2004), and college soccer at West Chester University (2005-2009).

"I've had an amazing soccer journey," Pryor continues, "and I am deeply connected to this area. My goal as DOC is simple: to create a fun and challenging learning environment that fosters a love of the game in every player who steps onto our fields in Phoenixville."

Travel Soccer tryouts for the 2015 Fall season will be held at PASC's club fields beginning Sunday, April 19th. PASC's club fields are located at Charlestown Park, adjacent to the campus of The University of Valley Forge, at Beulah Heights St and Southwest Ave, Phoenixville, PA 19460.

The schedule for tryouts includes: U9 Boys (Mon 4/20 & Thurs 4/23 @ 5:45-7:15 PM), U9 Girls (Sun, 4/19 & Wed, 4/22 @ 5:45-7:15 PM), U10 Boys (Mon, 4/20 & Thurs, 4/23 @ 5:45-7:15 PM), U10 Girls (Sun, 4/19 & Wed, 4/22 @ 5:45-7:15 PM), U11 Boys (Tues, 4/21 & Fri, 4/24 @ 5:45-7:15 PM), U11 Girls (Tues, 4/21 & Fri, 4/24 @ 5:45-7:15 PM), U12 Boys (Tues, 4/21 & Fri, 4/24 @ 5:45-7:15 PM), U12 Girls (Mon, 4/20 & Thurs, 4/23 @ 5:45-7:15 PM), & U13 Boys (Sun, 4/19 & Wed, 4/22 @ 5:45-7:15 PM). U15-16 Boys tryouts are TBD. U13 Girls & U14 Boys are encouraged to try out for the newly
formed Alliance FC.

Travel tryout registration for all PASC teams is at https://pasc1.sportngin.com/register/form/918353736.

Learn more about PASC travel soccer at the Travel Soccer page of the PASC website.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Iron Cross Athletics hosting Free Community Workout on April 26

On Sunday, April 26, Iron Cross Athletics will be hosting a free community workout. The class, being held from 11:15-12:00pm (check-in at 11), is open to anyone/everyone in the local community! Individuals of all fitness backgrounds and abilities are welcome, no prior CrossFit experience is needed! Kids must be at least 12 years old. Class size is limited to the first 20 people to register.

To sign up or ask questions, email Nikki at ironcrossathletics@gmail.com or give them a call at 203-558-7281. Iron Cross Athletics is is located at 723 Wheatland St, Phoenixville PA. For more information, visit them on the web at iron-cross-athletics.com.