What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

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.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Revolutionary Puppets Coming to Phoenixville this Summer

Revolutionary Puppets, a new puppet company based out of Phoenixville, has three performances this summer, the first of which is this weekend. From their website:
Hello Revolutionaries!

We are Revolutionary Puppets, a puppet theater based in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. We offer live, fun, highly interactive shows the first Saturday of every month at St. John's Lutheran Church, 355 St. John's Circle in Phoenixville. Every show is a different combination of short sketches, songs, and lots and lots of audience interation.

Our shows have a little something for all ages, so come join the revolution

Shows will be held June 6, July 4 and August 1. All three will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church, 355 St. John's Circle. Tickets are $7 per person, regardless of age, or only $25 for a family of four!

For more information, visit revolutionarypuppets.com

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: