What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Calling all Community Service Providers

The Youth Aid Panel in Phoenixville is seeking community service providers to assist them with their program. Specifically, they are looking for local groups who can offer youths a chance to volunteer their time in order to meet the requirements of the program.

About the Youth Aid Panel:

The Youth Aid Panel Program helps neighborhoods deal effectively with first time youth offenders. A panel of local community volunteers meets with the youth and his/her family to discuss the offense. The panels hold the youth accountable for their actions by requiring community service, educational programs, and specific restitution.
How It Works:

1. Referral. The police department offers the young offender the opportunity to go before the panel instead of heading to court. The referrals are summary or minor misdemeanor offenses such as curfew violations, underage drinking, or retail theft. In order to participate, the person must admit involvement in the offense and agree to meet with the panel.

2. The Panel Session. The panel meets with the family and the youth together. The session is a voluntary and confidential process that can be stopped at any time. If the offense involves a victim, the victim is invited to meet privately with the panel to discuss the offense and their input may help the panel form the resolution.

3. The Resolution Contract. The panel does not decide guilt or innocence. The panel develops a program of community service, educational activities, or other forms of paying back to the community. Restitution (if needed) is handed by the local Police Department and not the panel. Each resolution is customized to the offense and abilities of the individual. The youth contracts with the panel to complete the resolution.

4. Completion. When the resolution is completed, the panel and the youth meet again to discuss his/her experience and the panel will recommend that no criminal record be kept about the offense. If for any reason the youth fails to complete the resolution or commits another offense, the case is returned to the police department.

If you are interested in assisting this very worthwhile cause, please contact Luann Roth at luannroth@ymail.com.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Covered Bridges Talk at Phoenixville Public Library

“Pennsylvania Dutch Covered Bridges”, a free presentation for the whole family by Local Historian Gerry Kershner, will be given on Thursday, September 24 at 7:00 PM at Phoenixville Public Library. Find out why bridges were covered, when the first covered bridge was built in the U.S., and the meaning of the terms ‘arch’, ‘portal’, and ‘trunnel’. Born and raised in northern Berks County speaking Pennsylvania German and English, Gerry Kershner writes and does photography from his home in northern Lancaster County. This event is open to the public. Reservations are required.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call 610-933-3013, Ext. 32 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue in Phoenixville, PA.

Usborne Books and EDC present the Literacy for a Lifetime 50% Grant Matching Program

Received an email recently from Kristen Caperila, an Independant Educational Consultant, regarding a good cause that can help some local schools:

Usborne Books and EDC present the Literacy for a Lifetime 50% Grant Matching Program
Are you a school or organization looking to purchase new books? Are you a business that wants to give back to the community? Do you know a Sorority or Fraternity that needs a service project? Does your Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop need a community project?

Our Literacy for a Lifetime may be the perfect program for you.


Donations are collected on behalf of a school or organization for the purpose of purchasing books and educational materials.. EDC (Educational Development Corporation) will match those donations with 50 % in books! Donations are tax deductible. For example a local business wants to help out a day care center. That business along with the daycare raise funds for the purchase of new books. Their fundraising efforts total $1,000.00 which will result in $1,500.00 in Usborne books & materials for the daycare!

The organization receiving the books has full control over their selection of Usborne Books. Bookplates may be placed inside each book to recognize your business's effort. The matching grant program can be used as often as donations/grants become available. There is a $200.00 minimum to receive the 50% grant matching portion, but there is no cap on the amount that can be donated or matched!

I would be more than happy to meet with your group to show you our incredible books and explain the program in more detail!

Visit >www.myyellowduckbooks.com to see the over 1400 titles Usborne has to offer
or contact me for a current catalog!

Kristen Caperila
Independent Educational Consultant

Friday, August 21, 2009

PCEF Hosting Annual Fundraising Gala on September 25th

On Friday, September 25, 2009, the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation will be hosting their annual Fundraising Gala. Since 2002, the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation (PCEF) has been funding programs to enhance the educational opportunities of students in the Phoenixville region. On September 25, 2009, PCEF will hold its annual fundraising Gala to help the Foundation continue its excellent work for the students of the community. In addition, a phenomenal raffle will be held with the grand prize being a prize package that includes an overnight stay at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, a Broadway show and Sunday brunch at Tavern on the Green.

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On Friday, September 25, 2009, the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation will be hosting their annual Fundraising Gala. Since 2002, the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation (PCEF) has been funding programs to enhance the educational opportunities of students in the Phoenixville region. On September 25, 2009, PCEF will hold its annual fundraising Gala to help the Foundation continue its excellent work for the students of the community. In addition, a phenomenal raffle will be held with the grand prize being a prize package that includes an overnight stay at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, a Broadway show and Sunday brunch at Tavern on the Green.

Mr. Spring Show is coming to the Phoenixville Foundry on September 25! All his adult “kid-lings” are asked to attend.

During his 30-year teaching career at the Phoenixville Area Middle School, William Kelly produced some of the finest theatrical performances the Phoenixville Area School District had to offer.

So it should come as no surprise that Mr. Kel, as he is affectionately called, will be the man who helps the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation bring Broadway to Phoenixville in September.

Mr. Kel will be the star of the evening as PCEF presents its Fourth Annual Endowment Gala at the beautifully restored Foundry on Main Street in Phoenixville.

The gala, which begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 25, will raise money to help the Education Foundation further its Mission of supporting educational programming in the Phoenixville area.

Dance to the sounds of Silver Sounds DJ and enjoy a spectacular spread by Robert Ryan Catering, a proud supporter of the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation since its 2002 inception.

And don’t miss the highlight of the evening – the chance to win a weekend on Broadway.

The winner and a guest will walk out their front door and into a limousine that will whisk them away for a weekend in New York where they will experience the city in celebrity style! From an overnight stay in the city’s world-famous Waldorf-Astoria hotel to Sunday brunch at Central Park’s famed Tavern on the Green, this package is fit for a Broadway star.

In addition, the winner and a guest will have lunch at a Broadway restaurant, two primo matinee seats to a Broadway show of their choice, dinner for two atop Times Square and a visit to one of the city’s grandest museums before taking the limo home*.

Tickets are selling rapidly so don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! The cost of the raffle ticket is $100—while the package is valued at over $2,000! Only 400 will be sold. For information or to purchase tickets, contact Kenneth Krenicky at krenickyk@comcast.net. The winner will be drawn at the Gala. You do not need to be present to win. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the PCEF Endowment Fund.

For tickets to the PCEF Gala, please contact Nan Odenthal, PCEF CEO, at 610.739.1599 or email buffy@appliedvideo.com. Gala tickets are $100; this event is garden party attire.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please visit the PCEF website for additional information; log on to www.pasd.com and click the PCEF balloon logo on the district’s home page.

Radical Reels World Tour Coming to the Colonial On October 16th and 17th

Received this from the folks over at the Philadelphia Rock Gym:

Growing out of the famous Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, Radical Reels screens the best action sports film making, audience-tested and programmed for maximum excitement.

Catch the steepest and deepest in high-adrenaline outdoor sports films when the 2009 Radical Reels Tour comes to Pheonixville on October 16 &17. Hurtle down steep untouched powder, feel the cold spray of stomach-dropping kayak first descents, fly high with the worlds wildest BASE jumpers, and much more in extreme mountain sports.

Where: Colonial Theater, Phoenixville
Contact: David Rowland
Phone: 877-822-7673
Web: http://www.philarockgym.com/RadicalReels2009.htm
Email: info@philarockgym.com
Dates:Friday, October 16 & Saturday October 17
Times: 7:30
Prices: $12.99 in advance. $15 at the door

For more information and to order tickets, visit www.philarockgym.com/RadicalReels2009.htm.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

First Annual Shakespeare in the Park Festival Starts Tomorrow Night

From the PABA website:

08/21/2009 - 08/22/2009
Start Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Reeves Park Phoenixville

Phoenixville's First Annual Shakespeare in the Park Festival
Sponsored by local businesses, the festival will offer several Shakespeare performances along with great food and drinks from Phoenixville area restaurants. Meet and mingle with local business owners and friends in the community. Plenty of food, fun and games.

For businesses, to reserve a spot, contact Lisa 610-935-1793.

For more information regarding this event contact: Lisa 610-935-1793

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Fenix Hosting Wine Tasting on Wednesday, August 19th

On Wednesday, August 19th, the Fenix, 193 Bridge St., is hosting a wine tasting titled "The Essence of Oregon Wine Tasting". The event begins at 7pm and costs $25 which includes gratuity. Advanced reservations are required and can be made by calling 610-933-9550 or by e-mail at info@TheFenixBar.com.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

PABA Offering 2009-2010 Local List

The Phoenixville Area Business Association (PABA) is now offering the 2009-2010 Local List. The Local List is a book full of money-saving offers from Phoenixville's finest merchants! It contains dozens of offers from restaurants, services, gift shops and more! PLUS, earn up to $250 in bonus rewards to CONTINUE THE SAVINGS at participating member businesses!

How it works:

  • Buy the Local List for $2* and take advantage of the many coupons and offers inside!
  • Redeem the offers in the Local List and collect stamps when you do!
  • Fill 'er up! The more stamps that you collect the more you'll save, all while supporting local businesses!
  • Claim your reward! After collecting enough stamps turn your book in for "PABA Dollars."
  • Save even more! PABA Dollars can be spent at any business in the Local List!
* Plus $1 s & h.

To get the full list of participating merchants and to order, please see the PABA website.

Activate Phoenixville Area Presents "Fall Tai Chi In the Park"

Activate Phoenixville Area has started the fall sessions of Tai Chi in the Park.

TAI CHI In the Park
Join other residents for a “pay-as-you-go” one-hour class.
($5 per person, per class).

Presented by: White Eagle Martial Arts

Two sessions to choose from:
Saturdays (Aug 15th – Oct 17th)
Beginner’s 9 a.m.
Intermediate 10 a.m.
or Wednesdays (Aug 12th – Oct 14th) Beginner’s 6:30pm
* new students will be accepted through the third class

Location: Reeves Park – 2nd Ave. side between the baseball field & the bandshell

Rain location: St. John’s UCC – 315 Gay Street
Wear comfortable clothes.

Phoenixville Area Time Bank Hosting Time Dollar Orientation

On Thursday, August 20, 2009 from 7:00-8:30pm, the Phoenixville Area Time Bank will be hosting a Time Dollar Orientation for current and prospective time bank members.

Find out more about Phoenixville Area Time Bank's member services and how to go about setting up exchanges. Learn how to use the member-only website.

Please note: a $25 annual contribution is asked of all members to help defray costs of running the Time Bank.

The meeting will be held at 225 First Ave, Phoenixville, PA. RSVP by calling 610-608-9281 or by email to timedollar@verizon.net.

Rock & Roll After School’s $1 Friday Night Concert Series Starts September 18

Rock & Roll After School, located at 400 Franklin Avenue (in Franklin Commons), will be hosting a $1 Friday Night Concert Series this fall plus several other special events and discounts for kids, teens and families.

PHOENIXVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA – AUGUST 14, 2009 – Rock & Roll After School, the innovative new music school in Phoenixville, offers a full slate of special events and discounts for kids, teens and families during September and October, including an all-ages, $1 Friday Night Concert Series starting on September 18.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 4 (6 pm): First Friday Performance, Bridge Street, Downtown Phoenixville, PA
Rock & Roll After School students perform outdoors as part of Phoenixville’s acclaimed First Fridays celebration. Students will perform their original compositions and selected cover songs during their 45-minute set.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 16 (6-8:30 pm): Open House, Rock & Roll After School at Franklin Commons, 400 Franklin Ave., Phoenixville
Tour Rock & Roll After School’s brand new, 5.850-sq.ft. facility featuring 8 private lesson rooms, game room, quiet study room, and impressive, 4,000-sq.ft. performance venue, complete with professional stage, lighting, sound system and seating for 250. Meet the instructors, enjoy refreshments and register to win one full month of free membership.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 18 (7:30 pm): Friday Night Concert Series at Rock & Roll After School (all-ages)
The launch of Rock & Roll After School’s Friday Night Concert Series features performances by two hot Philly-area teen bands, High Society and We Are Nothing Yet, for just $1 admission.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 26 (7:30-11pm): Teen Dance Party featuring DJ Erica Baran (The Baraness Von So Def)
FREE admission! Teens can dance to the ultra-hip sounds spun by renowned DJ and Rock & Roll After School DJ instructor Erica Baran (The Baraness Von So Def). Snacks and drinks available.

THROUGH SEPT. 30: Special Charter Membership Pricing – only $195 / month
Monthly membership includes weekly lessons (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, voice or DJ techniques) and full access to Rock & Roll After School facilities/amenities.

FRIDAY, OCT. 2 (7:30pm): Friday Night Concert Series at Rock & Roll After School (all ages)
Featuring performance by The Mahlors for only $1 admission.

FRIDAY, OCT. 9 (7:30 pm): Friday Night Concert Series at Rock & Roll After School (all ages)
Featuring performance by all-girl band SugrHi for only $1 admission.

FRIDAY, OCT. 16 (7:30 pm): Friday Night Concert Series at Rock & Roll After School (all ages)
Featuring performance by Shelbyville and Edens Unknown for only $1 admission.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Local Business Spotlight: Virtual Farm Creative

In a 175-year-old farm house in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, great ideas are germinating!

The minds of perennial visionaries – professionals who nurture the ongoing growth of businesses – are raising healthy marketing plans, fertilized by arresting design and potent writing. Sowing strategies cultivated with creativity to reap robust results!

It's Virtual Farm Creative, a creative powerhouse that has branded hundreds of companies, products and services since incorporating in 1999.

Virtual Farm Creative operates under the simple belief that the work is important and that there is no limitation to what can be accomplished.

The award-winning creative firm's operations are governed by three tenants:

  • Supply unmatched creative
  • Provide unparalleled service
  • Accomplish client objectives

VFC delivers an arsenal of creative support for the small business mission with an expertise that is an equitable hybrid of understanding client challenges and providing effective, creative, memorable and affordable solutions. Completely adept and experienced in all levels of commercial copy writing, design, photography and multimedia development, VFC was born from the alchemy of unconventional marketing erudition and focused enthusiasm that translates into a passion for the client mission.

To get your business prospects blooming contact Virtual Farm Creative today:

Studio: 610.917.3131
Mobile: 610.470.4636
Fax: 610.917.3292

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Historic Phoenixville Arts Stroll To Be Held Saturday, October 3, 2009

From the Phoenixville Area Business Association website:

Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Historic Downtown Phoenixville

Historic Phoenixville Arts Stroll
Join us for the Historic Phoenixville Arts Stroll where the sidewalks become a stage for the arts! Phoenixville is quickly becoming the next great place for art and entertainment and no area better exemplifies this emergence of creativity than the historic downtown area. The Arts Stroll will feature The Phoenix Village Art Center, the Upstairs Studio Artists, Diving Cat Studio & Gallery, and Luttman Studios. Artist of various mediums will exhibit and sell their works inside of or in front of participating businesses. Visit our eclectix mix of local owned and operated businesses that call Phoenixville home.

Click here for more information, including a list of participating businesses

Friday, August 07, 2009

Super Wawa on schedule to open by the end of the year

Last weekend's Phoenix had an updated on the new Super Wawa that is coming to the corner of Rte's 23 and 113:

Wawa, Incorporated is bringing even more convenience to the Schyukill Township and surrounding areas, including Phoenixville, which shares a border as well as a community with the neighboring town.

Construction of a new Wawa Food Market and a CVS Pharmacy and convenience store is in progress near the intersection of Rt. 113 (Kimberton Road) and Rt. 23 (Nutt Road). The project is expected to be completed by the year's end, according to Tom Ruther, supervisor of A.T. Construction Co.

This new addition will provide more options for commuters on their morning drive as well as late night needs. Whether it's a quick stop off for a cup of coffee and a breakfast sandwich or a much needed gasoline refilling, Wawa provides. Most of their locations are open for business 24 hours a day 365 days per year and feature surcharge free Automated Teller Machines at all stores.

The new location will cover a total of 212,992 square feet of ground. Roughly 89,000 of which will be dedicated to seal coated asphalt dedicated

to driveways, parking spaces and filling stations. The area will be 'bordered by woodlands' by definition of Phoenixville Borough ordinance. This is, in part, to comply with zoning restrictions regarding light pollution. The new structures' lighting will not be visible from adjoining streets or lots, nor will the lighting be reflected in the sky.

The market itself will cover 5,589 square feet and the CVS will be 12,900.

A total of 10 gasoline pumps are planned in the construction, with a lighted canopy to provide shelter from inclimate weather. According to the official Wawa Inc, website: Wawa, Inc is headquartered in Wawa, Pennsylvania and currently operates a chain of over 570 convenience stores in a five-state area, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The company currently employees roughly 16,000 local residents. Wawa is a privately owned company.

And yes, you did read that correctly, Phoenixville is set to become home to yet another pharmacy.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

PACS Offering Discount Card to Local Businesses

Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) is offering a Discount Savings Card for $15.
To Purchase the card:

  • Visit PACS’ office at 257 Bridge Street, Phoenixville during normal business hours,
  • Stop by our table at Phoenixville’s First Friday Celebrations on August 4th and September 7th from 6-8,
  • Call Joann Miller, Development Coordinator at 610-933-1105 ext. 213
  • Or email at development@pacsphx.org.

The Cards, which are good until December 1, 2010, can be presented to the 20 merchants listed on the back of the card, for the advertised discount. Click here to see the list of merchants and their offers.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Oh, Boy! Buddy Holly and the 1950s!

On Friday, October 9th, The Rivers Rockabilly Trio will be performing their new show "BUDDY HOLLY'S ROCK'N'ROLL" at The Colonial Theatre.

Experience the 1950's like never before with the all new multimedia stage show that celebrates the life and the music of Rock-N-Roll legend, Buddy Holly, and the performers that inspired him.

The Rivers Rockabilly Trio is one of the top 1950s bands touring the East Coast, with a mission to perform the great songs that changed history; Rock Around the Clock, Blue Suede Shoes, Maybellene, Heartbreak Hotel, Summertime Blues, Wake Up Little Susie, and, of course, the songs of the great Buddy Holly.

Edward Marra, Buddy Holly look-a-like, has thrilled audiences for years with his incredibly accurate depiction of Buddy Holly. He is one of only a few performers authorized by Maria Elena Holly and has played the original Crickets!

Tickets $22 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance purchase for this show is highly recommended!

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at Ticket Leap (no extra fees)
https://therivers.ticketleap.com/OH-BOY--Buddy-Holly-and-the-1950s--10-09-2009-08-00 or at the Colonial Theatre.

Local Business Spotlight: Stepping Stone Education Center

Stepping Stone Education Center is a school for children from 6 weeks to 5 years in both part time and full time education. We are located in Franklin Commons Complex in Phoenixville. It is a wonderful, caring environment for your child! Please come and visit us.

The Stepping Stone Education Center accepts each and every child regardless of their educational or financial needs. We provide learning experiences to support each child’s individual intellectual, social, physical, emotional and spiritual growth in a safe and fun environment. We focus on the needs of the whole family by offering parent seminars, providing activities for families to enjoy together and connecting those families in need with local social service agencies.

The Stepping Stone Education Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.We provide the best opportunities for the children and their families, SSEC works closely with the Phoenixville Area School District, Chester County Intermediate unit, Center for the Arts and Technology, Valley Forge Christian College, Phoenixville Community Health Foundation and the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation. Over 1000 children have experienced a unique preschool education with SSEC!

“For more than twenty years, our mission has been to love each child for who they are, help them to grow into who they can be, share hugs and laughter every day and reach out to families whatever their need may be.”

SSEC began in 1985 as an afterschool program adding the Happy Hearts Preschool classes in 1987. In the 2008 school year we moved from the First Presbyterian Church, our home for over twenty years, to our newly renovated school at Franklin Commons.

We are excited to offer full time and part time preschool for 80 children! Right now, we are hosting summer camps for preschool and school age children! In August, we open our arms to love infants, toddlers and two year olds with a new fulltime class!

With all of these wonderful changes it has enabled us to offer a richer, more comprehensive education to our preschool students. We view each child as a unique gift from God and believe that each child deserves to learn in a setting that enriches their lives while providing them the love and security they need. No child has been turned away regardless of their educational or financial needs. We reach out to help our families with any concerns they might have by connecting them with the services they need. We also feel it is important to stay connected with our alumni and their families. We believe the Phoenixville community enhances us in becoming a more effective school where our children can develop and grow. Therefore, we incorporate the community in our many of our activities.

Please call Mrs. Janet Hunter at 610-933-7710 for a tour and a time to meet our teachers, and visit our website at www.steppingstoneeducation.org. for class times and class prices.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Phoenixville Jaycees Hosting Beef and Beer On Saturday, August 8th

On Saturday August 8, the Phoenixville Jaycees will be hosting a Beef and Beer at the Polish Club, 328 High St, from 4-8pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from any Jaycees member, at the door or at Foresta's Market or Wolfgang Books. Do not need to be 21 to enter, but as always 21 or older to drink!

Raffles including Philies Tickets, autographed pictures of Flyers players, a golf outing, Dogwood 2010 tickets, autographed hockey sticks from the Flyers, massage, basket of cheer, Iron Pigs tickets, 50/50's and MORE!

Live music will be provided by The Tragics.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Oliver! Returns to the Royersford Baptist Church

Oliver! the musical, a freely based adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, is the rousing tale of a young orphan boy surrounded by scoundrels large and small in 1890's London.

Come see young Oliver, played by Tommy Bakay, encounter an array of friends and foes alike. The show includes many memorable songs including "Food, Glorious Food", “Consider Yourself”, "It's a Fine Life" and "You've Got To Pick a Pocket or Two."

The more than 50 youth and adult cast and crew members of RBC Players will present Oliver! on Wednesday, August 12 thru Saturday, August 15.

Pick up your reserved tickets when doors open at 7pm. Curtain time will be 7:30pm. The show will be performed in the air conditioned Fellowship Hall at Royersford Baptist Church, 452 South Lewis Road, one block south of Spring-Ford High School.

All Tickets are $8.00
To make Reservations, visit the RBC website at www.rbcabc.org
Reservations also can be made by phone at 610-948-4170.

Light Refreshments will be available during Intermission.

Music, Lyrics and Book by Lionel Bart. Licensed by Arrangement with Oliver Productions, Ltd. and Oliver Promotions, Ltd.

Sly Fox To Relocate This Fall

Sly Fox Brewery will be moving its Phoenixville location across Rte. 113 this fall, taking the place of the recently closed Blockbuster Video.

From their most recent newsletter:

Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery will move across Rt. 113 into the Maple Lawn Shopping Center this fall. If all goes according to schedule, the move will be completed by the end of October.

The new pub will be located on the site of the recently closed Blockbuster store, which is being entirely revamped, including the creation of an outdoor terrace in front of the building and the addition of a cold room for the brewery on the back of the building.

Click here to read the full article which goes into more detail regarding the reasons for the move, what we can expect at the new location and much more.