What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Local Business Spotlight: Passion for Fitness

Passion for Fitness is a personal fitness training service for men, women, and children. Our fully equipped fitness studio is located in Phoenixville, PA and Exton, PA. We also offer private in-home personal training for the Main Line Metropolitan area.

Our company exemplifies excellence and integrity and we cater to each of our clients' fitness needs. We are passionate about fitness and we are passionate about people. We care about our clients, their lifestyles, and their health. One of our most important goals is to bring families closer together by incorporating fitness into their daily lives.

We pride ourselves in mastering the "right" exercise techniques and sharing those techniques with our clients. Our fitness instructions and guidance on proper form help our clients obtain their desired objectives while preventing injury.

Passion for Fitness motivates and encourages clients to love fitness. Our ultimate goal is to see our clients achieve a consistent healthy lifestyle. By utilizing proper exercise techniques, including cardiovascular exercise, and creating tailored nutrition plans, Passion for Fitness encourages and assists clients along the path towards achieving their goals. Inevitably, our clients will experience
  • The joy that comes with working out and seeing results, including weight loss
  • A healthy lifestyle change
  • Increased energy
  • Increased confidence
  • Positive feedback from doctors caring for those with health concerns
These lifestyle transformations are so dynamic in their impact that Passion for Fitness clients keep coming back for more! The first step towards experiencing a positive, life-affirming transformation is just a phone call...

Our Phoenixville studio is located at 139 Nutt Rd. For more information, give us a call at 484-921-5115 or visit our website at passion-for-fitness.com.

Monday, November 29, 2010

PABA Hosting Holiday Scavenger Hunt This Weekend

From discoverphoenixville.com:
Have fun while you do you holiday shopping and support locally-owned and operated businesses!

The Phoenixville Area Business Association is sponsoring a downtown Phoenxville Holiday Scavenger Hunt from Friday, Deccember 3rd at 5 PM- Saturday, December 4th at 5 PM. Participants can pick up a Scavenger Hunt postcard at any of the following businesses starting Friday,December 3rd at 5:00 PM. The postcard will have 10 photos of items in the 10 participating retail or service locations. Go to each location, correctly match the photo with the location. Meanwhile, particpants in the hunt will get a 15% discount onselect merchandise in the business by showing you postcard.

Completed postcards must be dropped off at Gould Frame at 4 Gay Street by Saturday, December 4th at 5 PM to be entered in a drawing for PABA Bucks to be spent at any PABA member business.
1st Place- $125 PABA Bucks
2nd Place- $75 PABA Bucks
3rd Place- $50 PABA Bucks

Participating Businesses:
All Things Primitive 25 S. Main Street
Country Charm Furnishings 28 S. Main Street
Ellie's Choice 211 Bridge Street
Fashionista's Salon 219 Bridge Street
Generations 113 Main Street
Gould Frame 4 Gay Street
House of Flowers 27 S. Main Street
Jaworski's Music Centre 175 Bridge Street
The Potomac Bead Company 167 Bridge Street

Yellow Springs Farm Hosting 'Holiday Celebrations with Cheese'

On Saturday, December December 4th, 11th and 18th, Yellow Springs Farm will be hosting Holiday Celebrations with Cheese. The events will be held at the Yellow Springs Farm Native Plant Nursery, 1165 Yellow Springs Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425, from 11am-4pm and will feature the following:

  • Visit our goats, sample some cheese
  • Our new product introductions for the holidays include Goat Milk Caramel, Goat Cheese Truffles and Goat Milk Soap! Please stop by for a taste!!
  • Get a short tour of our cheese making facility
  • Pre-order cheese platters for parties, meetings and special events, $45 and up
  • Gift packaging and Gift Certificates are available
  • "Down to Earth" Ceramics by local artist Nancy Buck
  • Easy ordering online and by phone
For more information, give them a call at 610-827-2014.

Holiday Events at Philadelphia Premium Outlets

Philadelphia Premium Outlets are hosting a number of events to get you into the holiday spirit:

Breakfast with Santa featuring Toys for Tots
Sat, Dec 4: 8:30am - 9:30am
Join us for a fun filled morning and delicious breakfast with Santa from 8:30-9:30am in the Food Court. Santa will then stroll the center until 12:30pm. Bring your camera for this great photo opportunity. Toys for Tots will also be on-site collecting new unwrapped toys, books, and games to be delivered, by Marines, this holiday season to less fortunate children in our community.

Holiday Entertainment - Strolling Victorian Holiday Carolers
Sun, Dec 5: Noon - 3:00pm
Sat, Dec 11: Noon - 3:00pm
Sun, Dec 19: Noon - 3:00pm
Enjoy strolling carolers dressed in Victorian costumes performing holiday favorites throughout the courtyards.

Strolling Santa
Sun, Dec 12: Noon - 4pm
Sat, Dec 18: Noon - 4pm
Santa strolls the center greeting children. Bring your cameras.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Shop Downtown This Saturday!

Not that you should need a reason to patronize shops in town, but, if you do, this Saturday is a great reason to. American Express has started something they call Small Business Saturday in an effort to promote the small businesses that make towns like ours so great. As an incentive to get out and shop, American Express card holders will receive a $25 statement credit when you spend $25 or more at a participating small businesses.

The Phoenixville Area Business Association is getting in on the act as well by providing free parking all day in ALL lots. Streets will still have the 2 hour limit enforced.

Schuylkill Canal Association Hosting Annual Holiday Luminaria On Saturday, December 11th

On Saturday, December 11th, the Schuylkill Canal Association will be hosting their annual Holiday Luminaria.

The Schuylkill Canal Association invites you to the

Holiday Luminaria

Saturday, December 11th, 6:00 to 9:00 PM, at the Locktender’s House, Lock 60 on the Schuylkill Canal, Mont Clare

Come see the most spectacular light show of the holiday season, hundreds of luminary candles lining the towpath up to the house.

As if stepping back in time to a Dickens’ holiday scene, come inside to enjoy the beautifully decorated house, sing along with the joyful music played by Meadowlark and visit with Santa Claus between 6:30 & 7:30 PM with your little ones.

Partake in holiday treats and hot cider and join in with SCA as we toast our friends with best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.

The Luminaria is cancelled only if there is a steady downpour of rain.

The magnificent light display is even more mystical if there is a slight drizzle, misty fog or a few inches of snow truly creating a beautiful holiday scene.

All are welcome, a donation of $1 or more will be gladly accepted.

Ample parking is available at Lock 60.

For all the details / directions: www.schuylkillcanal.org or 610-917-0021.

Philadlephia Premium Outlets Having After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring Midnight Madness

From Philadelphia Premium Outlets:

After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring Midnight Madness
Fri, Nov 26 – Sun, Nov 28

Don't miss the biggest sale of the year. Enjoy exceptional holiday savings and extended shopping hours, plus, experience Midnight Madness as most stores open their doors at midnight right after Thanksgiving. Many stores are opening earlier and there will be live entertainment all weekend long. Click here for sale info.

Extended Shopping Hours
Fri, Nov 26: Midnight-10pm
Sat, Nov 27: 8am-10pm
Sun, Nov 28: 8am-9pm

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

4th Annual Kiwanis Christmas Parade to be held Friday, December 3rd

The Phoenixville Kiwanis Club is proud to announce their 4th annual Christmas Parade is set for First Friday, December 3, 2010 at 7pm. The parade will line up on the 100 block of Church Street and traverse the 100, 200 300 block of Bridge St. ending at the Dollar Store.

The parade, heralding the arrival of Santa and the holiday season, will feature the Phoenixville Phantom Marching Band and area fire companies competing in a competition of their vehicles decorated for the season. Santa is bringing some of his most favorite friends. Santa’s guests include the Mouses (Mick & Minnie) and of course Donald Duck and Goofy. Also making their way down the parade route will be Elmo, Barney, The Cat in the Hat, Winnie the Pooh, Cinderella, Snow White and other favorites. Joining them will be a cast of holiday favorites including Frosty the Snowman, Gingerbread Man, Several of Santa’s elves and even the dastardly Grinch.

Santa will light Phoenixville’s Christmas tree and make his way to Phoenixville’s
Santa house at the Kiwanis Children’s Plaza where he can be visited on the weekends before Christmas.

The Kiwanis urge everyone to bring a canned good or non-perishable food item to put a float for PACS. Also bring your camera or cell phone camera to take pictures of you children with their favorite characters!

Jaycees Hosting 10th Annual Candelight Holiday Tour on Saturday, December 4th

On Saturday, December 4th, the Phoenixville Jaycees will be hosting their 10th Annual Candlelight Holiday Tour. The tour features beautifully decorated homes, houses of worship, adaptive re-use, music and refreshments. Tickets for the event, which will run from 3-7pm, are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the tour.

Click here for more information, including where to purchase tickets.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sly Fox Hosting Throwing Anniversary Party on Friday, December 10th

Celebrating a decade and a half of local craftiness:
SLY FOX BREWING COMMEMORATES LONGEVITY WITH AN EVENT TO REMEMBER

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania-- When Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery, Phoenixville’s first brewpub and the longest surviving brewpub in the Philadelphia area, celebrates its 15th anniversary with an all-day fete on Friday, December 10, it will do so in the company of two other area businesses also recognized for their efforts to promote buying, dining and drinking local.

ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Sly Fox Brewhouse and Eatery’s day-long celebration will kick off at 10:00 am with a special Brewmaster’s Breakfast prepared by guest chef Andrew Deery of the popular Phoenixville BYO, Majolica. One of the many special features of that meal will be the first-ever pouring of a new Sly Fox beer, Majolica Blend Coffee Porter, a creative production in which the beer will be infused with a special coffee blend roasted by Steve Polignano of Kimberton Coffee Roasters for Majolica. The breakfast will be a ticketed event with limited seating.

“Sly Fox has taken great pride in its hand-crafted beers since the doors first opened in December 1995,” says award-winning brewmaster Brian O’Reilly, “and it seemed a perfect match to involve two other small, local companies which have the same standards and dedication to quality (as Sly Fox) into our anniversary party. I’ve worked with Andrew before when we did a beer dinner at Majolica which sold out in a matter of hours and I’ve certainly had my share of Kimberton’s coffees, including the Majolica Blend which Steve makes especially for Andrew.”

Friday, November 12, 2010

Wolfgang Books Presents 'An Afternoon with Mark SaFranko'

As part of its Writers at Bridge and Main Reading Series, Wolfgang Books will be presenting 'An Afternoon with Mark SaFranko' on Saturday, November 13th.

An Afternoon with Mark SaFranko
Author of Hating Olivia
Saturday, November 13th @ 3 pm
Presented By Wolfgang Books & Hosted By Steel City Coffeehouse

Well known in England and France, the U.S. publication of Hating Olivia should raise Mark SaFranko's profile considerably. In the tradition of Bukowski, Henry Miller and Fante, SaFranko has written a powerhouse of a novel bursting with obsession, pain and darkness. Up to this point, SaFranko has been considered an underground writer in his homeland, but that's about to change. Here's a little about the book:

Max Zajack's life is cheap rooms, dead-end jobs, and suicidal fantasies until he meets the alluring and mysterious Olivia Aphrodite, and everything goes to hell. hating olivia

Max is a struggling musician and wannabe writer. His life is in a rut until one night, while playing a gig at a local club, he gazes out into the crowd and sees Olivia. Before long, they are sharing a bed and host of dark vices that begin to consume them. Their love turns toxic, sending them spiraling downward toward the inevitable. Violently romantic, viscerally honest, Hating Olivia is the story of two loners whose obsessive love brings them to the edge of destruction.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

'Building a Sustainable Kimberton Community' Public Forum Scheduled for November 20th

On Saturday, November 20th, Camphill Kimberton Hills Village will be hosting a public forum title 'Building a Sustainable Kimberton Community'.

Building a Sustainable Kimberton Community
Public Forum -- November 20, 2010

10 am to 3 pm, Camphill Kimberton Hills Village
Pughtown Road, Kimberton

A continuing series for public input to improve and preserve Kimberton Village.

For anyone interested in planning the revitalization of Kimberton, exploring green businesses and housing, and helping build a vision.

Come learn the basics of sustainable community, discover models for green living, and participate in designing the best home town anywhere.

Agenda includes an introduction to the Walkable Kimberton project, LEED checklists for sustainable communities and new buildings, Cohousing basics, and an interactive session imagining common spaces in a proposed housing project.

Suggested Donation $10 plus lunch

For more information, call 610-220-6172

2nd Anual Burn off the Bird 5k Scheduled for November 27th

On Saturday, November 27th, the Phoenixville Jaycees will once again be hosting the 'Burn off the Bird 5k Run and 1 mile fun walk'. The run starts at 9am (registration and vendor fair at 8am) and will begin at Franklin Commons, 400 Franklin Avenue. Proceeds from the race will help support the Phoenixville Parks and Recreation Department.

For those with little ones, Stepping Stone Education Center will be providing free childcare during the race.

Click on the image to the right for the 5k route. For more information and to sign up, visit burnoffthebird.info.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Phoenixville Hospital Offering Two Tobacco Free Support Group Meetings

On Monday, November 22nd, and Monday, January 24th, Phoenixville Hospital will be hosting free support group meetings for those trying to quit smoking. Meetings are free to the public and will be held at 7pm in the hospital cafeteria.

  • Nov. 22: Turkey Not Tobacco
  • Jan. 24: T'ai Chi Qigong for Wellness - Presented by Debi Dunn, Holistic Health
For more information or to register, please call 610-983-1288.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Phoenixville Public Library Presents 'The Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania' Talk

A free talk, “The Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania”, will be presented at Phoenixville Public Library on Thursday, November 18 at 7:00 PM. Melinda Higgins Crawford, Commonwealth Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania, will be the speaker.

Opening in 1913, the Lincoln Highway was America’s first coast to coast highway, connecting Times Square to San Francisco. The Lincoln Highway was a marketing concept cooked up by automobile manufacturers who wanted to sell more cars and car parts. Some of the road’s most famous landmarks were located in Pennsylvania. The Lincoln Highway still is in use today and roughly follows Route 30 in Pennsylvania from east to west. Melinda Crawford’s interactive presentation includes old postcards and photographs and contemporary photography showing original alignments of the road, roadside markers, and attractions.

November Movie Night at Phoenixville Public Library

The next Movie Night at Phoenixville Public Library, Thursday, November 11 at 7:00 PM, will feature “Pulp Fiction” (1994, rated R, running time 154 min.), next in our countdown of the American Film Institute’s “100 Greatest Movies”. John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson lead an offbeat cast in Quentin Tarantino’s stylish crime trilogy depicting a day in the life of a criminal community. Inspired by Black Mask magazine, the film is a clever, almost gleeful look at everyday life on the fringes of mainstream society. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 610-933-3013, Ext. 32. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue in Phoenixville.

Open Gaming Night at Phoenixville Public Library

Adults 18 and over are invited to unwind and make new friends at Phoenixville Public Library’s “Open Gaming Night for Adults”, held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Participants may choose from the Library’s selection of board or Wii games, or may bring their own. Bring a snack to share; beverages will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Chris Knupp at 610-805-4603. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

All Things Primitive Hosting Their 2nd Annual Christmas Open House This Weekend

On Saturday, November 6th and Sunday, November 7th, All Things Primitive (25 S. Main St) will be hosting their 2nd Annual Christmas Open House:

All Things Primitive, at 25 S Main St, is having their 2nd Annual Christmas Open House on Saturday, Nov 6th and Sunday, Nov 7th. There will be refreshments and a drawing for some great prizes. We have many gifts for under $20 and also under $10. Gift certificates are available. Also, for the New Year, we have contracted with a builder to build special furniture pieces for us to sell. This builder's work has appeared on the cover of Country Sampler several times, so you know that it is special.

HSPA Presents "Tunes Through Time: Phoenixville's Musical Scrapbook"

The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area will be opening it's new exhibit, "Tunes Through Time: Phoenixville's Musical Scrapbook" on November 5 in conjunction with First Friday. Stop by between 7 and 9 pm and enjoy music by the "Colonial Revelers" who will be performing live and in costume from the Colonial era. More information can be found on the Society's web page http://hspa-pa.org/.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Phoenixville Hospital Offering Freedom From Smoking Program

Want to quit smoking? Phoenixville Hospital can help. Beginning November 4th, the hospital will be offering the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® program. The program, which consists of eight weekly sessions, is free to the public and includes free nicotine replacement therapy.

Two options are offered: Thursday nights at the Phoenixville Hospital Cafeteria from 7-8:30pm and Wednesday afternoons at the Phoenixville Hospital Annex from 4-5:30pm.

Upcoming start dates for each option as follows:

  • Thursday: November 4, January 6, March 3 and May 5
  • Wednesday: February 2, April 6 and June 1

Program schedule:
Session IOrientation
Thinking About Quitting
Session VWinning Strategies
Session IIOn The Road To FreedomSession VIThe New You
Session IIIWanting To QuitSession VIIStaying Free
Session IVQuit NightSession VIIIRelapse Prevention
Graduation

For more information, or to register, call 610-983-1288.

Celebrate '1st Saturday' at the Columbia Bar & Grille

This Saturday, November 6th, the Columbia Bar & Grille is ringing in the holiday season with 'Supper Club Upstairs at the Columbia Bar & Grille'.
Supper Club Upstairs at the Columbia Bar & Grille - Saturday November 6th from 7-11 pm

Enjoy Dinner and Dancing with the Steve K & Company Band.

We are bringing back the Classics on our new Dinner Menu!

Dance the night away and kick off the holiday Season!

Reservations are Requested

www.columbiabarandgrille.com or please call 610-983-0300

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Vote

With so many state and federal elections effecting our area, its important that you take a few minutes today and vote!  Click here for a map of polling places by ward.

Monday, November 01, 2010

French Quarter Bistro Hosting Lew Bryson, Author of 'Pennsylvania Breweries', on Wednesday

On Wednesday, November 3rd, the French Quarter Bistro and the Spring City Library are presenting An Evening with Lew Bryson, Author of "PENNSYLVANIA BREWERIES"
Wednesday November 3, 2010
7:00 PM @ The French Quarter Bistro
215 Main Street
Royersford, PA

Enjoy a delicious beer* while Lew Bryson discusses his latest book and all the wonderful beer tasting opportunities available in Pennsylvannia. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The French Quarter Bistro will have plenty of local beers on draft and in bottle. Tasting Flights will be available for purchase at the bar.

*Must be 21 and present valid ID.

RESERVATIONS REQUESTED
for reservations please call the library, 610.948.4130 or email nmccourt@ccls.org

Meet the Candidates: Manan Trivedi for Congress - 6th District

The following was sent in by Trivedi for Congress:

Election Day is this Tuesday, and everyone should get out and make their voices heard. Manan Trivedi is the Democrat running for Congress in the 6th District (which covers Phoenixville) against incumbent Congressman Jim Gerlach.

Trivedi is an Iraq War Veteran and primary care doctor who was born and raised just over in Berks County, where he and his wife are now raising their newborn daughter, Sonia. To read his full bio click here: http://www.trivediforcongress.com/about/

When asked why he is running for Congress, this is what he said: "Washington isn’t listening, and I share your frustration with it. I’ll fight to bring jobs back -- by giving tax cuts to small businesses, ending tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, and investing in clean energy manufacturing and infrastructure jobs. We can’t change Washington until we change who we send down there." To read about the issues he cares most about, click here: http://www.trivediforcongress.com/issues/


He's been in Phoenixville plenty, including talking about Social Security (http://www.phoenixvillenews.com/articles/2010/08/14/news/srv0000009092129.txt), bringing the train back to Phoenixville (http://www.phoenixvillenews.com/articles/2010/10/21/news/doc4cc0a7b284854169467194.txt), and just this past Friday at a rally with Governor Ed Rendell.

Finally, check out this quick video of Manan: http://trivediforcongress.com/newsroom/view_news.php?id=375.

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Around Phoenixville will be happy to post profiles of any candidate running for office in our area. Please email us at info@bridgeandmain.com for more info.