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Local Business Spotlight: Creative Capital Wealth Management Group

Creative Capital Wealth Management Group is a comprehensive wealth management firm committed to helping clients work toward their long-term financial goals. Their customized programs are designed to clients acquire, preserve, and transfer wealth by delivering a high level of personalized service and experience. . But don't just take their word for it, lots of others are talking about them too:
Featured in Philadelphia Magazine as a two year 5 Star Wealth Advisor*Featured in Philadelphia Business Journal as a NABCAP Top Advisor*Featured small business in Chester County Life magazineNFL Players Association Registered Player Financial Advisor (one of only 270)
Frederick Hubler Jr., President of Creative Capital Wealth Management Group, was recently name one of Main Line Today's Top Financial Advisors for 2012.


*Five Star Wealth Managers do not pay a fee to be included in the research of the final list. The overall survey score reflects an average of all respondents and may not be …

Merry Christmas Phoenixville!

Wishing all of our readers a very Merry Christmas.

Holiday Programs at Grace Valley Fellowship

Grace Valley Fellowship, which meets at the National Christian Conference Center (1485 Valley Forge Road), will be offering two special holiday programs.

The Promise: The Epic Story of an Ancient Hope featuring the Elegance String Quartet
Join us at 10:30am on Sunday, December 18th as we celebrate Christmas with carols and a story of hope for every person. The Promise traces God’s first word of hope to humanity across the pages of history, unfolding the hope of Christmas found in a child lying in a manger. The narration will be accompanied with dramatic visuals and music from special guests, The Elegant Quartet. We also have a fun, age-appropriate program available for your kids.

Christmas Eve Service 5:30 pm
This is a fun, family-friendly service designed to help busy families experience the joy, mystery, and hope of Christmas. You will get a chance to catch your breath and remember what Christmas is all about. Your kids will get some goodies & a chance to hear the Christmas story…

Ladies Night Out December 12th

On Monday, December 12th, several local businesses are coming together to sponsor Ladies Night Out:
Bridge St. Chocolates, Charmed Spirits, Lush Consignment Boutique, Best Friends, Lulu's, Country Charm, LEO wedding decor, K&M trends, Jewelry by Megan and many more of your favorite local stores and vendors will be at Ladies Night Out!

Ladies Night Out is hosted by the Columbia Bar and Grille on Monday, December 12th from 6:30 to 9p.m.

With a $20 admission fee, you will receive a cocktail of your choice, an appetizer buffet, and a chance to shop at all the wonderful stores under one roof.
So come on by with your girlfriends! This will be a fun filled evening!

Iron Works Church Hosting Neighborhood Cookie Decorating Party This Sunday

Join Iron Works Church for this year's Neighborhood Cookie Decorating Party!

They’ll have everything you need to decorate yummy holiday cookies and meet some of your neighbors. Drop in any time from 2-5pm on December 11th at the Franklin Commons Bistro (400 Franklin Ave). In addition, they will have pizza at 5:30pm and neighborhood caroling at 6pm. All are welcome, and the event is 100% free of charge.

For more information, please visit www.ironworkschurch.org.

Pepperoncini Offering Feast of the Seven Fishes and New Year's Eve Menus

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian Christmas tradition that Pepperoncini (184 Bridge Street, Phoenixville; 484-924-8429) celebrates every Christmas Eve. This wonderful feast (see menu below) will be offered to take home and be shared with family and friends. Whatever your background may be, celebrate this tradition from Pepperoncini's home to yours. Pick up is available from 11:00am - 5:00pm on Christmas Eve. Call now to place your order in Phoenixville 484-924-8429 or Conshohocken 610-941-7783.

Celebrate New Year's Eve old-school with a traditional Italian feast at Pepperoncini. Chef's Paul DiBona and Tommy DeFruscio have created an a la carte menu (see below) that will not disappoint. Dinner will be served from 5:00pm - 10:00pm with open seating. At midnight, guests can enjoy complimentary champagne and a light buffet. And in the tradition of "out with the old and in with the new," Pepperoncini will smash dinner plates once the ball drops! Call to res…

Upcoming Events at Congregation B'nai Jacob

Congregation B'nai Jacob is hosting several events over the next few months.
December 9, February 24, and March 23 - Join CBJ for a special kid-friendly family Shabbat service, followed by a buffet-style dinner. Services start at 6:30pm and are free of charge.Hanukkah Class December 18th - Are you the parent of preschoolers who want to learn more about the Festival of Lights? Join CBJ for a parent/child Hanukkah class filled with crafts, stories, and songs. 9:00-10:30am. Cost is $10. Please RSVP to the synagogue office (cbjoffice@verizon.net)Women's Spirituality Group December 18th - Come mingle with Jewish women of all ages and discuss issues of faith. Explore different ways to tap into our spiritual selves. 7-9pm. Bring a candle and small snack to share (dairy/parve).January 8 'Fiddler on the Roof' - In honor of the synagogue's 100th year celebration, Congregation B'nai Jacob is sponsoring a special screening of the classic "Fiddler on the Roof" at t…

St Ann's Prep Hosting Toy Drive This Sunday

St. Ann 4th-6th grade PREP students and Second Chance Toys, an organization that rescues and recycles unwanted toys for needy children, have teamed up to celebrate the “season of giving” by collecting your clean, gently used plastic toys and donating them to organizations that serve children in need.

When: Sunday, December 4th
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm (please join us for an Advent Service at 4pm)
Where: St. Ann Chapel, 602 Main St, Phoenixville PA
What: PLASTIC TOYS, CLEAN, NO MISSING PARTS, BATTERIES WORK

*Clean out the toy closet this holiday season and make room for new ones!
*Help keep these non-biodegradeable toys out of our landfills!
*Give your children the opportunity to learn about the importance of giving!

Toys will be delivered courtesy of 1-800-GOT-JUNK.

Thanks from St. Ann PREP program and Second Chance Toys for providing a gift of happiness this holiday season and for doing your share to save the environment.

SCA Hosting Annual Holiday Luminaria on December 10th

On Saturday, December 10, the Schuylkill Canal Association will be hosting their annual Holiday Luminaria.
SCA invites you to the Holiday Luminaria, Saturday, December 10, 2011

Celebrate the holidays with the Schuylkill Canal Association as we invite you to join us for the Holiday Luminaria, on Saturday, December 10th, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. This magnificent holiday light show will be held along the Schuylkill Canal up to Lock 60 and the Locktender’s House in Mont Clare, PA, just across the river from Phoenixville.

See one of the most beautiful sights of the season as you observe the hundreds of luminary candles reflecting on the canal waterway. Towpath Road is lined with candles from the Mont Clare Bridge / Rt. 29, all the way to Lock 60 and surrounding the Locktender’s House. Beginning at dusk, the candles are lit for a spectacular display. If there is a mist or light snowfall the scene is even more beautiful.

The Locktender’s House; built in 1836, is decorated beautifully for the…

Kiwanis Annual ‘Cereal with Santa’ This Saturday

The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville will holds its annual “Cereal with Santa” this Saturday morning (December 3rd) at the Phoenix Hook & Ladder No. 1 Firehouse on Church Street in Phoenixville. From 8am to noon, children and their parents can join Santa Claus for a breakfast featuring a variety of cereals and toppings. In addition to Santa Claus, several other “special guests” will be there. Face-painting and other children’s activities will also be part of the morning. Admission is $5 payable at the door.

Panel Discussion and Book Signing with Authors of "Chester County Fiction" at Phoenixville Public Library

Phoenixville Public Library offers you the opportunity to support local writers and pick up some perfect last-minute gifts for the readers on your list. The Library will present a panel discussion and book signing by the authors of the new story anthology, Chester County Fiction, on Monday, December 19 at 7:00 PM. Jason Hafer, owner of Phoenixville’s former Wolfgang Books, will moderate the discussion.

Chester County Fiction is a collection of 16 stories from 13 authors who live and work in Chester County. The stories explore our common history and shared bonds. They are stories about people in transition, struggling to find their place and peace in their communities -- tales of love, loss, violence and heartbreak.

Chester County Fiction has received rave reviews since its release. Radio show host Steve Brodsky of WCHE called Chester County Fiction a “really important, interesting, and enjoyable collection” and referred to "Baptism", the short story by Phoenixville's…

Innovations Hair Salon Hosting a Beauty, Bags and Beads Party

On Monday, December 12th, Innovations Hair Salon is inviting ladies to a BEAUTY (Arbonne), BAGS (31) & BEADS (Stella & Dot) party! What more could a girl want?! This festive holiday event is from 6:30-8pm and will feature light refreshments, drawings for hair care products gift basket, a free haircut and more.

Innovations Hair Salon is located at 538 Nutt Road. For more information, please call 610-935-3595.

Lovely Events & Occasions Hosting Grand Opening This Friday

Heather Pasko, owner of LEO (Lovely Events & Occasions), is opening her 2nd boutique style event planning/design firm in Phoenixville, and are pleased to announce their Grand Opening on Friday, December 2nd, 2011. Her 1st gallery was such a success in Berks County, that with-in a two year span she has now opening her second. Whether you are looking for a special cake, caterers, party venues, spa services, special lighting, photographers, or invitations, the talented and experienced team can address all facets of your event planning and help you create an unforgettable event in a stress-free and organized manner.

“I wanted to put a face to event planning” said Heather, “where anyone could walk in to my shop and find what they were looking for. Our goal is to make the planning process and design process of any event easy and enjoyable experience”.

Heather has been planning events for over 10 years and has been empowering couples to make educated choices. Although she specializes in …

Camphill Kimberton Wins 2011 Community Greening Award

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society honored Camphill Village Kimberton Hills as a community greening champion at a recent award ceremony in Philadelphia.

The Community Greening Award recognizes individuals, garden clubs, civic associations, businesses and community groups who have created and maintained public green spaces that enhance their communities.

Judges evaluated the sites in July and August based on plant variety, design, use of space, and horticultural practices. Sixty winners were chosen from entries throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Camphill Village Kimberton Hills was honored for their sustainable gardening and land use practices.

Upcoming Events at the Columbia Bar & Grille

The Columbia Bar & Grille has a number of events planned between now and the end of the year:

Thanksgiving Eve: Wednesday the 23rd, join them upstairs with the cool jazz sounds of Hidden Treasure, from 7pm to 11pm. Enjoy meeting friends and family at the Columbia for a kick off of the holiday season.

Thanksgiving Day: Reservations are still being accepted for their Buffet Brunch served from 11 am to 3pm, featuring all of your Holiday favorites. $26.95 per adult, children 12 and under $12.95. Or join them for a Special Ala Carte Dinner served from 5pm to 9pm.

November 26th: join them for Piano Bar Upstairs from 7pm to 11pm featuring Dale McCauley. Drink & Dinner specials all night long.

Brunch with Santa, Saturday, December 10th: From 11 am to 2pm featuring a child friendly buffet. Each child will visit Mrs. Claus’s Gift Shoppe to select a Christmas Present for their parents. At 1 pm the Guest of Honor, Santa arrives to share the Holidays with their guests. Reservations are reque…

Family Fun and Dinosaur Fest Coming to Greater Philly Expo Center November 25-27

The Greater Philly Expo Center will be hosting the Family Fun and Dinosaur Fest from November 25-27th. The festival, which features the Burning Tree Mastodon & dozens of other Dinosaurs, will be held from 12-8pm on Friday the 25th, 10am-8pm on Saturday the 26th and 10am-6pm on Sunday the 27th.
They're Back!!!! ......65 million years ago the Dinosaur roamed the land, now they are back in a city near you!

Come out and see the Burning Tree Mastodon and dozens of other life like replica dinosaurs.

Touch them and there are even a few you can get your picture taken with while you sit on them, There is no other Festival around that will get you this close to the Dinosaurs!

There will be other fun activities to do at each show. The Cold River Mining Experience is a hit at all the festivals. Kids can pan for gems and dig for fossils!

Children can also experience the Moon bounces, Petting Zoo's, Ride the Ponies, play the carnival games...all kinds of fun for kids, parents and grandp…

Phoenixville Green Team Seeking Volunteers to Help Clean Up the French Creek Stream

The Phoenixville Green Team will be cleaning the French Creek Stream tomorrow morning and is looking for volunteers to help them with their effort. If interested, you are asked to meet at either the Foundry building or the Farmer's Market at 10am. The clean up will last until approximately 2pm at which point refreshments will be served for a job well done.

For more information, please contact Carrie Makoid at cmthirteen@yahoo.com/484-356-6036 or

Jessica Sanchez Jessica.sanchez@7thwonder.org/610-574-0786.

Happy Veterans Day

Thanks to all of those who have served our great country, happy Veterans Day!

OneNineFourSixZero.com Re-launches as Phoenixville "Deal" Site

OneNineFourSixZero.com, a local news and review website, has re-launched as a "deal" site designed for people and merchants who live and work in the Phoenixville area. The goal of the site is to serve the local community and those interested in experiencing the great variety of restaurants, shops and services that Phoenixville has to offer.

For their very first campaign, OneNineFourSixZero.com is partnering with Eleanor's Kitchen (6 South Main Street - Phoenixville, PA 19460 - 610.935.3663) to offer "$10 of Take-Out Comfort Food for $5". According to their campaign copy, Eleanor's is "THE place in Phoenixville for take-out specialty burgers, sandwiches, and other awesome creations."

As a local company founded by Phoenixville residents, OneNineFourSixZero.com aims to keep money in the Phoenixville community while helping local businesses bring more customers through their doors. OneNineFourSixZero.com promotes community business development by prov…

Valley Forge Beer Fest to be held December 10th

The first ever Valley Forge Beer Festival will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on Saturday, December 10th. Featuring 50 brewers and over 100 beers, the festival will also feature special demonstrations and entertaining talks led by industry leaders.

There are two sessions to choose from:
Afternoon (Session One):
12:30pm - 4:00pm (doors open at 12:00 pm)
$40 online in advance ($60 at the door on event day if still available) Designated Driver: $10

Evening (Session Two):
5:30pm - 9:00pm (doors open at 5:00 pm)
$40 online in advance ($60 at the door on event day if still available) Designated Driver: $10

For more information, visit valleyforgebeerfest.com.

Election Resutls

Results of yesterday's election are in and Democrats have claimed four of the five open Borough Council Seats. Unofficial results from Phoenixville Patch:
North Ward
Republican Christopher Bauers 303 votes, 54.4 percent
Democrat Carol Stinson 254 votes, 45.6 percent

Middle Ward
Democrat Jennifer Mayo 280 votes, 62.5 percent
Republican Marc Reber 167 votes, 37.28 percent
Write-in 1 vote, 0.22 percent

East Ward
Democrat Michael Speck 251 votes, 53.86 percent
Republican Brady Appleman 215 votes, 46.14 percent

West Ward
Democrat James Kovaleski 215 votes, 53.22 percent
Republican Kendrick Buckwalter 188 votes, 46.53 percent

Middle Ward, 2-year Unexpired Term
Democrat Kyle Guie 259 votes, 59.95 percent
Republican Marc Reber 171 votes, 39.58 percent
Write-in 2 votes, 0.46 percent
For complete coverage of yesterday election visit Phoenixville Patch.

Sock Drive Being Held 11/19 at Phoenixville Famers Market

On Saturday, November 19th, Christy Baxter will be at the Phoenixville Farmers Market collecting socks for the homeless.
Do you have a sock drawer at home? The homeless don’t!

Think about it. When your clothes wear out you probably donate them to a good cause. What about your socks? They are probably so worn that they get trashed. Homeless rarely get donations of new socks.

How often do you change your socks? Imagine having to wear them 24/7 until then are completely threadbare? What would that be like? You probably would have blisters, open sores, infections or worse. Gangrene may develop; that can lead to amputation. Not good.

Many put plastic bags over their sock to keep out moisture and cold, but they also keep the foot damp, causing minor to major health complications.

How many homeless? According to HUD (2009): New York 47,434. Philly 5,798. DC 5,907. They are in a city near you.

Moose, homeless in San Antonio, says he gets jackets and shirts at a distribution place…

Borough Election Info

With elections being held on Tuesday, several sites are providing information on local candidates.

Occupy Phoenixville has a good breakdown of the candidates in each ward along with those running for the School Board. It also has links to the candidate profiles that Phoenixville Patch did.

The Phoenixville Republican Committee has a more in depth look at the various Republican candidates running for office.

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills presents Alash Ensemble

Alash Ensemble, masters of Tuvan throat singing, will present a concert at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills on Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. Be there as this captivating musical ensemble brings the ancient art of throat signing to the Rose Hall stage. This is a rare opportunity to see musicians of this caliber in the intimate setting of the acoustically-ideal Rose Hall.

Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Tuvan throat singers can produce two or three, sometimes even four pitches simultaneously. The effect has been compared to that of a bagpipe. The singer starts with a low drone. Then, by subtle manipulations of his vocal tract and keen listening, he breaks up the sound, amplifying one or more overtones enough so that they can be heard as additional pitches while the drone continues at a lower volume. Despite what the term might suggest, throat singing does not strain the singer's throat.

Masters of …

Upcoming Events at Phoenixville Public Library

The Phoenixville Public Library will be hosting several events over the next month.

November Movie Night
Thursday, November 10 @ 7pm

Seen any good movies lately? You will at the next Movie Night at Phoenixville Public Library. On Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 PM, we will screen “A Night at the Opera” (1935, not rated, running time 91 min.), next in our countdown of the American Film Institute’s “100 Greatest Movies”. The Marx Brothers get mixed up with grand opera and reach epic anarchic heights in one of their best films. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Underground Railroad in the Phoenixville Area Lecture
Monday, November 21 @ 7pm

Learn about the Underground Railroad in the Phoenixville area during the years preceding the Civil War in a free lecture to be given Monday, November 21 at 7:00 PM at Phoenixville Public Library. Jack Ertell, Board President of the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area, will be the speaker. His slide …

November & December Events at the Colonial

The Colonial Theatre has a great schedule on tap this November and December. The Bacon Brothers return for their annual Bringing Back the Bacons concert; Craig Shoemaker brings his world renowned standup routine; movies for the entire family and a December full of holiday cheer including a visit from Santa; there is truly something for everyone.

Phoenixville VFW Post 1564 Hosting Two Events in November

Phoenixville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1564 (Ettinger - Powers - Campbell Post) is hosting two events this month.

On Sunday, November 6th in celebration of Veterans Day. There will be a church service from 10:45-11:45am at St. John’s UCC, 315 Gay Street. After the service, a special ceremony honoring our Veterans will be held from 12-12:30 at Reeves Park. The VFW will then be hosting a luncheon beginning at 1pm at their banquet hall, located at 200 Starr Street.

On Saturday, November 19th, Post 1564 will be presenting a Veteran’s Benefits Seminar beginning at 9am. V.F.W. Service Officers , Veteran’s Affairs Representatives and Disabled American Veterans will conduct presentations and will be available to answer questions and assist in filing of claims. All area veterans are encouraged to attend this free seminar which will be held at 200 Starr Street.

Halloween Part 2 at the Columbia Bar & Grille Tonight

Due to the snow on Saturday, the Columbia Bar & Grille has decided to host a second Costume Party tonight from 7-11pm.
Join us for a spooky good time Upstairs at the Columbia.

Our DJ will be spinning your favorite tunes, drink and food specials all night long.

Prizes Galore! Spooktacular time for all!

No Cover and No Minimum.

Last weekend of Phoenixville Ghost Tours

Downtown Phoenixville offers one last chance to get ghostly this season!

This Friday and Saturday nights are the last two outings for Ghost Tours of Phoenixville. Reservations can be made at (215) 237-1166.

Great for a girls’ night fright, a different kind of date, or a family outing, the 90-minute walking tour covers the most haunted borough in Pennsylvania. You’ll experience the history – and mystery – of Phoenixville’s local ghosts.

Meet-up is at the Pickering Creek Inn, 37 Bridge Street. Tours leave at 8pm. Adults are $11; children $7. Website is ghosttoursofphoenixville.com.

Your local ghosts and spirits can’t wait to see you! Happy Halloween!

Phoenixville Healthcare Access Foundation Receives IMPACT Award

PHILADELPHIA (October 2011) – GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, has announced that the Phoenixville Healthcare Access Foundation is one of its GlaxoSmithKline 15th Annual IMPACT Award recipients in the Philadelphia area. The Chester County nonprofit will receive $40,000 for having a significant impact on its community by providing access to proactive and effective healthcare services. A ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 at GlaxoSmithKline in Philadelphia to honor the organization.

“The recipients of the GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award inspire us to keep dedicating ourselves to making the world a better place, especially in these challenging times,” said Mary Linda Andrews, GlaxoSmithKline Director of Community Partnerships. “The individuals behind these organizations are healthcare advocates, change agents and passionate community supporters working to build stronger and healthier and communities.”

Founded…

Taste - Phoenixville Having Grand Opening Celebration This Friday and Saturday

TASTE - Sand Castle Winery's Gourmet Experience in Phoenixville is having its Grand Opening. Come out on Friday, October 28th from 5-9pm or Saturday, October 29th from 12-7pm and experience Taste's wine, food, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. While there, listen to live music and celebrate the opening of this unique store.

About Taste::
Taste is a unique concept for Pennsylvania’s Wine Stores. We offer our clients distinctive wines from Sand Castle Winery and the freshest selection of Extra Virgin Olive Oils in the United States. With currently over thirty fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars for tasting, we offer you the best Oils from artisans and small batch producers worldwide, including oils that have taken Silver, Gold and Best of Show medals. Our Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars make excellent gifts for food-lovers and health-conscious friends and family members.
Taste is located at 236 Bridge Street. For more information, give them a call a…

VFCC's Curtain Call Presents If the Apron Fits

Valley Forge Christian College's Curtain Call drama club will be presenting If The Apron Fits at 7pm on November 4th, 5th and 6th. The production, which will be held at VFCC's Krempels Theater, 1401 Charlestown Road, is described as:
Hilarity ensues when one particular father, husband and head of house, decides to take on the role of house wife while his wife is away. What could possibly be simpler, right? Unfortunately for this father, everything that could go wrong, does go wrong!!!
Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students, seniors and children.

Village of Eland Hosting Annual Fall Festival on October 22

This Saturday, October 22nd, The Shoppes at the Village of Eland will be hosting their annual Fall Festival.
Come join us for Food and Fun for the Whole Family!

The Shoppes at The Village of Eland on Route 113 in Phoenixville will be hosting their Annual Fall Festival on October 22, 2011 from 12 noon to 5 pm.

The festival will feature:
Live Music by the Falco Jazz Quartet with Special Guests and the Ken Battista BandPumpkin PaintingWagon RidesBake SaleSidewalk SaleJugglerBalloon ArtistStilt WalkerBarbeque and other food provided by our Shoppe Owners
For more information, please call 610-935-0906.

Phoenixville Pumpkin Fest To Be Held October 29th

UPDATE: The Pumpkin Fest has been moved to Sunday, October 30th.

The first ever Phoenixville Pumpkin Fest will be coming to Reeves Park on Saturday, October 29th Sunday, October 30th. The event, which will be from 2-7pm, is being hosted by Iron Works Church and promises fun for the whole family. The festival will feature:
Pumpkin Painting (great for children!)A LARGE Pumpkin Moon BounceA Pumpkin Carving Demonstration TableFree pumpkin carving kits (while supplies last)Face paintingGames, prizes, and a free raffle
The highlights of the event will be a timed Pumpkin Carving Contest and the Pumpkin Derby. Prizes will be awarded for both contests, all of which have been supplied by local businesses who will also be doing the judging for the pumpkin carving contest.

For more information, including contest rules and a list of sponsors and prizes, please visit phoenixvillepumpkinfest.com or click on the image of the flyer on the right.

Kiwanis Club Halloween Party To Be Held October 29th

The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville will hold their annual Halloween Party at the Colonial Theater on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 1 PM. The free event is for the children of Phoenixville. Children are asked to come dressing in their Halloween costumes.

The event will feature a Halloween Parade of costumes across the stage, special guests, and a showing of the children’s film “Fraggle Rock.” Children attending will receive a bag of Halloween Treats at the end of the party. The event will run from 1 to 3 PM. Children must be accompanied by a parent or other adult.

Raven Hill Playing Chaplin's On October 28th

Local bluegrass band Raven Hill is playing at Chaplin's Music Cafe, 66 N. Main St. in Spring City on Friday Oct. 28th at 8pm. From the Raven Hill website:
Raven Hill is a traditional bluegrass band with roots in the rolling hills of southeastern Pennsylvania. Named after a place in Charlestown Twp. where a local jam brought several pickers together, the group eventually moved down the township line to the French Creek area of Pikeland. The band began playing out in early 2001 at regional public events with a simple goal - - to have fun playing the family-friendly bluegrass country music we enjoy so much
Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and can be bought now at chaplinsmusiccafe.com.

St Michael's Fall Festival This Sunday

This Sunday, October 16th, St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church in Mont Clare is hosting their first Fall Festival. The event, which will be held at St. Michael's Grove on Jacobs Street from 1-7pm, will feature live music by the band Zoot Suit, polka dancing, pumpkin decorating and crafts for kids, raffles, vendors, authentic Slavic food and much more. Parking on site is free.

Party in Pink Zumbathon

Kimberly Haslip, who runs Zumba Classes with Kim, will be hosting a 'Party in Pink Zumbathon' to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The event will be held from 10am-12pm on Saturday, October 29th at the Phoenixville Civic Center, 123 Main Street. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and 75% of all proceeds will go the Susan G. Komen foundation.

For more information, visit Zumba Classes with Kim on facebook or email Kimberly at kihaslip@gmail.com.

"Countdown to Christmas" Craft Class at Phoenixville Public Library

Join craft instructor Linda SantaMaria on Tuesday, October 18 from 7:00 to 8:45 PM at Phoenixville Public Library for the next “Countdown to Christmas” craft class for adults and get a jump start on your Christmas gift-giving. Attendees will make a Christmas booklet-journal with four greeting cards inside. Non-Christmas journal kits will be available, too. Cost is $15.00 per person, payable in cash at the door. Photos of the projects are attached to this e-mail. Reservations required; cancellations appreciated.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call 610-933-3013 x32 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

Upcoming Events at Philadelphia Premium Outlets

During the month of October, the Philadelphia Premium Outlets will be hosting their Pink Event.
Philadelphia Premium Outlets® and Susan G. Komen for the Cure® are teaming up to support breast cancer awareness, research, and treatment programs in our community. During the month of October, visit the on-site Information Center to donate $10 to support the cause and receive 25% off one item from select stores including Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Elie Tahari, Joe’s Jeans, Kenneth Cole, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren and more. Donations will be accepted on-site only via cash or credit, with all proceeds benefitting Komen Philadelphia.
Visit our Sales & Events page for details.

During the month of October 2011, shoppers can visit participating Premium Outlet Centers® to make $10 donations to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and receive a discount card, while supplies last. Donations will be accepted via cash or credit at on-site Information Centers. In connection with this nati…

LuLu Boutique Raising Money for Trey Love Tonight

This Friday is First Friday in Phoenixville and LuLu will be having some extra special events going on! Starting at 5:30pm, LuLu will be having a pumpkin & face painting extravaganza to benefit Phoenixville's very own Trey Love. For five bucks your little one (or yourself!) will get their very own pumpkin to paint with as many colors as they wish, OR, a full face painting by LuLu's exclusive face painter Joan! Pick one, pick both, either way it helps out a great cause!

LuLu is located at 10 S. Main Street. Visit them on facebook at www.facebook.com/luluboutiqueandgifterie.

Historic Yellow Springs Hosting Art Event Beginning October 14th

Historic Yellow Springs, Chester Springs, PA is pleased to announce Reaching 2350°: a kiln load of pots, a group exhibition featuring Vitra 5. This unique ceramic exhibit runs from October 14th-November 5th, 2011 with an opening reception on Friday, October 14, 2011 from 7 to 10 pm. The public is cordially invited to attend in the Second Floor Galleries of the Lincoln Building, 1685 Art School Rd. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday noon-4pm.

Reaching 2350°: a kiln load of pots is an inaugural show for the group Vitra 5 which includes Heidi Brett, Karen Ewerth, Jessica Greet, Jackie Henisee and Wendy Vedder. A collective fascination with wood firing has been their focus over the last eighteen months. The mysterious atmosphere, combined with the risk of the process, and the pursuit of distinct work that would best fire in a wood kiln, led to the concept of exhibiting every piece from one kiln load. This exhibit expresses the totality of the unique cups, bowls, jars, vess…

October Movie Night at Phoenixville Public Library

Seen any good movies lately? You will at the next Movie Night at Phoenixville Public Library. On Thursday, October 13 at 6:45 PM, we will show “Platoon” (1986, rated R, running time 120 min.) on the big screen in the Community Education Room. The film is next in our countdown of the American Film Institute’s “100 Greatest Movies”. Considered by many to by the most realistic portrayal of the Vietnam War on film, the movie is based on director Oliver Stone’s own GI experiences in the war. Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, and Forest Whitaker star. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 610-933-3013, Ext. 32 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue in Phoenixville, PA.

Free Employment Workshop Scheduled for Phoenixville Public Library

A free 12 Steps Toward EmploymentTM workshop to aid Chester County’s unemployed and underemployed, including recent college students, in seeking, obtaining and retaining suitable employment will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 6, at the Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville.

The session is one of an ongoing series of workshops that are part of the Road to Employment initiative established by the Chester County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) to focus on many often-missed steps in undertaking a successful job search, from the time one learns or decides he or she will be seeking employment through the first few months of a new job, a time when persons often become unemployed again for a variety of reasons.

Required registration information for limited available seats at individual workshops, additional job-seeking tools, additional workshops as they are scheduled, and downloadable fliers that can be posted or forwarded to individuals in need, may …

Annual Kiwanis Community Day Tomorrow

The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville will hold their annual Community Day this Saturday, October 1st from 8 AM to 3 PM in Reeves Park. The event will include a Flea Market with more than 80 groups WHO will have items on sale or will have information about their organizations and programs. Along with the flea market, entertainment will be provided in the bandshell beginning at 11 AM with a gymnastics demonstration by members of the “Aerials” a local gymnastics club. Musical entertainment will be provided later in the day.

This year’s theme of Community Day is “Advancing Academics & Music Education” as the Kiwanis have partnered with the PAHS Band and the ‘Destinations with Directions’ student organization. All profits from Community Day will benefit these organizations and Kiwanis community programs.

As a part of Community Day, the Kiwanis Club will be selling their famous Chicken Barbecue Dinners using their famous secret recipe. The full dinners, which include a half chicken, wi…

Ghost Tours of Phoenixville

For a fun and different kind of night, take a ghostly tour of Phoenixville.

Experience the history – and mystery – of the most haunted borough in Pennsylvania. A 90-minute walking tour is like a paranormal party!

The tour leaves at 8 pm on every Friday and Saturday night in October 2011.

Meet-up is at the Pickering Creek Inn, 37 Bridge Street, downtown Phoenixville. $11 for adults, $7 for kids 10 and under. Reservations are recommended, call: (215) 237-1166.

Great for Girls’ Night Out, a romantic (and different!) date, small group fun.

For more information, visit their website at ghosttoursofphoenixville.com.

Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce Hosting Annual Charity Event

On Friday, October 28, the Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce will be hosting A Sweet Evening Under the Stars, their annual charity event. This year's event will be held at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve, 100 Golf Club Drive, Phoenixville, PA.
A Sweet Evening Under the Stars: Our Annual Charity Event

Friday, October 28, 2011 6:00pm - 10:30pm
RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve
100 Golf Club Drive
Phoenixville, PA 19460

The Chamber is very excited and pleased to open up our RSVP for our Annual Charity Event!

Please join us for a Sweet Evening Under the Stars at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve on Friday, October 28th. This event helps to celebrate the amazing non-profits in the area. The evening will include a delicious meal, great live music, a wonderful cocktail hour, a silent auction as well as a live auction, a raffle and more! We look forward to seeing you there! Call the Chamber Office at 610-933-3070 for more information!

RSVP is now available! You may RSVP and…

Oktoberfest Pub Crawl Coming October 8th

On Saturday, October 8th, downtown Phoenixville will host the Oktoberfest Pub Crawl.
The bars included are Bistro on Bridge, Franco Ristorante, PJ Ryans, Columbia, Mollys, Pickering & Pepperoncini Sotto. It's an indoor event that starts at 12 and goes until 8 (or however late everyone wants to party).

Each bar will be decorated much like Drinko de Mayo but in an Oktoberfest fashion. They'll be offering selections from Sam Adams and special menu items such as brats, pretzels, etc

For more information, please visit PhoenixvillePubCrawl.com.

Phoenixville's First "Give Back to the Community Day" to be held this Saturday

This Saturday, September 24, from 4 pm to 7 pm, come out to the basketball courts at Valley Forge Christian College for the first "Give Back to the Community Day".
When Phoenixville community activist Mike Ellis recently noticed that Phoenixville has never had a "Give Back to the Community Day", it set off a chain of events that will culminate in this weekend's Giveback event that has a focus on the kids.

Ellis and professional basketball player Tai Crutchfield will be at the courts to give a free basketball clinic to those 11 and older. Ellis and Crutchfield worked with Dolly Winston this summer as coaches for the Phoenixville Area Positive Alternatives league. A bond was formed and plans to continue teaching the local youth move forward with this event.

Ellis feels Phoenixville can become a major basketball training ground for kids with events like this. "We have the talented teachers and coaches. I'm arranging sponsorships to make these programs a…

Renaissance Academy Haunted House - Industrial Accident Dead Zone!

This October, the Renaissance Academy will be hosting a haunted house in Franklin Commons.
Come experience a frighteningly good time! There will be activities for kids of all ages including the main event, our Haunted House – sorry, no “chicken” refunds, so enter at your own risk! Craft & Activities Area for younger ghosts and ghouls (donations appreciated).
The haunted house will be open to the public on October 14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd from 6-9pm. Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 in advance (available at www.rak12.org) and all proceeds support the RA New Campus and Fine Arts Department.

For more information, email them at Haunt@rak12.org.

Phoenixville Area Entrepreneur Expo Being Held October 8th

The Phoenixville Area Entrepreneur Expo is coming to Franklin Commons on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 12-5pm Plans for the day include guest speakers, a panel of entrepreneurs, networking opportunities, children’s activities, door prizes and a helping of entrepreneur-related advice and news. In addition, State Senator Andy Dinniman will be presenting the award to Phoenixville's Favorite Entrepreneur/Business at 1pm.

The event is open to the public and tickets are $5. For more information, visit http://www.paeexpo.com/.

Regional Italian Wine Dinners at Pepperoncini Sotto

Beginning Monday, October 3rd Pepperoncini Sotto Restaurant & Bar (184 Bridge Street; 484-924-8429) will feature a series of Italian wine dinners throughout the month. Each wine dinner will focus on a different region of Italy and be hosted by David Greenstein from The Wine Merchant. The wines will be paired with Chef Paul DiBona's classic Italian 5-course menu. The cost is $49 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Each dinner begins with a Prosecco toast at 6:30pm.

Monday, October 3rd will feature Italy's Northern region and the wines of Venice, Trentino and Piedmont. Monday, October 17th will focus on the Central region and wines from Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria. Monday, October 24th highlights wine from Italy's Southern region and includes Campania, Sicily, Calabria and Puglia. Call 484-924-8429 for reservations. A limited number of seats are available for these private dinners.

SCA Hosting Annual Folk ‘n Fall Music Festival on October 1

The Schuylkill Canal Association presents the Folk ’N Fall Music Festival to celebrate the river, canal and its greenway on Saturday, October 1, 4 PM to 10 PM at St. Michael’s Park, Mont Clare, PA. A combination of music, kayak tours, kid’s games and the unique Frisbee game of KAN JAM sponsored by Sly Fox Brewery will entertain all who participate. Rain or shine.This annual fundraiser is to support the stewardship of the Schuylkill Canal Park and Lock 60. The entire park has been left battered and with debris strewn all over the area that needs to be cleaned up after the recent Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee extreme weather events. Your support will go a long way in getting the park back to its pre-storm condition for all to enjoy, especially for those who enjoy paddling.Speaking of paddling; join in with the guided canoe and kayak loop of the Schuylkill Canal and River starting at 2 PM. Bring your own boat and take part in the free, 2-hour paddle before the music festival …

Neill Hartley Performs "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" at Phoenixville Public Library

Neill Hartley is Ichabod Crane in his one-man, interactive adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic horror tale, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 PM at Phoenixville Public Library. See Ichabod dancing with his students, leading the congregation in song, and dancing with his love. Then follow him on his fateful journey home as he meets the Headless Horseman and disappears forever! The performance is suitable for ages 6 and up, and is free and open to the public.

The Fall Speakers & Events Series is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Phoenixville Public Library. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, e-mail mpinto@ccls.org or call 610-933-3013 x32. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

Fall Foliage Family Fun Walk at Black Rock Sanctuary

On Saturday, November 5th, Activate Phoenixville Area will be hosting its Fall Foliage Family Fun Walk at Black Rock Sanctuary. The walk will be held from 8:30-10:30am and will feature the following:
Enjoy delicious, fresh, free, fall snacksFree Face painting for children of all agesWalk the beautiful 3/4 mile trail with members of your communityEnjoy the gorgeous changing leaves during the FREE walkFor directions to the Sanctuary, click here. Black Rock Sanctuary is 119 acres of wetlands, woodlands, and meadows. It is part of an air highway for migrating birds, while attracting waterfowl, diverse plants and animals

Second Annual TEDxPhoenixville Coming to Colonial Theatre September 24th

The Colonial Theatre, a cultural landmark in the revitalized steel town of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, will host a truly unique gathering later this month. TEDxPhoenixville, scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 10am – 3pm, will feature a variety of lively speakers, compelling performers and an inspiring exchange of ideas with an engaged audience. Tickets are $20 - $30 and include a catered buffet lunch.Tickets can be purchased at www.TEDxPhoenixville.com.

About TEDTED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.

About TEDxTEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed …

Local Legislators to Host Route 422 Forum on Sept. 13

From Representative Kampf's website:
COLLEGEVILLE – State Reps. Warren Kampf (R-Montgomery/Chester), Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery), Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) and Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery) encourage their constituents to attend a public forum to discuss a proposal to toll Route 422. The event will take place on Tuesday evening, Sept. 13, at Pope John Paul II High School.

In June, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) unveiled a proposal to levy a toll on Route 422. This event provides a public forum for those residents who would be impacted by any proposed tolls to voice their opinions and ask questions.

2nd Annual Chow & Tunes Fundraiser to be held October 16th

On Sunday, October 16, 2011 from 3-6PM, Spirit Fire Farm will be hosting its 2nd Annual Chow & Tunes Fundraiser at Rock & Roll After School in the Franklin Commons located at 400 Franklin Avenue in Phoenixville, PA.

Come join us for a night of fun to help Spirit Fire Farm kick start programming in 2012! Enjoy food from area businesses and restaurants, listen to fabulous music from local bands and musicians, enter the raffles and silent auction, play fooseball, pinball, and other games at this wonderful venue.

This year’s musicians include: Hillary Wallace and Meg Kelly (more to be announced shortly).

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door (tickets include dinner, drinks, and 1 door prize entry).

For more information or to purchase tickets online (via Events page): www.spiritfirefarm.org

Congregation B'nai Jacob Hosting Two Events To Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

In time for the Jewish High Holidays -- Rosh Hashanah (New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), Congregation B'nai Jacob is hosting two events that are open to the public. Both will be held on Sunday, September 25.

9-10:30 AM: Parent/Child class on Rosh Hashanah. Join us for music, stories and a craft designed for preschoolers and their parents. $10 for non-members, $7 for members

10 AM - 12 PM: Who doesn't need a good laugh these days? Join us as "The Laughing Maggidah (storyteller)" Irene Chaya Doniger presents stories, psalms, and jokes to get us in the mood for a happy and healthy new year. All are welcome, free.

Congregation B'nai Jacob, Starr and Manavon Streets, 610-933-5550, www.congbj.org.

Kiwanis Community Day To Be Held October 1

The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville will hold its annual Community Day in Reeves Park on Saturday, October 1st from 8 AM to 3 PM. The day will feature of a large flea market made of many groups and organizations in the Phoenixville community offering information about their activities and sales of food, collectibles and household items.

The Kiwanis Club will again offer a Chicken BBQ Dinner for $10. Tickets are being sold in advance by members of the club as well as this year’s Kiwanis Partners. The theme for this year’s Community Day is “Advancing Academics & Music Education for PAHS Students”. The Kiwanis Club is partnering with the PAHS Band and with the Destinations with directions Student Organization. All profits from Community Day will benefit these school organizations as well as the many community programs provided by the Kiwanis Club in the Phoenixville Community.

Individuals or groups interested in securing table space for the Flea Market should call Mike Speck at 610…

Filmmaker Josh Fox Coming To Franklin Commons To Screen And Discuss His Film Gasland

Award-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary film “Gasland” and filmmaker Josh Fox comes to Franklin Commons September 7th at 6:00 pm. Exploring the urgent issue of the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), the event will feature discussion between Fox, state legislators, and the public, as well as a screening of the film.

Fracking is a means of natural gas extraction that involves millions of gallons of water, sand, and undisclosed chemicals being injected under high pressure into the ground. 80-100 tons of chemicals are used per frack and scientists have identified known carcinogens, such as Benzene, among these substances.

The evening begins at 6:00 pm with an hour of dinner and drinks (BYOB). Seating is limited and tickets may be ordered now via email to lisa@consultcts.com. Your $35 donation purchases a ticket for the entire evening's events.

Starting at 7:00 pm, Fox and state legislators will be invited to take part in a panel discussion, followed by a Q&A, and …

Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area Hosting Two New Events in September

This September, the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area will be hosting two events.

Military Timeline - September 10Location: 204 Church Street, Phoenixville PA 19460
Sponsor: The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area
Time: 10 AM to 3 PM
Contact: 610-935-7646

The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area will sponsor its second Military Timeline on Saturday, September 10th from 10 AM to 3 PM. What's a military timeline? It's a living history program featuring military re-enactors dressed in historical garb who interact with the public to explain the time period they are depicting and explain their uniforms, equipment and weapons. This free event will be held on the lawn of the Historical Society. Coordinated by Ryan Conroy, re-enactors will cover from the Revolutionary War to the modern era. Also present will be speakers who will give special talks at 11 AM, 1 PM and 2 PM under a tent on the lawn. The Museum will be open during the same hours and features a spe…

Author of New Book on Richie Ashburn to Speak at Phoenixville Public Library

Bruce Mowday, co-author of the new book, Richie Ashburn – Why the Hall Not?: The Amazing Journey to Cooperstown, will speak at Phoenixville Public Library on Monday, September 19 at 7:00 PM. Richie Ashburn has been called the “most beloved athlete” in Philadelphia history. In their book, Bruce Mowday and Jim Donahue tell the uplifting, true story of Ashburn’s kindness to a young fan who later returns the favor to help the star athlete get into the Hall of Fame.

A former sportswriter, local author Mowday has written more than a dozen books on local history. Copies of his new book will be available to purchase and have signed.

The Fall Speakers & Events Series is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Phoenixville Public Library.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 610-933-3013 x32 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

From Everest to Antarctica Adventure Film Fest at the Colonial 10/1/11

On Saturday, October 1, 2011 the Colonial Theatre will host From Everest to Antarctica, a cinematic journey from the heroic age of exploration to the present day. Four documentary films featuring legendary explorers such as Shackleton, Hillary and Tenzing will be presented by Everest summiteer Paul Deegan. Joining Paul by video link from the UK will be expedition leader Felicity Aston. Felicity will be discussing her latest film, Call of the White, which tells the story of eight women from seven countries – some of whom had never seen snow – who attempted to ski to the South Pole in 2009. Call of the White will receive its US premiere at this event. Tickets start at $10. They can be purchased via www.phoenixvilleadventure.com or by calling 610.917.1228.

College Planning Workshop at Phoenixville Public Library

If you or someone you know has a student who will attend college in the next few years, or even next year, you are invited to attend a free one-hour “College Planning Workshop” at Phoenixville Public Library on Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 PM. David Kay of Advanced College Planning Solutions will be the speaker. Attendees will learn: specific keys to potentially save tens of thousands of dollars on a 4-year college education; how to accurately compare schools, public vs. private; and how to structure your finances to minimize out-of-pocket costs and maximize financial aid. Specific college saving strategies will be reviewed for parents of high schoolers in any grade level.

The Fall Speakers & Events Series is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Phoenixville Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 610-933-3013 x32 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org. Phoenixville Public Library is loca…

Forge Theatre Celebrates 50 Years of Community Theatre in Phoenixville

Forge Theatre's 2011-2012 season celebrates fifty years of providing quality, year-round live theatrical entertainment to the Phoenixville community. Located at 241 First Avenue in Phoenixville, Forge offers a repertory of six productions a year. Forge's ongoing mission is to enrich and entertain the community by providing a superior theatre experience. Each show in the upcoming 50th anniversary season, which begins September 2011 and runs through June of 2012, was performed at Forge Theatre during the past five decades and interesting anecdotes about each show and its director are available on the Forge Theatre website, www.forgetheatre.org.

The 50th Anniversary Season opens with "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" in September, followed by the musical "Cabaret" which runs November 4 through December 3. January of 2012 will feature "Don't Drink The Water" with "On Golden Pond" coming in March. April's production will be &…

Beach Party Theme for Tonight's First Friday

Hard to believe its already August but that means another First Friday! Tonight there will be a Beach Party theme to the festivities and there will be the usual special events at shops and restaurants throughout town. In addition, live music on the Main Stage will be provided by 52nd Street, a Billy Joel cover band. So come out, enjoy the great weather and support the downtown!

Annual Camphill Cycling Event to Benefit Children and Adults with Special Needs Being Held Sunday, October 16th

Camphill communities in Chester County will host the fifth annual Camphill Challenge cycling event on Sunday, October 16. Camphill Special School , Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, and Camphill Soltane provide life sharing and educational opportunities for children, youth, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In just five years the Challenge has grown from twelve cyclists to over 300. The bike ride begins and ends at Kimberton Waldorf School in Kimberton this year and offers 50, 25, and 10-mile courses for all ages and ability levels. A special Family Fun Ride will take riders to Beaver Farm, a working farm with livestock that is part of Camphill Special School .

Cyclists will travel through Chester County during peak autumn foliage with beautiful views of horse farms, historic homes, and covered bridges. A picnic and live music will round out the day.

Proceeds of the Camphill Challenge benefit the three Camphill communities in Chester County . For more informa…

Phoenixville Steel Site gets conditional use approval from Phoenixville Borough Council

From the Phoenix Steel Site blog:
Phoenixville Borough Council Borough Council gave unanimous approval to the proposed downtown development in project, which when complete, will bring new retail development to the downtown. The Council approved by a 7-0 vote, with Dana Dugan not in attendance, to approve the development which features 80,000 square feet of retail, 275 apartments and 30,000 square feet of office space.

The two hour meeting had the council members questioning how the development would mesh into the downtown. Concerns were voiced as how the development would impact the fire safety of the borough, the way finding program and the street music program. The development was also praised by developers as a progressive attempt on behalf of the borough to spur development at the abandoned Phoenix Steel site property.

Developer Manny DeMutis and attorney Michael B. Murray presented the plan and praised the boroughs efforts to make the project happen by offering a LERTA tax abat…

Local Business Spotlight: Passion for Fitness

Passion for Fitness - A Lifestyle, Not a Program

Passion for Fitness, located at 139 Nutt Road in the heart of Phoenixville, offers full service, personalized fitness training. Three key components are at the core of owner Joe Ransom's high success rate with clients throughout the Chester County area: weight training, nutrition, and cardiovascular exercise, with an equal emphasis on all three.

What sets Passion for Fitness apart from other gyms? Attention to their clients. “We give each client a specific, structured plan tailored to their personal goals,” says Joe, “We stay right behind them all the way with positive encouragement and practical advice. We never sign clients up and leave them to do it themselves. We consistently reevaluate their plan and push them to stay on track.” Joe and his team of highly qualified trainers, who work side by side with each client at every work-out, have helped clients lose 150 to 200 pounds in some cases, as
well as successfully helped c…

Tomorrow Night is National Night Out

From The Phoenix this weekend:
Phoenixville will be one of 15,500 communities to participate in National Night Out on Aug. 2.

The national event was started in 1984 and has grown throughout the years, according to NNO’s website, www.nationalnightout.org.

According to NNO, the purpose of the event is “to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”

In Phoenixville, community members can choose from three locations for NNO.

Town Watch is coordinating two of the NNO events. One will be held at Andre Thornton Park and the other is at Reeves Park. The Town Watch’s NNO will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.

Royal Bank America is hosting its NNO event from 6 to 9 p.m. at its Phoenixville location, 808 Valley Forge Road.

Town Watch President Michael Hill said there wi…

Phoenixville Green Earth Festival to be held Saturday, August 6th

Phoenixville is going green at the second annual Green Earth Festival on the Schuylkill River Trail on August 6 from 9AM – 2PM. The festival will celebrate area businesses and service groups that are working to make Phoenixville a sustainable community. Organized by the Phoenixville Green Team, in association with the Farmer’s Market, the market and festival will stretch along the creek side trail from Taylor Ave to the Foundry.

The event features exhibitors, food, music, children’s entertainment and a Speaker Forum. Our first GoodGreenWorks project invites everyone to bring good clothing and shoes to the Clothing Swap and Shoe Drop. Participation art projects will encourage everyone to craft several public art creations with clay and chalk.

The festival will host exhibitors that specialize in eco-friendly products, renewable energy, earth-friendly services, environmental advocacy, and organizations that are making a difference by protecting the environment and building a sustainable …

Kimberton Fair Begins Today

The 83rd Annual Kimberton Fair begins today.
It’s that time of year again for a longtime summer tradition: The Kimberton Fair is coming to town from July 25 to 30 at the Kimberton Volunteer Fire Co. fairgrounds, off of Route 113. (Use 752 Pike Springs Road, Phoenixville, if using GPS.)

In its 83rd year, the fair will offer a plethora of activities including viewing livestock, home arts, an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic, rides and contests.

Contests this year include old fashioned log sawing, pie eating and the Baby Contest.

Returning this year is Hogway Speedway’s racing pigs. A fireworks display will be shown at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 29.

And of course, the famous doughnuts will be sold.

Kimberton Fair Secretary Karen Dobson said money raised during the volunteer-run fair is used for next year’s event and the rest is donated to the Kimberton Volunteer Fire Co.
Read the full article at The Phoenix or visit kimbertonfair.org for more information.

O'Grady's Hosting Pirates and Princesses Party To Benefit Gabby Vogel Tomorrow

Tomorrow, July 25th, O'Grady's Family Restaurant, 273 Schuylkill Road, will be donating a portion of all proceeds to the Get Well Gabby fund. From 4-9pm, they will also be hosting a Pirates and Princesses party:
Children can come dressed as a princess or a pirate to the party. During the time of the event, a buffet including crab cakes, roast beef, pasta with Alfredo sauce, macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, vegetables, fresh fruit, puddings, two homemade soups, entire salad and bread bar and more will be offered. For each buffet meal purchased, extra funds will be donated to Get Well Gabby, Vontor said. Characters including Captain Hook, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty will also be appearing at the party.

A basket raffle will be held. Games will be offered throughout the day.

All of the proceeds from the raffle and games will benefit Get Well Gabby, Vontor said.

Some of the baskets being raffled feature toolboxes, Eagles and Phillies gear, kids' toys and wine. Only thos…

Manifest Your Destiny Expo to be held October 15-16

This October 15th and 16th, Manifest Your Destiny is hosting a Holistic and Healing Expo at Kimberton Fire Company, 61 Firehouse Lane, Phoenixville, PA.
On October 15th and 16th in Kimberton, PA our planning team is hosting a Holistic Fair that we would like for you to be a part of. The theme of our event is “Manifest Your Destiny” and it is our mission to bring like minded community together and also introduce Holistic and Metaphysical products and practices to the general public. Because our panel consists of practitioners and healers, we understand the importance of creating a relaxed environment that provides unique opportunities for all participants to manifest their destiny by receiving the highest level of care for Mind Body and Spirit.

We are focusing on raising the vibration in our community so that we As a community are empowered to live our life purpose. This event will be huge and advertising has already begun. We have magazine advertisements, a facebook page, a website and…